Acceptance, Change, and Wisdom

Today is Monday, May 26th

The Topic or Question of the day:

Acceptance, Change and Wisdom

     The last blog’s quote by Reinhold Niebuhr was the Serenity Prayer. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” I often use Reinhold’s wisdom when I counsel people on diet, disease and nutrition. Three statements are made:

The acceptance of the things we cannot change.

The courage to change the things we can.

The wisdom to know the difference.

There are realities in life related to our bodies in regard to eating and the ability for movement therapy that cannot be changed. Some examples are:

  1. Womb experience (Epigenetics, stress of your mother, and your actual delivery)
  2. Genetics
  3. Environment (how you grew up eating)
  4. Job? Schedule? Kids? Caregiver? 
  5. Back damage, knee damage, and immobility or a chronic disease?
  6. Your saboteurs (spouse, mother, friend)?

       There are some choices in life that can be changed?

  1. I can choose to eat differently.
  2. I can walk during my child’s soccer or baseball practice?
  3. I can plan meals.  
  4. I can pack a cooler.
  5. I can switch my beverage of choice.
  6. I can try to water walk or chair exercise.
  7. I can choose to forgive anything in my past.
  8. I can be consistent, plan and be responsible.

Quote or tip of the Day:

Contentment is a great treasure

Take Action Today:

List 3-5 things you cannot change?

LIst 3 things you can change?

Ponder what “the wisdom to know the difference” means?


Wisdom of Sara (part 1)

Today is Friday, April 11th (Happy Birthday Joel)

One of my favorite nutrition authors is Sara Buell Josepha Hale.  In 1839 her book was entered according to Act of Congress into the Clerk’s Office of the District  Court of Massachusetts.  Her book was dedicated to Every American woman who wishes to promote the health, comfort and prosperity of her family.  The title is:  The Good Housekeeper:  Or, The Way To Be Well While We Live:  Containing Directions For Choosing and Preparing Food in Regard to Health, Economy, and Taste.

The next few blogs, I will be sharing some of the details in her book.  This woman was way ahead of her time in nutrition and brings us food for thought.  Today I will begin to share a some ideas she had on meat since meat is a hot topic today.  Sara believed back in 1939 that man was eating too much meat for bodily health.  She is not against meat at all, but encourages smaller portions at different times of the year depending on where you live.  For example, “colder climates allow for a larger intake of meat, while torrid climates only need a small portion.”  In temperate climates, more meat should be taken in the winter and less meat and more vegetables and bread during the summer (paraphrased).  Sara considers meat a brain food, and calls the brain, “the organ of the mind”.  She believes because even when one is satisfied with food, the taste of meat can often tempt one to eat meat to excess so she encourages caution when using meat in your diet. “Meat taxes the reasoning  powers, observation and reflection to decide when the proper quantity has be taken.”  “Let no one suppose that the more meat he eats, the wiser he will grow.  It is using animal food rightly, not in gross quantities, which shows that our reasoning is strengthening.”  She goes on to say:  “Remember good things spoiled corrupt to worst”   Monday I will share some of her rules for meat eating.

Quote of the day

“Physical health, vigor of mind and comfort of bodily feeling, depend in a very great degree, on the manner in which animal food is used” – Sara Josepha Buell Hale, 1839

Take Action Today

Pay attention to the amount of meat your are eating and the manner in which animal food is used in your diet.

Remember one man’s meat is another man’s poison, so if you are Vegan, glean from her quotes.  More to come!