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Spicy Foods May Reduce Risk of Cancer?

January 23rd, 2018

This is great news for those of you who love spicy foods! Researchers are finding that capsacain seems to reduce risk of cancer and reduce risk of mortality. Check out this article–and do be careful to not overdue the chili powder either! 😉

Uplifting Ways to Embark on Your Healthy Eating Journey 

January 23rd, 2018

The beginning of a new year means that many people are looking to make resolutions on how they want to be better or live better. If one of your resolutions for 2018 is to start eating healthier, here are some helpful tips on how to do that.

Tip #1: Eat whole foods.
Eating whole foods is incredibly important to changing your lifestyle. That is, eat food that grows, not food that is processed and packaged. Whole foods contain helpful antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that you won’t find in processed foods. In fact, processed foods often contain a lot of sugar and sodium, which can be detrimental to your health in the long run. Don’t fall into the trap that advertisers and marketers try to put consumers in, but instead remind yourself that eating fresh whole food is the key to living a healthier, active lifestyle. So, when you’re tempted to grab a bag of chips, grab something fresh and crunchy instead, like celery, apples, snap peas, or carrots!

Tip #2: Cut yourself some slack.
Changing your eating habits will take time, so cut yourself some slack and don’t beat yourself up if you slip up every so often and fall back into your old ways of eating. Lifestyle changes are hard and it’s okay to make mistakes along the way. The end goal is a healthier body and mind, and you can reach that goal if you just take things one step at a time.

Tip #3: Drink more water.
This is an easy to-do that we simply forget about sometimes during our busy days. But, drinking water means that your body stays hydrated and helps your body function properly, in addition to making sure you don’t overeat. Keep water at your desk during your hours spent at work, or while you’re out running errands, take a water bottle with you and hydrate throughout the day.

Tip #4: Have fun with it.
Once you start feeling more energized and you notice a difference in how you look and feel, you’ll likely feel more motivated to stay on track! Have fun with your new lifestyle change. Research new recipes that look fun to make and get creative with how you’re going to make this change in your life. Self-care is important and once you start noticing the positive effects of eating well, you’ll want to continue to live well and have fun!

Your eating habits really do matter! Changing how you eat can transform your life and help you live a longer, healthier life.

Dangers of Mattresses

January 8th, 2018

Shopping for mattresses can be daunting–they are expensive, there are many options, AND they can be TOXIC. EWG.org has posted this article on crib mattress studies showing not only VOC’s which are dangerous, but fragrances and more. You can bet these studies would likely apply to other mattresses, too. I can recommend cotton or natural latex mattresses. If you are lucky enough to live in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area, we have a couple of options: Mulligan Mattress and Cotton Cloud Natural Beds. I recently purchased a natural latex mattress and am thrilled!! Very comfortable, no chemical odors, sleeping better–Hurrah!! I even bought a natural latex pillow which I also recommend. Please read the article and check out these mattress options. To your health!

We’ll Be Closing for Christmas

December 21st, 2017

We just want to make sure that everyone knows that we will be closed from 12/23/17 through 01/01/18. Please stock up on any refill supplements you may need before 12:30 on Friday 12/22/17. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy 2018!!!

Bucking the Fast Food Marketing

December 18th, 2017

Bucking the Fast Food Marketing

 

Making fresh, homecooked meals every night is a rarity for millions of people that are busy with work and family life. Today, convenience foods and fast food restaurants have become the go-to for many busy families around the country. Convenience food products such as frozen pizzas, prepared mixes, canned soups, and other microwaveable foods means that individuals and families are lacking quality, wholesome nutrition. Processed food items like these usually have very little fiber, high saturated fat and sodium content, and lack the nutrients that fresh foods have. There has been controversy for many decades over microwaving food and the dangers of zapping nutritional content.

Yet, advertising and commercials make these processed foods appealing because they’re fast and easy to prepare, but in fact, they’re doing real damage to your health and can be a hazard to healthy living. Don’t fall victim to fast food marketing tactics. A whole food diet can be quick and even more economical. Here are some mistakes to avoid and tips on how to change what you eat so you can live a healthier lifestyle.

#1: Plan.
Set aside time to plan your menu for the week and if you’re short on time, get your shopping done in one trip at the beginning of the week to cut down time spent on stopping at the grocery store multiple times.  Planning can not only save you money, but it will also help you prepare on what meals you need to cook ahead of time and which ones you’ll need to set aside time to prepare when you get home at night. Planning ahead will help you start integrating, fresh, homecooked meals into your diet rather than relying on convenience food day in and day out.

#2: Make your diet a “whole” one.
If you live a busy, active lifestyle, you can still eat well while on the go. Just prepare fresh meals ahead of time and then freeze them until you’re ready to eat it, then add some fresh organic fruit and vegetables as your side dish. Your diet should include a variety of raw, fresh fruits and vegetables, so if you’re hungry during the day for a snack, instead of giving into your craving for a greasy bag of chips, have a variety of fresh items on hand or items that have low saturated fat and no processed sugar to eat instead. Or, invest in a blender or juicer, as this can allow you to drink your fruits and veggies and make it a flavorful treat during the day! It is very important to make each meal as well-balanced as possible.

If you’re tired of feeling lethargic or even “empty” after eating processed, packaged foods, it’s time to make a change. Do your homework when it comes to the importance of what you’re putting in your body. If you’re struggling with how to make a positive change in how you eat and you need help on how to adjust your diet and lifestyle, I can help provide some helpful tips and some of my favorite go-to healthy foods. Your health as well as the health of your family is incredibly important and making a shift away from convenience foods to fresh, wholesome products will be life-giving in the end.

The Dangers of Fragrances and Chemicals

November 28th, 2017

The Dangers Of Fragrances and Chemicals

Whether it’s everyday cleaning supplies, air fresheners, laundry detergents, or expensive perfumes and lotions, artificial fragrance and the chemicals that go into some of these products can be very damaging to not only our environment, but our health as well. Even products that are labeled “unscented” can be full of chemicals that are not healthy. Toxins in synthetic scents have been known to cause cancer, birth defects, nervous system disorders, hormonal imbalances, allergic reactions, and more.

A 2008 study that was published in Environmental Impact Assessment Review looked at the gasses that were released off six well-known consumer products, including dryer sheets, laundry detergent, and air fresheners. Researchers found that there were 98 volatile organic compounds found in these things, which made the indoor air more toxic than outdoor air. Some of these chemicals had even been classified as hazardous air pollutants or carcinogens by the EPA. (1)

Unfortunately, we’re surrounded by fragrances everywhere we go. So, how do you limit your exposure to the toxic chemicals and fragrances that permeate our environment? Here are some tips and suggestions that can help.

Tip #1: Reduce your exposure to synthetic fragrance.
Products that are labeled “unscented” are not always fragrance-free, so when you’re shopping, look for products that have no added fragrance in them. Avoid using air fresheners and if you want to reduce odors around your home, open your windows for some fresh air. Or, consider cooking up some herbs or spices on the stove with cinnamon spice, fresh pine needles, or cut-up fruit in some water that can simmer and add a nice scent to your space.

Tip #2: Create your own cleaning products.
Making your own cleaning products is not only safer for your health and the environment, but it can often be less expensive. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of recipes online for homemade cleaning products that are effective and use non-toxic ingredients.

Tip #3: Eliminate personal care products with a lot of chemicals in them.
Personal care products are often packed with harmful chemicals. Read the labels of your personal care items closely and get rid of the ones that have sodium laureth sulfate and parabens in them. Do some research about what other safe products are out there that you can use on your skin or hair, throw out the old stuff, and commit to using the new non-toxic products regularly.

Tip #4: Don’t track in chemicals.
Did you know that your shoes can bring in chemicals to your home, too? Use a door mat to catch dirt and chemicals, then when you get inside, take your shoes off to avoid tracking stuff around the home that you don’t want to contaminate the area with. Mop your floors and vacuum regularly to increase indoor air quality and keep your home free as possible of toxic chemicals.

A healthy future begins with small steps like this and over time, they can lead to positive, lasting change in your life and the lives of your family members that live in your home. For more information on healthy personal care and cleaning items, visit the EWG site here.

  1. “Toxic fragrance in the air.” EWG News and Analysis. August 22, 2008. Accessed online November 21, 2017. https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2008/08/toxic-fragrance-air#.WhSRvTeIbIW

Curcumin May Support Healthy Bone Density

August 21st, 2017

We all are aware of the benefits of adequate calcium, magnesium, Vit. D, and Vit. K for healthy bones. But did you know that curcumin also seems to support healthy bone density. Check out this article. And check with your health care provider to see if supplementing curcumin is right for you.

Goat Yoga

August 21st, 2017

I just learned about this new “twist” on yoga to further its therapeutic benefits: Goat Yoga!! Unfortunately for us Portland-Vancouver folks, the locations would be a bit of a commute. Hoping that closer options will become available. Check out their website at http://www.goatyoga.net/goat-therapy/

Great Foods to Include in Your Cooking

July 28th, 2017

Here is a great article summarizing some powerfully healthy foods to include in your cooking. Enjoy!! To your health!!

Some Friday Humor–sort of . . .

May 13th, 2017

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