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Raw Foods – The Secret to a Vibrantly Healthy Life

As a nation, we are making ourselves sick with food. When you enter a typical supermarket today, up to 90% of the food on the shelves is processed and by many standards doesn’t even qualify as food. There are ingredients that are not only unpronounceable but completely unrecognizable. There are additives, dyes, artificial sweeteners and chemicals. The average consumer doesn’t know where to turn or who to trust. We go by what tastes good not by what feels good. Many of us don’t even know what healthful food means anymore. We are headed in a dangerous direction.
Yet, there is a solution. A solution that is so easy, so basic, so obvious, most of us don’t even know it exists.
It is called raw foods.
Raw foods are, simply put, any food that is alive. They are not processed, they are not cooked, they do not come in the frozen food section or fried up in a pan. They aren’t found in cans or in a box up on a shelf. Living foods are whole, natural, living fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and seaweeds. If it has a label on it, then chances are it isn’t raw. And if it is, the label will tell proudly proclaim “RAW.”
Living foods can be heated up to temperatures ranging from 105-114 degrees, depending upon who you ask. They can be stored, refrigerated, or frozen. But they are not processed. The ingredients are not created in a lab. And they are always real food.
So what is the big deal? What does it matter?
It matters because what we put in our bodies is who we are. What we feed ourselves determines to a very large degree our health, our sickness, our energy, our clarity, our balance and even our moods. Food affects every aspect of our lives. We cannot live without it but we aren’t careful we won’t be able to live with it either.
If food, then, is so important then it is vitally important we choose our foods carefully. Raw foods are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and energy. Raw foods give our body what it needs to survive and thrive. Raw foods provide us with nutrients as nature intended.
To incorporate more living foods in your diet start by adding one or two more servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Have carrots with hummus, an apple with nut butter, a small salad with lunch or blended smoothie with fruits and veggies. Don’t worry about taking food out. Concentrate on adding healthful, living foods in. It’s a big journey that begins one bite at a time.…

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Prop Your Feet Up With Healthy Foot Skin

Since your feet are on the opposite end of your body many of us think they should be the last to get any attention. We certainly notice our feet real fast when we stump a toe, twist an ankle, or simply have tired feet. Boy, do we love it when someone massages each foot, but what should we do to keep them healthy, fresh feeling and alive like ready to dance? Every one wants to have nice looking healthy feet when waring sandals when shopping or walking along the beach.
Just keep the skin on your feet as healthy as you keep the skin on your face. Wash your feet regularly with a natural liquid soap and gently brush particularly around the nails and heels for better circulation and skin health. Inspect your feet for fungus, skin abrasions or cracks and lastly dry them thoroughly between the toes and up the ankle. Now the best part is massaging your feet with a moisturizing cream that conditions and exfoliates to gently remove the dead skin, softens callous around the toes, heels and bottoms. Remember to eliminate in-grown toe nails by keeping your nails trimmed to the proper length regularly and minimizing yeast fungus by using such a product as Emu oil.
It is important to select a good moisturizing cream that will repair splits and skin cracks and reduce roughness on the ball of the feet and toes. Since Emu Oil and your human skin lipids are almost identical, the absorption rate of Emu Oil into your skin is very impressive. Look for a cream product that increases circulation and has a good absorption rate and contains Emu oil. A combination of Emu Oil, Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil can provide excellent results as a cream for your feet. Those suffering from diabetes, poor circulation, or dead winter skin exposure from harsh outside elements will find that this combination of oils suggested will hydrate and improve your foot skin health immensely.
The skin being the largest organ of your body requires proper cleansing and care on a regular basis. In summary, you know that your feet should have a good overall skin appearance, be soft, supple, without cracks or callous which requires proper skin care. Upon having a better understanding as to what healthy foot skin should be, prop those feet up and give them the daily care they deserve!…

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Healthy Nutrition

Are You Packing a Healthy School Lunch?

Recently, I had the pleasure of eating lunch with my daughter at her school.
Let me be more clear – it was a pleasure to spend that time with my daughter, but it was distressing to witness what dozens of children around us were eating. It honestly made me sad. I just couldn’t believe it, and it left me wondering where on earth to begin helping more families understand basic nutrition.
At our little table alone, one child started with an apple – that was a good thing! Then, a bag of Fritos and some Skittles. Oh, and a can of Diet Dr. Pepper. This is when my heart palpitations began.
Other students, siblings, started with a cheese sandwich on blinding white bread, then they each had a full size Snicker bar, followed by a bag of M & M’s. No beverage and nothing “live” or fresh in that lunch.
Another child had crackers and juice. That’s it. As I looked around the room, I saw that the tables were covered with wrappers of candy bars, chips, snack foods, convenience foods, pop cans, fruit drink boxes, sports drink bottles, and on and on.
The grown-ups weren’t doing much better. I saw a steady stream of teachers visiting the nearby vending machine, purchasing pop and chips, crackers, chocolate bars and other candy. Whether they like it or not, these grown-ups are serving as role models for the students.
The whole scene was rudely awakening, disturbing and it made my stomach turn. How on earth were these kids expected to return to classes in a few minutes and learn or perform with any level of optimal function if this is the fuel they’ve been given. The same can be said regarding the teachers and administrators. How can we expect them to perform at their best, considering the sub-standard fuel their brains are receiving?
Thoughts were swimming through my head: How did we get so far off track with our nutrition? Where would we even begin to fix this? What information do parents need in order to make better choices and pack healthier lunches? No wonder we have a childhood obesity epidemic! No wonder chronic illness, like cancer, diabetes, arthritis, depression, learning and attention disorders, infertility, anxiety disorders, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue and so on are at epidemic proportions… and still on the rise.
We simply cannot provide toxic and deficient “foods” with any consistency and expect the outcome to be health and optimal function! It goes against basic physiological, neurological and genetic law! The body requires pure and sufficient nutritional choices on a regular basis in order to meet our innate genetic requirements for health and function.
Our purpose when choosing food shouldn’t be just to “fill up”, but rather to “fuel up”. Toxic, nutrient-void, processed foods are usually the cheapest as well. It’s all very backwards! Unfortunately, many families (and schools) feel forced to make nutritional choices based on finances – “How much ‘food’ can I buy for this amount of money?” This can certainly lead to choices being made that come with dangerous consequences over time.
I understand that proper nutrition can be confusing and overwhelming for many families. I don’t believe that it needs to be. We don’t need to be “perfect” in order to experience better health. We simply need to make better choices more often.
Each and every one of those children would have benefited from having just ONE fresh food in their lunch that day. A piece of fruit, a fresh veggie… even just one. That would be a powerful step in the right direction. Also, every single human in that room requires water for optimal health and function. That’s a simple choice we can make to improve our health and the health of our children.
We don’t even need to begin talking about the toxic foods that could be removed! We just need to begin with adding more healthy choices. Simple.
There are so many simple improvements we can make to our nutritional choices – improvements that do not require completely overhauling our diets! We owe it to ourselves, and especially our children, to begin adding healthier options to our lifestyle. Every choice comes with a consequence. Healthier choices now mean better health in the future.…