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Integrative Nutrition

Set an Intention, Not a Resolution

Is it almost the New Year already? It seems like just yesterday we were setting resolutions, hopeful about accomplishing new goals and making positive changes in our lives. But while we often do our best to stay focused, resolutions don’t often pan out the way we’d like. Read More

Integrative Nutrition

Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Feeling under the weather? When the temperatures drop, we tend to spend more time indoors, get less sunshine and fresh air, and consume more indulgent, comfort foods. This combination leads to higher exposure to airborne organisms and decreased immunity, which means you're more likely to catch a cold or flu. Don't fret, nature is chock full of remedies that can help you boost your immunity and alleviate symptoms of sickness. Read More

Heather Aydelott

Be gentle with yourself

Making changes is never easy.  If you are trying to incorporate a healthier lifestyle into your already busy life, go easy.  Know that even making small changes is going to make a big difference.  So if doing a full diet overhaul is way too daunting a challenge for you right now, just switching to water as your go to beverage will make a large impact.  Or maybe just try crowding out your daily sweet treat with a fruit or carrot sticks and humus. 

Or if you feel you "messed up" and a ate something you feel you shouldn't have, please, please, please do not beat yourself up about it.  We are only human after all and creating change is a journey.  You're not weak if you ate that piece of chocolate cake!  For God's sake, it's delicious.  Enjoy it and move on.

Remember that small changes can have lasting impacts.

Here's to your health!

Love,
Heather

Heather Aydelott

It's been a while

I know it's been a couple of weeks since I posted a blog post.  I've been really struggling getting my business off the ground. 

I have no background in business so this has been a real challenge for me.  I keep thinking of ideas for getting my message out there, but I guess I need to put them into action. 

I do want to work with women who want to lose weight and gain a healthy relationship with food, their bodies, souls, and spirits through the process of re-discovering their own worth through self love.

This is for women who have tried everything to lose weight.  I have a sustainable solution that will be catered just for them.

If you know are someone or know someone who is struggling with these issues please refer them to me and have them sign up for their free consultation.

Integrative Nutrition

5 Superfood Swaps That Will Save You Serious Cash

Healthy foods, especially superfoods, have a notorious reputation for being expensive, and a lot of people use that as an excuse to grab fast food and sacrifice their health. Fortunately, there are plenty of nutrient-packed foods proven to protect against cancer, prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and more – that won’t break the bank. Read More

Heather Aydelott

Living a Life of Magic

I love this blog title because this is what I want to do and, indeed, believe this is important for each one of us.  I feel that in these modern times we have lost the magic. It is wonderful that we have so many scientific explanations for things, but can we also retain the magic? 

Can we not see the magic in our everyday lives anymore? Because, believe me, it’s there and I love the idea of slowing down, tuning in, and recognizing it.

Where do I find magic? Everywhere!!!!  I see it in my children’s faces (it helps that both girls look like little fairies), in the yellow bellied little birds eating the seeds from my sunflowers outside my window, in the colors of the trees as we transition into Autumn, in the smell of delicious bread baking from a sourdough starter, in my friends eyes, in gatherings, in lovemaking. You name it.

Don’t we owe it to ourselves to live lives of magic? This is what I do. If you are interested in reclaiming the Divine Feminine and living a life of joyous magic, please contact me and we can unearth your path back.

Love,
Heather

 

Heather Aydelott

Love, revisited.

Hooray, it is my fifth blog and I am really getting into this. How fun.

This week I have been thinking a lot about the idea of self-love. I know this is a theme I have addressed before, but I think it is so important. I have now come to realize that my ideas about self-love have been flawed. I though eating healthy, exercising, etc was the way I was showing myself love. But actually, I was being unkind to myself with my rigidness.

I now know that these motivators were done not out of love and compassion for myself, but rather from a place of fear. If I eat healthy and exercise maybe I will not get sick or fat, or whatever you want to plug in here. This is a very unhealthy motivator!

I was being so strict with myself that I found I was not really enjoying my existence. Now I have relaxed a whole lot on this school of thought. I thought back to when I was the happiest in my life; it was about 10 years ago when my girls were really little. We would bake cookies together almost every day, go to the park, play, and have fun. And guess what? I was about 10 pounds heavier than I am now, but I was happy.

See? Here is where our thinking becomes flawed. A lot of us think that if we are thin we will be happy, but I know for a fact this is not true. It is inside us. For me, now, I am much happier when I bake and eat the damn cookies and then lick the bowl. I realize that I do not want to work out crazy hard, so I don’t. Will I put on some weight? Probably. But I know weight does not equal my self worth, because in the eyes of Creation we are all perfect and beautiful just as we are. So please, do what makes you happy; life is too short to live otherwise.

I want to know what you all think. Does any of this resonate with you?

Love,
Heather

 

 

Heather Aydelott

Anxiety post

Okay, so this week I went to my dark place. I suffer from anxiety. Does this ring true with anybody else? I am sure it does; I know I am not alone.

I have had moderate to severe anxiety since I was in high school.  This can be mild, generalized anxiety to progressing into full-blown panic attacks. I have even been out for a run when at the corner of a street I want to curl up in a little ball or hold on to a street sign for fear that I might just lift off the surface of the Earth. Weird, huh?

It is something I have been dealing with for over twenty years and frankly, I’m sick of it. Therefore, I am making a public declaration that I am going to heal this. It is my most important goal. Constant anxiety really takes away from the magic and beauty of life. If I’m anxious I’m not being fully present for myself, my husband, or my children. I want to be present and not miss one more minute of my life. 

How am I going to heal you ask? Well, I have a wonderful therapist, who I am going to start seeing again after a six month hiatus (because ha-ha I got better), and this time the different thing is that I am going to use herbal supplements as well. I have already begun taking daily skullcap and will begin to include kava, wild yam root, lobelia, cramp bark, and licorice.

Another weird thing that helped this week too is I ate more carbohydrates. Carbs help release serotonin, which is calming to the brain. This really seemed to make a difference  and consequently I am no longer freaking out.

I will keep you all posted on the progress; does anyone else have a healed anxiety story? I would be thrilled to hear about what has worked for you.

Love,

Heather

Heather Aydelott

Listening

Listen up, folks! No really. That is what I want to talk about today: The Art of Listening. 

I really do think of this as an art form. Have you ever really been heard? I hope so. I can only think of two people in my life, that I interact with regularly, that really listens to me.

As a child growing up my mother never actually listened to me. She would make all the appropriate listening noises, um-hmmm, etc. but her eyes were always far, far away and I knew she was not really listening. She still doesn’t listen to me today; she is one of those individuals, of which I’m convinced is a large percentage of the population, who instead of listening are constantly thinking about what they want to say next.

I was reminded of this yesterday as I was telling one of the funders of my daughter’s dyslexia program that I was unhappy because this program was only supposed to last two years and we are now in year three because they cut down on how many hours my daughter has therapy each week from three to one and three-quarters to accommodate their growing program. I told him she wanted to be finished so she could join choir or the cheer team. He just went on to tell me how much the children love the program and that if they were not doing this they would want to be doing something else, like soccer. What? The man had not been listening to a word I had said.

Listening is profound. It is an amazing thing to be heard. People pay therapists immense sums money for this. 

Ninety percent of my practice as a Natural Health coach is just listening. Most people, I believe, intuitively know how to be healthy, but simply need to be heard or to be told it is okay to listen to their own inner wisdom.

Listening is a sacred practice and one that should be cultivated, just like anything else that is worth doing.

Integrative Nutrition

3 Ways to Create a Wellness Tribe Wherever You Are

Isn’t it nice when you can let your hair down and just be yourself? When you can share your personal passion, struggles, or vision for the future, and have someone to turn to with questions, someone who actually “gets” you on a deeper level? That’s what a wellness tribe is all about! Read More

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