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Toss the Resolutions and Begin Permanent New You Solutions!


The Living Healthy Movement

Welcome to the new HEPSA Living Healthy Online Blog!  We are starting this New Year off right with a new look, new blog and new mission!  HEPSA Living Healthy wants to help you change your life for the better by joining the HEPSA Living Healthy Movement!  So sign up for this new blog today by clicking – www.livinghealthyonline.org

I am Denine Rogers, a registered licensed dietitian nutritionist and holistic practitioner who have a passion to change people’s lives for the better.  I have decided to start the HEPSA Living Healthy Movement because of the constant problems and complaints that I have received from my clients about making New Year’s Resolutions not New Year Solutions.  Too often we do not keep our resolutions and by the time the end of the year comes we feel like we have failed through the whole year. A resolution is a temporary hopeful fix but a solution is a permanent change!  The HEPSA Living Healthy Movement is on a mission to get you to discover what is holding you back from losing weight, stopping smoking, continuing an exercise plan, changing your relationships with food, etc. Check out joining the HEPSA Living Healthy Movement by signing up at the HEPSA Living Healthy Newsletter – www.livinghealthy1.org where we are making solutions for 2015, not resolutions!

This year 2015 the HEPSA Living Healthy Movement are providing ways to change your life for the better by learning about 12 different topics.  The monthly topics will be:

  1. Eating healthy with whole food nutrition
  2. Cooking healthy meals and snacks
  3. Herbal Medicine and Botanicals
  4. Exercising
  5. Meditation, Tia chi, Yoga and Qi Gong
  6. Aromatherapy
  7. Mind, Body and Spiritual Relationships
  8. Gardening
  9. Integrative Nutrition and Medicine
  10. Complementary Alternative Medicine
  11. Vitamins and Supplements
  12. Homeopathy

So for this whole year, the HEPSA Living Healthy Movement is focusing on making positive changes with your life.  I am asking you to join, the HEPSA Living Healthy Movement by clicking here today.

Thank you so much and start Living Healthy today!


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Healthy Numbers to Live By

Portrait of a young couple and a child with their arms outstretched

Alot of times I hear from people that they can not afford or have the time in having a healthy lifestyle.  Each day anyone of us can take just a few small steps each day to lead a life.  Here are 6 steps to get started:

  1. Eating 5 fruits and vegetables – rich  in vitamins, minerals and fiber.  Eating plenty each day can reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.
  2. Make a effort to increase your water intake .  Drink plenty of water each day to keep you healthy and hydrated.  Water regulates body temperature, carries nutrients, removes wastes, and cushions joints, organs and tissues.
  3. Have three good laughs every day!  Laughing promotes the release of endorphins in your brain, helping you feel better and have a positive attitude.
  4. Spend 2 hours of less each day in front of the television or on a computer.
  5. Have 1 hour of physical exercise today!  Move your body with physical activity 1 hour each day – walk, bike, swim, dance, run…  Pick activities that you like and that fit into your life.
  6. Last but not least make sure you get your 8 hours of sleep per day!  Re-energize  your body with 8 or more hours sleep.

Start living healthy today.  For further information on healthy living check out our website:  www.livinghealthy1.org

Alive Tour and Expo – 2013


Another Great Year  for the Alive Tour and Expo 2013!  I had the opportunity again to go to the the Expo and wanted to learn the latest gadgets and information in the Alternative Health field.  First I had the chance to meet with a harpist who heals the body with her harp.  Her name is Maya GG and her seminar was on Integrating Harp Therapy and Healing Music into Your Wellness Practices.  What is interesting in what she does is how she uses her harp.  She would place the back of the chair against the front of the harp so that the person who is sitting in the chair would feel the vibrations from the harp.  She would then tell you to close your eyes and ask a series of questions while plucking each string.  What she is trying to do is find out what notes that your body prefers to feel and hear.   Once you have told her which notes that feels good to you then she starts to play a melody based on that on chord.  When I tried this I felt my headache melt away.  Such a talented lady!  Check out her website for more information. Click Here.


When I come across a product that I like and I sometime ask myself why did I not think of this.  Has that happen to you?  Well this is one of those products.  Cu’i is a pure 100% all natural watermelon drink.  Boy it taste good especially during a hot summer day. So check and purchase one at your local grocer.


There were some unusual devices that were used to assist with pain issues such as the  Simple Oriental Medicine Wisdom,  This device is gold in color, round and has spikes all around it.  It is like having your own acupuncturist with you in your pocket.  It is supposed to hit the trigger points of the nerves to help heal certain pain problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle cramps and headaches.  I do not know if their claims are true but it was interesting to watch.


Green Living was very big topic at the expo.  There was the green memory form mattress, the veggie oil conversion car where it uses vegetable oil as fuel,   and Atlanta Falcon Ovie Mughelli Foundation for a Greener future for our youth.


I always like coming to the Alive Tour and Expo to see what the latest vendors are doing and selling in the Alternative Medicine field.  Make sure you go when the Alive Tour and Expo comes to your neighborhood.


Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day!

Cultural world

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics theme is Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day!  Have you ever wonder how some cultures use their food?  In the book Multicultural Manner “New Rules of Etiquette for a Changing Society” by Norine Dresser, explores the cultural do’s and don’ts of social interaction, food and body language of people from different cultures.  Here is some of the interesting food information that the author discussed in the book.

Food Medicine

Honey has long had a good reputation as a curative.  Many people from Central America and the Caribbean mix it with lemon as a tea for soothing upper respiratory problems.  Some Russian immigrants add it to warm milk, butter, and baking soda for sore throats.

There are a wide range of cultures use other foods as curatives.  Russian immigrants have been known to parboil cabbage leaves and place then on foreheads to draw out fevers.  Some Central Americans chew on cloves with lemon to ease toothaches.  Puerto Ricans often put tomato sauce on burns.

Jewish mothers and grandmothers have long been associated with chicken soup and this soup works better than any other hot liquids for relieving nasal congestion by increasing nasal mucus velocity.

The author encourages the healthcare professionals to discuss with patients about the home treatments they have been using.  It is important to have a discussion so you and the patient will understand each other and to understand that some folk remedies may or may not be harmful to their prescribed treatment.

Next week we will discuss about Food Taboos and learn more about what other culture’s “Eat Right, Their Way, Every Day!”

Lupus Awareness Month

I have notice in recent years the increase rates of people being diagnosis with this chronic, autoimmune disease called Lupus.  There has been a lot of big misunderstanding about this disease.  Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys but the problem with this disease is that no one knows the cause.  The symptoms of Lupus are affecting so many different organs and the wide range of symptoms can occur very frequently.  Lupus being an autoimmune disease has cause the immune system not being able to tell the difference between foreign body invaders and the body’s healthy tissues and creates auto-antibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue.  It is not contagious nor is it not like or related to HIV or Cancer.  It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus and women of color are 2-3 times more likely to develop lupus.   A diagnosis of lupus remains with you for the rest of your life and unfortunately there is not a cure yet.

For a person living with Lupus it is important to engage in exercise regularly or some kind of movement such as such as walking, swimming, bicycling, low-impact aerobics, certain types of yoga, Pilates, stretching, or using an elliptical exercise machine will strengthen your bones and tone.  Fatigue does happen with 80% of the Lupus patients but there are things you can do to manage this.

  1. Establish good sleep patterns.
  2. Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
  3. Napping during the day for rest.

Some people with lupus have increased sensitivity to ultraviolet rays, either from sunlight or from artificial inside light.  It is important to wear clothing made of sun-protective fabric and use Sunbrellas when being in the outdoors for a long time.

Another misnomer about Lupus is diet and nutrition that there is no special diet for lupus unlike what is written on the internet, in various books and publications.   A nutritious, well-balanced, and varied diet that contains plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, moderate amounts of meats, poultry, and oily fish, as fish oil (high in Omega-3 fatty acid) has been found to help reduce inflammation.  There is one food that lupus patients should avoid which is alfalfa.  Alfalfa has been associated with lupus-like syndrome or lupus flares.

How can you become successful in managing Lupus?  First you can start with recognition of this disease.

  •   Recognize your particular symptoms and how your illness affects you.
  •  Recognize what you can do to prevent flares and what to do if you do experience a flare.
  •   Recognize any changes in symptoms or physical conditions that could suggest disease activity.
  • Recognize the tension and stress that often accompany chronic illness.
  •  Recognize the best coping strategies and techniques to reduce that stress.

The best way to help you have a life with Lupus by educating yourself and get involved in finding a cure. For more information about Lupus check out the Lupus Foundation of America website:  www.lupus.org .

Remember to Live Healthy!

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Changing Your Relationship to Food

For most people, food means many things besides simple nutrition.  How we relate help or hinder our efforts to achieve good health and reasonable body weight.  People can learn a great deal about their relationship to food by keeping a daily food diary or by simple thinking about their motives every time they eat. A pattern may emerge of eating to relieve boredom, guilt or tension or to please others.  For some, food has always been a reward for good behavior.  Others eat when they need to feel comforted.

Breaking the Pattern

Once the pattern is recognized, it can be broken.  One way is to change some food related activities.  This may involve setting a different time for eating and sticking to new time; eating only at designed areas, such as the dinner table; or learning to read food labels and buy foods for their nutritional value rather than for their comfort value.  Another way to change the relationship is to look at the underlying cause of inappropriate food cravings.

There’s More to Life Than Food

If food is on your mind much of the time, this is a clue that your relationship to food may go beyond the need for nourishment.  Once you’ve identified the source of your food craving, make a list of things you can do instead of eating.  Tense? Learn relaxation techniques.  Bored?  Expand your horizons by taking a class, getting some good books at the library or doing some volunteer work.  Each time food cravings arise, remind yourself that food us to maintain your body’s health, not to solve other problems in your life.  If you find it difficult to change your relationship to food on your own, look in the phone book for a reputable weight-control program or consider getting involved in a support group. such as Overeaters Anonymous.  You can work with them to analyze and overcome food-related problems one by one.