Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Different yet the same

Take some time today
to celebrate your uniqueness
while honoring our Oneness.

~Theresa Rose

Friday, December 25, 2009

Rekindle your spirit

A recipe from the Institute of HeartMath
to rekindle your
spirit for the holidays:

Into your heart, pour generous quantities of love and
care. Stir gently and sincerely. If the mixture is lumpy,
add compassion and forgiveness and continue stirring ’til
the lumps are dissolved. You may find bubbles of hope
rising to the surface. Taste-testing at this point is
encouraged. Although you will find the mixture already
flavorful, you can enhance it by adding appreciation.
Appreciation for the qualities of your heart, for friends
and family, or for this special time of year are all excellent
flavor choices. Garnish with a sprig of joy and serve in
large spoonfuls to everyone you meet this holiday season.

"The holidays are a good time to renew your heart connection with people. Make that your focus and priority. Spend more time enjoying people and their holiday spirit and it can help rekindle your holiday spirit. A great way you can enjoy more of the holiday spirit is by keeping your focus on genuinely appreciating and caring for others. Ask yourself each morning, "Who can I show a little more appreciation to, or who can I express more genuine care for today?" It can be as simple as opening the door for someone or telling people that you appreciate them. Genuine gestures of care and appreciation are often remembered long after the holiday glitter is gone. You’ll find this is a fun gift for others and a big gift to yourself."

– Excerpts from Tips To Prevent Holiday Stress And Avoid Faking The Holiday Spirit article,
Huffington Post Dec. 2009 by Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman, Ph.D.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Be mindful about your "bad" habits

I thought you might enjoy these remarks by Theresa Rose, after the rather heavy downer about sugar I posted today! jd

If you have a particular vice -- smoking cigarettes, drinking wine, eating chocolate, watching reruns of
Beverly Hills 90210 -- I encourage you to perform them consciously. Sure, some of our choices are healthier than others, but don't let anyone or anything convince you that you are wrong, weird, or broken because you do them. You aren't; you're only human. Perform every activity guilt-free, even the so-called "bad" ones. Just consider the reasons why you have chosen to do them.

Theresa Rose, Daily MoJo 12/11/09
Serious Mojo Publications | P.O. Box 390373 | Edina | MN | 55439

Sugar Overload at the Holidays??

Understanding How Sugar Kills
Dr Clark Store and Self Health

Sugar is everywhere around us, in every festivity such as Christmas.

It’s common for a person to consume 150 lbs of sugar in one year. The more sugar we eat, the sicker we get. Soon, sugar becomes a necessity and we do everything to get it. Many of us are sugar addicts, a socially accepted addiction.

Eating too much sugar, in different ways causes diseases such as coronary artery disease. It causes constant lower back pain as it depletes minerals in our body. Too much sugar causes us to lose minerals such as calcium, magnesium and others that are needed for good bone health.

Here is how it works
Minerals empower enzymes stored in your body. When the minerals are out of balance the enzymes can’t fully digest the food you eat. Dr. Nancy Appleton, a leading health advocate and author of numerous books and DVDs on sugar, claims “You may cause mineral imbalances by eating too much sugar”. As stated on her great documentary Sweet Suicide, “Eating too much sugar throws our minerals out of balance and this robs our enzymes the ability to break down the food into nutrients. So particles of undigested food pass through our intestinal walls to the blood stream, where they don’t belong. They body sees them as toxins and summons the immune system to send out white blood cells”. Our body is not designed to be fighting emergencies all the time!

So, if we keep consuming a lot of sugar, our blood cells simply give up. Our immune systems become depressed from fighting sugar-toxins in the blood and our body becomes toxic throughout. In this way we are leaving the door open for diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, obesity, chronic back pain, mental illness and heart disease to come in.

Sugar can even give rise to cancer, according to many doctors. Oxygen, which the body needs to have to stay healthy is reduced by depleted minerals. Without oxygen body fluids and organs become acidic and cells ferment the sugar lodged in the system resulting in cancer. Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize winner in 1930 and 1934 stated “The cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by the fermentation of sugar”. I can "hear" you say it! “I will substitute sugar with healthy organic agave, maple syrup or honey”. Sorry! It will still have undesireable effect. They are less processed (less toxic) and assimilate slower but that’s about it. The best thing you can do is to eat less sugar, even if you eat purer and slower assimilating sugar!

Dr. [Hulda] Clark did not come out with clear guidelines on how much sugar is OK to consume, but she was adamant about securing sugar from countries other than the US. She used stevia, agave, raw sugar and maple syrup. She used sugar very sparingly. The average person eats 41 teaspoons (or 201 grams) of sugar per day. The nutritional fact boxes indicate how much sugar is in products, unfortunately though it is stated in grams when most of us think in terms of teaspoons.

Remember this: 4 grams = 1 teaspoons Max 8 grams = 2 teaspoons

Dr. Nancy Appleton warns that more than 8 grams or two teaspoons in the blood system at any given time begins affecting mineral balance and our ability to digest even healthful foods. So imagine the harmful effects of drinking an 8 oz glass of cranberry juice delivering 41 grams, more than 10 teaspoons of sugar. Now calculate how much sugar you ate for breakfast!

If you want to slow down your addiction to sugar consider chromium, to curb your appetite for sugar. Niacin may also help both your cardiovascular system and your craving for sugar.

from www.DrClarkStore.com, Dec. 2009 Newsletter