Today on the blog we wanted to spotlight the best naturopath I know, Dr. Bizzy Riley. She has been practicing naturopathic care since 2005 and works with clients of all ages. After you read this blog, hop over to her website to check out more info www.drbizzy.com. Here are her tips on staying healthy this holiday season:
5 Quick Tips on Health Through the Holidays
Dr. Bizzy Riley
We all love to indulge during the holidays, but unfortunately this can also be a time when I tend to see an increase in the number of coughs, colds and flus in my practice. I attribute this to higher stress levels, less sleep and more socializing, which often involves an increased exposure to viruses and bacteria.
You don’t have to isolate yourself and live like a monk to avoid getting sick this year. But I do highly recommend practicing moderation when it comes to parties, booze, sweets and stress! Follow these simple tips and see if this year can be a healthier one for you:
- Don’t skimp on sleep. Much of your detoxification and energy recovery takes place during deep sleep. Make sure that no matter what else you do, you are getting a minimum of six hours. If you have trouble sleeping, consult your physician.
- Regardless of the treats that get added to your diet this year, make sure you eat a large serving of brightly colored vegetables and protein at each meal. Your immune system is primarily made up of proteins- make sure you get a good handful’s worth of protein to equal 0.8g/ kg of body weight daily.
- Avoid eating sweets every day. Sugar makes us nice and fat and will also feed viruses and bacteria. If you can pick and choose the days when you are going to indulge, you give viruses less of a chance to thrive in your body. My goal for my patients who love sweets is more days without added sweets than with them (that still gives you three days per week when you can indulge).
- Alcohol intake should be below 7 drinks per week for women, and 14 drinks per week for men. I generally recommend keeping this to only a few days per week. Alcohol can dehydrate you, which leaves your mucous membranes on the throat and nose more susceptible to viruses and bacterial invasion. It also can disrupt sleep which is essential for maintaining healthy immunity.
- Just. Wash. Your. Hands. We all learned this in kindergarten, so I know we can all do it. You don’t have to wear gloves, but please consider washing your hands when you enter a building just to reduce the chances of transmitting pathogens.
- I lied, one more: STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK. Please. We would reduce our sick days dramatically if we could all embrace rest as the most important medicine. It is so frustrating to miss social events due to illness, but it is even more frustrating to have everyone resent you for getting them sick
Employment is a fundamental driver of the real estate market, and luckily for us our area continues to create jobs. These are the top 5 companies that are hiring in Seattle right now…
1. Microsoft – 4,277 job openings (20.4%)
2. Amazon – 3,534 job openings (1.3%)
3. University of Washington – 773 job openings (19.8%)
4. Nordstrom – 741 job openings (23.3%)
5. Providence Health & Services – 661 job openings (19.1%)
Making the move to sell your home is not an easy one. There are a variety of factors to consider. From the financial picture of “is my home valued at a place where it makes sense to sell”; to the simple logistics of “is it really the best time to pick up move”. With this and all the other pieces that go into making this decision it is easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged.
At the beginning of the year I had the opportunity to sit down with a client who was in this position. Susan had some hesitations about whether or not she was really ready to move. After presenting her with the facts and figures she expected to be ready to sell by May, with an expected list price of $575,000. However, some life circumstances caused us to postpone until August. Fortunately, with a hot market on our side, we were able to start with a list price of $625,000. Within 1 week we had an offer!
However, accepting the offer is really just the beginning. After months of waiting to put her house on the market and investing so much into remodeling her home to get it ready, I knew Susan was ready to just push through and be done. What followed was a rougher than normal inspection negotiation.
I firmly believe that the inspection process should feel like a negotiation; never a hostage situation for either party involved. Knowing how emotionally draining the home selling process can already be, I act not only as an advisor, but as an advocate for my clients. Some transactions just need a little more advocating than others.
With over eight years in the industry I’ve been through it all. I see how easily the inspection process can be full of emotions, and too often be dragged out into a messier situation than need be. Susan was thankful to have my expertise and experience on her side. I was happy that at the end of the day, and the end of the transaction, she was relieved and confident in her decision to list with me.
If you or someone you know is considering listing their home and perhaps just wants someone to go over the pros and cons with them, please get me in touch with them. I will help them come to the decision that is right for them.
My office has been flooded with questions in the last week on the effects of the government shutdown on their real estate transactions. If you think about it, the federal government has a large involvement in many transactions. Any FHA or VA loan is ultimately underwritten by the federal government, as well as any REO home that is owned by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or HUD.
At this point, these departments are still open for business. Loans are being processed, offers are being responded to, and questions are being answered. The effect so far has been pretty minimal. Which is good for the market and the recovery.
The recovery has been very resilient so far. Despite volatility with interest rates, the normal seasonal slowdown, and the government shutdown, transactions are happening and the market remains strong. All a good sign that we are on the path to a sustainable recovery.
So for now, it’s business as usual for real estate. As always, if you have any questions for your particular situation give me a call!
For those of you that haven’t had the opportunity to work with her yet, I wanted to take a moment to introduce my new assistant Andrea. Andrea takes care of a lot of the behind scenes work such as filling out paperwork, scheduling appointments, transaction and listing management, and anything else she can in order to free up my time to spend with my clients. She’s been a huge asset already and I am excited to see what we will be able to accomplish together. She has enjoyed her work with me so far and I’m impressed to find out that there really are people that love details and organization! Before coming to work with me she spent over seven years in banking (you might recognize her from one of the local banks), and prior to that she spent three years at Nordstrom. However, as a proud Issaquah native she would like to point out her first job was at Boehms Candies. She says that I will officially be her favorite employer once I start offering her high quality candy every day. Besides food, Andrea’s favorite ways to spend her time are with her husband, with her friends and family, and now that it’s fall, watching the Seahawks dominate their way to a Super bowl championship. She is also on the board of directors for a nonprofit ministry, and is very involved in her church. Next time you’re in the office stop by and say hi!
- Pack an overnight bag with all your essentials (consider having enough clothes for a long weekend. Don’t forget things like your toothbrush, daily toiletries, cell phone chargers and medications)
- Use small boxes for heavy items, big boxes for light ones and medium boxes for everything in between
- When you label your boxes, also include what room they will be going in (If you really want to be organized, use color coded labels so that each color corresponds with a specific room)
- Make sure to label boxes on their SIDE so their label can be read if the boxes are stacked (make sure to instruct those who are stacking the boxes to do so, so that the label can be seen)
- Packing plates vertically (like records) makes them less likely to break
- When packing keep sandwich bags handy for little items like screws and cords so you can easily tape and label them to their proper unit
- Use a good, thick pen to label your boxes (think sharpies or markers so labels can be clearly seen)
- Have a basic tool kit handy for assembly and disassembly of furniture
- Label “open first” boxes or use clear containers for boxes that should be opened first for each room (for example your bathroom “open first” box would have shower curtain and rings, toilet paper, toiletries, bath mat and towels-you’ll probably want to shower after a day of moving!)
- Have some paper plates, plastic silverware and napkins for your first couple days in your new place in case you don’t have time to unpack and wash all your dishware (these are great items to have in your “open first” kitchen box)
- Take a picture of your electronics if you think you’ll have a hard time remembering what wires go where
- Saran wrap or Glad Press N’ Seal are great to use over dresser drawers that you’re taking out for the move, or for items such as your utensil tray
Time Line to Keep in Mind
Six weeks before moving: Start selling items on craigslist and/or start planning a yard sale
Five weeks before moving: Start collecting packing supplies
Four weeks before moving: Alert utility companies to disconnect service day after you move, and set up utilities for new home to activate several days before you move in
Three weeks before moving: Safely dispose of any flammable materials (paint, paint removers, other solvents, and propane tanks)
Two weeks before moving: Change your address
One to two weeks before moving: Arrange for a charity organization to come pick any items you don’t want (ask for a receipt for tax income purposes)
One day before moving: Defrost your refrigerator and clean up any liquid if you’re taking it with you