Really? Still in 2014

OK I know – it’s not getting better – in fact today I read/watched an article/video that brought up the same subject.

It really saddens me that in 2014 we are still dealing with the “objectification” of women. According to wikipedia:

In social philosophyobjectification means treating a person as a thing, without regard to their dignity.

According to the philosopher Martha Nussbaum, a person is objectified if they are treated:[1]

Just a while ago (as of this writing) here in San Antonio the local TedX community had a session on “Redefining Beauty”. I didn’t go because I’ve never had a big problem in being female. I was blessed to have a lot of “gender neutral” experiences growing up, but obviously that is not the case for everyone.

So what does this have to do with organization or being a messie?  Well, humm, there is something there lurking in my brain. I guess that women need to realize that despite the “equality” push of the last few decades we can’t expect gender neutrality in all areas – in fact bias and negative practices against women are growing.

What are some things that I’ve been pondering?

  • Pepper Spray – make sure it’s legal in your area to carry
  • Self Defense courses – why not take a few?
  • Know your surroundings, have an escape plan and don’t put yourself in a vulnerable position
  • To heck with fashion or self expression – dress comfortable but conservative – don’t be “eye” candy – it’s not worth it these days when some cultures teach that “eye candy” is free for the taking!

I’ll finish with this interesting video –

http://youtu.be/5X1oOkbWVQo

Candida

We interrupt this organizational blog for a short post on Candida.  As I mentioned the other day, eating well, keeping stress in check and getting enough sleep all help keep you balanced and ready to tackle those daily tasks and to-dos.

 One of the hallmarks of the SAD (Standard American Diet) is that many people consume too much refined sugar.  Sugar, or glucose, is what the body uses for fuel, unless you are ketogenic (but that’s another topic) so when people say they are giving up “sugar” that’s really not what they mean. What you do mean is you are giving up high carbs and substituting medium amounts of protein and healthy fats, which is proving to be a great alternative eating plan.

OK back to Candida, and more specific Candida albicans, which is a yeast which is the most common cause of fungal infections.  Thing is that we have Candida in and on us all the time.  Heck we have a lot of germs and bad things on us all the time but it’s when our immune system becomes unbalanced and overwhelmed and we get sick or develop a yeast infection.

Yes us ladies understand “yeast infections” and they are not fun.  

Many symptoms such as fatigue, bloating, constipation, mood swings, allergies etc. can be from candida but can also be due to other causes so if you want to know for sure you need a blood test.

If you want to work on it anyway, say you just finished a round of antibiotics (a big trigger of yeast overgrowth) there are some good practices which honestly we should be doing anyway.

  • Give up the donuts! Cookies, cakes, white bread, pasta, potatoes – yeah all the good stuff

  • Anything with high sugar is a no-no. Sodas, Fruit Juices, Sweet Tea all no!

  • Take a good quality probiotics (self promo My Fav Probiotics Here) every day

  • Keep working on balance in the rest of your life such as

    • good sleep,

    • avoid chemical cleaners and

    • paint fumes and

    • do appropriate exercise.

There are also anti-fungal herbs and some prescriptions you can get from your Doctor if you find you have a yeast problem.  These advanced products should be used with the supervision of an experienced Herbalist or Your Health Practitioner.  

Personally I like to use Apple Cider Vinegar (organic) before going to bed. Actually I don’t like it at all but I “Love” the benefits!  I add some other goodies, a little water and take it as a shot followed by a big water chaser.  This helps balance the pH of the body and tell yeast it’s not welcome!

Bringing a yeast overgrowth down to a healthier level is not fast and can cause some temporary side effects from yeast die-off.  You can find eating plans that can jump start the process but make sure you do it on a weekend of time where you do not have any important plans! You may not be in the best of moods during this time. Good luck!

Eat Well

I have a challenge in eating well. To eat well in my life means to do a lot of things I don’t really want to do. However you’d think that by now I’d know that eating right makes a happy body – which makes a happy day and we get more done in a happy day.

So what do we need to do to eat well? If we take a quick look at what is available we see many more fruits, veggies and meats than anytime before in history.  However row after row in the grocery store is filled with anti-food. Food that not only gives us very little nutritional value but also tricks our mind and taste buds into craving it.  Crazy? maybe a little but I won’t be surprised if we find that many food manufacturers spend money not only on packaging and production but also in finding any cheap and easy way to make their foods addictive.

I take and recommend a daily multi-vitamin/mineral product and supplement with extra Vit. D and CoQ10 and I believe everyone should be on at least the basics.  Personal Plug: Vits that work

However you have to drink clean water, reduce stress, get good sleep AND eat well for things to work in balance.

So when you eat something naughty – take a moment and think why.  Was it quick because you let yourself get hungry? Was it emotional eating? Could you have made a healthier version but cooking was out of the question because of an unorganized or dirty kitchen?

I know this is a stretch, but when you don’t feel good you don’t have to take on those tasks you don’t want to. So.o.o maybe we need a little self love, self talk and self discovery? Or maybe it was just a one time thing.  Whichever it is – I encourage you – and me – to eat well because we deserve to “be” well.