vegetables

4 More Green Vegetables for Spring

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | April 17th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: avocados, cabbage, food for spring, green beans, green vegetables, spinach, Spring, vegetables, veggies

I know it may sound clichéd, but green vegetables really are powerful weapons against disease. They’re also great for those of us who want to stay looking young and vibrant! Green veggies contain compounds that keep our bodies looking and feeling healthy from the inside out. So let’s bump up our greens this month and find out just how delicious and satisfying these low-calorie gems can be.

Food Combining: The Natural Weight Loss Secret

Jo Schaalman and Julie Peláez by Jo Schaalman and Julie Peláez | October 10th, 2013 | 29 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: acid reflux, beans, bloating, cellulite, constipation, detox, detoxify, detoxifying, detoxing, digestive system, disease, elimination, energy, food, food combining, fruit, gas, gluten-free, grain, headaches, healthy-eating, IBS, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, legumes, lose-weight, meal, nutrition, nuts, poop, protein, seeds, starch, vegetables, veggies, waste, weight-loss

food combiningAlthough new research suggests that fewer people are dieting in America (yay!), many of us are still puzzled when it comes to figuring out how to achieve optimal health, longevity and vitality. As a culture we’ve been trained to look at what we put in our mouths as the main event — the food, the calories, the protein, the fat — but we’re not taught or encouraged to look at what comes out of our bodies.

We want to turn this perspective around with a bold (and obvious) statement: Everyone poops. Yep, everyone sits on the porcelain throne. You already know this, so let’s get right to the reason we’re bringing it up in the first place.

Waste = weight.

The number one weight loss secret that nobody really talks about is the fact that the extra poop sitting around in your colon is one of the main causes of excess weight. When you learn to rid your body of extra waste on a regular basis, weight loss and maintenance become effortless.

Recipes: Homemade Baby Food Purees

Pooja Mottl by Pooja Mottl | June 19th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: babies, baby food, baby food purees, carrots, children, cilantro, flavors, fresh herbs, fruits, healthy-eating, homecooked baby foods, homemade baby food purees, leeks, mother nature, natural foods, organic, palates, parenting, purees, recipes, red bell pepper, roasted red pepper, thyme, vegetables

Carrot Leek & Thyme Baby Food Puree

Just as our grown-up taste buds are programmed to enjoy glorious, nourishing foods from Mother Nature, so are our babies’! Babies have a hardwired fondness for sweet tastes from the moment they enter the world. Their first sweet stop? Mother’s milk. From there, usually sometime after six months, babies begin to eat “solids,” which gives us parents an opportunity to guide their taste buds in a way that will allow them to explore and experiment with a broad range of flavors. The goal? By showing them what true, natural flavor really is, babies have a chance to fall in love – on their own – with foods that love them back!

S-U-M-M-E-R: That’s How I Spell Fun, Fresh and Fit!

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | July 23rd, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth | tags: clothes, Clothing, diet, exercise, fashion, Fitness, food, fruits, health, healthy, hydrate, hydration, nutrition, relax, relaxation, SPF, stress, summer, summer produce, summer wardrobe, sun, swim, swimming, the firm, vacation, vegetables, veggies, warm weather, water, work out, workout

SummerBy The FIRM Master Instructor Robyn Smarr

I love summer! If you were listening to this post rather than reading it, you would surely hear me shouting this sentence as loudly as I possibly can.

Maybe it’s because I was born in the crazy heat of August. (I have a theory that people tend to favor the season in which they were born.) Or maybe it’s because I practically lived at the pool and the beach as a child. Or maybe it’s because I can wear flip-flops every day during the warm summer months (the best “shoe” ever invented)! Regardless of the reason, I find so much joy and rejuvenation during the summer.

Here are my favorite tricks for making the most out of your S-U-M-M-E-R:

Week 10: Putting It All Together

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | May 21st, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: 10-week program, animal protein, bikini body, body cleanse, confidence, deep tissue massage, detox diet, detoxify, eggs, energy, exercise, fish, Fitness, fruits, fun, health, healthy, laugh, laughter, motivation, natural-cleanse, personal trainer, self confidence, spring training, stretching, vegetables, veggies, week 10, week ten, weeks, well-being, wellness, whole grains, work out, workout, Yoga

Thumbs Up Fitness Woman

Congrats! You made it to the tenth and final week of the Better Body and More Energy Challenge! I knew you could do it.

For your last assignment, I’d like to you tie together everything you’ve learned about nutrition and fitness over the past nine weeks. Don’t worry — it sounds more daunting than it really is!

Eat Your Medicine: Food as Pharmacology

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | December 1st, 2011 | 8 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating | tags: Asia, China, Chinese food, chronic disease, diet, eat the rainbow, food as medicine, food colors, fruits, glucomannan, healthy-eating, konjac, medicinal foods, nutrigenomics, nutrition, pharmacology, phytonutrients, vegetables

VegetablesWhat you put at the end of your fork is more powerful medicine than anything you will find at the bottom of a pill bottle.

Food is the most powerful medicine available to heal chronic disease, which will account for more than 50 million deaths and cost the global economy $47 trillion by 2030. All you need to do is eat your medicine and think of your grocery store as your pharmacy.

Recently, I went to Asia to lecture on prevention, wellness, health, nutrition and the new field of nutrigenomics, the science of how molecules in food interact with our genes to support or interfere with our health. I came away feeling humbled and awed as I realized that the average Chinese person knows more about the medicinal properties of food than I do after years of research. Medicinal foods are part of their everyday diet, and I learned more from matter-of-fact discussions about the healing properties of food I shared with my Chinese hosts than from my hours researching medical journals.

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine…”

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | October 30th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: bovine growth hormones, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast-cancer, cancer, commercialization of breast cancer, exercise, feeding kids, Fitness, fruits, healthy-eating, hormones, organic, pink, Susan Komen, vegetables, Vitamin D, xenoestrogens

Pink Doughnut

Well, October has ended, and I don’t know about you, but I am a little “pinked out” these days. Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate that October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and of course it’s wonderful that organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for breast cancer research over the years. I hope that cancer research eventually finds a cure for this awful disease, and I fully support getting out and racing for a cure and even buying a pink umbrella or Cuisinart if you’re in need of a new one.

But the cynical side of me — and the side that’s a mom of a young daughter — is a bit irked that the commercialization of breast cancer has overshadowed any talk of prevention, specifically the lifestyle choices we can make to help protect us from the disease.

Green Monsters: 3 Nutrition Powerhouse Drinks

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | September 26th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: almond milk, apples, avocado, B-vitamins, berries, blender, blending, blueberries, calcium, cauliflower, celery, diet, digestion, drink recipes, fiber, flax seed, fruits, green drinks, green juices, green monsters, green smoothies, hair, healthy-eating, honey, juice, juicing, kale, leafy greens, lean mucles, mango, nails, nutirion, omega 3, omega-3 fatty acids, papaya, parsley, peas, pepper, protein, protein powder, skin, smoothie recipes, spinach, the firm, vegetables, vegetarian, veggies, vitamin B, wheat germ, yogurt

Green SmoothieA while back, a few members of The FIRM Believers Web Club started chatting about how they make “green monsters” in their blenders using spinach, kale, avocado and other green gems. These monsters were essentially the healthiest drinks that I’ve heard of!

The idea was somewhat novel to me. Because I really enjoy eating whole vegetables, I’ve never really considered juicing. And because I am not a fan of juicers that extract the fiber out of the fruits and vegetables, I never really considered making my own juices. But these FIRM Believers changed my mind, and my blender is now getting a workout!

Kernels of Wisdom

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | July 29th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: artificial sweeteners, buy local, carbohydrates, carbs, corn, diet, dietary fiber, folate, food, high fructose corn syrup, local corn, locally-grown food, michael pollan, nutrition, organic corn, organic food, peaches, sugar, summer, Summertime Salsa Recipe, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, tomatoes, vegetables, vitamin C, whole grains

Girl eating corn

For as long as I can remember, corn has been one of my favorite summertime foods. As a kid, I loved to sit on the picnic table in our backyard shucking ear after ear of the patchwork white-and-pale-yellow Olathe sweet corn my mom would bring home by the bushel. Later I’d slather it with butter and salt and sink my teeth in the way my dog attacks a meaty beef bone.

When I got my braces in fifth grade, I learned to eat corn on the cob one row at a time to minimize the hardware-cleaning process (corn was officially forbidden by the orthodontist, but I really think I outsmarted him on this one; don’t ask about my Milk Dud incident). I always thought eating something as nutritious as a fresh vegetable — especially since I loved it so much — was worth it.

Servin’ It Up Family Style

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | March 15th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: balanced diet, buffet, children, choices, cooking, decision-making, diet, different, dinner, family, family-style dining, father, food, food waste, healthy-eating, kids, kitchen table, manners, meals, mealtime, mother, motherhood, parenting, parents, pasta, patience, portions, recipe, salad, self-esteem, serving, sharing, sugar, supper, try, vegetables, water, water pitcher

Family-Style Dinner

I think it’s safe to say that one of the things we modern-day moms do a bit more than our moms did is baby our kids, especially when it comes to what they eat. Some of this is good, of course. Regulating intake of sugar and processed foods is probably not something best left up to people whose idea of a balanced meal is beef jerky and fruit snacks. But at some point, kids need to learn to make their own good choices, right? When and how we do that is each family’s decision, but for me the food thing was getting ridiculous.