Recipe of the Week: Parsnip Cream Soup

Parsnips are a food that many people shy away from because they don’t know what the heck to do with them. Parsnips are a staple for many fine-dining chefs because they’re naturally creamy and luxurious. As humble of a vegetable as they might appear, parsnips are quite versatile and dynamic.

A great way to enjoy parsnips is in this super simple creamy parsnip soup. It really hits the spot on a Spring day and it can be enjoyed cold in the summer.

Give parsnips a chance and you might just end up with a new favorite root vegetable like me!

If you’re looking to lose weight and improve your gut health it’s all about making small changes. Swapping out starchy grains and potatoes for low glycemic parsnips is just one of the things that can get you closer to your goal.

 

Ingredients

Serves 4

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 large celery ribs, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

4 large parsnips, peeled and chopped

2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

2 cups broth (chicken or vegetable) or water

sea salt and black pepper to taste

½ cup dairy-free milk of your choice

 

Directions

Place a large pot on a medium flame and add coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add the celery and onion. Sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add parsnips, poultry seasoning, and broth (or water) along with sea salt and black pepper. Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Then lower the flame and simmer for 20 minutes. When the parsnips are tender, remove from heat.

You can use an immersion blender to make the soup smooth or blend it in batches using a high speed blender. When the soup is blended, add it back to the pot and add the dairy-free milk. Reheat the soup. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Want even more nourishing healthy recipes to help you lose weight, improve your digestion and increase your energy?

Check out my new program, 14 Day Clean Eating Program, details here

 

Or join me on my Facebook page  where I’ll be sharing more information, tips and recipes to help you live a happier, healthier life.

 

To your wellness,

Shaline

It’s here! My New eBook: 5 Habits to a Healthy Life including recipes!

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My new ebook is here! It”s a five-day guide to beginning a healthy lifestyle. This guide shows you how to add whole foods into your lifestyle without giving up what you currently eat. It includes a 21-Day Food and Gratitude journal so you can track how you feel after you eat each meal and to write what you are grateful for each day. This ebook also has chapters that highlight inflammation/anti-inflammatory foods, hemochromatosis (an iron disorder), the acid/alkaline connection, self love, food and balancing your chakras, the top ten toxic cosmetic ingredients to avoid, and the top indoor plants recommended by NASA to purify your home.

My eBook shows you how to incorporate all aspects of your life (nutrition, exercise, relationships, career, spirituality, and self-care) to create a healthier, happier you!

To your health,

Shaline

 

Want a Career in Health and Wellness?

After I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I knew my calling was to share what I learned with others. I knew it was time for me to dedicate my work to helping others learn about their food and achieve amazing health. I wouldn’t change this for anything! I know many of you are feeling called to help others with their health and wellness too. I often get emails from others like this one…

I am a big fan ever since I came across your site and just like you have become interested in food and nutrition. I would like to learn more about holistic health and nutrition and be able to share information informing people about the truths of our food and make better choices; however I don’t know where to start. I thought about going back to school to learn more and become certified so I can actually be able to create a career out of it (figured people would rather receive info from someone with credentials) but, then I realized that is not the only way. What would you suggest? I’m just trying to see what my options are.”

Do you feel this way? Would you love a career in health and wellness?

Whether your calling is to work in wellness centers, doctor’s offices, gyms, spas, yoga studios, schools, private practices… or you want to write books, create products, open restaurants, teach, and start your own business… the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) Health Coach Training Program can help you get there!

IIN’s program teaches you how to nourish every aspect of your health and life, AND it teaches you how to launch a new career in health and wellness. You’ll get everything you need to start working with your own clients, and turn your passion for wellness into a career you love.

They provide online training, so you can work towards your certification from anywhere in the world and whenever you want!

Sign up for a free sample class here.

Inside the Sample Class you’ll learn:

  • What a Health Coach does and how they help people make lasting changes to their health and lifestyles
  • What to expect as a student at IIN
  • How IIN is leading the way to a healthcare revolution + incredible activities you can engage in!

The next training session begins soon so spring into a healthier, happier life by enrolling in the Health Coach Training Program with 30% off tuition or an Interest-Free monthly payment plan! (Plus, you’ll also receive IIN’s “3-Day Spring Detox Guide”!)

My Bonuses

If you enroll in the Health Coach Training Program at IIN right here, I will also give you access to my 14-Day Clean Eating program plus my 21-Day Reset Your Life program. This is the perfect compliment to your journey with IIN and will help make your life easier while you are in the program! And, you’ll get three-months worth of monthly meal plans, recipes, shopping guides, and resources to keep you looking and feeling your best. These bonuses are worth over $600! So, you’ll love these incredible bonuses!

If you are feeling scared about taking this step, I get it. I used to feel that way too. Throughout my life I have had some amazing people encouraging me to take the leaps of faith needed to keep growing. I want to be that person in your life. Remember, it is NEVER too late to find your calling. The community at IIN is one of the most supportive, enthusiastic groups of people I’ve ever seen, and everyone says that is one of the best parts of their program.

See for yourself! Check out the free sample class here.

If you know anyone who wants a career in health and wellness, send them this email and encourage them to go after their dreams!

Hugs.

10 Mental Health Habits to Try in 2019

This article first appeared on MadebyHemp.

2018 was the year we saw a strong surge of mental health awareness. The public’s focus on health broadened to also include taking care of one’s mental and emotional health. People have finally realized that one of the keys to maintaining a healthy body is to have a healthy mind.

2019, mental health awareness will continue to be one of the bigger focuses on overall well being. Learning these 10 habits will promote and improve your mental health and will be a great start to your new year.

1. Exercise

Exercise

 

The secret to a sound body is a sound mind. But it could also work both ways. The secret to a sound mind is a sound body. It might not work for everybody, but for a majority of able-bodied people, a great way to boost endorphins is to go out and move. Find an exercise that you love. You don’t need to do what everyone else is doing. Some people prefer lifting weights, some like yoga, some even run marathons. Find that one exercise you want to stick with and run with it.

2. Gratefulness

I am grateful

Being thankful for the things you have instead of focusing on the things you don’t is a good way of bringing positive energy into your life. It will, more importantly, make you realize you are lucky to have the things you do. Practicing the habit of being grateful will help you become a more positive person.

3. Be kind

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Be the person you wish other people would be to you. Make someone’s day by smiling at them, or helping them carry a heavy load, or even just opening the door for someone who has their hands full. A bit of kindness paid forward will cultivate a world of kindness. It doesn’t take much to make others smile.

4. Sleep

woman sleeping in bed

 

Get enough sleep. Sleep can do wonders for a tired mind and body. Don’t overdo it though. Get the right amount of sleep in order to feel rested and ready to tackle your day, every day. Put your screen away close to bedtime and concentrate on relaxing. Give your body and mind the time to recover and recuperate.

5. Hang out with friends

friends in sitting in park

Socialize. Even the most introverted person has someone they prefer to hang around with. It does wonderful things to your soul to share your time with the people that matter.

6. Chocolate

made by hemp chocolate

Better yet, try Therapeutic Chocolate with Cannabidiol (CBD) oil.  Cannabinoids are non-psychoactive and can reduce anxiety. If you are looking to incorporate CBD into your diet, but is not very much of a fan of its earthy taste, chocolate is the way to go. Cannabinoids are found to keep the body in neutral state, and support the functions of the brain, as well as the central and peripheral nervous system. Get your chocolate fix for the day, and get CBD’s benefits while you’re at it.

7.  Laugh

friends laughing

 

When they said laughter is the best medicine, they were not kidding. Laughter helps ease stress and anxiety. Hang out with a funny friend, or watch a comedy show. Or maybe learn a few jokes and share them with your friends. Laughter is one of those things that multiply when shared.

8. Eat well

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A few desserts won’t hurt you any but for the most part, feed your body the things it should be fed. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. This will ensure your body will feel healthy and will give you less things to stress or worry about. Avoid things that will harm your body like smoking or excessive drinking.

9. Love yourself

woman on beach

Tell yourself something nice every day. Most people are generous with giving away compliments to others but are stingy when it comes to themselves. Start your day by giving yourself a sincere compliment. It could be something simple like “oh my skin looks very nice today”. Or “I do make an amazing omelet.” And develop this into a daily habit. Because loving yourself will allow you to love others more freely.

10. Meditate

woman meditating in forest

Give your mind a chance to empty itself out of the negative energy that is pervasive in the world. Give your mind the space to breathe and relax. And as you relax your mind, you relax your body. Meditation is a great way to connect your mind and your body into one plane. It is a good way to relax and to relieve yourself of any stress that you may have. Meditation also complements therapy.

To your health

 

 

7 Most Prescribed Drugs and Their Natural Alternative

How many of us have been prescribed some type of medication or know someone who is on medication? We don’t have to live in a medicated world; however, we choose to. We want the quick fix so we continue our poor lifestyle and dietary habits. It doesn’t have to be this way, but it is…because it does require work to live a healthy lifestyle!

The nitty-gritty of the matter is that we refuse to think about prevention because we re-actively commit to treating the symptoms instead of the cause of the underlying health problem.

Prescriptions for pain, cholesterol reduction, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, antacids, antidepressants, diabetes and antibiotics make up 100% of the most prescribed drugs.

Make a commitment to yourself or a family member right now and start incorporating some of these amazing foods into your diet.

Check out the top 7 most prescribed drugs and the best natural remedies.

1. HYDROCODONE (Acetaminophen/Vicodin/Oxycontin)

Use: For Pain

Currently the single most prescribed drug in the world. More doctors are getting huge payouts from pharmaceutical companies to promote these hydrocodone, especially generic drugs. They make up more than 20% of the top prescribed medications.

How it Works:

It is an orally psychoactive compound that works as a narcotic and analgesic. It is biotransformed by the liver into several metabolites. It is highly dependent on metabolism by the Cytochrome P450 pathway.

Natural Foods:

Ginger, turmeric, berries, cayenne pepper, celery/celery seeds, cherries, dark green veggies, walnuts.

2. STATINS (Generic versions of Lipitor/Zocor/Crestor)

Use: Reduction of LDL Cholesterol

Approximately 15% of the top prescribed medications are generic statins. A study published in January 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine linked statins to 48 percent increased risk for type-2 diabetes.

How it Works:

Statins artificially lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting a critical enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a role in the production of cholesterol in the liver.

Natural Foods:

Nuts, spinach, apples, turmeric, cranberries, tomatoes, green tea, fatty fish, beans, alfalfa herb, capsicum fruit, garlic, psyllium, fenugreek seeds, butcher’s broom, licorice root, hawthorn berry.

3. LISINOPRIL (Prinivil/Zestril) AND NORVASC (Amlodipine)

Use: Reduction of High Blood Pressure

In combination, Lisinopril and Norvasc make up a whopping 23% of the top prescribed medications. This makes them the most prescribed generic medications (if combined) for cardiovascular disease and blood pressure. Individually, Lisinopril constitutes approximately 14% and Norvasc about 9%.

How it Works:

Lisinopril is typically used for the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and heart attacks. Norvasc is used for hypertension and angina. It accomplishes this by inhibiting the influx of calcium ions into vascular smooth muscle and cardiac muscle so it essentially interferes with the metabolism of calcium.

Natural Foods:

Any foods high in vitamin C (chili peppers, guavas, bell peppers, thyme, parsley, dark leafy greens, broccoli), any foods high in magnesium (chocolate, green leafy vegetables, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and squash seeds, pine nuts, and black walnuts) and any foods high in potassium (mushrooms, bananas, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, oranges and dates). Coconut oil/water and CoQ10 are also very effective for lowering blood pressure.

4. SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium)

Use: Hypothyroidism

A synthetic form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, generic Synthroid makes up more than 11% of the top prescribed medications. It’s used to treat hypothyroidism. A related drug, dextrothyroxine (D-thyroxine) was used in the past as a treatment for elevated cholesterol but was taken off the market due to cardiac side-effects.

How it Works:

It replaces the thyroid hormone which is naturally occurring in the thyroid gland essentially halting natural production.

Natural Foods:

Any foods containing iodine such as seaweed, kelp, radish, parsley, fish, seafood, eggs, bananas, cranberries, strawberries, himalayan crystal salt. Also, copper, iron, selenium and zinc are essential in the production of thyroid hormones. Exercise a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day, enough to raise your heartbeat.

5. PRILOSEC (omeprazole/generic versions of Nexium)

Use: Antacid

A proton pump inhibitor which constitutes just over 8% of the top prescribed medications. Omeprazole is one of the most widely prescribed drugs for reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers internationally and is available over the counter in some countries.

How it Works:

It suppresses gastric acid secretion by specific inhibition of the gastric acid ions in cells. The absorption of omeprazole takes place in the small intestine essentially turning off the switch which promotes healthy digestion of foods. Omeprazole is also completely metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system.

Natural Foods:

Grapefruits, probiotics, broccoli sprouts, manuka honey, mastic gum, marshmallow tea, glutamine, slippery elm, deglycyrrhized liquorice (DGL), aloe vera juice, baking soda, pickle juice.

6. AZITHROMYCIN AND AMOXICILLIN

Use: Antibiotic

In combination, azithromycin and amoxicillin contribute towards a whopping 17% of the top prescribed medications. And we wonder why we have antibiotic resistance! On their own, each contributes about 8.5%. Azithromycin is one of the best-selling antibiotics and derived from erythromycin. Amoxicillin is usually the drug of choice for children.

How it Works:

It inhibits the synthesis of bacterial cell walls and interfering with their protein synthesis. These drugs also inhibit the protein synthesis of good bacteria needed for immunity and proper digestion.

Natural Foods:

Sunlight (Vitamin D), garlic, coconut oil, turmeric, foods high in nicotinamide (Vitamin B3) such as salmon, sardines and nuts. Also manuka honey, olive leaf extract, green tea, pau D’Arco, rose water, myrrh, grapeseed extract, golden seal, oregon grapes, oregano oil, and probiotics.

7. GLUCOPHAGE (metformin)

Use: Oral anti-diabetic drug

Glucophage drugs makes the top 7 but the prescription rate of this drug is rapidly increasing. It makes up about 7% of the top prescribed medications. It is the first-line drug of choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is used in overweight and obese people. It also acts to indirectly lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

How it Works:

By suppressing natural glucose production by the liver, the drug activates an enzyme which plays an important role in insulin signaling, whole body energy balance, and the metabolism of glucose and fats.

Natural Foods:

Black tea, sunlight (Vitamin D), turmeric, nuts, chia seeds, green leafy vegetables, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, red grapes, steel cut oatmeal, broccoli, spinach, green beans and strawberries. 90% of all cases of diabetes can be resolved by eating foods with a low glycemic load, with both weight training and aerobic exercise.

Sources:
www.healthy-holistic-living.com/7-prescribed-drugs-world-natural-counterparts.html
mercola.com
webmd.com

5 Tips To Get More Energy And Achieve Your Goals

Are you feeling stuck in the mud? Perhaps you’re having late afternoon fatigue and aren’t feeling motivated to go to the gym or cook a healthy dinner! If your goals are taking a hit and you’re losing motivation, look no further! Here are the top 5 tips to get you back on track and feeling more energetic to achieve your goals!

1. Make sure you wake up with enough time to get ready without rushing and eat a plentiful breakfast. How you start your day will determine the outcome for the remainder of your day. A rushed, exhausting morning will result in little-to-no energy in the afternoon. Wake up on the right side of the bed, as they say!

2. Sleep between 7 and 9 hours per night! Without adequate rest, your body goes into overdrive and your organs start to weaken, causing overall lethargy and exhaustion.

3. Stay hydrated. Ensure you are drinking 2 liters of water per day! Try fruit infused water to give traditional water a little splash of flavor!

4. Eat balanced, healthy and nutritiously packed meals throughout the day! By eating a balanced meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, your body is less likely to feel fatigued and lacking nutrients. Feed your body, don’t starve it! Before you leave your home, pack a small bag of blueberries,  strawberries, celery, or carrots, and hummus for a midday snack or some fresh squeezed lemon water for your afternoon walk! Remember, food is fuel!

5. Ditch the caffeine! It’s a quick fix and has no long-lasting results. By eliminating coffee, carbonated drinks, and “energy boosters” formulated with chemicals, your ability to extract the nutrients from the super foods you consume will amplify. Before you know it, you won’t need that midday energy soda! Check out this article on why you want to ditch soda!

Greater energy and motivation to achieve your goals is at your fingertips! Follow these 5 steps and you’ll be on your way to a happier, healthier, and more motivated you!

Who do you know who is still eating the SAD diet?

A little about my story…

 

My family – my mother’s side has a history of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and digestive issues.  My father had hemochromatosis and he passed away from a brain aneursym.  All of my mom’s brothers, sister, and grandmother had open heart surgery.

I took after both sides of my parents as I first had digestive problems i.e. gastritis when I was in my twenties that later developed into acid reflux and I took several proton-pump inhibitors. I can’t even name them all. When I was prescribed Nexium, that is when I knew I had to do something!

When I attended a women’s networking meeting, I meet a women who was studying holistic nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).  I asked her what the difference was between the class she was taking and a “regular” nutrition class?  She mentioned that the program takes a holistic approach to nutrition.  When I got home, I researched IIN’s Health Coach Training Program and I knew right away that I wanted to register for their program.  I learned from some of the top physicians, Dr Mark Hyman, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Andrew Weil to name a few – in the country and I learned from my mentors David Wolfe, Deepak Chopra, Geenan Roth, and others.

 

While I was in the program I learned over 100 dietary theories. So, this is what I did to reduce my acid reflux.

First, I did an elimination diet meaning I stopped eating meat and dairy products and eliminated all the “white stuff”  i.e. pasta, rice, and potatoes.  I drank smoothies each morning, switched from wheat bread to Elzekiel bread, switched from peanut butter to almond butter, completely eliminated every thing with high fructose corn syrup/GMOs….to put it simply, I ate a pretty clean diet.  Once my reflux subsided I gradually added foods back in.  My motto is to eat a 80/20 diet meaning eating 80% clean and 20% foods you may crave such as that bagel, french fries or coffee…as a treat!

 

My book, Healthy Living Made Easy shows you the steps to take towards feeling better i.e. having more energy, getting over your sugar cravings, etc.

 

If you or anyone you know is eating the SAD (Standard American Diet), please check out  my book on Amazon.

 

Remember this:  It is not a diet, it is a lifestyle.  And it is about prevention!!!

 

To your health and happiness.

 

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Dr. Weil’s 5 Health Essentials

Dr. Weil believes food is the optimal medicine. He suggests eating an anti-inflammatory diet. More health practitioners are confirming that you are what you eat. Dr. Weil suggests that the Standard American Diet (SAD) promotes inflammation. The SAD gives the wrong kinds of fats, carbohydrates, and inflammation throughout the body. SAD is the root cause of most chronic diseases i.e. cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, digestive disorders, and cancer. The right kind of food is nature’s way of controlling inflammation. The cure can start with whole natural foods close to the way nature produces them. Example: kale is a super food, full of vitamins, minerals, and cancer-protective elements.
Dr. Weil is the author the book, True Food. He believes you don’t need to take medication in most instances to be healthy. Just need to eat right.
Here are some of Dr. Weil’s suggestions:
  • Olive oil is the best oil you can use.
  • Valerian is a safe and effective sleep aid
  • DMSO – good to relieving tennis elbow
  • Eucalyptus oil – good for respiratory system, put a couple drops in hot water and breathe the steam
  • Meditate every day.  The morning is recommended.  He believes you need to feed your soul as well as your body.
Emphasize the body’s natural healing power and many people don’t realize how important lifestyle choices. Most diseases are lifestyle diseases and people need to make better choices.
He believes the single biggest mistake people make is to expect a quick fix i.e. pharmaceutical drug or some kind of technological fix. Many people don’t want to do the simple lifestyle change.
Dr. Weil’s 5 Health Essentials
Dr. Weil believes these five health essentials should be included in everyone’s diet.
Essential #1: Iodine
Iodine is a multipurpose mineral essential for good health. Iodine keeps everything functioning: brain, heart, stomach. Iodine regulates all key metabolic functions including blood cell production, muscle function, body heat, and hormones. Iodine essential for optimal health. Many women are deficient in iodine. The mainstream diet (Standard American Diet) does not contain enough iodine. Body does not make iodine. Iodine needs to come from food. Manufactured, processed, and refined foods don’t help.
Salt does not contain iodine unless the label says iodized. Iodine important because it controls metabolism. red cell function, muscle function, hormone production.
An iodine deficiency causes the following symptoms: intolerance to cold, fatigue, weight gain, gastrointestional problems, skin abnormalities, and mental issues.One of the major signs of iodine deficiency is an enlarged thyroid gland. Symptoms include puffy eyes, dry skin, brittle hair and nails, and exhaustion.
Foods containing iodine: dairy products, fish, seafood (tuna, sardines, mackeral), shellfish, seaweed, kelp extract, Seaweed is the best way to get iodine.
Tip: Asian Mushrooms
For another way to enhance your health, try Asian mushrooms. Prominent in Chinese medicine, these superfoods are believed to increase resistance to stress and boost longevity. Dr. Oz’s personal favorites are shiitake and maitake oyster mushrooms. Eat them today to unwind and extend your life.
Essential #2: Pistachios and DGL 
Pistachios and DGL are essential for good digestion. Relieving heart burn, stomach pains, IBS caused by Standard American Diet and stress.
Pistachios have fiber, minerals. Research shows that they are a good prebiotic (they feed the good bacteria in the gut.) He recommends taking prebiotic before eating. Pistachios have fewer calories than other nuts. They contain healthy fats unlike other nuts.
DGL for indigestion and heartburn. DGL is an extract of licorice, herbal extract. Recommends to take DGL in capsule form. Acts to increase mucuos coating in stomach and esophagus which protects against irritation by stomach acid. Recommends to take DGL four times per day (15 minutes before meals and 15 before bedtime at night.)
He feels that besides poor diet, stress is a major factor to health.
Tip: Know Your Probiotics
Another way to guard your gut is with probiotics. These live microorganisms help restore the friendly bacteria you need in your gastrointestinal tract to keep digestion running smoothly. Look for an effective strain like bifidobacterium to treat an array of conditions.
Essential #3: Palm Reflexology
Stress is toxic for both your body and mind; managing your stress level is essential to good health. Dr. Weil recommends a reflexology technique based on Chinese medicine. This 5,000-year-old theory applies pressure to specific points on your body, activating channels or “meridians” which help to release tension and promote the free flow of blood and energy. This type of therapy has been used for centuries to provide pain relief, improve circulation, and alleviate muscle tension.
For relaxation, Dr. Weil recommends palm reflexology. The next time you feel stressed, try the following simple technique: Using the thumb and index finger of your right hand, rub the fleshy areas between the thumb and index finger on your left hand. Then, starting at the base of each finger, squeeze and roll upwards towards the fingertip, gently pulling outwards as you go. Next, take your thumb and firmly massage small circles all over the palm of your hand. Repeat the process on your other hand. When you’re finished, clench your fists and hold them for 10 seconds, then extend your hand and spread your fingers for 10 seconds. Shake out your hands gently and finish by taking four deep, slow breaths.
Tip: 4-7-8 Breathing Technique
Another way to tame your tension is to employ the 4-7-8 breathing technique. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose for a mental count of four seconds. Hold your breath for a count of seven, and then exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight. This simple breathing exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system.
Essential #4: The Rules of Raw
Dr. Weil believes that food is medicine, so the raw food movement is something he’s carefully examined. His verdict? He doesn’t recommend eating only raw foods, for two major reasons.
First, you lose much of the best flavor, texture and appearance of your foods if you’re only eating them raw. Secondly, some of the vitamins and minerals are less available to the body in raw vegetables than when they’re cooked.
With the raw diet, he suggests that you know the rules of a raw food diet. Know which foods are best raw and which ones are best cooked. Lots of fruits and vegetables have protective compounds in them that are more available to a person’s body in cooked form. Example: tomatoes (lycopene – which protects against some forms of cancer like prostate cancer) and carrots. Leafy greens are best to eat raw because they retain their nutrients.
Crushed garlic and asparagus are best when eaten raw. Mix garlic with olive oil or drizzle garlic on bread.
Raw Asparagus has folate, an essential B vitamin. Cooking reduces folate.
Your body can only obtain lycopene, a carotenoid pigment that protects against cancer, from tomatoes when they’re cooked. Similarly, the carotenoids in carrots are more available from cooked carrots than their raw counterparts. Yet this rule isn’t true of all foods. Leafy greens like watercress and arugula are at their healthiest when left raw; heating them breaks down nutrients and destroys their benefits. If you want to eat some of the healthiest raw foods, try either garlic or asparagus.
Garlic is a superfood that promotes immunity and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. The active component in garlic is the sulfur compound called allicin, a powerful chemical that is produced when garlic is chopped, chewed, or bruised. Allicin acts as an antibiotic and helps the body to inhibit the ability of germs to grow and reproduce. The amount of allicin in one clove of garlic, around 1 milligram, is said to have the potency of 15 standard units of penicillin.
Cooking garlic diminishes allicin, so eat it raw to maximize your benefits. For best results, crush the cloves to release the healthy enzyme. The production of allicin is greater if the garlic is exposed to air, so let the crushed garlic stand for 10 minutes before combining it with other foods. Add it to a salad dressing or tomato sauce. You can also try spreading 1/2 teaspoon on some toast with a bit of cheese to make a raw garlic bread. Sweeten it up by adding a spoonful of honey and a dash of lemon.
Essential #5: CoQ10
Dr. Weil’s final essential sounds almost too good to be true – a super-pill to slow aging. The supplement is CoQ10, a substance that protects your heart and brain from oxidative stress, meaning it blocks the free radicals that break down cells and cause aging. Coenzyme Q10 is made by every cell in the human body. It’s particularly concentrated in tissues having high-energy requirements, such as the muscles of the heart and the brain, which requires huge amounts of uninterrupted energy to regulate, integrate, and coordinate ongoing nervous system transmissions.
Researchers have discovered CoQ10 levels diminish with age, while dietary inadequacies, certain diseases and medications can also significantly reduce CoQ10 levels in the body. CoQ10 is found in foods like sardines, beef and peanuts, yet you’d need to consume huge portions to obtain your daily dose through diet. Dr. Weil recommends taking a pill. He suggests the average adult try a supplement of 120 mg daily. To facilitate your body’s best absorption, take a 60 mg soft-gel capsule twice a day with a meal containing fat.
Tip: Spill Your Oil
Another way to slow your aging is to purge your pantry of all of your toxic fats. Do a smell test on your oil – if it smells like paint, pour it out and get rid of it!
Tip: Natural Fatigue Fighters
The next time you’re extra exhausted, turn to Mother Nature. These healing remedies from Dr. Weil’s trusted colleague, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, can fight fatigue and restore your zest for life.
Golden Root
Also known as rhodiola or arctic root, this plant has been used since ancient times to treat fatigue. Studies have really shown that golden root improves mental concentration, physical endurance and helps with general chronic fatigue.

Recap of the Healthy Living Festival in Photos

Here is a recap of the Annual Healthy Living Festival that takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County.  I am a little late, the event was a couple weeks ago, but I finally finished downloading all of my photos.  There were lots of vendors with great products, cooking demos, speakers, and yoga and qigong classes.  I even learned qigong.  Arctic Zero was one of the vendors.  I don’t have a photo of their booth: however, their products are awesome.  Their booth was always busy since they were giving away free samples of gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free, and low glycemic frozen desserts!

Enjoy browsing through the photos.

 

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BodyandBrain

 

Products by Chosen Foods

Chia Seeds, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, and even an avocado oil mayo!

Chosen Foods

ChosenFoodsProducts

 

Delightfully Free Cookbooks – The author, Tracy Hill has two editions.  They both have recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free,

sugar-free, soy-free, corn, yeast, peanuts, and artificial sweeteners.

DelightfullyFree

 

Blends

 

DrCowan'sGarden

 

Farm Fresh Produce

 

Brian Clement of Hippocrate’s Health Institute’s Books

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Millie’s Vegan Gelato

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Krave Gluten-Free Jerky

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One of the speakers

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Healthy Cooking Demo by Cooking 4 Life

Cooking 4 Life showed how to prepare a tasty vegetarian lasagna in 5 minutes and cook it in 20 minutes plus a 5-veggie salad with citrus dressing. She showed you how to get in and out of the kitchen in 2/3 less time with 2 to 3 times the nutrition.  No more overcooking the nutrients out of your food!

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Entertainment on Sunday afternoon by Nouveau Cabaret Belly Dancers

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Del Mar Fairgrounds

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It was a fantastic event and I am looking forward to next year’s!