Wild Arkansas

November 5, 2011

Leafy green blues

Filed under: food, health, organic greens, wellness — Tags: , , , , — WildArkansas @ 12:54 am

¬†Twenty-five years ago I read a health article from a popular woman’s magazine that told me if I ate leafy greens at least twice a week I would avoid the perils of premenstrual crabbiness.

I was a skeptic, but I tried it. The “experiment” began two weeks before menses. I ate bok choy, spinach, turnip greens and lots of lettuce. That time of the month came and went with no significance and that was the evidence.

My husband told me that since we had been married, he had not gotten through a month without having to deal with the mood changes. For him this was a remakable improvment, simply because there were no petty arguments escalating to talk of divorce.

Upon recall, I remembered feeling as if he was being a jerk simply because he watched a ball game.

But that was twenty-five years ago and times and the people have changed.

Today we have more incidence of food-related illnesses and food-related behaviors than we did back then. More people eat fast food and more children suffer from ADHD.

Children consume pizza and chicken McNuggets as regular diet staples and unfortunately suffer from that consumption. Diabetes, obesity and mood disorders are a result.

From my own experience, I know what I consume affects my moods and my health. After my juicing experiment I began eating a lot more leafy greens again. My diet consists of mostly vegetables and fruits, though I do eat some fish.

The before and after are remarkable, only in that they are graphic representations of the way I felt about the world around me.

Before: my diet consisted of whatever was in the house. When I shopped for food, I shopped for convenience. What would take less time to prepare? What can I pop in the microwave? Taste, comfort and convenience were the most important factors. I ate fruits or vegetables about once a week or when I foraged them.

Comfort included not dealing with other people. When I had to deal with other people I tried to make the experience as brief as possible.

Now: I deal with people daily because I also work as a customer service representative. Fortunately, today it’s not nearly as traumatic an experience as it was a month ago.

That sounds and feels like an extreme statement of fact, but in fact, it is true.

In the age of information it’s difficult to believe that people don’t know eating pizza or other fast food every night is not bad for them. Maybe it’s denial.

Listen to your mother. Leafy greens are good for you. Eat your vegetables. Eat fruit for dessert. I guarantee…Yes, I guarantee… You will be a happier, healthier person for it.





September 29, 2011

Steps to Wellness Summit

Filed under: wellness — Tags: , , , — WildArkansas @ 12:13 am

If you are in the Siloam Springs area, please sign up for the Steps to Wellness Summit for a more walkable community.

The Summit will be held in Siloam Springs on October 20th.

Here’s the link:¬†http://bridgestowellness.org/wellness-summit-registration/

August 29, 2008

Mindfulness for your health

Filed under: health, natural healing, video — Tags: , , , , , , , — WildArkansas @ 1:59 pm

In this video: Jon Kabat-Zinn will describe the revolution in medicine that has occurred over the past 30 years that has integrated the mind back into the body and developed a remarkable range of practices for integrating one’s experience, reducing stress, healing the body, coping more effectively with emotions such as anxiety, anger, and depression, and cultivating greater well-being and happiness.

Additional Information:

Pilot study from the Pubmed at the Univ of New Mexico comparing the effects of mindfulness based and cognitive behavioral stress reduction.

Article from UCLA Health and Medicine News about study on mindfulness slowing progression of HIV

August 20, 2008

Mature Health

Filed under: health, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — WildArkansas @ 10:49 pm

Health is usually something we don’t think about unless we’re ill. We take it for granted on a regular basis. It’s illness that gets our attention most of the time, and generally illness involves pain–that’s why it gets our full attention.

With luck and a bit of work, we won’t have to deal with much illness, but it’s rare that anyone really does all the things they need to do to maintain and improve their health.

Mature health is about becoming more informed and taking a pro-active stance in regard to your own health. Generally, we allow the doctors to tell us what’s wrong and what we should do. Here I’ll explore the alternatives.

The blog focuses on health in a variety of ways. I prefer natural ways to maintain health if possible. I use herbs as often as possible and living in Arkansas there are is an abundant supply of native medicinal herbs that I’ve just begun to harvest.

Wild Arkansas is a weekly column about wildcrafting [hunting and identifying] herbs in Arkansas.

Late Bloomer is a weekly column about enjoying midlife, organic gardening and a few other things.

To your health.

— Carla

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