Mastering mind body issues concerning matters of the heart

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Training for triathlon gave Karen belief in herself despite all the physical challenges her heart presented her with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My heart goes out with compassion and  personal curiosity to the  people who have worked hard mastering their mind over their body issues,  go from feeling like dirt to feeling, and stay committed to feeling  delicious.

While doing laps at Cactus Pool this past summer  I met an inspiring woman that really carried that thought home.

Side note: I have to say doing laps at Cactus pool is inspiring . Being there during lap time I am surrounded not by grade school,  high school or even college swim teams practicing, while I do my laps. Do not get me wrong I find those groups to be entertaining and  inspiring too. These lap times though  are filled with swimmers of varied adult ages that frequently appear to me to be well versed in the daily practice of doing laps … for life.  Or that is the story I surmise from most of them as I watch them. I on the other hand am more of a fair weather swimmer. I tend to be more fickle with my workouts . NOTE , this is  especially true when it is  below 80 degrees out side ( yep, even with the Arizona sun shining and swimming laps in a heated pool ). Honestly swimming inside with smell of chlorine bombarding me has never been desirable, and why would I want to when I could be hiking in this glorious Arizona winter ?  … but I digress.

When I  met Karen this past summer  doing laps I  found myself in a conversation with a woman who may have kept her health condition private for many years from her co-workers, and friends … but considering she was back in Scottsdale to have yet another “tune up” with a cardiologist at Mayo clinic, I was in the right place at the right time to hear about her true success story and to become  part of her fan club ! And I must say I have signed up!

You see  in 1975 when Karen was age 6 her pediatrician sent her to a cardiologist with a heart murmur. This began a life of procedures and findings  and varied surgeries that I honestly feel I need a medical license to describe well. She introduced me to words that I have never heard of. I am not going to go into the gruesome details here but honestly I can say it would have been VERY easy for Karen to never have become the Triathlon winner , and  medal winning swimmer, and  master swim coach that she is!

I love being reminded of all the ways we can go from feeling like dirt to delicious. Despite the fact that her mom was not physically fit herself she always was supportive of Karen pursuing being an athlete which has probably been the best medicine for her! It was in training and being in triathlons that she truly learned to believe in herself !  Although she is reevaluating the harsh reality of what being an extreme athlete can do to to the heart enlarging the atria ( ok I start glazing over when she talks that way ) being that hers is naturally enlarged. The path  she has gone through in life is actually humbling .

Thank you Karen , you embody the concept of going from feeling like dirt to delicious. May I wish you many many many more laps at what ever pace you choose these days. You are a true inspiration.

Why are we here ? Please introduce yourself :)

I think it best for me to introduce myself again . As I wander through this project of learning word press and all the side bar issues that come with having a functional blog I live and learn ( hopefully like all of life) . I recently got introduced to Word Fence plug in and now wondering who are these “people ” that keep trying to log in as administrator to this site ? How distracting life can be when we attempt to make delicious  stuff and reality sets in and we have to deal with the dirt of life. Sound familiar? I guess I need to understand better how to create my sign up so you can introduce yourselves to me!  With that said I would love if the subscribers or any visitors that feel inclined post a response : How did you get here and what  are you ideally looking for from this blog ? I started this blog knowing full well that the mavens of marketing and blogging and blah blah blahhhhing say focus on a few topics in your blog site. SO what is the fluid evolving reason for this blog site?  Connecting my art ( both photographic and Chakra healing paintings  as part of my Chakra healing project ) to  my writing  as I focus on other of my life passions : organic gardening/sustainability, creating delicious recipes, finding new ways of healthfully getting out / staying out of feeling mind /body  dirt and being more delicious!  I have a lot to say and more to show. Where this site goes is fluid . Professionally I have been a photographic artist for decades. I have within the past 4 years years started working with abstract acrylics and working on creating the Chakra Healing Exhibition Research Project . More on that another time. I am looking forward to the exposure this blog has as a venue leading to support of my projects and also assignments, purchases , exhibition space. There is no shopping cart set up here ( yet) nor amazon connection ( yet) but I am considering them as options in the future. Thank you for being here. I would love to know what brought you here and what you would like to see more of and well… more about you!
NOW, please introduce yourself  🙂 -Guggenheim_entry5789©_2015_Copyright_Linda_Enger_Photography

Morning moving meditation vs huge to do list

I crave my morning moving  meditation.Yeah , its that time of year. SOOO hard to be ignoring the huge to do list.  The to do list that  gets even crazier now. Be it the gym or yoga, or hiking or walking or 20 squats at home , what ever! How do I  NOT  let that time fall off the list? I say as I fall victim to the magnet in my pants taking hold of the magnet on my chair at my desk… HMMM where are my  hiking boots ? I know my brain is working full steam early am so … taking a 5 minute wacko break may help more often during the day. morning meditation, hiking, sunrise, Arizona

 

Essential Oil users please read this !

I have been using essential oils for decades and once I found Doterra,  back in 2013 I fell in love with the products , the science behind their products, and the company .

I recently got a great article sent to me from Doterra Science concerning ideal amounts recommended when using Doterra Essential Oils. Really valuable info being that it is very easy to go overboard with the products.

Please check out the article and the chart that really puts a scientific light on how much is too much 🙂

http://doterrascienceblog.com/recommended-ideal-amounts

http://doterrascienceblog.com/essential-oil-metabolism/

“The Ideal Amount column states how much total essential oil a user should take at a time. This amount can be repeated every 4-6 hours, for amounts no greater than the 24-hour Maximum amount. Internal use refers to taking essential oils in a capsule or a softgel form. Oral use refers to essential oils taken in water or other liquid, or under the tongue. There is no recommendation made for aromatic use, as this greatly depends on the size of the room and other variable factors. As always, moderation is best.”

If you are interested in learning more about the oils, specific conditions that you may want to explore help from, and ordering any of the products please ask me or check out mydoterra.com/lindaenger

What is the old saying something about turning, a new leaf , or a page or something

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So here we are . Oct 4 , 2015 . FINALLY fall is showing its Arizona Beauty. No fall colors here. Well unless you count the sukkah decorations from Michael’s crafts that attempt to satisfy the craving. Last few nights have FINALLY been tolerable to eat outside ( if you are like us and eat dinner late). Lunch in the sukkah  today , thanks to strategic planning with tree branches overhead was actually quite pleasant.  I could actually say working outside in the garden from 7am till 1pm with rain on and off began to feel like the reason gardeners garden !!! So here is to rain, and seeds and sprouts, and fall and moving on. Let the fall/winter sunny Arizona fun  begin!

My first batch of Kombucha Scoby

Kind of looks like beer here, but my scoby is pretty impressive I think!
Now that I know how much sugar and black tea goes into it, I am not really sure I am buying in totally with all the health aspect of Kombucha ye…but it really is a fun science experiment. AND being that I am notoriously not good at following directions…. I let it sit for 6 weeks instead of 1-4 weeks, and got a 3/4 plus” scoby not a 1/4″ one. Now I have my first official batch of Kombucha brewing with that scoby and looking forward to making it into Ginger Kombucha serving it nice and cold wine glasses. A shout out thank you to thekitchn.com for the great recipes!

Goji berries… and healthy diet ideas for those with Diabetes and Alzheimer

 

I have personally not participated in the goji berry love fest nor  have I plunked down the big bucks for the little health giving rubies. Yes I know of lots of great health gurus that have  recipes using them . I am more interested in sustaining a food budget AND having great health.It seems from what I read that the  history behind these berries in based in Chinese herbal remedies. I personally have grown very wary  about buying any herbs, teas, foods grown in China.This is not an ethnic thing at all but environmental / health concern. My husband was reminded of this when he brought home some dried shiitake mushrooms noticing they were missing from the pantry….  but I digress.

SO I decided to check out what Webmd  had to say.  As some of you may already know I am always doing research on natural ways  ( diet, being a major one) to help with handling/ helping my father in law as part of my co-care giving role making life  for hime ( and us ) easier with his diabetes ( as in keeping him off insulin injections )  alzheimer, and low thyroid ). After checking  out the  links I am sharing here  I am very content to say that for my food and supplement budget…. No way. I am not buying the cheap versions grown in the soil in China and I am definitely not going to spring for the the organic foodie version…. way too costly.  SO when I see the recipes using Goji berries I will not hesitate to replace with  dried cranberries or blueberries.  Honestly those create frustration and irritation  too  when I compare the organic sugar free versions ( when I can find them ) to the loaded with sugar and non organic peers

Feel free to comment !

http://www.webmd.boots.com/healthy-eating/guide/goji-berries

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/28/goji-berry-benefits-_n_5044948.html

 

 My father in law Mel - age 89 , WWII vet hanging out with WWII Planes at Wings of Freedom Tour In Scottsdale AZ. Although he does not know it I am NOT intending on adding Goji berries to his diet to help him with his Alzheimer based memory issues of what he just ate.
My father in law Mel – age 89 , WWII vet hanging out with WWII Planes at Wings of Freedom Tour In Scottsdale AZ. Although he does not know it I am NOT intending on adding Goji berries to his diet to help him with his Alzheimer based memory issues of what he just ate.

Podcasts that I am loving to have as walking partners!

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I love taking walks alone to be with my thoughts and nature. But other ways involve talks with dear friends who always leave me grateful I took the time out to be with them . Sadly it is often  hard to schedule the walks to suit multiple  schedules . So I have found some GREAT new walking companions. No I really do not get to share what is really up with me on these walks … but reality is I do not miss it  or really need it cause when I finish my walks I ALWAYS feel it was time very well spent on multiple levels.

I am loving podcasts these days.

I prefer to keep them on my ipod and carry both that and my iphone when I walk cause…. well I do not like to get lost in trying to figure  out why I have problems when I try to text, jot down notes to myself,  photograph , and  listen to podcast on same device while out walking . Yeah, real mindfullness training 🙂

Audio books are great too for keeping my mind stimulated but I am totally connecting with podcasts  (  FREE through  the  I-tunes store)  No I do not get any $ from referring you to these folks… although not a bad idea at all . I so want to connect with these folks and have a dialogue in person 🙂 So here are the folks that have been keeping me busy . Podcasting is exploding, but so far I have found these to never disappoint me and our timing for getting together never takes any effort in scheduling!  Please note there is always great juice in these for my blogs too!

GoodLife Project with Jonathon Fields

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project

www.goodlifeproject.com

http://www.goodlifeproject.com/radio/

The Health Bridge with Dr Sara Gottfried and Dr Pedram Shojai

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-health-bridge

healthbridgeshow.com

So if you want a great walk and talk  ( really walk and listen ) ,really do not care if you are talking but want to fill your mind with great stuff while moving those big leg muscles… check these podcasts out. I also find them great company when doing mindless work around the house or garden 🙂  . Call it a variation of multi tasking .

And if you want please comment on what you think of which podcasts. I know I sure will be cause they inspire me to share more with you! Actually I have been known to be babbling about these podcasts while in person with real life  walk and talk 🙂

PS if you want to let these folks know that I am available to be a guest on their podcasts…. I appreciate it.

 

 

Which makes me feel worse? The wheat or the concern about the wheat?

Seems like all the nutritional and health gurus are agreeing that ALL of us do not belong eating wheat anymore. No new news for me and I certainly try to cut back on the grains and breads etc…. but totally out of the diet for 3 weeks trial is torture. I know cause I have tried many times over many decades. Yes, I feel better… and miserable at the same time. SO, in my childlike way of ignoring my adult’s voice inside of me what do I do? Of course ….I create a recipe for  wheat challah that seems to have all my taste testers VERY  excited about. Consistent with my curious/diy  nature I took several recipes  and made one of my own without ever trying them as they were written ! Sign up with your email and  comment below  if you want me to send you a copy of the recipe … I am testing to see which one of my hand written versions is the one that turned out so great  🙂 Yep, I kind of keep working it . So much for the gluten free wagon. I just fell off again and it rolled back and forth over me !

 

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Pretty little priority conflict

Pros: Lutein content of cooked tomatoes, vit C, fiber, yummy, pretty, excited cause I got them to grow and harvest despite all the odds against me in garden including predators, weather, water, etc etc. yellow_pear_and_cherry_tomatoes_on_yellow_paint2014__©_Linda_Enger_Photography_web#2

Cons: Darn it I have known this for decades but it is a really hard one to deal with. Tomatoes … ah a great one ( which is hard to find in a store) can bring me back to fond childhood memories of buying tomatoes in the midwest from a stand by the side of the road… yep they existed. Those precious juicy , drippy red gems with salt and pepper could be a meal in itself. GRRRR they are one of the nightshade family of veggies, also called  the Solanaceae family . Sadly this also includes  potatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant.  After 4 years of finally trying to grow big tomatoes I was successful with small  cherry and pear shaped ones, and very small “big version” one. Now dare I put any plants in the ground before my window of spring planting opportunity is over? I am trying not to . I already have 3 tomato plants that are still producing since put in my garden in Oct. Will it last? And what about the yellow pepper plant that is putting out tiny fruit still. And the several pots of 2 kinds of eggplant that held up through the frost and are putting out flowers  and the 2 hot pepper plants?  So which is more important to me? Growing organic veggies that I love to eat or trying to see if I can do a 3 month diet without 4 things I love organic Peppers of all kinds, all tomatoes and sauces, eggplant and potatoes, and then what about what I eat out? OR the quick thrown together pizza ( ugh, not going into the gluten or cheese conversation here )… dare I see if I can not consume ANY Of these veggies for 3 months to see if it helps with my headaches, stiffness, aches and pains and spinal  arthritis ? HMMM what to do ?  GRRRRR….too many foods to eliminate to be “healthy” and live in a sustainable world. GRRRR.

Ignorance is bliss when it comes to chocolate

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I like to try and help others get off their sugar and other food addictions.(disclaimer I think for now I am still  kind of addicted to dark chocolate, but within reason and without the sugar I feel so much  better.)

My history with sugar is similar and yet different than many people I know and will share more on that later. But for sometime I have been very aware that I function much better when my sugar is at a minimum. I also am very involved with care giving for my father in law who is both diabetic and has alzhiemers. So with food, it  is kind of a fusion of a junkie, and a toddler . More on that later.

We have found the Sugar Busters diet to make a huge difference vs more traditional diabetic oriented diet.

One of the many treats I have created is a  Paleo Chocolate power brownie balls that are sweetened only with Dates and stevia and LOADED with ground chia seeds, almonds and walnuts.

Sure enough our subscription to computerlab.com pops up with the nasty reminder that it is a REALLY bad idea for me to indulge like I have been in my naturally sweetened (without sugar or honey) , not too sweet( just how I like it ) , VERY chocolatey , High protein, chocolate fix ! UGH. What a downer. Here is the link to all their ” good News”

https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Cocoa_Powders_and_Chocolates_Sources_of_Flavanols/cocoa-flavanols/

Well anyway those with a  cup of yummy Earl Grey my way, which is a cup of  Paul Newmans’ Organic black tea with one drop of Doterra Bergamot oil per cup of tea = yummy strong Earl Grey tea! Also I make my version  sweetened with  stevia and coconut milk instead of  milk or cream. I personally do not think the English understand lactose intolerance 😉

I will be sharing more internal and external uses and recipes with Doterra oils in future blogs. LOVE this stuff! If you want to buy Doterra oils from my  Doterra web site I would greatly appreciate it.

Shop at http://www.mydoterra.com/lindaenger

 

Back to sugar and chocolate…when it comes to finding the right product to balance my priorities  between the healthy flavanols, low or no cadmium and/or  lead content , sugar content along with the $ factor  it is kind of frustrating ( to say the least ). Of course if moderation is taken into account and chocolate is very “special ” in one’s diet…. then enjoy! How well we know moderation is essential with splurges of all kinds .  I guess with all the chocolate I have eaten with my home made creations over the past week I will not show any weight gain but scary to think what I would find if my lead or cadmium was measured … hmmm…. drat.

Note to self… once again. Moderation is everything. blah blah blah.

Looks like I am going back to Bakers baking bars for baking and for my chocolate bar fix keep with   Endangered Species which is a brand I LOVE … but moderation is the hard part .

Considering I just finished my container of Hershey’s Cocoa Powder in this batch of yummy  brownie power  balls…. here is my  disclaimer to all . You choose your  your own pleasure /poison /  and moderation path.

https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Cocoa_Powders_and_Chocolates_Sources_of_Flavanols/cocoa-flavanols/

I will write up my “recipe” and get it here soon. Promise  but these yummy  moist chocolate brownie power balls are intentionally  hi protein  with no processed sugar . They are LOADED with Ground almonds, chia seeds, walnuts ,coconut oil  and enough dates and stevia to be sweet enough for those of us that do not like being assaulted by sugar ( all too prevalent in any store bought mix I have ever tasted  for gluten free brownies)

The only negative to them is I can eat way too many of them, not feel bad physically from the sugar but know I am consuming too much chocolate for one day 😉