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

Are Your Supplements Getting The Job Done?

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I’m not a huge fan of supplements. I prefer getting my vitamins and nutrients from real food. But let’s face it, we don’t always have time to prepare that healthy meal or snack. So, sometimes we all need a great supplement to keep us healthy when we’re on the go.

The challenge with supplements today is that they are not regulated by the FDA or any other agency, so how do we know if we’re getting a quality supplement and if it’s really giving us the benefits we need?

The answer? Know your supplier. I know, it sounds like I’m talking about a drug dealer, But, in many cases it’s the same thing. Many supplement companies are not  practicing truth in advertising. In fact, they are just plain ripping you off. 

Here are some helpful tips when you’re looking to purchase a quality supplement. 

Know Who You’re Doing Business With
Always research a company and learn about their business practices and products before giving them your credit card. Make sure they are listed with the better business bureau and that they have an excellent rating. Check out consumer advocacy sites for any negative reviews.

Make sure they follow GMP requirements
GMP stands for “Good Manufacturing Practices”. Companies that follow these requirements are trusted names for supplement safety and quality.

Quality Assurance Testing
Make sure a company’s products have been independently tested by a third party to ensure quality and potency.

Finished Goods Studies
A quality company will provide finished goods studies and will usually be furnished with a “Gold” standard.

Yes, It takes a little research, but it’s your dollar so why not get what you’re paying for. These things are expensive! A favorite company of mine is BioTrust. Check’em out www.biotrust.com

If you want to learn more about the supplements you should be taking, then why not “contact me” for a complimentary health strategy session. I guarantee you will get only the highest quality coaching services.

Namaste Y’all

Bruce

 

 

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

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.

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

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

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