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Great short little video of just what I expressed in my previous post about how a beautiful it is to have a turkey allow you to interact with her and engage in huggles! Hug a turkey: I promise, you will never be the same again!

It’s never too late to change!

Watch to the end and you’ll hear a lovely little cooing (and see all the hugs and kisses too) 😀

Strix

Happy Thanksgiving!! Yay!!!!!!!

Celebrate?  The slaughter of past, the slaughter now, the slaughter that will be. Perhaps a day of remembrance –from the human slaughter — why not start with the native people and the “benevolent” pilgrims — to the tormenting and painful lives and deaths of those who rightfully share this planet with us is more appropriate.

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight. ~Albert Schweitzer

A lovely soul, allowing herself to be greeted with a soft stroking of her feathers at her new, safe home, Animal Acres.

 

Turkeys (as are all birds) are dear to my heart, and this time of year is, for me, not so much celebratory as it is a day of reflection. When you’ve actually met a turkey, you would be hard pressed to ever imagine consuming one. They are utterly beautiful creatures, inside and out, and will, like so many animals, walk right up to you. A turkey (if rehabilitated and no longer fearful of human abuse) will sit in your lap and allow you to pet her feathers. One of the most joyous experiences of my life.

Celebrate and make it at least a bit “happier” Thanksgiving by not consuming torture and pain of one suffering innocent body into your body. You don’t need that: Your body doesn’t need to take in that horror. Consume fresh, nutritous food, and allow that others are  here, as you, to live their lives to the fullest.

Please, let them be.

 

 

Take a little time to read about turkeys and other feathered friends at United Poultry Concerns.

Scroll down to “For Jane” if you’d like to read a poem tribute.

Peace to all!

 

Strix

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

Whether the dog bites, or the bee stings, or not feeling sa-a-ad! :^)

Not really a products review, but, you know how you just randomly remember things you like, but forget about it a minute later? Well, these are the things I like that I recall here-and-there.

Okay, so, as I remember them, I’ll just post random stuff I like, no rhyme or reason, can be anything at all that I happen to recall at the time.

This begins a new category of “Favorite Things”…

Here are a few…

Fave Probiotic – Tonix -Love this stuff. Sadly, only we  locals are so lucky.

Can’t-do-without fave Running socks (see their  ex-celerator socks – would be great for diabetics too!)

VOSS Water – Best ever, hands down

My review of the AquaSana water still stands. And, if pressed, I’ll still buy the Smart Water before any other of the plastic-bottled waters, as I mention in that post. Considering the outrageous price of buying water — (isn’t it pathetic…BUYING water?! How absurd that clean water is not a given. Ugh X2) — and the glass costing more to boot, it’s just another reason to be happy to be an ETLer, since we don’t need to drink a well a day, getting most of what we need through eating the most nutritious foods available, with all their natural “juice” (water) intact. So I (we) don’t need to buy water much, if at all.

I’ve saved a lot of money, let me tell you: I used to buy ridiculous amounts because I bought into the conventional advice of drinking loads constantly, throughout the day. Did I  mention what a relief not to be running to the lavatory every 20 minutes? Or having to lay out plans according to where all the restrooms will be??! Just another area, eating properly changes and frees your mindset; (and can ultimately be a less expensive way of life).

But, VOSS is my first choice, and definitely the top of the line in my book.

Blue Light Special! The lights have various uses; and some important benefits. Great product!…and conveniently, small, lightweight. Great for taking with, or keeping, fairly inconspicuous on one’s desk. If you have an issue with the blue light, or prefer the traditional white light, it is available as well.

Featured Product and  little sprouting fave …

Well, it’s a tough call, naming my absolute favorite nut, but, I think pistachios edge out pecans by a nostril ;’)

An outstanding nutritional profile, one cannot overlook the powerhouse that is the pistachio! And, to top it all, it’s GReeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeN!

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Aside from crackin’ my own and sprouting, my favorite packaged nuts and seeds source would have to be these de*licious pre-sprouted nuts and seeds!

Some folks who cannot tolerate/digest well nuts and seeds find they can if sprouted (same with beans, by the way — sprout before cooking). If too fussy for you, then pre-sprouted is the way to go.

Blue Mountain Organic’s, “Better Than Roasted, Totally RAW Nuts,” offers sprouted nuts and seeds of the usual suspects, and some not so usual……

Raw, sprouted Pine Nuts…


Pinons are great! And how often do you find them sprouted?!!

Totally Nuts even has pecans, which is a real find

I notice the increased flavor that sprouting offers with these bigtime, especially the sunflower seed-pumpkin mix — Wow, big flavor.

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Covenient and delish.

Listen here about nutritional excellence (and how important fat is — that is, nutritious, essential fats — to our diet) and why it’s different from what you *think* you know.

Until next time…

Strix ;^)

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I Am An Orange!

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What an excellent, *simple* metaphor. It can be tough — really tough to face this.

Whatever comes out of you is in you, period.

It’s so easy to blame things, persons, situations, etc. outside ourselves.  Those things only serve to bring out what is already there. Many believe those “irriatators” are there because we need them —  they come because we need them, to teach us something. Key, is to actually learn from them and not repeat! Okay? 🙂 Haha.

But what a case for responsibility! I definitely need to work on this, myself. Even as we know we hold responsibility for what we do (in the present) , it’s still very easy to slip back into blame and shifting of responsibility, which, of course, leads to excuses. Lots and lots of excuses; “reasons.”

Who or worse, What do I blame?

Most important for me to remember is how I react. I can’t control how others act.

Interesting how he says he doesn’t know “how it gets in there…” But, I think, sometimes, that’s what needs to be faced and found.

Change what’s in AND what’s  going in if I don’t like what’s coming out.

And  I do want to die happy, remember?

Hey, No excuses!  I am an orange!  I contain only sweet, ripe 100% juice!  😀


Strix

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Sex and the Green Smoothie…

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I saw a blurb on tv — don’t know if it was a show, a newscast segment, or what — in passing; I did not hear the whole report (if there was one). I guess an expert, was extolling leafy greens as aphrodisiacal foods! I thought, “Hmmm… Just got me thinkin’…

Is there a connection?

Last time I felt overly amorous was when I took maca for sports performance, of all things. All I can say is this stuff works — for the libido AND the sport-enhancing properties. So it’s certainly not a stretch to believe there are certain foods with certain — um, abilities.

So, I got to thinking…What about pleasure foods/drugs in lieu of sex? Certainly not a new concept; I think it’s pretty well established:

Food as substitute for sex.

I then read that high fatty foods, and high sugar foods, coffee, alcohol, and cigarettes — notice, all of these are always described as “comfort” foods/activities, or occupational habits, all bringing some sort of pleasure — diminish, not only one’s physical health, but sexual health: “…These “pleasure drugs” can dampen sexual desire and leech beneficial nutrients vital to our sexual health..”

What to eat to add spice from MSNBC – funny how the usual fatty fare, like chocolates and rich dairy “foods” are exactly what you DON’T want for amour filled nights!

I wonder how many of these activities are engaged, one, in lieu of pleasure (unhappiness/unfullfilled in life, etc.); and, two, as a means of denial of pleasure. In other words, some use these “pleasure” activities (eating, drinking, smoking, etc.) to suppress (what should be) a real pleasure, such as sex because of negative associations (?) — many eating disorders have roots in abuse. Or,  these “habits” are employed in lieu of pleasure (true pleasure) in their lives.

Maybe stuffing oneself is like chomping on ice cubes 😀  Okay, not to belittle it… What I mean is perhaps overeating is/food “issues” are  a non-sexual response to a sexual issue — a suppressive, or a substitute. Indulgence is indulgence…gluttony is gluttony, regardless for what reason. I imagine extreme exercise, extreme denial of X, etc., are various forms of denial of something, substitute for something, or punishment even.

Food as punishment.

Normally, indulgence is seen as “comforting” oneself; I wonder how much is actually punishment. Or perhaps all of it is, with “comfort” being the guise.

Living in denial…Maybe some of the discomfort or un-comfortableness  of becoming more healthful (“detox” symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, etc.)  is from lack of dealing with sexual issues or, more generally, life pleasure/life dissatisfaction and issues related to those…In other words, a general fear is activated when one becomes uncomfy, and specific ones come barreling through too: Hard to deal with on any given day; probably moreso when there’s no sugar/cigs/booze around…

Food as distraction from fear of…?

I don’t know; maybe no one understands what I’m trying to get at here. Am I rambling nonsensically? (again 😀 )

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There is obviously a psychological boost, a self esteem enhancement from thinning and looking “good,” which usually increases one’s self image, which may express itself in more confidence and include sexual confidence; but, physically/organically/biologically, becoming thin (not overly) seems to also be associated with healthy libido, and being overweight is a killer of libido:

WebMD has info on how weight effects sex — surprise, lose weight, eat fruit and vegetables, and exercise are mentioned as positive toward sex issues! The more healthy you become, the more sexual health is gained…Are ETLers sex fiends??!! 🙂

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So what do you think? Has your your sexual health/associations improved via healthful foods? Jacob seems to believe so!

Are greens the Nutritarian’s oysters? 😀 One thing’s for sure, my mantra has always been, and remains: EAT GREENS, Eat More Greens…then go eat some greens ;^)

Strix

*This post is actually a couple years old! Decided to post it because I’m slurpin’ my Green Juicie Green Smoothie  :). Got so many unposted drafts. Ack! I have so many, I don’t even need to write anything new for a while; I can just post all these oldies. They need editing, though, and, probably have lots of dead links…

Maybe I’ll get back to this blog…hmmm. Time, time — where does it go?!!

LTL??

Laugh To Live 😀  I definitely subscribe to this one. I think, it’s something even children know, instinctively, if not intellectually. I mean, I certainly did 😀 It’s sad how we forget about our childhood wisdom. Good news is, wisdom is there and doesn’t just go away. It’s recoverable, I think! 😀 I sure can use all the wisdom I can get!

Good for the mood; and, reportedly good for health, literally! Cool Beans :D.

Live longer? Maybe. Forming positive, loving relationships can be key; if not, it certainly makes life more filled with joy — who wouldn’t want that? Yea, I’ll buy that 😉

How can we add more humor and belly laughs to our lives?!

Here’s another to give you a chuckle today:

Now tell me you didn’t smile after these vids! 😉

There is SO much to be worried about, so much to stress about, so much to be unhappy about — give yourself a break! How about actively seeking some good? Health is not just all about food! You know, sometimes all it takes is a smile. I’ve had my day made by a simple smile from a stranger. I try to do the same for others. Sometimes, when I’ve just smiled at someone, I see their entire face change! It looks as if a load has just been lifted from them. And I recognize it! I’ve felt that too. Have you? A simple smile 🙂 Power!

Here are some things to read — just for giggles 😉

What do you do for laughs? What makes you laugh? Please share! I can always use another laugh or smile!

Have a fabulous, silly, smiley-infused, laughable ( :D) day!

Strix

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Braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas…

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The claims that bras are not healthful for women have been around for ages. Whether you subscribe or not, the points are compelling and worthy of, at least, thoughtful consideration. Personally, I go back and forth on this one — have for years now.

Upon first hearing about it, it makes sense; however, the “science” is not so firmly behind it. On the other foot, “science” has never been all that reliable when it comes to women’s issues — recall that menstrual issues were “in our heads,” and We were, of course, simply (or “simple”) “hysterical.” (Is there a word more sexist than “hysterical”?) Weaker and all.

I do not now, nor have I ever had my faith based in science; it is just as fallible as any other “opinion,” in my opinion ;). Subject to continuous change. Yes. And it does, does it not?

I go with my experience first.  “Guts” maybe or “intution” is a far more reliable barometer for me. Which does not in any way negate someone else’s experience and truth, even as it is in direct contrast or opposition to my own.

So all this to say, I do believe there is something unhealthful about bras — and certainly, ill-fitting, poorly designed bras. Still, we are conditioned to them, yes? I mean, not just in terms of society and what’s “appropriate”; but, really, to comfort. I hate to say it, but there is a measure of comfort to wearing them; as there is to not :).

I imagine this comfort is more than physical, though; and perhaps borne of conditioning for acceptance, socially and culturally. Too bad, really; I hate being the product of such. But, there it is.

So far as the charges about bras suffocating the lymph nodes, I interpret this as a feeling I get occasionally of mild anxiety: it translates into me feeling like “I ‘must’ get this bra off, now,” and gives a mental/emotional feeling of being sufffocated/smothered — very uncomfortable. As well, the feeling is physical — one of confinement and suffocation, as if in a straightjacket (not that bad, of course, but you get me, right?) This happens a bit more often now than it did in my 20’s; however, it’s not something chronic. Both those sensations together produce an anxiousness unlike any other in my experience. Not sure I’m making sense, here — anyone relate?

Lately, I’ve taken to not wearing a bra much at all at home — and, in fact, out as well (for shame! Never would I have done this when a foolish “child” 🙂 ) In the past, I never-ever-ever went the day braless! Only to sleep, really. Oh, lordy, I recall my mother wearing a sleeping bra, haha. Product of the ’50’s, for sure, was/is Ma :D. On the other foot, I see the value in such bras: one, they are generally not confining or uncomfortable; two, they can keep things within a safe area :); three, for large-breasted women, they can offer great relief. My mother falls into the last category, as well as being a proper 1950’s product :). I can relate to bras and comfort on this level: I also do not liking bouncing around and falling out of clothes; so wearing a bra is not completely a “bad” concept, to me.

Still, I am feeling increasingly more comfortable without than with — is this just “getting older”? Hmmm. Or, perhaps, generally “becoming more comfortable with my body”? That’s a possibility, as I’ve experienced that growth in stages — exercise, for example shot me to a new level of body consciousness AND confidence — oh.Yeah. CONFIDENCE. Is there anything more wonderful than climbing the ladder of confidence? 😀 Not sure the bra/braless thang is confidence, though…haha.

I read once that wearing a bra — in contrast to what they are supposed to do — serves to promote, not just poor breast health, but also sagging. Sounded strange, but, the explanation was something about the tightening and un-naturally “lifting,” “separating,” and general manipulating into un-natural positions, etc., and then releasing, which is much more of a jarring to the tissues than going all day on regular errands and daily life without one. Interesting. Can’t recall where I read that. I’m sure it’s online somewhere.

For the past several years, now, I have been wearing exclusively NON-wire bras — seriously, it must have been a misogynist who designed the oh-so-fabulous “underwire bras” we so desperately need (male or female, doesn’t matter, they hated Womyn!) They are truly objects of torture. Now, I have no problemo believing THOSE are bad for health.

Some claims go so far as to state a correlation with breast cancers. To be honest, it’s not within the realm of UNreason to think so. I certainly would not be surprised one iota if they contribute.

One bra (pic above) I like right now is this one. I have a few :). No wires. I’m not into too-too much “support” bras as that indicates confinement and too much squishy-squish. (In f act, I LOVE Barely There under garments, in general; the under pants they offer are so comfortable, when I shop for them, I end up bringing home a huge bagful. I’ve got, I think, all styles!) I like being held in place but not armor! I save the armor for running (best *ever* running bra) 😉

So, of course, I will always wear a bra for running! Not sure it actually goes to health, though; but it certainly appeals to my sense of aesthetics — so, yes, I am a product of, a slave, even 😉 to, yes, SOME culturally imposed norms, to my chagrin, though it may be. So slap me 😉

Like I said, I could talk bra for ever, 😀 Any thoughts to share?

Strix

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