Time for a Healthy Boomer Body

January 12, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

screen-shot-2011-01-12-at-43715-pmBalance your body!

Guest: Kathi Casey, renowned health and wellness coach, author and owner of the Healthy Boomer Body Center.

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Podcast: Recorded Jan 4, 2011

If you’re a baby boomer and are wondering if you can get in shape this year,  just ask Kathi Casey and she’ll tell you, “Of course you can!”

At 40, Kathi was an out of shape, overweight accountant with high blood pressure and a host of other health issues.  Now at 58, she’s in the best shape of her life.

Find out how she did it and how you can too, even when you don’t have time in your schedule…or don’t think you have time.  We’ll also talk about Kathi’s other secrets to balancing family, career, health and wellness and how to lose pounds - permanently!


The Joy of Natural Living

January 2, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

Live healthy, young and joyful ~ naturally.

Guest: Dr. Susan Smith Jones, author of her new book The Joy Factor


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Podcast: Recorded Dec 21, 2010

Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor

Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor

“I haven’t had a cold or taken medications in almost 25 years,” claims Dr. Susan Smith Jones, author of her new book The Joy Factor ~ 10 Sacred Practices for Radiant Health. Just looking at her — it’s easy to believe. Dr. Susan looks strikingly young as her health and joy seems to radiate from every pore.


She is the author of over 26 books and 1,500 magazine articles, selected as one of 10 Healthy American Fitness Leaders by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. With 30 years at the University of California Los Angeles

(UCLA) teaching students, staff, and faculty how to be healthy and fit, Susan teaches that the body is designed to be self-repairing, self-renewing, and self-sustaining and that the power to live a radiantly healthy life is within everyone’s grasp.

“Great health comes from the farm and not the pharmacy,” is Susan’s motto for joyful, natural health as she believes in fresh, raw foods every day. On Bloom Talk, Susan reveals her secrets on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle by living more naturally - listing her top 5 foods for vibrant health -  and why joy is so important to nourish both body and soul.

Dried Plum & Apple Green Smoothie

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Her Journey to Natural Healing and a Healthy Lifestyle

December 10, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Healthy Lifestyle, Who's Blooming

screen-shot-2010-08-10-at-111447-pmIt seems like a lifetime ago that I was smoking cigarettes, drinking sugar free soft drinks and rarely exercising.  That was my lifestyle when I was in my twenties.  By the time I was in my later thirties, I had started exploring natural healing modalities, like massage therapy, Reiki, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, supplements, exercise, etc.  There wasn’t anything in particular that sparked this transition – simply a desire to look and feel my best.

As I embarked on the healthy lifestyle path more and more, I felt disconnected from my corporate job in the advertising industry.  I longed to inspire other people to follow a healthy lifestyle and to create products that would help them feel better, naturally.  Sixteen years ago, I decided to focus on the study of plant essences.  They were so versatile in their healing properties and capabilities.

For the next four years I studied with different teachers and learned as much as I could about these amazing plant essences.  I then created a home based business and formulated products for individual people.  Ten years ago, I left my corporate job and launched my line, under the brand name Essence of Vali (Vali is my nick name).

It is important for people to realize that the body care products they use should be natural.  Otherwise they are introducing chemicals into their bodies that are potentially harmful.  I always tell people, “What you put on your skin goes in”.

At this point in my life, I follow a very healthy lifestyle.  I rarely drink alcohol – a glass of wine on special occasions is it.  The foods I eat are NOT processed.  Every day, I have a large salad with different veggies, sunflower and chia seeds, with a can of sardines.  I eat simply and never large portions.  I weigh the same now as I did when I was in my twenties.  In terms of exercise – 3 times per week aerobics and weight lifting.  One day per week, I take a restorative yoga class.  I also never drink soda or coffee – water is my main drink.  Green drinks are also very powerful and effective for staying healthy.

My physical body is very well taken care of with diet and exercise.  In terms of my psychological and spiritual well being, I attend a Buddhist mediation class on Sunday, do restorative yoga and lead a life balanced between work and play.

Health on all levels is a gift we can give to ourselves.  Each day, we make that choice through decisions we make on what goes in and on our body.  It is my hope to live in a world where people truly honor the temple of their bodies in a loving way each day.

In health, beauty and wellness,


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screen-shot-2010-08-10-at-102907-pm1Valerie Bennis, founder and creator of Essence of Vali natural healing blends, is committed to each and every person’s health and well being and believes it is preferable to use the gift of nature in achieving this. Her products have won industry recognition for their fragrance, effectiveness and appeal to men, women and children of all ages. They are 100% natural using the healing energy of plants for health and well being. Essence of Vali