So What’s Up Trader Joe’s?

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I had never been to Trader Joe’s in my life until recently when they opened their first store in Denver. I’d heard great things about amazing products that are healthy and affordable. I was excited to check it out and try some new vittles.  Here’s what I came away with.

Trader Joe’s is not a health food store-Now before everyone starts berating me about this, I understand that Trader Joe’s has never marketed themselves as a health food store. So why does everyone think it’s a health food store? They do have some healthy products, but let’s be realistic here, aisle after aisle of packaged goods, organic or not, doesn’t scream healthy to me.

The store was packed and the checkout line was a mile long so I had some time to do a little investigating. I’d heard their nuts were the bomb so I went there first.  Nice, raw organic almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts. Chocolate covered, spiced, salted and unsalted, you get the picture they have a nice nut selection.  What’s next.

They had a massive frozen food section.  Tubs of organic mac & cheese, neatly packaged ethnic dishes, thai, italian, indian. It all looked pretty damn good and I’ll have to admit you couldn’t find this stuff in your regular grocery store. I started looking at the ingredients and that’s when the health question came back to me.  Lot’s of soy, canola, dyes, flavorings and things I couldn’t pronounce.  Oh wait! It’s organic! Phew! What a relief, I thought the food might not be healthy.

I moved on.  Chips and crackers. things I never eat anyway.  I didn’t bother to look at the ingredients.  I already knew.

Ah, the produce and meat section.  I found this most interesting.  They had your usual selection of organic and non-organic choices. Again with the packaging. Kale in a bag? The packages all had cool names like “Happy Cow Beef” and “Morning glory farms asparagus.”  Again, I looked closer at the packaging. Responsibly farmed, antibiotic and hormone free, cage free. I smiled, “good for you Trader Joe’s” but something was missing.  Where was the local flavor? Where exactly, did this food come from? I looked at more labels, California mainly, it seems that all the food is created at their home office. I really wanted to see something from the neighborhood.  I’ve always held the belief that the best food is closest to the source. From the local garden or farm delivered fresh and nutritious to your local store. I saw none of this and this bothered me.  Trader Joe’s needs to be more local.

My research was done. I’d shopped at Trader Joe’s and I was left wondering, “What’s up Trader Joe’s?”  I turned to the massive check out line to await the fate of my wallet.

I’m not writing this to trash Trader Joe’s in any way.  Hell, I spent $80 while I was there.  These are just mere observances and a little disappointment that I took away from my first visit.

So what do you think? Am I totally off base?  I would love to hear from the Trader Joe’s supporters and also from those of you that may agree with me.

I’m always up for a good discussion and if you’re ever interested in discussing better ways to a healthy lifestyle, why not contact me for a free health consultation.  We’ll discuss what’s bothering you.

Have a great week and namaste,

Bruce

The Beauty of a Pomegranate

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Did you know that the pomegranate is one of the worlds oldest fruits?  It’s revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life.  It originated in Persia, but I recently saw many beautiful pomegranate trees in Sedona, Arizona.  I guess they acclimate well.

Pomegranates are nutrient dense and antioxidant rich offering protection against heart disease and cancer.  But the most recent news on the pomegranate shows amazing clinical results in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and actually cleaning out clogged arteries! Yeah, this fruit is a beauty.

Have you tried the pomegranate?  It’s a little tricky to get the seeds out but well worth the effort.  Here are simple instructions on how to seed your pomegranate along with a delicious recipe once you free these little beauties.

Seeding a Pomegranate

1. Cut the crown (protruding blossom end) off the pomegranate, removing with it some of the pale-yellow pith. Take care not to pierce the seeds within.

2. Lightly score the skin in quarters from stem to crown end.

3. Immerse the scored fruit in a large bowl of cool water and soak for 5 minutes. Holding the fruit under water, break sections apart with your fingers, separating the seeds from membrane. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl.

4. Discard skin and membranes. Drain the seeds and dry on paper towels.

Grilled Chicken Breast with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate Seeds

Ingredients:

4 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1 pomegranate

4oz. of goat cheese

Cooking Instructions:

Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil or coconut oil.

Grill until almost cooked completely through.

Put the chicken breasts in a large glass casserole pan.

Liberally apply the pomegranate seeds over the top of the chicken breasts.

Cover with shredded goat cheese.

Heat at 350 in the oven for 5 minutes.

Serve with your favorite fresh vegetable or salad.

Sounds delicious huh?  One more benefit, pomegranates have been known to relieve and prevent depression!  How can you not be happy eating this beautiful fruit?  I encourage you to incorporate pomegranate into your diet.  There are hundreds of ways to prepare them.  Sprinkle on you salad, eat ’em by the handful and my favorite, juice ’em!  Whatever your method, enjoy these beauties today.

If you’re looking for other health tips or perhaps some nutrition advice for your health challenges why not visit me for a free health consultation at www.kriyaliving.com.  Maybe I’ll send you home with a pomegranate.

Enjoy your day and namaste,

Bruce

If You Can’t Be With The One You Love….Love The One You’re With

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I’ve always liked that song. Love the one you’re with. It really says it all when you find yourself spending a lot of time with…yourself!

Valentines day is here and for the first time in awhile I’m single.  Sweeeet! I don’t have to fork out a bunch of money for a present and dinner and whatever. I don’t want to sound bitter and jaded, but I’m really happy just loving the one I’m with for once, myself.

So in honor of valentines day I want to give a shout out to all of the lovers out there and wish them a happy day and also send the love to my single friends and say, here’s some great ways to love yourself.

*Invite ownership, creativity and power into your life.  Let go of anger, blame and shame.

*Accept ourselves.  It doesn’t matter what others think about us.  It matters how we feel about ourselves.

*Choose love over fear. Don’t let fear rule your life.  Love is the strongest power of all.

*Accept failure.  It’s one step closer to growth.

*Allow yourself to show up and live your purpose.

It’s Valentines day.  So what.  Go out and celebrate with the greatest person in your life. You!

I know I’m heading out.  Maybe we’ll meet somewhere on the horizon.(I don’t even know what that means.  I think it’s a line from a song 😉

If you’re looking for more inspiration, why not visit me for a free health consultation.  We’ll discover more ways to love yourself.  www.kriyaliving.com.

Happy Valentines Day and Namaste y’all!

Bruce

America’s Healthcare crisis. Should We Be Moving From Treatment to Prevention?

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Is prevention the answer to the healthcare crisis? Isn’t it wiser to prevent sickness and disease rather than to treat it after it has developed?

We are in the midst of a healthcare crisis in this country.  Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease are at epidemic proportions and our healthcare system is not adequate enough to handle it.  When the health of our population is at risk, so is the health of our entire nation.  A sick nation effects us economically which in turn compromises our security.  As a sick nation we are not a strong nation.

So why aren’t we doing more?  I’d say the answer lies with our own government and the corporations that influence government policy.  The lobbying efforts of food corporations and big pharma are geared towards treatment.  Our government subsidizes cheap food which in turn is produced by corporations for the masses.  The masses get sick and big pharma treats them with the medications they produce.  There is no end game for sickness and disease.  Why would there be?  It’s not profitable.

The treatment model we follow is not sustainable.  If we want to prosper as a nation then we need to move to a prevention based healthcare model in which people are educated on healthy habits and lifestyles and real food is an option.

I’m a health coach that is trying to make a change one person at a time.  How do we take on a government and corporations that are working against us?

I’ll tell you how.  One person and one community at a time.

We need a healthcare revolution in this country. The top down approach isn’t going to work.  We need to look at ourselves and our communities and foment change from the bottom up.

I would love to get comments and thoughts on how we might do this.  Maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree, but this conversation needs to happen.  What are your thoughts?

I’m always available for a conversation about your health questions.  Visit me at www.kriyaliving.com.  I look forward to your input.

Have a good day and namaste,

Bruce

Why I a Use Turmeric And You Should Too

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It all started with my high cholesterol and chronic inflammation. My doctor had me on statins and supplements and even though I was somewhat better, I didn’t like the western method of popping medications to get my health right. There had to be a better way.
Well along came the wonder root Turmeric.
Turmeric’s benefits stretch back over 6,000 years in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Curcumin is the primary polyphenal in Turmeric and it’s where hundreds of potential health benefits have been discovered. I could list all, but I’ll stick to a couple of benefits that really grabbed my attention.

It reduces unhealthy levels of inflammation and chronic inflammation-I mentioned that I went through this. It worked. Many times cholesterol isn’t the issue, but inflammation. Turmeric will help this.

It destroys cancer stem cells and destroys drug resistant cancers-Prevention is the key here. Do you want to put a stop to cancer before it gets you? Turmeric is an excellent preventative medicine. Already battling cancer? Turmeric will help defeat it.

Alzheimer’s Disease-Turmeric is known to prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s. Again that word prevention. If you’ve ever dealt with a family member with Alzheimer’s then you know you don’t want to go down that road. Ramp up the Turmeric in your diet.

Heavy metal toxicity-Everyday we are bombarded with environmental toxins with no way of stopping them. Putting Turmeric in your diet will cleanse you of those toxins and help prevent further health issues down the road. There’s that word prevent again. Is it sinking in?

This is just the tip of the iceberg. I encourage you to do some research on the benefits yourself. Here is a good place to start: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/turmeric.

There are many ways to ingest Turmeric. Being a juicer, I prefer to throw a piece along with ginger and garlic in my juicer in the morning. No time to juice? You can also get it in the spice section of your health food store. Check out these recipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipes/herbs-and-spices/spices/turmeric/.
For those of you that are not big fans of the flavor of Turmeric, you can also buy it in capsule form. This is also a good alternative if you can’t find Turmeric root. It’s seasonal and not always easy to get.

Whatever your method, add Turmeric to your diet today.

I’m always looking for ways to improve our health. If you’re facing some health challenges, come see me. An initial consultation is always free and together we’ll put you on the road to a healthy lifestyle. http://www.kriyaliving.com

I hope you find this article helpful.
Namaste Y’all!

Bruce