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Personal Or Progressive?

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By Mark Lundegren

Mark Lundegren

Health – we all know we need it and most of us take at least some steps to ensure it. But often, our health efforts are less than effective or ideal.

And in truth, our health efforts are never optimal and can always improve, since health is an open-ended natural phenomenon that exists without obvious limits. This is true in principle, and it is in true in our individual lives and groups.

As my title suggests, I’d like to talk about an alternative way of thinking about natural health promotion, one that seeks to bridge or combine approaches that are overly personalized or excessively focused on the science of progressivity.

If you are familiar with the HumanaNatura natural health system, the idea of excessive progressivity might seem like a strange idea, since our overriding focus is on intentionally re-naturalized and progressive modern living.  But just as our health pursuits can be too personalized and not make use of  scientific principles, they can be inadequately personalized too or not sufficiently grounded in our personalities and the enduring power of our personal motivations.

In both cases, by being excessively consumed with either personalization or progressivity, we can miss important opportunities to advance our health and quality of life. We can fail to achieve what I will call, and explain next, health actualization – a higher category of health advancement based on attentive choices that span purely personal and purely progressive considerations.

Understanding Progressivity

Let me start this important and potentially life and health-liberating discussion with a definition, and then turn to a simple model you can use to think more concretely – and more personally – about progressive life and health for yourself and others you influence.

As you may know, when HumanaNatura talks about progressivity or progressive living, we mean simply – and not so simply – an informed and sustained practice of seeking greater levels of health and well-being in our lives, groups and communities, or in our global society more generally. Key themes in describing the process of progressive Natural Living are that it is continuous, lifelong, compounding or pro-cyclical, and revolutionary.

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Progressive Life At The Solstice

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the solstice! In the natural year, we are now at the extreme points in the ever-changing light of our earth. Today is the longest day and summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, and winter solstice and the longest night in the south.

In the HumanaNatura tradition, we encourage taking time at this and every solstice to celebrate progress on our Natural Life Plan and mark this natural milestone in the year with family and friends.

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

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 natural health campaigns. To receive future HumanaNatura newsletters or learn more about our global practitioner-advocate network, go to Join HumanaNatura.

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Spicy Veracruz Style Salad Meal

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This decidedly festive salad meal shows how regional cuisines can be re-purposed to make interesting and extra-healthy meals the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate natural eating guidelines. In this case, we use a simple white fish prepared Veracruz-style to make a spicy and satisfying salad-meal that is as good for you as it is great-tasting.

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Today’s meal starts with white fish fillets marinated refrigerated for a few hours in a Veracuz sauce, which you can buy in many supermarkets or make yourself – either from scratch or beginning with a prepared diced tomato sauce. Once marinated, the fish fillets are separated from the sauce and pan-sautéed on medium-high heat with olive oil for a few minutes on each side. The marinade is then added to the pan and simmered with the fish on medium-low heat for a few minutes more.

As the fish cooks, a salad base and veggie mix is prepared, this time with lightly torn arugula, thin-sliced red onion, diced cucumber, halved grape tomatoes, and some pitted and julienne cut medjool dates we had at hand. When the fish is ready, it’s all combined, garnished simply with black pepper, lemon and parsley, and served promptly, making for a welcome day or evening meal that is at once hot, cool, sweet, and delicious!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s optimal natural eating guide and meal rating tool. And then experience firsthand 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 other 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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