"I don't get my kicks on being right, I get my kicks on finding truth"
–me (Doug Wallace)
"just wanted to let you know, 10 months ago i started down the road to a complete change in health, diet, and lifestyle… your blog was one of the first ones i came across that i found real information regarding superfoods and great health habits and i'm so thankful for it! goji, himalayan salt, maca, raw honey, cacao, coconut oil… these are just a few of the things we've incorporated into our diets that were inspired by your blog, along with alternative sweeteners of course!" –april (a blog reader)
To April: Thanks April, I don't blog for money, comments such as yours are my payment (and inspiration)!!!!
The Gaia Theory postulates that all organisms and their surroundings on earth are closely related to form a self-regulating system. That system is called, Planet Earth.
The human body is also a Gaia system in that it, like planet earth, is also self regulating. Given the right conditions and the proper care, the body is totally capable of healing itself, sustaining itself, and performing all the tasks within itself that are necessary to keep it vibrant, alive, and healthy. Treat it poorly, then the body becomes out of balance, becoming susceptible to disease, and all sorts of ailments.
In this day and age, we have all the knowledge and information necessary to make sure that our body has the correct environment to remain a vibrant Gaia system indefinitely, or at least much longer than people often perceive. I think the human mind starts to believe as we hit our forties and fifties, the human body will automatically start to deteriorate and fall apart. I firmly believe this is a misnomer, we have the power to stay healthy and active for decades and decades after age forty.
We must only make the decision to take control of our health through food and other relevant lifestyle choices.
I have always been fascinated with the science of eating and the science of health. It is not my objective to take the place of the doctors and scientists, but to be a facilitator of information pertaining to the subjects of health and nutrition. I see myself as someone who is gifted in loving to research these types of topics and having the ability to make sound judgment calls in spite of contradictory evidence on subjects relating to health and nutrition. I have been fortunate to enjoy perfect health all my life, having sustained nothing more than a decent number of bad colds. Having turned age 50 in 2011, I think I can keep it going by taking an active role in what I am putting in my body.
Of course, this thing pertaining to health is not all about food. We must develop our mind, our spirits, and our instincts for optimal wellness. In other words, you have to dig into "you". How do you do that? I don't know, but I'm willing to help you dig in and get started. I can show you through my blog, all the things I have researched and learned, as well as talk about the things that I have tried for myself that have both worked and failed. One friend who I was able to get into this stuff is now showing me new things, and we are now learning from each other. I think you just have to make the decision to start to create a better you, and the universe will bring the people and information that you need into your path.
If I can just say one heartfelt and passionate sentence, I just hate to see and hear about people suffering and/or dying from diseases that I truly feel deep down can be easily avoided with a little extra knowlege.
The great martial artist and philosopher Bruce Lee once said to a student that "I can only help you explore yourself". I hope that the Gaia Health Blog can accomplish the same thing.
Also, the famous poet Walt Whitman has a line in a poem in reference to the meaning of our purpose in this life: "That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.” The Gaia Health Blog is "My Verse".
Best of health, happiness, and abundant life,
contact me at dxwallace AT gmail DOT com
On Top of the World, a.k.a., Learning to Fly!! ( at age 50), Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, 2011
Below: "Top of the World" by the band "Brass Construction", 1977 (the first song from the first album I ever bought)
"Girl Talk" D.I.Y. Skin and Bodycare (Part 2)
"Warm Winter Wonderland" Breads and Loaves
"Body", Part 16, a.k.a. "Silence", The Yoga Slideshow
"The Wanderlust Food Diaries"
Baila Me!! (Dance with Me) in Granada, Spain On the Menu: Tempting Tapas!!
Prawns N' Pesto (made healthy)
Men's Health: Culinary Argan Oil helps fight Prostate Cancer
"Cacao Power" (a.k.a., "Food of the Gods")
"Girl Talk" The Way to Natural Skin Beauty
The "Gangsta Gardener" (He plants gardens in vacant lots all over South Central L.A.)
Roasted Olive Oil Tomatoes with Manchego and Basil
Making Your Own Flavored Pink Himalayan Salts
Dinner and a Movie
The Last Samurai On the Menu: Japanese Style Pot Roast
My Top 10 Fats that don't make you Fat
See all articles in "The Healthy Chef's Cookbook"
(The Art of Food)
See all articles in "Eat Smart"
(The Science of Food)
Links to my favorite sites who are ''Raging Against the Machine''(and also some fun cooking blogs)
(same name, different blog, no need to fight about it)
Real Food Freaks
Kim's "Nutritionally Well"
My Simple Real Food Lifestyle Formerly Chronicles of a Teen Foodie
THE PAST ON A PLATE
Special 'shout out' to this food blogger. Totally different style than me, but my favorite food blog in creativity. She inspired me to start my 'Dinner and a Movie' and "Wanderlust Food Diaries' articles.
Special 'shout out' to this food blogger. Endless adaptable recipes with AWESOME food photography!!!!
Cool site for Caribbean cuisine. Recipes very adaptable to health conscious eating.