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

Nuts and Seeds-A Handful A Day Goes A Long Way

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I’ve always been a big fan of nuts and seeds. My family always had a bowl on the dining room table or in front of the TV where we could relax and crack open a variety of nuts for a quick snack. Seeds were a favorite to add to salads and other dishes. Lately I’ve been incorporating nuts and seeds into my diet for a variety of reasons. They taste great and they have tons of healthy benefits.

Here are a few of my favorite types of nuts and seeds and reasons that you should think about adding more of these fantastic foods to your diet.

Almonds-Who doesn’t love these little gems? Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats. These healthy fats are known to lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Almonds also contain anti-oxidants which help mop up free radicals. They are known to reduce the rise in blood sugar after a meal and their low glycemic index makes it a healthy food for diabetics.

Chia Seeds-Are you looking for an energy boost for your workout? Chia seeds pack in the protein to give you energy while also stabilizing blood sugar to reduce body fat and regulate appetite. They are a perfect workout supplement. They are also are packed with omega-3 fatty acids which improves your mood and brain health. They sure have come along way from the chia pet.

Walnuts-A walnut kind of looks like a small brain doesn’t it? Well, it’s quite a coincidence since walnuts contain many health benefits for the brain. Walnuts are known to help prevent dementia, reduce stress and are helpful for anti-aging. Walnuts contain a high amount vitamin E and also flavanoids which help destroy free radicals that can effect brain health. The absence of dangerous free radicals also improves the skin and helps lower blood pressure which reduces stress.

Hemp seeds-You can’t smoke these and you won’t get high, but the health benefits are amazing! Hemp can provide you with a balanced ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamin A, E and D, and many B vitamins. It is also rich in sodium, calcium, dietary fiber and iron. Hemp seeds are known to reduce inflammation which can improve heart and brain health. They are also a healthy appetite suppressant. Try them with your eggs in the morning. They add a rich nutty flavor to your breakfast.

Cashews-When it comes to cancer prevention, cashews should be included in your diet. Cashews contain proanthocyanidins which are flavanols that actually starve tumors and stop cancer cells from dividing. Studies have also shown that cashews can reduce your risk of colon cancer. Cashews are also rich in magnesium and copper which strengthens bones and and provides substance and flexibility to bones and joints.

Pumpkin seeds-Looking for a nutritional power house? Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc which supports a healthy immune system, increases cell division and growth, improves sleep and mood, and sexual function. They are known to improve prostate health in men and to reduce symptoms of menopause and post menopause in women. I love to eat these raw or sprinkle them on my salad.

The bottom line, nuts and seeds are a healthy addition to your diet. They are delicious, nutritious, and they help you look and feel younger. A handful a day goes a long way, so why not go nuts? Or seedy? Ok, that was lame, but you get the picture.

I’m always available to talk about your health. Why not take the next step and take me up on a complimentary health strategy session? “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” Together we’ll get you on the path to looking and feeling younger.

Have Happy Memorial Day!

Namaste Y’all!

Bruce

 

What Is A Health Coach And Why You Should Hire One

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Since I launched my holistic health coaching business, the biggest question that I’ve gotten is, “What is a health coach?” And “Why would I need one?” These are great questions. Well, here is my definition of a health coach and 5 reasons why you may want to hire one.

According to Wikipedia, health coaching is a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behavior change by challenging a client to listen to their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their goals into action. I would add to that in saying that a health coach serves as a guide to take you where you need to go. A health coach helps you identify your goals and helps you implement a strategy to meet those goals. A health coach helps you improve your self management and to stay motivated throughout the process.

What a health coach isn’t;  A health coach does not define your goals for you or put you on a diet. A health coach is not a personal trainer. A health coach does not give medical advice and is not a medical doctor.

So now you now know what a health coach is, so do you need one? Here are 5 reasons you may want to hire a health coach.

A health coach will provide you with the support you need to make lasting changes.  Perhaps you need a little jump start to lose some weight or reduce stress in your life, but you don’t know how to do go about it.  A health coach will guide through the process to get you on track and motivate you to make lasting changes.

A health coach will serve as your guide to make small incremental changes without overwhelming you.  You have a busy life. We get it.  Change is tough.  We’re not here to turn you into a vegetarian(unless you want to be one of course). We want to help you make those healthy changes without totally disrupting your life. We offer easy to follow guidelines you can commit to.

Health coaches base their work on bio-individuality. We develop a plan tailored to your individual health challenges and goals.  You know that you have guidance tailored to your own needs and results.

Health coaches assist in evaluating all areas of your life. Many times issues such as weight loss can be symptoms of other events in your life. A health coach focuses to create balance in these areas and to create harmony which leads to a healthier and happier you.

Health coaches are certified and professionally trained to assist you in making the best choices for your health and happiness. Your doctor can’t do it all.  Health coaches are trained in over 100 dietary theories. In turn we focus on Primary Foods-career, relationships, and spirituality. And Secondary Foods-nutrition and exercise. We serve as an additional resource to your doctor’s recommendations.   

So now you have the details. Is a health coach in your future?

Why not take the first step and “Click Here” for a complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session” with me today? Together we’ll map your personalized program and get you on the right track to health and happiness.

Have a healthy day and namaste!

Bruce

So What’s Up Trader Joe’s?

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I had never been to Trader Joe’s in my life until recently when they opened their first store in Denver. I’d heard great things about amazing products that are healthy and affordable. I was excited to check it out and try some new vittles.  Here’s what I came away with.

Trader Joe’s is not a health food store-Now before everyone starts berating me about this, I understand that Trader Joe’s has never marketed themselves as a health food store. So why does everyone think it’s a health food store? They do have some healthy products, but let’s be realistic here, aisle after aisle of packaged goods, organic or not, doesn’t scream healthy to me.

The store was packed and the checkout line was a mile long so I had some time to do a little investigating. I’d heard their nuts were the bomb so I went there first.  Nice, raw organic almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts. Chocolate covered, spiced, salted and unsalted, you get the picture they have a nice nut selection.  What’s next.

They had a massive frozen food section.  Tubs of organic mac & cheese, neatly packaged ethnic dishes, thai, italian, indian. It all looked pretty damn good and I’ll have to admit you couldn’t find this stuff in your regular grocery store. I started looking at the ingredients and that’s when the health question came back to me.  Lot’s of soy, canola, dyes, flavorings and things I couldn’t pronounce.  Oh wait! It’s organic! Phew! What a relief, I thought the food might not be healthy.

I moved on.  Chips and crackers. things I never eat anyway.  I didn’t bother to look at the ingredients.  I already knew.

Ah, the produce and meat section.  I found this most interesting.  They had your usual selection of organic and non-organic choices. Again with the packaging. Kale in a bag? The packages all had cool names like “Happy Cow Beef” and “Morning glory farms asparagus.”  Again, I looked closer at the packaging. Responsibly farmed, antibiotic and hormone free, cage free. I smiled, “good for you Trader Joe’s” but something was missing.  Where was the local flavor? Where exactly, did this food come from? I looked at more labels, California mainly, it seems that all the food is created at their home office. I really wanted to see something from the neighborhood.  I’ve always held the belief that the best food is closest to the source. From the local garden or farm delivered fresh and nutritious to your local store. I saw none of this and this bothered me.  Trader Joe’s needs to be more local.

My research was done. I’d shopped at Trader Joe’s and I was left wondering, “What’s up Trader Joe’s?”  I turned to the massive check out line to await the fate of my wallet.

I’m not writing this to trash Trader Joe’s in any way.  Hell, I spent $80 while I was there.  These are just mere observances and a little disappointment that I took away from my first visit.

So what do you think? Am I totally off base?  I would love to hear from the Trader Joe’s supporters and also from those of you that may agree with me.

I’m always up for a good discussion and if you’re ever interested in discussing better ways to a healthy lifestyle, why not contact me for a free health consultation.  We’ll discuss what’s bothering you.

Have a great week and namaste,

Bruce

Family Health Empowerment

It’s a busy world we live in and sometimes making healthy choices as a family can be a daunting task. How do you keep your family happy and healthy with so many unhealthy challenges?

As a Holistic Health Coach it’s my mission to help your family make positive healthy changes through nutrition, mindfulness and improved communication, and showing you a harmonious balanced mind and body connection.

I’ll show you how to make positive changes that are unique to your family’s needs, goals, and lifestyle preferences. My approach is to create a fun and rewarding strategy for your family that will create healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

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My program is structured around Bio-Individuality a concept where each person has unique food and lifestyle needs. There are two areas we focus on, Primary Foods and Secondary Foods. 

Primary Food-It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary. I will support you in achieving all of your family’s goals, from eating the right foods for your body to living an inspired, fulfilling life.

Secondary Food-Proper nourishment is essential to balancing the “primary foods”. I’ll teach your family how to enjoy “real food” and to get the maximum nutritional benefits to empower your family to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.

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Do you feel challenged on meeting your family’s health needs?  Click Here  for my “Free-Empower Your Health Strategy Session!”

Could One Conversation Change Your life?

Together we’ll discuss your family’s health goals and get you and your loved ones on the path to health and happiness.

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“Bruce is a fantastic health coach!  Not only does he listen intently to what needs to be discussed, but he always has great solutions and ideas to combat my health and exercise issues.  He sends me articles to read and suggests meditation exercises to help me focus on.  I love that he actively engages in yoga and always encourages me to take another class or introduce a superfood to my diet.  I’m happier and healthier as a result of adding his bi-monthly appointments to my calendar. And my business is really seeing added growth because now I have the energy to bring it to the next level!  I highly recommend Kriya Living to anyone who is stuck in a diet and/or exercise rut and needs to re-evaluate your health and fitness goals and dreams.”

-Carolyn Israel-

I have worked with Bruce for his knowledge on juice cleanses and detoxes. His programs are simple and effective. Bruce customizes his programs to fit my health needs and works diligently to make sure I’m meeting my goals. His expertise and professionalism are attributes that I would recommend to anyone that is looking to improve their health.

-Patrick Falencik-