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We all love Halloween, but what can footwear possibly have in common with this holiday? We’ll tell you!

1. Color! Autumn and, in particular, October, seems to explode, what with those bright blue skies, gorgeous foliage, orange decorative lights, pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns.

Take a look at the vibrant colors of the pluggz Fall line: purple loafers, green mocs, red and black quilted ballet flats—plus, of course, those classic neutrals like black and brown, so reminiscent of tree trunks and the ground!

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2. Grounding

Fall’s the time when we start eating more root vegetables, like carrots, parsnips and turnips. Rather than growing toward the sun like greens, these veggies grow up from the ground–and they, in turn, make us feel more grounded.

Pluggz keep us grounded too; in fact, they are the next best thing to going barefoot, because a proprietary “plug” connects us to the Earth and enables electrons to freely pass through. In today’s modern, hectic world, we often have a shortage of electrons which creates an imbalance—and, in turn, negatively impacts our health.

3. They make us happy!

Halloween brings out our inner child. We jump in the leaves, connect with nature and tell silly jokes (which turn us all into 4th graders). We go pumpkin picking and then carve them up and then go trick or treating.

Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” Shoes make us happy, especially when they both look and feel good. When our feet smile, so do we, and like the “lucky dress,” our shoes can change our moods and make us feel more confident, successful and sexy.blackshoesandballSo here’s a question for you: Can your shoes change your mood?  As always:  “Change Your Shoes, Change Your Life!”

ABOUT PLUGGZ

Pluggz is a footwear brand featuring proprietary grounding technology. Pluggz shoes give people a direct connection to the Earth when they walk on grass, sand, soil and even concrete. To view our complete line, please click here.

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1. Feed your body, mind and spirit, literally.  There’s no doubt that some foods are a lot more powerful than others, and that includes vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds; some spices like turmeric and cinnamon; and herbs, such as parsley and garlic.

2. Manage stress.  Stress is inevitable and if you don’t learn to manage it, your body will be flooded with those “fight or flight” hormones, cortisol and adrenaline.  If you’re a stress case you’ll probably toss and turn all night…and speaking of which…

3. Get enough sleep.  A few years back, the Archives of Internal Medicine conducted a small, contained study.  They gave 153 people the rhino (common cold) virus by nose and those who got less than 7 hours were 300 percent more susceptible to getting a cold.

4. Limit alcohol intake.  Although some studies reveal that moderate alcohol intake can actually aid the immune system, alcohol overall has detrimental effect on health, including the brain and cardio system.

5. Exercise can enhance your mood, by releasing endorphins which can make you feel better and reduce stress. It also controls weight and promotes better sleep. Exercise fights fatigue by carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells.  It also helps detoxify the body, by eliminating toxins, accumulated wastes and poisons.

6. Practice gratitude. Robert Emmons’s book, Thanks!  reveals that those who practice gratitude regularly are 25 percent happier, because you become more optimistic and that makes you healthier and happier, boosting your personal and professional life.  It raises your vibration and makes you feel even more connected, leading to clearer thinking and more decisive action.

7. Get enough rest and recreation.  Go out in the sunshine, play with the kids, pets or your friends. No, it’s not selfish!  If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of others?

 

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Modern life has made it pretty difficult for us to keep track of the changing seasons, but nature celebrates growth and constant renewal. That’s inspiring and energizing, leading to increased mental focus and better clarity, supporting the mind-body-spirit connection.

So whether it’s mind, body, health, friends, family, diet, or more, keep these in mind in the spring:

  • Lighten your diet!  Fresh, tender greens, such as dandelion, chard, baby spinach, escarole, watercress, etc., are abundant and are a welcome change from the hearty, heavy diets that sustain us in winter.

Greens are versatile—many can be eaten cooked or raw—and they nourish and detox the liver to keep it functioning optimally. An added benefit:  Greens grow toward the sun so you reap that great energy.

  • De-clutter your home and mind: Get rid of papers and clean out your closets and files.  Eliminate limiting beliefs and thoughts that no longer serve.
  • Grow and nurture:  Fertilize, fix up your yard or outdoor space, and start planting flowers, shrubs and veggies.

CHANGE YOUR SHOES, CHANGE YOUR LIFE

 Put on your sunglasses!

The pluggz spring line—ballet flats, mocs and loafers– includes a large assortment of dazzling colors, such as brilliant orchid, one of the hottest spring trends, all available in a variety of textures, including full-grain leather, suede, flannel or linen.

Ultra-comfort comes from superior arch support, moisture wicking, antimicrobial insoles and the proprietary “plug” that enables you to connect to the earth.

WHY DO WE NEED TO CONNECT WITH THE EARTH?

The Earth is a powerful, natural energy source. When we walk barefoot, we absorb the Earth’s energy through our feet in the form of electrons. This reduces the buildup of protons in our bodies, bringing us into balance.  Walking barefoot allows us to become grounded on a daily basis. Grounding provides many health benefits, including aiding heart health and reducing inflammation, which is responsible for so many diseases.

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Mardi Gras:  We think of  purple, green and gold colors, long beads, parades with gorgeous floats and exotic masks.

Mardi Gras is the final celebration leading up to Lent, a rather solemn holiday.  It’s deeply rich in history; in fact, Mardi Gras can be traced back to Medieval Times.

The celebration makes us think of New Orleans, where people sit on the ground, eat yummy food and play and listen to great music—but it’s observed around the world.

How can you have a low vibration, or not be grounded, during all the fun and merriment?

You can have your own Mardi Gras celebration, even customizing some of those traditional  Mardi Gras treats, if you want.

We spoke to Julia Dzafic of www.lemonstripes.com. Julia is both a fashion expert, as well as a health coach, so who better to give us suggestions?

FASHION

Keep it simple, but do ask your guests to incorporate some of those famous Mardi Gras colors, purple, green and gold.

“Just don’t go overboard,” she says. “Start with a neutral base like jeans and a black sweater, then maybe wear a gold bracelet, green earrings or purple shoes.”

FOOD

“My favorite part of Mardi Gras just might be eating those King Cakes,” said one New Orleans native.

King Cakes and the Hurricane, a sweet, alcoholic drink that often includes fruit juice, syrup or grenadine, served in Hurricane glasses, are the two iconic Mardi Gras treats. Julia suggests experimenting with the Hurricane, perhaps using a green juice instead of syrup or fruit juice.

King Cakes are probably Mardi Gras’ most famous treat. They’re ring-shaped, decorated in the traditional colors, and come with a small plastic, porcelain or gold baby figurine, which symbolizes the baby Jesus.

Some King Cakes, which look more like cinnamon-laced bread, with fruit, nut or cream fillings. You can make your own vegan version, perhaps by using almond milk cream, or a gluten-free version with garbanzo bean, lentil or other gluten-free flour.

 

 

 

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In the past, both wild animals and cavemen were naturally grounded, having regular contact with that powerful energy source, the earth.  All were lean and healthy.

We may have evolved from wild animals or cavemen, but animals can still teach us a lot about grounding:

  • Diet.  Wild cats ate rodents and birds.  Wild dogs consumed their entire prey, including brains, kidneys, liver and more.  Today’s pets still do best with a diet as close to nature as possible, with anatomy that includes shortened intestines and a lack of certain enzymes—not to mention an increase in allergies.  We should eat close to nature, too. In fact, the caveman wouldn’t eat anything that wasn’t hunted or picked.
  • Get outside, get active.  Wild animals and cavemen spent their days walking, running, hunting and climbing.  Today, pets stay mostly indoors, and shoes, asphalt, wood, rugs and plastics keep us from making contact with the earth.  Both humans and pets now experience weight issues, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, increased inflammation and more.
  • Sense of community.  Dogs, especially, are social and travel in packs. In fact, the wild dog would have a special howl to alert the other dogs of a new puppy, and the other dogs would howl and dance in celebration.  Human beings are also naturally social, but we all live separate, lonely, isolated lives. Maybe it’s time to start reaching out again!
  • Positive thoughts:   Some pets have one mood, pure joy and happiness, and reveal that mood even in the worst of times. When an animal does get mad, it’s all over in minutes, without any grudges or resentments. Some pets had terrible starts to life, but now live in warm and loving homes. We call that hope. Some animals, like horses, have big, generous, loving hearts—and some just make us laugh. .

 

 

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Halloween is just around the corner and this holiday really keeps us grounded.  Here’s how:

1.    We connect to nature. We spend a lot of time in the outdoors on Halloween, especially if our kids need us to go trick or treating with them. We jump and play in the leaves.  We’re surrounded by beautiful autumn foliage.

When yoga instructor, Vanessa Spina, returned from a trip to the woodlands and forests of Northern Massachusetts, she wrote on her website, “I am convinced, once again! That the greatest pathway to the heart of the self is to stand at the threshold of nature and let awe and rapture settle you into your own heart which is a sample of your own nature. The woods held the key to so many secreted, special wonders.”

2.    It brings out our inner child. Remember when our only responsibility was school and homework and we’d get to play outside endlessly for hours? We’d be so busy running, jumping and playing outdoors that it’d be almost impossible to bring us in for a meal, but now many of us just sit in front of the television chomping on cookies!

3.     Chocolate!  The Greeks call it “food of the gods,” while others call it “food of the devil”—but when when dark and comprised of 70 percent cacao, chocolate is a super food that’s loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.  Remember, moderation!

4.    Pumpkins, anyone?  They’re great to look at, fun to carve, and good to eat.  Loaded with Vitamin C, antioxidants and all kinds of phytonutrients, they boost immunity, aid eyesight, help heart health and fight cancer. Don’t throw out seeds, either, because they’re full of antioxidants; toast them for a healthy, tasty snack. Want a real nutrient powerhouse? Mix pumpkin with another super food, yogurt. Try it with plain Greek yogurt—yum!