<![CDATA[Noell Eanes Acupuncture - Blog]]>Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:40:43 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[More GMO-Free Food...and a Question for You!]]>Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:53:26 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2014/08/more-food.html
What is your biggest obstacle to eating healthy?  Is it time?  Is it the effort?  Is there something else blocking you?  I'd love to know! 
<![CDATA[The Food ]]>Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:32:17 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2014/07/the-food.html
<![CDATA[GMO-Free July Kickoff]]>Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:08:06 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2014/06/gmo-free-july-kickoff.htmlPicture
I'm no Betty Crocker, but I eat really well on a consistent basis. And usually it tastes pretty amazing. I'm happy to feed my body good food. I spent many years not doing that and it sucked. What was I thinking?! Now I find that it's super fun to use fresh ingredients and experiment with flavors.  Our bodies and our minds benefit from variety; this ensures a wide array of nutrients as well as helping our brains stay happy and flexible by getting out of boring same-old same-old routines and trying new culinary experiences!  People are always asking me what I eat, so I'm gonna finally share in a big way. I'm gonna post a picture every day for a month. I like taking food pictures anyway, so now I'll stop texting them to my ex-boyfriends and begin to share it with the whole wide internet world! 

Today marks the first day of our monthly Health Initiative at BIH Nola. This month is "GMO-Free July."  This is obviously something I am passionate about, as you can see by reading a few of my other posts (or as you know if I have a glass of wine at a cocktail party and someone asks me the wrong question about food).  In the last few years, I have seen an overwhelming amount of both research as well as REAL LIFE examples of how poor nutrition and/or information about what is "healthy" is affecting the health of my loved ones and clients. Look around. It is so so so important.  Where else do we derive the energy that powers every cell in our bodies? Quality over quantity people! 

I won't go into that here, though.  My purpose is to show exactly WHAT I eat every single day in July so that it demystifies the concept of GMO-free food, and most of all so you can see it's totally do-able. Begin to open your mind to the idea that it can be easy and it does not have to be super expensive if you get creative. Did I mention satisfying and delicious?

The pic above is what I made for dinner. It was a last minute thing I created...basically a huge fish taco.  I defrosted a sole fillet I bought at Whole Foods ($5.99 for a package of 4 fillets), took out an organic flour tortilla ($3.69 for 10) and threw it in the oven to warm while preparing. I cut up a quarter of an onion, sauteed it in olive oil, sprinkled the fish with cumin and salt and pepper, threw that in the hot oil for literally 1 minute, then flipped it and added some halved organic grape tomatoes ($2.79 at Winn Dixie) and jalepeno.  At the last minute I squeezed half a lime and tossed in a bit of organic parsley ($1.69, Whole Foods). I had some Earthbound Farms organic bagged arugula ($1.50 on sale!) handy and some greek yogurt, so I added that too.  It took me a total of 20 minutes. Super easy, and I felt lazy so I could have done more, but I thought it was a good example of what you can make that is easy and tasty and delicious and totally GMO-free.  

[Missing is a pic of the piece of chocolate I had afterwards, which was 72% dark chocolate with forest mint from Endangered Species Chocolate. Highly recommended!]
<![CDATA[Mercury Retrograde and Your Health]]>Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:33:35 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2014/06/mercury-retrograde-and-your-health.htmlPicture
It seems like everyone I know is talking about Mercury Retrograde.  And those that aren't are just getting frustrated with life and not knowing why.  I'm not sure if it's actually the alignment of a planet or the collective consciousness that is creating all the apparent mishaps, but one thing is sure: patience helps, and perspective is a necessity. 
How does this relate to your health?  If you are finding that whatever you are doing in your life isn't working, now is the perfect time to re-evaluate. It's the PERFECT time to take an honest look at our diets, to do a stress review, to reflect on times in our lives that we've felt vibrantly healthy versus those times when we've felt beaten down and can barely drag ourselves out of bed. 

When I was in school at Maryland University of Integrative Health, we talked a lot about how most of us have 5 symptoms that come and go throughout our lives.  These symptoms are our teachers!  Pay attention to them when they show up, and embrace them with a big hug as you would an old friend who suddenly showed up at your doorstep. That friend is telling you that the situation that you're in sucks and that you deserve better. They are telling you something important that you need to hear; something so important that if you listen to them with an open mind, you can drastically improve the quality of your life.

For me, one of my "symptoms" used to be this weird nose-splitting thing that happened every once and a while.  Basically, the skin on the tip of my nose would break a tiny bit.  I used to see it as an annoyance and be totally victimized by it happening.  Then I started paying attention to it.  I noticed that it happened a lot when I was holding back tears emotionally. It wasn't like a runny nose linked to a cold or one that I could use a tissue for.  It was very subtle.  And it caused the thin skin on the tip of my nose to split from the moisture.

From that experience, and with the help of my acupuncturist and friends, I eventually (it took a while) learned to accept and embrace my emotions as okay, no matter what they were.  I used to bottle them up and it caused a lot of major imbalances that manifested in some physical ways, but mostly all kinds of self-destructive behavior.

And, guess what?  I can't even tell you the last time I've had that happen!!  It seems like such a weird thing now, and at the time I just thought it was something I had to live with.

So, what is your "symptom" telling you? Now is the perfect time to reflect. It could be a clear physical symptom or something else that seems to not be working. Greet it with acceptance...no, greet it with love.  Your body is wise, and your symptoms are your teachers.  This is the gift of the breakdown, and it's also the beauty of a Mercury retrograde used well.  
All the best to all of you!

<![CDATA[Mind-Body, Body-Mind]]>Sat, 22 Feb 2014 02:19:55 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2014/02/mind-body-body-mind.htmlPicture
It's the year of the Horse in Chinese astrology, and the Horse is all about taking action.  I love horses!  I am one! 

Sometimes, as you know, mindless action can lead to results that are not what we desire.  That's where the whole idea of "mindfulness" comes in.  Taking the time to breathe and think through our actions lest we make a hasty decision.  Much of what I practice and preach is based on this idea of mindfulness...acupuncture reduces pain and creates body awareness, yoga connects me to my breathing, meditation allows me to empty my mind from needless distractions and just "BE."  This in turn, absolutely leads to physical changes in my body and mind.  You've probably heard of the "mind-body" connection and "mind-body" wellness. It's what all the cool kids are doing these days. 

SOMETIMES, however, we forget that there is the BODY-MIND connection that is equally important.  For instance, the food we take in literally changes our body chemistry...it's so much more than merely protein, fat and calories...there are a host of biochemical processes that are triggered by the micronutrients in food.  It affects everything, including your BRAIN health.  That's one example of BODY-MIND connection. It's pretty common knowledge, yet I'm shocked at how many clients and practitioners ignore the dietary reasons they may have inflammation and/or depression, for example. 

Here's another one: the way you carry yourself.  The way you actually hold your posture affects the chemistry in your brain.  In this awesome TED talk, Amy Cuddy explains research that outlines the powerful effect of posture on two key hormones: cortisol and testosterone. These two hormones were either lowered or increased based on holding a pose (think of what we naturally do when we win a race...or, on the flip side, feel defeated) for two minutes!  

Also along similar lines would be taking into consideration the environment we place our bodies in day-in and day-out.  What is your office like?  What kind of people are you surrounded with? What is the air quality like? How peaceful is your bedroom?  Do you spend time in nature? ALL these things affect the way you feel...that, then will affect your body and your mind...it's often like a feedback loop.  

Here's why I'm saying all this: 

What this all means is that while your mind does undoubtedly have a powerful effect on your body, it is not a one-way street in either direction.  Our systems are ALL CONNECTED.  We are amazing, dynamic, incredibly gifted and capable creatures. When we don't take the entirety of our being into consideration when dealing with any issue, we are doing ourselves a great disservice.  

It doesn't matter where you start, so do not get overwhelmed.  Just start somewhere, and know that you deserve to be treated as a whole person!

<![CDATA[Painless Acupuncture and more news! ]]>Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:44:44 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2013/12/wow-its-been-a-while.html"Helping another requires a simultaneous exploration of one's inner world and private thoughts...when we begin training, we embark on two simultaneous journeys: one outward into the professional world and the other inward, through the labyrinths of our own psyches...The more fearless we become in the exploration of our inner worlds, the greater our self-knowledge and our ability to help clients." -Cozolino 

Well, this sort of sums up what I've been up to these last few months!  It's been a HUGE time of growth for me, and I have learned so much!

Most exciting is that I am learning a new style of acupuncture treatment called Shakuju Therapy.  It comes from Japan, and it is unlike anything that I have experienced before.  It's MINIMALLY invasive, meaning it's so gentle that you can use it with babies.  Basically, we test for tender areas on your body, treat corresponding points, and those areas change right before your eyes, right along with your symptoms!  It's super cool.  

In other news, I have been relying A LOT on my own health and wellness toolkit, and I thought, "Why not share it with you?"  For starters, I have been using my Bach flower remedies regularly throughout the day.  A great one to start with this season is Holly.  It is the essence of gladness of heart, especially useful if issues like anger, envy or suspicion creep up during the holiday season.  

I also cannot stress the importance of keeping up with my mindfulness practices. I know meditation is something that some of you may not find appealing, and that's perfectly okay!  But do something else.  Seriously. Yoga is a great form of moving mediation, along with tai chi and qigong.  Even running, if that's what clears your monkey mind.  It has helped me immensely, and meditation in particular has been linked to ALL KINDS of health benefits, including actually changing your brain chemistry

If you are local to the Baltimore area and female (sorry fellas), please check out the events page here for a link to a meditation workshop being held this month.  I'd love to see you!  Otherwise, here's to you having a safe, relaxed and enjoyable holiday season!  

All the best,

<![CDATA[What do you believe about yourself? ]]>Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:19:23 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2013/07/what-do-you-believe-about-yourself.htmlPicture
I'm preparing for a workshop I'm doing at the end of August, and so I find myself talking to a lot of people about what I'm doing.  It's called "Create the Life You Really Want," but I could have just as easily called it "Own Your Beliefs." How do your beliefs factor in to creating the life you really want, you say?  

Some of you reading this now know exactly where I'm going with this, and then there will be some of you that don't get the connection.  You may have heard the saying "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" by W. Clement Stone.   At the heart of the matter is what we believe about ourselves. Do you believe you are smart enough?  Do you believe you are worthy of achieving or having what you most desire?  

These beliefs must come from inside of you and not from the circumstances you may presently find yourself in.  This is the human story of triumph, "The Hero's Journey,"...we must never define ourselves by "where" we are.  You are more than the circumstances that may surround you!  For example, there was a man who was a high school dropout, rejected by the Army, and couldn't get hired as an artist even though he loved to draw.  

He didn't define himself by these circumstances.  He didn't believe he was stupid or weak or untalented.  He just kept drawing.  Instead of a job as an artist, he took a job at and ad agency that allowed him to draw.  And he never stopped believing in his dream.  That man's name is Walt Disney

He went on to be perhaps one of the most well-recognized figures in the world, winning 22 Academy Awards and creating a corporation now earning  billions of dollars a year.

How different would our world be without Walt Disney? Can you imagine life without those animated fairytales, without the joy and hope of the characters, without Disney Land or Disney World?  How different would it be for us if he hadn't refused to believe in the seemingly impossible, if he hadn't been brave enough to keep believing in himself.  So, what were some of Disney's beliefs?  

He didn't let adversity define him: "“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” 

He believed in the power of belief!: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” 

He didn't let others define him: “I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.” 

So, what do you believe about yourself?  Are your beliefs serving you?  Are they even YOUR'S, or do they belong to somebody else?  We all take on beliefs about what is possible, about our value, about other people, and even about the nature of "reality" based on the people and circumstances that surround us...yet, there is truly magic in tuning into that inner voice, that sense of self that exists outside of the chaos and chatter that surrounds us.  You may not desire to create an empire like Walt Disney.  But you know your biggest dream.  Are you listening to the call?  

There truly are INFINITE POSSIBILITIES when it comes to creating your life. If you've stumbled upon this message, I don't believe it was an accident.  Take it in, and reflect on how your limiting beliefs may be affecting you.  And then think about how these beliefs may be affecting all the rest of us out here who are just waiting for you to express your brilliance!!!

I would love to hear what your biggest dream is!  Writing it down is often the first step on the road to possibility.  Don't listen to the naysayers (including the one in your own head!).  Let us know! 

<![CDATA[Living Life Fully]]>Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:52:03 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2013/06/living-life-fully.html
If you had one day left, what would you be doing differently? 

We have roughly 28,835 days on Earth, according to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  To illustrate this visually, performance artist Ze Frank dumped 28,835 jellybeans on the floor and spelled out how we are most likely to use this time.  
For example:

8,477 days sleeping
3,202 days working
1,099 days commuting/driving
1,576 days doing chores
1, 635 days preparing food and eating
671 days bathing and grooming 
720 days community involvement
564 days caring for others

Of course, these numbers will vary according to lifestyle and personal habits. It does illustrate two important things:

1. Our time here is limited.

2. When I am asked how I would spend my time today if it was my last day, I want to make sure it is somewhat congruent with how I spend my time in "real" life. 

What I mean by this is, if your life is a drudgery of work and chores and it lacks a daily dose of joy and happiness, perhaps you could look at this and gain some perspective.  Life is too short, and way too magical to be simply endured.  We are creators of our worlds, and if you are not happy with yours, realize you have the POWER to change it to be whatever you envision it to be!  

What is your vision?  How would you spend your time if you knew you had, let's say, 5 years left?  It's interesting how when the time of death is unknown, we tend to go through life operating from a place of fearful management/staying safe...and then, when we are given a definite date, we make more empowering choices.  Think about how your choices would change
<![CDATA[Summer, Fire and Relationships]]>Thu, 23 May 2013 19:33:17 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2013/05/summer-fire-and-relationships.htmlPicture
It may not be Memorial Day yet, but according to the Five-Element model in Chinese medicine theory, we are already amidst the season of Summer!

Summertime is related to the element of "Fire," which represents the most yang, uprising energy of the five.  It is a time when we are naturally more active, nature is teeming with growth, the hours of daylight are longer, and we feel physically warmer.  The Fire element correspondences are the Heart and the color red, both of which, I think you'll agree, elicit of feeling of "warmth"  when you think of them. 

Relationships are the central focus of this element and this season.  If you think about it, EVERYTHING in our lives is a relationship of sorts.  It all starts with our relationship with ourselves...this affects our relationship with others, our relationship with food, our relationship with our bodies, our relationship with nature...it all starts within. 

 And so, I thought I'd share the ancient Hawaiian tradition of Ho'oponopono. (It's fun trying to say it, too). 

Ho'oponopono means "to make right."  It is the code of forgiveness, and I think it is one of the most powerful practices we can do to heal relationships and experience a feeling of freedom and joy in this life.  Many spiritual traditions reiterate the truth that forgiveness heals.  Just realize that in any given moment, we are all doing the best we can with the tools and knowledge and experiences that we have at the time.  That includes YOU.  So, forgive.  Forgive yourself, forgive others, forgive your ancestors.  Forgiveness does not mean you are condoning an action.  It just means you are letting go of the pain. This healing can be a powerful way to make your Summertime one of the BEST you've ever had.

The Process of Ho'oponopono:

  1. Bring to mind anyone with whom you do not feel total alignment or support, etc.
  2. In your mind's eye, construct a small stage and envision that person standing on the stage. 
  3. Imagine an infinite source of love and healing (I like to envision golden light) flowing from above the top of your head (from your Higher Self, Infinite Intelligence, whatever you resonate with).  Open up the top of your head, and let the source of love and healing flow down inside your body, fill up the body, and overflow out your heart to heal up the person on the stage. Ask if it is alright for you to heal the person and that they accept the healing.
  4. When the healing is complete, have a discussion with the person and forgive them, and have them forgive you.
  5. Next, let go of the person, and see them floating away. As they do, cut the aka cord that connects the two of you (if appropriate). If you are healing in a current primary relationship, then assimilate the person inside you.
  6. Do this with every person in your life with whom you are incomplete, or not aligned.
    The final test is, can you see the person or think of them without feeling any negative emotions. If you do feel negative emotions when you do, then do the process again. Make sure you do this with yourself on stage too! 

<![CDATA[7 things you need to know about GMOs]]>Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:25:20 GMThttp://nextgenwellness.com/1/post/2013/04/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-gmos.htmlPicture
1. Know about labeling: Because the U.S. currently does not require labeling for foods containing genetically modified ingredients, the only way to know if what you are eating is truly GMO-free is to buy 100% organic or look for products specifically labeled Non-GMO. That sounds hard, but it's really not, and here's why...

2. Know the big picture: There are 4 main food crops that are genetically modified: corn, soy, canola, sugar beets. If you just make sure you buy organic when it comes to these four things, you are off to a great start. As far as meat products go, make sure the beef you buy is grass-fed, and that eggs, chicken and dairy are organic. [Otherwise, they are probably fed GMO corn, and then you eat them].  There is currently FDA approval pending for the release of GMO salmon on the market, so in the meantime, buy wild salmon or shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, two retailers who recently banned GMO salmon from their stores.

3. Know the produce aisle: With fresh produce, you can easily identify whether something is genetically modified (not mandatory, but it is usually labeled) based on the little sticker that you see the "PLU" number on.  Conventional produce will have a 4 digit number.  Organic fruits and veggies will have a 5-digit number starting with 9 (and they will look and taste amazing).  GMO produce will have a 5-digit number starting with the number 8.  You hate 8.  Just remember that.  Also, just in case you are eating at a restaurant or otherwise don't see the label, just know that the three main GMO products sold as fresh produce are papaya, zucchini and sweet corn.

4. Know your resources: Some products may not be organic, but are beginning to be labeled GMO free as part of the Non-GMO Project.  The Non-GMO Project website is also a great resource for finding participating retailers, donating and taking action if you are inspired to get involved in things like, oh, I don't know...LABELING these things.  It really blows my mind that there are regulations to protect the consumer's right to know if orange juice is "not from concentrate" but not if something is genetically modified.  Alas, I digress...

5. Know that not all sugar is created equal (no pun intended...haha): Most sweet things you are eating are probably full of GMOs.  I say this not to scare you, but just to make you aware.  Unless a product is organic or labeled GMO-free, if the label says just "sugar" or especially "high fructose corn syrup," it is probably genetically modified. According to the USDA, 88% of corn, used to make high fructose corn syrup, as well as 95% of of the U.S. sugar beet crop used to produce conventional sugar is genetically modified. And don't think that fake sugar will somehow protect you.  In 1999, a British newspaper named The Independent reported that aspartame has been made with genetically modified bacteria since 1965.  Aspartame is in 6,000 products! When it comes to sweet, go for organic, look specifically for "pure cane sugar" on the label, or use honey, agave nectar and other natural alternatives. 

6. Know about the most common GMO crop: Soy is a BIG one.  It's in almost EVERYTHING.  I challenge you to take the nearest conventionally processed food item next to you and check out the label.  I'll do it too.  OKAY, so the nearest thing to me is gum.  I'm not here to call out brands, but let's just say I had a pack of gum that's named after that thing that King Triton holds in The Little Mermaid.  It has soy in it, in the form of soy lecithin! (AND aspartame...crap, I'm screwed).  Considering that 94% of the conventional soy and soy products were genetically modified in 2011, according to the USDA, it's definitely worth avoiding any soy ingredient that isn't organic!!

7. Know that you have a choice: Please use your own discretion when it comes to claims that GMO foods are safe, more nutritious, or necessary to feed the world.  Most GMO crops have been engineered to withstand being sprayed by toxic chemicals, or engineered to produce their own pesticides (which we cannot wash off...it's IN the plant! So your poor body tries to digest it.  Immune disorder, anyone?)  A science policy analyst at the Center for Food Safety advises us to consider that "GMO crops have nothing to do with feeding the world, because almost all GMO crops are corn and soybeans....these are used to feed livestock in rich countries, or to feed automobiles." Also, GMO crops frequently produce diseased and mutated yields, leech the soil of nutrients, and require increased use of toxic chemical pesticides and herbicides that are poisoning farmers and children.