Do you take personal responsibility?

personal responsibilityPersonal responsibility is hard to find these days!

I have found it rare to run into anyone who takes personal responsibility. I do find these people within my tiny house group but out in the world, rarely! Personal responsibility is important not only for your own health but the health of others (especially if you are a parent) and for the earth. People are too consumed with things being easy and convenient to take the time to care about such things.

Due to my shame based upbringing, for too long I cared way too much about what others thought and how I appeared to the world. I have since found balance in that aspect of my life and now strive for authenticity in all areas. Never have I dropped my compassion for living things and I am always available to help whoever needs it. This attitude covers myself (its how I overcame my chronic illnesses), those around me and the world itself. These are my priorities. What are yours? (more…)

05 Nov 2015

How you can reduce plastic use

Great Pacific garbage patch off California coast

Great Pacific garbage patch off California coast

How you can reduce plastic use

Until you really think about it, you really don’t realize how much plastic has inserted itself into your daily life. It comes in the form of straws, tag connectors from textile purchases, water and soda bottles, disposable lighters, thermal receipts, all types of storage containers, packaged foods, vegetables and meats that are packaged for resale (Trader Joe’s does this for their vegetables and Fresh Thyme packages over 85% of their meat this way as do most groceries), plastic bags (this includes trash, storage and shopping yes, even the coated reusable shopping ones), any plastic packaging for liquids, disposables and so many many more.

reduce plastic use

Garbage mountain – This really exists!!

I recently noticed that a vinegar brand I use used to use has switched to plastic bottles. I will search for a brand that still uses glass. Don’t forget about the plastic packaging that “stuff” comes in like paper towels and paper napkins. Just about everything you buy these days comes wrapped in some kind of plastic.

I have heard some people say, “It’s ok because I recycle.” That isn’t good enough when it comes to plastics. It still uses a tremendous amount of natural resources (energy and water) to complete the few cycles that plastics can go through. They can never be used for food or beverage containers again. Glass, aluminum, tin can all be recycled indefinitely but not plastic.

Plastic is made from petroleum. If you really want to reduce our dependency on oil you can start by significantly reducing your plastic use.

Every step you take is a step in the right direction.

What you can do

  • Buy from butcher shops or stores that use butcher paper to wrap their meats or buy from butcher counters at the large grocery stores. Refuse straws and plastic silverware (you can bring your own silverware and rewash).
  • Limit the number of trash bags you use and reuse all plastic storage bags, including bread bags if you still eat bread.
  • Do not buy dog poo disposing bags but reuse other plastic bags from your newspaper, produce or those that are no longer useful to store food.
  • Limit or stop using plastic wrap, use these instead. I use them and they are great. They are washable and can be used over and over.
  • Buy reusable, glass containers with lids. You can buy a small set or a large set here. Granted the lids are plastic but you are still greatly reducing your plastic usage and exposure. You can also purchase old fashioned bowl covers like these.
  • Do not use water purchased in individual bottles, large or small. Amazon has stainless steel or glass options to carry your water from home with you.
  • Use canvas shopping bags, not plastic coated, which still tear and end up being thrown out. Canvas will outlast you if they are well made.
  • Make purchasing decisions also based on how much packaging it doesn’t have.
  • Use cloth napkins, handkerchiefs and rags in place of paper items that come wrapped in plastic.

Other articles you can read concerning animals dying from eating plastic bags… Water animals, sea turtles and more info on toxic contamination, other wildlife.

Here is an article written in 2011 on the dangers of plastic trash.

23 Oct 2015

Five servings of fruits and vegetables in a capsule!!

Juice Plus provides many health benefits

Juice Plus provides many health benefits

Hard to believe isn’t it? It is true though and has numerous clinical tests proving the value of…..

Juice plus.

Because of my already healthy diet, I didn’t expect to notice any real difference when I started taking it. To my surprise, after a month, I realized the (more…)

05 Oct 2015

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23 Sep 2015

Do you have money troubles?

Allow it to come and go freely

Allow it to come and go freely

No matter how much you make or how little you spend you always seem to come up short.

I call that money troubles.

I have lived with that problem all of my life. I knew where my belief in scarcity came from but I have never been able to correct it, until now.

As I grew up, we had enough money, in fact I was known as “the rich kid” and I hated it. People looking in had absolutely no idea the reality of my life. We had a big house yes but it was not happy inside. My father was never home. He worked all the time trying to keep up with my mother’s spending habits. She said she spent because he was never home. Neither of them could see the truth and they continued to blame each other for their issues. (I also ended up with a blaming issue that I had to overcome. Thanks mom and dad.) My dad kept track (more…)

19 Sep 2015

How you can begin to live more simply by getting rid of unnecessary stuff

stuffI have found in my life that as I live more simply, the happier I am. You can do it too by following these relatively simple steps. How simple depends on your desire to be happier and freer.

Letting go of stuff doesn’t have to be hard!

You just need to start somewhere. My advice is to sell or donate the things you haven’t used in over a year (pretty standard advice) and work from that point. You can mentally or physically go through your belongings and separate them into three categories; sell, donate and keep. If you want to add another category of “decide later” that’s ok too as long as too many things don’t end up here. Limit it to about a dozen items.

1.Be sure to tell yourself  that it is ok (what you say to yourself is extremely important to getting to the next step), that you don’t need it, won’t need it and if for some reason you do end up needing it again that you have the choice to re-acquire it (either by buying new, buying used, renting or borrowing).

2.Quit telling yourself you may do something with it at some future date that will probably never come. Just get rid of it. (more…)

14 Sep 2015

I need your help, please!

I need your help, please!

I need your help, please!

I need your help!

Can you answer a few questions for me? I need to know what you are interested in learning. My readers, you, are what is important here so I need to hear from you.

In the comment section, let me know what topics you want to read about or you can simply answer these questions;

  1. What is your biggest health challenge? Whether it is diet related, adhering to a general plan of wellness or something else.
  2. What brought you to my site? and do you want more on that topic?
  3. Which posts have you found most helpful or interesting?

Let’s get the conversation going friends and I need your help to do it!

30 Aug 2015

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