Happy New You!

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Another year tucked away and a new one begins. We’ve made our resolutions and we’re fired up to go forth and be better people.
So what is a resolution anyway? Statistics say people stick to less than 10% of their new year resolutions. So why bother? 

Let’s look at it another way. We all have goals we want to achieve in life. Some are met, some fall by the wayside. No biggie. Why put pressure on yourself? Don’t you already have enough on your plate at the beginning of the year? Most of us just took the month of December off so we’re already behind on our bright shiny new year. 
This year why not just relax and be happy with who you are. That’s right. Focus on you and your happiness!
Stay mindful and focus on what’s in front of you at the moment. Address it and move on.
By staying in the present you will not only be healthier and happier, but guess what? All those so called resolutions will fall in to place. Amazing isn’t it. 

Need a little guidance? “Click Here” for a complimentary “New You” strategy session. We’ll get you on the right path in no time.

Happy New You!
Namaste,

Bruce

 

 

 

 

Juicing: Bruce Makes Carrot Orange Turmeric Juice

Hi everyone,

Here is a short video of me making Carrot Orange Turmeric juice at a recent health and wellness fair.

This juice provides a lot of cancer prevention benefits along with lots of antioxidants and phytonutrients to strengthen your immune system.

Did you know that Turmeric has over 600 health benefits alone?

Enjoy!

PS-Sorry about the audio quality. That juicer is noisy!

 

It’s Harvest time! Why Eating Seasonal Is Great For Your health

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As we head into a new season, it’s important that we start incorporating seasonal foods into our diet. When we eat with the seasons we get foods that are at the peak of freshness and we can take advantage of the nutritional content that we would miss with out of season foods. It’s also great for our environment. Here are some healthy tips for eating in season:

It’s good for you- Eating seasonal foods helps to support our bodies natural cleansing and healing abilities. When you eat with the seasons you replenish your body with a wide variety of important vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutritents that you need to maintain vibrant health. 

It’s good for the environment- Eating in season and purchasing local reduces the amount of miles your food has to travel to reach your plate. It cuts back on the amount of fuel used and it reduces pollution.

It’s Sustainable- Seasonal foods that are grown organically are more sustainable because they are grown by farmers that care about the planet. By not using toxic chemicals, GMOs and by rotating crops to increase soil fertility, these farmers are producing healthier foods and protecting the planet.

It’s economical- When you buy seasonal organic and local foods you are supporting local businesses within in your community. You will also find that many local foods cost less than foods that are shipped in, thus saving money on your grocery bill.

It’s now fall and if the cool weather hasn’t hit you yet, it’s not far off. Make sure you adjust your diet and lifestyle to gain maximum advantage. You’ll be thankful and the planet will be thankful. Have a great fall and don’t forget to visit me “here” for great information and programs for your healthy Journey.

Namaste,

Bruce



Summertime Greens

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Yeah, it’s that time of year again. Salad season! Ok, maybe it’s salad season all of the time, or it should be. The health benefits of our leafy green friends are vast and easy to incorporate into our daily diet. They are also a delicious addition to any meal. So go for it and stuff your face with these nutritional wonders. Salad is only one way to eat leafy greens. Here are some other great tips to serve leafy greens with your meals and also some nutritional tips as well. Enjoy!

Benefits of leafy greens-Where do I start? Leafy greens are choc full of vitamins and minerals and phyto-chemicals that help fight disease. They are full of water which keeps you hydrated during the hot summer months and also contributes to beautiful skin and hair. They contain lots of fiber which keeps you full and contributes to weight loss. Fiber and antioxidants also contribute to a healthy heart by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. They are an excellent source of folate which improves memory and can ward off depression. If you want to detox your body and get on the path to looking and feeling younger  then leafy greens need to be part of your daily diet.

Leafy Green Faves

Arugula-A staple for my garden. It’s a leafy green vegetable with a peppery taste. It is generally used in salads, but it also makes a great pesto. The phytochemicals and antioxidants help boost memory. It’s also a good source of potassium which helps prevent osteoporosis.

Collard Greens-A member of the cabbage family, I love to steam these or saute them in coconut oil.  They are a great source of beta carotene which is good for vision. They also contain vitamin k which strengthens the bones.

Spinach-Popeye had it going on. This is  one of the most nutrient dense plants on the planet.  It’s high in fiber and low in calories which makes it perfect for weight loss. It is a high source of iron and vitamin B which helps to maintain a strong circulatory system and promotes healthy skin and hair. Throw it in a salad, cook it or eat it raw. You will reap the benefits.

These are just a few of my favorites. You probably have your favorites too. Anyone ever heard of kale? You get the picture. Get some leafy greens in your diet today! Put them in a salad! cook them! juice’em! Just eat them!

Here is a favorite summertime salad recipe for you:

Arugula salad: 

3 cups of organic arugula(washed)

1 Shallot Chopped

1 cup of cherry tomatoes(halved)

Dressing:

1 tablesoon of olive oil

2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

Add pepper and garlic powder to taste

If you’re looking for more healthy tips for yourself or your family why not “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session” together we’ll get your health back on track.

Have an amazing and healthy summer!

Namaste,

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

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

Sleep and Your Health-Why You Should Get Your Z’s On

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In my last post I talked about tips for healthy aging and I forgot to mention sleep! A colleague pointed out my transgression and I’ll have to admit I must have been sleeping.
Part of living a healthy lifestyle is getting adequate sleep. It benefits your mind and body and much more. Here are some benefits of sleeping that will make your days happier and healthier.

-Less Stress-Adequate sleep lowers stress which can effect cardiovascular health and lower inflammation.

-Improved Mood-Quality sleep effects outlook and mood. Lack of adequate sleep effects the brain and can cause mood and behavior changes that lead to depression.

-Fights Disease-Sleep deprivation alters immune function. Sleep effects our disease fighting cells, so adequate sleep can protect us from colds and flu and even fight against cancer.

Memory and Learning-Sleep helps commit new information to memory. Adequate sleep improves our ability to learn and process information which can help improve performance and creativity.

Weight Control-Sleep actually can effect our diet. Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. Studies show that dieters with adequate sleep lost more fat than those that were sleep deprived.

No matter what is going on in your life, always set aside time for self care. Sleep is one way to do that. I believe it was Ben Franklin who said, “Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.” Take that to the bank.

If you’re looking at new ways to improve your health, “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session”

In good health and sleep,
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