My love got me this book for Christmas. Get it. Read it. Cry. Be inspired. And then read it again. Oh yeah, and some yoga, lots of yoga.

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Wheat Belly Blog

Natural Supplements that Aide with my Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies and Help Calm and Open Airways

  • Slippery elm
  • Tumeric
  • Ginger
  • Licorice
  • Ginko biloba
  • Quercetin
  • Stinging nettle
  • Olbas Natural Inhaler

11 Weird Things That Make Seasonal Allergies Worse

A great slideshow. Helpful things to avoid this time of year to not aggravate your seasonal allergies.

In case you need the scientific reasoning:

A very fascinating article about life and death, "Why I Hope to Die at 75," by Ezekiel J. Emanuel. He talks about the creativity curve as we age and how over the past 50 years, health care hasn’t slowed the aging process so much as it has slowed the dying process.  A long article but a very interesting perspective.

Helpful Juice Cleanse chart for a 3-day cleanse if you new to cleanses. I tried this a while ago and stayed relatively full the entire time and had little complaints, except for how much I had to clean my juicer.

A great article on the "Rise of Gluten Intolerance" by Kristen Michaelis

"I think the greatest weight should be given to his second suggestion, as damaged gut flora is on the rise in our society for a number of reasons. Sugar, alcohol, antibiotics, environmental toxins, and other allergens (like the introduction of GMOs into our food supply within the last 15 years) all contribute to imbalanced intestinal flora which can lead to gluten-intolerance."

"First, let’s be clear about what gluten intolerance is. It isn’t a food allergy. It’s a physical condition in your gut. Basically, undigested gluten proteins (prevalent in wheat and other grains) hang out in your intestines and are treated by your body like a foreign invader, irritating your gut and flattening the microvilli along the small intestine wall. Without those microvilli, you have considerably less surface area with which to absorb the nutrients from your food. This leads sufferers to experience symptoms of malabsorption, including chronic fatigue, neurological disorders, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, nausea, skin rashes, depression, and more."


 Drink more water!
So much can be solved by drinking water. I am perpetually amazed how little water people drink and subsequently how little they pee. 

Water is vital to our health.

So many symptoms people battle every day: fatigue, incessant hunger, headaches, irritation, constipation, and much, much more - just look at this graphic - can be eradicated by drinking water.

I always drink a full glass of water when I first sit up in bed, it sets my hunger and hydration tone for the day. And before all meals I drink 2 large glasses of water. I find that I eat less. And also that I need to eat less often. 

If you feel hungry, drink water, wait 15 minutes then check back in with your body. Ask, am I really hungry? Hunger pangs are often, actually dehydration pangs.

Drink more water, not coffee, not flavored water, not Gatorade or other enhanced water-like substance, drink clean, fresh, water.

You will be amazed by how this one simple step will make you feel SO much better.


Must Watch:

Killer at Large


Perspective is everything. Learn to waste less and eat smarter. And if you must "throw it away" start composting, that way it goes back to the Earth and back to you to help grow more of your own food.

"75% of healthcare costs are due to preventable diseases that can be entirely effected by diet." - Michael Pollan

Must Watch:

A talk with reference to Michael Pollan's book Cooked, well worth the read.


16283548I read this on my recent travels, Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye. It is a nice perspective and applicable way of adding Buddhism philosophy, or at least considering a Buddhist mindset approach to our daily lives. I quick, insightful read.

Worth Following:


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"The problem is that for all the fear of fructose, consumers have grown just as wary of its beaker-born alternatives. To health fanatics, they seem noxious on their face: Sweet’N Low comes from a derivative of coal; Equal is made from methanol and converts to formaldehyde when digested; Splenda is a chlorinated sugar. Others worry over well-worn rumors of their ill effects — tumors, headaches and depression. More recent studies hint that diet drinks can cause the very problem they’re meant to solve and make us fat instead of thin. (Lab rats fed with noncaloric sweeteners sometimes start to overeat, as if the ersatz sugar primed their rodent tongues for other sweets.)

The science on these questions is inconclusive at best. There’s no clear evidence that artificial sweeteners cause cancer or obesity, at least in human beings."

There may be no Clear evidence, but there is something to be said about consuming a coal derivative  or something than converts to formaldehyde when digested!! You are consuming chemicals!

Crazy article! The Quest for a Natural Sugar Substitute,

A fascinating NYTimes article about How Being Heavy or Lean Shapes Our View of Exercise. It makes you understand that innate hatred to get up and going, starting a new workout routine after none at all. The findings of the research is really telling. Worth the read.

Half Of Supermarket Chicken Harbors Superbugs, Consumer Reports Finds 

Films worth watching:

May I be Frank
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead
Food Inc.
Forks Over Knives
Supersize Me

"Approximately 3 million Americans have been diagnosed with celiac disease...[estimated] that another 2 million are undiagnosed. There are 20 million Americans who are gluten intolerant." -April Peveteaux, Gluten is My Bitch

I saw a documentary about Mariel Hemingway and her family at a the Camden International Film Festival, but I was innately drawn to Mariel. Her perspective on life, health and wellness is very similar to mine. I aspire to be as evolved in her approach to life. A life with intent, to eat with intent, exercise with intent, love with intent and learn with intent. I can't wait to get her book Running With Nature.

A MUST read! Caitlin Shetterly is also in Maine and had a very bad experience with GMO corn, well worth knowing more about and reading her amazing article in Elle.

Breeding the Nutrition out of Our Food

A very interesting NY Times article by Jo Robinson.

"In fact, I’ve interviewed U.S.D.A. plant breeders who have spent a decade or more developing a new variety of pear or carrot without once measuring its nutritional content."

Worth a read!

Yay! Maine, happy to be living here, break food rules! 

Farm Free Or Die! Maine Towns Rebel Against Food Rules

Know what you eat! It seems more important now, than ever!

A really interesting article, Food Supply under assault as climate heats up by Bill Briggs, NBC Contributor, about climate changes effecting our food resources. Reiterates the message from Planeat about being an environmentally conscious consumer, not just a passive consumer.

A great website just about general health and wellness. He writes great answers to questions. I also follow him on my RSS feed; handy tid bits galore.

I read the most interesting article about gluten intolerant people being more likely to be lactose intolerant, which I have found to be true for myself. While I can no longer find the original article, this one explains the correlation nicely.

Handy Tid-bits:

* Bloated and gassy from eating the wrong foods? Steep a tea ball filled with fennel seeds in hot water. 1 mug should relieve gas. - Glamour June 2013 issue

* Feeling a little gassy, or know that you are going to be gassy after eating something not as agreeable with your insides, take 2 Multidophoilus 12, 20 billion, capsules, available in the refrigerated section of any health food store. It helps calm my digestive tract.  

Papaya enzymes
* Papaya Enzymes are very helpful in aiding in digestion. Take after each meal.

Psyllium Husk

* Need to add fiber to your diet. Psyllium husks, a natural soluble fiber, mixed with water or juice, taken once daily can help solidify your bowel movement for easy passage. Pysllium is a little gnarly at first, texture-wise it can be difficult to swallow, but it really helps form solid, easily passable poop.

* Plain, organic yogurt has live bacterial cultures like bifidus and acidophilus, both of which are incredibly good for your digestive tract. Yogurt made with active and live bacterial cultures is actually OK for many people with lactose intolerance. The live bacterial cultures convert lactose to lactic acid, so the yogurt is well-tolerated due to a lower lactose content than yogurt without live cultures. So if you are eating sugary flavored Yoplait, than no good, but greek plain, organic yogurt will actually help your digestive tract and make it super happy. 

My new fav kefir! Amazing!

* Kefir is the nectar of gods. A fermented drinkable yogurt available from cow milk and yogurt milk, both of which are 99% lactose free. Great for your digestive tract and re-establishing that health bacteria to your guts.

* Aged cheeses that are extra sharp are naturally lactose free. Something to do with the breakdown and conversion of lactose, similar to that of kefir, the lactose is converted to lactic acid in the aging process, making it easier to digest for lactose free people. So enjoy Cabot extra sharp cheeses, your aged goat cheeses and parmigiano.

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  1. When you visualize your future self, say..1 year from now..what do you see? Do you see yourself as you are now, or do you see the healthier, slimmer, happier version of you? The you that is more active and engaged in life. The you that feels good in your clothes. The you that feels limitless in your choices and opportunities. What do you see?
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