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In this issue:
►Does being careful of everything we eat make any difference?
►Seven spices, food medicines and home remedies that could save your life
►How to heal your gut using everyday spices
►The top five healing superfoods, and why you should eat them every day
►Seven things every home pharmacy should have.
►Nine Ways to Ease Money Worries Now
►Is Cyprus the “canary in the gold mine?”
►BOOKS WORTH READING
►MOVIES WORTH WATCHING
►FUN: How to be happy…smile
►FINAL WORD:22 Things Happy People Do Differently.
Does being careful of everything we eat make any difference?
One of my correspondents wondered if watching our food intake makes any difference. Here is what she said:
Sometimes I wonder, Matti…….
My family has a history of longevity. The only thing I could find in common with them was that none of them did any exercise. 🙂
They ate daily in a way we would not consider to be healthy…..always meat, gravy, spuds, a token vegetable-overcooked, desserts and cookies/cake for morning coffee and afternoon tea and bedtime snacks. My mom never served salads until long after I’d grown up and left home.
So? Does being careful of everything we eat make any difference?
R. made her transition a couple of days ago. Today she would have been 98 years old.
She’s in my extended family, grandmother of my brother’s kids through their mother so I didn’t inherit any of her genes.
She was much loved….always upbeat, optimistic, never ever critical, always supportive and she made us feel good just to be with her. She is proof that optimists live longer !
Many of my own family liked to look at the bright side rather than the negative but some who were negative thinkers lived into their 90’s.
I don’t see an answer. Does it really matter what we eat? My people didn’t take vitamins and supplements. There’s no history of Alzheimer’s/dementia. I need to knock off the weight I gained since moving here a couple of years ago but “eat less” works as well as any rigid eating program.
I wonder if worrying about what you eat is worse than just eating what you like…(within reason).?????
I begin to think that other factors are more important….like close families, a sense of community, lots of hugs….feeling connected.
Whew. Lots of issues brought up there.
Yes, I think we all know of folks who ate whatever they wanted, some even smoked all their lives and still lived to a “ripe old age” as the saying goes.
Even your link of optimism would not make sense as some of your “negative thinking” relatives also were long lived.
Your final thoughts have much to recommend them. “Close families, a sense of community, lots of hugs, feeling connected.” The Blue Zones book talked about four different societies where all of these had a positive effect on health and longevity.
There is definitely more to a healthy life than a good diet and exercise. I recently found some studies into community dating back as far as the 1800s that showed a positive effect on health. Hugs have been shown to produce oxycontin, a hormone that helps us to feel good and feel connected.
It may well be that living in joy, laughing often and playing may trump diet and supplements. Recently a TV news report of a 71 year old man entitled “Never Leave the Playground” showed how he had improved the markers of aging by playing all day. Riding his elliptical bicycle, juggling, walking a tightrope and many other activities were featured in the report. He said his memory was sharper than ever as a result.
In Laughter Yoga, we have started to expand to the four elements of joy, laughing, singing, dancing and child-like play. I sense that we can’t go wrong by including some of each of those into a daily routine.
Further, I am reminded that in many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions.
When did you stop dancing?
When did you stop singing?
When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul.
Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are considered four universal healing salves.
Two other points to make and that is that our parents and grandparents lived in a time when food was not as adulterated as it is now. Low levels of antibiotics and growth hormones may find their way into our meat and dairy products. Much of what passes for food in the supermarket some call “junk” food. Most of that was not available to our forebears. (I don’t call it junk food. To me, it is either food or it is junk, i.e. toxic poison.)
So, much greater care is needed to ensure that we are, in fact, eating food and not poison. Your parents may have eaten spuds, but I will bet their consumption of potato chips was negligible.
Further, with the degradation of the soil over the past century, the nutrient value of food is said by many researchers to be negligible. “Nutrient dense” food is the next issue to deal with after we eliminate “junk” food. Then we get into the whole issue of additives. In the 1950s, a handful of food additives were allowed to be added to food. Today, it is estimated there are 50,000 !!! chemicals that are allowed to be added to our food supply.
My friend Dr. Terry Willard estimates that the average North American takes in 10% of their bodyweight in pure chemicals annually. I can’t believe we can easily adapt to that quick a change. (There is evidence to suggest we have not yet adapted to grains, which were introduced 10,000 years ago.)
Whether to supplement? This is becoming stickier as there is a thought that with Codex Alimentarius, many of our vitamins and other supplements may well be taken off the market. A long term plan to move toward nutrient dense food may be all that is left if supplements bite the dust.
Finally, as for worrying, you are definitely right about that. I myself can confess to being a perpetual worrywart about food. When I had hepatitis after foolishly drinking untreated water from Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, I was dining with a new friend at a vegetarian restaurant in Panajachel. When I mentioned that I really ought not to be having olive oil, he quickly retorted: “Don’t hex your food.”
Only years later did I understand the vital importance of blessing our food and eating it with gratitude and reverence. It could well be that even low quality food can transmute itself into wonderful health in our body when we bless it all.
Re Weight Loss (Capitalized, as it is such a common goal in western society): If eating less and exercising more worked, no one would have a weight issue.
The whole “calories in-calories out” theory was blown out of the water by author Tim Ferris in his book The Four Hour Body. Eat a cookie, walk up 27 flights of stairs to work it off is what Ferris calls “Parking lot science.” It’s convenient to think that way, but it does not work. He proved it by gaining 34 pounds in muscle, losing 3 pounds of fat in 28 days. Impossible, said the so called experts. Yet, his entire experiment was recorded by Dr. Peggy Plato, director of Sports and Fitness Evaluation Program at San Jose State University.
So, forget trying to lose fat by limiting food and adding some exercise.
(Did you notice I changed “losing weight” to “losing fat?” Building muscle is critical to fat loss as increased muscle density means you are burning fast even as you sleep. Muscles weigh more than fat, so you may actually gain weight while losing fat and getting healthier.)
Making weight loss a goal is a losing proposition. Instead, I suggest it is far wiser to focus on getting healthier. As we discover the practices that increase our health, fat loss can become an automatic by-product. Far better approach.
(There are examples of those who chose weight loss as a goal, achieved the goal…and died. We had an example here in my home town of Victoria. It was covered extensively in our local newspaper, the Times-Colonist.)
The basics of fat loss are covered in my 108 Tips for More Joy, Energy and Health. You can get it here as a free email course: http://joyenergyandhealth.com/
Two steps anyone can take right away are:
1) Cut out all wheat, and
2) Do the “Sugar Fix” program.
See Wheat Belly and The Sugar Fix.
The purpose of life is to be happy, according to the Dalai Lama. I suspect that anything that adds to our happiness is to be supported and anything that detracts from it to be avoided. If we bless our food and our preparation of it and gathering of it we go a long way to supporting our physical health and awareness.
Mindfulness, awareness and paying increasing attention to our intuition may well be the major keys, not just to food choice and preparation, but to our unfolding into our greater selves.
Enjoy the rest of the read,
“I’ve gotten rich and famous by thinking a couple of times a week. Most people don’t think at all.” – George Bernard Shaw
Seven spices, food medicines and home remedies that could save your life
How to heal your gut using everyday spices
The top five healing superfoods, and why you should eat them every day
Seven things every home pharmacy should have.
Nine Ways to Ease Money Worries Now
Is Cyprus the “canary in the gold mine?”
George Orwell taught us how to interpret what those in government say. Flip it 180 degrees. eg, the Ministry of Peace is really the Ministry of War, the Ministry of Health is really the Ministry of Disease and so on.
With that in mind, just flip the statements in this story. Remember: “The warrior is never available. Never is he standing on the street waiting to be clobbered.” -Robert S. deRopp.
Also, hope for the best but plan for the worst may apply here.
BOOKS WORTH READING
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers.
MOVIES WORTH WATCHING
Hope Springs with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. Some relationship lessons along with the laughs.
How to be happy…smile…here is the happiest man in Sri Lanka does it…watch http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3860
22 Things Happy People Do Differently. Contrary to popular belief, happiness comes from within. http://ow.ly/jirKI
That’s it for now. Enjoy your month.
The Inner Circle
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