Heartsong Fit With Vickie Maris | Healthy Ways to Address Stress (Health)








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You'll hear the sounds of nature in this episode of Heartsong Fit. I recorded it out in the woods as I was taking a morning walk for exercise. I have my llama, Heartsong, with me. You'll hear the cicadas singing in the background as we navigate around tree branches, unsuccessfully duck under spider webs and frustrate my horse, Madison, who wanted to go with us on the trail.

If you like to walk for exercise, you'll hear about reasons for getting off the treadmill and taking your exercise outdoors! It's very good for our brains!

Take a Walk for Exercise or Stress Relief
You might like to do yoga, cross fit, running, cardio and other forms of exercise, but consider adding some walking in your day to break things up. If you walk alongside a body of water, you reap even greater benefit!

Below you'll find links to the article I mentioned about the benefits that come when you exercise outdoors. You'll also see links to our music which I have in the background in the podcast. If you'd like to make a donation to help offset the costs of producing the show, you can use the link to my Patreon account. Check out rewards you can receive for the various levels of donation!

Blog post about beneficial changes in your brain while walking outdoors -  http://www.wimp.com/what-hiking-does-to-the-brain-is-pretty-amazing/

Music used in the background of Heartsong Fit -
Llama Dance from the Wabash Gypsies album

Reference was made to these episodes of Heartsong Fit -

Episode 4 is a walk with my llama, Heartsong, during the fall of the year.

Episode 12 is a horseback ride on my horse, Madison, also during the fall. I chat about the keynote speaker, John Medina, who is author of Brain Rules. He spoke at the International Online Learning Conference (OLC) I had recently attended.

Donations to support the podcast

Thank you for listening to the show and thank you in advance if you decide to become a monthly supporter of Heartsong Fit by making a donation in any amount through my Patreon account. - http://www.patreon.com/vickiemaris


Direct download: HF019LlamaWalk.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 4:06pm EST

I am excited to be back sharing stories with you through the show, Heartsong Fit! In this episode, I talk about the reasons why I had stopped producing the show for a while and what it was like to get it back online for you.

You'll also hear a preview of the next episode when I take you out to Wolf Park. Find the show notes for the episode at http://heartsongfit.com/16

Direct download: Ep16BackOnAir.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:12pm EST

Episode 11 of Heartsong Fit With Vickie Maris features an interview with singer/songwriter Nicky (Rood) Kerr. She tells her story of her journey through a songwriting degree, on to Nashville and how she incorporates the challenges of Type 1 diabetes into her busy life as an entertainer.

Show notes are located at http://www.heartsongfit.com/11

You can find more about Nicky when you visit her website:  http://www.nickyroodmusic.com

Direct download: HF011.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 9:01am EST

This episode is a conversation between me and Linda Brammer about the 21-day gentle cleanse Ultimate Reset. We walk listeners through their experiences doing a 21-day cleanse. We step through the Program Guide and share several tips learned along the way. You'll hear about the benefits gained from the change in eating habits and addition of the supplements during the 21 days. We both experienced weight loss and were feeling much better at the end of the experience.

We also talk about several of the recipes used during the cleanse. By Week 2 of the program, we were eating vegetarian and vegan meals.

If you'd like to learn more, I kept a journal during the Reset, which appears in my blog. I was active as a Beachbody coach at the time of the recording. http://www.heartsongfit.com

Direct download: HS008.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 1:13am EST

Hiking along the trails on the farm is one way that Vickie finds relief from stress after a busy day. She often takes one of the llamas with her for walking on the trails. They both benefit from walking for exercise, and at the same time enjoy each other’s company on the trail. 


Vickie teaches you about llamas along the journey and describes the elements of nature that they encounter during the walk. Listen to the llama hum, the creek rushing by, the Sycamore leaves crunching under foot and other sounds from the walk.


Frog Chorus
The frog chorus you hear in this episode is the real deal. Vickie and Scott were returning from a Friday evening dinner out when they passed through Prophetstown State Park and heard the frogs singing in the lowlands of the park. They stopped the vehicle on a service road and hiked over to the swampy area with recorder in hand to capture the frog chorus for you. This location is about one mile from the farm, and the frogs can be heard all around the farm during the spring.




There is a Pinterest board that Vickie maintains at www.pinterest.com/heartsongfit about hiking with llamas for exercise. Repinning a pin from that board to your own Pinterest account would be a fun way to share this episode with others! 


If you’re not a Pinterest user, you can connect with Vickie on the social web in other channels. Twitter and Instagram are two of her favorites. You can find her at either location with the handle @vickiemaris (http://www.twitter.com/vickiemaris or http://www.instagram.com/vickiemaris). Vickie also appreciates when you connect with her in iTunes by subscribing to the podcast for free and by leaving your rating and feedback in iTunes. This step helps the show improve in its iTunes ranking. 


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Category:Health -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

Mary Mitchell, health counselor, shares wisdom in this interview with podcast host, Vickie Maris. While the conversation was conducted in early 2013, it has been repurposed for this show so that you can benefit from Mary’s insights. She shares several very useful tips and concepts for busy people who are striving to improve their eating habits. Her tips can help you in your weight loss journey as well. She addresses the primary and secondary foods. Before her conversation about secondary foods, Mary describes the importance of finding balance in the primary foods: career or purpose, physical activity, spiritual activity and relationships.  

Responding to Cravings
In regards to healthy snacks to satisfy a craving, she reminds us about the importance of responding to a craving by drinking a glass of water first, then waiting about about 15 minutes. If you’re still having a craving, then respond with a healthy snack. But more often than not, you were actually dehydrated when you first noticed the craving, and the glass of water will take care of the situation. Drink up!


Did You Work Out Today?

I have finished the workout program, Focus T25, and recently started the new in-home fitness program, 21 Day Fix, with Beachbody trainer, Autumn Calabrese. Hear a quick description of this new program that includes 30-minute workouts and containers for food portion control. Also hear a reminder of why it’s important to listen to your body.


If you’d like to easily track your own fitness stats, blood pressure readings, inches lost, and more, you can you can set up a free account through my Beachbody website. https://teambeachbody.com/heartsongfit


Let's connect! 

There are many ways you can connect with me on the social web. LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram are a few of my favorites. You can find me at these locations with the handle @vickiemaris (https://linkedin.com/in/vickiemaris, https://www.twitter.com/vickiemaris or http://www.instagram.com/vickiemaris).


I also appreciate when you subscribe to the podcast for free in Apple Podcasts or other podcast directories. 


At the end of this episode, you'll hear a story from my mom, Lucille Maris. I have been  interviewing my Mom, for a book I am working on about my parents’ life during WWII. It stems from the memoirs my dad, Lt. Col., James R. Maris drafted about his 30 missions as a bomber pilot.


There will be more about the book in later episodes. For now, please enjoy this delightful

story that Lucille shares about the day she and her girlfriends ran to the top of the Hotel Jayhawk, Topeka, Kansas, to wave farewell to their husbands as the men buzzed the top of the building in their B-24 bombers and headed on their journey overseas. Future episodes of the podcast will close with additional short stories told by Lucille to Vickie.


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Category:Health -- posted at: 5:14pm EST

My mom, Lucille Maris, shares her secrets to keeping fit and healthy at age 91 ½ years (she is 97 at the time of this edit!). Lucille talks about eating healthy from the time she grew up in the 1920s to her diet of meals she prepares in the kitchen of her condo today which are for a gluten-free diet. 


Lucille talks about outdoor activities in the one-room school house she attended to moving on to the large high school, Urbana High, where she played sports from 1936 to 1940. She was a three-sport athlete:  softball, volleyball and basketball (which women played as a half-court game at that time). In her sophomore year, she was captain of the girl’s softball team. She also discusses the PE (physical education) requirements of a high school student during that era of United States history.


In another section, Lucille talks about her switch to a gluten-free diet and what motivated her to start eating gluten-free. As an outstanding cook, she gives you ideas about how to make gluten-free cooking part of your life. Here is clarification about the grains that contain gluten and that you should avoid if eating gluten free:  


wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). If you’d like to learn more about a gluten-free diet, you can visit the Healthy Lifestyle Newsletter from Mayo Clinic:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/gluten-free-diet/art-20048530


Lucille’s husband (my dad), Professor and Lt. Col. James R. Maris, was a pilot in WWII and flew B-24 bombers. He served the United States of America in active and reserve duty for more than 20 years. Lucille introduces the subject in this episode. 


Future episodes contain short stories that Lucille tells about her life as a stateside bride during WWII. These are at the end of several upcoming episodes. Through her stories, you’ll feel how she dealt with the stresses of the time, and you’ll laugh and cry along with her as she recounts vivid memories of those days. 


In this episode she talks about a one-room apartment she lived in with no kitchen privileges while Dad was on base. She also talks about sitting through a double-feature movie twice one day to pass the time while she had no communication with dad and was worried about his safety.


Book Review
Learn a few insights about the marketing book, Fascinate, by Sally Hogshead. The author teaches you about how to captivate your audience and lead them to trust, believe and respect you. You can connect with Sally on Twitter:  @sallyhogshead or visit her website at www.sallyhogshead.com



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Direct download: HSF_Episode0001.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:44pm EST