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Voting With My Fork: Day 4
Wednesday, June 02, 2010      6 comments

Although my father joked that everyone dies of a heart attack (our heart stops beating…), heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the US; and the latest statistics show 32% of non-institutionalized adults ages 20 and over have hypert... Read more
Voting with My Fork - Day 3
Tuesday, June 01, 2010      4 comments

Sorry for the downtime over the holiday - it was wonderfully refreshing and full of fresh fruits and veggies. ... Read more
Memorial Day
Sunday, May 30, 2010      4 comments

Tomorrow is Memorial Day in the US, a day to remember our dead. We pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom as well as those we have lost in our immediate and extended families. In the Midwest, we visit cemeterie... Read more
Voting With My Fork: Day 2
Thursday, May 27, 2010      7 comments

While Spark lists an acceptable range as 500-2,300 mg, the US. Department of Agriculture states sodium consumption for most Americans should be kept to 1,500 milligrams a day. For me and my DH, that means no more Bertolli meals, Bear Cree... Read more
Voting With My Fork: Day 1
Wednesday, May 26, 2010      8 comments

I assumed I was eating correctly and never gave sodium a second thought. Mom needed to watch her blood pressure so I stopped salting foods or cooking with salt. I’ve used a substitute (love Mrs. Dash) for years. As I progressed on my Spark... Read more
Toxic Food Environment?
Tuesday, May 25, 2010      9 comments

The Nutrition Action Health Letter for May has a great article entitled, "How the Food Industry Drives Us to Eat." The food environment in the US is toxic because people are getting sick because we're getting fat. Everywhere we turn we're t... Read more
Week 8: The Final Evening
Sunday, May 23, 2010      7 comments

The Rabbi's outline stated, "The discussion this evening will focus on various ways to use the skills you are learning in everyday life. This is an introduction to some of the many benefits of meditation and a prelude to what is yet to come. By ... Read more
Week 7: No problems with Informal Meditation
Saturday, May 22, 2010      5 comments

This blog has nothing to do with physical health (although I did work hard for 4 hours), but everything to do with mental health... It was very warm (and windy) in Nebraska today and after a restful night, I worked in the yard. What w... Read more
Week 7: Dealing with distractions
Friday, May 21, 2010      7 comments

Distractions are any preoccupation that pulls your attention off the breath. There are two types, external and internal. External distractions are sounds, family running in the room where you are meditating, pets, etc. When you first start... Read more
Week 7: Dealing with problems: Drowsiness
Thursday, May 20, 2010      4 comments

PENDRAGON-NYC shared a story from her meditation teacher, “who is a monk, joking that you can always tell the new meditators from the old experienced ones. The new ones will tilt over and catch themselves over and over as they fall asleep. The o... Read more
Week 7: Dealing with problems: Concentration
Wednesday, May 19, 2010      7 comments

Yesterday I blogged about sitting, today I’d like to ‘talk’ about concentration. EARTHSEAME posted a discussion on the difference between concentration and mindfulness noting that people often confuse the two. www.sparkpeople.com... Read more
Week 7: Dealing with problems: Sitting Positions
Tuesday, May 18, 2010      7 comments

As the Rabbi noted, "Everyone who meditates sometimes experiences such things as legs falling asleep, drowsiness, inability to concentrate and other things. Everyone who meditates also becomes distracted sometimes. We’ll learn some techniques to... Read more
May - US Stroke Awareness Month
Sunday, May 16, 2010      7 comments

First, my apologies for not continuing Michael's classes. Second, my apologies for being out of touch this weekend - so little time, so much to do... Third, here's something I hope you all can use. I gave a presentation Friday about str... Read more
Week 6: Informal Practice & Breath Awareness
Friday, May 14, 2010      4 comments

Michael wanted us to add another daily life mindfulness activity to our list and try to be conscious of it each time we did it. He told us, “Little by little you will be able to be conscious of more aspects of your daily life.” In case we ... Read more
Week 6: Mindful Exercise
Thursday, May 13, 2010      5 comments

This part of Michael’s practice is perfect for us as we all know exercise “is good for us because it helps to maintain our bodies and it helps our minds by increasing the blood flow to our brains.” But most of the time we exercise on autopilot. ... Read more

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