August 29, 2012 by prosnack
In todays world of automated convenience, we often have become so efficient at “life” that we can’t distinguish the days from one another. We eat fast, we work fast, and we sleep fast. Everywhere we look there is somebody selling a new way do do something faster or more efficiently. We read books with titles like “The 4 Minute Body” and “Work Faster with Less” in an attempt to speed up our daily tasks and presumably make more time for enjoying life. But even when we get the chance to do that, when we get the chance to spend time with our kids or loved ones, it’s often all too rushed. Before you know it that time is gone, and the next morning you are heading to an abbreviated gym session, and then rushing off to work for a day of fast-paced meetings before just barely getting to a speed dating event later that night and finally getting home late for a short restless sleep. And the cycle repeats.
While you can be healthy with this type of constantly fast paced lifestyle, its far too often not the case. Food that’s fast is never very good for us. Working fast is followed in many cases with severe stress of deadlines and the like. Sleeping fast(or getting too little because its a “waste of time”) can wreak havoc on our health and immune system. Not only does living in this constant fast-forward effect our health, it affects our life. After-all with a lifestyle like this, even if you are practicing healthy living, you may be “healthy” but are you really living?
The Slow Movement is a global movement with the message of living consciously, Slow Living. This movement isn’t a campaign to do everything slowly. Slow living is about living lucidly, it’s living aware and present. It’s about doing the right things at the right speed.
Authors Beth Meredith and Eric Storm summarize Slow Living as follows:
Slow Living means structuring your life around meaning and fulfillment. Similar to “voluntary simplicity” and “downshifting,” it emphasizes a less-is-more approach, focusing on the quality of your life. … Slow Living addresses the desire to lead a more balanced life and to pursue a more holistic sense of well-being in the fullest sense of the word.
Carl Honore explains his experience with Slow Living in this video. Carl is an advocate of Slow Living, and the author of the book In Praise Of Slow.
August 22, 2012 by prosnack
A new study published recently has come up with some very interesting findings that may add some legitimacy to the gluten-free lifestyle. The aim of the study, which was conducted to the scientific “gold standard”;double-blind and placebo-controlled, was to investigate the relationship between wheat how it’s effects differ in patients with Celiac-disease(CD) and non-Celiac patients. Until recently, the notion of someone without CD having a wheat sensitivity(WS) was dismissed as just an abstract idea. However with more people eliminating wheat from their diets now than ever before, the question has been raised whether or not to avoid wheat for optimal health.
During the study, it was found that some patients without CD reacted with remarkably similar inflammatory responses to wheat as a CD patient would. An interesting note in the study is that it appears there were two different classifications of reactions to wheat in the patients. During the research one groups physiological reaction to wheat was similar to a CD patients, and the other reacted to wheat more as if it were a food allergy. This study not only confirms that non-Celiac WS is, in fact, a legitimate condition, but also that there are two distinct populations in this realm.
This new research is a landmark study in the field of wheat research. While there are limitations to this study, a the very least it provides food for thought for people suffering from what they think is a food allergy or potentially CD. A lot more needs to be looked at in terms of WS research, but this study makes for a compelling start.
February 15, 2012 by admin
August 8, 2011 by prosnack
Feeling sluggish? Follow these three rules for maintaining energy throughout the day:
(ARA) Whether you’re a busy parent, a career go-getter or both, modern life has never been more hectic. Busy days can leave even the most energetic people tired and drained. If you want to live a more healthful, energized life, some simple choices can help you make each day dramatically different.
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July 10, 2011 by prosnack
On the road: Tips to enjoy your most nutritious – and delicious – summer vacation
…While grabbing your friends or family and heading out for time away may be great for enjoying all that summer has to offer, it’s usually never good for the waistline. Busy travelers often opt for convenience over nutrition, filling up on high-calorie foods that have little to no nutritional value. But with a little pre-planning, you can choose to avoid the food option pitfalls that frustrate even the savviest travelers…
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