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Fast Food Slow Death

People get emotionally attached to food.  Whale pods are found to have a varied diet based upon what the young were raised to think of as fuel. They hunt and dine according to their teaching.  Like them, we’re taught at a young age what food is.  If you were brought up on slow food, where a garden was grown with care, your parents brought home fresh produce and meals centered around wholesome home cooking that included fresh salads, fruits, and raw or lightly steamed veggies or lucky enough to be raised by hippies that went vegetarian and all organic, man, you have a lucky leg up on the rest of us.  I was lucky enough to discover Seventh Day Adventism as a teen where most eat Old Testament or vegetarian. This is why the SDAs are their own blue zone with folks living triple digit life spans. If you were raised in an environment where your parents weren’t knowledgeable about what food really is, didn’t cook, relied upon take-out and Wendys, then you’ve probably absorbed those habits as an adult. If you have kids, they have learned from you what food is.  While challenging, these habits can be broken once we begin to realize what we are doing to ourselves and gain some self-respect and self-love and acceptance.

When we think about illnesses, we think in terms of family history and diseases that run in families.  We tend to say ‘Cancer runs in our family’, or Diabetes, or heart disease rather than to acknowledge the truth, and self-empowerment in that truth, that it’s the fuel we feed our bodies that causes the disease. It’s our lifestyle that invites or shuns disease.  In 90-95% of the cases, it isn’t your DNA. DNA, over time, is absolutely affected by generations of poor diet and lifestyle as we propagate our species and when I hear about this stuff I always go back to the bible where, as a kid and later as a teen, I remained flummoxed as to why God would be so mean as to decree the sins of the father should be played out on his children and his children’s children.  Now I believe it was not meanness, but a warning because these things are just simply so, how it all works.  This is where we get terms like ‘She comes from strong stock’.  Our DNA, over time, can weaken as we load up on toxic substances rather than proper care.  You can do yourself and any offspring a big favor by mending ways.

What is fast food?  Fast food is junk food.  It isn’t just what you get at McDonald’s or Jack-In-The-Box, it’s anything junk, overprocessed, rushed into being without the proper care.  Fast food is also obtained at the supermarket which is why as a Plant-Based Lifestyle Coach, I help folks learn to read labels and learn how to best navigate the grocery store. There is no love in this kind of food, just opiates, sugar, grease, and greed.  I will address the various junk/fast foods and why they are considered junk.

GMO’s – Going wild-crafted and organic or raising your own, is the only way to assure you are not digesting pesticides with every bite.  Also, when you buy certified organic foods, this tells you that the produce is not genetically modified or GMO.  Nobody should eat Frankenfood. Whatever your personal religious beliefs, and this blog is spiritual in many respects but is absolutely not about religion but I have to just say this….There is a grand and great design in how our world and everything in it has fit together.  We are just beginning to unravel just a few of the threads of how one species helps another.  The rainforests we are pummeling daily to make more beef contains a myriad of species we will never know as we cause their direct extinction.  And when we genetically modify what nature has provided us in an attempt to make it better, we create Frankenfood.  We create hens that cannot walk without breaking a leg or having a heart attack or a cow who drags her utters on the ground with milk nature designed for her baby who gets taken away so we can drink her milk. Her body was never designed to contain that much milk at once.  She has to feel bloated and miserable.  I believe it has to be a grave sin to do these things, to nature, to go against mother nature if you will.  When we eat these foods we eat these sins.

PLANTS – When you just buy the typical produce, these fruits, veggies, the processed bread, grains and pasta, all have pesticides in them and likely GMOs. When you eat out, unless you are very careful, this is what is served up.

MEAT – If the meats you buy aren’t organic and from a local better intentioned farmer who truly raises his animals in sunlight on fields of grass etc, you are eating pain, misery and cannibalism.  Animals in these corporate or factory farms rarely if ever seen the light of day.  They are confined and treated horrifically and raised in dark sad environs.  Their feed consists of things they’d dare not touch in natural life.  They call it ‘enriched feed’ and they grind up euthanized dogs, cats, not bothering to remove tags and collars and not caring that euthanasia drugs are in the meat product.  They grind up the tumors, the cancers, the pharmaceutical drugs these pets were one before death.  Also included in ‘Enriched feed are other dead farm animals.  This is how mad cow became a thing.  Cows that would not normally eat their dead, were and were infected.  And this affected people who ate the cows.  We bastardize nature.  A cow would not typically eat another cow or dog or kitty but on these farms they do.

DAIRY – Goat is better, but all cow derived milk (and cheese) has casein in it.  This is a protein that is carcinogenic and the more stressed the mother cow is, the more casein in the milk.  While taking my Hippocrates training we were told someone bought their own organic dairy cow so they could enjoy the purest milk. Growing up I was told we drank the surplus.  We don’t have surplus anymore.  What happens is that these mammals are subjugated, their joys and natural proclivities are ignored.  They are regularly impregnated just so humans can take the milk meant for their babies.  The babies are shot in the head or worse if male and if female, they get to grow up to be milk producers too.  It’s hideous.  Oh and it is true that there’s puss in the milk you’re drinking.  At the rates and volumes of pregnancies and milk pumping, this is very hard work on the mother, on her body and her udders.  Cows typically live at least 20 years but on these farms, they are lucky to live 5. When you drink their milk, you drink their grief over losing the baby the milk was created for. Got milk? Got grief!

Factory and corporate farmed animals eat genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticide-laden grains and corn.  We subject them to the very same awful (SAD) Standard American Diet that the greed machine encourages all of us to eat too.  Very Soylent Green.  Very unhealthy.  When we eat them, we are ingesting all their suffering, their ill-health, their cancerous tissues, and chronic sadness and disease.

Farm animals are not carnivores by nature and neither were we in the beginning.  All the great religions dovetail on humans being vegetarian. Biologically, we have the intestines of an herbivore. Even very educated people in the world of health and healing will tell me we are omnivores but really, in truth, we are not.  Look at our guts.  Our intestines are not short like a Cheetas but nice and long, like a plant eater.  Yes, like the plant eaters that we really are.  I was raised on the bible.  Biblically, we were to eat manna and when we fell and demanded meat, this was allowed with definitive rules in place.  These rules were there to guide us into cleaner eating.  In other words, if we were fallen and sullen about just eating veggies, then God allowed us to eat not only all the fruits of the fields but certain particular fish and animals that were not water bottom dwellers or pigs whose meat is absolutely as unclean as it is delicious. We were steered away from any land animals that did not chew their own cud and have cloven hooves.  The reasons for the rules were entirely health based but in today’s polluted world, you can just throw all of that out.

FISH – Whether wild caught or farm raised, it’s all bad for you. Greed again, but the reason farmed fish is horrible is due to the massive overcrowding, the putrid waters they swim in and the doses of pharma drugs pumped into these sad fish to keep them swimming. Wild caught is bad because, greed and negligence, we have pumped pharmaceuticals and plastic, mercury and other toxic substances into our waters.  There have been dead and sick pets coming to the forefront lately after well-meaning pet parents have served up Omega fish oils.  My vet just a few months ago tried to get me on fish oils for our Doberman. I said absolutely not and suggested to them plant-based omegas as a far safer option.  I get these looks when I begin talking this way with most veterinarians but when the article came out in my latest Dogs Naturally magazine, I said THERE!!! I AM correct in my thought process here…and motivated by the article kept preaching.  Lastly, good people, we have over-fished our oceans to an alarming point where we are causing the starvation of species that fish IS their food source.  They don’t have another option, polluted and filled with Mercury or not. This is what they eat.  We can do better.

PLANTS – When you go out to eat and order a salad or are asleep when you grab a head of lettuce, you’re most likely getting pesticides, fewer vitamins and minerals and also GMOs.  Go organic here and gain peace of mind and better nutrition.

To help you get and stay on track, as well as learn home remedies and recipes, I adore this Raw Vegan Series by Permachart, set designed with Brian Clement of Hippocrates Health Institute where I took my training. This makes for quick and easy reference for food combining, useful equipment, juicing vs blending, etc.

PROCESSED FOODS – Our bodies were designed for raw foods.  Look at the entire rest of the animal kingdom and own that we are animals too, we are specifically mammals.  The more we heat, blend and otherwise process our foods the less nutrition we end up with.  Soil erosion (thanks Factory Farms) has caused a magnificent loss in minerals.  Most Americans are mineral deficient.  We also tend to be shallow breathers lacking proper oxygen levels and most of us (85%) are chronically dehydrated.  When we cook our foods, we dry them out, kill off natural enzymes and vitamins and deplete oxygen. When you enjoy an organic fresh salad, you are eating oxygen as well as a better bio-available protein source rich in minerals and vitamins.  You will be less thirsty, your body will have more oxygen at a cellular level and you will be better hydrated eating a plant-based raw diet.

When we stray far from our biologically designed diet, we invite trouble.  Everything above applies also to our pets.  If you feel you must eat meat because this is a thing you won’t give up, then it should be done minimally and only organically raised animals. If you must eat junk, such as french-fries, again, make it a minimal part of your life rather than something you’re taking in on a weekly or monthly basis.  If you are willing to go 100% vegan, then yes, do that!  There is a karmic debt when we kill other souls and while I believe plants are alive too, I also realize that nothing here on this plane is ever going to be perfect.  We are trial and error here as we learn to grow in compassion, lose the judgment and rigidity and just be kinder. Eating plants is a kinder choice and healthier for us.  I have actually had death threats over cashew cheese so when I tell you how very political veganism is today, believe me, I have the first-hand experience!  A fellow vegan wished me cancer, my family to die of it, all my pets too and for my business to fail. This was over a cashew cheese that she misunderstood to be a dairy cheese.  I believe when it comes to food, the majority of us have lost our way.  I also believe that one step in the right direction is a step forward indeed.  So if you are reading and sitting on the fence, try one kindness meal then another.  Baby steps.  Rather than an all or nothing approach, think of it in terms of this: The more you adhere to a plant-based raw and organic lifestyle, the healthier you will become. You will naturally share this lifestyle with family and friends by example.  Toxins which are stored in your fat cells will finally have a chance to dissipate leaving your immune system refreshed while your arteries unclog themselves.  Don’t you want to be your most resilient?

Easy Ways Toward Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Each Day!

You need to get off plastic, reuse items better, work from home wherever possible to reduce fossil fuel waste, be kinder, more present and attain enlightenment too.   And when I say you I mean me.  Seriously this is a global problem.  Our lives have been about incorporating as much convenience and single serve things as possible.  Folks even look at homes and cars as disposable now and they really aren’t!  Save the landfill by buying what you really need with an intention of using gently, passing on later to others in great condition and each of us makes a dent that way.

Sit for a few seconds and breath as you absorb the fact that most of what we do every day, how we live, from how we pad to the kitchen to pour a morning beverage to how we order lunch or shop at the store is all habit.  To make things easier our brains do this fantastic auto pilot thingy where we don’t have to think so hard about all the nit noidy things, those daily choices that we make.  Remember this is just habits and habits change.  Did you always drive, smoke, dance, sing, paint, write or drink tea, coffee or alcohol?  Really? Since you were a child?  No, you grew into various habits, some good, some bad, that just became a part of you over time.  These same things, if you want them to change, are changeable.  Just give it 30 days to make new habits, hard at first, then easier.  When I first went vegan I was deer in headlights at what to do next, what to prepare for my chef husband and now it is very easy for me to think in vegan terms.  My shock and fright is what began this blog, actually, because I wondered how many other folks were scared too, who really wanted change, wanted to help the planet, save animals, save themselves, but didn’t know yet how.  I took this amazing course at Hippocrates (links below) and started off on this journey.

As an Implementation Project Manager at Sprint, I had worked from home a couple of decades.  I barely got into the car each week and mostly ate at home.  We had layoffs and I began working for ATT and had to be in the office for a while starting out. Already concerned about my carbon footprint driving in daily, I watched in horror as my trash bin filled up with plastic and styrofoam.  They served vegan fare in the cafeteria downstairs but things were far from carbon neutral getting the items to my desk.  When I brought food in, they were in plastic baggies.  And those also piled up.

Nothing is ever going to be perfect here and I don’t think, with the fall of man, that this is ever the point of the exercise.  I do believe we are all accountable for our intentions and actions and that our path here involves lessons in being less self-directed and gain understanding and compassion.  Being imperfect, my tips may not exemplify the very best you can do for the environment or animals but perhaps are baby steps in the right direction so I encourage feedback! I am always learning and incorporating new ideas into my blog.  But be kind in your feedback because here is the thing;  you can preach about the environment and whom should be doing what till you’re blue.  If it isn’t easy enough or doable enough, convenient enough, folks won’t attempt it or stay on point with it.  That said, these are ways that I have, so far today, incorporated for better recycling and re-use and reduced plastic in my life.  I am trying to be a better vegan too.  But primarily, I am trying hard to live kinder and that means knowing my sources.  I live in a meat-eating, honey indulging family (dog, cats and husband).  This helps keep me compassionate as I look for ways to remove what animal-based products I can off the table and get better sources where I cannot.

With daily trips to work, what I saw in my life as a problem were baggies.  Loads of baggies.  I had gallon sized baggies for my salads where I would make up a batch to last me a couple of meals.  The thing to understand about baggies is even if they were to say they are BPA free, for example, there is no disclosure on the hundreds of chemicals that make up a baggie.  All of this leaches into your food.  Here are some earth-friendlier ways to detox your lunch bag,  refrigerator and life.

Stasher makes reusable baggies which are completely free of toxic chemicals.  The bags are made of natural components such as sand and oxygen and can be used for Sous Vida safely.  They may be washed by hand or in the dishwasher too!

Another great item I’ve discovered is the beeswax and organic cloth food wrappers.  I know, it’s not vegan.    But it is environmentally friendly all biodegradable and I am told bees are not harmed.  The problem with honey, other than the fact it is a sugar, is that commercially, bees are killed when their honey is culled.  But a beekeeper loves his bees and strives to keep the colony healthy and happy.  So if you indulge in honey products then you need to be responsible for knowing your source.  We have a neighbor who sells zip code honey.  They do no harm to bees.  Another wrap to consider is this 5 piece beeswax, jojoba and tree resin set for $19.99.  I wrap my avocados, vegan pizza slices etc with them.  If you choose these wraps, know that they last about a year with proper use and that is a ton of plastic wrap not in our oceans.

Say no to single-use cuttlery.  This bamboo cutlery set is something that will work well from camping to working at the office or on the road and even includes a straw. After seeing that video of the poor turtle with a huge staw stuck in his nostril that had to be surgically removed, I stopped using straws at restaurants.

This Tea Spot Urban Tumbler is a hit with our whole family! We are tea drinkers, but you can put any beverage in there.  The founder of the company cured her cancer with tea and has written a book,  Cancer Hates Tea.  What I love about this tumbler is that as it is constructed of borosilicate glass and stainless steel infuser,  it is free of toxins such as BPA. Her teas are lovely.  I loaded up on tea after learning they sold Lapsang Souchong and this is a lovely green tea sampler.   The cork around the bottle helps protect the glass while keeping your hands away from the too hot or cold beverage you’re about to enjoy.  The product doesn’t leak, forming a nice seal and I have now given this out as gifts, it’s just that good!  Reusing something you love is one of the best ways to minimize your environmental impact. ♥

You’ll control the quality of your food and save money by making and taking your lunch with you to work.  Check out this stylish option with the Tabkoe Bento Box, free of BPA materials,  while I shun microwaves, this is microwaveable.

Another great glass storage option that goes from fridge to lunch bag are these nice glass meal prep containers which airtight and space saving.

Bulk Food Bags, what about grocery shopping and all those produce bags?  These bags go from your fridge to the grocery store for re-loading!

As an affiliate marketer, there are links here to look at and purchase products.  These are products I love, use etc.  The commission I earn from purchases helps to offset the monthly costs of keeping this blog running and I appreciate the support.

 

 

 

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Detox Heavy Metals, Radiation & Other Toxic Substances; Spirulina, Moringa & Chlorella

Eating a healthy, predominately raw plant-based diet is the big step forward in anyone’s health.  Today I want to discuss a few of my favorite superfoods.  All of us need supplementation and with 95% of the supplements on the market being toxic or a waste of money, I strive as a vegan lifestyle coach, organic skincare Independent Consultant and affiliate marketer, to basically do the research and shop all day, reading ingredients, where things are sourced, then who has the best ‘deal’ on both quality and price (value) and write about it here.

See below for my links to inquire or purchase.  While this is my work, where I earn my living,  my first and foremost goal here is to educate (and I am always learning myself) because nearly my entire family was wiped out by cancer with two more on their way out.  Whenever I am running low on something, I shop, I look for the best value and I share that information in my blog to help you too. ♥

Here are my rules:  1)  Plant-based – The supplement must be plant-based and contain no synthetic ingredients because I believe the body, at a cellular level, doesn’t adequately absorb them or see them as food. What you want are the full spectrum nutrients you would get if you were eating optimally.  Seeing NOS which is Naturally Occurring Standard certified, on the label lets you know the product is not synthetic.

2) Organic (or wildcrafted) – The supplement must be organic so I look for certification there.  The reason is that generally the quality of the supplement is going to be better, more nutritious and being organic lets me know it is non-GMO and that no pesticides were used.

3) Vegan – Both the product itself and whatever the softgel or capsule is made from should not be animal based.

4) Quality Control – How is the product sourced and how is it made, what is the process, or facility the supplement is made in because this matters to assure contaminates are minimized.

5) Value – I price check and ingredient check to come up with what I believe to be the best deal.

Spirulina or Klamath Lake Blue-Green Algae  –   Known to purge the body of heavy metals such as mercury, this plant is knowns as the best nutrition in the ocean,  spirulina contains zinc, manganese, selenium, copper. We could live abundantly on just this plant and water. Spirulina has 58x more iron than spinach, enables the body to repair DNA and protein levels are 400x more than beef. Here we want the Klamath Lake spirulina as this algae is the purest form.

Moringa – Containing all 8 amino acids, one tablespoon is equal to 2 cups of greens.  Protein, calcium, iron and fiber are all great things in this nutrient-dense plant powder.  Great for post-workout inflammation and overall detox.

Chlorella  – Chlorella is a sea plant or seaweed.  It is a powerhouse of b12, biotin, vitamin a and is known for taking heavy metals and radiation out of the body.  This supplement is what I reached out to Naoto Matsumura and recommended a few years ago.  Naoto is the man who during Fukoshima fled with the rest then later returned to his hometown of Tomioka where he remained to take care of all the pets left behind.

Links to shop & prices :
Spirulina or Klamath Lake Blue-Green Algae  –
I like Pure Synergy Organics as it is cold processed and stored in a glass bottle.  You can do powder however, it tends to clump unless mixed well into a smoothie.  I recommend the capsules, taken throughout the day and getting the powder in a blend for smoothies and salads.

Blends – Miessence Deep Green, which is a synergistic combination of Chlorella, Spirulina, Wheat and Barley grasses amongst others.  I am an Independent Rep for this brand because the entire line is clean and certified organic.  Their skincare is edible too!
https://www.one.organic/puretemple/en/category/1/skincare

Moringa – Moringa Source raw organic Moringa is a good value with 16oz for $15.99.  Kuli Kuli Organic Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder is 10oz for $24.35 which is higher but I chose this one as the company states that they source the plants in a sustainable way, utilizing growers in a network of farms across the globe.  I want the rainforests to be happy.

ChlorellaAnthony’s organic Chlorella powder is the best price but does not say where the Chlorella is sourced.  $13.00 nets you 8 oz.  I believe the bareoganics Chlorella is the best value, however, because the company assures that the product is raw (not heated where it would lose enzymes and vitamins) and is grown in stainless steel tanks to protect the chlorella from toxic substances and also assure a better flavor.  Blends – If you are looking for a great blend of superfoods, I highly recommend Miessence Deep Green, which is a synergistic combination of Chlorella, Spirulina, Wheat and Barley grasses amongst others.  I am an Independent Rep for this brand because the entire line is clean and certified organic.  Their skincare is edible too!
https://www.one.organic/puretemple/en/category/1/skincare

For those with allergies to Seaweeds or algae or wish to augment with other superfood combinations, another great blend of superfoods, I highly recommend is Essante Earth Greens which is a mix of Barley and Wheat, Kamut grasses, lemongrass, kale, amongst others and does not contain spirulina or chlorella.  I take all of these things in a rotation and do both the powder and the capsules, which are easy to do traveling or on the go.   Because all of their products are wildcrafted or organically grown, I am an Independent Consultant for Essante as well.
www.EssanteOrganics.com/Puretemple 

I appreciate feedback and encourage you to report back on what you are using and how it has helped you.

 

 

Plan B How To Achieve When Life Throws Curveballs

A thing we each commonly share is that sooner or later, life will throw you a curveball you were not expecting.  Whether it’s the yacht or Jaguar needing maintenance,  the inner tube requiring a patch and Pacer engine exploding, or job or relationship loss, stuff will happen that we are in some way not fully and on all levels prepared for.

A friend was sharing his disbelief in how so many of us have day jobs, working for the man rather than for oneself, building up our own business.  I added my 2 cents which were promptly deleted on his post.  But I understand exactly why the majority of us work for the man.  I also totally get why many of us dream of being more in control by owning our own gig and I would love someone to join me and help me share the cool products I represent (see below).

For 26 years I worked at Sprint and made decent money the last decade of it.  Then I was laid off and went to work for ATT as a contractor and making similar money in contracting that paid $45.00 an hour starting out.  This was fantastic, I was working from home which is something I had been doing and wanted to continue doing, I was no longer salary and that meant far better control over my hours and scope of responsibility.  Earning $1800.00 a week and NOT working a minute over 8 hours each day was golden for me.  I actually did put in a few extra hours but that was my choice and I was free to make that up during the week by cutting out early when able to do so. I was not so overloaded as I was 95% of the time at Sprint, so I really had what everybody talks about when they spout on about a work and life balance.  I had that FINALLY!  I was learning something new and just loved my job. I loved my work at Sprint too, just not the long hours I typically put in and at no additional pay.   After months of being new and acclimating, I finally fit into the pecking order.  The team was cohesive except for one guy who was a rat and a troublemaker.  This little dude was on me from day one so I suppose he is pleased as Hawaiian punch right now as they kept him on the project and I was one of the laid-off people.

While working, I continued writing this blog, writing product reviews and answering plant-based lifestyle questions, sharing knowledge from my Hippocrates Health Institute training and selling organic skin, body and home care products as an independent representative of 3 great companies.

I love helping people and sharing why they should go organic, doing facials or helping them with a green detox or supplement but 3 years in, I pay a lot more to keep this blog going and my Independent Rep status,  than what I get paid.  Frankly, I am at a loss as to how I can earn $1800 a week take home pay doing my own gig.  So, yes,  Randy my friend,  I do understand your frustration as well as why folks have their day job, putting so much into that work that sometimes it squeezes out everything else.  Because life happens.  And as a business owner, an entrepreneur, I completely get how freaking hard this is to pull off.  In part, this is because I don’t just follow the money.  No, I fully research and vet what I am suggesting folks buy.  I read the ingredients and assure that there are no toxic substances in the label.  I will only talk about and recommend what I have already vetted as safe.  I price check to see what product between the 3 lines may be cheaper or better for you.  Then I talk about it.  I am not pushy and therefore I have few paying customers and give a lot of free advice out.  This would be why I really miss my day job but also brings us back to why having a plan b and preferably a plan c as well, is critical in life.

You can be filled with all the knowledge and enthusiasm in the world and still be sitting staring at a dwindling bank account.  You may take exquisite care of your vehicle but take it someplace and they put in a part you never needed and you cannot prove that they just took $1600.00 of your money that was utterly unnecessary.    You can never go back to a place that screwed you and you can get another job if you get laid off but it is the in-between, the plan b, that will keep you afloat and calmer when the feces hits the fan.

Back up plans are not always ideal, which is why they are back up and not primary plans.  First, you must exercise a level of control and realize that less can be more.  You compete with yourself and your highest good, not the Jones’s next door.   My neighbor sort of hoards stuff.  He gets most of it for free or really cheap.  But his garage is packed to the gills with stuff he doesn’t use or need.  Learn to let it go.  I just sold my car.  I had 2 and one paid off.  I kept the one paid off.  We have more space now and no car payment.  So whatever your current financial situation, a backup plan is respect and love for yourself. It is also respect and love for your family.

Steps to Creating a Backup Plan:
HELOCs – If you own a home where you have any equity at all, consider getting a HELOC, which is a Home Equity Line Of Credit that you never need to use but just have available in case of emergency.   Unlike a mortgage, in most states, there are no fees for this type of loan other than the interest carried on any balance.

At various times, I have used my HELOC to pay off a primary mortgage, a vehicle, to remodel that home as well as to remodel another home.

When using a HELOC or any other kind of loan system, this is not going to be ideal.  Of course, you can write off the interest on a HELOC at tax time but it is still money lost.  Use with discretion, and don’t be the one making the minimum interest-only payments or you will never get ahead or get the loan paid off.  I make double payments, at least, every month.  My goal is to get the loan totally paid off but also in doubling up on my payments each month, this creates more bandwidth in case I ever must tap into the loan again.

CREDIT – Don’t carry credit card debt.  Pay the balance in full each and every month which will save you money as well as help motivate you to dial it down if you are spending above your means.  If you currently have credit card debt, pay the higher interest rate first and get that knocked out.  Then go to the next highest rate card and so on.  You also want to pay your smallest balance first, depending upon how long that will take you and what the interest rate is that they are charging you in order to create cash flow.  Cash flow is king.  It helps create plan Bs.

Look for 0% interest when you get into a bind and need to extend something out.  We recently had a remodel that ended up being more and then more yet.  I swung some of the fixtures onto a zero for 6 months loan rather than having to pay in full when the bill came in.  At the time, I did not know I was getting laid off so I am very glad now that I planned ahead, just in case.

Savings – When working I loved to move my direct deposit into various accounts so some would be for immediate spending while others were dovetailed for savings.  Having this done automatically helps because even the best of intentions can get derailed otherwise.  Pretend it isn’t there and shortly you will have a nice little nest egg.

Respect For What You Have – Keep your things in good condition so if you tire of them or need to sell things off, they are ready for the next buyer.  From my homes to my cars, everything is in tip-top shape and maintained that way.  This means far less drama when it is time to sell something off.  Recently I sold the Jaguar.  To get it ready for sale simply meant a hose and soap.  It has recently been waxed and the interior leather treated so easy peasy.  My 24-year-old car would need a wax.  That’s it.  Both homes are market ready with the landscape on a regular maintenance schedule.  We rent out the one place but if we were ever in need of selling, it’s ready to go in a nice paying it forward way too (don’t ever forget about Karma).

Keep Your Resume Updated – Don’t ever assume you are safe.  Getting laid off came suddenly and shockingly.  We all tend to stack rank ourselves and I knew I was doing well and was not the troublemaker on the team so it came as a surprise when it happened to me.  Networking and keeping up with connections and a fresh resume takes the edge off.

Learn  New Skills – Look at emerging fields and at other ways you can apply the talents you currently have in a new way.  I’m a project manager, great at the minutia of where all the widgets currently are and where they need to be while making it look easy in front of a customer. These are valuable skills I can apply to anything from a construction or remodel project to implementing an API.  But I also adore animals and recently went through some heavy stuff with our resident Doberman and am currently studying CMT, Canine Massage Therapy to be an animal bodyworker. Like acupuncture, it is an emerging field for our fur kids and I will be one of the few in Dallas doing this a few weeks from now when I am certified.

Consider Blogging – You can become an Amazon Affiliate Marketer or write about your particular passion and gain a following.  For interested parties, check out my Getting Started page.  Just know that blogging takes time and patience to grow a business.  There are so many great niche markets out there to explore.

The Products I directly sell:

Essante –   Organic and Plant-Based Line Coconut water-based

Miessence –  Organic and Plant-Based Line that is Aloe Vera Based

Where I took my life changing training – https://op.hippocratesinst.org/moreinfo/static/34   For the free syllabus Online Life Transformation!

 

 

Detoxing The Lungs – Breath Better

The body was magnificently designed to detox every day.  The problem is that no body was ever built to withstand the onslaught we all face today.  Consequently, there is a rise in asthma and other chronic lung fatigue issues as our body burden of toxins increase.  People tell me ‘I’ll die anyway, let me eat what I want and do what I want’ but the point is in truly living and breathing and embracing life to its fullest while we are here.  Quality of life over quantity…but if you are mindful of doing daily detoxing and eating a healthy mostly raw organic plant-based lifestyle, then you will end up with both quantity and quality!  ♥

There are both active (exercises) and passive (pill popping) ways to detox and assists the lungs to do their job better and longer.  We are not merely bystanders, our health is not genetically writ but something we own by at least 90-95%.  Only 5-10% of your chances of getting cancer are genetic.  While your family tree and how your forefathers ate does affect the gene pool and make it stronger or weaker, you still have an amazing amount of control here.  I just want to drive this point home because so many folks say well, our family has asthma, or cancer, or high blood pressure, triple bypasses, diabetes or we are prone to be fat and just stop for a second and take a real hard look at how your beloved lived prior to getting their disease issues.  Don’t pass the buck here, eat better, stop smoking, detox your daily lifestyle.

Sorry I tend to get on a rant.  So the lungs… unless you are very careful to use only organic and natural cleaning agents, and environmentally friendly and toxin free furnishings, the average home contains about 10 gallons of synthetic chemical products.

From cigarette smoke, to pesticides,  from paints to household cleaners, to candles and incense or other air fresheners –  all can distribute toxins throughout the home.  One of the first lines of defense is purifying your air.  I recommend Rabbit room air purifiers. They are not cheap but they are the sleekest I’ve seen on the market with a 5 stage filtration, plus the customization is great!   I have owned some ugly air filtration systems in my day and am thankful now that I no longer feel the need to sacrifice style for health. Rabbit offers the Artists Series featuring images by Gustav Klimt, Katsushika Hokusai and original designs by Rabbit Air’s creative team, to offer you a sophisticated answer to stale air.

I leave mine on auto so that they automatically adjust the fan speed high or low as needed to filter the air in the entire room as much as twice an hour.

The Minus A2 – SPA 780 filters as much as 815 square feet while the Minus A2 -SPA 700A, filters as much as 700 square feet.  The unit stands on its own base or you can opt to wall mount it.

I totally dig the mood light, the LED lighting may be turned on so that it provides a soft mellow glow of soothing colours.  It automatically senses when it is dark or ‘nap time’ so I like to read in bed, then turn the light out for bed, watch the colours for a bit while I get myself organized and poof, it goes out a few moments later.  Perfect!

There are six stages of air purification and you can customize, as noted earlier, for Toxin absorbing, Pet allergy, odor, germs.  Many people who keep birds choose this filtration system since birds are very sensitive to bad air.

In our home, we really don’t have any place to ‘hide’ things like air purifiers or litter boxes.  It’s a modern home and not large.  These units are gorgeous!  We have people over and they comment on the filters because they present themselves as art.  As it is something that needs to blend in and look great and something I will see each time I enter the room, I am happy to fork over the cash for it.  We have our filters on auto ship as well.

Driving can be very dirty business, as can sitting in a dusty cubicle.  Working from home is such blessing but I recently found myself driving into the office far more than I planned and coughing due to the detritus level. I wanted something for the car and the office that was easily transportable, nice looking and with Hepa filtration.  The Tecool air purifier USB plugs into your car or laptop for easy peasy transition and comes in a soft white or black.   A coworker was chronically coughing one morning so I unplugged my purifier and plugged it into her laptop so she could breathe some fresh air.  Within minutes her coughing grew quieter and then stopped all together.  For $32.99 it’s a great deal.

If you are saddled with some lung congestion, such as from construction or just general pollution, while you work on clearing the air, I recommend Hyland Phosphorus as a natural homeopathic aid for cough or chest congestion. It works fast too!  I am never without this or Fenu-Thyme capsules which have two fabulous lung healing herbs to boost your lung’s ability to clear itself out.

Folks, as we age, the lungs take a real beating.  Support your lungs by cleaning your air, minimizing dirty environments and taking natural supplements to support them.

I originally purchased my Himalayan Salt Inhaler at Whole Foods.  It was over $50.00 when I left the store.  This is a steal.  The salt lasts at least 3 years and is a great detox as you sit back and watch a movie.  Do for 30 minutes at a time.  Feel the difference in your lungs.  This is great for preventing infections or when you have an infection.

Yoga is magical.  Its one of the rare modalities of exercise that join the body, the mind and the spirit, stacking the bones, aligning the body and mind, creating calm and ability to live in the present. To ease allergies and asthma, try Shining Skull Breathing.  Yogic breathwork significantly improves lung function as it works to calm the nervous system. For Shining Skull Breathing, inhale deeply through the nose and on the exhale, breathe out short powerful bursts, one every second for ten seconds.  That is your first set.  Do 3 and gradually work yourself up to more sets.  FYI, this breathwork will temporarily increase your heart rate.  Another yogic breath is to simply breath in deeply, counting to ten (or 4 or whatever you can personally do as you slowly and deeply inhale) hold for the same amount of seconds, then exhale for the same amount of seconds to even out the breath.

GMO, Organic, Wildcrafted & Natural – Why Go Organic?

Much of what we pay extra for today, was de rigueur in the 50’s.  Today it’s about speeding things up, playing with genetics and making as much money as possible at the expense of everything else.  Most of us make a living selling or supporting something, some product or company.  I do so as a marketer of Cleaner greener, eco and animal-friendly products, those that I market directly(site links below) and those that I market for others such as Amazon and CWG water purification.  (see my water purification article)  I take what I do seriously because there’s a ton of misinformation out there.  I do want to make money, but not at the expense of being disingenuous.

GMO’s  – These are Genetically Modified Organisms, kicked off by Monsanto to sell their Glyphosate laden Round-Up product and put a patent on God and do it one better as if we could ever one-up God. In fact, those of us who despise Monsanto and what they are doing call it God Move Over.  GMOs for short, these organisms, seeds/plants (and now insects and animals, no not kidding)  are engineered to resist death when the crop is sprayed with herbicide. The catch phrase is ‘Roundup Ready’.  This causes cancer-promoting hormones in the milk of non-organic cows which are fed GMO food, also laced with antibiotics to mitigate disease from the unhappy overcrowded never see sunshine separated at birth from their babies, dairy cows which are  kept continuously pregnant and also fed ‘enriched feed’ which consists of GMOs and dead cows, cats, dogs etc, everything that gets rendered for its last bit of usefulness. This is how Mad Cow got started, people!  Cows, um…don’t eat other cows.  They sure don’t willingly and knowingly.  When sheep and cows began being fed dead members of their tribe to save money, this is what happened.  But I digress….

Chemicals From Hell – 1/3rd of Monsanto’s revenue is based on Roundup. 300 million lbs of this poison is sprayed annually on crops in the US. RoundUp was declared a human carcinogen by the Royal health Organisation March 2016.  Some countries and jurisdictions are abandoning it, including stores but we have a serious problem here. There are now round up resistant weeds or superweeds. Roundup is also sprayed as a ripening agent for such produce as grapes, potatoes, wheat, barley, lentils & rye. Roundup is stored and absorbed into the crop which is completely unsafe! There are over 30 diseases that match a curve of when GMOs took hold.   And my neighbour got an earful outside spraying this crap on his lawn as he, a stage 4 cancer survivor, explained to me he cannot afford organic food and boy, this stuff works fast.  Yes, and it poisons our water, causes leaky gut and genetic mutations and superweeds, please neighbour just cease!  We are mostly bacteria. 10x more bacteria than cells in our body. Roundup ready plants kill gut bacteria and chelate all our minerals so we and our animals that eat GMOs are weak.  So what happens here is that Roundup is sprayed to kill everything off.  To keep the plants we want to grow alive, plants are genetically engineered to contain  BT Toxin (Bacillus Thuringiensis) in abundance.  BT Toxin is 1000 times more toxic than the spray.  How Roundup works, is that it blocks the shikimate pathway in plants but it also affects us, killing off good gut bacteria and messes up our signals that we are full. This toxin is an insecticide that breaks open the cell walls of the insect’s stomach.  They tell us that somehow this crap is safe for us humans and I call BS on that.  Rather, it causes Leaky Gut,  autoimmune disorders, Leukaemia, Parkinsons, heart disease, It can create allergies to, say, peanuts or some other harmless substance as well. Glyphosate  Is toxic to the mitochondria. Disrupts cytochrome, p450 (CYP) enzymes, promotes cancer cells, is an endocrine disruptor, promotes birth defects, produces formaldehyde.

I think I just beat up GMOs enough for the next, oh, five minutes, so let’s move on to natural and Wild Crafted stuff, shall we?

Firstly we all must read our labels, shop with reputable companies and understand that labels can be misleading.  There’s a ton of greenwashing out there.  Companies know that people prefer to get something animal and planet friendly and market accordingly.

Wildcrafted means the plant was picked out in the wilds, found in nature not planted by or managed by humans.   A benefit to wildcrafted is typically hardy plants, not genetically modified, full of nutrients in soils not tampered with by humans. Something wildcrafted has not been purposely sprayed with any pesticides so generally, you are safe there.

Pesticides – You want to avoid pesticides because not all of it washes off or out, both in our clothing or in our produce.  Sometimes the pesticide can seep into the fruit of a plant as well and lastly, you want to avoid pesticides because of what they do to our environment, our earth.

Natural – This word can mean many things and be very misguiding.  To get to the bottom of what the word natural means to a particular company, you have to go back to that company and ask.  Companies stamp a product natural to entice customers to buy.  In our minds, we believe natural to mean the ingredient was found and then used in its natural state, no chemical or synthetics added. This may not be true and it absolutely does not mean it is pesticide free.

Supplements – Synthetic or Plant-Based?   I believe it is important with supplements, to avoid synthetic ones and always go plant-based.  Per my training with Hippocrates Health Institute, Leukocytes will only eat food, not chemicals.  The body can be tricked to a point, but at the cell level, it will not be as effective for you.  You can test this doing a Spectra Cell analysis which is a great tool to see what you are deficient in.

In the case of synthetics, the argument here is that, rather than out in nature, the dose can be regulated and the very same from one batch to another.  But per Hippocrates, this means if you take a chemical vitamin C, for example, your blood will probably see it, but that DOES NOT mean your cells have it! Your immune system fights chemical supplements. Chemically derived nutrients do activate biomechanical stimuli which at first give the impression that the synthetics build our health too, but they do not provide the positive body chemistry changes at the cellular level. What is not in the cells ultimately doesn’t matter. 80% of these synth supplements come from big pharma.

Why Go Organic?  –  Firstly, anything organic is automatically free of GMOs and pesticide use.  It’s even better to see GMO free and Certified Organic on the label!  Typically, an organic product is higher in nutrition and quality.  The quality is going to vary based upon soil quality, travel time and any downstream processing.  Some farmers augment their organic soils to be nutrient dense and others may not be as passionate about that. You will have variances per crop.

I personally try to market and buy for my family only wildcrafted and organic.  Again, you still need to have confidence in the company you are buying from and monitor how you feel when using their products vs another, but when a company goes through the trouble to certify their ingredients as organic, that is a huge statement for that company to make and it also entails legal issues if that claim is false.  This is exactly why I shop organic and sell organic products for skin, home and body.  I believe strongly that in a very polluted world, this provides me and my clients, assurances of getting a better, safer potent and pure product.  I hear of companies that say they don’t want to pass the costs of certifying themselves organic onto their customers, that they actually do things a level above and beyond the USDA guidelines etc.  Color me skeptical.

The following rules are applied when the USDA approves a product to use their seal:

  • 100% organic – This means that product must contain 100% USDA certified ingredients (excluding water & salt), with no non-organic ingredients, and that their processing methods employed must be 100% USDA certified organic.
  • Organic –  This means that this product must contain a minimum of 95% organic ingredients (excluding water & salt). So only a maximum of 5% can be non-organic.
  • Made With Organic Ingredients – This product must contain at least 70% organic ingredients (excluding water & salt). With 30% of the ingredients being non-organic, the company is not allowed legally to display the USDA certified organic seal.

When you buy organic this means the manufacturer takes pride in their stewardship and product enough to jump through the necessary hoops to put certification on their label.  Many companies, such as the ones I rep personally for, go a step farther with 3rd party certifications too.  This may not mean that a non-certified essential oil or what have you is bad.  It does mean, however, that I won’t be buying it and I also won’t, without a caveat, be trying to sell it to you.  ♥

Here are the links to the companies I rep for.  Feel free to shop but if you are passionate about the planet, animals and helping people detox, feel free to join me!  Reach out with any questions. Also, see my blog about how each business works more in-depth.

EssanteOrganics.com  Organic and Plant-Based Line Coconut water-based

Miessence  – Organic and Plant-Based Line that is Aloe Vera Based

https://op.hippocratesinst.org/moreinfo/static/34   For the free syllabus Online Life Transformation!  This was the last training I took, a life changer.

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More info on going Organic:  https://www.organic-center.org/organic-fact-sheets/top-12-reasons-to-go-organic/

Eye Maintenance – Natural Ways to Improve the Health of Your Eyes

Our eyes, open most of the day, encounter all sorts of pollutants in our air that the body was never designed to handle.  In our air, water and soil, there are 2000 newly created chemicals annually with an estimated total of 80,000 new chemicals. Man mined debris fools the body. Mercury looks like selenium to the body. Lead looks like calcium. Cadmium looks like zinc. Aluminum, nickel and uranium look like magnesium to the body and all these affect the system at a cellular level.  Many of these pollutants are in the air that affects the eyes.

We’ve been renovating a bathroom and enjoying a magnitude of dust that only folks who have gone through a remodel can comprehend.  Between air purifiers, (see my review on air purifiers) neti pot (see my article on this) to deep clean the sinuses, vacuuming & dusting daily after the contractor and crew leave, there is still an amazing amount of dust and the eyes suffer.

I believe one of the reasons eyes age is due to pollutants and irritants.  So minimizing them will help save your eyesight as well as how they look.  Many folks don’t really think about their eyes other than to wash the face, moisturize and perhaps apply makeup.  Maintaining your eyes should be a daily routine and especially in dusty polluted environments.

First there are eye exercises that help stretch and strengthen as well as rest the eyes which is particularly great for those of us that sit at a laptop all day.  Yoga For The Eyes with Meir Schneider steps you through great break time exercises.

Next, everyone should possess a nice eye wash bath cup.  Not just for emergency use as I once thought, but for daily/weekly rinsing of the eyes to clean and clear them of debris and tonify.   Because I believe that every day things should be artfully done as well as be great at what they do, I adore this eyecup by Rosso,  which is all glass and therefore safer than plastic.  The glass is gorgeous, it looks like a piece of art sitting on your vanity, and has a lovely feel and polish to it.  It comes in two styles, I like the raised rib, very comfy and it holds the liquid well with gentle pressure so you’re not getting it all over your face.

So one of my favourite rinses began as a purchase for my pets.  But now the entire family uses it too.  Ark Naturals, Eye So Bright, with Echinacea and Goldenseal, it slightly stings at first, then your eyes suddenly feel so refreshed!  We used a prescription eye drop on our Doberman who bolted after we came back into the room later to give him another treatment.  My husband popped a drop in his eye to understand what all the fuss was about and screamed.  Why on earth would they make anything that hurt that bad?!?  Thus began our self-testing before we did anything to the pets.  And because of this, I LOVE using this product on myself as well as the fur kids.

Another formula I like is Christopher’s Herbal EYE formula which you can both take orally in water or add to an eye bath solution.  Warning, this stuff has pepper in it.  I am using just one drop with my Ark Naturals and sea salt water I get at Whole Foods.  With the construction, I have been doing this routine twice a day and wow this has helped so much!

And on the Whole Foods note, don’t forget to eat right.  Your eyes need leafy greens.  The aim is for at least 50% raw diet, through juicing and yom yomming tasty salads and sprouts.

Supplements – Only 9% of the vitamins on the market are good.  Synthetic vs plant based:  It is important to read labels and avoid synthetic vitamins that the body recognizes at a cellular level as food.  There is much discussion about synthetic vitamins, which are vastly cheaper, being just as good but my Hippocrates advocates going all natural.   I get arguments from folks who eat so well and many even better than I do, 100% raw, juice twice daily etc.  So why do I need supplements they say.  Getting a spectra cell analysis will tell you what your body is deficient in at a cellular level and then you will know.  But here is why everyone needs some supplements:  Our world is totally polluted and our bodies, while able and willing to detox to a point, need the help.  With soil erosion, we no longer get enough minerals and vitamins in even the very best of foods.  So here is something,  Ultimate Eye Formula, you can take to aid the eyes because chances are you are not eating enough blueberries and bilberries daily to counteract the onslaught.

Another thing I love is Triphala, which is an Indian ayurvedic  medicinal combining 3 tree fruits into a slightly tangy bitter powder.  Terrasoul Triphala powder is organic, a fair price and they lab test for impurities and heavy metals.   I enjoy a 1/2 tsp in hot water as a tea.  I don’t mind the taste at all.  You can also use it as an eyewash.  Used as an overall body tonic and detox, it is also said to improve vision.  I use a bit of this in an eye cup when I am done making my ‘tea’ and also drink it.

And for beautiful (or handsome) eyes,  I rep for organic and plant-based, eco and animal-friendly potent and pure skin and supplement lines and highly recommend, especially for evening,  the eye and neck firming serum which I am NEVER without!  The link is below.  My sister in law says this serum knocked out her crows feet and my puffiness is gone. It’s yummy and I have not found its equal on the market anyplace.

And for daywear, in the morning, especially when it is bloody hot outside, where treatments are just melting right off your face because of the heat…dear Lord why do I live in Texas….I love to apply their firming eye serum cold from the fridge.

Finally, let’s look at eyedrops.  Many can actually handicap the eyes, training them to require drops.  My husband and I use Similisan eye drops (everything the brand offers is really good!) Once, a pharmacist chased my husband down to tell him Homeopathy doesn’t work!  Well, we think it does and we’ve been on these drops for 20 years in various flavours, dry eye, irritated eye and computer eyes because, ahem…I am on this thing a lot!

As a vegan marketer, I seek out natural ways to detox and amp up health and have done a lot of research and testing to come up with what I provide you.  I hope it helps you live your best and healthiest life and I would love to hear from you!

What Is Food? Go Vegan!

You have to understand that we have been programmed since babies to eat a certain way by well-meaning parents who have also been misled. Biblically and intestinally, we were designed to be vegetarian and really to be vegan. After the fall, yes we ate fish and clean meats from animals who chewed their own cud who have cloven hooves. But our ideal food was vegan. You might say sin is why we perpetuate the bad diet and harm caused upon another sentient being. Fish may have actually had some health benefits back in the day, however, we human animals have so badly polluted the earth that all fish have poisons such as mercury and plastics as our water now contains plastics and pharmaceutical drugs in it not to mention fluoride and other carcinogens. Some drinking water is so bad, you can light it on fire. How, I ask, can this be a good thing to ingest? How can anything from it be good for you? Yes, all municipal water supplies are corrupted with plastics and pharma and also agricultural waste depending upon the area. The air we breath is nasty. The water is impure. Even the very best organic vegetation lacks the mineral content it once had due to factory farming runoff. When you eat higher on the food chain, such as when you go from plants, the original source of protein, hydration, minerals and vitamins and live enzymes, and make the choice to filter all that goodness through another animal’s digestive system first, you take on their body burden of toxins. All of us have a body burden of toxins. Our primary concern and objective now should be 5 things and that is only to save ourselves from what we have done and try hard to undo it; 1) stop or significantly reduce eating meat 2) stop or significantly reduce consumption of dairy. 3) Only buy organic. 4) Purify all water. 5) Purify all air in our homes and cars and offices. Whys: Factory farming is raping the earth and destroying massive never to be replaced again rainforests and their vital and priceless ecosystems.These animals live miserable lives eating non-organic GMO foods and pharma drugs. You eat this sadness and toxin when you make the choice to buy non-organic animal products. These animals are sentient beings with their own proclivities, loves, likes, friends and joys and suffering. Give them a break. Water now causes cancer so purify it from all toxins before serving yourself or your pets. Clean up your air environment. I remember a time when rain actually cleaned a car. Now with acid rain, it makes your freshly washed car dirty again. How sad. We can do better by being mindful every day of our small steps at breakfast, lunch, snacks and at dinner. One step at a time we vote with our wallets and consciously awaken to better choices. Eat in kindness for them, for the planet and for our health. (heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, digestive ailments, blood pressure etc) Nothing can really possibly taste that bloody good to ruin our health over or cause suffering to another creature.
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Resilience vs Breaking Down

So much of how we think and what we think we know is based upon our culture, how we fit in and perceive the world immediately surrounding us.   

EACH OF US IS DNA but we are also programmed from the time we are born, by well-meaning but sometimes misguided family members, parents who perhaps think they are protecting us or we are learning and programming ourselves simply by watching what they do.

SLOWLY ENDING – Breakdown and age do in fact happen, but the process is significantly slower than I believe most people think.  For example, how long does your typical well made car last?  And I mean both mechanically and aesthetically.  How long should paint last on a vehicle in Texas, for example?  The car above is a 1995 Turbo MR2.  I bought it new and the photo is recent.  The paint is original and the interior looks perhaps a few months old.   We are like this car.  80% of our health comes from our diet.  Take another 20% and label that the environmental factors such as smog, smoking, stressful conditions, polluted water.

MOST OF US ARE MADE WELL – what we need to do is capitalize on as many ways to help our bodies detox, de-stress and heal, as we can and on a daily and weekly basis.  This should include fresh made green drinks, limiting sugars and processed foods and eating as much organic raw food as possible rather than cooking everything to death.  The cooking process destroys the naturally occurring enzymes that help your body process the food.  Living fast doesn’t help our body last.  Slow things down and listen to what you need. You are the director and take full ownership of your overall health. Nobody else is going to do it for you and, nobody else can do it better, really, if you are in tune with yourself.

LIVING THE LIFE! – The best way to live a resilient energetic life is to put some work into that.  Take up yoga, even one day a week.  What I discovered through yoga for myself is all the little ways I am imbalanced.  For example, my left-hand holds the pot and my right washes.  How do you take your pants on and off, what fingers are involved?  Which is your stronger and weaker side?  When you learn these things, bring your awareness to them, that is when healing and transformation can begin.  To help with that, I have put together some tools with links for you, along with a bit of information about them.

DO YOGA –  First I recommend going to a class if you can because instructors can adjust you and you get the energy from the room.  You also meet like-minded people, it’s all fabulousness!  But you will want to also do some yoga work at home too.  For this, I adore this set Yoga For Beginners and Beyond.  Not only can you customize a workout, but you can choose some very healing slow yoga and target areas you need to strengthen and stretch. Other than poses and postures, the first and most important tool is your mat.  I am a big girl, and there is a lot of weight pressing down on my feet and hands during various poses so  I highly recommend the Manduka Pro Yoga Mat.  And it comes with the eQua Yoga Towel.   Even if you are the weight of a feather, this mat will last you a lifetime and provide the joint cushioning required to do the fancy stuff like flying into plank. IF you go to a class, which I also highly recommend, you will want a bag to keep your mat in.  I am not a polyester fan (petroleum industry and not natural fiber) so I recommend the Joyne Large Yoga Bag  that is cotton canvas or the Bean Products Yoga Bag which is hemp.  Both are roomy nice bags that will hold other personal items along with your mat.  I personally have a manduka bag, but it was back when they were cotton canvas.  These two bags are as nice and come in some groovy colours too.

FEET FIRST – I want to talk about Yamuna Foot Wakers and YogaToes.  And, I’ll be honest, I love things, props, that I can use while just cold chilling in front of the TV or reading perhaps.  It takes you from trying to be patient through the process of using the tool for x many minutes to really enjoying an extended session with the tool as you occupy your mind.  So the foot wakers come in spiky and rounded.  I have the gold spiky ones.  As we age, our feet, which take a beating for us every day, can have issues with shortened tendons. Sometimes we lose the spaces between our toes and the ability to stretch our toes out. Yoga toes help with aligning our toes so there is space created between them, as well as a gentle therapeutic stretch. Always, of course, wear comfortable shoes!  You want to protect the health of your feet because if they aren’t happy, neither are you.

Foam Rolling for physical therapy!   This is two rollers in one, a great value.  Smooth to just relax and stretch and the textured roller provides deep tissue massage.  If, like me, you sit all dern day long at a computer, then you probably have shoulder and neck work and lower back work…how did I do?  Am I right?  🙂  If you are a lumberjack, that’s ok, (for the Python fans) you and everybody else in all lines of work, can benefit from this.  Use it daily.  I typically do it prior to bed.  Nothing screams old more than aches, pains and not being able to move around quickly with ease.  You will see results.

Using the Dharma Wheel – Sukhamat Yoga Wheel – This little gem is an intense stretch and comes with a booklet of great poses you can use this tool with to help you go deeper into the pose and body healing and stretching.

For the ladies, Intimate Rose, Kegel Exercisers.  Yoga class also teaches bandhas (Check out The Master Key for men and women) that help tighten up muscles down there, but this is a great tool for after pregnancy, labor recovery, bladder control and the overall tone of the pelvic floor.  When my mother reached her 70’s, she could not make it from the bedroom to the bathroom, one room away, without going all over the place.  This is important.

LOVE YOU! –  The most important thing you can do to live the longest most resilient life is to love who you are.  There is nobody exactly like you on the planet.  Whatever work you do, you bring you to it, which is a quality that cannot be exactly duplicated.  I had to unlearn a lot of bad programming.  I was always told there were people better at x than me.  While this may be true, none of us should ever toss in the towel on our ability to learn and grow and bring ourselves to the task at hand.  What if Prince said Michael Jackson is the best so why bother?  Who do you think is better?  Both men were exceptional musicians and artists who brought their own personal stamp into everything they created.  So whether it is Project Management behind a desk most of the day or on center stage, what always matters is you and how you can do it.  Embrace this life because what comes next is a mystery!