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Filtering by Category: Wellness Wednesday

How to Raise Your Vibration When You're Not Feeling Your Best

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Photo: Judy Finelli, "High Vibin'", Self Portrait

Photo: Judy Finelli, "High Vibin'", Self Portrait

This time of the year can be tricky. For some reason it's been unseasonably cool in NY and I found myself wearing a winter hat so I'm glad I didn't put everything away when I was spring cleaning. But hear's the thing, depending on what's going on in your life, this time of the year can be awesome, fun filled with activities and feel-good events.  But on the other hand, it can be deflating if you're a body conscious person who may not want to deal with the heat and the swimsuit season. It can go either way.. 

Sometimes we get in a funk and have no idea why.  More importantly, we're unable to identify how to get out of it.  It's as if your head is nebulous and you're unsure how to move forward.  If this sounds like you, frankly it happens to all of us at one point or another, so you're not alone my dear.

Here are ten ways of lifting your spirits and raising your vibration when you are feeling less than stellar:

1. Look in the mirror and say to that reflection staring back at you how beautiful you are and how worthy you are of happiness.

2. Put your best foot forward by wearing your favorite outfit, particularly something super flattering.

3. A little red lipstick never hurts! If red isn't your thing, I encourage you to find a sassy shade you've not worn before like a wine color. The point here is to glam up your look and appreciate your femininity in all its glory.

4. Go get your hair and nails done. Being pampered is a fast way to raise your vibration because you are releasing tension and feeling good that you look great.

5. Exercise. Running or dancing do the trick for me but really anything that makes you sweat and is good for the heart applies here.

6. Meditate. Taking ten or even fifteen minutes to clear your mind and breathe makes a world of difference. Doing it everyday will change your life!

7. Nourish yourself well. You'll be surprised how much of a difference clean eating can make in the way you feel. Try incorporating green juice, plenty of water and lots of colorful fruits and veggies to your diet.

8. Sleep. Get yourself in bed early enough to get the amount of rest your body needs to function it's best.

9. Cry it out. Whatever has you in a funk is holding you back from raising your vibration and sometimes stress, tension or anxiety are culprits. A good cry never hurts and helps unblock any emotional blockages that you may not realize are there.

10.Have a great laugh. Just as healthy and liberating as crying can be, laughing has similar effects. Ever have a great laugh? It feels awesome! If I can't go to a comedy club or speak to a friend who always makes me laugh, my go to is Seinfeld reruns or Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.. instant mood changer and vibration is suddenly higher than it was before.

**Bonus: Music! There isn't anything that great music can't help with. Crank up the tunes and sing or dance along!

I hope these suggestions help you as much as they always help me. If so, I'd love to hear it!

What do you do to raise your vibration?



Do You Know What Tamarind Is & Why You Should Consider Getting To Know This Powerful Fruit?

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photo, Judy Finelli, "El Tamarindo"

photo, Judy Finelli, "El Tamarindo"

During the earlier years of my childhood, I walked through my maternal grandparents’ farm in the caribbean like it was a magical place I couldn’t get enough own personal secret garden in which I roamed freely with my cousins and brothers.  There was always something new to discover and doing so in such an innocent yet educational way was such a treat.  I climbed trees and tasted every edible piece of nature there was.. it was truly heavenly.

One such edible piece of nature that I remember grabbing was tamarind that had fallen off its tree.  It was this long curvy and slightly bumpy brown pod, with a outer shell that required a bit more finesse than my five year old hands could manage, but that I remember cracking open with accomplishment.  As long ago as this was, I recall my grandmother telling me not to swallow the seeds and that the pulp would make me sleepy.  I remember these words as if I had heard them yesterday.  

Fast forward over thirty years later and I have a picky, sugar loving, daughter and an infant son who seems to think stopping his body’s natural bowel rhythm is an everyday ‘thing” he refuses to transition out of.. ugh..  


In researching this ancient food, I find that it could be helpful for clients who experience bloating or constipation and seek natural ways to get relief.  Because I can’t do a traditional cleanse on a six year old or keep inserting glycerin suppositories in my little man’s bottom, I’m continuing my holistic traditions by arming myself with as much credible information as possible to create remedies that work for my family and our way of life. I recently asked my Mom to help me find a great batch of tamarind I could use for medicinal purposes.  Sure enough, she delivered.  After all, the apple doesn’t fall that far from the tree as they say.  

I soaked about three unshelled pods in filtered water until the pulp softened and was easy enough to strain and ultimately make juice.  It was great and my daughter liked it’s sweet and sour taste.. at least she tried it which was more than I could have asked for.  I’m refraining from introducing the juice to my son until he’s a about a year old and I do further research.  

I will say that the juice did help Valentina initially and it's definitely something that I'll consider doing for her when I see that she's had too many sugary snacks or her appetite is a bit off.  I mean, there's only so much prune juice you can give a kid, right?! But I do believe that it's important to cleanse the body properly to be able to receive and digest good nutrition.  With this belief comes the responsibility of doing so accordingly being mindful of various factors.  I touch upon this here simply because I've struggled with getting my daughter to eat real food and to help her with not so healthy cravings.  The reality is that children will be picky from time to time and we have to do the wisest thing possible to get them back on track without traumatizing them to later result in negative body image and/or poor self-esteem.

photo: Judy Finelli, "El Tamarindo, fruta divina"

photo: Judy Finelli, "El Tamarindo, fruta divina"

During my chats with women and men, alike, I find that the issue of digestion is one that is quite common and that is one not freely discussed.  Some folks say their digestive systems are slow while others are just continuously suffering in silence while popping antacid meds in between meals hoping that the recurrence won't be as badly as before. If this is you, read below to find out what this awesome fruit can help relieve. Such include, among countless others:

  1.  Stomach discomfort

  2. Indigestion

  3.  Constipation and bloating

  4. Fevers

  5. Sore throat

  6. Rheumatism

  7.  Inflammation

  8. *  The dried or boiled tamarind leaves and flowers have other medicinal uses that I am currently researching such as swollen joints, and sprains which as a runner, I'm very interested in knowing more about.


To get your hands on this fruit, do research on Latin American markets near you or grocers that cater to Asian or Indian cooking.  Chances are you'll discover more uses by simply asking.  I'm so fascinated by this ancient fruit that I'll likely be posting recipes and more information as I continue my journey.

Has this article been helpful to you?  I hope so.  Please let me know in the comments section below what is something you are currently dealing with that this fruit could possibly help you relieve? 

As always, lots of love.



Disclaimer: This article has been written for educational purposes only with a personalized tone from the author. It is not meant to cure or treat any illness or disease you may suffer from.  Please  consult your doctor and/or specialist for specific medical concerns.








The Mighty Lemon & The Benefits of Adding It To Your Dietary Lifestyle

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   photos by Judy Finelli


photos by Judy Finelli

I love lemons.  I remember as a child being introduced to lemon tea with honey to start the day and was hooked.  Clearly I had no clue of the health benefits but I credit my old school grandparents for playing such a pivotal role in my passion for holistic care and wellness in general.

Today, I include lemon in everyday recipes like salad dressings and most of all in water.. hot or cold.  I learned of the benefits of hot lemon water by experimentation.  As someone who has knowledge of what feels right for my body in aiding digestion and also to help rid of toxins, I incorporate hot lemon water to my daily hydrating routine.  Honestly, it has made such a difference in how I feel and how my skin looks to how my digestive system operates.

Though both warm or cold water with lemon are just as good, I find that starting the day with warm water and adding a slice of lemon prepares my stomach to receive the first meal of the day.  As an intuitive and clean eater, I feel like my food choices are better after drinking hot lemon water because my stomach feels so light and clean, I don't want to consume anything that makes me feel less than that.

Here are some benefits of adding lemon to your water:


  • Vitamin C goodness for your immune system
  • Energy booster in the morning (yup, it's true.. you can give caffeine a break ;)
  • Helps keep the pounds off (um.. yes, please!)
  • Makes you feel fuller & therefore helps control your appetite
  • Reduces cravings of unhealthy food choices
  • Cleanses your palate

So I want to hear from you ..what are your thoughts on this?  Is lemon water something you've tried? If so, has it made a difference in your dietary lifestyle?