Learn something new every day

There’s always room for improvement, right? I know I am certainly not perfect, and there are always things I can do to improve my life. I think one of the most important components of improving one’s life is through education. We are never too old (or young!) to learn new ways to take care of the precious vessel we live in. But, we are all too busy, right? Wrong! Small changes can make a big impact!

Recently, I have been catching up on some health/food documentaries that I have been meaning to watch for a while now. I highly recommend BOTH of these films: Fat Sick and Nearly Dead and Hungry for Change. Both movies provide great insight into what happens to our bodies when we eat. I won’t spoil the films for you if you haven’t had the pleasure of watching them.

My takeaways from these films:

  • We are an over-fed, undernutritioned society. We eat TONS of foods that have little to no nutritional value, and we consume little of the foods that have the most nutritional value. Example: TONS of cheeseburgers, and a tiny bit of salad.
  • JUICE MORE!!! In our house, we usually juice once a day, usually before dinner. We each drink a giant glass of leafy greens, cucumbers, and celery juice. Watching these films has prompted me to juice in the morning, too! So, before I go to sleep, I cut up apples, oranges, grapefruits, carrots, beets and other goodies, so that when I wake up – instead of morning coffee, I have morning juice!
  • Stop eating sugar!!! Not just refined sugar … but also: organic sugar, bread (yes, bread is metabolized as sugar!), pasta, rice, waffles, coffee (the way I drink it – it is SO sweet), potatoes (yes, potatoes are metabolized as sugar!), pizza, muffins, pancakes, rolls, biscuits, english muffins, and anything wheat. This one is going to be hard for me …
  • Replace my coffee with tea. This one is not going to happen over night. So far, I’ve gone four days with no morning coffee … I’ve had tea … and there have been no meltdowns. I did have an afternoon coffee yesterday … but at least I put it off until then. (PROGRESS not PERFECTION!)
  • Move your body and get it outside! We are humans. We were born to live in the wild – our bodies need to be outside in the fresh air walking or doing something. Even a 30 minute walk – walk your dog, take the kids to the park, anything! Get outside and get moving. If you do this 3 times a week (really, 1.5 hours is not too much to ask for the sake of your health) you will feel better and have more energy.
  • Never, under any circumstance, drink soda. The stuff is POISON in a can! The sugar is bad, the fake sugar is bad, the caffeine is bad, and the phosphoric acid deteriorates and weakens your bones.

How do you make progress toward your health goals? Have you ever seen either of the films I mentioned?

Until next time, I send you peace, love and good energy!

~Sharon

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4 responses to “Learn something new every day

  1. Joseph Vincello

    Hi Punkin,

    I disagree with one part of your post. You are perfect.

    Love you,

    Dad

  2. I agree with your Dad. 🙂
    But I would “tweak” some of your suggestions. Tea can sometimes have a lot of tannic acid and cause canker sores, instead I’ve been drinking weak coffee lately. I don’t believe that brown rice and potatos are a problem, it’s eating too much of those foods and not burning them off that is a problem. We eat sprouted wheat bread, usually with absolutely no additives. All the grains are whole grains.
    I think the biggest problem I see with people is the sugar thingy… good luck with that, lol. It’s a “sugar” but we have been enjoying our raw unfiltered honey and we have been enjoying life because we aren’t perfect but we have tried to do our best. Yes, ditch the sodas if you want bones later in life. Good post Sharon!

    • Thank you for your helpful input, as always, Suellen!!! I appreciate you passing along your wisdom. I also don’t believe that potatoes and brown rice are an issue, however, most people are eating fried potatoes and chips … not healthy versions.

      Eating raw unfiltered honey from your local area is one of the best ways to fight allergies. When I say sugar – I’m talking candy, sweets, white bread, etc, not natural sugars such as honey or from fresh fruits. Thanks again!

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