Four months ago I began the daunting task of investigating infants and food introduction. I wanted to be prepared when my little girl was ready to start solid foods. I read books, articles, blogs and studies. When she turned five and half months I felt ready to take on the task of slowly introducing solid foods. I was wrong.
As many will remember in April 2010 due to the poor decisions made by BP an oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. It took them almost three months to control the gushing oil. This oil spill like those in the past has had devastating effects on the wildlife. It has ruined businesses and the livelihood of the people living in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
When looking at the world through Green eyes, our local and federal governments can appear ghoulish. On any given day, the media seems chock full of N.I.M.B.Y. warriors rallying the eco-troops against one corporate villain or another, seemingly always with a shoulder-shrugging Government complaisant in the periphery. Through our screens an epic Us Against Them plays out, the eco-friendlies squaring off against greedy politicians Hell-bent on writing laws that favor the spoiling of the Earth.
Have you ever known of a forest that had only one type of tree? Taking it a step further, have you ever seen any natural landscape made of just one type of plant? The answer is no because the natural landscape is made-up of hundreds of thousands of plants that developed and evolved based on survival and efficiency. Every plant has a specific and important role in the grand scheme of the natural landscape. And yet we continue to try and defy these natural ways with our single-crop fields. Why?
Although we seem to be seeing a change in some Americans' ideology with the Occupy Movement, there is a huge shadow hanging over this movement. This shadow is our own inabilities to make lifestyle changes, even when we are proclaiming at the top our lungs that we want the government, corporations and the top one percent to change their ways. If we want to be taken seriously, we need to seriously re-evaluate our lifestyles. This lifestyle change, however, is not going to be easy.
Herbs, such as basil, cinnamon, nutmeg and parsley, are more than just a way to add flavor to your favorite dishes. In fact, they have very powerful affects on the human body when consumed correctly. A better understanding of the foods we cook with can enable us to personalize our cooking to meet our personal tastes as well as our physical needs. If you feel you would benefit from the medicinal use of any one of these herbs or spices, contact a local naturalistic doctor.
Lets face it the traditional abdominal exercise – the crunch – is a staple exercise for many from the weekend warriors to the college athletes. The crunch has been around for decades and when I typed in “crunch exercise” into Google I pulled up almost three million results with the top ones being videos of how to perform a crunch. So, naturally you would think the crunch is an effective way to exercise your abdominals. Wrong!
It seems like vitamins are becoming like eggs in that one-minute we are told to consume them the next minute we are told to avoid them. Some warn of their dangers, while others praise vitamin supplements for their extraordinary health benefits. So, what do you do: take vitamin supplements or avoid them all together?
Eating is a necessity of life. Our eating habits reflect our daily routines, traditions and overall health. Food is so much more than calories, fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It is how we provide hundreds to thousands of nutrients for our body, and it is how we promote balanced energies. Lately I have been discussing diet with my clients, and I am finding that we have quite shallow fews of the foods we eat. For example, apples are a fruit and are "worth" a hundred calories. Sigh...Looking a little deeper tells us apples are so much more!
[A response to Marybeth Hicks article in the Washington Post “Occupy Wall Street – Who parented these people?”]
I was recently emailed a copy of an article written by Marybeth Hicks in regards to lessons she determined the protestors failed to learn from their parents. Below in the reference section you will find a link to the article, which I recommend reading prior to reading my response below. Although this article was published in October 2011, I still felt compelled to reply and share.
For every occasion there are a pair of shoes. They are not just a piece of clothing or equipment, they are a companion of sorts. We travel everywhere with our shoes from a stroll through the local grocery store to hiking the mountains in New Mexico. When purchasing shoes we can spend hours searching for the right brand, color, style and size. However, we often neglect the more critical details of function, quality and comfort. In fact, it may seem it is only by chance that you buy a "favorite" pair of shoes.
The dandelion is probably one of the most common weeds. The bright yellow flower is considered an eyesore whether they are in our yards, thriving on the side of the road or growing between cracks in a sidewalk. By definition a weed is a plant that is considered unwanted and a nuisance, which is a very subjective definition. Meaning, virtually anything could be considered a weed. So what do you know about dandelions besides the fact that they are considered a weed?
While researching for this topic, I came across some interesting online articles and blog posts that made me decide to give a small human biology lesson first. I found that many people were unsure whether the human skin is permeable or not, and therefore questioned whether we could in fact absorb chemicals used in our clothes, cosmetics and other beauty supplies through our skin.
The hardest part of making big changes in my life has come in being able to recognize the difference between my dreams and my practical day-to-day actions. As I try to make real the transition from a life of suburban consumerism over to a largely forgotten form of agrarian life, a life aimed at personal self-reliance, I am finding that to keep this difference between what I think it should be like and what it is really going to be like takes more than greenwash sloganeering and armchair slactivism; it seems to take an uncompromising dedication to compromise itself.