The organizations behind American Humane Certified and Animal Welfare Approved have set rules about “stocking densities,” which means the chickens will not be crammed in too tightly. And the Animal Welfare Approved label applies for any livestock you might buy from a farm.
Here’s what those logos look like so you can find them easily in the store.
Check out what Ryan had to say on this topic in this seven-minute video.
If you want to know more about choosing real, whole, quality foods that are also good for the planet, check out my e-course Five Star Eating! When you join, you join for life, and have access to two “reboots” per year with me and all the Five Star graduates. It’s amazing what you can do with community support!
Have you wondered if buying organic food is really worth the money? Or if you can truly trust the organic certification, and wondered what it means (behind the scenes)?
I am so excited to share with you a series of videos, taken from an interview with Ryan Merck. Ryan is an expert in organic agriculture and organic farming certifications. He’s worked for four organic certifying agencies. In these roles, he reviewed farms’ organic system plans and visited the farms to make sure that they are not only following the USDA guidelines, but also that they will be successful in their efforts to farm organically.
In this first video, Ryan explains:
the difference between managing pesticides and managing ecosystems
the impact of mono-agriculture (farming all one crop on large amounts of land)
can the USDA organic certification be trusted?
what products and practices are allowed and not allowed on organic farms
So if you’ve been wondering, hear it here and now!
In future videos (as soon as I get them edited), learn all about labeling on chickens and eggs, GMOs, bees, compost and more!
Here are some related links for more details on what we talked about in the interview.
Ever feel a little “gunked up” in your hips? Stiff? Like maybe after a summer road trip, plane trip, boat trip, or sitting around the table too long with family and friends? Or maybe just after working at your desk?
Even though I teach yoga and fitness for a living, and I have the amazing blessing to move most of the day, I sometimes feel stiff too!
Here’s a quick and very effective stretch to help you move your hips in all the directions they need to go for walking:
forward and back
side to side
right and left rotation
We do the stretch from a “walking stance,” so even just standing still in that position will help open up your hips.
This stretch feels good for almost all of my students. If it doesn’t feel good to you, try doing it with your forward foot up on a step or chair.
The video below is 1 minute 10 seconds. You and your hips deserve it!
Follow along and then let me know if one minute of stretching made a difference.
I typically leave Roy’s place with a renewed commitment to daily meditation. I know it’s the #1 most important action step for me to improve in all areas of my life. When I am meditating daily, I feel more peaceful, creative, kind, energized, and happy. Then I can be of better service in the world.
And then I get busy, and don’t dedicate as much time as I’d like to it.
Today I’m making another start, and I’m inviting you to join me in your own way…
What one thing could you do (or not do) EVERY DAY to help yourself feel more peaceful, centered and happy?
Sometimes I take myself, and life, way too seriously.
Having fun is good for your health – mind, body, spirit – the whole package.
Kids are naturally playful, so if you have kids in your life, they teach you how to be present and play again. We all knew at one point, but we forget as we get older and busier.
Here is one quick way to shift into a more playful mindset and enjoy yourself:
Say YES when you want to say no. I’m very good at setting boundaries and protecting my alone time. But there’s also a time to accept the invitation, join the party, go and try something new. And you might surprise yourself and really enjoy it!
I had a great opportunity last week to go swimming with three friends and this unicorn. I said yes to the invitation, and I’m so glad I did.
Now it’s your turn. For the next few days, look for opportunities to say YES when you want to say no, to be more playful, and to have fun. Tell me about it in the Choose Joyful Health Facebook group, or share it at the bottom of the blog post here.