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Thursday, August 04, 2016


ETK or excessive thoracic kyphosis is an excessive curvature of the spine.  It is cause by skeletal issues, environmental factors, exercise/activity choices and psychological issues. Muscular imbalance anywhere in the body can contribute to ETK. Excessive bike riding, driving, playing computer games or any activity where we have a tendency to sit hunched over will add to ETK. Here are a few exercises that will help will ETK.

Using a stability ball do a few backbends supported by the stability ball. Keep your abdominal muscles engaged as you push back and as you pull forward. Drop back take a breath and then return to an upright potion. Do this three times.

Easy breathing exercise that will also help with ETK – breathing from the diaphragm can also help to decrease stress and mobilize the spine. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Place your hands just below the rib cage where you’ll find your diaphragm. Try to keep the shoulders onto the floor. Breathe in and out through your nose. Focus on the expanding and contracting of the lower rib cage. Hold the breath for a few seconds and then slowly release. Do 10-15 breaths every day.

Posture is essential to both looking younger and strengthening the shoulders and upper back. Stand with your feet slightly apart. Pull your abdominal muscles in and lift your chest. Lift your chin up looking straight ahead with your arms at your side palms out. Now close your eyes and stand still for about 10 seconds. This will strengthen your spine, improve posture, improve balance and help to combat ETK. 

Or you can do as my mother made me do – walk around with a book on your head and don’ let it fall off! You must stand tall, tuck in your abdominal muscles and roll back your shoulders to accomplish this…

Nothing ages a person like poor posture and a hunched back. Practice Standing Mountain and other yoga poses to improve posture and to keep you young and flexible! Yoga and dance will also improve posture.

Friday, July 01, 2016

A Summer Tonic

What’s a tonic? Tonics are used in many parts of the world as a restorative drink. Here is a tonic that will restore your energy.

One of my favorite summer fruits is watermelon. The water content in watermelon is extremely high at 92%. It is rich in beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin B5 and smaller amounts of B1, B2, B3 and B6.

This big fruit is a rich source of essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and smaller amounts of copper, iron and zinc.

As in tomatoes, watermelon is loaded with lycopene, the red carotenoid pigment that gives it the red color. This important anti-oxidant is powerful in neutralizing harmful free radicals in our body. Because it is so rich in minerals and vitamins, as well as, being mostly water, it is a great way to both nourish and detox the body at the same time.

watermelon tonicWatermelon Tonic
- a refreshing way to stay hydrated and energized through the hot summer months.

Cut into bite size cubes a well rounded cup of fresh watermelon. You can also freeze watermelon into cup size servings to pull out of the freezer, partly thaw and use. One full cup equals one serving.

For each serving toss in a blender with a teaspoon of chopped mint leaf and two clove buds.

Blend, pour and drink!

Watermelon is hydrating and packed full of essential minerals. Both mint and clove buds contain volatile oils that release into the tonic when we blend the mix. Mint’s volatile oil acts as an antidote to fatigue and clove bud’s volatile oil is good for circulation and building energy.  Only 46 calories a serving!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Pear down and lose belly Fat!

June Gloom is a phrase we use here in Southern California to describe the foggy mornings that penetrate the area usually in the month of June. Wikipedia actually list June Gloom as, “a Southern California term for weather patterns that result in cloudy and overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer.”

June is the beginning of summer with the days getting longer and the temperatures beginning to rise. Depending upon where you live the gloom we associate with June can take on a variety of meanings. If you live in the South it can be extremely hot and humid and if you live in the North it can be rainy and unseasonably cool. But it also brings the colors of summer, vacations, picnics, parties and a reminder that just beyond the gloom is always the bright warm sun. Here is a song about June Gloom from the Ditty Bops to lift the gloom of June.

The Ditty Bops TV Show #03: “June Gloom”

Friday, May 20, 2016

Which vitamin can actually help you lose weight?

Vitamin D of course! The best source of vitamin D is from direct sunlight. But should you or shouldn’t you get direct sunlight?  We need Vitamin D; however vitamin D is not really a vitamin. In its active form it is considered a hormone. Our body makes it from direct sunlight. Its primary function is to help the body absorb calcium and phosphorous which the body needs to build and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D has also been shown to possess anti-cancer properties, as well as affect our biorhythms, moods and behavior. Spend a few days in a cloudy environment and watch how your mood changes. Sunlight seems to lift the spirit as it strengthens the body and boost our moods.

Human beings evolved under natural sunlight, which means that we require a certain amount of natural light to keep us healthy. The problem is that we all use sunscreen to protect us from the sun’s unhealthy rays, blocking out the vitamin D. In addition if we do get our fifteen minutes of natural sunlight it is usually in the morning or afternoon and at this time the sun’s rays are not powerful enough to produce enough vitamin D. So in addition to getting sunlight we need to add vitamin D to our diet. 

How does D help us to maintain and even lose weight? Well vitamin D can’t do it alone. You need to eat a healthy diet and exercise, but if you also add foods rich in D to your diet you might get an extra boost. Here’s how it works; vitamin D helps receptors in your brain keep hunger and cravings in check, as well as boost levels of the mood elevating chemical serotonin. Vitamin D also helps the body to absorb calcium. When the body lacks calcium, it may experience up to a fivefold increase in the fatty acid synthase. This enzyme converts calories into fat. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, reported that obese women given 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day lost six times more weight than women who dieted alone. So by fueling your body with vitamin D you kick start the fat burning and could potentially lose more weight, as well as protect your body from harmful cancer cells and build strong bones. What foods should you eat? The richest source is fatty fish oils and salt water fish such as sea bass, halibut, swordfish, herring, tuna and cod. Salmon is also a good source of both calcium and D. Dairy products that have been fortified with D are a great source. For supplements try VIACTIV, a calcium plus D soft chew. I like the caramel.

Over dosing on anything is harmful. Up to 1000IU a day of vitamin D appears to be safe. VIACTIV gives you 500 IU in one chew. Add fish or dairy to your daily diet and a little bit of sunlight and you will have the right mix to keeping you healthy and fit.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Seven Foods that will add Six Years to your life and health to your heart

And the seven are… fruits, vegetables, garlic, fish, nuts, red wine and chocolate. A study published in the British medical Journal indicated that eating these seven foods every day, in the appropriate portions could reduce heart disease risk by as much as 75 percent and add an average of six years to your life. Remember the key is consistency (every day) and in the right amount (portion control). That’s balance!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Let’s burn a few extra calories!

Hugging for one hour can burn 70 Calories.
You burn more calories than you consume when you eat celery.
A one minute kiss can burn between 2 and 4 Calories, depending on how intimate it is.
Laughing for 10 minutes can make you lose between 20 and 40 Calories.
So have some celery while you hug, kiss between chews and have a good old belly laugh and you will burn a few extra calories!

Monday, January 04, 2016

How to Stop Dieting and Maintain your weight!

Everyone resolves to eat better and live healthier. The real secret to weight control is moderation. It’s not about what you eat, but how much you eat. The real reason diets fail is because we deprive ourselves of the foods we enjoy and then over indulge.  Recently I had a conversation with a couple of young women about managing weight. I told them that I eat pizza. They were shocked and wanted to know how I could eat pizza and not gain weight. I explained that I start with a salad and then eat two pieces of pizza (not the whole pizza) and a glass of wine. The total caloric count for my meal is approximately 600 calories. I don’t snack at night, my lunch is about 600 calories and my breakfast is about 400 calories. I also work out every day for at least an hour. Do I feel deprived? No because I employ portion control. What does it take? Self-discipline or as the Spiritual Fitness success formula says – have a vision (weight management) the desire (to stay healthy) take action (portion control) do it with persistency and consistency (it’s a habit) and you will achieve success!

Fancy diets don’t work. In fact 95% fail. Most people lose and then put the weight right back on because they haven’t learned one of the most important lesson of yoga – you are what you eat so practice moderation in all things! 

Now add a regular exercise program like yoga and dancing and you will have the recipe for staying healthy and fit throughout the year.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Cottage Cheese

Want a healthy snack that helps to build lean body mass? Try eating cottage cheese. It gets its name from the fact that it was made in cottages from left over milk. It is low in fat and high in protein making it an ideal addition to a healthy diet. Cottage cheese is basically milk that is curdled by adding an enzyme like rennet or by the addition of edible acids like vinegar or lemon juice.  The action of these enzymes and acids cause the milk to clump. After the enzyme or acid is added to the milk and curdling takes place, the liquid whey is drained off and the curds are left.

Cottage cheese is made up primarily of slow-digesting casein protein and has very few carbohydrates making it an excellent snack food. The slow digesting proteins can keep your amino acid levels up during the night, which discourages muscle breakdown during your sleep.  Because it is a high protein food it can help stop cravings for junk food – it fills you up without filling you out!

Cottage cheese is also a good source of vitamin D and calcium. Mix it with some greens and other vegetables and you get a healthy delicious lunch that is good for the body, the mind and the soul.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Weight Control- you need a meta-kick!

Don’t believe everything you read. But you can believe this- Eat a healthy balanced diet because it is true that you are what you eat!

Weight Control- you need a meta-kick!

Halloween is the kick off of the holiday season. There goes the diet and here come lots of rich and somewhat unhealthy foods. We all know that exercise is the only real antidote to expend excess calorie consumption. But did you know that yoga breath can help? According to research from the Patanjali Research Foundation in Haridwar India yoga breath increases levels of leptin, a hormone produced by fat tissues that signals the brain in inhibit hunger. Leptin has also been shown to stimulate fatty tissue to burn energy.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Stiffness; Arthritis; Inflammation; Natural Health Tips to the Rescue! Health Tip - Inflammation; wh

Health Tip - Inflammation; when the immune system is working as it should be, inflammation plays an essential role in the body’s defenses. It acts as a barrier against foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria. However, when inflammation persists even without external threats it can do serious damage to the heart, joints and overall health.

Swelling, aching joints, arthritis, hay fever, heart disease, depression, diabetes and even crow’s feet have one common denominator; inflammation!

However, we can with a healthy diet and exercise, reduce many of the problems associated with inflammation. For example, certain foods such as berries are an excellent choice when it comes to lowering inflammation. That is because the antioxidants in berries work to reduce the free radicals that are a factor when it comes to inflammation. 

Damage from free radicals causes inflammation; chronic inflammation goes on to produce lots of free radicals, which in turn create more inflammation. This is a vicious cycle which can damage many systems in the body. The thyroid, heart and pancreas, can be negatively affected by the formation of free radicals. So adding foods, such as berries, which contain antioxidants, helps to fight the negative effects of free radicals.

However, more important than simply eating one food to combat inflammation, we should focus on an overall healthy diet. Fortunately there are many foods that are anti-inflammatory. The basic guideline is to eat a plant based diet, lean proteins, salmon and healthy fats such as olive oil. Here are some tips for fighting inflammation:

Eat your colors – eat foods that are rich in greens, blues and reds such as blue berries, spinach, and strawberries.
Eat legumes such as soybeans and lentils.
Include omega-3 fatty acid by eating wild salmon and cod as well as flaxseed and walnuts.
Spice up dishes with garlic, ginger and turmeric.
Drink green tea instead of sweetened beverages.
And if you drink alcohol remember that a glass of red wine is the best choice. Red wine has anti-inflammatory properties and it goes great with a piece of dark rich antioxidant chocolate! (Now that’s fighting inflammation!)

Reduce stress, smile?, be happy and of course exercise!

Inflammation is at the root of many chronic diseases such as arthritis. Try to make healthy choices when it comes to eating because it is so true that- you are what you eat!

Monday, August 03, 2015


Laughter is one of the proactive keys to staying young. Numerous studies demonstrate a link between a sense of humor and improved health. Chronic stress, anxiety and depression directly affect our immune system and when the immune system is compromised we accelerate aging.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Holiday Cheer and a Glow for the Skin

In one study, German researchers gave women a half cup of extra-flavonoid enriched cocoa every day. In just 6 weeks skin was smoother, better hydrated and less sun sensitive. And 12 weeks did even more. All thanks to the skin-boosting antioxidants in cocoa, called flavonoids. But remember that’s dark chocolate and the darker the better. Here’s a great chocolate dessert recipe from my cook book: Recipes for Health, Sex, Happiness and Love. This is a great healthy drink that is low in calories and high in antioxidants.

Spirited Orange Cocoa for 1 cup

1-12 ounce coffee mug  
2 tablespoons of dark cocoa mix (try Essential Living organic cocoa mix) in a 12 ounce cup of hot water.

Mix well. Add a splash (1-2 tablespoon) of Grand Marquette or Patron Orange Liquor (can be found at BevMO – in stores and online $9.99). Shave about 1 teaspoon of 85% organic chocolate and 1 teaspoon of grated fresh orange skin and sprinkle both on top of the cocoa… enjoy! (About 120 calories per serving) – don’t want to use liquor; squeeze a tablespoon of fresh orange juice.

For a party – use 2 tablespoons of cocoa per 12 ounces of water and make a carafe, (coffee pot) full of the cocoa mix; add 1 tablespoon of orange liquor per 12 ounces of cocoa). Serve in small espresso cups with chocolate and orange grated on top and a side of vanilla biscotti.

Cheers and may your skin glow!