Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thoughts on Whole Living

This evening neither the hubby nor I felt like cooking, so we ordered in Thai food! We rarely order in, but I am not feeling up to going out.

I ordered shrimp and pork fresh roles:

(I only ate one of them).

I also had the chicken Pad Thai (minus MSG)
(I had half the order, and will take the other half for lunch tomorrow):

After dinner I had a bath with Epsom salts, and a drizzle of thyme serum.
I soaked with a cup of tea and a magazine - "Body and Soul."

I would like to share "10 Thoughts on Whole Living" that I read in Body and Soul:

1) Find a few minutes each day to unplug.

2) Giving to others is the most powerful thing we can do for ourselves.

3) See physical fitness as a practice, not a goal.

4) This fall, make it a point to heed your need for solitude.

5) The secret to beautiful skin starts with what you put inside your body.

6) Try doing even the most menial tasks mindfully and with grace.

7) The quality of your connections with other people will carry you further than you think.

8) Just because a no-frills home remedy is simple doesn't mean it won't work.

9) If you want to eat healthier, try giving yourself the benefit of better choices.

10) Home isn't a place. It is a state of mind.

I think I need to work on #1, 3, 4 and 6. What about you?

My own personal whole living philosophy includes the following:

1) The amount of time you spend on doing things you WANT to do should outweigh the time spent on doing things that you HAVE to do. (I really need to work on this).

2) You should not put anything on your body that you can't eat. I am very picky when it comes to putting things on my skin in terms of creams/ lotions/ sunscreen. I have a big problem with putting chemicals and ingredients I don't recognize on my largest organ. Our skin is full of pores, and all things that you put onto yours skin soak into your skin. Where do you think they go? I DO use products, but I choose ones that are 100% organic, paraban, artificial ingredient and completely SLS free.

3) Do not put garbage into your body. As you may have noticed, I don't eat a lot of "junk" including soft drinks, candy, fast food, artificial sweeteners, and highly processed food. I am not saying that I never have these things, but I do my best to avoid them - and I definitely do not miss them at all. I enjoy putting foods that have only 1 ingredient into my body (spinach, nuts, chicken, beans, rice, etc.) I do this as much as I can, but I still enjoy life and will indulge in French fries, or potato chips here and there too :-)

What do you include in your whole living philosophy?


Amber said...

I DEFINITELY need to work on #1. My entire life is in front of a computer it seems - work, school, freelancing!! Ugh!

Internal Peace said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! I love your blog and I'll be adding you to my Google Reader. :)

I also love the Thoughts on Whole Living. I need to work on #1, 2 and 6 the most I think. Great post though, and good reminders!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog!

My philosophy is giving my body what it needs and wants. Be it a cake or a salad. And a bit more until I reach and maintain my healthy weight, it's that simple;)

I made spring rolls a few days ago, you can find the recipe on my blog. I just love them!

Enjoy your day! x Julia (Taste of Living)

Simply Life said...

Oooh I love those fresh shrimp rolls! Looks great! I do a few of those but definitely also need to get better at taking more time for solitude. I've been trying to be more mindful of that because otherwise I start to notice myself getting more anxious and stressed and less grateful with the same exact situation that I can feel relaxed and appreciate about...if I take the time to slow down and reflect. Great thoughts!

Anonymous said...

Great list, the Body and Soul one AND your own personal. I think I have a lot of work to do on the whole living front and possibly a few philosophies of my own that I should start to develop. It's definitelty a work in progress. I envy your outlook though. The not putting anything on your body you can't eat one is something I seriously need to consider. I have yet to buy an all natural product for my face or skin, at least not intentionally. This is somewhat shameful, it sure would be beneficial to start incorporating a lot more natural products into my life!

Meredith (Pursuing Balance) said...

I like your 10 tips for whole living! Life is so busy that we sometimes don't take time for these things, but it's so important! Everyone should print it out and put it on their refrigerator :)

Anais said...

I agree with what Body and Soul said (and yours actually :) ). I think for me what's really important is balance, and that's what I strive for :)