The first step to optimum health is making food choices that serve our unique bodies. Foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that can be used to create energy that makes us look and feel great!
So, if you feel like you are choosing the foods that will do this for you. If you are listening to my mantra and incorporating those foods into your lifestyle. Lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Don’t forget your healthy fats found in fish and the occasional piece of grass-fed organic beef. Yet you still are not losing weight and feel BLAH! Why is that?
To understand why you are consuming the right foods but still don’t have very much energy, let’s follow what happens after your food is consumed.
The FDA released a memo recently making the public aware that beauty products may be contaminated with mercury. You can see it here: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm294849.htm
Why is this a big deal?
Heavy metals are natural in our environment but when they build up in our bodies they become toxic and inflammatory. Mercury can cause agrophobia, panic attacks, and seizures. On the less extreme side, mercury toxicity can cause those annoying, little signs of “just getting older.” Things such as headaches, fatigue, achy and swollen joints, difficulty losing weight and more.
Depending on your diet, with a few nutritional tweaks and added supplements, those symptoms of “just getting older” can be a thing of the past. My grandmother was young and spry well into her 80’s!
Don’t eat mercury (or other heavy metals!)
I just found out that my husband has low vitamin D. He is an Aquatics Director at a private health club in New England and spends the greater part of his summer being outside maintaining a pool and running camps.
How did this happen?
Despite what the food industry would have you believe, vitamin D is produced in our bodies when we are exposed to sunlight. In New England, we can only make vitamin D from this exposure from May until October because the sun has to be strong enough to allow us to absorb it’s rays.
Healthy Restaurant Eating Guide
Even the healthiest sounding dishes at a restaurant can be loaded with sodium, refined sugars and processed foods. In addition, most restaurants are not preparing food with your health in mind but with getting the most bang for the buck. They are not using oils such as coconut or olive oil but are cooking with canola oil and other less expensive oils that not only cause inflammation that leads to various dis-ease states but also may carry contaminants of foods that you are trying to avoid either because of food allergies or food sensitivities.
The first rule of thumb to eating healthy is to prepare your food at home. With some education, this can be easy and fun!
However, there are those times when preparing your own food is just not an option. Here are some tips to help you navigate restaurant eating:
Relax! Your genes are not set in stone.
Just because your mother got breast cancer, or your aunt or your sister, does not mean that you will get breast cancer. Similarly, just because your father is diabetic does not mean that you will become diabetic.
What genes we express, or don’t express, are determined not by the genes that we inherited but by the choices we make that activate those genes.
Thanks to much of what we hear in the media, cleansing has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “cleanse,” do you immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements and short-term deprivation for short-term gains?
The truth is, a cleanse doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you cleanse in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain and full-body health.
The following are four myths you may have heard about cleansing. Understandably, these myths may cause you to be hesitant to try a cleanse. Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why cleansing might be just what your body is craving.
Did you ever wonder how a health coach could help you change your life?
To keep it simple, I decided to narrow it down to 5 things that make having a health coach an invaluable experience. (And, before you ask, yes, I do have a health coach of my own!)