We’re focusing on being mindful of our thoughts and how our thoughts impact our lives. This week, we are being mindful just by becoming aware of that mental chatter.
During a busy work day have you ever stopped and noticed how you are breathing? During a stressful conversation or argument have you ever noticed how tense the body is and how restricted and shallow the breathing is? Do you ever just stop during the day to take a deep breath and clear the mind?
Today, we are going to make a banana batido. The origin of the batido is Cuban. It's a Cuban smoothie, or milkshake, but it's usually made a huge amount of cream and whole milk, and really fattening. But if you love bananas and love Cuban food like I do, you've got to make it healthy. I'm so into turning not-so-healthy recipes into healthy recipes, so let's get started.
Feelings and emotions shift and change in a matter of minutes to hours, and if we allow our feelings to govern our decisions, we will always be cleaning up behind ourselves. Living without emotional awareness, and effective communication of our emotions can be the source of unnecessary stress, and it can also be avoided. Emotional awareness is the first step in raising our level of emotional intelligence. Below are some basic steps to raising your emotional awareness.
This Skinny Zoodle Alfredo, made without butter or cream or even flour, can be made in approximately 10 minutes, which makes it an ideal food on the go – quick, healthy and delicious! January is a good month for cutting back on calories and eating more of what’s good for us, such as vegetables, so the spiralizer had to come out of the cupboard! Enjoy!!
Refined sugars are not only inflammatory in nature, but are linked to metabolic diseases as well. Sugar has been shown to cause tooth decay, diabetes, weight gain, and even acne. The most inflammatory sugars are those of a refined nature (white sugar and brown sugar). Their processing depletes any nutritional value while increasing inflammation.. The sugar substitutes are just as bad if not worse. They are not only inflammatory in nature but have been linked to disease in the body. Aspartame is linked to headache, nausea, dizziness, and is thought to precipitate and/or worsen conditions like multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions. Saccharin (otherwise known as Sweet'N Low®) has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. With the health risks of traditionally made sugar it’s nice to know that there are some alternatives out there that are less inflammatory and lower on the glycemic index. Here are 6 of my favorites:
If we could just have one less unhealthy food per month, by the end of the year we would increase our energy, decrease our risk for many diseases and improve our over all quality of life. What we put into our body has a direct correlation over time with how we feel both physically and emotionally.
The first sign is that you have abnormal menstrual cycles; and the most obvious sign is when you don't have your menstrual cycle at all.
Have you experienced the “coincidence” of thinking of someone that you haven’t talked to in a long time followed by the phone ringing and them being on the other end when you answer? Furthermore, they say something that you really needed to hear in the moment.
We are focusing on mindful nutrition and this week, we're starting with veggies!
Christmas is the time for family and fun, however it can also be a time of overwhelm and stress, especially if you are hosting a big family Christmas complete with dinner, dessert, and caroling. However, if you ARE hosting, there are ways to have your work in the kitchen be manageable and even fun. When you include your spouse and family in the planning and preparation (especially in the kitchen), you will find that not only will it give you an opportunity to bond, but it will also spark some creativity in the kitchen. Here are 5 ways for you to include your spouse in the cooking and preparation process.
This is a shout out to all of my men over the age of forty. Research has shown that tomatoes are a key food in the prevention and even early cure of prostate cancer. So, eat up—fresh tomatoes, tomato sauces, tomato juices, or whatever tomato-based foods you enjoy. You know, you really should have a V8. It may save your prostate and ultimately your life.
This week, we're spotlighting a guest post by the wonderful Abbey Smith. Enjoy!!
Fruit is very good for your physical and mental health. Everyday Health suggests that eating fruits (and vegetables) significantly lowers your risk of depression.
The Everyday Health article, citing recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), suggests eating a variety of fruits stating that you should eat 1½ to 2 cups worth per day.
Additionally, a Health IQ article cites a seven-year study by the American Public Health Association in which people who ate more fruits (and vegetables) reported a boost in positive emotions and life satisfaction. Notably, the reported change in happiness and satisfaction was akin to “moving from being unemployed (not by choice) to happily employed.”
While fruits in general can help improve your mood, certain fruits have proven to be better mood enhancers than the rest. Here are five fruits that will improve your mood.
Why is there such an emphasis on fruits and vegetables when talking about healthy nutrition? What is all the fuss? Research has proven many health and healing benefits of different nutrient components of fruits from beta carotene in carrots to sulphurane in broccoli and sprouts. There are many chemical compounds that work with the cells inside of the body to both regulate and stop abnormal cell growth. In addition, vegetables contain immune boosting and anti-oxidant value which help to remove damaged cells that may cause inflammation that promotes premature aging, as well as chronic disease. After looking at several resources, we have come up with our top 10 list for vegetables to help slow the aging process and prevent diseases such as hypertention, diabetes, high cholesterol, and even cancer as well.
That's a great question, and I'm sure you aren't alone on this. In fact, I've seen many patients who have come to me, who are tired all the time, no matter how much they sleep, and sometimes feel like they are even sleeping too much.
The holiday season has begun, and everyone is in the Christmas spirit. This means parties, treats, and sugary snacks will be at an all time high. It is shown that the average person gains 1-2 pounds each holiday, and after the new year most people do not work to lose those pounds. Over time this weight gain accumulates and we eventually see a 10-20lb weight gain or sometimes more. With this in mind, here are some tips for avoiding the holiday weight gain this year.
The trending topic now is how to make your body more alkaline. Another more popular topic is juicing. So I figured what we do is put the two together and make an alkaline juice for you to drink and help to cleanse your body. We have a lemon, avocado, some celery, cucumber, parsley, some garlic, and just some ice. That’s all you need. So a lot of these have great detox and cleansing element, and they will help to make your body more alkaline so you can help to fight off infections and just keep your body in a healthy state.