Whoa, What?!

My credit for this guy is a bit overdue (since the article was posted in April 2014).  This man is beyond an inspiration; he undertook something he knew absolutely nothing about and revolutionized a product for women in dire need.  To be as determined and diligent as he was in this, “he nearly lost his family, his money and his place in society.”

I cannot speak for us all, but I’d say it’s a mighty fine day when a man (your own husband, nonetheless) is willing to go to these lengths to improve your life and health, and ends up a revolutionary.  I have to add that since he is uneducated, “He says he is not working brain to brain but heart to heart.”  Pure Awesome.


(Goes far beyond picking up tampons at the store for your lady, no?)

But seriously, chill.

I found this article from the Business Insider quite interesting, because let’s face it, we can all use a bit more relaxation:


Brain Food for Action


I just read an article by Deepak Chopra about inspiring your brain.  It’s nothing we aren’t already aware of, so may it serve as a reminder to keep our minds out of the gutter and to offer it much-needed inspiration and “health:”

“Take care of stress.  Avoid dulling routine. Do something creative every day.  Read poetry, spiritual material or anything else that makes you feel uplifted.  Take time to be in nature.  Bond with another person who is heartwarming.  Pay attention to being happy.  Make sure you take time every day by yourself to relax, meditate and self-reflect.  Deal with negative emotions like anger and anxiety.  Focus on activity that makes you feel fulfilled.  Give of yourself.  Follow a personal vision.  Attach yourself to a cause that is bigger than you are.  Take the risk to love and be loved.”

You can read the full article by clicking >here<

About the pic:  the cup runneth over..  once I poured the milk, my cereal said “cheerio!” ..

Longer, happier, healthier life? Yes please : )

Sorry for the volume level, don’t let this thing blast you out of your seat!

(If you are in real hurry, FF to at least 4:30 to catch some really stunning information)


Graze on this..

Recently watched almost all of Food, Inc., and well….  they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s the one that stood out to me:

The demand for beef has become so high that in order to fill this ever-increasingly tall order, the manufacturing plants (the places where the cows go to get “chopped up” for lack of a better way to express it) find it increasingly difficult to keep diseased meat from spreading; the workers come in contact with so much meat that if one bit is diseased, it easily gets spread.  Their solution?  We’ll just run it through an ammonia-cycle and ta-da!  “Clean meat.”  No joke, this stuff undergoes somewhat of a wash cycle (looks like a laundry machine, kid you not), and then gets pressed into patties such as the one above.. boxed, shipped.. feeling chunks rising).

(With the disclaimer that I’m not 100% sure on what they  feed their cattle, these interesting couple of aerial pics)  As the demand for beef increases and suppliers attempt to fill the orders, more and more cattle are now being fed strictly grain diets – which as we all know is not what their main diet is supposed to consist of (for healthy cattle, anyways)!  On visiting this particular ranch in California, I noticed that their cattle were “grazing” in all-brown surroundings.  A Google map image shows something interesting: the same brown “fields.”  Where is the grass in all this?……….

Here’s the first image I grabbed, just to give an idea:

This second shows the span that this cattle farm covers (zoomed out, circled in yellow).  In case there is any confusion, I labeled the colors…

Again, maybe this particular farm does feed their cattle greens however, their fields look quite a bit different than the green pastures I was used to seeing cattle grazing in in Germany.  It’s just a bit more realistic to me now that I’ve seen this documentary & aerial image.  I liked their steaks.  Worth investigating.

Anyways, there were some other disturbing images, but this to me was the most.  To eat something that has been treated with ammonia, to actually crave it (b/c let’s face it, I would crave a Big Mac or cheeseburger once in a while) makes me now want to upchuck that treated chuck!  Gross.   This is not including any other form of meat, this is simply beef.  The documentary covers much more!

Makes me then also think of all the other things I shouldn’t eat..  that’ll be another day tho..  my burger cravings have since come to a screeching halt – and believe me if I had a child, I would do as my mother did and never allow me to eat there  (Thank you to both of my parents for always, Nutella aside! giving us healthy foods to grow up on).  Thank you, Food, Inc., for explaining to me (and showing me) exactly what “processed” means.

Highly recommend this documentary, if you are interested in quality food and how you can help yourself be just a tad healthier.

Watch the trailer, if you dare (watch the movie if you care):

School just made him sick.

When I was in school and I used to tell my parents that “it’s the teacher, not me!” they would roll their eyes and tell me to go do my homework.  Thankfully it didn’t make me sick..

When I was in high school, the buildings were old, the air was musky and humid (even with the a/c kickin’…) -I don’t even want to know what the air ducts were like inside.  It crossed my mind that it probably wasn’t the cleanest, most sanitary air to be breathing while enhancing our minds…!  Recently, my brother’s girlfriend was telling me about her cough.  It started while in school and over the summer it subsided measurably, she was pondering the same thing I had pondered back in high school; “is school the cause of my affliction?”  –well, we are definitely intent on finding out.  She starts back again soon this month, and the somewhat unofficial study will begin.  Btw, my high school has since been completely torn down/renovated/renewed… the year after my class graduated.

For this little 3rd grader, it took over a year to figure out what was causing his health issues – poor lil guy!!  Having a clean learning environment is crucial!  Always question the location if this is something you find happening with yourself or someone you know…  and spread the word/information/knowledge.  We must be ever vigilant.

Read more by clicking the image or by following this CNN Health link:

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