Category Archives: Healthy, Beautiful YOU

Dirty Dozen

dirty dozen

If I had all the money in the world, I would strictly buy and eat organic food. However, until I do, I try to live as healthy as I can with the money that I have. Many people (such as myself) can’t afford to buy everything organic but they still want to make the best choices for themselves. I use the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of foods that one should only buy organic. This is a list of fruits and vegetables that conventionally grown are filled with toxins , and you’d be doing your body a huge favor by buying these foods organic. So if cannot afford to buy organic, at least buy these foods organic and forego eating out for one night or those cute pair of shoes (I know how hard it is to resist shoes, but we must do it for our health!!).

Dirty Dozen

Fruits

  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries

Vegetables

  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers

 

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Food Matters

This amazing documentary can be seen for free on Netflix. It has literally changed my perspective on food and the Food and Drug industry. I believe that our bodies could be so much stronger if we just gave it the tools (sleep, food and exercise) it needs. Everything that we put into our body must be processed which sounds so obvious, but think of what’s actually in our foods that you are taking in (think of soda, fries, candy, crackers, salad sauce, tomato sauce, etc.). Your body is absorbing all the food dyes, the preservation chemicals and artificial flavors that were created in labs. It is trying to break down our food and absorb the nutrients, however, in place of vitamins you have chemicals. Our bodies are not meant to process so many chemicals as we eat, therefore toxic waste begins to build up in our body, making us sick. The body does not get the nutrients it needs to take care of itself. It needs its vitamins and minerals to get rid of toxins, fight viruses and/or bacteria and be able to heal from within. I highly encourage everyone to start researching what the food your consuming is made of and what nutritional value it has. You will begin to learn how little you know what you are actually eating, how bad it is for you and how nutrient deficient you actually are. We can’t keep relying on modern medicine to keep us healthy. Because in the end, medicine just treats the symptoms of nutrient deficiency- not the actual problem. Check out the trailer to this documentary and some great quotes from the movie!

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Clean-Eating March

ImageWith three weeks left in March, I would like to focus this month on clean eating. I started getting into this after I watched Food Matters on Netflix. It was such an inspiring documentary that I began researching everything about our food system. In the ideal world, I would eat nothing else but organic fruits, veggies and meat. However, money and time stand in the way as it does for many others. So this month I would like to share with you what I learned through my research about food, my list of nutrients (their sources, function and signs of deficiency), clean eating on a budget, my March dietary schedule and recipes (and the tools you need for it), books on clean eating, beauty foods, and much much more! So stay tuned for a month of clean, healthy food ideas!

Great Ted Talks for a Better You!

Since I love everything about self-improvement, I am even more excited to share with you what I found today! While scrolling through various Ted Talks, I stumbled upon a category called “A Better You” (couldn’t be more fitting). I already started listening to about half of them this morning while doing my paperwork stuff at work. There are some very interesting and powerful videos in the bunch. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

“A Better You” Ted Talks

Live Well

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  • Drink more Water
  • Sleep at least 8 hours every night
  • eat more Veggies and Fruit
  • listen to your body and to others
  • ask for help when you need it
  • except and show respect- you’re worth it
  • read more
  • eat Whole Foods
  • set goals
  • love yourself- inside and out
  • laugh a lot
  • love others- even when they don’t deserve it
  • eat breakfast
  • exercise as often as possible
  • communicate with others- don’t be afraid to share your thoughts
  • have healthy relationships
  • be positive- even when the whole world seems negative

Super Foods

 

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Greens

Stocked with vitamins, minerals and protein to help your digestive system and keep your body clean and well functioning

  • Wheat Grass
    • Best for: cleansing, weight loss, healthy blood, digestion
  • Barley Grass
    • Best for: anti-viral and neutralizes heavy metals in your blood

Did you know? Barley Grass has 11x more calcium than milk, 5x more iron that spinach and 7x more vitamin C and bioflavonoids than orange juice!

  • Wild Blue-Green Algae
    • Best for: brain functionality, memory, healthy immune system, anti-viral, helps against cold and flu

Did you know? Wild Blue-Green Algae has 60% protein content and is full with beta carotene, vitamin B’s, and chlorophyll!

  • Spirulina
    • Best for: blood sugar level regulation and satisfys cravings (guess which super food I bought first)

Did you know? Spirulina has a 70% protein content!

  • Chlorella
    • Best for: immune system support, cholesterol reduction, prevents hardening of arteries

Did you know? Chlorella is packed with vitamin B, C, E and tons of minerals!

  • Leafy Green Vegetables
    • Best for: reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer
    • Try: Rocket, Spinach, Dandelion Greens, Kale, Watercress, Parsley, Lettuce, Endive, Chicory, Broccoli, Sprouts, Mustard Sprouts

Fruits & Nuts

  • Goji Berries
    • Best for: protection against diseases, reverse aging (guess what the second super food was that I bought…) plus tons of antioxidants and vitamin C, A, B1, B2, B6, E and amino acids and minerals… you get the point- it’s a super food.
  • Raw Cacao
    • Rich in: Antioxidants, magnesium (which is the most deficient mineral), iron
  • Acai
    • Packed with antioxidants! Your best choice are frozen acai berries.
  • Maca
    • Best for: energy production, increased sexual desire, fertility support, immune system enhancement
    • It’s advised to get the powder for best results.
  • Coconuts- we’ve gone nuts about them coconuts (lame joke I know)
    • Rich in electrolytes and the coconut oil has an abundance of healthy saturated fat for immediate energy production
    • Best for: metabolism boost, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti- fungal
  • Noni
    • Best for: Cold and flu, digestive disorders, skin disorders, pain relief, headaches, infections, anti-bacterial, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory
    • Look for Frozen Noni!

It’s the Bees Nees

  • Royal Jelly
    • Rich in: Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
    • Best for: stress, fatigue, insomnia, skin and hair
  • Propolis
    • Best for: Anti-bacterial, inflammation in the mouth, tonsils, throat, strong immune system
  • Bee Pollen
    • Rich in: Protein
    • Best for: Allergies, aging, mental and physical capacity

Seaweed

Seaweed has some of the most amazing benefits and I love eating this stuff!! It helps purify your blood, alkalizing your body, protect you from environmental toxins, detox and boost weight-loss. It is also high in Calcium and antioxidants.

  • Nori
    • Used for Sushi
    • Try and get the untoasted version.
  • Kelp
    • Offered in a supplement form
    • Perfect for hot seaweed baths
  • Dulse
    • Offered in whole or in flakes. If you choose to get the whole version, make sure you soak it in water before use.
  • Arame
    • Amazing with grain dishes, stir fries, soup, salads and curry dishes.
  • Wakame
    • Either fresh or dehydrated
    • Use in soups, stir fries, stews and stocks. It is best to hydrate it in water.
  • Kambu
    • Add a strip of this when cooking beans or to sprouts when they’re soaking.

Herb

  • Nettle
    • Best for: Bowel movements, increase in metabolism and thyroid function, releases mucus
    • Use: drink as a tea (especially in the morning!)
  • Aloe Vera
    • Contains: natural steroids, antibiotics, amino acids, minerals and enzymes
    • Use as skin moisturizer (especially if you have acne or eczema), on cuts, burns and bruises; or drink it in juice form
  • Echinacea
    • Best for: increase in Lymph flow, natural antibiotics, immune system stimulator
    • Use: Supplement or Tea
  • Ginseng
    • Best for: stress, energy, restoration, anti-infection and anti-fatigue

Vitamins for Anxiety and Depression

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About a month ago I watched ‘Food Matters’. If you haven’t seen it yet, you definitely should. It’s available on Netflix and it will give you a very new perspective on your food, medicine and doctors. I don’t want to go in to much detail about it because it will bring up a lot of controversies. However, I do believe that the natural way is usually the best way. Like: Organic foods are healthier for you than conventional and whole foods are better than processed foods. And vitamins are the best medicine.

In ‘Food Matters’ they discuss how anxiety and depression can stem from Vitamin B deficiency. So I decided to give this a try and take Vitamin Bs everyday. Today, I want to share with you my experience with vitamins in correlation to anxiety and depression. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression my sophomore year in college and I started taking prescription meds for it- which really sucks btw. There were times when I hated taking it so I would get off them (only with medical supervision though, you NEVER want to stop your meds cold turkey, you will go all psycho) but then I would realize how bad my anxiety and depression is without and I would go back on them. I hated the feeling of being dependent on something just to be happy. But I also hated being upset all the time. My doctor wanted me to go to counseling but I didn’t. He would tell me to meditate and sit in the sun and all the good stuff, but I was already doing that. So when I saw this documentary and they were saying that depression and anxiety could come from being deficient in your vitamin Bs, I went out the next day and stocked up on my Vitamin Bs. Fortunately, the vitamin shop I went to is run by a former psychiatrist and she told me exactly what to take: Niacinamide and Vitamin B Complex. I take each once a day now and no longer take any prescription medicine anymore. The best part is, that there are no side effects from taking vitamins!! Plus I feel generally so much better every day when I wake up and I feel like I have myself more under control. So before you choose prescription, try vitamins out first! It has does wonders for me!

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