Thinking about losing weight? I know you have your own reasons. Let me add one more to the list!!!
Thinking about losing weight? I know you have your own reasons. Let me add one more to the list!!!
These days I am enjoying looking at last 15 years of my life on digital photo frame on my kitchen counter. This frame connects to our network with all the pictures we have taken since our first digital camera.
I enjoy watching it while cooking and doing dishes. I love looking at the pictures of my girls in cute outfits in some funny poses at thier soccer, ballet, homecoming, prom, graduation, They have grown up now; are in college and in high school. It brings good memories of those days when they were growing up. It gives me happiness and makes me sad at the same time.Looking at myself in those pictures, One consistent theme stands out; I look dazed, sleep deprived, tired and lost. These are my pictures in my early thirties; something didn’t seem right. I don’t seem to be usual self the way I am today at the age of 50; full of energy and vibrance. Today, I have sparkle in my eyes and I am hopeful for tomorrow. I wonder what was wrong with me then?
One consistent reason pops up.The Food. The food I was eating; I was not eating right; food choices I made, genetically modified, over processed, frozen with preservative and pesticides. During the process of settling down in US, I adopted lots of quick life style, thinking that it’s part of survival and it’s part of lifestyle. I was starting my new career, my job was very hectic,kids were young, the day was full of thier day care issues, school pickups drop-offs, thier extra curricular activities and other needs.It was part of my transition to a new lifestyle!!!! I ate whatever seemed easily available in the grocery stores and could be put together in a meal with least efforts including tons of fast food. I rarely worked out. As a result, I had very poor metabolism and rarely had sound sleep.
Coming from a country that does not have refrigerators or microwaves as necessities, I always ate fresh food and I also ate with great enthusiasm with least rush and multitasking and also ate with lots of social interaction. Things changed as I moved to a new country and adopted its new culture with a new lifestyle.
It had been a long journey; about 10 years, to understand myself and what’s wrong with me and my health. Food had been a culprit. Realization of what’s wrong with the food in the grocery stores, understanding the food and agriculture landscape, political and social aspect of food had been an expedition. It had been a constant quest to know what is the right food to eat, how to eat and what is the best strategy to keep my optimum weight. Becoming aware of my surroundings and my own inner self and learning about my true nature has been really helpful in reclaiming my health and happiness.
My search has unveiled lots of social, economical and cultural issues that stands between a common man and his eating choices of a nutritious meal on his our plate.
I have a mission to accomplish to make common man aware of this. Eating right shoulds not require a college degree. A common man should be able to eat right with no effort. It’s basics of life. All these learning has influenced and is incorporated in Mindful Living Club philosophy. I have wasted best years of my life suffering due to poor eating choices and an unhealthy lifestyle. People don’t have to go through this journey at the expense of thier family life and personal time. As true in every capitalist world, There is no-one governing and watching those grocery store aisle or restaurants for the benefit of common people. People have to realize that they have to take charge of thier own health by becoming more savvy and aware of thier surroundings and by making necessary lifestyle changes.
It would be my great pleasure to be your guide in this journey. Come, join Mindful living club and let me create pathways of health for you.
This was around the time my daughter was searching for colleges; tired and exhausted from all the road trips, I took refuge in audio books and youtube lectures etc during the car rides on my favorite topic; “Food” , What to eat and what’s wrong with my lifestyle. How do I change my routine so I could sleep better, how to pick my recipes so I don’t wake up tired and exhausted next morning with no energy to start a day that I know will have monumental challenges. My search for never ending probes on basic questions was keeping me more awake than the actual food that I ate at night .
And here it was, answer to all my questions; Thanks to the modern times we live in ( Information is so easily accessible!) , I turned to Youtube and I don’t recall what the search words were but here it was, a recording of a course being offered at UC Berkeley (Edible 101:Edible 101 )to address the Food movement and US issues related to Food and Agriculture. I had read Michael Pollan’s ” Food Rules” before and hearing him again on this forum made it impossible for me to turn away from this course. “Food Rules” was a fun read with fun pictures and some interesting guidelines on what is real food, how to eat it and when to eat it. It was like a user’s manual on eating. I totally agreed with the rules. Hearing him again made me think. This time his tone was more serious and the topic was more based on actual underlying issues that US Food and agriculture industry has created for a common person in terms of eating healthy. I learn about Food Movement. I learnt Food Movement is real and it’s here. It took me about 24 hours of listening to get a hang of this issue.
I felt connected to the Food Movement and realized that I have a responsibility to my community to take this message and educate people on this issue. I had to do something!!!
And here it is; the foundation of my “Mindful Living Club”; a step towards making a difference in the life of common people who wakes up with their dream and to face a challenging day. They don’t have time to go through 20 different sources; youtube lectures series etc to verify that what is in their plate is real food and is healthy. They trust the grocery stores, farmer, distributer and above all our regulation agencies that they are watching out for them ensuring what they are eating is a wholesome nutritious meal. I felt strongly that People have a right to know the truth. They have a right to know how the capitalist society greed is standing between them and their nutrition which is essential for them to meet their day with courage and energy.
My program has adopted major key agendas from this course “Edible 101” and provides guidelines and make suggestions on what is the best way to eat food and stay healthy.
If you wish to go over the lecture; here is the edible 101 youtube. They are about 16-20 lectures; each 2 hours long. They are thought provoking, candid and hit the root cause of what is wrong with the food we put in our mouth. It’s not just the increase in the distance between the farm to plate, but also the greed of food and agriculture industry in this capitalist society that has made eating healthy almost impossible for a common person who has no time or energy to do their own little research.
If you are tied up, I can be of help and summarize this for you in my next blog. So on enjoy your day; just one tip; Stick to foods that are local and pick the real food to eat from the grocery stores (Food with basic 2/3 natural ingredient; anything after that is just chemical) ”
Healthy lifestyle could become addiction. Let me make it one of yours!!!!
Mindful Living club promotes and guides people to come together in semi virtual setting and explore practicing the healthy lifestyle that connects them with thier “True Self” and gives them true happiness.In this process people become happy and healthy not only because they learn to make better food and nutrition choices but also because they lose weight.
Close Communities are vanishing from our culture. Practicing and learning about a healthy lifestyle by Joining the club will help you find a close community that will be your guide in tough times and provide you with a holistic & mindful solutions to your health needs.
Becoming Aware and making mindful choices makes all the difference in our well being and health.It’s is the key to success of this program. “Lean Existence” is what the we aim for.Staying Healthy is tied very closely to eating healthy but it’s not just physical aspect of food that makes us healthy, its peripheral emotions around eating food that makes us lean and keep us lean, how we eat, where we eat, with whom we eat, how we feel about food, our attitude towards the food makes all the difference. ” The Concept of getting Lean” focuses on creating a holistic approach to our eating, starting from grocery shopping to preparing to eating.It’s a journey that we have to take to get things in our plate. How we do it, makes the difference. The choices help us getting us to a ” Leaner” version of us. Getting lean is not just physical, it’s our emotional and spiritual connection to our food that make us “Lean”.
Mindful living club’s ” Get Lean, Stay Lean” and Prevent Diabetes programs help people bringing happiness to them through food, nutrition, exercise and breaking away from poor lifestyle practices including eating habits and live life completely, manage thier health condition and pursue their dreams and life fully.
Mindful Living club philosophy is inspired/influenced & adapted from the following sources. I have a great respect and admiration for the people/sources listed here. They are great resource for me and come out as a model for courage and great character who are influencing the society in a positive way. I will never be able to write enough to praise them. They are living example of what they preach and need. Reading the thoughts and ideas from these resources and incorporating them as part of my lifestyle has changed my life and motivated me to reach out and help others to achieve their goals:
Just Become Aware and Be Healthy
We live in a capitalist society. Businesses are looking out more for thier profits than interest of common people like you and me. Market is full of products that are not safe or healthy for your body, mind and soul. They have made to the market/shelf by passing some regulations (I assume so) marginally or through finding some loopholes in the system (You know what I mean)!!!
Here is the mission I move forward with through my Mindful Living Club. I want lead people to a path of healthy lifestyle and want to unveil the truth about political, social and spiritual aspect of food and eating landscape.There are several factors why a common person is not able to eat in a healthy fashion. My blog covers of some of these reasons. Lot of it is tied to lack of awareness, some tied to political landscape behind agriculture and food distribution and some to our lifestyle that has made eating a mechanical activity. Today eating gives us calories but not the nourishment of body, mind and soul.
Through my club, I would like to introduce a lifestyle that is pure and natural and easy to adopt & agree with your true self. A lifestyle that is full of meals that are appetizing, wholesome, nutritious and satisfying. A life style which bring you in touch with you true self and your true value system and with your purpose in life.It will help you cope up with various health conditions.
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