If you are like most, the noble intentions you held so firmly on the morning of January 1st are now but a distant memory. The bad news is, you weren’t able to magically lose those 20 lbs after one week of calorie counting and diligent workouts. The good news is that the sustainable goal of fostering a mindful relationship with your body can be taken up any day of the year. Set your sights on staying in the moment, eating what your body dictates, avoiding extremes, and building lean muscle mass. Try to connect with the wisdom of this helpful pointer from Gautama Buddha
The beauty of living in a wise human body is that you don’t have to consciously understand the mechanics of metabolism to thrive. Your body knows more about nutrition than any expert. All you need to do is be sensitive to the cues your body so generously gives.
Note: Frankenfoods interrupt the communication signals your body sends to your conscious mind. If you would like to keep the lines of communication with your body open, don’t eat BS/highly processed “food”.
Though food science is just burgeoning, its fascinating to peruse the newly definitive benefits of eating the same foods your Grandma told your Mom to eat, because they were intuitively understood to be health promoting, many moons ago.
Today’s Star : Parsley
Though frequently reduced to plate decor, parsley has a number of health benefits.
3 Reasons Your Body Loves Parsley
1. Chemoprotective – neutralizes some types of carcinogens
2. Vitamin C and A content supports immune system
3. Contains Vitamin K essential for bone health
My powerful immune system lovingly propels me through life with ease.
Your body may look impermeable to the naked eye; but, it is not. Products applied to the skin and nails make their way into your bloodstream. According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America ‘after using cosmetics everyday for a year your body can absorb as much as five pounds of makeup chemicals, chemicals that include carcinogens, pesticides, endocrine disrupters and reproductive toxins.’ It is theorized that a number of health conditions (autoimmune conditions like Graves Disease included) are exacerbated by, if not induced by, toxic overwhelm due to poison exposure in one’s environment – food supply, beauty products, home cleaning products etc.
I’m very focused on supporting remission of my Graves Disease diagnosis right now; so, I’ve been zeroing in on and eliminating known toxins from my environment. Part of this process involved finding a nontoxic way to keep my mani/pedi situation under control . Previously I was a fan of the flawless albeit plastic look of acrylics. But the older I get the more granola I become. I lost interest in that look and feeling like I was choking on fumes for an hour. These days I try only to engage in beauty routines that I thoroughly enjoy without detriment to my overall health.
While I think dedicating large amounts of time to pursuing ever elusive beauty standards is a waste, I think it was a great use of your time to engage in rituals that make you feel luxurious. Because having someone else care for my nails makes me feel like I’ve made it, I didn’t want to give it up. I started hunting around for non-toxic alternatives to conventional nails salons and found Pretty Natural Nails. I loved getting the service and learning nail care tips that will serve me well in between visits. I was so impressed with the owner I requested an interview so I could share some of her handy (pun intended) organic and natural nail care tips with everyone.
People eat for a lot of different reasons, not just to satisfy hunger. Many of us use food to enjoy a sense of connection to our past. What do you do when you realize that the food of your childhood no longer serves you?
I don’t know about you but the absolutely divine fragrance of basil makes me crazy. Basil is one of those foods that puts me in a trance, making me sway to music that only my heart and taste buds can hear.If you can’t remember the last time you held a tiny bouquet of fresh basil in your hands and inhaled deeply, you should drop what you are doing right now, run to the store and do just that. Everything about this salad is a delight,
1) Mix black beans, water, and taco seasoning in blender until smooth
2)Heat bean mixture until slightly warm (1 minute on high in microwave)
3)Heat tortilla in ungreased pan on stove top until slightly toasted in appearance
4)Combine bean mixture with shredded romaine lettuce
5)Place bean and lettuce mix in center of tortillas
6)Simply roll up tortilla and enjoy
Prepackaged taco seasoning is readily available; but, if you would like to avoid added preservatives there are really simple recipes available to create your own. This is the one I use DIY Taco Seasoning.