Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

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
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.”

 

 

 

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 24 Hour Anti Aging Plan…As Seen on the Dr. Oz Show

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The 24-Hour Anti-Aging Plan as seen on the Dr. Oz Show was fantastic so I wanted to share some of it with you. Here are 5 basic steps that you can change now and see results now.

Russ Greenfield, MD…Integrative Medicine Specialist was on the Dr. Oz Show to help explain why these changes work. These are small changes that you can start today.

5 Missions To Stop Aging

1 Wipe Out Wrinkles

Cut down on sugar. Replace it with products that do not contain added sugar. Take the supplement GTF chromium it is an important trace mineral that helps regulate blood sugar levels. Why is this important? Because sugar breaks down collegian.

2 Cut Off Cancer Cells

In order to try and stop cancer cells from growing deadly,  we need to cut off their blood supply, a process called anti-angiogenesis. Certain foods, particularly brightly colored fruits, contain substances with anti-angiogenic properties.

Try eating the Anti-Cancer Fruit Salad  made with papaya, blackberries and nutmeg at lunchtime everyday. All three of these foods help prevent blood vessels from nourishing cancer cells.

3. Eliminate Exhaustion

This isn’t a lack of sleep exhaustion, they are talking about cellular exhaustion. To eliminate cellular exhaustion, try astragalus, a medicinal Chinese plant shown to help rebuild genes by boosting the enzyme telomerase.

Understanding what telomere is.

Exercise everyday because regular exercise boosts energy levels. Researchers say nearly every group studied — from healthy adults, to cancer patients, and those with chronic conditions including diabetes and heart disease — benefited from exercise.

4. Defeat Dementia

To keep your brain active and free from disease we need to get rid of plaque.  We do that by eating an anti inflammatory diet.  Dr. Andrew Weil is an expert in health and wellness and here are his tips for eating an anti inflammatory diet.

As well as an anti inflammatory diet, eliminate nitrates, and take an Acetyl-L-Carnitine & Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplement. High levels of anti oxidant production is also found in my product Vemma. Vemma Is The World’s Most Powerful Liquid Antioxidant.

5. Go To Bed

Enough sleep is critical to living a long life.  A comment that Dr. Weil mentioned in one of his articles was the less people sleep the more likely they are to become obese.

Five Take Charge Easy Steps can change your life as Dr. Oz and Dr. Greenfield mention in the 24 Hour Anti Aging Plan.

Uncle Sam’s High Fiber Cereal

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I like to write about health and wellness along with suggesting different ways that we can get more energy, stay active, get healthier all the while we are enjoying our healthy aging journey.

It’s pretty simple to eat healthy.  It just takes organizing and planning healthy meals for the week.

I’m sure you have heard over and over again the importance of a high fiber diet.

This is a very healthy way to start your day, add some veggie juice, some protein and your good to go.

I don’t enjoy cereal every morning but I have found “Uncle Sam’s” cereal to be enjoyable a couple of times a week.

Uncle Sam’s Original has only 1 gram of sugar with 7 grams of protein along with 10 grams of fiber in 3/4 cup.  That’s fantastic.  We need at least 35-45 grams and some suggest as much as 60 grams of fiber per day.

I like to mix Uncle Sam’s with Raisins and sometimes I add chopped walnuts, and blueberries.

I saw one recipe that had a parfait glass with layers of berries, Uncle Sam’s, and vanilla nonfat yogurt.

Other additions to your bowl of “Uncle Sam’s might be:

Fresh mango, bananas, black berries & strawberries or any other fruit that you enjoy.

If you add 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts and almonds it would add another 5 grams of protein for a total of 12 grams per 3/4 cup to 1 cup of cereal

The reason to eat Uncle Sam’s high fiber cereal is because it is loaded with flax seeds too, it could be part of your daily source of omega-3 fatty acids which cannot be made by the body and must be provided by your diet.

Uncle Sam’s is a suggestion in the South Beach Diet Plan as the high fiber cereal to eat. It recommends it because it is low sugar content and high fiber.

Uncle Sam’s has been around since 1908.  I’m glad I found it now because it really is a delicious and super nutrition breakfast cereal.

My Chicken Soup For the Soul Recipe

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

No matter if it’s winter, spring or summer “My Chicken Soup For the Soul Recipe” is delicious and nutritious.  I love making this soup, it’s easy and I know that I will have a healthy meal waiting for my family for either dinner, lunch or an after school snack.  This will last in the refrigerator for at least 7 days.

8 quart stock pot

8 to 10 cups of filtered water (start with 8 add more after grains have cooked if needed)

2 containers of 32 oz organic chicken broth

12 oz (1/2 jar) blended to a puree of Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara

2 Tbsp of  “Better Than Bouillon” Vegetable Base

1/2 cup organic Red Quinoa (uncooked)

1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Pearl Barley (uncooked)

1 cup of millet (uncooked)

6 to 8 stalks of celery (more if you like) cut up in small pieces

1/2 bag baby carrots cut up in small pieces (more if you like)

2 Tbsp of organic olive oil

6 -half organic boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut in small pieces)

(You can use less chicken and more veggies to this recipe if you like, it’s yummy either way)

Seasonings: Salt & Spike to taste

Directions:

Saute cut up pieces of chicken in organic olive oil until cooked

Add water, chicken broth and bouillon

Add remaining ingredients and cook on low until veggies and grains are done.

The great thing about this soup is that you can eat it after the grains and veggies are done or you can cook it for up to  2-3 hours on low, and it’s even better the second day.

Refrigerate in pot after the pot has cooled to room temperature.

Other ingredients that I’ve used:

Cut up zucchini, fresh cut up green beans, brown rice.

Happy & Healthy Easter Carrot Cake

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

I wanted to share this delicious & nutritious carrot cake recipe that I just made for my son’s birthday & that you may enjoy for your Easter meal.  It is so good!

CARROT CAKE

2 1/3 cups Organic Gold Medal all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1  large organic egg

2 large organic egg whites

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

1/4 cup organic olive oil

3 cups organic shredded carrots

2/3 cup buttermilk

1  cup crushed pineapple, drained

1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts (1 cup for cake mix & 1/2 cup to go on top of your cake)

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

2 (8 ounce) packages of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup organic butter, softened

2 cups sifted organic confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Cake: Pre heat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9×13 pan with butter & dust lightly with flour, shake off excess.

In one bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg.

In a large bowl blend the eggs, egg whites, oil & sugar with a hand mixer until smooth.

Add carrots & hand mix until blended, add in the buttermilk, pineapple & 1 cup chopped walnuts (save the other 1/2 cup of walnuts to top your cake) until mixed well.

In the large bowl slowly combine the flour mixture with the carrot mixture.

With a spatula pour cake mix into your 9×13 pan, spread evenly with spatula making sure you get into the corners & that it is even.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, double check doneness with a toothpick, it will come out clean if it is done.

Cool completely on a rack before frosting your cake.

Frosting: Blend  together the cream cheese & butter until smooth, add vanilla & mix well, now slowly mix in your sifted confectioners sugar.  Set aside until ready to frost your cake.

Frost your cake & sprinkle on top 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.   Place in refrigerator until ready to serve..Store covered in the refrigerator.

(variations: 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2-1 cup coconut)

Magnificent Mangosteen the “SuperFruit”

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Mangosteen when the antioxidant-rich power of  it is combined with vitamins, plant-sourced minerals, organic glyconutrient-rich aloe vera and decaffeinated organic green tea, the result is the ultimate nutritional foundation.

Because the mangosteen is combined with vitamins and minerals our digestive systems utilize the liquid nutrition properly. It benefits the human body so extensively when it is taken in adequate amounts daily.

Parents we have a product for children too.

It is called NEXT.   The formula was specifically designed for children ages 2-12.  With the right amount of vitamins and minerals along with the superfruit mangosteen and it’s creamy orange flavor it gives their growing bodies the immune support that they need.  The proper nutrition for our children is critical to their overall health and wellness.  In order for them to have peek performance in school makes the NEXT product the nutritional support they need to carry them into their adolescent years.

Mangosteen, known as the “Queen of all fruits” has been used for centuries by Asian health practitioners for its nutritional benefits and delicious flavor.

The Mangosteen plant has the micro plant nutrients that our bodies need. These nutrients are called xanthones.

Vemma” represents the most complex liquid nutritional program that I have ever seen!” says Dr. John Edwards, Bsc, MBBS of Healthy Oakland Clinic.

So many amazing scientific studies have been done to prove the antioxidant power of mangosteen.  Here is one from Pub Med.

“Potential of xanthones from tropical fruit mangosteen as anti-cancer agents”

The antioxidant effect of Vemma has been shown to enhance immune function.  As noted in the clinical studies it proved in the studies that Vemma showed significant improvements in immune markers, superior antioxidant absorption and a lowering of C-reactive protein (CRP), which points to its beneficial effects on overall health and wellness.

The recent clinical studies that Vemma has done will prove to the skeptic that mangosteen and minerals in the Vemma formula is a powerful way to change your overall health and wellness.

Our immune systems need help on a daily basis and the Vemma formula has proven 100% to have helped myself and my family.

Dr. Geiger, the OilMD has written a book called “The Sweet Smell of Success and he shares the importance of juice therapy.

Healthy Aging for Women and Men with Essential Oils

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I do promote Essential Oils for Healthy Aging because I have seen the results in myself, my family and friends.

Dr. James Geiger the oilMD offers in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” guidance for the use of “Medical Aromatherapy in the 21st Century”.

“Essential oils are extracted oils from plants that give off aromatic and fragrant smells, they also act to normalize and regulate the systems of the body.”

“Essential oil phytomolecules impact intra-cellular synthesis pathways. Embodied in the chemical constituents found in these plant distillates are the energy and informational building blocks that produce complex emotional and intricate physiological effects in humans and animals.”

“Food is medicine. The FDA classifies essential oils as food. Learning the art and the science of aromatherapy is one avenue to increase health in this revolution of wellness.”

Essential oils are noted for their medicinal properties that  are exceedingly high in ORAC value (oxygen radical absorption capacity) to scavage free radicals associated with disease and aging.

Free radicals are harmful to the body. The human body is composed of many different types of cells.  Free radicals hurt these cells.

In brief “free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. Once the process is started, it can cascade, finally resulting in the disruption of a living cell. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age.

“Essential oils have crossover properties in clinical areas, for instance, oils of ginger, helichrysum and frankincense are true dual inhibitors of inflammation.”

“Since virtually all pain is due to inflammation, it is particularly dangerous when that inflammation in the human body is stealth enough that it does not cause pain. Because silent inflammation in the human body mostly means silent damage.” In my opinion this could mean silent disease.

In closing I would like to encourage you to make yourself your number one priority on a daily basis and use Essential oils and Essential nutrition. It is extremely important for healthy aging.

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