The HEAL Technique, developed by Dr. Rick Hanson, is a simple practice that builds greater capacity for positive experiences and enhances well-being. The video below explains more about it, and I have provided a guided HEAL experience for you to sample below.
Here's to your happiness!
Click the green play button for a 5-minute guided experience of the HEAL technique.
View Rick Hanson's TED talk about "Hardwiring Happiness"
Many of Julie's health partners request specific recommendations for products and tools. She has assembled here a variety of items she has found helpful and that partners have given a "thumbs up". Please read our Disclaimer and Disclosure Statement before choosing to use any of these resources for yourself. If you'd like to provide feedback on your own experience, please contact us!
Protandim - Protandim is a patented, science-based formula comprised of natural plant ingredients that has been clinically proven to reduce oxidative stress in humans by an average of 40% over 30 days when taken daily. It works through a process known as Nrf2 activation, communicating with cells and regulating "survival genes" so that cells can function at an optimal level. Nrf2 activation is a process that is linked to other healthy lifestyle choices, and a 2014 study suggested that it "may well become the most extraordinary therapeutic and most extraordinary preventive breakthrough in the hisotry of medicine." Click here to learn about Julie's personal experience with Protandim -- and why she expanded her practice to include LifeVantage products. If you are seeking high-quality wellness products, Julie invites you to learn more about what LifeVantage has to offer.
Fitbit - A number of Julie's partners use Fitbit products as a way to track their activity level. It is a great way to increase awareness about how much you move. Some of the Fitbit products also allow users to track sleep. The web-based used interface has numerous features that allow one to see results over time, set goals, and interact with other users, if desired. Fitbit offers bracelet models and models that clip on to a waistband. Less expensive versions are pedometers that track the number of steps that you have in a day. Higher end models also have an altimeter (useful if you climb a lot of stairs) and track the number of minutes that the user engages in more intense activity.
Artisan Bistro Pro - For folks who are learning new eating patterns, having some healthy convenience foods can be a relief. Artisan Bistro Pro has designed an array of products that are consistent with a low-glycemic Mediterrean nutrition plan and the FirstLine Therapy plan that Julie offers as an option in her metabolic wellness programs. Individual meals feature organic, non-GMO ingredients that are flash frozen to preserve freshness and nutritional value. They currently offer about 20 different meals. Each meal is approximately 12 oz and is formulated to offer approximately 30 grams of protein, 2-5 servings of low-glycemic, phytonutrient dense vegetable, and approximately 300 calories per meal. They can be prepared using a skillet or a microwave. (For thoughts about how to re-use the shipping packaging, please check out Julie's blog post: Thinking Outside the Cube)
Wherever You Go, There you Are (Jon Kabat-Zinn) - This classic book, written by the originator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) provides short, practical instructions for incorporating mindfulness practices into your daily life.
50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food (Susan Albers, Psy.D.) - Many people struggle with eating for emotional reasons, rather than to satisfy hunger. This book offers a mindful approach to identifying what you want and need, and simple and practical alternatives for soothing yourself.