Longevity and Eating Healthy Right Now

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Nov 062013
 

Happy older manI was talking with a friend, whose lifestyle is very different from mine, about food choices.  He said he didn’t want to prolong his life by eating a healthier diet.  His Mother lived to be almost 90, and was very feeble in mind and body during her last ten years.  He thought an improved diet would prolong life without improving quality of living.  I disagree.

For me, eating healthier means improving my quality of living right now—a more flexible and clean mind and body right now.  It may increase my longevity, and I believe it will increase my quality of life as I age too. Looking-Ahead

Besides, eating fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts/seeds (real food, basically) tastes good and I feel good when I eat it.   I have less mucous in the morning.  My nasal passages are clearer.   My thinking is lighter, clearer.  Real fuel burns clean.  When I need more calories for fuel because of more activity, I love heavier food too, when I need or want it.

Efforts for health pay off now and in the long run with quality of life as I age.

Homeostasis

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May 172013
 

When we try to lose weight, our bodies might slow metabolism at first in order to maintain the overweight homeostasis.

butterfly by Margy Kane

It takes time for new behaviors to dive into corresponding processes inside the body, and then resurface in a visible health condition. New behavior takes effect through persistence and intensity so internal processes get the message: “I really mean it, let’s change all the way through.” It’s no small thing to overcome behavior patterns that may have been there for decades, generations, or (depending on your belief system) lifetimes.

The importance of shifting old patterns even slightly, however, is totally worth the angst and grind of willful healthy change over an extended period of time. A new homeostasis takes hold from the outside behavior to the inside physiological process and outside again in a health condition. In addition to the internal benefits for each organ system that is affected by the change, there’s a possibility that efforts will help yourself and someone else, through

  • being observed by someone
  • verbally communicating your new pattern with someone
  • kinder actions to loved ones or even to passers by
  • kinder care of your internal organs
  • chaos theory for a butterfly in Brazil for heaven’s sake, why not?

It’s worth it.  It doesn’t pay to think any other way.

Healthy power comes from each conscious deviation from old, unconscious patterns.  Oh how rewarding is that notion, and exponentially rewarding, when the pattern begins to visibly shift.  And it does and it will.

Homeostasis.  Good when it’s good, and ever shifting toward our evolving intention.

Shift with the Better Breathing Workshop coming up Saturday, June 8, 2-4:30.

 

Preparing for a Fallow Time

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Feb 042013
 

Hunker Down.  That’s what we do in winter.  When I’m in touch with the turning-in of winter, my focus changes.  Harvest of the growing season fills my cupboard with squash, potatoes, onions, and the last batch of chard. The body of the earth closes the doors, turns out the light, hops into bed and pulls up the covers.

What we call a fallow time though, is just a shift in focus.  We, who live on the outer crust, see no activity in the earth’s body. Continue reading »

Thanks for Handling Your Stress

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Dec 032004
 

It’s easy to focus on how awful something or someone is. It is difficult, but much more effective to focus on your own habits.  These are your habits and you have complete control over them. They nurture you or stress you.

  • What you eat and drink
  • Who you hang out with
  • How you spend your time
  • What you read or watch on tv
  • Your attitude
  • Loving yourself

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Holiday Immune System Care

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Nov 202004
 

Happy Holidays!

Here is a little benefit for anyone who wants a massage—an extra 30 minutes!  I offer an extra 30 minutes to a one-hour massage through January.  Call for an appointment.

Any little thing you can do for yourself during the cold, winter months will pay off in a stronger immune system.  If it’s one brisk walk in the sunlight, or soup/salad instead of empty calories, your body will thank you.  Every effort counts toward more health and less stress.  Good luck and take care.  Our dark days begin lengthening next week.  Keep warm.

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