Monica CullinaneGrand Junction Free Press Health & Wellness Columnist

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April 11, 2013
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CULLINANE: 'Grow' your healthy life

The weather is getting warmer and now is a wonderful time to get outside, get some sunlight and Vitamin D. Do you know that Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer and breast cancer, and even affects diabetes and obesity? When sunlight touches your skin, without sunscreen, your body makes Vitamin D, which is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition.Where are you getting the other vitamins such as A, B, C, E and K, and the minerals - iron, calcium, zinc, iodine, magnesium and selenium? The best way to get those nutrients in your body is by eating a variety of 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.With the nice weather upon us you might want to plant a garden to harvest those yummy vegetables so important to your health.You can play with soil and seeds, and if you are more passionate about it, you can become a Master Gardener, or invest on an aeroponic growing system.If you want to be a Master Gardener, call the Colorado State University Extension office at 970-244-1841. The program is every spring from January to March.The CSU Extension is a great resource for any question related to what you are trying to grow or if you have any bug or plant disease issues. They also have an amazing website http://www.ext.colostate.edu/. There is a lot of information about everything from insects to improving your soil, to taking better care of your lawn, how to prune fruit or shade trees, how to recognize a problem in your yard, and how to grow a better vegetable. The program is all about healthy, robust gardens and yards. You will learn that if you have a healthy garden; bugs and diseases tend to stay away.If you want to learn about the aeroponic growing system, join the Tower Garden Party on Tuesday, April 16, from noon-1 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. Call 970-683-0166 or email info@academyofyoga.com to RSVP, get event details and location directions. Visit the website and find out more http://www.monica.towergarden.com. I am sure you can find something for what you want, small or big.And talking about gardening, planting, harvesting and seeds, Sunday, April 14, 4:30-6 p.m. we are having a special workshop called "Bring Your Vision to Life" at the Academy of Yoga, 1048 Independent Ave., suite A207, that weaves with the theme of seeds and harvesting as we are exploring key elements to manifest your dreams into reality, by tapping into our intuition, having a sense of purpose in life and of understanding. You will be guided to "see through your third eye" and create a structure of support to make your goals truly happen.Thinking and finding what "seeds" are you planting today and what are you going to harvest "tomorrow" in your life. Literally, you are going to choose what seed do you want to plant and plant it, and also by creating a Vision Board, we are together co-creating our reality. Come prepared not just to delve into yourself but to have fun and use your creativity; please bring glue, poster board and magazines. April is a catalyst month, and if one of your goals is to boost your metabolism, get rid of fattening toxins, jumpstart your weight loss and keep the pounds off for good, the "Detox and Cleanse for Great Health" seminar, cooking class and program are just around the corner.• April 15 from 6-7 p.m. seminar with Dr. Scott Rollins at the IMC• April 19, Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. "Detox Cooking" class• April 20-30, "Detox and Cleanse Program"To finalize the month, to relax and renew, to nurture and nourish yourself, what about a Yoga Retreat in Ridgway at the Chipeta Sun Lodge and Spa in the majestic setting of the San Juan Mountains. It's a nice gift to give yourself or your loved one.I would love to hear from you, any suggestions, and any topic you want to see discussed here. What do you usually do in April? Call me at 970-683-0166.Academy of Yoga owner and certified health coach Monica Cullinane has a private practice coaching clients on how to reach their goals for health, weight loss and stress reduction. Additionally, she teaches yoga, presents workshops and lectures on living a healthy balanced life. She is available for a FREE initial consultation at the Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado (www.imcwc.com). Call 970-245-6911 to schedule appointment.


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