Why I’m A Weekday Vegitarian

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Back when I was lil runt in elementary school, I had big ideas about saving the world from environmental decay. I remember feeling sheer joy when, on Earth Day, our grade planted a tree on campus.

One afternoon recess when I usually played full court basketball with the boys, I happened to eye the water fountain. The pipe undernieth it was dripping. OK, whatever. The janitor will fix it tomarrow.
The next day; still dripping. And the next; same thing.
I alerted the teacher on playground duty and she ashured me it would be taken care of.
Each night I would obsess and worry in my mind, calculating each drop per second and how much water was wasted each night.
Every day I’d remind the teacher on duty about the leak. Finally a week later, recess came and I went to take a look: A huge bolt was fastened over the area where the leak was…stopping it up. FIXED! That was the first time when I felt that with a little perseverence, anyone could improve our environment.

Ever since, I have been a staunch advocate for Mother Earth. As I grew older and educated myself on our cutlure’s agroculture and meat industres, it became evident that what I was eating was not in line with my environmental ideals. For some ideas of what I’m refering to, check out the film Food,Inc. For that reason and a general betterment of my health, I decided to go vegitarian.

In my last post I explained why it was necesaary for me to decrease my carbohydrate inake. So, now I’m cutting out meat AND pasta.

What’s the catch? I LOVE pasta and while not a HUGE fan of meat, I couldn’t imagine NEVER having it again. I mean, who doesn’t like a good stake and mushrooms with a baked potato on special occations?? My go-to lunch is and has always been ramen soup and a turkey sanwhich. Cutting that out would be like loosing a finger: I could live without it but it’d always feel like something was missing 😦

So how do we start the habit of eating well or keeping to a specific diet? I’m sure you’ve heard that it takes 30 days of repetition to form a habit….so it would stand to reason that the same would hold true for starting a diet, right? Well, if you are like me, you start on a new leaf with good intentions but fall back into old traps of compfort. “I shouldn’t eat pizza….but I’m too tired to cook. I deserve a reward anyway.” Or “I know this pasta dish will make me feel lathargic for hours….but it tastes sooo good. I can get my chores done tomarrow.”

So what’s the solution? How can we maintain a healthy diet without getting discouraged by slip-ups? Graham Hill has powerful philosophy taking the veg-culture by storm! Check out this 4 minute video and post your comments!

What we eat regulates our emotions and our productivity. We need to look at what we eat not simply in items of tastes and textures but as fuel to run this complex machine called the Human Body.

~Breathe Eazy~

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A Healthy Diet Can Fight COPD & Breathing Problems

When I was young I would eat anything. Meat, vegetables, fruits, potatos….my favorites were pasta dishes! And my mom was a great cook. Spaghetti, Lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo, a family recipe shell-noodle bake famous to all the neighborhood kids. In fact, the only thing the only thing I didn’t enjoy at dinnertime was broccoli….yuk!

As I matured and nurtured a love of cooking, I studied how certain foods effected my health, specifically my breathing. A few years ago I joined a weekly regimen of lung theropist – monitored exercising called Pulmonary Rehab. One bit of knowledge that shocked me was that pasta is the worst thing for lung patients. As the American Lung Association website notes:

Foods contain three major sources of energy: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. The metabolism of each requires a different amount of oxygen and produces a different amount of carbon dioxide. Metabolism of carbohydrates produces the most carbon dioxide for the amount of oxygen used; metabolism of fat produces the least. For some people with COPD, eating a diet with less carbohydrates and more fat helps them to breathe easier.

This is especially troubling for me as my lungs already trap in carbon dioxide. To strengthen my breathing, in addition to cutting carbohydrates, I do yoga, light weights and  use a Volumetric Incentive Spirometer, or as I call it, a “Puffer.”

http://www.activeforever.com/volumetric-incentive-spirometer-by-airlife

It may seem difficult to fight severe illnesses with plain-O-naturally grown food but remember the old saying, “You are what you eat!”

For more about how to beat COPD nutritionally, visit the American Lung Association website at http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/living-with-copd/nutrition.html

Family isn’t always blood…

The music group Sister Sledge said it best: “We Are Family!”

 But who makes up that family?……

Otrazhenie

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From Healthy Thoughts

Family isn’t always blood.
It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs;
The ones who accept you for what you are.
The ones who would do anything to see you smile;
And who love you no matter what.

THE END

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