Forgotten Words

The fish trap exists because of the fish.
Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap.
The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit.
Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare.
Words exist because of their meaning. Once you’ve got the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?

Quote of the day

Stepping Off Into the Abys

Great Faith allows us to take the huge step out into the nothingness… to be able to look our fears in the eye and be willing to gladly give up the body for love.

That is true love

Interview with the inspirational Melissa Ambrosini

 

What was the catalyst that turned you into a health foodie?

A few years ago, I was hit with a whole host of health issues which placed me in and out of the hospital for over a year. The doctors suggested I take antibiotics indefinitely. I declined the offer and begin my research on how I could heal myself and get my body back into balance. I knew it was my liestyle and how I was treating my my body that was causing all these problems so it was now my turn to take back control.

 

What are your non-negotiables when it comes to your diet?

There are some things I budge on. For instance, if I am going to a friends for dinner and they are cooking with non-organic vegetables I will not kick up a stink. Nor, will I storm out. I feel so grateful someone else is doing the cooking. But I will not eat non-organic animal products. I always buy local grass fed and grass finished meats.

 

If you were trying to convert someone to your dietary philosophy, what would you make for them?

I would serve them my famous 10 hour slow roast lamb, with coconut and rosemary roasted vegetables. Plus, a beautiful green garden salad overflowing with superfoods, like chia seeds, quinoa and goji berries. Followed up coconut ice cream for dessert.

 

How do you stay healthy while travelling?

Before I go anywhere I do research. I search out the local organic farmer’s markets. I also make sure to stop there as soon as I get to my destination. This way I have an abundance of fresh food I can keep in my hotel room. Also, I never eat plane food. I usually take a little goodie bag of treats when I travel. So, this way I am never caught unprepared. Preparation is key!

 

What are your go-to meals and snacks when you are super busy?

Eating well is a priority for me so I am never too busy for that. I always plan and prepare on the weekend so I am never caught empty handed. For example, I will make a huge bowl of quinoa and a few boiled eggs. I also always have cut up celery, cucumber and carrot sticks in my fridge. I make sure I have a homemade hummus or guacamole too, for a quick snack.

 

Juices or smoothies: Which do you prefer? What’s your favourite combination?

Mmmmm that’s a toughie! I love fresh green juices first thing in the morning. But I also have a weak spot for smoothies. My favourite receipe is coconut water, a handful of blueberries, and a teaspoon of cinnamon or organic vanilla bean powder. The electrolytes from the coconut make it extremely hydrating and refreshing post-workout.

 

What’s the biggest nutrition misconception you are always having to clear up for people?

That fats are bad. Our brain is made up for 60-70% saturated fat: we need good fats! Yet, so many people are buying low fat this and low fat that. People are scared to death of fats. I really work on educating my clients on the importance of good fats, like acocado, salmon and coconut oil.

 

If you could prepare a meal for anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you make?

Again that’s a tough one, there are too many. But I guess I would love to dine with my soul sister Kimberly Snyder or Gabby Bernstein, oh or Louise Hay. And I’d whip up my raw zucchini spaghetti, followed by my raw berry cheese cake.

 

What does being a Wellness Warrior mean to you?

Being a wellness warrior means spreading the word about health and wellness to as many people as I possibly can. Walking my talk and sharing all the knowledge and wisdom I learn along my journey.”

 

via http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au/2012/04/foodie-friday-melissa-ambrosini/#

 

What a wonderful discussion and delicious food. This is what inspires me to write about food and healthy living; food is an integral part of our life on this planet and our lifestyles should allow food the respect and consideration which our health deserves. For out own good, and as an extension, the state of the environment we live in.

I’m often dissapointed with many people’s seeming lack of desire to live well as part of this planet, but when I read this, I realise that indeed ‘Wellness Warriors’ are on the rise. 🙂

We are so lucky to be here, so let’s not waste one bit of that good fortune.

 

 

Tumeric

Turmeric grows in the tropics and has been used in India (Found in Curry Powder) for over 2000 years. When cooked with cauliflower Turmeric has been shown to prevent cancer of the prostate and even stop the growth of tumors, and studies show that Turmeric stops the spread of cancer in lungs of mice. Turmeric has been show to reduce the risk of Childhood Leukemia and also prevent colon cancer… and new studies are being done on pancreatic cancer and Turmeric.

Inflammation lies at the heart of many issues, and this looks like another way to combat it.

Business is life, life is business

I have long said it before and I will say it again, there is no work/life balance, there is only life. You never hear the term marriage/life balance. Nor do you hear someone say they’re trying to find their child/life balance. Work is a component of life, just as your marriage, your friends, your children and even your time at the gym. The term work/life balance did not even exist before 1986. That was the year the personal computer came on the scene and we start to take our work home with us. Only then did we want to separate our work and life to find balance.

The most successful businessmen don’t see any distinction between ‘work’ and ‘life,’ and they never use the term, which implies that something is laborious.

This is a great story

My name is Jeffrey, and I am Primal. I started my Primal journey over two years ago, beginning on Aug 21, 2009. I weighed 310+lbs and was an unhappy person. I luckily started young enough that serious conditions never developed for me. I frequent MDA forums, under Jstrick, but typically am more of a stalker and not a replier. Primal changed my life forever, and this is how:

Personal experiences are always the most powerful advocates for something. Eating well is not a difficult thing, and, like with so many things, the world of food and nourishment has been unnecessarily complicated over the past years. We have to look at how our body is constituted and stick to those primal needs.

What to do about indigestion

Digestion is the means by which the body transforms food into the energy and nutrients it needs to build, repair and fuel itself. Most of us assume that whatever we put into our mouths is going to be digested and nourish us. However, many different factors can interfere with this process resulting in indigestion.

 

…Digestive troubles such as gas and bloating are most commonly caused by yeast or fungus overgrowth in the small intestine. Reasons for this overgrowth include not enough stomach acid, too much sugar and white flour, use of antibiotics, etc. Sometimes a good digestive enzyme and a probiotic are enough to “fix” this issue. However, sometimes it is necessary to kill the yeast/fungus and then re-establish proper biology with a good probiotic – it also helps to quit sugar and other foods that metabolize quickly as sugar.

AhaAha – We are eating too much grain and too much sugar; that is why you are fat and unhealthy, I would bet! How long will it take for this to sink (back) in to the mainstream, I wonder? How many fat grandparents or great-grandparents can you recall? Must have been their high-carb, low-fat diets that kept them thin… 🙂

Tell that to the government.

If you’re having issues, stop disrupting your digestion with too much of the wrong stuff.

Keeping it real

“Our goal is to provide nutrition education so shoppers can make wise choices about what goes in their grocery carts,” said Larry Blagg, Senior Vice President of Marketing, California Raisin Marketing Board. “Ultimately, we are encouraging consumers to choose all-natural, whole foods like California Raisins, while thinking twice about processed, sugar-added options.”

A nutritional powerhouse, California Raisins are an all-natural, dried-in-the-sun, no-sugar-added fruit with fiber, potassium and antioxidants. The ingredient label says it all: raisins. Because California Raisins are wholesome, healthy and come by their sweetness naturally, they are eligible to carry the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s Fruit & Veggies — More Matters logo(1).

In contrast, while raisins and Craisins® Dried Cranberries may sound the same, that is where the similarities stop. Craisins® contain at least 40 percent added sugar — about as much as in an eight-ounce serving of regular soda(2). In fact, because of the added sugar in Craisins®, the product is not eligible for the Fruit & Veggies — More Matters distinction(1).

Additionally, some nutrients such as potassium and vitamin C are virtually eliminated during the manufacturing process required to make Craisins®(2). In terms of direct nutritional comparisons, one of the country’s leading nutrition rating systems, NuVal(3), ranks raisins a healthy 87 on the system’s 100-point scale. Meanwhile, Craisins® rank a 4, which is a lower score than some leading brands of potato chips and chocolate chip cookies.

There’s really no need to add additional sugar to dried fruit, it tastes too artificial and gets sickening after a while. By trying to change cranberries into something they are not, these people are on the wrong side of the food trend.

Barney Fife, Carbohydrates, Blood Glucose, Andy Griffith, Aunt Bee

What happened? Why is it that when you mention you are on a low carb diet, some people will still look at you like you are an idiot and say, “Oh, that Atkins diet”.  The answer, in a nutshell, is that the organizations that dominate public thinking on nutrition, such as the American Medical Association, made a disastrously wrong turn starting in the 1970s, declaring that dietary fat was bad for your health and that, for the sake of your health; you need to eat more carbohydrates2.  Fortunately, public opinion is now swinging back the other way, in acceptance of dietary fat as good for your health (and weight) and carbohydrates, as Barney Fife would say, bad for you.

“Not if you’re watching the old carbohydrates and glucose…”

Damn your low fat diet: How a reformed vegan John Nicholson gorges on all the foods his granny enjoyed… and has never felt better | Mail Online

Furious with myself for sticking to the ‘healthy’ eating advice, which was actually far from a sensible diet. But also furious with the so-called experts who have been peddling this low-fat, high-carbohydrate claptrap for so long that no one thinks to question it.

There has clearly been a massive discrepancy between the reality of the research on fat consumption and what is promoted by the government. So here we see another government-commercial collusion to promote certain products over others, supported through the government schools.

The government shouldn’t be in the business of setting ‘standards.’

It does surprise me though that more people don’t see the common sense of not overdoing starchy carbohydrates and grains in general; just as people generally see the sense of not pursuing an exaggerated sugar intake. Many clearly do not make the necessary connection in their mind.