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ELM Maine Essential Happenings Jan 2018
  • Can you Lose Weight with Keto?

    “Keto” or the Ketogenic Diet is #trending. More than half of the bestsellers in the diet book category are pro-Keto for its benefits with weight loss, brain health and even cancer prevention. Keto has become mainstream. So, you may be wondering…will it work for you? First, let’s start with some background: Keto isn’t new. The high fat, moderate protein, low carb approach to eating has been around for well over a century. It was used in Diabetes management and for the treatment of epilepsy, but it was left behind in favor of more profitable medications. The fear of dietary...

  • Is 2018 Your Year to Finally Find Love?

    Do you dream of finding love? Someone to hug, kiss and snuggle with? How would life be different if you had a partner who has your back and makes you laugh? One thing I know as a dating coach for 15 years is that it’s never too late to find love! However, to find love you’ll have to DO something about it. Just like getting a new job or redecorating your home, there are steps to make your goal a reality. Here are 10 steps to find love this year: 1.Clear the Past: If you are ready for love,...

  • The Crown Chakra

    There are seven chakras in our bodies and they are the centers in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our chakras can often lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. The Crown Chakra is divine tingly energy, connecting us with divine light and guidance from the sky; it reminds us of how big we are, and that we have a team of guidance ready to invest in our earthly matters. A healthy crown is connected to the higher self, allowing us to...

  • Eco-Travel: Can We Really ‘Green’ Travel?

    It seems everywhere you look these days the terms ‘Green’ and ‘Eco-Friendly’ are thrown around so loosely it’s hard to determine what, if any, positive environmental impact we can make on the things we do every day. Take for example Green household cleaning products. Does ‘green’ mean they were produced in a facility that uses renewable energy or that the ingredients or packaging are more natural? Now don’t get me wrong, I’m THRILLED to see more and more companies taking the idea of sustainability more seriously but it’s becoming increasingly more difficult as a consumer to navigate how we...

  • Your Stomach in Knots: How Stress Affects Gut Health

    According to a 2017 survey by Stress In America, 24% of adults reported extreme stress while more than one-third stated their stress increased over the past year. – American Psychological Association It is no secret that stress has become a normal part of life in this 21st century. However, what is not readily known is how much that stress is affecting your gut health. From physical damage of your digestive function to psychological warfare between your brain and gut, your stress load plays a big part in your gut and overall health. Know Your Inside Tract The digestive tract...

  • Hearing Health is Brain Health How Hearing Aids Keep Your Brain Fit

    Imagine, after practicing for weeks, your daughter is saying grace for the very first time at your family’s Thanksgiving gathering. For you, the proudest moment of all was going to be the look on your mother’s face as your daughter so eloquently recites her words. Instead, your mother was expressionless. It was plain and simple. She couldn’t hear your daughter’s sweet voice from across the table. The moment was missed. It was gone. This scene is all too familiar in many homes during the holidays to the degree that some family members may choose to disengage from conversations after...

  • Stress: What’s the Cost?

    Stress is taken for granted these days as “part of life.” And while there is such a thing as “healthy” stress that helps us grow, most of our stress is chronic, damaging, and unhealthy. It could be costing you money, time or even your future. Here are 20 stress indicators that you may be experiencing in your daily life. Which ones can you relate to right now? Mental Symptoms Difficulty concentrating Trouble making decisions Negative outlook on life Anxious or racing thoughts Constant worrying Emotional Symptoms General moodiness Irritability or short temper Feeling lonely and isolated Agitation, anger, and...

  • My Mindful Weight Loss Journey

    Five years and 100 pounds later…how can that be? That’s what ran through my brain when I was approached about writing this article. It was January 2012, and I had just spent a very long weekend of sitting through my first class towards my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling. On Sunday afternoon at 4:30, the instructor set a candle in the middle of the room and asked 32 of us to stare at the candle for 20 minutes. I had lists to make, groceries to pick up, and a to do list that wouldn’t quit…I refused...