South Central WI Archive
March 2012

March 2012

Spring is near! March is a month of possibility. While Wisconsin winters have a way of putting some of us in a bit of a funk, this time of year awakens us to the renewal ahead. The outdoor walkers emerge once again. The tulips and daffodils begin to take a peak at the world. The evenings have more sunlight to keep us on our toes a bit longer. And, if resolutions are not for you, this may be the month you get motivated to take better care of yourself.

It just so happens that March is National Nutrition Month; a good time for us to evaluate our eating habits. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created the nutrition education and information campaign in order to focus attention on the quality of food we are putting in our bodies along with the quantity of exercise we are taking in each week. Let’s all take this opportunity to better ourselves! There are a number of Web sites to help you on your wellness journey.

Having three teenagers who thrive on technology, I can hold my own, well, on the computer anyway. When I finally get “my turn,” I enjoy visiting BeWellCooking.com. It is here where I am reminded what a huge responsibility parents have in teaching our children about healthy eating habits. Their nutrition impacts the development of their minds and bodies. As a parent, “you can help pave the way for a lifetime of better moods and better health by helping them develop an appreciation for planning, preparing and eating a range of tastes.” I’ve also learned from experience that the earlier you start, the better. At my house, you’re just not going to slip a healthy beet past the tightly clenched teeth of my 16-year-old, 175-pound, muscle-bound son wielding a menacing fork! In his case, I concede that I probably started too late.

Our authors this month are especially excited to have the chance to educate you with their health and wellness expertise. Tina Lupiezowiec shares her view on ‘sewing the seeds of change’ for those trying to make sustainable choices. Mary Hess has exciting news about promising government studies that recognize the benefit in plant-based remedies for infection — very exciting for those looking for more natural ways of living. Jon Bednarski reminds us how rewarding giving and sharing can be, both emotionally and financially. And so many more great articles await you in this edition. Please read on!

I hope you are able to use some of what we offer this month to better your health and wellness — the possibilities are endless!

When we volunteer for charitable organizations, help our neighbors in need or just share our time, we do not always realize the importance of these small gestures on those around us. In doing so, we are sharing our resources and talents that are so very important to many of our…
Part of being human, it seems, is comparing ourselves with other people. We may think, “What’s wrong with me?” Or, “Why can’t they do what I do?” Or, “I’m/You’re not good enough.” Sometimes feeling wiser and “one up” is a tempting alternative to feeling inferior. If we’re in the habit…
I’ve always known my life’s purpose was to help people. I just didn’t realize until recent years how becoming my authentic self would help me as much as it would have an impact on others’ lives. Two years ago I was guided to combine two passions of mine, real estate…
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Often we can use the shape, size, color and texture of our fingernails to determine the health of the body. As it manifests in the fingernails, we can tell of possible problems as a result of nail signals. Since fingernails are one of the last tissues to receive the nutrients…
St. Patrick’s Day is best known for its parades of revelers decked head to toe in green. Green, after all, is the official color of the holiday. However, those showing off their love of green can take it one step further and implement environmentally friendly, or green, practices for their…
Today’s families are busier and more budget conscious than ever and it seems like opportunities to come together are scarce. Kids may be engrossed in extracurricular activities and Mom and Dad may be putting in extra hours at work to make ends meet. But making the time for family can…
In a day and age of eco-information overload, people are struggling to make sustainable choices that fit within their budgets, make reasonably good sense and, ideally, silence the nagging voice within them that is continually suggesting that they should do MORE for the planet, MORE for their health and MORE for…
One of the things that has helped me move forward so powerfully in my practice is to have clarity about my mission — my bigger “why” for why I’m doing what I’m doing. This mission is an expanding, evolving mission and the more I can begin to tune into it,…
Home is where the heart is, where families grow and generally where the most of our leisure time is spent. Working with green technology for the best insulation will keep your house warm, welcoming, comfortable and cozy — and will save you money, all at the same time. Insulation advancements…
First, the purpose of hypnosis is not to make a subject run around on a stage cackling like a chicken. Then one might ask, “Just exactly what is hypnosis?” “What is hypnotherapy?” “Are they the same thing or is there a difference?” Let’s say that hypnosis is not an exact…
It comes as no surprise that through government testing we have found proof that a simple oil such as citrus can have antibacterial properties. Through trial testing on animals, they have found that such oils have the ability to kill common bacteria such as Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas, E. coli and others.…
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