Monthly Newsletter for April 2010
"And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~~Anais Nin spacer

This month's edition discusses:

  • Discover the Warmth Within
  • Step 4 of the 12 Step Program to Stress less
  • Monthly Recipe
  • Suggestions to Help Reduce Stress
  • Spring Activities
  • Upcoming Events

Welcome to April!


Discover the Warmth Within

Each cell within us is like a wise seed capable of growth and blossoming.  In nature, seeds show their wisdom.  They intuitively grow up toward the light and life.  We have the wisdom to nourish our potential and reach for the light.  We are capable of growth and have the ability to get through life's adversities.  If we pay attention to our inner wisdom and nourish the seed within, there is no telling what we can blossom into during the seasons of our life.


The 12 Step Program to Stress Less

Now that you have evaluated what you drink, continue to nurture yourself to wellness with Step 4 of my 12 Step Program.

Step 4: EVALUATE how you Exercise

Your body needs exercise that increases your heart rate, promotes muscle activity and aids neurological integration, so your body works as it was designed.  Excellent exercises that achieve all three are swimming or walking correctly - swinging the arms with the opposite leg.

To begin Step 4, work up to an exercise program that increases your heart rate to 120 beats per minute and sustains that level for 10 minutes daily, or 20 minutes every other day.


Step 4:  To begin changing how I exercise, I will:



Suggestions to Help You Reduce Stress

After being smothered beneath stuffy fabrics for months, your skin is as hungry and thirsty as a bear waking from hibernation!  It's time to give your skin the tender, loving care it deserves.  Enjoy a Springtime Spa!

Have you been drinking eight glasses of water a day?  Spring is the perfect time to try something new - how about creating flavoured water using real juices, for economical and much healthier combinations.  Go where your taste buds have already led you...and then go further.  If you like cranberry juice, try blueberry or raspberry juice.  If you like orange juice, try tangerine juice instead.  And what about those exotic fruit flavours:  mango, papaya, kiwi?

Adopt a new regimen: set aside an hour or so per week, if not per day, to unwind, sip something healthy and colourful, and give your skin a smoothing, soothing, springtime treat at the same time.  Be sure to cleanse your face of all traces of makeup before you begin.

Springtime Spa

Bring two quarts of water to a boil and pour carefully into a large bowl.  Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil or a kitchen extract (almond or peppermint) and allow the water to cool slightly.  Put on a piece of soothing music that will last around ten minutes, and then lean down over the bowl, draping a towel over your head and neck.  Let your thoughts drift with the flow of the music, as the steam opens and cleanses your pores.  When the music ends, pat your face dry.

Next, use your electric blender to combine three whole strawberries, a tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of witch hazel.  Use this naturally astringent cleanser and moisturizer all-in-one immediately to feed the skin of your face and throat with vitamins A and C.

Spring Activities

Oh how good that warm breeze feels on your skin!  The first day that you can fling open a window and leave it up...the first day you dare to wear your coat unbuttoned or short sleeves, or leave the hat and gloves at home!

• Don your rubber boots and take a walk in the rain.
• Encourage your child(ren) to jump in the puddles - and join them!
• Take a listening walk - truly listen to the sounds of nature and revel in the magic that is Mother Nature.
• Play a game of hopscotch.
• Take a long meditative walk to feed your body and your soul.
• Take advantage of a windy day and fly a kite!
• Decorate your table with a bouquet of bright spring flowers.


A Little Inspiration

Don't forget that seeds and plants also have quiet times in which they restore and nourish themselves.  How often do you take the time to nourish, restore, and revel in your growth and to remember that sometimes loss may lead to life-enhancing changes?


Upcoming Events

Friday, April 9, 2010:  Nordic Pole Walking Clinic with Dr. Klaus Shcwanbeck 

The most effective low-impact exercise suitable for everyone supports stress management, increases heart and cardiovascular training, and burns up to 46% more calories than exercise walking without poles or moderate jogging.

Register today for this free workshop!  Contact Susan Holm at 519.886.3000

Tuesday, April 27, 2010:  Microbiologist visits the Natural Health Care Centre

By extracting a minute amount of capillary blood from the fingertip, our microbiologist can detect distortions of the red blood cells which reflect nutritional status, especially low levels of iron, protein, vitamin B, folic acid and fatty acids.  This test can assist you by giving early warning of possible problems and helping you determine the effectiveness of various treatments, products and diet.

Register today for your appointment.  Contact Susan Holm at 519.886.3000.


Until Next Time...

Stay tuned for the May instalment of my newsletter, where we'll explore more great tips and tricks for achieving true wellness, including Step 5 of the Action Guide.

Until then, I remain yours in good health,

Susan Holm

Natural Health Care Centre
52 Bridgeport Road E. Waterloo, ON  N2J 2J6