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How Nature Resets Our Minds and Bodies

How Nature Resets Our Minds and Bodies | zestful living | Scoop.it
The research behind an understanding that natural environments refocus our attention, lessening stress and hastening healing

Via Margarita Tarragona, The BioSync Team
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Great article. To me it's just common sense - being out in nature or looking out a hospital window viewing trees has to be less stressful than looking a the side of a building.

Nature is healing and it affects how our bodies respond.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, April 4, 2013 11:12 AM

Nature as an extremely effective treatment intervention!

Henry David Thoreau, writing inThe Atlantic in June 1862, said, "I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least -- and it is commonly more than that -- sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements."

Read More:  http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/how-nature-resets-our-minds-and-bodies/274455/


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Kirk Fontaine's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:28 AM

It is interesting to learn how nature and the enviromment has an effect on how we recover from illnesses 

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:53 AM

Great scoop!  Thanks Kirk!

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This Is Your Brain On Junk Food

This Is Your Brain On Junk Food | zestful living | Scoop.it
Food companies are spending millions of dollars to design foods with addictive sensations. What can you and I do about it? Is there any way to counteract the money, the science, and the advertising behind the junk food industry?

Via The BioSync Team
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Read how the food companies trick you into craving junk food by making certain foods more addictive and tasty than others.

 

Steven Witherly, a food scientist has spent the last 20 years studying the why of addictive junk food. Read the entire article to get links to his excellent report, "Why Humans Like Junk Food".

 

Witherly says there are 2 factors that make eating pleasurable: one is the sensation of eating the food. This includes tastes, smell, and mouthfeel - which is very important. Food companies spend millions of dollars to discover the satisfying level of crunch in a potato chip or the perfect amount of fizzle in a soda. These factors all combine to create the food your brain craves.

 

The second factor is the actual macronutrient makeup of the food - blend of proteins, carbs, and fats it contains. And in the case of junk food, the manufacturers are looking for the perfect combination of salt, sugar, and fat that excites your brain, and gets you coming back for more.

 

So what can you do about this craving because as you probably know by now, junk food is unhealthy and causes a myriad of chronic diseases, weight gain, obesity, and even death in certain individuals. 

 

As you begin eating less and less processed foods, you begin to go through a transition period known as "gene reprogramming".

 

Best strategy is to avoid buying these products. If you can't do that then try to reduce the amount you buy/eat by using his strategies.

 

"Outer ring" and "5 ingredient rule". 

Shop on the outer ring of the grocery store where the produce section is located and the eggs, meats, fish etc. Remember you're really wanting real whole food, food that you're body recognizes, and food that serves your body.

 

.If the product has more than 5 ingredients, then put it back on the shelf. It most likely is trying to trick you into buying.

 

Eat a variety of foods and eat Rainbow Foods. These are the foods that contain the antioxidants, the phytonutrients, the minerals, and vitamins that your body craves.

 

Instead of eating a chip with a dip of unknown ingredients. try eating carrots, celery, red, orange peppers with hummus or nut butters. You'll still get the crunch and your body will thank you by keeping you healthy. Just remember to chew slowly and you'll get a great mouthfeel. Plus your digestive system will be happy.

 

And there are better alternatives to handling stress than eating junk foods which really do not comfort you in the long run. Listen to music you like, get up and dance with your special ones, breathe deeply and let out a pleasurable sound, try yoga, meditation, take a nature walk, sing in the shower, laugh for no reason - a great stress reducer, help someone else and you'll forget your problems.

 

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Learn how food scientists and manufacturers have created food addictions by design and read tips to counter the cravings including the "outer ring strategy" and "5 ingredient rule".


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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Hemp

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Hemp | zestful living | Scoop.it
Hemp has always had trouble stepping out of the shadow of its dirty cousin marijuana. While it is closely related to whacky tobaccy, hemp has microscopic
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Hemp foods may just be the newest superfood for this year. Hemp seeds are rich in the proper ratio of omega 3-6-9 and are loaded with protein. Hemp seeds are rich in most minerals and vitamins and can easily correct most common nutritional deficiencies.

 

Health Tips:  Try these easy raw Hemp Seed Balls. Mix by hand or in a food processor 1 cup hemp seeds (I never measure, as I use the intuitive eye test, so here are approximate measurements).raw organic dates about 4-6 (use more if you prefer more sweetness). The mixture will clump in F.P. and then you can roll into balls and roll balls in organic shredded unsweetened coconut or your favorites. Nutritious energy booster snacks for anytime of day.

 

Here's the skinny on health befits of hemp: "5 Surprising Health benefits of Hemp" from Greenliving by Brandi and Sharon Palmer.

 

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5 Ways Your Diet Affects Your Mood

5 Ways Your Diet Affects Your Mood | zestful living | Scoop.it
While your mood sometimes dictates what foods you eat -- hello ice cream -- what you choose to eat can conversely affect your moods...
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Food does indeed influence your mood and for mood swings associated with menopause, complex carbs are your best choice.

 

Health tips:  Choose veggies, fruits and whole grains as these are the carbs your body requires to support tryptophan, an amino acid that boosts brain levels of serotonin, the same brain chemical that's increased by some antidepressant drugs (which you want to avoid taking). Just eat real whole food carbs throughout your day to help your brain maintain levels of feel-good serotonin to keep a sunny disposition.

 

Here's an interesting information packed post on the "5 Ways Your Diet Affects Your Mood" from Greenliving by Jordyn Cormier.

 

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10 Tips To Boost The Nutrient Density Of Your Meals

10 Tips To Boost The Nutrient Density Of Your Meals | zestful living | Scoop.it
In a world where we are constantly looking for tips and tricks to boost our energy, mood and productivity, we can't ignore nutrition. Rather than focusing on what to avoid in your diet, I like to
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Nutrient dense foods give your body just what it needs - fuel to energize you and help stabilize your mood.  As long as you eat a variety of veggies, fruits, greens, legumes, nuts, seeds, and ancient grains and take vitamins D, B complex, and eat foods rich in electrolyte minerals; you'll be getting the best nutrition available. 

 

Health Tips:  Consider adding many nutrient dense foods to your meals everyday to help your body function best. Add homemade green smoothies and juices. Did you know you can use the pulp from juicing to make delicious veggie treats which you can dehydrate or not?  The pulp contains the essential fiber needed for optimal digestion. Sprinkle nuts and seeds on your oatmeal, salads, side dishes, and healthy desserts. Add more healthy fats like avocado, coconut and olive oil to your meals. Consider swapping out simple carbs like breads, pastas, and crackers for starchy veggies as in my fav sweet potatoes, yams, squashes, beets, and carrots. This curator did this a few years ago and loves how she feels and looks.

 

Here's a neat article on "10 Tips to Boost the Nutrient density of Your Meals" from MindBodyGreen.com by Dr Shawna Darou.

 

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What the Flax? Why You Need This Superseed, and What to Do With It

What the Flax? Why You Need This Superseed, and What to Do With It | zestful living | Scoop.it
As America grapples with its obesity epidemic and other diet-driven health problems, interest in healthy plant-based eating continues to rise. Whether you're transitioning to a vegan diet and looking for those heart-healthy omega-3's, or just hoping to optimize nutritional bang-for-the-buck at mealtime, embrace the mighty flax seed -- here's how!
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Are you aware that flax, chia, and hemp seed are all rich in omega 3 fatty acids, essential fiber and are loaded with key nutrients? If you're switching to consuming more plant based foods, these three are a sure bet.

 

Health Tips:  Be sure to consume one or two tablespoons of flax meal or ground flaxseed daily.. Whole flaxseeds can't be digested. You can also use flaxseed oil. Flaxseeds and chia seeds can be used in place of eggs in baking. Just use 2-3 TBSP of water with 2-3 TBSP of flax/chia seeds. Flaxseeds are a great addition to oatmeal or overnight oats, to smoothies (add after you pour contents into your glass), to salads, and to baked or raw desserts. Keep all ground/meal flax in a dark glass jar in your refrigerator or freezer. It spoils quickly when exposed to the light.

 

Here's an information packed article on flax. Be wary of canola oil and soy foods mentioned in the post. There is no canola plant so it's not plant based. It is processed from hexane, a petrochemical. And most soy today is GMO unless the label says non-gmo. "What the flax? Why You Need This Superseed and What to do with it. from Greenliving by Eat Drink better.

 

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Are You Deficient in the Energy Vitamin?

Are You Deficient in the Energy Vitamin? | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the deficiency symptoms and how to address them--by best-selling author of 60 SECONDS TO SLIM and THE PROBIOTIC PROMISE, Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM.
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Are you aware that vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are what your body requires? Many people are deficient in key minerals like magnesium, potassium, chromium and others and also deficient in key vitamins such as B vitamins. 

 

A deficiency of any B vitamin causes fatigue because your body uses these nutrients in its energy cycle. If you're eating mainly whole foods and have emotional stress, it will deplete a lot of B. Stress as you know goes hand in hand with fatigue.

 

Health Tip:  B vitamins are found in plant based foods. B-12 is found in nutritional yeast and in sprouting seeds, beans, and grains. It's also found in animal products. B-12 is needed for energy production. Add beans (high in folate, a B vitamin) to your salads. Eat beans and veggies mid morning or mid day when hunger strikes and you will eat less of your lunch or dinner, helping you get more energy and help control your weight at the same time.

 

Here's an excellent article on reasons for B-12. "Are you Deficient in the Energy Vitamin?" from Greenliving by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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7 Reasons to Add Dates Into Your Diet

7 Reasons to Add Dates Into Your Diet | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you using dates for your baking or raw desserts?  Dates are the the very best sweetener according to Dr Michael Greger, NutritionFacts.org. Dates are a nutritional powerhouse besides tasting so delicious. Dates are high in potassium, and magnesium two key minerals for heart health and they are anti-inflammatory. They are rich in calcium, good for bone health, and contain vitamin A, B-6, iron, essential fiber, manganese, and copper. Dates replenish your energy. 

 

Health Tips:  To easily remove the pit, open date by spreading apart with your fingers and pop out pit. Dates can be soaked and pureed to use in healthy  desserts or just added to your food processor/high speed blender with other ingredients. Best to buy organic.  To make an easy delicious raw treat that gives you loads of energy just add Hemp seed to your food processor or add to a bowl. Add dates and process or mix with your fingers until well blended and sticky. Form into balls and roll in shredded coconut, chia seeds, raw cacao or your favorite ingredient. These will power you for hours. Hempseed is a complete protein. Just remember dates are a fruit with natural sugar. A little goes a long way.

 

Here's "7 Reasons to Add Dates into Your Diet" from buynongmoseeds.com.

 

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A Guide to 'Good' & 'Bad' Carbs

A Guide to 'Good' & 'Bad' Carbs | zestful living | Scoop.it
Carbs are misunderstood -- even blacklisted as the worst food you can ever eat if you want to lose weight. Paleo dieters go as far as believing we should
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Carbs, are you confused yet? There's different health information concerning what are the best carbs to eat. Let's make it easy to understand., Carbs are found in many foods from unrefined veggies, fruit, whole grains, , legumes (beans peas, lentils), nuts, seeds,  to refined processed sugar, breads, flours, pasta, cakes, cookies, popcorn, potato chips, crackers, sodas, candy, sugared cereals,  sugared juices, sugared energy bars and all foods containing sugar, corn syrup, High Fructose corn syrup, fructose, or artificial sweeteners.  Eating foods as close to their natural state as in unrefined carbs is best. These type of carbs are called complex carbs. These are the good carbs your body requires to support tryptophan, an amino acid that boosts brain levels of serotonin, the feel good hormone that helps your brain maintain a better mood during your day. It's the fiber in complex carbs that makes them extremely beneficial for your body and you. The fiber in complex carbs slows the the rate at which these foods enter your bloodstream, supporting a steady supply of tryptophan and more stable levels of serotonin. Simple  carbs as in refined meaning the beneficial fiber has been stripped out, don't work this way and make conditions worse. Simple carbs require more insulin which puts excess glucose into your blood stream causing mood swings and inflammation/free radical damage which causes disease.

 

Health Tip:  If you're just beginning to eat healthier, make some smart choices to swap out unhealthy simple carbs for healthier complex carbs. Try to eat the same amount of carbs each day to keep your blood sugar on an even keel. Put more veggies on your plate, providing yourself with more nutrients and essential fiber. Have some healthy fat such as avocado, olive, coconut,  or walnut,  and sesame oil. Nut butter without added sugar is great on healthy crackers, on fruit, on homemade G.F. healthy breads. Here's some of the best sources for feel better complex carbs: all veggies, fresh or frozen, fruits, fresh or frozen, eat more veggies and less fruits; legumes, sweet potatoes, winter squash ,oats, ,and  nuts,.

 

Here's a great info graphic to use as "A guide to Good & Bad Carbs" from Greenliving by Diana Herrington.

 

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10 Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds and A Raspberry, Banana, and Coconut Water Hemp Seed Smoothie

10 Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds and A Raspberry, Banana, and Coconut Water Hemp Seed Smoothie | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you eating hemp seeds, those protein rich omega 6 fatty acids GLA gamma linoleum acid, the good ones which reduces inflammation?  They are a complete protein with all 10 essential amino acids, great for your digestion. and they give you energy.

 

Health Tip:  Make Hemp seed balls with hemp seeds and raw organic dates in your food processor. Freeze and eat a few for extra healthy energy throughout your day. Delicious and nutritious. Hemp seeds are great in smoothies, on salads, in oatmeal, or eaten by themselves.

 

Here's an information packed article on "10 Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds and a Raspberry, Banana, and Coconut Water Hemp Seed Smoothie" from Buynongmoseeds.com.

 

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Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Causes of Disease | NutritionFacts.org

Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Causes of Disease | NutritionFacts.org | zestful living | Scoop.it
If doctors can eliminate some of our leading killers by treating the underlying causes of chronic disease better than nearly any other medical intervention, why don’t more doctors do it?
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Diseases are caused by inflammation, free radical damage. A small portion is genetic, but most is from poor lifestyle habits and unhealthy eating. So why does the mainstream medical association use drugs , which just mask symptoms, instead of working on the underlying causes to help patients actually get better?  The answer of course is not too complicated. Most doctors are not taught very much about nutrition in medical school and making money to pay off those loans is enticing.

 

Health Tip: Start today to wean yourself off sugar, processed foods,  and start eating more real whole foods with lots of veggies and some fruits, healthy fats, nuts/seeds, ancient grains,  drink filtered water throughout your day. and make walking a daily practice. 10,000 steps a day might be a goal. Most people walk 3,000 steps in their daily activities.  You can easily double it by taking more walks in your day. Park further away, walk your kids to school, walk your dog, walk to the grocery store, walk in your neighborhood before work or after work. From 6,000 steps you can find ways to increase that number to say, 9,000. Once you get into the habit and find you like it and it's benefitting you, you will want to continue forever. Walking is one of the best ways to keep your body active.

 

Here's Dr Michael Greger from NutritionFacts.org with his video on "Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Causes of Disease".

 

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The 8 Best Ways To Prevent Inflammation

The 8 Best Ways To Prevent Inflammation | zestful living | Scoop.it
The chronic inflammatory process is the underlying cause many diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, cancer, heart disease and more. By reducing chronic inflammation in your body, you
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Inflammation is the activation of your immune system in response to infection, irritation, or injury. It has different names when it appears in different areas of your body such as in the joints, it's called arthritis. When it persists and your immune system is always activated, then it becomes chronic inflammation which leads to many of todays diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and possibly Alzheimer's. Free radical damage contribute to most diseases. Oxidation produces free radicals. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals.

 

Health Tip:  Get off sugar and all its fake substances. Sugar feeds cancer and other diseases. Reduce or avoid consuming these type of foods: gluten, dairy, and red meat protein  Stop buying processed junk foods with chemicals that are invasive to your body. Eat more real whole foods that your body recognizes and utilizes to repair cells and reduce damage. Veggies, fruits, healthy fats, nuts/seeds, ancient grains, foods high in fiber, drink filtered water, ,and take vitamin D,, B complex, and magnesium.  Do move throughout your day, yoga, short interval exercises are helpful as is lifting weights, and walking. sleep well, laugh, have fun, play with your children more, volunteer and be grateful for each day and all your blessings.

 

Here's a well written article on "The 8 Best Ways to Prevent Inflammation"  from MindBodyGreen.com by Dr Amy Shah.

 

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Benefits of Antioxidants | Health Digezt

Benefits of Antioxidants | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
Antioxidants come up frequently in discussions about good health and preventing diseases. These powerful substances, which mostly come from the fresh fruits and vegetables we eat, prohibit (and in some cases even prevent), the oxidation of other molecules in the body. The benefits of antioxidants are very important to good health, because if free radicals are left unchallenged, they can cause a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases. Antioxidants and Free Radicals The human body naturally produces free radicals and the antioxidants to counteract their damaging effects. However, in most cases, free radicals far outnumber the naturally occurring antioxidants. In order to maintain the balance, a continual supply of external sources of antioxidants is necessary in order to obtain the maximum benefits of antioxidants. Antioxidants benefit the body by neutralizing and removing the free radicals from the bloodstream. Different Antioxidants Benefit Different Parts of the Body There are a
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Antioxidants, what are they  and what benefits do they offer you?

Veggies and fruits are the very best sources. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by donating an electron. Oxidation produces free radicals and antioxidants stabilize them. Free radicals cause DNA damage and inflammation.. Consuming antioxidant rich foods greatly reduce free radicals. Today because of environmental toxins in our atmosphere, you are exposed to thousands of free radicals on a daily basis and most people are stressed to the max.

 

Health Tip:  Eat  organic whole real food loaded with veggies and fruits and consume organic herbs and spices daily.  Do take high quality sustainable supplements  to further boost your antioxidant levels. And move throughout your day. Exercise like walking, pumps extra oxygen into your body and brain. More oxygen means you're getting more nutrients. Avoid processed foods and sugar which cause inflammation and disease.

 

Here's everything you wanted to know about antioxidant. "Benefits of Antioxidants" from Health Digezt.

 

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The Spice that Could Help Boost Memory in Just One Hour

The Spice that Could Help Boost Memory in Just One Hour | zestful living | Scoop.it
Not just for curries, this spice boosts memory in 1 hour--by best-selling author of 60 SECONDS TO SLIM & WEEKEND WONDER DETOX, Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM.
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Turmeric is probably the spice of the year. There have been numerous studies touting the medicinal properties of  this  Indian spice. Turmeric is one of the most potent food derived anti-inflammatory available. Turmeric and its compound cur cumin help to fight cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease.

 

Health Tip:  Buy organic turmeric root to sprinkle on your food and in your green smoothies or use turmeric powder. With spices and herbs, a little works better than larger amounts. You can also take high quality curcumin supplements.

 

Here's an article on "The Spice That Could Help Boost Memory in as Little as an Hour" from Greenliving by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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Beets can fight cancer, reduce blood pressure and more

Beets can fight cancer, reduce blood pressure and more | zestful living | Scoop.it
Beets can fight cancer, reduce blood pressure and more
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Are you eating beets or drinking beet juice? Beets are one of the best veggies to help your heart and cardiovascular health. Beets and other leafy green veggies are converted into nitric oxide (NO), a gas that opens arteries wider, so blood is able to flow with less pressure. Did you know that beet greens are a top Beta-carotene food? Beet greens make a fab wrap for fillings. Just steam lightly firs or use raw. Either way you have a healthy easy to prepare "sandwich".

 

Health Tips:  Beets are a versatile food as you can eat them roasted, steamed, raw (shredded and spiralized into long strands), and/or as a beverage. Beet juice and smoothies made with beets are to live for.So there's no reason not to include beets in your meal selections.  Choose organic You can even make awesome beet chips. Set oven to 325-350 degrees (depending on oven). Slice beets thin using a mandolin or peeler. Rub organic virgin coconut oil on a roasting pan. Lay beets on pan, sprinkle nutritional yeast, and/or sea salt, and roast for about 8-10 minutes per side. Check beets halfway through. Depending on your oven, you may have to increase times. Make plenty as these will go fast.

 

Here's several more health reasons why you want to eat beets:  "Beets can Fight Cancer, Reduce blood pressure, and More" from NaturalNews.com by Michael Ravensthorpe.

 

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6 Healthy Eating Tips For When You Have No Time

6 Healthy Eating Tips For When You Have No Time | zestful living | Scoop.it
At least 90% of my clients say, "Eating healthy takes too much time." With four children under the age of eight, I get it. What I've learned, and teach my clients, is that eating healthy can be
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Here's a post for people who say they have no time to cook or prepare healthy food. It's really not about having more times  as it is about shifting priorities as the benefits outweigh any discussion on time challenges.

 

Health Tips:  Plan and prepare ideas for meals with family. Shop with a list of necessary foods for the week. Choose one day/evening/week  to prepare simple healthy meals your family likes. Involve the whole family and make it a fun experience. Cut up veggies/fruits and package in freezer to add to meals or buy on sale frozen produce. Freeze portions for later meals. Prepare healthy easy snacks to have on hand for lunch boxes and hunger raids. Have nuts/seeds on hand in glass jars. Save money by buying in bulk aisle. Consider making your own nut butters or tomato sauce. Start with a few foods and add your favorites as you become more proficient.

 

Here's more tips for you. "6 Healthy Eating Tips For When You Have No Time" from MindBodyGreen.org by Mariah Dolan.

 

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How to Tell If You’re Getting Enough Protein

How to Tell If You’re Getting Enough Protein | zestful living | Scoop.it
Protein deficiency is unheard of for most people, especially 100 percent whole foods, plant-based eaters. Learn what everyone needs to look for if you’re concerned about a protein deficiency and how to put things to rest that you can’t get enough fueled by plants.
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Are you a family member concerned whether a loved one eating plant based foods is getting enough protein? This question often seems to be asked by meat eaters. The real question to ask for all humans who eat food is really what do I look for to tell if I'm getting enough protein.

 

Health tips:  Whether you're consuming plant based foods or not, you need amino acids which are what protein is made of and plants are rich in amino acids.  However for those people eating just veggies and fruits, more protein is needed from ancient grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes (beans, peas, lentils). People eating mainly processed fake foods won't get very much if any quality protein.

 

Here's an information packed article explaining everything you need to know in relation to protein and your body. "How to Tell if You're getting Enough Protein" from MindBodyGreen.org.

 

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10 Calcium Rich Fruits | Health Digezt

10 Calcium Rich Fruits | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
As you're likely aware, calcium is an absolutely essential mineral that helps support development of healthy teeth, bones, muscles, and much more. Calcium plays an integral role in the secretion of a number of hormones and enzymes that are vital for your body function efficiently. As such, it's important to get adequate calcium; dietary is best but supplementation may also be necessary for many people. Research has repeatedly discovered relationships between calcium deficiency and serious illness such as osteoporosis. Getting enough calcium is a goal everyone needs to be consciously working to achieve. If you're trying to adopt (or already have adopted) vegan or vegetarian dietary habits then you may be looking for alternatives to the dairy and meat products that are often mistakenly considered to be the only food sources of calcium available. We're all aware that fresh organic fruits provide many beneficial nutrients but you may be surprised to learn that, for a number of fruits,
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Calcium is an essential electrolyte mineral for your body. As is now known it's far better to get your calcium from the foods you eat rather than from taking calcium supplements for most people. Plant based has you covered.

 

Health Tips:  Eat watercress (contains more calcium than milk), sesame seeds, collard and turnip greens, Bok Choy,  onions, Blackstrap molasses, dates, figs. Also prunes and apples (high in boron, trace mineral for bone growth) and cinnamon to get your calcium. Tofu also contains calcium. Just make sure it's organic. Also eat foods rich in magnesium,  potassium, Vitamin D and K2.. Magnesium escorts calcium into your bones.

 

Here's more fruits high in calcium: "10 Calcium Rich Fruits" from HealththDigezt.com.

 

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15 Healthy High-Fiber Foods That Make You Feel Full and Satisfied

15 Healthy High-Fiber Foods That Make You Feel Full and Satisfied | zestful living | Scoop.it
Fill up (and not out) with these good-for-you, high-fiber foods
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Are you eating foods rich in fiber? Fiber is fabulous for your health. Did you know that the most important difference between good carbs (complex) and bad carbs (simple) is how quickly the carbohydrate is broken down into glucose in your body? In a nutshell, the speed with which a carb breaks down depends on the amount of fiber it contains. Remember there's 2 types of fiber and they both help you manage your blood sugar, regardless of whether you have diabetes.

 

Health Tips:  Eat more fiber with each meal by loading up on veggies, fruits, whole grains like oats, barley, ancient grains,  nuts, seeds, and  legumes (peas, beans and lentils).  Drink lots of filtered water which will help push the fiber through. Fiber helps people with digestive issues such as IBS, constipation. Fiber helps your heart, helps with your hormones, controls your appetite, and fights cancer. Isn't it time to eat more fiber rich foods?

 

Here's a great little article on "15 Healthy Foods That Make You Feel Full and Satisfied" from Women's Health by Alison Goldman.

 

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Unhealthy Food Cravings are a Sign of Mineral Deficiencies

Unhealthy Food Cravings are a Sign of Mineral Deficiencies | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you listening to your body when it "speaks" to you? Your body let's you know what it requires in the form of rashes, cravings, illness,  and mood disorders. What your body needs is real whole food with necessary nutrients as well as  certain vitamins/minerals that increase repair and reduce damage to cells. When your body doesn't get what it needs from the food you consume and the vitamin and mineral deficiencies,, then you can expect.health problems. 

 

Health Tips:  Refined processed fake foods and consumption of high amounts of refined sugars, cause you to experience cravings . What your body is trying to tell you is It wants the minerals and vitamins from real whole food. Refined processed foods have no nutrients and your body is literally starving causing you to consume more fake food.  It becomes a never ending cycle of inflammation/ free radical damage, chronic diseases, pharmaceutical drugs, and eventually death. Decide now to get off this harmful roller coaster and take back your health. 

 

Read this information packed article to find out about why: "Unhealthy Food Cravings are a Sign of Mineral Deficiencies" from BuyNonGMOSeeds.com

 

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Top 10 Plant-Based Proteins To Add To Your Daily Routine

Top 10 Plant-Based Proteins To Add To Your Daily Routine | zestful living | Scoop.it
We all know protein is important. But even if we're vaguely aware that we need to watch our protein intake, it's easy to write it off as something only body builders or people on strict diets need to
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Protein is essential for your body as it maintains muscle mass, strengthens the lining of the intestines, and improves the ability of your immune system to fight cancer. It's important for protein to be high quality and it can certainly come from plants. Eating protein with complex carbs at every meal controls your hunger and keeps your blood sugar steady for hours. 

 

Health Tip:  Many plant foods are protein rich. Consider nuts,  nut butters, and seeds.. A handful of walnuts and a piece of fruit makes a healthy protein based snack. Veggies with hummus (tahini from sesame seeds), green smoothies with chia and flaxseeds, beans, peas, and lentils are  all high in protein. Don't forget hemp seeds  sprinkled on salads, oatmeal, or with dates rolled in shredded coconut.

 

Here's more plant based protein sources: "Top 10 Plant-based Proteins to Add to Your Daily Routine" from MindBodyGreen.com by Meghan Telpner.

 

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The Brain Preservation Diet: Eating to Save Brain Cells - US News

The Brain Preservation Diet: Eating to Save Brain Cells - US News | zestful living | Scoop.it
What you eat affects your brain health.
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Here's a familiar refrain. Nutrition affects every aspect of who you are. The food you consume, digest, and absorb affects not only your digestion, but your whole body, including your brain. Eating foods that help your body to reduce inflammation and free radical damage is one of the best ways to slow own and prevent diseases.

 

Health Tip:  Eat plant based foods that are anti-inflammatory. Eat organic for more antioxidants, reduce and/or avoid processed fake foods and sugar, walk daily, do some strength training exercises, connect with friends, play with your kids and pets  more,  laugh, have fun, meditate, try yoga and or tai chi, be in gratitude, and be kind.

 

Here's an information packed article on an important topic: "The Brain Preservation Diet: Eating to Save Your Brain Cells" from health.usnews.com by Kristine Crane.

 

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Do You Need More Magnesium? 10 Signs to Watch For | Ancient Minerals

Do You Need More Magnesium? 10 Signs to Watch For | Ancient Minerals | zestful living | Scoop.it
10 Factors That Contribute to Low Magnesium -- Are you getting enough? Ask yourself these 10 questions and learn to recognize the early warning signs.
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Are you familiar with your body to recognize warning signs it sends you that there's a problem with your health? Your body is your temple. Treat it well and it rewards you with good health. Get to know your body more than you know your doctor. Magnesium is a critical mineral which regulates over 300 chemical reactions in your body.

 

Health Tip:  Magnesium and potassium work together to boost energy. Eat foods rich in these life saving minerals. Spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens, broccoli, summer squash,  pumpkin seeds, black beans, nuts (magnesium-rich) and spinach, Winter squash,, potato,  avocado, figs, bananas (potassium-rich). You can also take a magnesium supplement to get additional amounts.

 

Here's a very comprehensive article on why magnesium is so important for your body's health. "Do you need More Magnesium? 10 Signs to Watch for" from ancient-minerals.com.

 

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7 Reasons Why We Need Hugs Everyday

7 Reasons Why We Need Hugs Everyday | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Who doesn't love a hug? Hugs make you feel nourished as they create oxytocin, the bonding hormone. Hugs have been proven to reduce stress and heal.

 

Health Tips:  Make hugs a daily practice. Hug your children, your spouse, your pet, your friends and feel great.

 

Here's "7 Reasons Why We Need Hugs Everyday" from buynongmoseeds.com.

 

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5 Spices That Are The Most Powerful Antioxidants

5 Spices That Are The Most Powerful Antioxidants | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here are the top 5 spices that rank highest in terms of polyphenol content, making them the ones that you should try hardest to incorporate into your diet.
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Spices and herbs as well as real whole organic food are the very best foods for your body and its health. These are healing foods which boost your immunity and metabolism, reduce inflammation, slows and prevents cancer cells from growing) (turmeric), antispasmodic, antiseptic (rosemary), antibacterial, antiseptic, (oregano and thyme), and antioxidant rich.

 

Health Tip:  Medicinal herbs can be added to your foods. They do well in green smoothies and juices or in herbal teas.. In addition to the ones in this post, also consider using Cloves (anti- fungal, anesthetizing, antimicrobial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory), Cinnamon (anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, helpful for diabetes), and Ginger (digestive aid, reduces inflammation, useful for treating flu and strep throat),.

 

Here's "5 Spices That are the  Most Powerful Antioxidants" from Greenliving by Kara, selected from TreeHugger.

 

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Benefits of Vegetables and White Fruits | Wellnessbin

Benefits of Vegetables and White Fruits | Wellnessbin | zestful living | Scoop.it
Experts encourages people to eat fruits and vegetables about half of the plate in every meal cause it reduces the risk of chronic diseases and provide our body with necessary nutrients like folate, fiber, potassium and vitamins A, C and E. The common types of white fruits and vegetables are onions, mushrooms, bananas, potatoes, pear, cauliflower, and garlic. White Vegetable Garlic (Allium sativum) is included in the onion family. It contains nutrients like vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese. It helps in reducing blood cholesterol in the blood plus it contains 'Allicin' the one responsible for the aroma of garlic that act as anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-protozoa or as defense against pests attacks. Studies also shows that garlic also helps in hair growth and also good for colds & flu. Have a positive effect on heart diseases including lowering fat deposits in the arteries and stabilize blood sugar. Onion (Allium Cepa) or bulb onion contains 89 percent water, 4
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Enzymes in organic veggies, fruits, and herbs protect your body. The more veggies, fruits, and herbs you consume, the healthier you will be. Did you know that you can eat as many veggies as you want in a day? When your body gets the nourishment it needs, you eat less and feel better.

 

Health Tip:  Healthy easy to make snacks: celery and carrot sticks with your fave nut butter or tahini (no sugar added). Apple/pear slices and a handful of nuts (your choice). Raw hempseed and date balls. ( These will give you energy for hours. Kale, sweet potato, and beet chips - homemade). Steamed collard green wraps with fave filling. 

 

Here's an article on benefits of white veggies and fruit. "Benefits of Vegetables and White fruits" from Wellnessbin.com by honey Dew.

 

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5 of the Hottest Healing Foods of 2014

5 of the Hottest Healing Foods of 2014 | zestful living | Scoop.it
From turmeric to magnesium-rich foods, here are 5 of the hottest foods of 2014 that helped torpedo so many into a natural healing lifestyle.
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Consuming high quality foods that your body uses to boost your metabolism and fuel energy are healing foods. These foods all have amazing beneficial compounds, are mineral and antioxidant rich, possess unique medicinal properties, help to fight cancer and other diseases such as cardiovascular, diabetes, dementia, and others.

 

Health Tip:  Eat real whole healing foods that are plant based, that are proprietary to Mother Nature, that taste delicious and are nutritious, and that help you to look, feel, and act better at every stage of your life.

 

Here's a recap of "5 of the Hottest Healing Foods of 2014" from NaturalSociety.com by Mike Barrett.

 

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