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September 13, 2012
Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for browsing my newsletter.  I'm delighted to be able to bring you fresh insights and fun ideas to help in making you a "better YOU".

Enjoy ... Heather 

Five Simple Rules For Happiness
free your heart from hatred ~ free your mind from worries
live simply ~ give more ~ expect less 


Tip For September ...

The human brain makes up only 2% of your body weight; however it consumes 20% of the oxygen you breathe in.  You can actually increase your creativity and learning power by taking a few minutes to relax and breathe deeply before starting any new project.


~ "Thinking" Yourself Into A Physiologic Stress Response ~
Stress - it's everywhere.  We all have it, and most of us are aware we have too much of it.

But what is stress, really?

When we hear the word "stress", most people think of the usual suspects: sitting in traffic, tight deadlines at work, familial conflict, loss of a loved one, or disease.  Certainly, these are significant stressors to the body, and are often unavoidable, outside of us, and seemingly out of our control.

However, there's much more to the stress story.

The classic definition of stress is: "any real, or imagined, threat and the body's response to it."  The key words here: OR IMAGINED.  In other words, you can actually IMAGINE yourself into a physiologic stress response.

Essentially, your body can't distinguish whether the lion is actually chasing you, or you are simply imagining and believing that the lion is chasing you.  Its response is the same.  Sensing that there is an emergency at hand, your body will launch its complex and powerful physiologic stress response.  A few of the physiologic repercussions include holding on to excess fat (not releasing weight), slowing down metabolism, and turning off digestion.

So if you're having trouble losing weight, experiencing digestive distress, low immunity, or any other unwanted symptom . . . it's time to take a look at the thought patterns and beliefs that may be driving us every day:


"I hate my body."
"I must lose weight, or no one will love me."
"I'll never be happy until I'm skinny."
"I have a lack of willpower, and just need more discipline to fix my issues."
"Food is the enemy - it's always a battle."


Sound familiar? Like broken records in our collective consciousness, these are actually some of the most potent stressors affecting our health today.  The good news? With the right support and practice, we humans have the ability to choose the thoughts and beliefs that can support our health.


-Marc David 

Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating 

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Heather Sparrow
Heather, RHN has been in private practice as a Registered Holistic Nutrition Consultant since 1999.