Stewardship

As April approaches we start thinking of Earth Day, as we reflect on what we can do for our planet in April and every month I thought we’d look at the concept of Stewardship.

According to Wikipedia.org : “Stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. The concepts of stewardship can be applied to the environment and nature,[1][2] economics,[3][4] health,[5] property,[6] information,[7] theology,[8] etc.”

A steward is someone who looks after, has responsibility, accountability, and care for the property of others. A steward is you. We are each stewards of our planet, our community, or finances, health, the information we pass along, and more.

I do not mean to get into an argument over “rights” just to bring attention to the fact that what we do impacts others.

Stewardship is a concept that is in direct conflict with our culture. We are all about “I” and “me” and “my”, yet we develop committees to save the environment, take care of land and animals, create a sound economy…. Somewhere we understand that we have a responsibility towards people and things outside of ourselves; we are stewards.

My challenge to you is to up your game as a steward! Here are some ways we could be better stewards. I challenge you to work on these areas for 30 days and see how you feel physically and emotionally at the end. As we treat others well, look outside of ourselves, and remember kindness we begin to feel better too! Try writing down how you feel today and then again in 30 days.

  • Environment
  • reduce, recycle, reuse – Pay attention to your packaging, try composting, remember your grandparents who saved everything and reused them; try it. You can go to Pinterest for ideas or try having a neighborhood reuse and create day.
  • Walk more, share a ride
  • Try Meatless Monday
  • Use reusable bags
  • Turn off those lights when you leave a room and turn off your electrical strips at night.
  • Health – You may think “It is my body and it doesn’t matter” it does, just ask your friends and families whose hearts are connected to yours.
  • Exercise – this can be any from of movement that you do on a regular basis and makes you happy. Try frisbee, running, nature walks, yoga, gardening, play outside with your kids. Just keep moving.
  • Eat well – Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes and try using meats as more of a side dish, reverse your plate! Use moderation, portion control. Don’t vilify foods and remember treats are occasional items, but should be part of your life.
  • Care for your mental well being
  • Take time to refresh
  • Try meditation and or prayer
  • Don’t overdo life
  • Property – This should not need to be addressed, but I find people are careless in this regard.
  • If you use it put it back
  • Don’t vandalize – write on desks, etc.
  • If it breaks let someone know, replace it.
  • Pick up your trash and throw it away in the proper receptacles
  • Leave it better than you found it
  • Information – Surrounded by accounts of “fake news”, over embellished news etc. this is a key point for today.
  • Tell the truth
  • Don’t repeat something unless you have researched it yourself to know if it is true
  • Ask yourself “Why am I sharing this information, does it help anyone, encourage anyone?” If it is for the purpose of starting an argument, inciting anger or creating conflict. Let it go! If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!
  • 3 minutes of negative news can impact your day negatively for up to 6 hours!
  • Others
  • Pay it forward
  • Be kind, courteous, and helpful
  • Let others go first
  • Mind your manners
  • Say “Please”
  • Say “Thank you”
  • Don’t interupt
  • Say “excuse me”
  • Ask permission
  • Don’t steal or lie
  • Don’t use other people’s things without asking
  • Just be nice

To simplify, I’m suggesting that we treat each other, ourselves and the things we interact with, with respect and dignity and as if they are valuable, because they are. I think we all just needed a reminder, myself included.

We are each stewards, we are responsible for our words and deeds, we are accountable to others and we should responsibly manage our resources, of all kinds, and plan wisely. Why does it matter? Because, it really isn’t all about us, but in some ways it is; your kindness and actions have the ability to change the world around you and we live in an environment of incredible unhappiness, you and I can make a difference. Be the change you want to see.

Lisa is and Independent Shaklee Distributor and a Certified Health Coach. Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

Meatless Monday – Mezze Bowl with Cranberry Compote and Za’atar Chickpeas by Purple Carrot

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I never thought I’d get into meatless and cheeseless dishes, yet here I am! Truth be told I crave them!! Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes I want a good burger or steak (gasp), but I love the freshness and flavor combinations that are available for whole food, plant based foods(WFPB). We choose WFPB because of the health benefits and we see a secondary benefit to the environment. Mainly, we just like it.

You don’t have to become Vegan or even Vegetarian to add more fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes into your diet. That’s why we decided to try Purple Carrot, a Vegan meal delivery service. It was a way for us to add more whole food, plant based foods into our diet on a regular basis, but you don’t have to join a meal delivery service to get ideas. Here are a few ways to get you going:

Blogs

  • Minimalist Baker Simple, few ingredients and delicious. She is one of my favorites and a go-to when I’m out of ideas or short on time.
  • Pickles N Honey a fun site with a variety of ideas
  • Thug Kitchen – OK, be forewarned, major language and ‘F’ bombs, but D— do they have good recipes!

Websites

Cook Books

ReviewMezze Bowl with Cranberriy Compote and Za’atar Chickpeas By Purple Carrot

Time: 35 Minutes

Ease: Simple

Review: One of my favorite things about Purple Carrot is their flavor combinations and they don’t disappoint with this dish! The cranberry compote is amazing, I was literally running my fingers and the fork over the bottom of the pan and licking it off!! Yeah, ok… classy no, yummy yes! This dish has a whopping 21 grams of protein and is very filling and satisfying and brought forth my favorite yummmy sounds from the hubs! Success!

I think it is important to be open minded and give the flavors and texture combinations a chance, you’ll be happy you did.

This dish was easy to make, flavorful, and filling, plus my husband and I made it together, which makes it more fun. – Enjoy!

What blogs do you follow? Fav recipe? Share your ideas with us!

#meathlessmonday #vegan #vegetarian #healthy #wfpb #wholefoodplantbased #review #recipe #jamieoliver #thugkitchen #purplecarrot #theminimalistbaker

Are You Investing in your IRA(H)

IRAH

You’ve heard of an IRA, but have you heard of an IRAH? An IRAH is your Individual Retirement Account for Health. Think about it: all the money and prudent planning in the world can’t help someone who has not invested in his health. As you grow older and navigate your Prime-Time, there is no better way to ensure you can enjoy the years ahead than by taking care of yourself.

Remember this: Life span is different than Health Span. Your goal should not be to just live a long time and accept the “consequences” of age. Many people these days would rather accept the fact that they feel sick and tired all the time as “getting old.” So, as you prepare to develop and “contribute” regularly to your IRAH, I want you envision your ideal Prime-Time. What does that look like for you? Does it include less sickness and pain? Does it involve continuing to do your favorite things? Does it include travel and exploration? Spending time with family and loved ones? Staying active in your community? Volunteering? Keep these goals and desires top of mind as you begin to work on your IRAH and concentrate on your Health Span.

Life Span VS Health Span

The time between the day we are born and the day we die is our life span; the span of our lives, but our health span is so much more. It is the time we really live. It is the time when we are healthy and active in all areas of our lives; emotionally, spiritually, physically, socially, intellectually….The goal is to have our health span match our life span as closely as possible.

How do we do this? While genetics plays a part, through things like proper nutrition, exercise and activity, a good social group, stress relieving activities such as yoga or meditation, and deep breathing, we can actually re-write our genetic markers , to a certain degree. This means we have a lot of control over our health span.

Quick Tips

As you prepare to work on your IRAH, start by visualizing your best life. Take some time to think about what you really want your Prime-Time (40’s and up) to be like and use those mental pictures as your motivators. Also, think about what you don’t want to become. Are there family members or friends who have not planned their IRAH? People who lived full, productive, active lives to the end? Remember what their lives look like too.

Be happy! Finding joy in life and learning to let things go is a great tool to a long health span.

If need help planning out your IRAH let’s get together.

Recommended Reading – The Blue Zones, this book is give many great examples of people whose health spans have matched their life spans. Bestselling author, longevity expert, and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner reports on health, fitness, diet, and aging, drawing on his research from extraordinarily long-lived communities–Blue Zones–around the globe.

The Telomere Effect – by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel – The revolutionary book coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner who discovered telomerase and telomeres’ role in the aging process and the health psychologist who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life.

Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

Van, an Environmental Geologist and Lisa, a Certified health Coach live in Greensboro, NC and are Independent Shaklee Distributors. They enjoy hiking, spending time outdoors, and making greeting cards together

This information is not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms, it is strictly educational. I am not paid nor did I receive free products from the books I recommended, I found them to be very good books.

The Importance of Fiber

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child

Fiber, the stringy stuff that holds fruits and vegetables together, is also found in seeds and in the outer covering of grain, called bran. Bran is the part of the grain that is ground up and used in whole wheat flour and whole grain cereal, but is removed from white flour. Simply put, fiber is found in the flesh of fresh, whole, natural foods and plays an important role in the overall health of your body. There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble:

Insoluble fiber helps move waste through the intestines so it can be easily eliminated from the body. This type of fiber is found in vegetables, nuts and bran.

  • Holds water like a sponge and keeps food soft as it moves through the intestines so that waste products can be easily eliminated.
  • Insoluble job is to “move things along” it promotes regularity and has been shown to decrease your risk of colon cancer and diverticulitis.
  • Doesn’t readily dissolve in water cellulose etc. things like wheat bran, whole wheat breads and cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Some of these have both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water, turning the food in the intestines into a gel form. This helps nutrients absorb at a slow, steady rate and also makes you feel full. This type of fiber is found in dried beans and peas, citrus fruits, carrots, and barley.

  • Turns foods in the intestines into a gel from which nutrients can be absorbed at a slow, steady rate.
  • Readily dissolves in water. Pectin’s, gums etc. found in things like oats, brown rice, beans, seeds, vegetables.
  • Helps decrease blood cholesterol, therefore reducing risks of heart disease. And slows the absorption of glucose.

Here are four reasons you should care about fiber:

  1. Fiber helps bowel movements by increasing the weight and size of stool, making it easier to pass. It also encourages the growth of good bacteria in the gut, which keeps harmful bacteria away. Say goodbye to diarrhea and constipation!
  2. Fiber helps lower cholesterol because it carries dietary cholesterol out of the body.
  3. Fiber helps satisfy the appetite more because high-fiber foods require more chewing and they stay in the stomach longer. This also helps curb overeating. Helps you feel more full.
  4. Fiber helps steady blood sugar and prevents the rollercoaster of high and low blood sugar levels which can impact your mood and energy level.

Need more fiber ideas? Here are Dr. Sears’ ABC’S of favorite fibers:

A – apricots, apples, avocados, artichokes

B – beans, bran, berries

C – cereals (with 3 grams of fiber per serving)

S – salads and raw veggies

According to the Institute of Medicine, women should be eating 25 grams of fiber per day and men should be eating 38 grams of fiber per day. These amounts decrease to 30 grams per day and 21 grams per day, respectively, for adults over 50 years old.

3 Fiber-Boosting Tips

  1. Eat it, don’t drink it. The peel on fruits and vegetables is where you’ll find the fiber, so eat it! The fiber is lost when you juice or peel the skin off the produce.
  2. Use whole grains. Fiber is found in the bran of grains, which is removed from white flour and processed grains, so opt for whole grains.
  3. Choose a high fiber cereal. Always check the nutrition facts label when purchasing packaged foods and pick a cereal that has at least 3 grams of fiber per serving.
  4. Save the tops of beets and use them in salads
  5. Use the tops of carrots as well.
  6. Save the peels and ends to make broth

Caution – If you are new to a lot of fiber, take it slow. It can cause severe bloating, cramping, gas, and other discomforts. Gradually add them in over several weeks and drink lots of water.

Want to eat more veggies?

Join our Eat Real Food; Eat it Before it Rots Facebook Group

Try these recipes to get started:

Kale Chips – The Minimalist Baker

Brussel Sprout Slaw with Ginger Gold Apple – Food and Wine Magazine

Indian Carrot Pudding – Forged Dish

Shaklee Fiber Plan helps promote regularity.

The recommended intake of fiber is 20-35 grams of fiber per day, but Americans typically consume only half that amount. Fiber Plan Tablets or Powder can help you get your daily fiber.

Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools, and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

Van and Lisa are also Independent Shaklee Distributors helping people live younger longer.