Don’t Let your Heart Down

The heart is the eternal symbol of The Power of Love.  This month, one of the ways I will talk about The Power of Love is to talk about heart health.  Our hearts are the essence of our existence, so we have to pay attention to our hearts’ health.  Heart health is not just physical health it is emotional and mental health as well. So during this month, I want to address them all.

In this post, I want to talk about physical heart disease.  It is worth mentioning that heart disease is the number one cause of death in America.  It affects women at the same rate that it affects men.  It is important to have a basic understanding about heart disease.  So I would love to share this article about heart disease. (http://www.healthydaes.com/blog/2013/02/08/heart-smart-conversation-the-basics-what-is-heart-disease )

When you go to your doctor make sure you are getting the right tests to know how your heart is doing.  You can go to my heart health checklist to take into your doctor. (http://www.healthydaes.com/dr-daemon-jones-2/2013/02/06/checklist-for-our-heart-february-2013)

Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease so it is important to manage your blood sugars.  If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes take this free course (http://bit.ly/DrDaeDiabetesTips ) to learn how to manage your blood sugar levels and keep them normal.

Understanding your heart health empowers you to make good decisions about your overall health.  If you find that some of your lab work numbers are not within the normal range, I invite you to investigate new ways to create healthy habits.  There are so many! I’m happy to be a resource for those ideas.  Next time we will talk about loving foods!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

The Power of Love is a perfect theme for any month but I think it is particularly ideal for this one.  Love has the power to heal anything.  So I like to use The Power of Love in my practice and all my treatments. I created YourOneSweetLife.com to show how good lifestyle habits could engender a healthy mind and body. When you can find a powerful emotion like love to connect to your health goals you are more likely to achieve them (and have more fun doing so as well)!

Have you noticed how the people who are most balanced have things they love in their lives? They love their work or their families or love going on vacation every year.  There is at least one area of their lives where love prevails and spills over into everything else.

The most wonderful thing about love is that it is so big and inclusive.  You can love avocados and love walking in the park you don’t have to choose between them. You can enjoy both!  A tremendous part of good health is finding things you love and using them to create a healthy lifestyle.

This month I have some great things to share with you to improve your health and the amount of love in your life.  You can pop over to my website and read my new blog, Your One Sweet Life (http://www.healthydaes.com/your-one-sweet-life), and see how I have committed to finding a sweet moment in every day.

Love can show up as having gratitude for the things and people in your life.  If you want to create more gratitude in your life I recommend that you sign up for my FREE 30 days of gratitude to improve your health and attitude.

(http://bit.ly/30DaysGratitudeDrDae) Each day you will receive an email with a gratitude quote and 2-5 minute gratitude exercise for the day. It has been a great success.

For my diabetes patients, I have created a new FREE course to teach you how to manage your blood sugars.  It is a gift of love just for you!  Enjoy it! (http://www.youronesweetlife.com/courses/dr-daes-diabetes-tip-to-manage-your-blood-sugars-to-normal/preview )

So this month lets focus on creating more love in our lives.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Root Yourself in Gratitude: Change Your Health for the Better

As you can see there are many different tools you can use to root yourself in positive beliefs.  In this month alone we have used self-reflection, problem solving and even eating certain root vegetables to anchor positivity into our lives.

My favorite tool is gratitude!  The definition of gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for, and to return, kindness.  Gratitude inherently fosters good feelings and positive beliefs both in situations and people.

Gratitude is a gift we give ourselves and it creates a more positive mental, emotional and physical life.  It has been proven that gratitude improves our mental outlook and improves our immune system.  So take a few moments to feel gratitude for all that is good in your life.

If you want to learn more about gratitude or want tools to create more gratitude in your life, then join my 30 days of gratitude program to improve your health and attitude (click here).

 

Dr. Dae sighting this month.  Join the fun!

Jan 5th corporate lecture on meal planning – private lecture

Jan 24th – corporate lecture on diabetes

Jan 25th – Northwestern Alumni Association Webinar

January 31st – First Class of Dr. Dae’s a Life Worth Living Course – Live in DC Area or Webinar access everywhere else.  Space is limited in the live class so register now.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

 

 

Warming Winter Foods can Change how you think Health Foods

If one of your New Years resolutions has to do with eating healthier then Rooting Yourself in positive beliefs is your perfect solution. Winter is the perfect time to eat root vegetables!  (Did you like that play on words?)

Root vegetables are foods that grow underground and that we usually keep in the pantry for quite a while. Examples are sweet potatoes, red potatoes (really all potatoes), carrots, celery, parsnips, beets, celery root, rutabaga, and radishes.  You get the idea.  Just for good measure you can use fun underground spices too like ginger, garlic, and leeks.

Did you know that sweet potatoes actually have chemicals that can improve blood sugar regulation levels even in type 2 diabetics?  So you can eat up this super-vegetable and it can help with weight loss, diabetes, and heart disease.  In my Eat More Plant Membership community we will explore root vegetable recipes and health benefits.  Or you can just use some of recipes from by Eat More Plants.

Dr. Dae sighting this month.  Join the fun!

Jan 5th corporate lecture on meal planning – private lecture

Jan 24th – corporate lecture on diabetes

Jan 25th – Northwestern Alumni Association Webinar

January 31st – First Class of Dr. Dae’s a Life Worth Living Course – Live in DC Area or Webinar access everywhere else.  Space is limited in the live class so register now.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

How Dr. King can Speak to All of Us!

Today, as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  I decided to take a few minutes to read through his quotes to honor his legacy.  I was so touched by so many of his words which focus on our individual character and how it impacts the world.

Today, January 16, 2017, here is the quote that spoke most to me.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2016 I was saddened by the atmosphere of disrespect and disregard for human difference in this country.  During the election process there were people who said they wanted to lead this country but led with ideas of division, separatism, hate and intimidation towards disempowered and vulnerable individuals.

This atmosphere continued after the election and worsened as we saw riots in cities.  There has been a rise in hateful harassment, swastika vandalism,  anti-immigrant, anti-Black, anti-LGBT,  anti-Muslim and anti-woman rhetoric.  (Information taken from the Southern Poverty Law Center.)

It has been heartbreaking for me to hear about incidents in my community where hatred and vandalism have prevailed.  It is in my nature to do something to help alleviate suffering.  It is in my nature to want to create healing and support.  So I have been searching my heart and mind to find ways to bring people together.

When I saw the quote from Dr. King it gave me a moment of inspiration and hope.  It gave me a way to begin to speak to others about how we can begin to change this atmosphere of uncertainly and darkness that so many people are feeling.  It seems so simple. We have to speak about what we believe in.  We cannot just ignore words and actions that we think are hurtful and hateful.  When we do we are passively accepting evil.  And according to Dr. King we are cooperating with evil in our silence.

Instead, we have to talk about what we believe in.  We have to talk about what we are proud of.  If we see a story that is disrespectful of women, we must talk about a story that shows women as an inspiration.  If we hear stories of division, we might share stories of how people in this country have come together to build communities.

What I got from all Dr. King’s quotes is that we have to constantly reinforce love in everything we do: the words we say to one another, the actions we take with the people we know and the people that we don’t know.  We have to decide to live in a loving community and we show love in order to propagate it in the world.

So I am thankful that we have a day to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King because in honoring him today I have found another way to look at our current atmosphere with hope and an open heart.

Live Vibrantly,

Dr. Dae

Your Attitude can Impact Your View Of Life

We are in the second week of January and there is still so much talk about new years resolutions and making changes to our lifestyles and habits.  Once again, it is a perfect time to begin new habits by Rooting Yourself in Positive Beliefs!  In my practice, I have had lots of opportunities to observe the difference between success and failure in making healthy lifestyle changes

Let me give you an example to illustrate how powerful it can be to root yourself in positive beliefs.  Since it is a new year and many of us will make a resolution to eat better, I will choose two patients that came in for weight loss in 2016.

Patient One

Patient One came to the office wanting to lose weight for multiple health reasons.  This patient had tried unsuccessfully to lose weight in the past.  They inaccurately believed that they had no will power over food choices.  Their spouse was not supportive of their goals and they had close friends who joked with them that they wouldn’t last 2 weeks on their new routine. Negative beliefs from their own thoughts and their support networks, swirled around them.  At the end of the month, they reported that obstacles had derailed their efforts to stay on course.  They were feeling discouraged and disappointed.

Now let’s look at another scenario.  

Patient Two

Patient Two is excited for change. They are tired of feeling bad and they are ready to try something that will make them feel better. This patient comes in and tells me they have been looking up meal planning on Pinterest and they can’t wait to try recipes for healthier lunches to take to the office.  We come up with a plan to deal with obstacles they have encountered in the past so they can overcome them this time around. At the end of the month, they report they have more energy and they have even lost a few pounds.

A positive belief is not an airy-fairy hope that things will work out for us.  In my practice we use positive thinking to problem solve difficult or longstanding issues before us.  Once you have specific tools to figure out how to handle your obstacles you can have success in any and all areas of your life.

Thoughts are powerful!  If we include the power of positive thinking as part of our plan then we can achieve our goals.  If you need help in creating your plan, contact the office for a 30-minute discovery call.

Dr. Dae sighting this month.  Join the fun!

Jan 5th corporate lecture on meal planning – private lecture

Jan 24th – corporate lecture on diabetes

Jan 25th – Northwestern Alumni Association Webinar

January 31st – First Class of Dr. Dae’s a Life Worth Living Course – Live in DC Area or Webinar access everywhere else.  Space is limited in the live class so register now.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Root Yourself in Positive Beliefs

We are completely wrapped up in winter, a time of introspection and self-reflection.  It’s the perfect time to begin again or to begin anew.  So the theme that came to me for this month is Root Yourself in Positive Beliefs! 

With the combination of the winter’s beginning and the first week of the year’s first month, we can’t help but think about creating something new in our life.  It is the resolutions that are the topic of conversation everywhere, at work, at home, with our friends and family.  If you are honest you too have thought about what you want to do differently in this new year.

If we take the time to be quiet and listen to what our inner voice tells us, we can create a new definition of success for our lives.  Choosing a new level of success means you will have to change. Change can be daunting but it doesn't have to be.  We have to look at change as a process to get to success.

When we root ourselves in negative beliefs change is scary, difficult and overwhelming.  This makes whatever we are trying to accomplish even harder. 

However when we root ourselves in positive beliefs change can be fun, an adventure or something to look forward to.  Rooting ourselves in positive beliefs gives us a sense of ease.  Isn’t that what we all want?

Each week of this month we will look at different aspects of how to root ourselves in positive beliefs in every situation and discover how this can help us achieve our health and life goals.  We will take a new perspective on how to set our intentions for health this month!

Dr. Dae sightings this month.  Join the fun!

Jan 5th corporate lecture on meal planning – private lecture

Jan 24th – corporate lecture on diabetes

Jan 25th – Northwestern Alumni Association Webinar

January 31st – First Class of Dr. Dae’s a Life Worth Living Course – Live in DC Area or Webinar access everywhere else.  Space is limited in the live class so register now.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Picture http://rootcauseseattle.com/

 

 

 

Dr. Daemon Jones – UBCNM

Dr. Daemon Jones, or Dr. Dae, as her patients affectionately call her, left the corporate world to enter the naturopathic medical field.

After 15 years as an ND, she is the author of 2 books and 6 e-books. Soon she is launching a ‘members only’ website with online videos and other resources to serve not just her clients but others in the naturopathic medicine field.

“We need to have more tools in the naturopathic community, so we don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel in our individual practices,” she explains.

“As naturopaths, we love to be innovative. But, we also need to continue to create support systems where we can help one another. I love the fact that some of my colleagues said, ‘Yes. Great! You did this so we don’t have to!’

Whole foods nutrition is the foundation of her practice. In the early days, she discovered her patients were upset by the idea of giving up certain foods, and they didn’t know what to replace them with. Paying attention to her patients and what they need always inspir

es Dr. Dae to new ways of doing business.

So she started demonstrating healthy recipes.

“Cooking demonstrations show people that change is actually simple, and that these healthy foods taste great!” Not only did cooking demos win her clients over to a healthier lifestyle, she found them a great way to promote her practice.

A local cancer and chronic disease support center often sponsored her cooking demos. The eager attendees started asking for the recipes. This led her to write her first cookbook, Daelicious Recipes for Vibrant Living. Her second book, Eat More Plants, helps explain the connection between various vegetables and fruits and their health promoting properties.

 

As Dr. Dae innovates, her practice evolves.

“Washingtonians are busy people.  I am finding they do not want to come in for face to face contact as much anymore, so I am looking for new ways to bring the information to them.”

She sees patients now 2 days a week, and spends her other days out speaking in public or working on her video projects.

“I’m so much happier now.”

“My practice has always changed based on what my patients are requesting of me. What are they asking of me? How can I provide it to them? How can I do it in a way that makes me feel excited and creative?”

One day Dr. Dae will convey information by filming a video, the next day she may do it in a one-on-one meeting. The following day Dr. Dae may deliver the same information to 30 people in a classroom. It may be the same information, yet the diversity of tasks and settings makes her job new and different on a daily basis. “It’s stimulating,” she enthuses.

Choosing naturopathic medicine and UBCNM

Dr. Dae was unhappy in her corporate job. She made an appointment to consult with a naturopathic doctor, not because she was sick, but because of her general malaise. After one visit with a naturopathic doc, she was fascinated. She loved what she heard about the lifestyle changes that could get her back to loving her life. “I love naturopathic medicine, and the different ways we can express it, how we can help people get better. We can be creative, I have learned about how to help people.”

She initially enrolled in Bastyr University in Seattle and transferred to University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM) to be closer to home when her mother became very ill. She found the transition very easy and UBCNM very accommodating to the transfer. “I made friends in the class behind me as well as my graduating class, as I complete the requisite courses. It was an opportunity to meet and make a lot of friends.”

Learn more about Dr. Dae:

See Dr. Dae’s books & ebooks

Take Dr. Dae’s “5 Quick and Healthy Meals” Free Mini Course

 

This article was originally published https://aanmc.org/success-stories/dr-daemon-jones-ubcnm/

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: What You Don't Know Can Kill You

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! It is time to bring attention to a female reproductive cancer that kills more women than other female reproductive cancers. Ovarian cancer takes more lives each year than breast cancer yet it does not have the same amount of exposure in the news and media.

If ovarian cancer is caught early there is a very high survivor rate. Because of this excellent news it is important to have early detection for it. During this month we in the medical community want to raise your awareness about your reproductive health.

Ovarian cancer is not a common cancer however it can be deadly because women sometimes do not detect any symptoms or their symptoms can be confused with other disorders.

If is caught early, before it spreads outside of the ovaries, there are treatments to put it into remission. If it is caught after it has metastasized and traveled outside of the ovaries, the survivor outcomes are much lower.

How can ovarian cancer be detected?

First and foremost, you have to trust your intuition about your body. If you feel that there is something wrong or you are having vague symptoms go to your primary care physician or gynecologist for an evaluation.

It is better to go to your doctor and find out it is just a stomachache or irregular periods, than not to go and find out a year later it is ovarian cancer.

Take notice if you experience any of the following symptoms for longer than a month:

  • Gas or bloating, a feeling of fullness in the pelvis
  • Frequent or urgent urination
  • Nausea, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea
  • Menstrual disorders, pain during intercourse
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Bleeding from the vagina
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Unexplained back pain that gets worse

What are the next steps?

Your doctor will perform a physical and pelvic exam to identify the problem. Lab testing, ultrasounds, or biopsy may follow to confirm the diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is made your treatment options can include surgery or chemotherapy.

Ovarian cancer is a very treatable cancer if it is caught early.  So if you are not feeling quite right and this situation continues for months at a time, be proactive and ask for more testing to find the answers to why you are not feeling well. It can make all the difference in your health!

Live Vibrantly,
Dr. Dae
Dr. Daemon Jones

Squashing Out Negative Beliefs - October 2016 Theme

have decided to create a theme for each month and have articles, videos, and recipes that reflect my theme.  This month's theme is Squashing Out Negative Beliefs.  Since it is October, of course from a food perspective my thoughts turn to pumpkin and squash recipes.  Spiritually it makes sense to squash out negative beliefs to make room for gratitude coming into November!

The cooking videos for our Eat More Plants Community will revolve around simple recipes to cook pumpkin, butternut squash, spaghetti squash and acorn squash.  If you are interested in learning how to make my Curry Pumpkin Soup sign up for the free trial and see the cooking demo.

Spiritually squashing out our negative beliefs releases us from our limiting thoughts living our lives in a small way.  Freedom comes from being open willing to look at the beliefs that help us make the decision about how we are going to operate in the world.  Simple changes. like being willing to try a new way home from work, or a new food, or exploring a new part of town can open us up to ideas that we never saw before.

It can be amazing to find a new way home that is 15 minutes faster than the way you have been traveling for years. Trying a new food and liking it can create a healthier lifestyle or better health for ourselves, our friends and our family members in dramatic ways.  Going to a festival in a different part of town can show you new restaurants, new activities and new people that have common interests to you.

Let's enjoy Squashing Out Negative Belief together and share how our life opens up!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Stretch, Strengthen and Satisfy - An Awesome Private Event

Here are some photos from the event.  The really cool and artist ones are from the fabulous Cliff Fenning.

Last night I had the honor of working with Jessica Sandhu and Katelin Haney on their private event, Stretch, Strengthen and Satisfy!  The event was focused on healthy living through, a yoga class, a healthy plant-based dinner with dessert, a biodynamic wine and a community of friends.

Our host, Katelin had a vision of creating an evening with friends that focused healthy living with her girlfriends. She enlisted, Jessica Sandhu, a wonderful yoga instructor to help her plan the event.  What unfolded was a spectacular event! That started with ladies arriving to hear guitar music being played by, Rosebud. 

The Artist, Rosebud Ireland, playing while the ladies are coming in for the evening and during dinner.

 

They had the option of protein and ginger lemon shrub (non-alcoholic) as a light snack before a one-hour yoga class. 

A small energy snack, like protein balls, can be a great pick me up before a workout.

 

Yoga class had music by Jordan while Jessica taught an awesome vinyasa class.  

Jessica, showing an asana as she teaches the yoga class

While the class was in progress, in the kitchen there was a team of volunteers pitching in to create the meal.  Truth be told we were there way before the class.  There is no way that I could have pulled off the meal without Leny and Marina.  They were awesome and kept me on track and on schedule.  Having help made playing in the kitchen so much fun.

Marina and Jordan helping to prep desserts before the event started.

After class, I spoke about seasonal fall dishes that we created for the event.  It was a completely plant-based focused on recipes from my book Eat More Plants. It was wonderful to have the ladies open to a plant-based meal that was filling and delicious!  Many were happily surprised that they felt satisfied and energetic after the meal.  They loved the tea and whole food desserts as well.

Dinner is served, Simple Salad, Minty Lentil Salad, Brown Rice risotto with nuts, Roasted Root Vegetables.

It was an awesome event where everyone invited was nourished for a few hours.  What a spectacular girls night out!  I was honored to focus on the food with most of my recipes being the featured as the foods.

One of the best ways to get healthy and stay that way to share healthy living in your community.  If you are interested in creating a healthy event for your friends or family contact us to find how we can help you!

This is how to create #YourOneSweetLife.com.

Live vibrantly,

Dr. Dae

 

 

Why Lentils are One of My Things Favorites to Cook

Food Name: Lentils

When I first started to eat a plant-based diet I really didn’t know how to prepare beans and legumes so I was missing out on an important source of proteins and soluble fibers in my diet.  My friend and fellow naturopathic Paul Rizza introduced me to green lentils and it changed my life!  Lentils are one of the simplest legumes to make they only take about 30-40 minutes in the pot! 

Health Benefits:

Lentils are considered legumes and are a fantastic source of soluble and insoluble fiber.  Soluble fiber is important in maintaining appropriate cholesterol levels and support heart healthy living.  Insoluble fiber supports digestive health, reduces constipation and other digestive complaints.  Lentils are a great source of protein especially for those who are looking for a plant-based source of protein.  The combination of fiber and protein supports maintaining blood sugar levels which is good news for all diabetic patients.  There are many micronutrients found in lentils as well especially magnesium, folate, and iron.  These nutrients support cardiovascular health, menstrual abnormalities, and some issues related to issues related to fatigue.

Remember that it is important to eat a balanced diet to make sure you get all the vitamins and nutrients required by the body.  Information referenced from whfoods.org.

How to pick a good/Storage

Here is an important tip whenever you are preparing beans or legumes then you need to wash them before you put them in water to cook.  They come from the earth just like fruits and vegetables so since you wash those you should wash your lentils too!

Dry lentils you can store up to a year.  Cooked you can keep in the refrigerator for a week.  In the freezer, they will last for up to 3 months.  Be sure to store then in an air tight container so they will last and won't get freezer burn.

Recipes/Fun Ideas about how to use

Lentils are great in soups and salads!   Here a few of my favorite simple recipes to make them.  You can also find them in my 2nd Book Eat More Plants.

  • Green Lentil Soup page 27

  • Pink Lentil Soup page 29

  • Minty Lentil Salad page 52

  • Lentil Quinoa Salad page 60

 

 

Benefits of Eggplant

 

I also realized that many Italian dishes and Asian dishes have great ideas about how to use eggplants.

 

Health Benefits:

Eggplant has many antioxidant activities.  Antioxidants are chemicals that used protect our cells from damage so they are important for reducing disease.  Some of the benefits found in eggplants have been associated with anti-cancer activity.  Interestingly enough they have also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral so they can be important for the immune system support.

The beautiful purple color in the skin is a powerful antioxidant.

When cooking one of the drawbacks is that the skin can be a bit bitter.  This means you might need to add a few drops of maple syrup or stevia to help round out the flavor.

How to pick a good Eggplant

When picking an Eggplant look for shiny skin that looks fresh.  If you see dent or bruises then it is quite possible the flesh underneath will be damaged as well.

How to store an Eggplant

Eggplants are very sensitive to both heat and cold.  Do not cut it until you are ready to use it because it degrades quickly. It is best to keep in the refrigerator crisper uncut and unwashed.

Recipes/Fun Ideas about how to use Eggplant

I have fallen in love with eggplant in sandwiches and casseroles.  They are great in stews too.  Here are a few suggestions.

  • Eggplant Lasagna Eat More Plants page 67
  • Eggplant Envelopes Eat More Plants page 68
  • Roasted Vegetables Eat More Plants page 101
  • Black Bean Chili Eat More Plants page 31

14 Secrets of People Who Live With Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal part of human emotional experience. However, when your anxious thoughts begin to interfere with sleep, work or daily activities, you need to seek professional support.

According to MedicineNet.com, anxiety is defined as a feeling of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating and feelings of stress.

Common symptoms that are associated with anxiety are a feeling of apprehension or powerlessness, a lingering sense of danger or panic, heart pounding in the chest, sweating, trembling and feeling weak.

People suffering with anxiety disorder may feel ashamed because the wider community doesn’t understand how it impacts their daily existence.

Recurring negative thoughts can show up in daily life. Below are quotes from real people who are living with anxiety. They want you to know what it is like for them.

“I do realize the things I worry about are ridiculous. Even though I’m aware, I can’t just stop it.” — Erika Strojny Myers

“I might look like I’m doing nothing, but in my head I’m quite busy.” — Diane Kim

“You can’t just stop worrying. There is no ‘on’ or ‘off’ switch.” — Kim Derrick-Bené

“Even though we look OK on the outside, our anxiety is wreaking havoc on our insides.” — Cynthia Adams McGrath

“Anxiety and worrying are not the same things.” — Amy Hrynyk

“Just because you don’t understand doesn’t mean my fears aren’t real.” — Vicki Happ

“My mind is my enemy, so I need you on my side. Sometimes I even need you to fight alongside me.” — Erin Farmer-Perrine

The quotes come from the website the mighty.com, “31 Secrets of People Who Live With Anxiety”.

People living with anxiety disorder can also suffer from physical symptoms like being totally overwhelmed or exhausted. Here are some of the thoughts people living with anxiety deal with.

“After a hectic day, especially after being in crowds or dealing directly with multiple people, I have a ‘people hangover’ the next day. I need alone time to reboot from all the energy used. I have to rest and reset my mind. If I don’t, I will become bone-tired, overwhelmed and moody.” — Lisa Shuey

“It’s paralyzing.” — Marlene Pickering

“It’s sometimes so exhausting and distracting that I may be forgetful or unproductive, but it’s not me trying to be thoughtless, lazy or make excuses.” — Anna Powers

Anxiety can even create heart palpations or a pounding in the chest. Here are a few more personal quotes about how this can feel.

“I don’t just ‘get nervous.’ Heck, half the time I’m not even nervous when I’m having a panic attack — I’m anxious. Sometimes it’s for no reason I can identify. When I’m anxious and nervous I recognize some of it is irrational, but I can’t just snap out of it. My mind and body aren’t cooperating with reason.” — Alex Wickham

“All the logic in the world won’t keep my heart from hammering in my chest.” — Rebecca V Cowcill

Everyone feels some anxiety in life. So for someone who doesn’t have an anxiety disorder, it may not seem serious. But an anxiety disorder is difficult to live with.

If you have a friend or loved one suffering with an anxiety disorder, remember these quotes the next time they share their problems with you.

Live Vibrantly,
Dr. Dae
Dr. Daemon Jones

These 5 Phrases Can Help to Calm an Anxious Child

Children learn by experiencing the world through their senses and their emotions. It is wondrous to watch and help our children develop especially when they are having happy experiences.

In addition to happy times our children also endure unpleasant experiences like anxiety. These emotions are scary for children and they look to their parents to help them handle these feelings.

When our children are having feelings like anxiety, using strategies and phrases to talk to your child about how to get calm helps them learn techniques that they can use for the rest of their lives.

In his book "The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive," Dr. Daniel J. Siegel shares a holistic approach to raising children.

Strategy #8 in Siegel's book is called "Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Teaching That Feelings Come and Go." Some of the best ways to do that is to use simple phrases with your children when they are feeling anxious.

Here are my top five phrases from an article in the Huffington Post called "49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child." These are my favorites because the are based on mindfulness practices that have been adapted to work for children.

1) “I’m taking a deep breath.”

Teach your child how take deep breaths by breathing with them. You can even allow them to sit on your lap and feel your breathing.

2) “Can you draw it?”

Drawing is a creative way to express your thoughts and feelings. It is a great way to help kids understand what is causing them to feel uncomfortable.

3) “Close your eyes. Picture this ...”

Visualization is a way to ease anxiety. Guiding your child to feel safe and happy feelings can reverse anxiety.

4) “We’re going for a walk.”

Exercise can change the situation and alleviate anxiety.

5) “Let’s write a new story.”

Let your child rewrite the situation that is uncomfortable and make it safe for the child.

When your child is feeling anxious it is great to have strategies to help them reduce their anxiety.

Try these and let us know what you think.

Dr. Dae
Dr. Daemon Jones

This article was originally published on EmpowHer.com.

 

8 Things People With Anxiety Want Their Friends to Know

Can you imagine living with a feeling of apprehension or fear that could descend on you at any moment without notice? The sense of danger or panic can be momentary or lingering. This sense of powerlessness can even create physical symptoms in the body.

What about walking out of the door and all of a sudden you start feeling overwhelmed or stressed out? Your heart starts beating out of your chest, you start sweating and you fall into a debilitating state of emotional instability.

The worst part of this scenario is that it can happen any time day or night with on warning at all.

This is the world of someone suffering with anxiety. Many people do not understand that this is what is happening in the mind and body of someone with anxiety.

When you have a friend that is dealing with an anxiety disorder, symptoms of the disease can prevent her from being able to connect with you in the way she wants to.

In this article I want to describe anxiety and then share some things that people living with anxiety want their friends to know. I hope it provides insight to help you be a more compassionate friend for them.

The combination of mental and physical symptoms can cause people living with anxiety to seem like they are not interested in developing or maintaining their friendships. This is not actually true. They are suffering with their symptoms in silence.

Here are some quotes from an article on Themighty.com called “36 Things People With Anxiety Want Their Friends to Know,” by people who are living with anxiety want their friends to know:

“When I cancel plans with you it’s because I’m afraid to admit I’m a heaping mess. It has nothing to do with you … and everything to do with my panic attack.” — Dorie Cabasag-Smith

“When I can’t do something, no one is more disappointed than me. Please try to understand that.” — Lindsey Hemphill

I can’t just turn it off.” — Katie Keepman

“It’s not your job to fix me. Please just love me the way I am.” — Carole Detweiler Oranzi

“Sometimes when I’m feeling the anxiety, I have no idea why I’m anxious.” — Laura Hernandez

“I analyze things constantly because of anxiety.

I cannot turn my brain off and it can be exhausting.” — Cailea Hiller

“I want to first apologize for the hundreds of times I’ve bailed on you. The hundreds of times I had to leave early and you had no clue. The hundreds of times I had to tell you no.” — Mary Kate Donahue

“I’m not a flake. Sometimes anxiety stops me from doing social things. I might cancel at the last minute, but it’s never out of unfriendliness or being lazy. Know that if you need me, I’ll be there for you in any way I can.” — Bridget Hamilton

If you have a friend that is living with an anxiety disorder understanding how much they want to connect and sometimes can’t because of anxiety might help you to support them.

Live Vibrantly,
Dr. Dae
Dr. Daemon Jones

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Can Yogic Breathing Help with Asthma?

During an asthma attack you can have difficulty catching your breath. In fact, at times it can feel like you are suffocating.

Asthma comes from the Greek word for “panting.” If you have had an asthma attack, you know just how uncomfortable the feeling is.

Asthma is a life-long lung disease that causes inflammation in the airways of the lungs. It causes the lungs to be overly sensitive.

During an asthma attack the airways that lead into the lungs become smaller and narrower. This makes it hard to allow air to pass into the lungs. The muscles in the airways constrict and make the airways even smaller.

Finally, any particles in the air cause mucous cells to secrete mucus which also blocks the airways, preventing air movement into the lungs.

The combination of all this creates tightness and constriction in the chest, difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.

The most common treatment for asthma is using an inhaler, which provides temporary relief for asthma symptoms, especially in the early moments of an attack. It is easy for an inhaler to be overused.

People used to use inhalers round the clock, but this has been determined to be harmful. Only use them as needed along with any other regular treatments or medications, according to current recommendations.(3)

Doing yoga may be a way to reduce the need for those inhalers as you practice methods that help strengthen your lungs, improve your breathing and induce relaxation to help avoid asthma attacks.

People look towards yoga to help with breathing exercises. When you have asthma it is important to realize that retraining your breathing can affect breathing problems too.

If you are interested in trying breathing techniques you have to start slowly and build up over time. This is the best way to use these breathing techniques. If you feel uncomfortable stop the exercises and rest.

Barbara Benagh, a yoga instructor and former asthmatic recommends these five exercises.

Exercise 1: Deep Relaxation Breathing

Lie down and practice belly breathing, checking in with how you are feeling.

Exercise 2: The Wave

Now that you feel relaxed, place your hands at your side, and begin to relax your back into the floor as you exhale. Lift up your chest a few inches as you inhale.

Exercise 3: Soften the Inhalation

Now you will shorten your inhale while keeping your exhale the same length. Your goal is to shorten your inhale to half the time of your exhale.

Exercise 4: Complete Diaphragmatic Exhalations

Lie down with your arms at your sides. Start your exhalation by pursing your lips and blow the breath out in a steady stream.

When you get to the end of the exhalation, pause for a few seconds before inhaling. Breathe in through your nose.

Continue to repeat, making your exhales twice as long as your inhale.

Exercise 5: Extend Pause

Lie on your back, bending your knees with your feet on the floor.

Pause before you inhale. Then inhale one to two seconds and exhale twice as long.

Pause again. Let the pause be as long as comfortable before starting over.

These yoga breathing exercises are designed to help your lungs become stronger over time and with daily practice. They may help your asthma attacks. It is not a substitute for your current treatment. Instead, it is an adjunct therapy.

Over a six-month period of time you could see better breathing! Try it and let us know if it works for you.

Live Vibrantly,
Dr. Dae
Dr. Daemon Jones
Dr. Dae's website: www.HealthyDaes.com

This article was originally published on EmpowHer.com.

How You Can Reduce Asthma and Allergy Triggers in Every Room

Suffering from allergies or asthma can be an uncomfortable situation with many different symptoms. Allergy symptoms can be triggered by outside sources like pollution or pollen. They can also be triggered from inside sources like dust mites or mold.

There might not be many things you can do about the outdoor environment but there are some things that you can do to help with the inside sources.

Let’s start with some general guidelines for your home.

Have HEPA filters in your rooms can be very beneficial. HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air or high efficiency particulate arrestance. HEPA filters are air purifiers.

According to WebMD, “A HEPA filter is a type of mechanical air filter; it works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.” HEPA filters vary in sizes. It is important to have a HEPA filter that will service the entire room.

There are some other general cleaning rules that apply to many rooms in your house.

If you have carpets in your house, vacuum them frequently, or consider replacing your carpets with hard wood, tile or vinyl flooring.

Draperies and curtains can contain many pollutants, so consider replacing them with roll-up shades. Bedding can also house pollutants.

If you have pets keep them outside so they do not have dander on the furniture in the house.

When you look for furniture, find brands that have toxin-free finishes. Find fabrics that can be cleaned easily.

Here are some things you can do to each room of the house to help reduce your allergy and asthma symptoms:

For the Bedroom

Make sure to wash all of your bedding, including your pillow covers, sheets and comforters. Sheets should be changed every week. Make sure wash your sheets in hot water.

Consider using plastic covers over your mattresses and pillows, then cover with bedding.

Wash pillow covers every three weeks. You can wash your pillows, too. Optimally, wash your pillows every three months. Replace your pillows every one to three years.

For the Bathroom

In the bathroom do not use wallpaper because moisture can become trapped inside it and that could cause mold. Nylon shower curtains liners are a better choice than vinyl or cloth.

For the Kitchen

Make sure you have a good ventilation system that will send smoke and other substances to the outdoors instead of getting trapped inside. Cabinets can be a source of toxic fumes, so make sure your cabinets have low-VOC paints, stains and adhesives.

For the Basement

Basements tend to be damp, so mold and mildew can be a problem in these areas. If you have a damp basement, it should be avoided by people with asthma and allergies.

For the Garage

The garage is a closed environment so don’t store potentially toxic cleaning supplies, paints, hazardous material and pesticides there.

Live Vibrantly,
Dr. Dae
Dr. Daemon Jones

 

Do you know which family of vegetables is considered the Super Family?

 It is cruciferous vegetable family!  The what family???  The family consists of broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy to name a few of these great vegetables.

This super family has substantial health benefits for fighting diseases including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

What makes this super family super beneficial?  They are packed with phytochemicals, are plant-based nutrients.  There are so many different variations of phytonutrients research has found over 100,000 different variations.  

In the cruciferous vegetables family there are some that run through all of the family.  Some of the one’s that are most important are the one’s that help with bodies detoxification process. This is fundamental to the healing process by getting rid of waste before it causes damage to cells.  This includes preventing damage that leads to cancer.

Let me highlight 4 of my favorites:

Broccoli

This is actually one of Americas favorite vegetables of all time. it can be enjoyed raw or cooked. If you like is raw you will get more of a phytonutrient called sulforaphane which have been researched for anticancer properties.  If you are vitamin D deficient broccoli will be your friend because vitamin D needs vitamin A and K to help with absorption and broccoli has high amounts of both.  Broccoli helps with allergies too because of its effects on allergy related substances in the body.  Generally helps with inflammation, reducing oxidative stress in the body and helping with detoxification.

Kale

Kale is a member of the cruciferous vegetable or Brassica family.  Kale also has quercitin, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which are great for the immune system. Glucosinolates are the main compound that give health benefit and also their bitter taste.   Glucosinolates are cancer-fighting and heart protecting.  It is preventative for cancer and it also slows its grow.

Collard Greens

They shine when it comes to lowering cholesterol.  It also has many cancer fighting effects because they operate on three systems of the body that are important for fighting cancer.  They have detoxification properties, they supports reducing inflammation in the body, and they have antioxidant properties.  The fiber in collards are a great benefit as well.

Bok Choy

Bok choy offers nutritional assets similar to those of other cabbages by being rich in vitamin C.  It also has indoles and fiber, both of which appear to lower the risk of various forms of cancer. Bok choy is also a good source of folate (folic acid). And with its deep green leaves, bok choy has more beta-carotene than other cabbages, and it also supplies considerably more calcium.

It is recommended to have members of the Cruciferous vegetable family three or more times per week.  I think that is a great idea!  If you want to figure out ways to eat more cruciferious vegetables then check out recipes from my book Eat More Plants!  Let me know what are your favorite members of the family. 

By the way what are your favorite recipes?

Live vibrantly,

Dr. Dae

Create Paradise Wherever You Are

Find a quiet space where you can sit and breathe for a few minutes.

Do you ever feel like you need a break in the middle of a busy week or a busy day?  A place where you can just have a few moments of calm to restore your personal piece. Even if you can't get away from your every day routine you can still create a personal paradise right where you are!  It is simple and it only takes 4 steps.

1. Find a quiet space

It can be inside or outside.  I recommend that you find somewhere you will not be disturbed. 

If you are inside you can put a note outside of the room where you are sitting letting anyone in the house know that you will be unavailable for a period of time.

If you are outside then find a quiet place out side your home or in a park where you can feel comfortable sitting.  When I am in a park I leave my purse in the car so I don't feel self conscious about having it with me when I close my eyes.  I like to keep a blanket and a chair in the trunk of my car so I can stop in a park and have something to sit on.

What is nice about public parks is that other people in the park usually will give you space to be with yourself.  They won't disturb you as you sit in the park.

2. Turn off your electronic devices

Turn off your electronic devices. Don't just put them on silent.  When you turn off your phone you get to have a break from the outside world.  When you have something on silent it can still interrupt your piece of mind when you hear a buzzing noise from the your alerts.

3. Breathe deeply and fully

When you take deep full breaths you muscles and your nervous system relax.  When you body relaxes your mind can relax too.  If you are outside in nature look around and let your eyes look into the distance.  See the beauty around you.  This helps to relax you as well.

4. Let your mind think of healthy and happy thoughts

Let your thoughts about your day dissolve.  Think about people or places that bring a smile to your face.  Let yourself smile.  This is called visualization.  It can increase the endorphins, happy chemicals in your brain.

What is your idea of paradise?

Where are your personal paradises?  How often do you get away to them?

Would you like to have my FREE Personal Paradise cheatsheet download?  Just share your email address and I will send it right to you!

 

 

 

Live Vibrantly,

Dr. Daemon Jones