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Tradition, Family Values, & Healthy Living

Family traditions are usually defined as a combination of social ideals, personal attitudes, ideas, and environment derived from your parents or relatives, while family values usually refer to how you frame your personal life in the context of political and social issues. Family traditions include honoring the people and places from which they come from.

Tradition and values can vary from family to family, but what doesn’t change is the effect these traditions and values have on your body, seeing as most traditions include unhealthy meals. You can have it all: tradition, values, and healthy living. It is about living your life in balance or moderation.

You should always eat a balanced diet. Diet extremes harm your body rather than provide balance. Even eating the same foods over and over again are not necessarily good for you on a daily basis. If you have broccoli one day, have string beans another. If you have good, down-home cooking for one meal, make sure that one of your other meals is filled with fiber, whole foods, little sugar and little fat. Life is about many choices. Make your choices wisely.

Weight – You need to find your ideal body weight. Being overweight or underweight can cause health problems. Underweight people usually have a more difficult time fighting off serious diseases like cancer and balancing their immune system. Overweight people often suffer from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or heart problems. Genetics can play a major role in your health, and it is possible to live a healthy lifestyle being under-or overweight, but no one can predict if you have won this healthy living lottery. Every person is different; one person who carries extra weight may really suffer, whereas another person who also carries extra weight has no issues at all.

Refined or Fast foods -If you are trying to be healthy, are overweight, or trying to lose weight, and have any kind of health issue, fast or refined food is probably one of the worst things you can eat. Fast food is usually filled with fat, refined sugars, gross amounts of sodium and countless carbohydrates, all of the things that are poison to your immune system. Many desserts, sweets or snacks are loaded with bad carbohydrates, ones high in sugar, saturated fat, and sodium, which can increase your bad cholesterol, blood pressure, harm your heart and can lead to diabetes. However, if you have to have one of your family recipes filled with sugar and fat, try melsLaw: If you eat too much of one kind of food, balance your diet by eating an equal amount of an opposite kind of food until you can eat a proportionately balanced diet. For example, if you are a fast-food junkie, rotate your meals between grains, leafy vegetables and fruits, and fast food, which usually consists of refined foods, fat, salt, and sugar. This is not a perfect diet, but it is a start on your road to healthy living. High-fat foods contain more calories than low-fat foods, fruits, vegetables and grains, and are not as satisfying as the latter.

Exercise. Next to diet, exercise, or physical activity, is critical and probably the most important thing you can do to achieve optimal health and feel better. Nutrition and physical activity are interactive; each influences the other. Exercise and physical activity both involve body movement, muscle contraction and energy release. The difference between exercise and physical activity is that exercise is usually considered to be more strenuous and structured. For our purpose, exercise and physical activity are the same.

Exercise:

o Improves nutritional health

o Reduces stress

o Improves your self-image, outlook and mood – spiritual happiness

o Lowers risks & combats chronic diseases – cancer, diabetes, heart, high cholesterol, hypertension, immune system

o Helps you to manage your weight

o Strengthens your body & improves body composition – helps prevent injuries

o Helps improve your sleep

o Enhances immunity

o Improves quality of life

o Increases your energy and relieves fatigue

o Can be entertaining and fun – exercise with a friend or people-watch while you run

o Increases your life span

o Is free or inexpensive

Blue-collar ethic. Blue-collar ethic usually means working class people performing manual labor, earning an hourly wage, and having a sense of family values. If you are one of these people and you prefer fast food and like to have a beer after work, do so, but only in moderation. (See melsLaw above) If you choose to drink, drink a light beer or have a glass of wine. If you eat fast food every day, make sure one of your meals is very high in fiber and whole grains. Studies have shown that nothing good can come from smoking if you are trying to improve your health. If you smoke, try and cut down slowly with the ultimate goal being to stop smoking.

Religion. Whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs are, treat your body like a place of worship. It is the only one that you have, and you need to take care of it and honor it.

Source by Melissa Melcombe

What an Indian Mom Never Told About the Quick & Healthy Breakfast Recipes

One of the biggest struggles that moms have with the kids is to getting them eat healthy. This is not a story of a single mom, but almost of all the moms. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s the perfect way to say good morning to our body. Breakfast is important for the kids but what they eat in the morning is more crucial. Choosing a healthy Indian breakfast rich in fiber, calcium and other nutrients is highly important. Serve your kids with fruits, green veggies and milk each morning.

A few moms shared their tricks to get their kids to eat healthy Indian breakfast. Let’s discuss their tricks and responses on what works for them. Get inspired with these tricks and try them out for your kids.

• Make it interesting: Getting children to eat green veggies is the biggest challenge. Try out Paranthas stuffed with eggs, methi, paneer and spinach or you can try out dals with greens in them. If your kids don’t like vegetables, try out Chinese style rice with some mix vegetables, sandwiches loaded with veggies and mayonise or try out egg sandwich. These are some ways by which you can make your family eat healthy yet tasty food. You can also talk to your kids regularly about the many benefits of having healthy food.

• Begin early: Feed healthy foods like baigan bartha, palak paneer, Karela, gajar ka halwa etc to your child from an early age for its good health. If you try to start it at young age, they will develop a taste for the vegetables. Try healthy Indian breakfast recipes like moong dal cheela, rava idli, half egg fry with toast etc. Moong dal cheela stuffed with Paneer is one of the nutritious and delightful north Indian breakfast recipes which are liked by children and adults alike.

• Spice it up: Try out spices in normal salads, pranthas and vegetables. Make salads in the form of chaat by adding tomatoes, onion, capsicum, spices and lemon juice just like bhelpuri. Mix grated vegetables and spices in stuffed paranthas.

• Mix-and-match: Make dals in routine with a mix-and-match approach such as mooli dal, lauki dal, karela dal and tomato dal. Adding a different vegetable everyday rescues the regular dal from becoming boring and also the dal will get a unique flavor with each veggie added to it.

• Add wisely: If your children love spring rolls, load them up with some green veggies. In this way, they will get the required nutrition.

• Involve your kids in kitchen: Try to involve your kids in the kitchen as in this way; they will love to have foods with a feeling of ownership. Educate them about the health benefits of each ingredient that you use in dishes. This will help them feel responsible about their own health. Use purees of carrot, lauki, pumpkins and palak in the curries and subzis, so that the required nutrients are included in their diet.

Source by Vaishnavi Arya

Supplement Scheduling – When & How To Take All Your Different Supplements

How do you figure out when to take all your different supplements – especially when some of them need to be consumed on an empty stomach? And what do you do if some of your supplements are not compatible with each other? Read on for some guidelines, tips, and a real-life example.

Here are some tips to help you figure out your supplement schedule:

  • Take the supplements that are absorbed the fastest, first.
  • If a substance does not specify that it needs to be consumed on an empty stomach, then it’s probably okay to take it together with other substances.
  • If a herb is recommended to be taken on an empty stomach, is it because the empty stomach is a pre-requisite for adequate absorption – because food interferes with its absorption? Or, is it because it’s a substance that needs to have a clear surface to apply it’s healing properties? Supplements like slippery elm, aloe vera juice, and marshmallow root fit into the latter category and therefore can easily be taken together – since they’re all trying to accomplish the same thing.
  • When a supplement says “take on an empty stomach”, that means 20 minutes before food, or 2 hours after food.

Now that you know the basic guidelines, sometimes you still need to experiment a bit to find the best schedule to achieve maximum potency and effectiveness from your supplements. Let’s take a look at an example, so you can see how this plays out in real life.

Supplements for Colitis

Krista suffers from colitis, so she needs to take the following products to repopulate her gut with good bacteria, relieve gas, bloating and diarrhea, eliminate heartburn, and heal the mucosal lining of her intestines:

  • Probiotics (beneficial bacteria for the GI tract – empty stomach for the powders – 3x/day)
  • Psyllium husk powder (for diarrhea control 2x/day)
  • Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL) – before or after a meal for heartburn relief
  • L-Glutamine (empty stomach for diarrhea control – 3x/day)
  • N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG) – empty stomach for intestinal repair – 3x/day
  • Slippery Elm (empty stomach for healing mucosal lining of intestines 3x/day)
  • Aloe vera juice (empty stomach for healing intestinal mucosal lining)
  • Multimineral & Multivitamin (3x/day for whole-body health and replace nutrients lost through malabsorption and fecal loss)

Krista’s problem is that she doesn’t know which ones she can take together, how far apart they need to be taken from each other, or how to fit them all in around mealtimes. Since she’s taking a lot of supplements – and many of them three times a day – you can easily see why she’s so confused.

She’s especially confused since the probiotics state on the bottle that any herbs should be taken at least 2 hours apart from the probiotics – since many herbs have antibacterial action and thus will kill the good bacteria in the probiotics.

Experimenting With Your Supplement Schedule

First of all, Krista needs to keep in mind that even our food can contain natural antibacterials (like garlic, onions, etc.) and Natren has had to set a time limit that applies to a wide variety of substances at all strengths/potencies. For example, if you’re taking Wild Oregano Oil or Olive Leaf extract, then you definitely cannot consume the probiotics sooner than 2 hours, as you’d be wasting your money. However, other supplements (and foods) are far less potent against bacteria. Therefore, she may be okay to implement one of the following supplement schedules.

The main difference between the two schedules below is whether she wants to take her probiotics before every meal, or whether she would like to take just one large dose before bed. This is where the experimentation comes in. Her body will definitely prefer, and do better on, one or the other. She will have to test each of them for a week at a time and see which schedule benefits her body the most.

Schedule #1

Before a meal:

  • take the Probiotics in powder form
  • wait 20 minutes, then take the NAG, L-Glutamine, Slippery elm and Psyllium (these supplements can be taken together because, although they all require an empty stomach, they are compatible with each other), then eat, and take the Multivitamin/Multimineral with your food
  • after the meal take the DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice)

Before bed:

  • take the Probiotics in powder form
  • wait 20 minutes, then take the Aloe vera juice

OR

Schedule #2

Before each meal:

  • take the NAG, L-Glutamine, Aloe vera juice, Slippery elm and Psyllium (these supplements can be taken together because, although they all require an empty stomach, they are compatible with each other)
  • wait 15 minutes, then eat, and take the Multivitamin/Multimineral with your food
  • after the meal take the DGL (or in this case, you can also take it before the meal, if you prefer, since you’re not consuming the probiotics at this time)

Before bed:

  • Take 1 – 2 teaspoons of each Probiotic powder

Krista will need to experiment with both schedules and see which one gives her better results. The probiotics may work better for her in multiple doses and may not be affected much by the other substances, or, they may work better taken on their own in a large dose. Again, the only way to find out is to test and experiment.

The reason people need to experiment with their supplements is because everyone’s body and condition (or pathology) are different. Some people are highly sensitive and responsive to certain herbal medicines and not to others. And some people need aggressive supplementation no matter which herb it is, whilst others are highly sensitive to all supplements.

When you’re dealing with a supplement like high-potency probiotics, for example, some people’s bodies respond most favorably when they’re taken in powder form on an empty stomach. And other bodies prefer controlled-release capsule probiotics taken with food. Again, the only way to find out is to experiment.

You’ll also get a ‘gut feeling’ as to which supplements you should take and when. Our own body wisdom trumps any manufacturer’s instruction sheet, so definitely follow your intuition first. If you’re skilled at listening to your gut, or following your intuition, you can ask your body directly when and how it wants the supplement. Either place your hand over your gut, whilst holding the herb in your other hand, and ask. Or, place the palm of your hand above the herb and wait for guidance. This is how some medicine women/men receive plant wisdom. They simply hold their hand above the plant and the knowledge flows into them about how to prepare the plant, which parts to use and how to take it.

If you’re not quite at that level of fluency with your body wisdom, then in the meantime, follow the supplement scheduling tips above, combine it with your own intuition, and experiment.

Source by Jini Patel Thompson