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Holistic health emphasizes the connection of MIND, BODY & SPIRIT. It considers the person as a whole and how he/she interacts with his or her environment. #holisticunited

A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.

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DR. MONICA'S PEACE & SOUL-FULL HEALING:  6 TIPS FOR STRESS RELEASE

by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

 

There is no denial that right now, TODAY, we are living in very anxiety building, stressful and toxic times. I want ALL OF YOU to promise me ONE thing. These next 3-days, I want you to EMOTE: CRY, YELL, LAUGH...IN THAT ORDER! DO NOT hold toxic energy in your body!

BEAT STRESS- TIPS FOR STRESS RELEASE

Studies show that during the Summer months; our lives are often more stressful; causing us to "hold" more stress in our bodies. When we carry stress, our organs and body functions automatically shift into "flight or fight" mode. This means that our cortisol hormone levels can get dangerously high; causing a whole bunch of problems for us!

On any given day I Juggle MANY  colorful scarves! Holistic Medicine Practice, Master Blender of my Juicy 5-star Natural Remedies, CEO of my Media Relations Company, Interacting with my clients/wellness warriors, Award Winning Documentary Producer, College Professor, Academic Tutor, Aromatherapy Chemist, Honoring MY Divine Feminine Energy ....sure my plates are full (but no fuller than yours , AND I've learned over the years how to re-direct my stress and be grateful, sassy & funny through the GRIND! )

6 TIPS TO BEAT STRESS BEFORE STRESS BEATS YOU!

1. Be GRATEFUL for EVERY-THING! Gratitude allows us to enter a thoughtful mindset that is greater than ourselves. Stay aligned with God.

2. RELEASE- SURRENDER-REJOICE! Get your prayer & meditation on!

3. Remove yourself from toxic situations and relationships!!! Seriously, just say NO to the "energy vampires"!!!! Experience the POWER IN "NO"  Set YOUR Boundaries and revel in them!

4. BREATHE: I practice Ujayii Breath when I awaken each morning to ground myself.
Inhale from your lower diaphragm and completely fill your lungs; Release the breath, through a closed mouth, and allow the energy to warm your body

5. Stay HYDRATED: when you start to feel stressed, place your left hand over your heart, breathe deeply and sip COLD water; slowly.

6. EXERCISE....Get your body movin' DO what FEELS GOOD to YOU! Dance IT Out!!!

Get in touch with me for more stress release therapies! NOW, is the time to schedule your  "Turn Up with A Wellness Tune-Up" appointment with me.

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"  Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM
Copyright© 2018 by Monica D. Riley all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without permission in writing from the author.

3wiajjpmjvprhcsgup57zxbkjqynekuv.jpg

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I’ve been a fast eater for as long as I can remember. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick snack or a sit-down dinner, I devour food ravenously and swiftly.

I don’t know where I picked up this habit, because my family etiquette rules for dining aimed to imbue those practices in me. My folks thoughtfully chewed each bite at least 20 times. To them, dinner wasn’t just a meal, it was an experience.

My families' behaviour was similar to mindful eating, a practice that focuses on enjoying your meal and listening to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. It’s designed to make food a pleasurable event rather than simple nourishment that you scarf down between emails.

The method is often considered a dieting strategy, but it isn’t marketed that way or designed to be one. A simple internet search will yield tons of results saying that the practice helped people lose weight and develop a better relationship with food.

Perhaps the most appealing part about mindful eating is that you can consume whatever you want ― in fact, that’s the whole point. It’s all about listening to your body’s response to your meal ― whatever that may be ― as well as your psychological response, according to Marsha Hudnall, a registered dietitian and president of The Center for Mindful Eating.

Mindful eating is really just being intentionally present.

“Mindful eating is really just being intentionally present,” Hudnall told HuffPost. “You’re paying attention to what you’re doing, and your thoughts and feelings around what you’re eating.”

The end benefit is a more conscious, pleasurable approach to eating, said Hudnall. In turn, that may lead to more healthful decisions when it comes to food and your feelings about it. That’s important for consumption habits, Hudnall says, especially in a fad-diet culture where eating disorders and obesity are on the rise.

“If you get in touch with your body and support it, which is what mindfulness helps you do, then you become aware of what’s right for you as far as eating and what isn’t,” Hudnall said.

How to practice mindful eating

I wanted to give the technique a try over the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving. But I am powerless before stuffing, and I soon realized I was eating as rapidly as I always do. I didn’t pay attention to when I was full, which meant eating a ton of sides and pie.

I asked Hudnall how I can improve my practice ― and how you can start doing it, too. Below are a few simple tips:

Make your meal a enjoyable experience.

Food is just as much part of your emotional life as it is a source of nutrients, Hudnall said. Savoring your food taps into that aspect of eating ― and it helps you slow down in the process.

“Mindful eating really has you enjoy the flavor, the texture and the different aspects of food we find pleasing,” she explained. That means chewing slowly and mentally acknowledging that process, she added.

Take all judgment out of food.

Potatoes aren’t “terrible”; they’re food. Positive and negative labels make it difficult to have a healthful, mindful relationship with eating, Hudnall says.

“Mindful eating is also about removing the judgment,” she said. “It’s about not having any preconceived notions about whether something is ‘good’ or ‘bad.’”

Pay attention to how your body feels.

“So many people get caught up in their busy lives and really ignore the body’s cues for hunger and fullness,” Hudnall said. “Then that puts them into extremes, making poor choices.”

Pay attention to how you really, truly feel during your meal. And if that means eating lunch, stopping because your body feels like you should, then realizing you want more food an hour later, so be it, Hudnall says.

Eat whatever you want ― and be OK with that.

Mindful eating encourages you to drink the eggnog or have the holiday cookie without punishing yourself. It sounds counterintuitive, but it’ll actually lead to better choices, Hudnall said.

“When you let yourself have it without guilt and worry, you can find that stopping point that’s well before you start to feel ill. [It will be] when you feel satisfied.”

Don’t shame yourself if you mess up.

I didn’t regret my seasonal indulgences, be it summer or Christmas. However, I was feeling a bit guilty that I didn’t “control” myself ― but Hudnall says that’s part of the process.

“If you do indulge too much, you don’t beat yourself up about it. You learn from it,” Hudnall said. “You’re consciously observing at all times, so you can make better future decisions.”

Sounds a lot better than a juice cleanse, no?

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Reposted Ken Keegans's article.

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 per week. I work full time in the pharmaceutical industry overseeing two global drug development programs, which keeps me quite busy. I also spend time writing articles and working on my next book, whenever and wherever I carve out time to do so. I try to spend quality time each evening with family and to do at least one thing for myself each day

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: My favorite current project is ramping up my speaking and writing career – it’s a big job!

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I am a big fan of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I appreciate the level of responsibility that she has as a Supreme Court Justice, and the positive influence that she has had not only on the law, but also the youth of America. I value that level of leadership and skill in a public service role.

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I work in a very hierarchal and somewhat rigid corporate environment. While I love my work, I don’t like the bureaucracy of much of corporate America. I am a ‘go getter’ and a ‘go giver’ and I like to get things done!

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: Serving patients with cancer worldwide.

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — The Buddha

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: I make exercise and healthy eating a priority. I structure my day so that I wake up early, begin each day intentionally with a short meditation/pranayama practice and then hit the gym. I eat three meals per day and try to make health conscious choices regardless of whether I eat at home or out of my home.

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: My father’s death was very difficult for me, as I was not able to help him to regain his good health after a diagnosis of advanced kidney cancer. He died 6 months after diagnosis, despite receiving appropriate treatment. He had a significant influence on the course of my life and my career choice. My recently released book, Beyond the Mat: Achieve Focus, Presence and Enlightened Leadership Through the Principles and Practice of Yoga is dedicated to him.

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: My work is focused not only on developing new drugs for patients with cancer but on helping people to stay well and develop healthy habits for life. I hope that the HU community will read and share my articles and book, Beyond the Mat, with their constituency.

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer: We are on a collaborative journey which explores the shared purpose improving health and wellness. I do this by both developing drugs for patients with cancer and by helping people to develop healthy habits long term. I would love to connect with the broader HU community as our collective voices and wisdom are most powerful!

HU:  I understand that you are a physician executive for a major pharmaceutical company, and, in addition, are a trained yoga instructor. What inspired you to take a deeper look at the principles of yoga and apply them to your business life? 

Answer:  Corporate life can be very demanding and has attendant with it, many uncertainties. Coupled with this, my current position is international in scope, requiring availability well beyond typical business hours. While my goal is to serve patients globally, to do so, I must deal with very complex drug development considerations but also challenging business problems. Yoga initially caused me to pause, and it created some space for me to think, reflect, and exercise my creativity. It led to more flexibility of body and mind. The meditative and breathing exercises helped me to better cope with the demands and crises that came my way. The ‘oneness’ emphasized by yoga led me to redefine how I thought about leadership, and helped me to understand that becoming a highly effective leader is not about getting a position in the C-suite. It can be achieved by anyone, but it takes hard work and discipline.

HU:  How does yoga relate to effective business models?

Answer:  Business models built on a hierarchal structure with organized leadership and a guiding principle based on the “bottom line” are no longer popular. 

These models do not prioritize people—you can downsize them, rank order them, get rid of the bottom 10 percent, and take other liberties because in this system people are perceived as commodities. Leaders are now beginning to understand that building a company on connected, organic leadership and ideology of wholeness, not simply the “bottom line,” is actually a recipe for success. This model’s guiding principles are based on people and relationships. The skills and values we learn from our practice of yoga go hand in hand with the success of these principles. 

HU:  You talk about Enlightened Leadership in your book. What is Enlightened Leadership?

Answer:  As I mentioned, highly effective leaders aren’t necessarily those in the C-suite. Anyone can become an enlightened leader. Enlightened Leaders are committed to making the world a better place and to ongoing personal growth and transformation. Enlightened leaders are: Compassionate, confident, courageous, humble, intentional, open-minded, passionate, purposeful, self-aware, self-caring, spiritual and visionary. I have a quiz on my website: Are you an Enlightened Leader? See: http://www.julierosenbergmd.com.

HU:  What is one major thing that you still struggle with?

Answer:  Patience. I really have to practice this skill. I am not always the best listener. Practicing patience supports me in becoming a better listener and asking questions.  It demands that I take a deep breath and let go of my own impatience to solve problems myself. I continue to work to be objective enough to step back from a situation and remove my own opinions so that I can better see and appreciate it through the lens of another person. I am often in a hurry.  Practicing patience helps me to remember to breathe, slow down and respect the process. 

Learn more about Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD, here.

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So sleep is one of our necessities, but after a long day at work or dealing with home life, getting a good night's rest can be hard. It's easy to reach for a sedative or sleeping pill, but we all know how detrimental that can be long term,

So how do you ensure you get a good night's sleep?

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Reposted Peter Bedard's event.
15 Jul 18
3320 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Have A Berry Intoxicating Summer

by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

Summertime is an especially bountiful season to enjoy the abundant health benefits of raspberries! These berries are tiny, tasty and tantilizingly colorful and they protect everything from your head to your heart.xz5kf2kikvx5r4kh4risaayccawfwv7t.jpg

Raspberries are also "berry-beneficial" for our health. What makes berries so special is their high levels of phytochemicals; nutrients that help protect cells from damage.

 

  • Berries Help Manage Diabetes: Raspberries are an excellent source of fiber. They rank low on the glycemic index and they're a good fruit option for managing blood sugar levels. According to Copperman, "because they come with fiber, they are beneficial in a diabetic diet as a serving of fruit."
  • Berries Might Prevent Parkinson's: According to a recent study published in the Journal of Neurology, people who eat at least two servings of berries a week, have a 25% less chance of developing Parkinson's Disease.
  • Berries Boost Memory: Studies by the Cleveland Clinic suggest increasing your intake of berries can help slow cognitive decline normally associated with aging.
  • Berries Slow Tumor Growth: Raspberries are a good source of phytonutrients and antioxidants. Rich in ellagic acid, this tannin found in raspberries prevents cell damage from free radicals and slows tumor growth.
  • Fight Cancer with Berries: Research published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis suggests that flavonoids in raspberries may help reduce colon cancer risk.

 

Boost your grill power with this Savory BBQ sauce! This sweet, tangy smoky sauce is terrific brushed on grilled meat or veggies.

 

Raspberry-Ginger BBQ Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 tbs. chopped gingerroot
  • 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs. adobo sauce
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 3 tbs. molasses
  • 1/4 c. minced onion

 

Simmer all ingredients together in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook about 20-25 minutes.

Shopping and Storage Tips:

  • Select plump, brightly colored berries and remove any soft or moldy ones to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Raspberries keep best in a moisture proof container in the refrigerator. Wash them right before eating.
  • To keep raspberries fresh longer, swish them in a basin filled with a solution of three parts water to one part white vinegar.

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"

©2018Monica D. Riley

 

 

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Morning are so often underused as just a time for a lie in and breakfast. But if you really split down your time and get up a little earlier, there is a lot you can achieve before diving into your day!

We'd love to know what everyone else does with their mornings!

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In my functional medicine clinic, blood sugar imbalances are one of the most common signs I see affecting people's energy, weight, cravings, and brain function. This blood-sugar roller coaster can further throw off your thyroid, insulin, cortisol, and leptin hormones and leave you feeling hangry, fatigued, irritable, and constantly craving sugar. Even the most well-intentioned people can unknowingly perpetuate blood sugar imbalance through the foods that they eat or don’t eat on a regular basis—not to mention the so-called healthy foods that exacerbate these health problems. After years of seeing people struggling through blood sugar imbalance, I want to share the top mistakes people make when trying to restore their blood sugar:

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Holistic health emphasizes the connection of MIND, BODY & SPIRIT. It considers the person as a whole and how he/she interacts with his or her environment. #holisticunited

A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.

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DR. MONICA'S PEACE & SOUL-FULL HEALING:  6 TIPS FOR STRESS RELEASE

by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

 

There is no denial that right now, TODAY, we are living in very anxiety building, stressful and toxic times. I want ALL OF YOU to promise me ONE thing. These next 3-days, I want you to EMOTE: CRY, YELL, LAUGH...IN THAT ORDER! DO NOT hold toxic energy in your body!

BEAT STRESS- TIPS FOR STRESS RELEASE

Studies show that during the Summer months; our lives are often more stressful; causing us to "hold" more stress in our bodies. When we carry stress, our organs and body functions automatically shift into "flight or fight" mode. This means that our cortisol hormone levels can get dangerously high; causing a whole bunch of problems for us!

On any given day I Juggle MANY  colorful scarves! Holistic Medicine Practice, Master Blender of my Juicy 5-star Natural Remedies, CEO of my Media Relations Company, Interacting with my clients/wellness warriors, Award Winning Documentary Producer, College Professor, Academic Tutor, Aromatherapy Chemist, Honoring MY Divine Feminine Energy ....sure my plates are full (but no fuller than yours , AND I've learned over the years how to re-direct my stress and be grateful, sassy & funny through the GRIND! )

6 TIPS TO BEAT STRESS BEFORE STRESS BEATS YOU!

1. Be GRATEFUL for EVERY-THING! Gratitude allows us to enter a thoughtful mindset that is greater than ourselves. Stay aligned with God.

2. RELEASE- SURRENDER-REJOICE! Get your prayer & meditation on!

3. Remove yourself from toxic situations and relationships!!! Seriously, just say NO to the "energy vampires"!!!! Experience the POWER IN "NO"  Set YOUR Boundaries and revel in them!

4. BREATHE: I practice Ujayii Breath when I awaken each morning to ground myself.
Inhale from your lower diaphragm and completely fill your lungs; Release the breath, through a closed mouth, and allow the energy to warm your body

5. Stay HYDRATED: when you start to feel stressed, place your left hand over your heart, breathe deeply and sip COLD water; slowly.

6. EXERCISE....Get your body movin' DO what FEELS GOOD to YOU! Dance IT Out!!!

Get in touch with me for more stress release therapies! NOW, is the time to schedule your  "Turn Up with A Wellness Tune-Up" appointment with me.

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"  Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM
Copyright© 2018 by Monica D. Riley all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without permission in writing from the author.

3wiajjpmjvprhcsgup57zxbkjqynekuv.jpg

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I’ve been a fast eater for as long as I can remember. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick snack or a sit-down dinner, I devour food ravenously and swiftly.

I don’t know where I picked up this habit, because my family etiquette rules for dining aimed to imbue those practices in me. My folks thoughtfully chewed each bite at least 20 times. To them, dinner wasn’t just a meal, it was an experience.

My families' behaviour was similar to mindful eating, a practice that focuses on enjoying your meal and listening to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. It’s designed to make food a pleasurable event rather than simple nourishment that you scarf down between emails.

The method is often considered a dieting strategy, but it isn’t marketed that way or designed to be one. A simple internet search will yield tons of results saying that the practice helped people lose weight and develop a better relationship with food.

Perhaps the most appealing part about mindful eating is that you can consume whatever you want ― in fact, that’s the whole point. It’s all about listening to your body’s response to your meal ― whatever that may be ― as well as your psychological response, according to Marsha Hudnall, a registered dietitian and president of The Center for Mindful Eating.

Mindful eating is really just being intentionally present.

“Mindful eating is really just being intentionally present,” Hudnall told HuffPost. “You’re paying attention to what you’re doing, and your thoughts and feelings around what you’re eating.”

The end benefit is a more conscious, pleasurable approach to eating, said Hudnall. In turn, that may lead to more healthful decisions when it comes to food and your feelings about it. That’s important for consumption habits, Hudnall says, especially in a fad-diet culture where eating disorders and obesity are on the rise.

“If you get in touch with your body and support it, which is what mindfulness helps you do, then you become aware of what’s right for you as far as eating and what isn’t,” Hudnall said.

How to practice mindful eating

I wanted to give the technique a try over the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving. But I am powerless before stuffing, and I soon realized I was eating as rapidly as I always do. I didn’t pay attention to when I was full, which meant eating a ton of sides and pie.

I asked Hudnall how I can improve my practice ― and how you can start doing it, too. Below are a few simple tips:

Make your meal a enjoyable experience.

Food is just as much part of your emotional life as it is a source of nutrients, Hudnall said. Savoring your food taps into that aspect of eating ― and it helps you slow down in the process.

“Mindful eating really has you enjoy the flavor, the texture and the different aspects of food we find pleasing,” she explained. That means chewing slowly and mentally acknowledging that process, she added.

Take all judgment out of food.

Potatoes aren’t “terrible”; they’re food. Positive and negative labels make it difficult to have a healthful, mindful relationship with eating, Hudnall says.

“Mindful eating is also about removing the judgment,” she said. “It’s about not having any preconceived notions about whether something is ‘good’ or ‘bad.’”

Pay attention to how your body feels.

“So many people get caught up in their busy lives and really ignore the body’s cues for hunger and fullness,” Hudnall said. “Then that puts them into extremes, making poor choices.”

Pay attention to how you really, truly feel during your meal. And if that means eating lunch, stopping because your body feels like you should, then realizing you want more food an hour later, so be it, Hudnall says.

Eat whatever you want ― and be OK with that.

Mindful eating encourages you to drink the eggnog or have the holiday cookie without punishing yourself. It sounds counterintuitive, but it’ll actually lead to better choices, Hudnall said.

“When you let yourself have it without guilt and worry, you can find that stopping point that’s well before you start to feel ill. [It will be] when you feel satisfied.”

Don’t shame yourself if you mess up.

I didn’t regret my seasonal indulgences, be it summer or Christmas. However, I was feeling a bit guilty that I didn’t “control” myself ― but Hudnall says that’s part of the process.

“If you do indulge too much, you don’t beat yourself up about it. You learn from it,” Hudnall said. “You’re consciously observing at all times, so you can make better future decisions.”

Sounds a lot better than a juice cleanse, no?

  • 2
Reposted Ken Keegans's article.

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 per week. I work full time in the pharmaceutical industry overseeing two global drug development programs, which keeps me quite busy. I also spend time writing articles and working on my next book, whenever and wherever I carve out time to do so. I try to spend quality time each evening with family and to do at least one thing for myself each day

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: My favorite current project is ramping up my speaking and writing career – it’s a big job!

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I am a big fan of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I appreciate the level of responsibility that she has as a Supreme Court Justice, and the positive influence that she has had not only on the law, but also the youth of America. I value that level of leadership and skill in a public service role.

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I work in a very hierarchal and somewhat rigid corporate environment. While I love my work, I don’t like the bureaucracy of much of corporate America. I am a ‘go getter’ and a ‘go giver’ and I like to get things done!

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: Serving patients with cancer worldwide.

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — The Buddha

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: I make exercise and healthy eating a priority. I structure my day so that I wake up early, begin each day intentionally with a short meditation/pranayama practice and then hit the gym. I eat three meals per day and try to make health conscious choices regardless of whether I eat at home or out of my home.

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: My father’s death was very difficult for me, as I was not able to help him to regain his good health after a diagnosis of advanced kidney cancer. He died 6 months after diagnosis, despite receiving appropriate treatment. He had a significant influence on the course of my life and my career choice. My recently released book, Beyond the Mat: Achieve Focus, Presence and Enlightened Leadership Through the Principles and Practice of Yoga is dedicated to him.

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: My work is focused not only on developing new drugs for patients with cancer but on helping people to stay well and develop healthy habits for life. I hope that the HU community will read and share my articles and book, Beyond the Mat, with their constituency.

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer: We are on a collaborative journey which explores the shared purpose improving health and wellness. I do this by both developing drugs for patients with cancer and by helping people to develop healthy habits long term. I would love to connect with the broader HU community as our collective voices and wisdom are most powerful!

HU:  I understand that you are a physician executive for a major pharmaceutical company, and, in addition, are a trained yoga instructor. What inspired you to take a deeper look at the principles of yoga and apply them to your business life? 

Answer:  Corporate life can be very demanding and has attendant with it, many uncertainties. Coupled with this, my current position is international in scope, requiring availability well beyond typical business hours. While my goal is to serve patients globally, to do so, I must deal with very complex drug development considerations but also challenging business problems. Yoga initially caused me to pause, and it created some space for me to think, reflect, and exercise my creativity. It led to more flexibility of body and mind. The meditative and breathing exercises helped me to better cope with the demands and crises that came my way. The ‘oneness’ emphasized by yoga led me to redefine how I thought about leadership, and helped me to understand that becoming a highly effective leader is not about getting a position in the C-suite. It can be achieved by anyone, but it takes hard work and discipline.

HU:  How does yoga relate to effective business models?

Answer:  Business models built on a hierarchal structure with organized leadership and a guiding principle based on the “bottom line” are no longer popular. 

These models do not prioritize people—you can downsize them, rank order them, get rid of the bottom 10 percent, and take other liberties because in this system people are perceived as commodities. Leaders are now beginning to understand that building a company on connected, organic leadership and ideology of wholeness, not simply the “bottom line,” is actually a recipe for success. This model’s guiding principles are based on people and relationships. The skills and values we learn from our practice of yoga go hand in hand with the success of these principles. 

HU:  You talk about Enlightened Leadership in your book. What is Enlightened Leadership?

Answer:  As I mentioned, highly effective leaders aren’t necessarily those in the C-suite. Anyone can become an enlightened leader. Enlightened Leaders are committed to making the world a better place and to ongoing personal growth and transformation. Enlightened leaders are: Compassionate, confident, courageous, humble, intentional, open-minded, passionate, purposeful, self-aware, self-caring, spiritual and visionary. I have a quiz on my website: Are you an Enlightened Leader? See: http://www.julierosenbergmd.com.

HU:  What is one major thing that you still struggle with?

Answer:  Patience. I really have to practice this skill. I am not always the best listener. Practicing patience supports me in becoming a better listener and asking questions.  It demands that I take a deep breath and let go of my own impatience to solve problems myself. I continue to work to be objective enough to step back from a situation and remove my own opinions so that I can better see and appreciate it through the lens of another person. I am often in a hurry.  Practicing patience helps me to remember to breathe, slow down and respect the process. 

Learn more about Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD, here.

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So sleep is one of our necessities, but after a long day at work or dealing with home life, getting a good night's rest can be hard. It's easy to reach for a sedative or sleeping pill, but we all know how detrimental that can be long term,

So how do you ensure you get a good night's sleep?

  • 2
Reposted Peter Bedard's event.
15 Jul 18
3320 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 2
Reposted Peter Bedard's event.
  • 2

Have A Berry Intoxicating Summer

by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

Summertime is an especially bountiful season to enjoy the abundant health benefits of raspberries! These berries are tiny, tasty and tantilizingly colorful and they protect everything from your head to your heart.xz5kf2kikvx5r4kh4risaayccawfwv7t.jpg

Raspberries are also "berry-beneficial" for our health. What makes berries so special is their high levels of phytochemicals; nutrients that help protect cells from damage.

 

  • Berries Help Manage Diabetes: Raspberries are an excellent source of fiber. They rank low on the glycemic index and they're a good fruit option for managing blood sugar levels. According to Copperman, "because they come with fiber, they are beneficial in a diabetic diet as a serving of fruit."
  • Berries Might Prevent Parkinson's: According to a recent study published in the Journal of Neurology, people who eat at least two servings of berries a week, have a 25% less chance of developing Parkinson's Disease.
  • Berries Boost Memory: Studies by the Cleveland Clinic suggest increasing your intake of berries can help slow cognitive decline normally associated with aging.
  • Berries Slow Tumor Growth: Raspberries are a good source of phytonutrients and antioxidants. Rich in ellagic acid, this tannin found in raspberries prevents cell damage from free radicals and slows tumor growth.
  • Fight Cancer with Berries: Research published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis suggests that flavonoids in raspberries may help reduce colon cancer risk.

 

Boost your grill power with this Savory BBQ sauce! This sweet, tangy smoky sauce is terrific brushed on grilled meat or veggies.

 

Raspberry-Ginger BBQ Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 tbs. chopped gingerroot
  • 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs. adobo sauce
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 3 tbs. molasses
  • 1/4 c. minced onion

 

Simmer all ingredients together in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook about 20-25 minutes.

Shopping and Storage Tips:

  • Select plump, brightly colored berries and remove any soft or moldy ones to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Raspberries keep best in a moisture proof container in the refrigerator. Wash them right before eating.
  • To keep raspberries fresh longer, swish them in a basin filled with a solution of three parts water to one part white vinegar.

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"

©2018Monica D. Riley

 

 

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Morning are so often underused as just a time for a lie in and breakfast. But if you really split down your time and get up a little earlier, there is a lot you can achieve before diving into your day!

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In my functional medicine clinic, blood sugar imbalances are one of the most common signs I see affecting people's energy, weight, cravings, and brain function. This blood-sugar roller coaster can further throw off your thyroid, insulin, cortisol, and leptin hormones and leave you feeling hangry, fatigued, irritable, and constantly craving sugar. Even the most well-intentioned people can unknowingly perpetuate blood sugar imbalance through the foods that they eat or don’t eat on a regular basis—not to mention the so-called healthy foods that exacerbate these health problems. After years of seeing people struggling through blood sugar imbalance, I want to share the top mistakes people make when trying to restore their blood sugar:

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