Meet Our Staff: Q&A with Jennifer

Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC

Explain the services you offer, who these help, and the expected results. 

In my practice, I use technology to assess body imbalances related to a client’s symptoms, and to determine what approach will most effectively restore balance. I integrate dietary strategies, nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes to create an environment conducive to healing and wellness.

I work with many different illnesses, including: Lyme Disease, autoimmune conditions, digestive issues, mood and sleep challenges, fatigue, and nutritional deficiencies, just to name a few. I am often ‘the last stop on the train’ for people who feel like they’ve tried everything and are still not getting relief.

Healing is a process, so I walk clients through the different stages of recovery over time, until they get the results they desire. Once wellness is achieved, most of my clients check-in quarterly to maintain their results and to do whatever they can to help prevent future disease.

What movie or TV show title best describes your week? The Amazing Race! I own Chesapeake Holistic, so I have those business responsibilities on top of seeing clients full-time. As well, my daughter is a competitive dancer who dances six days a week.

What was your first job? My first career was in television. I was a producer for a sports production company that created shows and covered events for Sports Channel America.

What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid? At a very young age I said that I wanted to “make television” after watching the show All in the Family. I was too young to really understand the tough social issues it portrayed; but, I remember noticing how it triggered intense conversations, while also making people laugh. I was hooked on the idea of being able to do that.

At what job would you be terrible? Any job that would require me to be outside in cold weather (although I think I would be a good Zamboni driver).

What’s your hidden talent? I don’t know… it’s still hiding!

If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be? Figure skating because it’s athletic and a beautiful mode of self-expression all in one.

What’s one of your favorite memories? My daughter had an American Idol birthday party when she was 7, so my husband built a stage in our garage and a friend made us a replica of the TV show’s sign. We decorated with shining stars everywhere. After the party, my whole family sang karaoke for hours: we’re not the most musically-talented family, so having everyone singing their hearts out made my heart very happy.

Any upcoming travel plans? NYC to visit my best friend and see a show.

What’s one thing about you that surprises people? I am a huge hockey and football fan, and I can get pretty vocal during games.

If you could invite 3 people, dead or alive, to a dinner party, who would they be and why? Candace Pert, Joe Dispenza and Bruce Lipton – because they’ve done amazing work bridging science and spirituality to explain how emotions affect our health. I have LOTS of questions!

What is your favorite ‘guilty’ food? Homemade potato chips with shaved parmesan from Ava’s in St. Michaels.

Are you reading anything currently? I am re-reading The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist who studies the effects of music, words and thoughts on water molecules. The results are amazing and since the earth and our bodies are 75% water, this is something to which we should really pay attention!

What’s your favorite TV show or movie? I don’t have much time to watch TV, but I am making time for This is Us because it’s brilliantly written. I love movies that take me on an emotional roller coaster ride, but I require a happy ending! I want to leave the theatre feeling better than when I walked in. One of my absolute favorite movies is Dan in Real Life. It checks all of my required movie boxes.

If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be? Quantum physics: it’s mind blowing!

If you had to choose only 3 adjectives to describe yourself, which would you choose? Loving, caring and giving (my daughter answered this one).

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 18-year-old-self? Release the fear, it doesn’t serve you well. You can choose to live in anger and fear, or you can choose to live in joy. Until I read that, it never dawned on me that my happiness was a choice.

Lighter Living: 10 Ways to Create Abundance

By Glynda Cullen, LMT, LE

Ever say to yourself, “I want MORE than ‘this’” or “out of life!”…? By setting the stage for ‘abundance’ (more) in your life, you’re opening yourself up to possibilities and opportunities.

How to Create Abundance

1) Be thankful for what you already have. It’s true! We all tend to focus on what we’re lacking, while overlooking the wealth we already have. I’m not just speaking of financial wealth, but health, home and relationships, too: all of the good surrounding us every day.

Think about it. You’re truly fortunate in so many ways. Acknowledge the positive aspects of your life and watch your abundance grow even more. If you feel thankful, you’ll actually attract more goodness.

2) Do good for the sake of doing good. It’s karma! The good you ‘put out there’ in life (into the universe) will truly flow back to you. Humility is essential: let go of the need for a reward or acknowledgement for your good deeds. By letting your heart be full of joy, goodness will be returned when you need it most.

3) Be a good friend. Friendship is the truest treasure! Be the type of friend you’d like to have. If you’re listening, friends will occasionally ask you to be there for them; say “yes!” and enjoy feeling your connections flourish.

4) Share your good thoughts about others. Have you ever reflected about the special way someone else has inspired you, helped you, or touched your life in a meaningful way? Why not let them know?! Acknowledging someone’s kindness directly (with that person), or by sharing your memory of their kindness with others, is a sure way to have that same energy flowing through your life.

5) Give to others. Remembering someone’s kindness toward you (#4 above) should inspire you to do the same: pay it forward. It’s so ironic that the more you give, the more you’ll have; but, its true! Have you ever noticed that your joy increases when those around you are happy? What can you share today (your time, your expertise, your compassion…) to help someone else find joy?

6) Forgive yourself. This is a BIG one and will need constant tending! We’re all constantly barraged with images of perfection in our culture (e.g., the perfect parent, spouse, party host…) that show us exactly how imperfect we are. But, maybe perfection isn’t such a worthy goal after all!

Everyone falls short sometimes and it’s okay. Allow yourself to be human and to make mistakes, to say or do the ‘wrong’ thing and love yourself anyway! If you can free up the energy spent on berating yourself for your latest ‘failure,’ you’ll truly increase your energy and enjoyment of life.

7) Make your wellness a priority. The cart never gets very far without the horse! If you’re drained, overwhelmed, cranky, overcommitted, unhappy, and/or stressed, you’re certainly not as productive, effective or abundant as you can be!

Why is self-care perceived as a luxury? Your body, mind and spirit need to be maintained to continue living your life abundantly. Pick one wellness goal/intention (at least!) and put the related activities – yoga, aerobic exercise, improved nutrition, massage, facial, etc. – on your schedule every month this year. Commit to your wellbeing and experience the joy of living again!

8) Turn off your electronics and truly be present with those you love. Have you observed the madness taking our society and daily interactions by storm? Electronics. Every. Single. Minute. Life cannot truly be lived virtually. Engage all of your senses and fill your emotional cup by opening your eyes and seeing, hearing and touching the life of someone special to you.

A well-crafted life includes abundant relationships that nourish your soul. There is no substitute for sharing your truest self with another person and gaining reassurance of your beauty within. Life is more satisfying when shared through good times or bad.

9) Get outdoors and experience nature. We’re all seeking balance and just short bursts of nature can help you restore it. Even if it’s cold outside, take a walk around the block or go feed the ducks down by the water. Moving your body, getting fresh air and observing the beauty (in the life around you) can refresh your spirit, energy levels and ability to solve problems.

10) Live with less. Does having more possessions really create happiness? Pay attention to the inner spark you feel when you experience real joy; this feeling rarely accompanies acquiring material possessions. If we all stopped obsessing about the latest must-have gadgets, housewares, clothes, etc., what would we actually do with our time, energy and resources?

Where is your real joy hiding? For an abundant life: instead of focusing on ‘stuff’ (physical things), look inward. As writer Joseph Campbell said, “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

At Chesapeake Holistic, our integrated wellness services can help you achieve the abundant life you seek. From massages, to mindfulness techniques and nutrition counseling, we’ll support your vibrant living goals.

Letter from Jennifer: Lighter Living & CH News

By: Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC

Recently, we talked about the value of setting ‘intentions’ (vs. resolutions) for the New Year. This month’s theme is an extension of that mindset.

So, what do we mean by Lighter Living? Essentially: intentionally ‘lightening up.’ Let go. Shed heavy emotional and physical baggage. Eat lighter meals. And, strive to maintain a joyful (even carefree) mood through meditation, mindfulness and acts of kindness.


“Letting go helps us to – live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.”
– Melody Beatie, self-help author


Need help eating more lightly? Eat Sprout’s organic and locally-sourced menu is full of healthy, light meal choices that you can order online and pickup at Chesapeake Holistic. (Keep reading for some Eat Sprout @ CH news…)

We can also help you ‘let go’ with services that lighten the soul. Try Craniosacral Therapy and Mindfulness Coaching, with Lisa, to calm your nervous system. One of Glynda’s Massages will relieve heaviness from tension in your neck or back. And, ask Cathy for a relaxing Ionic Foot Detox bath to lighten your toxic load from too much holiday cheer (or stress!).

It isn’t always easy: schedules get crazy and challenges will come your way (usually when you least expect it). But, keeping that Lighter Living goal should help you get through even the most challenging times.

It helps to know what’s coming… so, I thought I’d also give you a sneak peak about big news at Chesapeake Holistic this year

In 2018, we’re celebrating Chesapeake Holistic’s 20th anniversary – all year long!

We’re planning special offers and other happenings to commemorate this milestone. Stay tuned… as a Wellness Is Worth It subscriber you’ll receive all of the anniversary-related news (and the deepest discounts). Another great way to get CH updates quickly is to follow us on Facebook (if don’t already!).

In early 2018, Eat Sprout is adding us to their website – since Chesapeake Holistic is their only Annapolis pick-up spot. And, you’ll soon be able to order Tuesday and Friday meals from eatsprout.com, which will be delivered to our office for your pickup convenience.

Throughout the year, we’ll continue to change things up a bit with our newsletter. For example, most months, one of our practitioners will be featured in a Q&A-style profile – a fun way to get to know our staff.

Some of the topics we’ll cover in the newsletter this year include: ways to overcome allergies, anxiety and depression; planning tips for healthy family travels and back to school wellness; and strategies for achieving optimal health physically and emotionally.

I’d like to thank everyone (our readers, clients, Facebook followers, and staff) for a successful 2017! We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2018.

 

Lighter Living: 9 Tips for a Healthy, Organized You

By Guest Author: Terry L. Cooch | Owner, TLC Home

“…About 70% of doctor visits and 80% of serious illnesses may be exacerbated or linked to stress” (Health.com). You may be thinking, “No kidding, but how can I really eliminate some of the stress in my life?”

My number one Lighter Living suggestion: organization. Being organized will significantly reduce your stress, for a healthier, lighter life.

Face it. Inefficient systems in your home or office leads to clutter. This disarray in your physical spaces affects your productivity by drawing attention away from priorities. Excessive stimuli (clutter) also causes your senses to work overtime and may leave you with that nagging feeling of “What am I forgetting to do?”…

It’s a snowball effect. The resulting stress from the clutter makes it difficult to relax, which can negatively impact your body/mind health and relationships. Wellness is a great motivator for organization!

I have 9 tips for Lighter Living through organization…

Healthy Body

  1. Make room to chop veggies. To have a healthy body you need to eat nutritious meals. Avoid opting for fast food or buying packaged dinners by having simple meal plans, scheduling time to prepare, and creating an efficient kitchen. It’s easier to chop vegetables when the counter is clear of mail and school papers.
  2. Reduce allergens and germs. A regular cleaning routine includes de-cluttering so you can get to the dust and dirt. And, did you know, Fitday.com calculates, “Vacuuming for 30 minutes burns about 90 calories, the same amount you’d burn in 15 minutes of kick boxing.” Everyone can enjoy a free workout!
  3. Organize for time. Being organized allows more time for exercise, whether it’s getting to the gym or engaging in physical hobbies like tennis or gardening. An important aspect of organization is time management, which will also give you the time to deal with health issues. Take the time to schedule and KEEP appointments.

Healthy Mind

  1. Enjoy your downtime. We all like to take breaks, have date night, and get a massage. (By the way, Glynda gives great massages!) Having efficient systems in your home will enable you to minimize worry and create less waste – which puts more money in your pocket to get to the spa or a nice restaurant.
  2. Reducing stress reduces physical symptoms. Avoid what stressors you can. Depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, TMJ, migraines, and GI issues are just a few of many conditions either caused or aggravated by stress. The physical symptoms of an unhealthy mind can be alleviated by the stress-reducing effects of organization. Just always knowing where your keys are can make you a healthier person.
  3. Think ‘lighter.’ Another way to achieve a calmer mind is to reduce the mental clutter. Holding your goals, hopes and dreams in your head is stressful, confusing and unproductive. Instead, write down clear, achievable to-do lists and cross-off each accomplishment. You’ll gain peace of mind from the confidence that you’re doing your best and that your work is done (or planned). Isn’t that what we’re all after?

Healthy Relationships

  1. Feel good about yourself. Many of the homes I go into (in my work as a professional organizer) have signs or pillows that joke about the messy state of the house. It’s good to laugh at yourself. But, for many, the laughter is a cover, concealing shame and embarrassment. Being proud of your well-organized home will give you self-assurance.
  2. Happier parenting. Being in control of your life also allows for better parent-child relationships. Chore assignment, for instance, is a simple way to reduce contention and unnecessary arguments. Another tip: build time management and family priorities (e.g., weekend activities and/or dining together) into your organizational system. Having a system helps your family start each day on a positive, calm note, rather than in a harried and argumentative mode.
  3. Enjoy romance. We all tend to focus so much on our kids that we can overlook prioritizing the relationship with our spouses. Good systems, which work for your family, give you a structure on which to build daily routines with some healthy breathing room. Truly, organization not only reduces anxiety, it allows for more time together, more energy, and more romance!

Getting started can seem overwhelming. A professional organizer can help because s/he knows how to set up systems that flow with the way your family thinks, lives and functions. These systems can lead to Lighter Living, by having a routine that will allow you and your family to achieve healthy bodies, minds, and relationships.


Terry L. Cooch is a professional organizer, owner of TLC Home LLC and mother of six. Her website is www.mytlchome.com

Lighter Living: Change How You Eat

By Carol Heckman, RN, CNHP, MH, CNC

For the start of the new year, consider a Lighter Living approach for eating.

Taking care with the food you choose to put into your body is a time-honored practice of the Okinawan culture (of the Japanese islands in the East China Sea), a people known for their health and longevity.

The Okinawans follow two simple health guidelines: eat plant-based foods and stop eating before you’re completely full. Below are some tips for incorporating these mealtime approaches into your daily routine.

Eating Lighter

1) Eat to 80% full. We all tend to stop eating when we feel full, but at that point we’ve actually reached the point of being over-satiated. That’s because it actually takes about 10-20 minutes before your brain registers that you have a full stomach. Eating until you’re 80% full means stopping eating before you think you may be full.

It’ll take some practice to know what 80% full feels like to you. Ways to allow your brain to catch up with your stomach include:

  • Chewing more thoroughly and more slowly.
  • Slowing down the pace of your meal by allowing at least 20 minutes to eat, savoring the taste and textures of the meal.
  • Keeping yourself from going back for seconds.
  • Stopping when you think you may be nearing the 80% mark. Give your brain that 10-20 minutes (that I mentioned earlier) to catch-up to your stomach and determine if you’re still hungry (and how hungry).

Following this guideline, you’ll not only consume fewer calories; but, also allow the process of digestion to occur optimally. In turn, your body will absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat.

2) Eat plant-based foods. This means eat vegetables as your main course for every meal – especially leafy greens, golden yellows, and bright reds – and add grains and proteins to the veggies. This approach is the opposite of our American way of eating in which vegetables are a “side” to the main course of meat and starch.

At CH, we always recommend plant-based eating by making half of your plate veggies (raw, cooked, or a combination of both). This focus on fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants is a great way to eat for health, and an easy way to eat more lightly.


Carol is a Registered Nurse, as well as a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, a Master Herbalist, and a Certified Nutritional Consultant.