Omega 3 Fats-Fat For A Healthy Mind And Body

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When I was a kid in the mid 70’s there was a movie out called the Omega Man. I don’t remember a whole lot about it, but it was about this guy (Charlton Heston ) that was healthy and normal and at night all of these sick unhealthy people would come out and chase him around. They wanted something from him. I can’t remember specifically what that was, but maybe they wanted his Omega 3’s and that’s why they  called him the Omega man!

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Ok, that’s a bit of a stretch, but my point is that we need Omega 3 fats in our diet!

In some of my past articles, I’ve talked about how healthy fats in your diet are actually good for you. Our bodies need fat for optimal health.

So what are the healthy fats that you need and what are the benefits?

The fats that are essential for optimal health and wellness are Omega 3’s.  So what is so special and essential about these little omegas? Well, let’s take a look

Omega 3 comes from both plant and animal sources. The most common animal source is fish and eggs and plant sources include flax seeds and hemp seeds and nuts like walnuts and cashews.

When we are getting enough Omega 3 in our diet our health will benefit in several ways:

Improved Heart Health-By eating fish once a week or supplementing with safe fish or krill oils, we can reduce the risk of a cardiac episode by up to 50%. This is especially important as we age.

Omega 3 Regulates Cholesterol-Get rid of that statin and replace it with some fish, flax seed and avocado. We now know that cholesterol can be our friend if managed correctly. So ditch the statin drugs and manage your cholesterol with healthy, fatty real food.

Improves Brain Health-Getting enough omega 3’s can improve brain health especially at early developmental ages. They help with improved brain function, eyesight and as a preventative to many brain diseases as we age.

Helps Fight Chronic Inflammation-Chronic inflammation contributes to many diseases from heart disease to cancer. Studies have consistently shown a link between higher omega 3 intake and reduced inflammation.

Omega 3’s May Improve Bone and Joint Health-Omega 3’s increase the amount of calcium in bones and can help fight conditions like Osteoporosis  and Arthritis.

So when you’re thinking about fat, remember we need fat, healthy fat, and omega 3 fats are the way to go for optimal health.

So what are you doing to get more healthy fat into your diet? Need some help? “Contact Me” for a complimentary health strategy session and we’ll get some fat on your bones.

Have a Healthy and Safe Labor Day!

Namaste Y’all!

 

Bruce

 

 

 

Finding Your True Fatness: Healthy Delicious Fatty Foods To Add To Your Diet Today!

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There was a time when fat was our enemy. It was touted as the major cause of heart disease, a prelude to cancer, and the culprit for obesity. It made sense right? Too much fat in your diet would effect your overall health. It had to be stopped! And so it came to pass, the low fat diet and fat free foods were the new norm.

Well, fast forward about 50 years and we’ve discovered that not all fats are bad for you, in fact, the low fat, fat free foods that have been instilled into our diet are the things making us sick. Processed food like substances devoid of any healthy fat or nutrition rule the grocery aisles and are marketed to us as healthy, but that’s for another article. So how do we get more healthy fat into our diet?

First of all, what’s a healthy fat and what’s an unhealthy fat? Healthy fats are mono and polyunsaturated fats and saturated fats the occur naturally in animals and plants. Unhealthy fats are trans fats that are manufactured chemically and added to foods. There is also some debate on whether all saturated fats are healthy, but that thinking is changing.

Take a look at real food again. Clean meat, plant based foods, and even some dairy.

Here are some great foods to that add more saturated fat to your diet:

Organic grass fed beef- Red meat in moderation is fine. Enjoy a smaller piece and surround it with organic veggies and grains. Awesome!

Wild caught salmon-Salmon is full of omega 3 fatty acids which are essential to overall health.

Coconut Oil-Cook with it, put it on your body, there are numerous benefits of coconut oil. Some of my favorites, increased brain and memory function, good cholesterol and heart health.

Nuts and Seeds-Contain mono and polyunsaturated fats which are good for heart health and decrease inflammation.

Butter-I love this! Yep, it’s full of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins and antioxidants. If you have margarine at home throw it out and welcome butter back into your life.

There are other healthy fatty foods like avocados, raw cheese, natural lamb etc., so go for it!

The best of rule of thumb is to eat real food and avoid the processed food like products. Simple huh?

So what is your food journey? Need some help? “Contact Me” for a complimentary “Health Strategy Session at www.kriyaliving.com

Stay fatty my friends!

Bruce

 

 

 

 

Ginger: A Healthy And Delicious Super Food

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Like a lot of us, my first experience with ginger was in the form of a cookie. A man like cookie. I was hooked on the spicy sweet taste of the ginger bread man from my first taste and it has always been a favorite flavor of mine. My use of ginger has changed over time, moving from tasty treats to incredible dishes and drinks. And who knew that I would discover the amazing health benefits along the way?

Ginger has proven to be one on healthiest and most delicious spices on the planet.

Ginger is an anti-inflammatory-Ginger is effective in fighting exercise induced muscle and joint pain due to inflammation. It also helps reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis which is a common health problem caused by inflammation. Ginger makes it feel good to move.

Ginger helps lower the risk of heart disease-Ginger has shown to lower blood sugars which can contribute to heart disease and diabetes. Ginger also helps lower LDL levels(bad cholesterol) and blood triglycerides helping prevent the onset of heart disease. Truly a spice you can love with all of your heart.

Ginger helps with digestion-Ginger can speed up digestion which helps prevent cases of indigestion, heartburn and nausea. A small amount of Ginger helps to relieve an upset stomach, morning sickness, sickness from chemotherapy and much more. A little Ginger keeps your tummy happy and healthy.

Ginger can help prevent disease-Ginger contains a substance called 6-gingerol which is found in raw ginger. It has shown to be effective in managing certain types of cancer. Also, oxidative stress and inflammation can accelerate the aging process which can lead to Alzheimers and dementia. The antioxidants and bioactive compounds in ginger have shown to reduce inflammation and improve brain functions like memory and reaction time. Ginger can be the spice of life for healthy aging.

Ginger is found in any grocery or health food store. It can be purchased raw, which is my favorite, or in powder or capsule form. Add it to your favorite meals, make some tea or juice it.

Bottom line, ginger can be a great food to relieve a current health issue or to prevent health issues down the road. It’s tasty and delicious, it’s nutritious and it makes a killer ginger bread man. So why not add a little ginger to your diet? Your body and mind will thank you.

Yours in health.

Namaste Y’all

Bruce

Superfood of the Day: The Amazing Avocado

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Guacamole! Probably the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Avocados and that’s awesome! But, did you know how tasty, healthy and amazing Avocados can be in other ways? Here are some healthy benefits that Avocados bring to your diet.

Avocados Are A High Fat Food-They are loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid which is a very healthy fat. These healthy fats help to absorb nutrients making the Avocado one of the fattiest plant based foods on the planet.

Chock Full Of Nutrients-Avocados are abundant in nutrients like vitamin k, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B, just to name a few. Remember, the healthy fats help you absorb all of these amazing nutrients.

Avocados Are Loaded With Fiber-Fiber contributes to weight loss, reduces blood sugar, and helps prevent disease.

They Lower Cholesterol And Triglycerides-Avocados have shown to lower LDL cholesterol(Bad) and to raise HDL cholesterol(Good). They also help reduce inflammation. All in all, Avocados have shown to lower risk of heart disease over time. 

They Taste Great-Whether it’s guacamole, or a salad or on a sandwich, Avocados are a top choice for healthy people because of their taste and healthy benefits. Try them with a little bacon. Yum :)

Bottom line, if you’re looking for a healthy addition to your diet then Avocados are a proven winner. Head out to your local farmers market or health food store and pick some up today.

Looking to make other healthy changes to you diet and lifestyle? “Contact Me” for a complimentary health strategy session.

Have a great day!

Namaste Y’all,

Bruce

 

 

When It Comes To Optimal Health and Longevity-Spice Is Nice!

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Here is a great article from Dr. Andrew Weil on the benefits of spicy foods in your diet. Capsaicin a compound in chili peppers is a natural antioxidant with amazing health benefits. So if you plan on sticking around for awhile, you may want to add a little spice to your life.

Have a great week!

Namaste Y’all!

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Fresh Juice Jump Starts Your Day! Put It In Your Favorite Beer Glass!

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Bruce’s Mean Green Juice

1-Head of Organic Romaine Lettuce(medium to large)

2-Stalks Organic Celery

1-Handful of Cilantro

2 Medium Pieces of Turmeric

2 Medium Pieces of Ginger

1/2 Organic Green Apple

1/2  Organic Lemon

1 Organic Cucumber

Juice and Enjoy!

This juice provides nutrients for energy, it helps curb inflammation and is a preventative of disease.

Namaste Y’all!

Plant Power! 5 benefits of a Plant Based Diet

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Plant Power! 5 benefits of a Plant Based Diet

Life without meat. Those 3 words can end many nutrition conversations right then and there. Let me be clear, I’m not writing this to tell you need to become vegetarian or vegan. But, if you’re looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, then you need to look at the benefits of eating a predominantly plant based diet. Let me tell you, it can change your life!

And it tastes pretty good too!

It’s Good For You-Remember when mom told you to eat your vegetables? She wasn’t doing it to torture you. She had your health in mind. Our biological diet is loaded with plant powerful foods. It provides more nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It provides us with protein and fiber and healthy fats.

Plants Are Healing-We have the power to heal ourselves and a plant based diet it the key. A plant based diet will give you more energy, It helps to prevent disease, it helps with weight loss, and it strengthens the immune system. A plant based diet is the perfect preventative approach to diminish health issues as we age.

Variety-The options for plant based meals are endless. You can create amazing appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. All without incorporating  a single animal product. If you like a variety of flavors and delicious meals, then you can’t go wrong with a plant based diet.

It’s Economical-Eating a predominantly plant based diet can save you money. You can buy many of your plant based whole foods in bulk which is more economical. Also, you can grow your own. With a little effort, you can create a thriving garden of edible plants that can sustain you for much of the year. It sure beats tending livestock in your yard.

It Helps the Environment-We are all aware of what factory farming is doing to our planet. It’s unhealthy, it’s unsustainable and it’s unethical. So why continue? By moving to a plant based diet, you are giving back to the planet and enhancing a sustainable environment for the future.

Maybe you’re not ready to move completely to a plant based diet, but look at the benefits and educate yourself. At least by cutting back on animal products, you can improve your health, and your wealth, and promote a more abundant and sustainable planet. That’s a pretty good deal for all of us.

Have a happy and healthy day!

Namaste y’all,

Bruce

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Is Your Diet Fanning the Flames of Inflammation?

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Ok, so we’ve all heard of the major diseases in our society; Cancer, Heart Disease, Obesity, Diabetes, Arthritis. These diseases not only wreak havoc on our bodies, but they also are a huge burden on our healthcare system and our society. So what if I told you that there is a condition that links them all! You bet there is, and that condition is inflammation.

Actually inflammation is a reaction to protect the body from destructive elements that have been introduced into our systems. So what does this have to do with our diet? Well, the food that we put into our bodies can often be that destructive element.

Here are 5 foods that we can eliminate to reduce inflammation and disease.

Sugar-

sugarOh my sweet sweet devilish friend. How you tempt me. Sugar is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. It is found in literally everything we eat and is a major cause of inflammation. I’m not saying stop sugar all together, but be mindful of where it’s coming from and cut back. Feel a craving for sweets coming on? Grab a piece of fruit.

 

 

Wheat-

wheatHighly inflammatory especially in processed form. Guess what happens when you consume processed wheat? It turns to sugar!(see above) Also most wheat is now genetically modified(GMO) and contains gluten which is starting to be linked to many serious health conditions. As an alternative choose grains like Quinoa, Buckwheat or Millet.

 

 

Meat-

meatI’m not saying that you have to go vegetarian or vegan. Just cut back a little. Don’t make meat the center piece of your meal. Surround your meal with healthy vegetables and grains. Also, be mindful of your meat purchases. Go organic and hormone and antibiotic free. Clean, ethically raised meat is a lot healthier.

 

 

Dairy-

dairyToday’s dairy products are packed with sugar, antibiotics and hormones. All contribute to inflammation. Dairy doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value so why consume it? Except for cheese of course. Have a little bit of cheese. Look for raw cheese in your local grocery store.

 

 

Alcohol-

alcoholLove my handcrafted beer, but it doesn’t always love me. Not much to be said here. We all know about the challenges with alcohol. Remember alcohol is a cousin of our evil friend sugar. If you drink, then practice moderation and reduce your inflammation.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. By reducing inflammation in our bodies as we age, we can go from being sick and old to healthy and happy, and the easiest way to do this is through nutrition. I’m not asking you to make drastic changes, just conscious changes. Take control and become a happier and healthier you!

Namaste Y’all!

The Seasons Are Changing And So Should Your Diet

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Did everyone have a good summer? I know I did. The warm weather was a welcome relief from a very wet spring. I started a new garden and the moderate temperatures made it a perfect growing season. So now I am rewarded with the bounty of my harvest. I have tomatoes, peppers, squash and a variety of herbs all ready for some super healthy fall cooking. 

So did you know that it makes a difference what foods we eat from season to season? As the seasons change, so does our body’s nutritional needs. Since fall is pretty much here, what should we be eating? 

As the weather cools off,  we want to be moving to warmer foods. Here’s a list of amazing healthy foods that you can incorporate into your fall diet.

-Root Vegetables-carrots, sweet potatoes, shallots, turnips. These veggies are a great enhancement to any meal. Their flavors are the taste of fall and their nutrients prepare our bodies for the cooler weather.

-Warming Spices-Spice is the variety of life. Peppers, apples,  garlic, mustard seed. cinnamon, turmeric and ginger.  Add these to soups and stews, warm drinks and meat dishes. They will strengthen your immune system for winter.

-Berries-Why do you think bears stock up on these little gems for hibernation? The anti-oxidants of course! Blueberries, rasberries blackberries, all berries! contain the anti-oxidants needed for a strong immune system, heart health, and  brain health. Hint: they taste great in pie!

-Squash-Nothing says fall like pumpkin zucchini, butternut and acorn squash. Awesome for soups and casseroles, squash is good for the skin and the heart, and is a great preventative against disease.

-Nuts and Seeds-Get your healthy fat on for the winter with a daily handful of nuts or seeds. Almonds, walnuts, chestnuts and pecans, pomegranates and pumpkin seeds, provide healthy fats and oils to keep you ennergized. Great for snacks during football games!

-Wild Game-It’s hunting season and if you’re a meat eater, the healthiest choice is the wild game that is available. Venison, elk, duck, turkey and fish will give you the the needed protein for you diet. It’s organic, hormone and antibiotic free and lean. There’s nothing better for the main course on your plate.

I love fall. The great weather and the great food. It’s a special time for everyone to be alive. So make it a healthy one. Make sure your adjusting your diet and taking advantage of these amazing foods for optimal health. Your mind and body will thank you.

Have a great fall!

Namaste,

Bruce

A Look Back On 13 Years Of Yoga

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13 years ago I walked into my first yoga class. I had always wanted to try it, but I really had no idea what type of journey it would lead me on. As I lay in a pool of sweat relishing those first moments, I knew that I would be back. I knew that I had found something that would be everlasting in my life. My yoga practice has made me healthier, happier and a better human being. So maybe you won’t have the life changing epiphany that I had, but here are some reasons that you may want to add a yoga practice to your life. Or at least check it out. 

 

It Calms The Mind and Reduces Stress-Our world is a constant bombardment of information and distraction. Staying in the present moment and remaining mindful takes a calm and focused mind. The meditative aspects of yoga can teach you how to breathe and stay calm throughout your busy day. Yoga also reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. When your body is relaxed, it reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It also lowers your heart rate and blood pressure and boosts your immune system.

It Increases Strength and Flexibility-Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains. Yoga poses use every muscle in the body, helping to create strength in all parts of the body. It also helps to improve body alignment resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.

It Helps You Manage Your Weight-Yoga helps with weight control by burning excess calories and reducing stress. It also encourages a healthy lifestyle which can lead to healthier eating habits, activities and self esteem.

It Helps You Sleep-Exercise and lowered stress leads to better sleep. There’s no denying it. A regular yoga practice promotes restful sleep and allows you to function more in the present.

 

Yoga simply promotes a healthier and happier you. We all look for that little edge in life that takes us to the next level. For me that’s yoga. Maybe it could be for you too! 

Are you looking for new ways to improve your health. “Contact Me” for a complimentary “Empower Your Health” strategy session.

Enjoy your journey.

Namaste

Bruce