alfreda89: (Blankenship Reeds)
In our world today, especially if you live in the United States, it's easy to be so caught up in the proverbial Rat Race that you forget to take a break. I don't mean kicking back of an evening, melted in front of the TV, or prowling the Internet reading posts from friends and the latest news brouhaha. I don't mean a Stay-cation, where you alternate not going to work with hitting a movie theater, getting a massage, or cleaning out your garage. I don't even mean planning a six nights, seven days cruise that hits eight islands and offers five meals a day.

I mean a real break--one where you try hard to avoid smart phones, computers, and televisions. Where you lay around like a slug and don't think about doing any kind of work for at least half the time blocked out in your calendar. You try and schedule all Internet work in advance, you turn off the phone, you have no cable or satellite...and you rest. I'll let you hit town once to check email, but it's a two hour limit at the library, and you should respect it. Absolutely no driving hours every day from one place to the next, unless driving is the most relaxing thing you have ever done.

Because your body needs to recharge. It has limits.
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alfreda89: (FSM)
As it happens, my programming Fri-Sat-Sun is noonish.

So I am open to sharing meals with folks for late lunches and early evening dinners. I hope I get to at least see you all--this is a test convention for me, to see whether I can handle conventions anymore.
alfreda89: (Winter_Mette's Glogg)
I've actually tried several of these things, and they work.
alfreda89: (Tea -- the universal cure (ask the Docto)
You know how I'm always talking about how there's a 75% decrease in your chance of Alzheimer's if you're a ballroom dancer? How ballroom dancing, bridge, chess, and puzzles are your best defense?

Add reading to that. A 32% less chance for lifelong readers.

Damn, we should be healthier....

And then there's the glow-in-the-dark tree gang. I was swamped in the spring, so I missed all the Kickstarters including this one, but we're talking almost a half-million dollars to develop trees that could replace street lights, giving us a soft, ambient glow to a nighttime street. It's an exciting idea, although I am a little taken aback at how easy he predicts this has become.

As he says, the scary stuff will eventually arise. For now, we get glowing cats and small trees!

In the meantime? Read a book.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Warning Sign on a CA entrance to a parki)
It kills or changes everything.

It's made mycotoxins into monsters. And mycotoxins have pretty much destroyed corn, wheat and even soybeans (at least dried soybeans. Not sure about fresh or frozen ones yet.)

Have a few links, via this article on the problem.
alfreda89: (Winter_Mette's Glogg)
Have you heard Dr. William Davis, the author of Wheat Belly, talk about how wheat changed in the 1960s and 1970s, and that our obesity and health problems may be linked to that change? Not just those of us having trouble with gluten. There's the protein gliadin to consider -- a protein that locks into the same centers of the brain as opiates. If it does cause many people to overeat by 20-25% DAILY, imagine what that means.

This is fixable, but not easily -- the modern wheat produces 10x the amount of grain that older strains produce. I wonder if we could switch cattle to this wheat, and wheat eaters could have older, safer grains?

In the meantime?

Stop eating wheat.
alfreda89: (Winter_Mette's Glogg)
It appears that there are now multiple reasons for not eating at night. Women have known for a long time that it's better to eat something "bad" that you want while there's time to start burning it off. Resisting nighttime snacking is also important because eating carbs close to bed makes some people fall asleep hard, and then wake up -- usually hungry -- several hours later. Dairy before bed apparently can contribute to snoring!

But now we're seeing signs that our ancestors ate their last big meal before the sun set, and then did not eat until 16 hours later. And that may have to do with why they were mostly a slender people. Simply put, your liver may need to rest. And allowing it to rest during your "recharge" hours may make it burn calories more efficiently at other times.

I know several people who have been slowly but steadily losing weight on this system. The hardest part for me is that I literally forget to eat until later in the evening. Or I don't get around to breakfast, so I eat lunch at 3 pm, and there you are -- the day is pushed back.

But since the sun doesn't set until after 8 pm, as long as I don't eat breakfast until noon, that might still work! I've been trying to stop anything other than water or coconut water after 7 pm, so this is just another step in a better direction.

Advantages? You get to eat meals with higher fat and calories IF you then don't eat anything from 6 at night until 9 the next morning. I did watch a woman at work lost 25 pounds by not eating after 5 pm, and having one big salad a day as her only required food -- otherwise she just varied healthy choices as her food selections. That definitely worked for her.

Wouldn't it be incredible if it could work for most of us, or even all of us? Has this been the missing explanation of why meat and potatoes did not cause most people to get fat -- not just work, but real rest of the entire system?

PS -- magnesium supplements help when I'm having sugar or chocolate cravings. I really like ones that have more than one form of magnesium in them, like Vital Nutrients Triple Mag 250 mg. It contains oxide, dimagnesium malate and glycinate forms of magnesium. Magnesium depletion is almost always at the root of my cravings. Water soluble, and we burn it when stressed -- make sense?
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Katy Rose Pink)
Bringing this over from Facebook -- If you're buying honey for its health benefits, read this. If you are paying the premium to get real honey taste, read this. And if you're writing your congresscritter about something, mentioning this in passing won't hurt.

Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey
alfreda89: (Winter_Mette's Glogg)
Well, word's back on my father's health, and it's not good. It's bad enough that I finally have him willing to try eating food prepared in a macrobiotic style. So I'm looking for someone who would be willing to take a diet plan created by a macrobiotic nutritionist and prepare some basics for him, like soups and grains. He would need these delivered to him at an assisted living center in northwest Tucson.

I'm hoping that if he likes the food, he will want more things from the chef. If this makes a significant improvement in his health, the chef might see more business from the doctor. I will make sure the doctor knows about the improvement.

I am pretty frustrated. I made extra of things summer before last, and he "did not want to take any of my special food I'd hauled up there" so would not try it. Even the squash soup, which he watched me pluck from a farm stand and saute. AND tasted and said was SO good, but would not steal any!

If I can't find a macro chef, I will look for a chef who would prepare macro to spec from the nutritionist's recipes. (I'm assuming this could be accomplished, often a dangerous thing.)

Last ditch, moving to Tucson to cook for him. Not what I want (or my parents -- they like having us a little bit farther away), but it has to be on the table.

So please -- forward to anyone who might know about the Tucson area!
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
All those supplements and fresh food are gonna kill me someday.

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/03/18/deadly-spider-at-gro.html

"A Brazilian wandering spider, the most venomous spider in the world, was scurrying around a Whole Foods Market in Tulsa, Oklahoma. An employee caught the spider in the produce section and the store called the University of Tulsa."

(It travels by bananas....ARGH!!!)

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