Spring is here - lets let go of Self-Sabotage!

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 3/30/2016 to Healthful choices
Spring is here - lets let go of Self-Sabotage!
Have you ever felt that you were in a self-sabotage zone?  You finally were on the right path, everything was going smoothly and POW you were heading back to where you didn’t want to be.  I think we’ve all felt like this at some point, but how do you then take this and turn it around.

So, you may be wondering why I chose this subject to write on today. 

When's the Last Time you Really RELAXED?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 5/13/2015 to Healthful choices
When's the Last Time you Really RELAXED?

What does your “normal” weekend look like? 


Do you stop working at 5pm on Friday?

Does your brain let go of your office work until you walk in on Monday morning?

Do you allow yourself to relax?

When is Enough, Enough?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 9/16/2014 to Healthful choices
When is Enough, Enough?
As a health care provider I consistently hear people complaining that they “can’t” do something. 

Why should they change the foods they eat when they really like them? 

How could something so simple change how they feel? 

Can a simple herb really help a complicated health condition?

It’s Too Hard!

When do you make the decision that change is necessary?  

To Eat or Not to Eat

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 7/22/2014 to Healthy Recipes
To Eat or Not to Eat
To Eat or Not to Eat..... That is always the question.  

I wanted to share with you what's been going on in my life for the past 6 months.  As many of you know I had a huge scare last October.  I had been off my blood pressure meds for a short time and it led to a cerebral hemorrhage.  Now that's not supposed to happen to anyone, but in my head, how can a health coach and herbalist have this happen is what kept coming up.  

I had to make a big decision.

Because I can

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/7/2014 to Healthful choices
Because I can
Have you ever thought about doing something and did it just “because I can”?  

How many times have you thought about doing something and stopped before you began because someone else would have thought it was nuts?

Do you march to your own drummer or to someone else’s? 

No Kitchen should be without Fire Cider

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 1/15/2014 to Healthy Recipes
No Kitchen should be without Fire Cider
In my opinion, no kitchen should be without fire cider! For me Fire Cider is a tonic. 
I take small amounts of it daily as an inexpensive, effective way to treat or stave off colds & to break up congestion.  

Some of the benefits of Fire Cider's ingredients include:

Pest to Pesto

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/21/2013 to Healthy Recipes
Pest to Pesto
Garlic mustard, dandelion, and nettles are they a pest in your garden?

You can go from Pest to Pesto and have an amazing nutritious meal.  We’re going to make pesto from garlic mustard, dandelion and nettles. 
Garlic mustard is a garden pest.  It is an invasive species that crowds out native plants. 

Do you eat Xenoestrogens?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/9/2013 to Healthful choices
Do you eat Xenoestrogens?
Do you know what xenoestrogens are?  They are chemicals that can mimic estrogen.  (xeno means “foreign”)  They are synthetic chemicals that can have an estrogen effect in the body which means they are chemicals that fit into the estrogen receptors in our bodies. I love the description Sara Gottfried, MD says of xenoestrogens.  “Think of them as unwanted guests, drinking, chatting convivially, but they are really party crashers who will disrupt the whole affair when they take off their masks.”  So, not only are they crashing your endocrine party but they are stored in your fat tissue for decades, and the greatest amount of these live in breast tissue.  Lengthened exposure to estrogen (or xenoestrogens) creates a significant risk factor for breast cancer.

What kind of disease is related to xeno-estrogens? 

Are you sleeping well?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/8/2013 to Healthful choices
Are you sleeping well?
Are you sleeping well? 
Suffering from insomnia? 
Do you find that when you attempt to fall asleep your mind starts spinning?  
Do you wake up in the morning and feel as if you need to go back to sleep again?

What I see in my practice is all of the above
Insomnia affects more than one third of the adult population and is more common in women. 

Reverse Acid Reflux (GERD) Naturally!

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/6/2013 to Healthful choices
Reverse Acid Reflux (GERD) Naturally!
Would you?  Could you?  Are you ready to take a chance on feeling fabulous and not suffering from heartburn, bloating and digestive stress?  Is this your life? 

Everywhere I go I hear more and more people talking about acid reflux.  Whether it’s a client or a friend telling me that they went to the ER because they thought they were having a heart attack only to find out it was acid reflux; it seems to be epidemic.  It’s very important that you correct this problem as you do not want it to evolve into Barret’s esophagitis which is when the esophagus tissue hardens. 

Spring Liver Cleanse

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/5/2013 to Healthful choices
Spring Liver Cleanse
Doing a spring liver cleanse not only helps clear out the old stagnant gunk you might have been holding on to, but it also helps allow you to feel lighter and healthier as you go into the spring time.

Our liver is the 2nd largest organ in the body. (the skin is the largest).  Most of you think of the liver as a detoxification organ but it also has other important functions such as fat metabolism, cholesterol balancer, blood sugar controller and a balancer of hormones.

Herbs for Spring Allergies

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/4/2013 to Herbal Medicine
Herbs for Spring Allergies
Did you know that you can use herbs for spring allergies?  As I mentioned the other day, spring is the time for new beginnings.  The plants begin to flower and now we have pollen which for many creates heavy, stuffy heads, watery, itchy eyes and so much more.  

Instead of grabbing for an allergy pill you may want to use herbs and foods to both alleviate the symptoms in addition to helping to eliminate the problem.

Spring represents New Beginnings

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/2/2013 to Healthful choices
Spring represents New Beginnings
When I think of spring what comes to mind is new growth.Spring represents new beginnings. The plants are coming to life again, the trees have buds on them and the new greens are popping right out of the ground. Everywhere you look around you the colors are changing from brown to green. There’s new life abounding, baby birds, baby rabbits (the one’s I don’t want in my garden) and my favorite plants are coming back. 

Spring represents new beginnings. It’s the place where we can become unstuck and go forward.

Are you Paying Attention?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/1/2013 to Healthful choices
Are you Paying Attention?
Are you paying attention? Really paying attention can be as simple or as difficult as you choose it to be.  In today's blog, I'm going to talk about paying attention to your body.  In paying attention to your body you must pay attention not only to  your body but to your mind and spirit as well; as they all work in conjunction with each other. Have you ever thought about how you could balance your body and your life so that it didn't feel precariously balanced like the stones are in the image?  

The three things I'd like to focus on are:  what you eat and drink, how you focus yourself and how to relax yourself. 

Spring Equinox and balance

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 3/21/2013 to Herbal Medicine
Spring Equinox and balance
Today, March 20, 2013 is Spring Equinox. Spring Equinox is one of only 2 days in the year when we have equal day and night. There are exactly 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark. As you look online about spring equinox you will notice a lot of talk about balance. Balancing brooms, standing eggs on their ends, but what I really want to chat about today is "Do you feel balanced?"

Confused?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 3/1/2013 to Healthful choices
Confused?
Yesterday, as I walked around my yard, I noticed that the daffodils were popping through the soil.  Don't they know that it's still winter? For most of these plants a few days of warm weather will have them seeking the sun and popping through the soil. (even though it's a little too early for them)

What struck me was that just as the plants are confused so are many of you. "I want to eat healthy but what should I eat?"

Stressed Out?? Simple tips to help you feel calm

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 2/3/2013 to Healthful choices
Stressed Out?? Simple tips to help you feel calm
I spent this afternoon at Teatown Nature Reservation listening to an amazing woman, Joan Gussow read some excerpts from her new book. Joan, at the age of 83, still grows all of her food on her land. Afterwards I spent some time walking around Wild Flower Island at Teatown, one of my favorite places to go to de-stress. Even in the dead of winter when nothing looks like its growing, there is life. Tips to help you feel a sense of calm while all around you is chaos.

Listen to the small stream and "relax"

How to boost your immune system

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 1/24/2013 to Healthful choices
How to boost your immune system
There are many ways in which to boost your immune system; from eating nourishing foods to taking herbs and supplements to getting enough sleep and more.Here in the northeast winter is upon us.  We spend little time outside and if we do we’re bundled up and barely receive any Vitamin D from the sun’s rays (and with the angle of the sun in the sky now, even if you exposed your skin you wouldn't absorb much Vitamin D now anyway). A few suggestions to boost your immune system so you can stay away from the cold/flu even if it’s right in front of you.

Are you or someone you know suffering with Vaginal Pain?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 8/21/2012 to Vaginal Pain
Are you or someone you know suffering with Vaginal Pain?
For many this issue doesn't exist, but for the women who are suffering with vaginal pain it's a living nightmare.  Think about it, if you have the common cold, arthritis, a digestive disorder, even cancer and you don't feel well you will tell your friend, your partner, or your boss that you just don't feel well.  But, what happens to the woman who is in so much pain in her vaginal area, whether internal or external that it hurts not only to walk but to wear underwear.  

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 2/22/2012 to Herbal Medicine
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
Have you ever felt like you are stuck in a rut?  You’re angry, aggravated and just need a little something.  Next time, reach for a little bit of motherwort tincture and see how all of a sudden things look a little brighter.

Motherwort is an interesting plant, as you look at her relatively innocuous flowers, just be aware that towards the stem they are very prickly and I’ve been stuck numerous times.  

Is Your Body Corroding Or Recharging?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 1/25/2012 to Healthful choices
Is Your Body Corroding Or Recharging?
3  Simple Steps to Alkalinize your Body and Create Radiant Health 

Have you ever given any thought to the fact that what you put into your body can change whether it begins to corrode (break down) or recharge (rebuild). When I think about this, what first goes through my mind is whether the body is acidic or alkaline.  Think about battery acid and how it can corrode anything that it touches.  Now think about what that acid can do in your body.  What can cause acid in your body?  

How to get your Swing Back

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 11/27/2011 to Vaginal Pain
How to get your Swing Back
It's that season again, filled with high anxiety, too much to do and not enough time to get it all done.  Ever notice that the intimate moments that you used to make time for are quite limited these days.  I want you to remember that when you are sexually satisfied, many of the other ailments you've had seem to fade away. 

My motto:  Simple shifts can make powerful changes so let's chat about some simple things you can do:

We'll start with anxiety: