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

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

2016: My Selfish Year

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That’s right folks. 2016 is all about me!
I will be investing in myself and becoming a better person physically, mentally and spiritually.
I’m not a guy that’s big on resolutions so this will be my one big all encompassing “sort of” resolution.
That’s what it’s all about right? We all strive to be better in the coming year.
So I challenge you to be selfish too! Look inside yourself and take care of yourself.
Be present! Be Happy! Be Loving! Be Kind! Be Healthy!
Just Be!
Positive Change comes when we learn to love ourselves first.
So this year, be selfish! Make it about you and watch your world change for the better.

Happy New Year!

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Peace, Love and Ommmm!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Be Mindful This Season and Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday

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Here we are again, another holiday season and the end of another year.
We all take time for reflection on the events of the past year and we make our resolutions for the coming year, but what about the now? The best present you can give yourself is living in the present.
This holiday season why not give mindfulness a try?
Living mindfully has shown amazing health benefits from reduction of stress, improved mental clarity, and above all happiness! Who doesn’t want a  little of all that for the holidays?
So you may ask yourself, how the hell can I ever live mindfully during this busy, stressful holiday season? Well, just live baby!
Stay focused in the present moment and experience what life brings your way, the good and the bad, and roll with it. See how you feel when you let go of what’s passed and quit worrying about the future. My guess, you’re going to have a happy and healthy holiday season.
So as we edge ever closer to new beginnings and let go of another year, I want to wish everyone an amazing holiday and a very prosperous new year.
If improving your health is on your list of resolutions, don’t forget to come see me for a complimentary health strategy session. You can“click here” for more info.

Stay present my friends.

Happy Holidays and Namaste Y’all!

Bruce

Transform Your Health Today!

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I’m excited to announce my new program at Kriya Living – “Raw Vitality”

Raw Vitality is a holistic health system focusing on all areas of health to:

  • Reverse chronic health symptoms.
  • Prevent chronic health conditions.
  • Help individuals find and stay at their naturally balanced weight.
  • Increase energy, vitality and natural beauty.
Learn the eating and lifestyle practices to reverse and prevent chronic health conditions, heal, balance revitalize your body mind and spirit.Contact me “here” to learn more about the “Raw Vitality” 30 Day Total Health Transformation Program and Cleanse.I continue to expand my programs and offerings at www.kriyaliving.com.
If you’re looking to make some healthy changes in your life, why not join me for your own “Empower Your Health” strategy session today.

Have a great week and 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