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NEW FEATURE – BANNERS!

NEW FEATURE – BANNERS!

As the HU Community continues to grow, we are constantly working to develop apps that will help our members connect, collaborate and grow. To this end, we are excited to announce the launch of our new Banners app.  This new feature allows members to post ads to promote their practice, products, services or events.  Although Banners can only be posted by members, they can be seen by both members and non-members. Although we recommend the default Banner type, which is image based, you also have the option to post a text Banner (the size for both is 400x120dpi).  In order to post your own Banner, simply click on your profile picture, located in the top right corner of your screen, and then s
You are no longer relevant

You are no longer relevant

A short time ago I was driving across town and thinking about my kids. They are all grown up now and have moved away. Their lives are in full swing with jobs, babies and the obligations that are a natural result of living. I was thinking about how much I miss them and yet how lucky we were that the kids were leading happy successful lives, each in their own way. The sadness I felt at that moment reduced me to tears. Life is funny, isn’t it? I can vividly remember those days when my husband and I were in the middle of raising our kids and juggling careers. Even a few moments of peace and quiet were dreamed of and coveted. How often I found myself wishing if I could only have a day to myself
Are you healthy down to your mitochondria?

Are you healthy down to your mitochondria?

To truly get healthy you need to detoxify and rebuild at the cellular level.  How do you measure it? Hair Analysis can show you the map toward your best health by showing mineral levels and heavy metal toxicity that needs to be cleaned out.  From Dec. 20-31st receive a 15% discount/up to $225 on services! You can feel Energy, Vibrancy, Clarity, Motivation, Strength, Calmness and so much more to achieve your life goals. See what your body's savings account looks like and scientifically watch the improvements! I would love to hear from you to help you FEEL like yourself again! https://www.hairanalysisnutrition.com
The Season of Giving

The Season of Giving

 A Shaltazar channeled message: “You are coming into the season of giving where everyone hustles and bustles to buy presents for others. You may have noticed that in your world giving has become more materialistic. Maybe that giving is not the best way to express your true feelings for others. Let Us remind you that you live in the Duality where the laws of the polarity exist. Giving is only one of the polarities in the continuum. “What is the other?” you say. Receiving. We feel your puzzlement. You believe giving is different than receiving. Many of you were taught that it is better to give than to receive. And to only receive is selfish. We suggest that is not necessarily true. It is ti
How to eat at least 100 g of protein per day?

How to eat at least 100 g of protein per day?

Insufficient protein intake is something I see very often in my clients who work out 4-5 hours per week, especially women in their 40's and 50's.  It is also one of the main reasons why they often don't see results while working out more than ever before.  As we age our energy requirement decreases, however protein requirement increases. It is very important to get at least 100 g of protein per day (if you weight at least 120 lbs) when you strength train at least 3 hours per week (especially on those workout days) or if you are over 60 years old.  From my experience, 100 g can be quite overwhelming at first, especially once you find out that nuts, beans or grains such as quinoa are not re

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Some great advice from HU Contributor, Monika Nowalk, Owner of Power Nutrition, LLC: https://www.facebook.com/powernutritionct/videos/260867344619816/ Learn more about Monika, here.
Navigating the HU Community

Navigating the HU Community

Are you new to the HU Community?  Have you been a member for some time and just don't know how to leverage your membership? Did you know that we have a Space entitled "HU App Info"?  The Space includes helpful information on how to navigate and utilize the various apps available to the HU Community.  You can access the Space here. Join and Follow the Space so that you can be kept current on any new apps that we launch.  If you have any questions, simply send an email to support@holisticunited.com.  

How fit people do dessert + Thanksgiving tips

When you are trying to lose weight or improve your health and wellness you don't have to say no to everything, including desserts.  These nutritionists approved desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth without stretching your pants, and most importantly they are packed with whole foods goodness.  Enter desserts 2.0    READ MORE HERE
THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION

THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION

THE MIND-BODY CONNECTIONDid you know that your thoughts affect your body and in fact your body hears every word that you are saying? So when was the last time you thought about what you were saying to yourself?Are You :Sick all the time or more than usual?Are you unable to lose weight or gain weight?Are you stressed or even depressed more than you should be? If you have answered yes to most of these questions, then it is time to start monitoring what internal statements you are saying to yourself.If you want to make ANY changes to your body then changing your thinking has to come first before any changes can be made. Whenever you do this your sub-conscious mind believes you and takes these t
3 vitamins your body craves

3 vitamins your body craves

These 3 key micronutrients are crucial for your immune & nervous system function, sleep, bone health and more. Most importantly, they can be found in some of your favorite foods, and easily added to your diet.    B vitamins  Why are they important?  B vitamins are responsible for increasing your brain power and protecting your heart. B12 helps your body convert food into energy, and you need it to make the insulation that covers your nerves and helps neurons in the brain communicate with one another. B vitamins are crucial for anybody with neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimers.    Where to get them?  Vegetarians and vegans are often deficient in B vitamins (especi
Member Spotlight - Sarah Reilly, Life Coach

Member Spotlight - Sarah Reilly, Life Coach

Meet Sarah Reilly, Life Coach   HU:   What inspires you? Answer:  People who’ve overcome really rough starts and used what they went through to make the world a better place.   HU:  What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)? Answer:  The work I’ve done with coaching clients, is by far the most important and rewarding thing I’ve experienced. Using NLP techniques to disconnect things that were causing people terrible stress and unhappiness, ‘rewiring’ people so that they can live their dreams and achieve ‘bucket list’ items… it’s just been a thrilling couple of years.   HU:  What does a typical day look like for you? Answer:  Firstly, a cup of tea and some
Sunrise or Sunset

Sunrise or Sunset

In the morning when I wake up I like to take a moment to focus my mind, ground my energy, and ask Archangel Michael “What one thing do I need to know today?” The answers are brief, succinct and incredibility helpful. Its my little window into the day that I find very helpful. Sometimes however Archangel Michael likes to throw me a little curve ball just to up the ante. Last week I got a zinger. After a very long night of fitful sleep I was left with my thoughts spinning in despair about all the chaos in the world and I felt like, ‘what was the point of it all?’ As I laid there looking out the bedroom window at a dull, gray sky I contemplated the day ahead and could feel how heavy my heart
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You are no longer relevant

You are no longer relevant

A short time ago I was driving across town and thinking about my kids. They are all grown up now and have moved away. Their lives are in full swing with jobs, babies and the obligations that are a natural result of living. I was thinking about how much I miss them and yet how lucky we were that the kids were leading happy successful lives, each in their own way. The sadness I felt at that moment reduced me to tears. Life is funny, isn’t it? I can vividly remember those days when my husband and I were in the middle of raising our kids and juggling careers. Even a few moments of peace and quiet were dreamed of and coveted. How often I found myself wishing if I could only have a day to myself
3 vitamins your body craves

3 vitamins your body craves

These 3 key micronutrients are crucial for your immune & nervous system function, sleep, bone health and more. Most importantly, they can be found in some of your favorite foods, and easily added to your diet.    B vitamins  Why are they important?  B vitamins are responsible for increasing your brain power and protecting your heart. B12 helps your body convert food into energy, and you need it to make the insulation that covers your nerves and helps neurons in the brain communicate with one another. B vitamins are crucial for anybody with neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimers.    Where to get them?  Vegetarians and vegans are often deficient in B vitamins (especi
How to eat at least 100 g of protein per day?

How to eat at least 100 g of protein per day?

Insufficient protein intake is something I see very often in my clients who work out 4-5 hours per week, especially women in their 40's and 50's.  It is also one of the main reasons why they often don't see results while working out more than ever before.  As we age our energy requirement decreases, however protein requirement increases. It is very important to get at least 100 g of protein per day (if you weight at least 120 lbs) when you strength train at least 3 hours per week (especially on those workout days) or if you are over 60 years old.  From my experience, 100 g can be quite overwhelming at first, especially once you find out that nuts, beans or grains such as quinoa are not re
What happens when you cut out added sugar for a week?

What happens when you cut out added sugar for a week?

  Let me tell you about my latest dietary experiment. A good friend of mine approached me to be her support buddy - she wanted to challenge herself and try to cut out all soda and candy consumption for a week. I accepted her invitation and said that on my end, I will cut out all added sugar during that time.  So here's a recap of what happened.    My challenge: no added sugar (including zero calorie sweeteners) for a week My average added sugar intake before the challenge: nightly chocolate (1-2 oz), protein bars (1-2 a week), protein shakes  (2-3 a week), desserts at parties (1-2 a month), ice cream (1-2 a week).    This is what happened when I cut out sugar for a week:    Fi
Immune boosting "fire" water

Immune boosting "fire" water

It all starts with the all mighty apple cider vinegar - raw, organic, unpasteurized, unfiltered and unheated kind (like Bragg's). Raw vinegar contains the “mother of vinegar”, i.e. strands of proteins, enzymes and bacteria that give the product a murky appearance. Most people believe that the "mother" is responsible for most of its health benefits, so buy it raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized.    Wide variety of research has proved numerous health benefits of consuming apple cider vinegar such as:  supporting immune system function; having antimicrobial and antibacterial properties; improving insulin sensitivity and helping with blood sugar response after meals; helping control
How to eat more veggies at every meal?

How to eat more veggies at every meal?

While there are number of various, often confusing & opposing diets (high carb, low carb, high fat, low fat) the one thing that all of those diets agree on is vegetable intake.   Veggies are absolutely crucial for healthy weight, hormonal balance, mood, energy levels, sleep, sex drive, blood lipids, glucose levels, heart & brain health, immune system, inflammation levels and so much more.    While many of you may say that you have no health complaints thus no reason to start eating veggies now, I will tell you that those seasonal colds, joint aches and pains, moodiness, fatigue & tiredness all go away once you up your intake.    Health organizations recommend consuming at l
I fasted for 22 hours and this is what happened

I fasted for 22 hours and this is what happened

  Intermittent fasting has been known to humans (and animals) since the beginning of time. Religious fasting in particular has been practiced in numerous religions across various cultures for centuries.    Nowadays, intermittent fasting has been gaining popularity in the health and weight loss circles, with multiple studies showing benefits that extend far beyond weight loss, such as improvement in insulin sensitivity, lipid levels, cellular regeneration and overall longevity.    I was exposed to religious fasting for the first time as a kid during Christmas. I'm not sure if my parents just made it up but basically we were suppose to fast from dusk on 12/23 to dusk on
My weekly dinner meal plan + grocery list

My weekly dinner meal plan + grocery list

Many of my clients struggle with meal planning & prepping so today I wanted to share with you my weekly dinner menu & grocery list (for two people).  My dinner menu is very simple. It's basically meat/fish/poultry with veggies. They are not the master chef kind of dishes but everything below is nutritious, delicious, filling and easy to make.  The meals are also high in protein, low in carbs, gluten and dairy free. Every dish here is also going to be under 500 calories but only if you use oils sparingly (which I highly recommend).  Both my husband and I don't eat starchy carbs at dinner but if you usually do, by all means add some complex carbs to your dinners such as sweet potato
How much water you should drink and why it’s that important?

How much water you should drink and why it’s that important?

If you are one of my clients, you've heard it a 1000 times: drinking enough water is one of the most important things you can do to improve your overall health, but also your weight loss (if that's the goal). But do you know why is it so important and why I keep preaching about it?  Let's explore some facts about water:  We are water! Water makes up nearly 60% of total bodyweight which means that a 100 lb woman actually carries 60 lb of water. Additionally, the more muscle you have, the more water, so keep up with that strength training.  Water is vital for absorbing and transporting nutrients, filtering waste from the blood, and cleansing the colon. Water is also what your liv
Member Spotlight - Ron Thompson, CCHT

Member Spotlight - Ron Thompson, CCHT

Meet Ron Thompson, Advanced Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Nanaimo Hypnotherapy Center HU: What inspires you? Answer: Inspiration is not something that you have to look for. If you really want to achieve success in your life, then it can come from anywhere. Well for me, inspiration comes from my parents who always believe in me and support me to achieve my dreams. My passion, commitment and dedication in my mission: coach, counsel and mentor adults and students - to help them to become globally competent to achieve their dreams and goals. HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)? Answer: I have overcome 2 amputations of my legs, one kidney transplant
25 Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude

25 Simple Ways to Practice Gratitude

Have you noticed that when a colleague says something negative about your work, you can’t get it out of your mind? Yet when three co-workers compliment you on a job well done, you don’t give it much thought. You can blame your brain for that. Science indicates that the human brain has a negativity bias, which means, according to psychologist Rick Hanson, Ph.D., “the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones.” Because of this bias, you need to intentionally create a high ratio of positive events to negative events. You can bring more good vibes to your brain through practicing gratitude. You may already be thanking your partner for picking up groceries, but
Hypnobirthing Deep Relaxation takes Panting and Pain out of Labor

Hypnobirthing Deep Relaxation takes Panting and Pain out of Labor

Move over Lamaze. Hypnobirthers say their form of deep relaxation takes the panting and pain out of child labor. The phone rang at 7:30 a.m. and I stumbled out of bed, bleary eyed and eight months pregnant, to find a message from Dan Gilman: his wife Laura Beth was in labor. I had never met the Gilmans, but they had generously invited me to witness the birth of their third child. They were using a pain control technique I was learning myself: Hypnobirthing. I quickly organized a trip to the birthing center in Danbury, Connecticut, but just one hour after Dan's call, before I'd even made it out of New York City, Mitchell Gilman made it into the world. When I spoke to her a week later, Laura B