HumanaNatura’s Seventh Edition

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By Mark Lundegren

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I’m pleased to announce that the new seventh edition of HumanaNatura’s programs and primary website are now all live and ready for you to review. Go to HumanaNatura to see the updated materials.

Long planned and almost a year in development, I am delighted to have the new materials up, and to see how far HumanaNatura has come since the first generation of our programs went online, way back in 2002.

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HumanaNatura’s Seventh Generation – Better, Broader & More Interactive

I’ve written about the program and website changes in several of our community newsletters, when the seventh edition was in its planning and development stages. In case you missed these, and now that everything is live, let me recap what has changed, beginning with substantive changes and then highlighting secondary refinements:

> Personal Health Program (link) – HumanaNatura’s core natural health program has been extensively re-written, with numerous substantive changes, many editorial alterations for improved readability, and the addition of hundreds of inline research cites for further reading. Key substantive changes to the program include:

– Overall – new emphasis of the ecological health benefits of the HumanaNatura approach

– Our Past – discussion of the ecological harmony of earlier hunter-gatherer life; exploration of the history of human population levels, natural population dynamics and sustainability, and natural birth control; discussion of natural alpha-cycle and beta-cycle functioning (an idea from my recent first book, The Seven Keys Of Natural Life)

– Natural Eating – discussion of the environmental benefits of the HumanaNatura diet; inclusion of yogurt (but not milk and cheese) based on its potentially favorable ecological health impacts and at least neutral personal health effects for many people; greater emphasis on green eating and the goal of a low BMI score; discussion of bacterial flora health; discussion of the naturalness of cooked starches and the moderated role they can plan in a modern natural diet; inclusion of intermittent, partial, and water fasting as options within a natural diet Read the rest of this entry »

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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 midway between the more evocative period of the recent solstice and the naturally more balanced time of the coming equinox. Everywhere on earth, there is clear but unmistakable change – away from the depth of winter and height of summer and toward the relative balance of spring or fall in each hemisphere – an ongoing rhythm of life on earth that touches and can aid us all.

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 graphic and post, we recommend extra progress on our Natural Life Plans 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 updating 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 to begin more intentionally health-centered and naturally progressive life in the days and weeks ahead.

Our newest member newsletter was sent 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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Shrimp Provençal Salad Meal

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We thought we’d start off our 2017 posts with a healthy, delicious, and fairly elegant salad meal, and one that is easy to prepare too. Though in truth, healthy, satisfying, and elegant meals are always easy to create when we eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. In this case, our meal involves low-in-the-marine-food-chain shrimp, generous leafy greens and veggies, and vegetable fruits and berries – all among the healthiest foods we can consume.

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Our example HumanaNatura Salad Meal begins with a handful of medium-sized raw, deveined, and fully-shelled (tails-off) shrimp, which are tossed in a well-combined provençal marinade – comprised of two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, one tablespoon of soft butter, black pepper, finely chopped garlic, a scattering of small capers, a squeeze of lemon juice, and about a tablespoon of finely chopped parsley. The marinated shrimp are allowed to sit, covered and refrigerated, for an hour or so.

When the shrimp mixture is ready, we begin by steaming a root base of diced white sweet potato and onion or shallot, along with a bit of crushed and finely chopped garlic and a dash of cayenne pepper, for about two minutes (but with about half the water as usual – see our Cooking With Steam Overview for guidance if you are new to food steaming). Then, a small bed of finely shredded cabbage, the shrimp mixture, the liquid marinade (why less water is needed), and some coarsely-chopped baby broccoli are placed on top of the root vegetables. Everything is steamed for another three or four minutes, and then this warm part of the meal allowed to cool covered for a few minutes.

As the cooked shrimp and vegetables cool, a salad base of mixed greens is placed on one side of a dinner plate. The cooked foods are then plated to the side of the greens, some halved grape tomatoes and dried berries are added, and the entire salad is dressed with olive oil and white balsamic vinegar, and garnished with parsley and black pepper. So simple, but an amazing and amazingly healthy meal too, and a great way to start the year. Enjoy!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s 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 comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our health techniques and programs at Welcome.

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Meat & Potatoes Salad Meal

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Do you or those around you struggle with the desire for traditional meat and potato meals on one hand, and for healthier salads and green meals on the other? When we eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines, we don’t have to choose between these two seemingly competing desires. While our best science does suggest limiting red meats – see red meats and carnitine – this does not mean eliminating them completely, especially when they are extra-healthy and ecologically sustainable grass-fed meats – and as long as they are not processed meats, which indeed should be removed entirely from our diets.

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Today’s sample HumanaNatura Salad Meal combines meat and potatoes with a selection of vegetables and fruit to create a hearty, satisfying, and healthy meal. We begin by steaming a few cubes of ground grass-fed beef on top of a base of diced sweet potato and onion or shallot, along with crushed and finely chopped garlic and a dash of cayenne pepper for about five minutes (see our Cooking With Steam Overview for guidance if you are new to food steaming). When done, the beef and root vegetables are allowed to cool for a few minutes. As the cooked beef and vegetables cool, a salad base of mixed greens is combined with a simple veggie mix of halved grape tomatoes and cut and de-seeded orange pieces. The cooked foods are then added, and the entire salad is dressed and garnished with parsley, black pepper, and shelled pistachio nuts. Lastly, the beef and potatoes are further seasoned with a zig-zag of chili sauce, and the meal is served promptly. A delicious blend of traditional cuisine and healthy modern natural eating!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s 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 comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our health techniques and programs at Welcome.

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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 crucial milestones in the natural year. Today is the shortest day, start of winter, and beginning of a new natural year in the northern hemisphere. And it is the longest day, midpoint of the year, and start of summer in the south.

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A Moment in the Everchanging Light 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 extreme light and heightened feelings that come with the solstices, it’s a natural opportunity to celebrate progress in our lives and Natural Life Plans, break from our routines and seek new perspective, and encourage greater 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.

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

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Naturally Balanced Salad Meal

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Optimal natural eating first involves care, and then balance. After we remove harmful sugar-rich foods, nutritionally and ecologically less desirable grains and legumes, and other unnatural or unadulterated foods from our diets, we must still achieve a balanced mix of natural foods – with neither too many nor too few natural fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, and ensuring adequate natural fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Fortunately, when we eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines, creating naturally balanced and nutritionally optimal Salad Meals and Steam Meals quickly becomes second nature.

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The simple, rustic HumanaNatura Salad Meal we have featured today begins by steaming a serving of wild salmon and some chopped broccoli on top of a base of diced sweet potato and onion or shallot, along with crushed and finely chopped garlic, for about five minutes (see our Cooking With Steam Overview for guidance if you are new to food steaming). When done, the salmon and root vegetables are allowed to cool for a few minutes. As the cooked salmon and vegetables cool, a salad base of mixed greens is combined with a simple veggie mix of grape tomatoes, chopped red pepper, and diced avocado. The cooked foods are then added, the entire salad is dressed and seasoned with parsley and black pepper, and the meal is served promptly. Fast, delicious, satisfying, and naturally balanced!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s 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 comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our health techniques and programs at Welcome.

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Lessons of the Aquatic Ape

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By Mark Lundegren

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There is a good chance that you know where your recent ancestors are from. Perhaps they lived where you are now, or maybe they were from another part of the world. If you are in doubt, low-cost genetic tests today can shed light on your immediate ancestral history.

But do you know where, and how, your ancestors lived in the more distant past – say, 5 million years ago? Through the archeological record, we understand that all modern people share a common set of ancestors – humans and pre-humans who lived exclusively in Africa until roughly 100,000 years ago.

This bit of science answers the where part of our ancient natural history (though in simple terms, since it omits later interbreeding with Asiatic Homo erectus people by some of our Homo sapiens ancestors as we left Africa).

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Similarly, the how part of the lives of our distant ancestors is nearly as settled science. But there is an interesting controversy about our earlier life patterns that is instructive about scientific understanding and everyday knowing more generally.

In practice, examining this and other controversies, or questions about the quality of our understanding, can help us to better navigate a variety of modern challenges and uncertainties, and ultimately to think and act more optimally amid contemporary life.

As you may know, today’s scientific consensus is that, 5 million years ago, pre-humans of this time had descended from trees and begun to move out from forest cover in small foraging or hunter-gatherer bands, ones who would gradually come to dominate the increasingly dry and deforested savannas of Africa.

However there is an alternative view or hypothesis, touched on in the Our Past section of HumanaNatura’s Personal Health Program. This hypothesis proposes that we were aquatic apes for a time in this larger evolutionary transition. Though our distant ancestors clearly began as tree-dwellers and ended as land-dwellers, the aquatic ape hypothesis asserts that this transition might have been marked or interrupted for a time by an aquatic mode of pre-human life – with our ancestors spending many hours each day swimming and fishing in coastal waters.

The graphic above summarizes key features of the aquatic ape hypothesis, which in its essence emphasizes that a number of our distinctly human physical characteristics might be explained by an extended period of semi-aquatic life during our evolution (including our tight skin and ability to swim proficiently).

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