Food Waste – Video

with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

Have you ever wondered if those left overs were still safe to eat? Or how long after an expiration date is a product still good?

In the video below learn guidelines for how to confidently judge when food is still safe to eat.

Know tips for having your foods last longer.

Video Link: Food Waste with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist.

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self Help Videos section.

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Energy: The River of Life – Article

Rita Louise, PhD, ND

Rita Louise, PhD, ND

We are each filled with universal life force energy. This energy is the essence of our being, our consciousness, our soul.

The article link below looks at the concept of dis-ease from the perspective that it is our reaction to an unbalanced life force energy in our physical, emotional, or spiritual body.

There are many techniques we can use to release stagnant energy that is not in harmony with our highest good. It is this release of energy that allows the healing process to begin.

Article Link: Energy: The River of Life by Rita Louise, PhD, ND

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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Heal quicker
 – Research Article

iStockPhotoBooksIf your physician has said that you need to lower your blood pressure, what options do you have?

One study reports on the research that concludes that eating a vegetarian diet is associated with lower blood pressure.  A promising non-drug approach you can discuss with your physician.

Research Article Link: ”Probiotics Reduce the Duration of Respiratory Infections” in the May 2014 issue of Natural Standard’s Integrative Medicine Newsletter.

For additional research results, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Special Updates eReport Archives and note Featured Research item in each issue.

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Balance, Stress, and Optimal Health – Video

with Emmett Miller, MD

with Emmett Miller, MD

Dr. Miller offers you a deeper understanding of how the mind and body can work in harmony to produce healing, balance and wellness.

In the video link below learn how this deeper understanding can help you to reclaim your inborn personal wisdom and integrate with the scientific knowledge and techniques of modern medicine.

Enjoy the benefits of uniting the seemingly disparate fields of knowledge and experience.

Video Link: Balance, Stress, and Optimal Health with Emmett Miller, MD

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit AHHA’s Self Help Videos section.

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From Braces to Races – Article

Jody B. Nyquist, NHD, ND, DD

Jody B. Nyquist, NHD, ND, DD

True story of a career-driven executive who developed a painful, severe case of osteoarthritis and needed to wear orthopedic braces on her legs.

In the article below trace her journey of awakening to an understanding of the emotional root causes of her physical condition. How she learned the importance of listening to her inner voice and needs. After changing her priorities and nurturing herself, she no longer needed to wear braces and the pain went away.

With time she came to learn the power of choice. How, each of us can make things difficult, or we can make them easy. The choice is in our hands – in our every day actions or reactions. When your inner voice speaks, listen.

Article Link: From Braces to Races by Jody N. Ziegler Nyquist, NHD

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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Are states’ food-safety rules in danger? – Issue

IssuesBlogPhotoWhen the legislators of a state do not agree with national regulations regarding food safety, they create their own rules to at least control what happens within their state’s borders. Some conflicts in recent years have involved humane treatment of animals, GMOs, and BPAs in food containers. Federal bill H.R.687, the Protect Interstate Commerce Act, was recently introduced. If passed as currently written, this bill would prohibit states from interfering with production and distribution of agricultural products in interstate or foreign commerce. This bill is generating very strong reactions. We notice that both consumer and industry groups are worried that this bill would undermine hard-won state regulations for food safety and actually override a state’s ability to keep products that do not meet its standards out of that state.

Those concerned about this matter will want to watch what happens to this bill, particularly if there are changes that clarify exactly what it can and cannot do.

ISSUE: Federal control of state food safety

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have compiled to get you started on researching this topic.

Pro Link #1: Iowa Congressman Reintroduces Interstate Commerce Agriculture Bill (2/10/15)
Food Safety News

Pro Link #2: H.R.687 – Protect Interstate Commerce Act (2/3/15)

Con Link #1: Steve King Reintroduces Bill to Nullify Animal Protection Laws (2/10/15)
by Linda Larsen
Food Poisoning Bulletin

Con Link #2: State GMO Labeling Laws in Peril (2/17/15)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

We encourage you to post your comments and tell your friends about additional resources you have found relating to this important health issue.

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6 tips to Control Your Food Cravings – Video

with Daniel Amen, MD

with Daniel Amen, MD

Did you know that strong food cravings could be playing havoc with your decision making? When your blood sugar goes low, less blood flows to your brain – and contributes to you make poor decisions.

In the video link below learn six important tips for dealing with cravings:
1. Keep blood sugar balanced.
2. Get rid of artificial sweeteners.
3. Stress management program.
4. Outsmart the food triggers.
5. Deal with hidden food allergies.
6. Use supplements to help cravings.

If these are not enough, you may be a compulsive overeater and need more tools.

Video Link: 6 Tips to Control Your Food Cravings with Daniel Amen, MD

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self Help Videos section.

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Comfort Food Stars: Homemade Stews!

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

Whether you live alone or with loved ones, nothing says “home sweet home” more than home cooking. Add to that healthy cooking and you will be richly rewarded, spending more time living your life enjoying vibrant health, and less time and money at the doctor’s office. Stews, made with fresh ingredients, served over cooked brown rice (or another whole grain), potatoes, sweet potatoes, or whole grain pasta, are among the easiest dishes to make. They are a cut above commercial, chemical-laden, processed, packaged or canned stews.

Stews cooked with fresh ingredients are brimming with nutrition, and offer better flavor, color, and texture. Flavoring stews with herbs and spices reduces the use of salt and fat. You can double the recipe and refrigerate the “leftover” for up to 3 days. Freezing is not recommended; some of the ingredients could undergo undesirable changes and even cosmetic surgery will not work to revive them…

Stews are chunkier than soups. They can be made from meat or seafood and vegetables, or different combinations of veggie medleys. When meatless vegetable stews include beans and served over whole grain, they provide complete protein without the cholesterol and fat content present in animal flesh. White rice, white pasta, and processed grains are practically devoid of nutrition and should be avoided.

Thickening stews is not necessary. However, if thickening is desired, include a potato in the stew, mash it or another vegetable and return it to the dish. Do not cook the stew longer than the recipe calls for. Vitamins and some of the other food compounds are fragile and will be rendered dead on arrival if subjected to prolonged cooking. When using dry herbs, add them to the stew in the beginning. Fresh (chopped) herb leaves should be mixed in at the end.

Cooking healthy cuisine changes the atmosphere in your home from “let’s-get-it-over-with” meals, into a nurturing, and health-boosting act! Presented below is an easy-to-make, lean, and scrumptious vegetable stew recipe. Enjoy!

4 servings

1 small eggplant, (about 3/4 pound)
2 cups water
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1-1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

TO CUBE THE EGGPLANT: Wash and dry the eggplant and trim its stem-end. Cut the eggplant into 1/2-inch slices. Make parallel cuts, 1/2-inch apart in one direction through 3 slices at a time. Carefully rotate the 3 cut slices 90 degrees, and again make 1/2-inch apart parallel cuts through all 3 layers resulting in small cubes.

Place the cubed eggplant and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook about 12 minutes, until the eggplant begins to turn translucent.

Mix in the onion, garlic, tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper. Cook 12 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Stir in the oil and cook 5 more minutes. Remove from the stove and mix in the lemon juice.

“Mission Nutrition” Tips and Recipe from Judy E. Buss, Health Columnist, Nutritional Cooking Instructor.

Excerpted from Judy E. Buss’ article, first published in the “Feeling Fit” Magazine, Sun Coast Media Group newspapers, Florida.

Stay tuned for more Judy E. Buss’ “Mission Nutrition” words of wisdom and recipes.

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In the Middle, Life Happens – Article

Carol Ross Edmonston

Carol Ross Edmonston

The article link below shares one woman’s spiritual adventure with breast cancer and the doodles that healed her soul. She states that, “Life taught me that I don’t always have control over what comes into my life, only in how I choose to respond to things. While I didn’t choose to have breast cancer, I did choose to not let the diagnosis define how I would experience that medical adventure. I’ve come to realize that everything that comes my way has the potential to transform me if I am willing to embrace and surrender to the unknown. The trick is in believing that in the heart of challenges exists all the faith, courage and strength needed to overcome whatever is presented.”

Article includes Doodle Instructions, so you, too, can give yourself to the moment so the moment will support you.

Article Link: In the Middle, Life Happens by Carol Ross Edmonston

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Accessing Our Inner Observer Part C

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Finding Emotions and Releasing in Our Body

Another tool for letting go is to note where you feel your emotions in your body. Different ones might show up in different places. Often people who are distressed are not aware of their body, yet their body is giving them valuable information about the situation. Personally, my tension generally goes into my shoulders. If I am very tense I can also get heartburn or feel like my stomach is in a knot. I have worked with patients who had various physical symptoms of anxiety.

Asthma, for example, is widely acknowledged, even among conventionally minded physicians, to have a significant emotional component. Chinese medicine explains that breathing is about the present moment, and often shortness of breath reflects a discomfort with being in the here and now.

When we notice our emotions in our body we can consciously begin to release the tension in those areas. Again we can drop the story line, as we work out the physical kinks. We can apply body-centered breathing techniques. We can stretch with yoga or movement. We can get some bodywork or do some self-acupressure or self-massage. There are many ways we can consciously encourage a tense body area to relax.

In his book Waking the Tiger, Peter Levine observed that after a stressful event, animals in the wild instinctively tremble, shake, stretch, yawn, or do any number of other physical releases to allow their nervous systems to rebalance. I have found deliberate shaking, trembling, howling, and yawning to be very helpful for myself and many of my patients.

Excerpted from Freedom From Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well Being by Marcey Shapiro, MD, published by North Atlantic Books 1/14/14, copyright © 2014 by Marcey Shapiro. Reprinted by permission of publisher.

Stay tuned for more thoughts from Marcey Shapiro, MD,  on “Transforming Health” and Heart Centered Living

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