Things to do in Montana After Enjoying Your Cannabis

I’m a big fan of using cannabis productively. Sure, sometimes I like to lay around and watch a movie or otherwise veg out, but in general, marijuana tends to be an energizing drug for me, provided I set out from the get-go with an intention to move or understand my own mind better. Over the years, I’ve realized that there are certain productive things like chores and tasks that weed can be especially helpful for getting started on.

In general, I think that bribing yourself to do things you’ve been dreading is one of the most productive ways to use the drug — though using it to understand you own mind and body better is certainly even more important. Putting off that conversation with mom? Trying to learn to meditate? There are many options to put your love of Mary Jane to good use. Use these ideas as jumping off points, and remember — any of these productive stoner ideas can be done sober too!For further information visit veriheal.com

Call Someone You’ve Been Putting Off Talking To

Though not everyone does, I know I tend to put off calling my parents. If I have a conversation I’m particularly dreading — like I know I’m in for a major guilt trip about how I don’t call often enough — sometimes, I find taking a walk, getting a little high, and calling them helps give me the extra push I need to have a conversation with more patience and compassion. When you’re stoned, everything becomes a little more funny and easy to have perspective on, including the things that usually intimidate or annoy you.

Challenge Yourself To Do Something Brave

The other week, I was only able to finally bribe myself into trying an exercise dance class (the humiliation! the fun!) by getting stoned beforehand. The idea of going to a dance class terrified me, but I was finally able to get myself there by promising that I would just go high and let it be a funny adventure for myself. It helped alleviate my self-consciousness, and guess what — I had a ton of fun. I allowed myself to use the same bribe the next day, and after that, I saw that I had conquered my fear and pushed myself to form a new habit I’m now genuinely excited about.

Now that I’m not afraid, I don’t feel the need to get buzzed beforehand (though I’m sure I still might sometimes), and I’m glad MJ helped give me that little extra push I needed to remind myself I’m much braver than I think.

Your something brave might be a fitness class, a painting class, going to see some music alone, going to a party — the possibilities are endless. So long as you’re not driving or potentially going to hurt anyone else by showing up a little buzzed, do it.

Try To Meditate

And by meditate, I mean you can either sit and listen to your thoughts and breath in the present moment — or try one of these ideas, where you don’t have to sit at all. So long as you’re setting an intention to be mindful of your stream of consciousness and practice brining yourself back to the breath and the present moment, that’s meditation. The goal is not to “not think” at all, but rather to understand your own thought-patterns more. Weed is great for that in general, but if you try to focus its tendency to help you notice your thoughts from different angles, it can be incredibly productive.

Write A Stream Of Consciousness “List”

If meditating on the breath isn’t your style, try this variation, where you sit down at the computer or journal and write your stoned stream of consciousness. If it’s easier, do it in list form, and just write your thoughts as you come, without pause or editing. The next day, you’ll have a valuable record of what you were thinking about, and you won’t have lost all those brilliant and creative ideas that popped into your head high. Even if you only have a good laugh, journaling is in itself healthy and productive, and this form of non-judgmental writing is indeed meditative.

Make Some Art You Don’t Usually Make

Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, the benefits of drawing, coloring, or otherwise making art are real. Make collages with friends. Finger-paint. Buy some Play-Doh. If visual art is already your serious craft of choice, challenge yourself to write or make music instead. The point is, you’re trying to exercise a different creative muscle here, and to remember that making things doesn’t have to just be about “being good” at something. At its root, it should be about having fun.

See Some Comedy

Yes, laughing is productive. It is cathartic and has proven health benefits. The next time you get buzzed, see some comedy, or watch some standup online. This is as easy as it gets, but it is important. Don’t just choose your comfort-zone show that makes you lightly smile. I want you to pick something that almost sounds like too much work because it might make you end up peeing your pants.

Eat Mindfully

 

When you’re stoned, you actually have a great chance to begin reprogramming your relationship with food. Try checking in with yourself and asking, “what is my body really craving right now?” and, “what would make it feel truly satisfied and nourished?” If you’re craving salt, make yourself a healthy snack like popcorn, and take your time dress it up with toppings exactly as you want it. If you want sweet, challenge yourself to bake exactly what you want, or go on an adventure to find it. When you do eat, challenge yourself to do so slowly, without the distraction of a screen.

Notice each bite as much as you can, slow your chewing, appreciate your food, and the fact that you were able to give yourself exactly what you wanted.

Go Out Alone

A variation on challenging yourself to be brave, being comfortable doing things alone is a challenge for some of us — especially women, who have been socialized to believe it is dangerous, or invites harassment. At a level that’s safe for you, go out lightly stoned and alone with as few safety blankets as possible. Try to see if you can take a very long walk by yourself, with only your thoughts as company. Go out to a nice dinner, and see if you can sit and simply focus on your food, and eating presently, noticing what’s happening around you.

Go listen to some music. Sit on a park bench. If all this sounds too terrifying, check out this list of romantic dates you can take yourself on, and consider bringing something that makes you feel safe, like music, a journal, or a task you’re going to achieve while you’re out.…

Healthy Food Tips

If there is a problem associated with finding healthy food tips online, it’s probably due to the fact that there is such an abundance of them you don’t know where to start. It’s almost as if you should have a notepad, calculator, and reference chart handy when shopping or preparing a meal, so that the meal will be “correct” from the standpoint of healthy eating.

If you’ve seen the movie 2010 – A Space Odyssey, you may remember the scene in which one of the crew members is eating dinner. The dinner plate looks like a set of water color paints, with each little colored square consisting of a different kind of nutrient. Undoubtedly, the “dinner” was designed to provide all the necessary nutritional needs. Hopefully, it was also designed to taste good.

It’s All About Habits

We should not design our meals or eating habits in such a way that eating is no longer enjoyable.

A good set of healthy food tips should help you not only prepare meals you can feel good about, but enjoy them as well. There may well be a few lifestyle changes that need to be made. That’s usually the case whenever we’re trying to improve our lives in one way or another. Many of these changes are simply a matter of dropping some bad habits.

Make Changes Slowly

Let’s say that in planning your meals and what you eat and drink throughout the day, you find there are some things you enjoy eating that are really not all that good for you. You need to avoid those things or at least cut way back.

One of the best healthy food tips you can follow is not to go about it cold turkey. When we try to make too many changes at once, we more often than not suffer a relapse. The hot-fudge sundae you enjoyed every day but quit ordering a week ago, tastes even better if you suffer a relapse and order one with two scoops of ice cream instead of one.

It’s best to cut back on, or avoid, one food item at a time, and slowly get in the habit of not eating those things.

Get Rid Of The Bad Stuff – Where to start? Think about:

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Saturated Fats
  • Processed Foods

Eliminating these items will improve your diet drastically, assuming of course, that you’ve substituted healthy foods in their place.

Healthy foods are:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  • Fish
  • Lean Meat

There is no lack of choices. If you can manage to wean yourself away from processed foods, the sugar and salt issue will probably go away as well. You don’t have to throw out the salt shaker. Most of the salt we take in comes from the processed foods we eat, and if you like a dash of salt on your vegetables, there’s really nothing wrong with that. You can throw out the sugar bowl though: the less sugar you eat, the better.

Eat Slow And Enjoy It

Another of the healthy food tips to consider is to eat food more slowly.

Whether the food you’re eating is good for you or not, by eating slowly you’ll usually enjoy it more, and eat less of it. A meal consisting of healthy foods should taste every bit as good as a meal of junk food, and usually tastes much better.

Eat slowly, and you’ll take in fewer calories.

Eat slowly, and you’re less apt to mess up your digestive system.

Get into the habit of having your meals at the dinner table, and enjoy every bite, instead of snacking in front of the TV, not particularly caring what’s going in your mouth.

Choose Foods Wisely

Eating healthy foods is the last, and most obvious of the healthy food tips.

Imagine a big bowl full of vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, good carbohydrates, plus protein, and big enough to give you the calories your body needs, but no more. That would be like what the space crew had to eat. Not all that appetizing looking, but nutritious.

You don’t have to go that route. Instead, go for:

  • A plate of vegetables which provide the bulk of your vitamins and minerals, plus some fiber and protein.
  • Add lean meat for extra protein if needed, or fresh fish to provide the fatty acids your body requires.
  • Whole grain bread or nuts are excellent sources of dietary fiber, needed to keep your digestive system in top running order.
  • For dessert, fresh fruits can’t be beat. Dark berries, especially blueberries or blackberries, are especially good for you as they are loaded with antioxidants.

When you stop to think about it, fresh fruits and vegetables give you more bang for the buck, pound for pound, than can any processed or refined food, no matter how much it’s been fortified. Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables instead of food out of a brightly colored package or can, and you’re on your way to a healthier diet.…