The Secret To
How much time do we
spend on our careers, and how much on our health?
Succeeding professionally can bring satisfaction, a sense of
achievement and material possessions. But maximizing our health brings
true success, and enables us to enjoy everything else with comfort,
energy and a sense of well being.
different things to different people. And, while health is different
for each of us because of different genetic makeup and predisposition,
we all have the ability to make the best lifestyle choices available to
Almost everything we do affects our physical and mental health -- what
and how we eat and drink, how much sleep we get, how often we
exercise, what kind of job we do, how we cope with stress, the toxicity
of the products we buy and many others.
There are many factors beyond our control that affect our health. But
how we exercise and what we eat are the most important factors -- and
those we can control.
The Compact Oxford English Dictionary defines food as "any nutritious
substance that people or animals eat or drink or that plants absorb to
maintain life and growth." That's a good definition. So much of what we
eat is not, technically, food. Read the ingredients of most products in
conventional grocery stores, and you'll see non food mixed in with
actual food -- and some products contain no food at all (i.e. nutritious
substances... [that] maintain life and growth). These non-food
ingredients can do any of three things: 1) displace actual food, leaving
you with a nutrition deficit at
the end of the day; 2) boost your
overall caloric intake to above a sustainable, healthy level; or 3)
cause active harm to your body (pesticides, artificial color, trans
fats, etc.). Many non-food ingredients do all three.
Lifestyle diseases don’t develop overnight. By the time we begin to
suffer the symptoms, they have been developing for years or even decades. In fact, the
moment we start eating junk food during childhood, our organs and vital
systems begin to
quietly suffer. Although our bodies are incredibly resilient and self
healing, years of abuse -- usually poor eating habits and sedentary
life styles -- eventually manifest in growing ill health that may
obesity, diabetes, heart disease or cancer.
Inadequate intake of vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds
in our diet is exacerbated by the fact that we displace them with junk
food that is over processed and laden with saturated fat, trans fat,
salt, sugar, chemicals and pesticides.
Even our judgment, our ability to think quickly and clearly, our
physical skills, our physical and emotional conditions are highly
affected by the food we eat and lifestyle choices we make. Leading an
active life and eating well helps us optimize our health, keeps our
weight in check, decreases the risk of illness, increases our mental
sharpness and alertness, prolongs our life span and makes us more
energetic. It also keeps us looking young and fit. It helps us think
more positively and be more optimistic giving us the right frame of mind
to be happier and more productive.
A study released today shows that
people who maintain a healthy weight tend to earn more -- and people
who lose weight see their career prospects grow.
It’s a matter of deciding that health is top priority, rethinking the
way we do things and taking action to make the necessary life style
modifications to ensure a long life but most importantly, a healthy long
Yes, career success is important. But make sure that climbing the
corporate ladder isn't the only exercise you're getting. Take the time
to exercise, eat right, and educate yourself so you can
make the best
That's real success.
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My youngest son, who is 16-year-old, does weight training and asked me
to buy him a protein powder to make protein shakes. I found a wonderful
and omega rich powder made by Living Harvest, which the company
describes as the
first certified organic, raw and vegan protein powder made from Hemp
If you can see beyond its less-than-appealing looks, it’s a perfect
nutritious powder for protein shakes. It not only provides complete
protein but also the optimal ratio of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty
acids along with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. And
it’s gluten free and mechanically cold processed. Did I mention that it
tastes awful by itself? Well, don’t try that at home. Add it to protein
shakes, smoothies as well as any other foods you might tolerate it
in—it’s good for you. It’s well worth the cost.
For a great tasting shake, blend two tablespoons of hemp protein powder
with 1 cup soy milk, 1 sliced banana, 3 tablespoons peanut butter, 1
tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 cup of ice, 1 tablespoon of Sucanat and 1
scoop of Naturade organic soy meal replacement (chocolate flavor).
Hi! Your website has helped me a lot since I decided to start eating
vegetarian organic food (and to do it in a healthy way.)
I was just peeling a grapefruit and was curious, so I took a bite of it
before I had put any kind of sugar or honey on it, and... it was
delicious! The first thing I thought was, "What's wrong with everyone?
This is sweet enough by itself!" I ate both halves hastily.
The last time I had a chocolate bar (which I used to love); I just
didn't feel good while I was eating it. I have been eating a lot of
fruit and have not eaten anything containing refined sugars for the last
couple of weeks, and candy bars and the like don't even appeal to me
I went through a month or two of constant research about food and
health, and eventually reached my present conclusions. The sanitation
levels of conventional food growing methods in particular really
motivated me to keep reading, with my being somewhat emetophobic (emetophobia
is a fear of vomiting - Ed).
There have been some obvious changes in my health since then. I used to
have frequent digestive problems, but I barely have any trouble now.
Mostly thanks to your words. I've also started to stretch and exercise
again. The most beloved place in my house is in front of my computer
desk, and although I don't regret having spent so much time at it these
past years (I've learned an immense amount.), I've decided to spend more
time away from it.
Health consciousness has also given me a reason to work, since organic
food isn't very cheap and I'll have a diet separately from my family's.
(I turned 15 years old in April, by the way.) I have a moderate amount
of money that I have saved up for years, so I'm choosing to go on that
It has organized me in several other ways also: I have to go to the
market with my mother and pick out the food I want myself, and I've also
been cooking any recipes that I've wanted. (I started washing dishes
too, but that's just because I felt like it fit in with my doing all of
the other things, hah.) My mother isn't "making" me pay for the food,
I've just taken the responsibility.
Well, I hope my email isn't too long, I just got the urge to write it
after eating my unsweetened fruit. I hope you're doing well,
K. P., GA
Words of Wisdom
“It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we
recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through
hunger, the value of food; through exertion the value of rest.”
Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958) American Writer
The Research Department
Aspartame, a sugar
substitute, has been found to cause leukemia in rats in a recent study
conducted by scientists at the Cancer Research Centre in Bologna, Italy.
The study results have prompted the European Food Safety Authority to
re-assess how artificial sweeteners might affect human health.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener sold under the brand "Equal" and
provides 4 calories per gram. But since so little is needed to use it as
a sweetener, a typical "dose" has virtually no calories. The FDA recommends it as a safe
sweetener, but advises that the daily intake should not exceed 50
milligrams per body weight per day. According to the FDA, a person of
about 150 pounds would have to consume about 16 cans of soda to reach such
level. The problem is that people are in fact drinking a lot of
beverages and eating a lot of foods made with artificial sweeteners.
Adults and children are taking excessive amounts of artificial
sweeteners through a variety of drinks and foods every day, easily
exceeding the acceptable daily intake (ADI).
Here are some of the foods and drinks sweetened with aspartame:
Breath mints, soft drinks, cereals, chewing gum, flavored syrups for
coffee, flavored water products, ice cream, ice cream toppings, fruit
spreads, gelatin, candies, iced tea, coco mix, jams, jellies, juice
blends, juice drinks, pancake syrups, meal replacement powders, pies,
nutritional bars, protein drinks, pudding, soft candy chews, chocolate
syrup, cookies, ketchup, table top sweeteners, vegetable drinks,
drinkable yogurt, yogurt, etc.
To be safe, a better alternative is to reduce consumption of any
sweetener, artificial or otherwise as well as items that require
sweeteners. Typically, sweetened foods are loaded with simple
carbohydrates offering little or no nutritional value.
To learn more about types of sugar and sugar consumption read my
Goblin Sweets and
It Is columns.
Vegetarian Organic Recipe of the
Click on the picture for a closer look!
Lemony Seitan and Kidney Beans (vegan)
Serves 4 to 6
kidney beans make a nutrient rich and easy meal to prepare providing
lots of flavor and satisfaction to the palate along with high protein
Ahead of time:
Kidney beans (or substitute with organic canned kidney beans)
Preparation time: 7 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes
Get ingredients ready (use organic ingredients if possible)
1 tablespoon oil (safflower or canola oil)
4 fresh garlic cloves, crushed or minced
½ small onion, finely chopped
½ pound traditional seitan, thinly sliced (one 8-oz package)
2 cups cooked kidney beans (no liquid)
¼ cup fresh finely chopped basil (or 2 tablespoons dried basil)
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Low fat Veggy Parmessan, optional (cheese alternative made of tofu)
sea salt & freshly ground pepper
1. In large pan, heat 1 tablespoon of safflower oil on low heat. Add
garlic and onion stirring and sautéing until soft and translucent. Add
seitan, basil, thyme and oregano and sauté for 7 minutes over medium
heat. Add kidney beans cooking for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
2. Meanwhile, in a cup, combine lemon juice and olive oil. Add the lemon
and olive oil mixture to the seitan mixing thoroughly. Season with salt
and pepper and serve.
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