Friday, March 14, 2014

Cutting the Cake: Life Balance & Time Management in a Busy Life

Cutting the Cake:  Life Balance / Time Management

Normally when one reads about 'cutting the cake' they think of that sweet confection served on a special occasion (wedding, birthday).

In this case, I'm talking about all the activities of your daily life being represented by a pie chart.

For many of us, working a job and sleeping are close to equal, and take up the majority of our day. If you add commuting to and from your job, job related time is the most time consuming part.

I'm looking at starting a new job next week (have been a freelancer for most of the last 15 years). The major change for me is the huge shift from working from home and not being at home with my aging dogs and semi-retired husband.

Trying to have a life balance between the necessity of working, wanting to be healthy, and keeping the effects of stress at a minimum I plan to extend my "away from home" time to include a workout at the end of my work day or on my lunch hour. 

It sounds like a cliche, but there really aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish our daily 'to do list.' Personally, there won't be enough time or energy to cook dinner or clean the house to the level that makes me happy. A luxury that I would LOVE to afford, but cannot is to have someone come in once a month to clean. 

Weekends will be even more precious to de-stress and enjoy non-work activities. How do you de-stress and add fun and exercise to your work day?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Must ALL Foods We Eat Be Organic?



I admit it. I'm addicted to eating healthy, almost to an obsessive level. I'm  a raw foodie as much as I can be. Ultimately, the most important nutritional discipline I have in my house is FEW processed Foods.


HEALTHY EATING TIPS

NO GMO

When you buy produce pay attention to the code to avoid GMO. 
1) If it starts with a 9 it's fine. 2) If the code starts with an 8, YOU HATE (don't buy it, it's GMO).

AVOID white foods

white sugar, white bread, white flour, white rice, white potatoes etc. They are refined, metabolize too quickly, and can cause insulin spikes and have you crash.

Eat naturally grown (no chemicals)

Try to get organic or heirloom products that are grown naturally, non-GMO, and no chemicals.

Portion control

1/2 cup to 1 cup is the range of serving sizes for most foods.

AVOID

Fruit juices, sports drinks, and sodas. DRINK water and herbal teas instead (64-90 oz).


Must ALL Foods We Eat Be Organic? (No for 5)
*According to 1/31/2014 article by the Institute for Natural Healing (GREAT TIPS, go here to read/subscribe http://institutefornaturalhealing.com/ 

We hear it almost daily. Eat your fruits and veggies for a long life.
Thinner skinned produce is more vulnerable to pesticides and other chemicals.

Non-Organic Versions of these Five Foods are Safe to Eat

[Paraphrased from today's Institute for Natural Healing's News Article]

1. Onions: multi-layered means less likely to be penetrated by pests or chemicals. EAT them for gut health and to help regulate blood sugar. 

2. Avocados: that skin is mighty tough and less likely to be penetrated by pests or chemicals. EAT them for their rich antioxidants, vitamin E, and lutein (maintains clear vision). They’re also a GOOD FAT to consume, helps you feel fuller longer, helps balance hormones and the absorption of nutrients.

3. Sweet Potatoes: this type of potato is NOT dosed with chemicals and are high in fiber and vitamin A (good for vision and reproductive health). GREAT for after a workout to restore glycogen -- but HIGH in carbohydrates, so don't over do it!

4. Asparagus: pests just don't like to eat them so they're not heavily dosed with chemicals. They do not have a thick skin like other foods on this list, but the consumption is mainly the dense tips and not the stalks. High in vitamin B2 (helps reduce migraines by 50 percent)!!
Asparagus is also a good source of vitamin K (protects heart and keeps bones strong).

5. Coconuts: that outer layer is virtually impervious! NO bug or chemical is going to penetrate it. 

Drop me a line if you have ideas for future blog posts.

*Excerpted from 1/31/2014 article by the Institute for Natural Healing (GREAT TIPS, go here to read/subscribe http://institutefornaturalhealing.com/