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Diet and Nutrition

The foods we eat

Is our food sustaining us or killing us?

We are what we eat, and we eat for reasons other than hunger. Some people do not get enough – and some of us eat to much.

But what is most important is the quality of our food because it is the quality of our food that determines the health of our bodies, our quality of life and longevity.

It is well documented and scientifically proven that what is generally referred to as a healthy diet gives us a longer and healthier life than we would otherwise have then living on junk foods.

During the Second World War, a lot of thought went into supplying troops with nutritious

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Grapeseed Oil

Fruit of the vine

Grape seed oil or grape oil is pressed from the seeds of grapes, and is a by-product of wine making. Unfortunately grape seed oil is usually extracted from grape seeds using a solvent rather than being pressed from the seeds which aromatherapists say makes it an inferior oil for aromatherapy massage.

However; for some, grape seed oil is a preferred cosmetic ingredient for control of skin moisturization and it is a popular massage medium as its nice to work with. It also contains more linoleic acid than many other oils.

The oils are usually extracted in factories by crushing the seeds and using solvents, but a healthier oil is gained by cold-pressing or expeller pressing.

Some

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Coconut Oil

A perfect food and body oil

All across the world all across the world coconut as well as being a popular food yields its oil that is used extensively for cooking, in confectionery and as a food in its own right. Interestingly in a recent BBC documentary, Doctor Michael Mosley conducted an experiment with saturated fats and found that those who consumed a modest amount of coconut oil on a daily basis actually had reduced levels of the bad cholesterol that some people go on about.

There is no doubt that coconut oil is a healthy food and it’s also ideal for skincare as a moisturiser and massage oil.

Coconut trees have traditionally been grown as a semi wild

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We Are What We Eat

Foods support us or weaken us

āhāras tv api sarvasya tri-vidho bhavati priyaḥ yajñas tapas tathā dānaṁ teṣhāṁ bhedam imaṁ śhṛiṇu (BV 17-7)

Sanskrit has three very key words that are critically important and must be understood to better support our lives and to know the attributes or Gunas of any phenomenon. Today we briefly overview foods from an enlightened perspective which are classified as Satvic, Rajasic and Tamasic.

Satvic:

āyuḥ-sattva-balārogya-sukha-prīti-vivardhanāḥ rasyāḥ snigdhāḥ sthirā hṛidyā āhārāḥ sāttvika-priyāḥ (BV 17-8)

Satvic is Sat, Satya or essence of truth as in the Latin Sativus or noble which is derived from Satya. Sativus or Satvik qualities represent higher self, divine [ilaahi of Farsi that comes

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Alliums

The Origins of Onion Shallots and their linguistic travel worldwide

Once I was reading a great research on DNA and the author a well known scientist showed how Onions DNA matches closest to Human beings. That always surprised me and created much curiosity. I did ample research in past years and found that Onions originated in ancient lands of India along with Garlic where they were used in ancient medicinal systems for millenniums. Today worldwide almost every body knows the taste and benefits of onions. Lets see its linguistic origins and its interesting story.

If you cut an onion in half and visualize you can see that its center has two elements and then it evolves like a spiral like

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Chaga Mushroom

A gift from the Gods

Chaga mushroom, is a fungus in the family Hymenochaetaceae classified as “Inonotus obliquus”. It’s a parasitic fungi that grows on birch and other trees. The sterile conk is irregularly formed and has an appearance similar to burnt charcoal while the inside varies from reddish-brown to yellow-orange.

Rather than being soft like a mushroom, chaga is hard, almost as hard as wood and nothing like any common mushrooms. In fact, chaga is the most nutritionally dense of all tree growths. Like any plant that survives in harsh climates, chaga concentrates natural compounds for its protection, and that is why it is so powerful. It actually strengthens the host tree on which it makes potent phytochemicals, including

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PetaPhobia

Misdirected animal rights activism

A response to PETA’s call to abolish the wool industry. When is enough enough and when is it too much? But please don’t get me wrong, Peta is a needed to prod to the social conscience and like all ideologies it sometimes strays beyond its mandate. For sure we need to treat animals ethically and with respect so they can live pleasant pain free lives even if they are to be killed and eaten some day.

The word ethics has little meaning because different cultures see things differently. Activities like cockfighting, dogfighting, bullfighting are clearly unethical to some mindsets but are clearly acceptable and therefore ethical to those who practice and profit.

Within Hinduism and Buddhism

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Longevity

Do you want to Live Longer?

Published on 28 Nov 2017 updated June 11 2018 I have written previously on the philosophy of longevity, but here I write about the practical and necessary steps to follow for a longer life. These steps require that you take a degree of self responsibility and decide for yourself how your life is going to play out rather than let it be shaped by others. If you are able to become responsible for yourself and determine your own actions, you will in fact be the boss of your own life with some control as to the how and when of ending.

All living things in this existence must come to an end and

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Vegetarian Diet

Humankind’s natural diet

Everyone has an opinion, but not every opinion is correct. When we look around the world at humanity, those who live longest and remain healthiest all have a very good or semi-vegetarian diet. In Okinawa Japan, life expectancy amongst the older generation is in excess of 100 years because bulk of their diet is fresh vegetables.

It is one of the tragedies of Okinawa that the parents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents have to bury their children who are dying because they have embraced the Western high meat, high-fat and highly processed diet that has become so prevalent across the world.

In India and other countries where vegetarianism is prevalent, longevity and good health are considered normal yet in

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Okinawan Diet

A diet for health and longevity

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Residents on the small Japanese island of Okinawa in the Ryukyu archipelago south of mainland Japan live longer on average than many other cultural groups and some say they are the longest lived people with lifespans of 100 – 115 years of age common and many well documented studies have been made to support this claim.

In addition to a longer life, there are fewer incidences of the diseases that plague the Western world such as heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Scientists are so impressed that they generally agree that by adopting an Okinawan style diet, it is possible to retard

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Diet & Lifestyle

Planning for a healthy future

We start our lives in ignorance, and lets face it, many parents are ignorant of what constitutes a good lifestyle, diet and nutrition. That means that as we grow up with a less than ideal diet and lifestyle, we are laying foundations for ill-health and a short life.

As we live our lives in ignorance, it takes some time before some sickness intrudes and reminds us of our mortality. Then we look for a fix, but by then most fixes are best temporary and the only way to make a change permanent is to wake up and make those essential diet and lifestyle changes.

While there are countless diet and weight loss programs,

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