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4 Surprising Reasons Why Drinking Tea is Great for Your Health

Some people drink tea on a regular basis and others claim they are not "tea people." There is a huge selection of types, flavors, and strengths of tea with a large selection of health benefits. Once you learn some of the proven health benefits and hear the claims of health, happiness, and wisdom touted by avid tea drinkers, you may decide it is in your best interest to venture into the world of tea. Black, white, and green tea are the most pure and natural forms, but there are countless types of herbal teas touting all sorts of health benefits.

Increased Mental Clarity and Focus

Extensive research has proven that tea increases mental clarity, memory, and focus. A combination of caffeine and theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, black tea, and white tea, help increase overall mental awareness. Some even claim that the mental benefits of tea are so far reaching they can help reduce the risk of heart disease in regular tea drinkers. Try to sip a cup for your mental wellbeing before your next big meeting or study session.

Decreased Cancer Risk

Different types of teas contain a variety of antioxidants containing polyphenols. Antioxidants are responsible for helping eliminate cancer-causing free radicals from your body. To receive the highest cancer prevention benefits, choose whole leaf, non-processed tea. Even processed tea still contains some polyphenols, but many are damaged and eliminated during processing. Many suggest that white tea, uncured and unfermented, is most beneficial in preventing cancer.

Anti-Inflammatory

Tea has many anti-inflammatory benefits to the body that lead to reduced swelling, decreased pain with arthritis, increased cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol, weight loss, and lessened water retention. Decreased inflammation due to the flavonol quercetin helps allergy sufferers by limiting allergic response and diminishing swelling. Add some locally sourced honey to your tea bought with Discountrue coupons for an added anti-allergen response.

Reduced Risk of Neurological Disorders

Studies suggest that regular tea consumption helps reduce the effects various neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Green tea contains very high amounts of EGCG, a powerful polyphenol. This phyto-chemical aids in keeping the neurological synapses of the brain healthy and functioning properly. Many people enjoy the soothing aroma and taste of tea, but are unaware of the numerous health benefits. Next time you cozy up with a hot (or relax with a cold) cup of tea, do so not only for your enjoyment, but for your health as well!

10 Simple Kitchen Rules to Live By

With all of the information about food constantly coming across our news feeds, how are we to know what to do in the kitchen? We want to make healthy food choices, but we just can’t keep up with the ever-changing trends and best practices. 

“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom,” said E.O. Wilson. And while we can certainly argue that this nugget applies to many areas of our lives, the overabundance of information about food has led many of us into a state of confusion in the kitchen.

The best approach? Return to simplicity. And when you can’t be luxuriating in the beauty of a wellness retreat, here are 10 simple rules to keep things healthy- and delicious- at home in the kitchen.

 

1. Fill your kitchen with foods and ingredients that you understand- and can pronounce.

We know what beets are. And brown rice. Ready-made mixes and sauces can be helpful in a pinch, but do your best to keep things in their most basic form: whole.

2. Get friendly with your spices and condiments.

Food is supposed to be a sensory experience that goes beyond just filling a function. So play around with vinegars, tamari, lemon and lime juice, and all of the many spices you can find at a well-stocked store to take a simple vegetable dish to the next level of tasty.

3. Choose a single-sourced oil.  

Olive oil, coconut oil, and other seed oils can be extracted just with pressing or extracting naturally. Vegetable oils often have to be chemically removed and treated to become the odorless final product, making it one of the sneakiest processed foods around.

4. Plan to shop regularly.

The thing with good, fresh foods? They’re best eaten good and fresh. So although it takes a little more time to shop regularly, your food will taste better and be more nutritient-rich if you stock up a few times a week.

5. Shop smart.

If you have the pantry space, 10 pound bags of brown rice, quinoa, or oats are usually cheaper and will mean one less step on your next… ten shopping trips. Or more.

6. Conduct a regular clean-sweep, without the guilt.

If it’s been hanging out for a while, and you haven’t eaten it? Trash it. At least once a month: if it’s non-perishable, donate it. If it’s been hiding in the corner of the refrigerator, good riddance. It’s probably lost most of its nutritional value anyway.

7. Focus on adding in more good stuff, rather than vilifying the undesirables.

When you add in more veggies, more fruit, and more whole ingredients, you’ll have less room- literally- for the processed stuff, and it will naturally be crowded out of your kitchen… and your meals.

8. Eat sitting down.

Take time with your food. Enjoy it, taste it, experience it. And give your digestive system a chance to do what it does best, slowly.

9. Make it colorful.

Rather than constantly worrying about getting enough vitamins A-Z, focus on a colorful, varied diet. If your plate is really a work of art, you’re likely taking good care of your nutritional needs.

10. Rules are meant to be bent.

We all strive to eat as healthily as possible, but there will be times when time constraints or resources say otherwise. So as in all things, every meal should be served with a side of compassion and topped with love.


 

Kai Woolner-Pratt is the editor at Retreat Guru [blog.retreat.guru]. He practices Ashtanga yoga, is grateful to his teachers, and counts himself lucky to have been in retreats. His home is Nelson, BC, Canada. You can find him on LinkedIn 

Maximize the Effects of Yoga through Diet

  Yoga is an excellent way to combat stress, keep bones and muscles strong and restore balance and inner peace even on the most hectic of days – but if not accompanied by an adequate diet, its effects can in some cases fall short of the target. For instance, a yogi diet low in protein will not prove conducive to building muscle, while an insufficient intake of minerals and vitamins with heavy exercise routines in the mix can sometimes lead to chronic fatigue and increased sensitivity to infections and colds. So, which foods can get you the most out of every yoga session in terms of stamina, health and muscle strength? Take a quick look at the dietary choices listed below if you want to maximize yoga results.

 

Nuts and seeds

High in protein and amino acids, nuts and seeds offer quality muscle fuel and keep blood sugar in check. Seeds and nuts contain complex carbs, not simple sugars, so a snack full of walnuts, almonds and quinoa will provide lasting vigor instead of a quick but short-lived energy fix typical of sweet and fatty food. Rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium and iron, nuts will also help minimize muscle recovery time after heavy yoga sessions, while antioxidants found in most seeds will efficiently prevent the premature aging of tissues, allowing you to get a sexy figure with no stretch marks or flabby skin.

 

Fish

Another excellent source of protein, fish should be consumed by yogis at least 2-3 times a week for optimal muscle growth and recovery. Fatty fish like salmon, tuna and sardines contain high amounts of leptin and omega-3 fatty acid so they function as a metabolism booster which keeps weight in check and supports the immune system, preventing increased sensitivity to viruses and infections that often go hand in hand with intense training.

 

Vitamin C

Available from fresh fruits or dietary supplements, Vitamin C plays an important role in the synthesis of amino acids, collagen and hormones, and it is critical for preserving stamina stability and seamless functioning of the immune system. Vitamin C also prevents cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure, ensuring regular blood flow into the heart and other vessels, which is highly important for yogis. The RDA for Vitamin C totals 500-1,000 milligrams, and you should use supplements to make up for the missing vits in case you cannot cram enough citrus fruits and fresh veggies into your plate.

 

Legumes, grains and beans

A go-to for fiber, proteins and complex carbs, beans, grains and legumes will keep hunger at bay longer than any sugar-laden snack or protein bar. Adequate intake of fiber guarantees smooth digestion, and well-balanced ingestion of proteins and carbs helps the body repair tissue damage, build muscle and recover from tough yoga sessions. Proteins and carbs also play a major role in healthy sleep cycles, ensuring you get a decent shuteye necessary for your body to rest and be ready for a food recharge after the workout.

 

Water

Proper hydration during and after workouts is important, but drinking water during a yoga session can in fact hamper progress and contribute to yogic under-performance. According to some yoga teachers, water cools down the body and hinders the flow of prana, so avoid hydration in the course of a yoga class whenever possible. Nevertheless, water consumed before and after yoga practice helps the body cleanse itself from toxins and wasteful substances, so do not cut your daily intake down – just time it properly.

 

For best yoga class performance, follow the rule of three:

  • make sure you eat at least two portions of fish a week;
  • enrich your plate with fresh fruit and veggies (or use them as smoothies), and
  • mindfully time your water intake.

 

Mathews McGarry is passionate about many forms of strength training, and spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects. After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing about his experiences, and sharing tips for better life.

The Benefits of Whey Protein to Yogis

  If you’ve been practicing yoga for a while, you probably know a few things about the recommended diet for different yoga styles. However, what you probably don’t know is that whey powder holds numerous benefits for a yogi’s nourishment and overall well-being: simple to use, easy to digest and packed with muscle- and bone-building nutrients, whey protein may be the final piece in the yoga diet puzzle your body needs to thrive with every new stretch and Asana and recover from strenuous workout sessions. Here’s a short list of whey protein upsides for yoga practitioners, so check it out before spicing up your next workout.

 

Protein drink as after-class refreshment

After a tough training, your organism needs lots of liquid and proteins to make up for the lost calories and H2O. Rich in protein and low on fat, whey powder can considerably improve post-exercise fluid balance so you can use it to whip up a tasty smoothie or shake that will replenish your stamina fast and with minimal digestion effort. After a vigorous yoga routine, a whey-based protein drink will provide quick, tasty refreshment – plus, your stomach will like it more than a granola bar or chocolate cookie. Take a look at this list of great recipes for light protein shakes!

 

Whey protein builds muscles and bones

Proteins are building blocks for muscles, bones, hair, nails, skin, blood and cartilages. One of the best supplements to promote muscle growth and bone strength, whey protein can rapidly up levels of essential amino acids in the bloodstream and facilitate creation of muscle protein. For best yoga results, follow up on the exercise with a protein shake made with whey powder – your muscles and bones will love it!

 

Counter muscle inflammation with whey protein

Thanks to its high amino acid content, whey protein can reduce risk of muscle soreness and inflammation after an exceptionally intense yoga session. Studies show that whey protein helps counter excess C-reactive protein, which is considered to be one of the key markers of ongoing inflammations in the organism. Whey-based protein shake a day may as well keep muscle aches and soreness at bay.

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Whey protein absorbs quickly

The human body can quickly absorb whey protein and with minimal energy waste to digestive processes. Liquid food is the easiest form of energy for the stomach to process, which is especially convenient for athletes and yogis on demanding exercise regimens. Intense workouts may hamper digestion and reduce appetite, so whey-enriched protein drinks are a perfect alternative to solid food after yoga sessions that leave you feeling starved but too tired to eat.

 

Whey protein helps boost immune system

Glutathione is one of the most important antioxidants produced in the human body that ensures seamless functioning of the immune system. Intense aerobic exercises reduce glutathione levels, which is why adequate diet supplementation is necessary for prolonged periods of increased physical activity. Since it’s extremely rich in amino acids necessary for glutathione creation, whey protein can help boost your immunity and prevent bacterial infections, inflammations and viruses.

 

Whey powder has a range of health benefits so if you’re a yogi, you should definitely give a whey protein shake a go after your next workout. You’ll be surprised with just how much yoga goodness can fit in a single whey powder bottle!


Kate is currently living the expat life throughout Eastern Europe, cycling, sailing, and drinking lattes. You can follow her work on HighStyleLife.

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Eating Healthy On The Go

  Oh Summer, the season of beaches, swimming, the ocean, meeting up with family, and oh yes, driving.  More often than not, people on Summer break or vacation end up on the road more than usual whether they are day tripping to the ocean, driving 5 states away to visit family and friends, or on a plane traveling to a different continent.  If you are already conscious about what you eat and you have a fridge stocked of your lean proteins, fruits and veggies, healthy fats, whole grains, etc, your kitchen is your home base…your comfort zone.  But when we travel on the road, it can be difficult to stay on top of your nutritional A game (especially when exit after exit only offers a McDonalds, Taco Bell and Cinnabon)!  Here are some tips and tricks you may not have considered for your travels no matter where your adventures lead you:

By Car

Driving your own car gives you the amazing power of choice.  Your hands on that steering wheel determine how you will nourish yourself, and they will ultimately decide whether or not you “fall off the wagon” while journeying across country.  The easiest and quickest option is to pack meals or snacks for your journey.  Thank goodness for tupperware!  Take a little time before you head out on your trip to pack some healthy sandwiches, a salad or two, and plenty of fresh fruits and bags of crisp, crunchy veggies.  Another option if you are too busy to make food ahead, is to stock up on some natural, whole food or snack bars.  Now.  Lets say you completely blew it on that pre-packing situation.  You worry your only hope is to give in to a McDonalds Burger or those all-too-evil munchies from a gas station rest stop.  Don’t fret, because my next piece of advice might blow your mind:  Hit up that gas station!  Here’s the thing:  It being 2015, most rest stops and gas stations are finally realizing their customers are interested in foods other than Slim Jims, Slurpees and Twinkies.  Sheetz, a gas station chain located on the East Coast is one of the best options for satisfying your healthy cravings.  Simply walk up to one of their touch screen ordering computers, and you are free to create your very own gigantic salad, homemade with fresh veggies and lean meats.  You can also order your own sandwiches, subs or wraps made your way.  In addition, all Sheetz gas stations have fresh fruits and veggie trays to stock up with, as well as an aisle devoted to healthy wholesome snacks.  More gas stations are catching on nowadays, so before you decide to inhale that double quarter pounder, remember that there are more options available at the nearest rest stop gas station!

By Plane

This can be more challenging.  Since you are on a flight, most of us tend to pack as little as possible into our carry on bags.  You might have space for a few granola bars or pieces of fruit, but what if you’re on an 8+ hour flight?  Thankfully, Airlines are cracking down on junk food as well.  If the typical meals of salisbury steak, fried chicken, or fish don’t appeal to you (Let’s face it, will anyone every eat fish on an airplane again after this movie came out)?  In addition to hot meals, you can almost certainly find healthy snack boxes or drinks that provide a wealth of options to satisfy your healthy cravings while mid-flight.  In these snack boxes, you’ll typically find a bag of mixed nuts, beef jerkey, whole wheat crackers, spreadable cheese, and perhaps some dark chocolate or dried fruit to satisfy your sweat tooth.

If you’re still in the dark about what to pack, here are some ideas that will get you from A to B without sacrificing your healthy diet:

California BLT

  • 2 Slices Whole Wheat Bread
  • 2 Strips of Turkey Bacon
  • Half an Avocado
  • 2 Tomato Slices
  • Lettuce
  • Hummus

Spread Hummus on both slices of bread.  Then, top one piece of bread with lettuce.  Slice your avocado and layer on top of lettuce, followed by the strips of turkey bacon and tomato.  Finally, top with your other piece of bread, cut down the middle and wrap the whole thing in aluminum foil or place in a tupperware container!

PB and J Sushi

  • 1 Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap
  • 2 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 tbsp Natural Organic Grape Jelly (or other homemade jam)
  • ***Optional add ins:  Chopped Bananas, Dark Chocolate Chips, Chopped Nuts

Spread out your tortilla, spread with peanut butter and jelly, feel free to add mix ins and roll it up!  Then slice into bit size pieces, toss in a tupperware container or plastic bag.

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Is it OK to eat before yoga? Favorite 5 Pre-yoga Foods

A lot of people ask if it is ok to eat before yoga. The answer is yes it is OK to eat before a class, but you want to eat at least 30 minutes before the class and make sure you eat foods that are easy to digest. Here are some of my favorite healthy snack recipes to enjoy before a yoga class that give me to energy I need for the class without digestive issues.

1. Bananas

Bananas contain lots of fiber which will keep you feeling full and regulate the speed at which sugar is released into the blood stream. Bananas are considered a low glycemic fruit so they don’t have a big impact on blood sugar levels but have just enough sugar to keep you going during a yoga class. They also have the added benefit of potassium which works with sodium to keep the body hydrated and magnesium which helps prevent muscle cramps.

2. Almonds

A handful of almonds is a great pre-yoga snack to keep hunger away. Raw unsalted almonds are easy to digest and contain a good balance of protein and fat that will keep energy levels high during the class.  They also contain fiber, energy boosting vitamin B2 and antioxidant vitamin E.

3. Oats

A very small serving of oatmeal before a yoga class is a great way to keep you going during the class. They are a slow digesting complex carbohydrate that will keep you feeling satiated. Oats are full of fiber and stabilize blood sugar.  They are also super high in magnesium which supports bone health.

4. Date Bliss Balls

Enjoying a date bliss ball as you are running out the door to a yoga class is a great way to make sure you don’t get light headed half way through the class. They are packed with protein and fiber to provide fuel throughout the practice. The sugar in the dates will slowly release and keep energy levels up. Get the recipe here.

5. Simple Green Smoothie

Enjoying a small simple green smoothie is a great way to get a quick energy boost before doing yoga. Make sure to use a simple smoothie without too many ingredients to keep it easily digestible. I recommend using ½ cup electrolyte balancing coconut water, a small handful of bone supporting spinach, ½ cup antioxidant rich berries and 1 Tbsp energy boosting chia seeds.

If you eat these tasty snacks before your next class they will keep hunger at bay so you can enjoy a mindful practice.


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Jesse Lane Schelew, BSc, CNP is a cheerful Holistic Nutritionist, motivating speaker, cookbook author and wellness writer. She is the founder of JesseLaneWellness.com, a web based holistic nutrition practice and holistic recipe resource. Jesse Lane is passionate about nutrition helps positive and vibrant individuals unlock the incredible healing power of food and reclaim their health. She works with clients via Skype and in person at Yellow Gazebo Natural Healthcare in Toronto, Ontario. Jesse Lane is a co-author of The Holistic In the City 21 Day Smoothie Guide, a fantastic eBook that will jump start your smoothie habit. She is also the co-founder of BhojanaYoga where she offers holistic nutrition and yoga programs.

Recipes We Love: Yogi Date Balls

I find that having a quick snack about 30-60 minutes before a yoga class helps to boost my energy levels for a great class. Yogi Date Balls are one of my favorite snacks because they are easy to make ahead of time, store in the freezer, and then grab as I’m running out the door. They are naturally sweetened with dates and are packed with protein and fiber to give you fuel throughout your practice. The best part is that you can make them in less than ten minutes with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry! Yogi Date Balls are raw so there is no baking required, and the nutrients in the ingredients will stay intact.

Ingredients

2 cups (roughly 250g) pitted dates 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp warm water 3/4 cup oats 1 cup coconut flakes 1/4 cup sesame seeds 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup + 1Tbsp chopped almonds
 

Directions

Place dates and warm water in a food processor and process until smooth.  Scoop the creamed dates into a bowl and fold in the remaining ingredients, with the exception of ½ cup coconut flakes. If the mixture is soggy then slowly add more oats, if the mixture is too dry slowly add warm water.  Shape balls between 3 to 4 cm in diameter and roll them in the reserved ½ cup coconut.  Enjoy right away or place on a baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes to set.  Enjoy Yogi Date Balls straight out of the freezer for a quick pre-yoga burst of energy!


Jesse Lane Schelew 550xJesse Lane Schelew, BSc, CNP is a cheerful Holistic Nutritionist, motivating speaker, cookbook author and wellness writer. She is the founder of JesseLaneWellness.com, a web based holistic nutrition practice and holistic recipe resource. Jesse Lane is passionate about nutrition helps positive and vibrant individuals unlock the incredible healing power of food and reclaim their health. She works with clients via Skype and in person at Yellow Gazebo Natural Healthcare in Toronto, Ontario. Jesse Lane is a co-author of The Holistic In the City 21 Day Smoothie Guide, a fantastic eBook that will jump start your smoothie habit. She is also the co-founder of BhojanaYoga where she offers holistic nutrition and yoga programs.
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1-Day Juice Cleanse: Does it Actually Do Anything?

Juice cleansing is all the rage, but some of us may question what the point of a one-day juice cleanse is. Does one day of a liquid diet actually do anything for you? Will you notice any differences? Will you really feel any better? Well, last year around springtime, I decided to try it out, and be it that spring is about a month away, it has me thinking about diving into another juice cleanse. So here’s my experience for you to judge if one day of juicing will do YOU any good.

1. I felt so much lighter.

I have to say, the next morning I not only looked svelte, but more importantly, I felt so light and bloat FREE! Have you ever woken up and still felt bloated or heavy from the night before? Yeah, me too, and I hate that! After I did one day of five juices, I truly felt awesome and “floaty!”

2. I had more energy

Coupled with this feeling of lightness, I felt bright and ready for the day. If you can just imagine how many natural sugars and vitamins you are getting from those juices, you can understand why your spirits may feel boosted. It’s a natural high! Think vitamin drip (very Rihanna).

3. I felt full and satisfied.

Some of you may be thinking, “You had to have been hungry,” but truly I wasn’t. I actually had bought myself a sixth drink because I thought that I would be starving at bedtime, but I didn’t even finish that one. I drank less than half!

4. I had peace of mind and clarity.

Not only did I feel lighter, more energetic, and satisfied, but my mind felt clear and calm. Call it the placebo effect or chalk it up to the vitamins, but whatever you believe, I can honestly say that my brain felt de-fogged, and I felt happy knowing that I had done something good for my body. It felt like I had given my body a rest from having to digest any solids and breakdown food. I amped up my vitamins for the day and felt like I gave myself an extra booster shot of health!

To sum it up, yes, I recommend a one-day juice cleanse to introduce you to the world of juicing. You can either buy a set of juices (I used Suja Juice), or you can make your own juices if you have a juicer (the Breville Elite is a great one). **Please note that doing a juice cleanse is a little pricey either if you’re buying the juices or buying the fresh fruits and veggies, and a good juicer may run you a couple hundred dollars; however, if you find that you love juicing, maybe saving up for a good juicer is worth it (I think so!).

Happy Juicing!

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Everything in Moderation (Including Moderation) - Why it's Okay to Let Loose

My first yoga teacher, and the teacher that influenced my life the most, always says that Child’s Pose is a very advanced yoga pose. She views practitioners as very advanced if they choose child’s pose instead of constantly choosing to take vinyasas in a flow class. I thought this was ridiculous at first, but it was quite profound for me when I actually understood what she meant. She was saying that choosing to take care of our Self in the moment, regardless of what our ego or others are telling us to do, shows that we are following our intuition and choosing what’s best for us. It’s about finding balance between the strength and the softness, the work and the rest. Finding balance seems to be a constant theme in my life. Whether I’m seeking it in my own life, teaching my clients to strive for it as a therapist, or guiding my students towards it as a yoga teacher, it’s what the conversation always comes back to – creating balance. In psychology, we see mental health as being balanced in all areas, not having too much or too little of something. Like with our relationships with our families of origin, for example. We can either have “enmeshed relationships”, where we’re very close to members of our family to the point that we are upset when they are upset. Or we might be “disconnected” from our families of origin, where we are holding on to past injustices or old grudges and not speaking to them. Both are on either sides of the spectrum, and both are troubling for healthy relationships and individuals. The goal, rather, is to aim to be somewhere in the middle – supportive but not dependent, involved but unaffected. We all have our own idiosyncrasies that resemble some quality of mental illness (you always hear people saying things like, “I’m so OCD” or “he’s bipolar!”), but it only becomes a true diagnosable problem when it’s on the high or low end of the spectrum and is interfering with our daily functioning. No one is perfect, but learning to maintain composure, clarity, and to breathe evenly in the face of adversity or frustration is one of the benefits that our yoga practice provides.

 Learn to Live a Little!

Speaking of yoga, we work to find our balance with our practice. This may look different for everyone, whether it’s committing to the mat on a consistent basis, or learning to back off and have a rest day. Part of yoga is practicing our skills off the mat, which includes practicing the skill of letting loose and of not being so rigid with our Selves. The goal of life is different depending on whom you ask, but one skill we cultivate through our practicing is finding presence in each moment. In life, this might look like learning to let go. Learning to enjoy the highs and lows of life without attaching meaning or judgment to our experiences. Easier said than done, but coming back to practicing compassion for our Selves and others is where the work lies.

The weekend rolls around and you’ve worked so hard all week. You’d like to hang out with friends and enjoy a beer (maybe alongside some yoga), but there’s a voice in your head nagging you to “be responsible” and “hit the gym instead” or ___________ (insert negative thought here). It comes back to the idea of the spectrum. On the spectrum of having a beer with your friends, there’s a wide range of choices. You can choose to be rigid, not meet up with friends, and not have a beer (or any fun) or you can choose to go all out and drink a 12-pack. Or you can choose balance – have a drink or two (or three) and enjoy yourself. Leave the judgment at home and fulfill your soul when the opportunity arises, just don’t go all out (Just in case: yoga for one too many). We all need interaction and to be carefree. There are enough people in the world waiting to pass judgment at you for this or that. Leave the heavy lifting to them and drop the weight off your shoulders. Live your freaking life and have some fun! Focus more on finding where the fulcrum point is and less on berating yourself for following your heart’s desire. How do you know if you’re following your intuition, after all? Simple – are you having any fun?

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Regaining Energy: How to Feel Better Naturally

Fatigue is one of the most common health concerns. Your schedule may be getting busier, but you don’t have any more hours in the day to get everything done. Combined with stress, this can quickly lead to a lack of energy. Before you give up hope at ever feeling better again, try some simple, natural ways to regain your energy.

Eat Frequently

As you get older, one of the top health concerns is a decreased metabolism and subsequent weight gain. A common response is to eat less, but this plan can backfire if you eat fewer, bigger meals. This is also a quick way to zap your energy.

Instead, rework your food plan to include small mini-meals you can eat throughout the day. This will keep both your energy and metabolism in top shape.

Get “Nuts”

A constant lack of energy is frustrating, but eating some nuts might help. These are valuable sources of healthy fats, as well as energy-boosting nutrients like vitamin E and magnesium. Pick a favorite, or choose a mix of almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans and walnuts. Keep servings to a handful a day as an energizing snack.

Cut Out Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant that many fatigued adults depend upon as a quick pick-me-up. However, if you find yourself constantly refilling your coffee mug, you’re likely doing more harm than good. Caffeine is also a diuretic, which can leave you feeling dehydrated and even more tired. If you can’t cut out caffeine altogether, reduce the amount to two cups of your favorite beverage per day.

Get Moving

Regular exercise is known for boosting energy overtime. But one workout a day may do little good in the energy department if you sit for the rest of the day. Make it a point to move around at least every 30 minutes to naturally stimulate your energy—this can be as simple as marching in place for a few minutes.

Make it a Point to Rest

You want more energy, so making time to rest seems like an oxymoron. However, the inability to rest properly will cause even more fatigue over time. Getting adequate sleep of at least seven hours at night is a start, but you may need more depending on your schedule. You may also consider light meditation in the afternoons to give you an extra boost. Simply sit quietly for a few minutes and concentrate on your breath.

As you age, energy levels naturally decline. At the same time, you’re also more prone to hormone-related health issues. Talk to your doctor or a Genemedics Health Institute about the possibility of hormone testing and hormone replacement therapy if you fail to experience increased energy with these tips.

 

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Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information about natural energy contact Genemedics Health Institute or Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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