How Do We Transition People To A Nutritional Mindset?

Healthy Transitions

In America today, the youth and many adults are stuck in a fast-paced society. With busy lives, a lot of young people and parents scramble around and tend to set off their health and well-being. As a result of neglect,  it often leads to more serious situations.

Through the choice of neglecting one’s health, things such as obesity, certain ailments, diseases, and even terminal illnesses can arise from under the surface.

Although a lot of people may feel that they do not have the time or money to make healthy choices, I would beg to differ.

The choice of what you consume and put inside your body is completely yours and there are plenty of options to choose from. Many grocery stores offer healthy alternatives and areas of the store that specialize in natural foods as well as organic options.

Finding a way to bear the expense of particular foods comes with the cost of setting aside other choices such as entertainment costs or multiple social outings. Although some foods are definitely expensive, there are still ways around eating healthy and budgeting.

Some things to keep in mind…

  1. Know what foods suit your body best.
  2. Measure out the cost of healthy foods you enjoy most.
  3. Keep track of how often you go through food.
  4. After eating healthy for a duration of time, cravings for junk food begins to dissipate.

One of the key steps to transitioning to healthy options is educating yourself and developing an awareness of labels and internal ingredients.

With the surge of additives and preservatives as well as genetically modified foods, many people have flooded their bodies with chemicals, without the knowledge of having done such a thing. The good news is that with the wealth of knowledge available online, in libraries, and at book stores everyone can develop a discipline of their own health.

If you are seeking to take hold of your health and your body’s destiny it really helps to track what you eat and measure your intake.

America’s dietary issues continue to be a problem as more sick people end up in hospitals due to diet-related illnesses. With more programs and health experts getting their names out, we can help transition people from a fast-food frenzy into a healthier paradigm, by incorporating more nutritionally dense foods for the broader portion of our population.

Incorporating fresh diets and nutritionally dense foods is no easy task, but with time and dedication, like any other lifestyle choice it can lead to promising results.

The paradigm shift is happening and people are beginning to realize that many solutions concerning our health-related problems can be traced back to dietary based choices. Some things may indeed be curable through the course of radically changing one’s lifestyle and making better dietary choices.

Through the knowledge and the action of implementing better choices we can all make a difference in the communities struck by poverty and ill health. Our food supply has to grow in order to feed the growing population. If we can all make an effort to make healthier choices and support better organizations that provide for good health, then we can all strive together to form positive change!

How A Five Dollar Purchase Changed Me

Small things lead to bigger things

One day as I was cleaning off shelves in the clearance isle of my work, I saw something that caught my eye. While most people probably would have brushed it aside or considered it useless, I discovered a great gem.

What I found was a meditation CD full of great sounds and rhythms intended to bring the mind, body, and soul together. It was a great find for me, since it was a great way for me to relax my mind and escape the inner chatter and chaos of my daily schedule. I’m sure anyone who has ever had a busy schedule or grueling  time with school and work understands the feeling.

After some practice and listening to the audio CD, it was a great way for me to calm my mind and improve my level of concentration and feelings. I felt that utilizing the meditation CD really helped me improve my grades and test scores. My performance at school and work was improving because I was making an effort to improve.

Previously I feel I have struggled with holding my attention and focus, however I feel using meditation has been a great aid. I still fight the chatter of my mind and my ideas of imagination, however I am beginning to understand how important attentiveness truly is.

Over time I have really learned it’s easy to think thoughts at lightning speed and have ideas come in and out of one’s mind, but it is much harder to manifest things. It takes much more time and effort to be effective in multiple aspects of living.

In order to place ideas and thoughts into proper perspective, you need to be precise.  It takes time and patience as well as persistence to get things correctly in order.

The timing of my purchase was during my last semester at my nearby community college of my hometown. The classroom demands were really beginning to test my mental ability, so I had to discover a way to conquer my challenges. I quickly figured out that discipline had to be developed, and like a seed, discipline needs to be nurtured.

I was trying to spend my days in a frugal manner, cooking my own food, being independent, and spending countless hours in the library. Once I learned that being proactive and surrounding myself in the right environment was helping me succeed I knew I had to continue with my drive.  Once you begin to master certain areas of your life you can accomplish great feats!

I’ve always struggled with learning certain concepts and as a result, the lesson I have learned is discipline must be acquainted!

What About Life and It’s Meaning?

What's The Meaning of Life

May I dare ask, what is the meaning of life? Do you ever ponder and look up at the blue sky or the stars in the night and wonder, how has this wonderful world been created?

As we live day to day we gather knowledge which translates to wisdom. Here’s my portrayal…

The meaning of life is to experience. Living life is experiencing the sun on our faces. It is feeling the moisture of the wet dewy grass on our toes, and it is to feel the wind in our hair and the warm or cold breeze that comes and goes.

Life is walking on hot blacktop, or cold tiles with bare-feet.

Life is experiencing the birds chirping and singing song after song. Living is to kiss and hug, roll around in the dirt and then doing it again.

Life is tasting the wonders of the world both sweet and sour, spicy and tangy. Living is laughing and enjoying every moment as if it were your last.

Life is a struggle which makes everyone stronger. Living is suffering, and then realizing that with pain we all have something to gain.

Life is about giving rather than receiving. Living is wanting to give more and more.

Life is enhancing others lives by taking potential and turning it into something better.

To suppress others from living is truly wrong. By locking others up, and sheltering them from experience,  it is shameful for humanity.

Everything  that is living in the flesh has a desire to sense life and feel what it is to be free. While our energy can be felt and spread, it is up to us to spread divinity, wisdom, kindness, and love.

Through  our experiences we are transformed. All of our experiences are translated like electrical impulses spreading past the boundaries of time.

To experience is to see, taste, touch, hear, smell, and know. To experience is to know what it is to live in the present, not the past, nor the future.

When you look back at life, ultimately it’s a composition of the collective experiences stored in our minds. The mind is like a hard drive where information gathers and spreads.

We are all life, and we are all energy combining to make this world what it is, and what it can potentially be!

Blackberry-Peach Energy Recipe

Blackberry Peach Smoothie

It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a recipe but one memorable shake that I have made lately has been the nutrient packed Blackberry-Peach Energy shake.

I was excited when I walked into the grocery store and I saw some blackberries on sale at a deal of five for five dollars. After seeing that, I knew that I had to use these power berries in order to make a delicious smoothie.

The ingredients that I include in this smoothie are packed with antioxidants from the blackberries and Chia seeds. If you are not familiar with chia seeds, they help make an excellent supplement.

Chia seeds have many health benefits.

The taste is very uplifting and the shake helps you maintain an energetic feeling throughout the day. Having it first thing in the morning will have you feeling re-vitalized and ready to take on the day with full speed.

Chia seeds have been traditionally used by Aztecs and Mayans for their ability to retain water and help the body avoid dehydration. Including chia seeds in your diet, also helps limit body cravings making it suitable for those interested in dieting or weight loss.

Personally I don’t consume chia for their weight loss potential, but rather their high level of omega-3 fatty acid content, as well as their strong antioxidant support. The antioxidant support really helps fight free-radicals, which are becoming a larger factor in most of the urban air and genetically modified foods.

For more details on antioxidant content and weight loss information check out this link:

http://www.holisticlivingannex.com/2012/05/chia-seeds-tiny-seeds-with-huge-health.html

Besides the high nutritional content in this smoothie it really has a pleasant taste and it is easy to implement into your diet. Switching around nutrients and substituting some ingredients such as strawberries for blackberries helps change up the taste and nutritional diversity.

This smoothie is a true delight, and it can really help kick-start anyone’s day. If you’re willing to experiment with supplements and super-foods give this quick little smoothie a try!

Blackberry-Peach Energy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup of fresh blackberries
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 tablespoon Udo’s 3-6-9 oil

Directions:

  1. Fill blender with 1 cup orange juice.
  2. Fill blender with 1 cup almond milk.
  3. Add two tablespoons chia seeds.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of Udo’s oil.
  5. Add 1 banana.
  6. Add 1 cup blackberries.
  7. Add 1 cup peaches.
  8. Blend.
  9. Sip and Enjoy!

References:

Hathwell, Jen. “Healthy Eating.” Healthy Eating. Hearst Communications, n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2014.

Karuppiah, Silambarasu, and Genevieve Tan Shu Thung. “Chia Seeds, Tiny Seeds With Huge Health Potential.” Web log post. Holisticlivingannex.com. Sandhya Maarga Holistic Living Resources, 16 May 2012. Web. 7 Mar. 2014.

Samuel, Lisa, Dr. “The Amazing Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds.” MindBodyGreen. MindBodyGreen, 4 Mar. 2013. Web. 07 Mar. 2014.

Facing Your Own Facts

Facing The Facts

Looking into your habits and ways of living is a very beneficial reflection. At times we don’t always realize who we are, or who we have become until we do serious reflecting and what I might call soul searching.

In order to learn more about yourself and others you have to dive fully into reality.

If you really want to fulfill your own greatest potential, facing the truth about yourself is something that has to be done.

Personally, I’ve heard it over and over again in my own life. People have always enjoyed having conversations with me because I can talk about a broad range of subjects. However most people throughout my life would say, “Hey why don’t you talk more”? People have always considered me a quiet person, but whenever I heard that sentence, that noise would go through one ear and out the other. I’ve never enjoyed hearing that, but that’s just my own personal ways. I am naturally introverted, but as a result I have learned to love life, and I love the idea of flexibility and creativity.

Some basic facts that I know about myself that I have come to know are my introverted ways, and my tendency to listen more than I speak. As a result I tend to listen to what others say a lot and I hold a lot of things and thoughts internally in my head. I also automatically tune into some eavesdropping without intending to be intrusive, due to my natural tendencies. I say this because this is just my own facts and how I tend to go about most situations.

I’ve always thought to myself if I could somehow shatter fears and just cold approach everything with no boundaries or rejection, success would be inevitable.

After doing some reflections I’ve seen how this can positively help for life experiences.

Some benefits of self-reflection and what I’ve found by looking at my own characteristics include…

  • Realizing why certain situations keep occurring in my own life.
  • Finding out why I’ve continually missed out on certain opportunities.
  • Discovering why I have particular strengths and weaknesses.
  • Building self-awareness, which can lead to more benefits for yourself and others around you.
  • A more mature approach to life and how improvements can be made.
  • Seeing life with a new pair of lenses and looking for ways to improve myself and others.

Throughout my life, I have probably missed out on some fun events and great opportunities of social scenery. But honestly I’ve had some very special memories with some world-class friends from my hometown and family members overseas. Experiencing a broad spectrum of environments and reaching out of comfort is important for personal growth.

I have always enjoyed parties, but unless I’m around familiar people I find it harder to thrive in those social situations. In reality I tend to keep to myself and I work towards goals. Due to my ways of thinking and natural habits, I tend to seclude myself and tune myself into projects, reading, and opportunities of personal growth. Personally, I prefer to form more harmonious relationships with people and I don’t like to cause stirs or conflicts of negative energy.

I’ve always considered achievement as being important because it is something that you can display and prove. However without realizing, by constantly striving  to achieve, it is easy to isolate yourself from the world which is not always a healthy habit. Not to mention, it can be painful at times to seclude yourself from situations when you’re always aiming for achievement, but it is a sacrifice that has to be made for anyone who is striving towards perfection.

I believe that I’ve probably missed out on some great people and possible relationships because of my self-centered approach to things that I try to do, but if I could spread any wisdom I’d say, sharing with others is key. I can confidently say that I have lived many happy days despite my unorthodox ways of living and creating value for other lives.

I’ve also come to the realization that if I were to open up myself, becoming equally extroverted and introverted, it would lead to a strong balance in life. Developing some sort of balance between introversion and extroversion would likely help anyone strive much more in all aspects of life, whether it be family, career, or personal relationships.

I would recommend cold approaching people in any situation. Whether it be face to face or directly calling someone the likelihood of forming a stronger connection to the other person will go up by ten-fold.

In today’s digital world it is easy to get caught up with keyboards and constant text bombardment, but all people prefer relating face to face. The power of communication and emotions are much stronger and potent when they are spoken in direct form.

Besides my own train of thoughts, I know it’s important to be considerate of others and to learn from others. A major reason I began blogging rather than just writing stories is in order to benefit and share knowledge and information with other people.

I’m not really sure if it’s karma or a universal law, but I do know that whenever I help and share things with other people something comes back my way eventually.

After all, life is meant to be lived for others not just for yourself and accomplishments.

If you can do amazing things in the world like create things, heal people, and form a strong basis of understanding of how things work then by all means do it! Life is abundant and it is full of new things and new perspectives which arrive each and every day. Life is ever-changing and ever-renewing.

Face the facts, whether you like it or not it’s something that we all have to face!