Posts Tagged ‘supplements’

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.

Holistic = Whole-istic

August 1, 2011
I recently had a discussion with a friend about what ‘holistic’ means and what makes us holistic practitioners.  Shortly after this conversation, I received another e-news headline singing the praises of the newest miracle food.
 
While we want to eat healthy (since you really are what you eat, ya know!) we don’t want to lose focus of our “wholeness” by simply supplementing with the latest fads.
 
They said antioxidants are what we need to live longer.  So we all went out and gorged ourselves on blueberries.  They said Omega-3 would help our hearts, so we sought out fish oil capsules.  I’m not saying these products won’t work, but we need to keep in mind what our whole body needs.
We know that gasoline will make our cars run (and if you get brand X it will run better, longer!)  Does this mean we fill up the fuel tank regularly and ignore the engine oil, brakes, or tires?  Of course not!  Proper tire inflation helps gas mileage, engine oil keeps things running smoothly, and brake pads… well, you get the idea!
 
So while it’s a good idea to keep an open mind about new foods or supplements to help you live better, remember all the rest:
 
Nurition: Whole, organic foods, the fresher the better – as close as you can get to their natural state
Exercise: Everyday activies are best (climbing stairs, gardening, walking the dog, housework) but if work keeps you sedentary during the day, then hitting the gym or taking classes is great. Muscles and cardio for sure, but remember flexibility too: tai chi, yoga, qi gong.
Rest: adequate sleep ranges from 6-8 uninterrupted hours for most people
Emotional Support: Friends, hobbies, relaxing activities!  These are as important (if not more) than the others.  When you are relaxed and happy, the rest can fall into place.

How do you keep your health in balance?  This question is on TheLifeWalk Find us on Facebook FaceBook page.  Share your ideas with other in the community.


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