Both virtual and local, Gail's Learning Center is a place for learning, discovery, sharing, and connecting. The Center provides workshops, resources, and meetups for people who are interested in learning to live happier and healthier naturally AND sharing what they've learned. Topics are grouped under the headings of Eating Well, Moving More, Thinking Better, and Connecting to help in organizing the information. Many of the workshops encompass several categories.
While I would not presume to advise anyone to follow specific diets, practices, or routines, I believe that "listening" to your own mind and body can lead you to your best path. I hope you'll find some of these resources helpful on your journey!
Enhance your creativity through positive connection to your natural environment.
Are you a "do-it-yourself" kind of person? Do you believe that you can add more years to your life, and enjoy better health by incorporating a few different foods into your menu? If even a portion of the worldwide research on foods and longevity is valid, you certainly can!
The purpose of these pages is to whet your appetite by discussing a few common foods and their healing properties.
Apples to Walnuts describes a sampling of healthy foods.
This section includes key benefits of each of the foods listed, along with nutrient charts, ideas for easy preparation, and online references.
Foods were the original medicines
More whole natural foods with a variety of colors is best
One simple way to eat healthier is to prepare and cook your own meals
What would moving more mean to you? Here are a few possibilities:
Feel better physically, with more energy and strength; Enjoy life more, with uplifted mood and enhanced creativity; Stay healthier, reducing your risk of common illnesses; Look more relaxed and have younger skin; Stress less and sleep better; And live longer!
The next question, assuming you would like to move more and be healthier, is how to get more consistent exercise. Many folks are constrained by their work schedules, by current health conditions, lack of transportation, weather (too hot, too cold), lack of space an so on.
To begin adding more movement to your daily routine:
Explore a few of these options.
Pick one to start with, and decide on a regular time and place.
Keep it simple and start slow You can change it up later.
Make it fun (If you don't enjoy what you're doing, try something different.
Make it a habit.
Would you like to become more creative and confident when embracing the challenges you encounter in the future? Recent research indicates that persons of any age have the capacity to learn and grow, and actually “train their brains” to function differently. Understanding more about the science of Neuroplasticity may give you ideas for enabling positive changes in your brain.
Enhance your creativity through practice.
The Innovator’s DNA is an excellent guide to improving your creative potential. The authors studied the behaviors of some of the best known and most experienced innovators in the world and documented the common behaviors they found. They believe that anyone can be more creative by practicing these 5 “skills” often:
Ask more questions, and ask “better” questions.
Observe more broadly, and deeply.
Associate unlike things to find surprising connections.
Network with lots of different people from diverse backgrounds.
Experiment, try out more “what if” options.
In societies where longevity is common and people are generally healthy, connecting is believed to be a key factor, according to studies of those "blue zones."
This includes connecting to a community that supports healthy behaviors, living close to nature and gardening, and feeling a sense of purpose and belonging. Daily activities in that environment involve a lot of natural movement and activities that support shared values and enjoyment.