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Pema Chödrön´s words of wisdom

Wisdom that I came across in my daily blog reading routine

I was reading through blogs this morning and mind/body/spirit Academy  had written a great post on patience. With a quote from Pema Chödrön. I am a big fan of Chödrön, along with reading the post I was browsing Chödrön´s web and I found abundance of writings that spoke to me. I am going to quote one of them;

«As long as we’re caught up in always looking for certainty and happiness, rather than honoring the taste and smell and quality of exactly what is happening, as long as we’re always running away from discomfort, we’re going to be caught in a cycle of unhappiness and disappointment, and we will feel weaker and weaker. This way of seeing helps us to develop inner strength.»

This is a quote from Pema Chödrön writings on SHAMBALA SUN . One more reminder of living here and now, not there and then.

Thank you mind/body/spirit academy for the re-acquaintance with Chödrön.

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Acidic food

Acidic food and alkaline foods

I am a fan of MindBodyGreen on Facebook. This morning there was a post based on Kris CarrPh information. A graph explaining PH-value

I found  the chart to be insufficient but in the comments below was a more detailed list of PH-value; Based on Back to the house of health which is a website with abundance of information related to PH value and alkaline food.

I could not copy the list as a picture here is the whole list, I took out some of the values that I thought were interesting. I was surprised that lime and lemon are alkaline opposed to  oranges that are acidic. Meat is the worst when trying to avoid acidic foods. I was surprised by the acidic value of hard cheese. I already knew that milk was acidic and straining the calcium storage of the body.  Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body PH. I did however not know that the cheese was this acidic. Artificial sweeteners are the worst of all sweeteners, one more reason to avoid them!

Here are some values + sign indicates alkaline and – sign indicates acidic
Cucumber, Fresh +31.5
Sprouted Chia Seeds +28.5
Sprouted Radish Seeds +28.4
Wheat Grass +33.8
Summer Black Radish +39.4
Avocado (Protein) +15.6
Fresh Lemon +9.9
Limes +8.2
Tomato +13.6
Soy Lecithin (Pure) +38.0
Soy Nuts (soaked Soy Beans, Then Air Dried) +26.5
Soybeans, Fresh +12.0
Spelt +0.5
Tofu +3.2
Mandarin Orange -11.5
Mango -8.7
Orange -9.2
Papaya -9.4
Peach -9.7
Pear -9.9
Pineapple -12.6
raspberry -5.1
Red Currant -2.4
Rose Hips -15.5
Strawberry -5.4
Tangerine -8.5
Watermelon -1.0
Yellow Plum -4.9
Brown Rice -12.5
Wheat -10.1

Nuts
Hazelnuts -2.0
Macadamia Nuts -3.2
Walnuts -8.0

Fish
Fresh Water Fish -11.8

Meat, Poultry, And Fish
Beef -34.5
Chicken (to -22) -18.0
Eggs (to -22)
Liver -3.0
Ocean Fish -20.0
Organ Meats -3.0
Oysters -5.0
Pork -38.0
Veal -35.0

Milk And Milk Products
Buttermilk +1.3
Cream -3.9
Hard Cheese -18.1
Homogenized Milk -1.0

Sweets
Artificial sweeteners -26.5
Barley Malt Syrup -9.3
Beet Sugar -15.1
Brown Rice Syrup -8.7
Chocolate -24.6
Dr. Bronner’s Barley
Dried Sugar Cane Juice -18.0
Fructose -9.5
Honey -7.6
Malt Sweetener -9.8
Milk Sugar -9.4
Molasses -14.6
Turbinado Sugar -9.5
White Sugar -17.6

Condiments
Ketchup -12.4
mayonnaise -12.5
Mustard -19.2
Soy Sauce -36.2
Vinegar -39.4

Beverages
Beer -26.8
Coffee -25.1
Fruit Juice Sweetened
Fruit Juice, Packaged, Natural -8.7
Liquor -38.7
Tea (Black) -27.1
Wine -16.4

An extremely interesting post on dental health with a link to the source. Cancer truth has loads of interesting articles on cancer and the holistic relationship.

Bio-Sil South Africa

Four Dental Causes of Cancer

19.6.2012

Hi folks,

I often say it’s a miracle that we, as the wonderful living beings that we are, are still alive.   When one considers what we’ve been bombarded with (such a chemtrails; aspartame; vaccines; fluoride; genetically butchered foods etc etc etc etc) and now conventional dentistry.  The onslaught on our pearlies!    

 As with reflexology, each part of the foot is related to some part in the body;   well so is each tooth connected to a point in the body.   It’s not just the mercury fillings that cause serious health conditions and negative immune reactions in 90% of us, but also the white composite fillings !

I have just started reading an amazing book which is mightily revelatory, right from the foreword by the President of the Holistic Dental Association :

«Conventional dentists view the teeth and dental health as…

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Like an old machine

After a blog stop I find it hard to start again.

We are back in Iceland, in a temporary housing though. We get our house next spring. But after a year not working we really need to «cut the fat». We need to keep expenses as low as possible. We are adjusting, this is our third day. I got my blender started today and managed to make my first morning shake since June 5th. I took the heavy blender with me on a road trip and on the flight. Everywhere I went my blender and vitamins did too. But in New York I strayed off, although the place we got to stay in was lovely. We were staying in a friends working studio so I did not want to mess with the fruit and veggies and the protein powder, rice milk and you know what else… So I just decided to rest my case. I can feel it in my joints though. Too much coffee and too little good food. But the routine will be there soon.

I feel like I have an old machine to get started

I wanted to start writing again as soon as possible so that I would not fall out of my routine completely.Staying at the studio (the temporary housing)  has many advantages. It is spacious and a good work place. The bonus feature is that looking out of the window is a meditation in itself. I see the ocean , the small boats and the magical Snæfellsjökull. (Jules Verne, A journey to the center of the Earth.

Snæfellsjökull Glacier and the ocean

The ocean and the boats in the midnight sun

Mountain Snæfellsjökull

Mountain Snæfellsjökull © Wikipedia

My kidneys are smiling

Can you picture that? A smiling pair of kidneys?

That is what it feels like. I am blessed with a family unit that sometimes just leaves me alone. My husband took our ten-year old to see friends yesterday. That gave me space to gather all the things that I need sorted out before I leave, in less than a week. When things pile up , my stress level goes up and my kidneys start complaining. It feels like lover back pain but I have gotten to know my kidneys quite well through my journey and I listen. I want them to be smiling.

My daughter spent the night at a friend’s house  and now  my husband  is off on his motorcycle so I have a second day in my own quiet universe. Today I have had coffee made by  my favorite barista Alex. I rewrote two pages of my novel. Then I went  to a second-hand bookstore and found a book I ´ve been waiting to see, I was surprised it was already in the second-hand store. It is «Advanced style» by Ari Seth Cohen. Here is a video clip of the lady´s in the book. They are just lovely. 

I know I should not buy more books! We have started to pack our things, we got a price for the move back to Iceland and it is EXPENSIVE! So we are trying to shrink what needs to come with us. But I could not resist.

People find us odd

Sometimes people find it odd that we are not glued together alway´s. My husband loves his motorcycle and takes frequent trips. I love to relax or maybe just take my girls on a small trip. Who says the family unit does have to be glued together at all times?

Extrovert vs. Introvert

I am an introvert and I recharge when I am alone. My husband is an extrovert and he recharges when he is with other people. That is why we like , not to be together always.  If I were to be on his schedule all the time I would soon burn out. As he gets older he can sometimes dwell in my quiet world for a moment reading. But that lasts for a brief moment and off he is!

I want to leave you with a thought on introverts, by Susan Cain

Have a good weekend!

I can be lazy and I´m proud of it!

I was inspired by reading this post called the art of doing nothing.

I am not an official recovering workaholic, I mean I have never gone to a twelve step meeting to deal with it ,but yes I am.

I was a workaholic I just dealt with the emptiness in a different twelve step program.

I have four kids , when I was at work I worried about them. When I was at home I  was thinking about work. I was in neither place. When I had the day off I had hard time relaxing without feeling shameful. When I tried to relax I found my self thinking that I should do something. At least clean the house! It is difficult to wind down when,you are  like me in such a  spiral that It was like I  was about to get launched from the planet like a rocket.

When I collapsed I finally learned   to relax. Now I sleep in couple of times  a week. At least I sleep long enough to wake up by myself (no alarm). If I am tired I lay down and get some rest.I have learned to listen to my body.

I am working on saying no. I had some relapse last year when I had 130% studies, 50-70% work and was stupid enough to say yes  to be a chairman of small association. The icing on the cake was investing  in a company that was not exactly something I was interested in, just to add things that I did not have time for.

Time that I stole from myself and my family. It goes without saying that none of this would have been possible if I was not blessed with wonderful people around me to help me.

I finally managed to get out, and since August last year I have been working on my own things. Writing,  which is my passion. And I have been studying Art history, which I find fascinating. I have been in a sort of protected environment.

Now I am moving back home and I wonder. Am I strong enough? When people ask me to do things I am not interested in. Will I be persistent enough to say no and belive in the things I am doing on my own?

Well that is my task of the day´s and weeks to come

1. Say no to things that others want me to do if  I´m not interested.

2. Relax, and practice being there. To be in the now at all times Eckart Tolle style.

3.Believe in me, no matter what others say.

4. Stick to my plan, it is a good one and it will come true, if I don´t abandon it.

5.Be active in my coda program so that I won´t fall back into bad habits

 cartoon, taken from Frazzled mommy blog.

Why do people consider chicken a healthier option?

Is white meat better than red meat?

Many people avoid red meat for health reasons and eat the lighter meat types such as chicken. Is that such a good idea?  The article I´m referring to is the one that tells us about residues of Arsenic, Tylenol and Benadryl in the chicken tested.

Chicken is famous for salmonella if it is not properly cooked , so why has chicken become the health enthusiast food? Because it is cheap? Do you want to know why it is cheap?

That is why! And this is the more humane factory ,it  has open windows and fresh air coming in. Usually there would not be windows. Still want to grab a chicken on the way home?

Now I have not even begun on the chicken nuggets or the famous pink slime. If I were to recommend anything I would say find a farmers market in your district and shop there if you really want to know what you are getting.That is if you can not think of skipping the meat altogether. The thing is the vegetables are not that safe either so no matter what your food choice is. You have to know where your food is coming from.

 Just to recap here is a clip from the film Food inc .

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