HN’s October Health Challenge!

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It’s October, and whether this means fall or spring where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you to achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s October health challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be just right for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step health program that gets results and introduces you to all four of our lifelong natural health techniques.

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Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our transformative natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance and gradual exploration of your unique long-term health potential.

If you take our October challenge, by January you will understand the HumanaNatura approach firsthand and in practical terms, possibly be in the best health and fitness of your life, and be equipped to maintain and progressively increase your natural fitness and well-being throughout your life.

In the HN-100 Program, there are 15 weekly focus areas, spanning the 100 days of the program:

  • Week 1 – The Foundation: Natural Eating
  • Week 2 – Explore Natural Exercise & Begin Walking
  • Week 3 – More Natural Exercise: Adding Calisthenics
  • Week 4 – Explore Natural Living: The Ten Dimensions
  • Week 5 – Explore Natural Living: Natural Life Planning
  • Week 6 –  Explore Natural Living: First Self-Assessment
  • Week 7 – Halfway Point: Transitioning To Natural Living
  • Week 8 – Draft Your First Natural Life Plan
  • Week 9 – Advanced Exercise &  Life Plan Refinement
  • Week 10 – Implement Your Natural Life Plan
  • Week 11 – Advanced Exercise & Plan Implementation
  • Week 12 – 100% Natural Eating & Explore Community
  • Week 13 – Complete 30-Day Actions & Explore Community
  • Week 14 – Assess Your Initial Natural Living Actions
  • Week 15 – Learn & Prepare For Ongoing Progressive Life

If you are ready to take our challenge, or want to learn more about HN-100 and HumanaNatura, click-through to our HN-100 overview page for detailed instructions on using HumanaNatura’s HN-100 program. And feel free to contact us anytime with your questions – online coaching in the use of our natural health programs is an important part of the HumanaNatura system, and is always confidential and without cost.

Again, it’s October, and maybe you are ready for or need a new a challenge. We hope so, and that our HN-100 natural fitness challenge will prove to be a breakthrough change for you – leading you to new health, fitness, and quality of life, now and throughout your life.

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Super-Easy “Sextet” Salad Meal

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If we have lots of time and resources, we all can consistently make healthy and delicious meals. But what if time is short and our refrigerator is less than fully stocked? When we are using the HumanaNatura natural health system and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating model, limited time and ingredients are usually not a problem. Need proof? Check this six-ingredient or “sextet” salad meal!

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Our example HumanaNatura salad meal begins with a salmon fillet (#1) that is pan sautéed with sliced red onion (#2) and a few seasonings (garlic bits, Cajun powder, lemon, and black pepper). As the fillet cooks, we make a salad base and veggie mix of arugula (#3), sliced and quartered cucumbers (#4), cut orange pieces (#5), and whole grape tomatoes (#6). When the fish and onions are done, they are added still warm to the salad, everything is garnished with parsley, lemon, and black pepper, and the meal served immediately. Fast, delicious, extra-healthy, and super-easy, as always when we prepare our meals the HumanaNatura way!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple optimal eating guide and meal rating tool. And experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. 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 health and fitness. Check out an overview of our health programs at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

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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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Cubed Beef Salad Meal

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Though there is a natural limit to the amount of red meat we should eat to optimize our personal health, this amount is not zero. This is especially true when it comes to lean and sustainable grass-fed meats, and when our meals are made the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. In the HumanaNatura approach, regular meals with red meats can be served, ones that will be healthy and satisfy your urge for a hearty meal.

This satisfying, red meat-using salad meal starts with a big bed of arugula and adds julienne cucumber, diced kiwi, and mixed cherry tomatoes. It adds a sauté of cubed beef and red onion, cooked while preparing the salad base and mix. And it then is garnished with parsley, marjoram, coriander, and red and black pepper. A fast, delicious, and healthy way to satisfy a big appetite…as always, when you prepare your meals the HumanaNatura way!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple optimal eating guide and meal rating tool. And experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. 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 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 extremes of light and darkness of the past solstice and the more naturally balanced time of the coming equinox.

In the HumanaNatura approach, and as explained in our Mastering The Natural Year post and graphic, we encourage extra progress on our Natural Life Plans around the cross-quarter, so that we have adequate completed actions and learning at the equinox – in another six weeks or eighth of a year – when HumanaNatura encourages plan review and renewal.

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

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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Natural Truth: Is Dairy Healthy?

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We’d like to take on the often controversial natural health question of whether dairy use is healthy. You no doubt know that a variety of animal-based dairy products are consumed by people around the world today, and many are recommended by national and international health agencies.

As we will discuss, however, the objective health benefits of dairy products are mixed – depending on the product, method of production, and person. Overall, this comparatively new and special class of foods requires care and attentiveness, but we conclude dairy use can be part of a healthy approach to modern eating and living.

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Turkish Cacik, Made With Yogurt & Cucumber

As a prelude to considering the health-relevant science of dairy production and consumption, we would like to start by highlighting two key sources of controversy within the natural health community regarding dairy use. In both cases, these sources of controversy are immediately instructive, can help us to be better informed about the wisdom of dairy products in particular, and offer lessons in the ways people can and might approach the task of health optimization more broadly.

The first source of dairy controversy comes from advocates of historically re-naturalized or forager-based eating models. Here, proponents reason that since dairy products are a new, less than 10,000 year-old food for humans and therefore not natural in a strict historical sense, they should be avoided. In earlier versions of the HumanaNatura diet, we in fact took this view.

At the other end of the natural health spectrum, most vegan and some vegetarian diet programs also discourage the use of dairy products. In these cases, advocates almost always point to the ethical benefits of avoiding animal-based foods. Proponents of these diets also typically note – but often overstate or misrepresent – the ecological and personal health benefits of plant-based diets.

Importantly, although these two different schools of dietary thought within the natural health community agree on little beyond the importance of fruits and vegetables, both sets of dairy prohibitions are generally or primarily based on philosophical considerations, rather than the practical health impacts we will discuss.

For these reasons, the modern use of dairy products – by both children and adults – can be a controversial topic among natural health advocates, as well as a confusing one for people more generally. Overall, this controversy and confusion is unfortunate, since the scientific case for our selected use of dairy products, especially biologically active yogurts, is quite clear and strong. And this conclusion is especially true when we consider modern health outcomes in broader or more encompassing terms than is typical today.

Definitions & Background

When we talk about dairy products, we of course mean various foods derived from the milk of cows and other mammals, typically domesticated ungulates. As suggested already and outlined here, human consumption of these foods began with the Agricultural Revolution – or within the last 10,000 years – and the practice therefore has its origins entirely in our pre-modern, but post-agricultural, shift to farming and shepherding.

A reasonably full list of modern-day dairy products is quite extensive, and even unexpectedly so. For HumanaNatura, this pervasiveness and the persistence of dairy products in both traditional and modern diets is suggestive – that their adoption may have been highly adaptive, at least in our immediate pre-modern history. That said, other explanations for the pervasiveness of pre-modern dairy consumption are possible, including habituationaculturalization, and even supernormal influences.

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Summer Seaside Salad Meal

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Whether it is summer and you are by the sea, or not, this salad meal – made the HumanaNatura way and using HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines – will make you feel like you are on a seaside holiday. And not only does the salad provide a burst of summer flavors, it is especially healthy too, because of the specific fish used for the salad’s protein.  While most fish is lean and healthy, this time we have selected shellfish from low in the marine food chain – shrimp, scallops, and baby squid – to avoid the high levels of mercury and other toxins often  found in large game fish. Using these seafoods also reduces costs, since these varieties of fish are often fairly inexpensive to harvest, and freeze and travel well.

Maybe best of all, especially if you are on summer holiday, this extra delicious and healthy salad meal was made in minutes and is about as tasty as food can get. It begins with a spicy saute of the shellfish we mentioned with a good dash of turmeric, onion and garlic bits, and black pepper. While the saute is cooking, we put together a salad base and mix that included a half-plate of arugula, diced cucumber, sliced mango and avocado, and quartered grape tomatoes. These warm and cool foods were then garnished with pistachios, parsley, paprika, coriander, and black pepper. A terrific meeting of sea and shore, and a model for optimal daily eating!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals through OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple healthy eating and meal rating tool, and experience how this science-based and completely natural approach to daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. 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, we hope you will begin to explore your other opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – through HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong and lifewide health and fitness. Check out our overview at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

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