Modern research has finally caught up with what the human body has always known. Our body has the greatest chance to thrive when we eat seasonally.
Since the dawn of importing and exporting food, we've been able to enjoy items from around the globe. Now, you can walk into most large grocery stores and buy produce from other states as well as from a variety of countries.
However, these items must be picked before their time and travel hundreds and thousands of miles, so they're more expensive. If they come from another country, they make not say "Organic" but not meet strict U.S. standards.
Four reasons to buy locally and seasonally grown produce.
It's picked ripe.
It doesn't have to be stored in warehouses for a period of time.
There's more varieties available.
It's cheaper when it's in season.
Are you curious what fruits and vegetables are in season this time of year? Take your pick. Now's the perfect time to try different ones and experiment wi...
The news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has totally rocked our world. We’ve gone from shock and disbelief to anger, confusion, and fear. One part of me wants to stick my head in the sand and pretend it will simply go away and the other part wants to try and outrun it.
Well, neither of those will work. So, what can we do? Are we at the mercy of this virus just waiting for it to strike our homes? NO!!!
There’s plenty that we can do to protect ourselves from this deadly virus. Several of the tips are just plain old common sense, although there seems to be a lack of that lately. So, let’s take a look.
1. One of the best things you can do is to support your body with a strong immune system which is your protection against disease, in general. Eat a well balanced diet of organic and Non-GMO fruits and vegetables, fiber rich whole grains, nuts & seeds, and high-quality proteins. Choose hormone and antibiotic-free, and 100% grass-fed meat. Yes, it will cost more but it’s healthier and isn’t load...
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year just like the songs says, however, they can also be the most stressful. With a little thought and planning, you can reduce some of that stress allowing you to enjoy this season of glad tidings.
One of the best things you can do, as soon as possible, is to grab your calendar and sketch out how the holidays will look. Get your whole family involved and compare notes. The last thing you want to do is miss your child’s recital or ballgame because you were double booked. Note any obligations or appointments you have, and if possible, consider moving them to next month.
Start each day with the right mindset. Get up early enough to pray and meditate before beginning your day. It doesn’t have to take long. This gives you a spiritual boost to navigate your way through whatever life throws at you.
Plan to have at least a few nights at home each week to enjoy the peace and quiet, wrap presents, watch movies, and just relax. These...
Taking a road trip is a lot of fun and builds great memories but it can also break the bank. To prevent the travel blues, plan ahead and save yourself time and money. Even when you try to eat healthy at home, it’s challenging to find good choices on the road. Here are a few tips.
Pack treats in individual snack bags in a cooler. If you have children, let them make their own and label them with their name. Here are a few options:
If you live in a cold climate, you can’t wait for signs of spring. I'm sure that the sound of birds is music to your ears. Even if you get a late snowfall, it usually doesn’t stay around too long because the ground is warming up.
As much as we anticipate spring, we don’t look forward to the seasonal allergies that often come with it.
Here are some tips to avoid suffering from allergies this season.
1. Reduce how much you’re eating. During the winter, you eat heavier, dense foods (soups, stews, and lots of starchy vegetables) to prepare the body for the cold winter months ahead. In the spring, however, you don’t need those reserves.
If given a chance, your appetite should naturally decrease because in the spring you don’t need as much food as you did in the winter. Eat smaller portions especially at breakfast and dinner, and make lunch the largest meal of the day.
2. Avoid foods that are mucus forming. Many people suffer from excess mucus in the spring especially if you live in cold climates...
Are you managing your symptoms, or are they managing you?
Are you dealing with hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, weight gain, insomnia, and mood swings? Well, chances are, you’re not alone. You may be in the early stages called perimenopause experiencing irregular periods and uncomfortable PMS.
Regardless of where you are, you’re probably ready to be done with it all.
Unfortunately, when you’re going through menopause, you’re at a higher risk for other conditions such as thyroid problems, heart disease, and autoimmune disease.
Menopause does not have to be a death sentence for women. A lot of the symptoms are worsened by our Western, fast-paced lifestyle. Interestingly enough, many women from third world countries do not suffer from the same problems.
Menopause often occurs when women are raising teenagers, working on their careers, and possibly taking care of their aging parents. Needless to say, this can add even more fuel to the already roaring fire.
Are you energetic in the morning and ready for whatever comes your way? Do you think clearly during the day, able to handle deadlines and interruptions? Do you feel good about yourself and how you look? Are you pretty close to your ideal weight and have a good self-image? Do have a bowel movement 1-3 times every day and rarely have digestive issues?
If you've said no to any of these questions, then you could benefit from doing an elimination diet. It's an excellent way to detox your body from food and chemical toxins. I'm happy to introduce my new program called 30 Days To Clean Eating.
Your food choices affect more than just the inches on your waist. Certain foods can leave you feeling anxious and depressed, irritable, tired, struggling with insomnia, dealing with migraines & headaches, and more.
Many behavior and academic problems in children have been linked to their diet, and most improve drastically with a clean diet free of problematic foods.
It can be very challenging when you’re trying to figure out why you feel out of sorts. Sometimes, you’re not actually sick, but you just don’t feel right.It might be that you’re sluggish with no energy and can’t seem to lose stubborn weight. Or, maybe, you’re always run down, so you keep catching everyone’s cold or flu bug.
The typical way to get to the bottom of your problems is to go through a battery of test which are often trial and error. You may be prescribed a host of medications that may or may not work. You may even be told that the symptoms that are plaguing you are all in your head. At this point many people throw up their hands and resign themselves to the fact that, this is as good as it gets.
You may have even heard comments like, “This is just part of getting older” or, “This is perfectly normal for women your age”. The fact is that most of the symptoms we struggle with are not so much age-related as they are totally about what we put in our mouths.
A new year always offers so much hope for the future. We make big plans and think about all the things we want to accomplish in the next 12 months.
One thing most people overlook is a plan on how to achieve their goals. You wouldn't think about going on vacation or starting a major building project without some kind of plan in place. Would you?
I'm not talking about some big ideas in your head. They need to be clearly laid out on paper with details explaining how and when it's going to happen.
Goals without a detailed, written plan are just a wish.
So, will this year be different from all the others? Well, then you have to do something different.
Goals have to be very specific. Often, people make them very general, so it's hard to know if you actually achieve that goal. For example, if you say you want to lose weight, it's not clear how much you want to lose. Is it 10 pounds or 50 pounds? That will make a huge difference.
Goals must have a time limit. Give yourself a reasonable time fra...
“Late-night eating isn’t bad at all if you choose the right foods,” says Collin Ruiz, MS, holistic nutritionist based in Fort Collins, Colorado. “It’s what you eat, rather than when you eat it.”
But, let's face it. There's going to be those times when you're traveling late at night, you're working, or you just need something in your stomach because you're not ready for bed.
She warns against 2 things:
1.Avoid foods that are hard to digest and will stimulate your body. Those are the things that will keep you awake when you should be sleeping. They include any sugary foods, refined carbs, red meat, greasy or spicy foods, caffeine, or alcohol.
2. She also recommends avoiding dairy which can be inflammatory and cause indigestion.
So, what does she suggests? Look for plant-based foods rich in potassium, vitamin B6, and magnesium . They are easier to digest and should promote sound sleep.
1. Whole grain foods like oatmeal topped with pumpkin seeds will hit the spot, and the se...