Give the Gift of Health

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - December, 17th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts, Health Coaching, holiday, recipes, Wellness

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Still looking for the perfect gift for someone or maybe even for yourself? Why not give a gift that counts? Your health is the most important thing you have.

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People are always asking me what exactly a Health Coach does. I respond that as a health coach, I help people find balance and learn to live their best life possible. Health coaches help you understand your lifestyle habits and then work with you to address those habits and improve on them. One of the best things about Health Coaching is that it is customized to fit each individual’s needs and goals. Since every one of us is different, there is no one size fits all approach to health coaching. Health coaching sessions can cover everything from stress reduction to weight loss/gain, healthy eating and learning how to grocery shop efficiently to healthy relationships as well as everything in between. The majority of people can benefit from health coaching as long as they are committed and ready for change.

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There are many reasons people seek the help of a Health Coach, accountability being one of the most important. More often than not, it is very hard to make lifestyle changes and stick to them long-term. Checking in with someone on a routine basis holds you accountable and keeps you honest with yourself. Health coaches help you find the motivation and resources needed to keep on going in the direction of your goals as well as give you support every step of the way.

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What are some of the reasons people have a health coach? There are numerous reasons to have a health coach, the following are some of the more common reasons:

  • Feeling constantly stressed out
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Being ready to make lifestyle changes (i.e. working out regularly, healthy cooking) but unsure how to start
  • Tired of being overweight or you recently gained weight and have been unsuccessful in losing it
  • You want to prepare more of your own meals and avoid processed foods
  • Tired of going on and off diets and ready to make healthy living your lifestyle
  • Constant cravings
  • You feel bad more often than good
  • You are confused about all of the food lingo i.e. GMO’s, organic, all natural, erythritol, gluten-free, etc.

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To learn more about the concepts discussed and what is included with your health coaching sessions, click here. AME offers different options depending on your health coaching needs, to find out more, click here and/or send me an email: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com or call AME today to schedule a Words of Wellness session. What are you waiting for? You deserve this. I’m looking forward to talking with you!

Recipe Time!

I found this recipe for Rosemary and Thyme Loaf on Food Matters and it was delicious. I’m not gluten-free but this recipe is! Next time I make it, I plan on adding some pecans.

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Your Best Face Forward

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - December, 10th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, holiday, recipes, Skin Care, Wellness

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One of our fabulous estheticians, Debbie has some great holiday skin care advice for you:

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“It’s all About that Face, no Trouble!

In light of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, shipping and schlepping, the holidays truly are the most wonderful time of year. Generosity abounds, goodwill towards mankind seems effortless. However as important as finding the perfect gift, so is allowing yourself the much needed time to refresh your skin and to give your face the attention it deserves!

Dehydration, dark circles, and tired stress lines are in part due to the hectic pace we keep. Constant indoor/outdoor temperature fluctuation wreaks havoc on your complexion. For your skin to look its best be sure to schedule the time for a professional facial. As your esthetician, we will assess your immediate needs and provide your FACIAL fix as well as help you with your long-term aging remedies. Be sure to drink more water during the winter months because the body works harder to stay warm and uses up its moisture reservoir. Also, consider a humidifier* in your bedroom as this will make a huge improvement on your skin’s moisture retention. Above all, be sure to use a high quality night cream… it’s the most important time for your skin to replenish and restore lost nutrients preparing for yet another day of holiday havoc! 🙂 “

*I use this humidifier and I love it. I definitely notice a difference since using it. Just make sure to clean your humidifier on a regular basis.

Debbie’s top choices for night time care:

Click HERE to view our many facials and then call us to schedule your facial with Debbie or any of our other talented estheticians. I can tell you from experience, you will not be disappointed! My personal favorite is the Mega Peel Facial but your esthetician will help you decide which facial best fits your needs.

I would also recommend the Clarisonic (we carry a variety of colors). I LOVE it! My mom gave me the Clarisonic for Christmas one year and it is by far one of my most favorite gifts. I use it everyday and I love how much it has improved my skin. Feel free to ask Debbie or any of our other estheticians if you would like to learn more about the clarisonic or any of our other skin care products.

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I made these really yummy cookies for Thanksgiving and more since then just to enjoy at home. I can’t say they were a huge hit with my T-Day crowd (I think the pies and other sweets upstaged them) but I love them. They’re not terribly sweet which I like. You can make them plain or dipped in chocolate. The chocolate adds the perfect amount of sweetness. The ingredients are so great, I’ll enjoy a plain one (or chocolate dipped depending on my mood) with breakfast.

Recipe: Easy Dark Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Cookies by Elizabeth Rider

Notes:

Who’s making cookies? What kinds? Please let me know if you have a recipe I should try.

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Speaking of sweets, if you missed the post on our FB page about sneaky sugar, check it out here. Yet another reason showing you how important it is to read your food labels carefully. Helping you navigate these sneaky encounters is one of the many benefits of having a Health Coach. As always, feel free to contact me with any sugar, label reading, or other health and wellness questions you might have. I enjoy hearing from you! Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

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Ayurveda Tip #3 Yoga

Author: admin - March, 4th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts, Wellness, Yoga

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Yoga Practice

I hear it all the time, “I ‘m not flexible. I can’t do yoga.”  The truth is, you’re inflexible because you don’t do yoga.

I hear it all the time, “I ‘m not flexible. I can’t do yoga.”
The truth is, you’re inflexible because you don’t do yoga.

I hear it all the time, “I ‘m not flexible. I can’t do yoga.”

The truth is, you’re inflexible because you don’t do yoga. (this applies to the mind as well, by the way).  Yoga is literally for every body. Because the essence of yoga is union ~ of body, mind, heart and spirit, the practice of it, no matter how quiet or rigorous, is about bringing more awareness to every aspect of your Being.  It’s not important that you can twist your body into a pretzel – most people can’t – even yoga teachers. What’s important is that you spend some time each day on your mat to be present with your body, mind, and spirit. That is, really feeling your body & the messages it is sending you, the state of your mind and emotions, and connecting to your soul – that aspect of you that is perfect just as it is.

Commit to at least 10-15 minutes of gentle stretching and breathing each day and feel the difference it will make in your strength, flexibility, and balance. This translates to strength, flexibility, balance in your life.  Commit to trying it for a month – take a class, buy a book, watch a video, or Google “gentle yoga”. There are many resources out there to help you learn, even classes online.  Yoga is a practice that can always take you deeper so you do not need to learn everything at once.  See if you don’t notice a difference in yourself after several weeks. So relax, stretch and breathe! You’ll find yourself craving it and noticing even more when you don’t do it.

Enjoy!

For more information visit our website www.amesalonandspa.comor www.drjoannacarmichael.com

 

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Ayurveda Tip #2 Meditation

Author: admin - February, 24th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts, Wellness

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Tip # 2 ~ Meditation

The practice of meditation is a wonderful tool for cultivating inner peace, balance, harmony and health in all areas of your life. 

If you are new to the practice, begin with 5 minutes (you have 5 minutes) in the morning just after you get up.  Just begin to breathe deeply, expanding the belly and the chest, and allow your attention and awareness to be on the breath.  As thoughts come (and they most definitely will), simply and gently, with effortless ease, guide your attention back to your breath.  Beginning a meditation practice, is not going to automatically clear your mind. It takes practice and discipline which is the most important part. Within very little time, you will begin to see the effects in your life, which will be your incentive to continue.

Meditate to cultivate inner peace, balance, harmony and health

Meditate to cultivate inner peace, balance, harmony and health

If you are an experienced meditator, take your practice up a notch to 20-30 minutes twice a day; ideally, first thing in the morning and between the end of work and dinner. Meditation is a beautiful way to transition into the evening hours of Kapha time when we should be winding down in preparation for sleep.

Most importantly, relax and enjoy your practice. The time you meditate will expand automatically as long as you are gentle and patient with yourself.

Now… take a deep breath and Enjoy…. !

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