Friday, May 19, 2017

Breakfast...

Thought I would post a little something about breakfast today. I grew up eating breakfast every single day - it was never a meal we skipped and in fact, it was one of my favorite meals of the day. A few years ago, for whatever reason, I decided that I wasn't all that fond of breakfast and though I knew it was important, I really didn't enjoy it all that much. I continued to eat it because my body knows when I don't eat breakfast and I get to feeling sick pretty early in the day if I skip. My world really got turned upside down when I became completely gluten-free AND vegan due to some health issues - let me tell you, breakfast becomes even harder when you add those parameters.

So, why does any of this matter? Well, according to leading experts and many research studies, breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day. After a good nights rest, the body is in desperate need of fuel so it makes sense. However, if you're like me and you aren't all that crazy about breakfast foods, let me give you a few tips that have helped me:

1. Need something quick and easy? My husband loves drinking a smoothie for his breakfast - we use a powder made by Juice Plus that is full of fiber, whole grains, and veggies as the base and add almond milk and frozen fruit. It's filling, fast and crazy nutritious.

2. If nothing sounds good and you feel like you are wasting calories on something you don't even want, I remind myself that even if I don't feel hungry, my body needs it and it will improve the way I feel during the day. So, a big bowl of fruit can be a good way to get something into your system without adding unhealthy fats or calories to your day. You won't feel guilty...rather you can feel good about not only eating some breakfast but also pouring some fabulous antioxidant goodness into your body first thing in the morning.

3. Here's my favorite - think outside the breakfast box! I have discovered that I really don't like anything sweet for breakfast. I am a savory kind of girl - so muffins, cereals, and oatmeal don't really appeal to me - especially gluten-free versions. I do, however, like savory breakfasts such as a tofu scramble or breakfast potatoes. Here's the outside-of-the-box part - who says you have to eat traditional breakfast fare? I happen to love lunch and dinner...so why not eat those foods at breakfasts? If muffins and cereal don't sound good for breakfast, don't eat them! It's far better to fuel your body with healthfulnes than eat a particular menu of foods just because it's what other people do! I frequently eat a plate of veggies or a baked potato or some soup for breakfast. Clearly, this is not the norm for most people but it makes sense, right? Get that fuel in the body, start your day off right and eat the foods that sound and taste good in the process!

Perhaps a funny post this morning but since this is a health blog, I thought I would share the atypical way I start the day:-) It contributes to my physical and emotional health when I start the day off right. 

So, go forth and eat breakfast! Muffins, cereal, fruit, smoothies...or a big plate of veggies will also do:-)
One of this week's breakfast choices:-)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

A note about Juice Plus...


In light of the current craze about supplements, I wanted to throw in my two cents about supplements. If you want to hear a few more details about why I'm not so geeked up about supplements, I will be addressing that in the upcoming Q&A on the 19th. But for now, I wanted to highlight the supplement that my family takes and why. 

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  • First of all, let me just say, I love Juice Plus. A lot. But you might be asking why. So allow me to give you a couple points that answer that question
  • Juice Plus is NOT a vitamin supplement...it's a whole food supplement with a nutrition facts label, not a supplement/vitamin label
  • Juice Plus contains 30 different fruit, vegetable and grain powders - the plants are grown to optimal ripeness, harvested, juiced, dried, and ground into powder so none of the nutrient density is lost. The nutrients are not removed and isloated into capsules. The whole fruit, vegetable or grain is used so the nutrient combinations of each food that God designed to work synergistically together are present
  • Juice Plus is not a substitute for eating fruits and vegetables
  • When you start taking JP, you will most likely find that you begin to crave more fruits and veggies - since your body is getting such powerful nutrients through your JP capsules, your body begins to crave the good stuff even more
  • Juice Plus doesn't generally erase symptoms or eliminate diseases instantaneously but over time, major problems can be helped dramatically. Juice Plus was actually the first thing that made a difference in an autoimmune disorder I have. I discovered I had the disorder when we moved to Kansas City 16 years ago.  I took prescription meds for a couple years and then decided I did not want to be taking drugs so I stopped. Shortly thereafter, I began taking JP and the next winter my symptoms were substantially better. The problem was not eliminated but the symptoms were greatly reduced. Some people experience drastic health improvement when taking JP. But true health is never a quick fix that can be achieved overnight...that's important to remember
  • Taking JP doesn't mean you won't ever get sick - however, in our experience taking JP does reduce the frequency of illness and the duration of illness
  • Just taking JP alone will likely improve your health - but taking JP AND maintaining a healthy lifestyle will lead to increased health
  • Juice Plus is backed by so much research that it's benefits really can't be disputed - check it out here
  • Even if you eat a lot of fruits and veggies, you probably aren't getting fruits and veggies that are fresh and picked when they are perfectly ripe and ready for harvest. Further, most people probably don't consume ascerola cherries, papaya, kale, and beets daily. I think it's also safe to say that most kids don't eat as many fruits and veggies as we would like either - especially not things like beets and spinach. But if you and your kids take JP you will be getting all the goodness of 30 fruits, veggies and grains (that you wouldn't otherwise eat daily) every day. 
  • Even if you eat a lot of fruits and veggies, you probably don't get 9-13 servings daily (the recommendation is no longer 5-7!). I am completely plant based and even I don't get that many
  • JP makes sense and it's worth the investment in our health!
  • For more info, visit here