There are many ways to cleanse any unwanted energies in your aura. Some of these are physical acts like smudging or showering. Some are visualizations . When we speak of cleansing the aura, we are not implying that it is “dirty,” but one can over time, especially when dealing with other…
5 Tips for Going on the Paleo Diet
By Casey Gueren, Women’s Health
One of the hottest diets right now is also kind of a throwback: The Paleo diet is based on eating only what our ancestors chowed down on 10,000 years ago. Instead of limiting calories and fat, the Paleo diet focuses on eating from select food groups. And contrary to popular belief, it’s not just for red meat-loving guys who do CrossFit—it can lead to major weight loss for women, too. Take it from Esther Blum, M.S., R.D., author of the new book Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat: The Paleo Chic Diet for Rapid Results.
Blum follows the plan herself, but even she admits that at times, tweaks are necessary. After all, a strict Paleo diet is all about meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and nuts—and only meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. That means no dairy, grains, or processed foods since they weren’t on the menu back in the Paleolithic era (a typical day might consist of an omelet for breakfast, sliced meat and nuts for snacks, a grilled chicken salad for lunch, and a steak with roasted vegetables for dinner). Blum knows that following so many restrictions isn’t always realistic—or even necessary—but you can still stick with the diet (and lose weight in the process). Just follow these tips to make it more do-able:
Start Off Strict
Blum’s plan starts out with a two-week strict Paleo diet that eliminates all sugar, grains, and processed starches. While she encourages loosening the reins a little in the following weeks, she stresses that starting strong is a great way to make the new diet into a habit.
Fight Cravings with Protein
So you’re four days in and daydreaming about cupcakes. Blum suggests eating 4 to 6 ounces of protein at each meal and 2 to 3 ounces with each snack to help curb those sugar cravings. This extra protein supports adrenal function and raises dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain. In short, it keeps your body satisfied. “You may still have cravings, but those are likely emotional cravings, not physical ones,” says Blum.
Restock Your Kitchen
Try this awesome mental trick: “Focus on adding things to your diet instead of taking things away,” says Blum. That means hitting the grocery store and stocking up on all the healthy meats, fruits, veggies, and good-for-you fats that you can find (Blum’s book includes a great shopping list). Then prepare your meals ahead of time so that grabbing a snack of turkey, avocado, and carrots is just as easy as grabbing a granola bar.
Make It Your Own
The Paleo diet may seem terrifying at first (what do you mean you can’t have cheese?!), but Blum allows a little wiggle room. If going all out is too much for you, she suggests starting with just a Paleo breakfast (swapping your cereal, bagel, or toast for steak and eggs or a veggie omelet). Or if going grain-free is too extreme, some people may choose to go gluten-free instead. And if your body doesn’t react negatively to things like dairy, Blum offers healthy options for fitting them into a Paleo loophole (for instance, she suggest raw, unpasteurized cheeses, which are richer in calcium). Her rule: “If you can do 80 percent of the diet 100 percent of the time, that’s better than following 100 percent of the diet 50 percent of the time.”
Cheat Once a Week
When all else fails and you’re literally dreaming about cheesecake, just remember that you can have one cheat meal once a week. It keeps you honest throughout the week and helps make the diet more sustainable in the long run. Just listen to your body to find out what you can cheat with. For instance, some women may feel super bloated after one slice of bread but feel fine after a couple of glasses of wine. The key is to find something you enjoy—that won’t leave you feeling like crap the next day.
romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomato, carrot, avocado, marinated and sauteed tofu, sunflower seeds, and balsamic vinaigrette
YOGIC THREE PART BREATHING TECHNIQUES
I want to get into some basics here to help those who have been having trouble concentrating during meditation. This video demonstrates the basic yogic three part breath (Dirgha Pranayama) which serious meditators should employ in their practice. It invigorates the body and mind and eases the transition into the meditative state.
Three-part deep breathing is the foundation of all the yogic breathing techniques. Studies have shown that you can take in and give out seven times as much air that means seven times as much oxygen, seven times as much prana in a three-part deep breath than in a shallow breath.
How to do the Three Part Breath Exercise
- Stand / sit keeping your spine straight.
- Take a deep and steady breath through your nose.
- Fill the lower part of your lungs letting your belly push out as you do so.
- Fill the middle part of your lungs letting your ribs and breastbone push out.
- Fill the highest part of your lungs letting your upper chest push out.
- Complete the breath by exhaling twice as slowly as you inhaled.You should breathe slowly and deeply while envisioning that you are filling your lungs from bottom to top. First by expanding the abdomen, then the middle rib cage, and finally the upper chest. When exhaling, you should envision the breath emptying in reverse, from top to bottom, pulling in the abdomen slightly at the end to empty the lungs completely.Do this in conjunction with your concentration exercise to prepare you for focus, concentration and deep meditation.Sam.
Hummus stuffed bell peppers.
Would be perfect for a party.
Easy & wouldn’t have to stand around a dip tray!
I did not know this.
the only thing Tumblr hasn’t taught me
Waitresses obviously don’t know the etiquette because every time i pause they still try and take my fucking plate
Downward Facing Dog - Adho Mukha Svasana
- Releases and lengthens neck and spine
- Calms & stimulates the mind and CNS
- Strengthens shoulders & arms
- Cleanses and massages internal organs
- Tones the sciatic nerve
- Improves the flow of blood & prana to thyroid, thymus, pituitary, and pineal glands
- Stimulates the Endocrine system
- Improves strength of spine and increases bone density in the spine
- Stretches shoulders, wrists, ankles, and hamstrings
- Stimulates the 4 upper chakras
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There are more than a thousand banana species in the world, but you’ve probably only ever tasted one. The Cavendish banana is the one we know and love. It’s the one the international banana economy is based on—the only species that’s exported from one country to another, anywhere in the world. But its extinction is coming.
That’s because we’ve bred the Cavendish to be seedless. No hard black seeds in our delicious banana flesh means banana trees only reproduce asexually, with human intervention. So all Cavendish palms are genetically nearly identical, making them highly susceptible to disease. The Panama Disease Race Four fungus attacks the roots, leaves, and vascular system of banana trees. As it mutates it becomes a more and more efficient killer. The Cavendish banana, meanwhile, is a genetic sitting duck. Sometime in the next decade (scientists have no way to predict the exact timing), experts say, the fungus will become perfectly evolved to attack the Cavendish, and will quickly spread to wipe out the banana stock worldwide. All this happened once before—the banana the whole world once knew was a different and by all accounts bigger and tastier species. Over the course of several decades, a previous strain of the fungus attacked and wiped it out, and with it the worldwide banana industry, before the Cavendish came along in the 1960s to resurrect it.
This is one of several stories told over the course of Fruit Hunters, a documentary by Canadian filmmaker Yung Chang that screened this past weekend at Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and is available now for streaming and download.
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