So What’s Up Trader Joe’s?

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I had never been to Trader Joe’s in my life until recently when they opened their first store in Denver. I’d heard great things about amazing products that are healthy and affordable. I was excited to check it out and try some new vittles.  Here’s what I came away with.

Trader Joe’s is not a health food store-Now before everyone starts berating me about this, I understand that Trader Joe’s has never marketed themselves as a health food store. So why does everyone think it’s a health food store? They do have some healthy products, but let’s be realistic here, aisle after aisle of packaged goods, organic or not, doesn’t scream healthy to me.

The store was packed and the checkout line was a mile long so I had some time to do a little investigating. I’d heard their nuts were the bomb so I went there first.  Nice, raw organic almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts. Chocolate covered, spiced, salted and unsalted, you get the picture they have a nice nut selection.  What’s next.

They had a massive frozen food section.  Tubs of organic mac & cheese, neatly packaged ethnic dishes, thai, italian, indian. It all looked pretty damn good and I’ll have to admit you couldn’t find this stuff in your regular grocery store. I started looking at the ingredients and that’s when the health question came back to me.  Lot’s of soy, canola, dyes, flavorings and things I couldn’t pronounce.  Oh wait! It’s organic! Phew! What a relief, I thought the food might not be healthy.

I moved on.  Chips and crackers. things I never eat anyway.  I didn’t bother to look at the ingredients.  I already knew.

Ah, the produce and meat section.  I found this most interesting.  They had your usual selection of organic and non-organic choices. Again with the packaging. Kale in a bag? The packages all had cool names like “Happy Cow Beef” and “Morning glory farms asparagus.”  Again, I looked closer at the packaging. Responsibly farmed, antibiotic and hormone free, cage free. I smiled, “good for you Trader Joe’s” but something was missing.  Where was the local flavor? Where exactly, did this food come from? I looked at more labels, California mainly, it seems that all the food is created at their home office. I really wanted to see something from the neighborhood.  I’ve always held the belief that the best food is closest to the source. From the local garden or farm delivered fresh and nutritious to your local store. I saw none of this and this bothered me.  Trader Joe’s needs to be more local.

My research was done. I’d shopped at Trader Joe’s and I was left wondering, “What’s up Trader Joe’s?”  I turned to the massive check out line to await the fate of my wallet.

I’m not writing this to trash Trader Joe’s in any way.  Hell, I spent $80 while I was there.  These are just mere observances and a little disappointment that I took away from my first visit.

So what do you think? Am I totally off base?  I would love to hear from the Trader Joe’s supporters and also from those of you that may agree with me.

I’m always up for a good discussion and if you’re ever interested in discussing better ways to a healthy lifestyle, why not contact me for a free health consultation.  We’ll discuss what’s bothering you.

Have a great week and namaste,

Bruce

The Beauty Of A Pomegranate

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Did you know that the pomegranate is one of the worlds oldest fruits? It’s revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life.  It originated in Persia, but I recently saw many beautiful pomegranate trees in Sedona, Arizona.  I guess they acclimate well.

Pomegranates are nutrient dense and antioxidant rich offering protection against heart disease and cancer. But the most recent news on the pomegranate shows amazing clinical results in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and actually cleaning out clogged arteries! Yeah, this fruit is a beauty.

Have you tried the pomegranate?  It’s a little tricky to get the seeds out but well worth the effort.  Here are simple instructions on how to seed your pomegranate along with a delicious recipe once you free these little beauties.

 Seeding a Pomegranate

1.Cut the crown (protruding blossom end) off the pomegranate, removing with it some of the pale-yellow pith. Take care not to pierce the seeds within.

2.Lightly score the skin in quarters from stem to crown end.

3.Immerse the scored fruit in a large bowl of cool water and soak for 5 minutes. Holding the fruit under water, break sections apart with your fingers, separating the seeds from membrane. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl.

4.Discard skin and membranes. Drain the seeds and dry on paper towels.

 Grilled Chicken Breast with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate Seeds

Ingredients:

4 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1 pomegranate

4oz. of goat cheese

 Cooking Instructions:

Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil or coconut oil.

Grill until almost cooked completely through.

Put the chicken breasts in a large glass casserole pan.

Liberally apply the pomegranate seeds over the top of the chicken breasts.

Cover with shredded goat cheese.

Heat at 350 in the oven for 5 minutes.

Serve with your favorite fresh vegetable or salad.

 Sounds delicious huh?

One more benefit, pomegranates have been known to relieve and prevent depression!

How can you not be happy eating this beautiful fruit?

I encourage you to incorporate pomegranate into your diet.  There are hundreds of

ways to prepare them.  Sprinkle on you salad, eat ’em by the handful and my favorite,

juice’em!

Whatever your method, enjoy these beauties today.

If you’re looking for other health tips or perhaps some nutrition advice for your health

challenges “Click Here” for your “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.”

Maybe I’ll send you home with a pomegranate.

 Enjoy your day and namaste,

 Bruce

What Is Your Statin Really Doing For You?

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You’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol so you should go on a statin drug right? How many of you have had this conversation with your doctor?
The first questions you may want to ask your doctor is, “How will lowering my cholesterol improve my health?” and, “why should I be on a statin?”
It’s in our nature to trust our doctors and to follow their diagnosis, but are they sometimes to quick to provide treatment before they have determined the actual cause?
Here are some facts about that statins that you should know:

-There is no evidence that statin drugs improve cardiovascular health. In fact, more evidence suggests that cardiovascular risk can be increased with the use of statins especially in women, diabetics and young people.

-Statins do not decrease the risk of heart attack.

-Statins are designed to lower cholesterol. Studies have shown that low cholesterol levels are associated with an increase in cancer, neurological disorders and muscle disorders.

-Statins poison crucial enzymes in the body like CoQ10.

-Studies have shown that older people with higher cholesterol levels have increased longevity. Every cell in the body needs cholesterol for optimum functionality.

Statins are the most widely prescribed pharmaceutical today and Big Pharma is making millions of dollars off the marketing of these drugs. They will be the last to come clean about health risks.
If you’re concerned about your cardiovascular health, have a conversation with your doctor. Discuss natural alternatives like a healthier diet and introducing anti inflammatory foods like fish oil, turmeric and ginger.
Don’t fall into the medication trap. Prevention is the cure.

Just say no to statins!

If you’re interested in learning more about healthy living through nutrition and exercise, “Click Here” for your “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” Together we will put you on the path to great health.

Stay healthy my friends.

Cholesterol, Your Friend, Not Your Enemy

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Recently I’ve seen a lot of articles about how cholesterol is no longer the enemy when it comes to cardiovascular health. The low fat/high carb diet is out and healthy fats are now touted as the fuel that are bodies need.

Cholesterol is actually helpful, not harmful. It plays a critical role in protecting the arteries from inflammation, which is the real culprit. Where does inflammation come from? From the low fat/high carb diets that we’ve been told are good for us.

Even though they should know better, the healthcare industry continues to tell us that saturated fat and cholesterol are silent killers, thus depriving us of necessary nutrients and allowing us to consume unhealthy oils, trans fats, sugars, and chemical ridden low fat junk foods.

Our bodies require saturated fat and cholesterol for proper metabolism, healthy brain function(the majority of your brain is made of cholesterol) hormone balance and cell formation. Without these two nutritional components major health issues such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can arise.

I’ve had high cholesterol my entire life and have been told by my doctor that I’m at high risk for a heart attack or stroke. But is cholesterol really the issue? I’m having that conversation with my doctor. What about you? Where do you stand on the great cholesterol debate? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I will continue this important discussion on cholesterol and inflammation in future posts.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about how your cholesterol and diet may be effecting you, please “click here” for your “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.”

Have a great day!

Bruce

Juicing-What’s So Weird About Drinking Kale?

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In the past few years, the practice of juicing has gone from a health food store novelty to a national phenomenon. Juice bars, juice distributors, and juice trucks are popping up all across the country. These juices aren’t your average breakfast table variety like orange or apple juice, they incorporate a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs such as kale, ginger, and pomegranate. They pack a nutritional wallop and have been proven to be beneficial for health issues like  anti-aging,weight loss, digestion and even cancer.

I could probably right a book on this subject, but for the sake of my readers, I’ll keep it simple and give an overview. We can get to more specifics in future posts.

I started my relationship with my juicer about 2 years ago. It is a Breville Juice Fountain Plus, designed to pulverize fruits and veggies into amazing concoctions of nutritional bliss. Our love affair has been passionate and intense. Juice has become my muse. My creative outlet to healthy living.
So how did I become a juicer? My journey began in my girlfriend’s kitchen early one morning, where I was presented with a luminous green glass of liquid and was told to drink it because it was good for me. Yeah, I’ve heard that one before. I eyed it suspiciously and took a small sip. I’ll have to admit that my first taste wasn’t very pleasant, but I committed to drinking the entire glass and by the end I was beginning to find the taste rather appealing. Taste was only the beginning. I felt fresh! Energy was coursing through my mind and body. I thought to myself; “we may have something here”.
Since that morning, I became a dedicated juicer. I began experimenting and creating different juices with different flavors and health benefits. I toyed with the idea of starting my own juice company, but instead, incorporated juicing into my coaching practice to help my clients.
With any new health concept, there is always debate and pros and cons about the benefits. So how do you know if it’s right for you?
Ask yourself some simple questions. Do I want to improve my health? Will juicing help me reach my health goals? How do I get my juice? How do I feel after drinking fresh juice?
If you’re new to juicing I would suggest keeping it simple. Stop by your local health food store or juice bar and try some juices and see what you like.
If you’re ready to go all in and invest in a juicer then you can pick one up for $100 to $300. Read reviews on what juicers are best or ask me. I strongly suggest juicing from home. Your juice is made fresh by you, you can make it the flavor you want, and it’s made with love.
When first preparing your juice, try some greens like Kale or romaine. Add a nice root like ginger or turmeric, lemon or apple for flavor, and cucumber or celery for volume. Voila! You have a nutritional power house. Here’s a favorite recipe of mine:

Bruce’s Mean Green(Bruce Juice) 25-30 oz.
1 large handful of Kale
1large handful of spinach
2 celery stalks
1 green apple
1 medium cucumber
1/2 inch tumeric
1 inch ginger
1/2 lemon(peeled)

A few other tips; Always buy organic!
Go easy on the fruit! Fruit can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar.
If you currently have some health issues, consult your Doctor and learn which juicing regimen may be right for you.
Why not commit to your own juice regimen today? I promise you that your body and mind will feel better for it.
Need a little nudge? I offer juice detox packages and a free health consultation to get you going.
Lastly, I want to thank local artist Arleta Pech for contributing the awesome pic of the antique juicer squeezing out mouth watering cherry juice. You can see more of her work at www.arletapech.com.

Stay juicy my friends,
Bruce

Beautiful Sexy Blueberries-The Ultimate Super Food for Men

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Who doesn’t like blueberries? These tiny little marvels are wonderful, flavorful and carry health benefits that can keep us looking good and feeling young. Guys, this is one super food you want to have in your diet! Why? Well, the benefits are far reaching. Here is a quick list of how blueberries will make your day. Guys, pay particular attention to #3(wink! wink!).

-Blueberries may help to prevent disease- Compared to other fruits and vegetables, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients. These anti-aging compounds rid the body of harmful free radicals that are causes of heart disease, cancer and other serious health conditions.

-Blueberries improve memory and keep you sharp-Blueberry consumption is linked to improved memory among older men and they are shown to slow down the aging process. Again, the anti-aging properties of antioxidants and phytonutrients are the key.

-Blueberries are one of the best foods for erectile problems- Thinking about taking the little blue pill? Well natures little blue pill may be more beneficial. The antioxidants in blueberries help to relax the blood vessels thus improving circulation and blood flow to the nether regions. The result? Stronger and more frequent erections as you age.

-Blueberries will help keep you slim- Need help getting rid of that belly? Blueberries contain catechins which activate fat burning genes to assist with weight loss, belly fat loss in particular. Looking to slim down quickly? Throw blueberries into your diet.

-Blueberries make you happy!- They taste great. I know great flavor makes me happy. Seriously, blueberries increase the production of dopamine. Dopamine is a natural neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine deficiency can increase the chance of diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Bottom line guys, blueberries are a great food to keep you looking and feeling younger. The anti-aging properties are far more beneficial than any supplement or pill.  I recommend a serving of blueberries at least 3-4 time a week for optimal health benefits.

Here is a fast and simple recipe to help incorporate them into your diet.

Blueberry Recipe For Guys

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of organic blueberries washed thoroughly.

Serving Suggestion:

Take the cleaned blueberries and shove them in your mouth.

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Enjoy!

When it comes to your healthy aging, I’ve always got your back.

Want to learn more? “Click Here” for your free “Empower Your Health Strategy Session” Together we’ll find a way to get you feeling and looking younger in no time.

Namaste Y’all,

Bruce

Coconut Oil Is Amazing, So Why Not Use It For Sunscreen?

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I love coconut oil. I cook with it, I use it for oil pulling, and I use it on my skin.  Recently I’ve come across several articles on coconut oil as a sun screen. My first thought was to harken back to my college days when we would head out on spring break determined to get that awesome bronze tan. We would slather ourselves with tropicana coconut oil and hit the beach to get that tan. Well, several hours and many beers later, most of us would wind up burnt to a crisp and in a lot of sunburn pain. I think back on it now and it was probably not so much the oil, but a lack of common sense. Live and learn.

Today there is a lot of concern about most of the sun screens on the market. Almost every sun screen made available to us today contains toxic cancer causing chemicals that are way more harmful than exposure to the sun itself. So what’s a sun god/goddess to do?

Find and alternative of course. That’s where coconut oil comes in.  I had to check it out so I went to one of the most dangerous areas for sun exposure on the planet, the ski slopes of Colorado.  You not only get the sun, but the reflection of the sun off of the snow can really create a dangerous situation without proper protection.  I have tough skin so I applied a healthy dose and headed out. Unlike my college days, I could care less about getting a tan anymore but on this day I let loose and enjoyed the sunshine for about 4hrs. Upon my return, I’ll have to say that my face got pretty red, but I didn’t burn and my skin felt great.  Good? Bad? I really don’t know. What I did learn? Use common sense. If you’re going to be out in the sun that long, make sure you re-apply frequently and cover up or seek shelter if you’re getting too much sun. Oh, and use a natural safe sunscreen.

So back to the coconut oil. I did some research and found some interesting facts and some guidelines that I feel would make coconut oil a pretty safe alternative to the processed sun screens today. Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen and it blocks about 20% of UV rays. It’s been used as a sunscreen for thousands of years by the pacific islanders, so why would we use chemicals instead? When reapplied regularly it is adequate protection and it still allows you to get the much needed vitamin D supplied by the sun which is blocked by the processed chemical sunscreens. Coconut oil when applied also locks moisture into the skin and has many antioxidant and healing properties, thus reversing some of the damage caused by the sun.

So is coconut oil a sunscreen? The jury is still out on that. What it is, is a great natural alternative to the mess of chemical applicants we see today.

Here are some great tips to follow if you’re going to give coconut oil a try:

-Make sure your coconut oil is organic and cold pressed. The big tub from Walmart isn’t going to get you the results your looking for.  It will be refined and full of chemicals.

-Apply liberally and frequently. This will keep you protected and it’s great for your skin. 

-Be smart! Don’t spend too much time in the direct sun. Take breaks and cover up if you’re getting too much exposure. 

 -Know your body. The types of nutrients you are putting into your body can effect how your skin reacts to the sun. Healthy foods will help protect your skin from the negative effects of sun.

-Test it slowly. Make sure your sun exposure is minimal at first to make sure your skin accepts the coconut oil.

Also, check out my Pinterest link for a healthy coconut oil sunscreen recipe http://www.pinterest.com/pin/369647081888102968/

I’m open to debate on this. What are your favorite natural or homemade sunscreens? What experiences have you had using coconut oil? Is this just complete bunk or am I on to something here? I’d love to know.

If you’re looking to incorporate more healthy habits in your life, why not contact me for a “Free Empower Your Health Strategy Session?” at www.kriyaliving.comTogether we can discuss a strategy to get your health back on track.

 

Have a Healthy day!

Namaste,

Bruce

 

Weight Loss

imagesLosing weight and keeping it off can be a tough task for many people.  Have you tried all of the diet fads to lose weight and nothing seems to work? Don’t get discouraged, maybe you just need a little guidance. By knowing how to eat and enjoy healthy foods, reduce cravings and understand why you eat, you can begin to take charge of your weight loss.

My approach is to help you understand where your weight challenges may be coming from.  It’s not all about calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. It is not to create lists of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding. We will focus on your nutritional needs while also addressing the other factors in your daily life such as, relationships, career and lifestyle that could be effecting your weight loss goals. I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected.

What are you waiting for? Are you ready to lose the weight for good and to look and feel more youthful and vibrant?

My program will focus on your nutritional needs to lose the extra pounds while also addressing the other factors in our daily lives such as, relationships, career and  that could be effecting your weight loss goals. I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected.

Your Customized Weight Loss Program Includes:

  • Nutrition guidelines specific to your weight goals
  • Detox of body toxins
  • Reducing Cravings
  • Emotional eating issues
  • Elimination of sugars and processed foods

Click Here to sign up for your “Empower Your Health Strategy Session” today!

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Could One Conversation Change Your Life?

 

Energy

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Our energy levels can decrease for a lot of reasons. There is our stressful lifestyles, poor nutrition choices, disease and our toxic environment. We too often rely on caffeine, sugar, and other unhealthy fixes to boost our energy levels, only to crash later. So what’s the solution? How do we get and retain energy in a healthy way?

Our mind and body connection is critical to sustain and to feel young and vibrant. My program focuses on strengthening the mind body connection by finding the optimum nutrition needs for your body while also exercising the mind to reduce stress, increase sleep and create mindfulness for a more energized and fulfilling life.

Your Customized Energy Program Includes:

  • Nutrition guidelines specifically designed to increase energy
  • Detox of body toxins that sap energy
  • Breathing and meditation exercises
  • Fitness tips to increase energy
  • Elimination of energy draining habits

Ready to get energized? Click Here to sign up for your “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” Together, we will look at finding the right foods to energize your body and improve your mood, while also working on reducing the negative interruptions to your lifestyle so you can focus on the present and feel more energetic, youthful and vibrant.

 

Cholesterol and Inflammation

In my 40’s I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and inflammation of the arteries.  I was able to address it in the early stages and to reverse it through diet, exercise and reducing stress in my life. Since i have dealt with these conditions and since it effects so many people today, I feel compelled to help others as they deal with these conditions.

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Have you been diagnosed with high cholesterol? Has your doctor prescribed a statin or other drug to control it? Is it really high cholesterol that’s the issue? These are questions that you should be asking yourself.

If you’re dealing with high cholesterol, inflammation or both then we should talk.  My program will evaluate your specific challenges from high cholesterol and inflammation. Is it diet? Stress? Lifestyle?

My Cholesterol and Inflammation Control Program Includes:

  • Nutrition and food guidelines customized to reduce cholesterol and inflammation
  • Breathing and meditation techniques to reduce stress
  • Cleansing of bodily toxins
  • Fitness guidelines

Is cholesterol and inflammation part of your health challenges? Would you like to be free of harmful and unnecessary medications? Click Here for your “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” Together we’ll take on your health challenges and create attainable goals to have you looking and feeling younger in no time.