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What is a Holistic Health Practitioner? (HHP)

“Holistic” is derived from the Greek word holos which means “whole”. And so the aim of a holistic health practitioner is to focus not on disease, but rather mind, body, emotional and spiritual wellness. The difference between what an Allopathic, conventional professional does and what a holistic practitioner does is simple to explain. Orthodox, allopathic medicine has its focus on treating the symptoms of disease whereas holistic therapies focus on preventing or getting to the cause of illness. The one treats sections or parts of the body whereas the latter treats the person as a whole; proper nutrition, healthy mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of self.

A holistic practitioner uses non-invasive, drugless healing methods to help facilitate in bringing a state of homeostasis to the client. The great benefit about being a holistic health practitioner is that you can never get bored of your practice because there are numerous methods in holistic medicine that aim at focusing on the whole person. It is an enjoyable process to keep adding to your knowledge base. Some of the methods used depending upon credentials; acupuncture, homeopathy, nutrition, self care, energy medicine, spiritual counseling, Reiki, meditation, sauna therapy, catalytic herbs, Chinese herbal medicine, hair analysis, using ancient wisdom principles, power of intention, quantum physics, brain reprogramming to name a few.

A holistic practitioner understands that the body has an innate capacity and intelligence to heal when given the proper tools – exercise, inner reflection, nutrition, rest and social interaction. When holistic medicine is used in conjunction with conventional, allopathic medicine, we normally call that Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

The key is to be able to balance the body – mind – spirit connection by integrating practices from all of these standpoints. Holistic health emphasizes prevention, health maintenance, longevity and wellness. A practitioner in a sense, also becomes an intuitive life coach, addressing the clients entire world including family, job, health and spiritual needs. A holistic practitioner knows that the client is fully responsible for their own healing and views them as an active participant in the healing process.

Allopathic medicine is reactive whereas holistic is proactive. Holistic medicine works best for prevention of disease as well as relieving and getting to the cause of chronic disease. A practitioner can check for toxicity levels and set a plan in place to help the body help itself by gently removing the toxins and then employing an entire program to help build the immune system.

What do holistic health practitioners find themselves doing once they complete a holistic health practitioner program? The ideas and opportunities are endless; from manufacturing or formulating nutritional supplements to holding health seminars, tele-classes, writing articles, books or workbooks, or educating others, owning their own business or consulting practice – you can see the list is endless depending upon how creative you want to get. The great thing about HHP’s is that they can successfully work from home and create their own hours, as well as cost per client session.

If you are interested in enrolling in a home study, correspondence HHP program and would like to apply for board certification as an HHP through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, consider taking a look at our HHP preset programs or choose five courses to create and build your own HHP program. Visit here to browse our Natural Health, Energy Healing and Spiritual Counseling programs http://www.holistichealersacademy.com.

5 Advantages of a Home Made Ice Cream Maker

Ice cream is one of the worlds’ favorite comfort foods. It just seems to make everything better, don’t you agree? You can mix it with fruits, custard, wafers, chocolates, nuts, brownies, cheeses and other stuff that people like, to give it different wonderful flavors. There are even eccentric flavors such as squid, wasabi, chicken, and bacon! Ice cream has been enjoyed by the elite from as early as second century B.C., and as its goodness became known, more and more people hungered after it which gave birth to its massive production in the 1800s.

Surprisingly, not a lot of people know that you don’t have to look for a gelateria or sherbet shop every time you want some dessert. Through developments in technology, you can now make your own frozen dessert according to your tastes. Ice cream makers are available in the market and can be purchased in almost any appliance shops or online store. Some think that these machines are expensive but the truth is they have many advantages that can outweigh their prices.

  1. One of the main advantages of having a homemade ice cream maker is the ability to create healthy desserts anytime. Unexpected guests may always visit one’s home and it can be a real treat to serve them delicious homemade desserts such as sorbets, sherbert and yogurt. You can always lug one of these over to a friend’s house to have an impromptu party, as most of them can be easily cleaned and stored after without hassle.
  2. Another good thing about these machines is that they can be used to make different ice cream flavors effortlessly. Right after you create one mix, you can go ahead and pour it into a freezer bowl and make another one. Even a cheaper model can make tons of flavors since most of these machines can create desserts in as little as 20 minutes.
  3. Aside from portability and ease of use, the homemade stuff is healthier than most frozen desserts bought in the store. You may not be so sure whether the ice cream that you are about to buy from the grocery has been defrosted and frozen back several times which can lose its flavor and health benefits. Having a homemade ice cream maker gives you the option to create your own flavor and to put ingredients which you think are beneficial to you.
  4. If you are looking for a quality machine for a fraction of the price, you may also look into buying a durable ice cream maker online. A durable one can last a long time and it can be very good investment if you are planning to use it very often. Some of the trusted brands in the market are Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, Lello and KitchenAid. They can be easily purchased online where you can also read feedback from users so you can assess if their features are apt for your needs.
  5. Last but not the least, having a homemade ice cream maker saves you time than going out and looking for the flavor that you want. You do not need to be a professional to create new flavors. All you need to do is to look for a recipe and gather all the ingredients and you can make as much ice cream as you want.

Making healthy desserts should not be too hard if you have all the things that you need. Whether you have a pricey ice cream maker or a cheaper model, enjoying healthy desserts is always possible at the comfort of your own home.

Trivita Products – Real Value or Overpriced Hoopla?

Trivita Products…you mean to tell me that there’s more to Trivita health and wellness products than Nopalea? Actually, Nopalea is the spanking new star product from the already more than 10-year-old company TriVita, founded in 1999 CEO Michael Ellison, a company which has an additional 24 products listed on the company website.

Before we examine what kind of quality and value Trivita is offering in the health and wellness industry, let’s take a look at precisely WHAT kinds of products they are offering. The company website allows you to sort through the Trivita products in two ways – by category and by health concern. I found this to be very beneficial since they have 25 products that all address different health issues. The categories are:

  • foundational nutrition
  • targeted nutrition
  • weight loss and
  • children’s.

If you choose to sort Trivita products via the “sort by health concern” tab, it will present the following list for you to choose from:

  • healthy blood sugar
  • children’s
  • detoxification
  • healthy bones
  • joint care
  • your daily foundation
  • energy, stamina and recovery
  • healthy heart
  • healthy immunity system
  • men’s health
  • mind, memory and mood
  • pain and inflammation relief
  • sleep
  • stress relief
  • vision
  • weight loss
  • women’s health

Considering the list above, it looks as if Trivita products cover a pretty broad range of health concerns for most individuals, and maybe even some that you might not have thought you could find a supplement for. So what are these 24 products that complete the Trivita product line along with the new Sonoran Bloom Nopalea? To simplify things, I’m going to list them by category, and they are as follows:

Foundational Nutrition:

  • HCY Guard®
  • OmegaPrime®
  • Sublingual B-12 and Super Sublingual B-12
  • VitaDaily AM/PM™
  • Vital C
  • Wellavoh®

Targeted Nutrition:

  • Adaptogen 10 Plus®
  • Balanced Woman
  • Bone Growth Factor
  • CoEnzyme Q-10
  • Energy Now!
  • GlucoManage®
  • Joint Complex
  • Nopalea™
  • Peaceful Sleep™
  • Prostate Health Formula™
  • Quick-Relief™ Gel
  • Super Antioxidant Complex™
  • VisionGuard™
  • VitaCal-Mag D

Weight Loss:

  • Leanology® Appetite Control
  • Leanology® Nutritional Shake
  • Leanology® Weight Loss Capsules

Children’s:

  • TriVita® Kids Multi-Vitamin

Alright, it appears as if there are many cool Trivita products, but the important question here is: are they quality products with real value, or are they simply the same kinds of products that you’d expect to find in Walmart or Costco, only they come with a bigger price tag attached? That is typically one of the first questions that people ask whether they’re considering the company as a customer or as a network marketer. So let’s examine the claims Trivita makes that makes their health and wellness products stand out from the competition.

As for Nopalea, the new shining star of the Trivita products, it really has no competition in regards to its’ primary ingredient to speak of…yet. But what about the rest of their products? What sets them apart?

In order for them to make good on their promises to produce cutting edge quality products, Trivita developed, and claims to “rigorously follow, a strict adherence to a code of quality, integrity and innovation…called our 10 Foundational Values.” Here they are:

  • Physician-Approved Formulas
  • Unique Delivery Systems
  • Controlled Laboratory Studies
  • Purest Natural Ingredients
  • Pharmaceutical-Grade Quality
  • Third-Party Testing and Certification
  • Quality-Controlled Packaging and Production
  • Dedicated to Product Innovation
  • Medical Advisory Board
  • Complete 60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee

The length of time that Trivita has been in business – since 1999 – speaks volumes about the quality and even the value of Trivita products. If they put out junk or a lot of products with inflated prices with no real value, they would have folded up and gone the way of scads of other health and wellness companies that have risen and fallen over the years. So the evidence would suggest that Trivita does indeed manufacture products that have value and merit.

With that conclusion being established here in this review of Trivita products, the fact still remains that if you’re building a Trivita business, having great products, although very important, in no way, shape or form guarantees your success. You can literally have the most fantastic products in the world, but if you do not understand marketing, if you do not understand how to leverage the internet like the top earners in this industry are doing, then you are doomed to join the 97% of network marketers that fail in this industry.

But it is also true that it doesn’t have to be that way. While you’re researching the mlm company you’re considering joining, make sure you do you’re research on finding a generic marketing system that you can plug into so you can start making money right away with whatever mlm company you choose to team up with. That’s really the key to mlm success…you need the whole package, and not just one aspect of it. So get busy, so your research, and make things happen!

Fine Dining – Food, Service, and Atmosphere

The term “fine dining” usually associates with an upscale restaurant that features crisp table linens and waiters in sharp black suits. And it is probably not too far from the reality. Fine dining is about food, service and atmosphere. Why do people choose upscale restaurants? There are many reasons. Some prefer the food choices. Others look for a special atmosphere. Fine restaurants offer the best at prices that are usually quite higher than at any casual restaurant.

The food at upscale restaurants always impress with its creativity and uniqueness. The menu choices are often limited but change on a daily or weekly basis. This allows the chef to express himself in a variety of courses and present the best and the finest of dishes. Also, by rotating the menu items the restaurant always serves only the freshest ingredients. Wine and liquor are always the best and pricey. One will not find cheap wine or beer there. But the choices of wine will impress even an oenophile. At fine restaurants dishes are paired up with special wines to compliment it.

Another feature that differs fine restaurants is the customer service. It is always several steps above any casual restaurant. Waiters are exceptionally trained, very polite and seem to know the wishes and desires of their patrons before being asked. Clients are courteously escorted to their table and to the restroom. The chair is held for the woman. They discretely brush off the crumbs off the table between the courses without inconveniencing the patrons. Table napkins are promptly replaced if a patron leaves the table. Explaining the menu items and make recommendations when asked. Waiters are trained to pay attention to details, no matter how insignificant they may appear.

The atmosphere is another feature that makes fine dining so different. From table linens to silverware and fine china it all says “upscale”. Colors and decor are always well picked and blend in nicely. Tables have fresh flowers as centerpieces. The music softly playing in the background is relaxing. One will not hear any rock or pop music there. Usually it’s classical or light jazz, depending on the theme of the restaurant. The lighting is subtle and cozy. A fireplace adds to the relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.

Fine dining restaurants are often booked months in advance. When patrons are well taken care of they will return and don’t mind paying extra for the comfortable atmosphere, the excellent food and the exceptional service.

The Pros and Cons of the Sonoma Diet!

Can you imagine yourself basking in the sun while enjoying a plate full of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats? In between each portion of food or meal you are sipping a glass of fine wine, aware of your location surrounded by hikers, bikers, and small slopes scattered with olive trees?

Well, whether you can or not this is the scenario offered by one of the latest diet programs available. The Sonoma Diet by Dr. Connie Gutterson is a Weight Loss Plan that promotes the healthy flavourful eating style of the Mediterranean and Sonoma Valley, California. However is all this self-promotion, self-marketing illusions to attract customers, or will does it actually work?

This article answers this question by detailing the Pro’s & Con’s within the Sonoma Diet to help prospective dieters determine whether the program will suit them.



The Sonoma Diet:

Pros

– SIMPLE:

The Sonoma Diet is extremely simple for dieters to use. There are no formulas to calculate as with the Weight Watchers Program, and no counting grams or calories daily. Rather plate and bowl sizes are used for portion control.

– EMPHASISE THE POSITIVE:

The emphasis of the Sonoma Diet Program is on what you do eat rather than what you cannot eat. Although the program does still have a list of forbidden foods that dieters are supposed to avoid.

– SAVOR THE FOOD:

There is focus within the Sonoma Diet on eating slower and savouring food. This is punctuated by healthy use of fine wines with meals after the initial 10-day period. By using tasteful recipes meals are enjoyed, and by slowing down dieters prevent over-eating.

– NUTRITION:

The Sonoma Diet has a strong nutritional component, promoting dieters eating a number of phytonutrients and antioxidants. This is key for the diet as it is based on nutrition not starvation. The dieter remains healthy and keeps their metabolism rate at an effective level.

– WHOLE FOOD EMPHASIS:

Emphasising wholefoods in the diet and very few processed foods helps dieters with health gains as well as weight loss.

– STRUCTURED DIET

There are definitely several weight loss programs and diets out there that lack a prescribed structure for their participants to follow. One of the Sonoma Diet’s strong points is their step-by-step guidance, however this is obviously a personal choice of each individual.



The Sonoma Diet:

Cons

– LACKS FLEXIBILITY

An analysis of the diet proves that majority of Wave 1 menus only offer around 950-1100 calories for women, and 1050-1300 for the men. Once you get to Wave 2 diets are only given an extra 200-300 calories. Now while this is going to be effective in weight loss, it is difficult for people to live by. People will be starving within the first week and over a long term this isn’t sustainable for most dieters.

– LACK OF GUIDANCE WHEN HUNGRY

Given the hunger levels that some may experience during the Sonoma Diet there is a lack of instruction on what to do and what to eat when hungry.

– LIMITED SIZES, PARTICULARLY VEGETABLES

Compared to most other diets, the Sonoma Diet has a extremely controlled volume of food, particularly when it comes to vegetables. The lack of vegetables available may be unintended but people will generally experience a shock when it comes to the amount of food they can consume when sticking with the portion sizes of the Sonoma Diet.

– FORBIDDEN FOODS

By emphasising wholefoods the Sonoma Diet is doing a great job at providing dieters with nutrients. However the number of forbidden foods doesn’t leave dieters with that many alternatives or substitutes in terms of sugars, fats, etc. This may be difficult for dieters to handle.

– LACK OF CARBS IN WAVE 1

In many diets the risk of carb crash exists. However the Sonoma Diet is designed as a low carb diet and has no means for managing this risk, which may occur in the diets first phase, Wave 1.

In concluding it is clear that the Sonoma Diet offers both positives and negatives for potential dieters. It is important for each individual dieter to way up these issues in terms of their own personality and make a decision that suits them personally. If you like a structured diet with a focus on flavours, health and well being then the Sonoma Diet is for you. However if you need a greater level of flexibility and food consumption an alternative might be recommended.