Progressive Life At The Equinox

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the equinox! In the natural year, we are now halfway between the extremes of light and darkness of the winter and summer solstices. Everywhere on earth, there is equal day and night, and a heightened balance or natural centering that touches many aspects of life.

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A Moment in the Everchanging Light and Rhythm of the Natural Year

In the HumanaNatura natural health system, and as explained in our Mastering The Natural Year post and graphic, we encourage review and renewal of our Natural Life Plans during the twice-yearly times of added natural balance that are the equinoxes. This includes making changes to our plans as needed, and considering and revitalizing our commitment and actions toward progressive natural life and health more generally.

If you have not yet created a Natural Life Plan to guide your use and expression of the third HumanaNatura technique, Natural Living, our links will take you to HumanaNatura’s planning worksheets and seven-step progressive planning process. Together, these free resources will help you begin more intentionally health-centered and naturally progressive life in the days and weeks ahead.

Our newest member newsletter was released today as well, which is published eight times yearly in harmony with the natural year, providing updates on HumanaNatura’s resources, programs, and worldwide health campaigns. To receive future HumanaNatura newsletters and learn more about our global practitioner-advocate network, go to Join HumanaNatura.

However you mark this equinox, we wish you new natural balance and progressive life and health!

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Salmon, Date & Nut Salad Meal

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It’s easy to make healthy and satisfying meals the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. In the HumanaNatura approach, we create delicious and nutritious salad meals via our easy-to-remember OurPlate natural food groups. In just a few minutes, you can prepare delicious and optimally nutritious meals that you and your family or guests will love.

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This sample OurPlate salad meal took about ten minutes to make. It begins with a salmon fillet that is pan-cooked in olive oil with diced onion, garlic, Cajun seasoning,  lemon, and black pepper. As the salmon cooks, a salad base and veggie mix is prepared, in this case with chopped romaine lettuce, sliced cucumbers and avocado, slivered almonds and dates, and coarsely diced tomato. When done, the cooked fillet is added still warm to the plate, and everything is garnished with parsley, mint, lemon, and black pepper. Fast, delicious, and healthy…as always, when you prepare your meals the HumanaNatura way!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide and tool for designing optimally healthy meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. And perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong, and lifewide, modern natural health and fitness. Check out an overview of our health programs at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

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Making Cross-Quarter Progress

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the cross-quarter! In the natural year, we are now halfway between the more extreme time of the recent solstice and the more naturally balanced one around the coming equinox.

A Moment in the Everchanging Light & Feeling of the Natural Year

In the HumanaNatura natural health system, and as explained in our Mastering The Natural Year graphic and post, we encourage extra progress on our Natural Life Plans in the time around each cross-quarter. At the equinox-nearing cross-quarter, this is so we have adequate completed actions and learning at the equinox – in another six weeks or eighth of a year – when HumanaNatura encourages reflection and renewal of our plans.

If you have not yet created a Natural Life Plan to guide your use and expression of the third HumanaNatura technique, Natural Living, our links will take you to our planning worksheets and seven-step planning process. Together, these resources will help you begin more intentionally health-centered and naturally progressive life in the days and weeks ahead.

Our newest member newsletter was released today as well, which is published eight times yearly in harmony with the natural year, providing updates on HumanaNatura’s resources, programs, and worldwide health campaigns. To receive future HumanaNatura newsletters or learn more about our global practitioner-advocate network, go to Join HumanaNatura.

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Progressive Life At The Solstice

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the solstice! Around the world, we are now at one of two important milestones in the natural year. Today is the longest day of the year and the start of summer in the southern hemisphere. And it is the shortest day and start of both winter and a new natural year in the north.

A Moment in the Everchanging Light & Feeling of the Natural Year

In the HumanaNatura natural health system, and as explained in our Mastering The Natural Year graphic and post, we encourage spending this and every solstice with family, friends, and community. With the intense feelings that can come with the solstices, it’s a natural opportunity to seek and provide friendship, celebrate progress in our lives and Natural Life Plans, and encourage new health and progressivity in others.

If you have not yet created a Natural Life Plan to guide your use and expression of the third HumanaNatura technique, Natural Living, our links will take you to our planning worksheets and seven-step planning process. Together, these resources will help you to begin more intentionally health-centered and naturally progressive life in the days and weeks ahead – and before the next solstice arrives.

Our newest community newsletter was released today as well, which is published eight times yearly in harmony with the natural year, providing updates on HumanaNatura’s resources, programs, and worldwide health campaigns to our members. To receive free HumanaNatura newsletters or to learn more about our global practitioner-advocate network, go to Join HumanaNatura.

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Staying Low Salad Meal

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Within the HumanaNatura approach to natural health and HumanaNatura’s OurPlate optimal eating model, there is an option for a slightly more refined form of Natural Eating we would like to share with you. The approach, which we will call staying low, offers a number of important benefits that many of us can and may want to make use of – importantly, as long as we do not have a fish or shellfish allergy.

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As discussed in the Natural Eating section of HumanaNatura’s Personal Health Program, the practice of staying low involves getting more or most of our proteins from low in the marine food chain, via small fish and shellfish. It also involves avoid large or mature fish, and perhaps abstaining from the eating of land animals more generally. Notably, however, the approach does not preclude our getting proteins from nuts and seeds, and potentially from eggs and yogurts as well.

This strategy of staying low approach within HumanaNatura’s health technique of Natural Eating has a significant number of benefits. These include:

> High quality proteins and fats – small fish and shellfish are among the healthiest proteins we can eat, are often rich in health-promoting oils, and generally have much lower levels of metals than larger fish

> Low in carbohydrates and lectins – these are two important goals in eating more naturally the HumanaNatura way, and our emphasis of a science-refined modern diet based on earlier hunter-gatherer human eating patterns

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Healthy Thanksgiving Salad Meal

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With the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday upon us, and other seasonal holidays just around the corner in many other countries, we thought this would be a great time to highlight that holiday eating and healthy eating do not have to be at odds with one another.

This is especially true when making holiday meals the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. All that’s really required is to eliminate especially unhealthy traditional foods, keep the healthier ones, and then combine them with a few renaturalizing foods to create delicious, optimally nutritious, and memorable holiday salad meals.

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Our example HumanaNatura salad meal shows how this can be done, using traditional North American Thanksgiving foods as a case in point. First, we’ve eliminated the most unhealthy ones, including carbohydrate-rich, and both body and soil-degrading, annual staple plant foods made from grains, beans, and starches. And we’ve of course passed on all sugary deserts and sweets, for the same reasons.

Next, we’ve kept several popular, personally and ecologically healthy Thanksgiving foods – including sliced turkey breast, carrots, olives, pecans, and even a bit of cranberry sauce – and combined them with chopped romaine lettuce, sliced grape tomatoes, diced cucumber, a bit of red onion, and sliced avocado.

This slightly super-sized, at-once warm and cool salad meal is dressed with olive oil and white wine vinegar. It’s then garnished with paprika, parsley, and black pepper, and served to waiting guests without delay. As you can see, the result is a healthy, attractive, and satisfying holiday meal that should leave no one wanting!

You can learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s natural eating guide and meal rating tool. As you explore the HumanaNatura approach, you will quickly experience how this science-based and 100% natural model for our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live – and help our environment – at holidays and throughout the year.

To learn even more, check out the Natural Eating section of HumanaNatura’s free and comprehensive Personal Health Program.

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Food Ecology: Earth, Wind & Fire

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By Mark Lundegren

June 2014 FullAs I have discussed in several of our recent member newsletters, HumanaNatura is in the midst of a broad but important change to our programs, one that will place greater emphasis on the ecological or Permaculture benefits of our science-based system for modern natural life and health.

To begin to introduce these ideas beyond our member community – and in advance of changes to our online programs and a series of related Natural Truth posts beginning in 2015 – I’d like to discuss a crucial way the HumanaNatura natural health system is better for the environment, and not just for us and our communities.

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Any Dietary Model Can Be Assessed Via It’s Earth, Wind & Fire Impacts

The area I want to focus on today is the important environmental benefits of our nutritional recommendations, or technique of Natural Eating, which are encapsulated in HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guide.

You can click OurPlate Graphic to understand the general dietary approach we recommend, which is intended as a modern, science-based re-interpretation and refinement of our original hunter-gatherer diet in nature. You will notice that the OurPlate model encourages our avoidance of many agricultural age foods, including carbohydrate-rich grains, beans, and starchy root plants. In addition, the approach makes no room for industrial foods of all kinds. Read the rest of this entry »

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