Organic Cigarettes And Sharp Sticks

It seems like everybody is jumping on the all natural, organic bandwagon these days. I received the latest issue of Fast Company in the mail the other day and bound in the magazine is a nice looking ad for American Spirit cigarettes.  American Spirit boasts being organic, additive free, all natural and their ad copy states they are:

“…reducing our footprint on the Earth and protecting our natural resources. That’s why we contract directly with independent organic farmers and advocate earth-friendly practices to grow our premium natural tobacco.”

I hope that makes you breathe a lot easier knowing this company produces a cancer stick that is all natural and good for the planet to boot. It obviously makes them feel mighty magnanimous with the Geisha-like footprints they leave on the Earth. I wonder though about the scars they leave on families who’s loved ones die of lung cancer and are buried in graves that are quite a bit bigger than a footprint.

You could liken smoking an all natural, organic cigarette to being poked in the eye with an all natural organic sharp stick. The resulting stick poke is exactly the same as that from a conventionally grown sharp stick, quite a gooey mess. But at least there is less of an impact on the environment.

Alan

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Healthy Camping Food

Last week we were on a much needed vacation. Because funds were tight, we decided to get away by going tent camping and are we ever glad we did. There is nothing like going camping to get back to nature, simplify life, and gain a renewed perspective about priorities. Of course tent camping in October in Florida can still be a bit hot. (The last night of our 6 night camping trip our neighbors, who had a trailer, lent us their fan – ahh, a cool breeze.)

Normally when you think of tent camping, you think about unhealthy camping foods like grilled hot dogs, toasted marshmallows and smores. Those camping foods don’t mix well with a mostly raw whole food diet. For all our faithful listeners who may also want to camp but don’t know what they will do about food here’s what we did.

We started out by making a week’s supply of our raw granola (with added pumpkin and sunflower seeds), trail mix, and corn chips. In addition we brought a large salad, fresh fruit like apples and bananas, raw almond butter and of course lot’s of bottled water.

Breakfast consisted of raw granola, fresh fruit and packaged almond milk. This was a very filling and satisfying meal to start the day with. It is loaded with protein and complex carbohydrates for energy and staying power. Lunch and snacks consisted of apples dipped in almond butter and trail mix as needed. For the first few days we also ate off the large salad we brought.

After the salad was gone, we ate dinner out at a place like Sweet Tomatoes or Panera where we could get a good salad or something fresh with some raw veggies. If the truth be told there were a few times we indulged. For example when we were in the Florida Keys we ate fresh, I mean fresh out of the water that day, fish. When we were in Tarpon Springs, settled by the Greek sponge divers, we thought it would be ideal to have a piece of Baklava. However, as we should have predicated, the sugar in it was way too over powering. We just did not enjoy it like we thought we would have.

Of course we did more than just eat, we rode our bikes nearly everyday, visited remote beaches and wildlife areas, gazed upon dark starry nights and simply savored all of God’s creation. On this trip we truly discovered the joy of distressing, relaxing, reevaluating our lives and not living according to a schedule – at least for 7 days. Now we will be reevaluating some of our work load, goals and objectives to ensure that we live truer to all God is showing us and teaching us.

Alan

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Brain Food For Good Brain Health

Today’s Healthy Diet Podcast is about brain health and how good brain food plays an important role in taking care of your head.

Show notes:

  • Special announcement: Yahoo podcasts is shutting down on Oct 31st. Subscribe at iTunes, Podcast Pickle or Podnova. See the links in the sidebar to the left.
  • If our brain is not functioning well, you are not going to function well.
  • People ignore their brain, but the brain is involved in everything you do.
  • Dr. Amen, says, “brain controls mood, personality, intelligence and adaptability. It experiences our hopes, dreams, sorrows, pains – it is involved in everything you do…influences how you get along with others, how you think, feel and act.”
  • Diet is the number one way to care for your brain.
  • Central Alternative Charter School in Appleton, WI removed all processed foods from students diets. They provided only fresh foods, water and 100% fruit juices. The project resulted in major positive changes in behavior and learning.
  • To listen to the podcast on CACS here.
  • Amen says: “food is a drug” that has powerful effect on the brain. Diet & exercise are the cornerstone’s of Amen’s programs for anxiety & depression.
  • Amen’s dietary recommendations for good brain health: Plenty of water, adequate protein, complex carbohydrates and omega 3 fatty acids.
  • More information on Dr. Amen can be found on his website.

No podcast next week because we will be on vacation.

Alan

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