Turmeric elixir; what it is and why should I be drinking it daily?

aturmThe health benefits of turmeric have become widely known over the past few years and because it’s not the easiest spice to include within your diet, the turmeric elixir simplifies that.  So what is the turmeric elixir and why should you be drinking it daily?

Turmeric is an orange-yellowish spice from India and is a part of the ginger family.  It’s known to be a powerful antioxidant that fighs cancer-causing free radicals with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects.  Turmeric is a staple in Indian cooking and a wonderful spice to warm and invigorate your body.

Hopefully, you are already starting your day with a glass of water before any coffee or tea.  Water in itself hydrates the body after a night’s sleep and also flushes the system before anything else can touch it.  But instead of plain water, you can give your body a much more beneficial morning detox with a turmeric elixir drink.

Here’s how to make a turmeric elixir:

1 cup of warm (not hot) water

1/4 teaspoon of turmeric

Dash of cinnamon-another anti-inflammatory

1/8 teaspoon of honey

Juice of 1/2 of a lemon

Mix the ingredients into the warm water and continue to stir as you drink as the turmeric will continue to settle on the bottom of the glass.  And that ‘s it!  An easy, simple and inexpensive way to give your body what it needs for long term health.

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8 Foods you should never refrigerate

A food that should never be refrigerated.

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The refrigerator keeps food safe and fresh longer than it would survive outside of the cool temperatures, but it’s not meant for all edibles.  Turns out, cold is not suitable for everything, here are some foods you should never refrigerate.

  1. Potatoes should not go in the refrigerator because their starch breaks down and changes their taste.
  2. Onions, like potatoes, should be kept out of the frig because they dry out quickly even when wrapped well.
  3. Coffee should not go in the refrigerator because it absorbs the smells that surround.
  4. Tomatoes should NEVER go in the refrigerator because they will become mealy and completely lose their consistency.
  5. Hot sauce is a condiment that should stay away from the coldness, keep it in your cabinet with your seasonings to keep its flavor intact.
  6. Oils lose their consistency when refrigerated and will become more like butter.
  7. Honey will crystallize in the refrigerator, become hard an almost impossibe to use.
  8. Bread will lose its flavor in the refrigerator, freeze it if you’d like but otherwise plan to eat it up or make into breadcrumbs before it goes molds.

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Law of attraction; change your thoughts, change your world

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I’m constantly driven to help others see the good in things, no matter what it might be.  To me, there is no other way to live, it’s rooted and ingrained in who I am, and I’m thankful for that. I truly believe that I am happy because of my positive outlook even when faced with adversity.There is something to be said about the power of positivity; if you change your thoughts, you can change your world

According to Wikipedia’s definition: The law of attraction is the name given to the maxim “like attracts like” which in New Thought philosophy is used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.

You may think this is a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but just take a moment and really think about it. Can your thoughts truly affect your life? Listen, I don’t believe anyone intentionally wants to look at the world through a negative lens; sometimes it’s just the way we’re born. But everybody has the power to change their thoughts and therefore change their world as they know it while manifesting their own destiny.

Simply put, the energy we project into the world comes right back to us. Working to have a positive attitude, to see the good in even the most difficult situations and being optimistic when we’re challenged gives off good energy that is then felt by others creating a space that everybody wants to be a part of.  I know that I want to be invited to that party!

On the other hand, projecting negative energy into the universe will only boomerang back to you. Basically you get what you give, put out negative, get negative, thus interfering with your pursuit of happiness and well being. Your thoughts send a signal to your system and out to the world by how you carry yourself, telling us all who you really are. And let’s face it, it is a law of attraction because no one is attracted to that.

It’s never too late to positively progress in your life, but it’s entirely up to you, no one can do it for you. Your mind decides everything; the inner dialogue that goes on all day is what decides your world, period. You are solely responsible for your reality and only you are preventing yourself from having what you really want.

If you consider yourself to be a pretty positive person, think again, maybe there is room for change. Or on the other hand, you may feel you are entitled to be negative because of the life challenges you’ve faced. But what kind of life is that? If you stay stagnant and expect happiness to one day come knocking on your door you’ll be waiting forever.

Everybody has room for more positivity in their life, it just takes a little intention and self awareness. It also helps to surround yourself with those who see the glass half full, a different perspective than yours has the power to lift you up and potentially help you see the light in everything.

Life is merely just a bunch of choices; which then decides large portions of how we spend our time on earth. None of us have a crystal ball so the reality is some of our choices aren’t going to good, but we certainly can make the best of them all. Being thankful for the wonderful things that we have been blessed with in this life is the first step towards consistent positive thinking. Start today, change your thoughts; change your world.

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Why New Years resolutions don’t work but intentions do

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A resolution, by definition, is a firm decision to do or not to do something.  It’s pretty easy to make a resolution, but it’s incredibly difficult to follow through for the long term.  This is why New Years resolutions are broken 99% of the time and instead should be called New Years intentions.

An intention is a softer, kinder way of goal-setting because it is more of an inviting inner dialogue and one that can be practiced daily.  By definition an intention is a thing intended; an aim or plan.  Whether you practice yoga or not, setting daily intentions is a healthy, gentle way of setting goals for yourself.  You can write them down or be mindful of them as you wake up each morning.  Either way, setting healthy intentions for yourself will positively impact your life.

Here are a few examples of healthy intentions you can set for 2016:

  1. Try to understand before you judge anyone.  Open your mind to what a person might be going through before judging what they say, how they look or choose to live.
  2. Each day take 5-10 minutes to sit comfortably, shut your eyes and breathe deeply.
  3. Slow down, take the time and make the effort to see family more often.
  4. Be mindful of the foods you eat each day, consume more plants and less animals.
  5. Be more aware of the people you surround yourself with, are they serving you in positive ways?  Are they bringing happiness into your life?  If not, consider change.
  6. Try something new every week.  It can be anything from a new restaurant that just opened in the area or an exercise class you’ve been wanting to try.  Life is short, embrace it often and don’t let fear take away anything that you deserve.

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Tom Brady’s very strict diet revealed; no wonder he looks so good!

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Did you ever wonder how Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen always look so fit?  His personal chef, Allen Campbell, just shared their very strict diet with the Boston Globe and it puts it all in perspective.

Brady, 38, wants to play football for as long as he possibly can and seeing how well he is still playing for the Patriots, it’s likely he will.  After 16 seasons in the NFL what makes Tom Brady so successful?  Well, we already know one of his secrets to success, here.

The other secret to success must be how Tom fuels his body though his extremely healthy diet that both he and his wife are dedicated to; no wonder they both look so amazing!

Tom and Gisele’s diet is quite simple actually.  “80% of what they eat is vegetables,” says Campbell.  “(I buy) the freshest vegetables.  If it’s not organic, I don’t use it.  And whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans.  The other 20% is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken.  As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.”

Now if that isn’t enough, Brady is also very selective in what type of vegetables he will eat. “(Tom) doesn’t eat nightshades, because they’re not anti-inflammatory,” explained Campbell.  “So tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants.  Tomatoes trickle in every now and then but maybe once a month.  I’m very cautious about tomatoes.  They cause inflammation.”

Rarely, Brady will eat a banana, but for the most part the quarterback skips all fruit, doesn’t drink coffee (and never has his entire life, never even tried it) or any caffeine for that matter.  He also excludes gluten and dairy from his diet.

As for special treats, Campbell will make the family raw granola, raw chocolate chip cookies and veggie sushi that they’ll have with ponzu sauce versus soy sauce.

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How to create long lasting relationships; 3 character traits you should look for

LOVEHealth and wellness isn’t just about eating right and exercising, it’s most importantly about how you feel, your thoughts and emotions within your mind and soul.  Wellness starts within you.  Are you happy?  Are you fulfilled?  Being aware and mindful of who we surround ourselves with plays a major role in the happiness, or lack of, that we feel in our lives.

Whether you’re looking for romantic love or a deeply connected life-long friendship, when you find someone with these 3 essential character traits, hold on tight! These very special human beings are hard to find, but when they present themselves, the relationships that evolve can last a lifetime.

There’s no doubt that physical attraction plays a role in the connection of romantic relationships and even platonic friendships. How someone carries themselves; the way that they dress and even their smile can create an instant attraction. But ultimately, it’s character that speaks volumes and when aligned with our own, a life-long true relationship can occur.

Seek these 3 essential character traits for meaningful lasting relationships in your life.

Curiosity

This is my favorite trait because it says so much about a person and how they view life. Do they ask questions? Are they excited about the simple things? Do they see possibilities in every situation whether good or bad? Having wonder, wanting to learn more and seeking nonessential knowledge makes life much more interesting and doing this together with your partner or friend fulfills a relationship in an incredible way.

Compassion

Having compassion for others, putting each other first and working hard to understand before judging is the root of being capable of a true relationship. Unselfish love only occurs when each person commits to one another in such a way they their own needs take a backseat and are only fulfilled when yours are. Your happiness must be their happiness. Anything other than this will not work for the long term, period.

Optimism

I’ve been called an incurable optimist so I guess that is why I am drawn to optimism in such a big way. How we see the world, respond to hardships and challenges, speaks volumes of who we are at the core. Since your partner or friends have a direct influence on your worldview, it’s important that you both have this commonality and approach life with a glass half full philosophy. Our world is full disappointments, but it’s how we choose to view these challenges that shapes our life. Are we going to learn a meaningful lesson or are we going to allow a hardship to defeat us? A relationship consisting of two optimistic people is bound for success!

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What is the taco cleanse diet?

My husband & I are already incorporating plant-based tacos into our weekly meals; we're loving every minute of it!

My husband & I are already incorporating plant-based tacos into our weekly meals; deliciousness!

What is a taco cleanse diet?  Since I really don’t believe in any kind of cleanse or diet because everyday should be filled with at least 80% healthy choices, I do feel it’s important to cut some not-so-healthy foods and drinks from your diet from time to time to give your body a break.  Things like alcohol, refined sugar and meat especially.  The taco cleanse diet does something most don’t, it’s focused almost entirely on eating vegetables.

A group of scientists put together a one of a kind cleansing diet with over 75 options that anybody can follow and stick to because the food is delcious and interchangable daily. Because I love Mexican food, most especially tacos, this plant-based mix of some of my favorite foods fullfills every craving while rewarding the body with what it actually needs and wants.

The creators believe this tested diet will improve your mood within 24-hours and nourish your body at the same time.  Eating foods like beans, avocados and all of the deliciousness we already put on our tacos, minus the meats, is what it’s all about.  You can take a moment and just learn the benefits of eating these foods or actually try the 30-day taco diet cleanse to see if it actually works.  Check out the taco cleanse diet here…

10 simple things you can do to live a healthier 2016 & beyond

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It’s like clockwork!  Before we can even ring in the new year, all we hear about is how we need to lose that holiday weight on every television show, magazine and website.  Forget about all of that!  Haven’t you had enough of the ups and downs of the scale, the resolutions we rarely ever keep and diets that don’t work?  Let 2016 be the year you become healthy for good!

Making small, simple changes within your life and committing to them will naturally enable you to live a healthier life overall.  When holidays or special occassions come about, tweak what you’re already doing and enjoy.  Anything extreme is never, ever, ever going to work for the long term, so why do it?

Here are 10 things you can do to live a healthier 2016 and beyond:

  1. Drink a glass of lemon water every morning before consuming anything else.  This will not only hydrate your body after sleep, but will also flush and boost your immune system.
  2. Use a smaller plate for every meal.  You’ll be surprised how much less you will eat and still be full when using a smaller serving platter.  I do this often and it shocks me every time.
  3. Pick 3 new workout DVD’s to buy and rotate them. Doing  20-30 minutes of exercise 5-6 days per week will transform your mind and body.  My favorites are here.
  4. Get 8 hours of sleep every night.  Sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle and it will also enable you to think more clearly, be more organized and enable you to be more mindful of your choices.  Learn more about the life changing benefits of sleep here.
  5. Do not buy processed foods!  If it’s in a box, bag or package, be sure to read the label carefully.  The #1 thing to look for?  Sugar content.  Processed sugar is killing us on so many levels, eat less.  A mostly plant-based diet is what is most recommended today paired with low fat proteins and very little meat.
  6. Plan your meals, especially breakfast and lunch.  Why?  Because if you plan what you’re going to eat, you’ll eat healthier, period.  Also, not eating breakfast or eating the wrong breakfast can throw off your entire day.  Boil a dozen eggs and eat one each morning.  Also, lunch has to be packed up and taken with you.  If you eat out, you will eat poorly 99% of the time.
  7. Get healthy food ideas from websites, friends and Food Network.  You’ll be surprised at how motivated you will become when you actually have delicious healthy recipes.  Make extra so you’ll always have leftovers for lunch the next day.
  8. Lay out your sneakers and workout outfit next to your bed every night.  Once you make this a routine, you’ll wake up and put them on making it more probable that you’re going to workout.
  9. No time to exercise?  Can’t fit in one of the best 20-30 minute workout DVDS?  Do 30 squats while brushing your teeth.  Park as far away as you can in the parking lot and power walk to your destination.  Stretch before going to bed.  Do something everyday!!
  10. Never ever allow yourself to get hungry.  Hunger equals bad food choices.  My trick is to always have a small bag of mixed nuts in my purse or car to munch on and ward off hunger.  Plus, nuts are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, learn more about this here.

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