11 Vegan Myths Debunked

While only two percent of Americans are vegan, this lifestyle and diet has been gaining popularity in the media and the world of nutrition, with recent focus on plant-based eating, movements like Meatless Monday and various celebrities jumping on the “vegan challenge” bandwagon, including Beyoncé, Jay-Z and, most recently, Jennifer Lopez. There are varying opinions, myths and misunderstandings about veganism, and a number of experts have stepped up to set the record straight and provide accurate information

Vegans Diet doesn’t meet nutritional needs

False. “Research shows most vegans have a diet richer in vitamins and minerals than do non-vegetarians,” says Sharon Palmer, registered dietitian and author of “The Plant-Powered Diet.” “That’s because a well-planned vegan diet is rich in plant foods, which are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals.” The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) agrees, stating: “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” To make sure they’re meeting their needs, vegans must include adequate amounts of foods that contain vitamins B12 and D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iodine and zinc.

Vegans Don’t Get Enough Protein

Our bodies rely on 20 different amino acids to help build proteins. The body can make some of these amino acids, or building blocks, but nine of them must come from food, making them an “essential amino acid.” While most animal proteins provide all of the essential amino acids, making them a “complete protein,” the majority of plant proteins do not — making it important to consume a variety of different protein sources. “Even if a particular food choice is low in certain amino acids, if they are careful to incorporate a variety of plant-based foods into their diet, vegans can easily get all the protein they need,” says Joanne L. Mumola Williams, holistic nutritionist and author of “Health Begins in the Kitchen

You’ll Lose Weight on a Vegan Diet

While research shows that overall, vegans tend to be thinner; this is not always the case. “I’ve worked with dozens of clients who gained weight after transitioning to a plant-based diet,” says Georgie Fear, registered dietitian and author. “When someone adopts a vegan diet, they often decrease their intake of protein and increase their intake of carbohydrates,” Fear explains. Since carbs tend to be less satiating than proteins and fats, excesses in calorie intake can occur, which can lead to weight gain. To avoid gaining weight, Fear recommends, “focus your meals around fresh vegetables, which are low in calories, and make ample use of plant-based proteins, which are highly satiating,” such as hemp seeds, tofu, edamame, beans, nuts and seeds.

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Read all 11 myths here: LIVESTRONG 

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“5 years+ and bazillion portrait sessions later, I give thanks to Divine for blessing photography in my life. The best part of my passion is the love for capturing light in such a way that it reveals what it is reflecting upon, showing it’s True Light.YH-6 My camera helps me to be in the moment, Innovative, playful, linking mother nature with human nature. Through every image, whether a shoot on the beach, studio, or on the streets of downtown Houston, i can only hope that the photo evoke Inspiration, joy and peace.” -Tiffany

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Yin & Yang Metaphysical Notes

While meditating WFEPICM-2I began testing a few sensations that I noticed. Sitting in a comfortable position I would focus on one part of my body, particularly my right leg. Focusing on consciously breathing in and out and focusing on a specific part of my body. Once i begin I start to feel my leg getting ‘jumpy’. It feels like a twitch or almost like it is little shocks happening inside of my leg. The intensity or amplitude of the pulsing/jumping/eletric feel is connected to the speed of breath. If the breathe is constant then the muscle will contract/tense up then on the out breath it will relax. If i breathe slower the pulsation will be much slower and not as intense. When I speed up my breath it tends to get more intense and less space in between the pulsations.  When I first felt this it was kind of weird but interesting and I began to try to take notes in effort to control the sensation and learn the mechanics of what I was doing. This is the basics.  I will use Yin and Yang as a general guide to the principals of polarity to what I describe.

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Yin  : In Breath : Root Chakra   –

Yang : Out Breath : Navel Chakra +

Align Pulse/ Thought with the flow of Breath/Energy /Qi

Amplitude is controlled by speed of breath.

Yin : Makes muscles tense

Yang: Makes muscles relax

Yin: Cool , Moon, Contract

Yang : Hot, Sun, Expand

Qi/Energy is built through Pranayama

Benefits … This energy has many purpose. Physically if you are tight in certain areas in your body you can use these concepts to loosen up the muscle gaining more relaxation. This is the basics of what I have come to realize and will continue posting information concerning energy and using breath to heal.  Stay Tuned and Be Metaphysical ! Peace

 

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One of many insightful books writtendownload (1) by Robert Greene. I have read 48 laws of power, Art of Seduction and the 33 strategies of war … not forgetting the 50th Law of Power.  These books help you understand the world we live and work in. These books really highlight how knowledge can be used to gain power in all aspects of life.

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Crystal Select: Yellow Carnelian

Carnelian Stones are stones of action… that will give you the courage and confidence to move forward on a new path in life. In ancient times it was a stone used to protect the dead on their journey to the after-life.

It is strong stone to aid the physical body… as it maintains an improved flow of life force energy via the blood. il_570xN.588828664_pmskThe vibration of this bright orange stone, will accelerate your motivation, and aid you to clarify your goals… so you can find your best direction in life.

IMG_2891This power stone stimulates ambition and drive… so it will aid you in manifesting what you require to move onto your desired path forward in life.

It aids moving forward on a new life path… and will aid you to make new, clearer decisions and better future career choices.

There are a couple of possible meanings of this stones name. The first relates to the Latin word carne which means flesh… as some stones are flesh colored. The other possible meaning of its name, is said to relate to its color being like the Kornel cherry.

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Free Diving … How to hold your breath longer

Every Mammal Has a Mammalian Diving Reflex – Even You!:

Marine mammals such as dolphins and whales cannot breathe underwater. Like freedivers, these animals breathe from the surface and carry their air with them as they swim. Eons of evolution have made marine mammals masters of breath hold diving. For example, sperm whales are able to dive deeper than 1000 meters and store up to 3000 liters of air before a dive.

How is it possible that such enormous animals can descend so deep and remain so long underwater? Marine mammals and diving birds have developed a set of physiological reactions, known as the mammalian diving reflex ,which enables them to stay underwater for extended periods of time. Humans also experience the mammalian diving reflex when immersed in water.

What Triggers the Mammalian Diving Reflex, What Physiological Reactions Occur?:

What triggers the mammalian diving reflex? Studies show that dry breath holding (apnea) does not result on the same physiological reactions as wet apnea. Submersion in water is necessary to trigger the mammalian diving reflex. Once a diver is submerged in water, two cardiovascular reactions occur.

• Vasoconstriction:

Vasoconstriction is the narrowing of blood vessels to reduce blood flow, and is accomplished through a muscular contraction in the blood vessel walls. This reduces the amount of blood that flows to peripheral organs, which do not need a high level of oxygen to function, while conserving blood and oxygen for the body’s vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain, which need high levels of oxygen. Aquatic mammals, humans, and diving birds all experience vasoconstriction when submerged.

• Heart Rate Reduction:

The second physiological reaction occurring during the mammalian diving reflex is heart rate reduction (bradycardia). Interestingly, a diver does not need to be completely submerged to trigger this response. Simply wetting the face is enough to drop a diver’s heart rate. For the average human, exposure of the face to water will trigger a 10 -30% reduction in heart rate. Individuals such as freedivers who have trained to augment their mammalian diving reflex may experience a heart rate reduction of up to 50%. The intensity of the reaction is also related to temperature. The colder the water, the greater the heart rate reduction.

Heart rate reduction may sound frightening, but it is actually beneficial for freedivers. It is a natural adaptation of the human body to conserve oxygen, which allows freedivers to make longer dives. Studies conducted on freediver Umberto Pelizzari showed that his heart rate drops to 30 beats/minute during static apnea.

The Take-Home Message About the Mammalian Diving Reflex and Freediving:

Aquatic mammals and humans are born with the necessary adaptations to spend long periods of time underwater. The mammalian diving reflex is natural physiological reaction that occurs when a human, mammal, or diving bird is submerged in water, and includes vasoconstriction and heart rate reduction. These reactions help to reduce a diver’s consumption of oxygen while continuing to provide sufficient quantities of oxygen to his vital organs.

The mammalian diving reflex occurs during all types of apnea, including static and dynamic apnea. Additional physiological reactions are observed in freedivers that dive for depth due to the increased water pressure. This will be the topic of next month’s article.

10 fun ways to eat Chia Seeds

Here are 10 fun ways to eat chia seeds:

1. Chia pudding with kiwi fruit and pomegranate seeds

  • Place 3 tablespoons of chia seed in a mason jar and pour over 12 ounces of almond milk.
  • Shake the jar until the chia seeds are fully immersed in the liquid. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Once seeds have swelled to a tapioca consistency, stir in 1 tsp of coconut sugar.
  • Pour into a serving bowl and top with chopped kiwi fruit and pomegranate seeds.

2. Raspberry-coconut chia pops

  • Place 3 tablespoons of chia seed in a mason jar and pour over 12 ounces of coconut milk (from a can).
  • Shake the jar until the chia seeds are fully immersed in the liquid. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar and 3/4 cup of raspberries. Stir well.
  • Let chia pudding set for 2 hours then pour into ice-pop molds and freeze overnight.

3. Chocolate-chia mousse

  • Pour 1 can of coconut cream into a blender, add 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 1/2 cup of cacao powder.
  • Let it sit it blender for 10 minutes to allow chia seed to swell to 10 times their size.
  • Once it has formed a tapioca consistency, puree it for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  • Pour into serving cups and let it set for 4 hours.
  • Top with fresh cherries.

4. Raspberry lemonade chia drink

Add the following to a pitcher:

  • 2 cups of coconut water
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 3/4 cup of blended raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of chia seed

Let it sit for 30 minutes until it has formed a gel-like consistency. Enjoy the drink!

5. Raw cherry and chia bars

In a food processor, add the following:

  • 1 cup of raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup of dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup of almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut

Grind until a paste is formed, about 2 minutes. Add mixture to a baking try and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Slice into bars and serve.

Why Your Voice Sounds Different Inside Your Head

The voice in your head is a lie. What you hear when you open your mouth is distinctly less velvety than what everyone around hears—and it’s your skull that’s to blame. More specifically, it’s the way your skull vibrates.

Your voice emanates from from the lower portion of your throat, as expelled air from the lungs passes across your vocal chords, which vibrate to generate sound. This sound is then amplified by your voice box, modulated into words by your tongue and lips, and reverberated through the surrounding atmosphere until it enters your listener’s ear canal to stimulate their eardrums and structures within the inner ear—which then convert the analog waveform to electrical impulses that the brain can understand.

However, the inner ear doesn’t just pick up sound from external sources. Vibrations emanating from within your body can activate these auditory structures as well. And when you speak, the rapid fluttering of your vocal chords actually causes your entire braincase to vibrate.

“When you speak, the vocal folds in your throat vibrate, which causes your skin, skull and oral cavities to also vibrate, and we perceive this as sound,” Ben Hornsby, a professor of audiology at Vanderbilt University, told Popular Science.

But sound doesn’t travel through bone nearly as easily as it does through air. This added resistance causes the waveform frequency to drop, lowering the pitch of the sound you hear internally and creating a sort of feedback effect that stimulates the eardrum from both sides—that is, the eardrum picks up both the external stimulus of words that are coming out of your mouth as well as the shaking of your skull. This effect is heightened by the fact that you really can’t hear your own voice directly. Because your ears are positioned behind your mouth (or at least they should be—looking at you, Sloth), the sounds coming out of your mouth must first bounce off objects and back into your ears. This too causes the waveform to lose energy as well as, in turn, frequency and pitch, resulting in you hearing a distorted, lower tone than what people hear directly from out of your mouth. These two tones—both internal and external—are then recombined by your brain into a single audio signal that you identify as your voice, albeit one with added bass.

“You hear your voice in stereo (air and bone conduction),” Michael Kelly, author ofUnderstanding the Power of Your Voice, told Toastmasters. “While other people just hear it in mono (air conduction).” That’s why you may think you sound like James Earl Jones in your head but end up sounding like Steve Urkel on tape.

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Source: Gizmodo

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