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Why You Should (Still!) Eat Raw Sprouts

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Nutrition | 0 comments

Sprouts are one of the most complete and nutritionally dense foods in the world. Once you understand how healthy sprouts are, you would agree that they are an amazing super food that everyone should be eating – preferably raw. What are the Risks of Eating Raw Sprouts? In recent news, the media has deemed it unsafe to consume raw or slightly cooked sprouts due to a fairly recent salmonella or E. coli outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory warning consumers of the possible risks of eating raw sprouts. In my opinion, these warnings were created based on misunderstanding and fear rather than logic and reality. Let me explain… The FDA discovered that the seeds and beans themselves are usually what cause the salmonella or E. coli breakouts in the first place – not the sprouts.  If bacteria is...

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Twinkie’s Challenge: Exercise Regularly

Posted by on Jul 2, 2011 in Fitness, Twinkie's Challenge | 0 comments

We’ve all been told that we are supposed to exercise on a regular basis, since it’s healthy for us. But why should you and I exercise on a regular basis? Is the effort worth the sacrifice? I am challenging each of you to make exercise a part of your life, and I suggest you check out some of the benefits that are associated with regular exercise. Define “Regular Exercise” In order to benefit from regular exercise, you need to start somewhere. What’s considered “regular exercise”? In general, adults need to exercise for about three to five times a week, for 20 – 40 minutes. Health Benefits of Regular Exercise There are plenty of reasons why you should take on this challenge of making exercise a part of your life. I will list some of the top benefits of exercise,...

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Never forget this Important Habit!

Posted by on Oct 11, 2010 in Fitness, Weight Loss | 4 comments

Working out on a regular basis is more than a way to lose or maintain weight. It’s a way of life. Regular Exercise Working out on a regular basis helps with many things. I will briefly discuss some of the many health benefits of working out on a regular basis: •Drops  Insulin levels -High Insulin levels are dangerous since it is the root cause of Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, etc. Cardiovascular Exercise is a natural way to lower your Insulin levels. •Treats Type 2 Diabetes – A couple of the possible side-effects of Diabetes is Heart Disease and Kidney Disease. Both are very serious conditions, and exercising on a regular basis (including a healthy diet) can greatly reduce the chances of having Diabetes. •Lowers Blood Pressure – If you have High Blood Pressure, you are at risk for...

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Twinkie’s Challenge: No Sugar or Artifical Sweeteners!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2010 in Nutrition, Twinkie's Challenge, Weight Loss | 5 comments

This quarter, I challenge you to avoid processed Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners! (You can still have natural sugars found in Fruit, Vegetables, Agave Nectar, Raw Honey, etc). So why would I give you (and myself!) this Challenge? The Harmful Effects of Sugar Processed Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners are really bad for you. But how bad can it be? •Raises insulin levels in the body, which promotes the storage of fats. By storing excess fats, it causes your body to gain weight, and Sugar has been linked to causing Obesity. •Depresses the Immune System. If your body is trying to fight an illness, Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners are only going to make things worse for you by preventing your body to fight back whatever illness it is trying to get rid of. If you want to lower your risk of...

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Rosemary

Posted by on Aug 23, 2010 in Spices & Herbs | 5 comments

Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean where it has been used ever since 500 B.C., and early on used to help cure ailments of the nervous system. Today, Rosemary is more commonly known for it’s flavor in our recipes than it’s healing properties. Here are some of the health benefits that come with Rosemary: Benefits •Defenses against cancer •Anti-aging (help prevent wrinkles) •Inhibits infections from minor cuts •May help relieve congestion brought on my a cold •Promotes circulation •Help arthritis suffers due to the antioxidants •Diuretic, which helps prevent yeast causing bacteria from growing (bye-bye yeast infections!) Intake Dried or Fresh – Season up your recipes! Rosemary is best known for its culinary use. Essential Oil – Has the ability to help strengthen and heal organs such as the heart, brain, and liver. As healthy and beneficial as Rosemary...

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Do you really need Health Insurance?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2010 in Health | 2 comments

Many people look at Health Insurance and wonder if it is really necessary for them and their family. Unfortunately, most people put it at the bottom of their priority list. In reality, it shouldn’t even be a question whether they should have it or not. Don’t let money hurt your health I know too many people that need to go the Doctor to take care of some serious health concerns, but they don’t because they think they can’t afford the trip to the Doctor’s office. I believe there are some things in life that are priceless. Your health is one of them, and a lack of money should never be a reason why you don’t take care of yourself or your family. The cost of Health Insurance is more than worth it for your family’s health. Buy it before...

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Twinkie’s Challenge: Throw away your Microwave!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2010 in Nutrition, Twinkie's Challenge | 8 comments

What exactly is a Microwave? A Microwave is an “electromagnetic energy” that affects the molecules in your food. Food has positive and negative electrons in it (think North and South Pole!), and when touched by the wave energy from the Microwave, there is a polarity change, which means the negative electrons become positive, and positive electrons becomes negative. By this movement, heat is created with these waves, which is how our food gets cooked. My changing the polarity of the molecules in your food…there are some scary side effects that just don’t make the convenience of a microwave worth it anymore. Nutrition depleted Vitamins and Minerals are made useless when heated in the Microwave. Isn’t this the whole point of eating in the first place? Yes, I think foods should taste great…but we are supposed to feed our bodies...

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Why do I need to use SPF?

Posted by on Mar 18, 2010 in Beauty, Health | 1 comment

This is a question I am sure a bunch of sexy beach babes ask all the time, or at least should be asking themselves this question. “Why do I need to use SPF?” What does “SPF” Mean? Let’s start at the beginning. SPF means Sun Protection Factor. The number you see with SPF (SPF 30 for example), represents the length of time you can stay out in the sun without burning, multiplied by that number. If you normally burn after 10 minutes, you should be able to stay out in the sun (theoretically) for 300 minutes if you have SPF 30. I would recommend  having a high SPF, and putting SPF on as often as you can…let’s say every hour or every other hour, depending on whether you are swimming/sweating or not. Is the Sun Good for you? The...

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