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Archive for February, 2012

As I’ve written about in my previous post, What’s your Heart’s Desire?, I had a heart scare in my mid-20s.  I was a stressed out professional (Nursing) and not treating my body right (hello coffee, brownies, working late nights, always on the go with no time to relax.)

Since then, I have turned my life around and realized I need to learn to take time for myself and slow down.   Slowing down helped me realize my passions for business and helping other professionals find a balance.

Although I’d love to sit here and boast about how my life is now perfect- the reality is I still have to remind myself to take a deep breath and slow down.

I’m still really passionate about my work and always on the go- meeting here, project there, conference here, phone lecture there.  I often have to remind myself that life isn’t all about work- I can relax and enjoy down time also.

I find myself getting stressed about being perfect which often causes pain and tension in my jaw, back of my shoulder, and neck.

Many of us don’t realize how much effect stress has on our bodies.  In order to combat this stress I started taking Shaklee’s Stress Relieve Complex and also meditating.  Both of these things have really helped me slow down and become less anxious.

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When you are stressed your body releases a lot of cortisol which causes your body to become burnt out.  Shaklee’s Stress Relieve Complex helps balance out your cortisol levels and helps your body get out of the ‘flight’ mode.

My friend asked me once, ‘Donde esta el fuego?’ Which translates ‘Where’s the fire?’  I loved this quote!  As Americans, especially New Yorkers, we are always striving to be the best and constantly on the go.

My message this week is- remember to breathe and take time for yourself. 

There’s no fire.  We can stop running.

Our heart will thank us for this.

For more ways  to balance the body

Come to my event:

‘ Is your Digestion Sabotaging you?’

Learn live and in person

Sunday, March 11th
1pm-3pm

email me to RSVP by March 10th  dianamaltz@gmail.com

Cheers!

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Happy Valentines’ Day Everyone!

I hope your heart is full of  love for yourself too.

We can feel and get love in everything we do.

As I’ve written about in previous posts, Is your Body Image Holding you Back , learning to love my body has been a life long challenge and goal for me.

I am now at the point where I love and appreciate being healthy and fit but it wasn’t always like this.

I’ve always gotten a ‘natural high’ from things like dancing ballet and tai chi.  Movement has always been an important part of my life.  Still to this day, knowing and feeling my body move is awesome and I feel my best when I’m fit, lose, and flexible.  I’ve always been in tune with my body’s feelings which is which I decided to go into Nursing early in my career.

When we are young we tend to think that we are invincible.  When I was a nurse in my 20s I was in great shape (working out/movement wise) so you can imagine my surprise when I started to have heart palpitations.  It was discovered that I had a heart murmur.  It wasn’t immediately life threatening but it was scary and an eye opener!

It changed the way I looked at my life and current EATING habits.  I realized I only had half of the battle.  I needed to learn to love myself more and take care of my body through the food I was eating. (One can only survive on brownies for so long!)

It was then I decided to take my health into my own hands and show my body how much I loved and appreciated it.

Here are some of the changes I added into my Diet/Lifestyle:

1. I stop drinking coffee.   I know, you live off your coffee, but I promice you- you’ll survive without it!  Actually more than survive- you will feel much better without it!  Trust me- try it for a week or 2.  I replaced my daily coffee with a Shaklee Cinch shake and Shaklee Cinch Energy tea. 

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We all get into habits.  Many of us have a habit of sipping coffee and these wonderful Shaklee products can help us continue the sipping that we love.  Eliminating coffee from my life helped me become less anxious and sleep better at nights.

2.  I stopped having desserts for lunch and dinner.   It started out with my need to have a dessert after my meal (I blame my upbringing! haha) And a dessert after each meal (including breakfast) eventually led to only eating dessert.  I would survive on brownies at the hospital!  Dessert was also a way to reward myself.  Instead of grabbing for something sweet I changed my habit to eat a Shaklee Cinch Bar.  Instead of the sugar rush this bar provides vitamins and nutrients to help me have energy for the rest of the day- not to mention it also tasted delicious!

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3. I started to pay attention to when I was getting tired and began to pace myself better.  I learned to focus on breathing techniques and not get too stressed about anything particular thing.  Life will go on.

4.  In addition to my Ballet and Tai Chi I started going to yoga once a week.  Yoga was another great way for me to pace myself better with meditation and breath.

And the good new is……It worked!  The palpitations stopped and now that I am in my 50’s I continue to use the steps I started then.  These 4 Steps have helped me have a successful, healthy, and happy life.   It’s the simple things like learning to love and appreciate your body.

Loving yourself is  the best gift  you can ever give yourself (and others!)  My hubby sure appreciates my body and the love that I give it.

xo

Cheers!

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