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Blog | Dead Your Microwave #wt2m

Microwaves Alter Your Food’s Chemical Structure

Microwaves heat food by causing the water molecules contained within to vibrate at very high frequencies, eventually turning those molecules into steam. It is this reaction which increases the temperature of your food. The type of heating microwaves produce is known as dielectric heating, which bounces around the device and is absorbed by the food that you put into it.

Heating your food in general is known to deprive it of at least a portion of its nutrients, but many believe that opting to heat food via a microwave also subjects it to what is referred to as the “microwave effect.” Many still argue that the microwave effect is a myth, but a number of studies have come out suggesting otherwise. Most notably, a study released by Penn State University in 2001 stated that conventional and microwave heating appear the same at the macro level but are very different at the molecular level. The study also referenced a 1995 study in which a scientist successfully demonstrated that microwaves – unlike other heating devices – are capable of destroying viral DNA.

Another study conducted in 2003 examined broccoli prepared in the microwave and found that the vegetable had lost 97% of its valuable antioxidant content through the cooking process. Given that we live in a world dominated by processed food, and much of the fresh produce we do eat is grown in soil heavily depleted of its naturally occurring nutrients, the idea of losing even more nutrition seems almost like a knockout punch to our health. To most of us, myself included, eating completely raw is definitely not overly enticing, so opting for the best possible cooking method certainly does seem important.

Container Chemicals & Food Fats Leak Into Your Food

We’re all familiar with the “Microwave Safe” label found on a number of food containers, but this label is entirely misleading. Despite what many people think, it only refers to the container’s ability to be used in a microwave safely without melting or starting a fire. What it doesn’t refer to is the container’s safety in terms of the numerous toxic chemicals it can leak into your food when heated – chemicals which you then ingest.

Chemicals such as polyethylene terpthalate (PET), benzene, toluene, xylene, the now well-known BPA, and even it’s so-called safer alternative BPS. Many of these chemicals have been linked to the impairment of female reproductive elements and brain development, along with diabetes, prostate disease, and more. The microwaving of fatty foods in “microwave safe” plastic containers has also been found to lead to the release of the known carcinogen dioxins.

Even A New & Safety Inspected Microwave Can Leak Radiation

Microwave manufacturers do deserve a lot of credit for the heightened safety standards they’ve put into practice when developing the newest microwave ovens. Thanks to their hard work, a number of previous concerns have been rectified, however there still seems to be some exposure, especially when within a certain radius of the appliance when in use.

Even a brand new, perfectly functioning and locking microwave can expose us to up to 400 milliGauss of unwanted radiation. To put that into perspective, a mere 4 milliGauss has been linked to leukemia. Steering clear of microwaves when in use is certainly advisable for all but is particularly critical for both pregnant women and children. Given that microwaves are most often used in the midst of the cooking process, steering clear of them can often be quite difficult, further exemplifying why they should be avoided altogether if possible.

How To Move On Without A Microwave

There are certainly no shortage of alternatives when it comes to heating food. The one key difference between microwaves and the other available options, however, is time. As with so many other worthy changes we feel inspired to make in our lives, they take a level of commitment in order to be implemented properly.

A simple step such as planning ahead can go a long way towards avoiding the need for a microwave. Taking frozen ingredients out of the freezer well in advance of meal preparation time will give them the opportunity to naturally thaw out in time for when they need to be cooked.

I believe that the more we become consciously present with the meals we prepare, the more likely we are to naturally steer away from the need for a quick prep option. Both a toaster oven and conventional oven may take substantially longer to prepare a meal, but the health concerns that they successfully avoid is certainly worth the wait.

*http://www.collective-evolution.com/*

Blog | Growth Manifesto Part. 5 #W2TM

http://wutisw2tm.com/2015/03/11/blog-growth-manifesto-part-4-w2tm/

  • Laugh

use how often you laugh or even smile as a measurement of how comfortable you are in a situation.

  • Remember

growth is a product of history. innovation is just novelty without memory. every memory is a new construct different from it’s source, a potential for growth itself.

  • Power to the People

Play can only happen when people feel in control of their lives. you can’t be a free agent if you’re not free.

Blog | Growth Manifesto Part. 4 #W2TM

http://wutisw2tm.com/2015/03/05/blog-growth-manifesto-part-3-w2tm/

  • Don’t Borrow Money

financial control=creative control.

  • Listen…Carefully

by listening to other’s subtle details, ambitions, and desires in their speech you mold their world with your own. mutually beneficial.

  • Take field trips

the bandwidth of the world is much greater than that of any device.

  • Imitate

design is birthed through research. don’t be ashamed to borrow.

  • Scat

when your at a loss for words, make up something else, just not words.

  • Break it, Stretch it, Bend it, Crush it, Crack it, Fold it.
  • Explore the other side

trying using technology that’s considered old & outdated. use pen & paper instead of a QWERTY keyboard.

  • Coffee breaks, Cab rides, & Green rooms

sometimes growth/inspiration happens outside of where you thought it was intended to. the “waiting room.”

  • Avoid fields. Jump fences.

break free of boundaries when it comes to being creative. don’t allow them to have control over what is meant to be a manifold and dynamic process.

Blog | Growth Manifesto Part. 3 #W2TM

  • Repeat Yourself

if you like something, do it again, and again. if you don’t like something, do it again.

  • Forge your own Tools

tools amplify our capacities, so even a small tool can make a big difference. even simple tools that are your own can yield new avenues of understanding.

  • Stand on Someone’s Shoulders

you’ll go farther being carried on the accomplishments of others, plus it’s a better view ahead.

  • Avoid Software

everyone has it.

  • Don’t Clean Your Desk

you may find something in the morning you couldn’t see tonight.

  • Don’t Enter Award Competitions. You good.

they’re not good for you.

  • Read Only Left-Hand Pages

strange i know. Marshall McLuhan did this. cutting the amount of info we take in leaves room for what he called, “our noodle.”

  • Make New Words

Expand a lexicon, demand a new way of thinking by doing so. the new thoughts will demand a new form of expression. that expression demands new conditions. 💎

  • Think With Your Mind

forgot technology. don’t limit creativity to devices. 💎

  • Organization=Liberty

innovation in design happens in context. that context is usually some form of cooperatively managed expertise. the myth of a split between “creatives” and “suits” is what Leonard Cohen calls a “charming artifact of the past.”

Blog | 3 Ways to Improve Your(short-term) Happiness #W2TM

“It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.” -Eckhart Tolle

  1. focus on each moment. take a completely different route to work. eat something totally new. start a conversation with a complete stranger. be spontaneous. see if you can do this exercise once per week. it’s refreshing and reminds you that being adventurous can be safe as well as fun.
  2. ask yourself real questions and try not to lie. Look at your life. are the goals that you’ve made for yourself still worth keeping? if you’re in school, ask yourself if you’re still interested in your major. if you’re married or in a relationship, ask yourself if that person still makes you happy. do the things/people in your life uplift you or bring you down most often?
  3. just focus on your breathing. do this exercise once per day: take 3, or as many as you deem necessary, deep breathes with slow exhales.  it’s a fantastic way to bring you back into the present moment.

Blog | 10 Things One Should Say More Often #W2TM

  • Nothing

sometimes the best possible thing to say is nothing at all

  • Movie Quotes

easy way to inject some fun into a conversation is to quote popular movie lines

  • I Understand/Feel You

rather than seeing every disagreement as an opportunity to get fired up and argue, look to understand where they are coming from. you can still have a constructive conversation/debate, but a key element to doing this effectively is to approach it with respect rather than anger

  • My Bad

if something was your fault, just identify that it was, and apologize

  • “I’ll just have water…”

don’t be afraid to make the healthier choice

  • I Appreciate you/Thank You

thank your bus driver, taxi driver, waiter, etc. whenever you can.

  • I Believe in You

whether you fully grasp what another individual is striving for or not, don’t be afraid to give them some encouragement

  • This is for you/I was thinking about you

it could be as simple as picking up lunch for a friend

  • Learn from This

if someone you are close to is going through a tough time, be that comforting shoulder that reminds them of the bigger picture

  • Hi

you may come across some awkward moments and uncomfortable reactions while doing this, but you may also be pleasantly surprised by how much this can brighten the day of some people

Blog | 10 Day Mental Diet Challenge #W2TM

The challenge is that for the next 10 days, beginning immediately, commit to taking full control of all your mental and emotional faculties by deciding right now that you will not indulge in or dwell on any un-resourceful thoughts or emotions for 10 consecutive days.

It sounds easy, but you might be surprised how often your brain is engaged in unproductive, fearful, worrisome, or destructive thinking.  The goal is to learn how to discipline yourself to be able to change your state and thinking rapidly, without indulging in them.  It’s about developing mastery of your mental and emotional well-being.

Never spend more than 10% of your time on the problem, and spend at least 90% of your time on the solution.

This is something that I’ve done many times before in the past, and it’s made a significant difference in my life.  I realized I had some destructive habits and patterns that were holding me back, such as binge eating, and that certain emotional states or negative thoughts were triggering those destructive habits.  It wasn’t until I committed to taking up the 10 Day Mental Diet Challenge that I was able to learn how to take control of my mind and stay consistent with the habits that I wanted.

There are four simple yet important rules to this 10 Day Mental Diet Challenge:

Rule 1. In the next 10 consecutive days, refuse to dwell on any unresourceful thoughts or feelings. Refuse to indulge in any disempowering questions or devitalizing vocabulary or metaphors.

Rule 2. When you catch yourself beginning to focus on the negative – and you certainly will – you are to immediately snap yourself out of it and change your thinking or state. You can do this by asking an empowering question, such as “What’s great about this?” or “What else could this mean?”. Or you can reframe any negative thoughts that come up, for example, if you catch yourself saying “I suck”, you would replace it with, “I’m awesome!”  There are some powerful techniques that you can use in a blog post I wrote on how to master your emotions. In addition, you can set yourself up for success each morning for the next 10 days by developing a morning ritual to get yourself in a peak emotional state each day.

Rule 3. For the next 10 consecutive days, make certain that your whole focus in life is on solutions and not problems. The minute you see a possible challenge, immediately focus on what the solution could be.

Rule 4. If you backslide – that is, if you catch yourself indulging in or dwelling on an unresourceful thought or feeling – don’t beat yourself up. There’s no problem with this as long as you change immediately. However, if you continue to dwell on unrsourceful thoughts or feelings for more than a minute, you must wait until the following morning to start the ten days over. The goal of this program is 10 consecutive days without holding or dwelling on a negative thought or state. This starting-over process must happen no matter how many days in a row you’ve already accomplished the task.

When I first attempted the 10 Day Mental Diet Challenge it took me several weeks before I was able to go the 10 consecutive days. It was much more difficult than I thought. But once I was able to successfully finish it, it helped me condition myself for a tremendous, lifelong pattern of staying in a positive emotional state, even when there were challenges around me, and focusing the majority of my energy on solutions.

This is since a process that I’ve encouraged my coaching clients to partake in, and it’s made a huge difference for them, especially in helping overcoming destructive habits or addictions.  It’s something that I’m going to be going through again for myself, as I want to make sure I’m applying everything I learn in the book Awaken The Giant Within.

If you take on this 10 Day Mental Diet Challenge, it will do four things for you:

  1. It will make you acutely aware of all the habitual mental and emotional patterns that are holding you back.
  2. It will make your brain search for empowering alternatives to them.
  3. It will give you an incredible sense of confidence as you can see that you can turn your life around in an instant.
  4. Most importantly, it will create new habits, new standards, and new expectations that will help you expand more than you could ever believe.

Here’s a word of caution:Don’t begin this 10 day commitment unless and until you are certain that you are going to live by it for the full length of time. If you aren’t committed to this, then you won’t last the 10 days. This is not for the weak of heart. This is only for those who are fully committed to conditioning their nervous systems for new, empowering emotional patterns that can take their lives to the next level.

Are you going to do it?  Think about it carefully, because once you commit, there’s no going back.

The truth is, you already know and have amazing tools on how to change yourself, your thoughts, and your emotional state. This is my challenge to you to start using them.  It’s time to put in practice what you’ve learned.

The best way to stay accountable to this is to commit to a friend or family member that you’re going to do this 10 Day Mental Diet Challenge. Post a comment below to make your commitment public. This will help make you stay accountable and show your level of commitment to complete it.

For anyone that is reading this, I commit to completing the 10 Day Mental Diet Challenge!

*Courtesy of ProjectLifeMastery.Com*

Blog| Cheeseburgers as deadly as Cigarettes by @Sleeptillnoon #w2tm via @TeamMoet

cigarettesthere’s no statement more ignored than, “if you want to live a long, healthy life, it’s time to stop *blank*.” most people without even realizing it are submissive and eagerly obedient. though, as soon as you greet them with the notion that they shouldn’t do something because you or someone else says so you are either muted or have subconsciously motivated them to do said activity suggest against. Results from a relatively new University of Southern California study say that eating proteins from meat and dairy may be as harmful to your health as smoking. (*researchers found people who ate high-protein diets were 74-percent more likely to die from any cause than those on low-protein diets.) “There’s a misconception that because we all eat, understanding nutrition is simple. But the question is not whether a certain diet allows you to do well for three days, but can it help you survive to be 100?” said corresponding author Valter Longo, Edna M. Jones Professor of Biogerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and director of the USC Longevity Institute.

animal proteins, in particular, appear to pose the highest risk. people who received protein from beans, nuts, soy and other plant foods didn’t experience the same jump in mortality rate. the average American eats twice the protein her body needs, usually coming from beef, chicken, cheese, milk and other animal sources. mantras like “everything’s better with bacon,” transform meat consumption into more than just a normal activity but something that’s almost trendy, something to aspire toward. meat consumption is also tied to masculinity whereas some men feel as though eating meat gives men an aura of being ‘alpha’ that men who don’t eat meat lack. trading the bacon for a vegan lifestyle may be one of the best ways to protect your life. considering livestock production is among the most devastating man-made environmental threats — not to mention the cruelty of industrial farming—quitting meat is an ethical move even without the health risks. cutting down on animal food products is at least a positive start, grocery stores and restaurants alike are beginning to see the growing culture of vegan people and are accommodating such with more diverse menu options as well as products that mimic the taste of meat to try to help the transition. 

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