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Do you want a fun healthy alternative to your typical grain?

February 24, 2013  |  Leave a Comment

Great Grains to try:                                                             

  • Shirataki noodles

  • Buckwheat pasta

  • Barley 

  • Corn pasta

  • Brown rice pasta or rice pasta

  • Sprouted breads/cereals

  • Couscous

  • Rice such as wild, brown, and forbidden

  • Quinoa and quinoa pasta

  • Orzo

  • Soba Noodles (made primarily from buckwheat)

  • Amaranth

  • Buckwheat cereal

  • Kamut

  • Millet

Amaranth is a protein-packed little grain rich in fiber and some essential amino acids ….. amaranth is a seed that’s called a grain :) .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why cleanse?

February 24, 2013  |  Leave a Comment

Why Cleanse?

A cleansing diet will remove toxins and poisons from your body.  It’s a way of recharging, rejuvenating and renewing . The body holds onto toxins in the digestive, lymph or gastrointestinal system as well as in the skin and hair.  This leads to symptoms of fatigue, headaches, nausea and a wide range of chronic diseases. 

Sources of toxins in the Body:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Medications
  • Pesticides or other chemicals
     used to grow or prepare food
  • Smog or other substances in the
     air
  • Artificial sweeteners added to
    food
  • Sugar
  • Impure water

 A good cleanse encourages you to eat pure and natural foods that will aid the function of the lymph, kidneys and liver. 

 

Foods
recommended:

  • Organic food and drink (no pesticides or fungicides)
  • Whole unprocessed foods (grains, nuts, seeds)
  • Organic vegetables and fruit
  • Water
  • Herbs such as Psyllium seed, Licorice root, Yucca root, Milk thistle seed, and Gentian root aid the detoxifying process. 

To avoid:

  • Alcohol,caffeine, tobacco and drugs
  • Processed and refined foods
  • Added sugars

Do not rely on a liquid cleanse.  A balanced proper diet is a helpful detox as long as you include fruits, vegetables and limit processed, refined and fatty foods.

National Nutrition Month

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Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Each year during the month of March The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics campaigns about the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme this year is “Eat Right, Your Way, Everyday”.

Many  people have a misconception that eating right equates to consuming 3 meals a day without snacking inbetween meals. This is a common misunderstanding because most people associate snacking with mindless eating in front of the TV, or grabing  foods from a vending machine.  In reality, snacking can boost your energy, keep blood glucose levels steady between meals and enable  you to reach your nutrient needs.

 

 

Here are some tips to snack smarter:

Always Plan Ahead: Before you leave your house in the morning be sure to pack a snack with you. This will eliminate a haphazard grab and go.

Time it Right: If you consume a balanced snack in the afternoon it can bridge the gap between a lunch and dinner energy plummet you may experience. Try a 200 calorie or less snack when you first start to feel hungry, but don’t wait too long. Prolonging hunger can lead to ravenous, mindless eating later in the day.

Mix it up: When you are snacking, the key is to incorporate two different food groups. For example, mix vegetables with protein or a fruit with dairy. By incorporating two food groups in a snack you will feel more satisfied and you will stay full longer with sustained energy. Some examples of snacks are pretzels with a low fat string cheese or a Greek yogurt with some fruit on top.

Read the Label: Foods such as nuts are a great heart healthy snack to keep on hand, but nuts are also high in calories. Remember to real labels one serving size is 45 calories.

Practice Mindful Snacking: When you are snacking, try not to multitask. Take a few minutes to listen to your body’s cues which tell you that you are full. Use snack time as a mini break from your busy day.

Be sure to check out more great tips this month…..

 Ideas referenced by eatright.org