Tip 4: Take a Breath

One of the best ways to exercise is through breathing! Learn more in part four of this blog series entitled Seven Tips For Balanced Living.

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Breathing is a simple way to stay healthy!
 This is the fourth post of a 7-part blog series called Seven Tips For Balanced Living that shares specifically how our family improved our living habits, living them out on a daily basis, so we could get our health under control.

Breathing Exercises Help You Relax, Rest, and Sleep Better

Oxygenation is a key to balanced, healthy living. We always think of exercise as THE way to oxygenate, but meditation is a great way to oxygenate as well (especially true if you are too pressed for time or too ill to exercise). Breathing exercises allow you to relax, rest, and get restorative sleep. Deep breathing will increase your body's ability to heal itself, lose weight, and generally run more smoothly.

Many different faiths practice meditation on a regular basis as part of their religious practice. Yoga incorporates meditation as part of the ritual, as does Jewish and Christian faith. King David said in Psalm One:

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.

Whatever your faith persuasion, however, meditation can help keep you in great health. So how do you meditate? Simple:

  1. Find a quiet place, a place that can be peaceful- just for you.
  2. Close your eyes, or keep them open on a focal point that will keep your gaze steady.
  3. Begin breathing deeply, in through the nose, and out through the mouth.
  4. Focus on the breathing, and how good your body feels while oxygen floods your cells.
  5. Think on one thing that makes you happy and peaceful and focus on your breath and body. It could be a word like "Peace" or "Joy" or "God" or "Health.

Set aside time daily to do this, even if it's only five minutes! So today, wherever you are, take some time to take a breath!

  Seven Tips for Balanced Living: Tip 5: Listen to your Mother, and Mind your Manners

  Please see the related Wellness Resources we have provided to support the Seven Tips for Balanced Living series. You will find recipes, grocery shopping list, shopping tips and other useful tools to move you down the path of better nutrition.

  Related Wellness Resources

We encourage you to take advantage of these FREE Wellness Resources on our website.


Jesus at the Temple

Cure for Bitterness?

When I was very sick, there were many days I couldn't walk without a cane or crutches. There were some days, I couldn't walk at all. One of my favorite Bible passages was when Jesus healed the paralyzed man. It's a great story on so many levels: he was healed, his friends were looking out for him and were persistent in searching for help, and he walked away a new man. But what if looking at the obvious has us missing the point of the story completely?


Diet Failure: Part 3 - Deadlines Can Make You Fat!

Stress is the ultimate diet killer and can make us hold onto the weight.


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Feeling Weak? Plant Some Mental Sea Grass!

Every now and again, I get discouraged, overwhelmed, and feel generally not up to the tasks set before me. I've learned to plant mental sea grass and you can too!


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God's Mercies are New Every Morning

This morning I woke up to a beautiful sunrise. The Bible says God's mercies are new every morning. Take a minute and just imagine that! Each day, when we open our eyes, God has something new and wonderful for us. He has a plan, he has a beautiful, hope-filled day in store.


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Healthy GLUTEN-FREE and DAIRY-FREE Grocery Shopping List

Stock your pantry and refrigerator with these fresh and healthy gluten-free and dairy-free foods. This is a great grocery list to start from if you want to eat healthy, but you should always be sure they fit your specific health needs. You also want to be sure that they are eaten fresh, organic, and unprocessed if possible.


Healthy Grocery Shopping List

Stock your pantry and refrigerator with these fresh and healthy nutritious foods. This is a great grocery list to start from if you want to eat healthy, but you should always be sure they fit your specific health needs. You also want to be sure that they are eaten fresh, organic, and unprocessed if possible.


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Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook

Many people know "what" to do to be healthy, but HOW do you do it? One of the best ways we have found is to show people how we eat as a family. This customizable, whole foods cookbook features two hobby chefs! Sara Kosmiski is an amazing RAW foods expert, and Libby Wright shares good foods for beginners in healthy cooking. We hope you enjoy these recipes and encourage you to share them with your family and friends!


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Rest and Listen

I have already started this blog 3 times this morning, but have been fighting what I know I should write about. While it would be much more convenient for me today to run around like a crazy person and appear busy than it is to be obedient to God, I know I need to stop. You see, today He's calling me to REST and LISTEN.


Smile, Life is Good- The Ultimate Stress Busters!

One of my goals this year is to continue to ratchet down my stress levels. Stress is not good for anyone, but it's especially dangerous for those with chronic disease.


Middle-aged Man Meditating on Beach

Three Secret Weapons to Combat Stress: Part 3

My last secret weapon against stress is: Strengthening and Stilling the Mind. You may think this is silly, or easy, or not a real weapon. But let me tell you, a clear head is one of the greatest possible weapons you can have to combat all kinds of stress.


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Tip 3: I Will Not Be Mastered!

Manage your eating habits. Learn more in part three of this blog series entitled Seven Tips For Balanced Living.


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Tip 5: Listen to your Mother, and Mind your Manners

Here's one simple step that will help you feel better after eating! Learn more in part five of this blog series entitled Seven Tips For Balanced Living.


Webinar: Better Sleep Tonight!

Facilitator Libby Wright interviews Dr. Jamie Wright who discusses the role of sleep in weight loss with participants of the Your Best Weight program. Dr. Wright is a board certified physician with a Masters Degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine. The webinar last for 29 minutes and addresses questions submitted by the program participants.

You can learn more about the NuMedica supplements discussed: Liquid Melatonin.

Please enjoy the webinar. You may also wish to view or download the slides used for the presentation. We encourage you to ask questions or share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum.


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You Can Eat Healthy Without Spending More!

One of the big myths we like to dispel is to talk about the real cost of foods. Most people believe that eating healthy is a lot more expensive than eating processed. The truth is, they cost about the same. Try this experiment and see for yourself!

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