Posted by: Lady Elizabeth | June 7, 2008

Respect.

earn it

Respect:

Noun

           

  • S: (n) respectregard ((usually preceded by `in’) a detail or point) “it differs in that respect”
  • S: (n) esteemregardrespect (the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)) “it is held in esteem”; “a man who has earned high regard”
  • S: (n) respectesteemregard (an attitude of admiration or esteem) “she lost all respect for him”
  • S: (n) deferencerespect (a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard) “his deference to her wishes was very flattering”; “be sure to give my respects to the dean”
  • S: (n) obediencerespect (behavior intended to please your parents) “their children were never very strong on obedience”; “he went to law school out of respect for his father’s wishes”
  • S: (n) regardrespect (a feeling of friendship and esteem) “she mistook his manly regard for love”; “he inspires respect”
  • S: (n) deferencerespectrespectfulness (courteous regard for people’s feelings) “in deference to your wishes”; “out of respect for his privacy”

Verb

Respect is HUGE. If you don’t respect yourself, than why should others respect you? Self respect is a goal that everyone should aim for because it ultimately sets your mind, mood, body, and health to SUCCESS.
If you feel that you are not repected as much as you should be, then take the time to find out if you repect others. Here are some questions you should ask yourself. Am I considerate of other people? Do I treat them the way that I would want to be treated? Do I accept personal differences, or get upset about them instead? Am I civil? Am I courteous? Do I try my best to be dignified? Am I willing to solve problems? Do I solve them without violence or hurtful language? Do I embarrass anyone on purpose? Do I intentionally try to anger, frustrate, or hurt anyone? Why is it that I think that I am a respectful person? Am I a team player? Do I work well with others?
If you answered no to any of these, then you have something to work on. I know I do. I do consider myself a respectful person, but sometimes we forget to what extent we should be repsecting… and to what extent we should be expecting. You should only expect as much respect as you are giving. This too runs back to the golden rule of “Do unto others as you want them to do to you.”
You will find that you have a lot to lose if you do not repect others. You can be walked out on simply because you disrespected them. This is why it is important that you are conscious of how you treat others.
“Every human being and nation, irrespective of their power or strength, has the right to be respected. “Respect is an unassuming resounding force, the stuff that equity and justice are made of.”[1] It means being treated with consideration and esteem and to be willing to treat people similarly.. It means to have a regard for other peoples’ feelings,[2] listening to people and hearing them, i.e. giving them one’s full attention. Even more importantly, respect means treating one with dignity. Respect is the opposite of humiliation and contempt. So where the latter can be a cause of conflict, the former and its opposite can help transform it. As William Ury writes in his book The Third Side: “Human beings have a host of emotionalneeds– for love and recognition, for belonging and identity, for purpose and meaning to lives. If all these needs had to be subsumed in one word, it might be respect”[3].”
In closing, I hope that you can remember this and take it into account, as it does affect your mind & body in the long run.
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Posted by: Lady Elizabeth | June 6, 2008

Fruit.

fruit

 

Fruit: Noun

         

  • S: (n) fruit (the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant)
  • S: (n) yieldfruit (an amount of a product)
  • S: (n) fruit (the consequence of some effort or action) “he lived long enough to see the fruit of his policies”

Verb

So we’ve pretty much always been told to eat our vegitables when we were young, but it’s important that we remember to eat our fruits too! Our bodies require a natural sugar to add balance, and a smile :).
The doctor won’t tell you that you should have 5-9 pieces of fruit per day… but thats because “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” has somewhat of a huge truth to it. Really, you do need more fruit then you are likely getting. And if you want to really treat yourself than make sure its organic!
Let me tell you why it is so important that you have your fruit. First off, most people do not hydrate themselves enough. As you probably know, but haven’t realized for the most part, fruit is made up of water as is your body!!!!! A piece of fruit makes it easier to hydrate yourself if you’re one of those people who hate drinking water because of its “plainness.” 
Secondly, fruit stimulates the memory; and if you’re anything like me, you need all the memory you can get!
Next, I don’t know if you know that there is a good cholesterol and a bad cholesterol but there is, and fruit is free of ALL KIND of bad-cholesterol! Yet again, another reason to eat up!
If you took the organic route, then fruit is ESPECIALLY a great idea. After all, fruit is expensive these days, and if you have it organic in your own little orchard or grove (possibly garden if you consider the tomato, cucumber, and more), without all those bad fertilizers and contaminations that they could be subjected to, it can actually be a less expensive, and VERY quality nutrition.
People also say that fruit causes miracles! Fruit promotes healing and is always good when you are sick. Fruit is the most natural food. There are testimonies that people have delivered about the disease that the doctor told them they would die from, or their was no cure for, yet with strict fruit and/or vegetable diets they have walked away cured!
Next, there are the moral reasons that people eat fruits. You must be wondering why? Well, simple. They are vegetarians! And killing something is out of the question. Fruits are healthy, and do not harm anyone. It makes the tree happy, and it makes the person happy.
Fruit is a great form of fiber! Fiber fights against heart disease, and nobody wants heart disease! Tips from the American Heart Association
  • Use up at least as many calories as you take in.
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most, if not all, days. To lose weight, do enough              activity to use up more calories than you eat every day.
  • Eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruits.
  • Choose whole-grain, high-fiber foods (25-30 grams = 5-9 fruits).
  • Eat fish at least twice a week.
  • Limit how much saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol you eat.
  • Select fat-free, 1 percent fat, and low-fat dairy products..
  • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
  • Cut back on beverages and foods high in calories and low in nutrition, such as soft drinks and foods with    added sugar.
  • Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation.Fruit is best if eaten before the meal. I know what you’re thinking… desert before your meal? Well the answer is yes, if its natural! 
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    Random tidbit from: Tomato History… Did You Know?

    Tomato: Is It A Fruit or Vegetable?
    An interesting aspect of tomato history is the classic debate: Is the Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable? I guess that depends on whom you are asking. By definition, a fruit is the edible plant structure of a mature ovary of a flowering plant, usually eaten raw; some are sweet like apples, but the ones that are not sweet such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, etc. are commonly called vegetables. Botanists claim that a fruit is any fleshy material that covers a seed or seeds where as a horticulturists point of view would pose that the tomato is a vegetable plant. Until the late 1800’s the tomato was classified as a fruit to avoid taxation, but this was changed after a Supreme Court ruling that the tomato is a vegetable and should be taxed accordingly. 

    When it is all said and done, the history of the tomato has classified as a poisonous beautiful plant, a tax-avoiding fruit, and a taxable vegetable. Nonetheless, the tomato is the most popular vegetable in America and enjoyed by millions all over the world.

    Posted by: Lady Elizabeth | June 5, 2008

    Shoes.

    heels

    Shoes– for mood, body, and health.

    At least for me, if I have a hot pair of heels on I can feel sexy and happy, but it always depends on whether or not those heels are comfy… and the truth is that it is so unhealthy for us anyway!

    Most of us would much rather wear a pair of slippers (sandals) anyway. However, for happy healthy feet, it is important to know what kind of shoe that is just right for you. People have different curves to their feet, and some people are flat footed. If you spend most of your life wearing shoes that are bad for you chances are that you will suffer greatly for this mistake. It is bad for you health and comfort. Read on to learn more!

    Shoes can be critical to how quickly you arrive someplace, how comfortable you are when you are there, and the most important factor… BLISTERS! Simple as this, don’t wear any kind of shoe that gives them to you. Overall, its not worth it! And its bad for your health. Shoes can mess up your back, give you aches and pains in your knees, cause you to twist your ankle, and so much more! I mean, I’m no professional, but its true. Here’s someone who will agree with me:

    “According to the American Podiatric Medical Association two major long-term studies confirm the beneficial effects of regular walking on a person’s overall health and well-being. The first study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, followed 707 nonsmoking retired men, 61 to 81 years of age, who were in the Honolulu Heart Program. The study revealed that regular exercise walking lowered the risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease and – in general – prolonged life. Increasing the walking distance from just one to two miles produced even greater results. The second study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, tracked nearly 16,000 healthy men and women in a national registry of twins for an average of 19 years. Taking brisk half-hour walks just six times a month appeared to cut the risk of death by 44 percent among twins observed, and even occasional exercisers were 30 percent less likely to die than their sedentary twins.” (Healthy Feet)

    They then go on to give you a Health tip about shoes!! “Choose proper footgear. Buying shoes is the only real expenditure necessary for walking, so don’t cut corners on your shoe budget; treat your feet well! If you experience swelling in your feet, try on athletic shoes in the afternoon – when your feet are most swollen – to ensure an accurate fit. Look for a shoe that is stable from side to side; well-cushioned; enables you to walk smoothly and comfortably; and gives you enough room to wiggle your toes, yet be snug in the heel. Also, look for shoes that carry the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Approval.”

    Believe me yet?

    Good foot posture sets the balance for the rest of your body. If your feet are not lined up, then the alignment in your back might be set off too. This then alters your comfort, and can make you moody.

    Foot.com says: “Painful feet can affect our ability to enjoy the most basic activities in our daily lives. Thankfully, many foot conditions can be easily prevented or treated by wearing properly fitting footwear or using the right over-the-counter foot care products.” How true is that! And according to them, here is what you can set yourself up for if you don’t take care of your feet:

     Achilles Tendonitis
     Arch Pain / Arch Strain
     Arthritis
     Athlete’s Foot
     Bunions (Bunionettes)
     Calluses
     Claw Toes
     Corns
     The Diabetic Foot
     Hammer Toes
     Heel Fissures (Cracked Heels)
     Heel Pain
     Heel Spurs
     Ingrown Toenails
     Mallet Toes
     Metatarsalgia
     Mortons Neuroma
     Mortons Toe
     Neuropathy
     Overlapping Toes
     Over Pronation (Flat Feet)
     Plantar Fasciitis
     Post-Tib Tendonitis
     Pregnancy & Feet
     Sesamoiditis
     Shin Splints
     Toenail Fungus

    So, not to scare you, but I’m serious! Take care of your feet, and you’ll be much happier, and much healthier!

     

    Posted by: mmbh | June 4, 2008

    Music

     

    Music: 

                Noun

            

    • S: (n) music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)
    • S: (n) musiceuphony (any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds) “he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes”
    • S: (n) music (musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)) “his music was his central interest”
    • S: (n) music ((music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds))
    • S: (n) musicmedicine (punishment for one’s actions) “you have to face the music”; “take your medicine”

    Music soothes the soul; which is why it is not only WORLD WIDE… but culturally diverse. Music has the ability to control ones emotions based on tones, different melodic expression, accompaniment, and lyrics.

    Music is sound… and overall, sound is beauty. This is why when people lose their hearing, or start to, then they are saddened. 

    The mind is a powerful source and because it obtains so much power it is critical that we feed it only what we want it to remember… thus, happy music with happy lyrics will make you happy. Sad music will make you sad, and pop music can make you feel like a “pimp” or “sexy.”

    I don’t know what it is exactly that makes this happen… but when some songs come on, it makes your body just want to move, your head start bobbing, or your foot starts tapping… or maybe even more your hips start swinging.

    Music is what you make it. Music is art, and expression. Music is valuable and important to your mind, setting the mood. People listen to music when they exercise. Why do you think ipods are so popular?

    Music is not only a hip trend, it is also known to be used in religious ceremonies, which is good for the mind and the heart of those who have dedicated their lives to this kind of thing.

    Sometimes, music gives understanding where we would not have achieved it before… it reminds us of how stupid we can be acting. Music can heal the broken hearted, or crush the soul of the ones who are alone. Music can create fairy tales, or create reality… all depending on the mindset. Music is power and can make you weak, strong, sad, and happy. Through music you can experience feelings that you never knew existed. It helps pass time and you can actually see how time changes. Music is amazing, and I have never understood people who haven’t been interested. Although, those who are not are most definately the minority. I’ve met only a small few of people in my life time who did not enjoy some form of music.

    Music is used in movies, dancing, exercise, yoga, celebrations, religious activities, sports, and so much more! You hear it in the grocery store, at the mall, at the restaurants, and in commercials. Music is everywhere.

    Thus, we have discovered that music is a good outlet of putting your feelings out there, which is good for your mind. It’s a way of healthy venting… and most of the time people won’t call you crazy for it. Music sets almost every kind of mood, be it dramatic, or hopelessly romanticized. Music helps people exercise without realizing how hard they are working which makes it easier and is good for your body… and this is good for your health.

     

    Posted by: mmbh | June 3, 2008

    Hello World!

    Welcome to my first post at WordPress.com! I started out at …My Thought Bubble… with random thoughts of “Did you know’s,” and deeper thoughts that led me on my journey to explore why it is that people do the things that they do. In writing, I discovered a lot about others, and a lot about myself. This writing has lead me to many different alternative thinking, which I’ve always been happy to play with. So now, I want to learn more about the mind, mood, body, and health aspects of life… and I figured if I could learn so much by writing my thoughts down in the other blog… then I could expand my mind here as well. Self teaching is awesome, and sometimes you learn more from yourself and your own experiences that you’d learn elsewhere. So here I am! Lets talk about whats good for us… and whats bad for us. Together, we can take the lead and learn these things on our own. If you’re like me, perhaps you learn better from experience anyway. And now, our journey begins :].

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