Yoga + Dogs = Doga

So it is the first week into the New Year and it has been a very cold one here in WI.  As we know, many people use the 1st of January to make that resolution to get healthy, fit, or both for the year.  With the weather discouraging us,  normally daily “to do’s”, something else comes up, now the weather-just cannot go out!!! UGH! What is a person to do?

Many times we say to stay motivated or to keep that exercise time slot, have an exercise partner.  If you have ever tried to exercise at home, you may have noticed your dog trying to join in or get in the way.  You know they always want to be with you and do what you do, so why not let them become your partners for exercise? It will keep you both much healthier.

I take mine on runs/walks 4-5 times a week, because running in a yard is NOT exercise for them.  I also do Doga with them to keep them stretched out and I then am able to touch them everywhere. The hands on and breathing helps to calm them.  Spending time exercising with your fur baby, doing the Doga, you will receive a multitude of benefits!  I can help to show you how do do poses, breathing, massage on your fur baby and create a fun sequence that will benefit you both. 

I have added a small article that was on the DOGVACAY site talking all about Doga. Nope, I am not the only one doing this (around here maybe). But, on the east coast they have actually classes for Doga!! So, click here to read additional information.  Scroll down to, Dogs + Yoga = Doga, of June 06, 2012.

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DIET–that nasty four letter word!!

Question I get weekly from people, “what diet do you recommend”?  And my answer is a question back to them, “which diet has worked for you to keep the weight off”?  The blank stare…..what?  Really, no “diet” works because we go back to those nasty bad habits and our cravings we all have, because we are human after all.  So how about changing the way you eat FOREVER!!

Keep a food diary, to start out, and find out what makes YOU feel and look better.  Each person if different and food reacts differently on each and everyone of us.

Eat as naturally as possible by avoiding processed stuff.  Go for those foods that will rot or go bad in a few days/week.

Eat more raw then cooked food and plants then animals-for all those nutrients.

Change your diet slowly! Cut out or change an item a week or slower.  Change is hard for all and forcing it before you are ready will not end well.

Walk 10,000 steps a day or some form of exercise and use common sense!

Simple and basic, but also takes time and practice to change your habits!  Be patient with yourself, allowing your body to rid itself of the chemicals, and you will soon discover what your body needs to run and look amazing.  Ask for help when needed and take each day as it comes!!Yummy salad!Fruit bowl at Sari OrganicsDiet photo

Overweight Pets

We have our dreaded diets and gym time,  and do all we can to stay in shape. What about the family pet?  What are they being fed, and are they being exercised most days?  If you would not put the food in your mouth why would you feed it to your pet?  And having a large yard, so they can run around in, is not a form of exercise!  

It has been proven time and time again that our pets will develop the same diseases we do from the bad foods and lack of exercise! Dr. Becker has an awesome article that talks about this subject.  Click here to read all about it!DSC002732012-03-05_08-02-21_721

Putting tired in a Bucket!

“Can’t put tired in a bucket”.  I heard this statement so many times out of the mouth of my mentor/trainer/friend, Debbie Williamson during teacher training’s.  It is such a true statement-let me explain.  You cannot store or hang onto tired or want to carry it around to be used whenever. 

Yes, you may “feel” tired all of the time and do not want to do many things or you come up with excuses or roadblocks when you do not want to do something.  Lets just start out with working out or exercising for an example.  Whether you are just starting out new or have been working out for a long time, getting up in the morning or working out after a long day of work may not be the first thing on your mind.  Who doesn’t want to just stay in bed or go right home and sit on the couch because, “I am tired”!

So what motivates you to get up and moving?  Why not try getting a workout partner, turn on some heart thumping music, or think of something you love to do or would love to be doing!  Just getting the brain fired up by thinking of something good or moving around, will get your adrenaline flowing and suddenly you are NOT tired anymore!  We all know how the mind loves controlling our bodies.  So why not try it–think of something you love or something you love doing-how do you feel??  Now use that energy for your workouts and YOU!

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The Time is NOW!!

The time is NOW.  Why do you continue to put things that you want to do better yourself and your life?  How many times have you said, “I’ll start on Monday”; “Tomorrow”, “I’ll start at the beginning of the week, month or year”?  Why do we need a future date to create change?  Nothing changes if nothing changes.  If you want to get healthy then start TODAY!  I can give you support and encouragement you need to be successful.

Want a better tomorrow?  Make it a better today!!  Contact me for nutrition, fitness, or yoga tips–why not??badwkout doitdaily it'shard

Smash the DIET mentality!

The idea or concept of being either “on” or “off”  a diet can be so self-defeating.  In the past when I tried dieting, and I tried all kinds of them, one little setback meant I was suddenly “off” my diet.  Then I’d throw in the towel and tell myself I’d start next week or next month.  Not a good idea!!  Think of eating smart as a lifestyle adjustment, and go into it knowing that victories and indulgences are part of life.  If you make good choices 80% of the time, you can loosen the reins a bit the rest of the time.  You won’t feel restricted, or have the mentality of “I can’t have that-ever”!  Even your indulgences will become better choices, because it becomes easier and healthier.Burrito at Sari OrganicsYummy salad!Fruit bowl at Sari Organics

Attention to your pets–why do it??

Many of you that know me and “the Kids”, aka, the dogs.  Know that I give them tons of extra attention, some may think I dote on them way too much! But with the touching and massaging of them, since puppy, they get the feel of someone around the areas that they normally do not like touched.  Yes, I have large dogs, but this goes for small dogs also!!  Most dogs do not like their feet or hindquarters touched or fondled, so when taking them to the vet, they will growl or snap. 

By breathing, touching, or brushing them they use to the sensation of someone in that area.  You or your vet, then can check the animal thoroughly. Also, by touching or massaging them daily, you get to know their body and what lumps or bumps are around!  This helps you and your vet to get things checked out sooner rather then later.

The other reason for checking your dog out, is for locating ticks!!  Yes people, tick season it NOT over yet!!  Most people only check in the spring or early summer, but the little buggers are out until it gets below freezing!  Take the time to get to know your dog–for his/her health!!  You need tips on how, give me a shout out!!frankie20131DSCN0621

Dangers for Pets!!

We know what it is like to have a new puppy in the house.  Potty training, crate training,  puppy school, ete.  How about as they age or leave the crate?  Do you still make sure the counters, tables, and areas are safe for them? Bored pets will get into things and get into trouble, even as adults!!

Here is a reminder list of items to be aware of and some things you may not have known about.  Click here:

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Harvest Tomato Soup

3T. shallots, chopped or 3T. green onions with 1 small clove minced garlic

1/2C. finely grated peeled carrot

1/2C. chopped green pepper

4T. butter or olive oil

1 large can low-sodium chicken broth (divided)

4C. fresh tomatoes, chopped in 1/4inch dice

1/4t. leaf oregano or 3/4t. fresh minced oregano

1/2t. salt

1/4t. pepper

1T. sugar

4T. flour

 

In large deep skillet or large sauce pan, saute shallot, carrot, pepper, in butter/oil until vegetables are tender/crisp, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in 4C. of broth, tomatoes, oregano, salt, pepper and sugar, bring to boil.

Reduce heat to simmer; cook for about 20 minutes. Whisk together flour and remaining chicken broth. Slowly whisk into tomato mixture. Cook, stirring until mixture thickens, about 2-3 minutes.

***I copied this recipe as it was written-you may follow it as is, but I do omit a few items.

*I do not add sugar, salt, or pepper. There is enough sugar in my carrots and enough flavor in the vegies. I add cilanto and basil to the recipe.  Add any vegies or herbs/spices you desire!!

Also, I use a feta or goat cheese to some hard, crusty bread for dipping.

Can be frozen!!

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