Food is the Fuel You Feed Your Body; Are you Reading the Labels?

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Sometimes I believe we spend more time researching the fuel for our car than we do for our body!  There is so much information available on food that I often say “the more I read, the less I eat!”  But there are some easy guidelines, well publicized but often ignored, and easy to follow.

  1. Grow Your Own Food
  2. Buy Local at Farm Markets
  3. In the grocery store, stay in the following areas whenever possible:
  4. The Produce Section
  5. The Meat and Poultry and Seafood Section

And the question comes through many times, loud and clear, but what about everything else.  In most cases “everything else” is processed food.  That is what brings trouble to the table or the couch or the deck, etc.

Even in the Produce area, and the meat and poultry area, you need to further educate yourself:  GMO vs. non-GMO, farm raised seafood vs. wild seafood (and its many variations), and with meats and poultry, there are days of reading to do to decide what you will spend your dollars on.

BUT, to begin with, produce and meat and poultry and seafood are a great start to begin eating to fuel your body!  I have heard so many folks lately who have begun working with a coach, and they have lost significant weight just by eliminating all processed foods.  Consider your personal worth and begin to buy food with quality!

Sustainability & Quality of Food

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It is quite the conundrum finding the best food at a reasonable rate.  Money always plays a part but it is only one variable.  Education plays a role.  The attached illustration gives only a part of what we all need to know to be able to make good choices with food.  BUT, I do want to say that if you stick to fresh, local fruits and vegetables, you can avoid many pitfalls with today’s foods.  Educate yourself; food is an investment in your body and your future health.  Be conservative and aim for longevity.  Please.

Why Are We Not Bringing More Light?

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There are many moments where I ponder what the blog of the day will be, and this one was easy.  Many of us are considered energy workers, many of us are light workers.  What does that mean?  Well, I could take on thousands of different opinions on both topics, but I choose in my own peaceful way to not do that.  Instead, I am going to share why I am both:  an energy worker and a light worker!  And I am!  So hum, I am!

So hum is “I am”.  

For me to work in the financial services industry was aided in the late 90’s by my reading of the book THE ENERGY of MONEY by Maria Nemeth.  Before that, I am not sure that I would have considered myself an energy worker, and from then on, I understood that I really was as I undertook studies and trainings in traditional energy work:  reiki, deep breath work, thin shin jitsu, meditation, breath work, drumming, and more.  It became my mantra that an individual’s energy is reflected in their individual relationship with money.  I am more than ever today a believer in that.  And a light worker?  Think about when someone walks into a darkened room and someone turns on the light–the same thing happens when a new concept begins to be understood by someone, especially with money.  It is my job to turn on the light when someone is in the dark with their money.

And then when I was leaving the traditional financial services arena, and I started my own company, personal values became more and more important and I designed my own Core Values based on Personal Sustainability.  By then, I had known many energy and light workers, and I grew to understand that many of them were living in a house of cards.  Their beliefs were heavenly and spiritual, but their personal foundation was about to be sucked into a sinkhole.  They were stuck in their own belief that the Universe would provide.  Well, the Universe and God does provide but each one of us has to build our own foundation with the gifts that the Universe and God provide.  And that is where Personal Sustainability turns on the light and directs the energy!

Even Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs addresses this:  the first need is food, clothing, and shelter.  Today that can be expanded for basic needs to include health and probably more, but for this discussion, let’s keep this simple.  Money is earned through many ways, and that is a totally separate discussion.  Money is a tool that evolved from basic skill bartering.  It is a tool, nothing more and nothing less.  Some will make money a goal or a wherewithal, but it is only a tool to accomplish basic needs.

So, today, as an energy worker and a light worker, I seek to provide through education and resources ways for individuals to become personally sustainable.  The “person” must be sustainable in order to create a sustainable “family”.  The sustainable “family” is necessary for a sustainable “community”; and sustainable “communities” are necessary for a sustainable world.  

Basic sustainability includes food–and there are many pitfalls in this area alone.  Food today has become a source of confusion, frustration, and simple insanity while food can be as simple as going back to basics–did it grow from the ground, from a tree, and, if it did, it is natural.  Going further, without chemicals, natural food can be what is eventually categorized as “organic”.  More than that, even “natural” food can become contaminated in every sense of the word by corporate farming instead of local small farming.  Do you see what I mean?  Food is no longer simple.  And, I hate to say this, it is all affected by money!

This today is just the beginning…tomorrow we will continue on about my road to sustainability with food today…

 

Off to See the Farmers!

 

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Fresh organic produce on sale at the local farmers market. ** Note: Soft Focus at 100%, best at smaller sizes

If it is Saturday, it is the day to walk to the Farm Market in Oberlin!

As the season progresses, there are more and more choices to make…nutritionally and financially.  It is the marketplace where you get to really choose where you are putting your money, and that is putting your money locally!  Keeping your dollars where you live, supporting your community while they support your needs nutritionally.  It is not only the far market, it is a fair market!

Why Buy Local, Especially Food!

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Organic vegetables on a stand at a farmers market

I am a local type person because I want all of my neighbors to benefit when the economy is “local”!  I live in a town that kept Walmart out of town, McDonald’s is so far from all of the other restaurants downtown, and Subway must have been located in town as a concession to some of the college students. I live in Oberlin.

Not only do I try to buy everything local as far as candles, books,beads, etc., but I also  frequent the farmers’ market year round.  I like talking to the farmers who grow my food; I learn so much.  I also like knowing how they grow my food, what is important to them for I believe their values are incorporated into their crops!  Honey, greens, strawberries, and more grown locally really do taste better.  They do not spend days on trucks crossing the country!

As an advocate for local food, I was a part of Slow Money coming into existence in Ohio and Cleveland several years ago.  I will share more on that in a future blog.  But Slow Money is all about local food and investing in local soil.  And soil can be a problem with our food today.  So much has been depleted from soil!  It is important to me to invest my food dollars into local land where farmers are local and not corporate, where the farmer can share the story of my food from seed to market.  It is called integrity, not only of the farmer but also of the soil.

I like integrity!

Money and Butterflies and Nature and Life

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Upon awakening this morning and through my meditation on “Releasing”,  the framed print done by a local artist, found at a local artisan fair several years ago, really caught my attention .  It is of butterflies, beautiful blue butterflies, and not just one, but two.  When I first saw it, the butterflies brought my eye to the fact that there were two.  As I began my company several years ago, the butterfly–the symbol of transformation–took a prominent spot within my circle of Energy, and I am always looking out for the “butterflies” whether it is on Facebook, on greeting cards, or art work.  Friends send me greeting cards shaped like butterflies, and I attract butterflies everywhere.  I love it!  It is the true demonstration of reticular activation–what you think about,you bring about.

BUT THIS MORNING, THE BUTTERFLIES LED ME DOWN A DIFFERENT PATH, A PATH WHERE THE QUESTION LOOMED “WHAT DOES MONEY DO FOR US?”  AND, DO WE NEED IT.

Well, when I finish this blog, I am going off into Nature, to the Beach along Lake Erie, to walk, meditate, and be near the water.  And, oh yes, to collect beach glass.  The beautiful, beautiful beach glass which I use to make send off gifts as friends move from this region–it is a piece of the Lake that they can take with them.  The beach glass which is intended to create a Christmas tree this coming year.  It is just plain beautiful.  Oh, and the walk along the beach and the beach glass, as a part of Nature’s recycling program do not cost me anything.

THIS IS ALL A PART OF THE BEAUTY OF NATURE.  WHILE IT DOES NOT COST US TO ENJOY IT, IT DOES COST US TO PROTECT IT.  SAVING THE UNIVERSE IS SAVING NATURE.  AND MONEY DOES PLAY A PART OF EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE SOONER OR LATER.  THE UNIVERSE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMING SINCE THE BIG BANG EONS AGO, AND THE JOB OF PROTECTING IT HAS BEEN PASSED–LIKE THE OLYMPIC TORCH–FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.

let’s keep it going in a healthy, efficient way, with or without money

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