Friday Favorites ― Education & Inspiration to Improve Your Health, Your Finances & Your Creativity

the art of nourished living, elizabeth stratton, health coach, life coach, wellness, friday favorites, nourishment, mind, body, soul

Below are my favorite articles and websites I ran across this past week. Each one has provided great information, education and inspiration on topics I’m very passionate about and I KNOW you’ll love them as much as I did. I’ve written a short commentary and description for each article. Enjoy!

Big Ag’s big lie: Factory farms, your health and the new politics of antibiotics

This article gives us further proof that our government is not concerned with human health and safety, and therefore we must take our health into our own hands. Less meat and dairy, more greens!

“There is a near consensus among public health experts that the bulk antibiotics produced by AHI’s member companies are accelerating the approach of a post-antibiotics nightmare scenario, in which superbugs routinely emerge from our farms and wreak havoc on a human population living among the ruins of modern medicine. The bloc of skeptics who view AHI’s mission with mounting anxiety includes the World Health Organization and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Not long ago these authorities joined the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics in pressing their concerns on Congress in the form of a letter. ‘The evidence is so strong of a link between misuse of antibiotics in food animals and human antibiotic resistance,’ it stated, ‘that FDA and Congress should be acting much more boldly and urgently to protect these vital drugs for human illness. Overuse and misuse of important antibiotics in food animals must end.’”

7 Food Ingredients That Are Destroying Your Mood

I often forget that a large part of the population has no knowledge of how these extremely common food ingredients are destroying our mental, physical and emotional health. It is such a shame what Big Food has done to our food supply, but I am committed to doing my part in helping to educate people and improve their health and well-being. This short, to-the-point slideshow shares which food ingredients must be eliminated in order to improve our overall health drastically.

“Food not only affects your waistline, but it can also affect how you think, act and feel emotionally. Many foods or food additives we consume can wreak major havoc on our nervous system, resulting in moodiness, fatigue, anxiety and even depression. The tiniest hidden traces of these mood-wrecking foods can leave you feeling down. Know what foods to look for to ensure your mood isn’t compromised.”

5 Tips to Quit Sugar the Spirit Junkie Way | Gabrielle Bernstein, Inc.

This is a perfect follow up to the previous article. I admire Gabby and her approach to quitting sugar (and just about everything else she does). The first step and largest part of my journey towards freedom from anorexia and bulimia began with spiritual surrender. When we let go and let the Universe work it’s magic, unimaginable things happen!

“My spiritual surrender has been the key to my success in quitting sugar. Therefore, rather than give you five recipes for sugar-free desserts I’ve decided to share five spiritual steps to quit sugar. If you’re not interested in quitting sugar, you can use these steps for releasing any other habit you’d like to let go of. Use these tools and fully turn your will over to the care of your inner guide. Expect miracles.”

Your 3-Day Winter Detox

I love this Ayurvedic approach to a post-holiday cleanse! The description below sums it up quite nicely.

“With a whole lotta’ buzz about juicing, cleansing, and detoxing, going on, it’s really important that folks do the right type of detox for their body — and for the season — in order to retain or restore health balance. One common mistake is doing the wrong type of detox for the season, particularly a detox that is cooling and depleting in the dead of winter’s cold.

In traditional medical systems, such as Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, paying attention to “food energetics” is an important part of restoring health. Various foods are recognized as having cooling or warming properties. In cold weather, it’s considered important to consume more warm-natured foods to preserve the body’s optimal metabolic state.

The following is a 3-day Winter Detox that allows you to eat healthy, clean, nourishing foods without going hungry, while rebooting your digestion and natural detoxification processes, reducing inflammation, and shedding a few pounds. It’s a way to simplify your diet and lighten your toxic burden of environmental chemicals, sugar, and other burdens of the Standard American Diet, and this time of year it’s a nice way to reboot after dietary indulgences during the holidays.”

I Am Loving Awareness – Ram Dass

Ram Dass is one of my most cherished spiritual teachers. His messages are short, succint, incredibly loving and always profound.

“Souls love. That’s what souls do. Egos don’t, but souls do. Become a soul, look around, and you’ll be amazed-all the beings around you are souls. Be one, see one. When many people have this heart connection, then we will know that we are all one, we human beings all over the planet. We will be one. One love. And don’t leave out the animals, and trees, and clouds, and galaxies-it’s all one. It’s one energy. It comes through in individual ways, but it’s one energy. You can call it energy, or you can call it love. I like to look at a tree and see that it’s love. Don’t you?”

Want To Stop Your Antidepressant? Here’s How

This article truly hits home for me. Many of my close family members have been on anti-depressants or anxiety medication for years, and I was talked into being on them myself at the tender age of 14. This is totally unnecessary! Depression is a state of mind (and one that I experienced for a large portion of my life) that can be healed through awareness of one’s body and perceptions and  commitment to change one’s perceptions and lifestyles. Once again, this is an aspect of our health that we must take into our own hands. I am so grateful I don’t allow Big Pharma to have such a large influence over my life anymore!

“If you squeeze a spring and you hold it there, steadily for a couple of hours, and then you suddenly let go, what happens? It bursts into expansion, maybe double its natural size and reverberates for a while until it comes to a resting place. This is the example that I use when I describe the effects that antidepressants have on brain chemistry.

Despite being taught, in my training, that antidepressants were to the depressed (and to the anxious, OCD, IBS, PTSD, bulimic, anorexic, etc.) what glasses are to the near-sighted, I don’t buy this anymore. I don’t think patients are getting the whole truth.

Here’s the deal: There is not a single human study that supports the “monoamine hypothesis” of depression, which is the idea that depression is caused by a certain kind of chemical imbalance in the brain, such as under-activity of serotonin. The only studies in which tryptophan (an amino acid precursor to serotonin) depletion resulted in depression were in patients who had previously taken antidepressants.”

Wealth Advice that Should Be Obvious | Mr. Money Mustache

I don’t have much to say about this article except: THANK YOU and I AGREE 100%. Are you trying to get rich? Or even just save a little money? Then this article is well worth the read!

“We have been having a lot of fun around here, and thus straying into topics that are only loosely related to building financial freedom. These lessons can be handy, since getting rich is only the first baby step in living a long and prosperous life. After all, if you adopt a Mustachian ethos fairly early, you will spend most of your life in a permanent bath of surplus money, and thus your challenges and growth opportunities will lie in areas other than the financial.

But still, all this big thinking can cause us to gloss over the details a bit, and we don’t want to lead any new arrivals astray. With that in mind, this article will serve as a review of some of the basic principles that we don’t usually cover around here, because to many people they are already obvious. Read ‘em over, and see if they are already obvious to you.”

Before They Pass Away

This is one of the most powerful series of photographs I have ever laid my eyes on. These candid photos of authentic, awe-inspiring tribal warriors took my breath away! I often think about the destruction that is happening around different parts of the globe, and how it affects the natural flow of human evolution and nature. These photographs have given me a more positive perspective and shown me that not everyone has lost their true connection with this big, beautiful planet.

“’In 2009, I planned to become a guest of 31 secluded and visually unique tribes. I wanted to witness their time-honoured traditions, join in their rituals and discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever. Most importantly, I wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time. A body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world.” – Jimmy Nelson

Meditation transforms roughest San Fransisco schools

This is one of the most powerful case studies of what happens when you introduce simple meditation practices to schools. I LOVE that meditation is now being backed by science and no longer only considered exclusive to the spiritual community.

“In the first year of Quiet Time, the number of suspensions fell by 45 percent. Within four years, the suspension rate was among the lowest in the city. Daily attendance rates climbed to 98 percent, well above the citywide average. Grade point averages improved markedly. About 20 percent of graduates are admitted to Lowell High School – before Quiet Time, getting any students into this elite high school was a rarity. Remarkably, in the annual California Healthy Kids Survey, these middle school youngsters recorded the highest happiness levels in San Francisco.”

If I had to pick one favorite, it would be Jimmy Nelson’s “Before They Pass Away” project. I’m still so deeply moved and completely blown away by his creativity!

Which of these articles is your favorite for the week?

Stay inspired,


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