The Great Historians
story telling for modern times
Long before streaming media, texting, the internet and even the printed word, history was passed forward using the spoken word. Communities of indigenous peoples would gather in a broad circle around a warm inviting fire while the tribal elders shared stories of conquest and heroism. This was how history was depicted, sometimes created but, always passed to the younger generations for them to future share with future generations. In Native American culture a sacred talking stick was held by the story teller and that passed to the next elder when he was through. During the time of storytelling only one person talked.
My great aunt passed away a few years ago leaving boxes of miscellaneous papers and documents going back to the turn of the 20 th century. It was an amazing treasure trove of history. There was memorabilia from two world wars and several passing of relatives I didn't even know existed. I was going through this portal into the past at my grandparents' house in northern Wisconsin. My grandmother peered over my shoulder and commented “oh, I remember those”. It was a booklet of unused gas stamps. (see link) My grandmother went on to explain to me that during World War II the entire society participated. Gas, food and other necessities were rationed. You had a book of ration stamps and once those were gone that was it for the month. The entire nation took a deep breath sucked in their belly and toughed it out without complaining. They felt like it was their duties as Americans a far cry from how society functions today. This generation was the original conservationist. Under Roosevelt national parks were created, public lands were protected and the American infrastructure was greatly improved. They are referred to them as the greatest generation ever to live.
I would have never known the depth struggle and glory of triumph my grandparent's generation lived through if it weren't for the box of papers my great aunt left behind. It was my grandmothers talking stick and I listened intently to every word and felt the pain, hope and splendor of their generation.
I have always treasured my relationship with my grandparents and older generations. Their stories are amazing, enriching and inspiring. I hope this story inspires you to open a story telling dialog with older generations and if you are part of an older generation pass along your story to us.
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Sugar: The Other White Powder That Can Kill
3 facts you need to know
Over one decade ago the US population was consuming an average of over 90 pounds of sugar per person per year, according to the USDA. Now, it is over 135 pounds per capita. This has paralleled increases in major chronic illnesses; such has heart disease, cancer, diabetes, amongst other health challenges. Health for some can be an inside-out approach, and for others perhaps outside-in. Here are a few things to know…
- Sugar inside your body-causes inflammation which can contribute to many health challenges. While your body uses glucose as fuel, it can derive its needs from complex carbohydrates, as in fruits and vegetables. Simple carbs such as pasta, white rice, cereals, cookies, etc can raise glucose levels quickly, only to have them come crashing down to either make you tired and/or crave for more. Minimize your sweet treats and choose other sweeteners such as stevia.
- Sugar outside your body-causes the skin to age, leading to a decrease in collagen and increase in wrinkles. This occurs via the process of forming what are called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs for short and ironic, when sugar attaches to protein. Caution on the various forms of sugar, it can come under an array of names. High Fructose Corn Syrup has become ubiquitous in our processed foods, and even baby formula! HFCS is also thought to produce even more AGEs.
- Calculate your intake. The American Heart Association recommends limiting sugar intake to 100 calories for women and 150 calories from sugar for men, or 6 and 9 teaspoons. When looking at packaged food, look at the grams of sugar to calculate your intake and convert to teaspoons using this formula; example: 12 grams of sugar divided by 4 (g of sugar/teaspoon) equals 3 teaspoons of sugar. (3 teaspoons=1 tablespoon)
These three things are intended to give you some fuel for thought. There is an enormous amount of information available on this subject. Start with small steps of change, and with consistency you can cut out the sugar and live a healthy and beautiful life!
In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Soleil Medical Spa
Dr. Alisha N.D.
This information and other information on this site is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose,
treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.
There Is Always A Choice
You don't have to buy from anyone.
You don't have to work at any particular job.
You don't have to participate in any relationship.
You can choose.
You steer the course you chose in the direction of where you want to be today, tomorrow, or in any distant time to come.
You hold the tiller.
You can decide to alter the course of your life at any time.
No one can ever take that away from you.
You can decide what you want and go after it.
It's always your next move.
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Healing with Hurt
Using Your Pain to Help Others
You can channel your pain into helping others and spreading a tide of curative energy throughout the world.
Pain is a fact of being and one that permeates all of our lives to some degree. Since the hurt we feel may be a part of the experiences that have touched us most deeply, we are often loathe to let it go. It is frequently easier to keep our pain at our sides, where it acts as a shield that shelters us from others and gives us an identity—that of victim—from which we can draw bitter strength. However, pain’s universality can also empower us to use our hurt to help others heal. Since no pain is any greater or more profound than any other, what you feel can give you the ability to help bring about the recovery of individuals whose hurts are both similar to and vastly different from your own. You can channel your pain into transformative and healing love that aids you in helping individuals on a one-to-one basis and spreading a tide of curative energy throughout the world.
The capacity to heal others evolves naturally within those who are ready to disassociate themselves from their identity as victims. In fact, the simple decision to put aside the pain we have carried is what grants us the strength to redeem that pain through service. There are many ways to use the hurt you feel to help others. Your pain gives you a unique insight into the minds of people who have experienced trauma and heartache. You can draw from the wellspring of strength that allowed you to emerge on the other side of a painful experience and pass that strength to individuals still suffering from their wounds. You may be able to council individuals in need by showing them the coping methods that have helped you survive or simply by offering sympathy. A kinship can develop that allows you to relate more closely with those you are trying to aid and comfort.
Helping others can be a restorative experience that makes your own heart grow stronger. In channeling your pain into compassionate service and watching others successfully recover, you may feel a sense of euphoria that leads to increased feelings of self-worth and optimism. Your courageous decision to reach out to others can be the best way to declare to yourself and the world that your pain didn’t defeat you, and in fact it helped you heal
No Added Sugar Roasted Chicken with Sweet Plum Sauce
Total Servings 4
Serving Size 1 quarter chicken
Carbs Per Serving: 1 g
Prep Time:<60 minutes
Skill Level: Moderate
Sweet plum sauce can be found in the Asian section of your supermarket. It’s the same sweet, slightly tart, jam-like sauce that some Chinese restaurants give you to dip your fried egg rolls in. This sauce is wonderful paired with pork chops, chicken seared duck breast or a simple grilled fish. The only problem with Plum Sauce is all the sugar it contains. Up to twice as much as soda pop. Here is an awesome and east to make recipe with Plum Sauce that is exotic and delicious but, without all the added sugar.
1 whole chicken
1/4 cup sweet plum sauce (see below)
1 head of garlic, halved
1 lemon, quartered
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup sweet plum sauce to serve at table
Prepare plum sauce (see below) and set aside.
Rinse chicken and cut away extra fat.
Pat dry with paper towels inside and out.
Place in shallow baking dish and rub softened butter all over chicken, tucking just a bit under the skin of breast.
Season generously with salt and pepper outside and inside cavity.
Stuff with garlic and lemon.
Tie legs of the chicken together, slather sweet plum sauce all over chicken.
Set breast side down.
Let sit 30 minutes at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 450F.
Roast chicken 20 minutes.
Turn breast side up, lower temperature to 375F and return to oven.
Continue to roast another 45-60 minutes, brushing with additional sweet plum sauce towards the end.
You may have to loosely tent with tin foil if skin is approaching maximum crispiness (i.e. don’t burn the skin.)
Chicken is done when juices run clear as knife tip is inserted into chicken thigh. Thickest part of thigh without touching bone should register 170F.
Let chicken rest 10 minutes before carving.
Serve with a side of sweet plum sauce for dipping.
Sweet Plum Sauce Recipe
4 garlic cloves, minced fine
1/2 ounce fresh ginger, minced
1 small onion, minced
2 tablespoons black strap molasses
1/2 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
2 cups water
1/8 cup No Added Sugar Teriyaki Sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/8 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon crushed dried chilies
3 lbs plums, pitted & chopped
1 lemons, juice of, fresh
1 teaspoon Guar Gum or Xanthan Gum
1 tablespoon water
Place first 11 ingredients into pot.
Bring to a boil then simmer 30 minutes.
Mix water and gum.
Blend in a blender the solids from the pot with the gum mixture and put back with the liquid simmering all the while.
Continue to simmer till thickened.
Let cool and use liberally.
Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced scallions (green onions)