Most of us want to be able to have choices when it comes to eating, our foods and our lifestyles. Nothing gives us more pleasure than knowing we have the power to pick and intentionally choose what we are going to eat, activities to engage in and our immediate living environment (well, I guess that depends on who you ask). As a huge natural food and healthy lifestyle enthusiast, I feel empowered when I learn about healthy alternatives to traditional food and daily habit go-to’s. Here are the top trending healthy food and lifestyle substitutes that will make you and your family feel better from the inside out.Take a Tour
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.Take a Tour
Sensitive to coffee, caffeine or in the middle of a detox that doesn’t have even green tea on the list of foods allowed? Don’t fret! There are many natural ways to boost the body and mind energy, including taking a cold shower, eating specific foods like certain nuts and even certain exercises. Next time you hit snooze on that alarm clock in the morning or your eyes begin crossing as you are staring through the computer screen at 3 pm, take note of the following go-to remedies to boost alertness, energy and mood.Take a Tour
The news flashed across the screen — “Omega-3 fats do nothing to help heart patients. Use your money elsewhere!”
It was all over the media, TV, radio, online and in print.
Coincidentally, I was scheduled to do radio interviews all day on … you guessed, omega-3 fats.
Well this study quickly changed the tone of the radio interviews and the questions asked from those interviewing me. As you know, we’re big fans of omega-3 fats, both through eating fish and taking a high quality fish oil. We’ve talked about them before and are supported by many, many studies done over the last several decades.
This study was different.
Purslane, or Portulaca oleracea, is a plant that is eaten in Asia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. In the US, it’s classified as a weed, which may explain why it’s relatively unknown. Purslane is great for the skin, urinary and digestive systems, boosting the immune system and has a perfect combination between antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, potassium, calcium, magnesium and carotene.Take a Tour
Live happier and healthier: A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine notes that, “People who tend to think positively may reduce their risk of dying from heart related conditions and stroke by over 55%!”
Better skin? A study from Colorado State University at Fort Collins found that eating an excess of food that spike insulin levels (cake, soda and white bread) as well as refined carbs and fried foods may stimulate hormones responsible for oil overproduction and clogged pores. Cut back on the junk foods for a zit and wrinkle free face.
Get more zinc and possibly more love: oysters are packed with zinc, a mineral that enhances the immune system. One large oyster supplies a day’s worth of zinc, which also repairs and maintains muscle tissue. Many people do not get enough zinc in their diets and may leave themselves at risk for lowered immune system. Oysters are also a classic aphrodisiac for both men and women. Eat organic and fresh oysters a few times a month!Take a Tour
It may seem like a double edged sword: fulfilling number one on the New Year’s resolution list, “Lose weight and exercise more”, cut to heal, foot, and joint pain. It is actually a blessing to work yourself toward health and fitness pain free. Most people complain of joint and back pain from the high impact of exercising (namely running or other compounding sports), or muscle soreness from pushing through a tough workout or a lack of quality stretching. People hang motivational posters of muscular athletes drenched in sweat with sayings such as, “It will hurt, take time, require dedication, willpower, sacrifice . . . but it will be worth it.” But with pain in play, many people put their New Year’s resolutions to test. Is this why the majority of people who declare their new year’s resolution and goals on the 1st of the year later admit failing to reach them before the year is over?Take a Tour
One of my favorite powerhouse superfoods is hemp seeds, which may sound illegal at first (but is totally safe, legal), and because of its amazing health benefits, has become more and more mainstream in our grocery store products and is incredibly versatile. In a nutshell, hemp seeds contain extreme high levels of the recommended 3:1 ratio of essential omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids, which reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, osteoporosis and diabetes. Hemp seeds are also protein-rich (vegetarians, vegans or as a meat substitutes) and an excellent source of rare gamma-linoleic acid, important for growth and development as well as providing protection against degenerative conditions like dementia and arthritis.Take a Tour
What people eat and drink is often directly apparent in their skin and hair. Acting as a mirror, these two canvases are the effects of lifestyle wellness and well-not. When people drop pounds fast with the latest fad diet, for instance, it could leave them with less-than-healthy-dry and thinning hair — along with a growling stomach. Low-calorie diets are often low in some of the most important nutrients for healthy hair, including omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin A. In addition to stunting hair growth and leading to dullness, super-low calorie plans may even cause hair loss.Take a Tour
The brain is the first of the body’s organs to absorb nutrients from the food eaten. A child’s nutritional palate has everything to do brain function, memory, and concentration. Studies prove time and time again that there is a great positive correlation with the types of foods children eat and their mood, attention spans, behavior, and test scores. Below are top super “brain foods” that may help boost a child’s brain development and growth.Take a Tour