Are you one to dismiss the power of words? I certainly used to be that way.
Here’s a little video that may help you reconsider.
I’ve become sold out to the notion that our attitude determines our circumstances. Being a victim is a choice that only leads to more of the same.
Every day can and should be a beautiful day. I believe that all of our faithful readers (with one exception*) have the ability to see its beauty. We have the opportunity each and every morning to choose what we see. This short little video story drives that point home in a powerful and unforgettable manner.
Please understand that I am not preaching from a position of fulfillment here — no, I’ve not arrived … but I have left and am on the way.
Now it’s your turn. Make it a “Beautiful Day” and watch as your world changes.
*We know of one of our readers who is totally blind. We have known this person for many, many years and have observed that she seems always to find the beauty in her day. She has been an incredible inspiration to us both.
Something new and different today!
I ran across a fascinating web site today that I just felt compelled to share with our DG readers. We have lots of young Moms reading our site, so my logic is to reach the young Dads through the Moms, since I don’t think as many Dads read our DGs. Incidentally, I know there are some single Moms reading our stuff as well. What you’re about to learn about will work for single Moms as well. And for you grandparents out there, you may want to pass this along to the appropriate person as well.
Again, I ran across a web site today that teaches Dads how to tell stories to their children. Not “read” stories — but “tell” stories. I love the tag line of the site, “Be a hero to your kids and teach them what’s important with just one story at a time.” The storyteller is Sean Buvala. The web site gives this little bit of info about Sean:
Sean has applied his years of experience as a storyteller—and, not incidentally, father—to a project designed to help Dads convey valuable information to their own children. DaddyTeller: How to be a Hero to Your Kids and Teach Them What’s Really Important By Telling Them One Simple Story at a Time is a step-by-step e-book guide for teaching Dads to become storytellers for their kids.
As the father of four daughters, Sean knows this subject intimately. Based on the premise that any father can learn to tell his children stories that convey values and ethics to his children, DaddyTeller offers nine simple stories (eight plus a bonus) aimed to turn story time into a meaningful and loving experience for both parent and child.
Beyond the book, Sean provides ample support, not just for Dads but for anyone who wants to learn to tell a story with impact. His video clips and audio files are abundant. Watching him perform is inspiring, and even if all you do is watch, I guarantee you’ll tell your next story with just a touch more panache.
The web site is filled with tips and tricks including an 11-part video series giving some great parenting tips. The above short bio refers to Sean’s book which is available both in paperback and Kindle format.
As you can probably tell, I am pretty excited to pass along this resource to our faithful DG readers. I encourage you to spend a few minutes on the site (http://daddyteller.com). I’m convinced you (and your children) will be glad you did.
Please allow me to start with a copy of Seth Godin’s recent blog post titled, “The sad irony of selfishness:”
More often than not, the selfish person is insecure, fearful and filled with doubt. The selfishness springs from his belief that this is his only good idea, his last dollar, his one and only chance to avoid failure. “I need this, not you,” he says, because he truly believes he’s got nothing else going on, no other chance, no hope.
The irony, of course, is that selflessness (not selfishness, its opposite) is precisely the posture that leads to more success. The person with the confidence to support others and to share is repaid by getting more in return than his selfish counterpart.
The connection economy multiplies the value of what is contributed to it. It’s based on abundance, not scarcity, and those that opt out, fall behind.
Sharing your money, your ideas, your insights, your confidence… all of these things return to you. Perhaps not in the way you expected, and certainly not with a guarantee, but again and again the miser falls behind.
Seth then referred to another blogger, Sasha Dichter, in reference to something called a Generosity Day experiment. Curious, I followed that link and was similarly touched by what Sasha wrote. I noticed that he (Sasha) had made a presentation to TED which was posted on his blog. Even more curious and a great fan of TED presentations, I watched.
That whole train of event-led thinking inspired the sub-title of today’s DG — Before Doing You Must Be. We all likely aspire to leave a legacy of generosity. But many of us seem to be “wired” to behave spontaneously selfish. Before our aspirations can become reality, we must change our heart (our subconscious) to be selfless rather that to be selfish. No easy task! It strikes me that the one day (or week, or month) experiment Shasha described could breakthrough to make that heart shift possible.
What do you think?
I’ve been touting the benefits of coconut oil for a number of years and have written several articles describing its health-giving properties. For example, see “Do This ONE Thing to Improve Your Health.”
I use it daily in food preparation and recommend it to all of my clients. Ongoing research continues to reveal a multitude of reasons of why coconut oil is so good for us.
However, imagine my surprise when one of my clients sent me a link to a video which proposed that coconut oil might be an Alzheimer’s remedy. I was curious. The video is excellent and you can watch it for yourself by clicking the first link of the Link of the Day below.
In essence, a female neonatologist, Dr. Mary Newport, discovered some unexpected benefits of coconut oil in dealing with her husband who was fighting a losing battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. In the video you’ll see the results of her 61 year old husband attempting to draw a picture of a clock. The first picture shows a few random circles along with several random numbers, none of which resembles a clock. After including coconut oil in his diet for just TWO weeks, another attempt at the clock drawing showed a stunning improvement. Three weeks later a drawing reveals an ordinary clock with all the numbers in the correct position. Nothing short of remarkable!
Dr. Newport has done extensive research in an effort to “resurrect” her husband. She categorizes Alzheimer’s as a type of “diabetes of the brain” and says that the process can begin 10 to 20 years before any noticeable symptoms occur.
Coconut oil is primarily made up of medium chain triglycerides which are high in ketones. She offers a rather technical, scientific explanation of how the ketones help to improve brain function especially in individuals with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, and Huntington’s.
Dr. Newport has also written a book entitled, Alzheimer’s Disease What If There Was A Cure? I’ve also included several links should you want to explore this amazing discovery in more detail.
I will certainly continue to eat and use coconut oil, and will continue to encourage all of my clients in its use as well. If you’re not already using it, then I highly encourage you to begin doing so. Feel free to contact me if you have further questions about it’s use.
Photo by YIM Hafiz
Our colleague, and nutrition expert, Mike Geary has written a phenomenal article that I want to share with you today on how corn may be making you sick and overweight. And this is not just about corn-on-the-cob; this is also about corn cereals, corn chips, and all of the other foods made with corn products. I also love how Mike gives some great action steps, so be sure to pay close attention to his recommendations below!
Mike is the author of one of our favorite programs, Fat Burning Kitchen, which fully aligns with all the nutrition principles Sharon teaches. Another of our colleagues whom you see us quote a lot, Isabel De Los Rios, created a full series of instructional videos to go along with his awesome program.
Mike is having a special birthday sale this week (he just turned 36) for only today and tomorrow (2/23 and 2/24) where you can grab Fat Burning Kitchen for less than $20!
Is Corn Healthy or making you sick and overweight?
by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist
Contrary to popular belief, corn is a grain, not a vegetable, and is really not appropriate as a dietary staple for several reasons:
1. The problems with “antinutrients” in corn (and other grains too)
2. The inflammatory aspect of excess omega-6 fats in corn products
3. The blood sugar disrupting nature of corn products.
When civilizations such as the Mayans and Native Americans changed their diet to a corn-based one, rates of anemia, arthritis, rickets, and osteoporosis skyrocketed.
Our bodies were not made to exist on such a high quantity of grain-based foods as is present in the modern western diet. This evidence shows up in the archeological records of our ancestors. When archaeologists looked at skeletons of native Americans in burial mounds in the Midwest who ate corn as their primary staple, there was a 50% increase in malnutrition, four times as much incidence of iron-deficiency, and three times as much infectious disease, compared to the more hunter-gather ancestors who primarily ate meats and fruits and veggies as opposed to grains.
Keep in mind that we are not just talking about corn-on-the-cob (sweet corn) here… we are also talking about corn cereals, corn chips, and other modern corn-based foods that are promoted by food companies as “healthy.” There are several reasons researchers give for the nutritional problems and the weight gain caused by a corn-dominated diet:
• Corn contains lots of fast digesting starches and sugar, which raises insulin levels, causes you to be hungrier and causes your body to store calories as fat. Don’t be mistaken, just because corn does not taste obviously sweet, doesn’t mean it isn’t full of sugars. Once eaten, your body quickly turns corn based foods into sugar. Even the starches in corn products can be broken down very quickly by your body spiking your blood sugar levels, and causing cravings for more carbohydrate-based foods.
• Corn is also a poor source of protein, usually deficient in 3 of the 8 essential amino acids: lysine, isoleucine, and tryptophan. The essential amino acids are so-named because they must be obtained from the diet, since the body is unable to manufacture them.
• Corn contains a high amount of phytate, a chemical that binds to iron and inhibits its absorption by the body. So, consequently, a diet high in phytate can make people more likely to have iron-deficiency anemia and fatigue. Phytate is also a nutrient blocker (an antinutrient) and inhibits other vitamins and minerals from being utilized.
• Corn is a poor source of certain minerals such as calcium and some vitamins such as niacin (B3). Deficiencies of niacin can result in a condition known as Pellagra, which is common in civilizations that eat a lot of corn. It can cause a variety of symptoms such as dermatitis, diarrhea, and depression. Since we are now a nation of corn-eaters, it wouldn’t be surprising that this is more common here than we realize.
• Corn oils are also used in most processed foods (along with soybean oils). Both corn oil and soybean oil are excessively high in inflammatory omega-6 fats and low in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats. This throws the delicate balance of omega-6 to omega-3 in your body out of whack and can cause degenerative diseases and weight gain over time. In addition, corn oil and soybean oil are highly refined with high heat and solvents, which oxidizes and damages the fragile polyunsaturated oils, and makes them even more inflammatory when you ingest them in processed foods.
It’s not just people who eat too much corn based foods. A large amount of the nation’s corn crop ends up feeding commercially raised cattle, which are cheaply fattened on corn and other grains before slaughter. Beef from corn-fattened cattle also has much higher ratios of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids than healthier grass fed beef which contains more anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Most meat in supermarkets comes from grain-fed animals and not healthy grass fed animals.
Because corn and other grains are an unnatural diet and difficult to digest, cattle raised on corn develop higher stomach acidity, which is a breeding ground for the dangerous E. coli O157:H7, the deadly strain of the bacteria. E-coli is rare in healthy grass-fed meat.
While eliminating refined grains such as corn and wheat (yes, it seems they are in everything!) can seem a very daunting task, the reward is a return to wonderful health, sparkling eyes, clear skin, clear thinking, and less body fat as the body is once again able to extract appropriate nutrients from food, reduced inflammation caused by grain based foods, and a resolution of nutritional deficiencies from the lack of absorption.
Do yourself a favor, and try at least 2 weeks with no grain products at all. I guarantee you will see some drastic improvements in your weight, energy, and general outlook! This is easier than you may think… For example, instead of having pasta with sauce and meat for dinner, a better alternative would be to have just grass-fed meat, tomato sauce, and veggies, topped with a little parmesan cheese. It’s delicious and no grains!
Another example would be breakfast… instead of cereals, bagels, or muffins, try to base most of your breakfasts on cage-free organic whole eggs with lots of veggies and perhaps some bison sausage or other nitrate/nitrite-free turkey or chicken sausage. If you’re very active and need a little more carbs with your breakfast, instead of grains, a small piece of fruit or some tea with a little bit of raw honey can be great additions to the egg/veggies based breakfast. This is a delicious and satisfying breakfast that will control your blood sugar, balance your hormones, and eliminate the problems with antinutrients found in most grains. Those are just a couple examples, but I think you get the point of how easy this can be.
I know it may not be realistic for everybody to give up grains fully, so the most realistic plan for many people is to only eat grain based foods (bread, pasta, cereals, etc) on their one cheat day each week, and save 6 days per week to be grain-free. Your body with thank you!
Remember, Mike’s excellent Fat Burning Kitchen book is available at HALF price for the next 2 days only (2/22 and 2/23), as he is having a special sale for his birthday this week.