At 54, stacking wood can take a slight toll on my low back. I use my Functional Movement wisdom that comes from years of experience and my training in:
Bio-mechanics as an RN to not hurt my body lifting & hauling on patients in hospital beds
Movement anatomy, basically the same thing as biomechanics but I did not want to repeat the word. ; ). This I learned as a Physical Education grad student and Faculty Fitness Trainer at Syracuse University.
Yoga practitioner and teacher for 28 years thanks to a very wise professor in the Phys Ed Department at SU
Just being alive for 54 years and figuring out what works and what doesn’t.
Self Healing has been an important part of who I am and what / how I live and teach since I was a very young adult. And, quite frankly, I intuitively knew this growing up. I was the kid asking Mom to buy me the "brown bread" not the fluffy white, Millbrook bread. Remember that stuff?!
Nursing school was a HUGE wake up call that what our system of medicine actually does is generally not about healing the body. Modern Western Medicine covers up a person's ill health symptoms with medications. Read More
"When we walk the labyrinth of our soul out from the center and back into the world, the key is to slow down and observe our minds, observe every single one of our decisions, observe what we say yes to and what we say no to, observe what we give our energy to. It is by slowing down that we become aware of how deep certain patterns have run and are able to steer our course in accordance with our newly established beliefs, with what we have come to know about ourselves. By slowing down we can build our inner clarity and strength to find our way out, leaving the shattered remains of our discarded path behind us."
From Heart of the Labyrinth by Nicole Schwab, Womancraft Publishing. Read More
Grow, Buy, & Eat organic veggies
Non-GMO a must. Look into heritage varieties.
Gently cook so veggies still have vibrant color and crisp texture. Yes, gone are the days of mushy, washed out colored veggies.
Grow your own? Keep your soil organically, bio-dynamically healthy. Skip the Miracle Gro® and other non-whole gardening additives. Whole foods & whole food vitamins feed your body’s “soil” best. Only feed the Earth’s soil with whole fertilizers, compost, etc.
Pull a carrot. Wipe the obvious dirt off. Eat without washing if your soil is chemical free / toxin free. Soil microbes (think probiotics) are in the soil.
Vibrant Soil = Vibrant Food = Vibrant Body Cells = Vibrant Whole Health
Prep veggies just before you are going to eat them or cook them. This preserves nutrients.
Steaming or light simmering veggies (remember, NO mush)? Use as little water as possible to retain nutrients in the food. Drain the cooking / steaming water into a mug, let cool, & drink. No more pouring nutrients down the drain. Don’t want to drink it? Save it for your house plant watering. Their soil needs nutrition too.
Why was this particular loaf so much better? I have made several varieties of the Cassava flour bread from various websites. One was too eggy. It had 6 eggs per one loaf of bread. It was more like eating some sort of weird loaf of quiche. Others were too moist and dense. This one I remedied by cutting the eggs to 3, adding extra butter, and using milk.
The top is nice and brown crispy, for now, the crisp never lasts on cassava root flour bread crust. And it is not doughy in texture. I had a slice warm from the oven and literally slathered in slices of butter. Delicious!
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Or Maybe It Is? Let’s Explore This Thought…
Many people come to Yoga looking for a “practice” to get their body fit. Yoga is a physical thing for them. I will confess, I did the same, or so I thought. At 35, I gave up weight lifting as I was bored and tired of it. I wanted something else to occupy my daily fitness time and Yoga seemed like a fine new space to explore.
I have written about this, and the endless benefits of Yoga, many times on this blog. Scroll to the page bottom, type in Yoga on the search bar, and explore my thoughts on this life changing gem we call Yoga. Read More