Mittwoch, 1. April 2015

We don’t live on Okinawa.



No we don’t. We don’t live in a rural area, too, and the working conditions changed a lot in the last 100 years.
Are we able to integrate some of it in our own Methuselah-concept?

At first: Nutrition.
Be honest: In which condition is your nutrition really? Do you eat your five servings of fruits and vegetables per day? If not, try the following:
-          Start with one piece more of fruit per day. If that’s difficult for you, start with juice. You don’t like fruits? Then go to a big market or into a shop with a big section for fresh foods and get your inspiration from it. Try things that you don’t know, too. And if you don’t make it with fruits at all, take vegetables instead.
-          Change the proportions on your plate. A lot of people eat for example a lot of noodles with few vegetables – try the other thing. You don’t need absolutely a lot of carbohydrates to be full, that’s a thing of custom. At meals with a part of proteins try the rule of thirds: A third of vegetables, a third of carbohydrates (rice, noodles, potatoes…), a third of proteins (meat, fish, tofu, cheese…).
-          Eat as colourful as possible. It would be perfect if you could eat every day something of every colour. If that doesn’t work, try to balance this out over the week.
-          If possible, prepare your meals yourself and buy as less as possible convenience food. But if you have too, look to it that the ingredient lists are as short as possible, that there is nothing included that you don’t understand and that sugar and salt are in the rear of it (those things who are in the top of the list are the most included). You don’t know what to cook? Then get inspirations from sites like allrecipes.com/ or www.food.com/. You don’t know how to cook? Then take part in a cooking course, at a lot of adult education centres there is something for every taste. You’re a lot on the road? Then invest in a click-box or a bento-box, soups a re good to transport in screw top jars. You can get ideas for the content for example on http://justbento.com/recipes or http://www.justonecookbook.com/recipes/how-to-make-bento/.
-          Eat less sugar-containing things. Those are not only sweets, but even slices of the baker and sweet drinks. Then it will easier be to you with fruits and vegetables, too. If you have problems with diabetes, be careful with fruits, they contain fructose.
-          Eat less of meat and milk products.
-          Do you make it to deny yourself to corn and animal products for a day? Then do that regularly once per week. You already do that? Then try two days.
-          Your belly causes concern to you? Then try the low fodmap diet. Start with eating for a few days only foods from the green area, then test bit by bit foods of the red area. Leave only those foods out to which you are allergic, so you can figure out what really does the trick.
-          If you don’t tolerate certain foods or you have a chronic disease, visit a nutrition consultant to check if you get all essential nutrients with your foods. To get a first overview, you can check out online nutrition diaries like https://cronometer.com/. If there are no solid health reasons which are against it, every group of foods should be part of the nutrition. If a group of foods is cancelled it should be replaced. With some diseases the body takes more nutrients than you can eat, in this case nutritional supplements are meaningful – but please do only substitute if there is a shortage. The different nutrients build a sensible balance in the body, and if you screw without any solid reason at it, you risk serious consequences. You don’t know how to get a nutrition consultant? Then ask your health insurance.

Why do I say so often “try it”? Well, everyone is different, and the same doesn’t work with everybody. But do really look if the kind you behave and eat is that what works best for you and not only is that what you are used to.

In the second place: Exercise.
Are you a couch potato or an ace in sports? Most of us are somewhere in between of it… and exercise in fact much less as we think we would. The excuses are multifaceted: the job, the stress, too many appointments, not really healthy, eaten too much – and anyway, the finger gymnastics on the keyboard is exercise, too, isn’t it? Here a few first steps how it can get better:
-          Be honest. Observe yourself and look how much you really exercise. And if you cheat, you only screw yourself, nobody else.
-          Start with little steps: Tape the stairs instead of the elevator, dismount one station earlier, take the bike to do your purchases, go for a spin in the evening.
-          Whatever you do, make it regularly. Your cardiovascular system is already happy with half an hour of rapid exercise per day, and it profits more of it as if you burn off energy at the weekend and can’t do anything for the rest of the week.
-          Look for a form of sport that’s fun for you. If you aren’t a sports freak, try things that you don’t know yet: jogging, hiking, football, peteca, yoga, capoeira, karate, archery – certainly there is something that you like. And look for like-minded people, working out together at first is funnier, in the second place, like that it is easier to stick with it. And in the third place you do with that something for point number four. Look what the sports clubs in your areas offer, or the adult education centres.
-          If there is no suitable sports club in your area or if you are seeking for inspiration, have a look around at youtube, or you can even work with DVDs. But if a form of sport is new for you, take at minimum part in a beginner course at a local coach – otherwise mistakes and postural defects can slip in.

In the third place: The task.
What kind of connection do you have to your labour? Do you only to it to earn money? Or is that what you do your vocation?
-          Jobs for earning money are okay. You have to live from anything, and not always the dream job is in store.  In a lot of jobs you can learn a lot about yourself and others, establish and cultivate contacts, or arrange together with the circumstances of an unpleasant job.
-          It’s wonderful if you can work to what you feel called. You don’t know what your vocation is? Then find out what you’re good in and what you like to do. Hear what others say to you and listen to your heart. Try things you’ve never did before. Not all talents are hidden in that what fits into the timetable of the most schools. Find out what stirs your blood and what you’re good in.
-          The task what touches your heart doesn’t have absolutely to be paid (but it is great if it is). Do what is your passion, even if others are not with you. Make your thing.

In the fourth place: Community.
With whom you cultivate social contacts? Family? Workmates? The greengrocer and the post office worker? And what else?
-          Look with who you cultivate the most contacts. Are they mainly of professional or private nature?
-          Concentrate for a moment onto your professional contacts. Are they mainly an obligation for you or have they a personal value for you? Try in the following week to give more quality to your professional contacts: Speak with your workmates about more than only that what concerns to the job, be interested into their daily routines, their needs, their personalities. Make your common time to something special, let it become to a source of strength for your colleagues and you.
-          Now have a look at your private contacts: Do you enjoy them or are they rather a duty? And what is with the contacts in your family: Do you cultivate the same connection patterns as in your childhood? Or do you admit to each other that with growing up your connections change, too? Do you mainly you benefit from your family or benefits it from you? Is that suitable for you or do you want to change it?
-          Do you cultivate always the same contacts or do you set into new ones? To cultivate the same contacts for a long time can be wonderful and give security, but you can freeze in them, too. Do you have the courage to set into new things? Establish new contacts, make everyday contacts to something special with appreciating trifles, addressing (for real meant!) compliments, getting into conversation, intensifying existing contacts.
-          With all the cultivation of contacts, look to it that you yourself don’t come off badly. Relations to others are important, but the relation to you is it, too. Free up spaces for yourself that you need to find back to yourself and to come clean with you. Get involved with yourself, who you are, how you have become, what you love and what not. Because in relations you are then most of value when you can be fully authentic, be completely yourself. The quality of your time with others is more important than the quantity.

For the fifth place: Spirituality.
What connection do you have to your ancestors? Are they unknown quantities for you or do you have a connection to them? And what is with your connection to the land you’re living on? Do you believe to a reality that holds the world together in its inmost folds?
-          Keep track of your ancestral chart: Find out who your ancestors were, what professions they had, where they lived. Look for photos of your grandparents and the generations before them, at least photos of weddings often remained.
-          Look where in your life you see your roots, who influenced you, from whom you learned. In the olden days it was common practice to learn for a very long time from a certain person – is there such a person in your life? What do you do today with that heritage? And how do you want to pass it?
-          Who is your nation? Who are the people you are related with, for whom you put yourself out? And corresponds that for you to a certain place or is it independent of it?
-          Get your teeth into the history of the place where you live. Enquire what the people built there formerly, how they lived, what was important for them. Visit old monuments like castle ruins and old churches, look around in museums, go into libraries, found out how your area looked in pre-Christian times.
-          Go out into the nature. Feel the wind in your hair, the rain and the sun onto your face, the earth under your feet. Familiarize with the plants in your environment, find out which ones are edible and which ones poisonous and which healing powers are hidden in them. Sit under a tree and feel its strength. Listen to the birds and learn to distinguish their songs.
-          Geh raus in die Natur. Fühle den Wind im Haar, den Regen und die Sonne auf der Haut, die Erde unter deinen Füßen. Mach dich mit den Pflanzen in deiner Umgebung vertraut, finde heraus, welche essbar sind und welche giftig und was für Heilwirkungen in ihnen verborgen sind. Setz dich unter einen Baum und spüre seine Stärke. Hör den Vögeln zu und lerne ihren Gesang zu unterscheiden
-          Who or what is your God? What is for you the most holy, the highest value, that for what you would give up everything else? What bears your life? What is for you the primal ground of all being? Learn about different spiritual paths and look which one suits best for you.
-          Give yourself time to develop your inner spaces. Take courage to explore your own creativity. Try different activities: Dancing, painting, do-it-yourself, caring for animals, breeding plants… Try meditation and recreational methods.
-          Give an own rhythm to your life. Find rituals that structure your life and your day and that suits to you. And if you don’t find given rituals that appeal to you, then create your own ones.

Your decisions of yesterday led to the life that you have today.
Decide today for the life you want to lead tomorrow.
 

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