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France’s dirty Foie Gras

We literally have returned from a very enjoyable 4 days spent in the South of France.

The beauty of the beaches, the bravery of the surfers who gather in droves is marred by the dirty, rotten practice of Foie Gras, considered a delicacy there.

For those out there who do not know what Foie gras is.

It is when a duck or a Goose is force fed, until their liver is engorged. From the age of 8-10 weeks, a tube is inserted into their throat and they are force fed grain and fat.

The mortality rate for animals who are force fed can be 20 times than that of birds raised normally.

Their livers can become 10 times larger than they would normally.

Am I the only one who thinks there are so many things seriously wrong with a whole nation feeling this is a delicacy and right to be done onto animals?

For all the beauty there, the increase in organic food in the shops, the increase in organic fruit and vegetables, as a nation, they really need to address this grotesque practice, cruelty which is kept going due to tradition.

These animals suffer, they feel, they have emotions. How would we like to be force fed, causing our organs to swell unnaturally in our bodies and lead to our ultimate death? I don’t think it would rate as a delicacy then?

The dependence on meat is so high there, you can see a few vegan options on the menu, though when the stench of cooking meat pervades the area, it doesn’t encourage a vegan to want to stay and eat there, I certainly didn’t want to.

Let’s hope things change, for the animals sake and ultimately for humanity.

For a person to feel that this is right, is there something lacking in the humanity there too?

That is a question people who create the demand for these products need to ask themselves and should ask themselves.

Learning to love yourself is necessary

As children, we were most likely told to be modest, to not be boastful and to not congratulate ourselves for our achievements.

Our parents only knew what they had been taught and that is what they then instilled in us.

If you were brought up Irish, I know that is most likely how it was for you. We need to start believing it is ok to love ourselves, more than ok, necessary.

Little did we know that understating our achievements and ourselves, we reduced our worth in our own eyes.

Through not loving ourselves, we effectively told our bodies, we didn’t love them.

Our bodies hear and react to every thought we feel.

Our thoughts are the catalyst for creating feelings and this has a knock on effect on our mood and overall happiness.

If we tell ourselves that we love ourselves, that we appreciate our bodies, our cells react to this and function at a higher level.

Our immune system works better, we have less stress, less cortisol running through our bodies.

You may think that at this stage in your life, whatever that stage is, it is too late.

You may feel that you can’t change your habits and the thoughts you tell yourself, that is so wrong.

You have the ability to change at any age, we are always in a state of change, our bodies constantly renew cells, renew organs, change is a constant in our lives.

Even the simple act of changing how you speak to yourself, by being more loving in the words you use, has huge implications.

Once you form a habit, by consistently talking to yourself in a loving way, it will then become a belief.

Once it is a belief, it is entrenched within you. You then have laid down your foundations for a happier, healthier life.

Start today if you can, tell yourself that you love yourself, yes, it is ok to say that. Tell yourself you are enough, for you are enough, more than enough.

You just didn’t allow yourself to recognize it perhaps before,until now.

Failure is success in disguise

success jumpReflecting back upon experiences which I have had, my perceived failures have taught me much.

As we all know this life is not a straight path, but that too can be a positive thing.

I have had a tendency to berate myself if I make a mistake, I am sure many can relate.

Though, haven’t you found that making that mistake very often means you understand the situation more deeply?

Laws are laid down, whether it be in the place you work or society and we are coerced into conforming.

Those rebels amonbeing yourselfgst us challenge that, but in a work situation we often find our hands tied, creativity stifled.

If we fail to conform, fail to do it right, is it a real failure?

Success is being happy, following your true path, being true to who you are, maintaining your identity.

We need to even get rid of the word failure, or mistake, it merely signifies that something hasn’t been done according to another’s rules.

By all means do what is right and try to do things properly, but maintain your essence in the process.

Every wrong thing you have ever done has most likely also been your greatest blessing.

If we can learn to downplay conformity and embrace uniqueness, we are our own success story.

 

 

How much are we willing to pay for good food?

Good food, what is it?

Is it the gourmet meal, offering delicacies such as caviar or snails?

good foodIn my mind no, in my mind good food is the organic fruits and vegetables and herbs.

The people who produce these foods very often do not get remunerated adequately for their efforts.

If they don’t get enough to profit from their work, they will be forced to seek work elsewhere.

Having spent time on an organic Blueberry farm, I realize how special the process of food cultivation is.

We are perhaps not aware that the Supermarkets have driven down the cost of fruit and vegetables.

This then forces the organic farmer to compete and consumers can face the dilemma of why go organic?

Organic means no pesticides, no herbicides.

These chemicals laced upon the food are extremely detrimental to our health.

Essentially through buying food in these forms we endorse it, we are paying less but at what cost to our health?

organicI go to market every week and  buy organic,  I speak with the guys who work in the fields through the weeks.

Honestly I don’t notice it being expensive, it fills me with joy to know I am getting ultimate goodness from the produce.

If you don’t already choose organic, I would ask you to consider it

Organic, locally produced food, works with nature and feeds you with that power of nature too.

Foods to help protect against inflammation and Cancer

Inflammation in the body is often the body’s warning sign that your body is in an acidic state.

Inflammation also is the starting point which can lead to Cancer, heart disease and a multitude of ailments.

What can we all do, on a daily basis, to help our bodies ward off inflammation in the body?

aloe veraOne of the top foods is Aloe vera, it contains six or more anti inflammatory agents.

Aloe boosts your immune response and research has shown it can shut off the blood supply to tumors in the body.

Ginger is a must have in the diet to eradicate inflammation, also Turmeric which is part of the ginger family.

Echinacea is an immune system enhancer.It increases the amount of T cells, which are a critical element of our immune system.

Green Tea helps ward off inflammation, protects the body against Cancer.

lemonsLemons or pure lemon juice are filled full of Vitamin C, High amounts of Vitamin C have been proven to be toxic to Cancer cells.

Apricot Kernal seeds have proven to have B17, which has a natural cyanide within it.This cyanide is released when it encounters a cancer cell, it leaves healthy cells intact.

Incorporating as many of these foods in our daily life is investing in our long term health.

 

 

When middle of the road is perfect.

middle-of-roadDo you sometimes feel that you are comparing yourself to others and falling short?

I know I do and am sure countless others share this common affliction.

We are conditioned from an early age to strive to be the best, to compete.

Competition is healthy to a degree but always falling short can be damaging to the individual.

Could we potentially shift our view to acceptance of who we are, owning who we are with all our layers?

There may be others who we perceive smarter, prettier, more accomplished, but this is how we see it.

Others could have a radically different view and very often this is the case.

Why couldn’t we accept that it is ok to be middle of the road, to be adequate in a particular thing?

Couldn’t this relieve us of so much burden, so much pressure, feelings of unworthiness?

This life is not a sprint, it is a marathon, with many twists and turns and hurdles .

Yes, it is great to have goals, ambitions, also it is great to be accepting if a goal never materializes.

acceptance-road-signAcceptance of oneself is a freeing endeavor and can often be fleeting and transitory.

Through striving for perfection, we glide by the really perfect things like friendship and personal happiness.

These are goals highly worthy of our focus.

Embrace who you are, whatever the fabric and texture of your person may be.

Why listening is so much more than hearing words

hearingMy job involves listening to people’s queries and trying to resolve them over a phone.

I don’t get to see their body language, their eyes, all I can work with are words and their ability to express.

It can be a challenge but I do think, through working through this medium, you are forced to develop listening skills.

People want and need to be heard, they need to feel you are interested in their lives.

We all know that we gravitate towards those people who really listen to you and seem to care.

We tend to avoid those who like to constantly talk about themselves and never pick up on anything you say.

I believe we all want to feel special, like we lead interesting lives and we are entitled to feeling like this.

listeningHow can we be better listeners?I think being silent whilst others speak is a fine starting point.

Allowing the other person to finish their train of thought, then picking up on whatever they have been saying.

To truly listen is to respect another, to have interest in them, people appreciate this greatly.

I am by stretch of the imagination an expert in this field, I am learning too.

I do feel, truly listening is something we all should consider.

Being absolutely present in the moment when we are witness to  another persons  feelings or concerns.

This can only enrich relationships and improve your life and those in your life.

 

Take action Now

laterI have been the biggest procrastinator going, without doubt.

I almost enjoyed telling others how I loved to talk about what I wanted, but never actually did anything about it.

Secretly, I was overwhelmed with guilt and a total lack of respect or faith in myself.

I questioned myself, what was holding me back? What was it that was basically causing me to imprison myself?

I am still attempting to figure those questions out.

One simple thing I have learned though is that action, even small steps regularly, have the power to change everything.

I transitioned from a place where hopelessness flourished to a place where optimism sprung forth.

That big step  I felt unable to make was surprisingly replaced with many tiny steps in the direction  of my dreams.

The hope, enthusiasm, energy and determination dripped in slowly.

tortoise and hareProcrastination can absolutely strip someone of their self worth whilst unmet needs  and dreams lie scattered all around.

Anyone bound by the confines of Procrastination and an inability to move towards their aspirations, take one small step today.

Ask yourself, what is it you truly want in life?

If you had all the money in the world, what would you choose to spend your time doing, there lies an important discovery.

Make the decision to take at least one step, however small, towards achieving your goals today.

After all, according to the fable, it was the Tortoise who won the race, he kept going throughout.

The art of gratitude

gratitudeBeing grateful is truly an art and is a honed skill.

What does being grateful truly mean to you, to each one of us?

In my mind being grateful is when, at that time, you are immersed in an absolute state of appreciation.

Truly, we can all be guilty of taking things for granted.

It is only when we are presented with a crisis, health situation or suchlike, that it suddenly dawns on us that what we have, is truly a great deal.

Do we even ponder on what it actually takes for our bodies to run smoothly, every day?

gratitude 4Having a grateful heart and mind absolutely shifts our mindset from one of lack, to one of plenty.

Instead of seeing what we don’t have, whether it is the latest gadget or job, we see all the true abundance that surrounds us.

Starting our days listing all the seemingly small,though in fact great, things we have, creates the prism through which we see that day.

This gift of life is  exactly that, a gift.We are lucky to partake in this life where we have ultimate choice to do as we see fit.

Be grateful for the very breath that supplies all of your organs with the fuel to keep you going.

Life is not there to be taken for granted.

 

Healthy early morning practices.

early morning imageI love my sleep and we all can agree that sleep is vital in maintaining optimum health.

For those of us working 9-5, trying to fit in family, commitments etc, optimizing our time is paramount.

I have come to the realization that really, even if you can fit in a little of what you want to do everyday, it counts.

It is said that, it is not what you do once in a while that counts, but what you do, day in, day out.

early morning practice 2So carving out 20-30mins in the morning can reap the rewards.

We need to look at what we need, which activities enhance our well being?

We must look at our physical aspect, our mental aspect and focus also upon reducing stress levels.

Upon wakening you could either do 5-10 minutes of yoga, stretching or rebounding.Dancing would work too.

Next, you could focus upon goals for the day, which then lead to goals for realizing your ideal life.

A positive state of mind creates a positive focused person who radiates energy and enthusiasm.

Listening to affirmations, doing some visualization can have an immeasurable positive impact upon your day.

Louise Hay encourages people to take a hand mirror and look into their own eyes and affirm ‘ I love and approve of myself.  Everything I need comes to me.All is well’

What a beautiful and empowering statement.

Through encouraging a healthy self image, we can face the world smiling and be true to who we are.

Self love and love to others is crucial in being the best version of yourself.

early morning practice 3Those are a few tips and ones which I am currently implementing in my own life.

I can say, without question, the days spent taking time to do these practices are great days. I notice their impact upon my life.