Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Horoscope to Live By

Here's my horoscope for today:

"Let the energy of the day pull you along.  Welcome change and initiate what you want to see unfold.  It's a 'take-charge' kind of a day, so don't waffle or let someone else take over.  Show your strengths and improve your weaknesses."

Cheers to that on this cold and dreary day!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sugar Cravings

It's almost Halloween…and I am sure when you stop at the grocery store you will see all sorts of "sugary" foods.  The most outrageous are the "peeps" of marshmallow drenched in oil and coated with sugar.  You may find this afternoons where you feel like a little sugar would not be so bad, right?  To get you through the day?  Here's some reasons why NOT to take a handful of candy corn.

Promotes wrinkling and aging skin
Makes your blood acidic
Can lead to osteoporosis
Is addictive as much as drugs
Can create the urge to binge
Robs your body of minerals
Robs you of energy
Contributes to heart problems
Can cause cancer
Contributes to ulcers
Can cause gallstones
Contributes to adrenal fatigue
Can suppress your immune system
Raises the level of serotonin
Weakens eyesight
Can cause aging
Can cause arthritis

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Super Immunity Food Choice Recommendations

According to the book, Super Immunity, "The key to obtaining incredible health is to eat more fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and other nutrient-rich foods.  Consuming these nutrients in their raw form will give the maximum benefit."

What does this mean?

to do list:

1.  Eat a large salad every day
2.  Buy some raw nuts and seeds~stick 'em in your glove compartment, stash some in your desk at work…have good stuff accessible 
3.  Eat green vegetables every day, raw or cooked~add some in to soups, or stews

not to do list:

1.  Avoid barbecue meats, especially processed meat
2.  Fried foods (ok, we knew that)
3.  Full-fat dairy
4.  Soda, sugar and artificial sweeteners
5.  White flour products

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Organic or not?!

I don't know about you…but I have heard a lot about organic foods, and why they are better…but then I look at the prices in the grocery stores and wonder, "Is it really worth it?!"  "Can I start now, and will it make a difference?"

Here are some foods that have the highest pesticides…always buy "organic:"
* celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach, kale, cherries, potatoes, grapes.

Here are some foods that are lower in pesticides~buy either organic, or not:
* onions, avacado, sweet corn, pineapple, mango sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, cantalope, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potato, honeydew melon.

It is better to eat fruits and vegetables grown and harvested in pesticides than to not eat them at all, but just so you know…you can look online for the "Dirty Dozen" or the "Clean Fifteen," which gives more information on the above details.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What is Fascia? How does it Affect You?

In the fitness industry right now, "fascia" is the latest buzzword….but watch out, it's could be here to stay!

Fascia is defined as:  A sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together organs and other soft structures of the body.

"Fascia" is multi-layered, and a whole network of connective tissue surrounding individual elements of the body…including organs, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels.  In essence, fascia assists with turning muscle contraction into coordinated movements with minimal wear and tear on your joints.  Research shows that breaking up the tight connective tissue~fascia~surrounding your muscles and joints will help you to move more freely.

When the fascia gets too tight, the muscles are constricted and "tight," and then pulling on ligaments, tendons and ultimately even shifting bone structure.  Ask a massage therapist about how he/she can help you or try using a foam roller yourself.  As you grow older, if you want to stay active, you will need to figure out a way to keep "Fascia fit."