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Healthy habits to add to your life, that will help you enjoy living longer. Aging is not optional, but feeling good while you do is totally up to you.

Keep Your Head Out Of The Sand

What the hell is healthy?

There are two things complicating our health, they are the facts and the food source. Because you are reading this, I am guessing you are interested in health issues. Trying to keep up with the most current information has become challenging. Depending on where you live, it can difficult to find a quality food source. Why is it so challenging to find the vitamin and minerals our bodies desperately need? Much of the information is masked behind marketing propaganda, a cure to much of the worlds sustainability issues could be solved if greed were taken out of the equation. In the mean time, we have to be the modern day hunters and gatherers searching for healthy food. Invest in the following five ingredients:

  1. Water, the most basic and the most valuable ingredient we add many times throughout the day. If you have city water, or lucky enough to own a home with a well, have the water tested and see if it has the minerals you need. You natural_water_droplet-copymay have to supplement with some bottled water. Look for bottles that say “natural spring water,” because if they just say “spring water, there is a loop hole. Purified water has been stripped of minerals that are vital for your hydration. Good water is what you are searching for, not good packaging.
  2. Grow a few items for yourself. Sprouts can be a good choice, because they grow fast and the living food has so much to offer. If you don’t have a green thumb, and can’t make a chia pet bloom, then find sprouts at the market. Time is a daily concern, but there is always time to grab a bag of sprouts, some stores sell them fresh in the tray. My favorite is pea sprouts and sunflower sprouts. Remember the grocery store wants to make a profit, and you want to deliver food to your cells that has not lost all its nutrients on a long journey, so search wisely. Pull your head out of the sand and ask the grocer where that food came from and what are the delivery dates. Information is power.
  3. Take the minute it takes to glance at the label, even if you can’t read all the ingredients, if you see a paragraph but the box down. One brand of cottage cheese has three natural ingredients and the brand beside it on the shelf has ten ingredients. It is not rocket science, it is really just pulling your head out of the sand and knowing what you are putting in your mouth.
  4. Sneak healthy ingredients in wherever you can. Chia, hemp and flax seeds have no flavor and can be added in everything from BBQ to Coleslaw. Eggs can pack an extra punch, get creative. Sometimes food can be used as a delivery service, Roti is a local dish and the vegetables stewed in the coconut milk deliver curry, turmeric and fresh ground pepper – with a hearty helping of seeds.
  5. Most importantly, have positive thoughts about what you are about to consume. Try to take the time to sit somewhere and enjoy it. Work with your body, your mind and your cells are on the same team. Let your cells know with your eyes and your download-13watering mouth what you are delivering. You have control over your thoughts, so use them to let your body know you are confident about the nutrients you are sending their way. Unless you are lucky enough to live on an organic farm, not every choice will be ideal, but these five ingredients can help. You are at war with the greedy companies, not your body, so be kind to yourself. As in life, each individual makes the best choice they can for themselves with the information they have at that time. There is no judging, only moving forward with better choices to come. If you listen to your cells, they can tell you what is working. I find it amazing that people get mad at their bodies for allergies or intolerances. Would you get mad at your car for the check engine light? Be confident that your body is the resilient machine that does more than we can imagine, help it out and trust it to help you.

Those five ingredients for a healthier lifestyle sound pretty basic, so why is optimum health hard to maintain for the majority of people? Some buy into one version of health and live with a strict diet that does not incorporate the joy of eating, explained in number five. Our minds have more power than we know, and it is a sole proprietorship, so use it in your bodies favor. If you have decided to eat something, then enjoy it. Before you decide to eat something, check it out. Put your lips on notice, they are to stand guard. Your lips should only part to let nutrient rich food pass through to the inner sanctum. They can also part to smile, while you are living life in your well-nourished and energized body.

It sounds so simple, so why the hell is health elusive for so many? There has been so much propaganda fed to people that it is challenging to know what decisions are based on facts. I read an interesting article in Collier magazine from 1905 entitled, “Dangers in Food Adulteration.” Monsanto was started in 1901, and I do not know if this doctor was addressing what that company began, but it is very clear that he was saying that strawberry jam, without the fruit of the strawberry in it, cannot possibly be good for the body. This was written back in the day when many people made their own jam, it was fresh in their minds. The way jam is supposed to taste and make you feel. There has now been over one hundred years of scientific research to determine what foods will melt in our mouths, because studies show that if we do not have to chew then we will eat more. Imagine what the world would be like if they had taken the last century to research how to deliver healthy food to the world. I believe this is the time for individuals to side with their cells and take charge. Shake the sand from your eyes and take a good hard look at not only the fast food restaurants, but be aware that health food is the newest money maker on the block.

How do we find truthful answers? You hunt, gather and search it out. You can call this modern-day hunting. Search out companies that do not have a profit agenda, but have a concern for humanity. Look for solid research and honest movements, that are not just trying to sell something on their blog. Arm yourself with information, and this includes accurate information about the so called ‘health experts,’ that can tell you the one ingredient you need to live longer. This is the year that we stop buying the nicely packaged processed food, and we stand firm with our team, which is made up of our inquiring mind, our good attitudes and our 37.2 trillion cells.

For those of us in the world that are not fortunate enough to live on an organic farm, we must hunt for adequate nutrient sources. I am writing my article in the hopes to encourage people to find their closest farm, it benefits your body and the farmer’s business. If it is within your means, have a grow box in your home planted with some quality nutrients that your cells can count on. When you visit the grocery store, take a few minutes to read the labels. The most important daily ingredients are oxygen and water, so do your research and search for a good water source and commit to yourself to take a walk everyday.

If you are thinking that you do not have the time to add any more to your day, please take the time to realize that you are the only one in charge of deciding what you use to energize and fuel the only form of transportation that you have in this world.

Warning People For Over 100 Years!

The title of the article published in Collier’s Magazine in 1905 is
It is amazing how applicable this article is 100 years later, and I consider this a MUST READ article.

Collier's Magazine September 1905
Collier’s Magazine September 1905

I found this article when I was researching the Oak Island Mystery and am sharing it because I found it eye-opening. They knew it was wrong to add chemicals to food as soon as companies started to defile the food the average consumer purchases.

The entire article is valuable, but this quote stood out, “There is a physical danger when the adulteration is of a nature to threaten health.” Dr. Wiley is insightful and this article proves that it is not new, news that eating real food is valuable and eating a box of chemicals is not. Please think about why you eat, and do not be seduced by convenience. What you choose to deliver to your cells is among the most important decisions that you will make each day, choose wisely. The most helpful thought for me as I stand in front of my open refrigerator, is to think of what vitamins and minerals will be in my next bite. Take the time to consider if you have eaten enough water soluble vitamins that day. Think of your last meal, and how long ago it was, are you sending food into a clean and ready stomach or are you mixing it with other foods that have a different processing time.

Your body is an amazing machine, would you add just any old ingredients to any other machine and just hope for the best? The instructions for your miraculous body are simple, eat real food.images-1 I like to add one more set of instructions that are not held in popular belief, but I believe in 100%, and that is to enjoy what you have chosen to eat. If you have decided to put it in your mouth do not confuse your system by feeling guilty about your choice, or even worse feeling resentful because you want something else. Be aware of that resentful feeling because I think it has more an effect on digestion then science has been able to prove to date. Marketing, and even the production of food that makes it melt in your mouth, is naturally appealing to most. Stand firm and forbid that fake food to enter your inner sanctum and stop those resentful thoughts from entering your mind. You are not eating to satisfy your taste buds, you are wiser than that and are eating to supply energy to your system. Eating is important, but it is not the most important thing you are on this planet to do, so eat to give your body energy to get the other important accomplishments done during your lifetime.

Dr. Wiley warned in 1905, “the most objectionable form of food adulteration is that which seeks to deceive the consumer.” Greedy companies are still hiding bad food products under healthy labels, and you have to do some fancy sleuthing to find good ingredients. It is challenging, but it is worth the effort to search out quality food for your body to run on.

Dr. Wiley called for “NO FALSE LABELS”
For your information, Monsanto was founded in 1901, and I wonder if this article was addressed to that companies contamination of our food.

You have heard the famous quote about those that do not study history are doomed to repeat it, but are the people who study history doomed to stand back and watch others repeat it?
Do not be an ostrich, stand firm and pull your head out of the sand BEFORE you open up your mouth to take a bite.
This is an advertisement from the 1905 Collier Magazine.
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Ten Reasons To Date A Vegan

Top Five Reasons To Date A Vegan:
“1. Vegans are passionate people. Their passion for a cause and for a lifestyle flows into all other areas of their lives.

2. Vegans have better sex lives. Their plant-based diets can boost hormone levels.

3. They are cheap dates! Veggies and tofu cost a lot less than lobster and steak.

4. Vegans aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in. You will be getting a strong person who will stand up for you, as well.

5. They have learned to be creative in the kitchen, so you will be getting some great food.”
Read More… Eharmony’s Ten Reasons To Date A Vegan

Eharmony left out that Vegans can be Sneaky. I love sneaking healthy ingredients in food. I sneak turmeric and black pepper in salad dressings, guacamole, hummus …image023
To find many ways to sneak healthy ingredients in to oxygenate your cells and energize your body read… “Fifty Shades of Green”
If you enjoy this book, please leave a review and look for my next book to be released in a month. “Validating Oak Island’s Dilemma” This book has healthy recipes and tonics handed down from my Great-Grandmother from Oak Island, and also does some sleuthing about the elusive treasure hidden beneath Oak Island, Nova Scotia.
VOID for Connection

Before Throwing Food Down The Hatch

You are not a dismembered head, but part of a fabulous team. Get in the game with your 37.2 trillion teammates (cells), for a lifetime of good health! There is no ‘I’ in ‘Team’ so communicate your wants and needs. Take the time to receive the messages your cells send and the discipline to deliver what they need.

Just a few points to consider before you open up, and allow food passage to your inner sanctum. I named it ‘TNT’ to keep it easy to remember.
Timing notice if your cells are in energizing or cleansing and be aware if your body is still processing what you previously consumed.
Needs have you hydrated your cells, oxygenated your system and replaced Vitamins B & C yet today?
Toxins will your body recognize what you are about to throw down the hatch, or does it contain toxic ingredients that will hide any redeeming value from the real and recognizable food?

Before you part your lips, test the bite for ‘TNT’ and remember that it is DYNAMITE to COMMUNICATE
Open the lines of communication by allowing your cells to know what is coming. You can do this by sending messages through your senses. Take a moment to salivate for that next bite.

There is so much healthy advise out there, it is empowering to huddle up with your team and know what is best for your body. This is a private journey we are each on, and each team will be made up of different strengths and weaknesses. Your cells realize that they will not exist without you, so they race around working hard 24 hours a day to support your system. You can support your valuable teammates with each bite you decide to take.

If you would like more information about communicating with your cells read my spin on making healthy fun, because vibrant health is totally sexy. Eating should be personal and pleasurable, so study your body and not the latest health craze.

New Book, Fifty Shades of Green
New Book, Fifty Shades of Green
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Sweep your body clean

Not bothering to move your lymphatic system is like not sweeping your house and letting the dust just build up. Dry brushing is such a simple thing you can do for your body, and it even feels good, just a few minutes spent brushing can get your whole body tingling. The exciting new news I want to share is to include the head, brushing from the top of the scalp towards the heart. I use a regular hair brush, and switch to a gentle body brush at the neck line. Scientist just recently published finding a lymphatic system in the brain that had eluded everyone else, please read the entire article because it is very exciting. “Kevin Lee, PhD, chairman of the UVA Department of Neuroscience, described his reaction to the discovery by Kipnis’ lab: “The first time these guys showed me the basic result, I just said one sentence: ‘They’ll have to change the textbooks.’”

There are other ways to move the lymphatic system, to move lymph through the body do simple movement of any kind. Walking, bending, stretching–any and all movement will assist with lymphatic movement. To really get it moving, bounce. Bouncing on a trampoline can jumpstart the flow, also turning upside down. I learned in yoga class that people should invert their body for 3 minutes everyday. If you can’t do a headstand, you can do down dog. I like dry brushing in addition to moving, because it is something easy to do for yourself every day. I simply make it a part of my morning routine, just as important as brushing my teeth – which I do a couple times a day to remain cavity-free. I have lived a half a century and not had a cavity to date.
Six Simple Brushing Tips
“Skincare experts recommend using a brush with firm vegetable bristles and a long handle for hard-to-reach places. The lymphatic system is made of one-way valves, and you want to follow its flow in order to encourage elimination. Be methodical with your brushing technique.”
1. Start with the dry(not wet skin) and begin brushing at the fingertips. Work your way up the arm from your fingertips to your shoulders.
2. Use a bristle hair brush and start at the top of the skull using short brush strokes heading towards the top of your spine.
3. Switch back to your dry brush and brush down the neck to the left shoulder blade.
4. Start at your lower back and brush up towards the left shoulder.
Now let’s move on to the bottom half…
5. Start at the bottoms of your feet, and then work up each leg to you arrive at the belly button.
6. You are almost finished, go slow on the front of your body. Be gentle around the belly button, brush your liver and stomach – dry brushing can help the digestive process. Brush around each breast, and massage the area in between the breasts, this area acts like a pump. Brush up to each armpit, and finish with a sweep from the right armpit to the left.

We know why it is important to sweep our home, but why is it important to sweep our body?
The lymphatic system needs a little help, because it has no internal pump. “Our lymphatic system is basically our body’s sewer system. Although it has millions of vessels just like the blood system, it has no strong heart to keep lymph moving. Instead, lymph is moved by breathing, walking, intestinal activity, and muscle action.”

Give your cells a helping hand, and send them extra oxygen and lemon water to do an even better job for you. It will be like putting the wax shine on the swept floor.

Lower Your Metabolic Cost

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Your amazing cells, that work so hard to keep you going, deserve your respect. A nice thing you can do for your cells is lower your metabolic cost. The metabolic cost, is what it costs your body to move, so maintaining a low cost is positive. We start out life with a low cost, and as we age the cost rises.

There are ways to drive the price down and keep the cost low.
1. Do enough strenuous exercise, so that when you take a walk it feels like a stroll in the park.
2. Breathe deeply, in a way to deliver as much oxygen as possible.
3. Hydrate your body before it feels thirsty, and keep yourself hydrated during your walk.
4. Use whatever external means help your walk feel easier, good shoes and socks, balance walking poles, a fitbit …
whatever helps you think this is easy and fun.
5. Keep a Good Attitude! Do not underestimate the role your mind plays in regulating your metabolic cost. Look forward to your walks, think of them as enjoyable. Try not to be in a hurry to get them over with, but instead focus on the view. Do whatever you have to do to make your body think you are having a good time, because a low metabolic cost is the key to the fountain of youth.

Heal Your Body

To energize your body deliver these powerful ingredients, if your body has disease deliver these powerful weapons everyday. There are three sections – what to do for your body, what to drink and what to eat.

The most important things to do physically.
1. breath deeply – moving the stomach area, it does not need to be extra amounts of air, just whenever you think of it make sure you are tummy breathing.
2. use a dry brush and start at hands and feet and brush strokes towards the heart. This moves the lymphatic system, which does not have anything to pump it like your circulatory system has your heart, so you need to get it moving. Another great way is bouncing on a mini trampoline for a few minutes. If you are not feeling well even if you sit and put your feet on the trampoline and someone else bounces it helps. A walk is always helpful, if you are feeling weak you can order a set of balance walking poles to make the walk easier. If you need a pair email me so I can give you a discount. kpatrie@balancewalking.compoles in sand
3. Take one or two baths a week – don’t want to overdo this one. Put hydrogen peroxide in the the bath – 1/2 a cup – this can help add oxygen to your system.

1. lemon water. start every day with a glass of room temperature water and a lemon squeezed in it.
2. drink high quality water. Read the labels you want it to come from a natural spring. If you have access to a natural spring or well water – drink it.
3. If you like coconut water – drink it. These three things raise the alkalinity of the body. Disease cannot grow in an alkaline environment, so I can stress enough how important it is to not let any acidic food in. No meat, nothing fried, nothing processed, no oil other then coconut oil – buy the unrefined organic coconut oil.
4. Wheat Grass – do a shot a day. If you have a whole foods you can get all the shopping done there, if not look up a juice bar to get wheat grass. It tastes like grass and is a little hard to swallow, but it does great things in your body.
5. A shot of apple cider vinegar -organic- if you do not like the taste of straight vinegar then mix it with a ripe avocado. I prefer the Florida avocado because it is juicer and less calories, but both Florida and California avocados are good for you.natural_water_droplet-copy

1. Eat organic fruit by itself and wait a half hour before eating anything else. Local if you can find it.
2. Green leafy vegetables in salads and any type of sprouts – alfalfa, sunflower eat all sprouts this food increases oxygen
3. Seaweed – nori snacks taste good, sea kelp noodles (in the refrigerator section) not much taste so should be easy to add to salads. Dulce flakes – have a salt water taste – can use instead of salt – only use good salt. Celtic, Himilayan
3. Eggs – look for local farm that has free range chickens and sell fresh eggs. If not look for Vital Farms brand – expensive but worth it.
4. Radishes (increases nitric oxide, which helps with oxygen distribution)
5. Add ground flax seed to everything you can
6. Add Chia seeds to everything you can
7.Raw almonds soaked overnight in spring water
8. Raw pumpkin seeds
9. Sweet Potatoes – whenever you are hungry. Baked with coconut oil melted on top. If you like curry and pepper you can sprinkle on top. Keep Roti recipe made and in fridge, so that when you are hungry you can have a quick bite.
10. Baked tomatoes, broccoli and garlic – this is filling and cooking these ingredients together sets off a healthy combination
11. In the fridge section you will find sauerkraut – bubbas is a good one, store may also have cultured krauts.
12. 2-3 Brazil nuts every other day.

It is natural to think you want to eat whatever you want, but the body can fight disease if given the right weapons. The list above are powerful weapons, please try for just two weeks to eat nothing except raw vegetables and what is on the lists, make sure and drink everything from drink section, and then go to the doctors and see if it is starting to help.

You will never be hungry if you add all these foods, and there are not many bad tasting foods on the list, but few are bland tasting.

Eggs are a great way to deliver good stuff. I scramble with water, if you like turmeric add turmeric and pepper, if you do not care for the taste of turmeric leave it out. Put coconut oil in pan (1T) pour the eggs in and add celtic salt, 2 T ground flaxseed and 2T chia seeds. There is nothing not to like about this, because it will just taste like scrambled eggs, if you would like to add some onion and peppers to spice it up – do what you have to do to get the flax and chia seeds in.

I put chia seeds in my water throughout the day, but some people do not like the texture- they get gooey in water, but they have no taste not to like, you just have to see if you can get over the texture.

For the radishes I melt coconut oil and add a good bit of salt and pepper to the oil, then I dip radishes in the oil. If he hates radishes you can skip this.

Roti – eat at least once a day. Recipe bake or boil 2 to 3 sweet potatoes and an onion. Slip skins off. Chop and add a bag of frozen peas (unless you can get fresh) Dried chickpeas, soaked overnight or a can of chick peas. Carrots chopped and parboiled in a little bit of water – pour the carrots and water into potatoes, onions and peas. Warm just until the peas are not frozen, then add a can of coconut milk, 1-2 T curry(depending on spice you like) 2-3 T turmeric 2 T black pepper, 1T salt. If you could get juiced turmeric add a couple of shots, add as much ground flaxseed as you can 1 T for each potato, same for chia seeds.

This recipe is powerful and it is filling and full of flavor. It is an important dish to keep prepared in the fridge and take a bite of when you get hungry, and enjoy a Roti meal at least every other day.

Move, Breathe and Walk

Set aside 30 minutes a day to walk. Take 15 minutes at 10am and another 15 at 3 pm. Our bodies were not meant to sit for extended periods of time. Our brains do not function to their full capacity after sitting that long. You can manage your job and your body, take charge of them. Take a walk meeting, and integrate the two necessities.

Working out intensely has been proven to tax your system. Try adding blood circulating intervals into your routine. Take charge oxygenating your body that was not designed to sit hunched over a desk all day.

Take Charge of Your Health with 10 New Habits

I have put a healthy tip a day on Facebook, , take charge of your health by adding one positive habit a day. Each one takes 10 minutes or less. By the end of the week you will have an hour of habits that will change the way you look and feel in 10 days. These tips are not about food, just fast and simple additions to your routine. In just 21 days you will have developed a habit.

Take charge of your health
#1. Wake up. As you open your eyes point and flex your feet, and then roll your ankles. Next roll on your side and do 50 leg lifts on each side, leg bent or straight, the important part is to get your blood moving before your feet hit the floor. Continue reading Take Charge of Your Health with 10 New Habits