Monday, October 30, 2006

Party Tricks

You’ve may have heard the saying, "Calories don't count when you're with friends." That may be a wonderful reminder to let loose and have fun while you're visiting friends. Unfortunately, however, the calories, fat, and sugar you take in during that time count just as much as they do during your lonely digressions.

A little indulgence is natural at friendly gatherings and parties. But get carried away and you'll end up bloated, tired, and bummed-out. According to Ayurvedic principles, there's a physiological reason for this: When you eat in moderation, your body and mind are happy. But when you eat too much, you overwhelm your agni (digestive fire), creating chaos in your belly and inviting unpleasant imbalances such as gas, weight gain, and depression.

The key to making sure you're not eating too much in the company of friends—or anywhere else your attention is diverted—is to bring your awareness back to the task at hand, your food. As a rule of thumb, any time you're ready to sit down to eat, remove yourself from distractions. Turn off the television, step away from your computer, hang up the phone, or step away from your friends so you can really focus on what you're taking into your body. That way you'll be able to savor the flavors, and you'll be able to tell when you've had enough. When you're done, you can rejoin the party feeling nourished, but not weighed down.

An Ancient Cure for Modern Life

Choice Eats

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Macro Beauty Cutie!

Q: What is beauty?
A: Beauty is your birthright to be your best natural self (not covering up the truth with cosmetics or plastic surgery). Beauty reflects your day-to-day life, and when a person is in balance, it comes from deep within, radiating your deepest spiritual self. Beauty is being in harmony with nature.

Q: What creates your appearance from day to day?
A: Daily life, food choices, exercise, activity, environment, attitudes, emotions

Q: What factors most influence your beauty?
A: Clean air, water (drinking, bathing, cooking), sunlight, lush green vegetation, peaceful setting, and daily diet. Food creates your cells, muscles, tissues, and bodily fluids!

Q: What factors do you have control over? What can you do?
A: Follow some type of whole foods diet such as the Standard Macrobiotic Diet (see handouts), avoiding extreme foods in particular, live a healthier lifestyle, and do a body scrub daily, if possible.

Q: What tools are there for creating your beauty?
A: Balanced diet, exercise, daily grooming, natural body care, positive attitude

Check out the book Glow, by Christina Pirello, for more information and great recipes.

check out this rare film clip

Chuck Berry, John Lennon, Yoko Ono make macrobiotic food

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill

Self Confidence Formula

First. I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Purpose in life; therefore, I DEMAND of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.

Second. I realize that the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality; therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for 30 minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person.

Third. I know that through the principle of autosuggestion that any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it; therefore, I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of SELF-CONFIDENCE.

Fourth. I have clearly written down a description of my DEFINITE CHIEF AIM in life, and I will never stop trying until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for the attainment.

Fifth. I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure unless built upon truth and justice; therefore, I will engage in no transaction that does not benefit all whom it affects. I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use and the cooperation of other people. I will induce others to serve me because of my willingness to serve others. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism by developing love for all humanity – because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me because I will believe in them and in myself.

Sixth. I will sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory, and repeat it aloud once a day, with full FAITH that it will gradually influence my THOUGHTS and ACTIONS so that I will become a self-reliant and successful person.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Rise and Shine

The starting point for your healthier lifestyle can be your breakfast. Your brain and body need healthy fuel to function efficiently. Eating a healthy breakfast has many benefits, such as increased energy and concentration.

Naturally, as the sun rises in the morning, so do you. Eating foods that contribute to that fresh, uplifting, energized time of day are the most beneficial. In contrast, loading your body with heavy, greasy, salty, and dry foods common in the Standard American Diet can create sluggishness and mental fogginess, as well as hunger and cravings as your body attempts to balance these extremes.

Enjoying warm, whole grain cereals made from tasty grains such as millet, brown rice, quinoa, or oatmeal, and a variety of lightly blanched or steamed vegetables in the morning, will start your day off right!

When I started eating vegetables in the morning, and stopped eating granola with soymilk, I was less hungry throughout the day, lost weight, and decreased symptoms such as bloating and gas (ICK!). Those were wonderful unexpected improvements in my own health.

On weekends, (especially in the fall) I enjoy a heartier breakfast, such as a tofu scramble and some kind of muffin recipe. The smell of muffins baking is so cozy.

Here is my recipe for the scramble:

Tofu Scramble

1 package firm tofu
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 onion, diced
1/2 cup organic corn
1/2 cup mushrooms
1 tsp sesame oil
scallions, as garnish

Heat a frying pan and saute the vegetables in the following order: onion, carrot, mushroom, celery, corn. Crumble the tofu into the pan, add shoyu, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off the lid and toss in some chopped scallions. If you'd like fresh scallions, sprinkle on top.

Vegetables can be varied according to your personal taste, and you might also want to top it with some kind of roasted seeds or nuts.

Yoga Journal's Daily Insight

I thought this was interesting. Don't know if it's true or not.

Cured with Candy

Tutankhamen was buried with it to guard him from evil spirits in the underworld. Greek and Roman legionnaires chewed it to quench their thirst as they marched through the desert. Even the Kama Sutra recommended drinking it with milk and sugar as an aphrodisiac. Far from being an ancient nutritional fad, the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra—more widely known as licorice—remains one of today's most extensively used and scientifically investigated herbal substances.

Licorice has been shown to soothe bowel and kidney irritations, cleanse the colon, and strengthen the liver. It provides a mild laxative effect and expels mucous from the lungs, making it helpful in the treatment of bronchitis, laryngitis, and sore throats—especially when taken as a tea.

Learn more about the healing powers of licorice.

Come Clean

A Candy and a Cure