Is Coconut Sugar Better Than Cane Sugar?

I’ve often come into deliberation between holistic health and conventional foods and products. Western culture is constantly told that ‘more’ and ‘bigger’ are better. But are they? When we are consuming at such high rates, anything we touch is going to be depleted.

Moderation is always the key, but how do you get a society to downsize when everything is telling them that minimalism is pathetic? Everything I have downsized in my life has made me a happier human being. When I lose touch with that it shows up in many ways in my life that are not so happy.

I truly think minimalism is the answer to many physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, societal and environmental issues! Eating in moderation is cheaper for you, healthier, causes less consumerism and pollution, helps the animals and the environment.

I skimmed through this article, but you may want to read it all the way through if you use or think about using coconut sugar. Apparently it may not be all that it’s cracked up to be. Companies make claims about it being healthier but it is not necessarily any better than regular sugar. I remember thinking, ‘what’s the difference’? when I compared it to my organic cane sugar. The nutritional facts showed me exactly what this article said. No difference!

Tropical Tradition’s Take on Coconut Palm Sugar

Tinney Davidson Waves at Children and They Honor Her Back

When we wonder what we can do to make the world a better place, remember this wonderful woman and all the wonderful students that participated in making the world a better place.

The Lion Whisperer – Kevin Richardson

I love this human!!  He uses his unique connection with lions to help advocate the cause for more land for their dwindling species!  You’ll also get to “meet” a few hyenas…

This is an amazing example of using your passion to help others.  What is your passion and how could you use it to help yourself, others, animals and the environment?

The Power of Friendship

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. – Woodrow T. Wilson

Valentine’s Day Without Capitalistic Values

To me, being friends and being single on Valentine’s Day isn’t a bad thing. I find out more about people through friendly exchanges or friendships than I ever would otherwise.

Knowing people takes time. We have quirks. We have stress. We are anxious, busy, tired, and sometimes downright depressed. That’s a lot to spring on a person in a relationship after the “honeymoon” is over, which is usually when people start to sense they aren’t with who they thought they were. This ends up becoming a pseudo-happiness not founded in friendship and love.

But with friendship, everybody gets to check each other out, see what matches up and what doesn’t, before hearts get broken. It’s slower, but it’s way kinder than the way most social expectations work and the ways they make us interact with each other, many times unethically.

And if you do your friendships right, you’ll always gain a friend into your life, even if not romantic. And after awhile, that holds so much more weight in a heart than flighty escapades with people you don’t know that well and they don’t know you that well. Those kinds of interactions that make for feeling empty inside because no one knows you at all. We all have to risk a little to be friends!

So this Valentine’s Day, and like many in my past, I make it my own and I make it about Friendship. Capitalism will make you feel like shit for being single, and for some it makes them feel like shit for being in a relationship, but it’s a lie. You’re an amazing person. Get out there and make another person feel amazing just by saying Hi with a big fat smile and recognizing them. Find one person to uplift and encourage today and you’ll know the essence of Love and Friendship (giving through your pain – giving to others what you wish you had) which is a great segue into what kind of romantic relationship you want anyway right?

And if you’re in a relationship, keep the love alive through Friendship!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

An In Depth Look at Beauty Ideals and Self-Esteem

Check out this documentary on Vimeo called Killing Us Softly 4 with Jean Kilbourne.  She makes it interesting and light, but very informative.

Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. Her films, lectures, and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. She was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. She is the author of the award-winning book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and co-author of So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids.

Taken from her website JeanKilbourne.com