Celebrate Autumn.

Autumn is My favourite season. The  vivid rich colours, the fresh crisp air, the first frost – I love the fall.  The pumpkin is wonderful signal that autumn has arrived. One of My personal fall traditions is to prepare a pumpkin soup. The first step in this project is to shop for the perfect organic pumpkin. Once I have accomplished this, I scrape out the seeds and pulp. Starting at the top of the pumpkin, I carve out a circle which will serve as a lid when I place the pumpkin in the oven later on. The seeds may be saved to roast, too. prepare a vegetable broth, comprised of celery, onions, and carrots. I prepare the broth in a pot, in advance. Seasonings are added. When the oven preheated at about 300 degrees, I complete the final steps of My recipe – I add the soup stock to the empty carved out pumpkin, At this point, I may elect to add extra ingredients –  green beans, tomatoes, and brown  rice. When this is complete, I place My carved pumpkin lid back on the pumpkin, placing it in the oven, usually for about two hours. When the pumpkin is ready to be served, the actual pumpkin will be soft. It may be scooped out with the soup.

Five Health Benefits Of the Pumpkin

1. Beta Carotene
2. Vitamin A
3. Vitamin C
4. Potassium
5. Fiber

Homemade soup is another fantastic way to introduce more vegetables into Your diet. Create Your own recipes, with what ever You have on hand. Add an assortment of fresh organic produce. Some of My favorite ingredients include potatoes, cabbage, onions, and carrots. Rice, pasta, or barley may be added in.

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In Alberta, autumn is a time of year when residents plan and prepare for the winter months ahead. Motorists install winter tires because winter driving is hazardous. Home owners install insulation and seal drafts around doors and windows. People everywhere stock up with extra quilts and blankets. In Edmonton, where I live, the first heavy snow fall could occur as early as October. In Canada, We celebrate Thanksgiving in October. This year Thanksgiving falls on October 9th. Although there were snow flurries earlier in September in northwest Alberta, and the mountain parks, central Alberta is now warm and mild.
Despite the approaching winter, many people love autumn. We still have leaves to rake, as trees are pruned, and soil in overturned in gardens. Most of My Clients report a better quality of sleep at this time of year. As the hours of sunlight decrease, nature signals a need to hibernate. October is a wonderful time to catch up on reading. Spending an afternoon or evening with a good book is My idea of luxury.

The rituals of fall continue leading up to Halloween. People love to decorate their personal space. Yards,living room windows, and front entrance receive make overs for the event! I love walking down the street a few days before Halloween to see how friends and neighbors have decorated the front door areas.

 

 

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How to Choose a Holistic Practitioner

When You decide to book an appointment for a  holistic therapy session, research qualifications of any holistic practitioner. Many will belong to a professional association.
Ask questions. A simple phone call or email will deliver results. What training, background and experience does this person have ? What holistic services are offered ?Word of mouth is still a reliable and popular method of searching for information.
Family, friends or colleagues may offer suggestions. Another option is to search online for reviews on Google Plus or Yelp. Many people research for health online. Investigate everything.. Visit the public library to search for books and DVD’s.  Because holistic therapies are not a substitute for medical care obtain the consent of Your doctor if You have a medical condition.

Book an appointment when You feel rapport with a holistic therapist. Trust Yourself – The decision to heal is part of Your unique healing process. It is important to trust Your intuition. Healing begins from within. Making an appointment for a  session may feel frightening . Many people ignore the body’s need for rest and relaxation until disease comes calling. Never ignore signals and messages the body sends out. Only You know how You really feel inside.  Over time stress creates illness. When You make a decision to reverse this, be patient with Yourself.  Transform old habits and develop a plan for wellness and vitality. This process is could be compared to weeding out the old  clothes You may have in Your closet. Some outfits are old, outdated, or worn out. Other garments no longer fit – physically or emotionally. To create a fresh and new look, You may have to let go of what no longer works. Just as We may form an attachment to a favourite sweater, our regular routines often bring us comfort. Changing this is stressful. We seek comfort out of routine, even if is unhealthy. Healing begins at a point where We no longer accept less for ourselves.

September  18 to September 24 is World Reflexology Week.  Because of this I would like to provide readers with a comprehensive list of benefits reflexology could provide. My intention is to provide valuable information and resources related to reflexology.

Reflexology is a gentle holistic pressure  therapy. Each of the feet contain 7200 reflex points with correspondences  to every organ, gland, bone, and tissue in the body. A light three to five pound pressure is used over the plantar, dorsal, medial and lateral surfaces of the feet. The  pressure used may be used to stimulate or sedate reflex areas as required, according to a Client’s specific health record. A professional foot reflexology session offers many benefits..

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Dorsal Left & Right View

The Benefits of Reflexology

  • Relaxation of the central nervous system might improve the quality of sleep.
  • Stimulation of the immune/lymphatic system could build and improve immune function.
  • Stimulation of the endocrine system might promote hormone production and balance and improved glandular function.
  • Elimination of toxins via the various body systems – urinary, digestive, respiratory, and  the skin.
  • Improved vitality and energy                            Oppulent-2BLiving.jpg