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Tips For Preparing Easy To Make Healthy Dinner Meals

For most families, dinner is the most important meal of the day. It is that only part of the day wherein all family members are present and everyone can catch up on all the important familial and school matters. Parents who are in charge of preparing dinner will also have more time to cook and won’t have to feel rushed about making the night’s meal, unlike during breakfast, when everyone has to hurry to go to work or school.

Since dinner is usually the only time during the day that everyone can be present at the table, you will certainly want to spend less time preparing the meal and more on conversing with the family. As such, it would be helpful to know some tips for preparing easy to make dinner meals that are healthy and delicious, too. Below are some of these tips you can follow for making easy to cook yet healthy dinner meals:

• Create a dinner meal plan. Set aside some time during the weekends (when you’re free) to come up with a dinner meal plan for the week. Make sure your meal plan has healthy recipes. As such, don’t forget to incorporate whole grains, greens, lean proteins, and other healthy and nutritious ingredients.

• Set aside time to make some prep works as well. When you have some free time, do the necessary food prep tasks, too. This means peeling and cutting vegetables and fruits and storing them properly in the refrigerator. You can also chop some additional fruits and vegetables so that you can have extra ones for everyone to snack on or to add to other meals.

• You can also make sure you will always incorporate healthy vegetables in your meals without spending too much time on prep work by buying pre-cut fresh vegetables such as broccoli, squash, and mushrooms.

• Always store and use healthy cooking staples. For easy, healthy food preparation, always keep your staples handy. These include extra-virgin olive oil, egg substitutes, and fat-free or light soymilk. Leading nutritionists recommend using extra-virgin olive oil in a spray bottle because this is a sure and an easier way to reduce the fat and calorie content of a dish.

• Modify your cooking methods. Lastly, by changing the usual way you cook, you can effectively reduce everyone’s fat and calorie intake. As such, if you’re always pan-frying chicken, consider baking or broiling it. You’ll spend less time watching what you cook while serving and eating healthier dishes. Grilling, broiling, or poaching fish is a healthier option as well. You can also avoid using too much oil by microwaving diced vegetables such as onions and greens instead of frying them.

Source by Karl P Borrows

Making a Healthy Lifestyle Change – 6 Essential Steps

Making a healthy lifestyle change can be quite challenging, even if you have attempted to undertake such a change before. Many of us mortal humans have tried and failed on countless occasions to make these seemingly simple adjustments in our daily or weekly routines. The problem is that most of us have no idea what we are getting into when we make these commitments to ourselves. After all, how difficult could it be to set aside an extra thirty minutes a day to fit in some exercise or drink an additional 20 ounces of water per day? Are you lazy or do you just lack will power?

Chances are it’s none of the above. You can’t simply pass this one off as a character flaw. The more likely explanation is that your brain doesn’t work the way you thought it did. This is not a bad thing. It’s just something you need to be aware of. After all, you are going up against years of behavior and habit. An individual does not become overweight or arthritic or diabetic overnight. Maybe you should not expect to be able to change it all in a day or a week, or even a month. While you have within yourself the ability to make these changes, whether you actually take the actions necessary to bring about these changes is a matter of how well you know yourself. Here are six essential steps to learning more about what makes you tick and how to make a healthy lifestyle change.

1. Identify Your Priorities and Commitments

Have you ever considered the fact that your behaviors and habits are determined by your priorities? Doesn’t it make sense then that if you change your priorities your behavior will also change? The problem with this scenario is that changing your priorities is much more difficult than changing your behavior and attempting to do one without the other is rarely successful. If we focus on the behavior without determining the priorities, the behavior will always revert back.

The first thing to do is to identify your priorities. This is really a matter of making a list of what is important to you (e.g., family, work, health, etc.) and then organizing these things in order of importance. Typically, the things you spend the most time doing are the things that are most important to you. For instance, do you spend more time each week reading novels or watching T.V. than you do exercising or preparing healthy meals for yourself. At one time or another, most of us have probably claimed, “I simply do not have time to exercise” or “I can’t afford to eat that healthy”. These are not matters of time or money. They are matters of priorities. These priorities are not right or wrong, good or bad. They are just your priorities. So don’t fall into the self-judgment trap. That is a sure-fire way to fail at achieving your goal before you even begin to try.

At least now having done this little exercise, you are more aware of what your priorities have been then you were before. If this causes you to want to change your priorities, this is an important step toward making a healthy lifestyle change. Remember, if we can change the priorities the behavior will follow. But don’t make any changes until you consider the remaining steps and understand what is involved in this process.

People often say, “My problem is not priorities, it is lack of commitment.” So what’s the difference? Without getting into semantics, we come back to the real question: Are you spending the most time on the things that are most important to you? If you doubt that your behavior is not reflecting your priorities and instead feel that you simply lack commitment, then ask yourself why you think you are more committed to something that is not so important to you. Does that make sense?

2. Become Aware of Your Belief Systems

Now that you are more aware of your priorities, consider this. An individual’s priorities are determined by his belief system, and that belief system is based on past experiences and conscious choice. Here is an example. We have been told for years that eating eggs and butter will raise our cholesterol and lead to heart disease. We believed this because our doctors and the media told us it was so. From the moment we chose to believe it we changed our behavior and avoided eating eggs and butter. However, we are now being told that, based on current scientific research, dietary cholesterol from eggs and butter has very little, if any, impact on cholesterol levels in the blood, and that the bigger dietary culprits in elevated blood cholesterol levels are trans fats, refined sugars and processed carbohydrates.

The question of which studies or positions you will follow does not necessarily depend on which ones are correct. It depends more on which ones make the most sense to you — which ones you believe. This is often the most difficult concept to grasp because it goes against everything we have been taught with regard to nutrition and health. We have been taught to believe that there is a right way and a wrong way and these rules apply to everyone. I am sure you can think of many instances when you did something despite your knowledge that it was wrong.

Another way to look at this is to realize that the past does not equal the present or the future. If you look at the sources of your beliefs or behaviors, you will realize that most of them exist because of an experience you had or lesson you learned in the past. If you realize that this belief or behavior is holding you back today, you must ask yourself why you continue to believe or behave in this manner. This belief or behavior may have served you well then in that prior situation. But is it serving you well today? And do you think it will serve you well in the future?

The more aware you are of what you really believe in, the more likely you are to make the choices and behave in the manner that suits your best interests. If you want your lifestyle to change then you must be ready to change your self-image.

3. Create an Individualized Strategy

The standardized one-size-fits-all approach is ineffective and may even be hazardous to your health. We are all individuals and, as such, are as different on the inside as we are on the outside. As human beings, we are each biochemically and physiologically unique. This is precisely why no single diet or exercise program works for everyone. If there was such a program, we would all be on it and there wouldn’t be several completely different approaches represented on the New York Times best-sellers list every week.

Your goal should be to determine which method or approach will work best for you, not what has worked for someone else. This depends as much on your biochemical and physiological individuality as it does on your ability and willingness to adhere to a new exercise program or diet plan. It has been my experience that an individual will not make any such lifestyle change unless it feels right or makes sense to the individual. The largest institutions in the world – religions – are based on belief. If you practice any one particular religion you chose that religion because, based on all of the information available to you, it made the most sense to you or because it felt right in your heart. James Allen said: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he be.”

Once you acknowledge and appreciate the need for an individualized strategy, how do you actually create one? I recommend you find a qualified professional within the area of expertise appropriate for your goal. If you want to focus on improving your eating habits, find a certified nutritional consultant. If you want to begin or change your exercise program, find a certified fitness trainer. If you need an overall lifestyle change, you may need a lifestyle coach or engage the services of more than one consultant. In any case, you should seek the guidance of a trained professional who will not simply give you a standardized or one-size-fits-all approach. You need someone who will take your health history and current lifestyle into consideration before helping you to develop a personalized approach.

4. Tap Into Your Desire/Motivation

Now that we know you will not likely take any actions that go against your belief system, what do you do about it? If your belief system is not giving you the results you desire, you must change your belief system. This is not an easy task. It requires a willingness and openness to change. Even if you seek the advice of a health professional, it may be that professional’s job to give you all of the information and guidance necessary to help you to change, but it is ultimately your responsibility to implement the change. You must have the desire to change.

Anyone who has ever quit smoking will tell you that they did not quit until they wanted to quit, until they had the desire to quit. Even when they acknowledged that smoking was bad for them or their friends and loved ones begged them to quit it was not enough. They had to reach a point where they wanted better health for themselves and acceptance from their friends and loved ones. They had to desire these things more than the pleasure they got from smoking. How badly do you want to change? What does it mean to you?

Yet another way to phrase this question is, “What is your WHY?” If you know your “Why”, you know your purpose and will always have that to refocus on whenever you become distracted or unmotivated.

5. Visualize Your Success

One of the powerful ways to ensure your success is to visualize a day in your life when you have attained your goal. Imagine yourself on a day sometime in the near future when you are healthier and happier because you have changed your lifestyle. Imagine that you have reached your ideal weight, or you are no longer ashamed of your body, or you have reached your desired level of strength, energy and endurance. Get a clear picture in your mind of yourself going about your new daily routine. Imagine it as if it was happening right at this moment. Check in with your senses. How does it feel? How does it smell? How does it look and sound? Enjoy the experience of a healthier lifestyle – of success. Was it worth the commitment you made to yourself? Are you happy? That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Numerous studies have shown that visualization is an extremely effective tool that is used by professional athletes, celebrities, millionaires, and successful people in all walks of life. Perhaps it is so effective because it taps into the emotional aspect of your determination. Perhaps visualization is a way of implanting your success within your unconscious mind. Carl Jung said that our unconscious mind communicates with our conscious mind through pictures or images, not through words. Once you have created that picture in mind it is easy to bring it back up whenever you want or need to see it again. It serves as your motivation, your inspiration. If you can see something, then you can believe it and you can achieve it.

So find yourself a quiet place where you go without being distracted and get that picture of success in your mind. And then live every day as if you have already succeeded. This will change your attitude and it will change your life.

6. Make the Decision – Make the Commitment

Probably the most overlooked and most difficult step in making a change is making the decision to change. Everyone has within himself the power to change. While it is true that in light of the variety of circumstances and life situations in which we find ourselves it is more difficult for some people to change than it is for others, we all have the power to change. Many times, the difference between someone who succeeds and someone who does not is that the successful person made the decision to succeed. You can have the best of intentions and make all of the plans necessary to make a change, but until you actually decide to take action nothing will ever come of those intentions and plans.

An important thing to keep in mind concerning any life-changing decision is that it should be viewed as a commitment. A decision stated in language such as, “I think I can do that”, or “I’ll try to do this” is not really a decision at all. This is you thinking about making a decision. And if you have always viewed yourself as an “indecisive” person, remember what we discussed in step number 2 — the past does not equal the present or the future. If you want your lifestyle to change, then you must change your self-image. Get serious about your commitment to yourself. You can waiver all you want beforehand, but when you have finally made the decision, you must actually decide that you will attain your goal and nothing will stand in your way. It’s a matter of choice.

The magical thing about a true commitment is that once you actually make the decision, attaining your goal suddenly becomes a much more likely result. It’s what we all want, and we can have it if we really, truly want it. It’s a matter of choice.

Priorities… Commitment… Awareness of your belief system… An individualized strategy… And the desire to make it all happen. These are the keys to making a healthy lifestyle change, or any change for that matter. Just make the decision and watch it happen! It’s what we all want, and we can have it if we really, truly want it. It’s a matter of choice.

– Michael A. Sallustio is a Lifestyle Consultant and co-owner of The Lifestyle Center of Annapolis in Annapolis, Maryland. Michael is also certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Medical Exercise Specialist, and Nutritional Consultant.

Source by Michael Sallustio

Healthy Eating? Yes You Can – Just Decide to Make a Plan!

Healthy eating can keep you physically thin, mentally sharp and brimming with more energy than a caffeine-overdosed energizer bunny. But … There aren't many people who do it consistently … even though they want to. Okay, so if everyone wants to eat healthy, how come we're all doing such a lousy job of it? It's because we eat without really thinking about it. Everyone does it. Snacking on chips as we talk with friends, taking a bite of fresh sliced ‚Äč‚Äčtomato off the cutting board, finishing the potatoes just because they're on our plate. "Mindless eating" happens because we eat things without consciously deciding whether we should. Exactly what you eat is the goal of billions of dollars in marketing, and mostly what's marketed is not good food.

Are you susceptible? Of course! You're subjected hundreds of times a day to TV and radio, billboards, print ads and restaurant signs convincing you to eat food you really don't want to. It's in the shows and movies we watch, it's posted to our Facebook pages. We exchange it in games we play. "Here, have a burger. Your friend sent you candy. A Yummy cupcake. You'll love this frapa-capa-lapa-chino."

You don't have to pay attention or believe what you're being told for it to worm its way into your subconscious. People are spending money to tell you what you like because it works for them.

Temptation can sometimes intrude … To tempt you away from healthy food

Also, you're faced with "Eat this!" cues all the time you're around people. When do you get together with your friends when someone ISN'T holding a Starbucks cup or sipping on a Big Gulp. Then someone's offering everyone breath mints. The message that you should be eating something that's not good for you is everywhere.

You know what the risks are from eating badly: obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental confusion, mood disorders … and every day it seems like more illnesses are linked to unhealthy eating. How you eat – clearly it's a matter of life and death.

What's the answer? The techniques that people use to convince you to prefer bad food, you can use on yourself. And that way you will come to prefer healthy food, healthy recipes and healthy snacks. You already know these methods work – they are the reason you're eating food you don't want to be eating.

Look, you're not going to make a permanent change in the way you eat if it requires you to give up what you like most and to scrutinize what you eat every time you eat – or worse yet to measure, or look up, or record … Come on! Let's be real! In the long run, if you don't enjoy doing something you won't do it. Liking healthy food is the only thing that will work forever.

What is this healthy eating thing going to get you? Well for starters, a longer, healthier more productive life. In some cases, you can relieve symptoms from long term illness or even AVOID CHRONIC ILLNESS by eating well. You can have more energy to do the things you want to do. You can get closer to your body's ideal weight. You can be more active, more positive, and more dependable. You can be there to support the ones who need you, to play with your grandkids, to enjoy your retirement.

A healthy diet will help you find … That most elusive peace of mind

And beyond physical health that eating healthfully will bring you, there's a huge psychological benefit. That's because you will see every day how you overcame something that at one time seemed difficult or impossible. You'll have a daily infusion of self-confidence from recognizing your own ability to set goals and achieve them. You'll come to appreciate just how potent you are.

Maybe you've given up on ever finding a diet that will work for you. I want you to know that you can make a change starting today that can help you eat move to a healthy diet permanently. So whether you want a healthy eating plan for losing weight or just for your long term health, it's something you can do.

We need to counteract the deluge of bad eating cues that we are bombarded with and replace them with our own internal cues to eat well. It's easier to eat the things you like. So choosing to like good food makes it easier to eat good food. And the situations and techniques that got you into the habit of eating badly are going to be the ones to bring you back to healthful eating.

You don't need to become an expert on nutrition. You don't have to exert enormous willpower. Here's a place to start. Decide what your favorite leafy green vegetable is, the favorite way you like carrots prepared, and your favorite kind of salad. Be really specific, visualize them, and write them down.

  • "I'll take my broccoli lightly steamed with lemon and butter."
  • "I can't resist shredded carrots with orange blossom flavoring"
  • "I like a spinach salad with dried cranberries and feta cheese."

By naming your favorites, it's going to make it easier to choose them when you see them on a menu or when you see them in a grocery store. It's the same idea the fast food marketers use against your interest – to make you think, "Gotta have that!" Only now, your "Gotta haves," can be good for you.

Go ahead. Decide what your favorites are. If you just do it, you'll surprise yourself at how big an effect such a seemingly simple thing can do to help you to eat healthy.

Source by Debbie David

How Does Dance Promote a Healthy Lifestyle?

Dancing is another alternative type of exercise in keeping the body healthy. Like any other type of activities or exercises, dancing also exerts energy through a numerous amounts of movement. The meanings by the different movements that are required are the various muscles continuously contracting and releasing. Through the research in the history of dance, styles of dance, and the way each type of dance affect body movement and flexibility will help a person understand more about the human body. The human body consists of many different muscle groups that are useful for movement when a person dances. The types of dance affect the muscles in one’s body because of the flexibility and strengths that would either increase or lessen a dancer’s movement. If the flexibility of a dancer is weak, then it would be more difficult to accomplish a higher technique in dance. For example, through jazz, ballet, and hip-hop, these forms of dance require certain extension of the arms and legs which involves the muscles in the body to be strong and flexible.

When dancing these certain forms of dance, it is crucial to be in control and know what the body is doing. In order to fix wrong movement, a dancer has to focus more on how the body will work. In fixing the bad habits of technique, there are many ways to help improve or better one’s balance, core strength, and flexibility in a dancer. Just standing up straight will help the focus on were the body shifts and if the butt or chest is sticking out do to how she/he adjusts themselves. For example, doing certain exercise for the alignment and balance would start off by standing with the feet parallel from each other on the floor, then slowly bend at the knees being aware of where the body is shifting. From having the knees still bent, raise the heels to where only the balls and toes of the feet are on the floor. After, straighten the knees while the balls and toes of the feet are on the floor, and then bring the heels down. Throughout this process, the dancer needs to be alert of where the body is shifting, the way the body is carried, and just making sure the right technique from head to toe is there. By constantly focusing on each part of the body from head to toe would help awareness to the body. This simple exercise makes a dancer improve the way he/she carries their body in various forms of dance. Once attaining the habit of dancing in proper alignment or posture, it will help a dancer’s awareness when stretching.

The key to stretching is being aware of how a dancer extends his or her arms and legs out. For example, when extending the leg, a dancer needs to use their hamstring muscles to help fully extend from the back of the knee. To be able to point one’s feet, the muscles being used come from the metatarsals (the arch of the feet). These are simple movements or stretches a dancer needs to be aware of because with bad technique, it can show how the person’s body is not fully flexible or extended. It is important to make sure that the focus is on the certain stretch he or she is trying to attain or improve. For example, working to have a perfect leg extension in the air acquires many types of stretches that would increase flexibility and also strengthens the certain muscle being used. In any type or form of dance, flexibility is useful to have as a dancer because that is what gives more range of motion and variety range movements. However, while the dancer is stretching more to work the flexibility, the muscles in the body also need to be used while stretching.

Having the muscles work while focusing on the stretch to increase flexibility, gives a dancer the ability to have more control on holding leg extensions or being able to jump in the air with perfect technique. For example, being tight and stiff would affect the way the muscles relax and contract. The muscles need to be engage when dancing and also when trying to improve holding a type of skill for a while. There are certain muscles that would be used when moving every part of the body. To be able to do basic skills that are already natural to us, which are walking, running, and jumping, the muscles are being use then. This is relevant to dancing because the muscles are being engaged when the leg, arm, torso, hip, and foot are moving. For example, bringing the leg up behind the body to a 90 degree angle, parallel from the floor would need to engage the back muscles, leg muscles, and feet muscles to point. In order to be able to bring the leg higher than 90 degrees, this is where the dancer needs to improve both flexibility and strength. However, muscles need to be engaged while stretching or extending to be able to be flexible. While stretching, if the muscles are not being contracted or use in a way where the body would be able to remember the certain stretch, that certain person would not be able to be strong in their dancing.

Through learning the stretches and techniques of a type of style of dance, you would be able to put your knowledge through any type of dancing curriculum. Since dance is also a form of exercise, it involves rigorous movements and training. A person does not necessarily have to learn the styles of dance, but can just dance for fun or to exercise. For example, Zumba gives all ages from young teens to adulthood what they want and expect to get out of in keeping in shape. Zumba does give health benefits to a person because it does help improve flexibility, strength, endurance, and a sense of well-being. In general, these health benefits can be implemented in other styles of dance because dance is all around body movement.

Source by Athena Adora

Eat Healthy

Paying attention to what we eat is one of the most important and simple things we can do to improve our health. The people in most advanced civilizations have been exposed to highly processed foods for several generations.

During this processing of our food, many of the nutritional benefits of the food are processed out. Natural healthy food is alive. The living tissue begins to rot as soon as it is separated from its roots. During processing, manufactures take many of the nutrients out of the food to slow down this rotting process, so the food will last longer on store shelves.

The problem is those nutrients are essential components of a healthy diet.

Eating organic whole food, as much as possible, is a very basic component of living healthy. I'm not fanatical about this. I am just gradually eating more organic whole food and less processed food.

Fruit, nuts, vegetables and whole grain are the most natural ingredients of a healthy diet for human beings. Eating lean meat is ok, but it takes way more resources to produce meat and then our bodies use more energy to digest it.

I've always figured that human beings are omnivorous. Have been since we diverged from our nearest relatives in the animal kingdom 8 million years ago or so. Then some one pointed out that human teeth are not carnivore type teeth, and I have to admit that he has a good point.

There is also the well known fact that meat production is a very inefficient way to produce food. And I've witnessed with my own eyes some of the inhumane treatment of livestock in commercial agriculture.

I am not opposed to eating meat. I am opposed to allowing people to imprison animals in cages and corrals where they can't move and they are forced to live in their own sewer.

I'm not opposed to genetic modification of food either, however, transforming our food into a pesticide by inserting pesticides into the DNA of the food seems retarded. Creating drought resistant breeds of crops by genetic modification seems reasonable.

The issue of organic food is a bit more complicated. I agree that eating organic food is probably most healthy, however, the benefits of the green revolution are undeniable. The use of fertilizer and pesticides has enabled us to increase our food production and decrease hunger worldwide.

The trend toward monoculture is also troubling. Raising only a few varieties of crops increases the possibility of famine, because that one species of grain can be wiped out by pests or other diseases. A diverse assortment of food crops is more sustainable than the monoculture practiced in modern commercial agriculture.

I am also in favor of organizing the agricultural foundation of our economy in favor of family farming. I admit that industrial scale agribusiness has some advantages, however, in my opinion, the costs are far greater than the benefits. Our civilization must be grounded on the earth from which we evolve, not the stores in which we shop.

We need a World Health Organization or some other agency that will regulate such issues in a way that benefits all the world people, not just the companies that are producing the food and drugs.

I encourage everyone to pay attention to what we eat. I do not recommend being fanatical about anything. I do recommend eating mostly fruit, nuts, vegetables and whole grain. I suggest we proceed with caution, take the middle way, organize our agriculture and food production in ways and means that are best for all human beings everywhere.

I also often take food supplements, like vitamins and minerals. Since many of the nutrients are processed out of our food, I figure adding supplements is helpful. Even though the supplements are artificially manufactured. Supplying our bodies with an abundance of resources is a good idea. Each person should be conscious and aware of the unique properties of our physical being, as well as our intellectual and spiritual being. Live holistically.

Source by Bob Mccoy

A Possible Lupus Cure That Begins With Healthy Digestion

Even today, many lupus sufferers are told by medical experts ‘diet doesn’t matter’. They are also told there is ‘no cure for lupus’.

In addressing the issue of diet, if what you eat matters when you are healthy, then what you eat when you’re ill is not only important it’s essential. So much so that it can make, or break your health and quality of life.

Another falsehood is that lupus can’t be healed. Being someone who has healed lupus I beg to differ, and I’m not the only one who is now lupus-free. At minimum, symptoms of lupus can be greatly reduced with a significant return to a better quality of life if the appropriate steps are taken. That starts with your diet.

It’s said by many in the scientific community that at least 80 percent of your immune system is affected by your digestive tract. Therefore, it’s the first line of defence you must work with to get your lupus symptoms under control.

A powerful way to support your digestion is to ensure your body has the ability to absorb, therefore utilize the nutrients from your food. Two sources that support this are digestive enzymes, and probiotics.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are living microorganisms that work to support the microflora in your GI (gastrointestinal) tract. The word probiotics in Greek means ‘for life’.

One of its main functions is to support digestion and processing waste. (Now consider the term ‘antibiotics’ and it’s function). Probiotics are also commonly used to help prevent diarrhea by replacing the lost healthy bacteria, often caused by antibiotic use. They nourish, rebuild and provide a protective barrier of the intestinal lining and restore good bacteria to the bowel.

What are digestive enzymes?

Enzymes are energized protein molecules necessary for all life. They turn the food we eat into the energy we use in our body.

Digestive enzymes interact and work synergistically with vitamins, minerals, water and other nutrients to perform vital roles and do not change or get consumed in the process. They are responsible for running every function of the body such as digestion, cell/tissue/organ repair, maintaining the bones, skin, muscles, and nerves, plus energy production, and brain stimulation. Without these our body would not be able to sustain life.

Where Does the Body Get Enzymes?

Enzymes are secreted in the gastrointestinal tract and found in raw foods.

Eating a diet rich in raw foods helps the digestive process and therefore reduces the body’s need to secrete its own. If your body has to rely on its own enzymes when consuming cooked and processed foods, more stress is placed on your body and pancreas. Therefore, less energy is available for other important processes such as rebuilding and replacing damaged cells and tissues, which can reduce the immune systems effectiveness.

“The medical profession tells us that all disease is due to a lack or imbalance of enzymes. Our very lives are dependent upon them!”

Dr. DicQie Fuller

The Consequences of Incomplete Digestion

When food molecules are not digested properly and broken down to their smallest form, the body may view them as a foreign substance to the body and attack, causing inflammatory conditions and immune sensitivity. This is similar to the autoimmune response in lupus, which can result in symptoms such as arthritis, not to mention food allergies, digestive issues, fatigue, muscle pain, heart disease, asthma and migraines.

Studies have shown that for a number of chronic illnesses, such as lupus, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, skin disease, immune deficiencies, cancer (and more) decreased enzyme levels have been found.

Benefits of supplementing your body with digestive enzymes and probiotics are many, they include:

  • Increase nutrient absorption
  • Promote vitamin synthesis
  • Inhibit disease causing organisms
  • Improve digestion
  • Prevent stomach upset and reduce constipation
  • Improve allergy resistance
  • Help carry away toxins
  • Assimilate fats
  • Purify the blood
  • Increase white blood cell activity
  • Support the endocrine system (hormones in the body)
  • Balance cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Eliminate yeast
  • Increase energy levels
  • Help clean and dislodge accumulated decay of the colon
  • Help kill viruses and parasites
  • Help free up energy from digestion for other essential healing functions

Healing Lupus with Healthy Digestion

Many alternative health care practitioners believe all health issues are related in some way to the process of digestion. In addition to eating easy to digest foods, you may benefit from supplementing your diet with digestive enzymes and probiotics.

Everything in your body is dependent on nutrition, and its proper absorption. It does no good to select highly nutritious foods if their nutrients are not being fully absorbed. If you are experiencing digestive issues, it is a good idea to see a health specialist as well.

With plenty of healthy enzymes that assure greater levels of digestion and absorption of your food you will see a difference in your health. The potential for a lupus cure through diet should not be overlooked, and it is my hope that doctors will take up the care of their patients with natural modalities for lupus and other disease treatment in the future.

Source by Stacey Becker

Watermelons: A Delicious Way To A Healthy Lifestyle

On a hot summer day, a juicy slice of watermelon is all what is needed to be at your refreshing best. A delectable fruit, with water content of over 90% makes watermelon the favorite thirst quencher for all. It is believed to be first cultivated in Egypt sometime before the 10th century. The shortage of water supply in this region made watermelon the most preferred thirst quencher. Later on, it became an instant favorite among the people of other countries in the Mediterranean region as well. Sometime in the 10th century, watermelons were first cultivated in China. Over the period of time, the rising demand of watermelon led other countries like Russia, Turkey, Iran and United states to start its commercial cultivation. However, besides being just a thirst quencher in the hot and humid days, the manifold nutritional benefits of watermelon makes it an all time favorite for daily meals and snacks.

Watermelon serves as an excellent source of vital vitamins like vitamin C, A, B6 and B1. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects body cells from damage by free radicals. Damage to the body cells may lead to serious health complications like cancer and chronic heart diseases. Consumption of watermelon reduces the risk of such diseases. Apart from that it regenerates the vitamin E supplies in the body and also improves iron absorption. Watermelon can be very helpful for people experiencing slow wound healing, frequent colds and lung related problems. Vitamin A, on the other hand has an overall positive effect on the body. It improves the eyesight, fights viral infections and promotes growth of cells. Vitamin B6 and B1 helps in fulfilling the pyridoxine and thiamin requirements of the body.

Hyperthyroidism and Hypokalemia are two illnesses that are caused due to potassium deficiency in the body. Watermelon is a good source of potassium and its proper intake helps in maintaining a balance in the potassium levels within the body. Proper potassium level helps in water and acid balance in blood and tissue cells, facilitates muscle building and transmits electrical signals between various cells and nerves.

Watermelon is high on lycopene content. Lycopene is an antioxidant that reduces the risk of cancer and some other chronic diseases. Frequent consumption of watermelon facilitates proper supply of lycopene that in turn reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, certain types of cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and even male infertility.

A combination of low calorie, low fat and zero cholesterol diet leads to a healthy lifestyle. Watermelon is low on calorie, naturally low in fat and absolutely cholesterol free.

The nutritional benefits of watermelon are immense. It serves not only as a thirst quencher but also as a vital source of essential minerals that are needed to stay fit and healthy. Watermelons are truly a delicious way to a healthy lifestyle.

Source by Alfred Anderson

What Maintains Healthy Skin, Bones and Eyes?

In today’s fast world, no one cares about healthy food; we have gotten so busy in our lives that we prefer to munch a burger or other junk food instead of worrying about its nutrient value or the hazard it is doing to the body. Saying no to vegetables is becoming a trend and people now end up going out for spicy food which has very little or mostly no health value at all.

The major food nutrients include carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals; our body needs an adequate amount of all of these to function properly. Any deficiency or over dosage of any will be very harmful for us. There are certain nutrients which maintain healthy skin bones and eyes, let’s have a look at them.

Protein is a macronutrient and a basic component of body-cells; it is a building block of skin, hair and nails. It helps in repairing the body tissue and protects it from wear and tear. Carbohydrates provide the body with glucose and energy.

Vitamins are enzymes that play a vital role and maintain healthy skin bones and eyes. They promote healthy bones and teeth; enhance the protection and regeneration of cells and mucous membrane, and keep the hair and nails strong. Vitamin D is very important for bones as it helps the body to absorb and utilize calcium and phosphorus which are very essential for bones and teeth.

Vitamin E is known for its ability to rejuvenate cells and maintain normal conditions to the skin tissues. It also protects red blood cells and hence keeps the body healthy. Vitamin B2 helps in protecting eyes from various damage.

Vitamin C is a very important enzyme, it is a well known antioxidant, and it helps in the synthesis of collagen which restores skin elasticity; promotes the growth and repair of cells, teeth and bones.

Vitamin A is very important for eye and skin health, as it prevents us from blindness and dry eyes and also maintains vision. It also promotes development to ensure healthy bones and teeth. Lack of it will result in dry, scaly and itchy skin, as well as hair loss and bone pains etc.

Minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorus and sodium are also important for healthy skin and over all body health. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be added to the diet plan because they are rich in essential nutrients. Excessive washing, preserving or overcooking results in wastage of water-soluble or oil soluble minerals and vitamins. Avoid that and eat healthy to maintain healthy skin bones and eyes.

Source by John Gibb

Type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Living – Part 2 of Measuring Your Current Lifestyle

There are many ways to measure your current lifestyle. A short list would not be enough, so here is a continuation for you. Take this self-assessment to determine the state of your health. Go over your responses with your doctor to pinpoint areas where improvement are necessary…

1. Do you set caloric limits? Do you set caloric limitations on yourself? If you are trying to lose weight, it may be essential, particularly if you are new to weight loss. It is hard to know how much you are eating if you are not entirely familiar with your caloric requirements and the calories you consume.

Counting calories is not necessary for weight loss but it is beneficial.

2. Do you have an eating schedule? Similar to caloric limits, having an eating plan is not necessary per se. But if you need help getting on track, implementing a diet plan can be helpful.

Barring a few exceptions, two daily meals work for everyone. Decide on two different times to eat, and eat only then. Perhaps it will be lunch and dinner at 7, with no snacks in between. You should not need to eat anything in between.

3. What Is your attitude towards exercise? Your attitude towards exercise speaks volumes. It is even more important than the exercise you do because it dictates how much effort you put in.

Do you view exercise as a way of caring for your body and well-being? Or do you see it as work with temporary benefits? The better your opinion towards physical activity, the more you will look forward to it. Exercise should not necessarily feel like work. It should feel like investing in your health, which makes any effort required more than worth it.

4. How do you eat? Do you eat quickly, or do you take your time? Do you eat your carbohydrates first, or do you focus on proteins? What do you drink with your meals? These questions shed light to how you eat, which could be harming you in ways you are not aware.

You should eat slowly. Save your carbohydrates for last because in all likelihood they are already abundant in your diet. And needless to say, water is better than soda. But do not hesitate to make your juices.

5. What is your motivation to change? Lastly, ask yourself about your motivation. While not directly a measure of your lifestyle, it influences your behavior in more ways than you know. If your motivation to change is fueled by a drive to avoid complications brought on by chronic diseases, you are more likely to succeed than if you would simply like to lose a few pounds. A Type 2 diabetes diagnosis can often be a wake-up call to action. But motivation can also be short -lived.

If you are to succeed with your goals ensure your motivation is not temporary. Remind yourself of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and what you have to gain by making changes.

Source by Beverleigh H Piepers

Smooth Away Those Skin Wrinkles by Implementing a Healthy Lifestyle and Natural Skin Care Products

Skin wrinkles are a natural phenomenon that is part of the aging process. Fortunately, modern scientific research has found natural remedies for skin wrinkles.

There are many things that you can do to improve your health condition and have a younger looking skin as well. Drinking a lot of fluids can help restore the elasticity of your skin. Change your diet to healthy ones. Eating the right kind of food that contains antioxidants will fight off free radicals from your body. Perhaps you are already aware how free radicals can damage your skin.

Regular exercise can do a lot of help too. Exercise enhances the blood flow maximizing the oxygen supply all throughout your body especially to the largest organ of your body, your skin.

Surgical methods to remove skin wrinkles can be your option but only few can afford this process. One method is called Botox, a process that eliminates skin wrinkles by injecting collagen to the specific area. The downside of Botox would become obvious when applied to the face. It would be difficult for you to have facial expression. Botox is very expensive too.

The best treatment for skin wrinkles is a product made from natural ingredients that stimulate the regeneration of collagen in your body. When the amount of collagen in your body is increased, restoration of your skin’s elasticity would also take effect. Look for products that contain CynergyTK, Phytessence Wakame, Coenzyme Q10, and natural collagen enhancers. With this powerful combination, you will certainly see the best results in a couple of weeks.

There is one natural ingredient that you must also consider, it is called Resveratrol. You can find it contained in several products for skin rejuvenation. It was discovered that resveratrol is a component of red wine which can also provide cardio vascular health benefits. Part of the discovery was its antioxidant property which is seventeen times more powerful than any other ingredients that you can find in skin care creams.

Facial wrinkles, forehead wrinkles, name them all; they would not bother you anymore. Simply follow what has been recommended and enjoy all the benefits.

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Source by Ingrid Palmer