Category Archives: Nutritional Well

Has Feeding Yourself Become Complicated? Forget all of the lingo and stick to the basics…

advises Jess Ainscough, writer, blogger, and certified holistic health coach. I couldn’t agree more. It amazes me how complicated we’ve made eating/our diet/nutrition. Let’s get back in touch with ourselves by becoming aware of our true hunger, and, when we are truly hungry (for food!), feed ourselves with real food. When you “eat clean” – your body tells you exactly what it wants and needs.

Eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible and good health will follow. Weight loss will be a given. If it can sit in your pantry for years and not go bad, don’t eat it. If it contains ingredients that you can’t pronounce, don’t eat it. If you pick up something that your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food, don’t eat it. It is that easy. By eating local, organic, fresh whole foods you can’t really go wrong. Your body is designed to eat food from the ground and if you feed it accordingly it will reward you by carrying you through a long, healthy and happy life. Read Jess’s full blog post at The Wellness Warrior.

Intuitive eating has big health benefits…

Yoga Journal Article Satisfying Sustenance By Dayna Macy

Article in a Brief: A new study finds intuitive eating, which is often a yoga by-product, has big health benefits. If yoga has helped you tune in to your body’s subtle signals of hunger and fullness, chances are you’re the healthier for it.

Promoting Drinking Plain Old Water…

 

 

Awesome to see professional snowboarders actively promoting drinking water instead of energy drinks!

http://www.wedrinkwater.com/about

From their site: “Maybe you, like us, started to feel uncomfortable about how effective these companies have become at encouraging young people to consume their product: beverages of caffeine, sodium, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and even some mystery chemicals about which little is known.”

NY Times Article

Sneak in Exercise…

Less than half of us exercise 3 times a week for 30 minutes a day. Ideally we should  exercise nearly every day for at least 45 minutes. Sneak in exercise and enhance your social wellbeing and overall connection with those you love.

  1. play tag as a family.
  2. rake & play in the leaves together.
  3. take a walking date each morning or evening with your partner.
  4. ride your bikes together.

I noticed a group of adult guys gathering at a middle school this past Sunday morning to play football together. I also noticed a group of mothers playing tag with their children in the park. Get creative and active and social simultaneously. Sneaking in those 45 daily minutes of exercise could become the highlight of your day.

Students challenge campuses to ditch junk food…

Students at 216 campuses in 46 states and five countries are asking their campuses for healthier and sustainable foods.

The student groups are a part of a national movement called The Real Food Challenge, which hopes to convince universities to start serving more organic, locally grown foods and stop serving from industrial farms.

The Real Food Challenge said it’s after “real food” — foods that are locally-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane. By 2020, the national organization wants $1 billion of university food budgets to be spent on real foods. The campaign has already made a $35 million dent in that goal since the Real Food Challenge started in 2008. According to David Schwartz, campaign coordinator of the Real FoodCampaign initiative, has given students across the nation a united voice, which makes the campaign even more powerful.

http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/ccp/students-challenge-campuses-to-ditch-junk-food

Garden on the Go is Addressing Food Access…

Indiana University Health’s Garden on the Go is an effort to improve access to affordable fruits and vegetables in “food deserts” throughout Marion County (Indianapolis area). A “food desert” is defined as “an area that lacks access to affordable, healthy foods.”

Garden on the Go: a truck filled with local and regional fruits and vegetables that stops throughout the week in an area that lacks easy access to healthful food. http://www.fastcompany.com/1783206/garden-on-the-go-brings-fresh-produce-to-food-deserts

Our health and well-being is our personal responsibility…

We can eat processed, high salt, high fat, high sugar, low nutrient foods and feel and look terrible or we can choose to eat nutrient rich and minimally processed foods and gain health, vitality, and an energetic passion for life. Personally, when I eat well, I feel well and look great. When I eat junk, I feel lethargic and slow. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., a nutrition-focused medical doctor, says a healthy eating style can reduce or eliminate high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, chronic headaches, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, and other chronic medical conditions. Through healthy eating we can reduce and often eliminate the need for medications. No matter what your current eating style or fitness level is, I encourage you to at least consider moving towards health and vitality by adding high-nutrient foods to your diet. There are numerous resources to help you get started and/or keep you motivated, including Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat for Health books. I’ll continue to update my “Reading Room” and “Resources” with appropriate material that is balanced, nutritious, vegetarian, and vegan. Feel free to post suggestions/recommendations and we can continue to add to the list.