I Totally Dig The Farmers Market

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Hello Everyone,

Before we dive into this weeks blog, 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

Summer has arrived and all of the new growth is thriving. The leaves are back on the trees, flowers are blooming and gardens are taking root.  With the arrival of the new season farmers, local businesses and vendors join to sell their wares at community gatherings throughout the country. Ah yes, the farmers market. What a great place to go visit friends and make new friends and to taste, experience and support your local businesses. You can also get your grocery shopping done. So why go to the farmers market? Here are a few reasons to head there now. I guarantee you’ll totally dig it.

Connect with and support your community-The farmers market is a community hub where local businesses count on your support so they can bring you the freshest and healthiest foods and unique products. It’s a place where you can relax with friends and family and enjoy local culture even if you’re in a big city.

Inexpensive organic produce-Farmers markets provide a wide variety of organic produce that is less expensive than what you would pay at a grocery store. You get produce that is fresher and grown locally. Plus, you get to chat with the farmer that grew it. Pretty cool.

The Food Tastes better-At the farmers market you get the freshest and tastiest foods available right from the source. The produce is perfectly ripe and unaltered. The dairy is brought straight from the farm. Meats are naturally fed and free of antibiotics and hormones. It all contributes to better taste. Plan a meal and experience the amazing flavors and smells with friends and family. You’ll discover that the food from the farmers market rocks!

It’s healthier-This one’s a no brainer. Eating fresh, locally-grown fruits,veggies and meats are great for your health. You avoid the pesticides and herbicides, the GMOs and the alterations that happen to foods in grocery stores.  You get real food and what’s healthier than that?

It’s Fun!- Take the whole family, meet a friend for breakfast. I always bring my dog and she has a better time than I do. There’s a little something for everybody and it’s always good.

If you haven’t experienced your local farmers market, get out there today. Not sure where it is in your community? Try google. They can usually point you in the right direction. Farmers markets are an excellent way to connect with your community and to buy local. They are sustainable, good for the environment and they give you a connection to the world around you that feeds your body, mind and spirit. Why not head out there this week? I’ll see you there.

If you’re ever looking for other healthy lifestyle tips why not “click here” for a complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” We can meet at the farmers market.

Have a great week!

Namaste,

Bruce

Spring Cleanse? Don’t forget the Cilantro!

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I love fresh Cilantro, or Coriander if you prefer to go by it’s other name. The flavor enhances soups, salads, sauces, just about anything. You may love the taste but are you aware of the amazing health benefits? It’s springtime and perhaps you’re thinking of a cleanse to revitalize your body after a long winter or maybe you just want to add this killer herb to your cooking regimen or your garden(it grows just about anywhere).

Here are 5 reasons you need to add Cilantro to your diet today!

Cilantro cleanses the body of heavy metals-Evidence suggests that Cilantro could be one of natures best bonding agents. Chemical compounds in cilantro actually bind to the heavy metals, loosening them from the tissues, blood and organs. Cilantro’s chemical compounds then aid to transport these harmful substances out of the body through elimination.

Cilantro aids in digestion-The oils from Cilantro aid in digestion by helping in the production of enzymes, acids and juices. It also reduces gas and eases nausea.

Eases inflammation and lowers bad cholesterol-Since these two conditions go hand in hand, Cilantro in your diet is just one more weapon to fight these conditions. It raises HDL(good cholesterol) and lowers LDL(bad cholesterol). It is also helpful in easing the inflammation symptoms brought on by arthritis.

Lowers blood sugar-Cilantro helps with insulin secretion which helps to lower blood sugar.

Strong antioxidant and immune boosting properties-Yes, another great antioxidant. Cilantro protects the cells which can ward off disease and in turn strengthen your immune system.

The benefits of cilantro are extensive and research is uncovering new benefits every day. When preparing Cilantro always make sure it’s organic and raw, unless you are adding it to soup or a warmer dish.

Here’s a great juice recipe to start your day or add to a cleanse: Heavy Metal Thunder!

3 cups of fresh organic pineapple

3 jalapeños

1 cup organic raw Cilantro

Juice or blend and enjoy!

Interested in more learning more healthy food tips? Visit me at http://www.kriyaliving.com.

 

 

Always in good health 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

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