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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Time to Clean House

I don't know about you but this last week I've been in the organizing, gutting out, gettin' rid of stuff mode. It always enlightens me when I pass things on that I or my household is no longer using or in need of.  

Yesterday as I was reading in Fast Company magazine it was the issue on creative people in business. Little articles shared about how entrepreneurs inspired others. This one I read really caught my attention. It was by an woman named Margareta Magnusson who by the way is a first time author at the age of 84. Her book is called "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning"! I know at first it sounds kind of morbid but then as I read on I could totally relate to it. According to Fast Company, she released her first publication last October and her book will eventually reach 29 countries around the world. That's pretty amazing to accomplish at 84 years of age. The gist of her book is about freeing yourself from being bogged down with unnecessary clutter basically cleaning out and getting rid of your stuff before someone else has to do it for you like your spouse or children. Thus the name 'Death Cleaning'. Margareta Magnusson says that "shredding old papers and finding a new home for heirlooms before you're gone can help make your loved ones' memories of you nice instead of awful." Who doesn't want that, right! Her book is written in her Scandinavian humor style. She says "that while the concept of 'dostadning' is particular to Sweden, the values behind it are not. According to Fast Company, Margareta also says "most people have too many things around them and can't function because of all the unnecessary stuff they need to take care of that they don't really need at all." 

So perhaps after reading this you are a little inspired to clean your house, get rid of some things you are no longer using. Free yourself from the burden of 'stuff'! Certainly can't hurt, right! 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Confused With The Labels of Lifestyle Diets

The past few years it seems there are more and more buzz words referring to different life style diet choices. This has become really confusing for many people. Unless you happen to have one or more people in your family or household that lives by one of these you probably aren't completely sure of what each one stands for. 

I thought I'd share a few to break down the differences.  

Let's start with:

The Clean Diet - This diet goes on the basis of avoiding processed foods. Eating foods that are preservative and chemical free. It is based on eating several small meals a day rather than the typical 3 meals that would normally be consumed. Allowing your food to be metabolized easier. It consists of lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Organic is a good choice here.  Basically no refined foods. 

The Paleo Diet -   This diet is based on a pre-agricultural diet. One that is derived from grass produced meats, fish, fruit and vegetables as well as high in nuts and seeds, oils and avocado and coconut.  Those that follow this diet stay away from pre-packaged, pre-cooked and bulk foods. 

The Vegan Diet -  The vegan diet steers clear off all meat, fish, poultry and animal by-products. This includes eggs, honey and dairy products. A very strict diet so can be challenging for people to stick to.  Bottom line is you consume nothing that comes from an animal. 

The Vegetarian Diet -  The vegetarian diet consists of fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans and seeds, some grains and can include cheese and other dairy products.  No meat products but some vegetarians may consume fish or seafood. 

The Gluten Free Diet -  This diet usually comes about because of a sensitivity or intolerance to wheat, barley and rye. Those who have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease or have a high intolerance to these substances experience fewer symptoms and complications when they follow and eliminate wheat products from their diet. 

Well I hope this sheds a little light on some of the life style diets out there. I believe your body will let you know perhaps with some experimenting what foods and diet lifestyle is right for you. Just do you...

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