Benefits of Healthy Eating

Having the right balance of vitamins and other nutrients helps your body and mind perform at their best. It also helps you to feel your best and increases your energy. In addition it increases your tolerance to stress. And healthy food does not have to be bland! Take a look at the food on the left and some of my other recipes that I’ll share here on my blog!

Healthy eating will help prevent major health issues such as:

– Heart disease
– High blood pressure
– Type 2 diabetes
– Some forms of cancer

Eating healthy can often be a challenge in our busy lifestyles but it’s worth it in the end. Here are some tips to finding better eating habits:

  • Don’t try to change your diet all at once – pick habits you can manage to change right where you are and create a new habit
  • Set manageable goals that you can obtain. For instance, cut out soda week one and replace your lunch with a salad the next.
  • Create long-term goals that build upon your short time goals.
  • Find support from friends and family.
  • Their encouragement will help keep you accountable and supported as you change your lifestyle.
  • Keep your plan in perspective and don’t give up if you find yourself relapsing. Cut yourself some slack and pick back where you left off the following day.

I hope you found this helpful!

WENDYSIGNATURE

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Healthy Dinner Idea – Garlic Butter Salmon

Salmon is power packed with disease fighting acids, minerals and vitamins. So whether you bake it, broil it, grill it or eat it raw salmon is a powerful addition to your healthy lifestyle. Salmon benefits Muscle and Tissue Benefits your heart, brain and nerves and can even speed up your metabolism. That’s why it’s essential to add it to your weekly menu. Here’s great healthy recipe from Taste of Home to try.

 

Delicious Garlic-Butter Baked Salmon Recipe

Photo by Taste of Home 

 

TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes

Bake: 10 min. MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

2 whole garlic bulbs

4 teaspoons 100% Pure Olive Oil, divided

3 tablespoons butter

6 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley

1/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

 

Directions

1. Remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate cloves). Cut top off garlic bulbs. Brush with 1 teaspoon oil. Wrap each bulb in heavy-duty foil.

2. Bake at 425° for 30-35 minutes or until softened. Cool for 10-15 minutes.

3. Squeeze softened garlic into a food processor; add butter and remaining oil. Cover and process until blended; set aside.

4. Place salmon in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; drizzle with lemon juice. Spoon 1 tablespoon garlic butter over each fillet.

5. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 8-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Sprinkle with parsley and rosemary.

The Benefits of Supplements

With the hustle and bustle of daily life being as demanding as it is, for most people trying to get all of the recommended daily vitamins and minerals can make your head swirl. There are more than 20 different vitamins and minerals that the Food and Nutrition Board and the Institute of Medicine recommend that adults take every day. But who has time to count how many micrograms you eat of all of the vitamins and minerals?

Experts agree that there is definitely a place for vitamin and mineral supplements in the diets of everyone. While most of our nutrition should come from a healthy and balanced diet (such as from healthy recipes I share on my blog), vitamins and supplements can help to fill small nutrient gaps that everyone has in their diet. Some of the most essential vitamins and minerals that we all need are calcium, potassium, vitamin D and vitamin B12. All of these key nutrients play an important part in keeping us healthy and active. For example, calcium helps us to prevent bone fractures and keep our teeth healthy and vitamin B12 helps us to convert food into usable energy.

There are other substances that can be beneficial, such as botanical (herbal) products, amino acids, essential fatty acids and oils, enzymes and probiotics. I have found all of Nature’s Sunshine’s products to be very high quality and effective. Beyond just filling in gaps of nutrition, studies have demonstrated that vitamins, minerals and other supplements can be very advantageous in helping us to both stay healthy and to become healthier. Additionally there are many other supplements that help with many things, from sleeping better to entire cleanses and detoxes.

Check out these Nature’s Sunshine products, they are a great value and will help you to be your best!

WENDYSIGNATURE

The Benefits of Essential Oils

The popularity of essential oils has grown and grown over time, as more and more people have realized their effectiveness and started spreading the word. Essential oils are natural, chemical-free alternatives to everything from traditional cosmetics to potentially toxic fragrances. But many can do a lot more than just smell good: While we can’t say with authority the six oils highlighted here are miracle cures, but many people have found them to be very useful for hundreds or even thousands of years. Throughout human history they’ve been used with success for everything from nausea to digestion problems to stress.

There are more than 90 different essential oils, and each one has its own benefits. Using quality essential oils from places like Nature’s Sunshine is highly advisable because just like in every other area of life, quality is important. Both the calming and stimulating effects on the central nervous system by different essential oils can help to lower or raise blood pressure as well as normalizing hormones, for which there are numerous benefits. Here are just a few of the more popular essential oils and some of their benefits:

Basil
Benefits: It has long been used for skin care, indigestion, respiratory problems, infections, stress disorders, blood circulation issues, pain, and vomiting.

Bergamot
Benefits: Bergamot essential oil removes body odor, relieves spasms, suppresses pain, improves mood and fights depression, heals cuts and scars, and promotes efficient digestion.

Eucalyptus
Benefits: It is very useful in the treatment of respiratory problems, wounds, muscle pain, mental exhaustion, dental care, skin care, diabetes, fever, and intestinal germs.

Ginger
Benefits: Ginger essential oil has been known to cure pain, stop vomiting, protect from wounds becoming septic, and relax spasms. Some practitioners also use it to inhibit bacterial growth, eliminate gas, and improve brain and memory function, while helping to expel phlegm & catarrh. Finally, it is known to break fevers, clear bowels, bring color to the skin, improve stomach health, and promote sweating, which helps removes toxins from the body.

Jasmine
Benefits: Jasmine essential oil fights depression and uplifts mood, protects wounds, cures sexual dysfunctions, and increases libido. It also reduces spasms, heals scars and after marks, gives relief from phlegm and coughs, increases breast milk, and regulates obstructed menstrual cycles. The oil also eases the delivery of babies and labor pains, while sedating inflammation and nervous disturbances.

Lavender
Benefits: This oil is beneficial for treatment of issues with the nervous system, insomnia, pain relief, urine flow, respiratory disorders, skin care, hair care, blood circulation, indigestion, and immune system health.

These are just a few of the essential oils and as you can see, essential oils can help with many problems at a fraction of the cost of traditional medicine, without the side effects! With so many to choose from, how can you know which ones you should start with? A ZytoScan is the best way to figure that out, and I can help you with that.

Once you know which essential oils you need, my personal recommendation would be Nature’s Sunshine.

Maintaining a Balance of the Mind, Body & Spirit

BBalancing The Mind, Body & Spiriteing mindful to make sure that you have a healthy balance of your mind, body and spirit can help you to lead a happier and healthier life. Research has shown, and I can personally attest to the fact that the mind, body and spirit are all interconnected. For example, having a health issues can cause stress and can also lead to depression. Conversely, having a stressful and mind-taxing lifestyle can lead to high blood pressure which causes health issues. And not being in touch with one’s spirituality can lead people to not feel fulfilled and lead them into health issues. Spirituality can have a great affect on personal happiness and how we perceive life, people and the world around us.

There are several things that we can do to increase the harmony of the mind, body and spirit. Improving any area that you feel is lacking will likely help the other areas, and your overall wellbeing. Here are some tips on how to help you to improve your mind body and spirit:

Healthy Eating

Reaching a healthy weight and then maintaining a healthy weight is very important and may be easier than you think. Just by switching out unhealthy choices for healthier choices can have a big impact and requires very little effort. Lowering caloric intake, such as something as simple as not finishing everything on your plate or having a salad instead can make a huge impact if done for weeks or months, and you will probably find that you are not that much hungrier than you would have been if you had eaten everything on the plate. Small changes can really add up.

Physical Activity

Who says physical activity has to be super hard? When most of us picture working out, we picture super strenuous workouts like P90X or Tai Bo. Those workouts have names like “Insanity” for a reason: they are insane! You don’t have to sweat like it’s summer in Jamaica to see results. Just making small changes like going for a slightly faster pace than usual walk for or five days a week can result in the pounds shedding off of you over time. In addition, low to moderate impact exercising also helps your heart health, which is very important because Heart Disease is a leading killer, especially among women.

Spirituality

Having a positive outlook can give anyone great strength and to overcome anything that is in our way. Spirituality can certainly help us to do things that we think that we alone cannot do or need help in accomplishing. Weight loss is a daunting task for most people but the good news is having a strong connection with your spirituality can help you to achieve your goals, and to make it easier than you think. The next time you are concerned with exercising or making the right eating choices pray for a short while and I’ll bet that you will shortly have more strength to accomplish what you are trying to accomplish than you thought you had.

Purpose of Life

 

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I have been on a journey over the years which has lead me to experience life. Each of us does this yes, but what I have come to see is so many people are missing out on ALL the experiences of your own life. Good and bad.

My Journey

I have been on a journey over the years which has led me to experience life.  Each of us does this, yes, but what I have come to see is so many people are missing out on ALL the experiences of your own life. Good and bad.  Far too many want to just arrive at the destination, rather than to soak up all you can in the journey.

More importantly, people take what they hear from the news and even what “big medicine” says at face value, believing that if the FDA has approved it, it must be safe. This is not always true. Believing this almost cost me my life, which is what led me to explore and learn naturopathic care. I have learned that with big medicine, comes big money and with big money comes lobbyists, paying government agencies to look the other way when it comes to nasty side effects, just listen to the pharmaceuticals commercials lately. They have side effects like leukemia for arthritis medicine, are you kidding me?

I have learned that the truth is, there are many natural remedies that perform as good if not better than pharmaceuticals without the nasty side effects – and natural medicine and non-traditional medicine have restored my health. I will share what I have learned on this website.

To your health!

Wendy