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  • Exercise

    Exercise is a benefit to every part of the body--mind included.

    Exercise makes you look better, lose weight, and lowers your risk of many chronic diseases, and slows down aging.

  • Healthy children, healthy life

    "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces--just good food from fresh ingredients."
    --Julia Child

    "If we're not willing to settle for 'junk living,' we shouldn't settle for junk food."
    --Sally Edwards

  • Food is medicine

    "Let medicine be thy food, and food be thy medicine."

    "Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."
    --Michael Pollen

Monday, April 20, 2015

Minimizing Anxiety with Helpful Food Ideas

Anxiety is no doubt all about that feeling of worry and nervousness -- more than likely in anticipation of some event that will be unpleasant and troublesome. The first thing that came to mind of what can cause anxiety in some people would simply be Monday. Monday for many can represent not only the start of a work week, but one that can be the start of another work week filled with dread, anxiety and worry. 

But, in the spirit of good health and wellbeing, food can play a role in alleviating that anxiety. It is well known for example that chicken soup is good for minimizing your cold symptoms and ginger is not only anti-inflammatory, but also is a treatment for gastrointestinal issues. So, in using those previous examples, there must be helpful foods that can help with minimizing anxiety too. True, when someone is going through an anxious spell, food may be the last thing to think about in their moment of need! 

But, food can help with minimizing anxiety and water definitely helps. For starters, maintaining good hydration helps with improving the digestion process, lubricating our joints, and maintaining our body's temperature. Also, as noted in an article about the importance of water and your health, "A mere 2% drop in our body's water supply can trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such as a computer screen. Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. An estimated seventy-five percent of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration!"

Other foods to help with alleviating anxiety include fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding sugar (as in processed foods that contain a lot of sugar typically) and caffeine. To get some other helpful ideas with regard to minimizing anxiety, just refer to the article here. Helpful information with regard to the connection between anxiety and obesity, can be read by clicking on the link here and to learn about 19 different natural remedies for anxiety, refer to the article here

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Top 7 Foods To Improve Brain Power

As we are coming close to the close of another week, why not go out with the best thinking idea at work or at school? Starting with the 7 foods to improve brain power -- now, that's a good start....
Top 7 Foods to Improve Brain Power

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Make A Healthy Pact With Yourself!

In the complete deluge of technology advancements today, it is easy to get overwhelmed, isn't it? But,  there is no need to be caught up in every technology change out there -- it's just too crazy. But, what if you or I found one or two technologically-saavy applications to add to our never-ending phone applications instead of having a bunch we may not even use!

True, perhaps the latest technology in phones may not be used by everyone, but what if those of us who have accessibility to really good applications used them frequently and spread the good word about them? After all, it is by example that others can pick up good habits and better ways to manage the way we eat. We can even be rewarded for it! Once again, while kids or lower-income families may not be able to always participate in programs such as this one -- those of us that could -- could actually make a significant impact on how others eat and how what they eat affects their complete health. We remember those teachers in our lives that made a significant impact on who we are today, right? So why can't we pay it forward and be healthy examples for our friends or neighbors who prefer skipping breakfast all together and eat randomly unhealthy foods throughout their day? 

In this most recent phone application called PACT, there is a great incentive to participate in this program as it incentivizes the user to earn cash while living a healthier lifestyle! Sounds too good to be true? Check out the website here and make a pact with yourself to live in a healthier way.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Blue Zones: Longevity Diet Tips

So it seems for the most part -- people are fascinated by the latest illness outbreak going on somewhere in the world or whatever the latest trending topic is in fashion or politics or food trends. But, what about eating healthy for wellbeing and longevity? Is it just not as fascinating as learning about the latest disease overseas or latest natural disaster? What about portion control? It just isn't that interesting I suppose -- but, what a difference it would make in people's everyday lives if portion control were just part of your everyday eating.

In this latest article on living and eating to break 100: Longevity Diet Tips from the Blue Zones, it is not just eating that plays a role in our health and wellbeing -- but, how we live. Are we social? Are we sleeping enough? Do we drink enough water? Are we exercising? As far as eating goes, here is a list of findings that can be instilled in one's diet making it a better one over all as indicated in Dan Buettner's tips on the blue zones.
  • Stop eating when your stomach is 80 percent full to avoid weight gain.
  • Eat the smallest meal of the day in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Eat mostly plants, especially beans. And eat meat rarely, in small portions of 3 to 4 ounces. Blue zoners eat portions this size just five times a month -- on average.
  • Drink alcohol moderately and regularly -- like 1 to 2 glasses a day.
Some of the places where people who follow a Blue Zone way of life are Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, CA; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. To learn more about the Blue Zones, check out Mr. Buettner's latest book which comes out this month called, "The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People."

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Farmacology: Farming and Medicine

The book, Farmacology, written by physician Daphne Miller, delivers an introspective view about the vital importance that farming and medicine bring together.

Dr. Miller shares what she learned from her travels to various family farms throughout the country by finding real connections that are linked between how we take care of our bodies and how we grow our food. She also shares what she experienced as a traveler to these farms which then led her to ask such questions as:
  • "What can rejuvenating depleted soil teach us about rejuvenating ourselves?
  • What are the unexpected ways that urban agriculture can transform the health of a community?
  • How can a grazing system on a ranch offer valuable insights into raising resilient children?"
This book provides the reader to a visual map of useful information that provides a new approach to healing in combination with better ways to sustaining wellness and treating disease.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

20 Foods To Eat When Stressed Out!!!!

Yes, the middle of the week -- let alone any day of the week -- can be stressful for just about anybody. So many things to do and so little time, right? Well, what if we had a list of really good foods to eat that help alleviate some of that stress?

Here it is then! The list of 20 Foods You Should Eat When You're Stressed!
  1. Oatmeal with Berries and Walnuts
  2. Whole Grain Crackers with Nut Butter
  3. Veggies with Raw Cheese
  4. Mug of Hot Water and Lemon
  5. Salmon Sushi Roll (or just plain Salmon) with Brown Rice
  6. Cashews
  7. Dark Chocolate
  8. Green or Chamomile Tea
  9. Kale Smoothie
  10. Sweet Potatoes Drizzled with Coconut Oil 
  11. Superfood Seeds
  12. Avocado Toast
  13. Brazil Nuts
  14. Quinoa
  15. Apples with Tahini
  16. Hard Boiled Eggs
  17. Banana with Almond Butter
  18. Chicken Lettuce Wraps (careful with the added sauce)
  19. Grass-fed Beef Jerky
  20. Oysters (with horseradish sauce)