10 Worst Foods for Longevity

Longevity. Longevity is something we are all seeking. People are now living longer than they ever have in the entire history of humanity. But what does that longevity mean if the ‘golden’ years of life are spent battling dementia or Alzheimer’s? If you can’t enjoy your life mentally and physically, what is the point of living longer for the sake of living longer?? You can protect your cells and body to be able to have a happy and full life in your later years. The added bonus of healthy eating and living is beautifying for your skin and body too! And it all comes down to you getting to know your body and how to nourish it properly. It isn’t about calories or fat-free or sugar-free or any of those other restrictions that traditional diets or the media tells you is the latest and greatest thing. It is about you! You are a unique individual and the proper nutrition that your body needs is unique to you! Although...there is a basic starting point for us all:

Top 10 Worst Foods for Longevity

  • Sweetened Dairy Products - ice cream, frozen yogurt, low-fat ice cream etc, sugar acts on your brain like cocaine and excess amounts of sugar in your diet over time have been linked to various ailments.

  • Trans-fat Containing Foods - commercially baked goods, margarine, shortening, fast foods etc

  • Donuts - refined white sugar, refined white flour and fried - talk about a triple-threat...

  • Sausage, Hot Dogs and Luncheon Meats - filled with nitrites, nitrates and various other fillers and chemical preservatives - linked to heart disease and increased risk for cancer.

  • Smoked Meat, Barbecued Meat and Conventionally Raised Red Meat - cooking meats at high temperatures creates carcinogens (HCAs & PAHs) which can lead to cancer and conventionally raised meats are pumped full of antibiotics and hormones, which are best avoided completely.

  • Fried Foods - the process of frying starchy foods creates acrylamides, which are toxic and linked to advanced aging of the skin and cancer.

  • Highly Salted Foods - processed foods and ready-to-eat meals often have high amounts of refined salt which can increase your risk of heart disease and stomach cancer.

  • Soda - is unhealthy on so many levels...High Fructose Corn Syrup has been shown to disrupt the hormones that signal when to stop eating, leading to overeating and the health issues associated with that.  

  • Refined White Sugar - highly processed and adds no nutritional value. Cancer researchers have found that ‘sugar feeds cancer’.

  • Refined White Flour - highly processed and has no nutritional value. Refined white flour also turns into sugar quickly in your body; overconsumption of which has been linked to various chronic illnesses, from diabetes to heart disease to cancer.

No pressure right?? I’m sure many (or some) of the foods that are your guilty pleasures are on this list. They were on mine!! There are healthy alternatives to cold cuts - and I don’t mean anything containing soy. Go for organic, no antibiotics, no hormones, nitrate-free and nitrite-free - when it comes to choosing cold cuts. The less fillers and chemicals the better!! Swapping soda for water will help your body on many levels - hydration will improve your skin and aid with detoxification. I’m not a sugar/sweets-craving person but for those I recommend retraining your palate. It is best to go for fruits and use stevia or raw honey in your tea or coffee. As for the grilling - grill smaller cuts of organic, grass-fed meat and turn them often to limit production of carcinogens. You can enjoy your food and nourish your body properly! Just be aware and get informed. Start making good choices and see what it can do for your health and wellbeing!  

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Want to get Healthy? But where to begin??

One of the most frequent questions I get asked by friends and potential clients is where do they start their journey to health & wellness?? It’s a daunting question. There is so much information out there and it often contradicts itself. Then there is the individual aspect of the equation, which is where I would come in. Every person and every body is unique and what works for you may not work for me. What works for you mom or spouse or sibling, may or may not work for you. Health & wellness is a journey that is completely individualized and unique to the person that is embarking on it.

What to do??

Thankfully, there are some good starting points that are pretty universal! Here are some tips to help you get started (and keep you from getting overwhelmed).

  1. Have you eaten your rainbow?? Most people do not get anywhere near to eating what they need in fruits and vegetables! Spinach, swiss chard, artichokes, zucchini, kale, broccoli, asparagus, squash, arugula. All of these are excellent foods in terms of giving your body the nutrition it needs, improving your skin and trimming excess pounds and inches!! **Go for ½ (half) your plate in veggies at lunch and dinner**  

  2. Continuing your ‘rainbow’ of foods - snack on organic fruits like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, blackberries, mangos, pineapples instead of cookies, candies and artificially sweetened crap. These are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that help your body rejuvenate by improving collagen production and protecting from free-radical damage. They also satisfy your sweet-tooth. **Make these your mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon snacks**

  3. Work on eliminating gluten from your diet! This is a process. Start by recognizing how much you eat and reducing it by half. Continue this reduction until you are off wheat and gluten-containing grains (barley, wheat, rye, spelt). Why?? Gluten disrupts your digestive system, making it hard for you to lose weight/maintain a healthy weight, causes inflammation (which leads to chronic illness and worsens arthritis and auto-immune conditions), causes brain fogginess and lethargy.

  4. Work on curbing sugar addiction. Most people have no idea how much sugar they are eating. It is added to almost anything you can think of. & it is harmful to your health in such levels. Read your ingredients list. 1 gram = 4 teaspoons Start looking over the ingredients, see what the sugar content is and make changes accordingly. The excess sugar in our diets contribute to premature aging and disrupt your hormones, making your body hold on to weight in the midsection and causing your fat cells to grow.

One of my favorite ways to start my day is with this smoothie! It gives me energy and helps me get my dose of fruits and veggies first thing in the morning putting me ahead of the game! It also is very good for keeping your skin looking great!

Super Morning Smoothie

2-3 cups coconut water/almond milk/purified water (in your preferred ratio)

2 large handfuls organic baby spinach

1 cup organic blueberries, frozen
1 cup organic pineapples, frozen

3 tbsp Barlean’s organic Flax, Chia & Coconut Flakes

1 tbsp organic coconut oil

2 tbsp organic almond butter (optional)

*Blend thoroughly, serve and enjoy!

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So Many Reasons...to Use RAW Apple Cider Vinegar

I’ve been hearing about the myriad of benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for awhile now but only recently have I started really paying attention and experimenting with it in my day to day. I have to say I really like the benefits!

Oh, before I get into it, just be sure that your Apple Cider Vinegar is RAW. Your bottle has to contain the ‘mother of the vinegar’ which is what gives the healing properties to ACV. So remember, RAW and “mother of the vinegar”. If it is clear, filtered, processed it loses its healing properties!

Back to the healing properties! Did you know you can use it to make your hair shiny, clear up acne and soothe a sunburn?? I knew the hair thing but not the other two! These are just a few of the benefits. I use it as mouthwash pre-brushing to kill off bacteria and whiten my chompers. This will loosen up any mucus in your sinuses which is awesome!! Because it helps relieve allergies and keeps sinus infections away (which I used to get several times a year!!). I sip it in purified water to keep my body’s pH balanced - this increases my energy levels and protects me from illness - and to keep my waistline trim - especially now that bikini season is upon us!   

Some Benefits of ACV?

  • Aid in weight-loss - studies have shown that the acetic acid, found in raw ACV, reduces abdominal fat, inches around your waist, weight and triglycerides (which contribute to bad cholesterol).

  • Boosts energy by balancing your body’s pH levels - when your body is too acidic (lower pH levels) it can be more prone to infections and a variety of illnesses and have low energy levels which ACV helps reverse. Raw ACV helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline environment.

  • Useful in Detoxification - Raw ACV helps break up mucus throughout the body (which can help with allergies, sinus congestion and even sinus infections), helps stimulate cardiovascular circulation and detoxify your liver.

  • Relieving arthritis pain - the potassium in ACV works to prevent calcium build-up in your joints, which has been linked to joint stiffness.

  • Improve bone health - ACV is rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals which are for maintaining your bones.

  • Whiter Teeth - ACV helps remove stains, kills bacteria in your mouth and along the gumline. Just gargle with it in the morning and then brush your teeth as usual.

How to use ACV??

You can add Raw Apple Cider Vinegar to your salads, or your salad dressing, even in your smoothies! Be sure to check out my recipe for a great fat burning drink using ACV.

  • For helping alkalinize your body, weight loss and maintenance you can add 1 tablespoon of Raw ACV in 8 oz of water 3x/day, before your meals.

  • For treating acute conditions like acid reflux, cough, bronchitis, sore throat you can add 2 tablespoons of Raw ACV in 8 oz of water 3x/day, after your meals

Fat Burning & Detoxifying Drink

16 oz purified water

2 tbsp Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, organic (**make sure it is RAW and has the ‘mother of the vinegar’ in it**)

½ organic lemon, squeezed (can use 1 whole lemon)

1 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon, ground

1 tsp raw honey (optional)

Mix with a spoon and drink to your health!

 

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Cravings?? Here's the why & what to do about them!

If you are like me there are times when your cravings get the best of you! I used to feel like crap when I ‘fell off the wagon’ and gave in to my cravings. That was before I knew that the cravings actually meant something! It turns out that our bodies have cravings in order to let us know that we require certain vitamins and minerals. Our bodies are very sophisticated and reliable organisms. What we need to demystify is the meaning behind our cravings.

So here’s what we need to know about our cravings!

Craving Sweets??

Human beings naturally crave sweet flavors. Craving sweets means that our bodies need energy. Sugars are carbohydrates and these can be simple or complex. Simple carbs are turned into sugar rather quickly in our bodies while complex carbs are released slower. Sugar (or glucose) is fuel for your body’s cells. The way to keep this craving from ruining your weight loss goals and your health, in the long run, is to reduce processed foods and increase your grains and vegetables. **Extra sugar is stored as fat which is why complex carbs are the way to go! The grains and veggies will give your body the energy it needs to take you through your day! If you’re still craving candy bars etc, eat these instead:

  • Rice cakes and rice syrup

  • Fruits - berries, apples, pineapples

  • Carrots

Craving Chocolate??

I love chocolate! I love chocolate!! I’m sure some of you share my feeling. The thing with chocolate is that most of what passes for chocolate is super high in sugar and chemical additives and low in quality. It is no longer real chocolate. When your body is craving chocolate it is telling you it needs Magnesium. Instead of reaching for that Snickers, eat these:

  • High quality, organic chocolate bars (60% cacao or higher). A brand I enjoy is Dagoba.

  • Add raw cacao powder (which is real, unprocessed chocolate) to your morning yogurt or smoothie.

  • Raw nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits will also give your body the magnesium it needs.

Craving Oily, Fatty Foods??

A common craving especially after a night out when I’ve been enjoying some champagne with friends! Your body is telling you it needs some high quality essential fatty acids and calcium. I find myself enjoying some of these foods:

  • Avocados - I love these!! They are tasty and have quality, healthy fats and amino acids.

  • Mustard & turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese and sesame seeds - I am partial to kale and broccoli. These greens are great sources of calcium. I usually make a nice smoothie with spinach, kale, blueberries, strawberries and organic coconut oil.

Craving Salty Foods??

Another common craving! When we are craving salty snacks or foods our bodies are trying to tell us that it is lacking minerals. Most people’s diets are lacking in minerals because most of the foods we eat are highly processed and loaded with chemicals. Instead of reach for a salty snack, eat these first:

  • Leafy green vegetables like spinach, swiss chard, kale, collard greens - these are very high in the vitamins and minerals your body is craving.

  • Use a high quality sea salt like celtic sea salt or himalayan sea salt - these contain many trace minerals that your body needs.

  • Add some sea vegetables to your beans - this will add some savoriness to your dish and will increase the mineral content.

There are other cravings but these are some of the most common and therefore useful for our day to day. Our bodies are wonderful, complex systems that know exactly what they need to look great and give us the energy we need to conquer our tasks! It is up to us to get to know our bodies and learn its language. When we understand what our bodies are telling us we will enjoy better health, abundant energy and age subtly and gracefully! Next time you having a craving ask yourself what is it that you really need. Treat your body like the temple it is and honor your divine self!

 

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Beat Spring Allergies with Raw Honey

It’s (finally!!) Springtime!! The weather is beginning to warm up and with it the trees, grasses and flowers will start to bloom. For those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies this is not the best time of year. Itchy, watery eyes. Runny nose. Congestion. Endless sneezing. You know the symptoms! I definitely know the symptoms!! Every spring (and fall), like clockwork, I would come down with a nasty case of seasonal allergies which would sometimes progress into sinus infections. Thankfully, I discovered some changes I could make to my diet and lifestyle that would be the best thing that ever happened to me.

I have always loved honey. I always chose honey over sugar when sweetening my tea. What I didn’t know is that most mass-produced honey is processed and that the healing properties have been stripped because of this. Honey is one of the world’s most healing foods. It is anti-aging. Anti-bacterial. Rich in minerals and enzymes. Honey boosts immunity! Bee produced foods are the only foods that will never spoil!!

But for you to enjoy the benefits of honey - it has to be RAW! Unfiltered. Unprocessed. Wild. Organic.

When I switched to real, raw honey it completely changed my relationship with Spring. Allergies no longer plagued me. All it took was a little raw honey in my morning smoothie or in my tea. Just let the tea be at a drinkable temperature before you add the honey. Raw honey also has B vitamins, which helps us manage stress better, helps clear up acne and helps us maintain a wrinkle-free complexion longer!

If you’re like me and exercise regularly, adding bee pollen to your diet will help increase endurance, strength, energy and speed. It also increases muscle growth and definition! When buying bee pollen, choose either fresh or bee pollen that has been dried at 96 degrees or less in order to retain all of its nutritional value. **Just be sure to start with ¼ teaspoon and build from there. You can add bee pollen to your smoothie or your morning oatmeal or any other drink. Or you can be daring and just eat your ¼ teaspoon of it straight!

Beauty Smoothie

2 ½ cups purified water/coconut water

1 cup organic blueberries, frozen

½ cup organic mango, frozen

½ cup organic strawberries, frozen

¼ cup organic goji berries, dried

1 tbsp organic raw cacao powder

½ tbsp organic honey, raw

½ tbsp bee pollen (if new to bee pollen, ¼ tsp)

**Blend and serve! This is a perfect for breakfast or pre-workout.


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