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THE AWARE BODY NEWS                                                 December  2009top
"Joy is not in things, it is in us" - Richard Wagner

Welcome to the December Newsletter!
Mary Serphos
I want to wish you all a beautiful holiday season filled with good health and happiness. As we enter the New Year, many of us make resolutions and promises to ourselves that seem to fall by the wayside right around February.  It is so easy get caught up in our old habits and find excuses, putting our health and self-care low on the list.
The easiest way to remedy this is to find support and create a commitment to make health and self care a priority. When we are struggling with balance because we are juggling work, family and social activities, it is often in our best interest to seek out a professional to keep us on track.  

Whether near or far
The Aware Body can design a plan with
 goals that create results for: 
  • tackling health concerns
  • directly addressing preventative care
  • making healthy eating a priority
  • providing unique natural foods based recipes and cooking demos
  • investing in a manageable and nourishing self-care routine
  • managing stress and finding balance
For the past 4 months, I have been helping clients in the Bay Area and across the country face to face and via phone. Every client that I have worked with so far has made progress and if and when there are setbacks, we work through them diligently.
Give the Gift of Health 
Gift of HealthPlease consider giving the gift of health this season to friends, family and yourself. An Aware Body Gift Certificate is truly the gift that keeps giving. Gift certificates range from $35 for a � hour session to $130 for a 2 hour session and include an initial consultation and health history. Contact me at The Aware Body for details.
Please visit the updated Aware Body Website for
detailed information about Gift Certificates. 
    Sign up for the next Grocery Store Tour! 
Wednesday January 6th from 5:30 to 7:00pmCoconut
Meet at Whole Foods San Rafael.
Please call 415.412.5490 or email to sign up for this tour where we will shop for and learn about foods that nourish our bodies for the winter
and learn how to eat super healthy on a budget.
Cost: $20 dollars per participant
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5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally
by Mary Serphos
Immune BoostersThink it's inevitable to catch that cold or flu this winter?...think again. With these tips, you'll be feeling great and you may just go through this season without a sniffle.
  1. The single most important thing you can do for your immune system is to get adequate sleep and rest. And don't underestimate the power of a nap. If you can squeeze one in; do so, especially if you haven't had adequate sleep the night before.
  2. Garlic, garlic, garlic! Yes, this ancient remedy truly keeps the germs at bay. Dice up a fresh clove or part of fresh clove and add it to one savory dish once a day. It's best to not overcook it and add it at the end of the cooking process so it just gets gently heated and stays semi-raw. If you can tolerate it, put a few small diced pieces (about a quarter of a clove) on the back of your tongue and swallow at the end of a meal, when your stomach is full otherwise it may feel too acidic. After eating garlic daily for 3-4 weeks, take a break for a week.
  3. Eat those greens. I can't say it enough- dark leafy greens are system detoxifiers and will help keep your lymph system and digestive system clean. Kale, broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard, collard greens, to name a few...lightly steam or saut� and add that garlic and some olive oil and possibly some squash or other root veggies you have yourself a perfect winter side dish.
  4. At the very first sign of a sniffle or an ache, take a natural wellness formula with all the good stuff like Vitamin C, Echinacea, etc. If you are surrounded by family or co-workers with an infection or virus, try taking some oregano oil in a supplement form. Oregano oil is potent stuff so don't overdo it and make sure just to take it for a week or two and then stop since it acts like a natural antibiotic.
  5. Ease off the dairy. Dairy is a congestant and will clog you up and cause your body to produce excess mucus. To get your fix, eat a little plain yogurt and add some honey for a sweetener. Check out The Aware Body July Newsletter to see tips on how to make a delicious snack or dessert from the Yogurt Sundae Bar article.


The Aware Body Favorite Finds -
Straight out of Northern California!
by Mary Serphos

To give or to keep, these natural food and body products I absolutely adore are under 20 dollars and will make you, your family and your friends smile! 

Juniper Ridge Wild Sage and Mint Tea- a true delight and totally wildcrafted to warm those cold bones. 

Artisana Coconut Butter or OilCoconut- Coconut oil is so versatile and this company is truly organic and local. Use the oil for cooking or as a supplement to keep your brain strong! Or use it on your face or your body to nourish your skin and joints. I just heard that medium chain fatty acids in Coconut oil are a primary ingredient in an Alzheimer's drug.

Alba Mango Body Lotion- My new friend Dorene who uses this dense creamy lotion truly smells like a peach...uh, a mango. Yum!

18 Rabbits Granola Bars and Granola- A delicious and healthy snack for everyone. Made without any refined sugar, wheat or dairy products, this sweet treat will keep you happy and humming throughout the winter.

CoconutSchool Garden Company Natural Bath Salts - Not only are these bath salts a great way to calm down after a long day, all the profits go to building gardens at schools. I sold these bath salts in my Wellness Gift Boxes and got rave reviews.


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Please visit my updated website for more information about The Aware Body services and gift certificates and don't forget to sign up for the next Grocery Store Tour on January 6th.  To make an appointment, please contact me directly.  Please check out the January newsletter for information on the next Aware Body workshop
Cheers to a happy and healthy 2010!
Mary Serphos
The Aware Body
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