Category Archives: Health & Wellness

Exercise the Mind

feed our soul

 

We know real wholesome food, as in fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts and grains :) and exercise are an important part of our survival.  We also know what the damages processed foods and lack of exercise can do to our bodies, but I feel that we often neglect exercising our minds. Mindfulness plays a key role in our survival as well. I am a huge advocate of plant based consumption,  but I also feel that if you find something that works for you, then stick to it.

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No Eggs or Butter! How Do You Bake?

This question arises quite frequently when people discover we are plant based, “if you don’t eat eggs or butter, how can you possibly bake anything?”

For as much as I like to make treats, I was determined to find solutions.  It did take some trial and error but my treat eaters have been very happy with the results :)  As crazy as it sounds to most people, you can make A LOT of delicious recipes beyond treats, without using any of animal based ingredients. Whether you are plant based, vegan, allergic or just ran out of eggs, there are some staples that you can use for replacing eggs and butter when baking.  In fact, the recipe will be free of hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol, heart disease, autoimmune issues, excessive unhealthy fat, and the list goes on.  Replacing eggs or butter with whole food ingredients provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients that benefit the body for activity, recovery and overall health.  I feel it is a good trade.  I have found that I use some of the listed options below more frequently than others as that just seems to work the best for that specific recipe or it just happens to be what I have on hand.

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Use It Year Round

As in many areas of the world, the sun is out many months of the year. Here in California, the sun comes out to play even when we should be getting rain. We are in the midst of the longer sunny days and being prepared for the heat that is to come is helpful.  Even if you are an active family outside year round, in the pool, on the trails, on bikes and playing more than during the winter, it is extremely important to keep your largest organism protected.  And to keep in mind, anything you put on your skin is absorbed, therefore what you choose to put on your skin is even more important. Either way, sun protection is important for all seasons and all areas we live in to help prevent the sun’s UV rays from soaking into the skin for too long of time. We also want to be sure we get adequate Vitamin D and the sun is how our bodies produce it.  But how do we choose a sunscreen with all the debate over certain ingredients and chemicals in sunscreens that may be more harmful than good?  Bottom line we need to protect ourselves from too much over exposure and learning how to protect ourselves is the first step.

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Better Options Than Sports Drinks

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As the months stay warm and will soon be blistering hot, staying hydrated is a priority.  Most warmer months involve active bodies outside in the heat, and as much as water should be your first option, for some it can get a little boring.  Maintaining proper hydration is very important, regardless of whether you are exercising for 15 minutes or 60, sweating profusely, sitting and watching a soccer game in the heat or outdoors chilling by a pool. Always be conscious of your water consumption and sun exposure.

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Storing Produce

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Does this sound familiar?

You have your recipes picked and ready for the week and you head to the store or farmers market and get all the ingredients you need.  Your feeling accomplished that you are so on it!! Then you get to the third day and see your produce has wilted or gone bad.  You feel a bit frustrated you spent all that money on the produce and so discouraged for being so prepared for the week.  Well, here are some tips from a few of my favorite resources that may help keep that from happening and keep your produce alive and well for longer.

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Podcasts: Two I Recommend

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Podcasts have been something I am making time to listen to when I am cleaning, cooking, on the treadmill at the gym or when I have some quite time. I follow a couple podcasts ( I will share others from time to time ), Rich Roll being one of them and he has some incredibly amazing guests who are incredible narratives and so full of life and I have enjoyed just about all of them.  Recently he had a guest that was one of the best I have listened to and I wanted to share it with you.

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Think Outside: No Box Required

There are so many videos I want to share that discuss many aspects of the food we consume as well as my reasons for a plant based lifestyle. While I am working on more informative posts to share, here’s one below that is just to fun to not share. FMTV is a website that has some good information and though I am not 100% in agreement with everything they believe, I like to visit regularly to see what they are working on and it is one of the resources that I use.  They have recipes, videos, articles and documentaries.  It is a site that I do recommend visiting as it covers the inside and outside of our overall wellness.

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Alternatives To Rewarding With Candy

As I sat a few weeks ago waiting for my kids to get their hair cuts, I was enthralled with a scene going on with another child getting ready to get their hair cut.  The parent was trying to work with the child to get up in the chair, the child wasn’t budging. I could see that the parent was not only trying to maintain her composure but also working quickly to come up with an incentive. I heard the parent say “if you can help the nice lady out and get up in that chair, I will give you 20 extra minutes of electronics”. In my mind, I thought, wow! totally impressed with the non use of treats/food/toys and calmness! The child proceeds to get on to the chair. Then the hairdresser leans over to the child and says, “I will give you a lollipop if you can sit still in the chair”. I think I had the same look on my face as the parent did. Now, as a parent, I sat there and thought to myself, there was no need for her to offer a lollipop, the parent solved the situation, so why did she feel she had to interfere. Reflecting on this made me realize that we are all guilty of it, rewarding children with treats/food/toys is prevalent and it is done by parents, teachers, parent groups, administrators, coaches, grandparents and even hair dressers, doctors, banks and the like, and no one really seems to question it. Schools do it! It is a challenge in which I work to improve at the children’s school, yet disappointingly find it not changing. Why is it encouraged to reward children for everything they do or with candy/treats/food that threaten children’s health and diets and reinforces poor eating habits and choices. When did receiving social rewards not be good enough?

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