Wheat Bran - It's Good For You

  • Posted on: 19 January 2010
  • By: mokshalom

I just picked up some wheat bran from the grocery store. I'm on a whole grain kick and looking to add more unprocessed grains to my diet. Wheat bran is chock full of vitamins as well as phytonutrients that you can't really get from a pill.

What do you do with wheat bran? Well, you can make muffins with it, for one thing. But I plan on putting some wheat bran on my whole grain cereal every morning.

Wheat bran is not the same thing as wheat germ, by the way. Wheat bran is what's on the outside of the wheat berry; wheat germ is what's on the inside. Both are very good for you. I've heard wheat become a bogeyman in some alternative health circles...but that's only if you are allergic to it. Whole wheat is an excellent source of nutrition otherwise.

Women in particular can benefit from adding more whole grains such as wheat bran to the diet. For one, whole wheat can help you lose weight:

Can You Realistically Survive on Raw Foods Alone?

  • Posted on: 17 January 2010
  • By: mokshalom

Here in Los Angeles, "raw food" has become a big trend. Several raw food restaurants have opened up in recent years, where nothing you eat is cooked. It can be ground up, sliced, diced, and put in a blender, but never cooked.

Even the soups are cold. (I'll never forget my friend ordering a soup at a local raw food restaurant, only to realize that it - duh! - wasn't hot!)

I enjoy eating raw food, but I find myself only being able to stomach so much of it at a time. I suppose some raw food purists will accuse me of being too tainted by my Western diet...but personally, I need more carbs to survive.

So I like raw food as an addition to my regular diet, but not a lifestyle. I think it's always a good idea to add more raw fruits and veggies to a diet. I'd actually love to take a class in raw food "cooking" (an oxymoron!). But doing it 100% isn't my thing.

Don't Rely on Miracle Diet Pills

  • Posted on: 17 January 2010
  • By: mokshalom

I stumbled across this article from the UK about some new wonder diet pills being tried over there. One of the drugs is so extreme that it causes some interesting side effects:

The drug, which is a £1.60-a-day diluted version of the prescription-only drug Xenical, works by reducing the body's ability to process fat by about 25 per cent.

The undigested fat passes straight through the body, creating what is described as "an urgent need to go to the bathroom".

Yikes! Well, I suppose that's one way to lose some weight.

What I found interesting about the article is how doctors were saying these pills were no replacement for lifestyle changes. You don't seem to hear that too much here in the U.S., except on the Biggest Loser.

Here is some sage advice from one of the doctors:

Is Splenda Bad for You?

  • Posted on: 16 January 2010
  • By: mokshalom

Just once, it would be great to see a no calorie sweetener that had no controversy. One that wouldn't only make your food taste amazing, but actually be good for you! An anti-oxident-rich sweetener that would end heart disease and cure blindness! Wouldn't that be great?

Alas, we are stuck with possibly harmful sugar alternatives. Even the much-vaunted herbal stevia is surrounded with questions. But what about Splenda, which is touted as being "natural" because it is made from sugar?

Well...natural is relative. Splenda is created by replacing hydrogen and oxygen atoms with chlorine atoms. Chlorine, as in chlorine bleach? Yes! But really, that in and of itself is no reason to freak out. A chlorine atom isn't the same thing as bleach.

Some claim that this makes Splenda similar to a pesticide, but it's good to note that chemically speaking, just because something is similar to one thing, doesn't mean it is that thing.

Site Redesign Done! (Phew!)

  • Posted on: 16 January 2010
  • By: mokshalom

Finally, after much agonizing, I have pretty much finished the new site design for Feel Good Girl. I kept the basic color scheme and added some girlie touches (woo hoo!). There are still lots of little details to take care of but I hope this makes the site easier to use.

Part of my intention behind the site update was to make this site to function more as an online magazine with news and information about holistic health, energy healing and more.

If you like the site and would like to support it, please consider sending a small donation:

How to Read Energy

In this audio class, you will learn how to read chakras in person and remotely using a pendulum. This is a really fantastic tool to use in your healing practice and also for self-healing.

Audio one covers how to use a pendulum to read the chakras. Audio two covers how to identify "safe" vs. "dangerous" people using your chakra readings. Topics covered include:

1. How to use a pendulum.
2. Why some people are "dangerous" and how to protect yourself from them.
3. How to identify addictive energy patterns in the chakras.
4. What are etheric cords, psychic attacks, and energetic vampires.
5. Why some people are vulnerable to dangerous people.
6. How to energetically "vet" potential teachers, friends, and lovers.
7. How to assist clients dealing with bad relationships.

Have a pendulum handy or a large paperclip with some string. The audio comes with a Pendulum Chakra Chart as a reference for reading the chakras.

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Can't Swallow a Pill? Try a Gummy Vitamin

  • Posted on: 9 January 2010
  • By: mokshalom

I am working on improving my nutrition and in my reading figured out that I was probably severely deficient in DHA, one of the omega-3 fatty acids. This is the one that helps with brain function. (ALA, which I was already getting from plant sources such as flax seed, helps the heart.)

One of the reasons I was not previously taking an omega-3 supplement is that they usually come in these big horse pills that cannot be cut in half because they are filled with fish oil. I suppose you could just open the pill and eat the oil, but that doesn't sound very pleasant, does it?

Being one of those people with a bizarre psychological issue with pill swallowing (since I was a young child), I always look for alternatives to pills. I can take small pills (a small tablet is just fine), but larger pills I need to cut up and put into food to take. The main reason I have been remiss in taking supplements regularly is the pill factor.

An Alternative Health Perspective on a Bad Health Care Bill

  • Posted on: 20 December 2009
  • By: mokshalom

The United States Senate just pushed through a vote on the health care bill. I am frankly quite upset about it. I simply do not want to be forced to buy conventional medical insurance when a) I honestly can't afford it right now b) what disposable income I do spend on health care, I prefer to spend on alternative health care.

I am one of those people constantly mentioned in the health care debate - one of the uninsured. I did apply for coverage some years ago but was denied due to my pre-existing condition, chronic fatigue syndrome. However, I have come to prefer paying out of pocket for my health care. And most of my health care is alternative in nature.

When I first had chronic fatigue syndrome, I went from doctor to doctor. None could help me, and some doubted whether I was really sick because the illness wasn't very well-known at the time. (I got it over 20 years ago!)

The Biggest Loser: Being the Right Weight Makes You Better Looking

  • Posted on: 9 December 2009
  • By: mokshalom

If there's one takeaway I got from watching the Biggest Loser finale last night, it's that being the right weight makes you better looking.

Note that I wrote being the right weight. Not being thin per se.

One thing that happens sometimes on the Biggest Loser is that contestants go way overboard sometimes in an effort to win the big prize. Contestants may dehydrate or starve themselves to the point of looking emaciated, not healthy. We saw a little bit of this last year when Helen won, looking more scarecrow-like than healthy.

This latest season fortunately did not reward someone who looked skeletal - Danny, the winner, looked like the right weight for his height. And he looked fabulous! His face had changed so much he said people didn't recognize him. He looked 10-20 years younger.

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