Do you feel guilty eating chocolate? Most of us do but we don’t have to!
Chocolate’s reputation of being a junk food is well-deserved when it comes to eating commercially processed chocolate bars, cakes, brownies, hot chocolate and chocolate syrups. They’re usually full of preservatives, additives, hydrogenated oils, artificial ingredients and unhealthy sweeteners.
Cocoa powder starts off as raw cacao beans and then the beans are roasted at high temperatures. This changes the molecular structure of the bean, reduces the amount of enzymes and the nutritional value.
Raw Cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. This keeps the living enzymes intact, which means none of the health benefits are lost.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW CACAO
– It’s a powerful antioxidant!
It contains more antioxidants per 100 grams than blueberries, acai and goji berries. Antioxidants repair free radical damage and may help reduce risk of certain cancers. Continue reading →
Certain foods have a calming effect!
While eating those foods won`t change the stressors in your life, you`ll be able to cope better.
Stress, especially chronic stress, depletes your body of certain vitamins and minerals.
Being deficient in those nutrients contributes to feelings of anxiety and nervousness.
This sets up a cycle of feeling more stressed out.
When you eat foods rich in certain nutrients you break the vicious cycle.
Being properly nourished makes a big difference in how you feel and handle stress! Continue reading →
The most effective headache treatment requires a holistic approach, relief of current pain and prevention of future episodes.
While there are different types of headache, the most common is tension headache.
One popular theory suggests that prolonged stress can produce muscle contractions in the tender area around the skull, constricting blood vessels. Blood flow is reduced, oxygen is blocked and waste matter builds up. This in turn irritates sensitive nerve endings and results in pain.
The brain itself is insensitive to pain. Pain originates in the tissues covering the brain, the attaching structures at the base of the head and the muscles and blood vessels around the scalp, face and neck. FIRST THINGS FIRST!
If you’re in the middle of a headache, pain relief is a priority.
What to do? Continue reading →
I know it’s only a few days away, but there’s things you can do to make sure you fit into your party clothes, looking and feeling great!
1. Get rid of all tempting foods leftover from the holidays. This includes chocolates and candy you got in your stocking and homemade cookies and sweets. Give them away or stash them in the freezer.
2. Try to eat more meals at home so you can control the portion sizes. Eating out is fun, but it’s easy to get carried away.
3. Eat some protein and a big serving of veggies at each meal. Snack smart with fruits, nuts and seeds.
4. Don’t skip meals, this slows down your metabolism and you might end up overeating at the next meal.
5. For a quick fix avoid carbs like rice, pasta, bread and potatoes.
6. On the day of your party, avoid foods that tend to bloat you up, including broccoli, cauliflower, beans and onions.
7. Drink a lot of water. It helps flush out toxins and is great to counteract bloating.
8. Avoid dairy products, they cause excess gas and bloating for most people, so just in case…
9. Avoid or limit alcoholic drinks….not easy to do during the holidays, but it’s worth it to rock your party outfit l!
10. Don’t drink carbonated drinks of any kind, they cause bloating.
11. Don’t chew gum, it can also cause bloating.
12. Drink green tea or dandelion tea, they work as a diuretic flushing out excess water.
13. My TOP TIP…. Avoid ALL processed foods because of the sodium and don’t add salt to your food. Sodium retains water and is one of the biggest reasons for bloating. You can lose up to 1 or 2 pounds of water weight in a few days just by limiting sodium.