Healthy Living A to Z: Y is for Yoga

Yoga is made up of a variety of techniques and practices aimed at integrating mind body and spirit. The goal is to reach a state of oneness with the universe or enlightenment. There are many paths of yoga. Hatha Yoga, which is often thought of as “yoga” in the Western world is just one ofContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: Y is for Yoga”

Healthy Living A to Z: X is for Xanthan Gum

If you are a gluten free baker you are probably familiar with xanthan gum. Many believe this is a necessary ingredient in gluten free baking, but some people are sensitive to it and others prefer to avoid it for other reasons. Xanthan gum is made by mixing fermented sugars with the Xanthomonas campestris bacterium. ItContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: X is for Xanthan Gum”

Healthy Living A to Z: W is for Walking

My grandmother was a walker. So was my mother. Both were extremely healthy in their 80’s. In fact both could out walk me. We all know there are physical health benefits of a good walk. According to the Mayo Clinic, a brisk walk can help maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage conditions, including heartContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: W is for Walking”

Healthy Living A to Z: V is for Variety

You may have heard the old saying variety is the spice of life. Variety is important for health and longevity. The following are ways we can use variety to our benefit. Eat a Variety of Foods The best way to get the important nutrients you body needs is to eat a variety of foods, preferablyContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: V is for Variety”

Healthy Living A to Z: R is for Rest

No matter how hard we try we cannot ignore the need of body, mind and spirit for rest. If we do not take time to rest and renew sooner or later the universe will intervene. For me this is when the car breaks down, the computer crashes, the electricity shuts down, or if all elseContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: R is for Rest”

Healthy Living A to Z: Q is for Quinoa

Qui what? It is pronounced keen-wa. Don’t worry we all have trouble with that one. Quinoa is the seed of a plant related to beets, spinach and tumbleweed. It was known to the Incas as “mother of all grains” and is gluten free. For questions about cross contamination contact the manufacturer or distributor. Quinoa isContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: Q is for Quinoa”

Healthy Living A to Z: P is for Portion Control

It is possible to eat too much, even eating healthy food. These are two tips for controlling portions I use. Plate size can help control how much you eat. If your dinner plates are very large, try using a salad plate. You can still have a full plate, while consuming less. Remember meals still needContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: P is for Portion Control”

Healthy Living A to Z: L is for Lentils

Lentils are legumes and come in varieties which cook to different consistencies. They are an ancient food, mentioned in the Bible and are naturally gluten free. Lentils are a nutritional powerhouse but often overlooked. Seen as “poverty food,” in this case low cost means high nutrition. High in protein, soluble and insoluble fiber and lowContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: L is for Lentils”

Healthy Living A to Z: G is for Gratitude

Gratitude is defined in the Merriam Webster Learners Dictionary as a feeling of appreciation or thanks.  [Source Merriam Webster Learners Dictionary]    Don’t you love the simplicity of this definition? Many times it is easy to think of all the difficulties in our world, but how often do we say thanks?  Do you let the people inContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: G is for Gratitude”

Healthy Living A to Z: F is for Flaxseed

Not everyone may be familiar with flaxseed.  Flaxseed is high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as phytochemicals called lignans.   It is used to improve digestive health and may help lower total cholesterol, LDL or “bad” cholesterol, and reduce heart disease risk.   Ground flaxseed is easier for the body to digest.  Grind yourContinue reading “Healthy Living A to Z: F is for Flaxseed”