Global Nomads Say Happy Birthday

18 01 2010

A WELL ADJUSTED “TODDLER”

Most 3 year olds don’t receive a virally launched internationally spotlighted birthday wish  from around the world. But there is one dynamic 3 year old I know, that deserves it! EXPATWOMEN.COM

ExpatWomen.com turned 3 January 16th. Founded by two travelers bonded together as friends in their expat adventures.  Andrea Martins and Jill Lengré, have 20 years of combined experience living  broad, and decided to launch ExpatWomen.com while living in Mexico City. Both are professionals, adventurers, mothers, and authors, and created a version of truth for themselves and others in the midst of the labrinyth and chaos of Mexico’s capital city.

I’ve been inspired by their vision, and have relied on the stories and the women of ExpatWomen.com many times in my own foreign escapades for commaraderie and inspiration. 

The well developed site tools provide interviews, links, resources, newsletters, clubs, real life stories, and a writers forum for ALL of us to tell our most intimate adventures and share it with women who GET IT. Just travel, create and upload.

You can also take your blogs to ExpatWomen.com, I did, along with many other talented women. BLOG AT EXPAT WOMEN. 

BLOW OUT THE CANDLES!

There are many things that define each of us in our individuality and UNIQUENESS.  Travel is one of them. Find you. Be you. And don’t look back. I always remind myself that it is better to go solo, than pretending to be something or someone else for another. We all create our moments. Past, present and future.

One thing I love about being an expat, is the diversity of it all, and a little anonymity. It’s also a little like being in a secret club. It takes a different breed to be an expat, and even more to be a serial expat.  Even better is finding websites and resources from similar women where you can find outlets for expression, creation, and getting things done.  Just like the one that Andrea and Jill have poured their hearts into.

I was also honored for my story, “Round & Round it Goes….” to be nominated by Jill and Andrea for the winning story in November 2009 on their site.  I was a little frazzled to reveal an inside look to my feelings with my story, and when I received the email of nomination over my morning coffee, I actually teared up.

Thanks EXPAT WOMEN.com, a big birthday BESO, and UNA ABRAZO FUERTE from Planet Spa! We love you and what you do.

Cheers to many, many years to come.





Mourning the Past You – Your Spiritual Spa Journey

21 11 2009

GRIEF AND SPIRITUALITY? NOT YOUR TYPICAL SPA POST

I follow many tops spa blogs, and have collaborated with the talented and motivated authors of several of them.  Which is why I was pleased to find an unexpected post and link from A Girls Gotta Spa. Not necessarily related to spas as we think of them, but transformation and mourning.  ( in a sense)While we often seek spiritual connection and more self awareness, many don’t place the connection of the real grieving process, and true mourning that goes into creating a true YOU.  Letting go of the past to discover the future.

As we go through transitions in our life, whether expected or not, whether our choice or seemingly thrown upon us, like a ton of bricks……it is important to mourn the past.  Just as you would a death, because ultimatley the same emotions will arise.

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Guilt
  5. Depression
  6. Acceptance

The past year for me has been a down and dirty, true grit, in your face, life changing transformation just like that. I’ve grieved, and I’ve found some eye opening changes. I found some of my own words of late from an interview of Lady Gaga, in one of my fav beauty blogs. Famous singer/song writer Lady Gaga’s talks about becoming her

In her new album “Fame Monster” she says she “wrote about fear”, and that she is “holding onto my solitude, and wrestling with my thoughts”. Her words, pose a pretty candid look into who she was and who she is. Well said for her own experiences, it is something we should all be delving into.

She also mentions, interestingly enough, something I’ve thought much about this past year, for myself and others. “MASKS”. We all wear them, and peoples’  image control can make us believe they are something they are not, and make us believe we are the masks we wear ourselves. Only exposing what’s behind the mask, can take you deeper.

UNCOMPLICATED SIMPLICITY?

For me, I’ve recognized that the struggle against certain changes, were actually an opportunity to recognize more of myself, and pursue my true talents even more. When I finally ceased to resist, more rapid transformations came that lead to  more opportunity.

Transformation is not easy or uncomplicated. Grieving, is even less so. Your beliefs will be disrupted, relationships affected, emotions erupt, doors closed, others opened, and on and on. If you’re expecting otherwise, and not willing to do the real work, you will be sorely disappointed.

Changes may not always come in the ways we want or expect, but if we trust ourselves, and keep a keen eye out for new angles, we will be able to enhance our personal development.

These words about fear and masks, grieving and transformation, have been said by many in their own ways, Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and coutless others…..but solidfying it in YOUR words is what matters.

While this post is not all about Lady Gaga, or myself, it is about an opportunity. More spas are connecting with individuals spirtuality, and creating workshops and programs that allows people to do transformational work. This is something we know well in the spa and wellness industry.

Thanks Lady Gaga, thanks Girls Gotta Spa, and thanks to you!  If you feel the new you is just not in the cards, take another look. Just when you want to give up, it will be there.

If you’d like to find more on retreats for spiritual spa journeys, you can check out;

Spiritual Spa Collection

Day Spa for the Mind

On the Joy Path





Christmas Made Easy – And Comes Early!

19 11 2009

We’re not quite in December yet, but I’m sure many of you see the signs and sounds of it on the horizon. That’s why we’ve included “Christmas Made Easy”. Make it 12 days of christmas, spa style. Enjoy!

December is such a hectic month, there are Christmas cards to write, presents to buy, parties to go to and a desperate need to catch up with or make contact with everyone in your address book.

 It’s the time of year when we spend most of our time thinking about other people. We have to schedule in time for writing copious amount of Christmas cards to people we haven’t seen for years, we ponder what we can get friends and family for Christmas and there is an urgent need to schedule dates to get together with friends you haven’t seen for ages and it all has to be done within a few already hectic weeks. Do you ever wonder why there is so much urgency, and why year after year we continue to stress ourselves out over what is essentially a church service and a roast dinner?

 Instead of running around like a headless chicken, wouldn’t the whole festive season be much more relaxing and enjoyable if we spent less time thinking about what we need to do for everyone else and think a little more about nurturing ourselves?

 You can still involve family and friends in your plans, but make your plans more about you – and believe me they will love it too!

 Here are some great tips on how to indulge yourself whilst others think you’re thinking about them:-

Tip 1

 1. Instead of organising your office Christmas party in a local restaurant or night club, book a relaxing spa day in a luxury spa venue. I can guarantee it will provide welcome stress relief to all. How much better would you feel the morning after if you went to bed after a day of relaxation and pampering? A soothing full body massage, a healthy spa lunch and just the right amount of time dipping in and out of the pool. Nothing too strenuous….. and so much better than getting drunk, having a fumble in the stationery cupboard with the boy from accounts and waking up with a very sore head!

Tip 2

 2. My second “top tip” is to avoid the shops altogether! How easy could you make Christmas shopping if it was all done on-line? No more trawling up and down the high street spending ridiculous amounts of money on “stuff” that no one really wants and will never use. Far better to buy your mum, dad, sister, brother, best friend (in fact any one on your Christmas gift list) a spa gift voucher for a luxurious spa day or spa break? In fact why not really spoil yourself and take advantage of some of the great deals on-line on spa days for two and get your loved one to take you along for a spa of pampering too?

Tip 3

 3. My third tip is to stop rushing around trying to cram everything in before Christmas and kick-start your new year, new you regime in a top spa hotel. Luxury Hotels are traditionally a bit quieter in January and February and therefore offer some superb spa deals, which if you knew about them would be very difficult to resist. So why not get together with the group of friends you really wanted to make contact with on the run up to Christmas and book yourselves a special offer spa break at a spa hotel convenient to you all.

 The best advice I can offer for a relaxing Christmas and New Year is to contact a reputable spa agent who will be able to source you the best deals and take care of all your requirements, whether you’re booking a Christmas “Sparty” (spa party) for work, buying spa gift vouchers for friends and family or getting together with friends in the new year – a good spa agent will save you money, time and give you the opportunity to indulgence yourself too. Perfect.

 





Industry News – Brand Development

1 11 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2009 – Spa development with key brands continues to grow even in economical challenges, and they look for key people to help in that growth. Lotus Effects Spa Advisory founder, Liz Galloway joins  with wellbeing group, Fuenso, for the growing Spanish Spa brand, Bodyna Natural Care, in brand awareness and international sales development.

The Bodyna spa portfolio includes 10 properties filled with mystique throughout Spain and the Baleric Islands of the Mediterranean.  Cocconed in structures filled with history, the 5 star intimate settings, give you the close boutique feeling but with much more. Ten very good reasons to visit Spain.

With over 10 years of spa development experience, Galloway brings a creative passion to the complete wellbeing group, and a strong focus on additional avenues of the brand  concept diversification.  New projects include specialty seminars, Bodyna spa product distribution with key partners, advantages in the virtual world, emotional branded partner events, training developments and more.

“I come with my love of movement, health, wellness, and public relations, ready to go full speed ahead.” Says Galloway of living in Barcelona and diversifying the brand.  “If a brand utilizes its flexibility,  adaptability, and trend –watching, it can continue to grow in innovative ways. That’s exciting.”

She brings experience from projects in the U.S., Costa Rica, India, and training worldwide to the group. As a freelance writer for several industry publications, an experienced expo speaker, and creative thinker, she joins a wonderful team of professionals at Bodyna Natural Care.

The Bodyna spa concept looks to customize it’s treatments within locations worldwide. A full replicable layout and support team can manage your hotel or resort property wellness areas. Clients are able to enjoy Bodyna branded spas, and it’s Pure Sleep, Pure Energy concept, while hospitality brands continue to look for key management companies like this one to take on new wellness projects. The brands growth plan includes large wellness investments entering Beirut and Syria, with eyes on other Middle East locations, Europe and the U.S.. Market analysis and collaboration with key partners continues to make this brand one to keep your eyes on.

Liz Galloway comments “Creating influential experiences that uphold healthy lifestyles and a philanthropic brand, while getting our message to the right people, is my focus”

Bodyna Natural Care. www.bodyna.com  Liz Galloway is an internationally known trainer, and spa and leisure consultant for Lotus Effects Advisory and works in Marketing  for Bodyna luxury spa brand in the Mediterranean. Over 10 years in the industry, and living internationally, she currently lives in Barcelona, continues to work with international clients, and write for several industry publications. Find out more at www.SpaImageConsultant.com or contact her direct at liz@thelotuseffects.com 

 

 





Is “Luxury” Taboo? Purposeful Leisure Companies Are New Trendsetters

24 04 2009

 

Nothing is Taboo

Nothing is Taboo

Spas and resorts are paying attention to the economic trends at the luxury level. The tell – tell signs of  expansion or retraction here can be like the canary in the mine. Most spa trends, casino and hotel spas being an example, show upward growth. However, lately, many spa and hospitality planners are more apt to err on the conservative side. When it comes to gifting, purchasing and luxury related healing therapies, spa and hospitality budgets are shrinking. Especially with corporate goodies, which were extravagant when bookings were at a high in fat times.    

 

Will luxury goods, services and high end destinations take a bigger hit in 2009?  Will it be taboo to partake of luxury services and products? Or can we have faith that spas and leisure are here to stay and amid the slowdown people will evolve to create their own ‘purposeful leisure’ options? More people are combining  pampering, getaways, and other leisure time with a ‘give back’ mentality that changes leisure into a purpose driven result. Guilt free. The growing trend in ‘Volun-Tourism’, showcases that. Choices are endless with packages to volunteer  in a Cambodian orphanage to cleaning up international reefs.  Leisure with a purpose seems to be a newly revived social trend that spa and hospitality venues can tap into for wealth building.  Creating activities and packages with this theme, has already increased the revenue of trendsetters and marketing innovators.   

 

Luxury Travel Vacation

Luxury Travel Vacation

Take a look at charity driven travel as told in  Forbes Traveller  by author Rebecca Ruiz. “Buying travel packages or event tickets through charity auctions is not a new trend, but it can be a useful tool for conscientious travelers who like the idea of combining a vacation with altruism. Once aware of the option, says CharityFolks.com Founder and CEO Kelly Fiore, “Why would you do it a different way?”.  In short, people purchase items, services and travel from a charity related site or event. The win – win is the client receives great items, and the charity gains useful funds. A  desire for guilt free indulgences, travel, luxury and products, can be developed into a grand PR opportunity for your spa or leisure location. 

 Ok,  some of you may be saying ANY of YOUR leisure time IS purposeful.  This concept is nothing new. Your right.  It’s relative to your perception. In business perception is imperative to growing. With media continuing to highlight the downturn, and overindulgence frowned upon, business solutions may not be so obvious. Do remember, one item  that will never be overindulgent or taboo, is excellence in client service.  Time to expand your perception.

So how do we utilize this purposeful social trend to not just indulge, but to create purpose for ourselves and our spa clients?  Tracking the current trends in luxury travel and purchasing  to get creative, and jump on board with new options would be one way. If you can’t get creative on your own, using media conscious tools or a PR consultant to collaborate on regional to international marketing campaigns could be the difference between  business recognition or obscurity. 

 

 

Corporate Luxury Gift

Corporate Luxury Gift

 

Let’s consider what you need to produce the results your want from your clients. Would you have use for the uber –luxury items in this video.?  If this doesn’t fit your client profile, don’t worry. As with all products and services, stop and ask yourself if this is something your clients can use?

   Your clients – everyday people, professionals, tycoons, and celebrities all have the same capacity to be stressed, just for different reasons. We are in a unique time, and one I believe we can use to forge new positive pathways with staying power.  Statistics show that people continue to use leisure services and spa treatments to decompress. Many spas are still ringing in positive sales quarters, despite some luxury taboos. Industry trend setters continue to keep a close watch on the current economics and client responses within the spa, luxury and leisure industry.  Susies spa blog cites this reponse, “most spas say that bookings are up or holding steady” and “weekend bookings are still at capacity.” While I am sure that these spas have been affected somewhat by the economic downturn, there is resiliency. Why? Another trend in our top 10 – Stressing De-Stress.”  Susie Ellis, SpaFinder.   

 This is a bit of a spoof since most small and medium size spa and leisure companies, won’t be in the market for this type of  luxury. But instead of laughing it off, take the time to understand the entire scope of luxury (comfort), from high brow to low brow. 

 

Volun-Tourism Globally

Volun-Tourism Globally

Industry resiliency will reflect the client’s desire for value drive, relevant and results oriented, leisure fun. Including, spa, wellness, travel, volun-tourism, and other comfort products. While smaller, weaker brands may suffer the worst, and smaller spas may be hit the hardest. More established spa brands such as Champney’s, and Mandarin Oriental are expected to stay strong through the downturn.  Subsequently, newly  established spa locations and markets will also struggle to stay in the eyes of the consumer and industry marketers. 

 

 While larger brands can push ever more spending on publicity, smaller competitors will push to do the same, overspending. This may push them out of business.  If you are amid the small to medium size brands, operate as such, and don’t expect that you will have the media budget of a corporate brand. Even in a downturn, people will de-stress, and working with a local brand can be a value judgement for the client.  A revived purposeful leisure trend, enables people to explore new markets, with the ‘give back’ mentality.  Affordable luxury, or should we say well-being, still drives the market. New collaboration and package opportunities for individual businesses are ripe.

Though taboo luxury, has seen declines from the world’s top luxury trade fair in Basel, to  big layoffs at the  Greenbrier Resort , West Virginia, and fashion at the Christian Lacroix show in Paris. It will do no good , not to take a look at the positives. The new trend in leisure with a purpose just may be contributing to human growth as a whole.  No matter what your global positioning is, take a moment to participate in your own purposeful leisure activity. Your effects could be global.

To find our more, or brainstorm on our own purposeful leisure, get in touch with Lotus Effects contact@thelotuseffects.com

It seems spa and leisure trends can go two ways. Even more excessive pampering of the wealthiest clients, or deep discounting in an attempt to save falling sales. The businesses that fall into the gray matter in between may be feeling most of the pinch, with the deep discounters coming in a fast second. Luxury is still alive and well, but many are now taking a more conscientious look at defining that luxury. With societal opposition to opulence, many companies are opting to disengage from using the word luxury, for more relatable words such as, comfort and well being.  This can endear people to their brand, while still allowing them to provide a high level of comfort..

 

 





New business and no budget? Quitting not an option.

19 08 2008

There is this saying that failing forward is what most people have to go through when they first start out.  For, if one never fails, one never progresses.   

I can tell you that I have been through more jobs and industries than I care to admit, and have failed countless times.  However, quitting never was an option, and I just continue to get back up and keep going until I get it right.   

 

I have listed some different marketing techniques that I hope will help others new to an industry, or those struggling in their current industries:  

 

1.  New in the industry? Find a mentor in your industry that will allow you to work under them and under their label as an independent contractor, intern, or a paid employee.   

 

This will give you experience and knowledge that you will need to continue to progress.   Work out an agreement in writing acknowledging your role and your mentor’s role in the business.  Your mentor can give you invaluable input and experience until you are ready for the next level.  

 

How do you find such a mentor? Go to different websites, and put in a request to speak to the owner about opportunities and offer something of value that your mentor would need, such as a Public Relations assistant (submitting press releases, promoting events, etc).   

 

Another way is by going into a facility and speaking to the owner directly about interning a few hours a week for free, then when you have a relationship in place, go up a few levels and request a paying position, or independent contractor position. Once the owner trusts you, chances are good that you will move up.   

 

2.  Whether you are a newbie or seasoned worker, Network Marketing is a great way to find referrals for your business.  Networking can put you in touch with that “right” person, OR put you in touch with a person who can introduce you to that “right” person.  These groups offer great chances to increase your listening skills, market your product or service, speaking in public and socializing techniques.  

 

Some excellent example groups to try in my area (Oregon): (if not in your area, cruise the internet for ones that ARE in your area)

-The Breakfast Clu

-Toastmasters—Wallmasters (www.wallmasters.org)

-Toastmasters—Nike

-Toastmasters (www.toastmasters.org).   

 

There are women groups and men groups that also offer unique opportunities over the internet and on-line, without having to meet in person.  Just start googling for groups on the web.  There are tons out there.  

 

 

3.  Setting up a website.  Most everyone is computer savvy, or at least on the computer in some way, and like to see a website in place.  Question is, how do you do this on a budget 

 

a.  Working under your mentor’s website, this would be one way of saving some dollars.  (or a company where you are working as a contractor, but still under the company umbrella)

b.  Setting up a FREE website, yes these really do exist, but they are limited in what you can do with them.  However, it is a start, and at least you have information on a site where potential clientele can view.  Go to www.synthasite.com for one of the free websites, no purchase necessary. 

c.  Yahoo.com has a low $$ amount for monthly fee, believe it is $8.96 a month for three months, then after that $11.95 monthly. This service boasts free domain name, unlimited disk space and data transfer, 24-hour customer service and secure hosting.  Not bad for what you get, and affordable. 

d.  If one has friends in the web design industry, have them take your project on for a discounted rate.  (or complimentary)  You can always offer to advertise their name on your site in order to do a “trade” deal and not have to pay-out funds. 

e.  Taking the idea above, do a trade deal for a web designer, offering the same thing, free advertising. 

 

 

4.  Press Releases! Easy and free and I have a list of over 72 sites that do not cost a penny.  Press Releases catch the interest all over the world.  The only catch is that you have to have material that is “newsworthy” and the best thing to do that I have been taught, is tag on to current news and offer something of interest.   

 

Piece of advice—Do not market your service/product blatantly, or the press release will be rejected (as mine have been countless times in the past when writing them myself).   Tagging onto a newsworthy event, and offering something of value (like the breast cancer awareness cruise event that is happening in October www.thelotuseffects.com), will most always work.  Also, make sure you put your business by-line at the bottom and limit advertising in the body of the press release.   

 

Google “press releases” and you can get a basic format printed out to go by.  I always (site permitting) list the business contact information at the top of the release so people can see our name right off the bat.   

 

5.  Blogging, Ezines and Forums…catch people’s attention by just writing from your heart.  As I have learned, do not advertise blatantly in either blogs or forums.  Keep it real, from the heart, as people are not looking for perfection, but for help.  Make your articles something people can use.  I tend to be a more technical writer, but it is an asset to be creative and fun as well as serious on these sites.   

 

For Forums, keep it light and feel free to also help others by answering questions, however, again keep your advertisements out of the forums, unless you are in an area that allows for this.  Make sure to read the rules on sites you visit.  I have violated more than one in my learning curve.  Forums are meant to give and receive advice, read up on upcoming events, news, and just another way of networking.  They are free and fun.   

 

Blogs are an awesome way to write articles that interest you and give your input to others.  Blogs to me can also be a sort of “daily” diary or journal on your life.  You can keep it fun or you can have a serious topic, it is completely up to you.  Just be yourself.   

 

Ezines, just a news publication via email.  Check out Lotus Effects site where there are ezines posted (www.thelotuseffects.com) if you need know how on what they are all about.  Ezines are business publications that are just emailed instead of mailed to people that are already on your warm market. Usually you send these out once a month for what is going on in your company, upcoming events, tips and ideas, as well as putting ideas in that others email you.  For instance, if you have an article idea, you can email Liz at liz@thelotuseffects.com with the article and she will get back to you on publishing in her next ezine.  This is an excellent free way of getting your name out their to another person’s contacts.  

 

6.  Writing an E-Book and then offering it for free on your website, is just another free method of advertisement.  E-Books can run from $20-$30, depending on what you feel the cost should be.   Offering a complimentary E-Book that is downloadable and costs you nothing to produce except your time, is another excellent source of gaining respect and clientele.   You can put this offer out in the mail as well as drop it by businesses, and also offer it on your website and promote through emailing, etc. 

 

 

7.  Social sites, such as LinkedIn and myspace.com are just a few more sites that are free and one can start doing marketing through meeting others on these sites.  I personally do not use myspace.com, but have associates that have much success with this site.  However, they do not cost you money, and you have everything to gain by trying them out.  There are many more out there, just Google for social sites, and more should pop up.  

 

There are so many more methods and ways out there, such as pod casting, UTube (if you have the capability), message boards, ad swapping, affiliate programs, email discussion groups, free classified listings and the regular method, plain hard work where you pick up the phone to call a warm market.  Gathering business cards from offices and placing calls later can get you past the gatekeeper to the manager or owner.  This is the old fashioned method that costs gas, but nothing else except your time.  Being able to get past the no’s and keep going is going to be a valuable trait in your new businesses.   

 

Hope this helps someone out there!  I know I struggle still, as I am newer in the industry, but baby steps will take you closer each time, and with each failure, the chances of success are that much closer.   Never ever give up on your dream, for the times when you are struggling the most, and feel like falling down, if you hang tough, your blessing will come.

 

I am going to emphasize this event again, because Breast Cancer is such a huge deal, we all should celebrate October.  Please go to www.thelotuseffects.com to sign-up for the October cruise sailing away the 13th, OR if you cannot make it, join us in being a sponsor for the event of the year.  We appreciate efforts made, and cannot wait to see you there!





Why are we so sick? Healing naturally….a new way of life.

11 08 2008

Why are we so sick? Healing naturally….a new way of life.  

 

Because holistic healing has become a passion of mine, I was pondering why the majority of Americans are so sick in health, body and yes, even spirit today. With all the alternative methods of healing out there, why are we not utilizing them more effectively?

 

Diseases are on the rise, and as we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness in October, the topic of healing naturally came to my mind as some suggestions to live a healthier lifestyle.  Also, as a side note for Breast Cancer Awareness, please support the event cruise of the year by visiting www.thelotuseffects.com/2008cruise.html. Your sponsorship and/or attendance is highly appreciated and valued. 

 

One answer to change is to get back to the basics by healing from the inside out. I have compiled a list of suggestions and items one can research to determine what combination best suits them.  If one has pain, depression, weight issues, disease, or just in need of a boost of life, a lifestyle change CAN help and in some cases, reverse what is going on, and slow down the aging process as well, so I urge everyone to do their research and try the suggestions below:

 

  1. Healing Spa Resorts are going green and being sensitive to the environment and the community.  Healing spas are set-up to relax, renew and refresh your body, mind and spirit.  You can go to these resorts just to get away from your busy lifestyle, and with the resorts on the rise, there are plenty to choose from.   

I would look for a spa setting that is peaceful, clean, serene, and has every treatment one is looking for, as well as qualified staff.  Personally, when I go to a spa resort, I always look for comfort, how the staff treats me when I walk in the door, how the space is set-up, and generally my gut feelings upon entering.  If I don’t feel right, then I leave. 

 

There are many healing spas in other countries that also offer a broad base of services and have package deals that are affordable.  If finances are concerning, then look for a day spa in your area, and ask for specials going on, or just buy the packages you can afford, such as 4 hours for $99 (one of the specials that was running for a full beauty and massage treatment in my area).  Look for deals that suit your needs.

 

  1. Organic Products & Food are being utilized more than ever now, starting with shopping at your local farmers market seasonally, and going to an organic store, such as Whole Foods, New Seasons, or whatever alternative store is in your area. Looking for foods that have sea salt instead of refined salt, or cane juice instead of sugar is just a couple of items that you can effectively change in your diet, easy, more tasteful as well.  

Ask lots of questions when you go to these alternative stores, such as what can replace dairy? One solution is turning to goat milk, cheeses, goat yogurt, etc.  Goat cheese is extremely tasty and I have completely switched over myself from cow products. Using soy milk or rice milk to replace regular milk, even in cooking is another substitution one can make.  Using eggs that have omega3 and are cage-free would be a healthy substitution for regular eggs that are not organic. 

 

Using products that are fragrance free is worth exploring, or if you like the good smelling lotions, shampoos, look for natural ingredients that have a pleasant smell like grape seed extract (smells like grapefruit).  Basically, if I cannot pronounce OR understand the ingredient list, then I don’t buy it anymore.  The ingredient list should not be long either, the shorter the list, the better it is for you, at least in my research.  Your skin also soaks up anything you put on it, like lotions, so keep this in mind, when you are buying products, especially with chemicals in them. 

 

Bottom line, change doesn’t have to be painful, just baby steps, making simple substitutions, and one will find a whole new healthy world out there. 

 

  1. Raw Food Industry is a different way of living than even organic.  Going “Raw” entails LOTS of research, buying a dehydrator or finding a store that carries “raw” products.  Raw food is just what it states, eating raw, not cooking the food, but using a dehydrator, making sure your food never goes over a certain temperature.  I am not an expert in this area, but I did try it for a while, however it didn’t quite work for me as I like meats (fish and buffalo primarily) and I like my food warm for the most part. 

 

However, there is a whole lot of health information one can find and incorporate into their lifestyle by eating raw veggies, and fruit.  This doesn’t require a dehydrator, and I love raw veggies and loads of fruit. 

 

So, again, incorporating different methods into your routine, even small ones, goes a long way.  I have lost 50 lbs in 4 months just by eating fruits, veggies (mainly raw), no processed foods, including no sugar. Eating fish, buffalo meat, goat cheeses, nuts (almonds, walnuts mainly), and pretty much nothing synthetic or chemical based.  I feel great, the food is wonderful, and my skin is looking good.  This was the easiest “diet” I have ever tried, and sticking to eating “clean” the rest of my life.  

 

  1. Detox Methods are a buzz word in society today.  I would highly recommend a natural healing doctor that will detail a detox schedule that works for your body.  For me, I went through a lot of books, on-line products, before I found what worked.  There are so many things I could say on this subject, but not enough room to write it on this blog.  However, talk to a natural doctor for cleansing from heavy metals, parasites, chemicals and food, as well as colonic treatments. There is another form of detoxing called hydrotherapy, which is very effective in some cases as well.  Any detoxing should be tailored to what you “need” rather than what is the trendy thing to do. 

 

  1. Some other known areas of healing to consider and research, and they can defy our human mind, but Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, NAET treatments for allergies, Herbal Healing (dealing with supplements in the body), Energy Healing, Kinesiology, exercise such as Pilates, swimming, walking.  Laughter and affection plays a part for healing your whole self, so find something that brings this out in your daily life.  

 Drinking plenty of filtered water throughout the day to stay hydrated would be one of my top areas of healing your body.  Check out alkaline water units that balance out the alkalinity in your body. There is much to be said about this hot topic of too much acidity in your body that can lead to disease, as reports state.  Healing by finding time for yourself would be a top priority as well, lock yourself away from any stressful areas of your life for a moment and come out renewed. 

 

Create a spa like feel in your bathroom, take a bubble bath, immerse with a book, put candles around the tub, soft music in the background, and make it about you.  This will take the edge off stress for those who like baths. 

 

The above is my “condensed” favorite list above for anyone needing to find a different way to live.  My best advice—have fun while making that lifestyle change, it is not painful, but joyful in discovering different ways of healing and great foods to eat that come from nature itself. 

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