Posts Tagged ‘lifestyle’

A.M. Smoothie with Omega-3 fatty acids

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

 

 

My Breakfast Smoothie consists of 6 small clumps of frozen organic broccoli , 2 large leaves of organic kale,  protein powder, 4 frozen strawberries, 2 tbs of Flax Seed Meal, 1 cup of Silk’s Almond Milk, Non GMO (first time I’ve tried this brand), I like it, ice, 2 oz mangosteen, 1/2 cup green tea.

I like making different smoothies all the time, this is one that I like the most.

The nutritional benefits from the  broccoli & kale, and the Omega-3 fatty acids from 2 tbs of Flax Seed Meal which equals = 2400 mg of Omega 3’s is awesome.   It was one of the best smoothies I have ever made and it was quick!

“One of the consequences of general unawareness of the body’s healing system is that too many people lack confidence in their own innate abilities to deal with common heath problems. Instead of relying on the wisdom of their bodies, they seek the attention of health-care professionals and vastly overuse medical services.” Dr Andrew Weil

The Importance of Omega 3’s has been studied and here is some of the research that is extremely helpful in educating ourselves on how to maintain a healthy body.

“Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.”

Source: Omega-3 fatty acids http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm#ixzz2Wae9cO6A
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Now that we have jogged our memories on just how important Omega-3 fatty acids are in our daily diets and why they are so vital for optimal health we can start using them daily in smoothies.  The rest of the article from The University of Maryland is excellent.

“Flax Seed is High in Phytochemicals: Flax seed is high in phytochemicals, including many antioxidants. It is perhaps our best source of lignans, which convert in our intestines to substances that tend to balance female hormones. There is evidence that lignans may promote fertility, reduce peri-menopausal symptoms, and possibly help prevent breast cancer. In addition, lignans may help prevent Type 2 diabetes.”

 

 

 

SummerCooking#EssentialOils#Chicken Chili Recipe

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Cooking with essential oils is rather easy, it is a way  to add  a bit of spice to your own recipes.  There are a few tips to using essential oils in your cooking.

The amount to use, start with one drop, add more to taste.  The only exception to this rule is oregano, put a toothpick in the essential oil and stir that into your sauce or other recipe. Oregano is a very hot and potent oil and needs to be used to taste.

The ideal time to add essential oils in your cooking is at the end or when the food has been cooking for a while.  If you use it at the beginning of your cooking you may need to add more because some of the oil will evaporate during cooking.

I add Therapeutic Grade “Essential Oils to my summer dishes. They will enhance everything, from upgrading your culinary creations, to creating an inviting aromatic atmosphere.”

The Aromatic Influence of Basil is that it helps maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought.

Basil is valued for its restorative and calming properties, basil can sooth sore muscles and joints, to ease breathing, and as a cooling agent for the skin.

Chicken Chili Ingredients:

  • 3 chopped yellow onions (1 1/2- 2 recommended)
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus extra for chicken
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. dried red pepper flakes or to taste
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tsp. salt, plus more for chicken
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole peeled plum tomatoes in puree, undrained
  • 5 drops Basil Essential Oil
  • 4 split chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Cook the onions in the olive oil over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and salt. Cook for 1 minute. Crush the tomatoes by hand or in batches in a food processor (don’t pulse for too long if using a processor-doing it in by hand is recommended). Add tomatoes and basil oil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and place on baking sheet. Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast chicken for 30 to 35 minutes until cooked. After letting it cool for a few minutes, remove bone and skin and shred or cut into chunks. Add chicken to the chili and simmer for another 20 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to enhance memory function while reducing stress and tension. Basil provides restorative benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application for sore muscles and joints and to reduce tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck. Basil is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrée dishes, but it is also cooling to the skin and can be used to soothe minor irritations. When diffused, Basil helps promote clear breathing and healthy respiratory function while sharpening focus and lessening stress. USES • Diffuse to sharpen focus while studying or reading. • Apply to minor skin irritations. For sensitive skin, dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil. • Apply to fatigued or sore muscles and joints. • Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing.

Introducing the Systems of Our Bodies and How We Can Keep Them Healthy

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Health and Wellness in the 21st Century can be your number one priority for healthy aging, here I will remind you about the systems of the body, what they are, how they work and how to keep them running strong, healthy and vibrant.

* Circulatory system: pumping and channeling blood to and from the body and lungs with heart, blood and blood vessels.

How to Strengthen the Circulatory System. http://www.ehow.com/how_2125841_strengthen-circulatory-system.html

* Digestive system: digestion and processing food with salivary glands, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines, rectum and anus.

Foods for a Healthy Digestive System. http://www.foods4health.info/2011/05/foods-for-healthy-digestive-system.html

* Endocrine system: communication within the body using hormones made by endocrine glands such as the hypothalamus, pituitary or pituitary gland, pineal body orpineal gland, thyroid, parathyroids and adrenals, i.e., adrenal glands.;)

Understanding the Endocrine System.    http://commonsensehealth.com/Health-Conditions/Endocrine_System_Diagram_for_Understanding_Hormones.shtml

* Integumentary system: skin, hair and nails.

How to Keep the Integumentary System Healthy. http://www.livestrong.com/article/156574-how-to-keep-the-integumentary-system-healthy/

* Lymphatic system: structures involved in the transfer of lymph between tissues and the blood stream, the lymph and the nodes and vessels that transport it including the Immune system: defending against disease-causing agents with leukocytes, tonsils, adenoids, thymus and spleen.

Learn About a Healthy Lymphatic System. http://www.naturalnews.com/026500_lymphatic_system_health_massage.html

* Muscular system: movement with muscles.

How to Maintain a Strong Muscular System.  http://www.livestrong.com/article/105707-maintain-muscular-system/

* Nervous system: collecting, transferring and processing information with brain,spinal cord, peripheral nerves and nerves.

Healing Foods for the Nervous System. http://www.healingfoodreference.com/nervous_system.html

* Reproductive system: the sex organs, such as ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina, mammary glands, testes, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis.

For Men: http://www.ehow.com/how_5458748_keep-male-reproductive-system-healthy.html

For Women: http://www.ehow.com/how_2076825_care-female-reproductive-system.html

* Respiratory system: the organs used for breathing, the pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, lungs and diaphragm.

How to Keep your Respiratory System Healthy. http://www.livestrong.com/article/352871-how-to-keep-my-respiratory-system-healthy/

* Skeletal system: structural support and protection with bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.

How to keep your Skeletal System Strong.  http://www.ehow.com/how_5104518_keep-skeletal-system-healthy.html

* Urinary system: kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra involved in fluid balance, electrolyte balance and excretion of urine.”

Ways to Keep the Urinary System Healthy.   http://www.livestrong.com/article/104279-keep-urinary-system/

The “Wellness Revolution”

Monday, January 24th, 2011

The “Wellness Revolution” many of us may say, finally how come it took so long? I personally have been waiting since the late 60’s.

I am inspired to get as much knowledge as possible to those that are interested in health and wellness. We specifically want to educate about essential juices and essential oils. The oilMD in his book Health Secrets shares the importance of these two essentials for your life. http://www.oilmd.com/ In my opinion they are a daily requirement for healthy living which corresponds to healthy aging. Isn’t this what everyone is looking for, the fountain of youth?

The term anti-aging isn’t true, there isn’t one of us who can say that we aren’t aging. The term that I like to repeat when I educate is healthy aging. Healthy Aging focuses on the whole person, what I mean by that is it is important to realize that we are all aging, yes there is botox and plastic surgery available so that we can look younger, that’s wonderful, but to focus too much on aging in a negative way can create negative energy.

A couple of years ago I was in a seminar with Les Brown.
As a renowned professional speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life, and one that he is helping others apply to their lives.

One of the messages that I heard him speak about was “How To Make Yourself Your # 1 Priority.

This had a great impact on my life. So much so that I think I’ve shared it since then probably a dozen or more times.

The plain and simple is that we do need to make ourselves our #1 priority everyday with eating properly, making time to exercise and definitely we need to keep a positive mental attitude with a heart of gratitude


A Solution to the Obesity Epidemic

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

What is it going to take to stop this epidemic? It is a serious problem and only getting worse.  This epidemic is causing diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Shouldn’t this be a wake up call?  Why are people plugging their ears to this call for change, when it is for their own benefit?

A sports trainer at my gym once told me it is 80% of what we put in our mouths that is the difference between fit or fat.

There is a new book out from an acquaintance of ours called, “Die Fat or Get Tough” by Steve Seibold.  It talks about the different ways people think.  Taking charge of our thinking is a part of the solution.

It really is no different than seeing a red light and deciding whether we are going to go through it or stop.   If we know that going through it may cause a huge accident or even death we are going to stop, right?

Are these health risks reversible?  Yes!

Look closer at the solution before a health accident or an early death occurs.

When we eat processed foods, foods that are dead, we aren’t satisfied, therefore our bodies are continually hungry, and the cycle continues without the proper nutrition disease is inevitable.

According to a new study released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, three-fourths of Americans will be obese or overweight by 2020. That puts America in first place for the world competition to see which nation can create the most obese population.

We may get caught up on the merry go round of life and get in the habit of a quick fix for hunger.  Instead may I recommend planning, planning your meals for 7 days at a time.  If you plan your meals it will not only be healthier for you but you will also be able to save money.

Instead of high starch, high fat and high sugar content foods, eat quality proteins, low glycemic fruits and whole grains.   Being on the South Beach plan has shown me that 3, 1/2 cup servings of starch and low glycemic fruits per day is satisfying and most importantly, I don’t feel cheated in any way.

If you have ever had a pancake breakfast and then been hungry an hour later and wondering why, it’s because starches and sugars cause cravings.  To eliminate these cravings once and for all, be in charge of what goes in your mouth.  You will be pleasantly surprised.

Will it be easy at first, no, you just have to get past that craving mentally, saying no for about two weeks before you will be in charge again.  Two weeks is nothing when you are considering a life of longevity.

It will be wonderful having “no regrets” because you took charge of your life.

The scale and how your clothes fit will show the change, and you will begin to see the new healthier you.

Eating the South Beach Diet Way Part II

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Eating the South Beach Diet Way for the past three months has been fantastic and here’s why.

Number one is because I have lost 12 pounds.  Secondly I have stopped eating all flour products.  Thirdly, I have gained a new respect for my body and fourth I have gained a plan for eating the foods that my body needs every single day, and fifth is that it is fairly simple.

I will touch on these aspects briefly in hopes of helping someone else out there who is looking to lose unwanted “fat”.

The SB diet is a lifestyle, it is not a diet (abstinence from food) otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.  I’ve never had to diet in my life.  I started gaining weight after having children in my mid thirties into my 40’s, yes in my 40’s and therefore never quite kept it off.  Even if it has been 20 lbs, 20 lbs of fat is not healthy.  Have you ever lifted a sack of 5 lbs of sugar? Well quadruple that and imagine if your body had to carry the 20 extra pounds or more if you have more to lose.  This plan is a way of life that once you get the hang of it is simple.  I’ve lost 12 pounds of fat.  Woo Hoo is all I can say.  Those 12 pounds of fat has given me a lighter step in my walk and a lighter burden on my heart.

Fat gives off toxins to the body, which is a big topic for another time, therefore the goal is to lose the bad fat.  People say to themselves “I need to lose weight”, frankly that doesn’t say it with enough emphasis in my mind.  It is “fat” that we are losing, too much extra fat that may cause disease.  We need to do it once and for all.  Some people get on these roller coaster diets which are very unhealthy for your body.  Make a decision today for the rest of your life, you will be happy you did.

Deciding to stop eating flour products didn’t just happen over night.  Years ago I knew that yeast and flour were probably not the best items to put into my diet. Then I found out that I am actually allergic to them, that is why I have a new found appreciation for my body, not giving it the items that it is allergic to.  Which has caused unwanted weight, unwanted inflammation etc.  Growing up and into adulthood I ate bread, and pasta these were foods that I loved and ate them frequently.  I even ate them at the same meal.

Learning more about my body has given me more respect for it.  I don’t eat any flour products.  I just say no and the other phrase I tell my mind is that “I don’t eat that anymore”.  It isn’t a struggle just a friendly reminder to old habits, the old way of thinking that I’m changing.

The other food if it is really a food….is sugar.  I’ve eliminated added sugar. Before I purchase a food I look to see if it has added sugar if it does I don’t buy it.  Even organic and healthy foods have added sugar, so beware.  Instead,  on most days I have agave, 75 to 100 calories per day is my limit, this is my personal sweet treat added to Greek yogurt with fresh berries and nuts.  I eat low glycemic fruits such as berries, green apples and sometimes grapefruit or pears.  I don’t feel deprived one bit.   On the SB plan there are lists of fruits to enjoy, personally these are the only ones I’ve chosen to have.

In studying foods and what are in the foods we eat I’ve learned that low sodium most of the time if not always means more added sugar, or low fat is also more added sugar.  So all the years of the low fat food rage meant more sugar, higher glucose in the diet.  Is that why low fat really didn’t help us lose the weight that we thought we would lose by switching to low fat foods?

The South Beach Diet Phase I is where you don’t eat any starch or sugar for 14 days.  It may sound scary but it is so worth it.  The hardest part is the thought of not having these items before you even start the diet.  Once you decide to do it, go for it you will be so happy you did.  You will lose all your cravings and you will also lose weight.

The next Phase, Phase II  is where you will stay until you lose your desired weight. There are lists of foods, meal plans with recipes from Phase I that you will eat for the first two weeks and there are lists of foods, meal plans and recipes that you will be adding in to Phase II for the remainder of Phase II in other words until you lose your desired weight.

Remember this is a new way of eating, a new lifestyle.  You could call it a new beginning.  I love new beginnings.  They give me a new energy, a newness of life.  Life can get stale, which means old, decayed, overused, out-of-date yes these are the meanings of this word so adding a newness to your everyday life can spark creativity, it can spark a new passion, it can spark a new zeal for the fullness of life that you can have for the rest of your life.

Phase II of the SB Diet is adding certain foods back in at a very slow pace, the foods that you have eliminated for the first two weeks.  The key here is huge, you watch for cravings after you eat a fruit or a starch.  If you feel a craving you switch that particular food to a different meal next time and again watch for cravings.  For instance if you have oatmeal for breakfast and you have a craving soon afterwards, the next time you have your starch have it later in the day.

This is the part that you could either sink or swim.  The first time around, 2 plus years ago I lost the weight but didn’t get this part of it.  I didn’t watch for cravings and I eventually added back in too many starches and sugars which only made me gain back the weight I had lost.  Even though these foods were organic or natural I still gained it all back.

So this time around I have a new appreciation for the plan and the guidance that I’ve gleaned from others who have succeeded.  Therefore I have taken their advise and now I’m staying focused to reach my goal.

One of the suggestions was to stay with one fruit and one starch for the first two weeks of Phase II.  Then I added another fruit and starch for another 2 to 3 weeks and so forth.  Knowing myself and my habitual eating of extra starches this was necessary for me.  This part is very personal.  Some people who start on the SB plan are vegan or partial vegans.  You make the plan work for you and you can even have a South Beach nutritionalist help you out for a while if you need the extra help which I did.  I had so many questions that got answered which helped me stay on track.

On the South Beach Diet Plan there is no counting calories except for your sweet treat calories and really a very small amount of measuring.  I measure my starches and I keep track of the fruit and nuts but that’s it.  I know the amounts of food that I need to eat daily, so eating is a pleasure and  I can accomplish this now with ease and planning.  It definitely takes planning.

One very important key to losing weight that I’ve noticed is that if you eat too much or you eat too little you will not lose weight.  Interesting isn’t it?

I continued to learn so many key points being part of the SB  on line community that when I got to Phase II I knew exactly when I would add these foods back in.  I had my one serving of fruit at around 3 pm with a few nuts and my starch 1/2 cup of rice or another grain at dinnertime.  I did this for 3 weeks.

After the first 3 weeks I added another fruit and another starch to the plan and so forth.  I’ve kept losing weight.  It has been steady although once or twice I’ve been at the same weight for 3 weeks but I haven’t given up or lost sight of my goal.  Remembering that it is a new way of life a new respect for the way my body works best.  One person who has really encouraged me has lost over 100 pounds and she continues to help those on the SB plan to stay focused and to stick with the plan.  You need to stick with the plan.

Rewarding yourself after you have lost weight or have done well for a week, two weeks two months and so forth doesn’t mean you get a cheat meal, reward yourself with something else, a massage, a new item of clothing, or just the satisfaction that you have reached another milestone.

This healthy lifestyle consists of a protein, and a healthy fat, and veggies for breakfast; 2 oz of protein, 1 cup of veggies and a healthy fat, which in my case I like avocados.

My sample Breakfast Menu:  Eggs, turkey bacon, one 6 oz glass of organic carrot juice or 1/2 cup of oatmeal, soy sausage, 6 oz of carrot juice, or one egg, 1/2 cup of sweet potato (the only potato that is SB legal), and carrot juice, or a veggie omelet with soy sausage and carrot juice.

Lunch and Dinner consists of 2 tbsp of good fat ( from EVOO) 2 cups of veggies and 3 oz of protein.  (you may add a starch at these meals)

The SB Phase II plan is to eventually add back in 3 fruits and 3 starches per day.

My starches consist of ( 1/2 cup is a serving) Basmati rice, oatmeal, millet, or quinoa.  Those eating wheat can add in 100% whole wheat breads and pasta items.

Extras items for my daily consumption are 15 almonds or 15 walnuts or 30 pistachios.  Dairy is 2 to 3 cups of low fat, fat free milk or low fat or non fat yogurt a day and it addition is 3 fruits a day.  One ounce of low fat cheese; such as string cheese, plus beans and legumes, 1/2 cup daily.  The variety of protein and veggies in this plan is huge.

There is such an abundance of knowledge to learn from the SB plan for a healthy lifestyle and in turn healthy aging that it is exhilarating.  Why you might say, it’s invigorating because you change your body, your body no longer has more fat that muscle.  Your body image changes, you look in the mirror and see the “new you”, the healthier you.

Fat takes up more room in the body than muscle so when you start to lose the fat you actually see the muscle coming through.  This is inspiring, it adds a fire to your soul to keep you moving forward for the rest of your life.

It is a bit more complex than this so you will need to check out the full plan but I’ve tried to make it brief to show you the basics.

I love Phase II, for me it is the perfect place to be, and I’ve just shared most of the basics.

If you are interested in a trial run of this way of eating you can go on line to southbeachdiet.com, there is a SB book and cookbooks available as well.

One of my mottos is to eat to live not live to eat.  A motto I hope I have helped you decide on as well.

Eating the South Beach Diet Way

Monday, March 1st, 2010

A couple of years back I wanted to lose the weight I hadn’t been able to lose since I had my last child, so I decided to check out the South Beach Diet.

The First Phase of this diet is to stop cravings, it is fourteen days without bad carbs, bad fats, baked goods, alcohol, fruit or sugar.  The purpose again is to stop cravings.

The Second Phase you gradually add some foods back in, SB has daily meal plans to help you.  They also have lists of foods that you can enjoy on each phase and foods to avoid.

Phase III is designed for maintenance, and designed to last the rest of your life.   It worked for me.  Unfortunately over a two year period the weight crept back up.  It’s because I was unaware of a few food allergies that I had and adding these foods back in brought the weight back up.  I could probably live with this extra weight for the rest of my life but a few pounds off will definitely be better for healthy aging.

I just read an article from Real Age and just a mere 4 pounds can have huge benefits.

This new study “showed that dropping a mere 4 pounds could cut hypertension risk by 8 percent in middle-aged people and by 11 percent in the 50-plus set.”

“Of course, bigger weight loss had even better blood pressure benefits in the 8-year study. For example, losing 15 pounds reduced high blood pressure risk by 21 percent in the middle-aged folks. Better yet, people 50 to 65 who were 15 pounds thinner enjoyed an even more impressive 29 percent risk reduction. And isn’t it great to know that a realistic mini goal of 4 pounds will still bring big health benefits on the road to 15 lbs.”

I’ve never had to diet so thinking of a diet kinda spooked me, a week without fruit or bread, potatoes, rice and pasta?  As if the world would come crashing down after 14 days without these foods.  It is crazy the way we think isn’t it?

Healthy Aging is my theme here on the Ideal Scents Blog and I have come to the conclusion after starting this new way of eating again that it is truly a great way of eating.  I once heard this and totally agree; eat to live, not live to eat.  Makes perfect sense to me.  Since I eat mostly natural and organic foods anyway it may seem strange that those of us who do eat very healthy may still need to lose weight but we do.  We can still eat too many natural grains or sugar, even if it is honey or organic sugar.  It still adds pounds.

In the South Beach Diet Book it talks about emotional eating, this is a whole other topic but one that is crucial in our thinking if we are going to succeed, so I highly recommend reading the book if you are planning on starting this new phase of your life.

So I started this new plan again 8 days ago and it is remarkable what I have discovered for myself.  I have discovered that the fiber in the vegetables is what fills me up, plus the protein I eat at each meal.  The sweet treats that you can have with this first phase are also new for me.  For the past couple of months I had decided to make my after meal sweet treats fruit, low glycemic fruit, so I’m looking forward to phase two so I can add those back in.

What definitely has helped this time around is the on line support from the South Beach community.  It is fantastic to be able to ask questions and get answers within hours of asking.  You get support from those who have lost any where from 5, 10 or even  100+ pounds.  They help you stay on track with encouragement, experience and great ideas.  It’s a win win situation.

So is the South Beach Diet a diet or a new way of living?  It is definitely a new way to eat.  Eating this way keeps the balance that we need without over doing it.

It has been so successful because people lose weight, stop cravings and learn the healthy way to eat,  live healthy food.

Ideal Scents has always taught that we need to eat properly to live a long healthy life and this support from the South Beach Diet, I guarantee can change your life.

Adding exercise to this program can get you on track for a new you, a brand new life with a healthy outlook.  Free from the diseases that being overweight can bring.

I would consider this a preventative medicine lifestyle.

In his book James Geiger MD, The oilMD discusses Worldwide Wellness, he speaks about obesity.

I like this quote that he mentions in the beginning of chapter three.

“The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician.  Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind.” Paracelsus

There are many diets out there, the problem I see with some of those diets is that you are eating pre-packaged food, its processed. We need live healthy fresh food daily.

Even with these good fresh foods we still need to use supplements because of the depletion of nutrients in our soil, so it is crucial for preventative living that we eat sensible, not just for satisfaction. Eating for satisfaction will just keep us over weight and in risk of disease. Remember our goal is healthy aging.  Imagine at 80+ enjoying your life with friends and family.

Here’s to healthy aging, a new way of living for more energy, feeling good in your clothes, and the satisfaction that you are in control of your life.

Lose Weight the Healthy Way

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

I just can’t keep these two amazing products a secret any longer.  I love the fact that I can use one of these two systems and know that I am doing my body good.  Remember that old saying “it does a body good”?  Well these two nutritional systems will work for you if you are consistent.  We all know that anything worth having takes work,  this work will be easy because it is a delicious way to lose weight, you are not depriving yourself of anything, instead you are adding a nutrition system to your life every single day for healthy aging.  The directions for your shake says add two scoops of shake powder along with either Mangosteen and Minerals or Acai or you can do as I do and add Mangosteen and minerals super juice and the Acai super juice along with  fruit, yogurt  and organic greens for a filling shake as your meal.

If you want to replace one or two meals a day these systems work terrific.  I have seen men and women alike lose many many inches around their middles and shed many pounds by sticking to this healthy way of  losing weight.

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Lose Weight With More Fiber and Protein In Your Diet

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

A HIGH FIBER DIET is an essential part of a healthy diet for healthy aging.

I read an article that suggested we eat a salad for lunch everyday, why it recommended this is so that we keep our calories low, and to add more fiber to our diets.  There are so many varieties of salad you should not get bored with it either, so make yourself a delicious salad for lunch, or order one at one of your favorite restaurants.  It will also eliminate the question…what should I have for lunch?

The recommended daily requirement is 35 grams of fiber each day.

Eating a higher-fiber diet has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels, improve and prevent constipation, and eating enough fiber will also slow the rate that foods pass through the digestive system.

A suggestion would be to double your intake of fiber from 15 grams per day to 35 grams. This will help reduce caloric intake, because when we eat enough fiber we feel satisfied after we finish a meal, so we don’t overeat.

Add Protein to Your Diet

Let’s add  protein to this salad meal as well.   Why? Because emerging research has hinted that protein may be able to satisfy hunger better than either fats or carbohydrates. Remember every morning when we wake we have the privilege to take care of our bodies so we can live healthy, vibrant lives.   One way to do this is to keep our weight at the recommended level for our height.   Obesity levels in the U.S. are rising higher at an alarming rate.  You ask how much protein should I be getting everyday?  For every 2 lbs that you weigh you should be getting .8 grams of protein.  Example if you weigh 100 lbs that is 45 kg, x .8  that equals 36 grams of protein needed that day.

Longevity

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Although the findings seem obvious, the specialists hope that by showing the long-term results of healthy living, people will see that  lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of dying from diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

The findings suggest that the combination of lifestyle factors has a substantially larger impact on survival than any single factor.

It is important for women and men to understand the amount of control we have over our health. You are not a victim. You don’t age, go through mid-life,  become a sick old man or woman, and then die.  That’s not how it has to work. We have to understand that aging doesn’t have to be associated with illness.

Here’s a motto  for 2009  “make yourself  your number one priority every single day

One lifestyle change is healthy eating.

Check out the New Anti inflammatory Food Pyramid…….

by Dr. Andrew Weil.

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02995/Dr-Weil-Anti-Inflammatory-Food-Pyramid.html

Next get plenty of exercise:  30 minutes on most days, make sure you break a sweat.  Strength training 2 to 3 times a week.

Stay stress free, pay attention to what you are feeding your mind.  What you feed your mind on will affect your body one way or another.  Stay positive, look at the glass 1/2 full not 1/2 empty.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.  ~Winston Churchill

Drink plenty of liquids, 8-10 glasses of water each day, which should include  3-5 cups of green tea.

These suggestions are very simple to follow.  There are no extremes here.

Following these suggestions can add years to your life.

Say you are well, or all is well with you,
And God shall hear your words and make them true.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox