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

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

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Check out our latest online nutrition program.

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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

Is It Time To Up Your Salt Game?

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We’ve all heard that it’s important to watch our intake of sodium. But, what if I told you there’s a salt out there that’s healthy for you! It provides you with 80+ minerals and elements, plus a variety of healthy benefits that will have you asking to please pass the salt with every meal.

So, have you heard of Himalayan Sea Salt? Yeah, it’s that slightly expensive pink sea salt the you see at the grocery store with all of the other salts. Why should I pay several dollars for a fancy pink salt when I can get a box of Morton’s for about .50 cents?

Here’s a hint: That cheap table salt you’re rock’in ain’t so good. Why? Table salt is refined and stripped of all of it’s minerals. It’s also chemically treated and the iodine, one of the main benefits of salt is manufactured instead of natural. That’s right, it’s processed!

Here are some incredible benefits of Himalayan Sea Salt:

  • Increases Hydration-It regulates water both inside and outside of cells.
  • Detoxes the body of heavy metals.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • It balances the body’s PH.
  • It regulates healthy sleep patterns.
  • Supports anti-aging.
  • I supports your libido- Woot! :)

Uses of Himalayan Sea Salt:

  • Cooking-Toss that table salt and bring out amazing flavors with your pink salt.
  • Bathing-Throw it in your bath for detoxification.
  • Great for decoration-Check out Himalayan Salt Lamps and how they bring energy to a room!

Well, there you have it. Salt is good for you if you do it right.

More questions? Why not schedule a complimentary “Health Strategy” session with me today! Together we’ll discover the healthy practices that work best for you!

Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!

Namaste,

Bruce

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Is Your Diet Fanning the Flames of Inflammation?

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Ok, so we’ve all heard of the major diseases in our society; Cancer, Heart Disease, Obesity, Diabetes, Arthritis. These diseases not only wreak havoc on our bodies, but they also are a huge burden on our healthcare system and our society. So what if I told you that there is a condition that links them all! You bet there is, and that condition is inflammation.

Actually inflammation is a reaction to protect the body from destructive elements that have been introduced into our systems. So what does this have to do with our diet? Well, the food that we put into our bodies can often be that destructive element.

Here are 5 foods that we can eliminate to reduce inflammation and disease.

Sugar-

sugarOh my sweet sweet devilish friend. How you tempt me. Sugar is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. It is found in literally everything we eat and is a major cause of inflammation. I’m not saying stop sugar all together, but be mindful of where it’s coming from and cut back. Feel a craving for sweets coming on? Grab a piece of fruit.

 

 

Wheat-

wheatHighly inflammatory especially in processed form. Guess what happens when you consume processed wheat? It turns to sugar!(see above) Also most wheat is now genetically modified(GMO) and contains gluten which is starting to be linked to many serious health conditions. As an alternative choose grains like Quinoa, Buckwheat or Millet.

 

 

Meat-

meatI’m not saying that you have to go vegetarian or vegan. Just cut back a little. Don’t make meat the center piece of your meal. Surround your meal with healthy vegetables and grains. Also, be mindful of your meat purchases. Go organic and hormone and antibiotic free. Clean, ethically raised meat is a lot healthier.

 

 

Dairy-

dairyToday’s dairy products are packed with sugar, antibiotics and hormones. All contribute to inflammation. Dairy doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value so why consume it? Except for cheese of course. Have a little bit of cheese. Look for raw cheese in your local grocery store.

 

 

Alcohol-

alcoholLove my handcrafted beer, but it doesn’t always love me. Not much to be said here. We all know about the challenges with alcohol. Remember alcohol is a cousin of our evil friend sugar. If you drink, then practice moderation and reduce your inflammation.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. By reducing inflammation in our bodies as we age, we can go from being sick and old to healthy and happy, and the easiest way to do this is through nutrition. I’m not asking you to make drastic changes, just conscious changes. Take control and become a happier and healthier you!

Namaste Y’all!

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