See a little… very EZ health tip below.
During times of change, there is great opportunity for those who are alert and ready to embrace change and grasp and act upon opportunities created by altering events.
This alertness requires energy… wellness and the willingness to overcome inertia.
Plus excess weight can lead to health problems as we saw a our recent posting “What R U Going To Do – Weighty Ideas”.
Poor health can reduce energy and cost a lot in monetary terms.
Good nutrition helps provide this energy… but we are not always able to eat as we should. Practically the entire food energy in the Western World is aimed at getting you to eat that which is addictive and profitable to sell… not what is good for your energy and health.
If you are like me you often fight the battle of the bulge. Growing up in the USA… Mcdonalds… Coca Cola… and Hershey’s owned me. By the time I headed for Hong Kong I was an unhealthy 220 pounds as my first passport photo shows.
Asian nutritional opportunities altered my eating habits and I shed 7o pounds… though I have always had to work at keeping my weight under control.
As a chocoholic… one simple trick I use is the Hersheys Extra dark Chocolate… or any good dark chocolate. I really like the real chocolate from Ecuador but sometimes I am out. I like the Hershey’s because it’s practical simple and inexpensive. Some dark chocolate can be expensive but that price is a bargain! I don’t eat but a tiny bit, but it helps me to know that being dark and high in chocolate, low in sugar and low in calories that every once in a while I can splurge.
Plus a fourth of a bar has about 112 calories.
An entire big 16 square bar is only 450 calories according the nutrition facts on the wrapper and that can satisfy my chocolate craving as a snack. Chocolate is also a source of antioxidants….or so they say…(this helps me feel a little less guilty!) If I only have a tiny bit, I am OK with calories and OK not to have cravings.
Of course there is a lot more we can do to improve our nutrition. This is just one little trick to keep choco cravings at bay.
One formula for an extra burst of energy has been around for hundreds of years, but almost everyone misses it. The fatal attraction of good living and lure of easy fast food affects too many of us in negative ways.
Again and again I have heard from friends about how stuffed and frustrated they are with extra pounds and the lethargy they can bring. Even worse is the heaviness of spirit that accompanies this physical excess. Commerce conditions us that thin is good and then lures us into eating in a way that makes us less than thin… leaving us feeling ill fitting in our society…as well as in our clothes.
To enjoy life and really have energy, it is important that we are not too full. Yet most of us in the western world never have even experienced an empty stomach.
One sure way to gain an extra burst of energy is to fast. This discipline can range from skipping dinner, to longer term affairs. Merri and like an occasional three day juice fast and usually don’t eat at night, having instead just a boiled milk or a boiled milk with a bit of dark chocolate and no sugars. We find that when we feel lethargic, out of sorts and heavy in heart, nothing boosts us faster.
There are numerous references to this simple power generator in all types of spiritual texts. One of my favorites comes from the 14th century poet Rumi (you can read some of his best poems in the book “The Essential Rumi — by Coleman Barks). He’s what Rumi said:
There’s hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness. We are lutes, no more no less. If the soundbox is stuffed full of anything, no music. If the brain and the belly are burning clean with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire. The fog clears, and a new energy makes you run up the steps in front of you. Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry. Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen. When you’re full of food and drink, an ugly metal statue sits where your spirit should. When you fast, good habits gather like friends who want to help. Fasting is Solomon’s ring. Don’t give in to illusion and lose your powers, but even if you have, if you’ve lost all will and control, they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing out of the ground, pendants flying above them. A table descends to your tents, Jesus’ table. Expect to see it, when you fast, this table spread with other food, better than the broth of cabbages.
How explicit in such an awe inspiring way! So if you want to have more of the right stuff, have a little less for awhile. This is balance, the ultimate secret to power of the universe.
We can also gain weight control by eating in the Ecuadorian shamanic way.
Ecuadorians are noted as the longest lived people on earth. This in part is from Andean foods and nutritional habits that began long ago.
First, the soil here is rich and alkaline and the food really fresh.
Ecuador food and nutrition are often a surprise to those who visit the country for the first time. Ecuador shamanic nutritional ideas can help health, energy and longevity.
Here is a typical note I receive from readers in Ecuador which contains this common Ecuador weight loss refrain.
Hi Merri, Thanks again to you and Gary for your help when I was checking out Cotacachi. Things have worked out well. I am healthier than I have ever been, lost 32 pounds since arriving in Sept. Bought a house and have finished the first level. What an amazing place you have found. Thanks Phil
Ecuadorians are noted as among the longest lived people on earth. This is, in part, from Andean foods and nutritional habits that began long ago. Since ancient times Andean Yatchaks, Shamans and Curanderos have taught healthy living supported by good nutrition. They based these healthy lifestyles on three ideals; clean food, good food combinations and a correct fat, carbohydrate and protein balance.
One reason Ecuador food is so good is that it is so fresh!
Ecuador food is really inexpensive too.
The cornerstones of the Andean nutritional program are:
#1: Eating a balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein.
#2: Eating combinations of food for ideal digestion.
#3: Eating clean organic food prepared and served by happy, joyful people.
#4: Eating in good spirits at the right times.
#5: Chewing in the correct way.
#6: Eating purifying and satisfying meals.
#7: Balancing nutritional with correct sleep and exercise.
Here is what Merri and I have learned.
#1: Eat a balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein.
Our diet keeps protein balance without excessive amounts of meat using quinoa, eggs, cheese and yoghurt instead. A great deal of poor health and stress is tied in to the underlying hormonal disturbance caused by the excess production of insulin. This imbalance normally comes from too much food and incorrect protein, carbohydrate, fat balances in the diet. Every time we eat, hormones in our body will change, either good or bad. Delicious food with a balance of 3 parts carbohydrates, two parts protein and one part fat have the power to orchestrate beneficial hormonal changes in our body.
#2: Eat the correct combinations of food for ideal digestion.
Andean nutritional ideals also focus on combining foods in a way that avoid fermentation in the stomach. Foods and spices are divided into three types neutral, savory and sweet. Neutral can be mixed with savory or sweet, but no savory and sweet foods are mixed. The main neutral foods are grains, cereals, nuts and seeds. Meat and most vegetables are savory. Fruits are sweet. Cereals are ground and soaked to improve their digestibility. Sweet spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, mint. Savory spices include salt, pepper, chiles, oregano, corriander, bay leaf, cumin, saffron, fennel. No two fats are mixed nor are fruit types.
#3 & 4: Eat clean food prepared and served by happy, joyful people and eat in good spirits at the right times. Food should be beautiful as well…like this feta salad we eat at home.
Candace Pert, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist who was awarded a Nobel prize for her groundbreaking work that shows the mind is not just in the brain but in the entire body. The mind and body communicate using the chemistry of emotion. Short chains of amino acids called peptides and receptors are found in the brain, stomach, muscles, glands and all major organs. They send messages back and forth linking mind and body. When we are happy our entire body is happy and this chemistry has a dramatic impact on our food and digestion.
Andean beliefs view the body composed of three elements earth (Pacha Mama), fire (Taita Inti) and air (Pacha Kuti).
There are times of the day when each of these elements are most active. The digestive fires are highest at 12 noon, so a savory meal is normally eaten at this time.
A sweet breakfast accommodates a more sluggish digestive time and the evening is set aside for a purifying fruit meal so the body can use the midnight fire energy to cleanse rather than digest.
Three herbal teas are served. In the morning cinnamon tea is served. Before lunch ginger tea lights the digestive fires and before sleep chamomile tea enhances a good night’s rest.
Part of good nutrition comes from eating, sleeping and exercising at the correct times.
The yatchaks also suggest we eat only when hungry and the stomach is empty so they recommend eating only every four hours. For cravings between, herbal tea is best and juices can be added if it is uncomfortable to wait for the next meal.
#5: Chewing in the correct way.
Correct chewing releases nutrient molecules so energy from food is more quickly released and assimilated. This allows the brain to recognize flavors and release the correct digestive juices for that food. Proper chewing does even more because it stimulates the bodies sphincter (or ring) muscles that surround the various orifices of the body.
Ring muscles include the muscles around the eyes, the nostrils, anus, urethra, genitals and the mouth. In a healthy body, all sphincters work together, contracting and relaxing simultaneously. They also activate the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the musculoskeletal system and the urogenital system. Ring muscles are ultimately responsible for putting all the other muscles and all the organs of the body to work.
Chewing correctly stimulates the ring muscles and consequently helps exercise all our muscles.
#6: Eat Purifying and satisfying meals.
Fruit types also exist and are never mixed. Citrus stands together, but is not mixed with other foods. Watery fruits (apples pears, plums and grapes) can be mixed. Bananas are eaten alone only or with dairy only. Pineapple and melons are also eaten alone.
There are three purifying meals. The first most gentle purifier is a water combination of apples and grapes. The second meal is an entire pineapple and the third, an entire watermelon.
Organic coffee, tea and cocoa are great purifiers rich in antioxidants. Coffee and some tea is avoided by those who do not want caffeine. We recommend moderation and serve only organic, fair trade coffee and tea. Coffee and tea (without milk) are neutral and can be consumed before or with any meal.
Finally the shamans drink and wash in an Andean cleansing tea made from cinnamon, sweet pepper and chamomile.
#7: Balance nutrition with exercise and sleep.
Each day we do gentle but profound exercises to stimulate organs, glands and energy points. We do not have television and go to bed before the evening fire cycle begins at 10 PM for a more restful sleep.
Whatever your goal… weight loss,,, more energy….better health or a longer life, these ideas on nutrition can help you whether you visit Ecuador… just use shamanic nutrition tips or substitute (just once in a while!) a heavy calorie snack for 90 calories of Hershy Extra Dark chocolate bar.
During these troubled times, we all need an extra edge to make positive contributions that also increase our wealth and improve our health. The added energy you can gain now can give more than average rewards.
Merri and I look forward to seeking ways to gain more health and wealth with you.
Learn two ways to earn with Chocolate
#1: Export Ecuador Chocolate.
The next Ecuador Exports Tour is August 31-Sept. 1-2-3-4, 2011
Join the Ecuador Export Tour directed by Bonnie Keough who is actively exporting from Ecuador now.
Meet the artists, designers, creators, craftsmen, wholesalers and visit them in their workshops, homes and markets.
Improve the quality of your life, expand your horizons and reduce the tax you pay as you increase asset protection by having an overseas company and overseas income!
Join other like minded souls in Ecuador. Learn how to gain freedom and self fulfillment through an Ecuador export business.
See Ecuador export potential in Ecuador.
In wood products. In Ecuador’s art.
In jewelry and all types of exports.
This tour goes to the high Andes.
You’ll travel everyday to see different markets, crafts people and masters who create special products that will make your eyes gleam with delight…both for their uniqueness and attraction.
In addition, over the years we’ve combined this knowledge and experience with contacts in the form of American and European readers who now live and work in Ecuador. Working with them Bonnie and Jean Marie have set up office and business facilities to create an export support service that we can now offer to you.
They have even created a one of a kind post office channel so you can ship goods quickly and safely from Ecuador to the USA or worldwide.
You learn from tour leaders who have practical experience. They will tell you about their shipping experiences and what they have learned from them, good and bad.
Timing for such a business has never been better!
Exporting has already created fortunes for a few sophisticated individuals. Now because of our knowledge, experience and contacts, a special business is available for you. Until recently, operating an overseas business took a great deal of time and effort to start. This is no longer true.
Technology makes it possible to take your business where opportunity is best and allows you to run this business from anywhere in the world.
This tour offers an extra $897 + bonus value. When you enroll in the Ecuador export tour you are entitled to five bonuses, our three $299 emailed courses “Tangled Web How to have an Internet Business course” Self fulfilled how to be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”, plus a 52 lesson course on “How to Build Your own Web site and a video from our webmaster David Cross on “How to Use a Website to Generate Income”.
You gain this $897 + value FREE.
The tour’s mission is to help you actually find products that:
#1: Can be sold to easily identified markets.
#2: Can be marked up many times while allowing a fair trade for the indigenous.
#3: Can be imported in a suitcase.
The tour lets you see in a practical way how to achieve the goals taught in the course. See more about Ecuador exports here.
#2: Earn with Ecuador Cocoa, Coffee and Agriculture. See below.
Agriculture has a bright future and there are few places with as much agricultural potential and diversity as Ecuador. It is not surprising that many readers ask us about Ecuador farmland or agricultural property there.
Here is what Jean Marie Butterlin has explained about the first Ecuador real estate tour he will conduct this October 2011.
The key to living in Ecuador is really in the INCOME part of the equation. How can you generate income without working too hard?
A lot of clients on our real estate tours ask “How can I generate a little income in Ecuador”? I have put together a special plan for those seeking to move and earn in Ecuador now!
Here is the plan and here are the facts:
* Every economist is currently saying that agriculture will be the next place to invest because :
- God is not making more arable land.
- The world is running out of food. China has been buying and leasing arable land all over Africa and in South America for example. A lot of the smart money is going into arable all over the continent.
* Ecuador has some of the cheapest yet best agricultural land in all of South America. The climate is best for growing as well with 365 days a year of direct sunlight. In many parts of Ecuador, farmers can get 3 and even 4 harvests per year, depending on the water available on the property.
* However, most Ecuadorian farmers have not yet learned how to produce and manage a farm. They are lacking higher education and management skills as well as equipment. Some Ecuador farmers still plow with oxen.
There is a great opportunity that lies in this combination of cheap, arable land, the geographical place of Ecuador on the equator and lack of good agronomical skills.
Here is the chance to attend the first agri business expedition, planned for October 17, 18 and 19.
This is a tour for those who want to have an active agricultural business in Ecuador and have $100,000 minimum to invest.
This tour will be conducted over three long, jam packed days to provide you a low cost efficient way to inspect Ecuador agricultural property that is legitimately for sale at a reasonable price.
Day 1 – 9 am to 6 pm: Detailed presentations by agri engineers and specialists of several type of agri businesses. These presentations include costs, types of soils for each type of crop, risk analysis, potential profits, timing, where to find the buyers of crops, introduction to buyers looking for specific crops.
On the tour we look “outside the box” at crops that can for example produce “biofuel”. We’ll look at land where one company in Manta will buy every available crop at market price. We know the owners of that company and you will be introduced to them.
Day 2: Visits farms for sale. Here is one farm we will inspect. This agri property has 203 hectares (507 acres) divided into:
28 hectares (70 cares) of balsa trees. In 5 years these will fetch $30,000 a hectare.
30 hectares (75 acres) of African palm trees in production (the nuts fetch $250 per ton).
– 140 hectares (350 acres) of pasture sufficient for 200 head of cattle or other crops that can produce an excellent return.
– 3 small
and one large river along the property with water availability.
– Close to the main road
– $6600/hectare ($2,640 an acre) asking including a small casita for caretakers.
Day 3: Q&A’s with the agri specialists…with round table discussions. We will break into small groups to discuss in more details each business its costs and potential profits.
We will have inspected and investigated all properties prior paying special attention to three special issues:
* water on site
* access roads
* good port close
We will only show land that has water in Manabi province near Manta the second largest port in Ecuador.
We will have investigated electricity, pricing and title plus will have speakers during breakfast and dinners who will discuss these issues and the legal matters pertaining to agri businesses in Ecuador.
These experts will be available for consulting during the tour and later… covering technical matters on which crops are best suited for each soil and what times of the year are best for planting and harvest. The tour pays special attention to reviewing the marketing aspect of each crop and where to find buyers.
We use our contacts with local people were born in the area… who know the land owners… who know what the “market” price should be and we do not show farmland where the seller is asking an unrealistic price or if there are any doubts about ownership or clear title.
We also provide administration, accounting and legal consultants who will answer questions about owning and running a company in Ecuador, a civil code country and very different from the US and Canada which run on common law.
Optional Day 4 and 5: residential real estate tour of the mid coast from Manta to Cojimies.
Included in the tour fee:
* Agri engineers who can help you start your business, provide services and the follow up.
* Legal experts in incorporation, administration accounting etc..
* Experts in marketing agricultural crops.
Although we do not advise being absentee owner, we can provide all the services needed to run the business with our agricultural team.
If your agricultural knowledge is limited, we have the experts who will help you through the learning curve.
The big Question is “How much can someone make in agri business in Ecuador?”
The Answer: We will not show any businesses that do not produce on a regular basis at least 10% net return. Many agri businesses you will see can pay off land costs within 1 to 2 years.
Arrival date is October 15 in Quito. Travel to Manta and Bahia October 16, 2011.
Travel back to Quito on October 20th. (or October 22 if real estate tour option is added).
Included in the price are all local transportation including domestic airfare from Quito to Manta and lodging. Meals are not included.
2 day Ecuador residential real estate option $299/single $499/couple;
Tour Plus Extension Single $2,289
Tour Plus Extension Couple $3,489
You may decide to take the option during the agri expedition.
For efficiency and logistics, this tour is strictly limited to 16 people… 4 persons per four wheel drive vehicle.