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Knowing you need to exercise and figuring out how to fit it into your day are two separate challenges. Here are a few ideas on how to get your workout into your schedule both at home and at work. It’s all about knowing what the right S.T.E.P.S. are. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you ever feel like you have little or no luck? Do you see others getting raises, getting married, or living their dreams and feel like those things will never happen to you?

That feeling of lack, of being passed by, of being unlucky only makes you feel worse. For a moment, take a look at those who have things going well in their lives. What do you notice about their general attitude? About how they talk about what they have and what they want?

I’m not a betting person, but if I were, I’d bet they had an attitude of gratitude.

Sure, I hear you–it’s easy to feel gratitude when things are going well. True, we might have a chicken and egg thing going on here: Which came first, the luck or the gratitude? The difference is that one we don’t have much control over, the other we do.

So play along with me here for a minute. What do you have to lose? (A couple of minutes, and probably a bit of negative feelings)

Gratitude Exercise:

Fill in the blanks:

  • I’m grateful for the following people in my life: (list them and why you’re grateful for them.)
  • I’m grateful that _____________ is better than it was 5 years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago.
  • I’m grateful for these things I’ve purchased ______________________ (list art, furniture, clothes, etc. that you enjoy)
  • I appreciate ____________________.
  • I’m grateful for great memories of: (list details of specific events for each item below)
    • growing up
    • early adulthood
    • mid-adulthood
    • raising my kids/pets/traveling with friends
    • last vacation I took
  • I’m grateful for how much better I feel now that I played with this exercise–so grateful that I’m going to start doing this exercise when I first wake up and as the last thing I do before I fall asleep at night!

Feel free to leave a comment about what it was like to do this exercise!

-by Life Coach Carrie Koch

Balanced Health and Wellness is Northwest Houston and Katy’s premier medical wellness center, focused on providing individualized care for anyone seeking to achieve and maintain optimal wellness. From the nurturing decor to knowledgeable staff–experience the difference.

Whether this is your first Balanced Health & Wellness Open House or your fifth, you’ll always find lots of great information, prizes, and savings. Even if you’ve been to a few, please take a second to read our top 10 reasons to attend — who knows, you might find something new!

  1. RSVP for an additional entry into the $1000 gift certificate Grand Prize drawing
  2. Eat and drink catered, healthy food and drinks from Tr’Lane Catering in Katy
  3. Meet Dr. Alavi and her staff in person and learn more about the products and services we offer
  4. Visit with experts from many of our vendors like Dysport and glo.minerals
  5. Get a head start on your holiday shopping by giving the gift of health this season
  6. Save with exclusive one-day discounts from 20% – 40% off
  7. Enter for the chance to win thousands of dollars worth of door prizes
  8. Learn about new services, products, and staff
  9. Earn exclusive additional monthly discounts just for attending
  10. Find many opportunities to enter the $1000 gift certificate grand prize drawing, including: 1 for your RSVP, 1 for attending, 1 for every $100 you spend, 1 for guessing this month’s Mystery Photo contest in our newsletter, and 1 for filling out the survey in the welcome packet at the event

It’s a simple function. We do it all day without thinking much about it at all. Breathing may be second nature, but are you breathing effectively? Taking time to really breathe deeply can help you:

  • Reduce stress
  • Temporarily reduce high blood pressure
  • Increase circulation
  • Minimize panic attacks
  • Gain mental clarity
  • Improve sleep
  • Increase energy
  • Improve overall wellness

The simple, effective breathing technique I’m sharing with you here, when done a minimum of twice a day, will greatly contribute to the above health benefits.

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As the weather heats up and we start spending more time outdoors, we often think about sunscreen to maintain the health of our skin.

It’s true if you intend to spend lots of time in the sun, you should use sunscreen–however, daily exposure to the sun for about 10 – 20 minutes, preferably between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the best UVB intensity, will cause your body to produce the vitamin D you need.

To avoid sun damage, only stay out without sunscreen long enough for your skin to turn slightly pink–after that you won’t produce any more vitamin D, and you’ll begin skin damage. Generally, the darker your skin the longer you’ll need to stay out.

But, what does vitamin D do, you ask? More than you’d think! It’s been shown to prevent or influence many conditions*, including:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Cavities
  • Chrohn’s disease
  • Cold & Flu
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes 1 and 2
  • Eczema & Psoriasis
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Inflammatory Bowl Disease
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Macular degeneration
  • Migranes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle pain
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Reduced C-section risk
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seizures
  • Septicemia
  • Signs of aging
  • Tuberculosis

* according to Dr. Mercola

An alternative to daily sun exposure is to take a vitamin D supplement. Most studies recommend taking 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily, or 35 IUs of vitamin D per pound of body weight. Not sure if you need a vitamin D supplement? Well, knowing the importance of vitamin D, Dr. Alavi includes that level in her standard lab tests. Over the past several years, more than 95% of those tested at our clinic alone had less than optimal levels and would benefit from a vitamin D supplement. Call our office at 281-855-2273 if you’re interested in testing or supplements.

Do you have symptoms of adrenal stress? Take this fun little quiz to see if you might. Disclosure: This quiz is for entertainment purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Adrenal Burnout quiz

Are you so busy handling your life that you’re not making time to really enjoy it? Do you hear quotes like, “Stop and smell the roses,” and say, yeah, I really have to do that…someday?

That time is now. This IS your life. Are you living it? Are you LOVING it?

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