Monday Mentions….

Turmeric is a spice that I’m hearing a lot of buzz about lately. Its so funny to me how these things gain momentum. Like many things Tumeric has been flying well below the radar of most of us westerners – but for some reason its been gaining popularity and a groundswell is coming. Although its a spice that has been used for centuries in India and China – here in the states most of us only consider it to be a food complement – something we use to enhance or improve the taste of certain foods and recipes that call for curry.

But medicinally, Turmeric has been used for thousands of years. Its primary use is as an anti-inflammatory. Many of you are well aware that most all chronic diseases are caused or precipitated by inflammation in the body. So – reducing inflammation is a huge benefit and something most all of us could benefit from both in the short and long term. Cancer, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes are all attributed, at least in part, to inflammation. Most health professionals now agree that less inflammation equals less disease! So if we can improve health and longevity with food – lets do it people!

Here are some tips for using Turmeric in ways other than curry.

1. Recently – I am seeing it in drinks. As a per/post exercise method of hydration as well as energy booster. Check out www.tumericalive.com.

2. Turmeric can also be added to sautéed veggies, to salad dressings and marinades, massaged into kale, sprinkled on popcorn and trail mix, added to teas, soups and stews, and even incorporated into homemade mustards, relishes and pickles.

3. Beware – it does stain. So be careful when “sprinkling”

4. Also – if pregnant – please research on your own as some advise agains’t using during pregnancy. Also – those with gallbladder problems should proceed with caution as well.

 

 

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Lets chat – any of you already on the Turmeric bandwagon? I’d love to hear how you are incorporating it into your diet and lifestyle!

Healthy Loves! :-)

Healthy Loves

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 There are many things I love about making healthy choices.  To me living healthy means MUCH more than just healthy food choices (although as a R.D. this is HIGH on my priority list) – but it also means

 * Staying  “functionally fit” with cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility     training.

* Maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends and people I interact with.

* Continuing to engage and improve my mental fitness

* Living life with intention, purpose and integrity

 When it comes to the “heavy hitters” – here are my loves….

FAMILY – my family is my main Healthy Love – I want to be healthy so that I can be around long enough to be a burden to my wonderful 8 year old daughter and, hopefully, her kids as well.  2013 will be 20 years of marriage for me and my hubby Shane and I definitely want to make sure my health will stay strong for another say – 50+ years. We’ll both be pretty old geezers by then!

Also, I want to be healthy so I can set a good example for them as well as my other family members. If I can inspire others in my family to make healthier choices by providing a good example of that myself then everyone benefits.

 PRIDE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT

Maybe its my upbringing or my Type A career mindedness – but I LOVE  to have a professional as well as personal sense of accomplishment and pride. When I am living a healthy life and feeling good about myself inside and out I carry with me a feeling of integrity that comes from living  in accordance with my core values

ENERGY

Healthful living keeps me energetic both physically as well as mentally. I can do more, go more, engage more and live with vitality and zest! Sort of like at the end of a vigorous yoga practice – when you lie in shavasana and can feel your body buzzing with prana! Its an awesome sensation and it carries you throughout your day/life.

SELF CONFIDENCE

Being healthy makes me feel confident.  I am strong, healthy, able to move and do things as I please, able to wear clothes better and carry myself with a sense of ease and grace.

 And in addition to these more lofty ideals there are plenty day to day sources of  healthy happiness that I enjoy without an ounce of shame. Just a few of these are:

LULULEMON – I don’t care what anyone says – its great quality and style and provides motivation as well as inspiration to reach my goals!

 GREAT MUSIC – The 8 tracks app for my iphone is my newest fixation.

RAWXIES – These are great all natural snacks created by a woman. Healthy, Delicious and shaped liked hearts! www.rawxies.com

BAI DRINKS – Great flavored water with only 35 calories and a touch of caffeine each. www.drinkbai.com

CHOBANI – What can I say – I know I’m not alone here!

SIMPLY SNACKIN BEEF JERKY – available online. Great, easy source of protein, low in calories too! www.simplysnackin.com

FIBER ONE CEREALS – Love these for the high fiber, low calories, portability and fill-me-up factor!

360 BAGS – The most well organized work out/gym bags I have ever seen. They are a splurge but so worth it.  The design is so well thought out – think perfect pockets for all your needs. www.livewell360.com

Healthy Living is like LIFE – its a journey you should ENJOY!

Namaste – Jessica