Human Resource

Health and wealth for the spiritual being
having a human experience.

Glorious Greens

Green vegetables are the foods most missing in modern diets. Learning to cook and eat greens is essential to creating health. When you nourish yourself with greens, you will naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick. Greens help build your internal rain forest and strengthen the blood and respiratory systems. Green is associated with Spring, the time of renewal, refreshment and vital energy. In Asian medicine, green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity.

Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals.

Some of the benefits from eating dark leafy greens are:

  • blood purification
  • cancer prevention
  • improved circulation
  • strengthened immune system
  • promotion of healthy intestinal flora
  • promotion of subtle, light, and flexible energy
  • lifted spirit and elimination of depression
  • improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function
  • cleared congestion, especially in lungs by reducing mucus

There are so many greens to choose from. Find greens that you love and eat them often. Try greens like: bok choy, napa cabbage, kale, collards, watercress, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, dandelion and other leafy greens. Green cabbage is great in the form of sauerkraut or raw. Arugula, endive, lettuce, mesclun and wild greens are generally eaten raw, but can be consumed in any creative way you enjoy.

Note: Spinach, Swiss chard and beet greens are best eaten in moderation because they are high in oxalic acid, which depletes calcium from bones and teeth, and may lead to osteoporosis. Cook these vegetables with something rich like tofu, seeds, nuts, beans, butter, animal products or oil. This will balance the effect of the oxalic acid.

Let food be thy medicine.

—Hippocrates

Eating Well On A Budget

  • Waste Not Want Not. Plan your meal for the week ahead of time and only buy what you need for that week in fruits and vegetables. Also, remember your freezer is your friend. If you can’t eat those strawberries right away, freeze them!
  • Eat Seasonally. The earth provies exactly what we need when we need it. When we eat foods in season, they are cheaper, fresher and more nutritious.
  • Don’t Always Have To Buy Organic. Organic is important when consuming animal protein and some fruits and vegetables. Otherwise, non-organic is fine.
  • Eat More Grains And Beans. Whole grains and beans are an excellent form of protein and they are inexpensive. Opt for them over animal protein and you will not only save lots of money, but will also improve your health.
  • Shop At Farmers Markets. The quality of the food you can get at markets is second only to growing your own. Farmers often have deals late in the day on unsold produce.
  • Join A Food Co-op. Food co-ops carry a wide range of high quality food for the same or cheaper prices than conventional stores. Simply can’t be beat.
  • Join A CSA. Forming a CSA (community supported agriculture) allows you to buy straight from the farmer so you get great fresh food and you have the added benefit of knowing exactly where your food is coming from and how it was grown.
  • Start Your Own Garden. Even if you live in an apartment, consider just planting herbs in your window sill. It’s the cheapest organic food you will ever get.
  • Kick The Water Bottle Habit. Investing in a good BPA-free water bottle will save you hundreds of dollars a year in bottled water and its much better for our environment.
  • Stop Eating Junk Food. Processed packaged foods although the immediate price may be low, the total cost to your health is more than anyone can afford.
  • Rediscover The Joy Of Cooking. Eating quality food out is more expensive than buying food and preparing it at home.

Suggestions To Weigh Less, Live More

  • Feed yourself with primary food. Friends and family, physical activity, and our walk with God feeds us. Lack of primary food creates over-reliance on secondary, edible food.

  • Drink water. Most people are chronically dehydrated. We often mistake thirst for hunger. If you feel hungry between meals, drink a glass of water before giving into cravings. Limit liquid calories from soda and juice.

  • Eat a plant-based diet. Plant foods are typically lower in fat and calories and higher in filling fiber than meat, dairy and processed foods, while providing loads of essential nutrients.

  • Chew your food well. Digestion begins in the mouth. By thoroughly chewing your food, your body will better assimilate nutrients and you will also slow down your eating. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that it is full. By slowing your eating, you’ll feel full and satisfied on less food.

  • Eat real food. Avoid products with high-fructose corn syrup on a long list of unpronounceable ingredients. They tend to be highly processed, lacking the nutrients your body needs, and are often loaded with empty calories.

  • Eat mindfully. Turn off the TV. Get away from the computer. Sit down and savor the food you are eating with no distractions. Eat to feel nourished. Not full.

  • Get moving. Do any type of physical activity every day. Find movement or exercise you enjoy. Commitment and consistency is a must.

  • Sleep, rest and relax. When you are sleep-deprived or stressed, your body will crave energy, causing cravings for sugary snacks and caffeine as an energy boost.

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.

—3 John 1:2

Anonymous asked: What is wellness?

Wellness is much more than the simple absence of illness or disease. Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making healthy choices that lead towards a longer, more fruitful existence. It emphasizes the whole individual and recognizes wellness as the integration of the spirit, body and mind; understanding that everything we do, feel, think and believe has a direct impact on our state of health.