Healthy Kids, Food, and Family, Especially During the Holidays

By |2022-11-11T15:05:40-06:00November 11th, 2022|6 Million Seeds, blog, Gratitude, Holidays, Lifestyle, Nutrition|

No matter the species, fit and growing youngsters are hungry a lot of the time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics, the average healthy male infant is expected to double his weight by three months of age. If he follows typical growth charts, then by 15 months, he will have doubled his weight again. In addition to that, his weight is expected to double between the ages of 3 and 9 years and continue to increase by about 5 lbs per year until age 20. [1,2]

Know Your Why

By |2022-08-13T13:19:26-05:00July 17th, 2022|blog, Gratitude|

Once you say it the first time, ask yourself why again, and keep trying to go deeper,” she explains. “So many people can find a reason that is deeply important to them, and it’s usually not just to fit into a dress, but something like to see a grandchild walk down the aisle or to raise your children without the burden of dealing with health issues like diabetes or high blood pressure.

How to Make a Difference

By |2022-04-18T09:00:01-05:00March 23rd, 2022|blog, Environment, Gratitude, Lifestyle|

This week, I am following the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD). The FMD was created by Dr. Valter Longo, researcher, and Director of the Longevity Institute, University of Southern California. https://www.valterlongo.com/biography/ The FMD involves consuming minimal amounts of whole plant foods, lots of water, and herbal teas for 5 days. According to Dr. Longo's research, eating this way helps the body remove old, declining cells and release stem cells, thus supporting health, rejuvenation, and longevity.

Within Our Control

By |2021-08-30T21:15:55-05:00August 30th, 2021|blog, Gratitude, Lifestyle, Nutrition|

And Now This... The last 20 months have been absolutely incredible. Ok that’s a miserable understatement, but I am at a loss for words to describe most of it just about always. Between a worldwide public health crisis, questions about individual health autonomy, social disruption, civil unrest, economic upheaval, the political juggernauting to manage it all, and the bumbling responses to it, I'd say this has been a stretch like no other.

Find Your Awe …

By |2021-08-16T15:09:47-05:00August 5th, 2021|blog, Gratitude, Lifestyle|

Awesome! It is one of the most overused words in the English language. We use it to describe something great or something we are in agreement with - a job well done, an accomplishment. But according to dictionary.com, awesome was first used in the late 16th century to describe “to be filled with awe” which is an entirely different meaning of how we use “awesome” today.

Just Do The Thing

By |2021-03-28T13:13:54-05:00March 28th, 2021|blog, Gratitude, Lifestyle|

I have been reading a lot of posts on social media these days. It is one way I keep on top of the struggles people have all over the country. I frequently see this issue: The person writing the post has been eating healthy and maybe working out. They usually report that they have had great success with their healthy eating and workout plan. They may even show before and after pictures pointing to a tremendous weight loss during some recent stretch of time

Mindfulness: Namaste Right Here for Now 

By |2021-02-14T16:44:17-06:00November 29th, 2020|blog, Gratitude, Lifestyle|

2020 has indeed been a year to remember, even if so many of us would prefer to forget it. So much has happened! However, no need to recap the gory details here. Suffice it to say that it has been a full 12 months. Now we are in the holiday celebration home stretch. The fall festivities are behind us. We are midstride to the winter high holidays, which seem to last right through Valentine’s day. Along with that, the days are getting shorter here in the northern hemisphere while the nights are getting longer. Pile that together with our lumpy political climate, a pervasive public health crisis, and other assorted social and economic challenges, and we have the makings of “I’d rather be sedated!”

Important Earworms for Our Times

By |2021-02-14T16:46:35-06:00November 4th, 2020|blog, Gratitude|

I often wake up with earworms. You know, the snippets of songs that play unsolicited in your head. They go on and on in endlessly perfect, yet fuzzy detail. You know the ones. I suspect you have a few of your own. Well, I woke up this morning with the song “Nature Boy” playing in my head. It is the Nat King Cole version, to be exact. I know how my brain works, but that was a little odd, even for me. Honestly, Nat King Cole’s jazz classic from 1948 hits me at 6 am? Really?? Given that I woke up like this, I decided to look up the origins of the song. Maybe it had a message for me?

Falling for Fall

By |2021-02-14T17:20:52-06:00October 8th, 2020|blog, Gratitude, Lifestyle|

While I don’t love rain, snow, and the coming cold weather, I do love fall. I love the crispy feel in the air, the leaves turning shades of orange, red and yellow, wearing cuddly sweaters, open windows, and the holidays! I also love fall cooking! All summer, I am forced to eat cold foods because I run hot, and if my food isn’t cold, I have to sweat through my meals. But when fall hits, my thermometer resets, and my body is ready for soups, stews, chilis, and roasted veggies! There is nothing like a steamy bowl of soup to brighten a chilly day! And there are so many options… squash & apple, 15-bean, and my recent favorite, the whole food plant-based (WFPB) version of Hot & Sour Soup. I wish I hadn’t just typed that because now I’m not going to be able to get that last one out of my head until I make it. I started making this soup back in January. It was a particularly raw, chilly day, and I went with a group of friends to an outdoor event. After several hours we were all popsicles, and we were talking about what we wanted to eat when we got home. Hot and sour soup popped into my head and stayed there.

Keeping Gratitude in Your Back Pocket

By |2021-02-14T17:45:08-06:00December 13th, 2019|blog, Gratitude, Health|

It is holiday season in America. For the majority of Americans, a different kind of joy, excitement, stress, and challenge will fill the coming weeks. I am going to guess that when the stressors and challenges show up, many of us will have a hard time welcoming them. Last month I wrote about how we can make this time of year easier on ourselves as it relates to food and holiday gatherings. This month, let’s look at another way to ease our self-inflicted tensions. This month, let’s talk about gratitude. Gratitude is defined a few different ways: 1) a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation (vocabulary.com) 2) a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals–whether to other people, nature, or a higher power” (Harvard Medical School)

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