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Living on $4 a Day?

I just watched this video with Marisha Ray from BFD on Take Part TV.

Here is the comment I left on her video:

The portion sizes American’s eat are usually 2-3 times larger than what the body actually needs. Over-eating is not good for your health. Reducing portions and buying organic, as well as purchasing bulk will not only make food stamps stretch along with the food, but also reduce cost in over-the-counter medicines and other household products. As a side benefit, you produce less waste into the environment.

Read the comments below her video for other inspiring ideas on how to make your diet healthier and more affordable.

The truth is, if we all learned to live on less food, in a healthy way, we could all contribute to the hunger issues not only in our country, but around the world. And as a double solution, many bulk items and fresh produce have far less packaging than conventional and processed foods. I used to throw out my bulging plastic garbage bags once a day when I ate processed and conventional foods. When I switched to a more organic and environmentally friendly diet my pollution naturally reduced itself both in garbage and recycling.

When you consider the carbon footprint of producing, packaging and delivering food, the health implications of an American diet, and then the removal of the waste a diet like this causes, you can see that the more American’s that realize this perspective of thought, the faster we can make a huge impact on our consumerism and pollution problems.
What do you think?

Love and Peace

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Yoga for Humane Living

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I’ve suffered from lower back pain for over a month now. Prior to my back pain, I thought I’d be smart and buy a rebounder (mini trampoline) to get my exercise. It was great while I used it for my two-minute workout when I caught myself sitting at my desk too much.

But, as life would have it, I got a little too zealous one day and went crazy “pushing” myself to do jumping jacks and other crazy stuff to music that’d make a person on crack freak out. Okay, I’m joking. But what ended up happening with my over-achieving workout ethic is that I pinched my sciatica in my lower back. I’ve been miserable ever since, watching my rebounder become a junk collector of my stuff.

Since I couldn’t do more than stretch and walk I was sad. I am really determined to get my body back in shape for this next summer. But I learned a couple of valuable lessons with this pain in my back. I first learned how important core strength is to any workout routine. Not only that, but I learned how essential core muscle strength is to my posture and breathing. They are all connected, you know. If you have good breathing skills, your anxiety is lower. If you have good core muscles, your posture is better, which means your breathing is deeper.

But I also realized, that was only half the battle.

Since birth, I’ve been docile. A piece of string entertained me for up to 20 minutes at a time at an age where most babies don’t have a long attention span. My characteristics were oddly similar to children with autism. My mom said that the other two kids were always into everything like normal children do. But I was quiet, self-entertained, and didn’t need much to keep me happy.

This led me into being the kid that sat around reading, drawing and listening to music for hours. I liked to go out and play with my friends too, but I was not what you would normally describe as an active child.

So naturally I chose activities throughout my life that kept me sitting around a lot. As I grew older that led into bad eating habits and more sitting around. And for many years of my life, I sat at a desk 8-9 hours a day. The point is, although I love certain recreational activities, I’m not naturally the type to run to the gym daily.

The second lesson I learned is that I have to retrain my brain to think about activities that get me moving. So I wrote out a list of positive affirmations that had to do with exercise and being active, while my back constantly reminded me that it was not participating no matter what I did. Even rolling out of bed was painful!

But I’m serious and know that I am in control of my life, my brain and my back. And with gentle persuasion, I will exercise. I will! Healthy, active, and vibrant are what descriptions I want about myself now. And although I’ve always been a sedentary type of person, I feel way better when I am moving and my body feels like a slick machine.

I did this Yoga video today. Since I can’t afford a chiropractor, I take my health into my own hands. Actually, I really believe this is better than a chiropractor because it addresses the issues of the body at a root level, not just fixing the pain. No band-aids for me and I always look for solutions that solve more than one problem in my life (and the world) so I don’t have to work as hard.

At the end of this video, I felt awesome! I laughed until tears streamed out of my eyes. That is what you call a spiritual detox of relief and joy.

If you need more reasons to support your transformation into a healthy, happy body, consider these thoughts.

You reduce your carbon footprint by not using an expensive gym that uses excessive amounts of water and electricity.
Less travel time equals more gas for other trips, less carbon footprint from travel, and more time to spend at home with your family.
Other family members can work out with you and it doesn’t cost more money.
Family time is one of the top contributors to social change.
You lead your family by example and influence, especially powerful for kids.
You can pick a different coach everyday, as well as a different workout.
You can cook dinner or do laundry or other activities in between your routines.

These are just a few reasons to help motivate you to start working out and find solutions that turn your life  into Humane living. I’m sure you can find more and use them in your daily positive affirmations.

If you’re not ready to make these kinds of changes, consider just doing the daily affirmations and visualize yourself participating in activities and exercise that you enjoy. After roughly 21 days, your brain will naturally start to give you more reasons, ideas, and clues to follow that will lead you to a more active lifestyle.

Good luck to you and your health.
Love and Peace.

You CAN Lose That Weight

Here are two inspiring videos to lift your spirits if you’re having a tough day with weight loss.  Let these two motivate you, even if you’ve seen them before.  Psychology has proven that repetition in our minds, by repeatedly exposing ourselves to things, creates a neural-pathway.  Once this neural-pathway fires enough times through repetition, it becomes automatic.  So focusing on exercise, and others that exercise can increase your brain power for weight loss.  Once your mind hits the tipping point, you will start doing it too!

You CAN do it, don’t be afraid!

Love and Peace

Low-Glycemic Index Hell

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I’m excited to announce that I finally received an email from Harvard Medical School‘s research that included a list of low-glycemic indexed foods.  The other day I had done so much research I forgot  why I went to their website in the first place.  But the Law of Attraction brought it on over to me anyway.  I hurriedly opened the email, did a small jump for joy and followed the links to their 100 item food list.  After glancing over the list, I felt like I was reading Greek and my eyes sort of glazed over.

And then it dawned on me why people struggle with this stuff so much.  Just like they tell us we can’t drive home drunk, but nobody actually knows when they’re drunk, right?  There are two things going against us here.  1) Inebriation and, 2) How in the H do I know my limit, especially when I’m feelin’ soo fine!  No seriously, they need to install breathalyzer’s in places that serve alcohol. But I digress,…

So, similarly, I’m looking at this list of foods wondering what the heck a gram of food is on this chart and how do I make this all work?  Without a conversion I am lost.  So I figured, others are too.  I did some research on the good ol’ Google God and wasted my time on this YouTube video that was so pointless I wanted my minute back.

General consensus?  Confusion.  Which actually makes that YouTube video funny now that I get the humor.  Dur.

Strangely, when I find that no one seems to have a solid answer, the best place to check opinions is good ol’ Yahoo Answers.  I learn some of the greatest things there.  Here is a link to what I discovered about the Gram conversion confusion.  I admit, I do not feel any wiser after reading that, but I figured its better than being completely in the dark about carbs and sugars and now I’m one step closer to understanding what not to eat. But since everybody has different needs and different diets to meet those needs, I will probably have to compile my personal list eventually.

I would love your opinion, suggestions or otherwise comments on this subject.  I think it would be great if I had a chart sitting in my kitchen that said, “Do not eat even one chocolate covered banana bit because the glycemic load is ________.”  You know, real and practical terms. Also, since I am on a high raw, organic diet, I am curious about how that will come into play with the over all day-to-day reduction of glucose.  Here is the best chart I’ve found so far, but I don’t eat most of the foods on that list anyway.

Do you have a link or book you can share with me that has it broken down like this or similar and in dictionary style?  I’d love to hear from those of you that have sweated over this stuff!

Organic Apple Salad

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If you have a sweet tooth, don’t deny it! Give yourself something healthy. Here is a creation I came up with last night to satisfy my cravings. Be sure to try to use as many organic ingredients as possible for optimal health.

Organic Apple Salad 
Cut up 1 Gala apple into a bowl (or apple of your choice)
Sprinkle the following ingredients to your taste:
coconut shreds
cinnamon
nutmeg
a dash of cloves
flaxseed
raisins

That’s it!  I love how quick this snack is.

Feel free to share and comment!

You Are What You Eat, and So Is the Planet

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Thank you Waponi for this lovely image.

In the latest email from Green America, the article, “Green Goal #2: Take Back Our Food System,” reminds us that what we eat matters to our bodies and environment. Green America supports an organic, GMO free diet to help combat the issues of the devastating effects the food industry has on our health, and the issues it causes from pollution, pesticides and pesticide resistant organisms (GMOs).

Raising awareness about these problems helps us to focus together on a worldwide problem that hits us hard every time we grab a bite to eat. We have insurmountable evidence backed by research showing us what food does to our health and longevity, good or bad.

The drug called food

When we consider the damage caused by toxins, we also have to consider the time and money that goes into trying to stay healthy and out of debt. Not to mention quality of life drops a lot when we’re constantly focused on fixing the problem. We spend hours exercising, eating what we think is right, shopping, and learning about health. If we’re sick, we spend just as much time on medical care, prescription pills and therapy, struggling with the anguish of ill-health.

When you eat right, your life dramatically improves. Your food bill drops. Your trips to the doctor’s office become infrequent. You, in short, get your life back along with a feeling of empowerment and happiness. The kind of food you eat has a direct effect on your brain and how it functions and thinks. Your mind becomes clear and your emotions are easier to deal with if you’re eating the foods that are naturally designed to support brain function. (If you’re not so sure, check out this article about food and brain function at Psychology Today.)

Good food leads to improved relationships as well. There are countless articles and loads of research that show us something as simple as sugar and/or caffeine causes extreme irritability, which makes working on social and family relationships tough when all you want to do is bite their head off or you can’t even remember what the issue is. Did you know too much of the wrong sugar contributes to memory loss? Maybe we don’t have to get old so fast after all.

The big picture

In short, food is one of the biggest issues in our Western culture that connects our well-being with our lives, or our illness with dysfunctional lives.  And since everyone has to eat, it is also one of the biggest issues that effect the environment. With the Western lifestyle spreading across the planet, that means more people out of the 7 billion + human population pool are starting to adopt less healthy habits, which is putting increasing strain on our world. Just as this overwhelming number of people is a bad thing coupled with bad habits, it can also be a good thing when more people start working together by switching to better habits.

There are many ways you can get involved to make this issue meaningful to you. You can join other groups, give money, volunteer with organizations, and help spread the word. Some people have time and money for that, others don’t.

So how can you get more out of your connection to these issues whether you can join others or not?

Better yourself

This creates direct impact and more immediate results to help you get back on track. But it also inspires people around you with your consistent results and compassionate behavior. This is exactly what we need to have happen so that more people will be willing to make the change too.

Times are changing

As we change, the supply and demand aspect of our Capitalistic society will have to change also. Media and marketing are hyper-focused on what we choose to react to and want more of. Advertising plays with our minds so we’ll impulse buy. We hold the key to improving our country by what we choose to buy and what we don’t choose to buy. Just take a look at this article posted on Forbes.com about how Hostess went bankrupt after being in business since 1930.

Although, lack of sales wasn’t the only reason they filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, we all know that a business meeting the supply and demand requirements (cough, cough, you and me) doesn’t usually struggle with the other financial structures built to keep it floating.

Times are changing how we buy products, whether you’re a business or a consumer. Many people are starting to realize that what goes in their food also goes in their life and can result in traumatic illness that just isn’t worth it.

Do something

We all talk a lot of talk, pitch in some money here and there, but use direct action the least. Change that now. Commit to more and take the pledge with Soul Our Power today. Commit to adopting a diet that is full of nutrients and minerals that promotes your body’s ability to heal itself. This means eating more raw, organic vegetables, whole foods, and plenty of water. Eat less fast food, processed food, and restaurant foods that are toxic and poorly packaged.

So while you’re healing yourself, you’re healing the planet by making good food choices. There are endless amounts of diets that you can choose from that support higher intake of raw foods over processed foods. Start looking for one that you like. Even if the only thing you do today is think about it, that is a step in the right direction. Maybe tomorrow you’ll try an apple instead of french fries. Maybe the day after that you’ll get a little adventurous and try an organic pizza.

Diets composed of whole foods create less waste in our environment and pocketbooks. Transitioning to a new lifestyle is never easy but as you become more aware you will find ways just like countless other Westerners have, rich or poor. You don’t have to completely switch over today. All you have to do is decide to improve yourself and then keep on keeping on a day at a time.

What do you think?