I Totally Dig The Farmers Market

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Summer has arrived and all of the new growth is thriving. The leaves are back on the trees, flowers are blooming and gardens are taking root.  With the arrival of the new season farmers, local businesses and vendors join to sell their wares at community gatherings throughout the country. Ah yes, the farmers market. What a great place to go visit friends and make new friends and to taste, experience and support your local businesses. You can also get your grocery shopping done. So why go to the farmers market? Here are a few reasons to head there now. I guarantee you’ll totally dig it.

Connect with and support your community-The farmers market is a community hub where local businesses count on your support so they can bring you the freshest and healthiest foods and unique products. It’s a place where you can relax with friends and family and enjoy local culture even if you’re in a big city.

Inexpensive organic produce-Farmers markets provide a wide variety of organic produce that is less expensive than what you would pay at a grocery store. You get produce that is fresher and grown locally. Plus, you get to chat with the farmer that grew it. Pretty cool.

The Food Tastes better-At the farmers market you get the freshest and tastiest foods available right from the source. The produce is perfectly ripe and unaltered. The dairy is brought straight from the farm. Meats are naturally fed and free of antibiotics and hormones. It all contributes to better taste. Plan a meal and experience the amazing flavors and smells with friends and family. You’ll discover that the food from the farmers market rocks!

It’s healthier-This one’s a no brainer. Eating fresh, locally-grown fruits,veggies and meats are great for your health. You avoid the pesticides and herbicides, the GMOs and the alterations that happen to foods in grocery stores.  You get real food and what’s healthier than that?

It’s Fun!- Take the whole family, meet a friend for breakfast. I always bring my dog and she has a better time than I do. There’s a little something for everybody and it’s always good.

If you haven’t experienced your local farmers market, get out there today. Not sure where it is in your community? Try google. They can usually point you in the right direction. Farmers markets are an excellent way to connect with your community and to buy local. They are sustainable, good for the environment and they give you a connection to the world around you that feeds your body, mind and spirit. Why not head out there this week? I’ll see you there.

If you’re ever looking for other healthy lifestyle tips why not “click here” for a complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” We can meet at the farmers market.

Have a great week!

Namaste,

Bruce

Nuts and Seeds-A Handful A Day Goes A Long Way

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I’ve always been a big fan of nuts and seeds. My family always had a bowl on the dining room table or in front of the TV where we could relax and crack open a variety of nuts for a quick snack. Seeds were a favorite to add to salads and other dishes. Lately I’ve been incorporating nuts and seeds into my diet for a variety of reasons. They taste great and they have tons of healthy benefits.

Here are a few of my favorite types of nuts and seeds and reasons that you should think about adding more of these fantastic foods to your diet.

Almonds-Who doesn’t love these little gems? Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats. These healthy fats are known to lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Almonds also contain anti-oxidants which help mop up free radicals. They are known to reduce the rise in blood sugar after a meal and their low glycemic index makes it a healthy food for diabetics.

Chia Seeds-Are you looking for an energy boost for your workout? Chia seeds pack in the protein to give you energy while also stabilizing blood sugar to reduce body fat and regulate appetite. They are a perfect workout supplement. They are also are packed with omega-3 fatty acids which improves your mood and brain health. They sure have come along way from the chia pet.

Walnuts-A walnut kind of looks like a small brain doesn’t it? Well, it’s quite a coincidence since walnuts contain many health benefits for the brain. Walnuts are known to help prevent dementia, reduce stress and are helpful for anti-aging. Walnuts contain a high amount vitamin E and also flavanoids which help destroy free radicals that can effect brain health. The absence of dangerous free radicals also improves the skin and helps lower blood pressure which reduces stress.

Hemp seeds-You can’t smoke these and you won’t get high, but the health benefits are amazing! Hemp can provide you with a balanced ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamin A, E and D, and many B vitamins. It is also rich in sodium, calcium, dietary fiber and iron. Hemp seeds are known to reduce inflammation which can improve heart and brain health. They are also a healthy appetite suppressant. Try them with your eggs in the morning. They add a rich nutty flavor to your breakfast.

Cashews-When it comes to cancer prevention, cashews should be included in your diet. Cashews contain proanthocyanidins which are flavanols that actually starve tumors and stop cancer cells from dividing. Studies have also shown that cashews can reduce your risk of colon cancer. Cashews are also rich in magnesium and copper which strengthens bones and and provides substance and flexibility to bones and joints.

Pumpkin seeds-Looking for a nutritional power house? Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc which supports a healthy immune system, increases cell division and growth, improves sleep and mood, and sexual function. They are known to improve prostate health in men and to reduce symptoms of menopause and post menopause in women. I love to eat these raw or sprinkle them on my salad.

The bottom line, nuts and seeds are a healthy addition to your diet. They are delicious, nutritious, and they help you look and feel younger. A handful a day goes a long way, so why not go nuts? Or seedy? Ok, that was lame, but you get the picture.

I’m always available to talk about your health. Why not take the next step and take me up on a complimentary health strategy session? “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” Together we’ll get you on the path to looking and feeling younger.

Have Happy Memorial Day!

Namaste Y’all!

Bruce

 

America’s Healthcare Crisis. Should We Be Moving From Treatment To Prevention?

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Is prevention the answer to the healthcare crisis? Isn’t it wiser to prevent sickness and disease rather than to treat it after it has developed?

We are in the midst of a healthcare crisis in this country.  Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease are at epidemic proportions and our healthcare system is not adequate enough to handle it.

When the health of our population is at risk, so is the health of our entire nation. A sick nation effects us economically which in turn compromises our security. As a sick nation we are not a strong nation.

So why aren’t we doing more?  I’d say the answer lies with our own government and the corporations that influence government policy.  The lobbying efforts of food corporations and big pharma are geared towards treatment.  Our government subsidizes cheap food which in turn is produced by corporations for the masses.  The masses get sick and big pharma treats them with the medications they produce.  There is no end game for sickness and disease.  Why would there be?  It’s not profitable.

The treatment model we follow is not sustainable.  If we want to prosper as a nation then we need to move to a prevention based healthcare model in which people are educated on healthy habits and lifestyles and real food is an option.

I’m a health coach that is trying to make a change one person at a time.  How do we take on a government and corporations that are working against us?

I’ll tell you how.  One person and one community at a time.

We need a healthcare revolution in this country. The top down approach isn’t going to work.  We need to look at ourselves and our communities and foment change from the bottom up.

I would love to get comments and thoughts on how we might do this.  Maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree, but this conversation needs to happen.  What are your thoughts?

I’m always available for a conversation about your health questions.  Why not “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.”

Technology Overload-Why Unplugging At Least Once A Day Will Make You Healthy And Happy

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I remember when I was growing up, my parents would yell at me for watching too much TV or talking on the phone too long. “Go outside! It’s a beautiful day!” They would say. Wow, they would be pulling their hair out in this day and age. We are uber connected in every aspect of life and it’s depriving us of relaxation and peace and it’s piling on the stress. I’m guilty. Guilty of stressing out when I can’t find my phone. Guilty of being a prick to the tech support guy when my internet connection is down. Guilty of being a technology addict. But amidst all of the online chaos, I found a way to unplug. I found peace letting go and I’m healthier and happier for it.

I know there are others out there like me. I’m here to help. Here are three ways that you can unplug from your technology addiction and you will be healthier and happier.

Just Walk Away-I love this.  Twice a day I take my dog for a walk. I get up from my laptop. I put my phone down and go for a walk.  I enjoy the fresh air, hanging with my dog and just being mindful of the world around me. It clears my head,relieves stress and re-energizes me for the rest of the day.  If you’re at work, go outside for a few minutes. Walk around the building. Go get a healthy snack. Just walk away!

Sit in Silence-Meditation has many health benefits. When you’re mind is tired,stressed and overloaded, take a few minutes to let it all go.  Sit in silence and clear your head.  Just listen to your breath and nothing else. Once again you will return to your tasks energized with a clear mind and ready to go. Here is a great link for short meditations to get you through your day.

http://www.the-guided-meditation-site.com/mindfulness-exercises.html.

Exercise-Many benefits here.  Go for a run, or a bike ride. Attend a yoga class.  Whatever your method is just do it and leave your technology behind.  You will return to your daily activities focused and stress free.

So what are your methods of unplugging?

I’m just touching the tip of the iceberg here.  Whatever your methods may be, just commit to it and you will be better for it.

Having trouble unplugging? Come see me! We will discuss what’s getting in your way and develop practices that will help you unplug.  “Click Here” for your free “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.”

If this post has been beneficial or not, I would love your feedback.

Now it’s time to go walk the dog.

Namaste Y’all!

Bruce

What Is A Health Coach And Why You Should Hire One

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Since I launched my holistic health coaching business, the biggest question that I’ve gotten is, “What is a health coach?” And “Why would I need one?” These are great questions. Well, here is my definition of a health coach and 5 reasons why you may want to hire one.

According to Wikipedia, health coaching is a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behavior change by challenging a client to listen to their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their goals into action. I would add to that in saying that a health coach serves as a guide to take you where you need to go. A health coach helps you identify your goals and helps you implement a strategy to meet those goals. A health coach helps you improve your self management and to stay motivated throughout the process.

What a health coach isn’t;  A health coach does not define your goals for you or put you on a diet. A health coach is not a personal trainer. A health coach does not give medical advice and is not a medical doctor.

So now you now know what a health coach is, so do you need one? Here are 5 reasons you may want to hire a health coach.

A health coach will provide you with the support you need to make lasting changes.  Perhaps you need a little jump start to lose some weight or reduce stress in your life, but you don’t know how to do go about it.  A health coach will guide through the process to get you on track and motivate you to make lasting changes.

A health coach will serve as your guide to make small incremental changes without overwhelming you.  You have a busy life. We get it.  Change is tough.  We’re not here to turn you into a vegetarian(unless you want to be one of course). We want to help you make those healthy changes without totally disrupting your life. We offer easy to follow guidelines you can commit to.

Health coaches base their work on bio-individuality. We develop a plan tailored to your individual health challenges and goals.  You know that you have guidance tailored to your own needs and results.

Health coaches assist in evaluating all areas of your life. Many times issues such as weight loss can be symptoms of other events in your life. A health coach focuses to create balance in these areas and to create harmony which leads to a healthier and happier you.

Health coaches are certified and professionally trained to assist you in making the best choices for your health and happiness. Your doctor can’t do it all.  Health coaches are trained in over 100 dietary theories. In turn we focus on Primary Foods-career, relationships, and spirituality. And Secondary Foods-nutrition and exercise. We serve as an additional resource to your doctor’s recommendations.   

So now you have the details. Is a health coach in your future?

Why not take the first step and “Click Here” for a complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session” with me today? Together we’ll map your personalized program and get you on the right track to health and happiness.

Have a healthy day and namaste!

Bruce

Guys, Reclaim Your Health! Look and Feel Younger Today!

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I’m often asked, “Why did you become a health coach?”

Well, there are two reasons.  First, as I got older I began to experience my own health challenges with high cholesterol and inflammation. I was able to regain my health through nutrition and fitness. Second, I figured if I was able to regain my health then why can’t I help other men regain their health the same way?

Now, I’m not leaving out the ladies here, you should read this article and share it with your man.  I’ve just learned that it’s a little tougher for us guys to adopt the nutrition and fitness habits we need to live healthy and happy lives.

So here I am, every man’s health coach. I’m going to tell you some simple steps to get you on the path to healthy living and If you need a little push we can build a plan to get you back on track.

Your body is designed to heal itself-How we eat and live each day has a profound effect on how we age. Proper nutrition and exercise are paramount to keeping you feeling and looking young.  If you want to get well and remain well then stop doing things that cause sickness and disease and incorporate habits that will strengthen your immune system and keep you healthy.  For most of us, these are minor changes with big results.  Your body gets it.  Need some help? Ask me how.

Exercise from the neck up-How we think and feel greatly effects our health. As we age self doubt, depression, and fear can creep into our mindset. As men we tend to push these feelings away. By simply being mindful and present in the moment we can mitigate these symptoms.  Take time for self care. Have a conversation with a loved one or friend, cook a great meal, read a book or take on a mental exercise like meditation. Also, did you know that good food and exercise can limit these symptoms? See the connection?

Age is mandatory, getting old is optional-I say this a lot.  Who said that as we age we have to stop living get sick and die?  Guys, I hear this too often. “I’m too old.” “I just don’t feel good anymore”. Well your dreams of playing in the NFL may be gone, but who says you can’t go out and live! Do you want to feel and look younger? Find your passion and do it. The only thing stopping you is you.

We’re men. We’re supposed to be strong.  So why do we make ourselves so vulnerable?

Your health is your strength and your power. Take care of yourself and your life becomes limitless.

I know that sometimes it’s easier said than done.

Need a little help? A jump start to health and happiness?

Why not look at a health coach? I’m your guy, I’ve been there and done that. Perhaps I can help build that perspective to get you on the right track.

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

Could one conversation change your life?  What do you have to lose?

See you out there,

Bruce

Just Say No To GMO

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We’re 10 days away from another March Against Monsanto. Will you be participating?

Here are 5 reasons why you should participate:

1. Stop the corporate take over of our food and water supply- Did you know that ex Monsanto executives now control the FDA? The agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the American public. On March 29, President Obama signed what has been called the “Monsanto Protection Act”. It allows Monsanto to promote and plant GMO and GE seeds free from any judicial litigation that might deem such crops unsafe. Private corporations already own 5 percent of the world’s fresh water. Billionaires and companies, including Monsanto and Nestle(that’s right, the friendly little candy bar company), are purchasing the rights to groundwater and aquifers. They are vying for a future in which free water supply is a thing of the past, and private companies control public water sources.

2. Send a message to food retailers that they should drop GMO’s- Put pressure on food retailers to label GMO’s or drop them altogether. Food retailers will be closely watching this event and our presence will send a message that we won’t tolerate GMO’s in our food. To help get GMO labeling on the ballot in Colorado go here:  http://www.righttoknowcolorado.org.

3. Environmental Nightmares-Monsanto claims that it is a “leader and innovator in sustainable agriculture” when in reality they stand in the way of sustainable agriculture. Monsanto’s policies increase herbicide use, which can cause health effects, and perpetuates gene contamination, as engineered genes tend to show up in non-GE crops. Their products and technologies lead to resistant weeds and insects that can make farming harder and reduce sustainability.” This is only the tip of the iceberg.

4. Monsanto’s monopoly is putting real farmers out of work-There is nothing more un-american than stomping out a farmer’s livelihood, but that’s precisely what Monsanto is attempting to do. Over and over Monsanto is suing farmers out of their livelihoods by claiming patent infringements on their genetically modified seeds. Monsanto’s patent extends even to the offsprings of seeds so farmers are in violation even when Monsanto’s seeds contaminate their fields. Monsanto continues to build their monopoly over the agricultural industry with no signs of intervention by the U.S. government.

5. The biotech industry is deceiving the public with claims that GMOs are safe. There is mounting actual scientific evidence that Monsanto’s GMOs are putting the public health at risk. Monsanto’s so called “sound science” supports industry over public health and the environment. Studies have shown that GMO crops are not feeding the world and the industry has actually increased the use of pesticides which is poisoning people and the environment.

March on Monsanto

On May 24, 2014 you have chance to have your voice heard. Millions across the planet will march against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms. It’s time to act now against GMOs and harmful pesticides. To participate go to: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com.

Thanks for your support!
Namaste Y’all,
Bruce

What’s All The Stress About?

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Today stress is a major cause of health issues in our lives from mental health issues to physical disease. It can create havoc on your mind and body. Did you know that with careful evaluation of your life and by eliminating certain habits you can remove most sources of stress form your life?

It’s that easy!

Stress is a response to challenges in life, and life isn’t that exciting without challenges, so we need a healthy way to deal with stress.

Stress can effect our health in many ways: 

-Poorly managed stress can accelerate aging in our bodies and in our minds.

-It can cause weight gain or loss through emotional eating patterns.

-Stress increases inflammation in our bodies which increases the chance of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

-Depression is many time stress related.

Is this you?

-Financial stress?

-Relationship stress?

-Career stress?

-Lifestyle stress?

Relax! It can all be reversed. You got this!

-Eat Healthy!-That’s right. What and how you eat can reduce stress significantly. Evaluate your eating habits.

-Avoid sugars and processed foods throughout your day. Eat real food!

-Don’t skip breakfast. Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and helps keep your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day which reduces stress.

-Eat little and often. This will keep your energy levels steady and increase positive productivity.

-If your eating healthy, you will look good and feel good. Looking good and feeling good eliminates stress.

-Move-Even light exercise can lower stress levels. Combine exercise with a healthy diet and feel the stress go away. A fit healthy body keeps you looking and feeling good. When you feel and look good there is less stress. Are you seeing a pattern here?

-Exercise your mind- Did you know that meditation has been around for thousands of years? There’s a reason for that. Take time for some simple breathing exercises or light meditation when you’re feeling stressed. It’s worth the effort.

-Sleep-Always take time for self-care. Sleep is an important component of self care and reducing stress. Take time to unplug, rest and recharge your body. You will awaken with more energy, vitality, and happiness.

-Socialize-Studies show that those who socialize regularly and are active in their community live longer. Increased socialization reduces stress and alleviates depression. Developing positive relationships and friendships increases self esteem.

Now you get the picture. Reducing stress in your life is a major factor for anti aging and keeping you looking and feeling younger.

Examine stress in your life. How is it effecting you?

Take some time for a little decompression. The benefits are endless.

A major component to my coaching package is stress reduction. Feeling stressed? “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” We’ll get to the bottom of what all the stress is about.

Have a relaxing day!

Bruce

Why I Use Turmeric And You Should Too

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It all started with my high cholesterol and chronic inflammation.  My doctor had me on statins and supplements and even though I was somewhat better, I didn’t like the western method of popping medications to get my health right.  There had to be a better way.  

Well along came the wonder root Turmeric.

Turmeric’s benefits stretch back over 6,000 years in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Curcumin is the primary polyphenal in Turmeric and it’s where hundreds of potential health benefits have been discovered.  I could list all, but I’ll stick to a couple of benefits that really grabbed my attention.

 It reduces unhealthy levels of inflammation and chronic inflammation-I mentioned that I went through this.  It worked.  Many times cholesterol isn’t the issue, but inflammation.  Turmeric will help this.

 It destroys cancer stem cells and destroys drug resistant cancers-Prevention is the key here.  Do you want to put a stop to cancer before it gets you?  Turmeric is an excellent preventative medicine.  Already battling cancer? Turmeric will help defeat it.

 Alzheimer’s Disease-Turmeric is known to prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s.  Again that word prevention.  If you’ve ever dealt with a family member with Alzheimer’s then you know you don’t want to go down that road.  Ramp up the Turmeric in your diet.

 Heavy metal toxicity-Everyday we are bombarded with environmental toxins with no way of stopping them.  Putting Turmeric in your diet will cleanse you of those toxins and help prevent further health issues down the road.  There’s that word prevent again.  Is it sinking in?

 This is just the tip of the iceberg.  I encourage you to do some research on the benefits yourself.  Here is a good place to start: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/turmeric.

 There are many ways to ingest Turmeric.  Being a juicer, I prefer to throw a piece along with ginger and garlic in my juicer in the morning.  No time to juice? You can also get it in the spice section of your health food store.  Check out these recipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipes/herbs-and-spices/spices/turmeric/

For those of you that are not big fans of the flavor of Turmeric, you can also buy it in capsule form. This is also a good alternative if you can’t find Turmeric root. It’s seasonal and not always easy to get.

 Whatever your method, add Turmeric to your diet today.

 I’m always looking for ways to improve our health.  If you’re facing some health challenges, come see me.  “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.”  Together we’ll put you on the road to a healthy lifestyle.

I hope you find this article helpful.

Namaste Y’all!

Oil Pulling: A Pull A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

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I was spending a long weekend with friends recently. They’re used to my somewhat unusual health habits, so when I put a spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth one morning and started swishing it around, I got some quizzical looks and amusing comments.

Oil pulling is an age old Ayurvedic process that is designed to heal and detoxify the body of various ailments from oral health to treating many diseases. Oil pulling attracts germs and bacteria to pull them out of your mouth. Oil pulling therapy can be done with many types of oil such as, coconut or sesame oil. The best time to pull is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Simply put the oil in your mouth and swish around and pull it through your teeth for about 15 minutes. When you’re finished spit it out. Don’t swallow it as the oil is full of bacteria and germs.

I’ve been pulling for about a year. The first thing I noticed was that my teeth felt stronger and they were definitely whiter. Damn, that’s a good start. Nothing like a shiny sexy smile. I was hooked so I wanted to learn about other hidden benefits. Here’s what I learned.

Oral Health-All disease starts in the mouth. Oil pulling cleans your mouth especially the gums by easing inflammation. It freshens the breath, whitens the teeth and helps prevent tooth decay and disease.

Beyond the Mouth-Many holistic practitioners tout oil pulling for a variety of health concerns.
-Reducing inflammation from arthritis.
-Reduces nausea and gastro intestinal ailments.
-Supports organ function.
-Reduces allergy symptoms.
-Helps correct hormone imbalances.
-Eases pain.
-Soothes a hangover after alcohol consumption.(Good to know ;) ).
-Detoxifies the body of harmful metals.
-Removes harmful bacteria and allows healthy bacteria to flourish.

It’s easy and cheap-I pull in the shower to save time and avoid interruption. A spoonful of oil costs less than any vitamin and has more benefits.

Multiple scientific studies support the benefits of oil pulling, and with any health process I urge you to do your own research and see if it’s right for you. If you want to learn more check out the book, “Oil Pulling Therapy” by Dr. Bruce Fife.

I recommend oil pulling as part of my health coaching program. If you want to learn more health tips, “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.”

I’m pulling for you! Have a healthy day.

Bruce