Prince Ea, a passionate fellow about peace, wellness, love – whom we are a fan of – made this video to show how powerful mental health is! Check our his YouTube channel for more of his videos.
Prince Ea, a passionate fellow about peace, wellness, love – whom we are a fan of – made this video to show how powerful mental health is! Check our his YouTube channel for more of his videos.
It’s time for Eau Claire to have its own professional, contemporary dance company. If you live in the area and are a dancer or musician, please read on! If you are supporter of this idea please make a donation to BaredFeet, Co. TODAY to help make this happen: https://www.youcaring.com/baredfeetco-826682
Call for dancers! BaredFeet, Co. is looking for dancers to join their contemporary dance company. The mission of the company is to bring professional, expressive performance pieces to the community that provide education on contemporary arts and their power as a wellness tool. As a budding non-profit, the goal is to offer a future stipend as the company grows. Commitment is weekly a Saturday practice (conditioning class with movement fundamentals and yoga, and performance rehearsals) and regular performances. The director has 20 years of choreographic, teaching, producing and performance experience. Adults only at this time, but a youth company program is in the plans! Contact Lynn Buske by February 20, 2018 at 715-514-4648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for musicians! BaredFeet, Co. is looking for musicians to join their contemporary dance company. The mission of the company is to bring professional, expressive performance pieces to the community that provide education on contemporary arts and their power as a wellness tool. Looking for musicians with improvisation experience and contemporary interest. As a budding non-profit, the goal is to offer a future stipend as the company grows. Commitment is weekly a Saturday practice and regular performances. The director has 20 years of choreographic, teaching, producing and performance experience. Contact Lynn Buske by February 20, 2018 at 715-514-4648 or email@example.com.
If you are interested in booking BaredFeet, Co. The Company for your event or venue contact BaredFeet, Co. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-514-4648.
UPDATE! There will be a second showing on April 10, 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets are only $10 each and must be purchased in advance here: https://gathr.us/screening/22326 before the end of March.
Mark your calendar for January 2, 2018 at 7:30pm (at Oakwood Cinemas) for a screening of the new documentary film “Walk With Me: A Journey Into Mindfulness Featuring Thich Nhat Hanh”.
Reserve your spot now by purchasing your tickets for $11 here: https://gathr.us/screening/21728. Seventy advance tickets must be sold for the screening to be held.
Film synopsis is also at the above website.
HELP: If you are interested in purchasing tickets for those who can’t afford them but are interested in viewing the film to learn more about mindfulness as a wellness tool contact BaredFeet, Co. at email@example.com. If you are someone who would like a ticket but can’t afford it, please contact us at that email also.
This event is brought to you by Gathr.com, Walkwithmefilm.com, Oakwood Cinemas, and BaredFeet, Co. – your local arts and body/mind/spirit wellness non-profit.
This first campaign will help get BaredFeet, Co. on its feet. With a goal of $3000, these funds will go toward new yoga mats for our youth yoga programs, program development for autism programs and Highly Sensitive Persons, program development with area organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, a revamped logo, a PO Box, and 501c3 filing.
Please donate and share – help me do the work that I feel in my bones is needed. The programs at BaredFeet, Co. are primarily FREE. See BaredFeet.wordpress.com to see more information and to see what is available this summer (free: kid yoga, adult pre-yoga and body/mind/spirit).
Help my raise $3000 by December 31, 2017!
If you have ever appreciated or participated in my work over the last decade THIS is how you can show me gratitude!
Free Kids Yoga at Carson park this summer again!
Tuesdays at 10am (near the playground) starting June 27th through August 29th. Ages 0-16 (under 4 parent must attend). Bring your mat or use one of mine
Here is the extensive list, in random order, of what your kids will accomplish (the more they attend the better but come when you can!):
– embodiment: feels good to be in my body
– breathe through difficulties
– breath education
– tools to care for their full selves
– strengthen muscles typically weak in kids
– how good it feels to slow down
– ease over frustration
– imagination activation! (stories and pretend)
– mental focus
– posture and self-awareness
– develop intuition
– learn yoga vocabulary
– nature connection, grounding to the earth (we are outside!!)
– spiritual awareness (the world is bigger than me)
– find your calm activities and the benefits of doing them
Yeah, all that 😉
Can’t wait to see you all! Bring a friend!
Happy New Year! I like new years, they burgeon in change and growth and positive attitudes. I am working on the final preparations to file BaredFeet as a non-profit, so I can bring beginning body/mind/spirit education, dance and yoga classes, wellness articles, support for Highly Sensitive Persons, arts as wellness, and dance as a communicative performance to Eau Claire and the surrounding areas. FREE, yes free!
I believe that managing our own health is the first step toward world peace, and should be free so we can all achieve it. I believe that the body, mind and spirit are deeply intertwined and health is only achieved by working in each area with compassion. I believe in showing individuals how amazing they are and to empower them to take control of their health as no one else can. I believe in the joy and potency of the arts.
First steps will be to establish board and operational functioning – I have built a team of local experts in body care, mental health, and spiritual wellness – and website overhaul. Second steps will be teaming up with local organizations to bring programming, then fund-raising, and lots of writing. Third step will be establishing a studio and performance space (by Spring 2018 – fingers crossed).
Follow BaredFeet on Facebook, bookmark this website, or join our email list (simply contact me) to keep up to date on this awesome adventure!
“Even if I can battle the never-ending swarm of health information and actually understand what it is I’m really supposed to do to be truly healthy, and then let’
s pretend I can accomplish doing those things in my busy life and keep doing them… why? Won’t I die eventually anyway? Isn’t life painful anyway? Isn’t all that effort taking me away from things I could be doing to just enjoy my life? What does being unhealthy mean anyway – I feel fine, right? Why should I bother to be healthy?”
I started imagining my readers asking these questions each time I posted an article with wellness tips. I could also hear them in the minds of so many people I encountered. And I realized that YES, this is the starting place.
Our moms first, then our doctors, the media, and now everyone it seems, is asking us to be healthy. It seems like so much work, doesn’t it? What the heck for? We all seem fine enough and does it really make a difference?
The problem is we live in a world now used to the dramatically quick, obvious and tangible, and not in the world of the potently subtle. What? Another words, we tend to act from a place of, “if I don’t die a painful death immediately from doing something then it’s probably alright for me to do.”
But the reality is that health is long-term and subtle. Things from our childhood can creep up on us at any time. Stress builds like underground lava and only our digestion and nerves can show signs of being off… until much later when systems shut down.
And now you’re saying, “Ok, ok, so this is even more reason for me not to care, right? Trouble is far down the road and hard to see?”
But we do have an impact on our health with our choices.
BUT while we are told by our health care professionals that working to be healthy now – eating right, exercising, and managing our stress – will prevent disease later, and this is true, it is certainly not a motivator.
I’m here to tell you something so much simpler and better to motivate you to be healthy. And when you hear it you will better understand what being healthy is. And the immediacy of the rewards sustains that motivation.
Here it is, the reason to make efforts to be as healthy as you can:
It literally makes each day easier to get through.
While trying to take care of our health impacts our long term wellness, it most certainly and noticeably impacts our daily wellness. Working on your wellness actually makes you have happiness each day -even in light of things that typically piss you off. And the kicker? It doesn’t take as much effort, pain, and time as you think. Health is simple. (You needn’t have a nutrition degree and spend hours reading up on the newest exercise trends and toxins to avoid.) And the benefit after that? It enables you to be the best and brightest YOU which inspires people to do the same. You are free to pass on your joy and radiant health like a contagious smile.
Don’t understand? Don’t believe me? “I can’t believe I just spent my time reading this much of the article for that empty crap?”
Stay with me.
Example: My kids drive me nuts. When my kids drive me nuts then my husband is suddenly much less cute and humorous. The dirt in my house becomes my enemy. I am crabby. My back hurts. My shoulders are tense. I have a headache. I haven’t pooped yet today. I’m gassy. I crave sugar. I can’t remember laughing. I tried going for a run the other day but it was just depressing and my legs are like jelly today. I nodded off at work and couldn’t get my brain to focus.
Healthy version? I found myself with more patience for my kids and I enjoyed their spirits, shenanigans and all. My hubby made me laugh when I broke a glass on the floor that we really didn’t need. My body feels looser and taller, and flowing free. I am checking out a new yoga class just because it sounded fun. I don’t need any prescriptions of any kind. I am focused and have energy, and feel ALIVE. And you know what? I have the patience to be kind.
So how does that work?
The basics? (with suggested minimum time spent) Note that these cover ALL areas of your health – body, mind and spirit – because BaredFeet deeply believes they are intertwined and you will get no where if you only work on one area.
Total time daily (not including eating): 41 minutes
Start with one or two. Look for the immediate tangible BENEFITS, no matter how small, and see what happens over a week or two – see what changes build. See what starts to domino positively. Two weeks until something is a habit. A habit means our brains and bodies crave it, making it easier to keep up with. One new habit can create more.
We don’t have to be perfectly fit to be healthy (“fit” is not necessarily healthy). We have minds and spirits that overpower that – HOW DO YOU FEEL (sense and emotion)? That is the key. Grow health from the inside out and it becomes HAPPINESS. We all deserve that! And it can be EASY! Then we choose health because it feels awesome instead of like a chore.
And, most importantly, working on your health can help you FEEL AWESOME every day. Plus all that long-term benefit stuff we talked about before! Yes you will die of something eventually. But you won’t have to care about that. You have easy good days and are too busy enjoying life.
Don’t believe me? TRY IT.
Some days I just want to complain or feel grumpy and unmotivated. It can feel nice to complain that my back hurts, I have a headache, my kids make me cranky, my house/job/spouse create stress, my digestion is off, I’m not sleeping – and settle into that feeling of “Poor me”. But when those days come more often than they should I realize that is an alarm that I need to take action.
I know in my heart it is a one hundred times better feeling choice and will solve my problems to: eat nutritiously… exercise regularly… meditate daily… floss… drink more water… not eat before bed… scream into a pillow instead of at my children… come to the yoga mat often… do things just for myself that I love… practice awareness to manage my emotions… and to cleanse and strengthen my energy system since I am a highly sensitive person.
Blaming others, or things, for my problems doesn’t do a dang thing. I’m not even sure why we do it – are we looking for those things to fix how we feel? Life takes us off balance and we have this amazing ability to bring it back to balance and create our own health and joy.
Do we? YES.
While I have to admit I do pretty darn okay most of the time (thank you sensitivities for giving me awareness and thank-you life experience for teaching me enough self-love to do what I do), but, particularly as temporary stressful circumstances come around or bad habits sneak back in, I choose to wallow, eat more sugar, stay up late, talk snarky, widdle through Facebook posts instead of flossing, watch TV instead of my thoughts… and I have wondered to long, “Why do I choose to keep the icky feelings instead?”
I’ve been asking myself this for the past year in particular. I have a 2 year old son whom I care for full-time and still nurse. He has had pretty severe separation anxiety and so I have not had much time away from him since his birth. I am pretty tired. As much as I know I need replenishment, stress reduction, time for myself, rest, healthy eating to keep up vitamins for both of us, it is hard. “I don’t have time.” “I don’t have energy.” I tell myself. But I know full well (from have the articles I’ve written on quick stress reducers) that it doesn’t take much time to care for myself, just intention, that I can just roll out two yoga mats instead of one so my son and I can get our yoga on together, that I can turn my music on in the car instead of the stuck-in-my-head-forever-toddler-tunes, that I can be thankful when I notice I’m cranky, and journal when I crawl into bed, and that ALL of those things MAKE ME FEEL SO AWESOME. So I have been asking – WHY do I want to keep these icky habits? Why aren’t I making any effort?
One can’t move forward when there are roadblocks. So we have to start by looking at what is blocking ourselves. Our fears tell us this is the hard part, but none of it is really hard if we go one step at a time.
So I’ve been trying to pay attention to my responses, my thoughts about things that stress me, and asking what the things I’m complaining about are giving me that is so valuable (our ego only lets us keep things that we find value in).
What have I found blocks me? What benefits does doing nothing give me? (And what do I remember is the actual truth in each one)
So, some suggestions for you, in summary. I hope these insights motivate you to turn inward and perhaps help you clear some roadblocks that might be preventing you from making good choices.
Additionally, as I always want to know how I can teach my kids valuable things, tell your kids these things, EVERYDAY maybe:
We all know we are supposed to eat less sugar, but HOW can we when it tastes so good and is seemingly everywhere? What exactly is the problem with sugar anyway? Can we truly have it just as the reward it is designed for – without the guilt, fat or indigestion?
Welcome to Sugar 101. The below information should help you have a healthy relationship WITH sugar, yes WITH.
The first thing to know is that there is a difference between natural and added sugar.
What is Sugar and How Does it Work in Our Body?
There are three types of sugar: fructose, glucose and sucrose.
Why is sugar bad for us anyway?
The general health concern over sugar, due to its conversion to fat and the toll on insulin, is its link to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. There is also concern for liver health, as the liver cannot process vast amounts of sugar (particularly as it is dealing with all the other regular toxins in our daily lives). See the below boxes for other documented ways sugar impacts our well-being.
But I think it goes beyond these concerns. While long-term wellness and avoidance of disease are the touted reasons to eat healthily, I say live for today – a BETTER today, by noticing how eating healthier makes you feel better on a day-to-day basis!
I notice subtle different reactions to different kinds of sugar (and amounts) – particularly if I am over-stressed already. For example, table sugar and alcohol make me feel almost anxious and sick to my stomach, high-fructose corn syrup makes me emotional and gives me a headache, while honey (which has the same glucose-fructose ratio as table sugar) doesn’t give me any noticeable reactions other than craving more of it. Because of lower/higher processing, sources, and vitamin/mineral content your body most likely has different reactions to different sugars. I can definitely see these kind of varied reactions in my children!
The most powerful fact about sugar is its addictive nature. When sugar hits our system, it boosts serotonin (happy) levels in the brain, our brains are designed to look for glucose for survival, but the crash from the high levels of fructose generate a craving for even more. Particularly we are sensitive to this cycle when we are stressed – both physiologically and emotionally (needing the quick pick-me-up). The cravings of addiction prevent us from our ability to see how it negatively impacts us and our intuitive urges to stop consuming it. Breaking this addiction cycle is key to reclaiming your health.
Where is it?
Before we start consuming or eliminating sugar, we need to look at how much is in our diet and where the sugar is.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 9 teaspoons (38 grams) of added sugar per day for men, and 6 teaspoons (25 grams) per day for women. The AHA limits for children vary depending on their age and caloric needs, but range between 3-6 teaspoons (12 – 25 grams) per day. Take a look at your pantry… (go ahead) Honey Nut Cheerios has around 9g per serving, one Kashi granola bar has 5g (your kids have now had their fill), Wish Bone Thousand Island dressing has 4g, Nature’s Own Whole Wheat has 1g per slice, 4g of sugar are in that tiny teaspoon of sugar you added to your black coffee. That leaves 1g of sugar left without dinner or dessert. That Snickers Bar you ate at snack time? = 20g. Exceeding this recommended dose can be detrimental for our liver. Be careful reading grams of sugar in something, though, because it can be misleading. Nutritional content labels include ALL kinds of sugar – natural and added. AND reading numbers on nutritional content labels can make us obsessive compulsive.
What IS my point with the above gram counting? SUGAR IS IN EVERYTHING. Forget counting grams and calories, not only is that too much work, it is beyond that. When everything tastes sweet we are training our brains to a certain level of sweetness and we get addicted. Then the amount will just add up and up. Also, when sugar is in everything, every item we eat is interfering with our calcium/magnesium absorption, our digestion and our liver/kidney functions. We need to first rid ourselves of the addiction = enter the cleanse.
SUGAR CLEANSING STEP BY STEP
STEP 1: Find and Replace
Look for no-sugar-added versions of all the processed foods in your house. Food companies know how addictive sugar is – that is why they put it in your food. Does canned soup really need sugar, for example? The key to beginning a healthy relationship with sugar is: GET ADDED SUGAR OUT FROM WHERE IT DOES NOT BELONG.
The best case I can give = YOGURT. Yogurt has a surprising amount of added sugar, to get people to eat it, but it interferes with the calcium we are eating it for! Eat only plain yogurt from whole or 2% milk. (That type of fat in that quantity is good for you by the way). Plain yogurt is the only yogurt without sugar. Add your own fruit. I have gotten many a kid accustomed to plain yogurt – it just takes time to get used to the change.
This rearranging of your daily diet, simply replacing foods you don’t need added sugar in with foods that don’t have added sugar, will change your life. And you haven’t even tackled removing treats, yet!
Now, after that?
STEP 2: Guiltless Rewards
Save sweets for reward time, as they were intended. If the only added sugar you are consuming is in baked goods (you can find bread and cereal without sugar) you can bet that it is probably okay to have one a day without any guilt whatsoever. (16g in a Betty Crocker brownie) Enjoy every morsel. Here are some no-sugar added snack ideas: https://baredfeet.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/top-no-sugar-added-quick-snacks/
But remember I said it goes beyond just how much sugar but what kind – because of how it makes you feel. So notice how those sweets make you feel – 15 minutes later, an hour later, the next day. Decide if it really is worth it.
Better yet, find other ways to reward yourself and cope with stress than reaching for food. Here is some help with this very important step: https://baredfeet.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/rewarding-yourself-well/
STEP 3: Cleanse
Once you’ve done the above two steps, try taking two weeks where you don’t eat any added sugar at all. Tell others when you are going to do this to gain support. You don’t ever want to go cold turkey, or your system will have withdrawl symptoms (and you’d be better off with the sugar!) Instead:
Two weeks is key for resetting your brain’s relationship to sugar.
When you have withdrawl symptoms or cravings – drink water and exercise. This will flush out any toxins that have built up – your body will know it is cleansing when you stop putting sugar in it. Water also curbs your appetite. Otherwise if you are actually hungry, find a substitute snack or take a nap. It takes some staying power, but after those two weeks you will be amazed how you feel – sleeping better, mood better, thinking clearer, digestion and energy improved. And when you start returning to sugar, hopefully better educated, you will notice that your cravings are gone and probably will notice things tasting sweeter than you remember.
I hope this has been educational, and that you try these things! I love my sweet treats, and feel I can safely indulge now. At BaredFeet I try to offer a group sugar cleanse three times a year – right before times of stress or after periods of eating unhealthily are ideal. Share with me your struggles and successes please! Let me know any questions you have also. We will continue to learn together.
Use this handy sheet in emotional moments. I designed this for kids’ use but adults will appreciate the simplicity. Show your kids these tools so they will know how to reach for them on their own 🙂