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Food Nerds

It has been quite some time since I last posted. I didn't think anyone was visiting, but apparently a few people are. Two of my friends asked me about the site recently, so I decided to do a quick update.

I've been hesitant to post here because I realized that while I've been trying to be as positive as I can about life and the things that are happening around me, many of my posts have been somewhat negative in nature. Well, I finally decided I'm just going to be real and start posting my observations, no matter whether they are positive or negative and I'll see what I and others might be able to learn from them.

Today my friend Sandy and I were discussing sweet potatos. Somehow the discussion turned into how much fresh organic sweet potatos baked in the oven cost compared to frozen organic julienne sweet potato fries. Somewhere along the line, as we were calculating the cost to the penny, Sandy exclaimed "Oh dear god, what has happened to us????.....  Food nerds!"

So, there you have it. We are officially Food Nerds!

To celebrate, I have enabled Member signups and Group creation.  You can click on the Community link to sign up and create your profile. Once you sign up, you can create your own groups or join existing groups (like the Food Nerds group). For now I have just enabled the member profiles with default fields. If you would like to see more details in the profiles, send me your suggestions and I'll add anything that's appropriate. 

Spinning Plates and a Life Out of Balance

Have you ever seen those circus acts where some guy or gal spins plates on top of poles, racing from one to another to keep them all spinning so that none fall to the ground and break?

There was a time not so long ago when I was so busy and so stressed out that I felt like I was just spinning plates. I'd spin up one project then run to the next one to get it going, then go poke a contractor to make sure that the project he or she was working on was still going, etc. At the end of the day I was exhausted and felt like I hadn't really gotten anything done, and my productivity suffered, along with my health.

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Freedom From Numbers and Other Arbitrary Constraints

So my last post was "Day 18". I have no freakin' idea what number today is, nor do I care. From here on, I shall ditch the "Day ##" and just post when I have something I feel in my heart needs to be put out there to help others in their own Journey to Wellness.

We put ourselves in these little boxes and say we must do this or that every day. Then when we fail to do so, we beat ourselves up and feel bad for failing. Why? Because "The Nebulous They" told us we should do it this way or feel that way. We've bought into the lie that we must think and act a certain way or we've failed. Those of us that experience life on a deeper level long for more, and often end up in the abyss because of it.

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Day 17: Another Piece of the Wellness Pie

I really must apologize to all my loyal readers (all 1 or 2 of ya) who are saying wth happened to Days 8 through 16? I decided I needed some time off from blogging to focus on my "real" business of creating websites for other people. But now I'm back. I think I need to quit posting "Day ##" so that it won't be so glaringly apparent when I'm AWOL for 10 days!

I've been so focused on the food/physical aspect of wellness that I haven't even gotten around to talking about the other things that constitute wellness...

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Day 7: The Last Supper?

Today I decided to indulge in one more Barberton Chicken fix. I drove 20 minutes across town to get it, and when I walked out of the restaurant with my bag of chicken, I was tempted to reach in and grab some french fries to tide me over for the 20 minute drive back home, but I refrained.

Upon my arrival, I went directly to the kitchen, pulled the foil ball of chicken and fries from the bag and placed it on the island counter.

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Day 6: Wheat Bellies & Bagel Butts

I've known since 2004 that I shouldn't eat wheat, and it was quite by accident that I discovered this. I had decided to give the Adkins diet a try so I removed almost all carbs from my diet. After a few weeks of not eating any bread or other wheat-containing foods, I noticed that I was no longer sniffling and sneezing all the time, even though it was during the worst part of the allergy season for me. Another surprising side effect of the elimination of wheat from my diet was that my acid reflux was completely gone! At first I wasn't sure that this was all due to avoiding wheat, but then when I got to the point in the Adkins diet plan where I could start eating some carbs, I noticed that I started sniffling again anytime I ate something with wheat in it.

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Day 5: Question Everything

I have a lot I want to say, but I don't have much time to write tonight. So, I'll just leave you with something to think about...

Is CRESTOR Right for You?

"CRESTOR is also prescribed to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in people without known heart disease but at increased risk based on..." [read more].

Yet, even their own commercials say that CRESTOR has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks.

So, what really causes heart attacks?

According to some guy named Dr. Mark Hyman, "Metabolic syndrome is the leading cause of heart disease, diabetes, and a variety of other chronic illnesses in this country".

I don't know who this guy is or if he's right, but I do think we need to start questioning what we're being told by the media and our government, and do our own research.

 

Day 4: Barley Grass & Boston Market

Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, try reaching for a warm glass of water with a teaspoon of barley grass mixed in. YUM! Well, not really-- drinking straight barley grass is not the most pleasant experience in the world. I used to add it to my smoothie or a glass of juice, but after reading more about it I learned that it's most effective if you take it on an empty stomach and in room temperature water. So I decided to suck it up and guzzle the stuff! Funny thing is, over time I've come to almost enjoy the taste of it. I really think my taste buds are changing as I continue my quest to divest myself of all crap.

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Day 3: Why wellness?

Of all the things I could have selected as the theme for a website, why did I choose wellness? Well, to quote an old cliche phrase, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." The clincher came this summer when I spent about six weeks severely ill from mold exposure. Even after the mold has been removed from my environment, I find myself tired most of the time, and the more I've thought about it, the more I realized that I've been tired for a long time-- well before the Mold Malaise.

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