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Friday January 14th at 3PM 
3343 Battleground Avenue Ste. 075
336.288.4820
In the Westridge Square Shopping Mall
next to Harris Teeter
  
Introducing products for women of all ethnicities suffering from Chemotherapy, Gastric Bypass, Female Pattern, Baldness, Alopecia, Lupus, & Stress
 
 
Sponsored by Just a Cloud Away, Inc. Journal and other local businesses.

Book Signing by Janet Nestor-Holistic Healer Author of “Pathways to Wholeness”

A wonderful book to read and exercises for the mind, body and soul. A meditative walk through the beauty of our Mother Earth.

Light refreshments will be served in the Serenity Garden. Chanel Lace Hair Gallery will also provide a Cancer Resource area for those wanting more information on local support groups, products and services specifically for women walking the journey through serious conditions.
 
The founder Sharon Ellis-Wiley will answer any questions or concerns during the opening.
Sharon will also start a fund to help women and children who cannot afford a wig of their own.
 
Please come out and meet the people who are so passionate about helping others in critical times, including

     

and several other helpful businesses

 
 
 

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We had an informational workshop at Terragen Nurseries one Saturday morning. Stephie brought some of her birds. They were on special harnesses  allowing for outdoor walks.

Melanie of Chadwick Insurance Group explained information regarding lower insurance premiums.

Janet Nestor took us on a meditative walk around the water gardens and greenhouse. She also gave away a copy of her new book “Pathways to Wholeness”. How is your emotional health?

A quick breathing technique was also shared.

I talked about the importance of plants in the healing realm. This is truly a learning experience for me as well.  Even weeds in our own gardens can be dried and consumed as tea to prevent such conditions as:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Anxiety
  • Alzheimer’s

We hope to have more of these workshops in the future.

Please contact me at Diana (@) justacloudaway.com for workshop alerts.

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I never knew all of the benefits of bananas; facials, soothe wounds and mosquito bites, and many health benefits.

  • Guatemalan ladies often used mashed bananas to help relieve dry skin. If you can talk yourself into a nice leisurely rest for 20 minutes or so, slice a banana and then simply lay the slices on your face to allow the oils and vitamins to permeate the layers.
  • For damaged hair, combine a ripe banana with a few drops of almond oil. Massage into your hair and then allow to work it’s wonders for about 15 minutes. Rinse with soda water and then shampoo and condition as usual.
  • If you are looking for an exfoliating mask, blend a mashed banana with white cosmetic clay and apply. This mask is both moisturizing and nourishing.
  • Your hands can benefit from bananas as well. Mash a banana with a little butter and then rub the mixture into your hands. That is all there is to it.
  • To treat burns, prepare by beating a ripe banana into a fine paste. It can be spread over wounds and supported by a cloth bandage. It gives immediate relief. The young tender leaves of banana tree form a cool dressing for inflammations and blisters.
  • Bananas are also convenient because you can carry them with you whenever you are in a hurry. Knowing the banana health benefits and the other positive things that bananas can be used for will likely give you a new appreciation for this popular fruit.
  • Instead of eating an apple each day for optimum health, the adage should state that a banana each day keeps the doctor away. The banana health benefits far outweigh those of the apple because it has many more vitamins and nutrients than their round counterparts.
  • Bananas have two times as many carbohydrates as an apple, five times as much Vitamin A and iron and three times as much phosphorus. In addition, bananas are also rich in potassium and natural sugars. All of these factors combined make the banana a “super food” that is an integral part of a healthy daily regimen.
  • Because of the abundance of vitamins and minerals, bananas are a great source of natural energy. Eating only two bananas will give you enough energy to exercise or workout for an hour and a half. Bananas are also ideal for eating during that midday lull when you feel tired and sluggish.Instead of drinking caffeine or having a sugary snack, bananas provide a level of energy that lasts longer without the dramatic crash caused by caffeine.
  •  Bananas help the body’s circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain. This also helps maintain a regular heartbeat and a proper balance of water in the body. Potassium is also helpful for reducing strokes and regulating blood pressure because of the way it promotes circulatory health.
  • Similarly, bananas can help people who are trying to quit smoking. The B vitamins and other minerals that they contain reduce the physical and psychological effects of nicotine withdrawal.
  • Bananas are extremely high in potassium (about 4673mg), yet very low in sodium (1mg), thus having a perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
  • Bananas are high in potassium, which helps normalize the heartbeat and regulate the body’s water balance. During periods of high stress, our body’s potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted: eating bananas is a healthy way to rebalance them without using drugs

Eat Your Bananas

Diana

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Could gifts be received after the loss of loved one, pet or pregnancy? Donna Burick, a local Greensboro Life Coach and Energy Therapist believes her gift of helping people developed after loosing a baby and her Mother.

Donna practices in Greensboro, North Carolina helping children, parents and individuals find meaning and balance after a loss.  She believes pain, illness, mental stress, relationship problems, frustrations, angers, depression, fatigue, and fogginess are all related. Her unique blend of Holistic Coaching and Energy Therapy moves clients to a place of good health and happiness. This healing method focuses on releasing your energetic blocks, re-aligning your mind, body & spirit and harmonizing you to your inner and outer environments.

The charts in her office illustrate how our body and organs are a direct reflection of what we are feeling.

Donna stated our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being need a healthy balance to move through a crisis.

Donna strives to clear minds, energize the body and renew the spirits of those hurting from loss.

Donna’s primary modality is the non-invasive BodyTalk System, effectively working on humans and animals. Donna can also infuse Reiki, Vial Therapy, Qigong, Breath Work, Intentional Cuisine, Mindful Meditation and Flower Essences into sessions. The healing sessions are a custom blend of modalities designed to create fast and effective shifts in her client’s well-being.

I enjoyed our meeting together and know that your services will offer the community another resource for healing hearts and living happier. Donna Burick’s Website. Let her help you find your gift.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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Her Bleak Future Lasted 15 Years

It felt as though she could jump out from behind the glossy image to give me a big wet kiss. This beautiful creature gave more to her owner than unconditional love. Kayla was the underdog of a litter with a number of unseen health problems.

Terry Rader is the proud owner of Kayla, an Australian Shepherd, aka “Blue Gypsy Spirit” who was set free August 27th 2009 after 15 years of companionship. Letting Kayla transition to the other side was Terry’s final gift to her beloved pet. Kayla was a soul mate to Terry and fueled her passion to continue to help others with pet loss and grief, beyond her life. Terry has been helping dogs holistically for almost a decade, based on her experiences with Kayla.

At six months of age, Kayla had been diagnosed with CISD (Chronic Immune System Disease), and allergic to everything. At 7 years old, Kayla’s kidneys started to fail and were accompanied by other aliments; arthritis, heart murmur and hip dyspolasia. Terry knew there had to be another alternative to cortisone shots and other medications to help Kayla and found her first solutions in a book by Dianne Stein called, “Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats”. Terry also worked with Dr. Charles Loops, DVM who practices homeopathy on animals. “Choosing to take care of an animal holistically was not an easy task, since many vets were not open to alternative options back then,” stated Terry.

 

The last year of Kayla’s life involved constant care and communication by using hand signals and telepathy after Kayla lost her hearing. Terry reassured her that everything would be OK and needed to explain to Kayla that she could not occupy to her old body after being cremated as her spirit was now set free. The upside-down squirrel on the screen window during our interview was one way that Kayla showed me how she returns to visit Terry. Nature is the medium for their communication where Terry composes beautiful poetry and stories embracing eternal love.

 

Terry also believes in the philosophy of the Mayan’s regarding crying. By releasing tears for a loved one, we are filling up the river carrying the canoe to the other side.

“Give your pets and yourself the most natural diet and holistic healthcare you can find. Don’t pretend a treatment is okay if it doesn’t feel right to you, but realize that Western medicine does some good things too. Be as loyal to your four-legged companions as they are to you. Every step we take to live more naturally brings us more in line with living in harmony with the Earth.” from Earth Harmony: Loving Our Pets- Holistically and Unconditionally by Terry Rader as published in AWB Summer 2007 issue, read full story at http://www.doedreamers.com/EHstories.html#6.

Thank you for sharing your story of Kayla with the community.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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Earth Harmony: Healing Foods for All written by Terry Rader as published in AWB Winter 2006

Terry Rader enjoys connecting people to nature helping them find their personal creativity and vision. She has been an avid lover of  plants and trees since childhood and is a self-practicing wellness herbalist. Terry makes custom herbal tea blends, tinctures, custom flower essence blends and other home remedies used in treating herself and her family (pets included) since 1994 and has continued to expand this work into the community since 2003. Please visit her site www.doedreamers.com for additional information.

As we drove away from the city, I settled into a calmer state of mind. I looked forward to getting outside and spending some time in the country. I welcomed that warm, comfortable feeling that penetrates my soul each time I get away and allow my spirit to expand. We drove past the pastures and lakes and woods – oh for the love of the trees! Rounding one last curve, we pulled into the driveway of our friend’s farm. The dogs came running, free and full of life, to greet us. The farmhouse stood strong against the big blue sky as it’s doors opened and our friends emerged to join us. We took off across the land, past the fruit trees and barns, to the gardens. Walking down the path, my eyes soaked up the light, dancing on the sweet majestic corn tassels swaying in the country breeze. With each step, I felt more grounded with the Earth. We picked some plump red tomatoes, crispy green peppers, golden sunny squash and purple earthy eggplant. I found myself wishing for a garden to tend, feeling such admiration for these stewards of the land.

As my heart exhaled a great sigh of expansion, I felt my blood connect to the dirt of the fields and remembered what one of my shaman teachers had said to me: “The land is crying out and sometimes the land chooses people to tell the story of its pain. You are one of those people, so keep telling the story.” I stood there holding the brightly colored summer harvest in my heart, tears glistening on my cheeks in the warm sunshine. I wondered how I could share this feeling of living in harmony with the Earth? I’m not a farmer. How could I help others understand the value of the land? Today, I am still receiving answers as I continue to ask the questions. Earth Harmony is just one answer. If it ignites your inner desire to want to make changes for the sustainability of Earth and mankind, it is a garden worth tending. We are all a part of this beautiful bounty and I am honored to help it grow with these simple seeds I sow.

One thing we all have in common is WE HAVE TO EAT. The food we eat is the foundation for all natural medicine. If you are feeling out of balance, perhaps the first thing to consider is your food. If you are not eating pesticide-free or organically grown food, you may be loading your liver, kidneys, heart and lungs with more chemicals than they can process. If you are not shopping from local sources for your food, meat, bread, cheese, milk, honey, etc., then you are supporting the loss of our Earth’s precious fuels to truck your dinner in.

By supporting your local farmers, you build community – you contribute to the healing of the Earth, which in turn continues to feed you with healing foods. Some people believe that organic foods cost too much. When you add up the nutritional value, it far outweighs the cost. You’d have to eat extra large portions of processed food to get the equivalent nourishment. And that’s exactly what Americans are doing, eating more than they should, seeking satisfaction from food that is simply not healthy. Pat Bush of Handance Farms explains: “How can you have a healthy community if you depend upon other places to grow your food? The life-force energy of the food we eat is what makes us healthy. Most foods begin to lose life-force as soon as they are picked. I am always awed when I see the life-force of the food we produce – it glows! This comes from a combination of healthy, balanced soils and planting with celebration and ceremony … this is what supports a healthy community … When people ask me what makes your food so different, I reply with this: You know how you say grace before you eat? We say grace before we plant.” You can find Pat and Brian’s remarkable produce at The Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market.

I know first-hand what she is saying to be true. Her foods and flowers have an energy that is missing from the store-bought varieties. Soups made with her veggies are like Medicine soups, they are healing and satisfying. You walk away from a meal made with fresh food feeling nurtured, like you would after eating at your Grandmother’s house. Part of the reason that Grandmother’s meals were so appreciated by our bodies is that she cooked with foods that were in season. Our bodies have a connection to the time of year that certain foods are harvested. When we eat with the seasons, we connect to an ancient form of gratification.

January is a great time to make a commitment to healing yourself and the community with the purchase of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). CSAs are formed by a group of individuals who agree to support a farm by purchasing a CSA at the beginning of the growing season. The CSA subscriptions allow the farmers to buy their seeds and supplies upfront. And the farmers provide CSA members with a weekly share of the harvest.

Begin the New Year with healthy food from local resources. You’ll have lots of choices with all that is available today, not to mention the fun and fellowship that goes along with shopping in a bustling year-round market with unique products such as Goat Lady Dairy’s wonderful goat cheeses. Steve Tate shared this: “Our goal at Goat Lady Dairy is to build a sustainable way of working and living. We believe that the food we produce improves in quality as we nourish our partnership with the land and animals here.”

Feed your community as you feed yourself and your family – keep the circle flowing. Doing this today will mean a greater harvest for us and for the Earth tomorrow.

Thank you for this wonderful article Terry and I’ll see you at the Farmer’s Market.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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Foods That Fight Winter Depression

 When long nights bring on a long face, this can mean seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Here are some tips to help fight off the winter blues…..

The winter blues can leave you not only feeling down in the dumps, but they can also send you rummaging for sweets. Don’t get caught up in this vicious cycle.

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that affects 25 million Americans, mostly women. Much research has been done on this mysterious disorder.

In somewhat of a simplification, the lack of light in wintertime can result in lower levels of serotonin, the mood-enhancing chemical that regulates hunger and the feeling of well-being.

Serotonin production increases with light, meaning that gray gloom creeping in the window is not kicking the production of feel-good chemicals into action.

Some symptoms include depression, marathon napping, low self-esteem, obsessiveness over little things, irritability, shyness, and panic attacks. People with seasonal affective disorder may also sleep poorly (although for many hours), partly because they don’t have enough serotonin to convert to the sleep substance melatonin.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and people generally recover completely around April or May – once the days become longer.

Treatment includes light therapy and/or medications. However, there are things you can do yourself that can help boost serotonin levels.

3 Ways to Boot up Your Serotonin

Julia Ross, MA, is director of the Recovery Systems Clinic in San Francisco and author of The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure. She tells WebMD there are three ways to jump-start your serotonin:

  • Subject yourself to bright indoor light. This is the touchstone of seasonal affective disorder treatment. Many pricey lights are available. Ross says a 300 watt bulb within three feet for 20 minutes three times a day can help, although the boost in serotonin may be temporary.
  • Exercise. This is very hard to do when caught up in the seasonal affective disorder cycle. But if you can force yourself to start, 15 to 20 minutes of dancing to the radio or fast walking can reduce a sweet tooth and improve mood.
  • Eat wisely. This means, pushing away the leftover cake and eating sensible carbs to stimulate serotonin. Sweets and simple carbs, like white rice and white bread, quickly raise blood sugar, flood you with insulin, and then drop you in a hole. Eating wisely also means watching the caffeine, which suppresses serotonin. “If you must drink coffee, save it for after the meal,” Ross says.

 More Nutritional Tips for Raising Mood in Winter continued…

 Protein, she says, should be eaten three times a day. Another good rule is to eat four cups of brightly colored veggies a day. “This is enough to fill a (pardon the expression) 1 quart ice cream container.” Vegetables are carbs, but the kind that feed into your system slowly.

Samantha Heller, MS, RD, senior clinical nutritionist at the NYU Medical Center, tells WebMD it’s best to substitute fruit for cookies and chocolate ice cream. In general, the good carbs of veggies, fruit, and beans help energy levels.

“If weight gain in the winter months is your concern,” Heller says, “you should get a healthy eating plan from a registered dietitian.”

Timing Is Also Everything

It’s fashionable to urge people to eat half a dozen small meals a day, but this is an individual preference, Heller says.

“If you eat lunch at one o’clock and know you won’t have dinner until eight o’clock, you may need a snack. If you eat junk food for lunch, by four o’clock you will be foraging for chocolate.”

She urges people to try eliminating all white, starchy foods for two weeks — bread, rice, potatoes. “You will be amazed at how good you feel,” she says. “But you need to stick to it to see a difference.”

Even as a nutritionist, she admits to having experienced the opposite. “I was going to visit my mother and bought a muffin for her and one for me,” she says. “After I ate it, I felt like I had been drugged.”

That’s another thing about seasonal affective disorder — the lows are lower. If you are already serotonin-challenged, what you eat will have a bigger impact than in summer.

Foods to Have on Hand

If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, you may be too shot to run to the store. This can work for you if you keep fairly healthful commodities in the pantry. Some suggestions:

Popcorn (non-microwave)
Oatmeal (original, not desserty)
Nuts
Egg whites for omelets (a yolk or two is fine)
Peanut butter (no hydrogenated oils…look at the ingredients)
Prewashed veggies
Fruit
Whole grain crackers and bread (Kashi and Ezekial are great brands)
Deli turkey (low sodium is better)
Cottage cheese

Forget the candlelight. In winter, dinner calls for 300 watts, hold the shade!

Thank you for these tips Clayton. I have been diagnosed with SAD along with several of my friends. Loosing a loved one combined with SAD can be a very difficult time during the holidays. Try these food changes to help you through the season.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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