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

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

Achieve Systems-Denver Fitness, Nutrition and Therapy Business Breakthrough Summit

Attention Fitness and Nutrition and Therapy professionals! Don’t miss this business building summit! Questions? Please contact Kriya Living for details.

 

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The Benefits of Online Fitness and Nutrition

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A couple of newsletters back I announced that I’m now the director of Achieve Online fitness and wellness systems. In this letter I want to discuss how online fitness and nutrition programs can greatly benefit your health and wellness.
When you’re looking to improve your lifestyle through fitness and nutrition many changes can be significant and can take several months before the benefits are noticeable. This can cause many people to abandon their wellness plan because they aren’t seeing results.
Tracking your diet, fitness and overall health is a very effective way to keep you focused on your health and wellness journey.

Motivation
Did you know that people who use an online fitness and nutrition tracking tool are 70% more likely to stick with and achieve their fitness and nutrition goals?
Think about it. If you’re tracking your progress, then it’s much easier to look back and see your results. When you’re getting results then your motivated to keep moving forward towards your goals.

Planning
To meet out nutrition and fitness goals we have to have a plan. Whether it’s a goal of losing 20lbs. or lowering our blood pressure, an online tracking tool will record our fitness and nutrition progress so we can see results and make needed adjustments as we move towards our goals.

Flexibility
Using a fitness and nutrition tracking tool is very versatile. These days we are all connected 24/7. This allows us to record our results on the spot whether it’s post workout or after a meal. By having this tool at our finger tips it creates more consistency in tracking our progress and seeing progress and results immediately.

Accountability
Having an online fitness and nutrition tool increases your chances of sticking to your plan and achieving your goals. A well defined plan and set goals will keep you accountable throughout the process so you will be less likely take time off from workouts or eat unhealthy foods.

So there you have it. Online fitness and nutrition tools are a great benefit to help you meet your health and wellness goals.
So why not give it a shot? Come visit me atwww.kriyaliving.com. We can review your goals and customize an online program for you. Need a little extra motivation? Combine it with one of my coaching programs for optimal benefit. The sky is the limit.
Contact me today and we’ll customize your health and wellness plan.