Posts tagged ‘healthy’

March 8, 2012

{Raw} Energy Brain Food!

Prep Time: Minimal
Servings: 6 or more

INGREDIENTS: Use organic and {raw} where possible for this recipe.

In a large bowl, mix the following ingredients and serve as a healthy snack:

  • 2 Cups Prunes – Contain the unique phytonutrients neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid two very powerful antioxidants that help protect the cells and brain. Good source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, fibre.
  • 2 Cups Raisins – Phytonutrient research on raisins reveal the unique phenol content that help prevent oxygen-based damage to cells in the body. One of the top sources of a critical mineral to your health – boron. (Especially important for women’s bone health and osteoporosis) Boron is needed to convert estrogens to vitamin D to their most active forms. Positive impact on energy levels.
  • 2 Cups Cranberries – Contain Vitamin C, fibre, and an array of phytonutrients such as phenolic acids, flavonoids, tripterpenoids, anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins all of which have positive effects as an antioxidant, contain anti cancer properties and are anti-inflammatory. Protection against urinary tract infection. (UTI)
  • 1 Cup Goji Berries – One of the most nutrient rich superfoods you can find. Contain unique cartenoids, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. High antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food. Protects DNA from damage from free radicals and radiation.
  • 1 Cup Raw Almonds – High in monounsaturated fats (good fats), which are associated with lowering risk of heart disease. Contain Vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium.
  • 1 Cup Raw Walnuts – Great for your heart health by positively affecting blood quality, vasomotor tone. Contain omega-3s, alpha linolenic acid. Good anti-inflammatory nutrient source, good for bone health and the brain.
  • 1 Cup Raw Cashews – Cashew nuts are actually seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple. Lower in fat content than most nuts. Same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. Very good source of monounsaturated fats and copper and good sources of magnesium, tryptophan and phosphorous.

It is important to remember to read the labels when buying raw or dried fruits and nuts. Do not buy any products that contain sugar or artificial sweeteners or any chemical preservatives such as sulphur dioxide.

November 2, 2011

Pssst! Can You Hear Me? (it’s your body)

Most people are keenly aware of the seasonal changes that occur throughout the year.  Our brain indicators are: the month of the year, what the news reports tell us, how the holidays are advertised, how the weather patterns and temperatures change, and even the labels that society have put on them.  For instance, right around now is commonly known as “the flu season” or “the cold season” while spring is notoriously labeled “the allergy season”.  With so much bombardment of “outside indicators” telling us what time it is, what we should feel at this time, what we should be doing at this time, whether we should get sick or not at this time, do we ever really have to listen to our bodies?  Seems not.  But what if you tried it?  What do you think you would hear?

For the most part, people go by the “outside indicators” but whether they do or not, the body’s innate intelligence is diligently working and communicating with them at all times.  The key here being that we have to listen to our body in order to really hear it.   And by really we don’t mean the obvious like knowing when it is time to go to the bathroom or eat because your tummy said so.  We mean the small subtleties that we tend to push aside and choose not to hear.

Andrew Weil, MD said, Unless you learn to notice and be bothered by the early, subtle stages of illness, you will lose your chances of managing your body through its changing cycles by simple means and will find yourself more and more dependent on outside practitioners and the costly intervention of modern hospital medicine.

Many healthy people are not healthy because of “luck” or because the flu bug skipped over them.  They are healthy by choice.  (Yes, choice!)  They listen to their bodies and “train” themselves to hear when things are unbalanced.  They also are better able to recognize when symptoms are really serious or not.  With so many people being over-medicated today due to treating the disease process at the first sign of trouble instead of finding the root cause of the problem, it is no wonder that there are a number of people numbed out from the entire process of health within their own bodies.

We are not saying that medicine is entirely out of the question as it can be helpful in serious or life-threatening cases but taking medications for every little thing without “listening” and finding out why you got sick in the first place could mean bigger trouble over time.  Your body can become immune to drug doses and even to hearing itself.

If you want to experience health more than sickness or dis-ease, then it is important to listen to your body and get support around finding the root cause of what ails you.  If it is true that the more you focus on disease the more sick you become, then it must be equally true that the more you focus on your health, the healthier you become!

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