I can’t say for sure, but I imagine that back in the good ol’ days before widespread technology and internet, it was easier to make time for things like meditation, reading, taking walks, enjoying the company of family and friends, and other forms of “doing nothing.”
But these days, our minds are so persistently occupied and entertained that it can be a challenge to slow down, be grateful for what we have, and simply appreciate quietude.
The result? Continue reading
Meet Elliot. He’s 3 ½. He’s my awesome kid.
Prior to starting a family of my own, I didn’t have much experience with kids. I grew up as an only child in a small family and, aside from a brief stint as a nanny in the midst of post-college job searching, I wasn’t particularly drawn to interacting with kids. The first real relationship that I’ve had with a child is with my own, and it has completely rocked my world.
You may or may not know this, but…
Despite being irrational and emotional little tornados that make no sense and expect the world of you, kids are incredibly wise teachers in the art of living.
Perhaps it’s their disguise as unknowing or borderline insane half-humans that makes them the unlikeliest of heroes, but if you listen and embrace them with an open mind and heart they can guide you to joy and fulfillment so expansive you’ll believe in miracles.
Every once in a while I like to hit the reset on my diet and digestion with a gentle cleanse.
While many people choose to opt for juice cleanses and other varieties of detox that basically entail not eating anything at all, that approach does not work for everyone and it is not necessary to go to such extremes in order to experience the benefits of cleansing.
When embarking on a cleanse, it’s important to consider your starting point (meaning what your current diet is like) and your goals (weight loss? Identifying a food allergy? Clearing up acne?). Knowing that will help guide your decision in which cleanse is right for you.
As a selective and conscious omnivore who believes in moderation without deprivation, my preferred periodic cleanse of choice is to simply go vegan for 1-2 weeks. The elimination of meat, eggs, and dairy while increasing consumption of veggies and other wholesome vegan-friendly fare is generally all it takes for me to feel renewed. But recently I have experienced another type of cleanse that has left a very memorable and positive impression on me. Continue reading
I sincerely hope that you are in such great health that you rarely ever need to see a doctor.
But if you’re like me and experience some health condition for which medical support is necessary, then you’ll probably relate to the feeling of frustration often entailed in dealing with the medical establishment.
Here are some general problems with the status quo that I’ve come across:
- Structural disorganization/miscommunication between doctors & patient
- Little time to devote to you
- Focus on eliminating symptoms as opposed to addressing the root cause
- The belief that the doctor knows your body better than you do
- Pharmaceuticals are the first remedy, as opposed to a last resort
- Psychological bullying to invoke fear instead of confidence
- Ongoing disease management is more profitable than prevention & healing
Is this what our health care system has resorted to?
Sadly, yes. But you’re far from powerless when it comes to demanding the authentic quality care you deserve!
Have you ever paused to appreciate… water?
For most of us, it’s an ordinary thing taken for granted. We have indoor plumbing that supplies us with relatively clean water for washing, cooking, drinking, cooling off, growing plants, putting out fires, and countless other uses essential to life (I say relatively because the chlorine and fluoride aren’t so good for consumption, but that’s a topic for another post).
If you’ve never experienced dehydration, then it’s hard to imagine just how challenging life would be without water. But that’s the reality for over 800 million people in the world, and water scarcity is quickly becoming an enormous world crisis. Continue reading
You know what I see all the time these days? Quinoa. Which is great, because quinoa is a complete protein and is full of nutrients. But here’s the problem: most people just put it in the “grain” category and eat it like they eat other grains, usually hot and as a side dish. Boring!
Quinoa is an amazing food that can be incorporated into meals in many creative ways, like being added to smoothies (oh yes!), baked into bread, and combined with other ingredients to make a beautiful medley of flavors that also leaves you feeling seriously satisfied.
If you’re trying to eliminate dairy and love smoothies, creamy oatmeal, or other milk-based recipes, then it’s likely that nut milk is your first choice. But what if your’e allergic to nuts, or just don’t have time for all that soaking 8 hours in advance? Ladies and gentlemen I present you with the 5-minute solution (insert dramatic horns here, dadada DUN!): hemp milk!