Tips as Tricks or Tools?

Healthy living tips can seem like tricks to enable you to get what you want faster, cheaper, or without sacrificing something that you know you need to give-up.

Try to think of these tips as “tools,” rather than tricks, because tools require care and skillful use, in order to build something of value.

Certain supplements, like clinoptilolite zeolite powders can help the body excrete cadmium, lithium, and methyl-mercury – but that doesn’t mean you can use this “gift” to keep eating foods that you know are contaminating your body with those toxins.  Similarly, nopal cactus can modulate the body’s blood sugar by extending digestion times for sugars – but that doesn’t mean you should use it to eat whatever you’re craving.  Nature’s gifts are to help us sustain and improve our bodies, not to make it possible to further feed our lust for things that do not nourish the body.

Neophilia

Some people automatically love everything that’s new!

They adopt quickly, change often, and frequently find themselves chasing the next “new” thing.

Novel technologies can be great, but there’s nothing new in nature.  When we view our health from a continuum of generations, it’s easy to conclude that much of what ails us, might be growing from this constant pursuit of “better,” “cheaper,” and “faster.”  Stepping off the modern roller-coaster of industrial food production, has helped many people re-calibrate their health.  Avoiding all of the things your great-grandparents never had access to, might be the secret to living as long as they did – processed foods, fingernail polish, microwave emissions, and municipal water are just a few things that bombard your body with unhealthy elements of destruction.  {Maybe the preservatives won’t make a difference in your health, and perhaps the volatile organic compounds you’re breathing are so low in relation to the air around you that it’s insignificant.}  Governmental agencies have tested everything that’s released to the environment, but they always test in isolation because there’s no way to effectively measure the cumulative effects on an individual.  We each have a unique tolerance to exposures, a different rate of detoxification potential, and we are living in a society that’s filled with opportunities to breathe, eat, and drink every imaginable bad thing.  If you never use an artificial sweetener, I don’t see how it could negatively effect your health – but “not” using it, might mean you have to drink water instead of a beverage.  The culture thinks that’s a tragedy, but it might be the best thing for you.  Skip the next new thing, and try some heirloom foods.

You CAN’T Do Nothing

More chemicals are being introduced into the global ecosystem everyday, so you ARE exposed if you’re breathing and you’r part of the problem when you die – since you’ve stored toxins in your body, and they will return to the environment when you’re gone.

Air pollution

The world you live in, is vastly different (more polluted) than the one your parents lived in, and their world was worse than your grandparents.  

Your genetics are likely less robust as a result, and theirs were likely weaker too – there’s a really significant divergence of trends.  While natural selection works to improve the species, while the environment we live in is worsening – so we (and each successive generation) are becoming sicker, weaker, and more susceptible to decay unless we overcome those factors.

Given the state of the ecosystem, you cannot avoid exposure.  If you don’t increase your detoxification, you’ll be degraded by the pull of environmental toxicity.  It’s constant, like gravity and its’ effects can suddenly increase without notice with things like the Fukushima crisis and the continental transition of airborne toxins through the Gulf stream.  However you choose to manage the exposure is up to you, but you can’t side step the importance of detoxification in our changing world of trash, radiation, and chemistry.

Get Alone

Finding and enjoying a meditative moment, can be the master key to unlocking your potential, finding peace in a crowded day, and refreshing your soul for optimal mental (and physical) health!

Borrowed Time:

Developing the spiritual life will require a time commitment.  It won’t happen overnight, but if you take a few initial steps and commit to forward motion, you’ll notice some progress and development.  Finding a routine time to meditate is the best way I’ve found to build consistency and assist in the practice of God’s presence, whether you start your day off with dedicated time, or carve out some other regular time slot.  Regularity is highly beneficial, and soon your body will align to your schedule.  Try to select a window of opportunity that is repeatable every day, even if you have to borrow time elsewhere.

Alone:

There is no substitute for time with God.  Developing the inner life can only be done through cultivation of personal disciplines and there are no shortcuts.  Fasting, contemplation, and prayer all have their place in the scheme of things, but time in the presence of God is the fulcrum that empowers this Deeper Life.  You have to get alone with God.  Isolation will tear the soul asunder and expose your inner parts to pure divinity.  The “Wilderness” will be a great and terrible thing (to use KJV language), as you cast exclusive attention upon God.  Things this vital must be attended to in private.  Intentional seclusion is a foundational pillar that strengthens the entire spirit life. This is why Superman has a Fortress of Solitude, why Batman has the Bat cave, and it’s the primary reason why every superhero has a secret identity.  You have to come apart, before you fall apart.

Begin Today:

We all need time alone to refresh and energize from our core. Withdraw from the crowds, find a quiet space, and allow your soul to settle. Spend time in the presence of The Divine, even if you have to borrow that time from lunch, cancel your cable TV, or wrest it from one of your hobbies.  The transformation will surprise you, as you reflect the light of God’s glory.

Finding The Rhythm

Once you start eating healthy foods, moderately exercising, and regularly making better personal decisions – you’ll develop a harmony and pace to help you keep “in step.”

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There are plenty of options, but here are some basic ideas:

Fasting one day a week can establish a cycle of caloric restriction and dynamic dietary memory in your routine.  Sometimes an annual reset is just what you need to jump-start a limping metabolism, and there are several religions that practice annual fasting.  Whether that means eliminating a vice for Lent, or embarking on a complete fast for the first weeks of the New Year, you can best determine what will work for you.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow might actually the best time to start getting healthy!

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That may sound counterintuitive, but I’ve always been a fan of starting “at night.”

If you follow a three-step program of juice fasting, dietary change, and ongoing supplementation; you can skip a lot of headaches if you begin at night.  Skipping dinner, and juicing for the first-time at eventide –  could take you through some of the most uncomfortable withdrawal responses and unpleasant detoxification responses (such as “caffeine headaches”) while you are sleeping.  How you begin your journey is up to you, but it’s an idea that dates back to Old Testament times when fasts began at sundown.  Maybe those ancient texts have some value for modern detoxification too.

And you can enjoy the sunset with a nice meal.

Don’t You Crave The Foods You Quit Eating?

There are two schools of thought on cravings: they’re either primal instinct or they’re a detoxification symptom.

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I think that cravings can be a little of both:

1.) We crave foods that our body’s have memory of, and we can’t crave something we’ve never tried.  Pregnancy is most often associated with this category of craving.  If we are deficient in a given nutrient, even a small amount that’s in a “bad” food we’ve previously consumed, could reasonably trigger a craving.

2.) Detoxification is a challenge regardless of what the body is purging.  Substance abusers tend to crave their drug of choice during that detox phase, and the process is the same with “bad” foods.  When the body begins deep-cleaning, there can be significant emotional and physiological effects.