I hope to enjoy a long and happy life and do my best to be healthy into my old age. There are just so many things to do, see and experience! Years ago, somehow I got the idea that maybe, if I took really good care of myself, it might be possible to live to 100 AND still be able to do cartwheels on the beach. Now, every time I go to the beach, I make sure to do cartwheels and handstands because it’s fun, and to make sure I still can. I’m 36 now and as of last month, I still can. We will see if I can keep it up for the next 64 years! Today I indulged my curiosity and found this video of a 91 year old woman doing cartwheels and much more. There is hope!!!!!
One thing I know will help me reach my silly goal, is having healthy, strong bones. Today I am going to first share some important information and then share tips of what you can do to keep your bones healthy and strong, and prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, it is estimated that 1...
1 large beet
1 green apple
2 medium size carrots
juice from 1/2 a lemon
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
The easiest way to make this slaw is with a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor you can use a cheese grater. You could also make it with a friend who has a food processor. That would probably be the most fun.
Grate the beet, carrot and apple. Put in a large bowl and mix with the juice from 1/2 a lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. It will keep covered in the fridge 5-7 days.
This slaw tastes delicious and it’s a great way to eat beets even if beets aren’t your favorite vegetable. I recently handed out samples of this slaw at a local community event. I didn't know how it would go over but was happy to discover people really enjoyed it, even a few kids! It makes me really happy to see kids eating beet slaw. Eat this slaw regularly as a condiment. It can aid your digestion and support your liver too.
I am happy to tell you that I will be teaching nutrition classes at The Workhouse here in Bend. The first one is Sunday, June 26 from 2-4pm.
This class will teach about specific foods that can be incorporated into your diet to improve your health. Samples of some of these foods will be provided. These foods will include things like saurkraut, kombucha, chicken soup, beet/carrot/apple slaw, apple cider vinegar in water, etc. There will even be a delicious healthy desert.
Prior to class students will complete an online Nutritional Assessment Health Questionnaire. The results of the questionnaire will be given to students at the beginning of class. It will give students insight into their personal areas of nutritional strength and weakness. Students will be able to use this knowledge to apply the information learned in class.
When you want to take responsibility for your health, cleaning up your diet is a great place to start. Cleaning up your diet can go a long way towards improving your energy levels, mood and overall health.
I used to think
that if I shopped in the natural section of the grocery store, the food co-op, Whole Foods or the other health food stores, the food I was buying was reasonably healthy. I believed that the ingredients used to make the foods must be at least healthier than the food in the regular grocery stores. I knew some basics like, don’t eat hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. If something had words I didn’t know what they were I figured it was best to not eat it or feed it to my children. I didn’t feel like there was an alternative so I bought them anyway. What I didn’t know was this was only the tip of the ice burg.
Now I know the health food stores are full of unhealthy foods too. You have to really know what to look for and what to avoid when shopping. This is on...
So often we have little symptoms that we ignore or we justify them as a normal part of aging. Over time these symptoms can get worse and can lead to other symptoms and even disease.
Many times, pain and symptoms are our body's way of telling us something is out of balance and needs attention. By identifying and addressing the root cause of these symptoms, they can actually go away. By listening to our body we can become healthier and even prevent disease.
I will use my own experience as an example. Over the last few years I began to develop seasonal allergies. I’ve always considered myself a healthy person and had never been allergic to anything in my life, so this was strange for me. I thought it must just be what happens as you age. Looking around me at the health issues other people were experiencing confirmed this idea. Just turn on the tv or open a magazine and you will see an ad for medications for your health problem. Having a little seasonal allergy seemed like a pretty mino...
Bacon, cheese, dark chocolate, eggs and butter.* Did I get your attention? What do these foods have in common? Besides being absolutely delicious, these are all foods I eat on a regular basis. Yep. That’s right. I am a certified nutritional professional and these are foods I eat to support my optimal health and wellbeing. I eat these foods and feel good about it. Absolutely no guilt. None. And I have great news! Depending on your own bio-individuality, these foods may be healthy options for you too!
I haven’t always thought of these foods as healthful options. Except for dark chocolate, I previously believed that all these foods were artery clogging, heart disease causing foods that would make me fat and were to be avoided if I wanted to be healthy and live a long life. Butter was a disgusting substance that I used so infrequently, it was kept it in the freezer. Well now I know better. I’ve changed my ways and actually apologized to my kids for depriving th...