Fitness/Updates!

Fitness/Updates will be a section in my Blog, to be posted at least once a month. They will be short blogs – updates of and of general daily information.

DID YOU KNOW: With all the Organic Consumer information that is reported on TV, in the media, newspaper, and magazine, etc., it is now being said that millions of health minded Americans are finally understanding that organic food and a healthy diet and lifestyle are obviously key factors in preventing chronic disease, restoring public health and reducing out-of-control health care costs. Just the word ‘organic’ raises many questions. There are many concepts about what is ‘organic’ and what is not.

I hear folks all the time tell me, “I can’t afford to buy organic – it is too expensive”. A term associated with ‘organic‘ is ‘natural‘.So, what is the difference and what is the cost differential? Simply, ‘organic‘ agriculture produces the real thing; crops higher in vitamin content and trace minerals – unpolluted by chemicals. The term ‘natural‘ as used by the UNF (United Natural Foods) is a ploy to make one believe non-organic foods are organic, or in other words an organic alternative. The organic alternative terminology is, “chemical and energy-intensive factory farming using chemicals/additives/pesticides/preservatives and hormones, etc. Bluntly, it could be said that ‘natural’ is meaningless. ‘Natural’ has been broken down into 3 categories, natural, all natural, and sustainable. Today you will find all these mentioned terms used on food items in regular grocery stores as well as Natural or Whole Food stores. As well, many food items are labeled as “USDA Organic“. Are you confused? This is another government ploy to pull the wool over our eyes to make us think the food producer has followed strict NOP (National Organic Program) regulations and maintained detailed records. This is the government simply telling us what they want us to believe, and, what we want to hear. This leads to and/or predicts the price, so we pay organic or premium price for a conventional product. It is big business/profits at any cost. The unfortunate consequence is that it is very difficult for independently owned grocers or a coop trying to sell mostly real organic products, to compete.
(Info from: The Organic Monopoly and the Myth of “Natural” Foods: How Industry Giants are Undermining the Organic Movement – by Ronnie Cummins Organic Consumers Association – July 8, 2009).

Since 2009, when this information first came to our attention, ideology has changed a bit. Organic food costs, in many instances, are being brought into line with the regular processed foods. I find the fresh fruits and vegetables might be more expensive, but not by much. Also, producers are trying to process their foods to seem to be healthier than what they used to produce by eliminating some chemicals, lowering the sodium, genetically modifying the food, making it gluten-free, etc…..again, making us think they are doing their part in making the food better for us, the consumer. This subject could be argued in many different directions. I will leave it be, for now.

Bottom line….do your own research; check out the company’s and their practices. We must “put our money and our principles where our values lie.” Buy “Certified Organic” not so-called natural products. Healthwise – we are what we eat.

We live in an era that stresses health through exercise, eating healthy and taking supplements on the one hand and the government trying to control all of these in our lives, young and old alike. CHOICES, CHOICES, and more CHOICES – what do you want? 

STAY SAFE….AND GOOD HEALTH TO ALL!

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Detoxification In Conjunction With ACTIVITIES!

The question posed is, does Detoxing allow you to work out, or have a regular exercise routine? That depends. If you are doing a heavy detox you would probably not feel like working out. With a moderate to light detox you can work out as you usually do as long as you are not feeling the effects of the healing crisis associated with a good Detox Program.

Exercising and working out can include a variety of activities – of which some are more strenuous than others. Most activities require PREPARATION, the first being a good night’s sleep – whether you exercise, do physical activity, or work out in the early morning, afternoon, or early evening. I like to do my exercise regimen in the morning, because it gives me the energy needed for the rest of the day. There are different opinions as to whether a workout should be done before or after eating. My preference or routine is – after a good night’s sleep, rise at 6-6:30 a.m., drink an 8 oz. glass of water with fresh lemon juice added to get the blood cleaned out and flowing. After a 15 minute wait, I do an easy warm-up (10 minutes) consisting mostly of slow stretching, on the floor or standing, push ups for the upper body, and plies’ (a Ballet dance term – the dance in me) – when younger, full plies, as a senior demi-plies, which in the sports world are known by most as squats or knee bends. Last I do, releves’ (another ballet term) but also known as toe raises…done rising as high as you are able up on the toes and then lowering the heels. After the warm up, I do a Tai Chi or Yoga routine. I alternate them depending on how I feel. I do the stretching routine everyday and the Tai Chi or Yoga every other day but not less than 2 times a week.  When I complete my exercise routine I drink another 8 oz. glass of water, wait about 15 minutes, the time it takes me to make a smoothie (I make various kinds), which I take with supplements, and that is breakfast. Other activities I take part in include 18 holes of golf 2-3 times a week (all year), and bowling 1 day a week (in the winter). I walk as much as I have time for between the activities and work. Note: none of the exercise I do is strenuous. One doesn’t have to do high impact workouts like Zumba, etc. to work up a sweat. A younger person can handle extreme and strenuous exercise or activities, where a senior cannot and should not. For everyone age, physical condition, health and time should be considered in the equation. Moderation in all things.

Back to eating first… Continue reading “Detoxification In Conjunction With ACTIVITIES!”

Follow-up! RECIPES

How are you doing with your commitment to a New Healthy Life via a lifestyle change?

To help you along, I decided to share some Lifestyle Change Recipes. I love to make up my own even though a lot of good recipes are out there on the net and in magazines.

The Detox Diet Plan program suggests that smoothies be included. They can be made for any meal or even a snack. This one is my own, but you can make up your own or add or subtract ingredients to this one. I like them simple.

I call this one the CHARGE UP SMOOTHIE: Put in a blender

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond or cashew milk
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (pick my own and freeze them)
3 Tablespoon avocado
1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
1/4 cup cubed fresh cubed pineapple (I buy a fresh one, cut it up and freeze it – then use it as needed)
1/2 – 1 large banana
1 scoop Vegetable Protein Powder (your choice)
1 Tablespoon honey or real maple syrup (if you want a sweetener)
1/2 cup crushed ice

BLEND AND ENJOY!

SALADS are also on the plan – Here is my favorite:

2 cups Red Leaf Petite Lettuce
2 cups Green Leaf Petite Lettuce
1 cup cherry tomatoes (I grow my own)
1/2 cup red onion – thinly sliced
1/2 cup Portabella mushrooms
1 cup sliced and quartered Granny Apples
1 cup clementine Orange sections
1 cup broken walnut pieces

Hand mix all together.

Salad Dressing: Lite Olive Oil and Balsamic or Organic Apple Cider Vinegar,
mixed together with about a teaspoon raw sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Or you can use Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (not the bottled kind)

For Dinner: I love SALMON/PINEAPPLE SALSA

Pineapple Salsa – homemade

1 cup crushed fresh pineapple
1/4 cup red bell peppers chopped
1/4 cup sweet onion or chopped red onion
1 cup diced fresh mangos
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Mix together and set aside. Leftovers should be kept in the refrigerator. Gets better with age.

SALMON

4-6 oz fillet of Wild Caught Salmon (not farm raised)

Marinade: 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar, and 1 – 2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic (I use store-bought). Mix together. Will need to double the amounts if making for more than one person. This is a one person portion of marinade.

Put Salmon in a flat low dish, spread with the marinade. Cover and let sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.

Heat coconut oil or olive oil in a skillet (I use a stainless steel skillet) to medium. Add Salmon skin side down and cover with 1/2 the marinade cook 4-5 minutes depending on thickness of salmon. Turn over, cover with rest of marinade and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until fish is flakey. Liquid will cook down.

Remove from pan and plate on top of wild rice or rice noodles, top with salsa, a sprig of mint or arugula. ENJOY!

Taste your mixtures and season to your taste. What one person likes may be different from another person. These are my own recipes. I seldom measure anything and cook by taste or smell alone. So you are welcome to adjust the recipes to your own liking.

May these recipes add spice to a (I know) tedious Detox Diet program.

Love, and God Bless!