Archive | May 2013

Help Honey Colony Raise Healthy Awareness!

Good Morning Healthy Bees!

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to an Amazing Health News Website in the process of raising funds for Healthy Awareness.

Honey Colony.com has launched an indiegogo campaign and they are trying very hard to reach $5000 before it goes public this weekend. The money will help them optimize the site for Mobile users since most folks access the site on their phone.  

If you can make a contribution or share with your friends,Honey Colony would be very very very grateful. They are offering healthy, yummy and wonderful perks in exchange. Please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/honeycolony-where-the-hive-decides-what-s-healthy-part-two/x/61817 TODAY and chip in whatever you can to help make this happen!

What a great cause for Good Health!

Namaste, 

Julie

8 Things Productive People Do During the Workday

8 Things Productive People Do During the Workday

Forget about your job title or profession – everyone is looking for ways to be more productive at work. It’s time to set down your gallon-sized container of coffee, toss out your three-page to-do list, and put an end to those ridiculously long emails you’ve been sending.

Experiencing a highly productive workday can feel euphoric. But contrary to popular belief, simply checking tasks off your to-do list isn’t really an indication of productivity. Truly productive people aren’t focused on doing more things; this is actually the opposite of productivity. If you really want to be productive, you’ve got to make a point to do fewer things.

Recently I spoke with project management and productivity genius Tony Wong to find out the secret to a more productive workday. He provided me with some excellent insight into what he and other like-minded productive individuals do during their work week.

Harness your productivity by taking note of these eight things:

1. Create a smaller to-do list. Getting things accomplished during your workday shouldn’t be about doing as much as possible in the sanctioned eight hours. It may be hard to swallow, but there’s nothing productive about piling together a slew of tasks in the form of a checklist. Take a less-is-more approach to your to-do list by only focusing on accomplishing things that matter.

2. Take breaks. You know that ache that fills your brain when you’ve been powering through tasks for several hours? This is due to your brain using up glucose. Too many people mistake this for a good feeling, rather than a signal to take a break. Go take a walk, grab something to eat, workout, or meditate – give your brain some resting time. Achieve more productivity during your workday by making a point to regularly clear your head. You’ll come back recharged and ready to achieve greater efficiency.

3. Follow the 80/20 rule. Did you know that only 20 percent of what you do each day produces 80 percent of your results? Eliminate the things that don’t matter during your workday: they have a minimal effect on your overall productivity. For example, on a project, systematically remove tasks until you end up with the 20 percent that gets the 80 percent of results.

4. Start your day by focusing on yourself. If you begin your morning by checking your email, it allows others to dictate what you accomplish. Set yourself in the right direction by ignoring your emails and taking the morning to focus on yourself, eat a good breakfast, meditate, or read the news.

5. Take on harder tasks earlier in the day. Knock out your most challenging work when your brain is most fresh. Save your busy work – if you have any – for when your afternoon slump rolls in.

6. Pick up the phone. The digital world has created poor communication habits. Email is a productivity killer and usually a distraction from tasks that actually matter. For example, people often copy multiple people on emails to get it off their plate – don’t be a victim of this action. This distracts everyone else by creating noise against the tasks they’re trying to accomplish and is a sign of laziness. If you receive an email where many people are CC’d, do everyone a favor by BCCing them on your reply. If your email chain goes beyond two replies, it’s time to pick up the phone. Increase your productivity by scheduling a call.

7. Create a system. If you know certain things are ruining your daily productivity, create a system for managing them. Do you check your emails throughout the day? Plan a morning, afternoon, and evening time slot for managing your email. Otherwise, you’ll get distracted from accomplishing more important goals throughout the day.

8. Don’t confuse productivity with laziness. While no one likes admitting it, sheer laziness is the No. 1 contributor to lost productivity. In fact, a number of time-saving methods – take meetings and emails for example – are actually just ways to get out of doing real work. Place your focus on doing the things that matter most as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Remember, less is more when it comes to being productive during the workday.

What’s your secret to productive workdays?

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Founder of Ciplex. Columnist for Inc, Forbes & LinkedIn. Gadget lover, investor, mentor, husband, father, and ’30 Under 30′ entrepreneur. Follow Ilya below to stay up-to-date with his articles and updates!

The Scary Truth About What’s Really in Meat

The Scary Truth About What’s Really in Meat –

Kimberly Snyder offers some interesting points about food safety and the treatment of animals raised for meat consumption. Having experienced camphylorbactor myself in college, let me tell you, it’s no picnic. Choose meats, poultry and seafood wisely and perhaps opt for a vegetarian meal a few times a week. =)

Namaste,

Julie

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How about a side of superbugs with that grilled chicken breast? Could that slab of meat on your plate kill you over the course of the next couple of days? Possibly. And not what you were probably bargaining for when you were trying to eat your lean protein cut.

Thanks to antibiotic misuse in animals, the very bacteria those antibiotics are supposed to kill could resist their feeble attempts. While the Beauty Detox plan doesn’t advise consuming large amounts of animal protein (yes, it’s totally possible to get all the protein you need from plant-based sources), but I know some of you still enjoy keeping some meat in your diet, so I thought it was important to share this.

Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Have Been Found in Meat

In February, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) released its annual report on retail meat. The results were scary.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed the findings on samples of poultry, pork, and beef, and concluded that there were antibiotic-resistant salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria on:

  • 81 percent of ground turkey2008_06_12-chicken
  • 69 percent of pork chops
  • 55 percent of ground beef
  • 39 percent of chicken breasts, wings, or thighs

Salmonella and Campylobacter are no walk in the park to begin with, but in the past, antibiotics were able to get you back on your feet within a few days. But now, superbug versions of bacteria severely limit the possible medications that will make you better and could land you in the hospital for quite a while. In some cases, you may develop chronic arthritis from salmonella complications, or even die. According to EWG, Campylobacter can result in Guillan-Barre Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that could leave you paralyzed.

In addition, the EWG report states that 53 percent of the chicken samples contained superbug versions of E.coli bacteria, which can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, according to the Mayo ClinicFoodSafety.gov points out that it could also cause kidney failure and death. It’s straight up scary.

Are you wriggling in your seat yet? Does that really sound like “clean” food to you? That turkey burger you were planning to have for dinner may not sound so appealing anymore. You don’t have to swear off burgers forever, though. Try the Alkaline-Grain Veggie Burger made from millet, not meat. Even my dad likes them!

Misuse of Antibiotics in Livestock

So how did these superbugs come to exist? Essentially, it boils down to the overuse (and misuse) of antibiotics in livestock. Livestock is pumped full of these antibiotics in order to promote rapid growth, maintain their health even in cramped and unsanitary conditions, and to prevent and treat diseases. According to the PEW Charitable Trusts, nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics were sold for use on animals raised for food. Only 7.7 million pounds were used to treat sick humans. Sounds like a lot right? Well it is!

According to CNN, the FDA is attempting to collaborate with the meat industry rather than enforcing regulations for now. They’ve suggested cutting back on unnecessary antibiotic use in animals, but whether the farmers decide to do so is ultimately up to them (great!). The FDA doesn’t track how the antibiotics they purchase are actually put to use, so when you buy meat in a restaurant or a store, you won’t know what you’re getting unless you’re extremely careful.

What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?

Even if you aren’t worried about the superbugs affecting you because you use a meat thermometer to make sure your food is thoroughly cooked and you’re meticulous about washing your hands, not re-using utensils, and cleaning up when you’re done, you could still be affected. Guess where the antibiotics- along with a brew of toxins, chemicals, hormones, and even steroids- end up when you eat those meats, even if you’ve killed all the bacteria during the cooking process? Your body. So what can you do to avoid getting sick now from the bacteria, or later, when the additional toxins have had a chance to make a home in your cells?

The first, most obvious reaction–and one that I recommend as part of the Beauty Detox plan- is simply to eliminate or at least greatly cut down on your meat consumption.This will help you to not only avoid harmful bacteria, but also make your body less acidic, and ease all the Beauty Energy you have to waste on digesting meat.  Digestion concerns aside, you’re still putting all the toxins those animals were fed into your body when you eat them. So even if you don’t get sick from the meat now (because your meat was thoroughly cooked and handled properly, always important), it could make you sick later, once the toxins have built up. Any of these chemicals, hormones, etc, will put a damper on your beauty and energy levels, and will also age you more quickly.

If you do still wish to eat meat, make sure you buy organic, hormone-free animal products. If you can, take it a step further and purchase from a local farm or source and don’t hesitate to ask questions about how the animals are cared for. By making this tweak to your buying habits, you’ll not only cut down on your potential exposure to superbugs, you’ll conserve Beauty Energy by not ingesting toxins, either. Check out restaurants that source such meats, if you eat out.

Another thing you can do is switch to sea animals for some of your meals that contain animal protein. While eating seafood comes with its own list of concerns and toxins, you can temporarily escape some of the issues with livestock and superbugs by occasionally having fish a few times a week, maximum. Be sure to choose fish like wild Alaskan salmon, mahi-mahi, sole, tilapia, trout, striped sea bass, haddock, halibut, and whitefish over the ones that are higher in toxins, like swordfish, tuna, shark, bluefish and Chilean sea bass.

Beauty Proteins to eat instead include:

  • green-leefy-vegetablesRaw nuts and seeds
  • Chlorella and Spirulina, both of which are algaes that are 65 and 60 percent protein, respectively
  • Quinoa, one of the top Beauty Foods for building long, lean muscles
  • Green vegetables (Broccoli has 11.2 grams of protein per 100 calories whereas steak only has 5.4 grams!)
  • Legumes and beans

Rather than leaving an acidic residue in your body as meat would do, these Beauty Foods will help your body become more alkaline, which is the key to your beauty and your health.

Remember, soy and whey protein powders are not part of the Beauty Detox plan. Raw hemp protein powder and hemp seeds are much better for you and provide you with 11 grams of protein per 30-gram serving. Hemp is another one of the best Beauty Foods for a gorgeous, toned body. Sprouted raw protein powders are great also.

If you’re eating Light to Heavy each day as I recommend in the Beauty Detox plan, you’ll be eating animal protein later in the day, if at all. I don’t recommend eating it more than once per day. It’s not necessary, and limiting your intake is another way to lower your odds of consuming meat that will make you sick.

Your immune system will also be stronger if you’re following the Beauty Detox plan, so if you do get sick, your body will be able to do everything it can to make itself well again (though that is definitely not an invitation to skip seeing the doctor for a prescription and care!). The stronger your immune system, the more likely you’ll be to recover.

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If you’re ready to let go of animal protein for good or just for more meals per week, try mixing in whole grains that are complete proteins, like quinoa, to fill you up and make the transition easier. You can also pulse nuts in your food processor until chunky to make traditionally meaty favorites, sans meat.

Some of my favorite hearty Beauty Detox meals include:

Health Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods

Dr. Sanjay Kadlimatti shares his insight about the

Health Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods

Namaste

May 22 by drsanjaykadlimatti

Dear friends PLEASE take few minutes to read this and wake up for ourselves and our future generation!!!

It is said that “We are what we Eat”. Do anyone of us (in India at-least) know what we are eating? Think of our health status now as compared to our parents and grand parents. And also please think of our Children who are more susceptible in future. Have you ever asked yourself, Why there is increased rate of premature ageing, digestive disorders, cancers, heart diseases, genetic diseases, auto immune diseases, allergies etc. etc.???

Indian farmers also have gradually started using the Genetically Modified Seeds produced by this company called Monsanto. It has 16 branches in India, 4 of which are in Maharashtra, 3 in Karnataka, 2 each in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh and 1 each in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, New Delhi and Union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

The food crops produced by this company is Genetically Engineered to increase the yield and enables the plant to fight against the pests. At the same time these Genetically Modified Seeds / Foods are very dangerous to the Mankind, all animals and even the whole ecology of the earth. It causes increased risk of CANCER, AUTO IMMUNE DISEASES, GENETIC DISORDERS and What not??? Refer this link to see what are the 50 side effects of Genetically Modified Foods http://www.raw-wisdom.com/50harmful.

Many Countries like Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France, and Switzerland have banned this company – Monsanto in their countries. See this link below;

http://politicalvelcraft.org/2013/03/23/monsanto-has-been-removed-and-banned-by-austria-bulgaria-germany-greece-hungary-ireland-japan-luxembourg-madeira-new-zealand-peru-south-australia-russia-france-and-switzerland/

Recently farmers of Hungary have burned and destroyed all the Monsanto Genetically Modified Corn fields!!!

http://www.realfarmacy.com/hungary-destroys-all-monsanto-gmo-corn-fields/#pcWXExDqcwuB3o3Z.01

Now its time to wake up for we INDIANS. Lots of our children eat this Corns and other food grains which are made from the Genetically modified Corns and grains produced by this company. The so called Sweet Corn are also dangerous. This toxic Corn is also available as a ready Breakfast Mix in different flavors!!!

You know there is a company called ‘MAHYCO’ which distributes seeds to Indian Farmers. This company has the tie up with Monsanto and that Deal is known as MMB (Mahyco Monsanto Biotech). http://www.monsantoindia.com/MMB.html

It seems fascinating to use the word “TECHNOLOGY” as in BIOTECHNOLOGY !
Recently One Ayurvedic College has planned to start the New Branch called as “AYURTECH” which plans to bring Biotechnology into Ayurveda and also design all machines to perform all Panchakarma procedures!!! How can machines replace MAN in Ayurvedic Therapy when Research has proved that, Human touch of Love and affection is very much mandatory for healing!!!

You don’t have to do something BIG wasting all your valuable time. What everyone of us has to do is, As a responsible citizen of INDIA, Educate the farmers near by your city, town, village about the side effects of these genetically modified foods. Ask them to follow the traditional ways of farming (Organic Farming – Saavayava Krushi in Kannada). Educate the farmers not to use harmful chemical based pesticides. Ask them to use their traditional ways of storing and using the natural SEEDS for agriculture.

Also as an educated citizen please find some 15 to 30 minutes of time to visit the nearest Agricultural Officer and discuss this issue with him/her to avoid such Genetically Modified Foods.

We can’t expect anything from the Government, as Governments are involved in this multi-million money making scams. Politicians are less bothered about the health hazards on their citizens. They are only bothered about the money that is paid by these companies.

We have to work at the Root Level. “Reach and Teach Farmers” is my MANTRA to tackle this problem for a healthy upcoming generations. When a farmer himself will not support these companies and reject to use their seeds, then where these companies will survive. We have to learn lessons from the above mentioned companies like Hungary, Austria etc.

Goooooo Friends… Start Acting from today itself for a Healthier Tomorrow.

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Balancing VATA

For full Details, visit:
http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/yoga-international-magazine/dosha-quiz/vata/

 

Customize your cleanse, if you wish, by choosing and downloading the VATA protocol. (PDF)

The main qualities of Vata are dry, light, cool, rough, subtle and mobile. So, having a Vata-predominant constitution means that these qualities express themselves generously throughout your mental, emotional, and physical make up. If you look back over the dosha test, you can get a feel for how these qualities manifest themselves.

A Vata predominant individual’s strengths and weaknesses both reflect these qualities.

  • In excess, the dry and rough qualities may manifest themselves as dry or brittle skin, lips, hair, nails or bones (e.g. osteoporosis), as constipation, or as feeling “dry” emotionally.
  • The “light” quality may manifest itself as giving you a lanky physique but excess lightness may manifest as being underweight, having muscle wasting, light bones, insomnia or feeling “spacey” or insecure.
  • The cold quality of Vata may lead you to feel cold more easily than others around you, have cold hands and feet and crave warmth.
  • The subtle quality may express itself as being introverted, creative and having an active fantasy life.
  • The mobile quality may lead to a healthy ability to “multi-task” or, in excess, to scattered attention, a fidgety tendency, tremors, and nervousness. It may manifest as extremes, like being very tall or very short or being drastically different weights at different times in your life.

A basic tenet of Ayurveda is that “like increases like.” So increasing the inherent qualities of Vata will increase Vata in your body, mind and spirit. For example, because vata is inherently cool, cool weather, cool foods, the cool seasons and times of day, and even cool emotions can increase it. Likewise, dry seasons, foods, environments or emotions will increase the dry quality of Vata.

Example: You are a Vata individual. One of the qualities of Vata is dryness. You live in a dry climate, like a desert, and you regularly snack on dry crackers. This added dryness adds to the dry quality of Vata, which you already have plenty of. This usually increases Vata and can lead to dry conditions like constipation or dry skin. This is an extreme example to illustrate the point.

Each of us has a unique proportion of the three doshas in our constitution. Ayurveda teaches us that if a dosha increases beyond its original, natural proportion for us, it fosters an environment where disease can flourish. It is common for our predominant dosha (Vata, Pitta or Kapha) to increase more quickly than other doshas because we tend to perpetuate what we know best.

Example: If your dominant dosha is Vata, you will naturally incline towards a life filled with activity, due to the mobile quality of Vata. However, if you are too active, you are likely to eventually aggravate Vata and thereby exhaust your nervous system.

If a dosha increases in our bodies, Ayurveda suggests that we will want to decrease it in order to regain a healthy balance in our constitution. Medicines are substances that decrease the excess dosha by providing the opposite qualities to it.

Example: If Vata has increased due to excess activity, a quiet, calm environment can be a medicine. If it has increased due to excess dryness, wetness can be the medicine. Too much cold? Use heat.

One of the wonderfully practical aspects of Ayurveda is that anything can be used as a medicine because everything that exists has a quality. This includes but is not limited to: herbs, foods, colors, drinks, environments, smells and lifestyles.

Qualities opposite to Vata are moist, grounding, warming, smooth, oily and stabilizing. It is therefore best for Vata individuals to seek out physical and emotional environments, routines, and foods that possess these opposite qualities.

Along with knowing the main qualities of Vata, it is also helpful to know which tastes increase and decrease Vata.

  • Pungent, bitter and astringent tastes increase Vata by increasing its drying and cooling qualities. An example of the pungent taste is chili peppers. Bitter and astringent tastes are common in most leafy greens and many herbs.
  • The sweet, sour and salty tastes decrease Vata by bringing moisture, bulk and warmth to the body, which are opposite qualities to those of Vata. An example of a naturally sweet taste is wheat; of sour: pickles; of salty: seaweed.

A Vata individual does well to have warming, freshly cooked, nourishing, mushy foods, like soups, stews and one-pot meals. Because of the inherent “light” quality in Vata, you may think that heavy foods would nicely balance that quality but actually too much heavy food—or just too much food at one sitting—is too heavy for the lightness of the Vata digestive system.

Because sweet, sour, and salty tastes decrease Vata, these tastes should be predominant in your diet. When selecting sweet foods, note that naturally sweet foods like many grains, squashes, and most fruits are appropriate, but processed foods high in refined sugars are not at all balancing for Vata. Refined sugars merely offer a quick burst of energy, followed by a “crash,” a pattern that is already a hallmark feature of Vata, and one that the Vata individual would do well to avoid.

Using herbs to manage your constitution compliments the changes you make in your diet and lifestyle. Ashwagandha, Shatavari and Vidari Kanda are three of the primary herbs used to remove excess Vata from the body and maintain balance.

  • The ideal environment for a Vata individual is warm and wet, like Hawaii.
  • Sweet or grounding scents, like the essential oils of rose, jatamansi or mitti; sweet music and sweet emotions are also good “medicines” for Vata.
  • A daily, 10 to 20 minute, gentle self-massage with warm sesame oil can positively change the life of a Vata-type.
  • The mobile quality of Vata can drive Vata-types to do “1000″ things at one time. This can lead to exhaustion of the nervous system, which in turn causes emotional and physical restlessness and eventual “dis-ease.” While a routine can feel contrary to your nature, it can be extremely beneficial for you to incorporate into your life.
    • Example: Rising and going to bed at about the same time every day, giving regular time to meditation, gentle yoga or other strengthening exercise that is easy on the joints.
  • Try having regular meals, chewing them thoroughly and taking a breath before moving on to your next activity.

In general, it is best to move through life as if you were a master. Ask yourself, “If a master were faced with this situation, how would she act?” Then enjoy playing that part.

Written by Claudia Welch; reprinted with permission.