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Healthy Eating Basics: Where Should I Start?

One of the most popular questions I get from inquisitive minds often touch on the basics of eating a healthy diet. I always encourage people to take steps and little shifts to mindful and awareness food consumption that will lead to optimal health. There are just so many “myths” and “truths” out there that have a direct impact on our lives (mental, emotional and physical well being), that if we try to comprehend them all in one big chunk, we could be overwhelmed and throw in the towel before even committing to making a change for the positive. Below are general guidelines I like to follow and suggest for people that need a gentle nudge toward the right way of doing things better when it comes to food decisions. 

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Organic DIY Face Scrubs, Masks and Washes

Nothing screams that you love and appreciate Mom like homemade gifts. (Moms will appreciate that no matter what the occasion and how many celebrations have been logged in the books). This Mother’s Day, think outside the fresh cut flowers and box of chocolates in the red shaped box. Send her a jar of your homemade organic face creams and scrubs with essential oils. It will help her relax and who doesn’t like a little good-for-you pampering?

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6 Healthiest Irish Foods

Whether you are of Irish decent or not, it seems like everyone around the United States is celebrating the nation’s day of green. Most people know of St. Patrick’s day as a day to wear green clothes, joke with the kids about Leprechaun, start yet another excuse to down some green beer and eat some hearty Irish foods. Though this mid-march practice seems like the farthest tradition away from a spring detox, there ARE some healthy options when having your jolly O’ time. Below are some of the healthiest Irish food and drink options on this day of (bar) hoppin’ and (arm) pinchin’.

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Trending Super Foods for 2014

There are ongoing trends related to the local food movement which include ancient grains, raw and choosing high quality foods (including fats and calories) over fundamental calorie counting. Here are a few of the up and coming popular SUPER FOODS:

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Super “Fruit”: Pichuberry

The very versatile Pichuberry has hit mainstream markets here in the United States. Originating in Peru and deemed as another amazing super “fruit” from the South Americas, the Pichuberry promises to be anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, weight controller, a powerful antioxidant, high in vitamin D, A, C and Niacin. It is very low glycemic and has a sweet/tart flavor. Pichuberries are a part of the eggplant and tomatoes family and has little seeds in the middle. The seeds are edible and the Pichuberries are being made in breads, muffins, nutrition bars, as juice, dessert, salad toppers, as jams, and a perfect pairing with cheese, as well as eaten raw and on its own.

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Top 10 Nutrition Essentials for the Home

I get a lot of emails from people asking me what are the most healthy and essential foods that they should eat on a daily basis and what are examples of foods I eat at home. Though it may seem near impossible to many to incorporate superfoods in every meal, especially for a busy, (sometimes traveling) and picky household, there are easy staples to base your meals from. I turn to the following 10 nutrition essentials when designing a meal plan for myself and for my family. Not only are they all power foods, they are versatile, delicious and should be found in every healthy kitchen.

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10 of the Healthiest Seeds on Earth

Everyone should stash their cabinets, lunch bags, sports and travel packs with healthy seeds. People should be eating them daily because of their amazing benefits. Seeds are embryonic plants and the origin of nutrition. They are a living food. When you think of how a plant has to fully mature to produce a seed itself, know that their seedlings are jam packed with powerful amounts of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and dormant enzymes to help with digestion, absorption and assimilation.  Seeds are very versatile and provide cooking oils, beverages, spices, healthy food additives and healthy, nutritious calories. Below are the top ten healthiest seeds on Earth and how to consume them.

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Moroccan Miracle: Argan Oil

There are many amazing benefits of Argan Oil (similar to olive oil, but is much more expensive, lives longer (250-400 years) and the tree needs no cultivating. Used by the Moroccan people and known as the “Tree of Life” the Argan tree is used for healing, protecting, domestic and medicinal purposes. Not one part of the entire tree is wasted. The leaves and fruit sustain local animals (cattle, goats, camels and sheep), the oil for human use and the nut shells are used for oil. Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the tree and is one of the rarest and most expensive oils in the world. Just like many indigenous or amazonian fruits, nuts, seeds and oils, this is the next popular “miracle” food for the health conscious. It is extremely high levels of Vitamin E and 80% fatty acids and is promised to help people with skin irritations and skin problems because it protects against premature aging caused by oxidation.

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Cool Off, Get Lean, and Pump Up Health Benefits of Summer Fruits and Vegetables

Summer is here and the temperature outside is super sizzling (in many places of the western hemisphere now). Most all children are out of school and frequenting the water sources (beaches, pools, lakes and back yard sprinklers). What are perfect healthy summer treats that cool the active and hot body? Summer is a great time to eat more antioxidant rich and sweet juicy fruits and vegetables. It is a time where our metabolisms are in full charge, which in turn should create more momentum, movement and drive for total body circulation, detoxing and slimming down. Flu season is behind us. Now is the time to enjoy the local and seasonal deliciousness of health, relaxation and summer!

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Benefits of Mushrooms and Best Types to Eat

Mushrooms are a fabulous source of Vitamin D, antioxidants, immunity boosting vitamins and minerals and metabolism booster. There are many different types of mushrooms that yield various benefits. The following are the top 8 types of mushrooms and the greatness they provide the body once consumed. Eat mushrooms daily or as much as you can. It is also said to be an anti-aging and bladder detoxifying superfood!

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