Hemp Seeds – Amazing Crunchy Goodness

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I’ve been eating hemp seeds for awhile now. They taste great and they provide a blast of nutritional power that far exceeds almost any food available today. I’ve written about the benefits of hemp before, but hemp seeds need their own special shout out, because they are truly one of nature’s powerful foods. Here are 5 reasons that you need to be adding hemp seeds to your healthy diet.

They are a superior source of vegetarian protein. This high protein percentage strengthens the immune system and fends off toxins in the body.

Hemp seeds improve cardio vascular health. They contain the highest source of botanical fatty acids and a perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 linolenic acids.

Hemp seeds are the richest known source of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. They contain phytonutrients that ward off disease throughout the body.

Hemp seeds contain all essential amino acids for our body including 9 amino acids that our bodies don’t produce.

Hemp seeds will lower your cholesterol. They produce phytosterols which helps remove fat from your arteries.

Yes, hemp seeds are a member of the cannabis family, but there is no need to be concerned that they will get you high. Hemp seeds contain a very low amount of THC, plus they contain a substance that counteracts THC.

If you’re looking for an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, then hemp seeds are the way to go. Here are some delicious ways to add them to your diet.

-Sprinkle them over salads.

-Add them to scrambled eggs or pancakes for breakfast.

-Put them in your smoothie.

-Throw a handful in your mouth.

This is just one way to take advantage of the power of hemp. I hope you find other ways to use this amazing plant in your healthy life.

Have more questions? “Contact me” for an “Empower Your Health” strategy session.

Make it a great week!

Namaste,

Bruce

My Experience With Intermittent Fasting

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I’m not a diet guy. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been on a diet in my life. But the science behind intermittent fasting has intrigued me to take a look at it for my own health and the health of my clients.
Fasting has been around for thousands of years as a spiritual practice. so this is not a new diet fad. Now science has the data to back it up. So what is intermittent fasting? It’s really just another form of calorie restriction, but with more healthy benefits than just weight loss.

Here are some healthy benefits of Intermittent Fasting:

*Your body was built for periodic cycles of feast and famine-Constant feasting causes the body to skip it’s natural repair an rejuvenation process, therefore increasing the chance of disease.

*It’s the most effective way to shed unwanted fat and reduce sugar cravings-Fasting provokes the secretion of the fat burning hormone HGH. Your body burns fat instead of sugar as it’s primary fuel and reduces sugar cravings which normalizes your insulin levels.

*Reduces oxidative stress-Fasting reduces the accumulation of free radicals in the cells which can increase the chances for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

*Fasting slows down the aging process-Fasting increases energy levels, it lowers the risk of chronic disease, it repairs genes and increases longevity. It has also been linked to the prevention of aging diseases like dementia and Alzheimers.

These are just a few of the benefits of intermittent fasting. The list of benefits is a long one and I encourage you to learn more.

Most Common types of Intermittent Fasting:

16/8-This is the one I like because it’s so simple. You simply set your eating window to 8 hours. The easiest way to do this is to stop eating at 8pm every evening. Instead of breakfast, you have your first meal at 12pm. You then continue a healthy diet until 8pm in the evening. Rinse and repeat.

24 hour-Stop, eat, stop. You simply fast for 2 non-consecutive 24 hour periods per week.

Intermittent fasting is a healthy process for most people, however, diabetics and people who are hypoglycemic should exercise caution. I always encourage you to consult your doctor when beginning such a process.
Are you interested in learning more? Why not “contact me” for a complimentary Health Strategy session.

Have a healthy and happy day!

Namaste,

Bruce

No Time To Meditate? Try This!

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When I talk to my clients about the benefits of meditation, the most common response I get is, “I don’t have enough time.” Although I disagree with that premise, I’m going to show you how easy it is to make time for meditation and to reap the benefits immediately.

Bruce’s Quick and Easy Meditation

-Get Comfortable-Sit in a chair with your feet on the ground, sit on the ground, lie down, you can even go for a walk. Whatever makes you comfortable.

-Just Breathe-Keep your eyes open, or close them and just focus on your breath. Notice how your breath enters and leaves your body. Follow it.

-Focus-Continue following your breath. If thoughts creep into your mind(and they will) just acknowledge them and let them go.

-Relax-Move away from your breath and just be present. Remind yourself that there’s nothing more important than now.

-Be Grateful-Think about the great things in your life, think about how great your body feels when you’re in your meditation. Let go of the negative.

Let go and move on with your day!

Gardening Is The Spice Of life

5 Reasons Why You Should Start A Garden.

1. It’s Good For You- Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is good for you and your family.  When they are grown right in your yard, you get the optimal health benefits of fresh food from garden to plate.
2. Gardening Saves Money- A packet of seeds costs less than a dollar and can yield healthy nutritious food throughout the growing season. It saves money on the grocery bill and gas from trips to the store.
3. It Reduces Stress-Gardening is a way to relax and center your mind while getting some fresh air and sunshine. It’s an amazing way to meditate. Also, planting, weeding and watering add physical activity to your day, which adds to stress reduction.
4. Reduces Your Environmental Impact-Your own garden food can be grown organic free of pesticides and herbicides. You will also reduce the use of fossil fuels and pollutin it takes to transport foods from long distances to your community.
5. Build A Sense Of Pride-Watching a seed blossom and then become food on your plate is very gratifying. Growing your own food is such a satisfying thing to do. You thrive with a garden, you’re nourished, and you maintain your health.
Gardening has amazing health benefits, community benefits and benefits for the planet. Thinking about a garden? You can have on any where. “Contact Me” to learn more.

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

Navigating The Grocery Store-My Quest For Healthy Food

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I spend way too much time at the grocery store. I have to pick up food for myself, food for clients, juicing supplies etc. Since I’m a health coach, I’m constantly looking at food and asking myself, “Is this a healthy choice?” or “Where did this come from?” and “What’s in it?”
Is it organic? Local? GMO free? Gluten free? Sugar free? Cage free? Grass fed? Raw? Pasteurized? Ok, you get it. Healthy shopping is a bitch and corporate America won’t be there to give us a helping hand(I’ll get to that in a later post.)
So how do I navigate the grocery store and discover the healthiest of foods?
Try this:

Shop the outside and avoid the middle-What? You bet. Most grocery stores are set up with the whole foods – produce, meats, bakery, and dairy on the outside aisles of the store. What’s in the middle? All the processed foods. Stuff a healthy eater wants to avoid. This is not random, grocery stores are profit centers and they want you in the middle. Junk food makes them money. Avoid the middle!

Learn how to read the nutrition and ingredients label- I just told you to avoid the middle of the grocery store, but inevitably you’re sucked in to get your favorite box of crackers. You notice all the brightly colored packaging placed conveniently at eye level. They’re healthy! Natural! Nutritious! Don’t fall into the trap. Be conscious when you pick up that box of crackers. What’s in it? Check out those labels. Am I getting healthy nutrition? Look at the ingredients. If you’re buying rice, the ingredients should say rice. If the list of ingredients are as long as your arm with things you’ve never heard of, then put it back on the shelf.

Buy Local- Support your local farmer. They are the ones producing the organic, GMO free, and ethically raised foods. This insures that you’re getting the healthiest, nutrient dense fresh food. If it comes from the other side of the world, ask yourself, “When was this picked?”. If your butcher can’t tell you where your meat comes from, take a pass. Also it’s a great boost to the local economy.

There’s more to fine tuning your grocery experience, but these three rules of thumb will help you lay out a healthy plan. Be mindful be present and have fun.

If you’re interested in learning more, “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” I also do grocery store tours.

Have a healthy day,

Bruce

Get Clean Food Without Cleaning Out Your Bank Account

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Get Clean Organic Food Without Cleaning Out Your Bank Account

How many of you have heard this before? “I would buy organic/clean food if it wasn’t so expensive”.
There are so many things wrong with this statement that I feel the need to clear up this misconception just a little bit.
We’ve all seen the hilarious articles about Whole Foods and $300 grocery bills. Many of us have been there. But it doesn’t have to be that way. As Americans we love our food and we have plenty of it. We just don’t always focus on the big picture. I’m going to attempt to dispel this myth with a few simple facts about our food supply and how anyone can get healthy food on any budget.

The Greatest Wealth is Health

If you haven’t noticed, America is experiencing an obesity epidemic. Obesity itself costs our work force alone, 70 billion a year. By consuming processed and chemically laden foods, our bodies don’t get the nutrition we need and therefore leave us hungry and craving more junk foods. By changing to a more organic diet, our bodies get the nutrition we crave, making us less hungry and therefore saving us money in the long run. Then there is the benefit of a healthy diet. A healthy body and mind means less trips to the doctor. Less trips to the doctor means less prescriptions and medications. Less money put out to the medical industry means more money in your pocket to by organic food. Simple. If you’re still under the illusion that organic food is too expensive, then I suggest you look at the price of cancer, diabetes, heart disease etc.

Ok, so you’ve read my diatribe on eating healthy and you’re on board and ready to begin your clean food diet.
Youre on a budget, and between work, kids and sleep, now you need to go out and buy real organic food and cook it? Yeah, right.
It’s not as daunting as it may seem. Here are some helpful tips and ideas that will help you on your organic journey.

Learn how to shop for deals on organic products.
-Collect organic coupons. There are plenty of coupons offering deals on organic products.
-Buy on line. Plenty of deals out there in cyber space.
-Take a trip to your local health market and learn how to shop the bargains, buy foods in bulk, plan your meals around the sale items, buy less meat and dairy.
-Stop by your local farmers market. This can be fun for the whole family and you are exposed to locally grown organic food at great prices. Go late as farmers generally reduce their prices or are more willing to negotiate before closing.
-Join a CSA. Many local farms provide programs that deliver fresh food right to your door. Joining one for the summer can save you considerable time and money.

Grow your own food then cook it!
-Yes, you can become an organic farmer. Planting a food garden is simple, inexpensive and fun. For a few dollars and a few minutes a week you can grow healthy organic food, that tastes amazing and will save on your grocery bills and gas for trips to the store. If you have kids then it’s an excellent teaching tool that is also fun. Whether you live in the country or in a high rise, the possibilities from having your own organic garden are endless. Be creative!
Studies show that cooking builds community and families that have meals together are happier and healthier. It’s also a lot cheaper. I’m always amazed when I run across a person or a family that complains about expenses and then eats out 5 days a week. Of course your broke! Want to save money? Cut back on your restaurant tab. If you cut back to just 2 nights a week of eating out imagine the money you’ll save and imagine the fabulous creations you can make for yourself, friends and family. No time? Plan your meals. Prepare dishes ahead of time that can be served quickly throughout your week. Cooking for yourself and others is rewarding in so many ways. Why not plan a great meal today?

In today’s economy I know all to well how challenging it can be to budget for a healthy lifestyle. Rest assured, it can be done with a little planning and commitment. By switching to an organic diet now, you will reap the rewards of health and happiness and believe it or not, those rewards will also trickle into your pocket book.
If you’re looking for more tips on eating organic food on a budget, there are many websites that cover this subject. Check out, wwww.foodbabe.com or www.smithmeadows.com.
Need help getting started? “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” and we’ll build a program that fits your unique lifestyle and get you headed down the path to great health and wealth.

Have a healthy day my friends!

Bruce

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

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

 

Family Health Empowerment

It’s a busy world we live in and sometimes making healthy choices as a family can be a daunting task. How do you keep your family happy and healthy with so many unhealthy challenges?

As a Holistic Health Coach it’s my mission to help your family make positive healthy changes through nutrition, mindfulness and improved communication, and showing you a harmonious balanced mind and body connection.

I’ll show you how to make positive changes that are unique to your family’s needs, goals, and lifestyle preferences. My approach is to create a fun and rewarding strategy for your family that will create healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

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My program is structured around Bio-Individuality a concept where each person has unique food and lifestyle needs. There are two areas we focus on, Primary Foods and Secondary Foods. 

Primary Food-It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary. I will support you in achieving all of your family’s goals, from eating the right foods for your body to living an inspired, fulfilling life.

Secondary Food-Proper nourishment is essential to balancing the “primary foods”. I’ll teach your family how to enjoy “real food” and to get the maximum nutritional benefits to empower your family to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.

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Do you feel challenged on meeting your family’s health needs?  Click Here  for my “Free-Empower Your Health Strategy Session!”

Could One Conversation Change Your life?

Together we’ll discuss your family’s health goals and get you and your loved ones on the path to health and happiness.

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“Bruce is a fantastic health coach!  Not only does he listen intently to what needs to be discussed, but he always has great solutions and ideas to combat my health and exercise issues.  He sends me articles to read and suggests meditation exercises to help me focus on.  I love that he actively engages in yoga and always encourages me to take another class or introduce a superfood to my diet.  I’m happier and healthier as a result of adding his bi-monthly appointments to my calendar. And my business is really seeing added growth because now I have the energy to bring it to the next level!  I highly recommend Kriya Living to anyone who is stuck in a diet and/or exercise rut and needs to re-evaluate your health and fitness goals and dreams.”

-Carolyn Israel-

I have worked with Bruce for his knowledge on juice cleanses and detoxes. His programs are simple and effective. Bruce customizes his programs to fit my health needs and works diligently to make sure I’m meeting my goals. His expertise and professionalism are attributes that I would recommend to anyone that is looking to improve their health.

-Patrick Falencik-