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16 Jan 2014

The 5 Perfectly Good Reasons to Quit Smoking

5 Good Reasons to Quit Smoking

In order to be successful at quitting smoking, your motivations need to be genuine. I will tell you that in my own research, I have found hundreds of websites out there that contain endless lists of excellent reasons to quit smoking. I have read many of these lists. But, a majority of these perfectly good reasons to quit smoking did absolutely nothing for me.

Why?

Because they just don't resonate with me.

Your 5 perfectly good reasons to quit smoking should be internal, genuine, and honest.

If there's one thing that I learned from reading all of these "reasons to quit smoking" lists, it's that you must find the 5 perfect reasons that are most important to you. The ones that really hit home.

 

14 Jan 2014

9 Outstanding Ingredients for a Cancer-Fighting Green Detox Juice (plus recipe!)

Detox and nourish your body with this anti-cancer with green juice

I love this juice recipe.

Not because I think it tastes great (because it doesn't), and not because it looks appetizing (it looks like muddy water). But, because I know that each day that I drink several ounces of this juice, I am investing in my good health and supporting the natural healing abilities of my body by giving it a mega-shot of dense, bio-available nutrients that will never be found on a store shelf.

Now, on to the recipe…

 

22 Nov 2013

Are Nicotine Replacements (Gum, Patch, E-Cig, Drugs) a Good or Bad Idea?

Are nicotine replacements good?

I've tried patches, I've tried gum, and I've even tried prescription drugs. The problem with nicotine replacements is that I'm still consuming nicotine and continuing to feed that little gremlin in my head who requires only nicotine to survive.

There's a pretty big debate out there on whether or not nicotine replacements are a good or bad idea.

So, why have I decided to use a nicotine replacement, and, which one have I chosen?

After plenty of study and consideration, I've decided that if nicotine replacements are used, they should ONLY be used temporarily, as a short-term transitional tool. And, by short, I mean 1 month, tops.

 

17 Nov 2013

The Addicted Brain & Dopamine: Is Quitting Just an Act of Will Power?

Addiction: is quitting just an act of will power?

For the past month, I have been reading everything I can get my hands on relating to nicotine, addictions, dopamine, and quitting smoking. In this post, I'm going to talk about some of the important, science-based things I've learned.

I have a word of warning, though, before you continue.

If you are a smoker, you might read some of my statements and immediately become defensive. I became emotionally and mentally defensive the first time I came across this information, so I know what it's like. However, I tried very hard to keep an open mind, put a straight jacket on my cynicism, and continued reading and studying.

 

17 Nov 2013

Support Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for Their Contributions Toward Mandatory GMO Labeling, Fair Trade and Organics

Dr. Bronner is a proud supporter of fair trade and organics.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps’ commitment to healthy and sustainable agriculture, corporate accountability, and consumers’ right to know is part of the company’s mission to put into practice the social and ecological principles that form Dr. Bronner’s philosophy, printed on the company’s iconic soap labels.

In America, we have the right to information about the foods we buy and consume: sodium and fat levels, whether flavors and additives are artificial, whether salmon is wild or farm raised, what country a food comes from. We also have the right to know if food is genetically engineered in making informed decisions about what we eat and feed our families.” ~ David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

The company has been a huge proponent in the fight against GMO foods and is pro food labeling. Here are a few of their contributions:

  • Donated a whopping $1.8 million to this year's Washington Yes on 522 campaign “The Washington Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.”.
 

17 Nov 2013

Don't Let the FDA Destroy Organics: Act Today!

Don't let the FDA toss your local salad!  Act today.

Right now former Monsanto super lobbyist Michael Taylor is busy crafting new food safety rules at the FDA that could drive tens of thousands of America’s small, local and organic family farmers out of business. That’s right, Michael Taylor, the former Monsanto lawyer who crafted the FDA’s 1992 policy that won’t allow GMO labeling in the U.S., is back at the FDA, this time appointed by the Obama administration as the new food safety czar.

Now Taylor is responsible for writing new regulations that could kill the local food movement and drive thousands of America’s best family farmers out of business.

Small and midsize family farmers shouldn’t be forced out of business because factory farms and giant corporations have created greater risks in our food supply.

 

13 Nov 2013

Addiction Prison: Why Would a Health Nut Smoke Cigarettes!?

Why do people start smoking?

This month, I enter into a fatal battle with my worst enemy: nicotine addiction. I'll share my ups and downs, what I'm learning about myself and about addiction, my weaknesses and struggles, my strategies and triumphs.

If you are a smoker (or an addict of anything, really), and there is even a tiny shred of desire in you to fight off the little life-sucking gremlin we call "nicotine", humor me here and follow along with my posts this month. A little reading never hurt anyone :)

Or, maybe you're not a smoker, but, you have a loved one who smokes and it's a battle trying to help them quit. I hope that by reading my stories, you will form a deeper understanding of why they smoke in the first place, and gain some insight into the type of support and encouragement they need.

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