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

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

The Beauty Of A Pomegranate

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Did you know that the pomegranate is one of the worlds oldest fruits? It’s revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life.  It originated in Persia, but I recently saw many beautiful pomegranate trees in Sedona, Arizona.  I guess they acclimate well.

Pomegranates are nutrient dense and antioxidant rich offering protection against heart disease and cancer. But the most recent news on the pomegranate shows amazing clinical results in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and actually cleaning out clogged arteries! Yeah, this fruit is a beauty.

Have you tried the pomegranate?  It’s a little tricky to get the seeds out but well worth the effort.  Here are simple instructions on how to seed your pomegranate along with a delicious recipe once you free these little beauties.

 Seeding a Pomegranate

1.Cut the crown (protruding blossom end) off the pomegranate, removing with it some of the pale-yellow pith. Take care not to pierce the seeds within.

2.Lightly score the skin in quarters from stem to crown end.

3.Immerse the scored fruit in a large bowl of cool water and soak for 5 minutes. Holding the fruit under water, break sections apart with your fingers, separating the seeds from membrane. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl.

4.Discard skin and membranes. Drain the seeds and dry on paper towels.

 Grilled Chicken Breast with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate Seeds

Ingredients:

4 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1 pomegranate

4oz. of goat cheese

 Cooking Instructions:

Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil or coconut oil.

Grill until almost cooked completely through.

Put the chicken breasts in a large glass casserole pan.

Liberally apply the pomegranate seeds over the top of the chicken breasts.

Cover with shredded goat cheese.

Heat at 350 in the oven for 5 minutes.

Serve with your favorite fresh vegetable or salad.

 Sounds delicious huh?

One more benefit, pomegranates have been known to relieve and prevent depression!

How can you not be happy eating this beautiful fruit?

I encourage you to incorporate pomegranate into your diet.  There are hundreds of

ways to prepare them.  Sprinkle on you salad, eat ’em by the handful and my favorite,

juice’em!

Whatever your method, enjoy these beauties today.

If you’re looking for other health tips or perhaps some nutrition advice for your health

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

Maybe I’ll send you home with a pomegranate.

 Enjoy your day and namaste,

 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

Energy

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Our energy levels can decrease for a lot of reasons. There is our stressful lifestyles, poor nutrition choices, disease and our toxic environment. We too often rely on caffeine, sugar, and other unhealthy fixes to boost our energy levels, only to crash later. So what’s the solution? How do we get and retain energy in a healthy way?

Our mind and body connection is critical to sustain and to feel young and vibrant. My program focuses on strengthening the mind body connection by finding the optimum nutrition needs for your body while also exercising the mind to reduce stress, increase sleep and create mindfulness for a more energized and fulfilling life.

Your Customized Energy Program Includes:

  • Nutrition guidelines specifically designed to increase energy
  • Detox of body toxins that sap energy
  • Breathing and meditation exercises
  • Fitness tips to increase energy
  • Elimination of energy draining habits

Ready to get energized? Click Here to sign up for your “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” Together, we will look at finding the right foods to energize your body and improve your mood, while also working on reducing the negative interruptions to your lifestyle so you can focus on the present and feel more energetic, youthful and vibrant.