“So divinely is the world organized that every one of us,
in our place and time, is in balance with everything else.”
- Adam Acone
“When people go within and connect with themselves, they realize they are connected to the universe and they are connected to all living things.” — Armand Dimele [Source: http://www.wisdomquotes.com/topics/interdependence/]
“If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.”— Norman Vincent Peale http://www.joyprogram.com/%5D
“The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor. In fact, the very notion of a self who is trying to free her/himself is a delusion. We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness.” — Tara Brach http://www.wisdomquotes.com
In honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Day I want to talk about living a balanced life. It is not easy living a balanced life in a world that seems to thrive on chaos, especially with chronic illness or food restrictions. But it is possible. Please remember…
1. You are more than just a body. Mind and spirit also need attention.
2. It’s not what happens to us, but how we think and react that counts.
3. Attitudes are contagious. Surround yourself with positive people.
4. Your support group should support you in living the best, healthiest life possible. If the talk is always about sickness, look for a new group.
5. Food is the fuel that keeps our bodies running, but there is more to life.
6. Take time to learn how to live, eat and cook gluten free, then start applying what you learn and get on with life.
7. Fear can serve as a warning to avoid danger, but don’t live there.
8. Eat the healthiest, freshest foods you can eat. Don’t let food restrictions be an excuse to eat junk food.
9. Take time out for rest, relaxation and reflection.
10. Exercise, move your body, but remember this is just part of an overall healthy lifestyle.
Don’t let any disease or food intolerance be an excuse for living a life that is out of balance and out of control. A healthy, balanced lifestyle is an important part of life.
Salmon is known for containing high levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, stroke, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides. Omega-3’s have also been associated with improved mood and cognitive abilities, joint protection, eye benefits and decreased cancer risks.
Look for Pacific salmon which is more likely to be wild caught. Atlantic salmon is more likely to be farmed and more likely to have lower Omega-3 levels and contains dioxins. Canned salmon is usually wild Pacific caught and can be a good option. http://www.healthybenefitsof.com/p/salmon.html
Salmon is not difficult to prepare. It can be baked, broiled, even grilled. Experiment with seasonings and sauces on your own or there are many wonderful salmon recipes available.
We like our salmon fillets baked or broiled with a little spicy mustard. Sometimes we break it up and serve it as a salad on a bead of greens.
We also love salmon patties made with canned salmon. I bake mine at 400 degrees on a baking sheet coated with a little pan spray instead of frying. They are not as crisp on the outside, but still good.
“Love that cares, listens.” — Paul Tillich
Over the years I saw many people who had advanced heart disease and I was so frustrated because I knew if they just knew how to do the right thing, simple lifestyle and diet steps, that the entire trajectory of their life and health would have been different. — Mehmet Oz M.D.