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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
Post Natal Depression info. To help.

Post Natal Depression info. To help.

Post Natal Depression info. To help. • Talk to your partner and close friends, make a plan and focus on what will help to make the difference, ensure that you have some practical support. The focus must be on action rather than emotion. • Contact your community nurse or health visitor, she will be used to seeing this and can give you some help and reassurance • Take time to relax, learn how to relax using the power of self hypnosis, Read the books, listen to others but relax and trust your instincts • Meet other Mums even if you feel that they are doing better than you…they will all have had their worries and down days. • Exercise, even a light walk produces serotonin, natures feel good chem

Speak Your Truth: Throat Chakra Meditation

How well do you communicate your needs, wants, beliefs and aspirations? Can you speak truth from your heart, or do you ‘choke up’ when emotions get heavy? Here’s a short and simple throat chakra meditation to help balance your 5th chakra and clear the way for direct but heartful communication. This is a great meditation to do right before meetings, negotiations or important communication of any kind. Try it and let us know how it goes! If you want to learn more about each chakra of your body, just go here.  
Manuka Honey Oil Pulling + 9 Other Amazing Ways To Use The Superfood

Manuka Honey Oil Pulling + 9 Other Amazing Ways To Use The Superfood

Chances are you’ve heard the wellness community buzzing about honey’s golden child, manuka. Perhaps you’ve even purchased a jar or two for yourself, intent on taking full advantage of its nourishing benefits (and there are lotsof them). Sweet—you’re in the right place. A quick refresher: Manuka honey is sourced primarily from New Zealand, to the point that New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) released a strict definition this year as to what can be classified as manuka honey. Top brands like Wedderspoon make it a priority to always abide by those rules—and, as a result, their KFactor 16 manuka honey is guaranteed to meet or exceed the Monofloral Manuka Standard from the New Z
Are You A Highly Sensitive Person? These Stress-Busting Techniques Are For You

Are You A Highly Sensitive Person? These Stress-Busting Techniques Are For You

Highly sensitive people are naturally wired to be hyper-perceptive, meaning they can pick up more readily on subtle stimuli around them. They might be empathic, or able to easily sense the energy and emotions of others, so it's no shock then that highly sensitive people are drawn to working with an intuitive like me. And one thing I've noticed about my HSP clients is they tend to get more overwhelmed than others in the days leading up to events they perceive as potentially stressful. If you're a highly sensitive person who is prone to this type of anticipatory stress, these tips could help: Continue Reading...
Collaborate and Grow!

Collaborate and Grow!

Did you know that you have the power to grow the HU Community? The Holistic United team knows how hard you work to maintain a level of trust and integrity with each of the patients/clients who put their trust in you.It’s equally important that we maintain a standard when screening holistic professionals for our community.  We believe referrals from you and invitations sent from our own community is the best way to ensure we continue to grow a network of esteemed holistic practitioners. Invite your colleagues by sending them a link to our homepage, so they can request an invitation, or send them an email directly from your account*. (*from your profile page, click on your name, located in t

Hashimoto’s Disease Testimonial, VB – Day 49, Treatment 33

Overlapping conditions: Difficulties in hearing (used to wear hearing aids): 2 years Effusion on all four limbs, specially lower legs: 4 years Food cravings High blood pressure: 2 years Ocular migraine: 2 years Overweight: 3 years Scintillating scotoma: 20 years Tinnitus: 30 years Urinary incontinence: Bladder used to wake her up 1 ~ 3 times a night for 2 years Pains: Lower back, both hips and right ankle for 4 years History: Lymphoma on the ilia primarily on the left sideThere were tumors on the sacra and right ilia to a lesser extent. Chemotherapy from November 2012 for three months Medications: HCT (23mg) for high blood pressure since 2017Has stopped since the 1st treatment. Claritin (10m
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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
Member Spotlight - Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD

Member Spotlight - Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD

Meet Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD - Pharmaceutical executive, author, speaker, and leadership consultant. HU:  What inspires you? Answer: I am awed and inspired by the beauty of nature and love the outdoors. I am inspired by helping others to optimize their health and wellbeing and seeing those individuals undergo transformations in their lives to healthier living.   HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)? Answer: Successfully raising a son with autism, while maintaining a full-time career in medicine.   HU: What does a typical day look like for you? Answer: I don’t really have typical days. I exercise and or do yoga in the early morning at least 5 days
Weight loss made easy or hard - you decide

Weight loss made easy or hard - you decide

Weight loss can sometimes feel like a mystical beast, no doubt about that. But the spectrum of weight loss can be quite wide, so let's talk about the behaviors and choices on each end.    There are choices you make & behaviors you execute every day that place you somewhere along this spectrum.    When  you reach for pretzels instead of cut up vegetables you prepared over the weekend, you move towards the 'hard' end. When you pick a salad in a restaurant instead of pasta, you move towards the "easy" end.  Nothing happens in a vacuum and each behavior moves you a tiny bit to the left or tiny bit to the right.   There is always movement to the left or to the right. You neve
Member Spotlight - Dr. Jen Faber

Member Spotlight - Dr. Jen Faber

This week, we would like you to meet Dr. Jen Faber, Author, Mindset Coach, and Lifestyle Entrepreneur. HU:  What inspires you? Answer: Choosing impermanence. When I decided to sell my successful practice and all of my possessions to rediscover my purpose, I found myself living in mini-chapters of life, moving from one location to the next. I was intentionally choosing to end a period of my life in a matter of weeks at a time, and it made me soak up every moment I had. That period made me realize that we all have a choice to choose to live with impermanence, rather than wait for something bad to happen in our life and wish we could turn back the clock. When you make this choice, you can u
Member Spotlight - Monika Nowak

Member Spotlight - Monika Nowak

We want to help connect members within the community, so we will be publishing Member Spotlights on a regular basis.  Today, we would like you to meet Monika Nowak, Nutrition Coach, Personal Trainer, and Owner of Power Nutrition, LLC.  Monika is a regular contributor to the HU Community. HU:  What inspires you? Answer: Nature - growing my own garden was a life-changing experience. Plants are so amazing in how they grow and develop. Also People who overcome extreme adversity and became successful.    HU:  What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)? Answer: Opening my own nutrition coaching business.    HU:  What does a typical day look like for you? Answer:
Fight pain naturally with these powerful natural remedies

Fight pain naturally with these powerful natural remedies

Every day, millions of people rush to the pharmacy for some over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription pain medication. Most of us who live with the debilitating effects of chronic pain would do almost anything to find relief. While painkillers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) or the more addictive opioid drugs can help manage your pain, know that they can also cause severe damage to your body. OTC painkillers are considered safe by most people, but when taken in large doses they can be deadly. An acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common poisonings worldwide, causing numerous emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths due to acute liver failure.