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ELM Maine Essential Happenings November 2018
  • Developing a More Positive Body Image

    Every day we see hundreds of images of people in television, movies, advertisements, and our own community. It is very easy to fall into the trap of comparing oneself to others, and negative body image has become a common practice for many of us. Despite knowing it’s not a healthy practice, it’s tough to avoid – especially since there’s so much to look at on social media. The desire to “fit in” and measure up to what people see as the “perfect body” can significantly increase the risk of developing an eating disorder. However, there is no need to...

  • Reconnect with Nature, Reconnect with Yourself: A Whole-Health Journey in Africa

    At times in life we lose track of the expansiveness of the universe. We sit in our cubicles hard at work, and we begin to feel that this is life: these four walls, and the immediate work in front of us. But Donna Bunte of Donna Bunte Whole Health, located in Greenwich, Connecticut, wants those of us who feel this way to recognize that we are all apart of this vast universe that extends far beyond these four walls. She believes in order to feel whole again, one must reconnect with nature, and learn to be still. Having traveled...

  • The Historically Hip Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale

    Just thirty minutes from downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale is a small desert city known for its spas, outdoor trails, shopping, nightlife, and more than 200 golf courses. Farther north, trails wind through McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a desertscape of hills, rock formations and cacti. Nearby is Taliesin West, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s former home and studio. Downtown’s Old Town Scottsdale has 1920s buildings and 19th-century olive trees. Originally opened on December 20, 1956, Hotel Valley Ho has classically cool roots and stands as a modernist icon in Downtown Scottsdale. Owned by John B. Mills, along with Robert Foehl and his wife...

  • Help Others Realize Their Full Potential

    The simplest way to get someone who does not see how wonderful they are to realize their true potential is modeling and reflecting back. You cannot make a person see themselves in any way that they are not ready to see. However, rather than getting frustrated with them or trying to manipulate them to change (which would be coming from a place of judging them unfavorably) you interact with their highest self in all situations. You and I have heard this before but it bears hearing many times: we cannot make other people change; we can only control our...

  • Drinking Smoothies Provides Multiple Benefits

    Smoothies are my favorite and so good for you! It’s a simple way to incorporate a healthy meal into your diet, I promise! Here are a few reasons why they are so beneficial: Beneficial in these ways: Fat buster; hydrating; craving reduction; better digestion; antioxidant loaded; immunity boosting; better sleep; brain boosting; detoxing; lowers risks of diabetes, cancer and heart disease; hormone balancing and much more! They are a great way to “hide” vegetables for people who don’t like them. Most people think that smoothies are just made of fruit, but the truth is that it’s also easy to...

  • Gracing Agefully

    We need to change some thinking around…and we might as well start with “aging” since it’s something we’re all doing. The other thing we all do is move. Life is movement and we have some peculiar notions about what happens to it as we age. I can’t do what I used to do—sound familiar? It reflects an accepted decline model that’s worth poking at, for it may be a little askew. Now I’m not suggesting aging doesn’t bring limitation and decline. But here’s the good news: Our limitations in movement may have more to do with how we’re doing...

  • Move Your Body, Calm Your Mind

    “I REALLY REGRET WORKING OUT TODAY.” – NO ONE.   There is a collective thread of life experience that stitches us together – as a species. Things we all experience – regardless of what divides us. Most of those things are positive – it’s why all over this planet, we celebrate births, and love – we dance, sing and gather in groups. We can resonate with someone over a shared emotion, without anything else in common. It’s a knowing glance between two mothers who don’t speak the same language or a brief moment of comfort between a child on...

  • Give Stress a Rest

    Stress can become such a part of daily life, that most of us don’t even realize how much it is affecting us. Stress is the underlying mechanism of almost all disease. Constant stress causes blood flow to hasten and become turbulent, damaging blood vessels and instigating heart disease. It keeps your body in “flight or fight” mode where it is prepared to escape the threat. When this is triggered, digestion is sub-optimal, leading to tons of gastroenterological discomfort such as heartburn, bloating and constipation. Stress causes cortisol to be pumped at high levels. Originally intended to help us with...