You Are What You Eat–Here Is How To Make it Matter!

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Healthy eating and proper nutrition can get you on the fast track to stress free living. You are what you eat!

I am sure that many of you are enjoying your newly found stress relief in aromatherapy.
Please continue incorporating it into daily life and reap it’s aromatic and soothing benefits.

Today for Wellness Wednesday, I want to delve a little deeper into the effects of how what we put in our body, truly affects what we get in return; physically and emotionally.

We hear it all the time, “you are what you eat”. Have you ever taken the time to understand just what that means? It is simple; certain foods can affect us negatively or positively. It can be good or bad for our health and temperament.

Do you know what foods are truly bad for you, how it can lead to disease and affect your daily life negatively? What about good foods? What foods promote good long term health as well as our everyday overall mood and well-being?

We all have a basic idea of what might be good, what may be bad, but do we really know enough to make daily, healthy conscious decisions about our nutrition.

A lot of food that we indulge in daily that we term as safe food can have negative effects on us in the certain amounts. On the other hand missing meals has another affect that you will be surprised to learn about.

What about the good foods that can improve health, reduce stress levels and positively impact our overall health? You will be amazed at how much you do not know.

My entire purpose, my books, products, coaching program is about teaching you ways to improve your life and reduce stress. Proper nutrition is a big part of attaining that goal.

 Click here to find out more about my book on Nutrition for Stress Relief. Learn how to energize your mind, body and soul through eating foods that boost your health and bust the stress while restoring balance to your life.

I know that it is easier said than done, so do not set yourself up to fail. Educate yourself with the information contained in my book and learn how to create an environment that promotes healthy eating at home and in your lunch box. Stock up on the foods and drinks that make it easy to create good, quick and nutritious meals and help you stay on the plan. I have also included some other products that can help you as you pursue good nutrition that only promotes good health and results in stress relief.  

By clicking on the highlighted words below you will be taken to links on some of the products or tools that has helped me keep my nutrition in check and allowed me to save time and money and a whole lot of stress.

I suggest you soothe your senses and unwind with a cup of herbal tea. You can also fight stress  juicing your fruits and vegetables. What about a healthy breakfast on the go by blending a smoothie.

Oh and while you are sipping on that tea, don’t forget to take your vitamins, created just for women like you and me.

Until next time: make what you eat, what you want to be!

Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. Do you notice that you feel better when you eat healthy foods?

2. What’s the ONE “unhealthy” food you have trouble giving up?

 

Add These 12 Super Foods For Stress to your Diet!

In my ongoing fight against stress I have discovered certain foods that have deserve the label super food. Super foods for stress can improve your health by making you more stress-resilient, lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke, while boosting your immune system. energy, focus, and mental sharpness. The best part is that you get these benefits using all natural foods, instead of items containing chemicals and drugs.

Here’s my list  of 12 super foods for stress and a description of how they help my body and mind:

1. Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are packed with added fiber, potassium and vitamin C. I cook them in many ways including baked, boiled or mashed, as well as cubed in soups.

2. Blueberries. Blueberries are definitely a super fruit! They contain beneficial antioxidants as well as vitamin C and fiber. They make a healthy treat and they’re easy to eat on their own or in smoothies and baked goods.  I love adding blueberries to my oats for a powerful breakfast in the mornings.

3. Bananas. Bananas make  my list because of their beneficial nutrients as well as high potassium content. They also contain a healthy dose of vitamin B6.  I grab a banana to eat as a mid morning of mid afternoon snack.  Its delicious and gives me a burst of energy.  Calms hunger pangs too!

4. Broccoli. Broccoli is a vegetable that contains a healthy amount of vitamin C and folic acid. If you don’t like the taste, you can use some spices, cheese, or dip to add some flavor.  I did not like the taste as a teenager and would drown my broccoli in cheese.  But now I am older and wiser, and I love broccoli, lightly steamed, with nothing added!

5. Spinach. Spinach comes packed with many beneficial ingredients. It’s one of the best leafy green vegetables that you can eat. It contains folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, and more. Plus it’s easy to add to salads.  I use spinach in my breakfast smoothies as well!  And best of all, I grow my own spinach at home…its an easy veggie to grow in your backyard garden.

6. Apples. So now you know there’s truth to the saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away! They contain many of the benefits of the other super food fruits, as well as a decent fiber content. They’re also a low glycemic index food. Apples can help you stay full and may help with weight loss.  Apples are my second choice for grab and go healthy snacks ( second to bananas).  I also add apple to my juicing, which I often do during the week as well.  Great stuff.

7. Baked Beans. Protein, fiber and calcium are just some of the benefits of this low GI super food. Baked beans have also been known to lower the chances of bowel type cancers because of the unique way they’re digested. 

8. Yogurt. Yogurt is a super healthy way of getting your dairy intake for the day. In addition to being an excellent source of calcium, yogurt has also been known to improve your bowel health overall. Yogurt can help with regulating the digestive system.  Great snack too!

9. Salmon. Lean fish are always good alternatives for healthy meats in your diet. However, salmon is extra special because it contains Omega 3’s. Omega 3’s alone have many health benefits such as reduced risks of heart attacks as well as mental disorders such as depression.  This is basically the only fish I eat.  It’s simply delicious and with all its stress-busting features I am always motivated to add it to my monthly meal planning list

10. Olive Oil. Olive oil is one type of oil that’s okay to add to your diet in moderation. It’s a good idea to keep in mind that a little bit goes a long way. Olive oil can lower bad cholesterol levels and it also contains a healthy amount of antioxidants. Use olive oil mixed with balsamic vinegar for salad dressing, instead of the creamy stuff. 

11. Dark Chocolate. This is usually the shocker on the super foods list. Dark chocolate can be yummy and beneficial to your health. Dark chocolate, in small amounts each day, can lower your blood pressure and it also contains antioxidants.  This is how I indulge with NO guilt!  Dark chocolate ( taken in small amounts) is actually GOOD me for!

12. Citrus Fruit. Many like the taste of sweet citrus fruits, which makes it quite the popular super food. You’ll still want to eat these fruits in moderation because they have a higher sugar content. However, citrus fruits also come with a high amount of vitamin C, fiber, and folic acid.  My favorite citrus fruit is tangerine!  But I often add oranges or grapefruits to my juicing concoctions.  :-)

There are many other foods that rightfully deserve the title of super food, but this list should get you started in the right direction. It’s always a great thing to hear when a delicious food also helps you live a happier, more stress-resilient, and healthier life!

Now its YOUR turn!

In the comments below, tell me:

1. Which other food would you add to this list as a super food?
2. How many of these super foods do you eat each week?

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Blueberry Oats Smoothie Recipe-Powerful Breakfast In Under 3 Minutes!

I am sure I do not have to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why that is?

Well, what you eat in the morning goes a long way toward giving your brain a boost as the day begins. In fact, people who skip breakfast in the morning are doing themselves a disservice because they are depriving their brain of the much-needed nutrients that are so important for proper brain function.

If you’re like me, you just do not have a lot of time to spare in the morning on preparing a nutritious breakfast.  The good news is that preparing a nutritious breakfast does NOT have to take more than 5 minutes.  Check out this power breakfast that I prepare during weekdays in under 3 minutes!  My blueberry oats smoothie recipe.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or mixed frozen berries)
1 cup vanilla almond milk 
1/2 cup oats
¼ tsp ground flaxseed
¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions:

Pour all ingredients in a powerful blender.   Blend on high for 20-30 seconds.   That’s it!

Enjoy this very healthy breakfast smoothie that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber and that will give you the best possible start to your day.

 

For Natural Stress Relief Pay Attention To What You Eat

You can buy all the stress relief products in the world but if you don’t pay special attention to the food that you put into your body then you are never going to achieve natural stress relief and optimal health.  Your body will never be able to handle stress as it should, and you will continue to be vulnerable to stress related diseases and perhaps even premature death.

Eat Wholesome Foods

For optimal health and stress fighting ability, you need to be eating good wholesome foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, whole grain complex carbohydrates, and natural yogurt.  You should make you eat foods that contain vitamins for stress relief too. Do those foods form 90% of your regular diet?  Or is your diet based primarily on the junk foods that many people seem to attempt to survive on?  Depending on your answer, it may be time for some important lifestyle changes.

Add Juicing To Your Routine

One of the best ways for me to get fresh fruits and veggies into my diet is by juicing.  One of my favorite ways to start the day is by making a healthy drink that consists of the beets, carrots, celery, sweet pepper, celery and one apple.  If you make juicing a part of your lifestyle, good health and natural stress relief will automatically follow.