Posts Tagged ‘mental health’

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
University of Maryland Medical Center
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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.”




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.

Yes! You Can Control What You Think

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

What You Conceive And Believe Is Up To You

Nature has built human beings so that they have control over the material that
reaches their subconscious mind. However, this does not mean that you
always exercise this control. Through the dominating thoughts that you permit
to remain in your conscious mind (it doesn’t matter whether these thoughts
are negative or positive), the principle of autosuggestion goes to work
impressing those thoughts on the subconscious mind. And, your subconscious
is not judgmental. It can be just as easily influenced by a negative idea or
a bad suggestion as it can by a positive thought or a good suggestion.

When speaking of the subconscious, it is like a fertile garden in which weeds
will grow if the seeds of more desirable crops are not sown. You can feed
your subconscious on creative thoughts or you can, by neglecting it, permit
thoughts of a destructive nature to find their way into this rich garden of the mind.

Habits grow out of doing the same thing or thinking the same thoughts or
repeating the same words over and over again. Habit may be likened to the
groove in a record, while the human mind may be likened to the needle
that fits into that groove. When any habit has been well formed, the
mind has a tendency to flow the course of that habit as closely as the needle
follows the groove on a record.

Habit is created by repeatedly directing one or more of the five senses
of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching in a given direction.
After habit has been well established, it will automatically control and
direct your actions and responses.

What is Your Conscious Mind: Your conscious mind receives information
through the five senses of sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch,
your conscious mind keeps track of what you need for thinking and
operating, and it filters out what you don’t need. Your conscious mind
( and what your memory retains) is the intelligence with which you normally
think, reason, and plan.

What is the Subconscious Mind: Your subconscious has access to
all the same information your conscious receives, but it doesn’t reason
the way your conscious mind does. It takes everything literally. It doesn’t
make value judgments, it doesn’t filter, and it doesn’t forget. It doesn’t draw
a distinction between good and bad, positive and negative.

The only thing it responds to is the intensity with which the idea is planted.
The stronger the emotion attached to an idea when planted in your
subconscious, the more prominent that idea will be.

excerpt taken from
Think and Grow Rich The 21st Century Edition Workbook