Since the traditional Thanksgiving feast is predicated upon the execution of hundreds of thousands of conscious, sentient beings, animal rights/vegan advocate Bea Elliot provides for our consideration a mini-tour of executions throughout the centuries. But even as horrific as these scenarios are, they may be viewed as compassionate in comparison to what is done to animals every day of every year – and especially in preparation for the ‘celebration’ of holidays.
Some things to think about before you reach for that slice of turkey: it may contain the active ingredients in Prozac, Benadryl, and Tylenol, as well as antibiotic-resistant intestinal bacteria, arsenic, and other toxic substances, and it is likely to come from diseased birds. It is also brought to you under conditions of unspeakable cruelty. Read this, and ask yourself if it’s really worth it …
Vata, which is the dosha of change and movement (think air/space), can easily become erratic and unbalanced, especially during fall and early winter–Vata Season. When a Vata imbalance arises, it’s time to S L O W D O W N. Sooo hard for Vata people. We are the busy bees and the hummingbirds, who like to flutter from one thing to the next. We tend to have high energy that quickly crashes and can easily become depleted.
For someone who states on her website that she suffered from fibromyalgia for seven years, it’s odd that I’ve never really written a post about it. It was such a defining moment in my life, and yet, thankfully, I never let it define me. So I’ve been hesitant to write about it. It happened, it changed the course of my life, and I moved on.
But if I never had fibromyalgia, I might not be writing this blog about holistic health and healing. I might not be part of an amazing community of energy healers from all over the world. And I might not have discovered the ancient “science of life” known as Ayurveda.
Even though the official date of the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is September 22nd, it’s time to prepare for the seasonal shift. Ayurveda would say that it’s critical to our health.
The junctures between the seasons are the perfect time to cleanse the body of any excesses which might have built up, both in the body and the mind. Failure to do this is an invitation for disease to set in, if the body/mind is in a weakened state.
During the summer months of Pitta Season, excess heat is likely to have accumulated and it is imperative that we find ways to release that heat before Vata Season (fall-early winter) is underway.
Learning how to choose the best dietary supplements is important for your health, because most conventional foods these days lack a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. This is due to the fact that most of the soil use to grow today’s food is depleted of nutrients, especially the soil use for growing conventional food. In addition, the soil is also contaminated with harmful chemicals (pesticides, herbicides and fungicides) and, nitrogen and phosphorus compounds. The excessive use of nitrogen and phosphorus can help plants grow faster, but the faster growth causes plants to lack nutrients. For these reasons, vitamin deficiency is on the rise.
Vitamin D can do more than help in calcium absorption and keeping our muscles healthy. A new study has found a connection between high blood pressure and Vitamin D deficiency.
One tip for consuming meals that are satisfying while packing in the nutrition is to redefine certain ‘low-life’ food.
Recent research has shown that simply drinking more water can both help with weight loss and provide a mental boost. The best part? It’s free of artificial colors and flavors; it isn’t genetically modified, and it’s readily available for most people living in developed countries. The value of water lies in far more than its thirst-quenching abilities.
It seems ridiculous that a nation of obese people (almost 40% of Americans are fat according to recent statistics) could be nutritionally-starving to death, but the plain truth is that we are simply over-fed and under-nourished.
Today is the Summer Solstice for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in New York City where I live, the weather bounced back and forth like a ping-pong ball for several weeks. I love ping-pong, but my body had a really hard time adjusting to all of the weather fluctuations. In the month of June so far, we went from hot and humid 90’s, to windy and rainy 50’s, and back to warm and sunny.
Ayurveda’s seasonal calendar revolves around the three doshas–Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The doshas are forces or energies comprised of the five elements–space (ether), air, fire, water and earth that make up our human physiology. The same elements that are in Nature are within us, as well. According to the Ayurvedic calendar, we have entered Pitta season (late spring through summer). The elements associated with Pitta are fire and water. It is the energy of transformation, the metabolic force in our body that rules digestion. Pitta also rules our intelligence, our eyes, body temperature and skin coloration. It is seated in the stomach and small intestines.
Researchers with the University of Iowa recently conducted a study on apples, fully expecting to find they had beneficial effects on obesity risk. But, they found other benefits as well. Apples have a substance known as ursolic acid within their peels. Researchers know that ursolic acid had positive effects on increasing muscle mass and strength in mice. But, they hadn’t realized just how far-reaching these benefits were.
Despite its name, the Paleo Diet is a new food trend, one which has become increasingly popular in recent years. The diet’s basic tenet is that our bodies haven’t yet evolved to cope