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3 Steps to Spring Clean Your Kitchen (and Your Nutrition!)

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | April 29th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: apples, broccoli, carrots, cereal, cleansing the kitchen, dairy, food, freezer cleaning, grains, halloween candy, healthy living, healthy-eating, kitchen cleaning, nutrition, nutrition upgrade, pantry cleaning, pasta, peas, produce, refrigerator cleaning, salad dressings, Sara Ryba, snacks, Spring, spring cleaning, the firm

by The FIRM nutrition expert Sara Ryba, R.D., C.D.N.

Spring has sprung! So let’s use this change in seasons to motivate us to clean out our kitchens — and our nutrition plans while we’re at it.

How Diet Soda Makes You Fat

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | April 23rd, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: american journal of clinical nutrition, Americans, artificial sweeteners, bad diet, bad foods, belly fat, body weight, brain chemistry, calories, carbs, cholesterol, coca-cola, cocaine, coke, diabetes, diet, diet drinks, diet soda, eat less, exercise, fat, fat storage, fat-free, food, food addiction, food industry, fruit juices, good foods, insulin, loose weight, low-fat food, metabolism, moderation, no-calorie drinks, obese, obesity, overweight, politics, processed foods, protein, run, sick, sugar, sugary drinks, supersize, taste buds, type 2 diabetes, willpower

How do you lose weight? Substitute diet drinks for sugary drinks. Eat low-fat foods. Just eat less of the bad foods — it’s all about the calories. We are told, “Just have more willpower.”

These ideas are false. They are food- and diet-industry propaganda that makes and keeps us fat and sick. Lies by the food industry combined with bad government policy based on food industry lobbying are the major causes of our obesity and diabetes epidemic.

Now, more than 35 percent of Americans are obese, and almost 70 percent are overweight. This is not an accident but the result of careful marketing and money in politics.

We are told it is all about making better choices. If we all took more personal responsibility, we could stop this obesity and diabetes epidemic. We have been told there are no good or bad foods, that the key to weight loss is moderation. And, of course, if we all just exercised more, all of us would lose weight. These ideas hold us hostage.

Clean Slate Cleanse

Sara Ivanhoe by Sara Ivanhoe | April 23rd, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: anorexia, apple, clean slate cleanse, cleansing, crash dieting, desert, detox, eating, eating disorder, energy drinks, food, gaiam tv, guilt, healthy diet, juice cleanse, kind bars, macadamia nut, moderation, natural boost, protein, Sara Ivanhoe, starvation mode, tumeric alive, walnut, Yoga

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting wiped out by all these juice cleanses. Maybe it’s because I already sustain a pretty healthy diet, but personally, the moment I’m done with a juice cleanse, I end up eating worse food than I did before!

Cleansing has turned into an enormous business, and on many levels, I feel that it preys on people’s guilt and self-hatred: “I have been eating so badly — I need to cleanse.” It’s like a form of punishment. Once we have incurred the punishment, we are then absolved — free to do as we like — because we have paid the price. The problem is, the price can get pricey. Some of these cleanses can cost hundreds of dollars!

How to Fix Your Gut: 7 Steps to Intestinal Health

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | February 11th, 2013 | 42 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating | tags: acid reflux, acne, arthritis, autism, autoimmune disease, bacteria, bloating, cancer, celiac disease, chronic fatigue, constipation, dementia, diarrhea, diet, digestion, digestive health, digestive system, fiber, food, food allergies, functional medicine, gas, gluten, gut, gut health, health, healthy-eating, heartburn, holistic medicine, immune system, inflammation, intestinal health, intestines, irritable bowel syndrome, Mark Hyman, mercury, metabolism, mood disorders, nutrition, probiotics, rashes, stomach, stress, sugar, toxins, UltraWellness, wellness, whole grains

Learn how to have great gut healthThere might be something wrong with your inner tube, and it could be making you sick and overweight. You may not even realize you have a problem … But if you have health concerns of any kind, or you are overweight, your inner tube could be the root cause. Of course, I’m not talking about a beach toy. I mean the inner tube of life — your digestive system.

The Many Ways (and Days) to Meditate

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | December 4th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: boost immune system, deadlines, food, how to meditate, improved memory, joint ache, lotus pose, lotus position, lower heart rate, meditate, meditation, meditation chair, meditation cushion, medtation anywhere, memory and meditation, mind, muscles, perfectionism, querling children, red bull, stress, tight hip, tight hips, traffic, walk the dog, walking meditation, work

MeditateI, like so many, thought meditation was something only others could do. Others, for example, without quarreling children, looming deadlines or hips that mutinied at the thought of the Lotus Position. Those with minds that didn’t race like a toddler on Red Bull.

Although I wanted to be someone who meditated, I wasn’t someone who meditated.

Someday, I would tell myself, imagining that glorious future when my children, work schedule, muscles, joints and mind would finally and fully cooperate.

But while I was waiting, the research piled up. About how meditation improves memory. Boosts the immune system. Lowers our resting heart rate. Makes us calmer. Happier. Healthier.

I wanted some of that. Not later but now.

Gratitude for Food: Why I Fasted on Thanksgiving

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | November 28th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Giving Back, Personal Growth | tags: dinner, eating, empathize, empathy, family, fast, fasting, feast, food, food bank, friends, grateful, gratitide, holiday, homeless, hungry, mindful, mindfulness, poor, thankful, thanks, thanksgiving, Thich Nhat Hanh

Fasting

I love good food and celebrations with family and friends. Which makes Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays — it serves up both in spades!

But this Thanksgiving, I did something a little different. Rather than filling my belly with the usual feast, I decided to observe a day of fasting, which I followed up with a donation to our local food bank.

That’s right: a no-food Thanksgiving!

Recipe for a Grounded Holiday

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | November 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home, Personal Growth | tags: animals, books, Brain function, detox, diet, food, Green Living, Grounded, health, healthy-eating, holiday season, love, meditate, nature, nutrition, read, reading, self-love, sleep, soul, thanksgiving, toxic, toxic environment, walk, Yoga, You are what you eat

The holiday season is upon us, with many of our thoughts turning to food. The popular adage “you are what you eat” is literally true, according to new research that claims a person’s diet has a profound influence on their brain function and overall health.

Just as our eating style reflects and affects who we are, I believe how and where we live reflect ‘us’ even more. Our homes are intimate expressions of ourselves. Similar to the correlation between poor diet and disease, living in a toxic environment — in any sense, physical or emotional — also impacts our health in a negative way. Luckily, the opposite is also true. By creating an environment that supports our well-being, health and happiness, our bodies and minds will respond in positive ways.

The holiday season inundates us with recipes galore (as well as stress and temptations to overindulge). To balance that, choose an ingredient (or two, or three!) from my “healthy-self’ holiday recipe below, and treat yourself to a generous helping of grounding — whatever that means to you.

Thanksgiving Blessings

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | November 16th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth | tags: America, blessings, dinner, family, food, giving thanks, grateful, gratitude, holidays, meal, prayer happiness, Ralph Waldo Emerson, thankful, thanksgiving, The Book of Common Prayer, travel, William Shakespeare, Yoga

Thanksgiving Blessings

“This food comes from the earth and the sky. It is a gift of the entire universe and the fruit of much hard work; I vow to live a life which is worthy to receive it.” — Grace of the Bodhisattva Buddhists

At the beginning of every yoga class, while we’re sitting in sukhasana, my yoga teacher always says to “give silent gratitude for all the blessings in our lives.” And, even though I am mentally not quite “there” yet — I’m still trying to find my “sit bones” and thinking about my grocery list and how I forgot my daughter’s gym shoes and did I shut the garage door? — usually, I do it. Images of my kids’ faces and my cozy brick house flash through my mind, and if I take time to really think about it (and not about the location of my cute new flats that I hope the dog isn’t eating right now), I realize I have so much to be grateful for: my close, loving family, my friends, my health, my readers, my Dutch oven, fire-roasted Hatch green chilies, pasture butter and the fact that I am rarely hungry.

Seedy Toppings: 4 Seeds for Super Health

Kareen Turner by Kareen Turner | August 2nd, 2012 | 6 Comments
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SeedsLooking to add more kick to your oatmeal, baked goods and salad toppings? Why not give these super seeds a try?

Grain-like seeds such as chia and teff have been gaining popularity in the mainstream over the past few years. And what’s not to enjoy? They are versatile, gluten-free nutrition powerhouses rich in protein and fiber, among other important nutrients.

Delivering Zen

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | July 24th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Giving Back, Green Living, Health & Wellness | tags: aromatherapy, box, chocolate, conscious consumerism, Cosmetics, delivery, eco-friendly, eco-products, environment, environmentally friendly, flower elixirs, flower essences, food, gifts, green iving, himalala salt, infusions, Japan, Kopali Organics, lohas, lotus wei, monthly subscription service, natural products, organic, paper towels, people towels, personal care, Primavera, reusable products, snacks, tea, Teatulia, yuzen, Zen

Yuzen

Whether it’s a free sample at the grocery store or a new brand your best friend just recommended, discovering a fantastic new product is almost like falling in love.

That’s why it felt like Christmas in July when we unwrapped Yuzen’s July “box of Zen,” beautifully packaged and filled with products that are nourishing for the body, soul and planet.

Yuzen, a Boulder, Colo.-based company, makes it easy to find — and fall in love with — the best new eco-friendly products. It’s also an invitation to pause and take a quiet moment to enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures: a hot cup of tea, the smell of fresh flowers or a mouth-watering bite of dark chocolate.