5K for beginners be ready for the race

Be ready for the race. Setting goals is a great way to stay motivated in your exercise routine. When you have something attainable to work towards and you can track your progress, you’ll be challenged and more likely to stick with exercise. Your goal may be to lose a certain number of pounds or to lower your blood pressure. Or if you’re a runner, you may enjoy working towards running a race. If you’re new to running, a 5K is the perfect distance to work towards. Five kilometers is the equivalent of 3.1 miles. Play your cards right, and a couple months is all it takes to be ready to run this far. Want to know how to reach the finish line in tip-top shape? Read on. Step One: Sign Up You’ve made the decision to run a 5K. Great! You’re on the road to fitness and fulfilling your goals. ...(Read More)

How to become familiar with genetically modified food.

Become familiar with common  genetic modified food. These are the products (and their derivatives) that are most likely to be genetically modified: Soybeans – Gene taken from bacteria (Agrobacterium sp. strain CP4) and inserted into soybeans to make them more resistant to herbicides. Corn – There are two main varieties of GE corn. One has a Gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis inserted to produce the Bt toxin, which poisons Lepidoteran (moths and butterflies) pests. There are also several events which are resistant to various herbicide. Present in high fructose corn syrup and glucose/fructose which is prevalent in a wide variety of foods in America. Grapeseed/Canola – Gene added/transferred to make crop more resistant to herbicide. Sugar beets – Gene added/transferred to make crop more resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Cotton – engineered to produce Bt toxin. The seeds are pressed into cottonseed oil, which is a common ingredient ...(Read More)

Apple Fritter Muffins for Health and Wellness

Apple Fritter Muffins When I was little I loved apple fritters. The gooey, sticky, apple-y doughnut was my favorite thing to eat on Saturday mornings.  Well, since traditional apple fritters are filled with sugar, unhealthy fats, carbs, and gluten, eating one just isn’t an option anymore. This recipe for Apple Fritter Muffins captures the flavor and experience of an apple fritter doughnut without any of the repercussions! In fact you’ll be getting protein and even some fiber from these tasty treats. Here’s what you need for 12: 1 Tablespoon coconut oil 2 organic apples, chopped 1/4 cup organic golden raisins 1/4 cup pecans, chopped 4 Tablespoons water 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon plus a dash 1 Tablespoon pure grade B maple syrup 9 organic cage-free eggs 3 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk 1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda dash of sea salt     Preheat oven to 350 degrees ...(Read More)

Knowing what is in our food is a complex problem

The problem is more complex than blaming any one person. As a Health and Wellness Coach, I spend many hours every week researching the food we eat. Just this week I spent several hours getting through the gatekeepers of a company. I wanted to know for my clients what part of the Agave plant they used and what they used as a processing method. I knew that one part of the agave plant processed one way would yield a low GI of 30 and another part of the agave plant processed another way would produce a high GI of 70. One would cause high blood sugar, heart disease along with speeding up the aging process and the other would produce low blood sugar,  anti aging i.e. slowing down the aging process, and a more healthy lifestyle. Having a job, kids and family where does a parent find the time to ...(Read More)

Small Seeds with a Big Impact on your Health and Wellness

Small Seed, Big Impact The wonderful world of flax seed—by the numbers. A powerhouse food packed with health benefits. If you’ve not added flax seed to your diet, you will soon. First cultivated nearly 3,000 years ago, flax seed has been around a while. Back in the eighth century, King Charlemagne was so convinced of the goodness of flax seed he enforced laws that required the people of his land to eat it. Now, 1,300 years later, experts realize Charlemagne’s suspicions were spot on. Evidence has shown flax seed may help lower your risk of cancer, lung disease, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Recognition of these health benefits has lead to an increase in the amount of flax seed being added to foods such as oatmeal, crackers, and bread. You may want to add it to your food as well. 3 Ingredients What makes flax seed so great? Its reputation ...(Read More)

How you can be a healthier weekend warrior

  Become A Healthier/Safer Weekend Warrior   We’ve all done it and I have been as guilty as the last guy at times.  You are running late to a round of golf or game of pick-up basketball, jump out of your car, run to the first tee or court, and jump right in 100%.  Unfortunately this is a recipe for an injury, either traumatic or the overuse variety.   As hard as it is sometimes to squeeze in an extra 10 minutes into our busy schedules, these few minutes prior to activity can be the difference between incurring an injury or playing your best round ever.  Most weekend warriors were at some point in their lives competitive athletes either in football, basketball, track, baseball, etc.  During this time of their lives, either collegiately or in high school, these athletes practiced rigorously, worked out in the weight room, ran and stretched ...(Read More)

Spices for Your Gut Health

   Hi folks, I just read this great article by Jordan Rubin. He’s one of America’s most recognized and respected natural health experts and I just had to share it with you. Please read to find out how important your GUT is for your health and wellness! Maybe you’ve heard this phrase:  “As it goes with your gut, so it goes with your health.”  In other words, the state of your health relies on the state of your gut.  Unfortunately, gut health can go awry for a number of reasons, including a poor diet; unhealthy lifestyle choices; food allergies and other sensitivities; unrelenting stress; the ingestion of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and more. On the other hand, you can bolster the health of your gut by a prudent diet rich in probiotics and enzymes, wise lifestyle choices, and even by spicing up your life with these gut-loving spices. First up is turmeric. What turmeric does ...(Read More)

Greek Salad for your Health and Wellness

Our Guest Post today is from Maggie over at www.kidsgoneraw.com Foodie Friday: Greek Salad Recipe Foodie Friday: A Greek Salad that everyone will LOVE! Top it with a feta nut cheeze or some falafel. Salad: 1 head of romaine lettuce, rinsed & dried & chopped 2 tomatoes, diced 1 cucumber,  sliced or diced ½ cup red onion, sliced thin 1 cup raw kalamata olives – optional ½ red pepper chopped ½ green pepper chopped 1 cup of nut feta—see recipe below ¼ cup parsley, chopped Toss all ingredients together in a bowl, except for the lettuce.  Set lettuce aside.  Make dressing. Dressing: ¼ cup olive oil 2 Tbs lemon juice 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp dried oregano pinch sea salt pinch black pepper Whisk ingredients together & pour over veggies in a bowl.  Let it sit for 15-30 minutes.  Now toss in romaine lettuce & ...(Read More)

USDA Forces Whole Foods To Accept Monsanto

  “The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must.”   –  Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011 In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation’s 25,000 organic farms and ranches, America’s organic consumers and producers are facing betrayal. A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it’s time to surrender to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for “coexistence” with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack.In a cleverly worded, but profoundly misleading email sent to its customers last week, Whole Foods Market, while proclaiming their support for organics and ...(Read More)

Health and Wellness Tip for a Flat Belly

Do you want to reclaim your waistline permanently? Stop the endless sit ups, abusing your joints, running endless miles, or lifting heavy weights; let’s take a look at your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone your body releases when you are under stress, your job with dead lines, family, daily traffic, people that push your hot buttons. It’s this never ending cortisol overload that causes your body to store belly fat. When you secrete cortisol, you are more likely to store the most fat on your stomach and are more likely to have increased spikes in carb cravings. Now before you get depressed and need more vitamin D3, there are many ways that we coach you how to fight high cortisol levels without causing more damage to your body. We coach you using a step by step roadmap on how to change your proteins, carbs and fats to when and ...(Read More)