We have all ran into or been the stick in the mud or the negative wet blanket that just makes everything in life seem to stop. The emotions we wear and the attitudes we exhibit or wear do not derive out of thin air. Depending on who we have listened to we might think our woes are God’s will. This is not a theological discussion as our moods, attitudes and even toxic or positive based on years of dedicated work have presented themselves as the result of other more Earthbound sources. We are led to believe we are molded by disease. Even that is backward.
Are we victims of fate, luck, our parents? No we are the result of what we eat. How could such a thing be true? The better question is how could such a thing, not be true? Your car responds to the fuel you put in its gas tank. Your clothes are as nicely pressed as we make them with an iron or dry cleaning and pressing. Our hair is as nice as we style it. So how did we begin to think that other aspects of our lives were the result of unseen forces? Because: we were told this so that the tellers of this fable could sell us their wares, to defeat these mysterious forces.
A poor diet and bad habits feed and or fuel the negative, dark and worrisome thoughts we have on a daily basis. You read that right; we are the victim of junk food, cooked food, alcohol, coffee and more. We know alcohol depresses our senses. Yet after we seem to be sober, our moods and thoughts are still altered by the remains of what we consumed. You could say that who you are today is colored or painted by the diet and habits we have had earlier in life. Whole Raw Foods heal and clean out the junk that poison and darkly color us. Use them and heal more than your body, heal your mind.
Eating what’s good for us is not always as easy as we’d like it to be. Let’s face it, staying healthy is sometimes a chore! Now that the holidays are behind we have the next year to develop the habits of healthy eating. Developing new habits is hard and most of us have many excuses not to change. Getting into a new routine takes time, so give yourself a chance. If you’d like to be more conscious of your health and your body read on. Start slowly and incorporate these steps into your life. Here are four suggestions to get you started:
• Digestion of our food starts at our mouth. When you eat, be sure to chew thoroughly. Doing so incorporates plenty of saliva, and the enzymes that start the digestive process, into your food, and reduces the amount of work your stomach and intestines will have to go through.
• Reduce the about of liquid during a meal. Drinking too much liquid during a meal will dilute the stomach acids and enzymes our intestinal tract uses during digestion. Some doctors suggest waiting a couple of hours after eating before consuming liquid.
• Stay rested during and after eating. Try not to eat and run. Instead, relax and enjoy the company of a friend of close companion. Your body will be able to devote its energies to digestion and assimilation.
• Enjoy your food. Be mindful of the food you have chosen, where and how it came about being on your plate. Say a simple prayer of gratitude or meditate when you sit to eat. Allow that energy to carry through the meal for a pleasant experience.
To start with, you might choose one meal each day or week and incorporate these new ideas. Plan this one meal carefully, and prepare it with love. Then, before you eat, take a moment to experience gratitude for your meal. Next, as you take each bite, chew carefully (remember the traditional motherly advice of chewing each bite 30 times!) and focus on enjoying the flavors on your tongue. Spend this time really tasting your food. This time chewing allows more saliva to be incorporated with your food and the enzymes present will start the digestive process. When this bite has been chewed to liquid, swallow and give the rest of your body permission to continue the process of digestion. When you’ve finished the meal, sit for a moment, and be aware of your body.
Cancer is a disease in which the cells become abnormal and form more cells in an uncontrolled way. With skin cancer, the cancer begins in cells that make up the skin. The skin is our body’s largest organ. This organ protects us against heart, light and infection. It regulates body temperature and stores water, fat, and vitamin D. With skin cancer, new cells form when the skin does not need them, and old cells do not die when they should. These extra cells form a mass of tissue called a tumor. Though, not all tumors are cancer. Tumors that are cancer can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs, and sometimes can spread to other parts of the body.
Skin cancers are named for the type of cells where the cancer starts. The three types of cancer are: Basal cell carcinoma – occurs on parts of the body that is exposed to a lot sun, such as the face. It is slow growing and rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma – also occurs on parts of the skin that have been in the sun. But also can be found on parts of the skin not exposed to the sun. This cancer can spread to other organs inside the body. Melanoma – the most serious type of cancer. This cancer is likely to spread to other parts of the body if not caught and treated early. Melanoma is much less common than other types of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. About one million Americans get some form of skin cancer ever year. The number of new cases of skin cancer appears to be rising each year. The number of deaths due to skin cancer, though, is fairly small. The good news is that skin cancer is nearly 100% curable if found early and treated promptly.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. Other sources of US radiation, such as sunlamps and tanning beds, also can cause skin cancer. Although anyone can get skin cancer, the risk is greatest for people who have:
• Skin that tans poorly or burns easily
• A large number of moles, especially abnormal moles
Most skin cancers appear after age 50. But the sun’s damaging effects begin at an early age. So, protection should start in childhood to prevent skin cancer later in life.