Research indicates that Earthing the body affects physiological functioning in a variety of ways. Because of this, we strongly recommend that any individual taking medication to thin the blood, regulate blood sugar, control blood pressure, or to supplement thyroid activity should consult with their doctor before using Earthing products, and then monitor the medication. An adjustment in medication may be necessary.
Luce Lockhart finds herself in a predicament this holiday when she maxes out her credit card. Desperately wanting a ruby necklace, she reluctantly agrees to walk her wealthy neighbor’s dog, Hank. While at the dog park, Luce meets Dean who discovers the park is going to be developed into a spa by Luce’s neighbor. Asking her to help stop the development, Luce is stuck in a position between acting against her neighbors or disappointing Dean.
With the threat of having to close her father's candy store, Wendy and her six-year-old daughter Grace travel to the big city in hopes of making extra holiday cash to save their family store. When she's offered a job in the toy department of Wolman's, the city's biggest department store, Wendy can't wait! Her excitement doesn't last long when the store's new corporate fixer, Teanna, progressively destroys the Christmas spirit throughout the store, replacing Santa with hunky male underwear models surrounded by elfin "babes." What no one is aware of is that Teanna has in fact sacked the real Santa. Wendy reaches out to the old man, but it seems even he is giving up hope. With her daughter losing faith in the holiday, Wendy realizes the true meaning of Christmas needs to return to Wolman's before it is too late.
Ashley lives in the fast lane until a handyman invades her life and she's directing a Christmas play for underprivileged kids. She runs into her ultimate soul mate. They may live happily ever after unless her step brother gets her killed.
At a Christmastime event, Jenna shares an impromptu, unforgettable kiss with the dashing billionaire, Cooper Montgomery. Unaware of his intentions and fearful of getting hurt in another relationship, Jenna vows to resist his charms, but begins to realize his affection is real as the two spend more time together.
Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father's gift business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad's former partner in Snow Falls, the hometown she never knew. When a snowstorm strands her at the town inn, she's forced to work for her keep, and in the process, finds romance and discovers the true gift of Christmas.
A suburban town is torn apart in the aftermath of an accidental teen drug overdose in this ensemble film exploring the mysteries of modern faith.
When a reporter goes undercover as a tutor to get the inside scoop on a playboy prince, she gets tangled in some royal intrigue and ends up finding love - but will she be able to keep up her lie?
A pastor who's suffered a personal loss accepts a position in a town that believes in a Christmas miracle candle, which he strives to abolish.
The Christmas Bunny is the story of a Michigan family, facing tough economic times, who take in a withdrawn foster child, Julia (Sophie Bolen). Convinced she's unlovable, Julia dreams of becoming "real," like the Velveteen Rabbit in her treasured storybook video. When a real-life rabbit is injured by her foster brother in an accident, Julia meets the Bunny Lady, a local recluse who cares for people's cast-away pets, and both their lives are changed by the encounter.
Maynard, a beloved local businessman, is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot during an inebriated romp through town in a makeshift gorilla costume.
Single mom Jen Robbins, who is a writer of human interest stories for the newspaper in the small town where she has lived all her life, lost the Christmas spirit ever since her ex-husband Paul walked out on her six years ago on Christmas Eve, when their son Eric was only one year old. Jen, however, wants to make a happy life for Eric, who still believes in Santa Claus and in the magic and spirit of Christmas. Part of that happiness is finding a man to be that father figure that Eric never had. Jen thinks that Sam Franklin, the new investigative reporter at the newspaper, might be that man. But despite her disdain for Christmas, she seems also to be falling under the spell of Chris, the mysterious man who is the shopping center Santa Claus. What Jen is unaware of, but what Eric truly believes, is that Chris is really Kris Kringle Jr., the heir apparent to the magic of Christmas. Chris has for the last several years during the Christmas season stayed in one town looking for that special woman to become the next Mrs. Claus, so that he can continue the Christmas spirit into the next generation. He has so far been unsuccessful in his search. But whoever that woman has truly to believe in the spirit of Christmas for Chris to be able to take over the reigns from his father. Chris, who believes Jen is the one, has to try and get her to believe in Christmas again all before the stroke of midnight on Christmas morning. But a cynical Jen may not be easily persuaded, she who may believe that good guy and down to earth Sam is a better match.
A young couple breaks up and faces the prospect of the holidays turning into one long pity party. Their solution: pretend they're still together.
A young man seeking the father he has never met ends up barricaded inside of a liquor store with five other people on Christmas Eve.
How Do I Ground Myself?
I am about to share with you of one of the most profound discoveries I've ever made. So extreme is this old concept, that for anyone with chronic illness will have immediate effects.
About two weeks ago I had a couple of weeks off work for some much needed down time. As usual, throughout the first week, I could feel my body decompress continually for seven days. It is as though my body must move through the added kinks of stress in life to reconfigure back to basic course again. Working prompts great stress for anyone suffering from fibromyalgia. Most of us live for the weekends when we can build up our energy stores again.
Throughout this first week and into the second my body was filled with aches and pains. Movement of a flu or minuscule virus could be felt as my body became charged with extra flem and fluids. My head held extreme pressure and most of my time was centered near my favorite hangout anymore - my bedroom. What's the use of weeks off anymore? They are just an added stress of pain and displeasure.
One particular day pain was cursing through my feet, to my thighs, stretching out to my hips as I was checking up on my Facebook to live life through others. It was there I found the short film on grounding I shared with you last week. Thoroughly intrigued, I watched it. And with each passing moment i could feel the electricity of change, I knew I was onto something.
Just as the sun gives us warmth and vitamin D, the Earth underfoot gives us food and water, a surface to walk, sit, stand, play, and build on, and something you never, ever thought about—an eternal, natural, and gentle energy. Think of it perhaps as vitamin G—G for ground. What does that mean to you? Maybe the difference between feeling good and not so good, of having little or a lot of energy, or sleeping well or not so well. You can’t see the Earth’s energy but some people can feel it as a warm, tingling, and pleasant sensation when they are out walking barefoot along the water’s edge at the beach or on a stretch of dew-moistened grass. (Earthing)
Years of extensive research has shown that connecting to the Earth’s natural energy, by walking barefoot on grass, sand, dirt or rock can diminish chronic pain, fatigue and other ailments that plague so many people today. This connection is referred to as Earthing or Grounding.
To put it briefly, when your bare feet or skin comes in contact with the earth, free electrons are taken up into the body. These electrons could be referred to as nature’s biggest antioxidants and help neutralise damaging excess free radicals that can lead to inflammation and disease in the body. The Earth is a conductor or free electrons and so are all living things on the planet, including us. The body is composed of mostly of water and minerals which in combination are excellent conductors of electrons from the Earth providing there is direct skin contact or some other conductive channel for them to flow through.
The Earth’s energy upgrades one’s physiology by allowing the body to cope and repair thereby promoting wellbeing, vitality and better sleep. It also harmonizes and stabilizes the body’s basic biological rhythms, knocks down (and even knocks out) chronic inflammation and reduces and eliminates associated pain, making it the most natural and powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-aging remedy around! No matter what your age, gender, race or health status you will benefit from a daily dose of Earthing! (Barefoot Healing)
BENEFITS EARTHING HAS BEEN SHOWN TO HELP WITH:
Armed with the video and the above information after researching, I decided to give this a shot. What do I have to lose? I wasn't doing a damn thing on my break that I had planned; so why not throw caution to the wind? So, I drug myself up, and trudged outside during the latest Arctic blast. Granted I live in the southern states, but it was biting cold nonetheless. I bundled into sweat clothes and ventured outside. I slipped off my fleece Dawgs and planted by feet on the ground.
The effect was almost instantaneous. I never had anything work so quickly and effectively in my life. I began to feel tingling in the soles of my feet. Within five minutes my mind went internally after I noticed I could breathe easier and my nose no longer felt stopped up. My nose is always plagued with sinus issues during the colder months. I constantly feel as if I am coming down with some type of cold or flu.
Two more minutes in and I visually checked my feet, ankles, and knees because I began feeling a relaxing sensation all of a sudden. I focused my inner sensing to my hips. All gone! I was still lying on my chaise and turned over to place two hands on the ground - just me the bare earth and grass. Within minutes my nueropathy pain was extinguished. I stared up into a blue sky, deeper than I've ever remembered and wondered what did I find? The wind whipped around me, but I didn't seem to notice. I was connected to the earth and something enormous was happening to me.
How long do I ground?
Throughout the week I had more energy, able to focus longer and better, and I was not as hungry. For some reason during the winter months my body over compensate for hunger when I was stressed or frustrated. This I believe is the weight gain factor in fibromyalgia. For some reason, in the summer months I would take off a few pounds, but quickly put it back on when winter/fall began. I know this is a common factor in weight gain, but if you have a chronic illness, you crave more carbohydrates when you extended your body's natural resources.
I will be sharing more information in the upcoming weeks. I offer you this simple exercise this week to give it a shot. What do you have to lose? Bundle up, step outside, and slip your shoes off.
Good Reads: The Medieval Cookbook
I've decided to add a great cookbooks. I am sure there are other Foodies out there that enjoy reading a good cookbook. When ever I hit the library, you can always find me in the cooking aisle browsing.
This book takes the reader on a gastronomic journey through the Middle Ages, offering not only a collection of medieval recipes, but a social history of the time. The eighty recipes, drawn from the earliest English cookbooks of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, are presented in two formats: the original middle English version and one adapted and tested for the modern cook.
In a fascinating introduction, the author describes the range of available ingredients in medieval times and the meals that could be prepared from them—from simple daily snacks to celebratory feasts—as well as the preparation of the table, prescribed dining etiquette, and the various entertainments that accompanied elite banquets. Each chapter presents a series of recipes inspired by a historical event, a piece of literature, or a social occasion. Here we find descriptions of the grilled meats consumed by William the Conqueror’s invading forces; the pies and puddings enjoyed by the pilgrims in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales; and the more sumptuous fare served at royal feasts and Christmas celebrations. The author ends with a discussion of herbal recipes for various ailments.
What Is Grounding?
Valerie utilizes an extensive amount of research producing this blog. Categories are purposely set up in stages, rather than topics, so you can easily implement one step at a time.