Play for children is crucial in their development. Often, as adults, we forget that same time for play is just as vital for our health. Adulting in work, as caregivers, living responsibilities, etc can be daunting. Even when it’s not, we may absorb the daily grind with little to no breaks. Our body cycles require play-time investments to shift our minds to better perspectives, cultivate positive inner connections, and create more community.
What is Play?
Play is open ended with two rules- it’s enjoyable and no harm done. Variety within play addresses the various sides of your well-being and all need to happen a few times per week.
Gardening, car washing, swim, run, park, yoga, sport, or walk. As long as it’s an enjoyable activity and you’re moving- be in active play. Mind set is as important as what you are doing. Pick an activity and go.
Quietly Play …
As much as we need active play, we need quiet play too. This is an excellent time to get creative, read a book, write, or whatever you love to do, quietly. The goal is gently engage the mind while simultaneously calming the body.
Engage in Play-
Play with others! Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or community event- find a fun activity to do with others. We need to delightfully connect with others. It changes our perspective within our homes, our work, and community. Being together just for the sake of amusement cultivates better relationships and environments.
What happens in Play?
You disengage allostatic load: this means turning off the toxins long-term stress releases in your body.
You decrease tension in blood vessels to promote healthier blood pressure and more oxygen flow. When the oxygen flows your brain, mood, and physical body heals itself better.
You balance body chemicals better: relaxing engages the parasympathetic system which levels hormones, enzymes, and other biological chemicals that aid in healing. Plus it increases organ function.
You sleep better.
You help your brain. When you body calms and switches on the parasympathetic nervous system, it allow for more GABA. GABA slows brain electricity, that stress often increases, to allow healing, better concentration, and improved mood.
You connect with your SELF more.
You connect with your loved ones and community more.
In your daily health routine, make play an intention. We need to enjoy our life and the health investments we make. How we think or feel about an activity impacts its effectiveness- attitude directly affects your success. Love the space you’re in and engage in enjoying your life where ever you are.
After moving, for what felt like months, I know I had to up my healing practices. Part of that was returning to a consistent meditation after catching up on some sleep. Meditation is not an intended crazy-spiritual experience for me. Could it happen? Yes. Does it always? No. Meditation is a time to de-junk the brain, heal the body, and listen. One of my current favorite meditations is sound bathes. Not a physical bath, while I do love those, it is the immersion of sound to trigger healing. As we need physical bathing to remove toxins from our skin, sound bathes remove the toxins within our body. My favorite of the favorite sounds is water. I am obsessed with water. Drinking it. Being in it. Near it. Why no listen to it?
This meditation share is inspired by that moment of sound bath and visualization convergence. Waterfall or pool of light visualization meditations are not uncommon to find. What I wanted was to capture sound immersion with the visual memory of natural water source. It is about returning to a child like moment of trusting the power of water. It provides joy in amusement, exploration, and an innocence that connects deeply with nature. For this, all you need is sound and a quiet space to lie down.
Use a pure creek or river sound like those found on Insight Timer, YouTube, or nature sounds apps. Extra instruments or sounds may take away from the effect of the visualization. Time is not restrictive. How long a sound plays is your choice- from 5 minutes to more. It’s about what you need and are comfortable with.
Start water sound and lay down (or sit).
Visualize your body lying in a creek. You are safe and protected. How does the water feel? Is it cool or warm? Slow or rushing water. Do you feel the smooth stones under your body? Are you cradled in the soft dirt?
Now visualize the water above your head turning to a bright light that permeates the water arounds you. This illuminated water surrounds your body and begins to flow through you.
Allow the illuminated water to carry away stress, worries, toxic experiences, toxic energy. Let the water pull it from your body, carry it down stream, and return it to the earth.
As the water cleanses, you are being replenished and further protected.
The light slowly begins to fade. Gently open your eyes. Wiggle your toes. Slowly move your fingers. When you are ready, you can rise.
You can download the voice recording to the scripted portion of this meditation below.
Energetically, this meditation removes negative or toxic energy from your body. If you do not subscribe to the understanding of energetic fields, this meditation works much like biofeedback. You are calming your breath, nerves, and brain signals to promote healing when practicing meditations, visualizations, or i a sound bath. This is one of many holistic techniques that can be adopted to improve your health while protecting your future health. I love my food relationship and covet my active time, they are important. Yet, the investment in mental care is just as important. Mantras, breathing, meditations, sound baths, and more are mental care options. Invest in the whole you.
I will be back in a couple of weeks with more on food relationships, sleep, and other holistic practices. I am still writing for 502hemp.com, in the mean time, check out my latest articles concerning hemp and hemp extract. Nature is a powerful healer. Nature harvested with respect is incredible. Invest in the nature of your body & mind. Take a bath.
Only the highest in me for the highest in you– Juls
It’s 3:00 PM in the afternoon and I look down at my water bottle. The day is almost done and I’ve only drank half the my minimal of what is needed to be hydrated. Unfortunately, coffee doesn’t count. Why on earth would I add hydration count to my endless daily check-list? From brain function, gut function, adrenal function- hydration is the everything in biological function.
What about what you drink? There are drinks you need to limit or completely avoid. Sugary drinks such as juices and sodas needs to be limited. This goes for caffeine and alcohol too. It is thought that caffeine intake can cause dehydration, a quick run through studies on coffee. Mild coffee drinking is fine and not known to impact hydration ability. Sugar and too much sodium are the top dehydrators you can drink.
What Should You Drink?
Non synthetic dye or natural drink
Water with fruit and vegetables
Your food life is two fold on hydration. Drinking is the primary way to obtain and maintain hydration. However, eating certain whole foods (not cooked or lightly cooked) contains significant portions of water in them.
What Can You Eat to Boost Hydration?
All of these contain at least 90% of water and tons of nutrition. Food relationship multitasking at its best.
Broccoli and squash contain more water when cooked.
Sports drinks are known to help with hydration and keeping hydration in short periods. They should only be consumed when significant water loss is involved or recommended by doctor. The main reason are electrolytes. In a simplistic term, electrolytes are salts in the form of minerals that help with hydration and cleanse your bodily systems. The electrolytes you need are sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, chloride, calcium, phosphates. You can eat these easily all the time.
Foods Rich in Electrolytes
Dairy- yogurt/ kefir particularly
Fish- especially salmon
Nuts- especially almonds and walnuts
Dark greens- notably kale, broccoli, edamame, bok choy, spinach, chard
Baked goods with baking soda
Fruids: Bananas, water melons,
Each of these foods offer it’s unique contribution. A rotation/combination of each offers the best impact in your food relationship. I am going to grab more of my lemon & lime water. Gotta catch up!
Simply because cannot take “no” for an answer- I had to find answer to my pasta dilemma Largely, due to the sauce. So what’s wrong with the sauce? Too much acid producing agents like tomatoes and meat. Meat? Yes, digesting meats requires more stomach acid production. My stomach gets all dramatic and I end up in pain. My solution was Puttenesca. Puttenesca is a tomato sauce with a specific combinations of plants, veggies, and (most of time) anchovies. I HATE anchovies. If I had a choice between those greasy, tiny fish and bugs. I choose bugs. We will say no to the anchovies this time. And every time.
This sauce still carries the problematic acidic tomato. I opted for campari tomatoes as they are sweeter with lower acid. To reduce acid more, you can add in some carrot puree. The tomatoes didn’t irritate my reflux. Since the anchovies got to go- I went with capers to give that briny, salty taste. Best part, is more concentrated veggies means more nutrition. The instructions are for the sauce, your base is dealer’s choice. As complex carbs can help absorb stomach acid, I opted for a brown rice/ quinoa gluten free pasta but zoodles are just a good.
Ingredients and Prep
3 Garlic cloves, diced
Oregano 1 tablespoon dried
Olive Oil 1 tablespoon
Campari tomatoes, 16 oz, quartered
Green or black olives sliced (2.25 oz can or I eat a specific green type, about 10 olives)
Put in diced garlic and olive oil and gentle stir for about 5-7 minutes on medium.
Still on medium heat, place in diced tomatoes and oregano and cook until tomatoes have broken down plus a few minutes (25 minutes). In the last 5 minutes you can put in optional carrot puree to lower the pH level.
Put in olives and capers for additional ten minutes. 1 1/2 tablespoon of capers is enough for me. Start with 1 tablespoon and add to taste. Do let it cook for a minute before adding.
With a few quick switch outs with some veggies, I have a delicious alternative. Plus its a graduation from my dorm room ragu phase. There is nothing wrong with an occasional jar sauce on some veggies every once and while. However, there is more flavor and nutritional punch in this bowl. Love your food relationship and show it how to love you back.
I haven’t put out a recipe in a long time. Not from cooking slack, but more from experimentation taking a back seat -ish. What do you when life is insanely busy, need a quick meal, and please dear God, I need less salad in my life? K.I.S.S. it. The K.I.S.S (keep is simple silly/stupid) method has ruled in this household for months. Looks like it’s going to be for a couple more. In the craze, I don’t want to lose what fuels us and our minds in nutrition, but we can’t sacrifice sanity. This is part of my cheat list of quick meals. Some are grab and go while others take a bit of prep and cooking. Only two salads made the list ’cause we need a break. Real nutrition is in all of it.
Run In Store & Grab Ideas
Veggie burger with fruit. Watch those healthy options. Many put gluten in and it’s more filler than nutrition. We opt for a burger with portabellos and veggies or use portabellos period.
Rotisserie or baked chicken with grab a veggie tray or salad kit
Baked beans and green beans or greens
Cauliflower crust (pre-made) with pizza sauce, cheese, and veggies
A Little More Investment
This downloadable comes with several healthy meal ideas centered around “latin” flavors. This is our family’s obsession and 90% crowd pleaser. When meals have common ingredients it requires less planning and easier meal creations.
Healthy meals can be a valuable time investment of food relationship and mental wind down time. When there isn’t time or priorities bump cooking down the list, we don’t have to sacrifice wellness. Veggie forward, whole foods, whole grains are literal life savers from brain function to heart love. This makes healthy meals even more vital. Love the long and short of your food relationship. More quick and healthy meal ideas to come of different flavor varieties. Follow by clicking “Yes” to have them delivered to you.
Having any food allergy, from the Top 8 and beyond, leads to a challenging life style. The foodie with allergy life requires constant label and food investigations and awkward questions at gatherings. It comes with additional risks when someone or a company isn’t honest. Thankfully, organizations like F.A.R.E. (Food Allergy Research and Education) make information and advocating needs easier. Companies labels are improving, especially with allergens on the ingredient list and the GF (gluten free label). Allergies are not confined to the food aisles and this is not as well know. They lurk everywhere. Only one Federal law protects the top eight food allergies and it only deals with food labels. Otherwise, if you clean with it, take a prescription, take an OTC, put it on your skin, has a kosher label, or more then a company is not obligated to tell you when an allergen may be in their product. Take this short list of products with the Top 8 allergens and quick tips for foodie allergy “but it’s not a food.”
What Are the Top 8 Allergens?
This is the short list and more allergies exists. The Top 8 Allergy list was created from the most common known food allergies. However, if you suspect an allergy or intolerance, get tested. There are companies now that test a wide range of allergies and intolerances.
Products with Top 8 Allergens You Might Not Know About
Some vaccinations like Flu Shot: eggs
Supplements: some contain shellfish or fish
Milk body wash or hand soap: lactic acid or milk proteins
Lotions: some contain almonds
Exfoliating products: walnuts or nuts
Lip balm and lip glosses: possible fish oils
Please always read labels on household products as they are not required to have a warning label. We learned this the hard way with lotion containing almonds and hand wash with casein (milk protein). It was right on the ingredient label and we just didn’t think. Have you read their labels? I decided not to become a chemist for a reason. However, learn the chemical names of your allergies. Example of milk: lactic acid, casein, caseinate are all various components of milk. Always check.
Be extra cautious and listen to your body’s reactions as allergens are not always on a label either. After taking on the GF life, I was still reacting as though I was still eating gluten. I was informed that it may be my laundry detergent. They were right. Water and flour are suspected added as fillers in many products, but with no confirmed proof. I had to go with the welts, hives and suspicions. We switched to a recommended natural product and the reactions stopped. Along with the laundry switch, we changed cleaning products to due a reading/investigation about peanut oils in cleaning products. I like my house clean but don’t want to put my sons life at risk. Being mindful of symptoms and habits is your best weapon against continuous reactions or deadly ones. Take all out all products for a couple of weeks then add in former products one at a time. It takes two weeks, at least, to work out an allergy. Spread out re-introduced products days apart. It might take time to react again if that was the culprit.
Foodie with allergies or not, being savvy with allergens is a part of being well. Knowing one is safe contributes to their well in being relaxed and to your well of positive input. Caring for others always comes back in one form or another. When we can navigate and trust our environment, it enhances quality of life. Be informed, ask questions, and share information. Share this post if it makes it easier.
In a recent conversation with my sister, she expressed interest with CBD and concerns over the product. Sorry sis, dragging you into this. She is justified in having concerns and wise to question unfamiliar products. CBD has its benefits, but like any product, getting industry savvy is necessary for your safety. It would be misguided not to have the “it may cost” conversation. Quality can cost more than other options. Not always. Get well versed and find trusted professionals when balancing cost and product safety. Some budget switches, coffee sacrifices may be possible to enhance your wellness. In some cases, natural products are life altering alternatives we didn’t know existed. Knowing what to ask, pass by, and expect empowers your confidence to choose and raises quality expectations.
Hard pass: The Extras in Production
Choosing a product that is extracted without extras is imperative. There are several ways to extract Cannabis oil from the hemp plant and two involve an external chemical: ethanol extraction and butane hash extraction. Ethanol extraction is problematic because of the destruction of hemp plant waxes which offer health benefits. In addition to eliminating benefits and it’s many stages creating a variable product, ethanol extraction can add on potentially harmful chemicals such as chloroform. The process can be “roll the dice” gamble of quality product. It can be a win or it can be a loss. Doubling on this is the potential for some Cannabis oil producers to add in this next process or use it solely. Butane hash, a form of hydrocarbon extraction product, exposes the hemp product, lab technician, consumer, and environment to the effects of butane. While the jury is out on definitive effects of butane and chemicals in low doses on the human body, its effects are still a concern. Butane exposure is known to cause nervous system damage and blurry vision among other illnesses. Both processes lead to the potential of toxins in the product, thus affecting humans and environment alike.
That’s a Yes: Getting the Real Product. Safely.
The CO2 supercritical and subcritical extraction process are deemed to be the most beneficial extractions processes for Cannibis Oil. Dee Dee Taylor, owner of 502 Hemp, explains the choice for CO2 supercritical extractions as safest and cleanest for human, animal, and environment. Hemp Gazette explains in their article that the goal is to reach a specific temperature of CO2 in either supercritical subcritical extraction to alter its state of matter. In super critical extraction, the CO2 exists as liquid and gas creating the ideal solvent (liquid in subcritical). This state breaks down the hemp plant with maximum oil, minimal extra, and kills contaminants.
It’s about temperature, states of matter, and a pure product. Nothing else.
What Cannabis oil is carried in is crucial. Hemp oil is common and important to ask about the product and look at its container. Dark amber or blue glass is best for any essential oil, plant product, or natural product. It preserves product from leaking out, unlike the porous plastic. Dark colored glass protects breakdown from sunlight. It is important to note that hemp oil requires refrigeration to prevent a rancid product. 502 Hemp chooses to put most of their CBD in coconut oil, although hemp oil is offered if needed. I love coconut oil and its insane benefits. An excellent fat for brain and nerves. Bacteria killer while raising the good cholesterol in your body. In our consultation with Laura at 502 Hemp, my daughter was able to try out various flavors. LOVE THAT! As we were conversing, she shared how coconut oil assist in quicker absorption. Add this to the list of coconut oil carrier pros. What ever you choose for your CBD, ask:
What hemp is used? Organic?
How was it extracted?
What is the carrier oil? Know Your Preferences
Care for product?
Must Have: Totally Honest
In any product or service, complete openness is essential. Do your research. What I love about the multiple conversations with 502 Hemp is honesty, and subsequent research backs up what is shared. A company needs to be open and knowledgeable about their process. If you can’t get clear answers, walk away. Any product has cautions, all of them, and the selling company know that. Those concerns and cautions should be upfront. If it’s marketed miracle cure, then it’s a “don’t touch it.” Beware. A big lie in the CBD industry is the need for high doses. 502 Hemp is upfront about proper dosage. Everyone digests differently and has unique needs. Any CBD company should know and share this information. ALWAYS. Consult about dosage and start minimal then work your way up. A perk is taste testing and suggestions. We got that in our consultation for my daughter and it’s been experienced with other quality wellness companies alike. Every penny and time investment in a product or service is more than worth it with the love addition.
CBD has become core to our wellness routine after due diligence. What good is it if it’s not safe? Go with your gut. If you’re not sure, you can always come back. If it’s a once in a lifetime deal, then it was never meant to be. Truly honest and caring wellness owners will offer space and love. Discover how your CBD is made before taking it and expect openness for your protection.