Watermelon Season!

It is that time of the year again! Watermelon Season! Sweet, juicy and packed with healthy benefits.

The health benefits of watermelon are plenty, it packs a punch of vitamins A and C and has a good amount of vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium just to name a few.

Vitamin A – for optimal healthy eyes, it boosts your immune system by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells called lymphocytes.

Vitamin B6 – helps your immune system produce antibodies, these antibodies are needed to fight off many diseases. Vitamin B6 helps maintain normal nerve function and form red blood cells.

Vitamin C – helps to boost your immune system’s defenses against infections and viruses, and protects your body from harmful free radicals that can accelerate aging and eye conditions such as cataracts. Vitamin C helps keep your skin young, hydrated and healthy too!

Just two cups of watermelon is a great source of potassium, potassium is a mineral necessary for water balance and is found inside every cell in your body. People that have low potassium levels often experience muscle cramps. Ever get those leg cramps that wake you up at night? Try eating watermelon or a banana daily!

My favorite way to eat watermelon, is to put it in the blender and make a watermelon water, just cube it and blend, it is healthy, refreshing and filling too.

Pick the ripest and sweetest watermelon with these tips:
*Look for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents.
*The watermelon should be a bit heavy for it’s size, watermelon is 92% water and most of that weight is water.
*The bottom of the watermelon should have a beige/yellow colored spot from where it grew on the ground and ripened in the sunshine.

Have a great summer and be sure to go to the local farmer’s markets in your area and enjoy all the fresh produce of the season!


refreshing watermelon


Reiki Healing For Pets

Fit, Healthy and Fabulous has expanded its market and we have gone to the dogs and animals literally!

We now provide a healthy addition for your pets to enjoy a Fit, Healthy and Fabulous life too! Reiki Healing For Pets, but don’t worry we still love all things fitness and keeping people fit and healthy too!

Many of you know that I am a Fitness Specialist and a Reiki Master Practitioner for people, but some may not know that I am a very active dog and animal rescue volunteer too!

I decided to take my Reiki skills a step further and work on my wonderful rescue pups, domestic pets and wildlife. Reikidog.net was born of my passion for animals!

At Reiki Dog Healing we provide your furry family members peace, health and happiness! Animals suffer from anxiety, emotional upset, arthritis, illness and injury just like we do. Animal Reiki provides healing energy that helps soothe and calm stressed animals and promotes an overall feeling of health and well-being.

Just a Few Benefits of Animal Reiki Healing are:

*Reiki enhances overall well-being.

*Reiki increases the pets bond with humans.

*Reiki reduces pain from arthritis, joint issues and promotes relaxation to facilitate and enhance the body’s natural healing response.

*Reiki energy healing is extremely beneficial for animals with a history of abuse because Reiki creates a place of peace and safety. It teaches animals that human hands are safe and not always used as a tool for abuse.

*Reiki reduces stress, helps alleviate behavioral and emotional issues. Reiki has a calming effect and can help make your pet more receptive to basic and behavior training.

*Reiki s great for traumatized pets, PTSD, rescued animals and for lost or missing pets.

*Reiki energy can help fearful, scared animals that are being transported. These poor animals are confused; they are unsure of their future and are in fear for their lives. I have seen such stress in dogs during transports to rescue groups, providing Reiki to these rescue dogs has made a huge difference.

*Reiki can help alleviate and prevent the side effects of conventional cancer treatments. Cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation can stress an already compromised immune system. Reiki strengthens the immune system to better deal with these cancer therapies.

*Sometimes it is just our pet’s time to go to the Rainbow Bridge. Reiki provides comfort and relieves pain, anxiety and fear for terminally ill animals that are at the end of their lives here on earth with us. Reiki can help provide peace in this transition for terminally ill animals and their owners.

Hands On Or Distance Reiki? The choice is yours!

Most pets enjoy hands on treatments and some actually may be more comfortable with the practitioner from a slight distance. The treatments are equally effective whether being given hands on, a few feet away or from across the room.

Distance Reiki treatments are done remotely with a video or photos. Distance Reiki has been proven to be extremely effective, sometimes even more effective than local, hands on healing. Distance Reiki healing can have the same effect and sensations as a hands-on healing experience too.

Contact us to book your furry loved one a Reiki Session today! And we love people too so feel free to ask about our Reiki Healing for you too.

Reiki Healing


Are You Tired Of Feeling Tired?

Are You Tired Of Feeling Tired?

Well, if you said yes, you are not alone, you answered the same as most people do. That is because we are living in a society where we are always on the go, a society where we never take the time to care for ourselves. This type of constant strain inevitably takes a toll on each of us, and often the effects strike when we least expect it. The results of this lifestyle? Simple, fatigue, resentment, premature aging, poor health and the inability to function properly on a daily basis. Simply put, we are trying to pour out of an empty cup day… after day… after day. Do you try to drive your car without gas or proper maintenance? You can’t so what makes us all think we can drive our bodies on poor maintenance and low fuel?

I want to talk about this topic today because it is easily one of the biggest complaints I get from my clients and prospective clients when inquiring about how they can get healthy and fit. They reach out to me for help because they are tired all the time and feel fatigued.

Today I am going to give you three simple tips on improving your energy and, in doing so, improving your health for years to come!

1). Sleep is a Priority

When I talk to clients about being tired one of my first questions is always on not only quality of sleep, but also quantity. How much are you sleeping each night, and how well are you sleeping? Believe it or not, chronic sleep deprivation can wreak havoc with your brain chemistry and cause all sorts of long term and seemingly unrelated problems. The first step is to pay attention to when and how well you are sleeping.

Some great tips for better sleep include:

  • Limiting screen time before bed. Studies show that exposure to blue light before sleeping can change brain patterns and make restful sleep harder to achieve.
  • Creating a restful environment. Removing distractions from your sleeping space can help you relax and achieve a more restful sleep. Use lavender spray on your pillows, this is one of my favorite little rituals before bed!
  • Exercise! We will talk more about this in a minute, exercise works to make the body tired and ready to recharge in a healthy way, unlike fatigue from constant stress on the mind and body. A tired body sleeps better and you will wake feeling more refreshed for a new day.
  • Limit alcohol before bed. Alcohol may seem to help you fall asleep initially, but it will disrupt the second half of sleep which is the most important because it interrupts REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Disrupted REM sleep can cause drowsiness, poor concentration, sleep apnea and will throw off your overall sleep patterns.

2). Make Time for Yourself

Many times, when I ask my clients what they are doing for themselves, they aren’t quite sure how to answer. This is mostly because in our culture doing something for yourself is equated with being selfish. My friends this is not the case! You are not really beneficial in any family, business or group activity if you are too mentally tired to function.

Let me ask it this way. How can you continue to care for everyone and everything around you if you are constantly trying to pour out of an empty cup? Here’s another thought. If you will not take care of yourself, how do you plan to take care of others?

It’s something to think about!

Ways to add self-care to your day:

  • Take time to do something you enjoy every single day. Even if you just carve out 15 minutes to walk around the block and clear your head, sit outside and read a book, it will help you relax and focus on the demands of tomorrow.
  • Mediate or stretch before bed. These activities help to calm and focus the mind which improves sleep quality while also offering a sense of well-being.
  • Take a Yoga class. Yoga, and other similar forms of exercise, provides you with a one-two punch in terms of your health. Not only do they work to burn calories and tone your body, but they also clear your mind and help energize you for the rest of the day.

3). Exercise!

What many people don’t realize is that exercise provides so many benefits beyond simply getting your body up and moving. It releases endorphins which relate to mood. It also improves practically every major system in your body, making them function more effectively as you improve your overall health. It improves the quality of your sleep and it has the ability to greatly improve your energy as your body grows leaner and stronger.

Working exercise into your busy day can include:

  • A 15-minute brisk walk around the block during your lunch break.
  • Joining a gym, taking classes or working with a trainer. Most trainers offer 30-minute condensed fitness sessions that pack a major fitness punch and are easy on the wallet too!
  • Finding a set of exercises videos, you enjoy and can follow in the comfort of your own home.

I WANT you to feel GOOD! I don’t want you to just burn a few calories and go on with your day, I want your quality of life to improve as you grow stronger and start getting more out of life. Take control of your day and you will start to take control of all areas of your life. Being fit and healthy is about the mind, body and soul!

If you have any questions about how we can work to improve your energy and quality of life, please reach out. I would love to hear about your goals and help you make a plan to achieve them!


Tired of feeling tired


Choose Happiness

Choose Happiness! Happy people live better lives and they live longer too!

Listen to YOU…That’s right LISTEN! Listen to what you complain about every day, write it down, make a plan to eliminate or deal with what you cannot change, try looking at it from a different angle. Many times, we react in the moment, step back and think before reacting to a situation. Did you know that complaining about the same issues over and over again can make those issues a lot bigger than they actually are? That is right, when you keep hearing it over and over again in your subconscious it can really make your perceived problems seem so much worse. Next time you find yourself complaining, stop and think about how it makes you feel, make an effort to stop going over the same things time and time again. Think of all the great things you actually do have and be grateful.

Exercise! A good workout session has been proven time and time again to boost endorphins and put you in a good mood. Make a workout session and YOU a priority. You can always find small blocks of time for exercise. I do not want to hear this excuse from people any longer! It seems to be yet “another” complaint that people repeat over and over, the time that you take on the phone or texting you can be working out. You only need to take 15 minutes a day to walk or 30 minutes every other day to do a quick workout in your home or go to the gym, just cut out the time that you can allow to get it done. The benefits of exercise are worth every minute. It will increase your mood, benefit your health, give you more energy and redirect your mood to a more positive mindset and place.

Listen to the conversations around you. Are the relationships, commitments or groups that you are involved with draining you? If you answered yes, it is time to move on. There is such a thing as “bowing out gracefully” from toxic people. Toxic relationships are deadly ones in my opinion and can cause great damage to one’s health. It is one thing to listen and be empathetic, but when someone is repeating the same patterns and complaints over and over again they need to seek the professional help that is needed to deal with their own situation and stop dumping their personal trash in other people’s back yard, so to speak. These very same people are often the people that call you to complain about all the negative things in their lives and then you see them posting pictures on social media whooping it up like a “Good Time Charlie” with others! Do not be their dumping ground! Set your boundaries and watch how much more positive and happy you feel after making these positve changes in YOUR life. If these people do not like your boundaries perhaps it really is time to close that door.

Here’s to Choosing Happiness!


Staying Active

Today during my daily meditation, I started thinking about the things I really love in life. The people, the activities, the events and even the work that keeps me moving and keeps me excited about seizing each new day as it comes. For me, spending time focusing on what I love doing and who I love being with motivates me. It pushes me forward in a way that nothing else can, and I bet that you might be the same way.

So, let me ask you. What do you love? Who do you love to be with? Thinking about these things should make you smile! It should make you happy and bring you joy to think about the very best moments that life has to offer. Therefore, the question now becomes, how do you get more of it?!?!?!

When I talk to people about incorporating exercise into their daily routine, it often isn’t something they love to talk about. In fact, those conversations often tend wobble along with shrugs, nods and sighs as people shake their head and admit that they need to exercise more.

“Yeah, that’s definitely something I need to do more of. It’s just…….” Then fill in the blank. I don’t have time. The kids schedule is too crazy. I’ve gotten out of the habit. I don’t feel like it. I’m too tired. I feel too sore afterwards.

Truly the list is long, and we’ve all come up with our own version of “fill in the blank” at some time or another. But here’s the thing, making exercise a part of your daily routine is one way you can work to enhance your life and improve your health. And better health means having the chance to enjoy more of all the things you love about your life.

As we age it gets harder and harder to do things that once came easy. If we want to maintain our physical strength and stamina, then we have to work for it. Maybe once upon a time we could go out and run a few times a year and it still wasn’t hard to knock out a few miles. But then one day we strap on our running shoes with good intentions and find that we are huffing and puffing before we make it to the mailbox, much less all the way to the end of the street….and back.

What once came easy now takes more effort. But here’s the thing…. it’s worth it! Because exercising and living a healthy lifestyle can mean the difference between spending the day at Disney with your grandkids or having to stay back at the hotel because you can’t handle the walk. It can be the difference between keeping up the hobbies you love or watching other people enjoy them on TV.

The short answer? Living a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, good food choices and a positive outlook will benefit all areas of your life and it allows you to keep doing the things you love.

So get moving and stay moving! I recommend at least 150 minutes of cardio per week along with a mix of strength training to keep your muscles strong and your body lean. This can be hiking, walking, biking, swimming, dancing or anything else that gets your heart pumping.

Staying Active is a sure way to be healthy and when you feel discouraged, just think about all those things you love doing, it will give you all the motivation you need to stay focused and to keep moving forward to a more productive healthy life!


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