Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
January 1, 2004

A New Year's Wish
"I would like to wish all my readers and second hand readers a happy and healthy New Year. To compress all my wishes and good feelings for 2004 I have two concepts in mind.
First and foremost, every drop of life is precious. Every petal, every raindrop, every breeze - all perfect. We are busy seeking Eden when Eden is here with us. No problem, no argument, or resentment can compete or outweigh a single drop of life. Don’t allow the small and inconsequential to inhabit your spirit and sap your joy of living. Try to see every day as a good day.
Second, flow with life, not against it. In all that you do, be one with your thoughts and actions. Like water collect your energy and rise over an obstacle in your path or like water find your own level and go around the obstacle. Experience each moment with intensity, so that you flow gracefully and naturally. As William Blake said, “To see a World in a grain of sand, / And a Heaven in a wild flower, / Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, / And eternity in an hour."

Affirmation of the Week
A bee was not ergonomically designed to fly,
yet it does.

Stress Reduction Tip of the Week
Recite a new motto: UoU - "You Owe Yourself". In order to change your life on the outside, you must change your life on the inside. Remember: emergency instructions on an airplane state that an adult must put on his oxygen mask first and then the child’s. If the adult passes out, the child is unattended. If you always tend to everyone’s needs first, suppress your true feelings and wishes, you are setting the stage for emotional and physical illness. Each one of us is entitled to live his true life. Don’t wait to become sick and tired, literally, before you say yes to yourself. Begin this very moment…

Article of the Week - "How to Brighten the Winter Blahs"
In the Northeast we have had some significant snow storms in early December forcing us to shovel and stay home. Our initial reaction was, “How beautiful and pure.” Then the next day when driving and walking became difficult, we began complaining, “Who needs snow!” By the time Christmas rolled around no one longed for or dreamed of a white Christmas as we all had our fill. It seems that we get bored quickly with the terrain and need to change things up. We are tired of the short days and cold temperatures. When we feel bored, mildly depressed, or burned out, we always look for external stimulation. Strange, we never look within ourselves where the cold emptiness begins. Ironically, the solution exists inside where we can find greater control and empowerment through positive perception. More.. Other articles

Food of the Week - Fruits and Vegetables
Feeling like you overdid it for the holidays? Eat more fruits and vegetables to detoxify and fortify. The added fiber in your diet will help detoxify your system. Here are some suggestions: At dinner fill half your plate with vegetables and then add the rest. Add fruits and vegetables to foods you already eat like: add blueberries, strawberries and banana to cereal or yogurt; add vegetables to pizza or pasta. Keep fruits and vegetables clean, visible and accessible for a snack. Keep dried fruit and nuts in your drawer at work for a quick pick me up. Try fruits you normally might not eat like kiwi, papaya, or mango to wake up your taste buds. Or group fruits and vegetables you normally don’t put together like orange and grapefruit segments in salads. Experiment as you enjoy healthy eating. In addition, drink more water and herbal teas to flush out your system.

Radio Show Guest of the Week - Dr. Robert Schwartz
Tune into the Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show Sunday mornings at 10:30am on WLIE 540 AM in New York City. (Available online live, or hear past shows).
On January 4, 2004 our Guest - Plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Schwartz is dedicated to helping his clients fulfill realistic goals for improving their appearance. Learn what is available for the New Year and how cosmetic surgery can de-stress you.

Debbie Eisenstadt Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Southampton College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WLIE 540 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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