My New Years Resolution Breakdown

MP900309664This year is going to be the year I _________.  What did you fill in?  Loose weight, find a significant other,make it big?  What ever you put in the blank, I dare you to answer the question, why?  I hope it was for you, and if it’s not, make one that is solely for you.

The Doshas and Goal setting:

Vatta’s tend to set big goals and get overwhelmed. (Try small tangible goals)

Pitta’s tend to force themselves to reach their big goals, even if that means they are not enjoying it and can tend to express anger towards others because of it. (Try the 50% rule, allowing yourself a little break.)

Kapha’s can become stuck in their habits and not realize what  negative habits are doing to them. (Try supported change, gym, one on one training, exercise group, or do a challenge with your family) 

The two biggest reasons I find that New Years resolutions don not work are.  People set a big goal and expect fast results or they haven’t dealt with physical or emotional pain which can hold them back.  Here are ways to overcome theses issues and make this the year you stick to your new years resolution.

1.  When you set your  goal, break it down into smaller goals.  Lets just stick with the weight loss example, your big goal might be to lose 15lbs. but your small goal might be to lose 1lbs. a week.  That means that in 3 months you will have lost 12lbs.  Every time you reach one of your smaller goal you feel succesful and you have accomplished something, which allows you to be succesful see results and stay motivated to keep going.  On this gradual plan you are able to make progress without overwhelming yourself.

Once you have broken down the steps and made smaller goals, put it in your calender, make your plan just as important as your work schedule.  (Exmp. walk 2:30-3:00p.m. Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat.- Sun 10-10:45)

Eating healthier-try the 50% rule.  Half the time you eat what you want and half the time you eat healthy.

Exercisise-Try cardio every other day, depending on how much you currently do (haven’t been working out 10 min. already workout 30 min) and 10-30 min of walking every day .  A walking partner or music(one ear bud only for safety) can make it easier and keep you motivated.

 

2.  Physical and emotional pain can be big factors in being successful in your resolution.  Haven’t been exercising?  Is it because your knee, back is hurting?  Are you unable to stop overeating? Is it because you are constantly hearing your mother in your head telling you, you are not good enough or stressed because of work?

Take a moment to do a quick body scan.  First do this standing and then sitting.  Close your eyes, take a couple deep breaths and start at the top of your head all the way down to your toes look for any pain, soreness, tightness or discomfort, if you notice anything write this down.  Depending you may want to see a Chiropractor, Massage therapist, Ayurveda Practitioner or Doctor.

Sitting down, take a moment to think about your resolution, notice what doubts, or blocks pop into your head.  Maybe there is another stressor that has nothing to do with your resolution that keeps showing up.  Write these down.  These types of issues can be worked with through meditation, eating a Vata calming diet, talking to a good friend, psychiatrist, or regaining empowerment through physical activity.

Have a Great New Year!

What is your new years resolution?  Let me know if this post helped in the comments below. 

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(How to) Easy Essential Oil Gift Ideas

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As the season of gifting approaches why not give a fast acting gift of happiness with a yummy salt scrub that will make your shower feel like a spa.  Or a room spray that can disinfect as well as smell great, or an uplifting blend, that can be used in your office or home.  Smell is one of the fastest ways to affect the mind.  Lavender calming stress, Lemon to enliven and brighten a gloomy disposition.  Smell can also affect your digestion, Peppermint helps calm a full stomach or fennel to stoke the digestive fire.  Overall pleasant smells make us feel happy and can greatly affect the mood of the environment you are in.

Essential oils for the Doshas

*Means ok for salt scrub, the others may be to harsh for the skin and should only be used in a spray.

Vata- *Chamomile (Grounding), *Lavender (Calming), *Jasmine

Pitta-*Rose (Heart opening), *Peppermint (Cooling), *Lemon (Uplifting)

Kapha- Eucalyptus (Decongestant), *Orange (Uplifting), Sage (Drying)MP900387904

Salt Scrub Ingredients:

1 cup of salt (small grains, not rock salt)

3/4 cup of Olive, Almond or Jojoba oil

Preferred Essential Oils

Plastic or Tin container

Directions:

Combine salt and oil into bowl, mix with spoon or clean hands.  (You want to have the salt soaked but not liquidy so if you need to add a little oil go for it.)

Add essential oil a couple of drops at a time and stir to avoid making too potent.  Watch video for blending tips.

Scoop salt scrub into container.  (Preferably not glass as the person using will be in shower and you don’t want them to drop it with oily hands.)

The more you decorate the container, the more posh it gets.  That means think ribbons, tags, charms, anything you want, be creative.

**My favorite essential oils for salt scrub are geranium and lemon blend.**

Room Spray Ingredients:

Distilled water (amount depends on size of bottle)

If you are doing a floral spray you can start with a pre-made rose water base instead.

Preferred Essential Oils

Empty spritzer bottle (can be in found in natural food or craft store.)

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Pour water into spritzer bottle. Leave room at the top for essential oils and the tube that goes into the bottle for the spritzer.

Slowly add essential oils and check the smell as you go.  Watch video for blending tips.

Decorate with ribbon, tag or card, or decorate your own labels. (Blank sticky  labels can be found in the office sections of the store.)

**Lavender spritzer is an antibacterial and smells wonderful, you can even spray a little near your pillow to help you sleep at night.**

Essential Oil Safety Tips:

*If you haven’t done much blending you can stick to one essential oil, or try not to go over three.

*Not quite sure what oils, Lavender and Vanilla on their own are very accepted and enjoyed smells.

*Don’t apply essential oils to skin with out diluting with carrier oil.

*Keep essential oils away from eyes.

*Do not ingest essential oils.

*Pregnant women should ask their doctor before using essential oils.

I’m Turning into my Mother! (Is it in your DNA?)

I often hear this from my patients, “I’m turning into my mother” and blaming things on heredity and DNA.  Are these excuses always true or is there something else going on?  Some imbalances are hereditary, but there are a lot of things that are caused by diet and learned behavior.

Are you angry (Pitta) because your dad was angry and that’s just how it is?   Or did your dad love spicy food and a beer at dinner, and you love spicy food too?  Alcohol and spicy food are heating which cause heating in the liver and lead to anger.

Take action:

* Start incorporating neutral and cooling/detoxifying foods into your diet like Kale and Green Beans.

*Gently massage the heart area daily, in India it is recommended that you rub the heart clockwise for 108 strokes.

*Being out in nature is calming to the entire body but especially the eyes which are associated with Pitta.

Does melancholy (Kapha) run in your family?  Or is it really caused by the fact that your family ate a lot of heavy foods like meats and potatoes  and lived in an area that didn’t get much sun?  And your mom loved to read books inside all day instead of going for a walk.

Take action: 

*Eat more fresh vegetables.

*Try reducing dairy and heavy foods from your diet.

*Add more physical movement into your day to day life (walking, yoga, hiking all count).  *You get bonus points if it’s in the sun:)

Now of days anxiety and stress (Vata) seem almost normal, but it is a learned behavior that can also be exacerbated by poor food choices.  It is said that parents who are calm when dealing with stressful situations, teach their children to be calm, but it doesn’t work if they look calm on the outside and are actually freaking out on the inside.  Just because you didn’t learn how to be calm in childhood doesn’t mean you can’t learn now.

Take action:

*Eat healthy grounding foods like potatoes and squash.

*Use abdominal breath or negative tension release daily.

*Reading spiritual literature (of your faith or belief system).

It is time to stop blaming others for your symptoms and emotions and take the proper actions to heal yourself.  But remember it may take time, especially if this is something you have been dealing with your entire life.  Make today the day you take your first step into health and healing.

Do you want to be a part of a group of people also focusing on healing themselves?  I am offering a Fun Free Challenge on Facebook (30 minutes of healing for the 30 days of November) Join me!

What do all the symbols mean on food lists and recipes?

A lot of people ask me what the plus and minus mean.  They know there dosha but which food list or tea should they use.  Well here it is plain and simple.

If you are a Vata you would use a  Vata food list or drink Vata tea, these are things that will help decrease Vata.   This goes for all the other doshas as well.  If you are Pitta use a Pitta food list and Kapha would use a Kapha food list.

When you see things next to a food or essential oil that have = + –  

V=Vata P=Pitta K=Kapha

= sign stands for neutral it will not affect the dosha

 + sign will increase the dosha 

 – sign will decrease the dosha

example 1. Fennel VPK=   this means fennel will be neutral to all the doshas (not increase or decrease)

example 2. Black Pepper V- P+ K-    Black Pepper will decrease Vata, increase Pitta and decrease Kapha

Lastly sometimes you will find a recipe that has ingredient lists with circles around the doshas after the ingredient.  The circles that have a line through them mean that the ingredient will increase that dosha and should not be used for that dosha or should be substituted with a different ingredient more suitable for that dosha.