I've often pondered this idea because many people think they're mutually exclusive. I have surely been guilty of this in the past; when life starts to get overloaded with work and responsibilities, eating healthy gets pushed to the side. The irony is that quality nutrition is needed even more when times of stress are high! So, how do we find the delicate balance of healthy eating while constantly being on the go?Read More
Sunshine, endless olive groves, healing salt water, and relaxation are the words that sum up this lifestyle. The way of life in this region encompasses a back-to-the-basics approach with ease and charm. When was the last time you picked oranges directly off the tree and juiced them for breakfast or harvested an olive tree? Many people in this region still walk to the grocery store, gather their own firewood, grow their own kale, and collect eggs from their own organic chickens. These people are the original pioneers who inspired the Farm To Table movement, without even realizing it.Read More
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Resveratrol is believed to be responsible for "French Paradox" (how the french are able to smoke, drink, and eat red meat yet have a lower cardiovascular rate than the US). It is found in the skin of red grapes, grape juice peanuts, and some berries including blueberries, billberries, and cranberries. Resveratrol is actually in the same plant compound group as polyphenols which are potent antioxidants. It is thought that this antioxidant is linked to longevity, decreased inflammation, and anti-aging.
Check here to watch a Dr. Oz animation video on the benefits on the body.
- Decreased inflammation
- Cardiovascular health
- Protects cells from free-radical damage
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My favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon is browse the local farmer's market and I'm loving the dahlias everywhere. Eating a diet from in-season fruits & veggies provides many benefits for you and the environment.
Seasonal foods are picked at the peak of their freshness which means you are getting the optimal amount of nutrients from your food. Eating foods based on season (instead of what is in the grocery store) creates a diversity in your diet and creates a natural balance for your digestion.
Autumn is focused on warming food such as carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, onions, cabbage and winter squash are soothing to the soul when there is a chill in the air. Peppercorn, ginger and mustard seed are warming spices that the body appreciates this time of the year.
The economic benefits are great too! Purchasing local produce reduces your carbon footprint & encourages the growth of small farms.
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It seems like everyone is going back to the basics! Urban farming has become the new standard for living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
It's the height of tomato season right now and the perfect time to discuss the benefits. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a potent antioxidant and has been shown to be protective against certain cancers. They are also a great source of vitamins C, B6, K, A, folate, potassium, niacin, and thiamin.
Unfortunately this night shade fruit is not for everyone, some people can have an allergic reaction.
Photos taken by David Shoup
Nothing is worse than the feeling of getting a bladder infection; the increased urination, the pain, and that incredibly uncomfortable feeling! Here are a couple of ideas for getting rid of the UTI naturally.
1. Drink lots of water
2. Eliminate sugar
3. Increase cranberries and blueberries (they contain proanthrocyanadins that prevent bacteria adhesion to the cell wall)
4. Soothe irritation with a demulcent herb like Zea mays.
5. Increase the anti-microbial activity with herbs like Uva ursi, and Achillea millefolium.
6. Help to relax the bladder with Matricaria recutita.
7. Practice good hygiene for prevention.
[gallery type="square" ids="5815,5820,5816,5817,5819,5818"] This luscious tropical fruit is also called "the fruit of the gods" and it certainly lives up to its name! It's rich in carotenoids, phytochemicals, antioxidants and it also contains enzymes that improve digestion such as magneferin, katechol oxidase, and lactase. There have been recent studies (University of Florida) that even revealed its anti-cancer activity and its anti-infective properties. Mangos have also been used to eliminate giardia and is commonly used as a blood builder in India for anemia, heavy menstruation, and pregnant women.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- B vitamins
- Vitamin E
This wonderful leafy green is packed with nutrients and fiber not to mention you can add kale to pretty much any dish. I love to make kale chips, add it to my morning smoothie, or simply have a kale salad.
Kale has sulfur which is great for detoxifying the body and has omega 3's which decrease inflammation. It also contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, iron, folate, and magnesium.
Kale Chips Recipe:
1 bunch of kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
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Raspberries are delicious and have endless amounts of phytonutrients including anthocyanins and flavonoids along with fiber which supports a healthy digestive tract. These superstar berries contain high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K (great for bone health), along with folate, omega 3's, vitamin E and potassium.
Raspberries are pretty awesome just from the taste and antioxidants alone, but now scientists have found that a constituent called rheosmin (raspberry ketone) that could increase our metabolism! Research has shown that this phytonutrient could increase our enzymatic activity, increase oxygen consumption, and even heat consumption in specific types of fat cells which could translate to decreasing the risk for obesity.
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This abundant ocean plant is essentially a seaweed that thrives in the sunlight and takes in a large amount of nutrients and minerals from the water around. Kelp is a great addition to the diet for someone looking to increase their iodine intake or support their thyroid function. That's not all this plant can do... it has been shown to contain 46 minerals, 16 amino acids, and 11 different vitamins including iron, potassium, phosphorus and calcium, vitamin A, and niacin.
Creamy Kelp Salad Recipe
1/2 cup almonds, soaked for at least a few hours 1/2 cup water 2 tbsp melted coconut oil juice of 1 lemon 1 tbsp freshly minced ginger 1/2 clove garlic 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 1 tamarind pod, peeled and de-seeded salt to taste sliced chard
Soak 1 packages of kelp noodles for at least an hour in warm water. Drain. Blend the first nine ingredients in a blender, and add to noodles, making sure to mix the dressing with the noodles until well-integrated. Add chopped vegetables and serve immediately or let the dish 'set' overnight in the fridge. (From Raw Food Recipes)
Dried Organic Kelp
Goji berries pack a powerful punch! They are filled with potent antioxidants and are rich in vitamin A. They also have 500 times more vitamin C than oranges or any other comparable fruit, in short, these berries are becoming famous as an antioxidant.These bright red-orange berries are actually considered a superfood and are a complete source of protein. Traditional Chinese Medicine has used this berry for over 2,000 years because of its youthful powers. The most impressive part about goji berries...they are the highest rated antioxidant (ORAC) food in the world based on the ORAC Chart of Fruits, Vegetables and Essential Oils!!!
I get so excited when a new season offers an abundance of new options! Here are 3 I'm using this week.
Artichoke: This gorgeous vegetable is high in antioxidants and great for the liver.
Fiddle Head Ferns: This fancy fern is high in vitamin A, Omega 3's and Omega 6's.
Radishes: This beautiful red delight supports the kidneys, is a great detoxifier, and has some B vitamins.
This classic saying actually has quite a bit of merit! Eating raw apples regularly is great for gout and rheumatism. 2 apples a day can actually reduce cholesterol levels by 10%. You can even apply raw grated apples as a poultice on sprains. Lets not forget that all this wonderful fiber is great for weight loss by increasing fullness and regulating blood sugars throughout the day!
- Clean teeth and strengthen gums
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Antiviral action
- Protects from pollution ( binding to toxins in the body and carrying them out)
- Neutralizes indigestion
- Prevents constipation
Go ahead and add more apples into your diet!
Spirulina is a simple one-celled blue green algae which can be found in many freshwater environments including ponds, lakes, and rivers. This algae is considered one of the most nutritionally complete of all food supplements, containing a rich supply of many important nutrients including:
- Vitamins A,K, and B complex
- Carotenoids (beta carotene: 10 times more than carrots & yellow xanthophylls)
- Fatty & nucleic acids
Spirulina is easily digestable with about 90% of it as useable protein. For comparison, an 8 ounce steak is about 22% protein only 15% of which is usable by the body. So that 8 ounce steak gives only about 1.8 ounces of protein, only .27 ounce (7.6 grams) of which is actually usable protein. Spirulina, however being 70% protein and 90% digestible, provides 5 ounces (140 grams) of usable protein in each 8 ounces. That is 18 times more protein than steak, with little, if any, waste!
Spirulina also stimulates beneficial flora like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which promote healthy digestion and proper bowel function. Thats not all with wonderful algae does... it also acts as a natural cleanser by removing mercury and other toxins from the body.
Add it in your morning smoothie and fill your body with the nutrients and protein needed to start the day off right!
Get your morning started right with some warm lemon water to help with digestion and provide nutrients. Lemons have a lot of good stuff including vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber not to mention that tart taste gets the salivary enzymes flowing to break down your food faster. Add some lemon to your morning tea too!
Why Lemons are so great
1. Supports Immune function (high in vitamin C & potassium)
2. Balances PH (creates an alkaline environment)
3. Supports Digestion (the warm water stimulates peristalsis and the lemons loosen toxins from your digestive tract)
4. Diuretic (increases the rate of urination)
5. Decreases Hunger Cravings (the pectin fiber reduces your appetite)
This superfruit is abundant in the Northwest and has so many great properties to benefit your health. In just one serving you can get 25% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C (which supports in the formation of collagen) and it aids in the absorption of iron. They are also a good source of manganese and lets not forget all that wonderful fiber. The most impressive role is the ample amounts of antioxidants in this blue fruit such as polyphenols (including anthocyanins) that work wonders at neutralizing free radicals. A little secret that most people aren't aware of is how great blueberries are at treating urinary tract infections (equivalent to cranberries) by preventing bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall.
Blueberries can help with:
- Brain health
- Urinary health
- Heart disease
- Mood disorders
Give it a try in a morning smoothie, add them to yogurt, or just eat them as a snack.