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March 2013

March 2013

The anticipation is growing … spring is just around the corner!

For most of us, cabin fever is in full effect, and we are more than ready to “cure” this winter boredom by getting outside and interacting with nature. Ah, the joy of what’s to come!

For now, though, we can make use of our expanding daylight hours and growing supply of energy by decluttering our surroundings. Sure, it sounds like just another chore, but there are actually health benefits to this activity. Experts say disarray can cause stress, while clean can facilitate calm and peace of mind in our lives. Check out some reputable health and wellness websites for more information on the therapeutic effects of decluttering!

March is the month we observe National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. There is so much to learn in this area; consider researching these topics before things get too busy outside! You’ll find some helpful tips and resources on the academy’s website (http://eatright.org).

We have so many great articles to share with you this month. Tony Bednarowski helps you in the development of your sound eating habits by offering a simple way to calculate your calorie needs. Jeremy Gilsoul reminds us to stop and take a moment to ask ourselves the important questions in life and to understand that now is the moment to take control. Stanlee Maliszewski has an important message for stressed parents: what your children really want and need is your loving presence. And, there’s much more, so please read on!

Enjoy the anticipation of spring, and take some time to prepare for your healthy future!

In health and happiness,

Jackie

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I have cared for and shared my life with animals (my “kids”) that have medical conditions for the past 35 years. The number one question I have been asked is, “Why do you do it?” People wonder about the financial responsibility, loss of freedom in my life, lack of sleep,…
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Have you asked your friends, family, veterinarian, groomer or trainer for advice on your pet’s issues and received as many different opinions? There are so many decisions and choices to make for nutrition, health and behavior. Our animal companions depend on us to sift through new and seemingly endless information…
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“A fully lived adventure requires a particular kind of commitment and presence, an attention that to me feels exquisitely tenacious, yet also gentle, receptive. Often the journey itself teaches us to pay attention, wakes us up.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn Parenting is rewarding, amazing and (the part that few mention) difficult.…
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