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Inspired Health Energy Medicine is a Holistic based wellness hub created out of Joy and Love and with a vision to bring conscious awareness to you through Powerful Energy Medicine & Coaching Sessions, Private Classes & Group Workshops.

Are you stuck? Are you faced with physical illness, emotional turmoil, loss of a loved one, career-related stress and want to grow spiritually? Then these sessions & programs will provide you with the boost you need to successfully move through your life transitions.
Immerse yourself in restorative, healing treatments and educational workshops and get on a path to maintain and increase your well being with consistent support through private sessions, talks, workshops & classes. Unique online and in person programs we help you focus your intentions, reclaim your health, your energy, and your life.
This is a platform to help you move to the next step of evolution and live life with joy, compassion and love as we all learn how to heal ourselves and others.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Ten Steps to becoming an author

Have you ever thought about writing a book?  
 
     It started two years ago. The thought of putting my ideas and knowledge into a book so I can share my bit of Wellness Wisdom with the world. And it is still in progress. Funny how I thought this was going to be a fast process. Every time I sit down and write, more and more information reveals itself making this the longest journey I have ever embarked on. During this time the project has changed form several times; in my head and on paper. New title, new additions to the outline, new ways of presenting information and new information all together. Often I ask myself if this will ever come into a final form? On a daily basis I am bombarded with ideas on how to share my experiences and what to write. My project folder is so full with notes, annotations and tidbits of inspiration that it is about to burst. Yet, there seems to be no seemingly organized way of putting it all together into a book yet.  
     Part of this project is a Mediterranean style cookbook. It is a short introduction into what I have found to be a way to keep oneself healthy though some simple, yet nutritious ways of preparing food for ourselves and our families. My husband and I have been teaching cooking classes and have been engaging in commercial catering for some time now and we are always asked the same question: where can one get good Greek/Mediterranean food? Or, can you share some of your recipes?  So here it is in the form of a mini cookbook - soon to be released - a beginners guide so to speak into the Mediterranean culture and some of the most often requested recipes. Included is some information on the staples of the Greek culture that I grew up with. Born and raised in Greece has shaped the way I approach food and nutrition. It has long been said that the Mediterranean diet is very supportive of a healthy body and mind so through this book I share some key information and recipes that I believe will help you on the path to stay healthy and strong and enjoy some delicious foods. On another note, in the last thirty years, my life has been greatly influenced by Ayurvedic principles as well. One of the world's oldest whole body healing systems is based on the knowledge of keeping the body nourished and healthy instead of dealing with the aftermath of dis-ease.  On that note, each recipe is also noted as Vegetarian or Gluten Free, and what season it is best offered in. Following the notion of cooking foods with ingredients that are fresh and grown within that season, in just a glance you will know what time of the year it will be best to use that recipe. Thus I hope to guide you in using ingredients that are at their prime nutritional time and helping your body benefit from this natural timing. 
     Right now this e-cookbook is in the hands of trusted family and friends trying out the recipes and content for feedback. I am so grateful for those "angels" out there that have offered to play around in their kitchen and explore the information presented in this cookbook.  
So, the project is on going and I hope to share this with you very soon. Even it it is in several versions or chapters as the information unfolds.  
     The road to expressing this knowledge and bringing it together into a cohesive program has not been easy. But it has been essential in birthing the creativity that has been lying dormant in me for years. The process begins with just the thought of putting your ideas on paper. And then the personal intention of letting it unfold. Perhaps sharing your idea with some family and close friends.  So far here are ten steps I have identified in writing my book and I hope they can be inspiring for you as well to start writing your own.
  1.  Identify your idea 
  2.  Outline - what is your book about and how does it unfold
  3.  Content - List your experiences to back it up or do your research to base your information on
  4.  Schedule your writing time on your calendar - this has been one of the most essential parts - if you don't put it on your schedule chances are you'll keep forgetting or putting off time to write.
  5.  Deadline - Set a time frame you want it finished by. This can be a soft or hard deadline depending on your project.
  6.  Revise and organize your writings.  
  7.  Edit - you can hire a professional if it's in your budget and also ask friends and family to skim through it.
  8.  Revise your intro - make sure it fits your content now that it is in place.
  9.  Meet guidelines - what are your publisher's requirements?
  10. If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. Nowadays it seems to be easier to self publish. If you run into rejection change direction and try again.
     By no means do I consider myself a professional writer, but who is until they start writing? I hope that by sharing this I can inspire you to begin your own journey into writing even if it seems daunting at first. If you have some burning desire to share your experiences with the world honor yourself and share it. As you can see from my experience it can be something that takes time to unfold. Or you might be so inspired to write an entire book in one sitting. You won't know until you try. All I can tell you is, it is addictive! Once you start the information starts flowing.
I wish you clarity and joy in self expression in your endeavors.   
  
  
Here's to you!
Corinna  

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Travel Hacks - Tools for Stress Free Travel!

Travel does not have to be stressful.
Read on for 6 easy ways to avoid disaster.  

Here we are in the summer months once again, the sun high in the sky, the temperatures rising and as we feel the heat of the season warm our bodies we can’t help but wish for some coolness and relief. The kids are out of school and they beg for poolside days and splashing water sports that could help quench the thirst for action and bring some cool waves. Even a trip to the water park would be nice or that long awaited vacation by the seaside. No matter where you head to however, chances are you will be met with some travel time, by car, train or airplane and a large crowd of people that are looking for a similar escape. Your body cringes as it sits in the car or plane for hours at a time before you can finally reach your blessed destination. The airport is packed with people running to catch their flights, unhappy crying babies, parents who are trying to keep it together through this necessary step before reaching some calm “waters”. Everyone is sensitive to travel stressors and you are no different. Recognizing those stressors is important in order to not let them overtake you. They can show up as a headache, physical fatigue and exhaustion, a knot in your stomach, anxiety or even manifest as allergies, as your body reacts to any uncomfortable setting. Inflammation can set in eventually completely messing up your vacation plans as you could potentially arrive completely exhausted and might need several days to recoup from your travels. And before you know it, it is time for your return trip. You return home even more tired than when you left and need a week to recoup from your travels. Well, that was fun!
Have faith. There are ways of adapting to travel that will ensure you have a great experience coming and going and will still be able to enjoy your time in-between. As scientists are discovering more and more of how our body (and mind) works the study of epigenetics now informs us that how the body reacts to stress can be more important than the actual stressor that is present. For example, while at the airport let’s say, waiting at your gate for your plane to board, you find yourself in the midst of a couple arguing. They argument is slowly accelerating, their voices become really loud accompanied by sharp gestures and you, sitting right next to them in a crowed gate, have no choice but to become part of that experience. Or do you? This would actually be the perfect time to take note of your choices. You can sit there and become burdened with anxiety as the argument goes on and become completely paralyzed by it. Or, you can choose to put your noise cancelling headsets on and listen to your music or bask in the quiet space. You can get up and go stand somewhere else and focus on a memory that brings you joy. The possibilities are endless.
How you react however, will set the pace for your wellbeing in the immediate future. You mind and body will react according to the experience you feed it and will either raise your cortisol levels (stress hormone) or start producing oxytocin (a feel good hormone) in order to deal with the situation. Either way, it is your choice. 
 
On that note, here are some ways of working around travel stressors:

1.    Breathe - We often forget to breathe in stressful situations or we take shallow breaths. Take a moment to notice your breathing. Take nice full breaths and feel your chest receiving each nourishing inhale and releasing stress with each exhale. Try the 4/7/8 breath.
 
2.   Find your center - Close your eyes, go within and think of a moment of gratitude or a happy memory. Thinking of what you are grateful for works wonders in changing your mood. Meditate if that is part of your repertoire; and if not now would be a great time to start.
 
3.    Ask “Is this mine?”- If the stressor is external do not take it on. There is no reason to make it your own and become anxious. Turn your attention to your book, your music, and stay in your calm space.

4.    Move - If you are still having trouble dealing with the external stimuli, move around. Stand up and move your body. Go take a walk, stretch your limbs, reach up high with your arms and stretch your spine. Keep yourself active until the stressor has passed or you are far away from it.
 
5.    Reach out - Call a dear friend who makes you laugh, connect with your family, write on you blog. Reach for those things that bring you joy and can also be an outlet for you emotions.
And by all means,
 
6.   Change your focus - You do not want to keep your attention on what is causing you stress. Instead divert your focus to something lighter. Change the conversation if need be or move away from that immediate area.
 
Sometimes we are so used to re-acting a certain way that it is difficult to change. But if you simply notice what is happening in those situations and slowly catch yourself, time after time, replacing the habit of getting upset with the habit of finding peace among adversity, you will be on the path to calmer waters.
You always have choices. Whether you choose to go within or remove yourself from the event. Excuse yourself to go to the restroom or because of blame a headache and find a quieter space to center yourself. Allow yourself the luxury of arriving at your destination energized and ready to continue your day, attend that important meeting or begin your vacation. Let’s get back to enjoying every moment of our lives.
 
To your health!
Corinna

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Is Lemon Water good for you?

Chances are we have talked about lemon water in a session or two. Or while out at lunch as I love to add lemon to my water even when I go out to eat. Lemon water is very simple to make and is so very good for your body. At least that is my belief and some studies support that. Besides the yummy, citrus taste that it lends to my water there are a few things that I have discovered over the years that certainly ring true to my ear, and my body.

  • When I doctor up my water with lemon not only do I enjoy its flavor but I also drink more of it. I will often leave my washed lemon half in my glass to let the water absorb the peel and fruit elements. It makes my water a little cloudy and very tasty. So regular hydration throughout the day is a plus here.  I even add it to my stainless steel water bottle when I leave my office. (If you have a plastic water bottle I would not recommend it as it might alleviate the taste and quality).
  • Lemon also helps your body stay less acidic and balances your pH. An acidic body is a breeding ground for disease. According to some sources the miraculous work of highly alkaline foods, including the sour tasting acidic nature of lemon, can restore acid to its normal level. Since it leaves alkaline ash after being digested, it causes the blood cells to function well. Alkaline ash is found in lemon as the result of digestion. So there you have it - lemon will help you stay alkaline.
  • As you probably gathered from the note above, lemon water is also beneficial to digestion. I like my lemon water either warm or room temperature as it helps me begin my day. Ever since I started learning about Ayurvedic traditions and health elements over 25 years ago, lemon water is what I drink first thing in the morning to get my digestion going. I feel like it is cleansing and detoxifying.
  • Lemons are rich in vitamin C. And as research proves vitamin C may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and lower blood pressure. It can also help your immune system become stronger and resist diseases and hence get over a cold faster. The juice from a whole lemon yields just 21mg of vitamin C which is a third of the vitamin C RDA, although many believe that the RDA has been set far too low.
  • And wouldn't you know it, lemon juice also supports weight loss.  I could not think of a tastier way to loose some fat pockets. It seems that the antioxidants present in lemons help dissolve fat according to studies conducted in laboratories. Of course having a good, healthy diet is the best way to support your system and stay healthy, but lemon might help you shape those stubborn areas around your body and keep arteries clean from the inside out.
  • And yes, lemon water also supports the healing of gout and it helps rid the body of acidity as it strengthens the immune system. It also a blood purifier and help the liver detox  . Of course continue with any advise your medical doctor may have prescribed.
  • A remedy that I have had to use before is lemon water for kidney cleansing. When faced with the excruciating pain of kidney inflammation and the presence of kidney stones, lemon water was one of the remedies that I followed throughout the episode. Of course drinking plenty of water also helps. It helps flush the kidneys and also helps dissolve the stones although there was plenty of other herbal remedies, teas and yoga poses that helped support the process of allowing my body to heal the inflammation and release the stones.
  • Ah, yes; better than gum. Lemon water can help keep your breath fresh. Lemons are good hygiene for the mouth although I would not recommend eating a raw lemon as it tends to erode the enamel from your teeth and make your gums really sensitive. Some squeezed lemon in your water however, can help keep your mouth clear after meals, and after sweets.
  • Here's a cool trick. Do you cook artichokes? If you have ever prepared artichokes for a dish you know how nasty green/brown your finger become while you clean these veggies. Well adding lemon juice to the bowl of water where you keep the artichokes until cooking will keep them from turning brown and then take the half and squeezed out lemon and rub your fingers with it. Don't be shy; get in there and get your fingers all lemony. Lemon will clean you hands really well! It also works really well on any kind of bad smell that might be stuck in your hands.

While I prefer warm/hot water for my lemon concoction I don't always get to do that. Hot water according to Ayurveda helps clear the "ama" in the body. (The mucus or stickiness or toxic byproduct of digestion.) So it is always extra beneficial when you can sip some hot water with lemon.
Otherwise 8 oz of purified, filtered room temperature water will do. Always use fresh lemons, organic if you prefer, and squeeze on the spot. The enzymes and vitamins tend to get lost if you leave the juice sitting for more than 20 minutes so this should be for immediate consumption.
Take 1/2 a lemon's juice and add to your water. You can add the washed 1/2 lemon peel into your glass if you like. You can also add extra herbs or sweeteners to it (mint, ginger, maple syrup), although plain is preferred.

Whichever way you choose to have your drink I know you will enjoy its freshness and its benefits.
To your health!
Corinna ♥



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Coloring Easter Egg Fun! - DIY



The Easter Egg 

Easter eggs are specially decorated eggs given out to celebrate the Easter holiday or springtime.
It is the influence of the traditional spring rites that made Easter so egg-special. And myths coming down to us from an incredibly distant past have shown man's relationship with the egg to be very deep seated one. There are several versions of how eggs came to be associated with Easter, however one popular one is that they represent new life, the beginning of spring when nature once again is awakening and sprouting with new life. Soft green flower growth, trees budding, baby rabbits and lambs are born and so on. There are definitely a lot of religious associations from pagan to Christian and more, and each one seems to relate a story about rebirth. In Greece it is customary that we dye eggs on Good Thursday, in preparation for Sunday, when we get to eat the dyed eggs after fasting for lent for 40 days. Traditionally all eggs were painted a deep red to represent Christs blood but nowadays they can be seen in many more vibrant colors. None the less, below are a few ways of having fun while dying your own eggs this springtime. Most made with materials found around the house. Inexpensive and Fun!


Foiled Eggs
Who knew the fabled golden egg could look so cool? Colorfully dyed eggs get a bit of bling from gold or copper foil, and while the look is luxe, the foil is surprisingly affordable.  http://www.marthastewart.com/1062130/diy-foiled-eggs
  
 

Watercolor Easter Eggs
Dampen a boiled egg under water, then apply washable watercolor paint to the wet shell using a small brush; you want the colors to bleed slightly on the damp surface. If you'd like the design to spread out more, lightly brush on more water. Pro Tip: Set your egg's color by using a hair dryer on the lowest setting; move the dryer in small circles and hold it at least 6 inches from the egg for about 10 seconds. 



Tissue Paper Eggs
Create distinctive egg designs by cutting your own patterns from colorful tissue paper. Try decorative edges, floral looks, or basic zigzags. Brush a thin coat of decoupage medium onto an egg. Position the tissue paper cutouts and gently pat into place, starting in the center of a design and working your way out.  Pro Tip: It's easiest to start by applying one bigger piece to the center of the egg, then using smaller sections to fill in.




Marble Easter Eggs
Dye eggs a light base color; let dry. Mix up a batch of very dark dye and place it in a wide, shallow bowl. Stir in 1 Tbs. of a light-colored oil, such as canola or even melted margarine, to form swirls on the surface of the dye. Roll egg in dye mixture and pull out carefully with tongs after 3 seconds; pat gently with paper towels, then let dry. Pro Tip: Room-temperature eggs and dye work best for this technique. If your materials are too warm the oil can slip off, too cold and the dye won't absorb. 

 

Color Blocking Easter Eggs
Submerge a portion of each egg in a fairly concentrated dye of your choice and hold it very still for a few seconds. Let dry, then repeat using a different portion of the egg and a new color of dye. Experiment with different color combinations, overlapping portions of the egg and leaving parts of the shell free from dye. Let dry after adding each new layer of color. 

 

Taping Easter Eggs
Snip rectangles, squares, and triangles from strips of electrical tape and apply the tape to shells. Dye the eggs; let dry. When eggs are fully dry, remove the tape to reveal geometric designs. 




Stamping Easter Eggs

Dye eggs a pale base color. Press your fingertip into a nontoxic ink pad (VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad, $10; joann.com), then lightly press and roll your finger on the eggshell to create dots. Allow ink to dry. 



Ombré Easter Eggs
Create a beautiful ombré effect on Easter eggs with one simple trick. In a glass measuring cup place a bottle lid on the bottom of the cup and balance eggs on lip. In another cup combine hot water, vinegar and egg dye (about 40 drops) up to the ¼ line, then slowly add dye to cup with egg until it covers 1/3 of the egg. Let sit for three minutes, then add more dye or hot water to the cup until it reaches the middle of the egg. Let sit another 3 minutes. Add more liquid to cover 2/3 of the egg and wait 3 mins. Remove egg with tongues and let dry on paper towel.



Rubber Cement Easter Eggs
Drizzle on some rubber cement to create eye-catching Easter eggs. After making your design, let cement dry then immerse in dye for a few minutes. Remove egg with tongues onto paper towels and when dry remove rubber cement to reveal the design. 

Source - http://www.parents.com/holiday/easter/crafts/creative-ways-to-dye-easter-eggs/


Onion peel & Herb dyed Easter Eggs
When boiling hard-cooked eggs for Easter, a popular tan colour can be achieved by boiling the eggs with onion skin. Try red onion skin and brown for different effects. Put the skins of three or four yellow onions in a pan with the eggs, cover with water, add a tablespoon of white vinegar and boil as you normally would. It works best to put a layer of onion skin down first, then place the eggs on top of it and cover them with more skin. You can also use herbs and flowers to creative designs. For example put the egg inside an old knee-high stocking with a sprig of something botanical — bindweed or parsley works great, as do flower blossoms (and flowering weeds) — and secure the stocking tight against the egg with a rubber band. Cut off about half the stocking before getting started, because it makes finagling the plant into place easier. Also, once the water has come to a boil and you turn the heat down or off, let the eggs soak in the onion skin water until it cools.

http://www.gjsentinel.com/lifestyle/articles/easter-egg-experiment-whipped-topping-onion-skin-b