Five Good Reasons to Eat More Cherries

I know you’ve heard me talk about all the benefits of cherries and why you should eat them, but just in case you didn’t believe me : ) I thought I would let you hear it from a couple of others who are much smarter than me! So here you go… Five Good Reasons to Eat More Cherries (Plus a Healthy Cherry-Infusion Cocktail Recipe!) by Catherine Ebeling & Mike Geary co-author of the best-sellers: The Fat Burning Kitchen & The Top 101 Foods that Fight Aging I love cherries! Dried, fresh, frozen, tart or sweet…in smoothies, on salads, even in main courses. They are an excellent sweet healthy snack full of antioxidants, and fat burning ingredients. Cherries contain some unique and pretty awesome bioactive components that can help prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other inflammatory diseases—as well as prevent muscle soreness, and help you sleep. Not only that, cherries are an extremely effective treatment for arthritis pain, gout, hemorrhoids, and allergies. Cherries have boatloads of antioxidants in them that fight free radical damage and protect our cells’ DNA. Free radicals are linked to many diseases including cancer, heart disease, and dementia. Cherries also contain the super-nutrients quercetin, hydroxycinnamates, potassium, carotenoids and melatonin. Even sweet cherries have a healthy low glycemic index of 22, making them a healthy food for people trying to keep their blood sugar stable. Anti-Inflammatory Cherries are one of the best anti-inflammatory foods you can eat. These little red powerhouses contain phytochemicals called “anthocyanins” that give them their deep red color. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University found that the powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins in...

Butternut Squash & Beef Stew Recipe

Need an idea as to what you are going to eat for dinner today or tomorrow? No problem, here’s a simple & healthy recipe just for you. : ) FYI: This recipe may have to be adjusted according to how many people you are cooking for. Butternut Squash & Beef Stew Recipe Ingredients: 1lb. beef cubes for stewing 1 butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and diced 1 medium onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 4 carrots, diced 6 oz. mushrooms, sliced 6 oz. spinach, chopped 1 cup chicken stock 14 oz. diced tomatoes 1 tbsp. chili powder 1 tsp. paprika 1 tsp. dried oregano Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Directions: Warm up a skillet over a medium-high heat. Brown the beef cubes in the skillet for about 1 minute per side. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker. Add all the remaining ingredients, except for the spinach and the mushrooms, to the slow cooker. Give everything a good stir, set the slow cooker to low and cook for 6 hours. Add in the mushrooms 30 minutes before the stew is done. Add the spinach just before serving. …Enjoy! Any questions just hit me up with a comment below....

4 Keys To Movement – In AND Out Of The Gym

When most people hear healthy movement, they think exercise or fitness or looking better or weight loss. Sometimes, vanity. Often, fitting into social norms. “The man” telling you what to do (or how to be). But healthy movement is actually more interesting, liberating, and, frankly, crucial than all that. In my years as a health and fitness coach, here’s the most important thing I’ve discovered: Developing a body that moves well is the ticket to a place where you feel — finally — capable, confident, and free. We are all, literally, born to move It’s no secret: Human life has become structured in a way that makes it very easy to avoid movement. We sit in cars on the way to work. At work we sit at our desks for much of the day. Then we come home and sit down to relax. That’s not what our bodies are built for, so creaky knees, stiff backs, and “I can’t keep up with my toddler!” have become the norm. Sure, if you can’t move well, it may be a sign that you aren’t as healthy as you could be. But the quality and quantity of your daily movement — your strength and agility — are actually markers for something much more important. In my line of work, you watch a lot of people lose a lot of weight. The results would shock you — and I’m not talking about how they look on the beach in their bathing suits (although there is always a big celebration for that). Most often, the thing people are most excited about after they go...

How to Make Meditation a Daily Habit

One of the best ways to build positive momentum towards a healthier and happier life is to make meditation a daily habit. It only takes a few minutes a day, doesn’t require much effort, and you can do it from your bed right after you wake up. Here are some suggestions for you to kick off more effective meditation… 1.) Start with 10 minutes per day. 10 minutes is all you need to start noticing the positive effects – and it’s a short amount of time, which makes it easier to stick with the habit. 2.) Sit up straight with hands on your lap and both feet on the ground. By sitting up, you’ll be more aware and alert – and avoid dozing off. 3.) Scan your body. Mentally scan your body from head to toe, and observe any tension or discomfort. Then, notice any thoughts that arise, as well as your underlying mood. 4.) Consider your “why”. Pause for around 30 seconds and consider why you’re sitting and meditating. Recognize any expectation or desire you have, breath in, breath out, and just let it go. 5.) Focus on your breath. Simply observe the rising and falling sensation of your breathing. Focus on the quality of each breath – whether each breath is deep or shallow, long or short, fast or slow. Then, silently count your breaths. One as you inhale, two as you exhale, three on the next inhale, and so on, until you get to ten. Then, restart at one. If you notice your attention drift off, calmly bring it back and start silently counting again. Try and...

9 Super-Healthy Coconut Concoctions

Here’s a great article from my friends over at the TheAlternativeDaily.com. It talks about the healthy and beneficial things you can do with the coconut and all it’s parts. Check it out… 9 Super-Healthy Coconut Concoctions — The Most Versatile Seed on the Planet by TheAlternativeDaily.com A member of the palm family, the coconut tree grows in a wide range of locations along the Equator. Researchers believe that this tree first grew in Southeast Asia, where coconuts were described by Marco Polo as the “Indian Nuts” of Sumatra and India. Because the coconut is so valuable and versatile, it is thought that man himself transported it to many equatorial regions of the world to share its goodness. The coconut is actually a seed – one of the largest seeds in the whole plant world. When it is ripe, the coconut falls from the tree and sprouting begins. Lucky for us, we can enjoy all of the life-promoting goodness found inside of this seed, including the water, meat, milk and oil. On its own, the properties of the coconut are outstanding, but when combined with other ingredients, the potency is off the chart. Here are nine such combinations that are well worth considering. Coconut water Known endearingly as the “fluid of life,” coconut water is the nutrient and mineral rich sap that is found within a coconut. The water is protected by the tough outer shell of the nut and is kept sterile and free from fungus, parasites and bacteria. Rich in natural vitamins, coconut water also contains minerals and trace elements including selenium, iodine, sulfur, zinc, manganese, organic acids,...