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Suzanne C.

Suzanne C.

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  • Suzanne C., Gloria C., Erin H., and 9 others smiled at this


    Today's Challenge:
    Put your fork down between bites at 1 meal today.

    How to do it :
    During one meal today, make a point of putting your fork down after every bite. (Eating with your hands? Set your food down between bites.) Swallow completely before you take another bite.

    Chewing & Your Health

    50% of digestion begins in the mouth. So if you have digestive problems, you can usually fix it with your teeth! The most powerful tools you have to digest and absorb nutrients well are your teeth. Your teeth are important digestive organs often overlooked. These powerful bones deliver 120lbs of pressure every square inch. Chewing grinds up hard chunks of food and liquefies your food, turning it into a slushy paste. Thorough chewing immediately exposes your food to digestive juices in your saliva, and after swallowing, your stomach as well, thus ensuring better digestion. Chewing can be a great remedy for many digestive ailments. Popping enzyme pills or probiotics pales in comparison to the simple, mechanical benefits of careful chewing.
    How much longer would it take your stomach acids to dissolve a whole peanut compared to one completely mashed and mixed with saliva?
    Insufficient chewing of food forces your stomach to break down your food by acids. This takes both time and effort, and leads to a delay in digestion. As digestion is a metabolically intense process, poorly chewed food makes you and your digestive tract feel tired. Incomplete chewing saps your energy. While your stomach churns away, your gut will feel heavy as if you've eaten a large meal.

    Incomplete chewing causes sluggish digestion or even worse: acid reflux, indigestion, and bloating. If you have acid reflux, proper chewing is one of the best ways to minimize the amount of time the food sits in your stomach, so that acids won't linger. If you can't produce enough acid or enzymes in your gut to digest your food well, use your saliva to lighten the burden on these organs. Saliva contains digestive enzymes that start breaking down your food right away. To boot, mastication actually increases saliva output by 10x. Saliva has many other benefits as well. Its antibodies flag toxins for the immune system to destroy. Its antiseptic nature kills bacteria. And the hormones in saliva stimulate gut contraction to move food along the GI tract.

    Chewing Your Food Ayurvedically
    (See links below to learn more about Ayurvedic eating)

    To improve your energy levels and promote good digestion, all foods must be chewed with care - especially those that are difficult to digest. If your food is difficult to chew, that's all the more reason to be patient. Difficult to chew means difficult to digest - so you might as well chew it complettely. Confronted by a bad food combination? At your friend's house for dinner and forced to eat food you know you can't digest? Extra chewing may be your best remedy when you're in a food pinch.
    Ayurvedic teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad, used to tell his students "drink your food and chew your liquid."

    Horace Fletcher may be forever known as the world's greatest champion of chewing. The famous health food enthusiast of the Victorian era promoted thorough chewing, becoming a millionaire in the process. Fletcher's laboratory experiments showed that comprehensive chewing improved vitality, strength, and even thinking ability. In his words, "Nature will castigate those who don't masticate."

    The patient attention of meticulous mastication allows you to savor the flavors of the tastes in your food. Ayurveda believes that each of the 6 tastes - sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent - has a medicinal effect on the body and an important role in the digestive process. Ideally all 6 are present in a meal. Allow your tastebuds to soak each one up.

    Mindful eating also gives you the chance to connect with your body and its reaction to your food. What subtle reactions do you notice as you eat broccoli? This sort of self awareness is the basis of healing in Ayurveda. It naturally prevents you from overeating and from eating foods that don't agree with you. Use your extensive chewing as a contemplative practice. Allow it to encourage your appreciation of the gift of nourishment you've received.

    DIGESTION: Where it starts
    Digestion begins in your mouth. Efficient chewing increases the surface area of foods, affording a thorough breakdown by enzymes. Saliva also contains lingual lipase, a fat metabolising enzyme, which breaks down fat before it reaches the stomach. If the fat reached the stomach inadequately chewed, brace yourself for digestion problems. The longer your food stays in touch with your saliva, the better it gets lubricated and lesser the stress on your esophagus. Even digesting carbohydrates starts with chewing right as your saliva detaches chemical bonds that connect the starch-containing simple sugars. When you don't chew well, these enzymes can't break down starches or digest fats, inducing sluggishness and loss of energy.

    Pleasure principle
    Rushing through a meal bars you from enjoying it to its maximum, leading to a sense of dissatisfaction. Mindful eating is about experiencing food more intensely — especially the pleasure of it — and chewing plays the protagonist in this show. We live to eat, or at least we live because we eat. So good food assiduously chewed for a good time will ensure that you'll love your food the most it can be loved.

    An American health-food guru of the late 1800s, Horace Fletcher, was known as 'The Great Masticator'. He recommended chewing food at least once for every tooth or 32 times per mouthful before swallowing. Fletcher, who would chew a morsel 100 times a minute before swallowing, believed that his method held the secret to unlocking hidden strengths. Fletcher's war-cry was 'Nature will castigate those who don't masticate' and he acquired a legendary status with his set of experiments at the Yale Gymnasium. At 58, he competed with college students in exacting tests of strength and endurance such as deep-knee bending, holding out arms horizontally for a length of time, and calf-raises on an intricate machine — and beat the Yale athletes in all events. Fletcher attributed his feat to studious grinding and gnawing.

    Tips to chew well
    - Mash slowly and steadily.
    - Keep the ambience relaxed rather than loud or distracting. That means no sitting in front of the TV.
    - Eat smaller morsels; smaller the bites, the better you will chew.
    - Stop only when the mouthful is totally liquid and has lost its texture.
    - Take another bite only when you have finished chewing completely and swallowed.
    - Drink water or fluids only after your mouth is empty.

    From The Institute for the Psychology of Eating
    (The world's leading school in nutritional psychology)
    The Psychology of Chewing:

    From Dr, Mercola
    7 Important Reasons to Properly Chew Your Food

    From Mind Body Green
    Why Chewing Your Food Can Change Your Life



    Upgrading To An Ayurvedic Diet: Five Secrets of Good Digestion

    9 Ayurvedic Rules for Eating

    Happy Chewing!!! ♥ ;-D ♥


    "Put your fork down between bites at 1 meal today"

    May 5, 2016 at 1:17 UTC
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    If this photo did not state her age would you ever have even guessed her to be 50? This photo is a few years old. She is now about 75 years old.
    I have posted some videos below. Take a look at this amazing lady.

    Today's Challenge:
    Stand in a doorway with your hands on the frame and lean forward. Hold for a count of 15.

    Challenge completed. That was a nice stretch, DC. Thank you.
    ♥ ;-D ♥

    Annette says she does not eat animal products-- her food is unprocessed and uncooked. "My diet consists of fruits, nuts, vegetables and seeds. I do a lot of sprouting of seeds and as you can see from my garden and of course these are the raw foods that I eat." Annette also juices fruits and veggies. You name it, she can juice it. Grapefruits, pineapples, even spinach. Just take a look at this amazing woman: She definitely defies her age.

    Here is a video with Steve Harvey & some lovely vegan ladies that certainly do not look their age. They look MUCH younger than their actually ages. Take a look. You will probably be quite amazed.

    Amazing Ladies Annette Larkins, Mim Kirki, and Linda Wood Hoyte Defy Age with Vegan Lifestyle



    Linda's 70th Birthday Party:

    Aren't they absolutely amazing?

    Have a wonderful day my DC friends. ♥ ;-D ♥


    "Stand in a doorway with your hands on the frame and lean forward. Hold for a count of 15"

    May 3, 2016 at 16:51 UTC
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    Take a look.
    Take the challenge.

    Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs of CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life

    Living a vegan lifestyle is the single most effective thing you can do to:

    1. Save a lot of water. (It takes 660 gallons of water to produce 1/4 pound of hamburger meat. e-a-burger-20140124-story.html

    2.Cut down on air pollution and climate change. (Animal farming is responsible for more than half of all pollution.

    3. Reduce deforestation. (Including in the rainforest, which is getting flattened for animal farming at the rate of an acre per second. http://insideclimatenews.or...

    4. Reduce world hunger. (It takes 13 to-20 pounds of grain fed to a cow to produce just 1 pound of muscle mass, i.e. beef. This means that 13-20 times as many people could be fed if those grains were simply eaten by humans.

    5. Stop species from going extinct. Animal farming is the #1 reason for species extinction. http://www.takeextinctionof...

    6. Save the ocean. (Animal farming is the #1 reason for ocean “dead zones”.


    * Eluxe:12 Reasons to Go Vegan NOW:

    * Free from Harm: 12 Reasons To Go Vegan:

    * Peta: How to go vegan in 3 easy steps:

    * VeganKit: A simple plan to get you started:

    * Forks Over Knives: http://www.forksoverknives....


    * Forks Over Knives Recipes: http://www.forksoverknives....

    * Farm Sanctuary‘s V-Lish recipe site.:

    * The Minimalist Baker has yummy recipes you can make in under 30 minutes with very few ingredients:

    And Today's Challenge:
    Lessen symptoms of eyestrain by giving yourself a 1-minute eyelid massage.

    Challenge completed DC. Nice. Thanks.


    "Lessen symptoms of eyestrain by giving yourself a 1-minute eyelid massage"

    May 3, 2016 at 0:58 UTC
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    A big shout out to Heather for her encouragement with a great song. Thank you, Heather. That got me moving after my late afternoon nap.

    Today's Challenge:
    Choose a song that makes you feel energized, and plan to play it tomorrow morning.

    OK. Will do. ♥ ;-D ♥

    The study of how music affects the mind has been a subject of interest for many. The interconnection between music and the physical and mental health of human beings has been researched on since long. Research has concluded that music does have positive effects on our mind. It has the power of healing certain ailments. Indian classical music has been found to have the strongest healing powers. Music has a calming effect on the mind. It is known to speed the recovery of health ailments. It helps fight anxiety and has a soothing effect on the brain.
    Read more here: Buzzle:

    Lots of info below on the effects of music. Some of it may overlap.
    ♥ ;-D ♥

    Music on the Brain:

    How Music Affects and Benefits Your Brain:

    How Music Affects Us and Promotes Health;

    7 Insane Ways Music Affects The Body (According to Science):

    8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits Our Brains:

    10 Magical Effects Music Has On the Mind:

    Quotes About Power Of Music:

    I hope everyone was Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon.
    ♥ ;-D ♥


    "Choose a song that makes you feel energized, and plan to play it tomorrow morning"

    May 2, 2016 at 1:38 UTC
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    Today's Challenge:
    During your next shopping trip, plan to use the smallest shopping cart or basket you can.

    Unless I am doing a major 'stock up' shop, I generally do use the smaller carts if available. Especially at Whole Foods (AKA: Whole Paycheck!!!) And the smaller carts are so much easier to 'drive'.
    ♥ ;-D ♥

    I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. ♥ ;-D ♥


    "During your next shopping trip, plan to use the smallest shopping cart or basket you can"

    April 30, 2016 at 17:23 UTC
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    Thank you very much to Mary Anne for the 'E' today.
    ♥ ;-D ♥

    Today's Challenge:
    Name 1 positive change you recently made to a room in your home.

    Not exactly a room but I still consider it living space. I cleared & cleaned the covered front porch. Now I have a nice place to hang out in the evening in the summer when the house is too warm from the day's heat. I don't have air conditioning. Just fans. Looking forward to summer evenings on the patio.

    Here's to a wonderful weekend. ♥ ;-D ♥


    "Name 1 positive change you recently made to a room in your home"

    April 30, 2016 at 8:44 UTC
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    A big thank you to William for the 'E' today. Very appreciated.
    ♥ ;-D ♥

    OK. Did this one much earlier bur haven't had time to post. I didn't want to disturb the cat in the darkness of the hall early this morning to fumble for the dumbbells. So, I copped out to a couple of 15 oz. cans of organic garbanzo beans. Done 15 times. ♥ ;-D ♥

    Much Peace, Love & Light to all. ♥ ;-D ♥


    "Build forearm strength: Hold water bottles, soup cans, or dumbbells and curl your wrists 10 times"

    April 29, 2016 at 2:57 UTC
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    And each day is a new day.
    And there is always a little room to try something new.

    OK. I will think about this & try something new or different. The day is almost over. It may be tomorrow instead, but I will do this.

    Happy Hump Day everyone. ♥ ;-D ♥
    Have a thoroughly terrific Thursday. ♥ ;-D ♥


    "Mix it up: Do 1 thing differently today, such as walking a new route or eating in a new spot"

    April 28, 2016 at 4:12 UTC
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    OK. I checked out the "salty 7". I don't really eat much of anything there. Most of it I don't eat at all.
    ♥ ;-D ♥


    "Check out the "salty 7" and learn which processed foods contain the most sodium"

    April 26, 2016 at 15:23 UTC
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