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Surviving Thanksgiving on an Anti-Infammatory Diet

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Surviving Thanksgiving on an Anti-Inflammatory Diet: The Life Renovations Guide to the Holidays

The Mindful Way to Combat the Flu

The Mindful Way to Combat the Flu

"In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins." - Ulysses S. Grant

Set Goals instead of Resolutions

New Years Snow
Every year on New Year's Day, I take a considerable amount of time to reflect on the past year and restructure my goals for the next year. In today's blog post, I'm going to take a second to explain the difference between resolutions and goals, how to set goals for next year and how to get started on them.

Stretch Chi-ing in Asheville

I just had the most amazing trip to Asheville, North Carolina taking time to spread awareness about the Ki-Hara Method.  If you've never been to Asheville, I highly recommend taking a trip out.  Between meeting amazing people, having some fantastic results with clients and eating farm to table food, I've got a new love for Asheville. View This Blog & News Article about Stretch Chi-ing in Asheville

Beginning Meditation Step 1

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Meditation
Most people think meditation is for monks in Tibet, not for everyday people, and I’m going to have to agree with them. Meditating for hours trying to empty your mind and become enlightened is most likely not going to serve you in your everyday life. I know every time I’ve tried it, I find myself wondering the whole time if I’m doing it right. On the other hand, taking 15-30 minutes a day to listen to or help guide your thoughts is an incredibly valuable experience. I spend as much time as possible with my thoughts because that’s when I learn the most about myself, reflect on my feelings and dream about the future. It’s quite possibly the only time I really get to just hang out with myself - and I'm awesome and so are you - so it’s time to give yourself a little bit of time with your mind.

Stop Blaming the Sprout!!! Estelle's guide to perfect Brussel Sprouts

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Stop Blaming the Sprout!
It is once again the holidays, I think this was the fastest year of my entire life. For me, this time of year is filled with cooking a lot of Brussels Sprouts. When I mention this, more often than not people tend to roll their eyes and lament about how much they despise the poor sprout. I am here to tell you to stop blaming the poor sprout! I’m willing to bet that 90% of the people that claim they hate the sprout…have never eaten one that had been prepared properly….and truly it isn’t all that difficult.

Five Senses Walking Challenge

Walking in the snow
The challenge we all face in November and December comes from being so extroverted in the summer then quickly falling into hibernation. We blame the extra weight gain and sluggishness on Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner and Holiday sweets, but seem to avoid the fact that we've all just become giant couch potatoes. I have a challenge for you that will save you the January guilt of sedentary life, a five senses walking meditation.

What's so great about Quinoa?

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Estelle Harford
I'm so pleased to announce a new addition to the Stretch Chi blog - tips and tools for wellness.  In my experience, once I started doing Ki-Hara, I felt an intense need for more than just muscle cleansing.  I wanted to be more conscious of what kind of fuel I put in my body - growing up in Ohio - this meant switching from various forms of potatoes and pasta to "better" carbohydrates.

Make your running more efficient with a Ki-Hara trained Psoas

ki-hara hip flexor lunge
If you’re planning an endurance race this season, you may have started to notice some problems now that you’re kicking up the mileage - such as hip pain, fatigue, lower back pain, or Achilles pain. These problems can be caused by weak and inflexible hip flexors. By using Ki-Hara to strengthen and resistance stretch this muscle group, you can not only avoid the injuries listed above, but actually improve your marathon experience.

Sleep Away Pain - the connection between Sleep and Muscle Tightness

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53% of chronic pain patients also have insomnia. It's a chicken and egg scenario - scientists aren't sure which came first, but there's some evidence that suggests you may be able to help your chronic pain by getting a good night's sleep. Find out some amazingly effective solutions for getting to sleep.

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