Researchers now pretty much agree you need around seven to nine hours of largely uninterrupted sleep a night. Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep (on average taking more than 30 minutes to fall asleep); waking up frequently Continue reading
Has this ever happened to you? You anticipate eating that juicy piece of fruit just as soon as you get home from work, only to discover it’s spoiled. Or you wait for days for that avocado to ripen, and then next time you check it’s past its prime, turning brown, and full of strings.
Every year millions of pounds worth of fruit and veggies are wasted because they weren’t stored properly! Continue reading
Whether you’ve become a vegan or vegetarian for environmental, animal rights, or health reasons, one of your primary concerns might be how to avoid nutritional deficiencies and find the protein sources needed for a healthy body.
Proteins, which form up to 20 percent of the human body, control almost all cellular processes in our bodies. They build muscles, repair body tissue, break down food, catalyze chemical reactions, are needed to form hormones and enzymes, and have a crucial role in metabolism and growth. Continue reading
I just had to share this with you, so many of us are prescribed statins when we don’t need them.
From their heart-healthy benefits and skin-loving nutrients to their unique versatility in recipes and making snack times extra delicious, we love having avocados every day! Here are 20 great reasons why you should fall in love with avocado too (if you haven’t already!): Continue reading
It’s been said for years and years that you’re supposed to drink 8 glasses of water per day to keep hydrated. But what they forgot to mention was that food counts too! Roughly 20% of our daily water intake comes from solid foods, especially fruits and vegetables!
Water is still incredibly important for a host of reasons, but on a hot summer’s day, why not boost your hydration with these juicy foods, all of which are around 80-90% water by weight.
1. Cucumber: At 95% water content, this crunchy summer vegetable has the highest water content of any solid food! It’s great in salads, sliced up with some dip, or blending into a smoothie, juice or cucumber soup! Cucumber also contains a little fiber and vitamin C!
2. Green Peppers: These hydrating vegetables contain 93.9% water, just slightly more than the red and yellow versions. They are also rich in antioxidants, and make a great snack with dip, sliced up in salads or stuffed with quinoa and veggies!
3. Tomato: Tomatoes make a delicious, hydrating snack, especially cherry tomatoes! Eat a handful as a snack or add them to your meal! They’ll provide a tasty pop of hydration plus lycopene and other vitamins and minerals.
4. Watermelon: Not only is watermelon a great source of water at 92%, it’s also a good source of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Serve icy cold for a satisfying Summertime snack!
5. Strawberries: 91% water, strawberries are a great contributor to your water intake for the day! Delivering the most vitamin C of all berries, folate, fiber and antioxidants, they’re a great little snack to enjoy! Eat them as is, with some yogurt, in a salad, blended into a smoothie or even in a raw dessert!
6. Papaya: This gorgeous fruit tastes incredible with fresh lime juice! Plus it delivers a source of fiber and hydration with 88% water! It’s also rich in vitamin C and contains the digestive enzyme known as papain along with fibre which helps improve your digestive health.
7. Grapefruit: A juicy, tangy citrus with a powerful hydrating punch! Not only does it contain 90.5% water, it can help shrink your waistline, help lower your cholesterol, stabilise your blood sugar and potentially help reduce your cravings! Eat it straight, pop some wedges into a salad, juice with greens, blend into icy poles, or serve as a tangy granita dessert!
8. Butternut Squash: The humble, sweet and nutty squash is actually 88% water. Yet it provides over 400% of your daily requirements for vitamin A, as well as being a source of vitamin C, potassium and manganese! Roast some and serve in a salad, stuff small ones with lean grassfed mince and/or quinoa and vegetables, or turn it into a tasty dip with some bell peppers, cucumber and carrots to serve!
9. Cantaloupe: One six ounce serving (about ¼ of a melon) provides 100% of your recommended intake for vitamins A and C! Comprised of 90.2% water, it’s a nourishing snack that can contribute significantly to your water intake! Serve in a smoothie, blended with frozen banana ‘icecream’, sliced in salads, or served as part of a mixed melon salad with fresh mint!
10. Radishes: It’s not the first thing you may think of when talking about hydration, but these pretty vegetables are 95.3% water! Not only are they hydrating, but they are full of antioxidants including catechin (found in green tea!), adding a nutritious burst of spiciness and color to your plate!
Did you see the recent “Trust Me I’m a Doctor” programmes on BBC1? In episode 2, they explored whether diet could be a more effective way to deal with bad cholesterol than drugs. You can watch the episode on BBC iplayer, but it’s only available till tomorrow night.
It may surprise you to know that cholesterol itself isn’t bad. In fact, cholesterol is just one of the many substances created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy. It’s vital for the integrity of cell walls and production of hormones which are essential for our health. Continue reading
As nature intended, evening should be a time of a quieting and settling down in preparation for a good night’s sleep. If you’ve ever gone camping or spent time outdoors you’ve probably noticed a difference in your psyche after the sun sets. There’s a feeling of wanting to relax and get comfortable; you may even find yourself getting sleepy earlier. Continue reading
If you’ve ever uttered phrases such as, “Hurry up and have your breakfast,” or “You better eat fast or you’re going to miss your bus,” you might be setting the wrong tone for your child’s day.
When you ask your children to hurry and eat, they will rush through the eating process with the fear that they’ll miss the bus or that parents will get upset. At an early age, they will learn to gulp down their meals, which means they are not chewing the food well, which in turn is going to affect digestion. This not only means the children are not digesting their food well, but they are also learning to fast forward their lives when they should be learning to take things slowly. They begin to apply the fast-forward method not only during meals, but also to life in general.
When parents are stressed out due to the pressure of time, work, and family obligations, it’s hard to slow down even if you want to. But it’s not impossible. Here are some of the ways you can help your children slow down and live more mindfully, not only when they’re eating but in all areas of their lives.
- Spend 15 minutes every night preparing for the following day’s breakfast. This will save you time in the morning so that you can be a little more relaxed.
- Help your kids prepare for school the night before. Make sure all of their books and homework are in their backpacks and lay out clothes for the next day.
- Before you leave your room, set the tone for your day with a short meditation. This will help you start the day more relaxed, thus creating a more peaceful mood for your family.
- Teach your children to make gratitude a way of life. At the end of each day, ask them to say, or write down, one thing for which they are grateful. This will help them to appreciate the little things in life.
When your children are taught to be mindful about eating, they will gradually learn to be mindful in other areas of life, too. In this fast-paced world, it’s important to help our children understand the value of slowing down so they’re not just breezing through life without actually enjoying it.
by: Kalpana Patel
Still skeptical? Here are five reasons why you’re not broken:
1. The Energy That Made You Is Not Judging YouAs Albert Einstein so wisely said, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another.” Energy just is. The infinite vibrational field of energy, or God, that shaped you, and left its signature upon you, resonates at the frequency of love and only ever expresses its absolute love for you.
2. It’s Only Your Mind, Your Ego, That Perceives Brokenness The standard definition of broken is to be separated into two or more pieces. Therefore, you’re only fractured to the degree to which you believe you’re broken. Your natural state is oneness. By labeling yourself in a negative way, you are making yourself less than, psychologically forcing yourself to take on the qualities of being incomplete, when in truth you are always whole, you are unbreakable.
3. You Are Not Defined by How Your Life Has Been or What You’ve DoneLife is not a journey of overcoming obstacles. Your life is a state of being, to be celebrated and enjoyed. Major life events such as becoming a parent, getting a divorce, or managing financial loss are not being done to you; they are catalysts for your greatest evolution and growth. Sure, it may not always feel like this, but it’s these very seminal events that catapult you into a greater state of harmony with yourself. Everything is happening for you, to restore you to balance in your life.
4. As Long as You’re Breathing, There’s HopeWhether you feel devastated or elated, annoyed or overjoyed, your emotions are meant to be experienced. These feelings are neither good nor bad. Once you have fully experienced a particular emotion, another will replace it. Emotions are energy in motion and experiencing them allows for them to change form. When you judge them as good or bad, you limit your ability to feel them, and impede your growth, evolution, and the recognition of your brilliance. That doesn’t mean that your brilliance no longer exists. So, as long as you are breathing, you will continue to experience emotions. By removing the judgment, you will begin to live in harmony with who you are and you’ll no longer resist your experiences. Life will begin to flow. When you apply the qualities of love and trust to the experience of yourself, then you will know your innate unbreakability.
5. When You Give Up the Conflict You Have With Being Yourself, You’ll Find YourselfDo you want to know the secret to shifting gears from ordinary to extraordinary? Self-acceptance. Put down the gloves and stop beating yourself up so much. When you end your resistance to being yourself, exactly as you are right now, in this moment, then you will start to experience the shifts that you’ve been looking for all along. When you fully accept yourself, you’ll naturally start to take better care of yourself. You’ll eat better and exercise more, and the weight that you thought was holding you back will naturally start to fall away.
When you love yourself, you will see love all around you and the relationship you’ve been hoping for will finally arrive. Your inner world transforms your experience of being in the world. When you see that you embody all of the same gifts, talents, and abilities as the divine, then you will know the truth—you are limitless potential, there is nothing to heal and nothing to fix.
article by: Panache Desai