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Hello Everyone,

I wanted to let you all know that my blog has moved to www.kriyaliving.com. I will continue to operate http://www.body-mind-planet.com, but my website provides a lot of valuable health information that will be of value to you, including my blog posts. I look forward to your continued support through http://www.kriyaliving.com. Thank you.

Bruce

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Hello Everyone,

I wanted to let you all know that I will be slowly moving my blog to http://www.kriyaliving.com. I will continue to operate http://www.body-mind-planet.com, but my website provides a lot of valuable health information that will be of value to you, including my blog posts. I look forward to your continued support through http://www.kriyaliving.com. Thank you.

Bruce

What’s All The Stress About?

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Today stress is a major cause of health issues in our lives from mental health to physical disease. It can create havoc on your mind and body. Did you know that with careful evaluation of your life and by eliminating certain habits you can remove most sources of stress form your life?

It’s that easy!

Stress is a response to challenges in life, and life isn’t that exciting without challenges, so we need a healthy way to deal with stress.

Stress can effect our health in many ways: 

-Poorly managed stress can accelerate aging in our bodies and in our minds.

-It can cause weight gain or loss through emotional eating patterns.

-Stress increases inflammation in our bodies which increases the chance of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

-Depression is many time stress related.

Is this you?

-Financial stress?

-Relationship stress?

-Career stress?

-Lifestyle stress?

Relax! It can all be reversed. You got this!

Eat Healthy!-That’s right. What and how you eat can reduce stress significantly. Evaluate your eating habits.

-Avoid sugars and processed foods throughout your day. Eat real food!

-Don’t skip breakfast. Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and helps keep your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day which reduces stress.

-Eat little and often. This will keep your energy levels steady and increase positive productivity.

-If your eating healthy, you will look good and feel good. Looking good and feeling good eliminates stress.

-Move-Even light exercise can lower stress levels. Combine exercise with a healthy diet and feel the stress go away. A fit healthy body keeps you looking and feeling good. When you feel and look good there is less stress. Are you seeing a pattern here?

Exercise your mind- Did you know that meditation has been around for thousands of years? There’s a reason for that. Take time for some simple breathing exercises or light meditation when you’re feeling stressed. It’s worth the effort.

-Sleep-Always take time for self-care. Sleep is an important component of self care and reducing stress. Take time to unplug, rest and recharge your body. You will awaken with more energy, vitality, and happiness.

-Socialize-Studies show that those who socialize regularly and are active in their community live longer. Increased socialization reduces stress and alleviates depression. Developing positive relationships and friendships increases self esteem.

Now you get the picture. Reducing stress in your life is a major factor for anti aging and keeping you looking and feeling younger.

Examine stress in your life. How is it effecting you?

Take some time for a little decompression. The benefits are endless.

A major component to my coaching package is stress reduction. Feeling stressed? “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.”  We’ll get to the bottom of what all the stress is about.

Have a Relaxing Day!

Bruce

Juicing-What’s So Weird About Drinking Kale?

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In the past few years, the practice of juicing has gone from a health food store novelty to a national phenomenon. Juice bars, juice distributors, and juice trucks are popping up all across the country. These juices aren’t your average breakfast table variety like orange or apple juice, they incorporate a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs such as kale, ginger, and pomegranate. They pack a nutritional wallop and have been proven to be beneficial for health issues like weight loss, digestion and even cancer.

I could probably right a book on this subject, but for the sake of my readers, I’ll keep it simple and give an overview. We can get to more specifics in future posts.

I started my relationship with my juicer about 2 years ago. It is a Breville Juice Fountain Plus, designed to pulverize fruits and veggies into amazing concoctions of nutritional bliss. Our love affair has been passionate and intense. Juice has become my muse. My creative outlet to healthy living.
So how did I become a juicer? My journey began in my girlfriend’s kitchen early one morning, where I was presented with a luminous green glass of liquid and was told to drink it because it was good for me. Yeah, I’ve heard that one before. I eyed it suspiciously and took a small sip. I’ll have to admit that my first taste wasn’t very pleasant, but I committed to drinking the entire glass and by the end I was beginning to find the taste rather appealing. Taste was only the beginning. I felt fresh! Energy was coursing through my mind and body. I thought to myself; “we may have something here”.
Since that morning, I became a dedicated juicer. I began experimenting and creating different juices with different flavors and health benefits. I toyed with the idea of starting my own juice company, but instead, incorporated juicing into my coaching practice to help my clients.
With any new health concept, there is always debate and pros and cons about the benefits. So how do you know if it’s right for you?
Ask yourself some simple questions. Do I want to improve my health? Will juicing help me reach my health goals? How do I get my juice? How do I feel after drinking fresh juice?
If you’re new to juicing I would suggest keeping it simple. Stop by your local health food store or juice bar and try some juices and see what you like.
If you’re ready to go all in and invest in a juicer then you can pick one up for $100 to $300. Read reviews on what juicers are best or ask me. I strongly suggest juicing from home. Your juice is made fresh by you, you can make it the flavor you want, and it’s made with love.
When first preparing your juice, try some greens like Kale or romaine. Add a nice root like ginger or turmeric, lemon or apple for flavor, and cucumber or celery for volume. Voila! You have a nutritional power house. Here’s a favorite recipe of mine:

Bruce’s Mean Green(Bruce Juice) 25-30 oz.
1 large handful of Kale
1large handful of spinach
2 celery stalks
1 green apple
1 medium cucumber
1/2 inch tumeric
1 inch ginger
1/2 lemon(peeled)

A few other tips; Always buy organic!
Go easy on the fruit! Fruit can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar.
If you currently have some health issues, consult your Doctor and learn which juicing regimen may be right for you.
Why not commit to your own juice regimen today? I promise you that your body and mind will feel better for it.
Need a little nudge? I offer juice detox packages or “Click Here” for a complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Sesssion.”
Lastly, I want to thank local artist Arleta Pech for contributing the awesome pic of the antique juicer squeezing out mouth watering cherry juice. You can see more of her work at http://www.arletapech.com.

Stay juicy my friends,
Bruce
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Coconut Oil Is Amazing, So Why Not Use It For Sunscreen?

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I love coconut oil. I cook with it, I use it for oil pulling, and I use it on my skin.  Recently I’ve come across several articles on coconut oil as a sun screen. My first thought was to harken back to my college days when we would head out on spring break determined to get that awesome bronze tan. We would slather ourselves with tropicana coconut oil and hit the beach to get that tan. Well, several hours and many beers later, most of us would wind up burnt to a crisp and in a lot of sunburn pain. I think back on it now and it was probably not so much the oil, but a lack of common sense. Live and learn.

Today there is a lot of concern about most of the sun screens on the market. Almost every sun screen made available to us today contains toxic cancer causing chemicals that are way more harmful than exposure to the sun itself. So what’s a sun god/goddess to do?

Find and alternative of course. That’s where coconut oil comes in.  I had to check it out so I went to one of the most dangerous areas for sun exposure on the planet, the ski slopes of Colorado.  You not only get the sun, but the reflection of the sun off of the snow can really create a dangerous situation without proper protection.  I have tough skin so I applied a healthy dose and headed out. Unlike my college days, I could care less about getting a tan anymore but on this day I let loose and enjoyed the sunshine for about 4hrs. Upon my return, I’ll have to say that my face got pretty red, but I didn’t burn and my skin felt great.  Good? Bad? I really don’t know. What I did learn? Use common sense. If you’re going to be out in the sun that long, make sure you re-apply frequently and cover up or seek shelter if you’re getting too much sun. Oh, and use a natural safe sunscreen.

So back to the coconut oil. I did some research and found some interesting facts and some guidelines that I feel would make coconut oil a pretty safe alternative to the processed sun screens today. Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen and it blocks about 20% of UV rays. It’s been used as a sunscreen for thousands of years by the pacific islanders, so why would we use chemicals instead? When reapplied regularly it is adequate protection and it still allows you to get the much needed vitamin D supplied by the sun which is blocked by the processed chemical sunscreens. Coconut oil when applied also locks moisture into the skin and has many antioxidant and healing properties, thus reversing some of the damage caused by the sun.

So is coconut oil a sunscreen? The jury is still out on that. What it is, is a great natural alternative to the mess of chemical applicants we see today.

Here are some great tips to follow if you’re going to give coconut oil a try:

-Make sure your coconut oil is organic and cold pressed. The big tub from Walmart isn’t going to get you the results your looking for.  It will be refined and full of chemicals.

-Apply liberally and frequently. This will keep you protected and it’s great for your skin. 

-Be smart! Don’t spend too much time in the direct sun. Take breaks and cover up if you’re getting too much exposure. 

 -Know your body. The types of nutrients you are putting into your body can effect how your skin reacts to the sun. Healthy foods will help protect your skin from the negative effects of sun.

-Test it slowly. Make sure your sun exposure is minimal at first to make sure your skin accepts the coconut oil.

Also, check out my Pinterest link for a healthy coconut oil sunscreen recipe http://www.pinterest.com/pin/369647081888102968/

I’m open to debate on this. What are your favorite natural or homemade sunscreens? What experiences have you had using coconut oil? Is this just complete bunk or am I on to something here? I’d love to know.

If you’re looking to incorporate more healthy habits in your life, why not contact me for a “Free Empower Your Health Strategy Session?” at www.kriyaliving.comTogether we can discuss a strategy to get your health back on track.

 

Have a Healthy day!

Namaste,

Bruce

 

 

Not Feeling So Super? Guys Check out These Super Foods That Are Just For You!

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As men we all want to be super. Super to our partners, super to our kids, super on the job. So what happens when we start to lose a little of that edge? As a man I know I’m always looking for an edge to get me through my day, to feel better, and to improve my health. One of the best ways to get that edge is through nutrition. What we eat can make or break our day. It can make the difference in our performance on the job and our happiness in our lives. So what are you doing to keep that edge? Here are a few foods that will help you keep that edge and have you feeling healthy and happy as you take on the challenges of daily life.  Add these to your diet and your friends and family will be wondering “Who is this super man?”

Blueberries-As we age, free radicals increase in number. They damage cells, promote diseases and cause premature aging. The anti oxidants in blueberries knock the free radicals out of service. Getting a little forgetful? Those same anti oxidants keep your brain and nervous system healthy ensuring clearer thinking and focus for the best memory possible.

Broccoli-Rich with a healthy supply of iron, calcium, fiber and vitamin C, it’s good for the circulatory system, and strengthening your bones. Did I mention the anti oxidants? There they are again.  Broccoli is the top vegetable for men.

Quinoa-Never heard of it? This amazing whole grain superfood from the Andes packs a healthy dose of protein and unsaturated fats plus lots of vitamins.  Use it as a replacement for rice or pasta and serve it with your favorite meat dish.  It also tastes great!

Almonds-I can go on all day about nuts. Especially almonds. They are packed with protein and unsaturated fats and are great for the heart and digestive system. I like them as a healthy snack or even a meal replacement. Carry a bag or raw organic almonds with you throughout your day. They will keep you full and your mind off hunger.  Eat them instead of a trip to the candy machine. Also try them in the form of almond milk or almond butter.

Turkey-Were you beginning to think I was going all vegetarian on you? Nah! Turkey is a very versatile cut of meat so you can eat it throughout the week without really having the same meal twice. It contains muscle building protein, it’s high in vitamin B and amino acids and contains the cancer fighter Selenium. Just leave out the mashed potatoes and candied yams and you’ll be fine.

Green Tea-It’s good for weight loss, it fights cancer and is known to slow the development of Alzheimers. Need I say more? Drink it hot or cold and get used to carrying it with you everyday.

Ok, after reading this article if you’re not feeling super, I’ll bet your super hungry. Why don’t you grab one of these super foods and do your mind and body a favor. You will be feeling super in no time.

Looking for more healthy tips? Hit me up for my free empower your health strategy session. Just click here www.kriyaliving.com and we’ll discuss your health goals.

As always, have an awesome healthy and happy day. We’ll talk soon.

Namaste,

Bruce

Eating For Energy-The Right Foods Will Make Your Day!

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As we age, fatigue can become to play a factor in our daily lives. Energy fatigue can be the result of many factors such as disease, depression, stress and just everyday living.  Did you know that the types of food we put into our body can greatly effect our energy levels throughout the day? Our brains need a steady supply of nutrients and the right foods can make all the difference on whether we hit that 2pm crash or if we charge hard until our head hits the pillow at the end of the day. You want to focus on foods with a low glycemic index such as protein and fiber and avoid foods with a high glycemic index like sugar and carbs.

Here are five foods that will jumpstart your day, and keep you energized and focused for optimum production.

Eggs-A great way to start your day. Protein has a glycemic index of almost zero so it’s a great way to fuel your body for energy and it improves your mood!

Healthy Tip: Have your egg with a whole grain bagel and some lean meat.  Skip the coffee, you have enough energy to start your day.

Nuts-Nuts are rich in protein and magnesium. Magnesium plays a key role in converting sugar into energy.  Being low on magnesium can drain your energy.

Healthy Tip: Carry a bag of your favorite nuts with you throughout the day. Eat them as a snack and they will increase your energy and will also keep you full so you’re not thinking about food.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables-These are full of fiber and fiber keeps your energy steady throughout the day. They reduce the risk of fatigue and depression and will keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Healthy Tip: Have a salad for lunch. It will energize you for the rest of the day. If you’re really hungry, feel free to top it off with your favorite lean protein. Get your dressing on the side to reduce calories.

Dark Chocolate-Now we’re talking. Who said that we have to skip the good stuff? A little bit of dark chocolate can boost your energy and mood. Dark chocolate contains caffeine and a stimulant called theobromine that gives you a quick boost.

Healthy Tip: Have a few squares late in your day. Perhaps with a handful of nuts. You will finish your day strong.

Water-Hydration is key! Even mild dehydration can sap your energy.  Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Your energy will remain steady and it will decrease hunger which can reduce focus.

Healthy Tip: Carry a refillable water bottle with you. This way you can hydrate as needed. Also, replace your sodas and energy drinks with water. It will pay off in increased energy and great health.

These are only a few foods that will help with your energy. Experiment and discover what foods work best for you. Nutrition is only one way to help you increase your energy throughout the day. Don’t forget that exercise for the mind and body, proper sleep and reduced stress will also play a big role with your energy levels. I always love feedback so if you would like to share your energy tips please feel free to comment.

As always if you’re looking for ways to get your health back on track or if you have some questions, you can always contact me for a free “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” Check it out: www.kriyaliving.com.

Have a great day and namaste,

Bruce