Ara Wiseman

Month: January 2015

Healing

Healing

This month our focus is on heart health. Researchers have found that most heart attacks occur between 8-9 o’clock on a Monday morning. Many illnesses are manifested from emotional discord, unresolved issues, stress, unhealthy thoughts, actions and choices, including our day-to-day food choices. The healer is within each of us. The problem is that most of us have lost this intuitive connection and need to reconnect to this intelligence. We live in an external world and look to external sources for everything. External sources are only there to remind our body to reconnect to this inner healing wisdom. In some cultures, the traditional healing system focuses on enhancing and cultivating the healer within. For some reason we haven’t been taught this knowledge and have been led to believe that we are helpless victims who need to run to the hospital emergency department and take antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and other “anti” drugs. Disease is rooted in the belief that we are incomplete. When you are overworked, stressed, addicted to caffeine, sugar, recreational drugs or alcohol there is a cumulative effect both mentally and physically. Habitually just going through the motions keeps us from living a life of greater meaning. Somewhere along the way we have lost the faith in our body’s ability to heal. The medicine we need comes from our food, not from medications made in a lab. Health is about what you put into your body and what you release or let go. It is a state of mind and an inner knowing that no matter what challenges come your way you have whatever you need inside to deal with them. In our culture, when something goes awry or we are facing some type of challenge, we search externally for the cure or solution as opposed to searching within and finding the source. Oftentimes we attach toxic emotions to experiences in life, which become memories, or seeds, such as shame, regret, feelings of abandonment, low self-worth, etc. These seeds take root and begin to sprout and grow, ultimately leading to health and relationship issues. In order to heal, you need to become aware of the toxic emotions or patterns attached to the memories, or stories, you carry around with you. Once you identify these emotions, you need to go to the seed level and dig up the roots that are keeping you stuck and limiting your potential. Attention leads to intention and if your intention is to change, your attention is expanded towards opportunities that support that change. Doors open when other ones close. In order to change we need to change our routine and add nourishing things to our life. You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. Did you know that you have healed yourself millions of times since birth through the body’s natural healing system? It is never too late to make changes. Your body is forgiving and renewable. It’s not so much which road you take, it’s the baggage that you carry with you that determines whether your experiences will be positive or if the same lessons will have to be repeated until you empty your suitcase, becoming aware of and dealing with the issues you have been carrying around with you. Bodywork, yoga, meditation, infrared sauna therapy, nutritional counselling and dealing with any imbalances, whether biochemical, hormonal or due to a nutrient deficiency is a good place to start. When there are imbalances it is hard to not search externally for relief. When a client comes to see me, it’s not just about food. Food is the effect, but what is the cause? What is causing you to feel tired and lethargic, unhappy, stuck, stressed? Why are similar patterns repeating themselves over and over again? What seeds have been planted, are they deeply rooted and are they overtaking your inner garden? A friend of mine once said, ‘why does my story have to be sad, why can’t it be a happy story with a wonderful lesson?’ The amazing thing is that every minute is a chance to turn it all around. Why not focus on the lesson and extract the positive, learn from it and move on. Next time you are pruning your plants, imagine that the dead leaves are the negative stories we hang onto that need to be removed. The flowers and deep green leaves are the beauty we have in our lives. There is a vast sea of potential realities that you can be experiencing right now. Begin by seeing the beauty in this moment. Look around. Everything right now is perfect. Breathe deeply and let it all go. ©2018 Ara Wiseman Nutrition & Healing. All Rights Reserved.

Heart Health and Happiness

Heart Health and Happiness

(Written by Natalia Hnatiw) Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body. Without the heart pumping blood and life force to your organs, they would not be able to function. Since February is Heart Health Month, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I think that it’s fitting to give our hearts the acknowledgement they deserve by doing things that keep them healthy. What Keeps the Heart Happy? Love! This may seem a little obvious but it can also be the most overlooked. Our hearts are made to love, truly and purely. When we love ourselves, we are able to love others. When we give with open hearts, the world opens up to us with endless opportunities. Follow Your Heart: There is a reason why we are told to follow our hearts, it is where our intuition lies. When we feel joyous and excited about something, it is our hearts telling us that we are on the right path. When we feel dread or anxiety, or when our hearts actually hurt, it is a warning sign that what we are doing is not resonating with us and we need to re-evaluate our current situation. Eat the Rainbow: It’s no surprise that we have to eat healthy to feel healthy and happy. No foods make the heart happier than nutrient dense, fresh fruits and vegetables. They vibrate at the highest frequency and thus, when consumed, keep us at a high frequency. They are also high in fibre, which helps to keep both our cholesterol and blood sugar balanced. Choose plenty of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage for a heart-healthy diet. Some of the best leafy greens to choose include romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, spinach, collard greens, and mustard greens. As for heart healthy fruit, citrus can be the most beneficial. Eating fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits can make a big impact on your cardiac health. Overall, it’s important to have a lot of variety when it comes to filling your diet with fruits and vegetables. A colourful diet means you’re adding plenty of nutrients to your body. Exercise: Like any other muscle in our body, our heart needs exercise to keep it happy and healthy. Exercise, especially the kind that increases our heart rate, is one of the best ways to keep our heart young and functioning optimally. Even things like brisk walking or taking the stairs can be beneficial in the long run. Remember that every bit counts. Skipping, stationary biking or hula hooping are fun ways to incorporate exercise into your daily life. Manage Stress: Stress can have detrimental effects on the body and increases the risk of heart disease. Stress has a negative impact both on blood pressure and cholesterol. Minimizing our daily stressors can be challenging, therefore it is often more important to change the way we perceive stress, as it is our perception of it that can do the most damage. Unresolved emotions become stored in our body and when we do not resolve them, they manifest into health problems. If you are running late for something and there is nothing you can do about it, simply accept the situation and make a point of leaving earlier next time. Incorporating down time into your life, where you can focus on yourself, is also important. We need to find balance in everything we do. While we sometimes feel that we need to always be giving, we also need to be willing to take what we need and not feel guilty about it. So relax! The Not-So-Sweet Truth About Sugar and Your Heart While cardiologists have long warned patients about the dangers of a diet high in sodium and saturated fats, sugar has only recently been added to the list of dietary dangers. While I can go on and on about the negative affects that sugar has on our bodies, I will leave it for another article of its own. Here I will simply address the effects of sugar as it pertains to the heart. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that consuming increased amounts of sugar, especially in processed foods, can lower high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (good cholesterol) levels, while increasing triglyceride levels and (the bad) low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. This is because elevated blood glucose levels raise blood pressure and heart rate and interfere with the proper function of blood vessels, subsequently increasing the risk of heart disease and other heart problems down the line. The Challenge So which is the most harmful dietary danger, sodium, saturated fat or sugar? Does it really matter? In my opinion, if you are eating a predominantly plant-based diet and avoiding anything that comes in a box, you should be fine. It’s when we consume “foods” that have a closer relation to plastic than to something edible, that we begin to see problems. I think that we intuitively knew this at one point, but have been so bombarded with advertisements and media telling us what we should buy and what we should eat, that we have become so removed from nature and what real food should be. So my challenge to you this Heart Health month is to stop and think anytime you’re about to eat something, and ask yourself, “How is this food nourishing me?” And if you can’t come up with an answer, maybe it’s time to rethink your eating habits. Remember that small changes over time can have the biggest impact. So if it’s cutting out the soda, decreasing your meat consumption or switching to organic produce, every little bit counts on your wellness journey.

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