This is a quote from the book, “Sugar Blues” by William Dufty:
In the 1930′s, a research dentist from Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Weston A. Price, travelled all over the world- from the islands of the Eskimoes to the South Sea Islands, from Africa to New Zealand. His “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets and Their Effects”, which is illustrated with hundreds of photographs, was first published in 1939.
The work of Dr. Price took the whole world as his laboratory. His devastating conclusion, recorded in horrifying detail in area after area, was simple: People who lived under so called backward primitive conditions had excellent teeth and wonderful general health.
Why do I have to make a special effort to tell my mother in law “please don’t give my children the crackers whose effects are:” ” asthma; hyperactivity; depression; irritability; mood changes; male and female infertility; celiac disease; abdominal discomfort; nausea; convulsions; headache; migrane”?
Because they are disguised as healthy!
Really, it’s not her fault. She gave them Nabisco 100 cal Ritz Snack Mix, baked snacks. They look great until you read the many ingredients, and at the end they add monosodium glutamate (MSG) as a flavor enhancer. It’s exhausting and I’m sure, annoying to all of my friends and family to have to be the ingreditnts police with regard to anything they give my kids. I wish I didn’t have to, but it’s worth it to me to do as much possible to protect heir healh as I can. Sure, I can’t protect them from everything, and they are going to come into contact with their fair share of toxins in the world. I just don’t want to be the one giving it to them.
To help me in my private detective work I have a handy tool. A book called “The Chemical Maze” by Bill Statham a guide to food additives and cosmetic ingredients (yes, I police these too) a publication of possibility.com
Please join me in being annoying to your relatives and hopefully helpful to your kids health and read labels carefully. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it’s worth looking up.
Just read an extensive article on super effective cardio on the Dr. Mercola newsletter comparing techniques for working slow twitch, fast twitch and super fast twitch muscle fibers.(endurance versus short burst exercises)
my favorite epiphany came from this quote:
“Children and most animals in the wild do not run marathons or lift weights, they move at high speeds for very short periods of time and then rest. This is natural and what optimizes the production of growth hormone.
The higher your levels of growth hormone, the healthier and stronger you are going to be. And the longer you can keep your body producing higher levels of HGH, the longer you will experience robust health and strength.”
new guidelines recommend 20 minutes three times a week.
A little while ago my good friend Ann shared this story and I thought it was a poignant introduction to the Zen principle of mindful speech. The story gives a great visual aid that shows the profound effect that our words can have on other people and specifically addresses bullying. For both kids and adults, it really made sense to explain bullying this way. Here's the story:
A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bully’s another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home. Pass it on or better yet, if you're a parent or a teacher, do it with your child/children.
The thought of maintaining a strong focus on mindful speech as adults came to mind as I read this. It inspired me to suggest a simple experiment. For the next week, slow down a bit in your replies and ask yourself these three questions about your words before you speak them.
1) Is this true?2) Is this kind?3) Is this necessary?
Let us know how it goes!
“Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way we like to dream about. The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don’t get caught and we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit. It’s a very tender, non aggressive, open-ended state of affairs.” ~Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
If you have been coming to my yoga classes lately you may have realized that I have been reading this quote from Pema Chodron a little more often as the end of class inspirational reading. It is one of my favorite quotes and I find Pema Chodron so inspiring especially in her point of view during times of transition. You can find a copy of “The Pocket Pema Chodron” that I read from in class here. With the change of our Studio model things have really been in flux and I have drawn much comfort in her words of wisdom.
Frances loves to share her point of view on many topics including: healthy recipes, anatomy studies, any kind of movement practice and fun stories about life in general.