Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Years Resolutions..part 1

Now that the holidays are over and we are feeling all the effects of too much fun, let’s talk about New Years Resolutions.

First, I want to briefly mention why we need these New Year resolutions. It is because we tend to over indulge in things that are not good for our health. It starts at Halloween and then rolls down hill FAST to Christmas. Even I gave in to things that taste and looked to good to pass up, and what happened? I got sick, and had both a stomach bug and a head cold. Why? Because I had cake, brownies, rolls, and a ton of things that are high in sugar and preservatives, and we know that sugar lowers the immune system. There was so much, I thought I was doing well by just choosing a few, but it’s a few here and there that catch up to us. Was the cold and stomach bug worth the sweets I had? No, not at all! It was horrible. So we have to make a choice between health and taste buds. I am not saying to never have sweets again, but you look at it as a debt you take against the good things you put in your body and think "is it worth it, or do I really need it?" It's not about the fat and the waist line, even though it does affect that too, but it's our wellness and state of health I am talking about. You see why we need to make these New Year Resolutions, let talk about how make a New Year resolution work for you!
First make a Positive mental change in your Life. So often we know we have to get fit, lose weight, and make better eating choices. Knowing it, sometimes we have a negative feeling about it. We grudgingly say, "I have to work out", or "I can't eat that, I'm on a diet". We need to give ourselves positive statements that remind us WHY we are making these beneficial life style changes. Some examples are…

• I want to live longer and happier.

• I want to see my children get married and dance with my daughter at her wedding.

• I want to take a trip to _________.

Get creative and make a mental picture of you being healthy and fit. When we do this we accept that we WANT this and the brain looks at things positively instead of negatively.

You can come up with a ton of positive things to remind yourself why you want better health. Think of your health as a chair. It has four equal legs it stands upon, and if any one of those legs falls short, you fall over. The same thing happens with your health, it can fall short. Your four legs of strength come from:

1. A positive attitude.

2. A healthy diet.

3. Making lifestyle changes in exercise and healthy habits.

4. Supplementary measures.

If you are looking to change this year and want help along the way stay tune for my continuation of my New Year Resolution help guide. This is only part one. Please feel free to email me any question you may have.

As always,
Have a Blessed and Healthy Day!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Get a Boost for your Bones.

Usually women are more concerned with Osteoporosis, but it is affecting men as well. From childhood on we need to be getting in enough calcium for strong healthy bones. Other benefits of Calcium are proper Heart function and normal blood clotting. If you are pregnant or nursing, your calcium intake is very important for you and the baby. The baby will get the Calcium it needs, but your body will suffer from deletion, so be sure to increase your daily intake. So often people think that we should get our calcium from Milk as a primary source, but this is only one source. Calcium is most easily absorbed when eaten, because it comes perfectly packaged with additional nutrients for proper absorption. Here are a few foods that are beneficial for their Calcium.

Yogurt. This can be confusing with all the choices on the Market today, but looking for a few things will make this easier. You want a Live Culture Yogurt. If there is no mention of live cultures then the yogurt is dead and so is the nutrient value. Also, you do not want added sugars or other additives. You can get a plain or Vanilla yogurt and add fresh fruit and granola to it for a healthy snack, breakfast, dessert, and more. My personal favorite is Mountain View. It has everything and nothing more than it should.
Soy Milks. These are fortified with Calcium and Vitamin D. They come in delicious flavors like, vanilla, chocolate, and plain.
Almonds. These little beauties are wonderful. Just a handful a day gives you a calcium boost. You place a handful in storage bags and have them in you purse or laptop bag for a quick easy snack.
Dark leafy greens. Such as endive, lettuce, watercress, kale, cabbage, dandelion greens, and Brussels sprouts.
• Other choices. Sesame, oats, walnuts, millet, and sunflower seeds. These can be sprinkled over salads, cereals, breads, and soups.

You can see how adding calcium can be easy and fun for your taste buds. I want to mention that your raw dark leafy greens are where you get the most calcium absorption. So get creative and start getting in your daily serving of calcium, today.

Here is a Tasty Salad to get you started
• 2 large navel oranges
• Belgian endives
• 1 cup watercress
• 1 avocado
• 12 medium cooked shrimp, (about 8 ounces), optional
• 1 cup pomegranate seeds
• Sunflower seeds to sprinkle

To assemble salads: Alternate avocado slices and orange sections in a fan shape on each of 4 salad plates. Top with endive, watercress and shrimp, if using. Drizzle with dressing, sprinkle with pomegranate and sunflower seeds and serve.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

39 Reasons to Drink MonaVie

This was an email sent to me from my up line and I thought it was perfect to read about. I love what MonaVie has done for me and my family. The kids love the taste and it gives me peace of mind knowing they are getting a variety of fruits in a daily dose.  
Some of the most important reasons to drink patented Monavie products........
Acai, the main ingredient of the Monavie juice is known to have a benefic effect on human health, and bellow are some of the things that this fruit can do and the best 39 reasons to drink acai juice - Monavie - that you will ever need:
Reason No. 1 Acai Helps You Sleep Better!
Because it contains nutrients like vitamin B and others, acai is able to decrease your level of stress and aids in the communication between your brain cells. Acai is able to do this by assisting with the making of neurotransmitters. Some known neurotransmitters are serotonin and dopamine.
This will also help you sleep better
Reason No. 2 Acai Will Increase Your Energy Level!
Monavie can and is used by renowned athletes like Venus Williams, because Acai has a lot of nutrients, and especially a lot of lipids which are responsible for boosting up your energy level. This is why Monavie can be used on a daily basis to improve your energy level, and even before a more “energy demanding” event.
Reason No. 3 Acai Reduces High Cholesterol
Acai has a lot of EFAs which stands for Essential Fatty Acids. These Acids sustain the good cholesterol (which is named HDL cholesterol) and at the same time, it will decrease the level of bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol). These two actions, made by the EFAs will lead to a much better blood circulation in you body.
If you want to know more about how monavie helps reduce high cholesterol you can also read Monavie & Cholesterol      Read more here
Reason No. 4 Acai Will Help You Lose Weight!
If you are trying to lose weight, then Monavie is a gold mine for you! Drinking Monavie will help you lose weight because acai will delay hunger and help you control your appetite. This is possible because Acai has a low glycemic index.
Reason No. 5 Acai Helps Lower Your Stress Level!
Acai is a great helper in the battle against stress! This is mainly because acai is able to adjust the stress level in your body and then to repair it.
Reason No. 6 Acai Improves Your Sexual Health!
Acai is known for having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can counteract sterility because of pollution, stress and factors associated with free radicals.
Reason No. 7 Acai Eases Women’s Menstrual Cycle!
Good news for women! Especially women who go through great menstrual pain each and every month! Acai is very rich in calcium and it eases the nasty pain of bloating and cramps.
Reason No. 8 Acai Helps You Fight The Wrinkles!
The Acai Juice has a high volume of phytisterols and anthocyanins which do a great job in protecting the collagen (and other connective tissues) and this way you will be safe from premature wrinkles.
Reason No. 9 Drinking Acai Makes Your Teeth Stronger!
The calcium that Acai has is not only good for easing cramps and bloating, but it also helps you have more powerful teeth, a nice whiter smile and also prevents the appearance of gingivitis or other gum diseases.
Reason No. 10 Acai and Your Vision!
The Acai juice helps improve your vision, reduces complications of macular degeneration in diabetics. This happens because of the vitamin C and the beta carotene that Acai has.
Reason No. 11 Acai Aids Your Skin Tone!
Because Acai has phytosterols, by drinking Monavie you will help decrease the wearing down of your skin’s protective outside layer and so improve your skin tone.
Reason No. 12 Acai Fights Aging!
Monavie may help slow down aging as acai has strong anti-oxidants and regenerative nutrients that aid cells to operate optimally. This is probably, one of the most important reasons to drink acai juice, from all the 39 reasons to drink monavie.
Reason No. 13 Acai Protects Blood Vessels!
By drinking Monavie you will be protecting you will be protecting your arteries, capillaries, veins and blood vessels. This is possible because of the anthocyanins that Acai has.
Reason No. 14 Acai Can Improve Your Resistance To Disease!
Because acai has lots of nutrients, monavie helps the immune system and increases your body’s resistance to all sorts of diseases.
Reason No. 15 Acai Improves Lipid and Glucose Levels.
Acai has a low glycemic index which improves these two levels.
Reason No. 16 Acai Detoxifies And Cleanses Your Body.
Acai is used for a long time now to detoxify human’s bodies.
These are only 16 reasons to drink Monavie (acai juice) every single day and you can already see how powerful the fruit is and how much Monavie can do for people that drink it.
Reason No. 17 Acai Can Even Help In Healing Ulcers!
Due to his antibacterial properties, acai is able to destroy fungy, bacteria and even parasites like the one that causes ulcer.
Reason No. 18 Acai May Reduce The Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease.
According to a study made in 2004, which is found in the Archives of Neurology, people that drink acai are reducing the risk of an Alzheimer disease because of acai’s bigger amounts of vitamins E and C.
Reason No. 19 Acai Is A Great Helper Against Osteoporosis.
Because acai has an increased amount of calcium, the bad osteoporosis tends to stay away from you.
Reason No. 20 Acai Fights Against BPH (prostate enlargement).
Acai is a tough enemy of BPH which stands for benign prostate hyperplasia. You might know BPH as enlarged prostate.
Reason No. 21 Acai Helps Twart Retinopathy.
For people that have diabetes acai is great news, because it helps weak capillaries that otherwise could lead to retinopathy. The bad part about retinopathy is that it can often lead to blindness.
Reason No. 22 Acai Can Even Prevent Causes Of Heart Disease.
The Acai Juice has a powerful heart protection agent which is the antioxidant named polyphenols. The production of nitric oxide in the endothelial cells is improved by anthocyanin. The nitric oxide is responsible for the relaxation and enlargement of the blood vessel walls and this means a lesser amount of stress on your heart. And even more than this, your blood flow will be increased and you will have a decreased risk of any vessel blockage.
Reason No. 23 The Acai Plant Sterols Help Lower Your Blood Pressure.
The sterols are responsible for a lot for good things for your body. Sterols are the components of plant cell membranes. They are used in the treatment things associated with blood pressure.
Reason No. 24 Acai Helps In Relieving The Symptoms Of Asthma.
Acai is able to improve the symptoms from Asthma because it has a lot of vitamin C which is a very powerful antioxidant. The vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties which help in relieving the Asthma symptoms.
Reason No. 25 Acai Also Helps Relieve The Symptoms Of The Crohn’s Disease.
Because Acai has great anti-inflammatory properties, he is able to stop the malabsorption of nutrients that are vital for the body. This way, acai is preventing any damage on the wall of your small intestines.
Reason No. 26 Acai Helps In Relieving The Pain Caused By Arthritis.
Once more, the anti-inflammatory abilities of the acai berry help in relieving pain caused by arthritis.
Reason No. 27 Acai Helps Prevent Free-Radical Damage Of Your Immune System.
Oxidation (free-radical damage) represents one of the principal causes of the immune weakness (dysfunction). Acai fights this by toughening the immune system.
Reason No. 28 Acai Also Acts Like An Astringent.
An astringent is a substance that shrinks, contracts, tightens the body tissues like our skin. Astringents are utilized to stop bleeding from small cuts and to give to the skin a fresh, tingling sensation.
Reason No. 29 Acai Fights The Deadly Cancer!
Acai prevents and lowers the risk of cancer. Acai fights breast cancer, skin, stomach, lung cancer by neutralizing the free radicals before they can harm cells.
Reason No. 30 Acai Overcomes Acid Reflux!
Because of it’s antioxidants, Acai helps protect and even repair our lower esophagus when damaged by the acid reflux disease (GERD). Acai also reduces the acidity of the stomach contents when the
reflux occurs. This is because, acai has acid-suppression effects.
Having problems with acid reflux?
Reason No. 31 Acai Makes Your Body Stronger!
Because Acai has even more protein then the average egg, he is able to help your body grow stronger.
Reason No. 32 Acai Enhances Muscle Contraction And Regeneration!
Acai has a mix of trace minerals and amino acids which allow him to help muscle contraction and regeneration after a exhausting activity.
Reason No. 33 Acai Improves The Function Of The Immune Cells.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, acai improves the function of the immune cells by modulating the lymphocytes and preventing the immune suppression. This is all possible thanks to acai’s beta-sitosterol.
Reason No. 34 Acai Acts As An Anti-mutagenic.
Acai helps in the prevention of any damage to our DNA structure and reduces the possible risk posed by mutagens.
Reason No. 35 Acai Fights Against Viruses.
Acai reduces the frequency of infectious diseases like viruses, fungus or bacterial infections.
Reason No. 36 Acai Improves Our Digestion.
Acai dietary fiber helps our colon and the digestive tract.
Reason No. 37 Acai Gives Us A Better Mental Clarity.
Acai helps our alertness and mental function with his omega 3 fats.
Reason No. 38 Acai Promotes Overall Health.
With his powerful antioxidants, Acai helps build and replenish our body.
Reason No. 39 Acai Helps Our Body’s Sinergy.
Acai helps with the protection of the whole body
After reading this who would not want to drink this AMAZING drink?  Email if you have any questions or want to get your bottle Today.

Have a Blessed and Healthy Day!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

More about the benefits of Flax Seed

It has been stated that Flax seed plays a great role in fighting a broad range of cancers and lowering "bad" cholesterol. It is also being studied for the benefits of treating Arthritis, omega 3's, and preventing symptoms of menopause and osteoporosis because of its phytoestrogens.

Since heart disease and cholesterol is such a problem here in America, I wanted to say that just adding a tablespoon of whole flax seed a day can help to lower the bodies bad cholesterol. Not to mention helping with great skin, hair, and any arthritis. You can add this great little seed in everywhere. In shakes, cereals, baked breads, stews, soups, rice, etc. It takes a little imagination and your there. At my local health food store you can buy a large 5 lb bag of organic Flax seed for only $10.49. Wow, to me that is pretty cheap and you add variety in your life.

So pick up a bag of whole flax seed at you local health food store and start reaping the benefits.

Check here for lots of different recipes with Flax Seed.

Have a healthy and Blessed day

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ways to not stress over the Holidays, a Must read.

I wanted to write about the holidays. I am enjoying mine, but I am also starting to stress. The last minute things start to rack up and I made this note based on how to distress keeping my Immunes strong and staying healthy. So I wanted to share this with all of you as well.

• Taking time with a nice cup of tea with a loved one is very therapeutic. This way you slow down and relax. Some of my favorites are chamomile, green tea, or peppermint.
• You can also try the rescue remedies. Dr. Bach has combinations of homeopathic ways to improve moods and stressful situations. The rescue remedy is a five flower combo that is great for keeping stress and anxiety at bay.
• I am also going to be doing yoga 2 extra times a week. Yoga is a great technique for slowing down the breathing, stretching, and opening the mind. When you take that time to breath RIGHT, you allow oxygen to help the lungs detox from trapped CO2, and get rich oxygenated blood to the outer extremities of the body. So, it is very important to learn to breath right. During this time of year when we tend to stress and put to much on our plate, without knowing it, we shorten our breathing and do not get enough rich oxygen to the body.
• Also relax your mind. Meditation slows the breathing and also lowers the heart rate. You can use imagery to visualize the Holiday that YOU want. For example if you're going to be around more family and friends then you maybe use to, remember to take deep cleansing breaths, positive thoughts and you will make it through a crazy holiday.
• Studies have also shown that depression and anxiety will add inches around the waistline. Which will also increase anxiety. Since belly fat has been linked to type 2 diabetes and heart disease, try these simple ways to calm the nerves and blues.
• Also, take some time for some nice sunshine outside. We usually tend to be inside more because of the cold, but having a decreased amount of Vitamin D will also cause anxiety. So for both body and mind, get out side and enjoy sunshine, fresh air, and a nice walk around the neighborhood. You will feel so much better afterwards.

We all love a tasty, refreshing drink for a Holiday party. Hear is one you might really enjoy.

This serves two, so make adjustments for a larger get together.

Clementine Mint

Ice Cubes
12 mint leaves, finely shredded
2 whole leaves for garnish
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1 cup fresh Clementine juice
1 bottle sparkling water
slices of Clementine's

Fill pitcher with ice cubes, lemon juice, Clementine juice, sparkling water, shredded mint leaves, and slices of Clementine mix altogether. Then pour in glasses and garnish with whole mint leaves.
Something other than Eggnog, which I still love as well.

Have a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Minerals and gardening

Ok, you saw yesterday's post about minerals and how we should replenish them. Today I wanted to direct you to a site that talks about a little farm in Scotland that uses natural minerals to replenish the soil for their crops. The minerals found in produce get their nutrients from the earth they were grown in. It shows the importance of adding minerals for proper growth and production. There are minerals we lose daily with the lifestyles we have and need to add back to have balance for a healthy life. Check out the pictures of some of these plants and see how they grow better with correct nutrients in the ground and then think about your body. Do you want it to be of less color, growth, and development? Or should we strive for vibrant, healthy, and strong. You want the food you eat to be high in minerals and you want your body to benefit from those nutrients.
Remineralize the earth

This is also a great time to talk about making your own little garden. What better way to know what has been added in and on to your produce than to grow it yourself. If you have children they would enjoy a themed garden. It does not have to be big, just start with a 2x2, or 5x5 area. You could have a herb garden for cooking, a pizza garden, and so much more. There are so many benefits to having a garden. You get to be outside enjoying fresh air, exercise, making food for the table and it is very therapeutic. Even though it is winter, now is the time you can start to prep your area. Things to start working on are: How big of an area? What is going in it? What chores should each member of the house will have? My daughter loved that she had her own garden that she seeded, watered, and harvested. It brings so much joy knowing you grew it and that it is void of chemicals. A great book to have is the "Four Season Harvest". It talks about how to schedule plants to harvest all year long. That way your garden does not just sit through the winter but will producing foods and enjoyment all year long.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Replenish your minerals naturally

Here is a list of minerals you need and the BEST natural sources:

Potassium- Fish, whole grains, apricots, avocados, bananas, brown rice, green leafy vegetables, spinach, parsley, plantains, cabbage, asparagus, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower
Magnesium- Green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains, kelp, dulse, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, dandelion, oat straw, parsley, millet, alfalfa, horsetail, brown rice.
Calcium- Broccoli, green leafy vegetables, greens, dulse, kelp, oats, dandelion, asparagus, horsetail, straw, and plantains.

You notice that Kelp, Dulse, and green leafy vegetables contain several minerals. These show how important it is to add or increase these beneficial foods. You can get creative and sneak them in a daily diet through the day.

Vitamin E specially if you are active in exercise, at work, or strenuous activity. Your body loses these minerals throughout the day in sweat. Be sure to balance your activities with a follow up of these minerals in foods or shakes. It will keep you balanced, fit, and well.

Alkalizing Raw Soup

This is definitely a highly energizing soup and is a big favorite while on a cleanse or detox. Contains avocado which is high in EFAs and cucumber which is well known for its cleansing properties. The taste of this soup can be dramatically altered by the use of the herbs and spices mentioned or by alternating between lemon and lime.
1 avocado
1/2 red or green pepper
1 cucumber
2 handfuls of spinach
1/2 clove of garlic
2  of green onion
Bragg Liquid Aminos to taste
100ml of light vegetable Bouillon (yeast free)
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
Optional: coriander, parsley, cumin, dulse

Blend the avocado and stock to form a light paste, then add the other ingredients and blend.

Have a Health and Blessed Day

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Healthy Babies Need the Sun!

Children whose mothers receive more Vitamin D during pregnancy are typically taller and have better bone strength. Research from Bristol University shows Vitamin D plays a critical role in the development and maintenance of healthy bones. Deficiency can cause in children deformed bones and brittle bones in adults. The way Vitamin D is synthesized in the body is by the amount of ultraviolet rays received from Sunlight.

An interesting point they made in the study was that children born during the summer where an average of 5 millimeters taller and had better bone density. The ones born late in the winter had less Vitamin D in their system.

So during these winter months it would be a good idea to schedule times out side for yourself and your children. They need to be out during the sunny parts of the day and in 20 minute increments. This will help keep the Vitamin D in good supply with the bones and growth development remaining at optimum levels. So get outside and enjoy the sun!!

Sunshine Vegetable Soup
2 leeks (white and green parts) washed well and chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbsp canola oil
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup cubed and peeled acorn squash
2 sweet potatoes, cubed
1 cup chopped spinach, fresh
4 cups boiling water or stock
tamari soy sauce
salt pepper to taste

Sauté leeks and garlic in oil in a large pot until golden. Place all vegetables in boiling water, cover and cook on low until tender. About 30 minutes
Strain out vegetables, reserving water. Puree vegetables in blender or processor, then add the vegetables to water, stirring well and add seasoning and heat through.

Have a Healthy and Blessed Day!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Are you watching your Sugar intake

If you are watching your sugar intake for Diabetes, Autism, Hypoglycemia, and more, then you will want to increase these foods that are low in sugar. You still need a balance of fruit and vegetables, and variety is the spice of life so mix it up.
These foods are lowest in Sugar...but do not use as absolute

Beans, string               Lamb
    Beef, lean                Lettuces
Beef Broth                  Lime
bone broth                  Liver
    Butter                         Lutefisk
   Cheese                       Loquats
Cucumbers                 Mullet
 Egg whites                  Mutton
      Fish                       Nasturtium
 Fish Broth                   Nettles
 Fowl                           Spinach
 Gelatin                        Tomato's
  Goat meat               Wild Game
  Hickory                  Nuts Pork

What I do NOT like about this list is that it is the potentially HIGH Cholesterol with the amount of animal proteins. What is important to remember is that fresh fruits and vegetables, while they contain natural sugars, they are also high in FIBER, which helps to normalize sugar levels. So you should still be getting regular intake of these, but limit the amount of fruit juices. Once a fruit has been juiced you have taken away the fiber that helps the sugar balance and digestion/absorption process.

I would have the leaner meats Fish, fowl, and lamb. These are not as high in cholesterol as beef and pork. This is why cholesterol is high in Diabetics because they stay away from ALL sugars and eat beef and pork in large amounts.

What can you do? Add more Fiber.

Add more complex carbohydrates to dishes, substitute whole wheat or oat flours to flour dishes. Incorporate nuts, grain, and rice other than white. Add grains to meat dishes. Ask me about more and specific ways to do this. You can still have a variety of foods, but leaning how to balance them is KEY.

Vegetables and Rice
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 small dried red Chile pepper, broken
• 1 medium onion, quartered and thinly sliced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
• 1 medium zucchini, diced
• 1 red bell pepper, diced
• 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
• 1 teaspoon paprika, preferably Spanish
• 1 teaspoon dried thyme
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 1 1/4 cups brown rice or wild rice
• 3 cups vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
• 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish
• lemon wedges for garnish

1. Heat oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add Chile pepper, onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the onion is soft but not browned, about 6 minutes.

2. Add tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.

3. Add rice; stir to coat well with the tomato mixture. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot directly from the pan, garnished with parsley and lemon wedges, if desired.

Have a Healthy and Blessed Day