Why I’m Not Eating Healthy For The Super Bowl

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As a health coach I make it my mission to live a healthy lifestyle and to promote that lifestyle to others. I walk the walk and talk the talk and I’m damn proud of it.

On Super Bowl Sunday I’m taking the day off.

Whaaaat? For shame Mr. Health coach!  How could you?

Well, why not?

There are a few things that I’ve learned as a health coach that go beyond just nutrition.  The primary foods,  happiness, relationships, self confidence, all these play into a healthy outlook.

Here are a few healthy things to do on Super Bowl Sunday that have nothing to do with food.

 

Go to a party-Be with loved ones and friends.  Share the ups and down of the game.  Laugh and cry.  Just live baby! We are social animals, take the time to interact and share the experience.  You will be better for it.

 

Put life on hold-Be mindful and live in the present.  It’s the big game! Enjoy the moment.  You will be happier.  You can get back to life later.

 

Let off some steam-Be bad, but not irresponsible bad.  If you drink, have a few drinks.  Eat a dozen chicken wings in ranch sauce. Scream at the TV!  Flirt! Tell dirty jokes. There is too much stress in our daily lives.  Let it go on Sunday.

 

My focus is always on eating and health and I’ve worked hard at it all week.

This Sunday my team is in the big game.  I’ve waited for this moment for a long time.  I’m going to let it all hang out and so should you. Your mind will thank you and your body will recover.

 

When Monday rolls around and you feel that need to re-focus, come see me for a free health consultation at http://www.kriyaliving.com.  We’ll get you back on track.

 

Enjoy the Super Bowl and Go Broncos!

 

Bruce

 

Top Yoga Poses To Enhance Your Ski Season

Yoga to enhance your ski season? Why not?

It’s the middle of ski season and hopefully you are enjoying it and having fun. As with any physical activity, fatigue and injury can play a factor as the season wears on.

So how do you keep the momentum going and stay healthy the rest of the season?

Try some yoga. Even if you’re not a full time yogi these poses will help keep you energized, relaxed and focused and give you a strong finish to your ski season.

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Warrior Pose-This pose is one of my favorites for strength conditioning. Being a telemark skier, the lunge of this pose helps me get stronger to make those lunging telemark turns. This pose strengthens your whole body and also opens up the hips, chest and lungs. It improves focus, balance and stability while improving circulation.

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Forearm Plank Pose-Do this for 2 minutes when you wake up in the morning. You won’t regret the benefits. It builds strength in the arms, shoulders and abdomen. You will need this strength when you’re skiing that deep powder.

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 Chair Pose-This pose develops leg strength and reinforces the spine to help you navigate through the toughest runs. When practicing this pose, hold for 10 breaths and then repeat 3 to 5 times.

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Plow Pose-Increases circulation, spinal flexibility and suppleness. This pose also improves the strength of back muscles, hamstrings and abdomen. This pose is very beneficial if your body is fatigued or recovering from minor injury.

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Savasana-Relax! Finish your yoga ski workout and take time to be mindful with Savasana pose. This pose relaxes the body, calms and focuses the mind and relieves fatigue. It will get your head right for a day of skiing.

Skiing and yoga, two of my favorite activities. It’s only natural that they should work together.

Try these poses to improve your performance throughout your ski season.

If you would like to learn more about yoga and skiing or if you’re looking for other ways improve your health through nutrition and fitness, contact me for a free health consultation at http://www.kriyaliving.com. We’ll get you tuned up.

Think snow, and we’ll see you on the slopes!

Bruce

Oil Pulling: A Pull A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

I was spending a long weekend with friends recently. They’re used to my somewhat unusual health habits, so when I put a spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth one morning and started swishing it around, I got some quizzical looks and amusing comments.

Oil pulling is an age old Ayurvedic process that is designed to heal and detoxify the body of various ailments from oral health to treating many diseases. Oil pulling attracts germs and bacteria to pull them out of your mouth. Oil pulling therapy can be done with many types of oil such as, coconut or sesame oil. The best time to pull is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Simply put the oil in your mouth and swish around and pull it through your teeth for about 15 minutes. When you’re finished spit it out. Don’t swallow it as the oil is full of bacteria and germs.

I’ve been pulling for about a year. The first thing I noticed was that my teeth felt stronger and they were definitely whiter. Damn, that’s a good start. Nothing like a shiny sexy smile. I was hooked so I wanted to learn about other hidden benefits. Here’s what I learned.

Oral Health-All disease starts in the mouth. Oil pulling cleans your mouth especially the gums by easing inflammation. It freshens the breath, whitens the teeth and helps prevent tooth decay and disease.

Beyond the Mouth-Many holistic practitioners tout oil pulling for a variety of health concerns.
-Reducing inflammation from arthritis.
-Reduces nausea and gastro intestinal ailments.
-Supports organ function.
-Reduces allergy symptoms.
-Helps correct hormone imbalances.
-Eases pain.
-Soothes a hangover after alcohol consumption.(Good to know 😉 ).
-Detoxifies the body of harmful metals.
-Removes harmful bacteria and allows healthy bacteria to flourish.

It’s easy and cheap-I pull in the shower to save time and avoid interruption. A spoonful of oil costs less than any vitamin and has more benefits.

Multiple scientific studies support the benefits of oil pulling, and with any health process I urge you to do your own research and see if it’s right for you. If you want to learn more check out the book, “Oil Pulling Therapy” by Dr. Bruce Fife.

I recommend oil pulling as part of my health coaching program. If you want to learn more health tips, contact me for a free consultation at http://www.kriyaliving.com.

I’m pulling for you! Have a healthy day.

Bruce

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Juicing… The good, the bad, and the ugly!

Great thoughts on juicing!

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Well let’s be honest, when you mix black berries with carrots and spinach, the color probably won’t be too appealing. Setting color aside, juicing offers some great health benefits. Here is everything you need to know about juicing!

THE GOOD

1. Being realistic, if I didn’t juice, there’s no way in hell I’d be eating as many fruits and vegetables as I do on a daily basis. Most homemade vegetable and fruit juices have all your vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals that you would normally consume through eating said foods. Juicing is simply a much easier way to get these nutrients.

2. Consuming an adequate amount of these nutrients can help prevent everything from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis.

3. It just makes you feel better. Happier, healthier, cleaner, full of energy, less bloated – the list goes on.

4. Juicing will keep you surprisingly hydrated. Keep on drinking your water, but throw…

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Navigating The Grocery Store-My Quest For Healthy Food

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I spend way too much time at the grocery store. I have to pick up food for myself, food for clients, juicing supplies etc. Since I’m a health coach, I’m constantly looking at food and asking myself, “Is this a healthy choice?” or “Where did this come from?” and “What’s in it?” Is it organic? Local? GMO free? Gluten free? Sugar free? Cage free? Grass fed? Raw? Pasteurized? Ok, you get it. Healthy shopping is a bitch and corporate America won’t be there to give us a helping hand(I’ll get to that in a later post.) 

So how do I navigate the grocery store and discover the healthiest of foods? Try this:

Shop the outside and avoid the middle-What?  You bet.  Most grocery stores are set up with the whole foods – produce, meats, bakery, and dairy on the outside aisles of the store. What’s in the middle?  All the processed foods.  Stuff a healthy eater wants to avoid. This is not random, grocery stores are profit centers and they want you in the middle. Junk food makes them money. Avoid the middle!

Learn how to read the nutrition and ingredients label- I just told you to avoid the middle of the grocery store, but inevitably you’re sucked in to get your favorite box of crackers. You notice all the brightly colored packaging placed conveniently at eye level. They’re healthy! Natural! Nutritious! Don’t fall into the trap. Be conscious when you pick up that box of crackers. What’s in it? Check out those labels. Am I getting healthy nutrition? Look at the ingredients. If you’re buying rice, the ingredients should say rice. If the list of ingredients are as long as your arm with things you’ve never heard of, then put it back on the shelf.  

Buy Local- Support your local farmer.  They are the ones producing the organic, GMO free, and ethically raised foods.  This insures that you’re getting the healthiest, nutrient dense fresh food.   If it comes from the other side of the world, ask yourself, “When was this picked?”.  If your butcher can’t tell you where your meat comes from, take a pass. Also it’s a great boost to the local economy.

There’s more to fine tuning your grocery experience, but these three rules of thumb will help you lay out a healthy plan. Be mindful be present and have fun. 

If you’re interested in learning more, why not contact me for a free consultation at http://www.kriyaliving.com. I also do grocery store tours.

Have a healthy day, 

Bruce 

 

Cholesterol: What is the Real Story?

 

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The cholesterol discussion seems to get more muddled every day. The American Heart Association and most doctors continue to tout cholesterol as the enemy. However, the WHO and many scientific journals say, “Not so fast”.
I’ve struggled with high cholesterol and inflammation my entire adult life. My most recent screening still showed high levels of bad cholesterol(LDL). My doctor says it’s genetic and I need a statin. New studies don’t support this. So what’s a 53yr old healthy male to do? I’m going with my gut. Here are a few facts.

 

-Cholesterol is a substance vital to the cells of all mammals.

 

-High cholesterol foods don’t raise your cholesterol. Your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol increases when you eat a little cholesterol and decreases when you eat a lot.

 

-Statin drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life. Statins disturb the functions of the muscles, heart and brain. They’ve also been shown to cause cancer in rats.

 

-People with high cholesterol live longer. At least fifteen studies found that total mortality was inversely associated with either total or LDL-cholesterol, or both. This means that it is actually much better to have high than to have low cholesterol if you want to live to be very old.

 

So there you have it. Sort of.
I’ll admit it, I don’t know where to go with this. Do I listen to my doctor and go back on my statin? Sorry doc. Not gonna happen. I need a second opinion.

 

So what are your thoughts? Is the danger of high cholesterol a myth? And if it’s a myth, where lies the truth? I need your help with this.

 

I hope to hear from you on your cholesterol thoughts. Let’s have this discussion!

 

If you’re currently battling cholesterol issues and would like to chat, please contact me for a free health consultation at http://www.kriyaliving.com.

 

In good health,
Bruce