Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fed Up!

There are three chapters in The Human Restoration Project dedicated to food, the food industry and the many connections between packaged food and disease. (Chapter 2: The Disease Cycle, Chapter 5: Nourishment and Chapter 6: The Truth About Sugar ). 

We cannot begin to restore while eating manufactured, non nutritious, inflammatory food stuffs. There is no way on this earth to get around that fact. Not a single way.  Proper nourishment is the only way. 

I love to see more mediums through which to get this information to the public so I am in full, unbridled, joyful support of this documentary:

Fed Up The Documentary

If we were more informed we would all be Fed Up. Fed Up with the way the food industry and their scientists knowingly manipulate the substances in their food, to turn on the addiction centers of the human brain  - for profit. The glory of the "free market?" Not a chance. It is not free, we all pay for the sick people in this country. The health insurance industry is bleeding us dry with high cost of poor coverage. The burden of obesity and diabetes cost this country a pretty penny. The takers keep taking and We the People foot the bill by ever increasing health insurance and doctor bills.  Obesity and diabetes brought on by eating packaged high glycemic food and drinking sugary beverages has hit epidemic proportions. 

In Fed Up, the lid is lifted off the secret profiteering of the food industry to show the public the truth.

And the TRUTH is: 

Food scientists who are on the payroll of major food manufacturing companies are calculating how to access our brain pleasure centers through food that is known to cause disease --- encouraging the sale of food that is causing disease - why? 

To make money -  a lot of money. 

The fact that humans get sick from their idea of "food" is what might be called an unintended consequence. "Oh well, sorry folks, hey, you are the ones eating this stuff, we only make it and profit from it. If you put it in your mouth, that is your own fault." 

We must stop paying their salaries and cease spending another dime on processed, packaged foods. We must drive them out of the business of making people sick. 

Greed really does make people lose their minds. Who would knowingly poison their fellow humans, willfully suppress the truth and market the stuff as being okay to eat - just to make money? 

Hey people have to make a living right? Poor Nabisco, McDonalds and Hostess. How dare the government attempt to regulate their poison. 

Let me say that again: Many of the substances in every day food items are known to cause disease and still these substances are knowingly being used by the food industry because they hook us at the very level of human desire, which as humans -is our weakest and most vulnerable area, easily manipulated for profit. Just like the tobacco industry once did. This is our food! Food...the thing that keeps us alive and well. Not cool food industry, not cool at all.

I wonder how they can sleep at night knowing that the chemically addictive products they are distributing for obscene profit, are poisoning their consumers. Capitalism has run amok in this country and this is one of many examples showing that big business has no business managing our food supply. Or really managing ANY aspect of our lives. 

Fed Up yet??




Sugar and Carbohydrate addiction which leads to obesity, diabetes, gout, digestive illness, heart disease, bodily pain and deterioration will be your inheritance if you continue to eat these packaged, fast, and readily available processed food items. 


The reason you can't stop eating these foods? They are made to be addictive to your brain pleasure centers, these foods contain chemicals that stimulate the release of feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain - like dopamine, serotonin and GABA (1) . Minutes after ingesting these engineered foods we often get a little lift in mood not to mention the "perfect" texture, and mixture of additives stimulate cravings for more and more in fact some of these foods even contain appetite stimulants. Ever tried eating just a few potato chips? 

But you can be free of this. It takes some doing but it is possible. There is no shame in being addicted to food that was manufactured to be addictive. It is not your fault. 


How Do We Get Free Of This Addiction?


It starts with reacquainting your taste buds to real food. Just food, not the tasty engineered substances that processed food is full of. Not the processed fats, sugars, and modified starches. 

Start with real protein, as locally sourced and free roaming as you can find. Contact me for resources (in time they will be here for you). Add a heaping portion of veggies cooked in something yummy. Like garlic, onions, herbs, sauces and butter. (yes I said butter, real butter, get over it, the stuff is good and has an unfair bad rap sheet) As long as you are not eating said butter in the same meal with stuff like coca cola or white bread (two high glycemic items that spike blood sugars and encourage fat storage) which will encourage your body to store the fat from the butter, really - be my guest, eat a little butter. The brain needs real fat (not that perfected, smooth, silky, engineered fake fat) to feel satiated and full so the craving cycle for snacks between meals can be broken, not to mention good, and natural fats help control blood sugar. 

Get off sugary drinks like coke, pepsi, sprite, ginger ale etc.. cut down on the Dunkin Donuts frappuccinos (ooh am I going too far? Okay forget giving up your Dunkin Donuts frappuccino for now - but just start considering it for a later date). 

Replace those sugary sodas with water. Not a plastic water bottle but get yourself a stainless steel bottle you can re-use and take on the go. Keep it with you as much as possible and squeeze fresh lemon and lime into it to add taste until your taste buds are healed. Soon water will just taste thirst quenching and hydrating. The key is we need to re-set your taste buds until the packaged food and sugary sodas no longer taste like real food and drink, because...these things aren't food, really. I don't know what they are, but they are not real food. The are some manner of "food-like" substance that creates a host of destructive activity within your flesh and blood. 

I like these water bottles, they are fun, inspiring (I am an inspiration junkie) and cost effective over buying plastic water bottles at the grocery store. wildlife-stainless-steel-water-bottles.





When at home add mint, cucumber, lemon and lime to a glass or pitcher of water and have it at the table where you are working, eating a meal, or relaxing. This is the one I use:



Get a Brita Filter for your sink or get one of their pitchers for the counter. They are inexpensive (ranging from $26.00-45.00), what is that, about two weeks worth of bottled water?  Brita Filters last about three months before they need replacing so they are far more cost effective than buying bottled water. They take out many unsavory elements from town and city water in your tap. In time you may decide to get a more sophisticated water filter but we are just getting started so let us not overwhelm, this has to be some what simple. Plastic water bottles are unkind to your body and the environment (ever seen those photos of turtles trapped in plastic? Ugh..) but that is best left to another blog post if it needs explanation.

If you can do those two things (up your protein and veggie intake and cut back on soda) in the next two weeks you will be off to a grand start!

Watch the Fed Up movie, I'll post the trailer again below-  and I am getting ready to compile other resources that place the light of truth upon this epidemic. 

This is no joke, your health depends upon it. http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home

Thanks for reading, and thinking, and considering these thoughts for yourself. 

The Human Restoration Project

1:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC80880/

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Healing vs. Curing




"Symptoms are your friend, not your enemy. 
Symptoms are how you learn about your body, 
they are a direct feedback loop that is connected 
to your every day choices, a direct reflection 
of the habits of your day to day life 
here to nudge you into a correction 
so you don't do more harm to yourself"



Most of us grew up being fed the notion that if we are ill, we trot off to the doctors office for “the cure.” At the doctors office we are given some kind of magical potion in the form of a pill that contains some variation of a universal cure.  Often times these cure-alls are something like an antibiotic, pain reliever, antihistamine, decongestant, sleeping pill, anti depressant, anti anxiety, antacid, oh the list goes forever on and on. 




After a time of taking this “cure” the symptoms go away, and so that must only mean that we have been restored to our former healthy state - we have been “cured.” If we scratch only the surface, this model of the cure would appear to be true. 

In this model there is no inquiry into the larger pattern, those actions and daily habits that allowed this imbalance to manifest in the first place. We are “victims,” unwitting sitting ducks, recipients of a germ, virus, or bacteria that invades, takes over, and creates ill health. That’s it, end of story, you may all go home now. Easy schmeasy right? 

Perhaps….

Perhaps not…

We are now discovering that the human body can be the host of an injury, (1) or a variety of bacteria, (2) viruses (3) and the like, with absolutely no symptoms what-so-ever. We can even have recurring cancer cells that could manifest, or stay undetectable until just the right internal atmosphere is created to bring on a condition that is quantifiable. 

So are we victims or co-creators? Can we become more aware and sensitive to the workings of these glorious bodies we inhabit so that we ourselves decide the level of health we embody, or do we leave this to the fates, the germs and the doctors to decide?

In childhood and through my late teens and early twenties, I had more sore throats, ear infections, yeast infections, and headaches (migraines to be exact) then I can shake a stick at.  I ingested more antibiotics, decongestants and pain killers than I care to ruminate upon and yet year after year one variety or another of these maladies would resurface. Did I grow out of these unfortunate killers of wellbeing? Did I just get lucky when these symptoms cleared up? 

Enter: Healing  

It was not luck or the antibiotics, not even close. It was education, understanding, inquiry and some small letting go of my self destructive propensities in the form of a slow but steady over haul and alteration of my lifestyle choices.

Healing vs. Curing

Curing arises from the disease model of medicine, it implies there is an end point that needs no tending to, it is not a process but a one shot deal. We either triumph over this illness or we succumb to it. We enter into a war with germs and we either win the war and get cured or lose it and live in poor health or worse, perish.

Healing on the other hand is more concerned with the process of coming into a place of balance within the forces of illness and health. Healing requires inquiry, the listening and the ultimate responding over time, to incoming information. Healing brings forth the idea of nurturing inherent health over the long haul. There is no magic bullet, no wonder cure, no end point. Instead there is a lifelong, ongoing relationship of give and take, listening and responding, commitment and willingness. A Project, if you will, that has less to do with an outside savior in the form of a doctor and more to do with The Inner Physician we all possess.

While it seems to be the secret hope of the human condition that we can ingest all manner of poor quality food and drink and somehow mysteriously remain robust and healthy, the bottom line is, this notion is a lie, a myth, a deceptive fantasy that will never come true.

Instead, what has generally proved to be a more reality based way to live, is abiding in the wisdom of natural law that governs and sustains all living things - and adhering to it over time. This in no way promises that we will not suffer, that too is a lie. However, within our human capacity is the acceptance that we can be in a position to take our lives into our own hands and perhaps do a far better job of it than previously believed.



The goal of the Human Restoration Project is to take back some governance over our lives in a conscious way. Even in the presence of stress, family disease inheritance, the disintegrating modern world, and previous memories of loss and grief. Does it mean we will be healthy all the time? No. Does it mean we will not suffer from confusion, emotional pain and passing periods of melancholy and ambivalence? No. This we cannot promise as much as our culture has imbedded within us that some where, somehow this is obtainable from a magical outside source. To believe this is to be disillusioned and ultimately disapointed. However what will begin to emerge when we shift into ongoing proactive health being a process with no end point - is something pretty cool.

When we take our human power back and take personal responsibility for our health we begin to feel a renewal of life’s journey. The wonder and mystery of the world in which we live, emerges as a deep and abiding reverence for the creative and destructive powers of the Universe (and our bodies). A meaningful, self possessed life will be your inheritance instead of running on empty and losing yourself to the madness of the world. You can in time, become stronger in every way if you work with your body and mind wisely. To know oneself, to understand that which was once a confusion and source of disharmony can become a rejuvenating and captivating experience with yourself. The workings of body, mind and spirit can be met by an open attitude of truth. Out of such meaning will be found healing, even among the suffering of being alive. An ongoing process of restoration, the dance between the tension of opposites can become more bearable so that we inquire into symptoms instead of moving to kill them (and ourselves). The symptoms are only here to nudge you into a correction so you do not do more harm to yourself. 

Symptoms are your friend, not your enemy. Symptoms are how you learn about your body, they are a direct feedback loop that is connected to your every day choices, they are a direct reflection of the habits of your day to day life. 

We can experience the healing ability of our body and mind when we respect that our bodies need proper care and only we can provide that care for ourselves, it is not anyone else's job but our own. Hope is restored when symptoms begin to diminish due to our enlightened choices. We are not hapless victims who must endure the erosion of inner ease and health. If we change our habits, even just a little bit, the body will restore. That is the real magic, not the pills, but when the healing capacity we all were born with, gets turned on again. I've seen it time and again. It is amazing to feel and witness.

When we live out of balance with the natural world, some where, either consciously or unconsciously - we feel something is amiss, as we should because indeed a very big something is amiss. Joints and muscles ache, colds come too often, moods swing, tummies don't digest, weight piles on and quality of life slips away. Hopes, dreams and ambitions fade out of memory. We lose the parts of ourselves that are the most alive and joyful parts, the parts that revel in the Inspiration and Mystery of our existence. When we correct this we become partners in it all, not victims. We no longer call ourselves "old" "worn out". We no longer feel that being "perpetually tired" is normal.

When we get enough sleep, eat well, move our bodies, and learn how to breath deep and sit still with all that is unsettled inside of us, we can begin to endure what we hold inside - instead of ignoring it or annihilating it with sugar, alcohol, drugs, shopping and media distractions. Then and only then will better choices begin to become more bearable, only then will we slowly but surely begin to restore what has been lost through all our long seasons in the trenches of life upon this planet. Only then will the human condition go from victim to hero.

You do not need to stumble in the dark alone to achieve this, instead seek out those friends and allies who have taken the long and winding road to clarity themselves and emerged vibrant, strong and healthy.  



You can sign up to get new Human Restoration Project blog entries delivered to your in box, (just sign up in the email box in the left column above on this page.) I'll be sending weekly posts with things to do and think about along these lines.Pick up the book (also in the left column above). Do you have a role model? Someone to inspire you and support you? If not reach out! Wellness coaches are every where. My email is on the blog too and if I am not able to help you, I will direct you to someone who can.

Inspiration, guidance and camaraderie can go a long way, a much longer way than trying for a day or two alone and in frustration, only to grab a pizza and a piece of chocolate cake and return to the television and the couch for some more bad news and trashy reality shows. 

Positive Lifestyle Change is a path of valor. It is a path of self respect and it is a deep commitment that takes time, support and lots of self acceptance when (not if) you revert back to self destruct mode over and over again. It is baby steps in the right direction not a crash course of delusion that you think will end when you lose 10 pounds. No, this is a re- writing of your personal history, a re-visioning of your date with destiny, and it takes courage, power and strength for the rest of your life to make it happen.

If I can do it, you can do it. Come on..lets do this.

To our collective health!



Monday, June 9, 2014

From Chapter 12 of The Human Restoration Project: Resiliency & Accepting What Is

"I think it is better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all, don't you? At some point the trying could very well lead to something important, even if it doesn't look like what you thought it would look like and most especially if you had to struggle to achieve it." 
pg. 133, The Restoration Project

We lost one of our 'Greats' last week. Maya Angelou.  The Great Wizardess of the Word.

Maya Angelou had much to say about resiliency, she mastered this virtue and went on to write about it over the course of her life.

I'll leave us with her poem called: Still I Rise

And...ask if you all might relate a story about a time in your life where you had to dig deep for resiliency in your life after a loss or fall. Stories are how we learn and sharing our stories with each other reminds us that we are all in this together. Hearing other people's story reminds us that even while we are all having our own experiences, we are not so very different from each other in our fears, and our struggles. I like the idea that we all share many of the same feelings as humans, it is less lonely to think of us all experiencing similar insecurities, fears and longing. This is how we lift each other up, how we inspire, and connect as humans. 


So please share a little story, below, of a triumph you had following a hardship. 

A free copy of The Human Restoration Project will go to the first 3 people who share a story about resiliency at the end of this post.

 After you post -  I will message you back for an address to send your book.


Still I Rise 
by Maya Angelou

"Courage may be the most important 
of all virtues because without it, 
one cannot practice any 
other virtue with consistency"
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?

“How should we be able to 
forget those ancient myths
 that are at the beginning 
of all peoples, 
the myths about dragons 
that at the last moment 
turn into princesses; 
perhaps all the dragons of 
our lives are princesses who are 
only waiting to see us once 
beautiful and brave.”
 - Rainer Maria Rilke
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.

Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard

‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame










I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Foundations of The Human Restoration Project

  • Nourishment and ending the disease cycle ( a big topic which includes eating vibrant life force foods, and reducing sugar, refined carb and sugary desserts and beverage consumption)
  • Harnessing the power of the human mind to rid yourself of the lies you may mistake for truth about yourself and the world.
  • Developing the power of Free Will to chose with wisdom (over choosing out of fear, and self loathing)
  • Move your body, every day, some times strenuously ~ sweat and be free!
  • Restore a deep and abiding relationship with The Earth. The Earth made you, and The Earth will keep you whole. There is absolutely no way around this. Over protecting yourself from the elements will make you weak.
  • Listen very carefully and respectfully to the language of your flesh, it does not lie and is always trying to heal you. Ignore and suppress this language at your own peril.
  • Spend some time every day with out your phone, lap top, iPad, etc...(don't get me started on this one I am jumping, red hot, passionate about the consequences of people turning into Zombies) Why can't we shut the phone off for even 15 minutes a day? Zombie or not Zombie..you decide.
  • Examine the contents of your mind as often as possible. Just because you have a thought does not make it true!
  • Begin to consider your posture. Upright, easily moving bodies will evolve and become very subtle, intuitive and healthy. Stiff, junked-up, bent over, painful bodies will steal your life force and leave you to decay and suffer needlessly as you age. And..we are all going to age, no matter what.
  • Develop resiliency ....it is the key to happiness and longevity. Consider a way to express the joys and sorrow of life through art, creativity, and movement. Keeping it all inside equals depression, anxiety, and premature aging.
  • Learn to be Still - the ultimate goal of the Human Restoration Project is to bring Stillness and Relaxation under your conscious control and to enjoy them often.

  • Begin to engage with The Medicine of the Future right now, don't wait until the future. The time has come, the time is now.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Relaxation

How do you relax?


Can you get there? Can you consciously - when you want to - put yourself into a state of total surrender and ease? Can you relax? 

I was such a tense teenager, and I carried that into early adulthood with insomnia, teeth clenching, headaches and tight muscles. My mind was always "on." I can still go there, and it takes practice and consistency to commit to relaxing.


 I can tell you for sure, relaxation is the single most important thing I have ever learned. The quality of my body and mind informs literally my entire life. 


Most of us have trained ourselves to re-act instantly at the least provocation, we don't really know how to dial-it -down. Unless maybe while sleeping. Although many of us need help to go to sleep (in the form of a sleeping pill or anti anxiety meds) we have lost our innate ability to rest, consciously and at will, to rest. Watch your pets...those guys know how to chill!! Let them help you, watch them and learn from them. Animals of course,  are not on the phone constantly, they are never stuck in rush hour traffic, they don't have bills to pay, kids to put through college, and any one of a myriad of other happenings of modern life, that drive us to hyper vigilance. It does not mean we should resign ourselves to lives of constant strain and weariness....no no no. 


Human systems are not meant to sustain tension and hyper vigilance over long periods of time. The bottom line is, being unable to relax wears away the central nervous system and leads to stress disorders that impede the natural flow of life through the body and mind.


One of the major foundations of The Human Restoration Project is to get serious about relaxation. To re-train the central nervous system to go from hyper alert, to calm and aware. 



The Master Elements of this practice are:

  • BREATH
  • SOUND
  • MEDITATION
  • BODY WORK
  • YOGA 
  •  ACCEPTANCE OF WHAT IS (don't worry....that one takes time do not fret at the thought of it)

The skin of our bodies touching the skin of the earth

Everything feels new again! Spring --- Greenery returning to the earth, birds singing, flowers blooming, the feeling of warm air on the skin. Have you guys ever wondered why being outside, especially after a long cold winter, makes us feel alive again? Longer days, the sun beaming down on your face, the earth coming alive...don't you just love it??

The Earth in all her magnificence has the power to restore us to a more vibrant and alive state of being, seriously this is such an excellent thing to get hip to.   


Throughout history, over hundreds and thousands of years, us humans have sat, stood, strolled and slept upon the ground - with the skin of our bodies touching the skin of the earth.


In a relative blink of an eye, modern trends have severed us from this primordial earth-charge. The earth delivers subtle energy into our bodies that is essential for thriving. Electrons, which are found in abundance upon the surface of the earth, can be disrupted within our bodies through the constant electrical currents we are bathed in while being inside our homes and offices (all of our dwellings are rigged for electricity that is emanating from behind every wall in every building we are in) 

A disrupted electron is the beginning of the inflammation cycle in human bodies. Inflammation is caused in part by "free radical" activity accumulating on a molecular level within the body. The earth's subtle energy replaces electrons  - thereby interrupting the inflammation cycle. 

In fact electrons are the neutralizing power of antioxidants. We hear a lot of talk these days about antioxidants. (literally they are the "cure" for "oxidation" or in other words "anti-oxidants.")  Antioxidants neutralize a host of destructive processes on a molecular level, that occur within our bodies as we age. There are other ways to heal oxidation but being on the earth is free, enjoyable and accessible so I figure this is a good place to start.

Earth bound contact serves as a conduit for transferring the earth's natural subtle energy into our bodies to rid us of the noise and static that bombards us every day.  


SO.....how much time have you spent bare skinned on the earth this week??

Go ahead---- get out there!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

My process and the inspiration for this book

The ideas within the pages of this book have been in my heart and mind for decades as I've watched health trends come and go. From almost 20 years of working with people in a therapeutic setting, and my basic love of being an avid "observer" - this book was born. 

It was so cathartic to write! It helped me get clearer about who I am and what my passions are.  Writing this book helped me see that one of my greatest passions in life is to see people restore and regain strength, health, and life purpose. Mostly because it was so important in my own life. Does that make me an evangelist?!! 

I hope people find the ideas inspiring and thought provoking and I look forward to many conversations about the concepts of RESTORING OURSELVES.  The modern world is moving ever faster, and there is only so fast the human body, mind and spirit really want to go. I stepped off and slowed down a few years ago and began to really inquire into what it would take to feel okay about that. I was tired - totally worn out.  Even though I love my work, I was spread too thin. I wanted more meaning, I wanted to slow down and be able to really be present and feel deeper meaning from life. I wanted more play time, to learn a musical instrument, and to spend a lot more time outside. I am living those dreams right now thanks to the consistent, steady steps I've taken over the past several years.


Let's see what we can do for you! 

What do you want more of (or less of) in your life?

It seems to me human beings have a few similar basic desires:

*We desire health - no one wants to be unhealthy and ill

*We desire happiness - we will do most anything to feel happy &           okay

*We desire to be loved and accepted - no one wants to feel left out, disliked, or lonely

*We desire life purpose -  we want our lives to have meaning some how

So this book is a collection of well tried ideas. Each chapter has a concept to consider, questions to ask yourself, and action steps to help you get there.