Wednesday, August 23, 2017

As Good as it Gets

Jesus spent a lot of time lakeside.  I think I know why.  It's good for the soul, like chicken soup when you're needing something to restore your health back to 100%.  This is my secret.  While hiking yesterday, I noticed the first hints of change in the foliage.  Mother Nature has more colors on her palette here in the Midwest and she uses them to paint amazing pictures.  Hiking in the Fall is like watching the grand finale of the 4th of July fireworks.  Then the smoke clears and everything is black and white for a while.  That's okay.  The silver lining is the ability to walk on water at the lake.  It's also good for the soul.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Real Cavemen Don't Drink Milk or Soda

I refuse to drink milk even though I have dense bones to go along with my sometimes dense brain.  In my opinion, one of the reasons my bone density is off the charts is because I also refuse to drink soda.  My friends like to use scare tactics to persuade me to change my ways but they know very little about past health issues that nudged me to live like a caveman.  The most common question I get about the no milk choice is, "how do you get enough calcium?"  My answer usually leads to more follow up questions.  Most people don't understand that even though they may be taking in the recommended amount of calcium (1,000 mg/day) they aren't absorbing it because of two reasons – inadequate amounts of the vitamin D necessary for calcium absorption and over-consumption of soda which also inhibits calcium absorption.

I get my calcium the same way our caveman ancestors did – consuming nuts, beans, raw spinach, salmon, oranges, blackberries and kiwi.  My vitamin D comes from hiking, mowing the yard, playing tennis and barbecuing.  Next week I'm headed in for five hours of bone and joint testing.  Besides living like a caveman, I'm also a lab rat.  My hope is that researchers will learn something from my lifestyle choices.  Have a great day.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse Today

Don't look up today.  As tempting as it is to view solar eclipse, it's not worth permanent damage to your eyes.  There will be a 90% eclipse in my area and my friends in Omaha will be experiencing a total eclipse.  I'm curious to observe how the animals behave and maybe I'll try the pinhole method for viewing safely.  Have a great day.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Go With Your Strengths

One of the most important lessons I learned in life is to ignore weaknesses and focus on strengths.  I believe there's a reason why this works so well – you can spend a lifetime trying to fix your weaknesses without accomplishing much because that's not why you're here.  As soon as you identify your strengths everything appears easy and your quality of life improves.  So does your peace of mind.

You may ask, "what about the void in my life if I ignore my weaknesses?"  I'm referring to specific tasks that need attention you are not cut out to do.  This is where teamwork comes into play.  Find others who can do what you struggle with and ask for help.  Keep concentrating on your strengths and go with it.  Have a great day.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fit In or Stand Out?

Fitting in has its advantages:  invisibility, mediocrity, no pressure, no conflict and no change.  There is one problem I can't seem to escape when I'm doing my best to fit in and it's that nagging feeling inside that won't go away.  Deep down I know I'm hiding when I attempt to fit in.  That's what blending in is – hiding from the person you really are.  You know what I'm talking about or you wouldn't be reading this.  Yes, you were born to stand out.  There are disadvantages:  pressure, conflict, change, and ridicule.  The crowd will do everything to force you back into mediocrity.  Be yourself.  Listen to that voice inside guiding you to the path you were born to follow.  Ignore the crowd.  Have a great day.

Friday, August 18, 2017

How Many Permission Slips are in Your Medicine Cabinet?

We don't have a medicine cabinet in our home.  If we did, it would be mostly vacant.  There aren't any high blood pressure pills.  No high cholesterol medicine.  Nothing to control aches and pains.  Not even any sleeping pills.  The truth is we don't need permission slips to cover up the real problem in America – eating all the wrong foods that cause trouble.  These pills give you permission to keep making food mistakes.  The symptoms are covered up temporarily until higher doses or new prescriptions are needed.  Why not just stop eating all the foods that are causing health issues?

Your body has everything it needs to fight disease.  If you eat too much of the wrong foods, your body gives up and stops fighting.  Your doctor offers prescription medicine and everything appears to be okay for a while.  Eventually, your medicine cabinet isn't big enough to hold all those permission slips.  Give healthy eating a try for 45 days without artificial ingredients, processed foods, dairy and sodas.  Concentrate on mostly fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  You may no longer all those permission slips in your medicine cabinet.  Have a great day.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

An Important Food Lesson from Your Ancestors

Do you know how much sugar your ancestors consumed 10,000 years ago?  20 teaspoons per year.  That's the equivalent of one big gulp every two years.  Never before in human history have we consumed so much high fructose corn syrup and sugar – 140 pounds a year!  Is it any wonder why we are so sick?

The food industry will do everything to convince you high fructose corn syrup is not harmful.  My bet is that if a caveman ate and drank what we drink, he would be forced to give up hunting and gathering because his body would no longer be able to function.  He would die.  So will you if you keep it up.  Do yourself a favor and learn one food lesson from your ancestors – cut out high fructose corn syrup for 30 days.  Check all the labels.  Don't buy any product containing high fructose corn syrup.  The first week may be hell but don't give up.  If your ancestors can do it, you can do it.  Have a great day.