Houston Healthy Living
The purpose of the Houston Healthy Living Group is to promote healthy living in today’s fast-paced lifestyle.
In Japan years of study after a sickly childhood taught young Isamu Masuda that a balanced approach to living is the key to achieving Total
Wellness. He discovered there are five key aspects of our lives: Body, Mind, Family, Society and Finances and that to achieve Total
Wellness individuals must have health and balance in all five of those areas. He called this philosophy the “5 Pillars of Health.”
Beginning in 2007 the Houston Healthy Living Group will focus throughout the year on each of the 5 Pillars of Health.
In March we continue our journey toward Total Wellness by exploring the aspects of the Healthy MInd.
Saturday, March 10 – Sifu (Master/Teacher) Dale Napier will present “Elemental Connections” and discuss the relationship between
stress, fitness, exercise and relaxation. Sifu Napier has trained in taiji (Tai Chi), gungfu (Kung Fu), qigong (Chi Kung), and yoga for more
than 30 years. He teaches taiji and qigong at Centerpoint Houston and the Jewish Community Center, and previously at the University of
Houston. He will provide an opportunity to sample some of the exercises he teaches for de-stressing, relaxation, and meditation preparation.
Be sure to wear comfortable clothing that does not require a belt, and socks.
Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, Community Rooms A & B, 10 am – 12 pm
Thursday, March 15 – Linda Ballesteros, Certified Natural Health Professional will present “Attack of the Hidden Stressors”. There are
many sources of stress and your family is living with some of them in what you think is the safest place – YOUR HOME. Linda will show how
the “safe environment” we think we have created may be contributing to the poor mental and physical health of you and your family.
Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, Community Rooms A & B, 7-9 pm
For further information please contact Linda Ballesteros, CNHP at 832-640-4922 or firstname.lastname@example.org
When a member of the Houston Healthy Living Meetup group RSVP’s “Yes” and brings a friend both will receive a FREE gift.
Healing Moves Sunny Side Up
Heal yourself with regular Seeing the bright side of things
sessions of exercise. can add years to your life.
Compared to sedentary older Optimists tend to outlive
adults, older adults who were For the Sake of Your pessimists and are less likely to die
regular exercisers experienced Lungs, Chill Out from cardiovascular disease, a new
faster healing of their wounds -- up Ever been so mad you could study revealed. Pessimists may be
to 10 days faster -- in a recent spit? Your lungs may have more likely to smoke or gain
study. In addition to faster healing, something to say about that. weight, factors that increase
regular exercisers also enjoyed Although lung function naturally cardiovascular health risks. Focus
increased strength and physical declines with age, recent research on the good things in your life and
fitness. So get moving to turn suggests it may decline faster in seek out the positive aspects of
yourself into a faster healer and a perpetual hotheads than in even- difficult situations.
healthier person. tempered sorts. Next time you're Not every cloud has a silver
The speed at which wounds seething, try this on-the-spot cool lining, but trying to find the positive
heal tends to slow down in older down: Close your eyes, relax your in situations is a good health habit
people, but being physically fit may muscles, and imagine yourself far to practice. This doesn't mean that
boost the healing process. In a away from what's making you so negative experiences should be
recent study of older adults, mad. Then, breathe deeply. ignored. Recognize their impact,
wounds took nearly 39 days to heal Next time you turn into a but try not to dwell on negative
in a group of non-exercisers snarling Tasmanian devil, employ a situations that you cannot change
compared to 29 days among the chill-out strategy. Don't have one? and look forward to good things in
people who exercised regularly. If Try this: Take a deep breath and life. New research reveals that
you are recovering from serious scrunch up every muscle in your optimists live longer than
wounds, injuries, or surgeries, you face as hard as you can. Now, pessimists and are less likely to die
should always consult with your slowly exhale and release those from cardiovascular disease.
doctor first. muscles one-by-one. Although no one is sure exactly
If you don't feel lighter after that, why, researchers have noted that
Success means having the try looking in the mirror when you pessimists may be more likely to
do it! develop high blood pressure, gain
courage, the determination, and weight, or start smoking, all of
the will to become the person you which endanger heart and blood
believe you were meant to be. The future belongs to those who vessel health. Diet, exercise, and
believe in the beauty of their many other healthy lifestyle habits
dreams. have a great impact on life span.
Health Aid of the Month Tickled by Trees Why Salads
Feeling stressed out, run down, Make You Smart
or sick? Take time to gaze at trees. What do vintage cars, sterling
Spending time gazing at nature silver, and your brain have in
may help restore you. In a study, common? They lose their brilliance
postoperative patients with nature without enough TLC.
views had shorter hospital stays, Keeping your car tuned and
were more satisfied with care, and your silver polished is pretty
required less pain medication straightforward. To buff up your
compared to patients with a brick brain? Spinach. Leafy greens help
wall view. Whether you are slow the rate at which people's
Mental Clarity stressed or healing from surgery, minds naturally lose their edge due
Superior Multi-Action Complex. care for your own well-being with to aging. Eat three or more
Nikken Bio-Directed Mental Clarity nature walks or flowers. servings of these veggies each day
is a unique multi-action formula Soothing surroundings help and you'll slow mental decline by
that combines the most advanced relieve stress and promote faster as much as 40 percent.
nutrients to detoxify and improve recovery after surgery. In one Like everything else, brain
brain circulation. This ultra com- study, patients who had undergone function declines with age -- unless
prehensive formula sets a new gall bladder removal and had a you do something about it. Staying
standard, blending the highest room with a view of a natural physically and mentally active
number of nutritional ingredients setting required less pain helps preserve brainpower, and so
that work synergistically to help medication and had shorter can the foods you eat, if you make
increase cerebral function. With hospital stays than people placed the right choices. In a study of
potent antioxidants for detox- in a room with a window facing a people age 65 and older, leafy
ification and nutrients for improved brick wall. In another study, greens (spinach, kale, collard
circulation, Mental Clarity contains researchers monitored muscle greens, lettuce) were declared the
one of the most valued Chinese tension, skin conductance, and hands-down produce winners
nutrients, Cordyceps sinensis. blood pressure in 120 participants when it came to preserving brain
while they watched a stressful function. Also near the top of the
Calendar of Future Events movie followed by tapes featuring list were zucchini, squash,
Mar 10 – “Elemental Connections” either a natural setting or an urban eggplant, and broccoli.
Presented by Tai Chi and Quigong environment. Researchers dis-
Sifu (Master/Teacher) Dale Napier covered that exposure to a natural
10am-12pm at Central Market setting resulted in speedier, more
comprehensive recovery from
Mar 15 – “Attack of the Hidden stress than exposure to an urban
Stressors” Brain Food
environment. Spend some time
Presented by Linda Ballesteros CNHP The foods you eat directly affect
outdoors in nature every day to the performance of your brain. It
7-9 pm at Central Market
relieve stress, and create peaceful has been proven that by eating the
indoor surroundings by decorating
right food, you can boost your IQ,
with potted plants, flowers, and
improve your mood, be more
small indoor water fountains.
The Secret to Finding emotionally stable, sharpen your
Your Bliss Series memory and keep your mind
Colds Hate Positive People If you give your brain the right
Feb 26 – Affirmations – Laying the
Foundation to your Blissful Life
Dread colds? Then be a Little nutrients, you will be able to think
6 – 8pm Miss Sunshine. That's the word quicker, have a better memory, be
from researchers who tested the better coordinated and balanced
Mar 5 – Empowerment – Discover emotional outlook and immune- and have improved concentration.
Your Path to a Blissful Life system capabilities of a group of The three key brain foods to
6 – 8pm adults. Cold viruses had a harder boost your brainpower and keep
time taking hold in the people who your brain healthy and your mental
Mar 12 – Attracting Love – Create the had mostly positive things to say.
Love You Deserve in your Blissful Life processes operating effectively are
Apparently, emotions play a role nutritious food, water and oxygen.
6 – 8pm
in immunity. Positive thoughts not
Mar 19 – Becoming a Cash Magnet – only help you steer clear of colds Peace of mind is the result of the
Bring Prosperity into Your Blissful Life but also might make your colds knowledge of having done the best
6 – 8pm milder if you do get sick. Good
that a person is capable of, in spite
reasons to look on the bright side
Stone Creek Psychotherapy & of the limits of imperfection. Peace
and to get help if you habitually feel
Wellness Center negative, anxious, or depressed. of mind is the key to mental and
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The key to an Abundant Life is a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body.