Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Triple F

fun flirty fabulous-that’s you baby
but triple F might be stuck in the muck that's called life.
Down in the douldrums under all the laundry to be done and the bathrooms to be cleaned
leave it all behind, baby, and take some time for you.
Climb to the top of the laundry pile and jump off, free as a bird, and close to the floor, so no pain on landing
that is, if you want to land
or should we soar like the birds, transmute into our dragonfly souls, wandering, enticing, mesmerizing…
it is you.
come out wherever you are.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

-- Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

True Success

The spiritual secret is this:  What you seek, you already are.  True success is discovering your inner divinity-its the ability to love and have compassion, trust your intuition, and awaken to your unlimited creative nature- Deepak Chopra

Every day I am working to be truly successful...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

AGAVE is worse than High Fructose Corn Syrup

I never would have guessed this...but goes to show that even the "healthy" foods market is prone to deception and corrupt ethical practices...


Friday, March 26, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The NAG diet

Thanks to Rikki at dietdessertndogs.com, I now know about the NAG diet, and it sounds great-pretty much how I try to eat now.  What do you think?:

1) NATURAL: foods that are not processed or are minimally processed. So nothing packaged, no frozen dinners, no prepared cakes, cookies, buns, muffins, breads, nothing with preservatives, colorings, additives, chemicals, or anything like that.   If you can eat this way (at least some of the time) you’ll find two things: first, your groceries are cheaper. When you buy brown rice and cook it yourself along with onion, peppers, and herbs, you are paying waaaaay less than buying pre-packaged rice pilaf mix. Second, everything you eat is more filling, more substantial, and, eventually, more satisfying. You’re getting real food, with real nutrition. Oh, and a third, one worth mentioning: everything takes much longer to cook.

2) ALIVE: For optimum health, “live” or raw foods are recommended, 30-50% raw each day). This could mean a fresh apple cut up into cereal, a salad with lunch, baby carrots for a snack, cucumber slices with dinner. Or it could mean a raw almond-veggie pate. Raw foods contain health-enhancing enzymes that help us to digest food better, faster and more efficiently.

3) GOOD QUALITY: this trait refers to many things, but generally think, “organic.” Its absolutely essential is that any animal product be organic. Yes, its more expensive but would you rather pay now or pay later with your health.  As well, local products from producers/farmers you know are a wonderful option as well.  Try your local CSA, farmers market, and such for the best food that may not be organic, but is raised humanely, by people you know and trust, and who infuse their food with loving kindness.  You not only eat well that way, but contribute to saving the planet.

4) PORTION CONTROL. Eat moderate amounts of very healthy foods, with small amounts of less healthy foods (such as beloved desserts or a glass of wine occasionally).  You dont have to eat until you feel full.  Aim to use 9 inch plates or leave at least 1/3 food on bigger plates.  As well, have the veggie portion be double that of the starch and meat (if included).

5) EXERCISE. Technically, not part of the diet, but an integral part of the plan related to it. The mission is to alternate weights/strength training with aerobic exercise, 5 to 6 days a week.