Happy Winter Solstice!

I’ve got a lot of stuff for you this week, so I don’t want to delay.  But, as a reminder, I won’t be posting next week.  I’m taking the week “off” but will hopefully get to sit and draft some meaty pieces for which I have been pulling together various sources and bits of information for a few months now.

Now, on with the show …

I used to be one of those people who always had a bottle of water next to her.  You’ve heard the conventional wisdom, right, that if you get thirsty, it’s too late because you’re already dehydrated?  Well, I worked hard to keep that from ever happening.  But that whole philosophy just doesn’t really comport with my philosophy of listening to my body and giving it what it needs.  I noticed lately that in the past few months, my water consumption has decreased and I am no worse off for it.  I only drink when thirsty now.  The change seems to have occurred at the same time I got off the blood sugar rollercoaster I used to ride.  Anyhow, I loved this short piece from Thank Your Body about drinking “too much” water.

Did you pay much attention to the GMO / California Prop 37 debate?  I did … I probably cared more about it than the Presidential race!  Along the lines of food production, check out this visual stunner about what happens to teensy tiny ecosystems that feed our soil in a conventional ag setting.

Another entry in the “visually stunning” category … check out these close up shots of processed food favorites as contrasted with the lovely, orderly whole foods pics.  Holy Pop Tarts, Batman!

Speaking of Pop Tarts, did you know Processed Foods Make Us Irritable?  This is old news for me – if you’ve read my food journey posts you know that this type of irritability was what started me down the path of whole food nutrition.  But it is nice to see some science behind it.

If I can execute this dessert for Christmas, I will be my kids’ rock star.  It’s a dairy free, nut free, grain free Peppermint Brownie Roll.  Wish me luck!

I signed on for this longitudinal breast cancer study last week.  Won’t you consider doing the same?

Speaking of breast cancer, this is a fascinating study to me.  It showed that mechanical, compressive forces were able to convert malignant breast cells back into healthy ones.  Wow.  I wonder if the opposite can be true?  Anyway, I see it as is more evidence to me of how vitally important it is to move our bodies.  All of our parts.  Remember the Two Chest Stretches I Love?  I absolutely, completely believe that our tissues and therefore overall bodies are more functional, healthier, and stronger when they get the blood, lymph and energetic flow that they should from regular, full range of motion movement.

This idea that we just need to move our bodies has, until maybe the last year or so, always been a matter of preserving quality of life and function, but not necessarily extending it.  This study suggests that just the ability to sit down on the floor and get back up again may, in fact, be associated with a longer life span.  How about this:

The study showed that each additional support needed to sit down on the floor and then get up – hand, forearm, knee, side of leg, or hand on the knee – was associated with a 21 percent lower chance of survival over the approximately six years of the study’s follow-up.

I think that’s enough for today.  Look for me a week from Monday and, for those of you celebrating the Christmas holiday, have a merry, merry one!

2 Responses to “Explore More – December 21st”

  1. on 21 Dec 2012 at 7:21 pmKelly @ Primally Inspired

    I hope you get to make the brownie roll! Thank you so much for including it in here!! 🙂 It’s been my go-to holiday recipe and I’ve been bringing it to every holiday-related function this year. You’ll have to let me know how you like it if you make it! Take care and Merry Christmas!!

  2. on 21 Dec 2012 at 9:25 pmKristine Rudolph

    I CANNOT wait to tackle it! The kiddos will be beside themselves. Thanks for sharing – the other ones I had seen out there had nuts and golly, if I am going to work this hard on a dessert, I am going to have some, too!

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