Does it take you “forever” to get dressed? Does everything have an elastic waistband?
The last time you saw your doctor, did it go something like this? ‘Well … Your numbers are a little off. You need to lose 20 pounds. Go on a low carb diet NOW or I’m going to have to put you on diabetes medication.’
Hundreds of thousands of Americans get this same advice from their doctors daily. Many try to follow it only to meet with limited success and gradually they slide back into their old habits. Why? Because diets don’t work long term. Specifically low carb diets don’t work for pre diabetics long term. Lifestyle change is the only consistently successful approach to avoid diabetes, heart disease and many other chronic disease. It’s been proven time and again for decades, but why do so many doctors continue to give the same stale advice?
Most Western trained physicians receive about 1 hour of nutrition education in medical school. Couple that with a heavy patient workload and little time to read up on the latest research. Results=STALE ADVICE.
“The fundamental approach to medical education has not changed since 1910.” Dr. Michael Greger, MD
A diet low in fat, rich in fiber from plant-based nutrients and regular brisk physical activity have been proven to get great results that are not possible with drugs. Drugs just mask symptoms and don’t improve a person’s overall health. They just delay the onset of crisis.
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What happens when we lose something precious? What if it was a laptop that held your entire business? A treasured ring from your beloved? Your car? Your home? That first feeling of panic and denial linger for what seems like an eternity. What happens next is determined by your predominant mindset.
I’ve noticed that some people don’t know how to escape the panic, denial phase. They get stuck there, with the mind continually racing to remember — where did I last see the ring? There is a budding opportunity here to discover something about this universe we live in. Human life is precious and can’t be replaced. Things can.
What have you made your treasure? Is it the things that clutter and dominate your daily occupations? Or is your treasure the people and relationships in your life? Do you nurture and grow these treasures like a garden with your time and attention? Or do you panic over a lost thumb drive? Relationships are like plants in your garden. If you don’t nurture and feed them, they die.
So the next time you panic over the lose of a “thing”, just remember it can be replaced. People and relationships are precious, priceless and irreplaceable.
Space, the final frontier. These are the adventures of the starship YOU. Going where no one has ever dared, exploring new worlds, advancing the human consciousness. Sound like fun? Or are you locked in a closed inner world of fear, judgement and regret?
I prefer the former, steering my starship through inner space continually amazed by the budding opportunities to expand and grow. Just as we tend our gardens, volunteer in others and share in the abundance of nature, our inner gardens also need attention daily. Your inner garden is expansive as outer space. There is no end to it. You can plow the inner depths for eternity. Just as you can travel into space without end. That my friends is the power of your mind.
All that care you put into planting your collards, mustards and kale out here can be put into planting your inner garden with sustainable thoughts of abundance, expansion, service to others, simple kindness and basic goodness. Starship YOU determines what journeys to take and what the inner environment will be. You can spend your time battling Klingon birds of prey or you can perch on the ribbon of a beautiful nebula and BE peace. When we stop fighting internally, war will end.
Volunteer in a garden near you. Working in a garden gives you an awareness of your connection to Mother Earth and how she blesses you with life. Preparing the ground, planting, tending and harvesting the crop shows you the amazing power of this blessing. Mother Earth feeds and clothes us in amazing fashion. It is especially critical that we share this experience with our children. It’s crucial to the survival of our species. So many of our children here in the US don’t understand how food is created. They have spent most of their young lives in the backseat going through the drive thru at McDonald’s and Burger King. They’ve eaten Frankenfood their entire lives and don’t know the amazing joy of biting into a sweet juicy peach you just picked off the tree. Being in the garden makes you mindful and aware of your place on this earth and in the broader Universe.
When we work in the garden we give our energy to the plants and they in turn bless us with life giving energy. Giving is such powerful energy and not only blesses but heals you as well. There is a garden near you that is calling out for your time, love and attention. Even if you have a garden of your own, give time to a community garden or a neighbor who could use your help. See if you don’t experience a huge blessing from this.
This is an example of how powerful giving to a garden can be for all of us.
Hello Friends and City Folks.
We’ve had a spectacular participation seriously playing in The Pioneer Settlement Garden this fall.
We have 49 folks on my Garden list I email as “members” and most come out at least once per month.
Some of the highlights include:
* I gave tours to 60, 3-4 year old kids from Shorecrest School.
* I became the Garden Manger for The Edible Peace Patch Project non profit in August.
* We had about 15 Eckerd College students volunteering as part of the Edible Peace Patch learning experiences.
* Several of the Eckerd College students and I gave over 100 mini tours at two “Harvest”event goers presented by the Pioneer Settlement/City Parks.
* We’ve gained almost 25 new volunteers to our Garden
* We have donated to date the following vegetables (despite a pernicious fungus spoiling 30% of our greens due to hot weather) : 617lbs to St. Vincents dePaul. Sold almost 297lbs Given to volunteers 361lbs
* I have been nominated as “Hero of the Tampa Bay Community” for my community work over the years as presented by The Tampa Bay Lightning. The winner receiving $50,000.00 to be donated to the non profit of his/her choice. I feel incredibly honored for this award nomination!
We have many tours ahead at The Garden including giving 40 youths on MLKing Jr. Day a work/tour/education Day at Pioneer Garden.
I look forward to seeing you all each Sunday we get together. Once again I APPRECIATE the City allowing us to do this SERIOUS fun work at Boyd Hill Preserve/Park.
Onward to spread this message of great health and community!
And, most importantly,
Ray, “Mr. Greens”
Doesn’t that just inspire you to get involved and give an hour or two every month to this great effort? I’m sure there’s a garden near you that would love to have your presence. Get out there and give it your amazing energy!
When I don’t get my nature time each week, I can feel it in my core. My spirit cries out for energy. Instead of lapsing into one of my control dramas or recycling my head trash, I run to the park and soak up the sun, trees, plants, ducks, everything.
Time spent in nature raises your vibration, giving you more energy. But what would make this “more impactful” than just playing your favorite video game that makes you happy. Quantum physics 101 – everything is energy vibrating at different frequencies. Trees and flowers are vibrating with high energy life force. Try sitting in a room playing your video game or surfing Facebook for an hour and notice how you feel. Then get out to the park, the beach or your favorite trail for an hour. One will give you more energy and support a better mood. Test it out and prove me wrong. I’m confident you won’t be able to show more benefit from the video game. Electronics tend to drain our energy. That’s part of the reason you may feel drained after an entire day on the computer. You think to yourself, “Why am I so hungry? All I did was sit at the computer all day.” Most people don’t stop to notice how they feel. They just reach for a Red Bull or another cup of coffee. Trying desperately to stay alert, you may find yourself doing this too in the afternoon. What if you took a brisk 10-15 minute walk around the block or to a nearby park? The energy you receive will give you the stamina to get back to work alert and focused. You may also notice a change in your mood, a lighter more engaging YOU.
Just being in nature can have a calming effect on the breath, brain function, blood pressure and other bodily systems. While you’re there, try a short meditation and soak up the energy and power of this amazing planet Earth.