Mark and I have been on this health and wellness journey for years, mainly sharing our knowledge with family and close friends, but now we feel it’s time to share with people beyond our circle. We are looking forward to sharing and learning with as many people as possible. While traveling on this journey, we learned that you have to seek your truth! What works for me may not work for Mark. What works for Mark may not work for you, but we believe everybody feels better when their spirit, mind, and body are in harmony. Breathe With The Flow Of Life!!!!
NOT SO LONG AGO…,
A pig was locked in a cage. Everyday, he hopelessly tried to squeeze his body through the steel bars.
By chance a man came walking by.
“Free me, please free me!” cried the pig.
“No way,” replied the man, “you probably beat me if I did.”
“No, not at all!” swore the pig with many oaths; “On the contrary, I will be grateful and serve your community like I serve mine!”
The pig sobbed and sighed and wept and begged, the man’s heart softened, and he agreed to open the cage and release the pig.
The pig pounced on the man, “What a fool you are! Nothing is going to stop me from beating you NOW!
The man pleaded with the pig to fulfill his oath, but the pig only promised to accept the decision of the first three things the man chose to ask regarding his actions.
So the man first asked a baobab tree what it thought of the matter, but the baobab tree replied coldly, “What are you talking about? Don’t I give you plenty of shade, and don’t you in return break my branches for fun? Don’t whine, be a man!”
The man walked further down the road until he saw a cow turning a well-wheel; but this chance in counter didn’t go well either, for the cow was pissed.
“You are a fool! How can you expect gratitude? When I produced milk, you fed me grass and vegetables, but now that I am dry, you watch me starve!”
Finally, the man asked the road to be his judge and jury.
“My dear friend,” said the road, “how foolish you must be. Here am I, useful to everybody, yet you, break bottles and throw trash on me constantly.”
After hearing how the road really felt, the man turned around, and on his way back he met a peace officer, who asked him why he was looking so miserable?
The man told the peace officer everything that happened.
“The pig is going to do what???” said the peace officer. “Hold on, I’m confused, tell me that story again.”
The man told the story again, but the peace officer scratched his head and still didn’t understand any of it.
“I am terribly hard of hearing,” said the peace officer, sadly, “it seems to go in one ear and out the other. Can you please show me the place where it all happened, and then perhaps I shall be able to understand your story.”
So, the two returned to the cage.
“You’ve been gone a long time!” squealed the pig, “but now let’s begin our beating.”
“OUR BEATING!” yelled the man as he pleaded with the pig. “Give me five minutes. I need to explain what happened to this peace officer, he’s clueless.”
The pig agreed to freeze, and the man began to tell the whole story again.
“I GOT IT!” yelled the peace officer. “The man was in the cage when the pig came walking by?”
“Dumb, dumb,” interrupted the pig, “I was in the cage.”
“Really?” replied the peace officer. “Ok, I got it now. The pig was in the man, and the cage came walking by. No, that’s not right either. You might want to start beating him while I try to figure this out.”
“No, it can wait. You need to understand what happened!” agreed the pig.
“Ok, tell me what happened again,” said the peace officer.
“I’m the pig, he’s the man, and that’s the cage!” said the pig. “And, I was in the cage. Now, do you understand?”
“I think so,” said the peace officer. “But, may I ask a question.”
“Ask away,” said the pig.
“How did you get in the cage?” asked the peace officer.
“In the usual way,” answered the pig.
“But, what’s the usual way?” asked the peace officer.
The pig lost his patience, jumped into the cage, and screamed, “NOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?!”
“Completely!” responded the peace officer as he smiled and shut the cage door for good.
Moral: You Reap What You Sow
To Every Spiritual Being living the human existence this second edition of The Preamble of the United States Constitution is for YOU. First and foremost, WE, The United States of America, acknowledge and wholeheartedly apologize for our crimes against YOU and YOUR ANCESTORS. Moreover, WE promise these words in the second edition of the Preamble will not ring hollow like its predecessor. Now in Order to form a more Perfect Union, establish Righteousness, insure inner Peace, promote Unity, foster Love, and secure the Mental, Physical, and Financial future of Ourselves and our Posterity, we must TRUST one another!
Society is constantly on the go. We move fast and we want things convenient. Which got me to thinking about how this fast-paced everything convenient world is affecting our children’s health and wellness? Far too many times I have seen students come to school with a hand full of junk. Chips, honey buns, pop, candy bars, you name it. They would gobble down some of their unhealthy snacks for breakfast. The rest they would save for lunch.
The convenience store was their after school best friend as well. A friend that would feed them until their parents got home from work, school, or both. Not knowing how to pick healthier foods from the corner store, they usually turned to chips, pop, and a candy bar for dinner.
Knowing this, we thought it would be a great idea to show them how to make healthier choices from their local convenience stores. Mark and I went to corner stores in several different metro Detroit cities to see what healthy options were available for children. We discovered that the majority of them sold the same foods.
Here’s a list of those foods: Bread, both white and wheat, eggs, tuna, salmon, ramen noodles, baked beans, canned peas, canned green beans, canned mixed veggies, peanut butter, jelly, mushrooms, tomato soup, fruit cups, mackerel(surprised me), sardines, pickles, Simply Orange juice, and pasta sauce. They also had bacon, sausage, and baloney, however, the goal is to teach them healthier options beyond what they may be used to. We decided to put a few go-to meals together for children whose only option for feeding themselves is going to the local corner store. Some may be out of the box, but that’s the whole point.
Baked beans, eggs, and wheat toast
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Salmon sandwich with orange juice
Egg sandwich with orange juice
Tomato soup with toast
Tuna or salmon sandwich with a pickle
Tomato soup with green beans
Ramen noodles with a can of mixed veggies
Salmon, mackerel, or tuna sandwich with a pickle
Ramen noodles with peas and mushrooms
I think it’s time for us to teach our children how to choose a healthier lifestyle, no matter where they have to eat. The rise in obesity, diabetes, and depression is too alarming. We are what we eat. Let’s help them know better so they can do better!
“We are now entering the era of energy medicine. Everything in the Universe has a frequency and all you have to do is to change a frequency or create an opposite frequency. That’s how easy it is to change anything in the world, whether that’s emotional issues or whatever that is. This is huge. This is the biggest thing that we have ever come across.”
Dr. Ben Johnson
I used to be a die-hard store bought protein powder connoisseur. But it can be expensive and you really don’t know who processed it or where it was processed. So I just make my own delicious protein shakes! This one has hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds grounded into powder, walnuts, no strain homemade almond milk, unsalted unsweetened sunflower butter, a date, and cacao. I’m at the age where I have to keep my metabolism in check and this protein dense shake helps me. You’ll never hear me say I’m too old to do this or that. Off to the trails with Ginger and Zen! Breathe with the flow of life…
1 cup of almond milk
1 tsp of Cacao powder
2 tbsp of hemp seeds
1 tbsp of walnuts
2 tbsp of unsalted unsweetened sunflower butter
2 tbsp of pumpkin seed powder
1 Medjool date…don’t forget to take the pit out
Place all the ingredients in your blender, blend until smooth, and Breathe with the flow of life!
I made this raw Pad Thai and it was So good! My mouth was watering from all of the flavors. I played around with it to suit my taste buds. It was one of those recipes that I didn’t think was going to be so delicious. My body was pleased with the outcome. How did you feed your body today? Leave a comment and share your Health Warrior skills!
Raw Vegetable Pad Thai
- 1 large green zucchini
- 1 large yellow zucchini
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 cup red cabbage (100g)
- 1 cup bean sprouts (100g)
- 1 green onion
- 1 tbsp cashews, crushed
- ¼ cup raw almond butter (60g)
- 1.5 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
- ½ lime juiced
- 1 tbsp ginger, grated
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 dates
- 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
- 3-4 tbsp water
- Prepare the spicy sauce. Add the raw almond butter, Nama Shoyu, lime juice, ginger, garlic, dates, red pepper flakes to the blender and mix until smooth. Keep adding more water to thin the sauce if it is too thick. I omitted the Nama Shoyu.
- To make the vegetable noodles: spiralize the zucchinis and carrot with a spiralizer or cut them into thin ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Slice the cabbage into strips with a chef’s knife. Add the veggie noodles to a large bowl and top with bean sprouts. I used kelp noodles instead.
- Pour the spicy sauce over the vegetable noodles, or in my version, kelp noodles, and toss.
Sprinkle thinly sliced green onion and crushed cashews over the pad thai to garnish.