In a word – “Discipline”

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Tolstoy quote – Fb image

I was enrolled in an advanced art course entitled ‘Color & Design Theory ‘.  We were required to complete projects in designated mediums throughout the semester, further illustrating contrast color theory.  With an emphasis on “contrast”, I was exposed to a variety of mediums of which I was not familiar, nor comfortable.  I had already practiced and developed my own style with which I had become quite confident.  These assignments forced me to express myself in ways I would have otherwise never chosen.

I lacked control.  Applying washes and hot waxes to porous canvases that bled beyond the concise lines designated by the graphic designer.  The Artist was not permitted to determine the outcome as much as the medium.  Each critique was a blow to my ego as I apologetically presented my projects not produced in my familiar craft.  I felt raw and exploited, representing myself in an unexplored format like an exposed nerve ending subject to pain.  This was hardest to share.

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Incongruous self-portrait

Showcased pieces from my portfolio displayed in our home decades later, are a testimonial to the exhaustive, cathartic experience.  Portrayals of myself in materials I otherwise never would have explored.  I surprised myself by pressing beyond the predicted boundaries where I could shine with confidence. Dividing myself between my professional practice and my personal artistic expression, I am taking risks to utilize a medium with which I have little experience or desire, in order to share my knowledge.  I needed to learn a new technique.  “Wordless Wednesday” assignments were a more familiar way to symbolize abstract thoughts and feelings in a visual way.  “Wordle” is an expressive tool and for me, the most enjoyable exercise to experiment with both design and technology, yielding infinite possibilities!

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Gateway to possibilities

Writing every day is a discipline. This HAWMC daily commitment broadened my realm by introducing me to others who use technology and networks to communicate their skills.  I admire these people and now know that I may participate in many other ways, while still retaining the integrity of my own knowledge and style. Integrating different techniques as a means to contribute forced that square peg into a round hole, ultimately inaugurating my blog with variety and color.  Upon this established foundation, I am privileged to promote my mission as a Health Activist.

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“Must Follow!” – List of dailies

This Facebook page composite includes both pages I have been following for years and discovered as recently as last week. The following list represents a cross-section of health care forums from professional, political, educational and alternative methodology for obtaining optimal nutritional health and balanced well-being.

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Why not try something different?

WEGO Health

GreenMedInfo

Alliance for Natural Health International

Upgrade Your Plate

Organic Gardens Network

Natural Society

Budd’s Herbal Apothecary

Mountain Rose Herbs

Posts of hypnotic suggestion

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“I advocate people’s personal empowerment by sharing awareness of current health care trends.”

Why I write about the Nutritional Alchemy of Food

Day 1: Why I write about Biochemical Alchemy and nutritional foods as a WEGO Health Activist is because I am committing to share daily information with you during the month of April! You are welcome to join me to broaden our awareness and understanding of the many health related issues we are experiencing today.Image

A Crohn’s disease recurrence 20 years ago inspired the implementation of “Biochemical Alchemy” for my ‘Biochemical Nutrition’ practice, permitting the continued enjoyment of foods in a therapeutic way.  Ingredients are adjusted to address different dietary needs.  Specific spices are selected for primarily anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to the pharmacopeia found in plant compounds.

Mariam Webster Dictionary defines alchemy as 2: “A power or process of transforming something common into something special“.  The challenge is creating “medicines” comprised of natural, organic foods that are both fun and appealing to the palate.  Alchemically prepared foods are nutritionally integrated to biologically address disease and disorders as well as maintaining overall health.

The chemical breakdown of each individual ingredient complement one another to create what is known as a “functional food”, working in sync with our biology to promote powerful healing energy. The ingredients are all plant proteins and in raw food form, protect natural enzymes potentiating bioavailability.

Whole, natural raw foods are widely available, but learning which to combine in a recipe as a “meal to heal” is an art.  Try composing variations of your own, remembering to share your creations!  Learn more about the alchemy of foods and find additional recipes shared in my Examiner.com articles over the years as a Cleveland Natural Health Examiner

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