Vitamins A, C, E work better together than alone. These three vitamins are potent antioxidants helpful in eating up free radicals in our bodies that can lead to cancer. Rich sources of these vitamins are found in some of my favorite foods. Vitamin A: parsley, sweet potato, watermelon. Vitamin C: broccoli, strawberries, citrus. Vitamin E: Eggs and leafy greens.
Combine these foods in your daily fare for a powerful antioxidant experience.
Alcoholic beverages, including wine, beer and liquor, may cause or exacerbate hot flashes. According to Dr. Northrup, alcohol may cause the body to release the hormone epinephrine, also called adrenaline, which may trigger hot flashes. Though all alcoholic beverages can produce this effect, red wine is particularly likely to cause hot flashes. Adrenaline is produced in the adrenal glands. Stress plays a big role in how we dance through menopause as I call it. When these glands are not supported, especially during menopause, our symptoms may be exacerbated. Herbs that support the adrenal glands include Rhodiola, licorice root (contraindicated if you have high blood pressure) and Astragalus.
The standard marker for blood sugar is a fasting glucose test. Unfortunately, by the time these glucose levels are high, we have missed an opportunity to work with the body to regulate blood sugar. The better test a hemoglobin A1C and if that is elevated, an insulin test with a glucose tolerance test. Insulin resistance has become epidemic in our country with 1 in 4 of us having insulin resistance. If you are having trouble losing weight or weight is accumulating around your mid-section, if cholesterol or blood pressure is creeping up, then look to insulin resistance as a potential culprit. Chromium is a wonderful mineral to regulate insulin resistance.
Recently I attended a lecture given by Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and his latest book, Cooked.
We share a similar philosophy. In his lecture, he spoke about the “American Paradox”. How can a country of educated individuals, obsessed with fitness and diet, be a country of obese individuals? The answer was simple; we have gotten away from whole foods that come from nature. The body simply does not understand how to break down what Mr. Pollan calls “Edible food-like substances”, and our groceries are full of these convenience food –like items. Our mutual position – Get back into your kitchen and start preparing simple meals made with real ingredients.
I have recently been doing some experimenting with myself in terms of when and what I eat for dinner. What I have found is that if dinner is eaten before 6 pm, my body has an opportunity to burn those calories more efficiently, even though I may be consuming larger amount calories.
I have also found that light exercise in the afternoon really boosts metabolism.
Spring is a great time to have early dinners then go for an evening walk.
We accumulate stuff, too much stuff. With that stuff may come emotional baggage. Next week is Memorial day weekend. If you do not have a vacation planned or even if you do, I encourage to you to look around your home and determine what you no longer need or is taking up space. You may also want to look at the emotional clutter in your life. Stuff that is distracting you from important things in life. Emotional Clutter Spring Cleaning is just as important as physical Spring Cleaning. If there is clutter in your life that no longer serves you, give it up. Thank it for the purpose it served then release it to mother Earth for transmutation. You will feel lighter for it.
Paradigm Shift – Re-thinking how we live our daily lives
I was recently struck about how I felt to be in Orlando a few weeks back. My day was ordinary. I was staying with a friend. I did much the same as I would do in my regular mornings on a weekend; breakfast, workout, sitting on the back porch, dinner out. Yet I felt completely in “vacation mode”. Everything was new and beautiful and joyful.
Coming home I realized that I had shifted my paradigm while I was away which allowed me to appreciate my environment and what I was doing. This week I am striving to bring my vacation mentality into my everyday life. Really living out a joyful experience in what I do every day, in essence bringing vacation mode into everyday living. Yes, there is work, and there are obligations, but if we shift our thinking when we stop to get that cup of coffee or tea and pretend we are somewhere else then eventually it will be habitual to be in this state. Food for thought
Louise Hay is the queen of: “Change your Thinking, Change your life”
I watched this video with my family and it was transformative for all of us. Much of it I use already in my practice when I counsel for behavior change, but it was so refreshing to hear it from a third party and also listen to experts that tie this back to science. Your physiology can change based on thought patterns, negative or positive.
So this spring as you do some ” spring cleaning”, I encourage you to change your thinking if you have negative thought patterns, it may just change your life.
Some healthy foods may not be good for you if you have arthritis and have impaired sulfation in Phase II of liver detoxification pathways. One way to know if you have impaired sulfation is if your r urine has a distinct odor after eating asparagus.
High sulfur foods include: Onions, garlic, cabbage, dandelion greens, radish, raisins, watercress, arugula, kale, bok choy.
To lower the sulfur content, only take in these foods in a cooked form. Do not consume raw. Instead increase your greens to break down these calcium deposits – Parsley, cilantro, romaine, beet tops and chard are good options. Put them in your smoothies or juice with them.