Super 6 Lifestyle Pillars – Revised

Super 6 Word Doc

These Super 6 Lifestyle Pillars are critical in the prevention and reversal of chronic disease. Typically one of these 6 areas or more need some nurturing. We encourage you to be curious about these areas and what you feel would be a practical next step towards wellness for you to make. Get whole with awareness of Forks, Feet, Fingers, Stress, Sleep & Love 

1. FORKS:

It is a myth that we need to give up our joy of eating to be healthy 

I look forward to my overnight oats soaked in homemade hemp seed milk sweetened with dates and vanilla extract with berries, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, ginger, cacao nibs for breakfast. I absolutely love my breakfast! I look forward to our curry potato, brown rice or quinoa vegetables stews for lunch and dinner or burrito bowls with pumpkin seeds, whole grains, beans and hot sauce. I do not feel deprived. I feel light and energized in my body. I am eating for optimal blood flow and loving every bite. With every meal I know I am repairing damaged blood vessels and healing my body. 

Eat whole nutrient dense fiber foods!

Shift your plant to animal ratio, your whole to processed ratio

Perfection is impossible, to be whole is the goal! 

Whole foods with fiber: Vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, seeds

Avoid or limit to 2 servings or less a week “meats and treats” which are foods without fiber

Foods without fiber = meat, eggs, dairy, cheese, oils, white flour, sugar 

Eat oatmeal with 1-2 tablespoons fresh ground flaxseed with berries and plant milk 

Try “overnight oats” for breakfast:

  • -Soak 1/2 cup of organic steel cut oats after rinsing before bed, soak in plant milk overnight in the fridge.
  • -Add 1-2 tablespoons of fresh ground organic flaxseeds, berries, cinnamon 

We encourage a large salad with beans, seeds, whole grains for one meal a day. 

Hemp milk recipe:

  • -Blend ¼ cup raw shelled hemp seeds with 2 cups water for 40 seconds
  • -Add a few pitted dates and vanilla extract to taste

Read to serve, no need to filter.

Try burrito bowls for lunch and dinner. Google: whole food plant based burrito bowel recipes 

Try living on sweet potatoes and kale with fruit for snacks and dessert for a few days. 

Consider watching: Forks Over Knives 

Consider reading: 

How Not To Diet by Michael Greger, MD 

Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD 

The Pleasure Trap by Doug Lisle, PhD 

2. FEET: 

Move your body a little bit every day as tolerated 

ie mini squats in your home, walking in the house or outside, stationary cycling, gentle yoga stretches

Goal to increase exercise to 30-40 minutes a day 

Check out the 4 minute work out by Zach Bush, MD on YouTube 

Consider reading Finding Ultra by Rich Roll 

Look for the film, The Game Changers out in theaters in a few months 

3. FINGERS: Avoid tobacco use, if you smoke stay curious about quitting, practice posture and breath awareness, do body scans when reaching and commit to this practice if you still decide to have a cigarette. Increase fruits and vegetables and you will naturally smoke less.

4. STRESS: 

To balance your nervous system, relax the body and prevent compression pain we need to recruit back your parasympathetic nervous system.

To do this: 

Practice soft belly breathing and posture awareness

The belly should rise on inhalation and fall on exhalation 

Allow shoulders to rest on top of the rib cage avoiding ‘ear muffs’

Minimize slouching, goal for a straight spine and strong core

Consider reading Mindsight by Dan Siegel, MD 

5. SLEEP: 

Prioritize adequate sleep

Avoid caffeine after Noon 

Minimize screen time 2-3 hours before bed or use special glasses the block light frequencies that keep your melatonin levels inappropriately low when you need to sleep. 

Read a real book before bed 

Consider melatonin assist, take 1-3 mg after dinner 

Minimize lighting in home in evening 

See my sleep hygiene handout  Suggestions for Better Sleep

6. LOVE:

Are you isolated?

Are your relationships nourishing?  

Connect with yourself, go inward

Choose a few minutes every day for silent contemplation, prayer

Practice gratitude: Place hands on chest and feel one thing you are grateful for for 1-3 minutes before getting out of bed in the AM each day. 

Connect with other sentient beings, volunteer? 

Be curious about grudges, need for forgiveness, adequate grief work

Consider reading :

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

Lost Connections by Johann Hari

Grounded Spirituality by Jeff Brown 

Farmer’s Footprint

In 1960 the chronic disease rate in children was 4%, today it is 46%.

If trends continue, by 2030 1 in 3 children with be autistic.

Many things need to change and the health of our soil and the exposure to chemicals such as glyphosate needs to be at the forefront.

As our external ecology goes, so does our internal ecology.

Check out this trailer below and more information at link.

A documentary series and grassroots movement revealing the impact of health due to chemical farming and the solution of regenerative agriculture.

TRAILER

 

 

For more information: farmersfootprint.us/

 

Check out this Rich Roll Podcast with Zach Bush, MD

Total Health Improvement Program THIP Class 3 Recap

Tuesday 3/5/19 THIP United Methodist Church of Monroe. 648 Orchard St, Monroe Oregon. Tuesdays 530-7 PM

Food, Mood & Mindfulness

Eat for health!

Get out of the control and into the body, integrate the 3 neurological centers. 1 head brain 2 heart brain and 3 gut brain through posture and breath awareness, details below

Eat whole plant foods with a diversity of plants to create a diverse micriobiome.

This will decrease inflammation and depression severity. This will add essential nutrients for natural neurotransmitter production

Eat to repair over injure. Consider rate of repair vs rate of injury

How many of our choices help with repair vs injure.

Eat for blood flow.

Consider adding Vitamin D, B, Omega 3 from flaxseed, walnut, dark leafy vegetables, chia seed

Best Diet For Depression from Nutritionfacts.org

Antioxidant- and Folate-Rich Foods for Depression from Nutrition Facts

Mindfulness in Medicine Videos From Center for Mindfulness

Food and Mood: Eating Plants to Fight the Blues from PCRM

Rich Roll Podcast videoo: Zach Bush on GMOs, Glyphosate and Healing the Gut

Get whole with awareness of Forks, Feet, Fingers, Stress, Sleep & Love

FORKS:

It is a myth that we need to give up our joy of eating to be healthy

I look forward to my overnight oats soaked in homemade hemp seed milk sweetened with dates and vanilla extract with berries, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, ginger, cacao nibs for breakfast. I absolutely love my breakfast! I look forward to our curry potato, brown rice or quinoa vegetables stews for lunch and dinner or burrito bowls with pumpkin seeds, whole grains, beans and hot sauce. I do not feel deprived. I feel light and energized in my body. I am eating for optimal blood flow and loving every bite. With every meal I know I am repairing damaged blood vessels and healing my body.

Eat whole nutrient dense fiber foods!

Shift your plant to animal ratio, your whole to processed ratio

Perfection is impossible, to be whole is the goal!

Whole foods with fiber: Vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, seeds

Avoid or keep to 2 servings or less a week “meats and treats” which are foods WITHOUT fiber

Foods without fiber = meat, eggs, dairy, cheese, oils, white flour, sugar

Eat oatmeal with 1-2 tablespoons fresh ground flaxseed with berries and plant milk

Try “overnight oats” for breakfast:

  • Soak 1/2 cup of steel cut oats after rinsing before bed, soak in plant milk overnight in the fridge.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of fresh ground organic flaxseeds, berries, cinnamon

We encourage a large salad with beans, whole grains for one meal a day.

Hemp milk recipe:

  • Blend ¼ cup raw shelled hemp seeds with 2 cups water for 40 seconds
  • Add a few pitted dates and vanilla extract to taste

Read to serve, no need to filter.

Try burrito bowls for lunch and dinner. Google: whole food plant based burrito bowel recipes

Try living on sweet potatoes and kale with fruit for snacks and dessert for a few days.

FEET:

Move your body a little bit every day as tolerated

ie mini squats in your home, walking in the house or outside, stationary cycling, gentle yoga stretches

Goal to increase exercise to 30-40 minutes a day

FINGERS: Avoid tobacco use

STRESS:

To balance your nervous system, relax the body and prevent compression pain we need to recruit back your parasympathetic nervous system.

To do this:

Practice soft belly breathing and posture awareness

The belly should rise on inhalation and fall on exhalation

Allow shoulders to rest on top of the rib cage avoiding ‘ear muffs’

Minimize slouching, goal for a straight spine and strong core

SLEEP:

Prioritize adequate sleep

Minimize screen time 2-3 hours before bed

Read a real book before bed

Consider melatonin assist, take 1-3 mg after dinner

Minimize lighting in home in evening

See my sleep hygiene handout at drkyle.com for more ideas

LOVE:

Connect with yourself, go inward

Choose a few minutes every day for silent contemplation, prayer

Practice gratitude: Place hands on chest and feel one thing you are grateful for for 1-3 minutes before getting out of bed in the AM each day.

Connect with other sentient beings

Be curious about grudges, need for forgiveness, adequate grief work

Next weeks class topic: Prevention & Reversal of Heart Disease.

Class details and RSVP on Facebook or call 541-766-6000

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Forks

Chooese low AGE (Advanced glycation end-products) nutrition. So basically avoid all animal products (highest in AGE) and choose whole food plant foods minimizing sugar, flour, oils/fried foods.

Minimize roasted nuts/butters, choose raw.

You may want to shift toward more raw plant foods in general

Increase nutrient dense foods – GBOMBS! Add brown rice, mushrooms to help remove AGEs, whole fibers in general will help with this

Add spearmint, marjoram teas

Fingers

Don’t smoke! Smoking directly correlates to more severe PCOS.

Feet

Move your body daily, at least 30 minutes of exercise

Start a yoga practice with shoulder stands. I practice Jivamukti Yoga

I also love the teachings of Kundalini yogi & master spiritual teacher Guru Singh 

Stress

Start a meditation practice – I practice Vipassana meditation

Start an embodiment practice where throughout the day you practice posture and breath awareness. Be in your body, out of the control tower.

Start a breathing practice – see pranayama techniques for beginners 

Get into nature, barefoot on the grass, hug a tree, observe and feel.

For more recommendations, details see my post  Fully Occupy the Space of Your Body

Sleep 

Prioritize deep sleep

See my sleep hygiene handout 

Love 

Get connected – most importantly with yourself, see stress recommendations above

Forgive

Establish & nurture healthy heart centered & honest relationships with other sentient beings

Embrace the mystery

Embrace the darkness and the light, see the writings of Rilke, Rumi, Hafiz, Mary Oliver

 

Here are 2 Videos from Michael Greger, MD at Nutritionfacts.org 

 

 

Very nice summary of resources, research, success stories on PCOS by Plant Based Health Australia

https://www.wholefoodsplantbasedhealth.com.au/medical-conditions/pcos-polycystic-ovarian-syndrome/

Fully occupy the space of your body

Fully occupy the space of your body

Reclaim your birthright of being fully human with the practice of full embodiment

  • “To be (fully) human is to become visible
    while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.”  ~ David Whyte
  • “let the soft animal of your body love what it loves’.  ~ Mary Oliver
  • The Buddha taught ‘When you sweep the floor, sweep the floor’ – be fully in, fully present in whatever activity your are doing

In this sympathetic (fight, flight or freeze) dominant culture, recruit back your parasympathetic nervous system to be awake, present and calm

Do this by:

Observing posture and breath

  • Straight spine, minimize slouching, allow your shoulders to rest on top of your rib cage
  • Soft belly breath, inhaling through the nose

Learn, practice yoga – yogainternational.com   jivamuktiyoga.com   www.3ho.org gurusingh.com

Learn, practice meditation – dhamma.org

Chant, sing, drum, play!

Connect with Mother Earth ~ barefoot on the grass, embrace a tree, observe, appreciate and listen to her and all earthlings

Move your body – Walk, run, skip, swim, dance!

Cold water can give you a jump start. Perhaps finish your showers with cold water. http://wimhofmethod.com

Eat whole plant foods and when you choose a treat, enjoy it with your whole body!

One step, step by step, feel into your wholeness

To all the peaceful warriors out there

  • Don’t give up!
  • Keep showing up with the power of presence
  • Keep mirroring embodiment

To all those with dominant feelings of fear

  • Gift yourself a few moments of full embodiment practice daily observing your posture and breadth
  • Place your hands on your heart, slow the breadth, breathe into your heart space, let your belly be soft and rise with your inhalation through your nose, feel one thing you are grateful for for 3 minutes a day
  • Return to Love ~ Read Mariane Williamson, Brune Brown, Pema Chodron

To all those with overwhelming depression, you are paying attention! You are awake in an unjust world! We see you! We need you!

  • Fully occupy your body with the practices above or others that serve your true health
  • Depression is an opportunity for transformation
  • Seek out a somatic or depth therapist
  • We deserve community

Before we can rise we need to descend into the darkness, drop down into soul work, create ritual.

May we all show up daily, be present, feel our bodies, connect, reclaim our birthright of being fully human. Return to love, serving one another, all earthlings & our shared home, planet Earth.

What to Remember When Waking

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

David Whyte

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountain and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

~ Mary Oliver

Forks Feet Fingers Stress Sleep & Love

Forks / Feet / Fingers / Stress / Sleep / Love

Water (example of serving =  8 oz)         

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     3     4     5     more than 5

Beans (examples of servings =  ¼ cup hummus / ½ cup beans / 1 cup fresh peas)

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     3     more than 3

Cruciferous Vegetables like arugula, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens or kale (examples of servings =  ½ cup / ¼ cup sprouts)

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     more than 2

Greens like lettuce or spinach (examples of servings =  1 cup raw / ½ cup cooked)

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     more than 2

Other Vegetables like mushrooms, sweet potatoes or tomatoes (examples of servings =  ½ cup cooked / 1 cup raw)

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     more than 2

Whole Grains like oatmeal, brown rice, bread (examples of servings =  ½ cup oatmeal / 1 cup cold cereal / 1 tortilla or slice of bread / half a bagel / 3 cups popcorn)

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     3     more than 3

Berries (examples of servings =  ½ cup frozen or fresh / ¼ cup dried)

How many servings daily?     0     1     more than 1

Other Fruit like avocados, bananas or apples (examples of servings =  1 medium / 1 cup /  ¼ cup dried) 

How many servings daily?     0     1     2     3     more than 3

Flaxseed, Chia Seed, or Hemp Seed (serving size 1 tablespoon)

How many servings daily?     0     1     more than 1

Nuts & Seeds (examples of servings =  ¼ cup nuts or seeds / 2 tablespoons of nut or seed butter)

How many servings daily?     0     1     more than 1

Herb & Spices (example of serving =  ¼ teaspoon dried)

How many servings daily?     0     1     more than 1

How many days a week do you exercise?     0     1     2     3     4     5     more than 5

For how long do you exercise?     15     30     45     more than 45 minutes 

Do you spend time outdoors?     Daily     Sometimes     Not often

Tobacco use     Never     Sometimes     Daily     type  ______________

How long do you sleep at night?     less than 5hrs     5     6     7     8     more than 8hrs

How often to you meditate or contemplate or pray?     Daily     Sometimes     Not often     Never

For how long?     15     30     45     more than 45 minutes

Do you have a creative outlet?     Art     Craft     Writing     Music     Other Passion

How often do you find time to be creative?     Daily     Sometimes     Not often     Never

What are your connections?     Friends     Family     Nature     Spiritual

How do you manage your stress?

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