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POP Goes The Ego! September 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Picture an uninflated balloon. 

In its flaccid state, it is resilient.  

We can poke it, prod it, stretch it, and toss it about without damaging its structural integrity.

Now, start inflating that balloon in your mind. 

As we fill the balloon with hot air, we stretch the external membrane, causing it to become thinner and more prone to popping. 

The more inflated it becomes, the more vulnerable it becomes.  

An over-inflated Ego is much like an over-inflated balloon . . . it doesn’t take much prodding, poking, or tossing before it POPS!

Each time we internalize and absorb an insincere compliment (by accepting it as true), Ego starts preening and blowing itself up in self-importance. 

Enough vacuous comments absorbed, and Ego is stretched to the breaking  point, leaving it vulnerable to HONEST criticism and critique. 

One harsh word (or look!) and POP Goes The Ego!

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Only A Fool Would Say That September 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Sustainable Living.
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Someone recently told me that people who become vegetarians are . . . foolish.

Foolish?  How so?
Are vegetarians foolish for wanting . . .

* To eat in a more sustainable way?
* To improve their health and well-being?
* To save animals from unnecessary suffering?
* To avoid eating food laced with growth hormones?
* To lessen their environmental impact on the planet?

Research over the past 25 years shows that plant-based diets are:

* Eco-Friendly and Sustainable:  How To Feed The World By Going Veggie

According to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, meat production accounts for 18% of annual greenhouse-gas emissions — more than transportation, which accounts for roughly 14%.

What’s more, millions of acres of rain forest are cleared each year for cattle ranchers and suppliers of animal feed, wiping out one of the world’s great “carbon sinks” and further accelerating climate change.

* Heart-Friendly: Clinton’s Weight Loss Secret ~ Plants

Bill Clinton has adopted a diet that is free of all animal flesh and dairy. He adopted a 100% plant-based diet because animal fat clogs arteries and shuts off blood flow to heart and brain (and other essential organs).

* Healthier and more Humane:  The Hidden Costs of Cheap Meat

According to a recently published Harvard School of Public Health study that followed 84,000 women over 26 years, women who ate two servings per day of red meat had a 30 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than those who had half a serving per day.

* Better at keeping the doctor away:  The Pros & Cons of A Vegetarian Diet

Evidence keeps mounting that a diet based on low-fat, high-fiber fruits, grains and colorful vegetables can play a key role in keeping cancer and other deadly diseases at bay.

According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), vegetarians tend to have lower overall cancer rates, less risk of ischemic heart disease, lower blood pressure, lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels, and lower rates of Type 2 diabetes.

In short, evidence continues to mount that consumers who adopt a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle are benefitting themselves, the planet, and the animals they would otherwise be consuming.

Maybe a vegetarian diet won’t work for everyone, but any one with an open mind can find ample evidence to support the switch from a flesh-based diet to a plant-based diet, and to substantiate the benefits of eating at least a few meat-less meals a week.

Foolish?

Only a fool would say that.

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