Spring Allergies ~

Spring Allergies ~

Spring is springing and so are allergies!

Nobody wants to hear this, but diet definitely does make a difference when you’re suffering from allergies.

Most people suffer from Kapha type (phlegm) of allergy symptoms – sinus congestion, sneezing, lung congestion, watery eyes, fatigue, lethargy, mental fogginess. So it’s important during allergy season, and even for several weeks prior, to start a Kapha reducing diet. This means cutting out or drastically reducing dairy products, wheat, fried foods, and cold or iced drinks. During this time you want to add warming spices like ginger, drying grains like rye and barley, and lots of fresh vegetables including leafy greens.

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC is available to help you through the spring allergy season just message us to book your virtual appointment.

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”😊

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Winter Safety Tips

This morning’s bright sunshine on the dusting of snow while beautiful, is deceiving.  The temperature at 9 a.m. in Gloucester MA was only 4º!  Todays  weather forecast predicts a high of 18º.

‘Polar Vortex.’  The National Weather service describes this as “a large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding both of the Earth’s poles. It ALWAYS exists near the poles, but weakens in summer and strengthens in winter.”

The Bright Side. I actually feel lucky, considering what parts of the midwest are enduring  – dangerously cold temperatures of subzero, up to 40º below with the wind chill factor in some areas. Many businesses and schools are closed. At 40º, exposed skin can suffer frost bite within 5 minutes of exposure.

Check on Elderly Family and Neighbors. Being outside or even in a cold house can lead to hypothermia, a body temperature of 95°F or lower. Hypothermia can cause many health problems, such as a heart attack, kidney problems, liver disease or even death. Cold weather extremes are especially detrimental for children, the elderly and anyone with cardiac and pulmonary disease. If you have underlying health issues, talk to your doctor about winter safety. Here are steps to lower your chance of getting hypothermia from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” — Mark Twain

My Weather Prediction – More snow to come. 🙂 Fortunately, last night’s squall only brought a dusting of snow on Cape Ann, but winter is not over yet. Here are some safety tips for shoveling and safe snow blowing for the next snow storm. Call a snow plowing company now to schedule their service. By the time a snow storm arrives, they might be fully booked! 

Do you have a favorite snow plow company? Let GMG know. 

Safety Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help keep you safe in these extreme weather conditions.

Traveling in Winter. Today is a good day to stay indoors, relax and enjoy a cup of hot tea, but If you do have to get out in the cold or travel, here are some Tips for Traveling in Cold Weather. 

During Extreme Weather. If possible stay indoors and enjoy a cup of tea, otherwise follow the safety guidelines from the CDC, NIH and your physician.

The Good NewsSpring is only 48 days away! 


~ Karen Pischke

Sources and More Information:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Safety Council
  • National Weather Service
  • Weather Underground

 

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, Alumnus CCRN, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Photographer. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate, advocate for, and empower you in your healthcare goals. Providing evidence-based integrative healthcare services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving overall health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

 

Spring Renewal Cleanse

Spring Renewal Cleanse

 

Join Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC for our Spring Renewal Cleanse – if not now, when?

An Ayurvedic cleanse focuses on resetting the digestive fire, allowing it to rest and strengthen. The detoxifying nature also supports the body’s own natural mechanisms to remove built up toxins from the body.

Ayurveda Wellness Healing’s Ayurvedic 7 -Day Guided Spring Cleanse
Spring Cleanse Date: April 30 – May 6
(if dates are not convient we can work around your schedule)

Kick-off conference call – Sunday, April 23 @ 8pm EST
Register for the call in number
or
Kick-off in person meeting – April 24 @ 7pm
Meeting location: 25C Lexington Ave., 2nd Flr., Magnolia, MA 01930

Included:
Cleanse supplements, 6 meals, tea, recipes, shopping list and email support.
Investment: $108

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”

info@ayurvedawellnesshealing.com
978-395-1234

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Healing blessings in health…
Kim, Lynn and Wyndee

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It’s Spring! Let’s celebrate…

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Ok – so let’s all pretend that we’re not getting snow tonight and just enjoy the fact that today is the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!  Yes!!!  Cheers to tulips, soft grass, and warm weather on the horizon.  I’m even down for April showers if it brings May flowers.

To celebrate this turn of the corner, Saltwater Massage Studio is offering 10% off all massage therapy appointments THIS week if you mention this post.  

Treat yourself.  Winters are tough, and you made it.

To schedule, call (978)390-7600 or email info@saltwatermassage.com

(Offer ends Sunday April 27. Valid on full price appointments only.)

Community Reiki Share March 1st – Supporting Family Promise North Shore Boston

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Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Monthly Community Reiki Share ‘First Tuesday’ Every Month.

Next Community Reiki Share – Tuesday. March 1st. 5:15 – 8:15 P.M. $20.00 Suggested Donation. Portion of monthly proceeds donated to charitable fund-raising, local and abroad. In 2015 we contributed to Open Door, Wellspring, SeniorCare Inc, Mother of Grace Club, Reid’s Ride, Cheryl’s Healing Journey, and a group helping to feed, clothe and educate children in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, to name a few.

Contact us if you have a charitable organization or fundraiser and would like to partner with us. Those organizations we partner with are welcome to attend as our guests.

This month’s Reiki Share proceeds to help benefit Family Promise of the North Shore – a local non-profit charity helping homeless families build new lives.

Come early and join us in celebrating the coming of Spring – only 20 days away!

Spring at Enoshima

Reiki Ryoho-  a Japanese Healing Method/Art – Schedule: 5:30 pm – Meditation, Japanese mawashi (circle) and Komyo open reiju (attunement.) Pre-register for a session of Reiki between 6 and 8 pm.

Attend part or the entire evening. Enjoy the sense of peace, comfort and calm Reiki provides.

Healthy snacks and tea are available. You don’t have to be a Reiki practitioner to join in. Those attending often comment on “how welcomed” and “relaxed” they feel, and how much they “enjoy the peace” of the evening.

Reiki Photo DTW Stock Photo with © 2015

Where – Manchester Community Center. 40 Beach St. (Harbor Place) in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Every 1st Tuesday of the Month. 

Manchester Community Center

Register in Advance – info@DreamtimeWellness.com or call 978-283-4258. Walk-ins accommodated as we are able. Wheelchair accessible. Convenient, free parking.

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Celebrating Spring and Healthy Herring

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The Long-Awaiting Coming of Spring Begins Tomorrow!

As Joey mentioned, it’s time for the ‘Annual River Herring Count’ – April 1st – May 30th. 

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In honor of herring, here is information about their ecological importance and health benefits! Herring are – 

  • High in Omega-3, (healthy fatty acids EPA + DHA, which are considered important for brain function, eye health, and may help decrease inflammation.)
  • Source of Vitamin D
  • Considered to be lower in mercury levels due to their small size (Note: Pregnant women need to check with there physician regarding fish consumption.)
  • Important part of the marine food chain.
  • Harvested sustainably
  • Extremely valuable to the fishing economy in Northeastern United States

Food Chain and Herring

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/fish-herring-wcani

River (Alewife and Blueback) Herring –

  • Their health and well-being are a reflection of the overall state of the coastal ecosystem.
  • Their count can represent the health of marine life, as well as any watershed problems (such as man-made alteration of the natural hydrology, and water pollution.)

Fishing for Herring – Join the Count!  April 1st – May 30th.

To become a volunteer monitor and help efforts to protect this important species, contact:

Dave Sargent/ Alewife Warden @ 978-282-8018 – dsargent@gloucester-ma.gov

or Max Schenk @ 978-282-8025 – mschenk@gloucester-ma..gov

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Grilled (‘Nishin’) Herring

I don’t know about you, but I am craving some grilled herring as I write this!  (‘Nishin’ is Japanese for herring.) – http://tokyostation-yukari.blogspot.com/2010/01/grilled-nishin-herring.html

Sources  –

Association to Protect Cape Cod. – http://www.apcc.org/herring/

Dr Weil – http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400957/Herring-or-Sardines.html

Fisheries and Oceans, Canada – http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/education/lessonplans-lecons/whale-epaulard-eng.html

National Geographic – http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/fish-herring-wcani

Natural Resources Defense Council – http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/guide.asp

NOAA Fish watch – http://www.fishwatch.gov/seafood_profiles/species/herring/species_pages/atl_herring.htm

 

Happy, Healthy Spring to All of You!  And May the River Herring be Healthy Too!   

~ Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N.

 

Owner and Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spiritwww.DreamtimeWellness.com Follow us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

 

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

 

Spring Cleaning for Your Health

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Spring is Just One Week Away! A welcome sight after the long winter we’ve had in New England. The mountains of snow are beginning to melt and signs of spring are finally cropping up.

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‘Bluebird of Happiness’.                                                          Photo Courtesy of Michael Chamness.                                        © Wings & Waves Photo Art. Gloucester MA.

Did You Make A New Years Resolution to Exercise? Have you been able to keep it, or has it gone by the wayside, like the ‘disappearing sidewalks’ that made getting around this winter more difficult? Even if you LOVE winter and winter sports like I do, the brutal winter temperatures made it difficult to get outside to exercise. Hopefully, you found your way to one of the many local gyms and fitness centers on Cape Ann and stayed on-tack with your exercise and/or weight reduction goals! If not….

The GOOD NEWS – You Can ‘Jump-Start Your Good Health’ ANY Time of the Year! 

Many people in New England feel as if they’ve been living in a cave during this, the second snowiest winter. Time to Take Off Your Winter Mask and Start SPRING CLEANING for Your Health!

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Spring is a good time to take a closer look at the goals you set at the beginning of the year and reevaluate where you stand with them. With warmer temperatures and more hours of daylight comes a renewed sense of energy and hope springs forth!

Hope Springs Eternal DTW

The World Health Organization (WHO) Definition of Health“a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” www.who.int/about/definition/en/print.html

Spring Cleaning generally is thought of as deep house cleaning, clearing out the cobwebs, sorting through your closets. Consider also a cleanse of mind, body and spirit to feel younger and rejuvenated!

SPRING CLEANING for Mind, Body, & Spirit

  • Sunlight Can Help Boost Serotonin, the brain chemicals that help you Feel Happy, Healthy and Well!  Have you noticed an extra spring in your step since the clocks moved ahead? I know I have! Increased serotonin levels promote improved mood. (“Everything in moderation.” Unfortunately, while boosting serotonin and a source of Vitamin D too much sunlight can have risks. For sun safety advice –  http://www.cancer.org/healthy/besafeinthesun/)
  • Get Moving. Enjoy Fresh Air, Exercise, the Company of Family and Friends as you enjoy the beautiful beaches and conservation land of Cape Ann. Along with physical benefits, exercise helps you think more clearly and improves mood. For a list of Cape Ann Beaches – http://www.seecapeann.com/beach_article.html and other places to walk – http://www.thetrustees.org
  • Healthy Eating. Enjoying a ‘Rainbow of Colors’ of Fruits and Vegetables allows you to enjoy a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and anti-oxidants. Fresh is Best! Check out local CSA’s (Community Sustainable Agriculture) and other local stores with fresh, locally grown and organic options.

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  • Get Plenty of Sleep. Your body recharges while you sleep. You think more clearly after a good night’s sleep.
  • Think Positive! You have power over your own thoughts! Or, at least can train yourself to think more positively through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Self-Hypnosis. Choose Happy! Enjoy a Daily Attitude of Gratitude. Using a Gratitude Journal, list 3 things each day to be grateful This helps you to focus more on the positives, and let go of the negatives.

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Resources for SPRING CLEANING for Mind, Body and Spirit –

A Sure Sign of Spring – The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market is Back! Indoor Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Saturday. March 21st! 21st!http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Time—Dates-of-the-March-Madness-Market-.html?soid=1102513894265&aid=29Fkb0PWAYU.

At the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market you will meet friends and neighbors coming out of hibernation after the long, cold winter. Shop for local fresh produce and seafood, fresh-cut flowers and crafts. Along with natural soaps and salves to soothe your tired muscles you may find a chair massage offered. The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market is sure to bring a smile to your face and warm your heart! Enjoy!

Wishing You a Happy, Healthy & Peaceful Spring!    ~ Karen Pischke, B.S.N., R.N.

Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™  Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

 

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.