Diane McLaren's Healthy You Naturally Monthly Newsletter

December 2010

Season's greeting from Diane McLaren

In this, my last newsletter for 2010, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a Wonderful, Safe and Healthy Holiday Season!

The feedback from last month's article explaining Why I Don't Recommend (just) Vitamin C was overwhelming and I thank everyone who took the time to call and write.

Recently,  I've noticed a lot of people coming to my wellness centre battling stress in some form or another so in this issue I want to share a few ways to effectively and quickly cope with mild to high stress levels naturally.

I hope you find value in this information and thank you for allowing me to share my passion, training and experience with you.

I welcome all comments & feedback! 

Warm & Healthy Regards,

Warm & Healthy Regards, Diane

Diane McLaren C.C.Ir., R.O.H.P., R.N.C.P.
Holistic Health Practitioner, Nutritionist & Iridologist
Healthy You Naturally Wellness Centre
(905) 855-3000

P.S. I also want to Thank You Very Much for your interest and support in 2010 and wish you a Fantastic, Happy, Prosperous and Healthy 2011!

2011 Courses: How to Identify & fight illness naturally ...

In January I kick off the Winter/Spring 2011 natural health training series that teaches people how to naturally fight many common illnesses, strengthen the immune system and really enjoy a substantially better quality of health and wellness. 

Learn how/why food selections, nutrition and herbal food supplements are the real medicines that contribute to healing, wellness for all ages and new skills like reflexology or muscle testing. For practitioners, learn accurate holistic assessment techniques and solutions to build or grow your practice.

The Wellness Intensive (2 day)

The Practical Practitioner (3 day)

The Muscle Testing Workshop (4 hour)

Introduction to Reflexology (2 day)

Healthy Weight Loss Workshops

The 2011 training calendar

Follow links for more information, register on-line or call (905) 855-3000

What To Do If Stress Has You Stressed Out

Stress is the six-letter word that most people try to brush away, sigh away, or excuse away as “it's just life, so what can I do about it”, and too often, simply ignored.

In fact, stress is a very normal part of life, and can be healthy … that is right, you are reading this correctly, it can be healthy, depending on quantity and conditions of the stress.

What to do is stress has you stressed out

The impacts of too much stress can be damaging.

  • Loss in your sense of control
  • Diminished ability to deal with emotions
  • Attitudes & outlook affecting work & home
  • Impaired thinking and ability to prepare
  • Weakened ability to fight illness

People's Stress Levels ... it's absolutely mind-boggling!

In the last few months, the ratio of people affected strongly and negatively by stress is 3 to 4 times higher than at any other time in my 16 years in practice.  With the upcoming holidays, this number has only climbed further.  Why?

Stress, while it's a normal, even essential part of enjoying a life full of abundance, stress can sometimes be overwhelming due to situations at work, in the home, financial concerns or personal worry. 

Stress affects everyone ... differently!

If you were to compare stress to a string on a violin or a guitar, put too much tension on a string and it breaks; if there is not enough tension on the string, the sound is very poor.  You need just the right amount of tension on that string so the music sounds beautiful, that's balance.

The same applies to us!  With too much stress, our body and/or mind breaks down yet if there is not enough stress or your nervous system is under-nourished, you lose the self-motivation, willpower and drive to get anything done. 

We need just the right amount of stress too play beautiful music (be balanced and healthy) and enjoy our lives.

Understanding Stress

To understand stress, you need to recognize and differentiate between the 2 major types:

  • Constant, relentless, ever-present stress.  Even a low amount of stress when constantly present over time erodes the body and its ability to maintain balance and remain healthy.  Like water on a rock … "it slowly wears it down".
  • Sudden, traumatic or event-precipitated stress.  Normally resilient people who live through a traumatic event can experience high stress levels which can cloud clarity of thinking, weaken the immune system and result in a loss of self-control.

Slow or sudden, recovery from the effects of too much stress can be difficult. 

Because stress depletes the immune system, it can lead to health problems like low energy, extreme fatigue, insomnia, skin conditions, cravings, weight gain, mindless eating, high blood pressure, nervousness, anxiety, headaches, migraines, constipation, diarrhea, burning in the stomach, gas, loss of libido and more.

This does not mean that you should automatically blame stress for any of those conditions, just that you cannot simply ignore that there may be a strong connection and that very often, stress is the final “drop which makes the bucket overflow”.

I want to emphasize that it's not always the amount of stress which is the enemy, it is how you cope with it.  

  • Everyone is faced with stress daily but how those events affect you is largely based on how you normally react to any stressful situation!
  • Are you calmly dealing with events as they unfold, or do you become easily agitated, less patient? 
  • Do you suspect there may be some need to strengthen certain body systems?

Top 10 Sources of Stress

1. Spouse's death

2. Divorce

3. Marriage separation

4. Jail term

5. Death of a close relative

6.   Injury or illness

7.   Marriage

8.   Fired from job

9.   Marriage reconciliation

10. Retirement

Source: Toronto Star Published On Fri Nov 20 2009 (Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory)

What can you do about stress?

Certainly, you can look at and implement ways and strategies to reduce stress levels though it takes time and even the process of simplifying your life can itself be stressful.

I believe we have to do our best and at the same time, be realistic. John Lennon once said "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans". How true!  So how can you naturally support your body in a stressful period, remain intact and stay healthy?  

Here are simple solutions which I find have worked very well personally, and for my clients.

1) Nutritional tips that strengthen your resistance to stress and illness

  • Decrease caffeinated beverages, sugars and refined / processed products
  • Increase water and add alfalfa sourced chlorophyll to your water
  • Increase green leafy vegetables, avoid wheat/whole wheat based products by  consuming good grains (such as Kamut, Amaranth, Millet, Spelt, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Buckwheat)
  • Add legumes (dry peas, beans and lentils) to your menu

2) Learn the square breathing technique for immediate stress relief

For each step, count 1001, 1002, 1003 then move to the next step.

  1. Take a deep breath counting to 3 slowly as you inhale
  2. Hold your breath in for a count of 3
  3. Breath out counting to 3 as you exhale
  4. Do not inhale for a count of 3

Repeat this process 3-5 times and you will feel the calmness it delivers. Everybody practicing square breathing reports immediate stress relief vs. deep breathing.

3) Reflexology to release tension & rapidly promote relaxation

We offer and recommend the Original Ingham Reflexology Method which is:

  • A therapeutic and unique reflexology method using the thumb and fingers on key reflex points found in the hands and feet that
  • Enhances circulation as it calms the nervous system and is
  • Excellent for relaxation and re-balancing of the body which is a great side benefit when stress negatively affects so many organs.

Special holiday package saving of $20 on a 3 hour package that can be used in 30, 45 or 60 minutes sessions, mention this when booking.   (Save $40 on a 6-hour package.)

4) Nutritionally support and strengthen your nervous system

a) Stress Pack #3033-7 conveniently bundles together four different products, all formulated to deal with different aspects of the symptoms of stress.

Fast acting and the support to nourish (NOT suppress) your nervous system:

  •  Enables your body and mind to cope and deal effectively with whatever is going on
  •  Helps you to quickly regain your ability to feel in control
  •  Rapidly brings clarity of mind
  •  Nutritionally builds your immune and nervous system, and more

More about Stress Pak or to order ...

Through a personal consultation we can help you identify exactly how you can strengthen your body systems and enjoy an exceptional level of well-being.  Call (905) 855-3000

Open Your Own Personal Nature's Sunshine Account

Visit an NSP website (USA or Canada) to order nutritional herbs at member discounts. 

If you do want to open your own account, please use sponsor # 342288-7 Diane McLaren (note Canada if you live in the USA so you get local US services, delivery plus our support). Membership savings on all your nutritional and supplement needs.

Got questions about NSP?  Ask me!  I've specialized in NSP's exceptional herbal products since the 1980's.

Considering a personal health consultation?

If you have questions about stress (or illness) in your life and/or would like a personalized assessment of where your body strengths and weaknesses are with a specific plan to restore wellness, I would be honored to be of service. 

Warm & Healthy Regards!

Diane McLaren
Call (905) 855-3000

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