Are you one of those people that as soon as the days stay lighter longer, you’re sweeping under couch, shaking out rugs and vacuuming who-knows-what that’s accumulated behind the dryer? AND, you're anxious to get outside and clean out the gardens to make room for spring daffodils and tulips to pop up and bloom? Spring-cleaning may indeed be biological in nature. During the winter, our bodies produce more melatonin, a hormone known for inducing sleepiness. On the other hand, when we’re exposed to more sunshine, our bodies produce less...
The New Year is upon us! Have you had time yet to reflect on last year and contemplate your goals for 2017? If not, over the next week or so, consider asking yourself these questions:
1. What were 2016’s positive highlights for you? ( Note: this answer usually helps you get back on track if you need to for the future! )
2. What were your biggest challenges?
3. What made you happiest in 2016?
4. What is one goal you want to achieve in 2017?
5. What bad habit do you want to get rid of next year?
I don’t know how or why or even when it happened, but it seems like everyone I know is super busy. The number-one reason people tell me why they don’t eat well or exercise is lack of time. When I share my quick-meal tips with clients, they come back to tell me that using this advice actually saves them time, while helping them look and feel their best. So why not give it a try? You’ve got nothing to lose (except maybe a few pounds) and more time to gain!
1. Cook once, eat twice (or more!) You may have heard me say this before – it’s t...
Yes...Popeye had it right when it comes to eating vegetables, especially leafy green spinach! Food science studies continue to show that eating spinach helps improve health and reduce the risk of many health issues, from cancer to memory loss to strokes. Here’s just a short list of what makes Spinach a SuperFood!
• Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes
• Protects against the occurrence of cancer, including colon, lung, skin, oral, stomach, ovarian, prostate, and breast cancer
Let’s talk organic! You can reduce the amount of toxins you eat by buying organic fruits and veggies whenever possible to avoid consuming pesticides. Buying organic may cost more, but it is an excellent investment in your health. Still, organic is more important for some fruits and vegetables over others. Take the lists below with you when you grocery shop!
The Dirty Dozen
Food guru Dr. Andrew Weil, among other leading health experts, recommends that we buy organic for the following dozen fruits and veggies:
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? What a perfect time to start thinking Spring and putting into action your plans to get healthier, just in time to "bee" in shape for Summer! Here are my TOP FIVE steps to ensuring a great day everyday. Nutrition is not just about the food we get on our plates, so here you go!
~ Get up and start your day with a glass of lemon water. And continue to drink water throughout your day. It helps wash out impurities and stops cravings. AND, most importantly, start your day with a healthy...
Good news, Bee Fitters! According to Women's World, there is research from Harvard stating that if you have a family history of cancer, you can cut your risk by 32 per cent or more just by eating a variety of bright colored fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids, the pigments that make kale green, oranges and carrots orange and tomatoes red, are responsible for helping break down harmful toxins in the body before they can wreck havoc on our cells. You don't have to prepare a big meal to get in your daily requirement of rich colored fruits...
Some say it is impossible to eat healthy on a tight budget. I say, it IS possible! Here are some tips that may help you!
-Load up on a variety of healthy vegetables from your local farm stand. Often the prices are cheaper than what you find at the fancy supermarket chains. Meats are pricey, so consume more veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and beans.
- Use produce preserve bags to keep produce fresh longer.
- When possible, buy in bulk AND save by using your coupons!
- Don't consume foods that contain a lot of refined sugars, which...
Did you know that you can still perform well as an athelte eating mostly a plant based diet? Yes, it's true. Exercise fanatics or athletes tend to think they can't get enough protein to build muscle mass, so they turn to animal sources such as red meat, or they turn to processed protein powdered shakes and nutrition bars. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, almost all Americans get too much protein. Dr. Fuhrman states that the average American consumes over 100 grams of protein, which is 50 percent more than the recommended daily allowance...