Archive for December 2011

Stupid Vegetable soups!   4 comments

Why does vegetable soup need to have chicken fat or milk in it?  Do the makers not think about the fact that people who buy vegetable soup might only want vegetables?  How annoying!  It took me 20 minutes in the grocery store just to pick out a soup.   When I finally found one with out animal, I realized it had soy bean oil. 

I know soy bean oil isn’t the biggest deal, but I’m really trying to avoid soy.  But just like corn in this country, it’s pretty hard to get away from it.

Why oh why can’t we just have a vegetable soup with just vegetables?

I finally found a soup from Select Harvest  that had no animal product but it did have some things I had to go home and research like Locus bean gum and Xanthan gum.   After my research, I decided it’s okay as much as process food can be okay.

Basically the best thing we can do is just make our food our self.  Maybe I’ll just make a whole bunch of home cooked meals from scratch and freeze them until I need them.   Because it’s rediculous the way things are.

I stopped at a grocery store to quickly pick up some soup because I didn’t want to spend 20 minutes cooking something.  But it ended up taking me 20 minutes just to find a real vegetable soup and another 7 to get home.   At the end of the day, I still had to eat locus bean and Xanthan gum.

All I wanted was vegetable soup!

Where is your happy place?   2 comments

“Go to your happy place.”  I’m sure you have heard that before.  Do you know where yours is?  What the heck is a happy place anyway?  Are you suppose to just zone out with a gaze look on your face  and start visualizing balloons whenever you feel stressed?  Maybe, if that’s what it takes I guess.

I can’t say I have a particular happy place I go to.  I mostly just try to maintain my current happiness.  So when something or someone attempts to get in the way of that, I zone in. Not zone out.

Did you know that it takes only 90 seconds for your biochemistry to capture and release your emotions?   Whatever you feel after that is up to you.  So that’s why it is a good idea to consciously breathe for a moment when you feel upset.  Allow your brain and nerves have a moment to process the information it’s receiving.  Then you can have a clear thought on how to respond.  If someone starts yelling at you and walking away isn’t your automatic response, just stare at them for a moment as you tell yourself to breathe.  Then maybe you can sympathize at the fact that they don’t even have control over themselves at the moment.

I try to catch my stress level before it gets too high, that way I will be more patient with situations and people.  Like bad drivers.  When I feel my happiness slipping, I take some time for myself.  That could be going for a jog,  pampering myself with a candle light bubble bath, spending some time with friends or meditating.  Honestly, the more regular I meditate, the less I need to worry about my happiness.  But as much as I know how effective it is, I still manage to not do it sometimes.

The good thing is, I know what tools work for me.  Make sure you know how to keep your own peace and joy.  Remember no one has the power to take that away from you.  Your happy place should be your normal everyday life.  If it isn’t maybe there is some changes that need to be made.

~Lady A






Posted December 6, 2011 by calivegans in meditation, not so random thoughts, Uncategorized

Christmas gift ideas!   3 comments

It’s that time of year again!   What are you gonna get your loved ones?  Better question, what are they gonna get you?  Just kidding.

But seriously, how about giving something great without spending a lot?  There is a catch though, you have to be a little creative.

Books are always a great idea, as long as you actually keep the person’s interest in mind when you pick it out.  Don’t give a male fitness trainer a book on how to make quilts for grandchildren.  Laugh but I bet it’s out there.

What about a gift card for a health food or herbal store?  How about aroma therapy candles and oils?

The thing is, there are a lot of things you can buy that cost a lot and mean nothing.  But how about giving something that can make someone feel good on the inside or encourage them to make healthy choices.  Now, I wouldn’t give someone a gift certificate to something like Weight Watchers unless they ask.  The might get offended.  But who would get mad about a gift card to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?  Candles are something everyone can use at some point or another.  So why not have them be aroma therapy, so your loved ones can have healing power without even thinking about it.

Here’s an idea, you can give the gift of an art or make-up class!  Scuba diving or swim lessons are awesome too.

I find that people are more willing to try new things when it’s free for them.  So help them spice up their life a little bit.  You may inspire someone to do something great and they will always remember that it was you who started it all.

~Lady A

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