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Monday, November 12, 2018

What These Hands Gave and Give ...

What these hands gave, and therefore still give, history and today's comparisons can attest.  His life, and by a photo choosing this could equally be about her life, is marked by some sacrifice, seen in the cracks and crevices of the arms and hands so worn by giving, so changed by time, so enhanced by wisdom.  Giving hands, as strong and calloused as these, hold within them the aged beauty of rugged finger tips, wisdomed wrinkles and worthy scars.  The younger ones who gave as well, and who still give, could be included too, just by a photo's choosing; so let us not omit youth particularly a youth the gives - maybe even before its time.  As luck, or chance, or meaning would have it, this man in this photo represents the many who gave, and the many who give - by an assignment of these words to celebrate a cause, to celebrate a people, to celebrate a holiday.  As a veteran he gave, she gave, they gave - and these ones continue to give in what it is that makes living life here - possible!  Duty may have called.  Honor may have created the principled stance.  Whatever it is or was - it is different to give as a veteran did and does. #thanks  PHOTO CREDIT:  Michael Schaffler, Unsplash.com

Friday, November 9, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Taboos in sex and sexuality .... and google!?!

Wait till you see how google handled this post on my business listing ...

As posted ....

The taboos of sex, sexuality,  sexual expression and sexual openness inadvertently alter the paradigms of individuals and communities.  From moral inhibitions to definitions of "appropriate" and "inappropriate," to labels that box behaviors into judgemental frameworks - the oppression of the everyday "private lives" thrive.  Too in the clinical world sex negative indicators of illness paradigms can prevent clients from talking openly about thoughts,  feelings,  fantasies, dreams and even personal taboos.  In the sex affirmative paradigm, for those willing to risk the ambiguity, the uncertainties, the unquieted infatuations of the human race, called humanity - clients can feel safe enough to - well - just talk.  Want to learn more about sex affirmative paradigms and alternatively, sex in the medical model of abnormal?  #TalkifUwant #sex #mentalhealth #google #googletookitdown

Photo credit: A. Quiro, Unsplash.com

And then after the post to my www.talkifuwant.business.site ... google took it down!

NOTE AFTER THIS BLOG WAS POSTED ON MY GOOGLE BUSINESS LISTING ...  google business took down the blog saying "flagged and removed."  Strange for a progressive company and a national search engine where millions of porn sites appear.  And so they contribute to abnormalizing sex, sexuality and speaking in healthy ways.  Just "taboo?"  Uhhh, yeah ... that really happened today (10/25/2018)!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Eating for brain and body ... easier than you think.

Meal prep is one of the easiest ways to manage the type and the quality of food you eat.  Whether you're vegan, vegitarian, pescatarian or a meat eater buying and making your own food is better for you.

But the real story appears to be in reading the labels.  Additives are everywhere and sometimes whats on the label doesn't add up to what's in the package (like, how can all natural peanut butter with peanuts only be soooo runny yet when  I make my own it's nice and thick?).

A good number of restaurants use many many pre-made "bases" mixed with gunk to quickly add water so as to quickly heat and stir and serve.  Many big name stores, selling "all naturals" have shelves and shelves of stuff with fillers and what I call "food stretchers." Sugar, salt, bleached flours and powdered added starches of all kinds, flavoring, color, a number of oils, things called "gum," and even "enriched" can suggest that the item is not real, not honest - not natural.

Legal?  Sure.  And so is smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.  Legal is not healthy.  And legally healthy is possibly harmful.

It's okay to read labels, to return filler and small print company junk - back to the shelf.  To make it easy though ... fruits and veggies, nuts and honey, plus superfoods - are a more sure bet.  Almonds, pistachios, avocados, local honey (the pollen locally helps with allergies!), arugula, mangos, salmon - these and others are packed with multi-powers!

Generally a label that lists ingredients you do not understand, can be ignored (not always as google assistant or siri might know) and a label with more than only a few ingredients can be as well.  When you find a label with sugar (and its various forms) added, with salt (and its various forms) added and then starch added (and its various forms) this food (even if organic) is not ideal and may be more filler than food!  Look around and you'll probably find a similar item without these three "yummies and bad for you fillers" - a trio of craving troubles to the body and the brain!

Meal prep with real food - raw is better (usually) - can be a ritual and a spiritual connection if you will to the earths goodness and your own body's goodness. Taking the time to combine your own stuff directs your tastebuds and your body's demands for certain things that it "knows it needs." Going with the seasonal shifts of the raw stuff makes the meal prep routine - well - anything but.

Raw is NOT always better?  The word always is the root of nearly all problems  ... so no, raw is not always better.  For example, raw asparagus is better for the body than cooked; cooked carrots are better than raw; tomatoes are a mix of both - they produce more lycene cooked and more other goodies raw (throwing in some raw tomatoes with the cooked ones can be a trick here) .... so do your homework on your food.

If waste is not okay (anther reason us humans love that dry crunchy stuff in the bag -is  it doesn't spoil so eaily) the aging items can direct what is eaten today ... making the work of it all a bit more like a challenge!  If anything gets a bit past appealing - freezing can be an idea for smoothies (it's better than the trash and it still has value). Frozen spinach, frozen berries .... make a nice addition to a smoothie.  Frozen bananas - peeled beforehand - is almost as delicious as ice cream ... and blended with frozen strawberries even has the texture of a sorbet!  "Waste not want not" is accomplished in creative ways when eating natural, raw, real food!

To be sure, even the fresh stuff may have been raised with sugar water and hormones - maybe - but the organic market may be the next closest thing to "growing your own."  The community garden, the corner fresh market, the neighbor with over flowing everything in the yard are places to consider.

Did you know that a "good body" (healthy, operating at its normal maximum potential) is created and maintained by 80% nutrition and only 20% exercise?  Increase time and energy on your diet and if you're able to do so give yourself about 30 minutes a day of exercise and life is good!  Even 7 seconds of movement - nearly any movement by the way - improves longevity, mobility, heart and lung strength.  Exercising more than 30 minutes a day moves to a more "extreme" level and can fun based on interests,  hobbies, goals.  Over exertion causes stres in the body ... so recovery time is elongated by the elongated exercise routines.  Parts wear out - so taking care of them matters too.

A doctor, a nutritionist and a personal trainer can help structure something that fits your age, body type, health conditions, gender and skill set to accomplish what makes your body tick at its normative best.  One thing for sure though,  you don't hear qualified experts say "eat your potatoe chips and get as many additives a day in your system."

Brain food is a thing too.  There are natural foods (I said FOODS ) that improve mood, decrease anxiety, lower inflammation, pump up the immune system, eat away fat, decrease carcingenic acids in the belly ... it is a thing and it is probably laying right there in the fruit and veggie aisle!

Cheat days?  ABSOLUTELY!  One day a week or one small treat a day can be summed up this way: sometimes what is NOT good for the body is great for the soul!

In a ratio of health - meal prepping one day a week, with amazing ingredients ensures you are way ahead of the eating to sick curve!
Be well!

#mealprep #healthyeats  #healthyfood #MentalHealth  #allnatural #real #growyourown #organic #readthelabel #celebrate

Monday, October 15, 2018

Outliers just might be the next normal!

In statistics when an extreme outcome is realized, it is often lumped into an "outlier" category, so as not to inexplicably alter the norm. Curiously though, every person is quite unique. Not all outcomes can be standardized within a limited number of deviations. "Normal" is great - but so is the magic of the unexplained breakthroughs, the one that beat the odds, the chance of a lifetime....that moment when people change! Many times the inexplicable occurs, against all kinds of odds. Just because it looks like or sounds like an outlier - doesn't make it un-true, false, or abnormal. It might just be wonderful! ---K. LaRose
PHOTO Credit: Erda Estremera, Unsplash.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

More Than a Patient ....


Mental Health Day is an affirmative suggesting people can achieve "health." The illness based paradigm, as legitimate as it is may inadvertently overlook the indicators of health! To be mentally well is a thing; some people are there and know it. Some people need help in knowing what health actually looks like - so that they can see a way to get there. Not always is a person sick or disordered or in need of a diagnosis. On this mental health day, begin to consider and see that your mind, body, psyche and your life - has possibility. #BeWell #Therapy #TalkifUwant #MentalHealth

PHOTO CREDIT: unsplash.com and "rawpixel"

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Today is your chance ...

Today, you and I have a chance to make a difference! No matter how you view yourself, or how you view your life situation, there's somebody near you, somebody around you, somebody you know who you touch! It may be your laughter, it may be your cynicism, it may be your humor, it may even be your silence, or just your presence. Today as you think about your chance - our chance - take it! You never know if you're going to hit it exactly right or maybe mess it all up but you can be sure of one thing: as the new day begins, the sun shines somewhere, and there is another new hour and another new day.

PHOTO CREDIT:  ME!