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S.A.L.T. – Stop/Seek/Select/Slow down And Listen/Live Today or Solutions About Life force/Longevity Today

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Mindy Goldis,

How did I come up with the title for this article?  Well, I was thinking that I am not a fan of using salt because it isn’t a necessary mineral for the body (more on that later), but I wanted to come up with something positive based on the letters that make up that word and came up with the acronym.

I thought of two titles for the same 4 letters (with a few words for some of the letters).  I am sure there are many others you can think of and are welcome to include your suggestions in the comments below.

What does any of this have to do with health? Raw foods?  Lots!

We get so wrapped up in what we are eating and forget that there is more to life then eating.  If you walk down the street and eavesdrop on others conversations to each other and on the phone, they are usually talking about where they will eat, what they will eat, going on a diet, is this food good for you, this doctor says to eat this and another says something else, etc.

Food consumption is a minuet part of a healthy lifestyle.  What is the healthiest food to eat is debatable, to a certain degree, but overall it has been proven by many reputable authorities, including Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Joel Fuhrman that Whole Food Plant Based is ideal.  Whether you eat 100 percent raw vegan or not, isn’t the issue!  If you want to arrest or avert the diseases that are rampant in our society today, there is no doubt this is a very important part of how we live.

I, myself have been vegan for over 22 years and have educated many people over the years who are interested in making changes to improve their lives.  One very important person who I have helped over 20 years ago, is my Dad.  He celebrated his 80th birthday on April 28, 2013.  That may have never happened after his heart attack, if he had not given up the animal foods/S.A.D. Diet.

So what else matters to our health besides the food we consume?  Going back to title of this article though it may seem vague to you what I mean with the words I choose, but I will explain.

STOP- Take a break from the day-to-day grind of life.  Clear your mind.  Take a walk on the beach without any distractions (cellphone) and enjoy nature.  Shut off all electronics for a few hours or a day – a sabbatical (I celebrate the Sabbath once a week and shut everything off for an entire day – no phone, no TVs, no computers, no cars, no writing, no cooking, etc).

SEEK – If you don’t have all the answers, that is ok.  There are many great sources for information.  Make sure to do your research diligently so you are not wasting your time or money.  We learn by doing and sometimes make mistakes.  Hopefully we learn from then and help ourself and others to not repeat it again.  On my site, I have reviews of companies who are of the highest quality and integrity.

You are also welcome to send me a comment if you have an other questions.

SELECT – How do you know what is best for you?  With all the information there is also overload and misinformation.  Don’t settle for the path of least healthy results or a fad diet (like Atkins) because they are popular in the news. The government pushes and promotes what they can make the most money from and is the worst for you.  How is it that we got so far away from the basics?  It isn’t “rocket science!”  We all know what types of food are good for us and yet there are so many “sick” people who opt for pharmaceuticals with numerous side-effects and then never get well.  They are usually afraid to go against their doctor (although statistics show that there is a large percentage of the population that is opting for alternative/holistic medicine because they are not getting the results from the drugs/treatment they are receiving from their MD) or think that the doctor has all the answers (that is the farthest from the truth, except for the ones I mentioned above who have crossed the “picket line,” so to speak, and live and promote a whole food lifestyle).

SLOW DOWN – This goes back to the first word mentioned above, but I feel it needs to be emphasized more.  We don’t do enough to take a break and do nothing.  Have you ever been in bed looking up and stared at the ceiling?  Have you ever been “turned off” and not “turned on?”

This is a loaded question, but I am referring to getting out of your head and into your body.  I know the mind is always working even when we “do nothing,”  yet we can give ourselves the opportunity to do something else to slow ourselves down.  Find something you enjoy doing that relaxes you so you forget all your cares and worries – such as knitting, arts and crafts projects, watching the waves, etc.  it is amazing what a little “time out” can do to renew yourself for the rest of the day.  If you can do it every day and be “selfish” you will do more to help others in the long run.

LISTEN – Pay attention to your intuition because it is usually right.

Don’t let others influence your decisions of you feel strongly in your gut that this is the best direction for you (with work, relationships, where you live, food choices, etc) .  Trust that even if you all of your family and friends think you are “crazy,” find others who are like-minded to turn to for assistance.  You will likely find people who will hear what you are saying and will to give you encouragement and support with what you are doing.

LIVE – Life is about living, but what kind of life do we have, if we aren’t truly alive?   Life isn’t only about feeding our physical entity.  Their is a deeper part to us that we can’t see that is spiritual in nature.  Life is a gift that we have to be thankful for every day because it can be taken away from us in an instant.  This is not a far-fetched notion that I have just come up with myself.  Do some research yourself on the Internet from legitimate sources who believe that life is much more then just the tangible.

TODAY – Today is the only thing you have at this very moment!  Forget about yesterday and tomorrow.  Don’t put off what you can do right now to improve your health.  Even if you change one thing, especially removing something from your food consumption that is not beneficial.

For some baby steps work best to transition into a new lifestyle and for others they sometimes have no choice because it is their last chance/hope to be alive.  For me it is so easy and simple because I have been living as a vegan for many years.   I have always been self-motivated and self-disciplined.  When I decide to do something it happens (unless I take on too many projects at one time, then I have to delegate what is most important right now).   I commend each and every one of you who have taken charge of their own life today by seeking out the truth and journeying on the “road less traveled.”  We are in the minority (especially us “vegans”), but don’t let that discourage you ever!

The next title I came up with for the same four letters will be explained in a future article.  Stay tuned!

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Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.