Virtually all of the meat and poultry found in your local grocery store comes from animals raised in so-called confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Chipotle has launched a web-based show called Farmed and Dangerous, a four-part satire aimed at revealing the “outrageously twisted and utterly unsustainable world of industrial agriculture”
Our hibernating time is coming to a close and some of us are ready to burst forth with stored energy and fresh ideas from the winter. March is the perfect month for clearing out both internal and external clutter. Call it pre-spring cleaning. Gloomy March gives us a few weeks to tackle some things that have been crying for attention in our inner and outer worlds. Mind/body/spirit AND your clothes closet and relationships!
How about some azodicarbonamide with your bagel this morning? I found it in my own kitchen, listed among the ingredients of a popular supermarket brand. Learn more about just how toxic the infamous toxic Subway sandwich bread additive is – yet another example of a food additive declared safe for American consumption but banned in other countries.
One of the greatest lessons I learned studying Ayurveda with Maya Tiwari, was to be prudent with the use of herbs. We know how dangerous it is to be taking multiple prescription drugs, but we think nothing of chugging down handfuls of herbal supplements on a daily basis for months, or even years, at a time. Yes, herbs are food, but just like certain foods have contraindications for people, so do herbs, and an easy-does-it approach always works best. Sometimes just a pinch of an herb is more than enough to do the trick.
As our collective consciousness expands, so does our creativity. Visionary garden planning abounds as as city rooftops and even entire apartment buildings multi-task as veggie-growing homes. Solution-oriented minds have even dreamed up plans for military combat veterans to build and operate hydroponic greenhouses that can infuse new life into America’s food deserts. Organic gardening offers not only nutritional benefits, but also supports mental, emotional and physical health. Rediscover the power of gardening to revive yourself and our shared environment.
Fifty years of deadly advice has finally come to an end: the medical establishment and government experts are no longer telling us to avoid dietary fats. Despite overwhelming evidence that sugar wrecks our health, triggering heart attacks, diabetes, obesity and more, the food industry still pumps the unsuspecting consumer with deadly, addictive sugar.
Cappuccinos hit the spot, but did you know that spiced apple cider could improve cognition? Ever boosted your libido with Schizandra or gotten fiber from Bamboo tea? Beat the ice storms and polar vortices with a mug of regenerative goodness.
Here in the Northeastern US where I live, the transition from Vata Season to Kapha Season has begun. You can feel the sudden change from dry (Vata) to damp (Kapha) the minute you step outside. Wet snow and sleet are coming down outside my window as I write. The season usually begins mid-February and runs until May, when the weather becomes warm and dry.
In either case, Ayurveda believes that the transition between seasons is perilous in terms of our health, and we need to be particularly vigilant as our body adjusts to the changing climate. I say a hearty good riddance to Vata Season! It’s been a very challenging time for me this year.
The “H” word still provokes feelings of intense anxiety for me. I was in a store at the end of October and when I saw the word holidays, I felt my body tense up. I know people who love the holiday bustle, cooking for big family gatherings and joining the crowds shopping for bargains. For years (especially while raising my children) I tried to be one of them. But I failed miserably and inevitably was left feeling depleted and resentful.
I love twinkle lights, the smell of pine and cinnamon and cloves. I love holiday music (as long as it’s post-Thanksgiving). I love slipping into a church and sitting in silence. I love seeing all the beautiful paper and ribbon. I love the decorated windows uptown and seeing the Rockefeller Christmas tree all lit up. But I don’t love the commercialism, the frenetic and wasteful buying just for buying-sake. This is a very reverent time of year for connecting on a spiritual level (it’s no coincidence that there are so many religious holidays in December), and the benefits are profound if we can somehow get quiet, slow down and go within. I think I always knew this instinctively and longed for the peace of the season but never tapped into it. Now that I have that mindset I am consciously choosing that path.