Turmeric has been the “It Girl” of the superfood party scene the last few years due to its amazing ability to decrease inflammation along with many other things. It will not only help with inflammation but aid in repairing existing free radical damage. It is also great for increasing the anti-oxidants in the body to help protect from free radicals.
I didn’t know that turmeric root existed (duh!) until I moved to the Middle East in 2014 and mistook it for ginger root in the market. Now, I am a huge fan and try to incorporate it into our diet on a regular basis.
I find that fresh turmeric root is not only wonderfully aromatic but also doesn't have that bitter, coppery taste like the powder. Putting it in smoothies definitely adds a distinct flavor, but it's really wonderful. This smoothie is so refreshing and will give your energy to move through your day like a superstar.
Below is a delicious recipe for a smoothie using grapefruit. If you don’t prefer grapefruit, yo...
I love simple and easy things we can do to boost overall health. One of them is to drink lemon water.
What do you get when you drink a bit of lemon juice in water?
- a boost of Vitamin C;
- inflammation reduction;
- help in digestion and detoxification;
- stimulates the enzyme function of the liver;
- clearer skin; and
- may help in weight loss.
The best time to drink lemon water is first thing in the morning. Squeeze the lemon into a cup of warm water and enjoy first thing in the morning. You will start to feel a difference right away, especially if you miss a day.
I know some of you will remember the old chia seed commercials in the US - not sure if they still air and sell chia pets? Either way, chia seeds are enjoying a renaissance due to them being an uh-mazing source of plant-based protein.
The word "chia" means strength or energy in the Mayan language. They pack fiber, protein, omega 6 and 3, calcium, etc. These little dudes are mega packed with so much goodness, which is why they have been deemed the [sometimes annoying] title of superfood.
Have you tried chia seeds yet? If not, I highly suggest you buy a bag and start to incorporate these into your daily life. We eat them a lot lately as a breakfast pudding (recipe below) BUT you could also add them to a smoothie, oatmeal, salad or even water (recipe coming soon!).
This recipe is wholeheartedly "kid approved" in my household. The little ones in this family eat this for breakfast a few days a week with gusto.
Are these USA elections leaving your with a bitter taste in your mouth? For those of you in the United States and even those [of us] abroad, this election has been some major drama! I cannot even imagine what it's like at home [in the US] but I've heard from some great sources that it is intense, to say the least.
Since we cannot control the election results let's instead talk about a great way to reduce acidity in your beautiful body. Did you know your system is always working to strike a perfect pose of neutrality? The normal and healthy temperature of the human body sits at 98.6F/32C, normal blood pressure is 120/80 and also your pH balance should be 7.
The pH scale goes from 0 - 14. A healthy body's pH balance is 7.365 between acid and alkaline. The body is always striving to hit that midline target but you can easily defeat its efforts by eating a burger, a chocolate bar or drinking a cup of coffee. It is said that if you drink one cup of coffee or cola and wanted to rev...
Recently, a friend from the US was visiting me here in the UAE. As we were catching up, I was sharing the rewards and challenges I am encountering through my 200 hour yoga teacher training (“YTT”) in Dubai. She made the suggestion that I blog about it and I think it’s a fantastic idea. This journey has been one of the biggest endeavors of my life and hopefully my blogs will be of value to others as they consider YTT.
I wanted to do a YTT to deepen my practice more than to become a yoga teacher. I have practiced yoga off and on since the late 90s and have always loved it. I have only ever gotten up to an intermediate level, but either way, it’s been a long-term passion of mine.
My class has 23 women of all ages from all around the world. It is a special dynamic to say the least. We meet every weekend (Friday and Saturday = weekend in the Middle East) at the yoga studio in Dubai. Friday class is 5 hours, Saturday is 8 hours and the course is 12 weekends long.
How do you incorporate healthy food into your kids' diet? Do you struggle? Do you have one that eats all healthy stuff and another that is not so easy to impress? (I do!).
Here are some simple tips that I have found to work really well with my two. Please add your own tips in the comments.
1. Introduce at least 10 times before becoming discouraged and/or removing from rotation.
2. Encourage only one bite of new food at each introduction/meal.
3. Prepare the food in different ways. For example, peas. Cook peas in olive oil and sea salt, add peas to mash potatoes, add peas to a delicious soup, etc.
4. Praise the child for being brave and trying new and unfamiliar foods.
5. Let the child help you cook/prepare the food.
What is a better way to welcome the holidays than to do a beautiful and gentle detox?! 30 days to feeling like a better you on the inside and out.
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What is primary food and are you getting enough of it? Could lack of primary food potentially inhibit your progress toward fitness, health or lifestyle goals?
As a current student of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s (“IIN”) Holistic Health Coaching Program, “primary food" was part of the foundation program. The philosophy of primary food theory resonated with me and caused me to take a closer took at my so-called “healthy lifestyle” and consider what was missing.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines lifestyle as “a particular way of living”. A Google image search of the word brought up multiple images of outdoor exercise, adventure, family, meditation and nature, which is exactly what I picture when I hear the word. I used to place all the responsibility of a healthy lifestyle on what food I ate but now I realize how I was wrong. A healthy lifestyle goes beyond the plate.
Primary food is a term that was created by the founder of IIN, Joseph Rosenthal, 30 years ago. Primary fo...