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YOU and using YOUR critical thinking skills forever

I have some quotes for YOU from some people who are

researchers and authors:


Christopher Hitchens:

“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”


Richard Dawkins

“Do not indoctrinate your children.  Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, a how to disagree with you.”


Harper Lee
“Now, 75 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.”


Richard W. Paul

“Critical thinking is thinking about your thinking while you are thinking in order to make your thinking better.”


Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Freedom of speech is unnecessary if the people to whom it is granted to not think for themselves.”


The following is a list of some of the critical think skills YOU should keep up as you age:

Motivated to learn

Open minded

Understand why we feel the way we do

Draw conclusions on the basis of the best available evidence

I have not had TV for over 15 years now but I am going to list a few items that you can do on your own to keep your skills in the high-range with the TV:

Pick any news show and then use the following questions:

Is it a good idea or a bad idea?


Is this belief defensible or indefensible?

Is my position on this issue reasonable and rational or not?

Am I willing to deal with complexity or do I retreat into simple stereotypes to avoid it?

Do I think deeply or only on the surface of things?

Do I know how to questions my ideas a to test them?


I read a lot, write a lot, research a lot, and so I use my critical thinking skills on a daily basis but if I were retired I hope I would still but if you are retired figure out some way to use your critical thinking skills and have JOY in what you do:

Work crossword puzzles

Work a regular puzzle

Build a birdhouse for your grandchild

Knit a scarf for a friend

Volunteering is really good but it is best to put limits

Below is listed by Forbes about critical thinking:

So weave these into your daily life:

Critical thinking

Complex problem solving

Judgment and decision making

Active listening

Computers and electronics

Challenge YOU –  everyday Challenge YOU

Have a mission every day

JOY and Peace every day





Having any kind of garden can help you and your health


There are a lot of wonderful ways that any gardening can help in YOUR health


Listed below are just some of the wonderful reasons to do any kind of gardening but in my lifetime I have had acres of garden with a neighbor and we canned beans, made ketchup, froze peas, grew jalapenos in Iowa, grew beets, and my Dad tried to grow celery in my garden.  We planted lots of potatoes and even did corn.  But now I do container plants – have beautiful tubular begonias and some other flowers but because my condo does not get enough sun I cannot do vegetable or fruit.


Gardening can reduce risk for stroke


Burn calories


Reduce risk of heart disease


Decreases the likelihood of osteoporosis


Stress buster


Improves one’s health


Making meaning out of our life


Enables us to enter the “zone” also known as an altered state of



Means of survival If necessary


Digging in soil has actual health and mood boosting benefits


Improves relationships and compassion


Lower risk of dementia


Strengthens your immune system


Here are some more reasons to play in the dirt:


Get enough vitamin D


Play in the dirt


Getting grounded – EARTHING


Stress relief


Eat vegetables


Getting exercise


There are so many reasons to plant and care that there is NO REASON NOT TO HAVE SMALL OR LARGE GARDEN


Other reasons:


Sense of responsibility


Be nurturers


Keeps us connected to other living things


Helps us relax and let go


Working in nature release happy hormones


Reminds us to live in the present moment


Reminds us of the cycle of life, and to come to terms with that most universal of anxieties; death


Can allow us to vent anger and aggression


Allows us to feel in control


Gardening is easy


Gardening is good for children and gives all the benefits for


Children as it does for adults.


Love sitting on my deck and enjoying my flowers.


Earthling and gardening is so good for YOU – you do not need to spend hours doing either but spend some time for a lot of health benefits for SELFhood.


Some more good reasons to garden:




Heart health


Hand strength and dexterity


Brain health and Alzheimer’s risk


Immune regulation


Depression and mental health


Gardening can strengthen YOUR immune system, dirt also

contains a natural antidepressant called Mycobacterium vaccae.

According to research, this particular antidepressant microbe

causes cytokine levels to increase, which in turns boosts the

production of serotonin.  The research as conducted by Bristol

University and University College London.


As we age, gardening helps to stimulate the brain.


Gardening helps in physical exercise, social interactions,

cognitive learning and reducing risks of dementia for people in

their 60s and 70s.







YOU are in charge of how much nutrition YOUR body needs

Because YOU are the only one with YOUR unique body.

So, gear up and have courage about:


The 4 key nutrients your body needs:

  1. Fat
  1. Saturated Fat
  1. Sugars
  1. Sodium


And of course, the big ones:




Vitamins & Minerals


Because YOUR nutrition and nutrients are different than anyone

Else’s nutrition and nutrients YOU need to know about YOU

And that is what this website and only this website helps YOU

Learn about YOU.  Especially, the podcast talks about the


Unique YOU with all your characteristics


Look at food that provides nourishment for the body to do

What YOU need to do in life so that:

What Does Life Expect from YOU?


YOU will know and grow


Substances which provide energy:

Energy is not a nutrient but food energy is important for

providing energy for YOUR daily activities.


Protein, fats, and carbohydrates are converted into energy in

different quantities.  Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients

for the body but are not converted into energy


Energy is required to fuel body processes and physical activity.



Fat contributes to energy intake and helps you absorb is vital

Vitamins, therefore a healthy diet should always contain a certain

amount of fat.

Saturated fat is predominately from animal sources

Unsaturated is predominately from vegetable sources

Too much-saturated fat can raise blood cholesterol and can

Increase risk of heart disease.  Intake should be no more than

Your daily recommended intake-LEARN what YOUR Intake

Should be-YOUR Uniqueness.



Sugars are carbohydrates that provide the body with energy, our

body’s fuel.  They occur naturally in fruit, vegetables, and dairy

foods.  Try not to use anything with man-made sugars in them-

almost any amount of man-made anything will put YOUR body

into the disease mode.



I have already done a blog about how important salt is to our

body – refer back to that blog.

Only use unrefined salt like the blog talks about – STOP buying

Any other kinds of salt – for YOUR best interest.



Important for the growth and repair of the body’s cells and for

building muscle.


It can also be used to provide energy.  Some good sources of

protein:  fish, meat, chicken, eggs, milk, cheese, and yogurt are

animal sources



Vegetables based protein include legumes, soybeans, baked

beans, kidney beans chickpeas and lentils, nuts and seeds.

Choose protein-rich foods that are low in saturated fat.




The main source of energy that fuels our body and everything it does,

even thinking.  They are sugars and starches.  Try to each natural

carbohydrates found in fruit and some vegetables, dairy foods.


Limit man-made carbohydrates that are made in laboratories and

that, as YOU age, will create problems in your digestive system

and add fat to your structure.






There will be several topics in today’s blog:


Like I have said over and over again here in these blogs is that

I do prevention against disease; against cancer, diabetes,

arthritis, and any other disease, any autoimmune disease is

really any disease plus inflammations of anything in the body.


My goal is to never have any of the above.  I had already

become hypothyroid in the 1980s and have been determined not

to have anything else that would cause me any disease.  So far,

I have not had any other disease besides that which being

Hypothyroid is enough because one is more susceptible to

cancer, diabetes, and heart disease being hypothyroid so I take

care nutritionally of my body.


Since each of us is unique in body structure with genes and

DNA plus a mired of other factors you need to feed your body

nutrition that will keep you from disease and this website gives

YOU the tools to know your body, mind, and spirit to keep SELF

Healthy while you age.


You need to know how much of each you body needs but

be sure you are putting into your body the best quality you can

afford anything because You are in control of YOUR body and

whether it gets any disease or not.


I believe I would not have gotten hypothyroidism if I had known that

Iodine was the one thing my thyroid runs on and my body was

running out of Iodine.


Below is a list for nutrition that YOUR body needs:




When you eat foods that contain protein, they are broken down in the body into amino acids.  These amino acids are used to build and repair any muscle tissue.  This is great for those who are physically active or exercise regularly.  You are able to recover at a faster rate than if you do not consume protein.  Every tissue in your body is made up of protein and you need to consume enough through your diet to replenish it.  Protein is also needed to help your immune and nervous system.




Gives you energy to function throughout your day.  Good carbs

Can be from vegetables and fruits.  When carbs are ingested your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin.  Insulin helps the carbs to be stored in the muscles or as fat.  Stored carbs in the body are also known as glycogen.  They are an energy supply and help to achieve better fat loss but help in overall physique.



Without fats, you will not be able to survive.  They keep your body warm during cold weather.  Fats lubricate joints and keep your muscles loose and mobile for good workouts.


Personally, I eat Irish Gold butter which is an excellent fat, I eat cottage cheese not a lot but a little.  I eat beef which has some good fat.


I stay away from bad fats – anything man-made is bad fat or anything else for that matter.


Natural fat is good fat, man-made and processed fat is bad.



Vitamins and minerals,


I make sure I also get enough vitamins and minerals.  B-complex

Is very important.  I drink Yerba mate tea-250 minerals from south

American.  Because I drink some distilled water I take Dr. Marshall’s pink salt for another good dose of minerals.



Always, enough – not too much and not too little.  I have 2 types

Filtered water at home-a PH alkaline water filter and a distilling machine for water and that is all the water I drink from those 2 sources.



The inward journey

“The longest journey is the journey inward.”

Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

This quote  is from Dag Hammarskjold (July 29, 1905 — September 18, 1961) who served as the second Secretary General United Nations, and the only UN Secretary-General to die that office.
Reading something profound like the above moves me to empower SELF, seeks to improve SELF, and appreciate SELF.

What does it do for YOU?

Reading books, non-fiction, biographies, auto-biographies will empower SELF.
When I read about a specific topic, I try to read at least five other authors’ view on the same  subject to get their theories or thoughts.  Never read just one author’s opinion on topic-because YOUR MIND will get stuck in their theory or thought.