Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

May 4, 2015

Temper Tantrums ~ An Opportunity To Teach Your Child How To Process Emotions

Temper Tantrums ~ An Opportunity to Teach Your Child How to Process Emotions

By Yvonne Perry

Empathy and intuition gives us the ability to better understand how we are connected to other living things. It is a form of communication with others, nature, animals, and even higher or spiritual forms of life. We are all born with empathic ability but most of us shut the sensing ability down at some point either because the energy overload causes discomfort or we are taught not to trust our inner guidance. By shutting down our intuition and empathic ability, we live in our heads and are pretty much out of touch with our body and our own emotions.

Jun 10, 2010

The Frequency Of Bees

The Frequency of Bees

I recently watched a really interesting show about bees called "The last beekeeper" on Planet Green. It's a show about the massive decline of bees happening all over the world right now. In 1950 there were 500,000 beekeepers. In 2006 there were only 1,600. That is shocking! 100's of vegetables and fruits are reliant on bees for pollination. That's our food supply. Without bees many flowering plants fail to set seed and without flowering plants there is no food for bees, which in turn means no fresh food for us! According to Landcare Research bees are responsible for our every fourth bite of food. WOW!

I've always had a fondness for bees. As a child I had many allergies and had an allergy scratch test done.
I was told that I was very allergic to bees. Living in Montana there used to bees everywhere. I didn't really think much of the warning from the allergy doctors. About six years ago I was walking around the neighborhood and a bee flew into me and I ended up getting stung. It hurt but I was ok. I've never had a deep fear of bees or insects.

A few years ago I was working out in the backyard gardening when I went into my shed to get supplies.
I had been alone and off in thought for most of the afternoon and was in a very calm state of mind. When I walked into my shed I was caught off guard by the sounds that I was hearing. It sounded like a party was going on and they're where various words being said. As I stood there listening I began to hear a hum and I realized bees had made a hive in my shed. I was completely in awe of the communication happening between the bees. They were talking (communicating) on a level we are not normally tuned into. They communicate on a different frequency. For whatever reason that day I unexpectedly tuned into their frequency. I now have an even deeper respect for the bees and the role they play on our planet. I will never forget that day. I'm sure other people have tuned into the bees and I'm hoping they will come and share their experiences. I have bushes planted along the sides of my yard that produce little yellow flowers every spring that attract bees of all sizes. One kind in particular is very large. They are so busy collecting pollen you can even gently touch them and feel how soft they are. It really is quite amazing to pet a bee!

Learn More About Natures Secret Messages.

What's killing the bees?
  • Pesticides, Diseases, Herbicides and Insecticides
  • There is a huge debate that Genetically Modified crops are greatly effecting bee pollination.
  • The varroa mite
Ways you can help:
  •  Eat honey from your local beekeepers, this helps to build immunities against allergies from local pollen and supports your local beekeepers.
  • Plant a backyard bee-friendly garden. Plant native plants too. Local bees are more drawn to native plants.
  •  Provide a small container of water for the bees in your garden space.
  •  Avoid pesticides in your yard, it's better for you, your family, your pets and the environment. 
  •  If pest control is necessary try using beneficial insects in your garden. (Bugs that will eat your unwanted bugs.)
  • Sponsor a bee hive
  • Teach your children where honey really comes from. Plant your bee friendly garden together.
Resources for teaching children about the importance of bees.
This site plays a cute honey bee song for little kids.
Printable bee coloring pages.
Video about the life cycle of bees.

Excellent web sources for learning about bees and how you can help.
The Last Beekeeper Documentary On Planet Green
Help Save The Bees
Plant A Bee Friendly Garden
Sponsor A Hive
Learn About Bee Research Funding
The Waggle Dance Of The Bees
Search For Local Honey In Your Area
PBS Educational Video On The Decline Of The Bees
Resources For Teaching Children About Bees-One World Poster
Birds And The Bees Key To Food Future

Written by: Carol Lawrence

What ideas are you pollinating in your life?
The meaning of bees in your dreams.

Apr 3, 2010

What's on your plate?

Have you seen the movie Food, Inc? It is a movie that takes a hard look at where our food comes from.
This is a time in America when we are wanting the truth. It's hard to make educated choices in our lives if we don't know the facts. Some people don't want America to see this movie.  I'm personally greatful that there are people willing to risk it all to get the truth out. Then we as consumers and parents can make our own informed opinions and decisions. We are the voice for our children! It is up to us to demand healthier food choices. There's a small handfull of companies running our country. They are making the decisions. Unfortunately the decisions they are making are not in our best interests they are in the interest of making money. The impact upon generations to come could be astronomical if we don't wake up and demand changes now. There are other voices to join out there speaking out on behalf of everyone's option for healthy food.
Food, Inc was an academy award nominee for best documentary feature.
Check it out and let me know what you think of the movie and our food crisis in America!
Make sure to follow food, inc on facebook to stay informed.

Food, Inc.
Food it's what's for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Where does your food really come from?
How healthy is your food? What are we really feeding our kids?
This is a topic that is popping up everywhere with good reason.
We should know what's in our food and were it comes from.
If you can't pronounce the ingredients on the label you probably shouldn't be eating it.
Killer at LargeFour-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year LongGrow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces

There's a new show on ABC called "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution". I think it's a great show.
He's trying to change the menus in schools to include more healthier choices.
This is a great show and it could be beneficial to watch with your children.

Simple tips to eating healthier and reducing your environmental impact:
  • Shop local. Do you have a local food co-op you could join? Local food co-ops carry mostly local foods with a smaller price mark up. If there's no co-op available ask your mainstream grocery stores to carry more local organic foods.
  • Learn about genetically modified food. It's everywhere!
  • Eat more organic fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat whats in season. Eat local.
  • Grow your own vegetable garden outside or inside in pots. Teach your children the importance of knowing how to grow their own food. Get them involved. If they have participated in choosing the seeds or plants, watering, taking care of and providing love to their plants they will be more apt to eating the vegetables they grew. Fruits and vegetables locally harvested have more life energy available in them than an item that was transported around the world.
  • Shop your local farmers markets.
  • Keep your cubboards and fridge stocked with healthy choices.
  • Eat everything in moderation.
  • Drink lots of filtered water.
  • Eat smaller portions.
  • Take the time to enjoy and acknowledeg what you are eating, thank your food.
  • Respect yourself, your planet and your food.
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Ideas? Comments? Please share!
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Written by: Carol Lawrence