Tempering Stormy Emotions – Article

Diana Kenney

Diana Kenney

Have you ever experienced a memory-based reaction that got in the way of your making a decision that should have been based on what was actually occurring at that time in your life?

The article link below offers you tips for how to concentrate and be more aware.

You can learn to be calm, to concentrate, to reason, and to be intuitive in the face of strong emotions

Article Link: Tempering Stormy Emotions by Diana Kenney

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Labeling end run? – Issue

IssuesBlogPhotoAre there some negative changes mixed in with the many positive changes in the proposed FDA revision of our nutrition and supplements labels? The purpose of the changes is to update the Nutrition Facts given on food packaging labels. Most agree that it would be useful to have calories in a larger font size, more nutrients included, added sugar disclosed, and more realistic serving sizes. However, some groups are extremely concerned about the “needed” levels of vitamins and minerals given on the label being reduced to amounts less than what would keep a person healthy. There is also concern about a requirement that would ban use of the word “folate” (a naturally occurring form of vitamin B), but allow “folic acid”, which is a synthetic, modified version that many people cannot convert to a form they can use. This folate concern is viewed as avenue for this natural vitamin to become available only as a prescription drug.

The government has invited submittal of comments through June 2, 2014. For those of you who wish to learn more about this matter (and perhaps even submit a comment to the FDA), we have compiled some articles to get you started on your research.

ISSUE: Proposed 3/3/14 FDA revision of nutrition and supplement facts labels

PRO Link #1: 
Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels (3/3/14)
A Proposed Rule by the Food and Drug Administration
Comment period ends 6/2/14

PRO Link #2:
 Public Comment Period Now Open For FDA’s Nutrition Facts Label Changes (3/3/14)
Obama Foodorama

PRO Link #3: 
Updates proposed for nutrition labels on food packages (3/5/14)

CON Link #1:
 The FDA’s New Food Label Guidelines – A Sneak Attack on Your Dietary Supplements 
by Scott Tips
National Health Federation

CON Link #2: Breaking News: FDA’s Sneak Attempt to Ban Another B Vitamin (3/11/14)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

CON Link #3: More on the New Nutrition Labels (3/11/14)
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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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.

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Maximize the Nutritional Value of Your Food!

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

Buying quality ingredients is only the first step in a healthy diet. How long ago were the groceries purchased, or the methods used to prepare food, greatly impacts the nutritional value of the resulting fare. Being aware of a few basic facts can go a long way towards assuring that the highest level of nutrients is preserved.

Some of the beneficial compounds in produce are particularly fragile, therefore dicing vegetables and fruit should be done as close as possible to the time they are used. Chopping vegetables or fruit in advance, or leaving them exposed to air for too long (as is the case in salad bars), results in a great deal of nutrient loss. The solution: If you wish to do some advance prep-work, you can wash and refrigerate the produce in a sealed container or a bag, and also make the salad dressing, however, wait to peel and/or chop as needed until immediately before cooking. For the same reasons, do not buy precut vegetables, including onions, grated potatoes, salad veggies, or fruit.

Avoid using canned and other precooked vegetables, fruit, and grains. They are dead on arrival. That includes rice, and mashed potatoes. Frozen uncooked vegetables and fruit contain some of the original nutrients, but should be considered your second choice after fresh ones.

When making a vegetable salad, first place (or make) the dressing in a large salad bowl. While dicing, shredding veggies and adding them to the bowl mix frequently with the dressing. The oil coats and seals them, thus limiting vitamin loss.

Cooking vegetables is best done by steaming. When they are cooked immersed in water, nutrients leach into the fluid and are lost when the vegetables are drained. Soups or stews are the exception since the liquid in which the veggies are cooked is consumed as well.

Prolonged, intense heat destroys a great deal of the produce’s healthful content. This is one of the reasons why frying, baking, and grilling should be limited or avoided, including – sorry friends – casseroles and grilled veggies. Steamed vegetables (and fruit), easy and quick-to-make, can be eaten plain, or transformed into numerous mouth-watering dishes. Other acceptable cooking methods are stir-frying and sautéing if not used on a frequent basis.

Whenever possible, do not peel. In most veggies and fruits the skin, and the area immediately beneath the skin, is where a large concentration of protective and health-enhancing compounds are located.

When selecting groceries, read labels. The ingredients appear in the order of their amount present in the product. For example, in quality bread, cereal, or pasta, the list should begin with the words “whole wheat”, “whole grains”, or” durum flour” and/or “semolina”. Other beneficial ingredients listed in these products can be barley, spelt, or oats. Any grain product using the words “enriched” or “unbleached” should be left on the store shelf; no amount of CPR can restore its wholesomeness.

Whole grains are, by far, a healthier choice than processed ones: brown rice is superior to white rice. Old Fashioned rolled oats (oatmeal) are better than “instant” ones or sugar-bomb-breakfast-flakes of all kinds.

When possible, use fresh herbs, whether in raw vegetable salads or in cooked dishes. Fresh herbs are nutrition-dense and taste infinitely better than dried ones. If you are so inclined, grow some herbs of your own in pots or in the ground. They are easy and fun to grow, and provide you with a constant fresh supply of these flavor celebrities. Please note: When using fresh herbs in cooking, they must be added in the final 5 – 10 minutes of cooking. Dried herbs, on the other hand, are added early in the process.

If you cook a double batch of a dish for consumption at a later date, eat the second half no later than 2 – 3 days after it was cooked. The same applies to leftovers. Waiting longer diminishes nutrition and flavor: don’t wait until the food begins to grow penicillin…

“Smashing” food in a blender, food processor, or juicer, also reduces its nutritional value. Eat whole fruit, rather than juice consuming the skin and pulp where appropriate. Soups do not need to be homogenously smooth, unless made for a toothless individual, or someone on a liquid diet for medical reasons. Soups can be partially and gently mashed with – horrors – a HAND masher! and some chunks allowed to remain for a more robust culinary experience.

Using whole foods and fresh unprocessed ingredients offers an additional bonus: better taste, texture, and natural color. To your health.

“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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Asthma-Friendly Gardens – Article

Tom Ogren

Tom Ogren

One of the major keys to asthma prevention is avoidance. If we’re willing to make some simple changes in our environment, allergies caused by gardening can be largely a thing of the past.

The article link below provides twelve tips to building your own asthma-friendly garden.

Learn how you can have a green thumb without the pollen problems!

Article Link: Asthma-Friendly Gardens by Tom Ogren

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Labyrinth Meditations for Inner Peace

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Walking meditations are time-honored in many traditions. They include meditative movement and movement sequences, as well as walking in particular places such as labyrinths. Walking and movement meditations are great for squirmy people, children, and others who find that they are too distracted during siting mediations.

Movement meditations do not always require walking. Patterns can be traced with the finger, or a pen, or even the eyes. Movement can be in a scooter or a wheelchair. Or there can be a meditative program of movements, as in tai qi or bagua.

Labyrinths can be found throughout the world. Each has a starting point and a center. Although the two words are sometimes used interchangeably, labyrinths are different from mazes. Mazes are puzzles that allow the participant to choose between several routes. In order to complete a maze, a solution is required. On the other hand, the object of walking a labyrinth is spiritual contemplation and inner harmony. There is only one path into and out of a labyrinth; no choices or decisions are required.

Labyrinths figured prominently in the spiritual practices of earlier eras, among the Minoans, Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, to name a few cultures that used them. Later they were widely incorporated into cathedrals and sacred sites throughout the world. The most famous is the great labyrinth of the Chartres Cathedral in France. Its design provides the template for many others.

Most people who walk a labyrinth for inner harmony will ask a question or set an intention at the outset. Upon entering the labyrinth, the participant walks slowly and deliberately, pacing the breathing and foot- falls in a meditative manner. In the center of the labyrinth, a few meditative breaths are taken. Sometimes a participant will sit in the center of the labyrinth and meditate or pause there quite a while. That is fine too—there are no rules. When ready, the individual reverses course and walks the path, slowly and contemplatively, out of the labyrinth. Often people meditate just outside of it as well. Many people consider a series of three passes into the center and out again a perfect number for an inward journey. Pay attention to any insights you notice during or after your labyrinth experience.

It is easy to make a small outdoor labyrinth. Labyrinths can be drawn with a stick on a sandy beach, mowed in tall grass, drawn with chalk on a tennis court, or laid out on a flat patch of earth. They do not need to be permanent structures. There are also a number of labyrinth-locating websites that can assist in finding a labyrinth in your area. There are lots of them all over the world, and it is likely there is already one near you.

One simple, free way to explore labyrinths is to trace a path with a finger or with the eyes. When doing so, try the same slow, deliberate meditative pace that you might use if walking a labyrinth.

Excerpted from Freedom From Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well Being by Marcey Shapiro, MD, published by North Atlantic Books, 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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Health Starts Here – Article

Robert A. Rakowski, DC, CCN

Robert A. Rakowski, DC, CCN

A person can acquire all of the riches and power that the world has to offer but without good health you really don’t have anything!

The article link below details what ‘true health’ is and how yesterday’s decisions affect the health you have today.

Learn how you can achieve true health.

Article Link: Health Starts Here by Robert A. Rakowski, DC, CCN

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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

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Knowledge Is Power
 – AHHA Resource

AHHA_LOGO_CLR_squarePerhaps the most important resource ever created by AHHA is the Health Information Search Services list. This unique list includes organizations whose experts can research treatment options for any health condition, plus they also answer other health questions. You can specify conventional medicine and/or alternative approaches. If you know of someone dealing with a life threatening or debilitating diagnosis, please let him or her know about this valuable support option.

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Cook Affordably (and Healthy) with Little Time – Video

with Karen Roth, MS, CNC

with Karen Roth, MS, CNC

Have you ever eaten collard greens, mustard greens or rutabagas, turnips or parsnips? They are full of nutrients, yet many people have never even tried them. Be adventurous. It is so easy to cook these root vegetables and hardy greens by using a crock-pot.

In the video below find a recipe for adding chicken, root vegetables and hardy greens to a crock-pot before you leave for work. Come home to find a healthy, delicious meal waiting for you.

Video Link: Cook Affordably (and Healthy) with Little Time with Karen Roth, MS, CNC 

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