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

 

 

 

It’s Summertime! What You Eat Can Beat The Heat!

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Hot enough for ya?  Overheating during the summer months can lead to serious health risks. Simply staying hydrated is not enough. We need to be getting the proper nutrients in your body to keep your system cooled off and functioning in a healthy manner.

So what foods and nutrients are going to cool us down? What should we avoid?

Let’s take a look:

First of all, you need to stay hydrated. This is a no brainer, but it’s not always water you need to stay hydrated. Low sugar juices, teas and even coffee are great beverages to keep your body hydrated.

Now let’s look at food:

Cool Fruits-Fruits have high water content so they will immediately help with hydration. They are also loaded with body cooling nutrients and antioxidants to keep you cool and energized throughout the day.

Some Great Cooling Fruits- Melons, berries, grapes, apples, pears and peaches, oranges and lemons, pineapple

-Mix them into a salad, or with some organic grains, or just eat them by the handful!

Fresh Cool Vegetables-There are a lot of veggies out there that help lower your body temperature.  Like fruit, they contain a significant amount of water which cools you off and allows you to absorb all of the healthy nutrients that vegetables provide.

Vibrant Veggies- leafy greens, cucumber, radishes, mint, cilantro, squash, broccoli, carrots, celery

-Raw is always best for hydration. Make a salad, juice them, serve them raw with your favorite healthy dip.

Spice is nice!-That’s right, adding a little spice to your food actually can cool you down. Spice in moderation may add some heat at first bite, but it will make your day cooler. Although spice is nice, be careful with your flavors and keep it on the mild side.

Cooling Spices-Ginger, Cayenne, Thai Chili, Turmeric, Black Pepper,Cumin

-Add these spices to grilled fish, salad dressings, and juices.

So now you know what to eat to stay cool, what foods should you avoid?

Processed Foods-We should be avoiding these altogether, but oils and chemical can make digestion worse during hot summer days.

Dairy-Take it easy on the ice cream! It’s a favorite summertime treat, but it may actually slow down your body’s ability to cool off.

Wheat/Gluten-It’s hard to digest and generates more heat throughout your body.

Roasted/Grilled Meats-I know it’s barbecue season, but take it easy on the fatty meats. Add some raw veggies and fruit to your plate. You will be more satisfied and stay cooler.

It may be the dog days of summer, but it you are mindful and add the right foods to your diet, you will stay cool, energized and healthy.

Now that’s what I call a cool summer.

Looking for more healthy tips? “Contact Me” for a complementary health strategy session.

Stay cool and namaste y’all!

Bruce

Om Is Where The Heart Is. Meditation Is Not Only Healthy. It Can Change Your Life!

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I have no idea when my meditation journey began, I first recognized it with my yoga practice, but now that I look back, perhaps I’ve been meditating all of my life and yoga brought it to the forefront. Who knows? I know one thing. It kicks ass!

So what’s the big deal with quieting your mind? Think about it. In this crazy world there is nothing better than a little peace and quiet. Here are some great reasons to meditate everyday.

Meditation Reduces Stress-I can write a whole article on this, and I will!

Stress is a major cause of sickness and disease today. Meditation can actually make structural changes to the brain. When this happens, it improves our psychological well being and reduces stress. Boom! A healthier and happier you.

It Strengthens the Immune System-Relaxation has shown to boost the immune system. The heart slows and blood circulation flows freely to the body’s tissues, feeding it with nutrients and oxygen which feed our cells and strengthens us against sickness and disease.

It makes you happy-When are you stressed and happy? Ummm….never. By calming the mind and body, we learn to balance our emotions. We let go of the past and quit worrying about the future. We learn to live and experience the present moment which takes us to a happier place.

It improves creativity and focus-Meditation can help you build a “Super Mind”! It increases mental strength and focus, so you can ignore distractions. You will have better cognitive skills and creative thinking. It helps you process information so you can make decisions and solve problems. It aids in memory retention. Who wouldn’t want a super mind?

It increases energy-When we let go of stress and focus on the present, our mood improves, we are happier and healthier which clears our mind and relaxes our body. We feel good and energy improves.

A meditation practice may just be your path to a healthier you! You can find thousands of meditations online at little or no cost and it only takes a few minutes a day.

So check it out, google meditation and start your journey, because OM is where the heart is.

Namaste Y’all!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

SUP People? Why Stand Up Paddle Boarding Is Beneficial To Your Health

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It’s all the rage here in Colorado. Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP as it is affectionately called is popping up on lakes and rivers everywhere. I first tried it in Costa Rica and was immediately hooked when we started doing yoga poses on our boards. A combination of beauty and bliss on a board. What could be better?

I still consider myself a novice, but at the ripe old age of 55, this is a sport that I can take on with the enthusiasm of a 20yr old and still remain in one piece. Perfect!

So as I move forward with my SUP love affair, I began to think about the benefits of SUP and what I can get out of it besides endless fun?

As a health coach I immediately considered the health benefits.

SUP provides a full body workout-Pretty much every muscle can be used during a paddle boarding session. You need your legs for stability and balance. Your arms, shoulders and back get a great work out since they are used to propel the board. Your core gets a work out since it is helping your legs maintain balance.

Paddle Boarding Reduces Stress-You’re out in nature and on the water. Water naturally reduces stress. Exercise releases endorphins which improve your energy and mood. The feeling of being on the water and the rhythm of your stroke helps melt stress away.

It’s low impact on your body- You still get a great workout without beating up your body. You can simply paddle at your own speed, do some yoga, jump off and take a swim. It actually can be very healing for your muscles and joints.

Improves Cardiovascular Health- SUP is a great aerobic and cross training workout, it helps to lower the chances of heart attack or stroke.

With any activity make sure that you are eating the right foods. Pack some nuts and fresh fruit for your SUP adventure and make sure that you recover with a healthy meal when finished.

I will continue to write about my SUP adventures and let you know how it goes. In the meantime, why not try it on your own? Most lakes and reservoirs across the country have SUP programs. You can usually rent one for about $10 and hour. Also, there are many groups and clubs that you can connect with.

Good luck out there and I hope you’re having an amazing summer!

Namaste Y’all!

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.

Are you eating right for the slopes? How to stay on your skis and off of your face by eating the right food.

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Yes, it’s that time of year again here in fabulous Colorado.  Summer has come and gone, the aspens are changing color, we begin to feel the north winds blow and we look to Mt. Evans for that first glimpse of snow on the peaks that lets us know that ski season is rapidly approaching. 

For me it’s a special time of year. I’ve been skiing since I could walk and if I’m lucky I will spend my final days searching for one more powder run before my demise. 

As we age, it gets tougher and tougher to get in shape for ski season. Our bodies have aged another year and maybe we’ve kept up with our workout routine or maybe not. Our minds are there, but our bodies seem to lag a little bit behind. So  as we get older, how do we get an edge if we don’t have the time to train like an Olympic athlete?

Nutrition of course!

Let’s leave exercise behind for now because that’s a given. Did you know that eating the right foods can make or break your day on the slopes? I’m going to give some healthy tips that are going to enrich your skiing experience whether you’re a casual snow bunny or you’re in constant search for that deep powder utopia.

A day on the slopes can be an exhilarating and exhausting experience. Studies say that an hour of downhill skiing will burn approx. 3.9 calories per pound of body weight.  A 150lb person will burn 585 calories per hour. Also, shivering and involuntary muscle tightening to produce heat, burns additional calories which may cause you to hit the wall quicker.

Pre-ski Fueling

Proper fueling before you hit the first run of the day is critical. Failure to properly fuel up can effect your performance and increase your likelihood of injury. Skiers and snowboarders should consume about 400-900 protein/carb calories.  Here are some foods to consume for your pre-ski meal plan:

-Bananas-Potassium will prevent cramping.

-Berries and low sugar yogurt.

-A good nut butter, like raw almond and a multigrain  bagel.

-Eggs, meat, and nuts for protein.  Our bodies need fat and this a healthy way to get it.

-Energy bars-high protein/carbs, low sugar.  Be careful here.  Energy bars high in sugar and additives can actually be detrimental to your performance.  I would suggest these energy bars for optimal performance:

EVOhemp -Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritionally complete food sources in the world!

www.evohemp.com

ClifKITS Organic- certified organic, gluten free, soy free, dairy free

www.clifbar.com

Fuel on the slopes

Try to consume about 200 calories per hour while skiing. It’s always good to carry some nuts or dried fruit with you or a high quality energy bar.

If you take a break, consume warm energy food like soup, low sugar oatmeal or even hot cocoa made with cacao and coconut milk to keep your core warm.

Hydrate!

Not drinking enough water is the biggest mistake skiers and snowboarders can make. Dehydration leads to a decline in performance and actually decreases heat inside the body which can elevate the risk of frost bite. It’s recommended that you consume 4-8 ounces of water every 15 minutes.

Post Ski Refueling

After a full day of skiing/boarding your body is going to be calorie depleted. It’s imperative to replenish those calories. Refueling your body will lessen the energy drain from the day and will also get you ready for day #2 if you plan on hitting the slopes again. Start with liquid refueling. I personally enjoy a fine Colorado craft beer, but not too many! Continue to hydrate with water and also something warm like hot chocolate made with cacao and coconut milk. At mealtime, continue to balance carbs and protein. Fish, turkey, sweet potatoes, rice and plenty of green veggies are foods that will have you back in skiing shape in no time.

If your a powder hound like me, or just looking to make some turns and enjoy the great outdoors. Keeping yourself properly fueled through nutrition will positively enhance your on slope experience. Your body will thank you for it.

If you need additional nutrition guidance or more skiing tips, hit me up for a free health consultation “Here”

I’ll get you ready for the slopes and beyond.

Have a great ski season.  Make it fun and be safe.

Namaste y’all!

Bruce