Archive for September, 2012

Optimal Fitness – Simple & Not

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By Mark Lundegren

An important goal of HumanaNatura is to make the principles of progressive natural health understandable and simple in practice. We do this in a number of ways.

One is the organization of our natural health system into four parts, translating a diverse and often abstract body of science into a clear and practical set of techniques. Another way is HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guide, which turns the often confusing topic of optimal natural nutrition into a simple image that is easy to remember and apply. And our HN-100 Program gradually introduces the HumanaNatura system and our key natural health practices in small weekly steps spread over 100 days.

HumanaNatura’s OurPlate Healthy Eating Guide

The fact that we use these and other tools to make natural health and fitness promotion less complicated should tell you something – that the topic and underlying science of achieving modern natural health and quality of life are at once simple and not so simple.

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Equinox Greetings!

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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 summer and winter solstices. Everywhere on earth, there is equal day and night, and a heightened balance or centering that touches many aspects of life.

Within the HumanaNatura natural health system, we encourage our practitioners to use the twice-yearly opportunity and special character of each equinox to seek greater attentiveness and new self-awareness.

In HumanaNatura’s approach, we specifically recommend the review and updating of our Natural Life Plan at each equinox – making changes as needed, and renewing and revitalizing our commitment to progressive natural life and health for the future.

If you have not yet created a Natural Life Plan – guiding your use and expression of the third HumanaNatura technique of Natural Living – this link will take you to our planning worksheets and get you started on our seven-step planning process. We hope these important HumanaNatura resources will help you 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. To receive future HumanaNatura newsletters and learn about the benefits of membership in our global practitioner-advocate network, go to Join HumanaNatura.

In the meantime, however you mark this equinox, we wish you natural balance, and new health and happiness!

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Mango & Fish Salad Meal!

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Having fish for your protein at mealtime is an ideal way to eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines. This is especially true when the fish is among healthier varieties that live lower in the marine food chain and contain less mercury. If you or others don’t eat as much fish as you would like or should (we recommend that fish be at least 25 percent of total protein, unless you have an allergy), including fresh fruit with your fish is a great way to encourage this goal. In this way, we move away from natural but less optimal non-fish animal proteins, as well as unnatural and inferior vegetable protein sources like grains and beans.

This tasty example of a “fish plus fruit” salad meal took minutes to make and is as delicious and satisfying to eat as it looks. The salad begins with a fillet of cod (almost any white wish will do) that is pan-sautéed with red onion, garlic bits, turmeric, lemon, parsley, paprika, and black pepper. This extra-nutritious and richly-seasoned protein is then served with a half-plate of fresh arugula, sliced cucumber, quartered grape tomatoes, and a generous amount of yummy sliced mango. It’s all garnished with parsley and paprika, and a little more lemon and black pepper. A beautiful and delicious way to eat more fish!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals through OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple optimal eating guide and meal rating tool, and experience how this science-based and 100% 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, 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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7 Questions On HN’s 6th Edition

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In the weeks since the release of the new sixth edition of HumanaNatura in late July, we’ve had a number of questions on program changes, and have thought of a couple on our own that we think are important to answer.

HumanaNatura’s New Sixth Edition In Action

To help you better understand what has changed (and what has not), and to respond to questions about the new materials, we’ve put together a short Q&A highlighting key sixth edition changes to HumanaNatura’s website and health programs.

The following Q&A was just sent to all HumanaNatura members via our newsletter. Check it out!

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Stimulating Happiness

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By Mark Lundegren

As I write this, United States central bank head Ben Bernanke has made headlines in the past week for launching his controversial QE3. No, Bernanke’s QE3 is not a new ocean liner, but instead an acronym for “Quantitative Easing Three.” QE3 is a third round of injecting additional money into the U.S. (and ultimately world) economy.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

By acting to increase the supply of U.S. dollars through QE3, Bernanke and his fellow central bankers hope to make the currency cheaper and stimulate domestic economic and employment growth. Critics contend that QE3 will either have little effect, lead to similar and thus offsetting moves by other countries, or fuel increased inflation – price increases via the chasing of available goods and services by an oversupply of money.

Interestingly, Bernanke made a proposal last month at a global economic conference that garnered almost no headlines, even as what he proposed may be far more important and consequential than QE3 in the long-term. As covered by some reporters in the financial press – see Happiness Bandwagon and More Philosophy Please for a sample – what Bernanke proposed was that economists and others should begin to measure and define national success differently than we usually do, specifically by recasting success in terms of well-being or happiness rather than wealth.

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Beautiful Cod Salad Meal!

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Want a delicious, low-cost, and extra-healthy way to eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines? Using flash-frozen fish for your protein, along with lots of fresh veggies to create an appealing salad mix, is a great option to achieve each of these goals…especially when the variety of fish holds up well to freezing. And cold-water white fish like cod is great choice, since it flash-freezes well and is much healthier than other fish varieties that live higher in the marine food chain and contain more mercury.

This just about perfect salad meal was made quickly and has a culinary richness that belies its low cost. It features a fairly spicy pan-sautéed fillet of cod with red onion and orange bell pepper, all seasoned with garlic bits, lemon, parsley, and red and black pepper. This tasty protein is served with a half-plate of fresh greens, diced fresh cucumber, halved grape tomatoes, and a few diced figs just picked from a friend’s tree. This great combination is garnished simply with parsley, paprika, a bit of anise, and a little more lemon and black pepper. Extra delicious, low-cost, and healthy…all at once!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals through OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple optimal eating guide and meal rating tool, and experience how this science-based and 100% 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, 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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Easy-Breezy Salad Meal!

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Getting back from summer vacation – as we and maybe you are now – is always a bit of work. Lots to catch-up on and new personal rhythms to establish. But eating healthy the HumanaNatura way and using HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines needn’t wait, and can be as easy and breezy as if you were still on vacation…just keep things extra simple!

This delicious and super-satisfying salad meal was made in less than 10 minutes, and after the quickest of trips to our local market.  It features a fast stir-fry of ground turkey, red onion, and quartered grape tomatoes…seasoned with some garlic bits, a little turmeric, and a dash or two of black pepper. This easy protein and veggie mix is then paired with a half-plate of fresh arugula, julienne celery pieces, orange wedges, a few more quartered grape tomatoes, and a bit of thin-sliced red onion. It’s all garnished simply with parsley, paprika, lemon, and black pepper right before serving. The first of our fall salad meals and one more to-do checked off!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals through OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple optimal eating guide and meal rating tool, and experience how this science-based and 100% 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, 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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