It is Nothing New!

Supermarket Handbook

This is an actual copy of my 1970’s era of The Supermarket Handbook, which inspired me directly and my children indirectly in our food choices way back then.  It is worth reading today.  Some things remain!  And this was decades before all of the shared knowledge on GMOs and pesticides.  What are you worth?  Take a few minutes for you.  Pick up a book on food and educate yourself in some small way today.

Personally Sustainable? Show me!

Organic Produce

Let’s start with food!  Everyone needs to eat.  What we choose to eat is up to us.  Money 💰 helps determine how we think about food.  Right or wrong, it plays a part!  It is not up to me to tell you what is right for you.  It is up to me to share what I have learned over the years.  

One reason to pick the best food I can is to become and stay healthy.  Just like everything in our lives–money, religion,food–family plays its part.  My mother and father were from “farming” cultures.  Poland and Ireland.  Heavy foods that stretched.  Both were from dysfunctional homes.  Food was not a priority to be healthy.  Meals were just meals.  I did not learn to cook until I taught myself.  Enough said.  At the age of 24, I had an emergency gall bladder removal.  The history was repeated with one of my siblings.  That began healthier eating.  But food became an obsession with a colonoscopy episode many years later.  I do not want to get into the medical practices in the United States, other than to say that food should be our medicine, not medicine our food.  Step by step, I eat organic as much as possible. I believe that my body is the only home I will ever have, and it is mine to care for.

I will not eat chicken.  I went through hypnosis to remove soda from my life.  I rarely drink alcohol.  I filter all my water.  I do not eat wheat products regularly.  I do not use the microwave; do not even have one.  I buy organic through the local IGA, the Oberlin Farmer’s Market, Heinen’s, Trader Joe’s, picking and choosing as I go.  The only meat  🍖 I eat comes from Trader Joe’s.  It is not cheap, but it is the highest quality for the money.  And, as this is important–upon the advice of my holistic practitioner, I eat only between 9 and 16 ounces per week.  Figure that out to be 2-3 ounces per 7 main meals.  I no longer crave meat.  I no longer crave sugar.  I eat what I view as needed by my body, and my body knows what it needs since I have removed most processed products, all GMO produce and products, sugars, from my daily eating.  Enough about what I do.

What do you do to be personally sustainable with food, the fuel you need to live?

I do want to close with the thought that how we treat our bodies reflects the state of our self esteem.  How do we value our self worth?  This is where money comes into play.  Think:  you can spend the money to eat healthy now OR you can spend more money on health-related issues in the future.  

Stay tuned for more on how to eat healthy without going broke!

And This is News?

IMG_0062My oh my, this is not news, but it does put the issues all together.  Going to the grocery store, no matter which store, the consumer has to be more vigilant than ever, more educated than ever!

So few of us are already years into understanding each one of the above areas of concern that we struggle keeping up.  I joke that the more I read the less I eat.  Sad but true.

The one guideline might be that all of the above are to be avoided.  Are you ready to be educated, to change the way you eat, to eat less, and, hopefully, to begin reclaiming food to be your nourishment and medicine?p

There is a New Story for Each & Every One of Us…

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It is a brilliant sunny afternoon in Northeast Ohio, at least where I am.  A mere 30 miles away they have been blessed with several inches of snow.  There is never a certainty for any of us in any part of our lives.  Everything changes, so why are we so hesitant to change our story to move us forward, or to move us back to whom we really are?

This has been a Saturday morning cleaning out my office.  Yes, it is the end of the year, and, yes, there are new things on my horizon.  I want to be ready, and I am happy with the cleaned up office.  I have brought in brighter pillows, cleaned off the barricade of binders and more on my desk.  I can actually see more sunshine now, and this all makes me happy!

Don’t ask me what motivated the physical action to do this because I do not know.  I do know that, whenever possible, I follow my mental motivator to move from one thing to another, and I usually accomplish a lot.  

What I also do know is that my morning meditations always lead to action whether it is physical, emotional, personal or professional.  This morning was no different, and you are about to hear some things from me that I usually do not  include in my blogs.

First off, politically correct or not, I am going to talk about politics.  This is too important not to talk about.  Values and ethics are way too important to me, but government and politics have had a very big role in my professional life.  I have been out of that sector for almost 20 years, and government and politics have changed, and I have kept away from it all.  But no longer.

I have watched as many presidential debates this year that I can without anything but basic cable and my tablet will allow.  Yes, I do not have what everyone looks at as traditional cable.  I have basic cable because I do not watch much television.  That is another topic which I do not want to pursue at this time.

And I have tried to be neutral about which party I am supporting.  I have read books about certain candidates on both sides of the aisle.  I used to be a Hillary Clinton supporter, but no longer.  Her values bother me, and she is a little too hawkish for me.  But her stand on GMO–she is for it–found me taking her bumper sticker off of my bumper.  It is all about values, and GMO is not in my value portfolio!  Another topic I will not go into at this time.

After watching what I have of the debates, I still find myself going back to the ultra liberal position of supporting Bernie Sanders.  Yes, Bernie Sanders.  I do believe we can have a better world that is kinder, safer, and more prosperous for all.  Economic equality and security are high on my values list.  I have tried to like others but there is always a deal breaker that I cannot live with such as women’s rights and health.  

So here it goes, I am a liberal.  I think that I am a caring person who is optimistic that we are going through a transformation, through a paradigm shift, that corporate America is not a citizen (yes, I have read most of David Korten’s books), that everyone should have healthy, affordable food and health care, that education could solve so many of our problems, that our government leaders need to be replaced with citizen government that cares.  That is the secret, we have to care.  We have to care for ourselves, we have to care for each other, we have to learn about the rest of the world.  One by one, we have to care.

Call me naive, I am not.  Call me stupid, I am not.  Call me a liberal, yes I am.  I believe we are all connected all the way back to the Big Bang.  We are all a part of God, the Universe, and other beliefs.  

I am a healthy eater.  I do not believe in most doctors.  I do believe we can heal ourselves given enough education and access to education, health care when needed, and healthy food.  I have proven that more than once in my life.  

I believe we have become a fear- based society… Fear of not having enough, fear of not having what our neighbors have, fear of not having a home, fear of not having food, fear of heart disease, fear of diabetes, fear of losing our jobs, fear of hurricanes, fear of floods, fear of forest fires, fear of going to Hell, fear of being a sinner, fear of not going to church,  fear of terrorists, fear of racial tension, fear of the police, fear of being raped, fear of having a gun, fear of not having a gun, fear that our children will not be accepted into the “right” schools all the way from pre-pre school through college, and more and more, and more.

Life is meant to be lived not to be feared.  Going back to basic simple practices whether meditation, yoga, walking a beach, eating the food the Earth puts forth, and more can bring us back to our basic human nature.  We are all part of the flow since the Big Bang.  Nature is our world, it is our greatest teacher.  It is simple.

What Bernie Sanders represents is going back to basically caring for each other.  It is not important how it will be paid for.  Once an intention is put forth, the Universe finds a way.  Whether that is one person or millions, one by one, it can be done.  

What prompted all of this today…the DNC fiasco with the Bernie Sanders campaign.  Having been a part of the governmental system on all levels–city, state, national –I do not believe either the RNC or the DNC are without their own politics, and they are not pretty or clean.  They are the establishment.  But step by step, we have seen change worldwide.  They need to change.  Bernie Sanders reflects change I would like to see.  I do not care whether you agree with me or not.  That is up to you.  All I ask is that you do care about being a part of the process to elect a President who will really care…care enough to be the difference, not the same old, and Donald Trump, if I may say so, would be the worst choice on oh so may counts.  I prefer “Gentle” to “Gorilla”!

 

Positive Energy is Contagious and Better Than Money…Sometimes!

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ENERGY is one of my favorite go to tools as an entrepreneur, and especially when it  is positive energy having to do with money!  In the last few days, even though Mercury Retrograde was finished last week, there have been more glitches than I can count–it is like Mercury Retrograde liked being with me so much that it decided to stay!  

But I digress.  Energy is more important many days than money.  Positive Energy shows up in my world as enthusiasm, and I can start a day with little enthusiasm, like today, because I am lacking sleep because I stayed up and watched the Democratic Debate.  Yes, Hillary, my former favorite candidate until I discovered she supports Monsanto and their wonderful GMOs, was seen as the winner.  Not in my book!  She shares being a Scorpio with me, and we are the same age, and I have a very strong political background, and I was one of her first bumper sticker people until I discovered that Monsanto character flaw and the bumper sticker was removed  with passion!  No, Bernie Sanders is my man and he was the winner in my book–but I am still digressing!

Give me a reason to be enthusiastic and I am off and running!  Today, it was a Jimmy John’s sandwich that I absolutely loved–a small sample at a meeting this morning, and I found myself at Jimmy John’s before my next stop for the day!  I had never had a Jimmy John’s before, but it set off my enthusiasm mechanism and I have been humming all afternoon.  The Energy follows the Enthusiasm and I am good for days!  

You never know what will set Enthusiasm into motion; you just have to be ready and open to it!  And then the Energy follows, and I will take the Energy over Money any day…because Energy allows you to take the next step to develop the business that will deliver the money dollar by dollar to your door!

Penny by penny, step by step, a business grows from Energy and Enthusiasm.  Trust me.  That has been my formula for the last three years, and it will be my formula forever.  Positive Energy any day!

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