Burning Candles Versus Diffusing Essential Oils

essential oils wellness Oct 08, 2019

Burning Candles Versus Diffusing Essential Oils

Many people love to burn candles, especially during months when temperatures are cooler. They make your house smell nice and create a cozy atmosphere. Candles may smell nice, but very often the scents are made from synthetic chemicals that are typically labeled as “fragrance”.

Candles actually reduce the quality of the air. Phthalates are often found in scented candles and have been linked to allergic reactions and asthma related problems. Paraffin, found in many candle bases, is a petroleum byproduct when burned, these candles release carcinogenic chemicals into the air. Imported candles may have lead or lead cores in the wick, which is released into the air. Many soy candles are a combination of soy and paraffin, so unless clearly labeled as 100% soy, stay clear of them.

So, is there a safer alternative? Yes, diffusing essential oils. However, make sure you purchase oils from a reputable company. Essential oils are not...

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Healing Your Body With Food

diet wellness Sep 10, 2019

I just finished the book Eat to Beat Disease, The new science of how your body can heal itself. It is written by William W. Li, MD. I was introduced to Dr. Li when I took the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate Program through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at eCornell. In the course, he talked about angiogenesis, which I had never heard of, and the ways it can affect one's health. 

Eat to Beat Disease approaches food differently than the other books I have read. Instead of recommending foods to avoid and eliminate from your diet, Dr. Li shares foods that should be consumed to help keep the body healthy or return it to health.

In the book, he introduces and explains in detail the body’s 5 natural defense systems. They are Angiogenesis, Regeneration, Microbiome, DNA Protection and Immunity. Dr. Li sites numerous studies that have been done, throughout the world, to support his ideas on how the human body is equipped to fight disease. Dr. Li...

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Eat Beets

hummus wellness Aug 27, 2019

I've been harvesting beets from the garden for the past several weeks. They are a great source of nitric oxide which helps open up your arteries to allow for more blood flow. Thus, beets help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Have better workouts. Beets provide energy and stamina. Consume them two to three hours before exercising. They increase oxygen uptake and promote better circulation due to the nitrates they contain.

Beets are rich in the antioxidant betacyanin, which gives them their beautiful red color, that protects against cancer cell growth. 

Two ways I like to cook beets are boiling and roasting. To boil beets: cut off the tops, place in a saucepan, cover with water and boil until tender when pricked with a fork. To roast: wrap them in aluminum foil, place in a 375º oven and roast until tender when pricked with a fork. In each case remove skins when they are cool enough to handle. 

They are great sliced on a...

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How To Use Essential Oils

 

How Do You Use Essential Oils?

There are 3 ways to use essential oils: 

1. AROMATICALLY

  • Scents can affect mood and memories. 
  • Scents are the fastest way to reach the mood center - which is through the limbic system of the brain. That’s why essential oils are fantastic for mood support especially when used aromatically.
  • Most American homes have some kind of synthetic air freshener (such as plug-ins and aerosol sprays), which contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other health issues. 
  • Use oils in a diffuser or spray bottle with water to replace replace synthetic air fresheners in the home to save money and get chemicals out of the home.

2. TOPICALLY

  • Essential oils are absorbed by the skin, which is the largest organ of the body. In fact, the the bottom of the feet have over 2,000 pores and have some of the largest pores on the body, so it’s a great way to get the oils absorbed rapidly into the body OR to apply an oil that you don’t...
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Avoid Processed Foods

nutrition wellness Aug 06, 2019

Eating a whole foods plant-based diet is one of the healthiest choices you can make. If you aren’t ready to take that leap do your best to consume as many foods as possible in their natural form. More and more studies are linking processed foods to health issues including an increased risk of disease and mortality.

Americans are consuming more and more processed foods such as packaged snacks, soft drinks, ready-made meals, and sugary cereals, which contain added flavors, colors, sweeteners, emulsifiers, and other non-food ingredients. 

Eating these foods can lead to an increase in the rate of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. On the flip side, higher consumption of unprocessed or minimally processed foods is associated with lower risks of all reported disease. 

Consumption of processed foods, more than four servings daily, was associated with an increase in mortality. People who consume the most processed foods tend to eat fewer...

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The Benefits of Batch Cooking

nutrition wellness Jul 02, 2019

Preparing meals can take a lot of time. Most likely you don’t have time in your weekly schedule to make healthy meals nor do you want to use the time you do have in this manner. I don’t blame you!

If you don’t want to invest time every day preparing meals, batch cooking is a great solution. It’s just like it sounds, cooking in large batches. You cook or prep a bunch of food at once and use it throughout the week.

Batch Cooking Ideas

There are a variety of ways you can approach batch cooking. I will share a few but feel free to expand on my ideas and implement what works best for you. 

  • If you make a weekly meal plan, you can prepare items for multiple meals at the same time.
  • Pick a recipe and double it. Either cut up and prep everything for it and assemble and cook it during the week. Or make it ahead and reheat it. Place the rest in serving size containers and freeze them.
  • Cut vegetables and place in containers in the refrigerator. You can use these for...
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The Health Benefits of Meditation

meditation wellness Jun 18, 2019
 

Do you meditate? Have you ever tried? I have at various times over the years. Finally, about two months ago, I gave it another try and have been much more successful this time. If you don’t currently meditate I highly recommend you start.

Meditation can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. It can help you remain calm throughout the day. Your body and mind will be revitalized and refreshed during this time of deep relaxation. Meditation may also be useful in relieving stress and anxiety. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, the emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance

 

When it comes to your physical health, meditating on a regular basis can result in the following benefits:

  • Relieve asthma
  • Lessen chronic pain
  • ...
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Alternative Activities as Exercise

exercise fitness wellness Jun 04, 2019

When you hear the word exercise what comes to mind? Is it things like running, riding bike, walking, hiking, swimming, spin class, tai chi, yoga, or weight training? Those are some of the most traditional methods of exercise. I’m going to suggest that any activity that gets your heart rate up and burns calories can be considered exercise.

Sometimes it can be a challenge to get your workout in. It is recommended that adults get 30 minutes of high intensity aerobic activity 5 times a week or 90 minutes of moderate aerobic activity. On those days, or weeks, when you can’t seem to find the time to exercise, I urge you to get creative!

Think about activities you perform that could be considered exercise. You can burn calories by climbing stairs, grocery shopping, house cleaning, mowing the lawn, gardening, engaging in active play with children, painting, and etc. 

Maintaining an active lifestyle is the key. If you don’t have time to get a workout in, try to be...

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Quick Healthy Plant-Based Meals

nutrition wellness May 21, 2019

Getting healthy meals on the table can be a struggle if you’re in a hurry and didn’t plan ahead. Instead of grabbing or ordering takeout, stopping at a fast food restaurant or eating cereal for dinner, I challenge you to whip up a quick, nutritious dinner. You’ll want to have the freezer and pantry stocked. After that it’ll be easy.

To create a quick salad, start by purchasing pre washed packages of greens like lettuce blends, slaw, or spinach. Choose toppings like cherry or grape tomatoes, pre sliced mushrooms, shredded carrots, pre sliced beets, quartered artichoke hearts, sliced water chestnuts, canned garbanzo or black beans, olives, hummus, avocado or guacamole, nuts or seeds, and etc. You can put almost anything on a base of greens. What you choose will determine how filling your salad is so if it’s your dinner make sure you include some protein.

Have a supply of frozen vegetable noodles like zucchini, carrots or butternut squash on hand....

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Controlling Your Health Is A Choice

exercise nutrition wellness May 14, 2019

Do you believe you have the ability to be in charge of your health? It’s a personal choice to take better care of your body in order to prevent or reverse the effects of certain ailments or diseases. You have the ability to eat a healthy diet, exercise and develop a positive mindset.

If you aren’t sure what to do or how to go about implementing strategies to improve your health and wellness find someone to help you. Hire a coach, like me, a nutritionist, or a personal trainer. Enlist a family member, friend, or colleague.

Many of the common ailments people in the United States are afflicted with are preventable. Things like diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, kidney disease and cancer are linked to nutrition. So, potentially you could avoid them by changing your diet. Wouldn’t it be worth it? 

Exercise goes hand in hand with nutrition. The human body is meant to move. Cardio workouts increase your heart rate and help burn calories. Burning...

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