Money, Health, and Life…Longevity!

For me, it is natural, as it is for many, that we keep looking for improvement in our abundant life including health and money.  If we take care of our health, and it may be expensive at times, then it may be less expensive as we continue to age.  But taking care of us is the main concern whether it be health or money…

As a fan of The Voice, one of the few television shows I really like to watch, you learn contestants’ stories and really learn in the process.  Kelly Clarkson was a new coach this year, and I guess I always thought that with such talent her health could not be ideal which was apparent.  She reminds me in many ways of Adele.  When she appeared in the final weeks of The Voice, there was a major change in her appearance…a phenomenal change.  As The Voice ended, her story was being shared in the media.  Because of health concerns, she began following a program called The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven R. Gundry.  In recent weeks, local television programs, as well as national programs, have begun to cover, and,  in many cases present negativity with dietitians’ opinions that it cannot be good if it eliminates so much.  

Well, today I am beginning the three-day cleanse.  It is not radical, it includes real food, and so far it has not been difficult.  For breakfast, it was a romaine/spinach, avocado and mint (all fresh) smoothie.  The only exceptional thing is that I have not been used to having my smoothie smell like a salad.  It was totally easy to prepare and to drink.  No gagging, no aftertaste, and it was simple enough that, while I drank it, I prepared the other half of the avocado to become a simple guacamole to be stuffed into romaine boats for two of my snacks for the day.  Lunch will be pastured organic chicken stir fry with organic mushrooms and organic celery on cauliflower rice (prepared non GMO frozen Hanover product.  Dinner will be pastured PRE steak (2 oz.) with organic bok choy and organic broccoli over cauliflower rice.  Lots of vegetables!  In the TV coverage, folks have shared that because of the quality of food that it is expensive.  

I do want to address this in my blog today because it is all about money now or money later.  Your body is your temple, and you do not get a replacement body.  I am fairly healthy.  Because of a 40 year love affair with Pepsi (full strength sugar) that ended with a costly hypnosis about 6 years ago, I am Type II diabetic under control with medication and diet and exercise .  I have three fingers that are arthritic.  Other than that, my concerns are flexibility and joint aches that are natural, or are they, with age.  A lot of things are caused by gut issues and inflammation, and this program anecdotedly helps in this.  

But more than that, in the last year, I have read about the downside of dairy, cheeses, grains, breads, conventional fruits and vegetables.  I am also an advocate of less animal protein.  When a restaurant or a cooking show demonstrates an individual serving of meat that is 6-8-10-16 ounces or more, it makes me think “are they crazy”  I am an advocate of eating foods in season that you can find fresh in your local grocery.  I like to know that my foods have been grown locally.  I do not eat anything that is GMO.  I buy maybe 1-5% of my total groceries that may be processed.  And even that is too much.  I have experienced over 10 years ago, a reaction to naturally occurring glucose after having a love affair with fresh-squeezed orange juice daily which lasted about 3 months until I became so ill that even the Cleveland Clinic could not figure out what was wrong–severe sore throat mimicking strep, congestion, coughing, and sneezing that lasted from May until October when I had my introduction to alternative medicine.  I was taken off of all fruits and meats and poultry.  In 2 weeks all of the symptoms were gone.  The alternative medicine became a permanent part of my life.  The point of this was fruit is not all that healthy for you because of the sugar content.  I really was careful with fruit but Dr. Gundry refers to fruit as “candy”.  I agree.  Fruits are selectively and slowly brought back in after the cleanse and beginning weeks.

I already eat organic whenever possible, so I am used to the increased cost, and I would not choose to do differently since I know what the food is sprayed with to make it market ready!  The increased cost is obvious–the pastured meat and poultry and wild seafood.  But all this is important to me because my health is important.  I already believed what Dr. Gundry talks of in this book; it just brought it all together for me.  Yes, there is a cookbook as well; but I doubt that I will buy it as I prefer clean, simple foods, and the internet already is including whole sites with cooking methods for this type of eating.  I do not want to make it “fake” regular food.  I just want pure, good nutrition.  I want longevity.  I want health.  

Oh, by the way, when I enter Phase 2 on Tuesday, the 86% cocoa chocolate is waiting for me as a 1 oz. snack recommended every day…there is a sweet side to The Plant Paradox…I think I can do this.

I will spend a little more conscious money know to make me healthier for the future…why?  Because as Michael Bernard Beckwith puts it I love my life, every minute of it, and I am worth it!

 

Off to the Farm Market!

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and the people spend their money, Farmers/Makers earn their money, the money goes back into the Earth, and the cycle begins again—that is Slow Money, that is Woody Tasch who wrote a book by the name of SLOW MONEY, which heralded a movement to support local farmers, local food entrepreneurs, and has managed to stimulate the local and national food economy.  It is all about money—yours, mine, and ours!  Support your nutrition and your money…go find a local farm market or stand today!

Farmers’ Markets are Important!

Food You Are What You Eat Farmers Market

Once upon a time, a farmer’s market was a gathering place in cities where many merchants went to a food terminal, bought at discount, and sold at a profit to individuals.  Time has changed that, and in addition to large city markets, like in Cleveland The West Side Market, there are farmers’ markets in many communities.  And then there was the time, that many organic farmers were found at farmers’ markets.  That is not so true these days.  But farmers’ markets are important as socialization hubs revolving around food in communities.  For example, the Farm Market in Oberlin has very few organic vendors, but the ones that are there are very good.  You can learn a lot by talking to farmers of all kinds about how they grow their crops, the type of seed they use, and learn if you are comfortable buying their products.  I know that I do buy local produce as well as organic once I get to know the farmers’ processes.  Do not be afraid to talk to them, know that they love to talk about their farms and produce.  And you may have a new source of your local food…

Personally Sustainable? Show me!

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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!

Don’t Open Those Doors…

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The refrigerator is almost empty…by tomorrow, there will be no meat, no dairy, no bread, and it is a sad picture!

But the dark before the storm leads to a beautiful 🌅

Tomorrow I will be with greens, beans, and fruit!  This is a crash course in healthy which I have strived for.  

And chocolate will be here as my witness!

Can Money Cause an Epidemic ?

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It is a beautiful Saturday in Oberlin, Ohio…

I was supposed to be at the Cleveland Vegan Society’s 2017 Vegfest in Downtown Cleveland today, but the past 11 days have been hellacious!  I backed out of that trip last evening because, to be honest, the schedule looked like nothing new for me, and I was purely exhausted.   And the exhaustion all came about because of a health concern.  Nothing about the health concern is resolved; only my resolution is resolved.  And it is because of how I have lived my life since 2006 that my resolution is strong!  

In 2006, following preventive medical recommendations, I had a colonoscopy that turned bad and I began hemorrhaging.  It ended with an 8 day hospital stay with surgery but the end result was a benign growth.  In the last week, I finally received my total medical record from the Cleveland Clinic.  I had requested it in 2006, but it was never delivered.  I have read all of the 350+ pages, and I am now comfortable with my decision to do nothing at this time. My doctor wanted me to undergo a colonoscopy again; I said “no”. But that is the past, today is now and moving forward.

I listen to my intuition and my body when making decisions.  To stay in Oberlin today was the right decision.  Sleep was wonderful; it usually is.  Up and about changing linens, doing laundry, having a healthy breakfast, walking over 6,000 steps to visit the library, the Farmers’ Market, learning all the way–use to buy hydroponics lettuces, but no more.  Talked to the grower and learned that they DO use fertilizers, etc. but only one-third of what non-organic growers use.  That is no longer good enough for me, and I ended up with the last of the organic lettuce that the organic farmer had!  

It is amazing how our intuition affects everything directly or indirectly.  I mistakenly brought home a container of Heinen’s spinach earlier this week to find that I had grabbed the non-organic choice.  Somehow, I could not bring myself to make a spinach salad this week!  I pretty much eat organic, but in the vegetable department I am pretty much always organic.  And this is where the money enters the picture…

In the last 11 years, I choose to spend more money on food to make sure that it is the healthiest choice I can make.  My body, my health, and my life are worth it to me.  Begin reading labels, news articles, nutrition reports, and more and you will begin to see why I do this.  We are slowly being poisoned by chemicals in the form of pesticides, fertilizers, sprays, depleted soil, artificial sweeteners, and more.  Sugar itself is a major killer!  Yet, while we are not eating sugar by the spoonful from the sugar bowl, it is in so many processed foods.  

Yes, food is necessary, and it can be expensive; but, if we do not take care of our bodies, how much will we pay in the future for poor health?  I am beginning to link my passion for healthy living and local food to my other passion of making everyone able to have a healthy relationship with money.  It is all about a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.  I will be sharing more as the days go on about food in all manners as well as how our relationship with money will lead us down the garden path to eat right while not spending every penny have.  You can do both, stay tuned, and I will share that with you.