The 3 B’s…
We all have our must-haves in life; what we feel we need to feel comfortable and safe. We look to tangible items quite often to ﬁnd that security. Favorite foods or sweaters, pillows, teddy bears and the likes can invoke pleasant feelings. Some of us rely on conditions, situations or other people. But regardless of what each person’s must-haves are, what we’re all really seeking is happiness and contentment in some form or another.
Wikipedia deﬁnes happiness as “a fuzzy concept and can mean many different things to many people. Part of the challenge of a science of happiness is to identify different concepts of happiness, and where applicable, split them into their components.”
Personally, I think it becomes a counter-productive process to over analyze what can be speciﬁcally considered happiness as it really is a subjective term. So for myself, I created the 3 B’s. Be well, be ﬁt, be happy. You can look at this as an equation or as 3 complimentary states of being. But for me the 3 B’s travel as a pack.
First off, I should explain who I am and why I even feel I get an opinion on such an important topic. My name is Sheri Myers. For the past 10 years, I have been the owner and master trainer of Fōkus Pilates Studio and Boutique in Laguna Beach, CA as well as a designer of women’s activewear and a line of hand made jewelry and accessories. At Fōkus, I have not only taught hundreds of Pilates enthusiasts but have also had the honor of certifying a good number of men and women to teach Pilates to others. In addition, I have created a retail and organic skin care boutique and organic airbrush tanning studio. Over the years I have hosted various professional advisors such as Physical Therapists, Structural Integration Specialists, Nutritionists, Holistic Healers and Chiropractors. These professionals have either been in as clients, co-workers or as guests providing services to myself or my clients. Regardless of their roll, I have taken the opportunity to learn from each and every one of them so that I can enrich not only the experience my clients have at my studio but also so that I may enrich my own life and journey.
My clientele over the past decade has included professional athletes, moms, teens, post injury and surgery rehab cases and beings of all types with one common goal: to feel well… Alongside the obvious physical results of Pilates come the emotional and physiological results. Pilates empowers and shapes the core, lengthens and strengthens all muscles in the body and can improve posture and the execution of movement. The longer, stronger body leads to an improved physical appearance which can lead to a more conﬁdent emotional state. All of this helps to increase body awareness and balance which can lead to the desire for a healthier lifestyle in general. All of these self-caused improvements create a sense of control over one’s general health which then can lead to mental strength and a sense of calm. Quite a chain of reaction!
In my experience working with the fabulously vast array of people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, I found that while each person may have different speciﬁc goals, they all want to feel good. To feel good we must be well from the inside so that our body operates optimally. To feel good we must be ﬁt to some degree so that the outside of our body operates optimally. To feel good, we must feel happiness. I take a signiﬁcant interest in acquiring all of the above, not just for myself but also for my clients and other people in my life.
This blog site is a step in furthering this endeavor. I hope to share with my readers all the interesting, wonderful, helpful and sometimes disturbing facts about wellness, ﬁtness and happiness that I learn from my research. You, the reader, may beneﬁt from the information or maybe able to teach me something I can beneﬁt from. Either way, my plan with this site is to reach the global community that shares my same goals: to Be Well, Be Fit, Be Happy…
We’ve all heard the term “you are what you eat.” Our mothers told us, our doctors told us (or should have), our exercise and nutrition advisors preach it. The internet and ﬁtness magazines are full of articles and blogs making claims about foods that will give you energy, cure disease, shave pounds, improve concentration, etc… Some of the claims seem a little sketchy, especially those articles that automatically link you a website that offers a miracle supplement for just $19.99. I poke fun but I’ve been guilty myself of making a couple online purchases with the hopes of a life changing capsule. Sadly, many of those products are bogus but the idea of certain foods being the gateway to health beneﬁts is real. And usually, it doesn’t require a magic pill to get the beneﬁts, it just takes a trip to your grocer.
The term “Superfood” has been thrown around a lot lately. There isn’t a master list (that I know of) that can scientiﬁcally identify all the existing superfoods and the fact is that there are a lot of different opinions on what those foods are and what gives them that hefty title. The Macmillan Dictionary deﬁnes a ‘superfood’ as a food that is considered to be very good for your health and that may even help some medical conditions. The Oxford Dictionary deﬁnition states that a superfood is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneﬁcial for health and well-being”. Pretty simple actually, and those deﬁnitions allows for the encompassment of a whole lot of different foods. I personally LOVE the concept of certain foods being super, especially when they taste good and have noticeable positive results.
One of the recent leaders in this powerful community made up of edible items is coconut oil and it has become one of my personal favorites. Aside from seemingly obvious uses such as cooking and baking, the list of beneﬁts this tropical oil can offer seems endless so I’ll just share some of my favorites and those I’ve tried personally.
Cooking/Baking – Coconut oil is an excellent replacement for vegetable oils because it can stand up to extremely high heat. Some of the oils out there will change in composition when heated to high levels and can not only lose their nutritional beneﬁts in the process but can also become toxic.
Dietary Supplement – Just a tablespoon of organic, unreﬁned coconut oil a day can aid in digestion, boost metabolism, relieve allergy symptoms, boost energy and help with the body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium.
Garnish/Flavor Food – As a substitute for butter, coconut oil can be a healthy way to top your toast or popcorn. Add a scoop to your non-dairy smoothie for a richer consistency and sweeter taste.
Oil Pulling – This is an Ayurvedic technique that detoxiﬁes the body, cleans the teeth, mouth and gums, and can clear acne and act as an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent.
One way to oil pull is by swishing a spoonful of coconut oil in the mouth for 10-20 minutes (as much as you can stand) per day prior to brushing your teeth.
Moisturizer – You see it in the ingredient list on several skin and hair care packages because coconut oil is highly moisturizing. Use on your hair as a hair mask before washing (the longer you leave it, the better. I sleep in it at night). Slather your skin in it after your shower. Use as a lip balm or as an under eye cream or eye make-up remover (it’s been said to reduce pufﬁness). Rub on dry heals or cuticles to heal and soothe.
Medicinal – Coconut oil can soothe or alleviate psoriasis and eczema. Rub on cold sores to clear them faster naturally. Melt into hot tea to soothe a sore throat. Because it’s naturally anti-bacterial, it can help with exterior fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. Use as a natural mild deodorant.
Other Uses – Coconut oil is said to provide an SPF of 4-6 when applied to the skin (of course not a suitable replacement for sunscreen on those beach and pool days). Use on your pet’s skin issues such as hot spots (it can provide them with relief and is non- toxic should they lick it). Lubricate guitar strings. Use to remove chewing gum from hair or remove a ring that is stuck on your ﬁnger…
I personally keep a jar of organic, unreﬁned coconut oil in my kitchen cabinet, at my bathroom sink, in the shower and I always take a jar with me when I travel. Remember that it does turn to liquid when heated and solidiﬁes when cool so make sure it’s wrapped tight before you throw it in your purse of glove compartment! With all of these beneﬁts, it truly is a super food and a natural and economic alternative to so many other products… Long live the Coconut!!!