Posts Tagged ‘health’

Eat An Egg!

May 1, 2014

I love when I can put a message clearly into words for others to read. This one isn’t mine, it came from my friend Mary Ellen who has been creating like a mad woman lately, her latest creation is 23rd and Bird, an awesome little shop in Norwood, MA. I think she gets her point across quite nicely…

“Over the years, I have found that some of my most profound “aha” moments have come while giving advice to my children. This is especially true when the sh*t is getting real, or the sh*t’s hitting the fan or there’s just too much sh*t going on. Basically, it’s advice on how to take care of yourseIf. I often tell the girls, when they are having a meltdown, to go get in some water. Jump in a puddle, run in the rain, take a swim or a hot bath. So yesterday, before racing off to work. I decided to shower, which I really didn’t have time for. I even managed to shave a leg! (I’m planning on getting to the other one later this week.) But it was good to ask the question, “What do I need?”egg

Yesterday, I said to my son, who is equally as overscheduled, that no matter what, he should properly fuel his body with food. Decent food. So today, heeding my own advice, I ate guacamole on toast and eggs with hot sauce. I sat down and ate it…because I needed it. And now I’m writing this post, which I also do not have time for, but I felt I needed to be heard. (And you’re my friends, right?) And I know I’m not the only person who feels this way. I, personally, have never been this busy, but “busy” is not going to kick my ass.

I’m not telling you what to do, but for God’s sake, put the sh*t down and have an egg.”

Thank you Mary Ellen. I think I’m going to go make breakfast. Eggs, I believe, are in order today.

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Balanced Diet, A Different Perspective

July 1, 2012

Acid vs Alkaline

We often talk of a balanced diet in regards to the food pyramid, or the number of servings of fruits and vegetables we eat each day, but balance is much more than that.  Our body’s pH levels must be in balance for us to stay (or get) healthy.

The Western diet leaves most people overly acidic which leaves us open to dis-ease and chronic illness.  By making just a few changes to your daily diet, you can get your body back on track and better able to ward off these illnesses that plague our society.

While you might look at the acid-alkaline lists and think, “Wait a minute, lemons and limes are acidic!”  True, but they key is not just the acidity of the food itself, but how it reacts in the body.  Lemons and limes are actually alkalizing in the body.

I encourage you to explore this further by looking up acid-alkaline and pH balance online.  Do your own research.  There are many lists out there and some conflict slightly (whethere a food is acid or borderline, etc).  Go with yout gut (no pun intended) and change your diet as you see fit.

If you want to “see” the results of your dietary changes, you can purchase pH strips (I have found them online at iHerb.com, feel free to use the code ACU064 to save $5 off your first order).  These are strips of paper that test your saliva or urine for pH balance.

So now that you’ve done a little research, share what you’re changing in your diet this month.  This question is on TheLifeWalk Find us on Facebook FaceBook page.  Share your thoughts!

Diet vs. Diet

April 9, 2012

So are you trapped by a diet or freed by your diet?  What’s the difference you ask?  Plenty! 

The diet trap is what one follows to lose weight.  It usually means restricting certain items from the menu.  It’s designed to be a quick fix to a long-term problem.  We eliminate things we enjoy in hopes of better health.  What often happens, however, is that we either lose interest and drop the diet or we lose the weight, drop the diet, go back to old habits and the weight returns. Restricting  ourselves, either to certain types of foods or a certain number of calories, puts our nutrition out of balance and can actually increase cravings for the things you are trying to eliminate.

Your diet is what you eat on a regular basis for health and nourishment (not a short-term fix).  If your diet consists of items that are making you ill or overweight, then it’s time to start adding new things to it.  Add new things?  But I’m already overweight, you might be thinking.  Here’s the deal: begin adding new healthy foods to your daily diet and the unhealthy foods will eventually be squeezed out and your health (and weight) will turn around. 

Simple yes. Easy, not necessarily. It will take some effort on your part.  So where do you begin?  Just choose one thing at a time to add to your daily diet.  Choose a new vegetable to have a few times a week or add extra water to your daily regime.  If you’re drinking from a water bottle all day, sodas will be pushed out.  The more vegetables you add to your meals, the less room there will be for the processed, packaged foods.  If you replace 3 breakfasts each week with a smoothie packed with fruits and green superfoods, that’s 3 days without bagels, waffles, or donuts for breakfast.

The focus on the freeing diet is adding rather than restricting.  When you add vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and superfoods, your body will get the nourishment it needs and the cravings for refined carbs and sugars will go away.  When your plate is filled with these nourishing foods, there won’t be room for the processed food-like products.  If you change your thoughts from “I can’t have that” to “I can have it, but choose to have this instead” you are back in control.

When you begin eating clean, whole foods, your body will begin to work more efficiently.  Your immune system will get stronger. Your skin and hair will look and feel healthier.  Your energy levels will increase.  Keep adding new things.  Try new foods.  You won’t necessarily like all of them, but there are so many whole, healthy, natural foods that you can keep trying different ones and just keep the ones you like.

So turn your health around by adding new whole, real foods to your plate. Then add some more… and more. 

In the next article we will talk about what types of foods to add to your menu.  Don’t want to miss it?  Subscribe to this blog or ‘Like’ our FaceBook page!

Eat Real, Eat Well

March 20, 2012

Losing weight and getting healthy is not about low-fat, no-salt, flavorless and fake foods.  It’s not about every chicken dish you’ve ever known remade with soy products.  Your body needs fat.  It needs cholesterol. It needs salt.  You just need to find the right natural products that provide these healthy (and necessary) nutrients.

Consider this, if your grandparents knew it as food, it’s probably real food (yes, including real butter, lard, whole milk, and salt).  If it grew from a plant or ate a plant, it is probably real food.  If it was made in a plant, reconsider your choice.

Think about the vegetables you eat… are they oily?  In most cases, no.  So how do we consider vegetable oil a healthy food product?  Olives, when pressed, give oil.  That sounds like a winner to me.  And what exactly is a “Canola”?  Do the research.  There is no such thing as a “Canola plant”.  “Canola” is derived from “Canada Oil Low Acid”.  I will not go into details, look it up, then decide if you will continue to use it in cooking.

So if all these “healthy” products are not what they seem, what do I do?  Think natural and think flavorful.  Food was not meant to be flavorless cardboard nutrition pellets.  Take that free-range organic chicken and sautee it with garlic and veges in coconut oil (a medium-chain triglyceride – look it up!)  Vegetarian?  No problem.  No need for fake soy-based protein substitutes.  Get your protein from real, whole foods like beans, legumes, nuts, eggs and dairy (if not vegan), and whole grains (especialy quinoa).  There is no need to resort to soy burgers, soy nuggets, and meatless meat products to get enough protein.

And I know I will step on a few toes here, but if you are vegan or vegetarian for health reasons, do some more research.  Meat and poultry are not the health demons they’ve been made out to be the past 20-30 years.  If you are vegan or vegetarian for humanitarian reasons (and especially if you are lacking in necessary nutrients that are easily found in animal protein), find a local farm that you trust to get your occassional meat, eggs, and dairy products.  There are many small, non-factory,  farmers who are just trying to make a living for their families and who feed and treat their livestock well.  You will not only enhance your health, but you will support your local economy as well.

When your body has the proper amounts of nutrients, including fat, cholesterol, and high quality salt, your weight will stabilize to it’s healthy and natural level.

Be Resolute

January 1, 2012
It’s that time of year again to make your New Year’s Resolutions. Those of you who have followed my newsletter for some time know that I am not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions.  For starters, you can decide to change your life and your habits at any time and be successful.  Why wait until January? (I know the answer for many is that the resolution is health related and holiday binging took its toll and the jeans you wore last fall no longer fit).  
 
OK fine, so you have this present motivation to change your eating and exercise habits.  Let’s go with that as it is.  Studies have shown that 78%-88% of resolutions are never completed.  So let’s change things up a bit, why don’t we?  First of all, the mindset.  If this year’s resolution didn’t work, I can always try again next year, right?  And so goes the cycle year after year. Why not simply make a commitment to change?  (Those of you who have followed my newsletter for some time know that ‘change’ is one my favorite words!) 
 
Change can occur at any time, but for the season’s sake, we’ll go with positive changes for 2012, this new year.  How do you make a solid, lasting change in your life?  Here are a few tips:
 
-Make your goal specific (ie: I will lose x pounds and maintain a weight of xx lbs instead of “I will lose weight”)
-Break your goal down into smaller steps, including planning steps (ie: join a gym or invest in exercise equipment of choice, schedule which days/times you will exercise, list items you will remove from or add to your diet)
-Share your goal with a trusted friend (or two).  You do not have to pledge to the world what you are doing, just have someone you can turn to for support when challenges arise. 
 
Be resolute in your commitment to making your life better, and be patient with yourself when challenges arise. 
 
Big life changes often need structure and support.  If you want to make multiple changes in your life, check out the Life Management 101 e-course while it is still available.  You’re invited to sign up at 50% off it’s regular price for the month of January 2012. I hope you’ll decide to make positive changes this year.
 
What positive changes will you make in 2012?  How will you accomplish these changes?  This question is on TheLifeWalk Find us on Facebook FaceBook page.  Share your thoughts!

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