Friday, March 10, 2017

Make Change Happen! Here's How...

Being healthy does not have to be as trying a feat as the vast majority of us make it out to be. Let’s be real about it! It you want to be the better version of yourself, it all begins with you and the will power that you have in yourself to make change happen. Ready to get started? Here are 5 great tips to get you off to an awesome start!

Water Water Water!
Who hasn’t heard that the number one route to optimal health begins with the W-word. Love it or hate it, it is essential! The good news is that if you aren’t a huge fan of water, you can toss in some lemon for not only an awesome kick to your taste buds, but it also amps up the overall health benefits as well!

Tossing a slice of lemon into your water, first thing in the morning can significantly assist improving your immunity as the higher levels of vitamin C actually encourages digestion. Not to mention the fact that so many people feel tired and struggle to get going in the morning simply because they are dehydrated, adding some lemon is a super easy way to coax you drink more water and ward off that sluggish feeling. Just keep in mind that lemon has citric acid, which can erode your tooth enamel. To help avoid this drink lemon water with a straw and then rinse your mouth out afterwards in order to avoid the citric acid effects.

Rearrange your Fridge
When we get hungry, we often find ourselves grabbing the quickest and easiest snack that we can get our hands on. And more often than not, it is not the healthiest option. One great way to avoid this is to properly arrange your fridge by placing healthier foods front and center and keeping the more indulgent foods out of your view. For example, as opposed to keeping the fresh fruits and veggies in the crisper, cut them up for a quick grab and place them in clear containers at eye-level When you are standing in front of your refrigerator, you are already looking for something to eat, be sure to make it easier on yourself by opting for the healthier option because it is right in front of your face and ready to grab.
Workout at Work
Research has long proven that living a more sedentary lifestyle puts you at an increased risk of negative health effects when compared to those who are living a more active routine. Just because you are spending most of your time at the office does not need to mean that you have to sabotage your health. Here are some easy ways to get your body working even on the job!
Chair Squats: Stand about 6 inches in front of your chair and lower yourself down until your butt hits the edge, then stand back up. Repeat 10 times.

Book Press: Grab the heaviest book you can find around your office. Take your elbows overhead and hold the book behind your head, then slowly lower the book down by your neck and then extend your arms up. Keep elbows close to your ears. Repeat 10-20 times.

Go for a Walk: Grab your colleagues and go for a walk!

Get a Massage
According to a recent study conducted by Mayo Clinic, there are a number of benefits to massage that demonstrate that it is a highly effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
Massage can significantly reduce headaches and other pains due to the fact that we carry the vast majority of stress in our neck and shoulders. Best of all you don’t need a full on hour long massage to reap the awesome benefits, in fact 10-15 minutes works wonders. Just remember, massages are not intended for every body. If anything feels painful or uncomfortable it isn’t worth it.

Find a Buddy
Finding a health and fitness buddy can be a friend, colleague or even your spouse who can help to keep you accountable and on track with regards to working out and eating healthier meals. You and your buddy can help to motivate each other and stay on track to maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Sharing your goals with others makes you actually want to achieve them and you are both far more likely to stick with your new healthy way of life as you are enjoying your time together.

Stay positive and have fun. Remember to never get down on yourself if you fall off the wagon and find yourself missing a workout, not drinking enough water or even just not sticking with your diet. Total change takes time, but the more positive you keep your attitude and the faster you get right back on track the more success you will find in the long run!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Quick & Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad

Who doesn't love a simple recipe that is not only delicious but super nutritious as well! Here is a super quick and easy Cucumber and Tomato Salad that is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

1-2 Large Cucumbers
2-4 Roma Tomatoes
1 Cup Your Favorite Italian (or similar) Salad Dressing
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper
1 tsp. Garlic Powder or Fresh Garlic
*Optional: Fresh Parsley or Basil to Garnish

Chop cucumber into preferable slices and dice tomatoes. Combine all ingredients into a standard mixing bowl, mix with dressing and seasonings. Top with parsley or basil to add some color and you are ready to serve!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Interview with Simona Soukupova

Simona Soukupova is a world class fighter full of passion, power and pride. Fighting at atomweight, Invicta's own takes the time to share with us a bit about herself and what makes her so unique to the world of women's MMA.

How did you first get into the sport?
In my late twenties, I thought that get into sport might be something I would enjoy and MA was what I came across and started to love doing. Till then I was not very sporty…

How did you get the nickname “Lil Evil”?
I like when I learn wicked stuff that ends by submission or choke etc. When I am good at it and manage to apply the technique on someone I am happy and I smile. Because I enjoy to apply the technique/ finish people my team mates gave me this nickname.

What’s your favourite strike/submission to utilize in any fight?
I have no favourite ones. I like to finish people.

Who is your biggest inspiration?
myself, I have a lot to overcome and who I am turning into is what inspires me...

How do you train nutrition-wise to make weight?
I have been doing MMA over ten years and I have learnt how to eat well to keep energy and strength and to make weight.

Is it easy or hard for you to maintain weight?
It is not easy but the way I feel when I maintain weight is fantastic. I have so much energy (physical as well as mental) when I stay lean so it is worth keeping my weight down.

Do you prefer to stand with your opponents or take them to the ground?
I love all aspects of MMA (to stand, to take down or to roll on the ground).

What does it mean for you personally to be a fighter?
It is a way of life. It’s quite handy to be a fighter, I have learnt how to fight for what is important to me in my life 😉

What separates you from other fighters in your division?
We all (fighters) are different and what defines me I will leave to others to say.

At the end of your career, what would you like to be remembered for?
Others will remember me for how hard I hit them 😉

Do you have any advice for young women or youth who are seeking to enter the sport?
Work hard and never give up.

For more on Simona, find her on Facebook

Thursday, November 17, 2016

What is Kyäni?

Kyäni is the latest health craze to hit the market today! Perhaps you have heard the name and are interested in giving it a try or maybe you haven’t heard about the products, but are looking for ways to improve your overall health and well-being. Regardless of which category you may find yourself in, in this exclusive interview we will be exploring the incredible benefits about Kyani with one woman whose life Kyäni has personally changed: Independent Kyäni Representative, Jean Kaminskas!

According to the website, “The late summer months in Alaska are breathtaking, with up to 22 hours of daylight illuminating the landscape as animals prepare for the harsh winter ahead. This time of year also brings something else unique—the harvest of the remarkable Wild Alaskan Blueberry. Most fruits and vegetable plants would quickly wither and die in Alaska’s long, frigid winters. But the Wild Alaskan Blueberry isn’t just any ordinary fruit. It has evolved to protect itself from the brutality of the elements with a rich-colored pigment in its skin called anthocyanin. This phytochemical is the source of the Wild Alaskan Blueberry antioxidant prowess, boasting over 5 times the potency of the common blueberry. Not only is the Wild Alaskan Blueberry the central ingredient in Kyäni Sunrise, but it is also emblematic of Kyäni’s culture and tenacity. Kyäni’s founding families began with small businesses that, like the blueberry, might have been easy to overlook. But with hard work and innovation, the Hansen’s and Taylor's achieved enormous business success in a multitude of industries. After learning how the Wild Alaskan Blueberry and other Superfoods can positively impact health, the families joined together to form Kyäni. Today, Kyäni’s powerful Triangle of Health provides nutritional wellness to millions of people, improving lives throughout the world.” (

What types of products are featured? 
We feature 3 products, that work synergistically as the sum of the whole is greater than its parts. Kyäni Sunrise is a blend of over 20 superfoods! Kyäni Sunset has the purest form of Tocotrienols and the Nitro Family has Nobel Prize backed research; it's considered the ‘molecule of Life’

What are the uses of the products? Are there any health/healing benefits in particular? 
I could go on and on! We live in such a microwave and drive-thru society- the nutrition we consume is horribly poor. We then attempt to counteract that diet by purchasing Costco-sized synthetic vitamins and supplements that are not taken up by the body readily and contain many fillers. The Kyäni products are the complete spectrum of nutrition in liquid form, which is more readily taken in by the body. They contain some of the strongest and purest forms of nutrients not able to be found on your garden variety CVS shelf or even Whole Foods, for that matter.

Due to our poor diets, our bodies go into a self defense mode, which starts with inflammation- the source of many health problems we face today. Kyäni is taken orally, but the Nitro Xtreme product is also being used topically for pain control. The highly bioavailability and synergistic properties of these products cover us from neuroprotection to blood flow to bowel regularity to soft skin. It benefits all our systems from neuro, to bowel, to circulatory.

While I cannot say that the Kyäni products can “cure” any disease, I can say that I have seen it help many people for MANY different chronic and acute conditions. But, the testimonials and stories speak louder than any facts I could pour out at you. The testimonies that I have personally witnessed or that have happened to me personally, don’t come from any corporate handout or company rhetoric. I have seen Kyäni Nitro Xtreme, soaked in gauze and applied to a diabetic with horrible ulcerations on her legs, almost completely healed in only 3 ½ weeks! My 85 year old grandmother who is quite healthy, bowled a near perfect game with the relief that the Kyäni products have give her arthritis.

Athletes can benefit too! I have Crossfit athletes break records in competitions, or competitive swimmers shave seconds off lap times. Kyani is endorsed by Olympic athletes and MMA fighters alike. But what about the MDs - we have medical doctors from Stanford that see the value of the products and joined the company.

What are some of the effects? 
The first thing you’ll notice is better sleep. A significant selling point for me! Then your energy level increases. It’s not like a caffeine or energy drink “boost”. You just feel more clear. Oh, and bonus, improved sexual function. :)

Should anyone be cautioned before using? Such as someone with diabetes, cancer, pregnant/nursing, age…
Anyone with a heartbeat can use this product. From 1 year old to 101 years old! However, I do recommend anyone under the care of a physician be followed up more frequently when beginning Kyäni. Many individuals with chronic conditions have been able to wean down or stop altogether some or all of their medications for various conditions. Pregnant women would be advised to stay away from the Nitro products during their pregnancy simply due to their vasodilating properties. But otherwise, this is just pure nutrition for your body. Everyone needs that!

How do you use the products? 
Daily and each product is conveniently and strategically named so you know when to take it.

What is your personal favorite Kyani product?
I love them all; but I will say that it's especially gratifying when my children ask for the Kyani Sunrise by name every morning.

How does someone get in contact with you to order or become a rep? 
Anyone can contact me directly via email:, send me a PM via my Facebook page: Live Kyani, or check out my website:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

This is a wonderful recipe to create now that fall is upon us! With gorgeous color and an unmatched taste, Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce is going to be a guaranteed family favorite!

2 cups whole wheat bowtie pasta
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dried parsley OR 3 tablespoons fresh parsley


  • Cook pasta according to directions on package
  • Place a large skillet on medium to high heat and add olive oil, onion, garlic and mushrooms. Cook for approximately 10 minutes or until the onion becomes soft. 
  • Add broth, pumpkin, sage, salt and pepper and reduce heat to simmer for approximately 8 minutes.
  • Drain pasta and add to pumpkin sauce, stirring to combine. 
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley prior to serving.
  • Enjoy!! 
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Exclusive Interview with Invicta FC Fighter Gina "Jellybean" Begley

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Invicta FC
A flyweight who fights at bantamweight; with a welcoming personality and packing a punch to match. Invicta's Gina "Jellybean" Begley is dominantly a presence that one would love to both call a friend, and also be reluctant to enter the cage with. Ready to stand and bang or take it to the ground, Gina is a force to be reckoned with. In this interview, we dig a little deeper into the world of Jellybean Begley to learn more about her where she comes from and what's up next for her!

How did you get into the sport?
I first began training in Muay Thai kickboxing for fitness and weight loss. I enrolled my son in the same gym but for the youth jiu-jitsu program. I began jiu-jitsu so I could help him practice and understand what he was learning. About 6 months later I decided to enter us both in a jiu-jitsu tournament to see if we could use the skills we were learning under pressure. It has just progressed from that point. Next, was a muay thai fight, and that led into MMA.
How did you get the nickname “Jellybean”?
Well, people that know me would say I'm a colorful personality much like my favorite sweet treat, “Jelly Belly’s”.
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What’s your favorite strike/submission to utilize in any fight?
I enjoy throwing punches the most. It’s fun, I'm good at it and I enjoy boxing. It’s exciting. However, over the course of time, I've found I enjoy jiu-jitsu more than I expected too. With time leg locks have become one of my favorite aspects of the jiu-jitsu game.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My son is a huge inspiration for me. I want him to see what’s possible when you work hard. I want him to see how far I've come and desire to go even further.
Which team(s) are you training for to prepare for your next bout?
I currently do not have a fight scheduled. But I am always looking/hoping for an MMA or boxing fight. While I wait that out, I am still training and planning to enter local jiu-jitsu tournaments for the additional experience.
How do you train nutrition-wise to make weight? Is it easy or hard for you to maintain weight?
I am a flyweight who has fought a lot at bantamweight just to get a fight period. I have food sensitivity so monitoring my nutrition and eating properly is not difficult because it makes my body and joints feel good. However, I love food so when I do not have anything coming up, I do like to splurge. Nutrition and fitness are what I do so it is not hard for me to "diet". If I have a goal weight, I simply track my calories and macronutrients to make sure I get the energy I need from the right places.
Do you prefer to stand with your opponents or take them to the ground?
I would stand preferably. But no one wants to get hit so when we clinch I'm usually satisfied to go to the ground. I'm comfortable there.
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What does it mean for you personally to be a fighter?
Personally, I learn something every time I fight. It’s not always something about punching, kicking, or grappling that I learn. Sometimes it is something about myself. I love the progression I make as an individual. I like being able to help other women that train with me understand their feelings when going into a competition. Being a fighter to me, means growth.
What separates you from other fighters in your division?
I'm very concerned with the experience and what I can learn and how I can grow from it. Maybe that is different because I am not solely focused on whether it’s a win or loss.
Do you have a dream fight? Who would it be with?
There is no one I'm just dying to fight. I've fought a lot of great people. I always feel prepared for the next challenge and enjoy what each opportunity brings to me.
At the end of your career, what would you like to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered as someone who helped others. I would like to take my experience and help build others whether it be for fighting, self-defense, or confidence building.
Do you have any advice for young women or youth who are seeking to enter the sport? Yes. Jiu Jitsu, MMA, or kickboxing does not only offer self-defense or fighting. You can learn a lot about yourself. You can learn a lot of great things. You can also meet a lot of amazing people if you are open to it. Always do your research on the gym you are considering.
Anything else you would like to add?  

I would highly recommend you not only train for self-defense or sport, physically, but mentally as well. Read, research, and seek out information. I recommend "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin DeBecker. 
To learn more about Gina, follow her on Facebook or Twitter and watch for her upcoming Invicta fights.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Exclusive Interview with BJJ Legend Danielle Martin

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Former Pro-Surfer. Jiu-Jitsu World Champ. Advocate. Mom.

It seems that there is virtually nothing that Danielle Martin can’t take on. Faced with setbacks and hardships, she drives even harder... with a bright smile on her face. I recently had the very fortunate opportunity to speak with Danielle about her incredible life and how she continues to inspire others with her wisdom and strength.

"Being a professional surfer was something I had wanted to do at a very young age. There weren't many women in the water when I began surfing but I always had a lot of love and support from my surf teammates as well as sponsors in the sport. I was fortunate to be one of the three first females that SURFING Magazine ever spent money and even time on. It was a great career and the sport itself is amazing. I got a lot of confidence growing up in the ocean and battling for waves of my own.

I first started Martial Arts as a teenager. I was 17 when I first started Karate. I loved the discipline aspects of it as well as the competition. It came easy to me. I loved the kata and even the full contact fighting. Martial arts have always been something I respected and admired. It was an activity I could learn that served multiple purposes all at once. I could compete, I could learn how to defend myself and I loved the art aspect. I won state championships in Karate and when I walked away from it due to travel and my work, I always looked back, wondering when I would be able to return.

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When I was introduced to BJJ, I was fascinated that there could be a martial art that was created around the smaller person defending themselves against the larger, even stronger person. The fact that technique and leverage would beat strength. I first saw BJJ on tv during one of the first UFC's when Royce Gracie was fighting. I recognized the Gi and that is what caught my attention. I loved his stance and posture he took against these larger and very tough opponents. I couldn't believe the way he moved and the technical aspects of the fights. I thought..."I need to do this." 

I wasn't a huge fan my first few classes, guys were sitting on my face, I was being choked by my own clothes and I didn't like being mounted. However, I was addicted but couldn't continue training because I was attending UCLA and playing softball for the Bruins. That was probably 1997 and I didn't start training consistently until 2006. I've been training regularly since besides having to take time for injuries and sickness.

BJJ is an honest sport, the mats are a level playing field and everyone's journey up the levels is different. It took me almost 10 years to get my black belt. It's a tough sport for anyone and even tougher for a woman. It takes a lot of courage and trust to train with men and even more to keep coming back when you get smashed a lot...and you will, A Lot! It has helped me to know my limits outside the mats and to stay calm and not panic in life. It puts perspective on things and allows a person to grow in ways you never knew you would or could.

I love BJJ and am a better person because of it. I love the competition aspects of it as well. I've been a competitive athlete all my life and this was an attractive part of the martial art that I look forward to very much. Competition for me is a self-test. A challenge to my Jiu Jitsu and what I can be better at. I've learned way more from the matches I've lost then just from winning. Falling down shows us that we're human and the way we get up, reveals our character. How we get up is what defines us. As hard as it is to lose, I have always walked away learning something. It's a compelling sport for sure. Competition is hard and time-consuming. There's a lot that goes into it for sure. I can compete in either middle or light weight because I weigh in between the two with the Gi. I walk around between 136-140. 141 is cut off with Gi for light weight. Technically I am a light weight but the Gi weighs 4-5 lbs. I lose that if I want to be light weight and stay where I am if not or if I fight no Gi. Losing weight is hard on me, I walk around a pretty lean person as is. It's all about diet and proportion. I drink a ton of water, eat certain things and not others and start pretty far out from the fight so I don't feel depleted. We can train our bodies to do anything if we prepare properly and are disciplined. I don't like dumping weight last minute. I'm not focused or at my best like that. I play how I practice and The preparation for BJJ fights is typically harder than the fight itself. The fights I've lost were because I wasn't diligent in my preparation. I could feel it going in. It's amazing how spot on our intuition can be.

The sport of BJJ has grown a lot and there are so many fancy techniques these days. I'm much more traditional and like the triangle, armbar from anywhere and the bow and arrow or cross collar chokes. I keep it simple and efficient. I go hard and rely a lot on my speed and cardio to push pace. I love pushing myself in that area and hunting for the submission. I'm not one of those people who has ever gotten the submission quick. I love the chess game that is BJJ and the human will to push harder when we have to. This is truly a brilliant art.

When I was a purple belt, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. I nearly died. I believe that aspects of Bjj helped me to navigate and leverage what I could to battle it. That and my love for the water and the sport helped me to get well. Lyme disease is debilitating and I would 100% of the 20%, sometimes 5% of whatever I could to get by some days. Adversity is a gift and Lyme disease only made me respect the fragility of the human life and all I had even more. It made me want to be better in every way. It made me a better Mom, a better friend, and person. I could say a lot of things and complain but all I have to say is that I'm grateful. Grateful for being able to put that Gi on and go teach the kids class I was teaching at the time. Grateful I had the nurse that kept me going daily on IV's for 13 months, 5 days a week at my brown belt ceremony.  I dedicated that to her and my doctor. It's a terrible disease and I'm actually co-writing a book with my doctor now to help others that are living with Lyme or who have just been diagnosed. It will lay you out. I got back up every time is has laid me out. Bjj is one of the things that helped me through it for sure. My two boys were my first reason to live.

Life is short and when we are young, we don't yet have that perspective. Everything seems to take forever and it seems as though life moves pretty slowly. It's not until we are a little older that we experience the gift of wisdom and life experience. The old saying "I wish I knew then what I know now..." Comes up a lot in my head. I'm a proponent of sharing what I've been through and what I know with our youth, empowering them with tools that they all have and pointing out their God-given strengths. I'm a huge advocate of kids investing in themselves and spending less time on their cell phones and video games. Investing in learning to protect themselves. I've seen numerous situations where martial arts saved someone's life. I'm not talking about the self-defense physical aspects, but the mental and emotional aspects of it changing lives. Martial arts academies become a second home sometimes, a place one can come and learn, connect and grow. A safe place and a lot of the time a second family. I promote health, physically, mentally and emotionally. It should be taught in every school and provided for everyone. It teaches respect for oneself and for others. I love to empower others and love watching kids get started in life with confidence. Confidence leads to being secure and being secure allows one to live and be kind. Kindness in itself is compelling.
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I'm a huge fan of women in the sport or art of Bjj. I feel it's the most efficient martial arts for females because it's about technique and leverage, not strength. We will never overpower men no matter who we think we are. Men are physically stronger than most women. I'm sure there are the rare exceptions but by nature, they out strength us. Being able to be on the ground and comfortable with a man between your legs is empowering. To understand how to create space or close in on it in a matter of seconds is liberating. I think all women should try BJJ. It's not easy walking into any school and training with men in these positions. I get it. 

However, you can't get used to it until you try it. My advice always is to do background checks on the people running the school and the owners. Just because they have black belts doesn't make them "good people". You'd think they would be since they're in the business of teaching people how to defend themselves but I've seen and experienced differently. Do your research and go where there are good and reputable people running the show. Especially for women. It's a male dominated sport and men have a tendency of sticking together. If you're in the wrong place, this can and will work against you. Find a good circle of people to train with and you'll be happy and rewarded for your hard work and commitment to this sport. It will change your life for the better.

I love Bjj, it's the gentle art that's for everyone. I appreciate the techniques and worship the process. Climbing the ladder to my black belt and even now as a black belt learning, I am so grateful and challenged every time I step on the mats. The UFC has brought a lot of attention to our sport and I look forward to the growth of it over the years and where it will go. I love the characters in the UFC, it's a good show and so much hard work in the training for the fighters. Fighting is a vulnerable sport and vulnerability is compelling to watch. My respects to them all.

Invicta for me is invincibility. I know from injury that I'm not invincible. However, my spirit is. I will always push hard, always be loyal to my team and my art form and my ways of going about these things. I'm grateful and appreciative of my opponents and opportunity. I'm grateful for my health and make no excuses for my failures. I get back up and keep moving forward in pain and in triumph. Life is what you make of it. I choose to make mine. I aim high and I fight hard. I hope to leave this world a better place and hope to influence my boys to do the same. That can only happen through actions and that's something I'm more comfortable doing than not, taking action."

-Danielle Martin

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Secret Benefits Of Burdock

When I first moved to the midwest from Nevada, I was immediately astounded as to these beautifully large leaves that filled our yard. And while gorgeous, I thought little as to the health benefits that the plant might boast and honestly thought they were little more than a nuisance that choked out my gardens and filled my dog’s fur with annoying burrs. Having lived here for several years now and speaking with many locals, I surprisingly found that burdock is one incredible plant that boasts countless health benefits. What is burdock you ask? Read on to find out!
Burdock is the common name of a genus of flowering perennials (scientific name: Arctium). The first recorded use of burdock dates back to the medieval period, but as it is well-known in Chinese herbal medicine, it more than likely dates back even further. While the entire plant has health benefits, it is the root of burdock is most valued. It can be eaten in large quantities as a root vegetable, and is loaded with valuable fibers. Dried leaves and seeds can even be used to extract burr oil, which also has a wide array of medicinal uses (we’ll learn about that in a moment).
There are a ton of different ways that you can prepare burdock, as either a food or herbal medicine, which interestingly makes this plant I once thought to be so annoying… one of the most sought after plants around the world. Let’s delve a bit deeper to check out some of the incredible health benefits of burdock.

Perhaps the most well-known ways to use burdock is as a digestive aid for a number of various reasons. As the increased concentration of fibers in burdock assist in stimulating the digestive system and moving food with ease through your bowels, many have found relief from constipation and cramping, prevention of bloating, and even healing ulcers. Inulin, which is a type of fiber that is found in burdock, is additionally capable of reducing inflammation in your gut and helping to eliminate several forms of harmful bacteria that may cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues. Inulin is also incredibly effective when it comes to the reduction of the development and severity of diabetes and diabetes-related symptoms. The increased levels of inulin can even lower blood cholesterol by way of simply removing it from your body and completely protecting your cardiovascular system.

Burdock also boasts an impressive ability to help lower blood pressure. It has super high concentrations of potassium that significantly assists in relieving tension within the body’s cardiovascular system by way of relaxing blood vessels and arteries, which in turn leads to aiding in the prevention atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and even strokes.

If you have ever tried burdock, you have certainly made note of just how bitter it is. However, the chemicals that give burdock that bitter taste actually play a role in stimulating bile production along with the digestive juices in your gut, which assists your liver to quickly process toxins and flush them out of you system. This clearing of toxins from your blood is actually one of the main purposes of your liver, and the organic compounds and components of burdock have been found to be directly linked to improving this essential function.

There are a number of health related issues that can lead to skin inflammation and irritations (including but certainly not limited to hormonal imbalance, pimples, rashes, spots and discoloration), such as constipation, high toxicity in the blood, or even poor dietary habits. Interestingly, one of the most common recommendations by herbalists to remedy these skin issues is burdock root supplements and herbs as they can literally resolve the potential underlying issues in terms of toxicity or constipation in a super fast and highly effective manner thus leading to clearer and more healthy skin. Many have even noted that with it comes to hormonal imbalances burdock is the way to go to find fast relief. While of course, you want to add foods and herbs in which will regulate hormonal activity within your body. Burdock can again assist the liver to metabolize certain hormones, such as estrogen, which can in turn help to balance and restore the body’s hormonal levels back to normalcy.

Virtually everyone is aware of the fact that significant levels of vitamin C and E act as antioxidants in our body to help to eliminate free radicals. With keeping that in mind, burdock is a huge boost to our immune system function in that area. These particular antioxidants have been linked to helping prevent infections, lowering the risk of developing cancer, and even supporting proper growth, development, and repair of the body’s cells and tissues. Thanks, Burdock!

It should be noted that though rare, there are limited allergies that may be associated to burdock in some, so  be sure to speak to your doctor or naturopath prior to adding it to your normal health regimen. Additionally, if you are using a potassium-sparing diuretic therapy, eating too much burdock (as it has huge levels of potassium) may aggravate your system potentially  resulting in potassium toxicity. Be sure to consume in moderation.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Does Medical Marijuana Lead to Better Strands of Health Benefits?

When it comes to the benefits that you get from medical marijuana, there is a lot of controversy over what is better for the user over some of the other strands. Never have to worry about which to go with, depending on the condition that you have. This is due to the fact that if you’re working with a medical marijuana delivery service, they can recommend the best one for you to go with depending on the prescription and condition.

Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Studies have shown that medical marijuana, when used as directed, can provide a lot of pain relief and other health benefits. Not only does it provide the user with less anxiety, but it can help them better relax, sleep or even gain an appetite when they do not have one. This allows a person to gain even more benefits from organic medical marijuana than if they were to take a chemically induced medicine that might suppress them and make their symptoms worse.

It has been shown that medical marijuana does provide benefits to the user, but not enough evidence has been shown to make this a common practice throughout numerous states in the country. Those that currently use it for medical reasons have found that their conditions are much easier to deal with overall, providing numerous benefits they wouldn’t otherwise be able to get.

Speaking with the professionals at Green Door West can provide those that have conditions with medical marijuana delivery services of only the highest quality, most natural choices on the market. Unlike some of the other marijuana that you’d find, they provide a high quality, organic mix that provides healing properties without the added chemicals. Speak with them today to find out how you can get more out of the medical marijuana you’re in need of.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Ultimate Guide To The 1,700 Calorie Diet

In a world that is filled with the latest and greatest diets tips, tricks and gimmicks why should one like the 1,700 Calorie Diet be any different? Nowadays it feels as if virtually everyone has taken to become a nutrition expert, however, if is increasingly clear that so very few people are actually happy with the way that they eat. Particularly in the fast-paced, stress-filled society that we live in! The good news is that the best nutrition strategy that leads to weight loss and a far happier lifestyle is most certainly attainable! And it happens by being proactive, because it is one’s behavior, and not their idea, that actually achieves results!

The 1,700 Calorie Diet, is well on the rise due to the transitional ease of incorporating delicious foods that are not only low in calories, they are incredibly filling as well! It most certainly would appear that the 1,700 Calorie Diet, is not just another diet trend to hit the market, it is shaping people’s lives by teaching them how to eat properly in a way that leaves them feeling satiated and also assisting them in reaching their ultimate body goals!

Regardless of what your ultimate health goal is, be it to lose weight, gain weight or even simply maintain the current weight that you are at, it all comes down to one simple fact: Calories Count! The 1,700 Calorie Diet is a decreased calorie plan that can assist active men and women to lose weight, and to also assist inactive women over the age of 50 to maintain their current healthy weight.

In order to to receive the utmost nutrients out of each food in your 1,700 Calorie Diet, it is essential to incorporate foods from all food groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or nonfat dairy foods into each of your meals. Be sure to balance out your meals with super-healthy protein sources such as poultry, lean red meat, eggs, seafood and legumes (beans), and be sure to not forget your healthy fats like nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils.

Meal planning for the 1,700 Calorie Diet is super simple, it looks like this: your daily food intake should consist of three meals of 500 calories each, leaving room for two 100-calorie snacks to keep you going in between meals. When you take the time to plan out just how much you are going to consume at each meal, including your snacks and also manage to eat regularly (which can be hard once we get into work mode!) throughout your day significantly assists your body in controlling hunger pangs and also making it so much easier for you to not only achieve your goal weight, but to also maintain it!

Sample Breakfasts

How many times in your life have you heard the age-old saying that boasts that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” Well, it appears as if that saying is certainly age-old for a reason because it is true! Each and every single day should get kicked off the right way with a healthy and hearty breakfast. Here are some good sample breakfast ideas, all of which are at your 500 calorie goal mark:
  • 1 cup of whole grain oatmeal made with 1 cup of nonfat milk or soy milk, topped with approximately 10 chopped pecans and 1 cup of sliced strawberries
  • 1 slice of 100% whole grain toast with a tablespoon of almond butter, a hard-boiled egg, large orange and one cup plain coffee or tea as a beverage
  • Two scrambled eggs with one slice of 100% whole grain toast and 1 tablespoon of 100-percent fruit spread. One cup 100% apple juice as a beverage, if desired.
  • An omelet made with three eggs, 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms with 1 ounce of low-fat cheese, served with a toasted whole-wheat English muffin
  • Smoothie with 12 ounces of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt blended with 3/4 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 cup fresh mango and 1/4 of ripe avocado.
  • One slice 100% whole grain toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/2 grapefruit, and 1 cup non-fat milk.
Sample Lunches

When it comes to lunch time, you should direct your focus on foods that are rich in fiber such as fruits, veggies, and whole grains in order to remain satiated and satisfied all afternoon long. Some good sample lunches that you may like to consider are:
  • A colorful salad of which consists of 2 cups of mixed greens, 1/2 cup of sliced cucumbers, 1/4 cup of sliced cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup of shredded carrots, a dozen chopped almonds, 1/2 cup of chickpeas and 2 tablespoons of a low-fat salad dressing of your choice. Feel free to serve with a 6-ounce container of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup of raisins to top it all off!
  • Wrap with a whole grain tortilla, 1/2 cup chopped chicken, three tomato slices, a handful of lettuce, 1 ounce of light, shredded cheese and 1 tablespoon of light mayonnaise if desired. 1 cup of non-fat milk as a beverage, if desired.
  • 2 cups of heart-healthy minestrone soup with a whole-grain roll and 1 ounce of part-skim mozzarella string cheese, with a small red apple and about 20 peanuts on the side.
  • 2 slices 100% whole grain bread with 2 ounces of sliced roast beef, 1 slice of Swiss cheese, and a tablespoon mustard. Side dish additions can include 1/2 cup of sliced carrots and 1 cup of non-fat milk as a beverage
  • Salad comprised of 2 cups of mixed greens, 1/2 can of artichoke hearts, 6 cucumber slices, 3 ounces of cooked shrimp, 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar as a dressing. Add a small 100% whole grain dinner roll to round out the meal!
  • 6-inch pita stuffed with 3 ounces of smoked turkey breast, with an ounce of Swiss cheese and loaded with sliced tomato and lettuce. Serve with a cup carrot and celery sticks and 2 tablespoons of low-fat ranch dressing and orange slices.

Sample Dinners

After a long day at work or home with the kids, you are most likely going to want to spring for a simple dinner to stay on track of your low-calorie portions. Some super simple, and nutrient loaded options are:
  • 1 cup of cooked whole-wheat penne pasta with 2 cups of cooked mixed veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, 3 ounces of peeled and cooked shrimp and 1/2 cup of tomato sauce.
  • A bean and cheese burrito comprised of a 6-inch whole-wheat tortilla, 1/2 cup of pureed pinto beans (way lower in calories than a standard can of refried beans), 1 ounce of Pepper Jack cheese, served with 1/2 cup of brown rice and a side of 1 cup mixed greens topped off with 2 tablespoons of a low-fat dressing of your choice.
  • Three-ounce sirloin steak, 1 cup cooked green beans and a medium baked sweet potato. One small glass red wine as a beverage, if desired.
  • 4 ounces of roasted chicken breast with 1.5 cups of roasted new potatoes and 2 cups of roasted asparagus.
  • One burrito comprised of 1/2 cup cooked, chopped chicken, 1-ounce low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, 3 tablespoons fresh salsa, lettuce and 1 tablespoon fat-free sour cream (optional). Side your plate with 1/2 cup of brown rice and 1/2 cup black beans. One small glass of white wine for a beverage, if desired.

Snack Ideas

It is essential to pre-portion and pack your snacks so that you do not find yourself overindulging and taking in way too many calories during a nosh session. Some incredibly healthy and nutritious 100 calorie snack options to incorporate into your 1,700 Calorie Diet plan are as follows:
  • 6 ounces of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 10 pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup of whole grain unsweetened cereal with 1/2 cup of nonfat milk
  • 2 cups of mixed greens topped off with 2 tablespoons of low-fat salad dressing of your choice
  • A small apple with 1 teaspoon of peanut butter
  • 4 cups of plain air-popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cups of cubed or balled cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup baby-cut carrots
  • 1 serving low-fat, sugar-free fruit-flavored yogurt
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 apple with ten almonds

Losing weight is most certainly of no easy task. And it is vitally important to note that in order to truly reach your ultimate weight loss goals, particularly in a timely fashion that a good fitness routine is also of the utmost importance. Small changes in your day to day lifestyle can certainly make all of the difference in completely transforming your body. If hitting the local gym really is not your first option to exercising, consider going to a light run or moderate-fast paced walk in the morning before work, on your lunch break or even when you get home at the end of the day. You can even take advantage of purchasing a work-out DVD or signing up for an online fitness program. The options nowadays are truly limitless and finding the time to workout and get in shape is a thing of the past. So here’s the kicker…  if you have 20 minutes of time, three or more times a week, you can work out!

Feel free to explore a number of various healthy foods, this article is merely an inspirational set of guidelines to kick start your personal 1,700 Calorie Diet. Feel free to transform it and make it entirely your own; the options are endless! Be sure to fill your body with water as well, you really can not have enough throughout the day. Water keeps your body filled up and energized and also greatly supports your metabolism and can aid in weight loss. If you aren’t the biggest water-fan, feel free to add slices of lemon or lime to give it some low-calorie flavor! And with keep beverages in mind, you must also remember that if you do opt for a beverage that contains calories, those calorie counts must be incorporated into your total 1,700 calorie count for the day. One of the biggest fails in overdoing a limited calorie diet comes in the way of the sneaky calories in beverages. The bottom line here is, if ever in doubt, reach for the water! 

To sum it all up, it is so invaluably important to remember to never be too hard on yourself. Weight loss is most certainly not a race, and no two bodies are the same. If you slip up on your plan, just get right back down to business the next day. Be sure to never give up, stay upbeat and positive and you too will find yourself reaching your ultimate health and well-being goals! 

Be sure to always consult with your doctor or dietitian to weigh out all of your specific calorie and diet requirements prior to making any changes to your normal eating habits.

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