Gretchen Hidell

headshot_gretchen_smallGretchen Hidell: Intuitive Astrologer, NLP Life Coach, Hypnotist, & Reiki Master

Gretchen has worked with me in my office for, wow, 10 years. If you haven’t had an astrology reading with her, it might be time. Gretchen is just fabulous.

Introducing, Gretchen Hidell:
Make personal discoveries which lead to self-empowerment & healing. Allow me to guide you through the exploration of your Soul’s Blueprint. Release patterns, gain knowledge, and reconnect with your own beautiful Spirit!! I have been studying the art of Astrology for 35+ years now! Both my mother & grandmother had interest in the subject and my mother started buying me Dell Astrology Books when I was just 12yrs old. Since then, I’ve been reading Astrological Charts for friends & family throughout my life. I have many types of Astrology charts to choose from and several styles of Readings.

In addition to my extensive knowledge in Astrology, I also use my Intuition and Physical Mediumship abilities. I am clairvoyant, clairaudient, & clairsentient – meaning I see, hear, and feel energy. I will often have “visions” about missing person cases, medical issues, and remote viewing – using these skills to expertly guide you. Being a psychical medium means that I assist people in connecting with deceased loved ones. After a person (or pet) has passed away, very often our conversations with them feel very one-sided. I love connecting people to remind them that the veil between worlds is actually very thin.

Many times during a Reading, there will be a pattern that will be discovered in a person’s life that may not be serving them. Unlike a lot of other traditional Astrologers or Psychics, I have additional training & certifications to guide you through your own healing experiences. NLP Life Coaching , EFT, and Therapeutic Hypnosis are wonderful tools to help someone break old habits, overcome phobias, have better relationships, achieve increased confidence, master public speaking, etc.

The body wants to heal! Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. As a certified Reiki Master, I will work with you to assist your body to return it to it’s own natural state of balance & well-being. I am certified in Usui (traditional Japanese), Sechiem (Egyptian) Reiki, and Chakra Clearing.

Call me for more information!
“Readings that Run Deep”
Call/Text: (802)-999-4677
Email: Info@GretchenHidell.com
Website: www.GretchenHidell.com
Facebook Page: AstrologyUpdatesbyGretchenHidell

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Year of the Dog 2018

2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog.

Friday 16 February was the first day of the Chinese New Year this year.

Dog years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030…

The Dog is known to be friendly, kind, loyal and pack-oriented. Some of the major themes of the Dog Year are justice, practicality, protection. Honesty and truthfulness are also Dog values.

Bill Clinton and Donald Trump are Dogs.

OK, so obviously we need to take the Chinese horoscope with a grain of salt, along with some common sense. Here are some themes that can help everyone, especially during a Dog Year.

Practice tolerance and empathy. Listen. Reflect. When having a challenge conversation, can you slow down and hear where they are coming from? Are their end goals similar to yours? Is their way of getting there different? Embrace diversity in thought and dig deeper to uncover the why of how others think. You may learn something from someone else’s perspective!

Family, friends and community are very important for the Dog Year. This is a time for family get-togethers and deepening friendships. Sharing healthy meals together is such a great way to be in community together. Don’t over do it with comfort foods and sugar. Sugar will deplete the digestive energy.

This is the year of the Earth Dog. In Chinese medicine, the Earth element is about the Spleen and Stomach and digestion. Healthy goods are: soups and stews, roasts meats with root vegetables, and casseroles.

This year could easily lead you to being more of a homebody, which is ok if you don’t let inertia get the best of you. Be at home, do projects, declutter & organize, read – and – Exercise balanced with stretching and relaxing will be key for the Earth element.

Worry is associated with the Earth element, too. Worry is not good for the digestion – and an energetically weak Spleen and Stomach will often lead to worry. They say that most of the things we worry about this year won’t actually happen. So, for the sake of your health, try to let your mind chill a bit. Relax, it’s all good.

Remember, being more tolerant in 2018 will be best for everyone, yourself included. Appreciate the differences that others in your community have to offer.

Enjoy 2018 and play like a Dog!

 

 

 

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Spring Cleansing

Every spring for the last 15 years or so, I do a cleanse of some sort. It started with one month of no sugar, and I did that several years in a row. It was such a great reset. I had been finding it hard toIMG_3294 resist all the wonderful sweet treats available everywhere. Quitting sugar for a month was like hitting the reset button and afterwards I definitely found I craved sugar less and was able to resist the sultry temptations. And now to this day, I can walk into Stone Soup and admire the piles of sweet yumminess, pay for my savory selections, and go on with it, without a second thought. Success!

Since then I have probably done about five different cleanse programs, each one a couple times, including Clean and Restart, and now I am 25 days into what I call a Whole 30-inspired month (the Whole 30 with some modifications – and perhaps I will do it for longer than a month).

What these cleanses all have in common is simple – eat lots of vegetables and protein & fat rich foods including meat, fish, and some nuts – and take out sugar, alcohol, breads and processed grains. Restart and the Whole 30 are pretty similar to the Paleo diet, which means eating mostly meat and veg, and cutting out grains, legumes and dairy. Also with these cleanses you can eat minimal sweet fruit, but all the avocados and cukes (fruits that we think of as vegetables) that you want.

The key to success, besides spending lots of time in the kitchen prepping food, is getting plenty of fats. Drizzle Saratoga Oil Company olive oil on your steamed broccoli (sprinkle on some sea salt, too), cook eggs in coconut oil, ghee or strained bacon fat, reheat roasted root veggies and add some extra ghee. Eat bacon and avocados whenever you can :)   You get the idea.

This time cleansing is extra great for me, because my husband is on a very similar plan. He is doing mostly meat and vegetables with some fruit, nuts, and dairy. His plan is not limited to 30 days and he gets one “cheat” a week, which makes it more sustainable for the long haul. He is finding that he is feeling amazingly well and noticeably stronger in his work-outs. He is really focused on getting plenty of protein and it seems to be positively affecting his muscles. He looks slimmer even though the scale is slowly dropping.

With these cleanses, you have the option of making them an elimination diet. If you suspect that you have some symptoms related to certain foods you can take those foods out, ideally for at least 3 weeks, and then add them back in one at a time and see how you fee. The most common culprits are dairy, gluten/grains, eggs, and night shades (peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, tobacco). Nightshades can cause joint pain and stiffness in some people but since those foods are so ubiquitous it can be hard to see a pattern until you completely take them out and then try them again. If they turn out to be a problem for you, it is possible to take take them out for a few months, while eating quite clean-ly in general, and then put them back in without having problems. In this case it is not a true allergy, but an intolerance due to an overloaded system. Cleaning it up can make a big difference.

Happy cleansing.

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Zero Balancing I in Burlington, Vermont 22-25 March 2018

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Zero Balancing I      March 22-25, 2018

A 25 hour professional bodymind therapy training for health professionals with Michele Doucette DC

Zero Balancing is a leading-edge, hands-on, body-mind therapy. It combines the Western view of medicine and science from the field of osteopathy with Eastern concepts of energy and healing from the field of acupuncture. ZB affects the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) by providing both structural therapy and energy medicine simultaneously. It promotes a deeply meditative state in which sub-optimal tension patterns are easily released. Like adjusting the tension on a guitar string, ZB leaves a person more in tune with their essential being, more resonant with their true self…more relaxed, comfortable, resilient, awake, self-aware, grounded, and expanded.

ZB I is approved for 25 hrs. Continuing Education credit (through VT Board of Chiropractic, NCBTMB, NCCAOM, and several other accrediting agencies.  Accepted for VT/NH PT/OT credits)

The instructor:  Michele Doucette DC, practicing/teaching ZB for over 20 years in Wilmington, VT.  To register contact Dr. Doucette at 802-464-2361  bones@sover.net  www.zerobalancing.com   Course Fee:  $795, $695 if pd 1 mo. advance, $595 2 mo. advance.

Hosted by Kelly Kaeding MS LAc at the Vermont Center for Acupuncture & Wellness
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Zero Balancing intro Thursday 18 May 2017 and ZB I in September 2017

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with Michele Doucette DC

Thurs 18 May, 6:30-8:00 pm
Vermont Center for Acupuncture & Wellness
161 North Street Burlington, VT
 

Please join us for a free talk and demonstration about Zero Balancing (ZB). Come if you are interested in learning about energy, receiving ZB, or studying Zero Balancing.

 

Zero Balancing I

A 25 hour professional bodymind therapy training for health professionals
with Michele Doucette DC
 
September 21-24, 2017
Vermont Center for Acupuncture & Wellness
161 North Street Burlington, VT
 

Zero Balancing is a leading-edge, hands-on, body-mind therapy.  It combines the Western view of medicine and science from the field of osteopathy with Eastern concepts of energy and healing from the field of acupuncture.  ZB affects the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) by providing both structural therapy and energy medicine simultaneously.  It promotes a deeply meditative state in which sub-optimal tension patterns are easily released.  Like adjusting the tension on a guitar string, ZB leaves a person more in tune with their essential being, more resonant with their true self…more relaxed, comfortable, resilient, awake, self-aware, grounded, and expanded.

ZB I is approved for 25 hrs. Continuing Education credit (through VT Board of Chiropractic, NCBTMB, NCCAOM, and several other accrediting agencies.  Accepted for VT/NH PT/OT credits)

The instructor:  Michele Doucette DC, practicing/teaching ZB for over 20 years in Wilmington, VT.  To register contact Dr. Doucette at 802-464-2361  bones@sover.net  www.zerobalancing.com   Course Fee:  $795, $695 if pd 1 mo. advance, $595 2 mo. advance

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YEAR OF THE ROOSTER 2017

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR

IMG_0487Saturday 28 January is the first day of the Chinese New Year, the year of the Fire Rooster.

Rooster years: 1909, 1921, 1933, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2017

Rooster qualities – commitment, loyalty, honesty and outspokenness – can help us all in 2017. The Rooster’s vivacious and charming energy draws people to them and they can be quite influential. In 2017 with Rooster energy abound, we can all be change-makers.

Don’t’ be afraid to take the spotlight and speak up for what you believe in.

With right effort, goals will be realized and projects completed.

Best place to start is with yourself and your health. Implement your exercise, meditation, nutrition intentions. 2017 brings an open slate for you to begin your next masterpiece.

In numerology, 2017 is a 1, which signifies new beginnings. Astrologer Gretchen Hidell advises that we choose to put our energy where we want to see it grow in the coming years.  “Energy flows where attention goes,” Gretchen always says. Listen to Gretchen’s You Tube video about 2017.

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DRAGON PARADE

 

Every year on First Night there is a Dragon Parade down Church Street just before the early fireworks. The dragons were made by different schools and other groups and the parade is led by Sambatucata, the Argentinian marching percussion band.

Here are some photos from the Sustainability Academy’s dragon and baby dragons, animated by students, family and friends of SA. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger

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For years I have been frustrated with what I call the brainwashing of our society about what foods are healthy. Even medical professionals routinely recommend dangerously unhealthy diets to their patients. Where is the confusion coming from? Denise Minger hits the nail on the head with her new book, Death by Food Pyramid, and clearly shows where the food pyramid came from and why it is so up-side-down..

Denise Minger is research scientist with a doctorate in Nutritional Sciences who started her career with a powerful critique of The China Study, a study that condemns animal foods. She has since published hundreds of articles about health and nutrition. She advocates for traditional whole food diets which include healthy fats.

Michael R. Eades, MD, too, found her work fascinating and wrote a sort of cliff notes/blog trailer for it, which you can read here.

Check out: Death By Food Pyramid: How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Ruined Your Health and How to Reclaim It

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THE SKINNY ON FATS

We have been misled nutritionally for decades and I want you to know the truth. Here it is. Fats are good for you. Good fats are good for you, that is.grilled beef

 

Good fats are natural fats such as animal fats (beef, lamb, pork, chicken, duck, goose, butter, ghee), full fat dairy (preferably cultured), fish, eggs, coconut, nuts, seeds, avocado, and cold pressed oils (olive oil, fish oil, nut and seed oils – not heated).

 

Bad fats are processed fats, hydrogenated fats and cooking vegetable oils. These cause atherosclerosis, heart disease and cancer.[1]

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RESTART Sugar Detox starts January 24th and January 26th

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Nutritional Therapist and Transformational Coach, Lisa Lord, is running a 5-week program called RESTART.  3 weeks of the program is a Sugar Detox, with one week on each end to ease in and out of the detox.

There are two sessions beginning next week:

The evening session begins Tuesday, January 24th, from 6:45-8pm, and the morning session begins Thursday, January 26th, from 8:30am-9:45am.

It is being held at my office, 161 North Street, Burlington, Vermont.

 

Lisa is also setting up an online class as well, so if the above time doesn’t work for you, perhaps the online class will be for you. Contact Lisa at 802-310-8084 or hello@lisalordntp.com

view flier here:

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