Simpler Summer is a flick away

Happy Monday Morning,  Readers,

Smack dab in the middle of summer, I want things even simpler. So, my web pal is helping me make it so.  Perhaps you received a test email this morning?

Some days I don’t even want one click! So, I’m setting up posts – brief, of course – to arrive directly to your email box.  Flick aways clicks. Just read a tip or two quickly –  and get on with your summer 🙂

Chief Simplicity Officer Carol

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How to pack simple for 17 days

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Pack a Bag! It stirs excitement. You’re going somewhere!  Whether you travel little or frequently, there’s something about packing that’s exciting.

SimpleSize packing to enjoy the trip. A recent journey found me salivating to get to cooler temps for awhile. But 18 days in 9 hotels would be a packing challenge.

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Simply stand your clothes UP in your bag for ease in selecting what you need – instead of furrowing through a stacked pile – an especially good trick for just 1 or 2-night hotel stays.

The basics:

  1. Pack only what feels and looks good on you (selfies were made to help you decide – or ask a friend).
  2. Travel only with fabric that holds up. Cheap fabric doesn’t travel well.
  3. Clothes must perform multiple jobs. Example: black yoga pants can take you out at night too.
  • Outerwear: Know your tolerance for temperatures. One jacket or trench can be layered .
  • Bottoms: I want my bottom covered first! I don’t want knees and seat that look like balloons after long journeys.
  • Tops: Layer. Layer. Layer again.  Tanks. T’s. Turtles. Blouses. Sweaters.  So many ways to create your look!
  • Shoes: Double duty! e.g. A good-looking pair of flats also serve as an evening or walking shoe. But if heels are a must, then you trade off the space in your bag.
  • Everything else: Scarves and Hats. Toiletries. Jewelry. Other accessories.

QUICK POINTS:

  • Roll-on bags only – never checked bags…even for a 2-week journey
  • 1-2 pieces of underwear are all you need as long as you have a sink, some soap and overnight air.
  • Ballast and Buy: leave some clothes on your trail and buy new as souvenirs!

Pack what rocks your trip. Or your bags will feel like they have rocks in them.

See you on the road …

New Diet Book’s Simple Mission – No Dying, All Living

Hello again, Readers!

April has been busy, following the month of re-posts in March (scroll below to see series).

Hippocrates said simply, “First do no harm.” Friend and colleague Victoria Moran has a breakthrough book coming May 19 – The Good Karma Diet – proving “no harm” works.  The concept of karma – “what goes around comes around” – can be found in Hinduism, yoga, Buddhism, Jainism, and Judeo-Christian teachings.    Add – instead of taking away.

The Good Karma Diet is not about traditional “dieting” – but instead about the comprehensive nourishment that feeds you through vibrant plant eating and robust living that gives back.

In nearly 7 years as a vegan, I no longer participate in eating dead creatures, and I’m happy to leave harmful eating and living behind me. Instead, juicy, robust, flavorful plant eating is the only way to go – certainly the only way to age!

This lifts that word “diet” from the deprivational depths and restores its original meaning from the Greek diaita, “a way of life.” And this particular way of life is one replete with meaning and fulfillment and joy. 

Enjoy this excerpt:

The Good Karma Diet

Good Karma eating is as simple as can be: comprise your meals of plants instead of animals, and most of the time choose unprocessed plant foods, meaning that they got from the garden or orchard or field to your kitchen with minimal corporate interference.

This way of eating gives you good karma in two ways. The first is self-explanatory: by eating foods of high nutrient density and avoiding the animal products and processed foods your body can have trouble dealing with, you’ll reap the rewards of improved health. The second is a bit more mystical:  do good and you get good back. 

As is true for life in general, it’s probably better to do this with unselfish motives, but even if your motivation is to become thinner, healthier, or more youthful, you’ll be doing something modestly heroic at the same time. This way of eating and living could lessen the suffering of billions of animals. I know it’s hard to think in terms of billions, but if you imagine counting the individual beings one at a time, you get some of the impact. In addition, ninety-eight percent of the animals raised for food suffer horrifically on factory farms before being slaughtered, often in adolescence. Every time you eat a vegan meal, you’re voting for something different.

This choice also lightens the burden on the planet. Raising animals for food in the numbers we do today calls for an exorbitant amount of water and fossil fuels. It leads to vast “lagoons” of animal waste, and the release into the atmosphere of tons of greenhouse gases, mostly in the form of methane.

What you have here is holistic dining at its finest – body and soul. Eating whole, plant foods is scientifically validated as being both nutritionally adequate and anti-pathological. In other words, it cures stuff. Not everything. But reversal of such scourges as coronary disease and type 2 diabetes among people on this kind of diet has been repeatedly reported in the scientific literature; and the preventive potential of this way of eating is supported by ample research.

If this sounds great but going all the way seems impossible right now, go partway. Americans’ consumption of animal foods has, as I write this, been decreasing annually since 2007, primarily because non-vegans are making vegan choices some – or much – of the time. They fix a veggie-burger or black beans and rice, or they order their latté with soy, or have a green smoothie for breakfast so they’ll look prettier and — what do you know? — the statistics get prettier, too.

Once you’re fully vegan, celebrate! The only thing you need to “do” nutritionally that you weren’t doing before is take a vitamin B12 supplement of about 100 micrograms a day as a tiny, tasty, melt-in-your mouth tablet. B12 is not reliably found in plant foods unless they’ve been fortified with it, and lack of B12 is dangerous. This single missing element in a plant-food diet pains many vegans. If this is the perfect diet, it ought to be, well, perfect. But this is life on earth: extraordinary, magnificent, and absolutely not perfect. Bacteria in our mouths and intestines do make some B12, and maybe at some point in evolutionary history we all made enough, just as our long-ago ancestors made their own vitamin C and now we don’t. I look at taking B12 as a tiny surcharge for the privilege of being vegan.

If you hear yourself saying “I could never give up ice cream” (or something else), realize that you may just be short on vegucation. There are lots of rich, luscious nondairy ice creams on the market, and you can make exquisite homemade ice cream with only a DIY gene and an ice cream maker. 

If you have the information and you’re still saying “I could never give up. . .,” listen to yourself. You’re affirming weakness. You’re bigger than that. You can eat plants and save lives. You can give your life exponentially more meaning by living in a way that decreases suffering just because you got up and chose a kind breakfast. 

Without this commitment, the Good Karma Diet would be, as much as I hate to say it, just a diet. To me, a diet is: “Eat this and don’t eat that, and feel guilty when you screw up, which of course you will because you’re only human, for heaven’s sake, and nobody can be on a diet forever.” That doesn’t really make you want to say, “I’ll have what she’s having.” 

Understand and embrace the compassion piece, the conviction that you’re here to make life easier for others, regardless of species, and then everything else – whatever tweaks you might make because of an allergy, a digestive peculiarity, a personal preference — will come with little effort. This lifts that word “diet” from the deprivational depths and restores its original meaning from the Greek diaita, “a way of life.” And this particular way of life is one replete with meaning and fulfillment and joy.

Excerpted from THE GOOD KARMA DIET: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion

by Victoria Moran

Victoria Moran catalog photo_by David Rodgers Photography

With the permission of Tarcher/Penguin, a division of Penguin Random House. Copyright © 2015.

“Z” Re-Post: Zoom and laugh at Seinfeld’s “trashification”

Ending today: 26-day re-posts. SimpleSizeMe.net

Click here for original “Z” post.

Just highlights below:

Click to see Jerry Seinfeld trash the stuff we collect in a 5-minute stand-up on Jimmy Fallon. “We’re in a continuous state of being garbage processing centers.”

Zoom & Zap –  Zoom on what worksZap what’s become “crapified“…such as old notions and people who deplete you, bad work practices, foods that weigh weight up and health down, wardrobes full of sizes and lives past, excess cabinets, closets, furniture, stuff.

Zenith – Without clutter in your life, you’ll get to your next zenith.

Zones – Declare home a clutter-free zone

Zen – We know it when we feel it.  Achieve more through less to give back for what really counts.

Thank you for following this series!  original series started here.

I look forward to connecting with you again.

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“Y” Re-Post: You only get one pass at you

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Smack in the middle of Spring cleaning!…grab some SimpleSizing tips here: 

Click here for original “Y” post.

Just the highlights of “Y”:

You & YOLO  – You Only Live Once – so what are you doing about what really matters?

You-inventory – Use childhood song: Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes  see the routine here

Yield something amazing from yourself every day.

Yoga rocks – and has for centuries. Try it.

Youth-ify your attitude. Don’t let youth be wasted on the young.

Yum to what nourishes. Toss what depletes.

Yin Yang concepts can balance your life.

Yore – Yesterday – They’re OVER;  start from now. 

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“X” Re-Post: Read X-Rated Story Here

Last 3 days of SimpleSizeMe Marathon re-posts.

Click here for original “X” post.

Just highlights here:

X-rated story about Ximena & Xavier… They are a fine couple whose life motto was too much is not enough!  They once had multiples of everything, gave everyone they knew gifts, bought every gizmo pushed in stores, and over-prepared for everything….Read more here.

X-Rated – Violence is what needs the X-rating. I “X” it from movies by looking away. “X” what doesn’t lift you.

X-treme – Go to extremes where it matters to you.  Consider where simplesizing can improve your life.

LuXury – The luXury of less trumps the luXury of more.

“Y” Re-Post: You only get one pass at you

Smack in the middle of Spring cleaning!…grab some SimpleSizing tips here: 

Click here for original “Y” post.

Just the highlights of “Y”:

You & YOLO  – You Only Live Once – so what are you doing about what really matters?

You-inventory – Use childhood song: Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes  see the routine here

Yield something amazing from yourself every day.

Yoga rocks – and has for centuries. Try it.

Youth-ify your attitude. Don’t let youth be wasted on the young.

Yum to what nourishes. Toss what depletes.

Yin Yang concepts can balance your life.

Yore – Yesterday – They’re OVER;  start from now. 

“W” Re-Post: Wabi Sabi, Wisdom, Wealth, and Waste

Crash Course finishes Sunday. Scroll through; pick a letter; get some SimpleSizing tips. 

Click here for original “W” post.

Wabi Sabi– The Japanese aesthetic wabi has been defined variously as: simplicity, imperfect, tranquil, elegance, or irregular beauty. Sabi has been interpreted as the beauty that age bestows, as the natural cycle of birth and death.

Wallet – SimpleSize it so it’s not the weight of a brick! Or leave it home and have fun that’s free.

Wealth – Recently seen in finance company ad: The myth of wealth is that it’s all about wealth. Maybe health is wealth?

World & Waste – It’s still our job to do what we did in kindergarten and clean up after ourselves.

Wheels – Not used on luggage until 1970! Invent a wheel. Be clever and brilliant. Find wiser ways

Wise – If you are wise you will dread a prosperity which only loads you with more. Ralph Waldo Emerson