Category: Life Style

Creating the Lifestyle

Creating the lifestyle

Nature has created the planet’s most breathtaking vistas with ease; humankind has had to try a little harder. Seen through an airplane window as a transatlantic flight cruises toward Amsterdam, there’s one vista that manages to combine the humbling grandeur of open water with the order, form and steel-sharp ingenuity of man-made technology.

Worth even the briefest of layovers in one of Europe’s most colorful cities, it’s not an easy spectacle to forget. It’s a wind farm in the North Sea, and the sight of scores of modern-day windmills whipping in unison against a peach-colored sky at sunrise is enough to arrest the imagination of even the most bleary-eyed of traveler.

The churning turbines form a stationary army of windmills.( Where’s Don Quixote when we need him? )

Old style windmill

Old style windmill

The sight of so many perceived foes might be enough to make that fictional hero retreat to his bed with a migraine, but that’s only because he never knew that he should have picked a more deserving enemy. The arms of these windmills are the wonders of nature wrapped around the benefits of nature, and they’re just one of the many spectacular incarnations of the future of renewable energy.

Beauty meets function

How can something so beautiful be so intrinsically functional? It’s hard to believe that creating art can anywhere ever equate to creating lifestyle. Human society has learned to be leery of anything that appears to be too good to be true. That old rule is rarely wrong, but in the case of renewable energy, these are functions too good and too true to be ignored. The wind and the sun are two of the planet’s most bottomless resources, and millions of people around the world are learning the benefits of returning to basics their ancestors never questioned.

It might surprise techies to know that solar energy technology and wind technology are thousands of years older than the actual concept of technology. How long has the sun been shining over planet Earth? How long has our world been buffeted by wind? Track back to the first use of fire, the first conception of the wheel, the domestication of animals and the many other advances since, and nothing predates the sun or the wind.


The use of renewable natural resources was once a no-brainer for humans; people have been successfully using the power of the sun and wind for thousands of years. How is it that humans have forgotten how to use the planet’s lowest-hanging fruits?

Easy is as easy does

The concept of creating lifestyle owes its roots to living by a simple yet revolutionary mindset. How can something so easy to do leave so many people floundering because they’re unwilling to accept that small changes can make enormous strides? Don’t be one of the countless people who assume that the decisions of one can’t rewrite the future for billions of others.

Renewable energy isn’t just one way; it’s the only way. While it’s easy to assume otherwise based on questions of forbearance and faith, it’s fanciful to assume that the human species will flourish in the future without drastic and permanent changes in worldview. Scarier yet, it’s not just fanciful: It’s impossible. Where will future generations fall in this equation? How will they live? Maybe the question’s better asked this way: Will they live?

What works? What gives? Future generations are already imperiled by the challenges of a planet beleaguered by problems they never caused, challenged already by scenarios they were never responsible for creating in the first place.

The value of today

Take action now; taking action yesterday already bordered on taking action too late. Get ahead of the worldview that the use of renewable resources is an action reserved only for the learned and the scientists. Confirm today that the smallest actions of one can make a difference for billions of others tomorrow.

What about finding guides for using renewable resources for the everyday layman? These are more accessible than they’ve ever been before. Get on board! Read, learn, and join the most important movement humankind has ever undertaken.

How’s it done?

Go online. Get resources here, or surf the Internet for ideas. Solar energy technology, wind technology and water technology are no longer concepts understood only by those with doctoral degrees. It’s not necessary to be a scientist, a genius or even someone with an unusually good gift for recalling basic tenets of elementary school experiments.

solar powered panels

solar powered panels

Anyone can learn how to use solar energy technology. Anyone can learn the basics of the wind. Anyone can learn how to use renewable energy. Does that beg the question of why everyone doesn’t?

The Internet didn’t exist 40,000 years ago. There were no YouTube videos 40,000 years ago. By the same token, 40,000 years ago, human populations didn’t face extinction. Given all the resources we now have at our fingertips, what are any of us complaining about today?

The empowerment of now

It’s true that 40,000 years ago, bursts of ingenuity were limited to a handful of people; gifts were distributed only among those who could claim to have found them first. Groups or clans found their way based only on the inventions of their own residents. Has anything really changed?

Yes! Everything has changed. The planet’s population has grown exponentially since then, but the clan has never been smaller. Learn how to make solar energy. Learn how to use wind turbines. Learn how to start small for personal and global results.

Future generations will face life on limited resources. They will try to carve out their own means on more populated properties. They will pay more for sanctions now thought of as everyday necessities. Start now by incorporating everyday measures that will help them survive; face facts now, and allow future generations by creating the lifestyle.
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Eat to Live-Creating the lifestyle

Healthy Salmon Dish

Healthy Salmon Dish

Eat to Live-creating the life style

Western society is in the throes of constant change.

Today we have more resources available to us to create the lifestyle we want than ever before and its growing daily at an exponential rate. Yet where is the wisdom this Everest of knowledge should bring with it?

As an example, tens of thousands are using drugs that they know are addictive and have the potential to ruin their lives; and alcohol, smoking and processed foods containing ingredients not designed for the consumer’s good health. All too often these addictions also affect the lives of those around the addict, in particular those who care for them, their families and friends.

Smoking we know for certain is the cause of many forms of cancer; it can damage the heart and block arteries and, as a result, suck out the quality of the user’s life. It also ages the person externally, at a much faster rate than for those who do not indulge.

Highly processed food, foods high in sugar, fat and preservatives will, over time, add unwanted weight bringing with it the risk of diabetes, cancers, strokes, and heart disease.

Warnings against the use of unhealthy substances are there for us all to see, read about, be told, and understand. Wherever we look, the good advice and warnings are there to educate us yet, in the US, the world’s most powerful nation, it is estimated that half of their population will have some form of diabetes by the year 2020. Currently, in the US, one in five are estimated to have the disease; a horrific statistic.

Can this be avoided? Is it possible to turn the tide? Fortunately, often, the answer is Yes! But while it’s possible, it does mean recreating (or at least tweaking) the lifestyle that you lead.

Habits are things formed over  time, usually by the lifestyle we were brought up in; sometimes thrust upon us by others; and sometimes by ourselves (choice).

For instance you choose to take drugs, smoke, eat the wrong foods; just as you choose good things like exercise and eating good foods.

If you are a smoker or a drug taker then you need to choose to give them up, knowing that these activities are a great risk to your health.

‘Eat to Live’ is the title of this article. It’s what you eat that has a pretty big say in how long you will live and the quality of that living. Recent studies on foods and herbs show the amazing properties that nature produces and it’s these that I’ll mention here.

Herbs: Did you know that many of the herbs readily available in our green grocery shops and supermarkets contain an abundance of health related goodies?

Take for instance the herb ‘Turmeric.’ This herb has anti-inflammatory properties; helps control certain cancers and Alzheimer disease. It also has natural antiseptic and antibacteria for cuts and burns and helps fight against breast cancer, melanoma and childhood leukaemia. It’s a liver detox, slows the onset of multiple sclerosis and is a natural painkiller. The Chinese use it for treating depression skin repair. This is one amazing plant!

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My recipe of the week is this Tuna Salad. It’s an exceptionally tasty meal that I know you are going to enjoy.

Best Salad

Best Salad

You may not have all the ingredients but use what you have it can be varied. This salad as shown above is very high in vitamin C and a very healthy meal besides tasting really great. Increase the amounts of ingredients as required. This salad was made for two. INGREDIENTS:

1 small tin of tuna 8 lettuce leaves
1 carrot (grated)
4 good-sized mushrooms (sliced)
8 cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
1 fresh fig (cut into small cubes) Alternatively use strawberries or apple
20g of blue cheese (cut in cubes)
1 tbsp. of cottage cheese (light version)
1 tbsp. of sour cream (light version)
1 small avocado 6 walnut halves (chopped)
¼ tsp Turmeric
¼ tsp Cinnamon 1tsp Chia seeds (super food)
1tsp Sesame seeds
Pinch Coriander
3 inch of Cucumber (chopped into cubes)
Italian Dressing

PUT IT TOGETHER Cut lettuce leaves and place on plates followed by grated carrot, sliced mushroom, cut cherry tomatoes, figs, blue cheese, and walnuts. Sprinkle turmeric and cinnamon over these ingredients.

Mash the cottage cheese, sour cream, avocado and tuna and spoon on top of salad mix already on the plates. Sprinkle chia and sesame seeds over this and drizzle Italian Dressing around the edges.


The amount of blue cheese is small and should not affect those watching their weight. The cottage cheese and sour cream are low-fat and add a great taste to this salad.

While the avocado has oil (fat) it is considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables available in the world.

Walnuts contain oil yet are classed as a super food packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, good for the cardiovascular system. They also help to cut blood pressure; lower cholesterol levels; cut the effects of breast and prostate cancer; improve memory and help the digestive system. PLUS it’s full of fibre and protein and aid in providing a good night sleep! That is an amazing food.

You may or may not be familiar with Chia seeds. I wasn’t until recently when I read a paper about it. It’s mostly grown in Australia, although it was first recognized as coming from Central America, the Aztecs. It is rich in antioxidants, has more Omega 3 than any other plant, and according to (my go-to choice for chia), a 16 oz pouch of chia has the equivalent of:

Fibre of 4 lbs of oatmeal

Protein in 3 lbs of tofu

Antioxidants of 2 lbs of blueberries

Omega-3 from 10 lbs of salmon

Magnesium from 15 lbs of broccoli

That’s one power-packed pouch of whole food goodness, great for dieters and diabetes.

How to Do it-creating the lifestyle

Some days you wonder if you’re going to make it
and others you think maybe you are just wasting time – you should chuck it and do something else. Then something happens that makes it all worthwhile.
I like writing ‘How to’ books; they are an interest I thrive on (that’s the creative side of my brain working in creating the lifestyle I want).

When I was in my teens and early twenties I was definitely a lot more creative than I am today. Then I was full of ideas but lacked the money and guidance to take them further.

Today I look at how can I best help others; maybe some of those young ones, full of ideas and nowhere to take them so I think perhaps I could write a book on ‘How to turn your ideas into riches’ or, ‘ how to make millions.’ The list can be endless but you get the idea.

We live in an age of turmoil; nothing is certain any more, values have changed, technology is advancing quicker than we can think; social media with its maze of different directions and intricacies can add stress to our lives and divert us from where we really should be going.

For those of us to whom ideas flow generously; we should use them, they are gifts from heaven. But you say, “How can I when I lack the resources and guidance? “

Well, let me tell you there is a way; for that matter, several ways. You just need to step out of the box and look at your ideas from a different perspective. Analyse your ideas; start breaking them down into bite size bits. Think of each one as a stairway. You can’t jump up 24 steps at once (unless you’re Superman) but you can still reach the top by taking one, or sometimes two steps, at a time.

Try writing down the details/perspective of each step as you see it and if some steps elude you, leave them and go on to others that you can work on. You can always come back later to the ones you have missed.

When I first started to write ‘amazon’, it took weeks to write yet it’s only a short book. But I still needed to do the steps. One was `what is my objective?’ Well, I figured there are loads of people both young and older who don’t have the money to suddenly create a business, so I tailored the book around the word ‘shoestring;’ meaning funds are tight, keep it cheap, don’t get carried away with the expenses.

Then I thought, how long should the book be? I remembered all the books I have read. So many of them contained dozens of needless pages that were just annoying because I quickly saw them for what they were – unnecessary padding, so the buyer thought they were getting their money’s worth. So I figured I should keep this book short and to the point; don’t bore the reader.

Then there was the question of how much to charge for it? Bear in mind that the title ‘How to Succeed on a Shoestring,’ by its very nature, should have an affordable price tag so I kept the price low.

The next question to consider was, `What is the best way to market this book?’

`How to Succeed on a Shoestring’ is an inexpensive e-book at only 99 cents, so money for marketing is just not in my thinking? And it is here that social media ie facebook,twitter pinterest and others comes in but, because this type of marketing is FREE, you do have to put time into it.

When it came to designing the cover, the process was quite simple. Another tip – I went to fiverr found a designer who would do it for $5 or $10 and, hey presto! In no time the book had a cover.

Writing one e-book at how to succeed on a shoestring at 99 cents is hardly going to turn into a money tree but look at the objective; it was not written to help me make money; the idea was to provide tips and ideas for people who don’t have a cache of money to get themselves started.

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