Northeast Wisconsin
February 2012

February 2012

Change. Some of us fear it. Others embrace it. One thing is for certain, though: it is inescapable. This month we say goodbye to a dear friend, who has been with us since the inception of our Northeast Wisconsin edition in 2006. Jen Walla, our beloved editor, is making a change in her life and embracing a new opportunity. We will miss her warm smile, quick wit and unique personality. Not only does she leave big shoes to fill, but an empty spot in our hearts as well. Best wishes, Jen!

Those of you who have made resolutions for this New Year can relate to change as well. One month in, and it has taken some real commitment to get to this point. If you are not doing so well with your resolution, I encourage you to keep trying. I tend to relate making resolutions to riding a bike. If you fail, you keep getting back on. Failure doesn’t mean you have to stop trying. It means trying again with some good knowledge under your belt.

This month’s contributors have some excellent knowledge to share. In an area where we all may need a little change, Wendy Fahrbach shares the reasons why we need to show ourselves some love! Though it may not feel comfortable at first, because we tend to put everyone else’s needs before our own, setting loving intentions for ourselves can truly result in a happier you. If losing weight is your resolution for 2012, Christine Vander Wielen explains how we can break free from emotional eating and develop a better relationship to food. And that’s just a start. Read on for more enlightening articles.

I am excited to have this opportunity to take the baton from Jen. It is a wonderful feeling to be a team member at Nature’s Pathways and to be able to help facilitate theeducation of those interested in pursuing a healthy lifestyle. In my role as assistant editor, prior to Jen’s departure, I had the chance to get to know many of you, our loyal readers and advertisers, and I look forward to connecting with all of you each month. Sometimes on our journey to better health we need some encouragement, and I hope to be a source of that for you.

In health and happiness,

Jackie

February is the month of love, but dark chocolate isn’t the only sweet gift that is good for the heart - building strong relationships plays a vital role in living a longer and healthier life, too. Health activists have been preaching that eating right and getting regular exercise will improve…
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You may have read the term “empty calories,” but what exactly are they? Why are they so bad for you? And, how can you avoid them? Empty calories describe foods that are high in calories, but low in nutritional value (also known as junk food!). These foods lack the health-promoting…
Each living being on the earth exists for a Divine purpose. As humans, our only purpose is to grow into the most Divine Being possible. Each of us needs to find our own way ... take our own path in life. By doing so, we help to elevate all of…
You may have heard the term “pole exercise” or “pole fitness” and thought, “Really? Is pole dancing really exercise?” YES! The art of pole began in the circus tents of the world, including China (also known as Chinese pole) and India (known as Mallakhamb). But in the 1950s Americans took…
Rasa can mean essence, juice, sap, plasma, delicious, as well as meaning taste in Sanskrit. Our experience of the “taste” of life affects our body and mind. If it is sweet, we are usually happy, but too many bitter tastes and experiences will not have the same affect. The flavors…
Many of us do not have good role models for resolving conflict. Typically, we have seen very unhealthy models of resolving conflict: fighting, avoiding, blaming, judging, denying, controlling, etc. Since so many experiences of conflict have been painful and frustrating, many people decide to try to avoid it at all…
We are now in the second month of the New Year. Are you among those who made a resolution to live a more active, healthy and wellness-oriented lifestyle? How have you fared with your intentions and desires to change? Have you been successful? Desires and intentions to change old, worn-out…
I know what you’re thinking — do I really need to know how to stay young the first 100 years? It sounds pretty far-fetched and ambitious, doesn’t it? It’s really not, and you need to start thinking about what it means for you and your family to live a very…
Have you ever thought about if your daily intentions or decisions show any love for yourself? Most of us think about our love for our children, spouse, parents or friends, but have you ever taken time to consider how or if you show yourself that same love? There are ways…
Lung diseases like pneumonia, emphysema, bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the third leading cause of death in the United States. COPD and emphysema cause the airways to become narrowed, which limits air flow in the lungs and causes shortness of breath. Pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs…
Pharmaceutical wastes constitute a significant environmental problem, especially to our drinking water. Studies conducted both nationally and statewide have uncovered many of these drugs in our drinking water, and the negative effects of these substances on the general population are only now beginning to be studied and understood. Pharmaceutical drugs,…
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