Love Launch Manifesto by Dr. Lara Fernandez
- Lakota Instructions for Living
- Friend do it this way..that is
whatever you do in life
do the very best you can
with both your hands and mind.
And if you do it that way
the power of the universe
will come to your assistance
if your heart and mind are in unity.
When one sits in the hoop of the people
one must be responsible because
all of creation is related
and the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.
If you do it this way…that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as one…whatever you ask for,
that’sthe way its going to be.
-passed down from White Buffalo Calf
Health Alert: Flax Seeds Just as Harmful as Soy? June 29, 2012
I just read a wonderful blog post about a study that shows that Flax is just as harmful as soy, because like soy it can be an estrogen blocker. I really like flax seeds and have been using flax seeds and flax seed oils for years but as a preventative measure I am going to cut flax out. Even when eating healthy we have to use wisdom. To read the article by Sister Aiya Abrihet visit Black Vegan Love: Flax Seeds Just as Harmful as Soy.
RAW Days 1-3: June 6-June 8 2012
So on Wednesday I started a cleanse for Candida (Yeast) because in February I was diagnosed with allergies to yeast, mold, mold producing foods, dried and fermented foods (yes this includes wine and beer): I found a great ebook called Yeast No More which outlines a plan for healing from Candida but this includes eating raw foods, which I have been considering since I have heard so many positive things about eating this way. On Saturday I stumbled upon Vegan Hood TV which features brothers from East NY who eat healthy and teach others in the community to do the same. See their YouTube episode which features Raw Star a raw soul food restaurant that was originally in Brooklyn but is now in NJ (damn you gentrification!).
So far so good as far as the candida cleanse goes. I have had some cravings and miss meat but I am really trying to heal myself of these allergies, gain more energy and try something new!
- My Journey-Step 1: Sunday February 5th, 2012
Wholeness4Love is about my journey to physical, spiritually and emotional wholeness one step at a time. I started Wholistic Health Coaching in November and have been making small changes but now I want to step-up and do more to improve my health. For many years I struggled with PMDD(Premenstrual dysphoric disorder), systematic hypoglycemia, and stress related illnesses which resulted in me having a seizure while waiting to have dinner with my best friend in October 2009. The months following my seizure I had health problems that doctors could not diagnose and one day while sitting in class my hand started to shake, the doctors even suspected that I might have lupus and I decided to extend my graduate program to take a lighter load so that I could slow down. My health has improved but is still not where I would like it to be. Through Holistic Health coaching with Nicole Founder of Enlightened Table I learned the some of the foods I had been eating as well as the hair and skin products I used were aggravating my PMDD and stress. I also learned that many of my health issues were connected to emotional and creative expression issues that I had been ignoring or silently carrying around. The great thing about Holistic Health Coaching is that the spirit, soul and body of the person is taken into account and your plan of action is tailored to you. I have discovered many resources that are great supports for the changes I want to make and I would like to share this information with you. I want to invite you on my journey, though I usually blog about politics and stay away from blogging about my personal issues as a Womanist I have come to see that the personal is political (for instance due to Food Deserts in low-income communities many end up eating unhealthy diets). I have gained so much thus far such as the ability to make my own perfume from essential oils, learning how to make all types of greens (including collards-yes they are VERY healthy for you!) and a clearer view of my vocation.
I also want to share the creative,imaginative aspects of my personality and so I have also decided to also highlight my interest in vintage fashion and the color red in theQueenwearsRed, my interest in art (especially Kandinsky) on Concerning the Spiritual in Art, inspirational quotes/poems in my Chapbook and finally Esther’s Call is still here because justice is at the heart of all I do-all of these sections are included in this blog. In the Wholeness4Love section I will be sharing my tips on supplements, foods, recipes, exercises and contemplative practices in the hopes that something you read will inspire you. I am like most of you busy, overwhelmed, sick of struggling against my body and body image issues and at the end of my rope. I want to love my body and to use food as my medicine and let my medicine be my food (based on the statement from Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”). This is not a vanity journey but a fight for my life and birthrate to be whole (holy). I promise most post won’t be this long, so please come back and share your journey, tips, questions and goals. I am not an expert but love passing on whatever I learn. Remember Life is for Living and LOVE is a Choice! Be Blessed!
My personal holistic health goals are to:
1. Eat a balanced, whole foods diet
2.Eliminate Gluten and limit dairy
3. Lose Weight (gain muscle)
4. Manage Stress
5. Cook More
6. Develop a contemplative practice
7. Run a 5k in 2012 & a 10k in 2013 building up to a marathon by 2017
Below are recent pictures of me and I will be posting updated pictures throughout my journey.
- December 19th 2011
- Wednesday February 8th, 2012: Pastor Rick Warren: Purpose Driven Health?
- When you make one step God will continue to connect you with people, places and events to confirm that you are on the right path. Since starting my journey to wholeness God has given me so much information in the form of books, meeting individuals and finding out about organizations such as Just Food, NYC Department of Health Office of Minority Health (which gives funding for wellness programs in churches) and now on the Sojourners Blog(a faith based advocacy group that I write for and work with for my job) Lilly Fowler writes about how Pastor Rick Warren, Author of The Purpose Driven Life is focusing on health. Though I don’t always agree with his theology he is one of the most influential pastors in the nation so he has the power to bring wellness to thousands of people. Sometimes I questions whether I am alone on this journey but then God shows me that the spirit “doesn’t work cross purposes” (as my mentor Author & Activist Lisa Sharon Harper shared with me) we are all connected and we all receive divine direction when we most need and want it.
- See the blog post below & be blessed!
Megachurch pastor Rick Warren has become an outsized evangelical superstar: best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life series, pastoral mentor and even political referee.Now Warren is finding a new purpose: tackling his outsized waistline.
Warren, 58, says the revelation came about a year ago, during a marathon baptism session of about 800 people at Saddleback Church.
As he struggled to submerge members of his flock in the baptismal pool one by one, he realized his parishioners were heavy and that he, too, was fat, setting a terrible example.
Warren says his gradual weight gain — about two to three pounds a year — has added up over his 30 years as a pastor. To lose the extra pounds and inspire others to do the same, the former football player enlisted the help of three doctors.
Warren recruited a family physician, Dr. Mark Hyman; Dr. Mehmet Oz, New York Times best-selling author and host of NBC’s The Dr. Oz Show; and Dr. Daniel Amen, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, and the lone professing Christian in the mix.
Together they launched “The Daniel Plan: God’s Prescription for Your Health,” named after a passage in the biblical Book of Daniel where the prophet and fellow Israelites refuse to accept “royal” food and wine from the Babylonian king, opting for water and simple vegetables instead.
Health Update: What a Week! February 10th, 2012
So this week has been a roller coaster, today at 6:08am I received a message from my Aunt that my paternal grandmother died. My grandmother had been suffering with cancer for a while and though she put up a good fight she went home to be with the Lord. On one hand I take comfort in the fact that she won’t be in anymore pain but on the other hand I feel sad and frustrated, because my grandmother passed exactly 2-months to the day as my Aunt (her only daughter), at the same hospital and they had the same doctor! This doctor did not catch my Aunt’s cancer until it was stage 4. I know doctors do the best they can and we all have to die one day but on Thursday I watched a documentary Forks over Knives. The way I saw this documentary is because I was home from work (due to being exhausted after being at the hospital late the day before) and I walked into a neighborhood hair salon that also has nutrition and health programs! I asked about a hairtstlye and something told me to ask about the health information (I had passed by for months wondering about the salon with health classes) and I had a great conversation with the hairdresser who just happened to be graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (the program I just enrolled in!). She is also a spiritual woman and invited me to watch Forks Over Knives and in this documentary the American diet’s connection to cancer was discussed and I realized that the saying is true “we perish for lack of knowledge”. The documentary even addressed the role the FDA plays in promoting a unhealthy diet. From my time working for Healthcare-Now! A single payer health care reform advocacy group I have learned the connection between big business and our health. As Comedian and Talk Show host Bill Maher stated: “there is no money is healthy or dead people, but in people who are sick”. I wish I would have known about the connection between diet and illness earlier and I wish more people knew and had access to healthy foods in inner-city communities but what I can do is take steps to eat in a way that heals myself and pass this information onto others.I know this post may not be the most organized but I wanted to share my thoughts, it seems God is putting information into my hands for “such a time as this”. I will miss my grandfather and aunt but the best way we can honor those who have gone died is to live life to the fullest.
P.S. I joined Planet Fitness today for a $1!
During this time it was hard not to emotionally eat at the hospital especially since we had to eat at nearby fast food places due to camping out at the hospital, but I did pretty well. I have been trying to eat salads to gain energy from the dark leafy greens, because I have been extremely exhausted lastely. I have been craving sugar so last night I ate a dish I made-up last year while on the Arise & Shine Cleanse (which I highly recommend) see it below:
Sweet Banana Love
1 large banana (use more for each additional serving)
Organic Honey, Molasses or Agave
Cinnamon or Nutmeg
Cut and mash banana, add honey, molasses or agave and cinnamon, mix together and warm in microwave (1 minute) or stove (3-5 minutes).
This is a healthy and quick way to deal with your sweet tooth, but limit because bananas can spike your blood sugar levels if that is a concern.
May Shirley Bell & Aunt TWITTY R.I.P.
Picture Updates-I will try to get some full body shots and will give weight loss updates. I hope as you see my progress visually you will be inspired…