Today more and more people are going vegan. More and more people are also going paleo.
The question becomes, "Should you go vegan?". I was vegan myself a decade ago and have been studying nutrition ever since, reading widely, experimenting with my own diet, and I have some important realizations to share.
The main message I have here is this: instead of going vegan, please consider just eating less meat, and buying organic or pastured meat instead of conventional.
You can make a healthy version of almost anything, from chocolate to potato chips!
Below are some healthy versions of popular snacks and meals. Which are you favourites?
Popcorn w Cheese - Organic popcorn (since most corn is GMO) + olive oil/flax seed oil + sea salt + nutritional yeast (naturally cheesy, and high in B12). Cooked in a hot air popper. Add cayenne, curry powder, dill, garlic, even sprinkle stevia or cinnamon for sweetness!
In this blog I'll first give some simple suggestions, then I'll look deeper at the whole Fb fixation and it's solutions.
My #1 suggestion re using Fb more wisely is: Get clear on what you really want in your life, and keep this vision in view. Making a vision board is one particularly powerful way to do this - put it where you'll see it often.
Now, some simple suggestions:
1. Turn off all push notifications. You can do that in the Fb app, under settings, or under settings in your browser window on your pc. If someone really wants to talk to you, they will send a PM. This way *you* have to go to Fb, Fb won't be sending things to you.
2200 calories: eat one column on the left, or....everything on the right.
We hear, "You just need to eat less, and exercise more". But the truth is, it's more about what we eat.
One of the best articles I ever read on the brain was about the brain in Alzheimers. It discussed 4 'Brain types' that show up as Alzheimers. This blog contains excerpts on those 4 brain types (in blue), followed by my comments on each.
The main exercise we should do all be doing is really weight-bearing exercise. And even 20 min's does wonders for us. That's what I do, and then other days of the week I do yoga (often at home), run, hike, or whatever else I feel moved to.
The 3 kinds of exercise are Weight-Bearing, Cardio, and Stretching.
We want to be doing some kind of exercise at least 3-4 times a week, mainly to clear stress and negativity from our system. And walking is definitely included in exercise, in my opinion. Now I maintain a healthy body by simply doing:
I thought I’d share a bit about how I work out, since I do a system that I love. I have been doing it for the last 8 years, and it's really do-able by anyone.
This is a system of weight-training that was recommended to me by my meditation teacher. Its called The Power of 10 and it's based on an earlier method called Superslow. I sometimes jokingly call this, 'Western Yoga', because it is a system of weight-training that is done very slowly and mindfully, with attention to posture, breathing and movement, just like in yoga.
I'll confess, this method is... a little boring. But it's intense, effective, and the best part is: I'm in and out of the gym in 30 minutes. So it's great for people who are doing this for health reasons and don't want to live at the gym. I work out once or twice a week, and on the other days I do yoga or run (or dance, or...).
Superslow was discovered while working with older women with osteoporosis. They slowed down the workout to reduce the impact on bones…and surprise…they found they got better results in less time. Cool, yes?
UPDATE: It turns out that CBD is naturally occurring in breast milk! And this is why we call CBD an 'endogenous' compound - because it is naturally occurring in the body.
The discovery of CBD, and particularly the endo-cannbinoid system, are two of the greatest health discoveries of the 21st century. Many people are saying this because of the number of people and health conditions that are benefitting from CBD.
CBD (CBD oil) is the main medicinal compound in cannabis. It has so many benefits to both body and brain, that it can be hard to believe it at first.
Here are some of the testimonials I have heard first hand:
Arthritis: "I put CBD cream on my hands in the morning, and then I go can go all day. I don't feel any arthritis pain. It's wonderful." - a gentleman I met at the hemp shop in Victoria.
Anxiety and Migraines: I also spoke recently to a woman who has had migraines for years, and was taking medications for anxiety. A month ago she started taking CBD oil, and now she is totally off the anxiety medications, and in 30 days she's had only two migraines.
I've also heard from people who found it greatly helped with PTSD symptoms, fibromyalgia, and more.
CBD: creates more stable moods, reduces inflammation (auto-immune conditions), lowers blood sugar (diabetics can take less insulin), and greatly benefits psoriasis and eczema. Yes, really! CBD benefits both body and brain, and is now being researched for its effects on cancer and tumours.
CBD stands for "Cannabidiol". CBD does not make you high. The other main compound in cannabis is THC, "The high causer", which does make you high. CBD can be purchased with or without THC.
CBD it not a drug. I think of it as a key master regulatory molecule (more on that in a min). CBD seems to help restore homeostasis (balance) through its effects on our endo-cannabinoid system.
This post is essentially a reply I gave to an article on obesity. The article was written by a doctor who suggested either 1) recommending weight-loss drugs to patients who want or need to lose weight, or 2) not giving any advice, since weight loss can be complex, and simple advice is often not helpful. Here's my reply, which is about weight loss, but also about the transformation that IS happening in medicine:
Hello, I am a health coach by training: I studied nutrition, lifestyle medicine and more at IIN. My view, and the view of many leaders in the field, is that medicine MUST make a radical transformation, to address a rising tide of *chronic illness*, not just obesity.
Now why would I go and say a thing like that? Because I believe it, I've seen it. I've seen what coaching does for people.
It's the power of 'wherever two or more are gathered...'
Coaching makes things clear. It helps people stay on track. It helps people get motivated. And here are two more very good reasons why everyone should have a coach:
1. YOU are the most complex thing in existence.
2. Life is hard...
What is a Whole Food Shake, you might ask?
As we are exploring different ways of improving health, sleep, weight, etc, one thing that many people find helpful is to add a protein shake to their day. It can result in almost effortless weight loss, softer skin, more energy... and for some very simple reasons: it's very digestible nutrition, and it can include only what you need, in a very clean form: protein (powder), healthy fats (like avocado, coconut mylk or almond mylk), and low glycemic carbs (like berries, or other low sugar fruit like cherries).
"I was trying to lose this stubborn weight for years. I also had sugar cravings that were impossible to stop. It wasn't until I took the right supplements that things changed."
Recently I heard these exact words, said by a naturopath. I've heard different versions of this said several times before. Usually we think that only drugs can create such a dramatic result. But the truth is, the right supplements can be equally as powerful, and have zero side effects.
So what supplements can help to end sugar cravings?
We ALL Need to Meditate
We ALL need to Meditate. Seriously. It gives us much needed perspective: we get space from our minds that think they know everything. We begin to see the world thru calm, and that can be profound. Wisdom bubbles forth - Insight, and Intuition, and begins to direct us much more clearly...a deeper intelligence than the thinking mind.
We become less reactive, softer.
You'll fight less with your partner, and understand them more.
Last night, while deep in meditation, I got this crazy vision that what's coming is a world where everyone has a virtual storefront.
But why does that matter?
Because it supports the decentralizing of money, and it empowers and frees people.
Allow me to explain...
Hi, I'm Donovan Giraud. I'm a health coach, meditator and visionary, and I'm on a mission to help people heal themselves and evolve our world.