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Keeping Pitta Balanced In Autumn

I love my Pittas Doshas or Pitta Body types, in fact I’m a Pitta Doshamyself, so naturally I want to share the goodness on how you can keep yourself balanced in Autumn if you a Pitta Dosha/Body type.

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Autumn heralds dynamic, light, and airy qualities that may be aggravating to pitta-types. This would be a time to focus on stability and a routine; the emphasis is to stay grounded.

For Pitta types, Fall ushers in a welcome respite from the heat—it is the natural antidote to summer. However, if you don’t take full advantage of Vata season to clear out any excess Pitta you accumulated during the summer, you may find that you are quite disturbed by autumn’s dry, light, mobile, and subtle qualities. Here are some tips on how to make a smooth and healthy transition from Pitta season to Vata season.

What you want to be eating

Apples and pears harvested in Fall can aide in clearing out pitta accumulated in the summer through the cooling energy, astringent taste, and fiber content they provide. Eat as much of these fruits in the early Fall, when they are in season. Focusing on a diet that pacifies Vata without triggering too much of the hot, sharp, oily, or liquid nature of pitta is your goal from there. Foods that will help you strike this balance include soaked raisins, sweet berries, coconut, avocados, dates, figs, asparagus, cilantro, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, green beans, okra, parsnips, rutabagas, zucchini, amaranth, oatmeal, summer squash, quinoa, basmati rice, wheat, mung beans, tofu, milk, ghee, fresh yogurt, soft cheeses, soaked and peeled almonds, buffalo, and sunflower seeds. You can also use cooling spices like coriander, fennel, and cumin, and garnish your food with cilantro, shredded coconut, and fresh lime juice.

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Enjoy eating these foods

Both vata and pitta can be pacified by the sweet tastes of these foods, which provide nourishment and grounding. Hearty and sweet autumn breads (pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, etc.) are a wonderful choice of food at this time of the year. You might also want to try something sweet and creamy like rice khir, which is a type of pudding, a date smoothie or some spiced-milk boiled with a pinch of nutmeg, some natural sugar, cinnamon, and a bit of ghee. This season in general, you get to eat more beans and astringent vegetables than some because of your strong digestive fire. Feelings of bloating, or a sense of dryness would be an indication that you may be overdoing these foods.

Try to avoid these

You’ll definitely want to be mindful not to overdose on heating foods. Even though vata season is cool, your internal heat as a pitta type is naturally quite high. Red meat, for example (aside from buffalo) can be very heating and may prove a bit much for you. You’ll also want to watch your use of really heating spices (like cayenne and dried ginger) and limit your exposure to foods that are aggravating to both vata and pitta like cranberries, burdock root, corn, eggplant, kohlrabi, raw onions, radishes, turnips, millet, and rye. If your pitta is relatively balanced and you’re eating seasonally appropriate foods, just learn to watch for subtle signs of increased heat and minimize any foods that seem to cause acidity, diarrhea, a rash, or a sour taste in your mouth.

Know what you should be avoiding? Knowing your body type helps!

Adjusting your lifestyle

Autumn heralds dynamic, light, and airy qualities that may be aggravating to pitta-types. This would be a time to focus on stability and a routine; the emphasis is to stay grounded. During this season it is important to also modify some of your practices to ensure that you do not bring on too much heat. Very hot showers or frequent steam baths, for example, can potentially throw you off-balance. When getting a massage, it would be best to swap out sesame oil for coconut oil, as sesame oil can be too drying for pitta-type skin. It is best to exercise when it is cool outside. Lower the intensity of your workout so that you do not come out of it flushed and panting. If and when you practice yoga, take care with inversions, and focus on a grounded, relaxed effort throughout your practice. This fall, you should emphasize relaxation instead of your usual pitta-typical intensity and focus.

Are you more focused? Relaxed? Always moving about? Learn your dosha to find out!

Wishing you peace to your mind, Wellness to your Body and Tranquility to your Spirit!



Rochel Marie Lawson- The Queen of Feeling Fabulous

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Pain Relief Naturally

Pain can serve as a protective function by letting us know that something is wrong and needs to be corrected before relief can be gained. Pain is often due to inflammation, which is a protective function, preventing bacteria, toxins, and foreign material at the injury site from spreading. Injured tissues release nerve irritating chemicals such as histamine, which dilates blood vessels, increasing their permeability so healing can begin. The brain responds to pain by producing morphine-like hormones known as endorphins.  Though drugs may offer relief, they can also cause side-effects and usually don’t help in removing the cause of pain.


Ayurveda medicine has been in existence for thousands of years. Herbs that help relieve pain have been used by sages and practitioners alike and are natural ways to allow the body to correct and heal itself.  It is the knowledge of this wisdom that can be used to help free the body from pain and allow natural healing to take place. The food, herbs and spices that we eat can be used as medicine and healing when we know what to eat to assist us with this. Herbs that have analgesic properties help allay pain when used internally without affecting consciousness. Anodynes are sedating and help keep pain from being transmitted. Antispasmodics relax muscles spasms and sedatives promote rest and peace.


We all know that food can alter our brain chemistry in a way that can affect perception. If you didn’t know that, you do now. The amino acid tryptophan found in avocados, bananas, grapefruit, nuts and seeds such as flax and sesame, papayas, peaches, tomatoes, millet, black rice, buckwheat, oats, quinoa, poultry encourages production of the calming neurotransmitter serotonin. If you eat seafood, you may get relief from pain due to their content of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Strawberries contain natural salicylates and are cooling and anti-inflammatory. Enzymes present in fresh foods such as salad greens, raw vegetables and fruit can reduce inflammation.


Other pain relieving options that may be helpful to include in the diet because of their ability to improve circulation and reduce inflammation include turmeric, rosemary, ginger, sage and olive oil.


Cayenne pepper stimulated endorphin production and is an anti-inflammatory agent. It contains a compound called capsaicin that blocks transmission of substance P which transports pain messages to the brain.


Ginger root is warming and improves circulation. It can lessen the pain of arthritis, backache and menstrual cramps. Chewing on a piece of fresh ginger root can be a wonderful reliever for sore throat. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. It makes a wonderful tea but is also available in capsules and tinctures.



White Willow Bark is an herb that contains salicin, one of the original aspirin compounds and is a traditional herb for arthritis, backache, gout, headache, joint inflammation, migraine, and general body pain. It is an analgesic, anodyne and anti-inflammatory.


Valerian root is a smooth muscle and skeletal relaxant. It is wonderful for cramps, headache, insomnia, neuralgia, shingles, stress and trauma. Valerian root is an anodyne, antispasmodic and sedative.



By combining several pain relieving foods, herbs and spices in your diet you allow the body to repair itself and obtain natural pain relieve without any untoward side effects.


Wishing you peace, wellness and tranquility!

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A Good Night’s Sleep is Important

Do you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Do you have difficulty falling to sleep or staying asleep? You have plenty of company. Today there are a third of adults in the United States that experience occasional sleep problems and one our of every 10 suffers from chronic insomnia.


Most people associate insomnia as a condition where people can’t fall asleep but it is so much more. There are many people that have no problem falling asleep easily but wake up during the night and find it difficulty to get back to sleep. My friends is a form of insomnia. How about this, you might even be getting a sufficient amount of sleep but you still wake up tired and groggy in the morning. This my friends is also a form of insomnia. Since sleep is one of the pillars of life, it is very important that we get the best sleep possible.


It is no accident or fable that sleep is a pillar of life. We need good sleep to feel energetic and alert. What’s even more important is that while we’re sleeping our bodies perform a variety of essential restorative tasks, including healing and repair, detoxification, repairing cellular damage and searching out and destroying foreign invaders. Sleep is so powerful that it restores the proper levels of brain chemicals thus playing an essential role in emotional well-being.


A lack of sleep wears down the body, resulting in a lower immune capacity of the body, which increases susceptibility to disease, obesity, and premature aging. There is absolutely no question that getting enough sleep and getting good quality sleep is vitally important for optimal physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.


There is a myth about sleep that we all have heard. That myth is that we need eight hours of sleep per night. The reality is that depending on your body type, you may be a person that needs just 6 hours of sleep or you may be a person that needs 9 hours of sleep or a person that falls somewhere in that range. The bottom line is you must make it a priority to get sufficient, restorative and healing sleep. It’s one of the most important habits you can cultivate for your health and your happiness.


Wishing you peace and tranquility,

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Using Food As Medicine

Not long ago I struggled with my health and wellbeing. I was always not feeling well and my tummy always bothered me until I discovered that I could use my food as my medicine. Once I realized that my health improved to the point that I no longer suffer from stomach troubles or anything else.


When we learn to use our food as medicine a miraculous thing begins to happen. We begin to fight off infection and disease. We begin to look younger and feel stronger and we begin to feel absolutely amazing. Because the root of our health starts with a healthy digestive system, it’s vitally important that you eat the best foods possible for your body. And when you do this, you literally eat your way to good health.


Antioxidant rich foods are my favorites because they do the body good in so many ways. First of all I like the fact that they are natural. Secondly, I like the fact that you can never eat too much of them and lastly I like the fact that they are so good for the body.


Let’s start with the amazing Apple.  Someone knew what they were talking about when they said that an Apple a day helps keep the doctor away. Apples are packed with antioxidants that treat liver disorders, diabetes and heart disease. They also ease stomach disorders and constipation. Any type of Apple is good however the Red Delicious Apples contain twice the antioxidants as the other varieties. Eat them peeled and enjoy the antioxidants lurking underneath the peel.


Basil curbs nausea even nausea from chemotherapy when eaten before and after treatment. Eating Basil pesto on Gluten free pasta is a yummy way to enjoy the antioxidants that this herb provides. You will get the antioxidants whether you eat the Basil fresh or dried.


Blueberries are so very pretty and I just love the deep blue/purple color that they have. What’s great about these jewels is you can eat them fresh or frozen and still do the body good. They protect the heart from damage and they reduce inflammation, high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries, which are all associated with cardiovascular disease.


Pomegranates have become the rage in recent times. I remember eating these by the dozen as a kid and I also remember my mom saying eat those outside because the stain from Pomegranates don’t come out. Little did I know that I was doing my heart Good! In fact, this fruit is so heart healthy that the FDA approves the statement of them being heart healthy on their label.


Cherries are great for the heart as well Cherries have been shown to lower blood pressure and are as effective as some medications.


Other goodies for heart health include tomatoes, strawberries and watermelon

Looking to fight off fatigue? Instead of reaching for that energy drink or another cup of coffee, try eating a melon Honeydew melons and Cantaloupe reduce not only physical fatigue but mental fatigue as well. Cantaloupe is loaded with the potent antioxidant enzyme SOD (superoxide dismutase) that is also sold as a supplement. But I would rather eat the fresh fruit.


Have you been told that you have high cholesterol…Well the hot compound in chili peppers that make them hot capsaicin not only helps the body break down cholesterol, it helps the body to get rid of it. Plus it blocks a gene that makes the arteries contract that reduces blood flow.


Lastly, if you are a Garlic lover like I am, you will love it even more. Check this out. Garlic fights a wide range of infections from bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses thanks to sulfur compounds like Allicin. It destroys some bacterial strains so resistant to antibiotics that drugs prove useless against. The lungs release Allicin, helping to clear respiratory infections and bronchial disorders such as Asthma. It may even help prevent lung cancer. The bottom line is Garlic is great for your respiratory system so feel free to indulge and indulge often, just make sure to have some peppermints for your breath…


Wishing you peace, health and tranquility.

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The Medicine Cabinet In Your Kitchen

Healthcare starts with your digestive system and begins in the kitchen. Did you know that you have an arsenal of items in your kitchen that completely changes your wellbeing from shabby to fabulous? In fact you have some time tested remedies that are available to you that are right in your cupboard, pantry or spice rack that can increase your health and wellbeing and improve your vitality during not only during autumn and winter but throughout the entire year. It has been shown that high spice intake equals lower rates of chronic disease.

Using ginger, turmeric, cayenne, garlic and other herbs in delicious ways can improve your digestion, soothe a sore throat and reduce inflammation.

The spice Ginger is a warming spice that can be used for better digestion, to loosen up congestion and calm heartburn.  You can enjoy ginger by adding it to the food you eat, as a cup of tea with a touch of lemon and honey or you can eat candied ginger after you eat to aid with digestion.

Turmeric is a beautiful tonic for the liver, is a digestive aid, a powerful anti-inflammatory. And a decongestive. It’s great to add to rice, meat or hot almond milk.

Garlic is known for fighting off bacterial infections and viruses. This goody is great to keep on hand for cough/cold syrups, to spread on toast and to add to marinades, dressings, steamed greens or grains.

Peasants in Italy to fight off Cholera used cayenne pepper during World War II. The peasants that ate hot pepper and garlic daily remained healthy and well. It is a good source for adding vitamin C to your intake. A great sore throat reliever can be made of Cayenne and honey.

Just the aroma of Cinnamon can be a winter blues lifter and a brain booster. This good is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and helps fight bacterial, fungal infections and viruses too. You can drizzle a little flax seed oil on toast, spread some honey on it and sprinkle it with a little cinnamon. Mmmmm Mmmmm Good!

There is a new rave about Apple Cider Vinegar and here is just one of the reasons why. This vinegar is a potassium rich, antibacterial, antimicrobial and excellent digestive aid. If you want to relieve gas, bloating, reflux, or heartburn you can try this, add 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of honey. This also helps to relieve stuffy noses and nighttime leg cramps.

Lemons are usually very abundant during winter and one of he most luscious fragrances to have around. Lemons are antiviral and antibacterial.

A Squeeze of lemon juice in a cup of warm water and taken on an empty stomach in the morning is a fabulous way to wake up your digestive system, help alkalize and cleanse the body, detoxify your liver, reduce mucus and phlegm, increase hydration, lower inflammation and boost the immune system.

Sot the next time you think about going to the store to pick up a remedy for something that may be ailing you, you may want to just go to your spice rack or find a lemon tree and indulge in some natural healing.

Wishing you peace, health and tranquility!


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The Essence of Essential Oils ~ Tip for safe and effective use

A few years ago I created a document that provided 101 uses for the essential oils of lavender, lemon and peppermint (www.feelingfabulous.net) and now I want to share tips for safe and effective use of essential oils.

From the calming aroma of lavender to the invigorating scent of peppermint, essential oils can stimulate our senses, influence our mood, and even heal our hurts. For thousands of years, essential oils have been used in a countless way for health and well-being. The leaves, petals and other plant components naturally contain hundreds of beneficial chemicals that help attract pollinators, protect the plant from harm such as pests or bacteria and provide healing and nourishment to the plant. Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plants that harness these diverse chemicals. If you want to get started using essential oils, here are some tips:

  • FIND AN EXPERT. Many health food stores have essential oil selections that they’ve researched extensively before bringing them into the store and they usually have at least one person on staff with in-depth knowledge about the products they sell.
  • DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. A company’s literature and website can tell you a lot about the quality of its products, but don’t rely on them as your sole source of information. Watch out for companies that aren’t transparent about how they source their oils, or make outrageous claims that don’t measure up to an independent investigation.
  • LOOK FOR BOTANICAL NAMES. All essential oil products should include the Latin names of the botanicals as different species of plants can have different effects. Did you know that there are over 30 species of lavender alone and over 400 varieties? Stay away from products that don’t list this important information on the label.
  • BUY ORGANIC. Certified organic oils must meet stringent requirements regarding the use of fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals and additives. A company that obtains certification has already met these numerous and rigorous specifications, making it a good bet that quality is important to them.
  • BE CAUTIOUS OF TERMINOLOGY. Words like “pure” and “therapeutic grade’ are not regulated in any way, anyone can use them. Ask yourself how the company backs up the words it uses to describe its products. If you’re not satisfied, look elsewhere.
  • PAY FOR QUALITY. In the case of essential oils, price really can predict quality or a lack of quality. Stay away from essential oils that are cheaper than reputable brands. Cheap oils can indicate poor quality or dilution of the key ingredients that render these oils ineffective.
  • START SMALL. It’s best to start with one or two well-known essential oils that are easy to use. Try lavender for relaxation, lemon to give energy or eucalyptus as a decongestant.
  • DIFFUSE THEM. Diffusing an essential oil spreads the health promoting properties through the air. This can be as simple as putting a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and then placing the cotton ball nearby. Of course, a wide variety of diffusers is available for purchase. You can contact me and I will help you find one that meets your specific needs. (info@healthhealingwellness.com)
  • STORE ESSENTIAL OILS CORRECTLY. Essential oils should come in dark-colored bottles to protect the contents from light and should be stored in a dark, cool place. Do not store plastic eyedroppers in an essential oil bottle as the concentrated oils can dissolve the plastic.
  • Most essential oils are incredibly safe, but only when used properly. Pets and children can be sensitive to certain aromas, so do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Let these tips be your guide to the safe and effective use of essential oils. Have fun and experiment with aromas that suit your needs and smell preferences. Allow the essence of this beautiful, healing gift to invade the essence of your being and surround you with goodness, energy, wellbeing and the feeling of Bliss.

Wishing you peace, wellness & tranquility!


Rochel Marie Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS                                                                  

The Queen of Feeling Fabulous

Host of Blissful Living Show









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Power Up Your Smoothie!

There’s a lot to love when it comes to delicious, healthy, healing and filling smoothies, especially when you are trying to lose weight. Smoothies can be used as a fabulous start to the day or a healthy snack or meal during the day. They’re fun to make and a tasty way to get more protein, fruits, and vegetables into your diet.

I have specific recipes for my clients depending on what they’re wellness goals are.  I would love to share with you some tips for making smoothies that I share with them when it comes to making smoothies.  Smoothies can be made with juice, water, yogurt, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or any of the other milk alternatives, they can contain veggies, fruit, supplements, herbs and spices. I suggest combining 1 cup of fruit or vegetables with 1 cup of liquid and two to three ice cubes. Adding a teaspoon of a spice like cinnamon or ground ginger can add an exotic taste plus a boost of phytochemicals.

Any fruit or vegetable can be mixed together, some are better than others when it comes to taste and nutrition. Here are some of the suggestions that I have.

  • Avocados add creaminess and thickness to smoothies. High in potassium and Vitamins A, C and E, avocados are also rich in essential fatty acids.
  • Bananas add a thick and creamy texture to smoothies. They offer a high level of potassium and help boost the immune system.
  • Dates add thickness and sweetness along with vitamins A, B1, B2, C and D.
  • Spinach contains fiber that can help clean the digestive tract of free radicals.
  • Strawberries provide vitamin c and cleansing actions for the liver. They also have antiviral and antioxidant properties.

To add a boost to your smoothie try adding one or more of the following to your smoothie for extra benefits including enhanced energy, joint repair, and toxin removal.

  • Cacao is a mineral- rich super food that offers energizing and anti-aging properties. It makes a smoothie taste like dessert!
  • Chia seeds have been consumed for energy for centuries. They make an excellent thickener for a smoothie when it’s left to chill for about half an hour after being blended.
  • Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil contain omega 3s that help the joints avoid the absorption of toxins.
  • Hemp seeds provide a nutty flavor, omega 3s and omega 6s, fatty acids, and protein.
  • Wheatgrass offers antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

Once you start making smoothies you will love them because the process of making them puts you in charge of what you get to take into your body and that my friends it powerful within itself.

Wishing you peace, wellness & tranquility!



Rochel Marie Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS                                                                  

The Queen of Feeling Fabulous

Host of Blissful Living Show