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November 26, 2012

Fermentation and Fiscal Fitness

Hello! How's your gut treating you today? Pertinent question as since I've last posted, I've become much more involved in the Traditional Foods community. Specifically, insofar as today's post is concerned, with fermentation.

A couple of things to know about fermentation. First of all, properly fermented foods are essential to establishing that enviable balance of gut flora to which many of us aspire. (My dogs are pooping like rock stars these days, 'nuff said.) Second, either you've got to learn to do it yourself in your own kitchen or have the budget to hire someone to do it for you. It's that important. Buying prepared fermented foods from the store really does not cut the mustard.

So there you have it. You want the result, it's one more thing you've got to learn to do for yourself. Like cooking dinner, exercising, sleeping, and taking the occasional shower. That said, one might think that the biggest obstacle in someone's path to success would be the time element. "Jeez, something else to do?" one might think. "But I'm overextended already!"

Surprisingly, from what I have been able to observe by hanging out in the community, that is not the case.

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November 27, 2012

Appreciating Missteps - the Secret to Lasting Change

Did you ever set out to make a healthy lifestyle change and then find yourself back in the same old rut? What if I share a little-known secret to getting yourself back on track? Appreciate the misstep. That moment when your best intentions got derailed. Pat yourself on the back. Yell "yay me!" Go all out!

We'll talk about why this is such a great idea in just a moment. Meanwhile, let's stop and make a short list of things you might have been trying to do:

  • Improve your posture at the computer
  • Eliminate grains from your meal planning
  • Be in bed with the lights out by 10 pm each night
  • Develop a consistent exercise program
  • Devote 10% of your weekly food budget for emergency storage items
  • Drink healthy beverages instead of pop

Yep! The appreciation trick will work for all of these changes and more. What's at the top of your personal list right now? Go ahead and pick ONE change to keep in mind as you read the rest of this article.

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The Cliff: That Critical Moment when Behavior Goes Bad

Appreciating the moment when your best intended plans for creating new, healthier behaviors go bad. That was the topic of our previous post. Now let's identify that moment. The critical moment when your possibility for successful change begins to crash.

What if that key moment happens sooner than you think?

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Elizabeth Eckert, Healthy Living & Wellness Coach

Elizabeth Eckert, PhD

I enjoy observing human nature and helping people get healthier. I'm the author of Word Cures, webmaster of the WordCures.com healthy living website, and an organic vegetable gardener. I hang out in spacious North Dakota with Max, my precocious pup. (more)

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