Efficient Body-Sizing Strategies
Sub-Sections (for 1st essay)
About *Realistic Goal Setting*
After accomplishing your running weight
What this approach is not
A little secret
*STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES* for Efficient Body-Sizing Strategies:
A) Recognizing & Countering "the payoff"
B) Appreciation, incl:
The "Inner Child" concept
For Dialog with the Inner Child
*Considerations and Strategies in the Management of the Emotional Body* [extensive list w/links]
C) Replace the coping mechanism
D) Vision, "Treasure Mapping," and:
Affirmations for Efficient Body-Sizing)
A Most Efficient Snack
Efficient Body-Sizing Strategies
On the other hand, if you are doing this because you truly desire health, then armed with this approach, nothing will stand in your way of your becoming as healthy as you can be.
A little secret: I mentioned in the intro section, "If you know your nutrition- you can get away with about anything- once or more, depending on..." and as far as weight maintenance... well, did you hear about that gal who worked for a firm that so valued men over women, that she disguised herself as a man just to work there? Well, I think the story (set in the 60's) goes that it was only going to be a temporary thing for her at first, but then she became motivated for certain reasons, and kept this up for years. The interesting thing, and the point here, is that her body's metabolism changed - becoming like that of a male - and she could eat anything she wanted and still didn't gain weight (except in the places that worked for the "cause"). Whereas before then, her metabolism, challenges with diet, and so on, was "typical" relative to other women. We know now that this was all about *hormones*, don't we? Well, that and *IMAGE*. And I'm not talking about the ego, at least not necessarily. This is about the adrenal gland, conflict management approaches, and Hcl production. More on that important aspect in the two sections below. Anyway, there is actually a movie based on this true story (and I apologize, for lacking the trivia gene for remembering even the title ).
from an unknown source
For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
*Recognizing & Countering "the payoff"*
A) Recognizing the payoff: It helps greatly to know that excess weight is a response to circumstances. That is, in response to events or circumstances in our formative years, we may develop (consciously and/or unconsciously, usually the later) one or various means of coping, some of which may work well for managing for a time- perhaps through adolescence and into adulthood- until these mechanisms, sooner or later, create conditions of ill-health, physically and/or otherwise. In fact, the excess weight gain due to the coping mechanism may not actually occur until after entering adulthood or later. The sections below will also help to better understanding the nature of the payoff, as well as effectively countering the coping mechanism(s).
As regards excess weight gain, this is often one or more of the following:
The extra tissue may be perceived - consciously or unconsciously - as protection in one or more ways: a) from physical abuse (due to added size); from being stereotyped (as "too sexy," oversexed, easy, etc), including as related to jealousy and thus rejection/banishment by existing/potential parents, guardians, and/or friends (related to the fear of being/appearing "too sexy"); from, or in reaction to, being ignored (due to invalidation/judgment as insufficient or incapable (intellectually, spiritually, or emotionally). It is certainly conceivable one such mechanism may include tissues added to protect one from a chemically toxic environment (ie: tumors are a means of trapping the toxins insulating the body from them), including as related to allergies that no one else in the environment may share, that is, especially when such 'storage' occurs throughout the body, especially when originally related to abuse or intense stress or trauma (eg: occurred during or within a year afterwards), and especially when in the first few years of life, and/or in the womb.
And yet, please also consider that other coping mechanisms (ie: thyroid or adrenal related) might actually counteract any one or more of the above to some degree - at least physically. [Over-active ["hyper-"] thyroid or adrenal conditions may increase metabolism & thereby increase weight loss, and under-active conditions of those glands does the opposite. Any combination of the foregoing and/or other types of "protection" may or may not lead to excess weight gain, as all of these mechanisms may vary in intensity, may even compete, depending on many factors. This applies especially in more complex/ unpredictable environmental conditions, as many would say the planet has increasingly provided since the industrial age began. In any case, here is where a therapist or doctor comes in to help you assess such factors. This especially applies with regard to diabetic conditions. And yet, prevention is a major element for consideration here, dietary and otherwise, including as relative to the aforementioned mechanisms. FYI: These body-mind relationships are acknowledged by western physicians, not "just" body-workers, psychotherapists, chiropractors, or naturopathic practitioners.
B) Appreciation: of the time, trouble, creativity, energy, etc that was put into providing each form of protection that was developed, and how it was developed, etc. VERY important step - the inner child usually will not give up coping mechanisms easily. And it IS a sacrifice to give up what the body-mind-spirit knows was meant to be accepted and loved as a natural part of oneself. Hence, the more sacrifice involved in the development of the mechanism, the more valued the mechanism, the more appreciation will be needed as part of re-establishing the True means of protection [step C]. Appreciations can be facilitated quite easily and well via dialog with the Inner Child ["Love Letter" ref in step C2]. I say "easily" but I will add that it may be challenging to some degree if one is not used to accessing feelings, or putting them down on paper. Know that the writing is designed to be only for your own use, not read by anyone else. EG: It doesn't matter what you write, except that some things will be more therapeutic for you than other things (of course, yes? Ok)
|If the "Inner Child" concept is new or "out-there" to you, or if you think it is anti-thetical to your approach, then you might consider this: The Inner Child is a personification of the emotional body, compiled into such a form or format so that we can interface effectively with those elements. Which elements can otherwise be elusive, unreadable, and therefore unpredictable, to the mental parts of us in trying to deal with them. And those elements do exert powerful influence, whether we like any of their given influences or not. You might enjoy the sections, "Cells & Healing Changes: How I Believe What I See; Building, Cleansing, and Paradigm Management; Body-Parenting & Healing Cell-Talk" [Rev'd Apr 2011] and "'Getting Super': Sample Personalized Visualization Prayer Chart" (more application of science than prayer in this case, as related to *Cellular Re-Organization* and engaging *neuroplasticity*.) [New Apr 2011], at "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, & Prayer" - Blending science and prayer, application of science in, of, and for prayer, healing prayer techniques, visual prayer charts. Prayer as a means of organizing priorities(!) & developing focus, in/for service.|
Honoring and actually appreciating the extra pounds for how and why it was added, for what it gave you as part of your survival -vs detesting it as something foreign or contrary to your purposes- will greatly assist you in taking charge of the next stage of letting it go -- letting it go permanently that is. So long as some part of you (ie: the Inner Child) FEELS that you need it, or needs the behaviour that produces it for some reason, then that part will always contend for it. Once you meet that need in another (healthy) way, then that will generally insure long-term maintenance of your optimal height-weight ratio for any given time or circumstance. The healthy way of meeting that need was what was needed in the first place, long, long ago. But the parenting responsible for meeting that need was what was insufficient, for whatever reason, understandable or otherwise. Here, you are taking the time that is necessary to learn to be the parent that is dependably supportive to yourself in the way that you needed but didn't have that as a child.
Here is where we might consider the reminder that integration (depending on your familiarity with the process) is that which brings up the "stuff" that's been packed away because it is painful or pain-provoking. That process does not just bring things up and remix it with the rest. Integration is a transformative process, but it would be unwise to pretend it is an easy task. It is what it is for each individual and his/her own complexities, and only the more common elements may be gleaned through reading the paragraphs and links that follow. A more in-depth perspective may be developed through contemplating the what arises during and after the readings. Performing the first noted exercise, will engage varying amounts of your own process, and thereby derive more clarity about ones own task at hand.
At any point in the above you may (of course) reconsider your goals or timeline for your self work, not to mention resources that are available, including professional practitioners if/as/when needed. For many, especially those with an avid studied interest in healing or self-healing, much of this work is quite manageable without such assistance. For others, just a quick review of the first exercise may indicate a lone venture is not one's cup of tea. At any rate, one message to get here is to do one's best to be a good parent to one self - which (also) means an appropriate mix of discipline with understanding, forgiveness, and compassion. Also that if one spends 40 years getting oneself into a difficult situation, one should not be surprised that successful life change may incur a three or five year plan with realistic goal setting procedures and challenging times. Or more, but maybe less, and yet habits are the most difficult thing to break for humans. And yet again- a good momentum built is a considerable ally.
Actually, there is a positive relationship between "doing one's personal homework" and not only physical health, but aging. A more complete dot-connect would be emotional integration »> body-mind integration »> capillary circulation »> cellular efficiency and »> longevity of organ efficiency and health.
It is more than logically conceivable that EQ (emotional intelligence) can also be enhanced through body-mind integration -- simply by enhanced provision of psycho-emotional resources, including healthful effects on the endorphin production, adrenal glands, thence efficiency of other hormone systems. And most any woman will tell you the improvements that extend from the latter-noted - just that alone!
There are other pathways not mentioned here (but are noted, alluded to, and/or referenced at other essays (see below). Add to that the mental (and perhaps spiritual) clarity that results from the facilitation of any combination of such pathways, and one ALSO use that clarity for further such enhancement - the upward spiral effect. If that sounds like a TED talk, then perhaps I'm getting somewhere!
Elaborating the Hows & Whys:
Dietary Nutrition, Neuro-Endocrine Infrastructure, Neuroplasticity, & Aging
"The Immune System, Aging, and an Attitudinal Approach that May Improve It"
"EQ, IQ, Emotional Integration, and a Synergetic Relationship"
"Notes & Refs on Neuroplasticity / Cellular Re-Organization"
the "Get Super" Visual Affirmation For Cellular Re-Organization
For Dialog with the Inner Child, and as otherwise needed for inner-clarity with the overall process: utilize the "HOW TO WRITE A LOVE LETTER - Therapeutic Journaling/Dialog Technique" via these links [Can be opened directly, or can also download by right-clicking, then click on "Save target as"]: Word Doc format for 'TheLoveLetter'-JournalExercise.doc or Text format for 'TheLoveLetter'-JournalExercise)
|About Dialog in general: This applies to most everyone, especially if raised in any "civilized" society. More directly, this is about employing constructive means of releasing emotions, especially including anger, while simultaneously honoring such feelings as may exist, some having been stored since childhood, appreciating ones surviving difficult times, maturing the inner parent to work healthfully with all that, with the "Inner Child". Regarding verbal techniques: Yelling very loudly into a pillow is very quick and easy. And, with the pillow held tightly across the front of the face (folded double if needed), it will sound very loud to you, but it's unlikely that anyone besides those in the same room would even hear, or know you didn't just cough or sneeze! Then, as needed to make sure you give proper regard to those old beliefs (about anger or expressing it or complaining, etc) you say to yourself something like, "Very good work, thank you, I needed that." Believe it or not, this (particularly the verbal process) begins to address the adrenal/ Hcl secretion/ digestion component, as the adrenals (the gland most 'core' to emotional expression or lack thereof) are responsible for producing hydrochloric acid, necessary for basic breakdown of food in the stomach. If you begin with the written method (ie: "The Loveletter" journaling technique), once you hewn down the statements that work for you, verbalizing them can be quite an effective addition to the process.|
Each of following are best read in context with each other and the above, and I suggest may be best in the order listed (albeit spread out among various pages at the site):
"Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment" and "The Pattern Triad Components" section - About Mind-Body Relationships, (from) coping mechanisms, (to) skills, (to) gifts through challenges on one's Life Path. This page is about how the body has habitually responded to experience is evidenced by the body's holding and movement patterns, including weight distribution. The first section or two about coping mechanisms should be good for now.
"Pain Management & Body Parenting" - a brief overview, but includes some good points not covered elsewhere here, as well as a little different way of relating the ones that are. "Anger - Modes & Complexities" may be helpful as well.
Pain, Relative to "True Courage vs Toughness" about anger as related to loss, coping mechanisms around that - read if as applies. If it does, consider the next section, "Notes On Pain From A Gestalt Perspective." If get caught up too deep, take a break and/or come back here, go on to the next suggested reading...
"The Use Of Questions (and Gestalt approach) In Effective Affirmation Therapy - Theory and Examples for Practical Application" -- Sample PRQ's (Positive Response Questions) - get the feel of how the PRQ's work, read the preamble, look for the one about :How joyfully am I effectively responding to potential emotion-stirring current or past situations" - not to worry about it sounding "too positive," there is helpful overview of the healing process as well as technique here.
The Forgiveness Set including "The Most Difficult Forgiveness," "Forgiveness" - Transcript of Talk by Janeane Weprin, and "Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?"
The Body-Mind Approaches page includes some worthwhile sections, including "Which Approach For EMOTIONS?", "About Therapy (Reason for & against seeking it)."
"Notes on Practical Application Of Gestalt Techniques in Emotional Release" - at the "Body-Mind Integration" page is a mirrored set of this 'Emotional Body Management' section, but arranged in/for a different context -- that is, more generic or applicable for most any "issue", yet also tied in more closely with muscle and joint injuries and related somatic conditions. Likewise, a more eclectic version, is at the page, "Attainment And Achievement -- The Alignment Of Beliefs, Desires, And Needs"
"Love Letter" self-applied journaling technique (A More Complete Description): "Nice name, serious work": This letter format is useful for preparing and/or facilitating deeper communications and/or resolving conflict/issues within self or with another person (ie: parent, former mate, etc). This method can fill a special need for therapeutic dialog with someone who is currently not present, including those who have passed on. Because most of what any person can actually heal, or may be responsible to heal, is within ones own feeling body. It is also valuable for/during various strictly personal therapeutic processes, for simply journaling, including self-dialog between two or more parts of yourself that represent mixed feelings about something. Other benefits include introduction to and practice in additional valuable self-healing techniques: "Self-Parenting;" constructing practical, emotionally integrative affirmations; making decisions about your intention and direction for healing change; and verbalizing those decisions in order to etch them into ones being. The latter initiates the completion of (as yet unmet) essential need(s) of the Inner Child, and may manifest changes in related physical symptoms (ie: much less pain). Titled, "How To Write A Love Letter", this is Available in Word doc format or (Unformatted) Text format. [You may also be able to right click on either of those links, select "save link as" (or equivalent), and save the file(s) to your hard drive for later use.]
And now, you may need to recheck those above links for the Inner Child (or "Inner Child") related viewpoints, and the therapeutic journaling technique, and use of the pillow. And you can always email me for clarification, maybe a customized tip or two
C) Replace the coping mechanism by providing True/Real/Actual/Effective means of/for protection, and/or come to fully recognize that you already do or can do that. The true source of your protection is your empowered and increasingly emotionally mature self. We are all a work in progress. Our knowing that, along with our truly caring for ourselves and others, can keep us both humble and striving for imrovement in our relations with others - via improved relations with ourselves. Self-empowerment is essential for establishing & maintaining such healthy relations, as well as for maintaining momentum in the direction we want to go. For one set of reminders for empowerment see "Questions for Empowerment," Positive Response Questions (PRQ's). On the *Cleansing* side of this part of the transformative process is habit-breaking. See the "What the Bleep" reference below for a recommended aid to habit breaking.
In cases of Fibromyalgia: Just in case the coping mechanism was to "cover" the chronic pain of Fibromyalgia (to balm the cells and dilute the stored toxins in the interstitial spaces with extra fluid), you might want to check out "Fibromyalgia - Theory with Examples" [NEW, Apr 28-30, 2011] at the Fascia Memory Theory page - a cause and effect theory - about Fibromyalgia's possible "relationship to a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout the fine interstitial spaces among the cells of the muscle tissues, due to their being chronically held *contracted* and under-circulated, including trauma induced contractedness over a broad-area (including from being forcibly tickled in early childhood)..." The "Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart" is now (10/10/11) at the Organization Chart page. It compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, and provides a summary of them and their implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects.
D) * Vision and "Treasure Mapping" - creating a visual/graphic for your fridgerator door and other places. Create one that helps you to see your face on the body you're aiming to have. Put it where you can look/gaze at it frequently, thus helping to re-program your mind, and thence your cells. The affirmations just below add support and context to this method as well. AND here is where the "'Getting Super': Sample Personalized Visualization Prayer Chart" may apply very well for you. [New Apr 2011], at "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, & Prayer" - Blending science and prayer, application of science in, of, and for prayer, healing prayer techniques, visual prayer charts.
* I enjoy focusing on each bite of food that I put into my mouth more and more each meal and each day.
* I am successful in my creating and utilizing new and more efficient ways to solve problems in and through my Ever-Re-Newing Form!
* I forgive and release the old ways of solving problems (that I am conscious or unconscious of) as I also replace them with ways that work for all of me.
* I honor and appreciate my adipose cells for how and why they (we) added the extra pounds, adding them in response to my unconscious direction, for what the extra size and or weight gave me as part of my survival or problem solving. As I appreciate my cells and convince them that I have more successful and efficient solutions for those kinds of challenges, I especially appreciate their letting go of all excess matter that I no longer need for my highest benefit.
* More and more over time, even if only a little at first, I am learning: To enjoy exercising appropriate awareness & management of feelings, including discerning between my own feelings and those of others, the most appropriate and effective response to it all as necessary, accepting what I need and letting go the rest; To know I am safely in charge of my mood and my happiness, of deciding what energy I take in and what energy I give out, of how any in-taken energy effects my mood or health - internally or externally, of who and what I am truly responsible to and for; To know that I am, therefore, more and more safely in charge of what kinds of interactions with people and things I experience, learning enjoy peace and cooperation with ALL, in Divine Order, Divine Love, & Divine Timing.
* More and more over time, I allow myself to find constructive means of releasing emotions, especially including anger, and to honor such feelings as may exist, even been stored for great periods of time, appreciating my inner child for surviving through difficult times, on the (universal) path of personal growth process (which I now affirm for myself) is becoming more and more conscious, and now appreciating how my inner parent has matured to work healthfully with difficult situations, past and present. [This relates directly to the adrenal/ Hcl secretion/ digestion aspect]
* More and more over time, in all my personal and other relationships, I am enjoying appropriately detached awareness of my emotional body's dynamics as related to past in-applicable empathy with others' expectations/approval, and thus now provide supportive energy and resources, for an appropriate degree of "emotional sensitivity," to self and others' feelings/emotions, as well as for psychic & extra-sensory discrimination and integrity if/as necessary, whether or not they may be in physical proximity, responding appropriately & effectively to others communications, whether or not an intended communication is made on whatever level.
* I allow myself to be perfect in allowing myself to take the time I need to be as perfect as I truly need to be - and forgive myself for not feeling like I have been perfect enough according to whatever values by which I felt judged in the past as not perfect enough. EG: I give myself time and space to be who I truly am, learning to be in charge of how worthy I am (and of my approval), and I thereby come accept myself more and more for who I am in the meantime and henceforth. And I forgive those who thus judged me, doing my best to understand the judgment that they must also have felt from their parents.
More affirmations are available via "Effective Affirmation Therapy- The Use Of 'Positive Response Questions' (PRQ's) and Gestalt Approach", "Questions for Empowerment" - Positive Response Questions (PRQ's) designed specifically for Personal Empowerment, "Questions for Boundaries" - "Positive Response Questions" (PRQ's) designed specifically for learning and affirming Effective Communications of position, intention, & message, Maintaining Clarity for appropriate Connection, Direction, & Protection.
What is dangerous about viceral fat (or belly fat), is pointed out in detail in Crystal Giannini's other articles on line, as well as in "Battling Belly Fat" in *AARP Bulletin* July-August 2012. The visceral type, and not especially the subcutaneous fat, surrounds abdominal organs, including the pancreas. These secrete hormones and lipids that can lead to heart related complications and insulin or blood sugar related troubles (type 2 diabetes). I recommend you study up if you're still considering those foods and activities (or inactivities) that lengthen your belt size. -Chris Pringer
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Set 1. CURRENT LIST OF RESOURCE PAGES Recommended for Efficient Body Sizing:
"The Transition Diet" - Steps & principles telling how to transition -gradually & successfully- to a diet that promotes & sustains optimal health for body, mind, AND the planet, even from the standard American diet. This includes a Food-Combining Chart for optimal digestion and assimilation of nutrients, as well as for proper elimination. Incorporate this approach as slowly or as quickly as you can maintain. (If done too fast, you may find it too uncomfortable, then bounce back to the old ways, so would just be a waste of time).
"Weight Loss Resolve", "Hormone Balancing", "Heart/Cardiovascular Health", "Healthy Blood Sugar" is in focus int Jan/Feb 2013 issue of "Natural Practitioner Magazine" - The Business Magazine for Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Healthcare Profesionals. Section topics include, "Natural Steps", "Weight Definitions", "Supplemental Help" ( including "Recent Introductions"), "Weight-LOss Product Check", and References, and a "For More Information" section with phone numbers and website info.
Cherie Calbom .Com: Including "The truth about fats" with headers such as, "Big fat misconception," "What’s theory, what’s fact? ," "The healthiest fats and oils," "Oils and fats to limit/avoid," "The surprising benefits of saturated fats", by Cherie Calbom, M.S., with a master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, where she now serves on the Board of Regents. She is the author of 17 books on nutrition, including “The Coconut Diet” and “The Juice Lady’s Turbo Diet.” For more information, see
Overcoming Obesity, Naturally -"Obesity, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exists when an adult has a body mass index (a calculation based on height and weight) of 30 or higher. Alarmingly, this adverse medical condition exists among approximately 34 percent of Americans over the age of 20, or more than 72 million people in the U.S. alone... 'Obesity is like a puzzle with a variety of contributors, just like pieces to a puzzle,' added Christopher Mohr, a registered dietician and president of Mohr Results, Inc., a Kentucky-based company that helps individuals achieve optimal health. ...Thus, over the last 10 years or so, weight management has become a key issue for natural practitioners, said Caryn Wichmann, ND ...Metagenics’ FirstLine Therapy program, for instance, is described as a proven natural remedy for reducing metabolic syndrome and decreasing overall body fat, said Dr. Lamb. 'Currently, more than 4,000 health care providers...' formula [with] benefits of slowing absorption of carbohydrate calories after each meal and targeting digestive enzymes...' ...' ...reducing stress levels and correcting imbalances of cortisol and serotonin...' ...Digestive support— supplements that contain betaine hydrochloride and digestive enzymes are essential for all overweight and obese people to improve the amount of protein and other key nutrients that they absorb. ...a considerable range of factors— in addition to diet— that can prevent key nutrients being properly absorbed ...Protein powders ...Probiotics — improving the gastrointestinal flora ...Vitamin K3— ...in their gastrointestinal flora ...important to compensate for this by including this supplement. ...CoQ10 ...important for increasing energy, ...statin drugs, which deplete CoQ10 levels..." in pdf format
According to Caryn Wichmann, ND, clinical manager at the Perpetual Wellbeing Clinic in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and contributor to the book, 'FEAR Made You Fat & Not Calories', four factors can work together in any combination to keep people gaining weight and also prevent them from losing weight. The factors are highlighted through the acronym FEAR: Fructose in everything, Exercise reduction, Artificial trans fats and Reduced key nutrients. "If you reversed all four factors, the obesity epidemic would be ended within a year", Dr. Wichmann said.
Gary Taubes: 'Why We Get Fat,' Part I and Part II: KUOW radio interview (Feb 2012) Why do people get fat? In his new book, "Why We Get Fat" science writer and health journalist Gary Taubes tries to answer that question. Taubes says eating less and exercising more will not necessarily make you lose weight and that much of the good nutritional science is being ignored. About carbs and sugar in the diet, "Good Calories, Bad Calories", removing specific carbohydrates, problems with fuel partitioning, leading to less fat to burn, more fat to store;; "Sedentary not a cause of WtGain, but an effect. Taubes says his book is NOT about "the healthiest diet" or vegetarian vrs meat, that "ANY diet will be improved by removing the *specific* carbs"; includes a special section for Obese and diebetic clients altho this is only 1 extreme group. Gary Taubes is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and The Best of the Best American Science Writing.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman Improves Health - Lose Weight Naturally Dr. Fuhrman coined the word, “nutritarian” to represent his recommended diet-style. The "Nutritarian Food Pyramid" is a key component of Dr. Fuhrman’s Prescription for Improving and Maintaining Great Health. It is based on his principles of the health equation "Health = Nutrients / Calories (H=N/C)" (first published in 1999 in his work, The Health Equation and later described in more detail in his book, *Eat To Live*) to define how the quality of calories impacts health. 90% of the daily diet should be comprised of nutrient rich plant foods with health-promoting phytochemicals. The pyramid promotes foods that are richest in micronutrients and benefit health and longevity. The quality of a diet can be based on three simple criteria:
Eating Disorders and Emotional Eating Test at Psychology Today - Is your relationship with food mentally healthy or damaging?
Hemp: The Right Choice for Omega-6 Some Omega-6's are better than others. But it's important to distinguish between the good and the not so good Omega-6's. ...The World Health Organization recommends a ratio of 4:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3 for optimal health. Today we are seeing ratios in the range of 20:1 to 50:1. The good news - hemp contains a healthy winning ratio at 3.75:1. ...GLA = An Omega-6 Not to Miss: Hemp provides Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), which is a unique and extremely important Omega-6 in the family of Essential Fatty Acids. ...Still, obtaining adequate levels of GLA can be challenging. Besides hemp, there are only a small number of foods that contain GLA. While the body has the ability to convert Linoleic Acid into GLA, most of us are not making this conversion effectively, or are missing out on the conversion all together.
Hemp Oil vs Flax Oil. Which One is Right for Me? More sophisticated weighing in on balancing intake of Omega-6 and Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs). "trans" or rancid, if, how, or why; different oil types, sources, storage, and whether bleached and/or deodorized, hydrogenated and/or deep-fried; ie: #4: Hemp seed oil offers the direct metabolites of Omega-6 and 3, Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Stearidonic Acid (SDA). These metabolites are involved in the production of prostaglandin for hormones and in immune functions. Even if one did get unrefined sunflower oil and mixed it with unrefined flaxseed oil, you would mimik hemp seed oil's Omega-6 to 3 ratio, but still be missing their direct higher metabolites.
Hemp Protein = King of the Plant Kingdom Hemp Protein Powder can supply any diet with a vegetarian source of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibre, chlorophyll and a complete, balanced gluten-free source of the essential amino acids. ...Many plant proteins are labelled "incomplete" proteins as a resulting from the low amounts of one or more of the nine essential amino acids. Truth be told, the "incomplete" label is somewhat misleading as all plant proteins do contain each of the essential amino acids. But in most cases (e.g. grains, legumes), levels of one or more amino acid are insufficient for human needs. However, hemp protein supplies enough of each of the essential amino acids to contribute to the human body’s requirements. In fact, an important aspect of hemp protein is that it is a quality source of the amino acids arginine and histidine, both of which are important for growth during childhood, and of the sulphur-containing amino acids methionine and cysteine, both of which are needed in the production of vital enzymes. Hemp protein also contains relatively high levels of the branched-chain amino acids that are crucial in the repair and growth of lean body mass, making a hemp protein shake after a workout a worthwhile investment. [I wanted to include about "Hemp Hearts": "easy to incorporate into any meal ...delicious ...Dr. Oz even refers to Hemp Hearts as ‘Brain Food’?"]
Recipes From Manitoba Harvest .Com 147 recipes in 12 categories
Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé was a key influence as began my natural health path in 1979! It's technical value is all about PROTEIN - how to get the most from it, particularly in a vegetarian diet. (Updated as regards the amount of time between intake of protein-building nutritional components.) The 20th Anniversary Edition includes * simple rules for a healthy diet * Streamlined, easy-to-use format * Food combinations that make delicious, protein-rich meals without meat * Indispensable kitchen hints—a comprehensive reference guide for planning and preparing meals. This new version is streamlined & easy-to-use, with delicious food combinations of protein-rich meals without meat, hundreds of wonderful recipes, and much more. "Sharing her personal evolution and how this groundbreaking book changed her own life, world-renowned food expert Frances Moore Lappé offers an all-new, even more fascinating philosophy on changing yourself—and the world—by changing the way you eat." This edition is still consistent with the love-based wholistic worldview she teaches and which is so needed right now, including via the Small Planet Institute, co-founded with (daughter) Anna Lappé. Other Books by Frances Moore Lappé include Hope's Edge - The Next Diet for a Small Planet.
"Catalog for Healthy Eating" For Bulk foods of the purest quality, like good-tasting (!) varieties of TVP (soy-based) and Seitan (concentrated protein from grains), dairy substitutes, healthy sweeteners, granolas. Also Organic baking supplies, cookbooks, and other goodies, including environment cleaning products. These are also folks one likes giving money too -- feeding people who work for a living. They have both 800# and website: 1-800-695-2241, www.healthy-eating.com
Set 2. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES For NATURAL HEALING:
PRINCIPLES of NATURAL HEALING --excerpts from Dr. Joel Robbin's "The Science of Healthful Living:"
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Body-Mind Integrative Awareness Home Page - for the site where this page is. Essays & Poetry on Mind-Body-Spirit Integration, Psycho-Spiritual Self-Healing - including "Body-Parenting" the emotional body with the mystical insights of the Inner Children; practical Preventative Maintenance Methods for various levels (Mind, Emotion, Body, grounding Spirit into ALL of that); Beliefs, Motivatation, Consciousness; Integrating Buddhist, Gestalt, & New Thought psychologies for consistent application toward understanding, ie: for such attributes and attitudes as related to the above, including compassion, empathy, abundance, attachment, emotional awareness, expression, pain, communication, healing, etc. Body-Mind awareness-based preventative maintenance (including "Tensing Yoga" and "Body-Parenting") are methods of interfacing with our cells & self-healing mechanisms for personal growth and self-healing, EG: for most directly, naturally, and positively engaging our capacities for Neuroplasticity. Whereas neuroplasticity "refers to the changes that occur in the organization of the brain as a result of experience", here we re-establish the means for healthy experience via conscious re-organization of the brain & systems for neuro-muscular interface.
"Tensing Yoga" and other Self-Applications
"What the Bleep Do We Know - Down the Rabbit Hole":
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