If Only There Was Food On the Shelves   2 comments

Balsamic vinegar, $399

Balsamic vinegar, $399 (Photo credit: bryanh)

I don’t typically rant on my blogs.

I don’t feel like it is productive and most of the time people sound totally crazy when they do it.

Prepare to read crazy. ¬†ūüôā

I used to think that buying shoes was the worst thing in the world.

I’ve never been able to wear pretty, strappy, high-heeled things or Birkenstocks, etc. ¬†That ship sailed when I was in high school.

But I have to say, I have found something that is worse than shoe shopping and probably, today, could make me as nuts as going to the dentist.. okay, not quite.

So, with these migraines, they suggest staying away from a lot of things, especially when it comes to food.

No bacon, no cold cuts, no cheese, no vinegar, no pickles, no tuna fish, limit tomatoes and onions, no mushrooms, and the list goes on.

I think water is allowed. . . well, even encouraged but man or woman cannot live on water alone. . . I only wish I could.

SO…. I am so limited in what I can eat. ¬†It’s depressing. ¬†I get tired of eating the same foods again and again.

But it gets worse. ¬†I live in a rural town in IL … only because there was a decent paying job here.

And you would think that living in the midst of farms would mean healthy, fresh food.

But it does not.

It is no wonder that the whole town doesn’t have migraines. ¬†Or all kinds of other disease because of the crappy food that they have on the shelves.

The produce isn’t fresh and there isn’t much variety.

Most of the meat is processed with something or another… nitrates, autolyzed yeast extract, natural flavorings, etc.

It’s really depressing.

For almost four years, I would shop when I went to see my family or drive upwards of 45 minutes to a decent store and then I would stock up.

The problem with that, it seems, it that foods with tyramine in them have more tyramine the longer the food is in the fridge.

So if it is in your fridge for two days, throw it out or freeze it.

You know, it’s easy to shop every day or every other day when you are in a city and can stop by a Whole Foods or other stores.

It’s not as easy here.

I will often drive 15 miles to the store in the next town over and I’m not exactly a morning person.

By the time I get there, there is hardly anything in the produce department.

It doesn’t help that I often find things with expired dates on the shelves. . . milk, yogurt, etc that is out of date but there for all to buy.

And then there is the worst thing. . . .

What about all of the chemistry that lines the shelves in the middle of the store?

Guar Gum

Yeast Extract




Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein

Sodium Caseinate


Whey Protein

It’s crazy. ¬†Why do we allow ourselves to be used as guinea pigs?

Why do we keep eating this nonsense?

I’m lucky, I have pain if I eat this stuff. ¬†And it keeps me from it.

Not everyone is so lucky.

I cannot believe that how we eat, what’s in our water supply, etc, etc, etc doesn’t kill us slowly . . . doesn’t lead to so much of the “badness” as they like to say at work.

I don’t blame anyone for a brain that can’t eat sharp cheddar cheese or beautiful Balsamic vinegar. ¬†That’s the way it is.

But I can blame us and the government for all of the nonsense that goes on at the FDA and the fat cats who are getting rich by feeding us nothing but chemicals that are making us obsess and very ill.

Oh, and if you are vegetarian or eat organic, don’t think that you are safe. ¬†You will find these things on packages in health food sections or stores. ¬†Don’t believe me? ¬†Check out packages of MorningStar “chicken” nuggets and other fine “healthy” processed foods.

So my bottom line to this rant is, When are we all going to be so sick and tired of being sick and tired that we do something about it??


Posted July 15, 2012 by Green Tara Om in Uncategorized

Be Aware of the Inner Gatekeeper   Leave a comment

Thanks for sharing this.

One Dharma Nashville

How many times have you encountered the inner gatekeeper in your life but didn’t let it stop you? Maybe you wanted to get an advanced degree, or change careers, eat a healthier diet or begin a committed exercise program.  The inner gatekeeper is the voice that tires to hold you back, tells you that you can’t do it. Most of us have times in our lives when we just don’t listen, move ahead with our intentions and find success.

If we’re not mindful, our inner gatekeeper can impede our dharma practice. Why? Because a key element of genuine practice is becoming aware of habitual and unconscious patterns that run our lives. Through mindfulness, we can gradually see and undo those patterns. But the inner gatekeeper wants to protect the status quo and may try to convince us that we can’t. I believe a lot of people who intend to observe…

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Posted June 24, 2012 by Green Tara Om in Uncategorized

Fessing up at Work: How to Admit Your Mistakes and Save Your Reputation   Leave a comment

I wish I could print this out and bring it to every member of my team.

Posted June 24, 2012 by Green Tara Om in Uncategorized

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I reblogged this here because I think our work environment can contribute or take away so much from our physical and spiritual health.
It’s possible to follow your life philosophy and be happy and healthy.
Why wait?

Posted June 23, 2012 by Green Tara Om in Uncategorized

Good Resource Before Your Next Appt   2 comments

Does this image look familiar?

It does for me. . . minus the full makeup, the smile, the perfect hair, and the spandex clothes.


I don’t even like to use the word headache anymore because I have dealt with my own migraine enough to understand that they are a whole-body dis-ease.

Today, I woke up at 4 am. ¬†I kept hitting my tooth that has a temporary crown on it. ¬†I slept off and on from 4 am to 7 am. ¬†I don’t think i had dreams, but I had a lot of “fretting” and it was not pleasant.

Before work, I scrambled some eggs and they sounded really unappetizing.  All I wanted was plain toast.

I got to work at 8:30 and went right in to a meeting with a smoker . . .

By lunch time, I was nauseated and a bit dizzy.

Back to work, with an ice pack for good measure.

Only to find that there was a huge machine tearing up the driveway in front of my office.  The noise was crazy and I could hardly concentrate.

Ugh.  Calgon could not take me away.  I had a report to write.

It does seem that I took my meds quick enough to stop the headache before it got worse and I could make it through the hot, humid, noisy afternoon.

But I came across this:


I was happy and it was good timing.  I go to a new headache clinic/neurologist tomorrow and this will help me prepare.

Soon I will post about the tracking method I now have and whether or not it helps going to the doctor or not.

Anyway, I hope this document helps you too!

Namaste, Jennifer

Tsunami Of Sugar   1 comment

I thought this article was totally worth reposting. ¬†I found it off of Andrew Weil‘s post on Facebook today.


The author, from the UK, discusses how food has changed since the 70s and how sugar is in so many things that we don’t even expect.

Look at the information out there on inflammation — it’s on sugar, gluten, etc — not fat as we have been led to believe.

Looking for good information out there? ¬†Check out Integrative Nutrition by Joshua Rosenthal. ¬†He gives a nice critique of “diets” out there. ¬†And he gives some good solid guidelines for eating healthy, rather than a diet.

Also, check out some of the new Paleo or caveman diets. . . I don’t know how much is hype and how much is real . . . they call for getting rid of wheat, dairy, and focuses on high healthy protein — and of course, non-processed foods. ¬†It’s worth a look.

If you are using anything like a Paleo diet to help with disease or weight loss, please post a comment and let us know how you are doing.

Posted June 12, 2012 by Green Tara Om in Uncategorized

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bringing presence to our exile   Leave a comment

Great Post

Make Believe Boutique

The astonishing thing is that in spite of all we have done, the earth still offers back so much beauty, so much sustenance. So much of what we need is embodied in it. If we treat things in accord with what we believe they’re worth, then the value of the world is something that we imagine. The thing that we can do for the world is always expressed in terms of how we can treat the world & each other, the quality of our behavior…..Emmet Gowin

there‚Äôs something elemental in compassion‚Ķ.a direct communication to the divine‚Ķ.a mother-quality‚Ķ.an instinctive¬†‚Äėright behavior‚Äô‚Ķ.sister to mercy‚Ķ..a profound discipline in the simplest act of witnessing another‚Ķ.

we are all vulnerable….

The world-view now emerging- if we are bold to experience its implicatons- lets us behold anew & experience afresh the web of life in which we exist. It opens us to the vast intelligence of life’s self-organizing…

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Posted June 9, 2012 by Green Tara Om in Uncategorized