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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

Recycle, Re-use. Be crafty.

Due to a recent incident on my birthday, in which my car was broken into … and my very special friendship necklace was stolen … I found myself at the local bead shop perusing for an infinity charm to make some bracelets. Unfortunately, they did not have what I was looking for … but they did have some other beads I liked. So, $33 later I ended up at home with some waxed cotton string, a couple of strings of beads, a few jump rings, and clasps.

Being a Pinterest junkie, I have seen a ton of super cute DIY bracelet and jewelry ideas that I just had to try. Also, I should mention that I have a giant bowl on my dresser full of bracelets, cuffs and other old jewelry I have collected over the years. Soooo – I decided to raid my bowl for bracelets I don’t wear any longer to see which ones I could cut up and make into something new (because beads are expensive!).

And then, my living room started to look like this:20130114_121815Yes, that is my deviled-egg dish being re-purposed as a bead sorter.

So – I made these:20130114_122224 20130111_180436

The point of this post was not to show off killer crafty skillz … it was to get you thinking. It’s not just about making friendship bracelets from other stuff … it’s about recycling the old and making it into the new. Check out my Pinterest page to get some ideas about up-cycling your old things into new fun things that you will love!

How do you recycle and reuse in your house?

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

~Sharon