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

Just Label It! If Gentically Modified Foods Are So Great, Then Why Don’t We Label Them?

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With the ongoing debate over genetically modified foods, the one thing that constantly confounds me is “Why Aren’t We Labeling Them?” 

It seems pretty simple. If genetically modified foods are so great then companies like Monsanto and Syngenta should be marketing the shit out of GMO’s!

Imagine the marketing campaign. Foods can be labeled; “Now Fortified With GMO’s!”  “Genetically Modified For You And Your Family!”

 “On The GO? Grab A GMO!”

The possibilities are endless.

So, why nothing from these powerful GMO companies? Is it about control over our food? Is it about the money?

I have to ask, “What Are They Trying To Hide?”

Most countries label GMO’s in their food, so why not the most powerful country on Earth?

It’s time to take a stand and demand GMO labeling.

“Just Label It!”

EVERYONE! Has A Right To Know What’s In Their Food.

Namaste Y’all

Bruce

Finding Your True Fatness: Healthy Delicious Fatty Foods To Add To Your Diet Today!

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There was a time when fat was our enemy. It was touted as the major cause of heart disease, a prelude to cancer, and the culprit for obesity. It made sense right? Too much fat in your diet would effect your overall health. It had to be stopped! And so it came to pass, the low fat diet and fat free foods were the new norm.

Well, fast forward about 50 years and we’ve discovered that not all fats are bad for you, in fact, the low fat, fat free foods that have been instilled into our diet are the things making us sick. Processed food like substances devoid of any healthy fat or nutrition rule the grocery aisles and are marketed to us as healthy, but that’s for another article. So how do we get more healthy fat into our diet?

First of all, what’s a healthy fat and what’s an unhealthy fat? Healthy fats are mono and polyunsaturated fats and saturated fats the occur naturally in animals and plants. Unhealthy fats are trans fats that are manufactured chemically and added to foods. There is also some debate on whether all saturated fats are healthy, but that thinking is changing.

Take a look at real food again. Clean meat, plant based foods, and even some dairy.

Here are some great foods to that add more saturated fat to your diet:

Organic grass fed beef- Red meat in moderation is fine. Enjoy a smaller piece and surround it with organic veggies and grains. Awesome!

Wild caught salmon-Salmon is full of omega 3 fatty acids which are essential to overall health.

Coconut Oil-Cook with it, put it on your body, there are numerous benefits of coconut oil. Some of my favorites, increased brain and memory function, good cholesterol and heart health.

Nuts and Seeds-Contain mono and polyunsaturated fats which are good for heart health and decrease inflammation.

Butter-I love this! Yep, it’s full of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins and antioxidants. If you have margarine at home throw it out and welcome butter back into your life.

There are other healthy fatty foods like avocados, raw cheese, natural lamb etc., so go for it!

The best of rule of thumb is to eat real food and avoid the processed food like products. Simple huh?

So what is your food journey? Need some help? “Contact Me” for a complimentary “Health Strategy Session at www.kriyaliving.com

Stay fatty my friends!

Bruce

 

 

 

 

Ginger: A Healthy And Delicious Super Food

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Like a lot of us, my first experience with ginger was in the form of a cookie. A man like cookie. I was hooked on the spicy sweet taste of the ginger bread man from my first taste and it has always been a favorite flavor of mine. My use of ginger has changed over time, moving from tasty treats to incredible dishes and drinks. And who knew that I would discover the amazing health benefits along the way?

Ginger has proven to be one on healthiest and most delicious spices on the planet.

Ginger is an anti-inflammatory-Ginger is effective in fighting exercise induced muscle and joint pain due to inflammation. It also helps reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis which is a common health problem caused by inflammation. Ginger makes it feel good to move.

Ginger helps lower the risk of heart disease-Ginger has shown to lower blood sugars which can contribute to heart disease and diabetes. Ginger also helps lower LDL levels(bad cholesterol) and blood triglycerides helping prevent the onset of heart disease. Truly a spice you can love with all of your heart.

Ginger helps with digestion-Ginger can speed up digestion which helps prevent cases of indigestion, heartburn and nausea. A small amount of Ginger helps to relieve an upset stomach, morning sickness, sickness from chemotherapy and much more. A little Ginger keeps your tummy happy and healthy.

Ginger can help prevent disease-Ginger contains a substance called 6-gingerol which is found in raw ginger. It has shown to be effective in managing certain types of cancer. Also, oxidative stress and inflammation can accelerate the aging process which can lead to Alzheimers and dementia. The antioxidants and bioactive compounds in ginger have shown to reduce inflammation and improve brain functions like memory and reaction time. Ginger can be the spice of life for healthy aging.

Ginger is found in any grocery or health food store. It can be purchased raw, which is my favorite, or in powder or capsule form. Add it to your favorite meals, make some tea or juice it.

Bottom line, ginger can be a great food to relieve a current health issue or to prevent health issues down the road. It’s tasty and delicious, it’s nutritious and it makes a killer ginger bread man. So why not add a little ginger to your diet? Your body and mind will thank you.

Yours in health.

Namaste Y’all

Bruce

Superfood of the Day: The Amazing Avocado

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Guacamole! Probably the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Avocados and that’s awesome! But, did you know how tasty, healthy and amazing Avocados can be in other ways? Here are some healthy benefits that Avocados bring to your diet.

Avocados Are A High Fat Food-They are loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid which is a very healthy fat. These healthy fats help to absorb nutrients making the Avocado one of the fattiest plant based foods on the planet.

Chock Full Of Nutrients-Avocados are abundant in nutrients like vitamin k, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B, just to name a few. Remember, the healthy fats help you absorb all of these amazing nutrients.

Avocados Are Loaded With Fiber-Fiber contributes to weight loss, reduces blood sugar, and helps prevent disease.

They Lower Cholesterol And Triglycerides-Avocados have shown to lower LDL cholesterol(Bad) and to raise HDL cholesterol(Good). They also help reduce inflammation. All in all, Avocados have shown to lower risk of heart disease over time. 

They Taste Great-Whether it’s guacamole, or a salad or on a sandwich, Avocados are a top choice for healthy people because of their taste and healthy benefits. Try them with a little bacon. Yum :)

Bottom line, if you’re looking for a healthy addition to your diet then Avocados are a proven winner. Head out to your local farmers market or health food store and pick some up today.

Looking to make other healthy changes to you diet and lifestyle? “Contact Me” for a complimentary health strategy session.

Have a great day!

Namaste Y’all,

Bruce

 

 

When It Comes To Optimal Health and Longevity-Spice Is Nice!

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Here is a great article from Dr. Andrew Weil on the benefits of spicy foods in your diet. Capsaicin a compound in chili peppers is a natural antioxidant with amazing health benefits. So if you plan on sticking around for awhile, you may want to add a little spice to your life.

Have a great week!

Namaste Y’all!

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Fresh Juice Jump Starts Your Day! Put It In Your Favorite Beer Glass!

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Bruce’s Mean Green Juice

1-Head of Organic Romaine Lettuce(medium to large)

2-Stalks Organic Celery

1-Handful of Cilantro

2 Medium Pieces of Turmeric

2 Medium Pieces of Ginger

1/2 Organic Green Apple

1/2  Organic Lemon

1 Organic Cucumber

Juice and Enjoy!

This juice provides nutrients for energy, it helps curb inflammation and is a preventative of disease.

Namaste Y’all!

Kriya Living And Achieve Systems Roll Out Corporate Wellness For Small Business

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Kriya Living and Achieve Systems have rolled out our new Corporate Wellness for Small Business Program!

Are you a small business owner and think wellness programs are out of your reach? 

Achieve corporate wellness provides innovative solutions for small businesses to access wellness services in the workplace at affordable rates. We give your employees choices with our low cost services that can be conducted at the office or away from the office. It’s your choice!

Our mission is to empower employees to make healthy choices and we provide the solutions to make them successful.

Interested in learning how we can help your business? “Contact Us”  for more information.

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