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The Storm Before the Calm

I had planned to get back to my meditation series today…but then I realized that I couldn’t possibly write about Dr. Deepak Chopra’s new book without recognizing another of my favorite authors and mentors, Neale Donald Walsch.

Neale is best known for his Conversations with God series. I know, it sounds religious if you’re not familiar with the book. It’s actually anything but that. In fact, it’s one of the most amazing series of texts I’ve ever had the privilege to read.

I’m highly analytical and naturally skeptical towards these types of things. But when I read Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1) back in the 90s, I was an immediate believer. Whether Neale contacted “God,” “The Universe,” his higher self, or whoever, the information that came through is some of the most profound and life altering I’ve ever encountered.

It’s normal for me to deconstruct books like this, to find the flaws with ease and point them out in a knowing manner (and, yes, with a bit of glee). But, try as I might, I cannot find a flaw in Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1).

I’ve since read Neale’s subsequent body of work, have participated in many of his teleclasses and webinars, and even enrolled as a student in a recent series Neale taught in conjunction with Evolving Wisdom.

When his new book, The Storm Before the Calm, was released a couple of days ago, I immediately ordered it. I was aware of the book and its subject matter ahead of time, as Neale has been speaking of The Global Conversation for quite some time. When I received the book today, I was even more impressed with its content and layout than I thought I would be.

The Storm Before the Calm is book 1 in Neale’s Conversations with Humanity series. The book explores the future of humanity, which is an important spiritual topic that seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. With all the hubbub about 2012, the end of the world, natural disasters, and crashing economies, people fear impending global meltdowns on all fronts, if not outright Armageddon. Neale’s book explains that changes are coming…but not the changes we think.

The Storm Before the Calm argues that humanity will indeed survive and will indeed change—but for the better. It puts a much needed positive perspective on all of the things that have been happening in the world and instills a new kind of hope in the reader. From the book’s inside flap:

Here is a spiritual and social tour-de-force that will leave you flying high, filled with hope, and feeling capable of handling all of Our Tomorrows. At last, there is a positive word about humanity’s future—and a clear and simple way for each of us to affect it.

I recommend The Storm Before the Calm to everyone. Of course, I believe that Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1) should be required reading for all. If you’re going through tough times, another of my favorite NDW books is When Everything Changes, Change Everything: In a Time of Turmoil, a Pathway to Peace.

I hope you’ll consider giving Neale’s books a try if you haven’t read any. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality

We now interrupt this meditation series for a book recommendation….

The timing seems quite appropriate, actually. My primary meditation mentors are Drs. David Simon and Deepak Chopra, co-founders of the Chopra Center.

While you may not be familiar with Dr. Simon (who is at least as amazing as Dr. Chopra and will be discussed in later posts for a number of reasons), you’ve probably heard of Deepak Chopra. He’s nearly a household name, having appeared on Oprah, CNN, and loads of other television shows. He is also somewhat of a physician to the stars, as many celebrities and politicians look to him for holistic health advice.

Deepak has written well over 100 books, including his classic The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. Each of the seven laws corresponds to a particular day of the week, so a great practice is to read the day’s chapter every morning. Sunday starts the week going with The Law of Pure Potentiality. You can figure out the rest from there. 🙂  I make it a habit to read the day’s law after I’ve completed my morning meditation and have found it to be a very rewarding process.

I’m very excited about Deepak’s newest release, War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality. Deepak co-authored this book with Dr. Leonard Mlodinow, a physicist from CalTech. Here’s the description of the book from Amazon.com:

Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God,” one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious—but respectful—clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.

In War of the Worldviews these two great thinkers battle over the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain, and God, probing the fundamental questions that define the human experience.

How did the universe emerge?
What is the nature of time?
What is life?
Did Darwin go wrong?
What makes us human?
What is the connection between mind and brain?
Is God an illusion?

This extraordinary book will fascinate millions of readers of science and spirituality alike, as well as anyone who has ever asked themselves, What does it mean that I am alive?

Sounds like quite a compelling conversation, doesn’t it? Very nourishing for the spirit. It’ll be on my bookshelf soon.

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Why It’s OK to Have Thoughts During Meditation

I hear it all the time: “I can’t meditate because I can’t stop my mind from thinking.” It’s the most common objection I hear from people when it comes to meditation.

It seems there is a widespread belief that meditation is impossible unless you can completely empty your mind. Nothing can be further from the truth.

It’s your mind’s JOB to think. That’s what it does. It’s very hard to silence that chatter, what Buddhists call the “monkey mind.”

But what most people fail to realize is that meditation is the process of quieting the mind. It doesn’t require a quiet mind to begin. In fact, a quiet mind isn’t even necessarily the goal of meditation. You can reap huge benefits from a meditation that seemed like nothing but a thought-a-thon.

If you’re using the racing mind effect as an excuse for not meditating, I hope you will reconsider your position after reading the rest of this post.

First off, when you sit down to meditate, you should take a few deep breaths and remember what you’re intending to do. As you begin your meditation, it’s helpful to focus on something, whether it’s your breath or a mantra. As a side note, I’m a huge fan of mantra based meditations, like Primordial Sound Meditation, but we’ll leave that discussion for a future post on types of meditation.

When thoughts come into your mind, as they undoubtedly will (and yes, they may stream non-stop), do not try to resist them. Resisting your thoughts will only cause them to be more persistent. Simply acknowledge the thought and continue with your focal point (breath or mantra).

Another important point is don’t chase the thought. If, “What am I going to make for dinner?” pops into your head during meditation, don’t start planning your menu. Don’t chase that rabbit down the hole. Simply acknowledge the thought and return your focus to your breath or mantra. Repeat this process as thoughts continue to cycle through the duration of your meditation.

In my post What You Will Experience During Meditation, I describe the different experiences you can have during meditation, one of which is thoughts. I also mention that there are different types of thoughts.

Some may believe that experiences they are having during meditation fall outside the three types of experiences, but that’s because they don’t realize how many different forms a thought can take. Here are some examples:

  • You may have trains of ideas, images, memories, or other everyday thoughts go through your mind.
  • You may see pictures, colors, light, or other visual images.
  • You may become aware of a physical sensation in your body, such as tingling, twitching, warmth, or some slight physical movement.
  • You may become aware of a mood or emotion, like happiness, sadness, or even a slight sensation in the area of your heart.
  • You may find yourself listening to a sound in your body or a noise outside in the environment.

When you realize your attention has drifted away from your focal point, gently bring your attention back to your breath or mantra. Whenever you have a choice, choose the focal point over other thoughts.

The key point here is be easy with these experiences without attempting to force them out of your awareness.  Just allow your attention to flow effortlessly back and forth between your focal point and any other mental activity.

I hope this clarifies the racing mind effect and convinces you that having thoughts during meditation is completely normal.

Happy meditating!

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What You Will Experience During Meditation

There are three types of experiences you can have during meditation.  There may be several variations or combinations of these experiences, but they all fall into three basic categories:

1.  Falling asleep.  If you fall asleep during meditation, it simply means you’re tired.  Rest assured, this is a normal experience.  If you’re not sure whether you’ve been asleep, notice how you feel. If you may are slumped over or feeling heavy and dull, you’ve probably been asleep. When you wake up, finish off whatever meditation time is remaining.  If you’ve slept right through your scheduled meditation, meditate for at least 5 minutes before getting up.  Sleep is restful dullness, whereas meditation is restful alertness.  If you have time, it is always best to finish with the alertness of meditation.

Falling asleep once in a while just means that you are a little over tired at that time.  However, if you find yourself falling asleep nearly every time you meditate, this means you have too much fatigue in your life and should see what changes you can make to reduce this.  Are you getting enough sleep at night?  Are you working too hard?  Are you under too much stress?  If you are sick or pregnant, your body will require more rest, so there may be a greater tendency to sleep during meditation, and this is OK.  However, under normal circumstances, it is better to sleep at bedtime and remain alert during meditation so you can gain the maximum value from both.

2.  Having lots of thoughts.  Thoughts are a normal part of the meditation experience.  Don’t struggle against them or try to shut them out.  The harder you try to stop thinking, the more the thoughts will crowd in.  Lots of thoughts, emotions, restlessness, boredom, frustration, a feeling that “this isn’t working” or “I want to quit” are common when there is a lot of turbulence in your life.  This is one of the reasons we meditate, so periods of difficulty are absolutely not the time to quit.

I’ll be devoting an entire post to thoughts, or as I like to call it “the racing mind effect” that often occurs during meditation. For now, just know that your mind is engaged in a continuous internal dialogue, where the meaning of one thought automatically leads you to the next.  It’s normal to have thoughts running through your mind as you meditate. The more experienced you become, the quieter you will find your mind, but even the most experienced of meditators experience the racing mind effect from time to time.

3.  Slipping into “the gap.”  You will have the experience in which your mental activity quiets.  You become aware that you’ve had no thoughts for a period of time.  You weren’t asleep, and yet a little time has passed.  This is called “slipping into the gap.” If you’re spiritually inclined, think of it as contacting the soul.  This state is one of pure awareness, not awareness of anything in particular.

If you think you are in the gap, you are not (because you are thinking!), but you may have just been there.  Experiencing the gap is often very brief, so you may hardly notice it.  It is subtle, so even though it may be happening frequently, you may miss it.  Sometimes slipping into the gap may be followed by a feeling of expansion, peace, or bliss.

While many meditators yearn to “bump into themselves” in this state of expanded awareness, it is important not to go looking for the gap.  If you spend your meditation wondering if you are near the gap, if you’ve slipped in there yet or if you’ll ever slip in, then you’ll keep your mind active and will prevent yourself from having the very experience you’re looking for.

Keep in mind that, as long as you are meditating easily and effortlessly, the experiences you have during meditation are always the correct ones for you at that time.  If you are tired, you may fall asleep.  If you have a lot of stress ready to be released, you may have lots of thoughts and feel restless.  If you are alert and settled, you may experience slipping into the gap.

Remember: there is no such thing as a good meditation and a bad meditation.  Every meditation is a good meditation because it gives you what your body needs at that time.

If you’ve had other experiences during meditation, I would love to hear about them. I’ll be discussing thoughts in meditation in my next post, and you may see that many of the more unusual experiences you’ve had while meditating are actually different types of thoughts.

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Benefits of Meditation

In my last post, I discussed meditation as a means of stress reduction. While this is a very valid reason to meditate and the primary motivator of most meditators in the western world, it certainly isn’t the only benefit of meditation.

Meditation brings the physical body a very deep state of rest, deeper even than sleep. Scientific studies have shown that the body gains a deeper, more significant rest from 30 minutes of meditation than it does from 30 minutes of sleep. A deep rest is an essential aspect of recovery and rejuvenation, which is something we all need.

Improved sleep is another scientifically proven benefit of meditation. In our sleep deprived, insomniac society, this benefit alone makes it worthwhile to consider beginning a meditation practice.

Why does meditation benefit the physical body so much? Though I’m not a scientist, I’d guess it has a lot to do with the deep rest experienced during meditation. A build up of stress in your body inhibits the free flow of information through your system. The more stress your accumulate, the less efficient your mind and body become.

Of course, not all of the benefits of meditation are purely physical. Holistic health means whole person health: mind, body, and spirit. I know of no better way to bring all three of these aspects together than meditation. Here’s how that works:

When you meditate, your physical body participates by going into a more relaxed state. You focus on quieting your mind in this process, even though you don’t resist or try to control your thoughts (more on this in a later post). When your mind quiets to the point where you have no thoughts, even though this experience may last only a fraction of a second, you have slipped into the “gap.”

The gap is where your spirit resides. It is the true you, the place of pure consciousness. Contacting this part of yourself will bring all sorts of benefits into your everyday life. You might experience stronger intuition, greater happiness, a more relaxed feeling, and you might even notice that your desires are being fulfilled more easily.

If you think about it, meditation truly is bringing the mind, body, and spirit together like no other practice can.

The purpose of meditation is to enrich your active daily life. You’ll experience physical and mental benefits, and through regular contact with your higher self during meditation, you will begin to experience it’s qualities of silence and infinite possibilities in your life.

When will you start to reap the benefits of meditation? As I mentioned in my last post, it depends on you. Everyone is different. Changes will happen naturally in a way that is most comfortable for you. Some people will notice changes immediately. For others, it may take longer. Sometimes it may be your friends or family who first notice the changes in you. However, as long as you are meditating regularly, the benefits will grow little by little every day.

To sum it all up, when our minds and bodies are less engaged in the overwhelming experiences of stress, we’re better able to express our creativity and enthusiasm for life. We spend most of our lives looking outside of ourselves for happiness, fulfillment, and approval.  Through meditation, we turn our attention within to rediscover our self, which is the source of all creativity, peace, and joy. In other words, meditation allows you to reconnect with the perfection that’s already inside you and then bring it back into your daily lives. That’s why meditation is so simple. It doesn’t involve learning anything new, just remembering what you already know and then integrating it into your life.

Who can benefit from meditation? After reading this post, I hope you see that the answer is simple: everyone.

 

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Meditation for Stress Reduction

In the west, we tend to think of meditation as an antidote to stress, and many people seek meditation as a stress reduction technique. While meditation carries many benefits, stress reduction is one that most of us can relate to and nearly all of us can use.

When we go into stress mode, we are activating the body’s “fight or flight” mechanism.  This very human reaction is thousands of years old and is designed to save our lives. We are programmed to either fight a perceived threat or run from it.

Fight or flight served us well in centuries past when we might have to, say, decide whether to run or fight an advancing wild animal, but today most of us have stressors that are a bit different. Traffic jams when we’re already running late, for example, are stressful. This simple, everyday stress inducing event invokes the fight or flight response.

When your body goes into fight or flight, a number of physiological changes take place, including:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Faster breathing
  • Increased stress hormone release
  • Sweating
  • Weakened immunity
  • Clotting of blood platelets

These physical changes can be life saving in situations where we are being physically threatened. But, as you can imagine, they aren’t good for our health—especially when they are occurring multiple times every single day—and they certainly don’t do us any good when we’re sitting in traffic.

Volumes of scientific research have been done to support the many, many benefits of meditation. When our bodies shift into a meditative state, one of restful awareness, a number of physiological changes ensue. Here are a few of them:

  • Decreased heart rate
  • Normalization of blood pressure
  • Quiet breathing
  • Reduced stress hormones
  • Reduced sweating
  • Strengthened immunity

So, it’s clear that meditation directly combats the effects of stress on the body.

While there’s not much you can do to stave off every fight or flight reaction, ongoing meditation has been shown to reduce the fight or flight response over time. How much time? That depends on the individual. Some people experience results in days while some don’t see changes for months.

If stress reduction isn’t a good reason to meditate, how about improved sleep quality? Or perhaps you’re more interested in the spiritual aspects of meditation? After all, holistic health means spiritual health as well. Stay tuned…we’ve got a lot to cover on this topic.

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What is Meditation?

For the last week or so, we’ve been discussing health as it relates to the physical body. But holistic health means that we take the entire being into account: mind, body, and spirit. Meditation is a daily practice that brings all three parts of the self together.

What is meditation? Meditation, as one of my mentors puts it, is a tool for rediscovering your body’s own inner intelligence. It’s a process of bringing the mind, body, and spirit together in harmony. For most of us in the Western World, it’s a way to quiet the mind, to bring shorts bursts of silence to the jumble of thoughts constantly running and recycling through our brains.

Even though meditation does focus on quieting the mind, it is not a process of forcing the mind to quiet down. It’s not about force or struggle of any kind. Quite the opposite: meditation is something that comes easily, effortlessly, and naturally…even if it might require practice in the beginning (that’s why we call it a meditation “practice”). When you meditate, you learn to find the silence and stillness that already exist within you and gradually bring them into your daily life.

Meditation has quite a long history. In fact, meditation has been practiced by people from many different cultures for thousands of years. In fact, all of the major religions have their versions of meditation. But don’t think for a moment that meditation is tied to religion. It’s practiced by monks and priests, but it’s also practiced worldwide by atheists and agnostics, men and women, children and adults, and pretty much any group you can think of. Even top athletes, world-class musicians, and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies use meditation as part of their strategy for health and success.

While most people have heard of meditation, everyone has a different idea of what it is and how it’s done. And for good reason: there are many different types of meditation. What’s the best kind of meditation? The kind you will do. It’s as simple as that. There is no one-size fits all for meditation, though it is true that certain types or styles of meditation are more efficient for certain outcomes. Guided meditations, for example, are excellent for things like healing and goal setting. We will discuss different types of meditation in future posts, but for now I’m offering a simple meditation you can try anytime and anywhere. No special preparation required. If you can close your eyes, you can meditate. Here goes:

  1. Sit comfortably in a quiet location where you will not be disturbed.
  2. Close your eyes and take a minute or so to quiet down a bit.
  3. For the next five minutes, simply notice the flow of your breath. Don’t try to control your breathing. Just notice it.
  4. After the five minutes has elapsed, take another minute before slowly opening your eyes and resuming your regular activity.

If you give that a try, you can begin to get a taste for what meditation is really like. Everyone will have a different response to this exercise, but most will find that their minds race uncontrollably. The answer to that? Surprise: it’s OK. It’s normal. I’ll be writing more about meditation, and we can delve more deeply into this one point, since it can be an entire post in itself.

Why meditate? Practicing meditation on a daily basis brings an unbelievable number of benefits. There are thousands of scientific studies which prove the physical benefits of meditation, and a regular meditation practice also nourishes the mind and spirit. Again, more detail about the benefits of meditation in future posts. I could write an entire book just on the benefits of meditation!

In closing, I suggest you give my quick little meditation a try. It will take less than 10 minutes and might give you a little more clarity during a hectic day.

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More About the Optimal Preparation of Organic Free-Range Eggs

When it comes to cooking eggs, less is definitely more. Eating raw eggs, which obviously involves the least amount of preparation, is becoming more popular and more advocated by some of the leading nutritionists and health experts.

Eggs are nearly a perfect food. Not only do they contain significant amounts of protein, they also are high in more than a dozen essential nutrients. They’re also rich with antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which are essential for long-term eye health and not readily available in many foods.  In order to preserve these health benefits 100%, you’ll want to eat your eggs raw.

As I discussed earlier this week in Tips for Preparing and Storing Organic Free Range Eggs, consuming raw eggs isn’t as risky as once thought—at least if those eggs are from organically raised free-range chickens. Your risk of contracting salmonella from these eggs is relatively low, and many believe that the health benefits far outweigh the risks.

For some, raw egg consumption can be a bit intimidating. If you’re interested in trying raw eggs, you could start out with just a small amount daily. Or, even better, use a blender to mix an egg or two with some whey protein powder, water, ice, and a banana or other fruit (berries work well). The resulting smoothie is both tasty and highly nutritious.

If you must cook your eggs, keep the heat and cook time to a minimum. If you like fried eggs, for example, try over easy instead of over medium. Or even transition to sunny-side up. If you’re used to hard boiled eggs, try soft boiled eggs instead. Poach your eggs for a shorter amount of time or try steaming them instead.

What you don’t want to do when cooking your eggs is break the yolk. Scrambling eggs, for example, requires you to break the yolk during the cooking process. Omelettes and frittatas also require that you break the yolk while cooking the egg.

If the way you cook your eggs requires that you break the yolk before the egg starts to cook or while the egg is cooking, consider other options. Boiled eggs are easy to prepare, and they make a great breakfast, snack, or post-workout meal.

Now, it’s clear that the egg yolk must be broken after it’s cooked in order for you to eat it. The key point is that you don’t want to break the yolk while the egg is cooking. This causes the cholesterol in the egg to oxidize, which can lead to inflammation. A subject for a later post, inflammation is believed by many physicians and researches to be the #1 killer in America and the basis of most disease, including heart disease.

If free-range organic eggs sound like something you’d like to try, I highly encourage you to seek out a local farmer or farmer’s market. If you’re having a hard time finding them, I’ve previously suggested and highly recommend using Local Harvest as a resource. You can also try Eatwild if none of the other options I suggested in Why You Should Eat Organic, Free Range Eggs are working for you. Then there’s always two of my favorites: Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. If the options are really limited in your area, try your local grocery store. Many major supermarkets in several states are starting to carry organic free-range eggs.

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Why You Should Eat Organic, Free-Range Chicken

So far, I’ve talked about organic beef and organic eggs. Continuing on the protein trend, I’d like to say a bit about organic free-range chicken.

Chicken is one of the most popular foods in America, and it shows no sign of losing its status as one of our favorite “healthy” choices. When you buy supermarket chicken, however, there are a few things you should know.

First of all, it is common practice to dose commercially raised chickens with arsenic. Believe it or not, this poison helps them grow faster because it controls a parasite in their stomachs. The arsenic (labeled as “organic” arsenic which when metabolized becomes inorganic) incorporates into the bird’s tissues, particularly its fat.

The practice of dosing chickens with arsenic not only contaminates the chicken meat and eggs, it also contaminates the environment. The arsenic is excreted into the chicken litter and, through watering processes and rain, the arsenic leaches into the ground, eventually making it all the way down to the water table. End result? Arsenic in our water supply.

Need more reasons to avoid supermarket chicken? Their feed is laced with pesticides, which also ends up in the bird’s tissues. The animals are routinely administered high levels of antibiotics as well. Like all of the other bad stuff, the antibiotics are passed on to you through the chicken meat. And here’s one last reason for you: When compared to organic chicken, commercially raised, supermarket grade chicken is also higher in bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

When you buy chicken, look for free-range or cage-free organic chicken. These birds are raised naturally, without arsenic and antibiotics. Any feed given to the birds is certified organic, which means it’s free of pesticides. Plus, the birds are allowed to roam freely and consume foods they would in the wild. All of this results in a healthier bird, which means a tastier, more nutritious meal for you.

Fortunately, it’s becoming easier to find organic free-range chicken. Even some of the supermarket chains carry it these days. There are always my two favorites: Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Check out their websites for locations near you. Your local health food store might carry organic free-range chicken as well. If you have farms nearby, you could go farm direct. Try searching on Local Harvest for farmers or farmer’s markets where organic free-range chicken may be available.

 

Ref:
Mercola, Joseph. “Be Very Careful Eating Chickens You Buy at the Supermarket.”  Web. 16 Jan. 2007.

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Tips for Preparing and Storing Organic Free Range Eggs

Now that I’ve explained the benefits of organic free-range
eggs, I’ve got a couple of tips to help you prepare them.

One of my mentors, Dr. Joseph Mercola, insists that
consuming organic free range eggs raw is best. Your chances of contracting
salmonella from raw eggs are low, even lower if you are eating organic
free-range eggs (you are much more likely to contract salmonella from raw
chicken than from raw eggs). Cooking destroys some of the nutrients of the egg,
so raw consumption is optimal for health purposes.

While I don’t necessarily disagree with Dr. Mercola’s
recommendation, I understand that eating raw eggs isn’t exactly at the top of
everyone’s list. If you do want to try eggs raw, first be sure that you’ve got
free-range organic eggs, preferably raised at a local organic egg farm. To
start out, try blending one or two with some whey protein powder (another
superfood to be discussed in a later post), a banana, water, and ice to create
a nutrient dense, high protein smoothie. You can experiment with different
variations until you come up with a recipe you love. A smoothie like this is
ideal post-workout but can also be enjoyed at breakfast or anytime during the
day as a super healthy snack.

If you choose to cook your eggs, as most of us do, the best
advice I can offer you is don’t break the yolks. In other words, scrambled
eggs, omelettes, and frittatas should be your last choice. The egg’s yolk
contains the majority of its nutrients, and opening the yolk actually causes
those nutrients to break down. Furthermore, once the yolk breaks and is exposed
to high heat, it begins to oxidize. Oxidized cholesterol can increase the
levels of inflammation in your body, creating numerous health threats (inflammation
is a subject for another post).

Personally, I prefer poached or boiled eggs. Hard boiled
eggs are a great snack and one of the best foods to consume after a hard
workout. Plus, they are portable and very easy to prepare. Now, if you are able
to find locally raised free-range organic eggs and you choose to hard boil
them, you might notice that they’re a little difficult to peel. That’s because
they are SO fresh! There has been no chance for oxygen to enter the shell
(remember, egg shells have pores!) and create a barrier between the shell and
the egg. Here’s a little known secret to solve this problem: Put a bit of olive
oil in the water when you’re boiling them. Problem solved, eggs peel easily.
Here’s another tip for hard boiled eggs: If you find that your eggs are
breaking when you start to cook them, be sure to first bring them to room
temperature before you place them in hot or boiling water.

Lastly, keep in mind that fresh eggs don’t need to be
refrigerated. Sure, refrigeration will extend their shelf life, but farm fresh
free-range organic eggs can be stored safely at room temperature for at least a
week.

On a final note, if you are a person who has never
really liked eggs, I suggest you give some locally raised free-range organic
eggs a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. And your body will thank
you.

 

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