Healthy Living How To http://healthylivinghowto.com how to live healthy in mind, body, and spirit Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:18:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Everyday Essential Oils: Melaleuca Alternifolia http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/12/everyday-essential-oils-melaleuca-alternifolia.html http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/12/everyday-essential-oils-melaleuca-alternifolia.html#respond Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:07:40 +0000 http://healthylivinghowto.com/?p=14315 [Continue Reading]]]>

I made one resolution in 2014 and that was to enter into the world of essential oils. I know I have a lot of readers who are leaps and bounds ahead of me on this — and I am eager to learn from you and share with you.

The rest of you, I hope you are coming along for the ride because I am really excited about this!

What are Essential Oils and Why Use Them

Essential oils are the natural, aromatic liquids that protect plants against disease, insects, and other environmental conditions. Their innate properties make them powerfully therapeutic for humans as well, promoting overall health, and supporting both physical and emotional well-being.

In a world where most medicine is chemically produced, record numbers are now turning to essential oils – to improve health without exposure to side effects.

Why I Chose Young Living Essential Oils

When it comes to essential oils – farming, distilling, and sourcing is everything! Young Living is the only company with carefully curated farms all over the world.

Due to the wide-use of synthetic chemicals in the distillation process, a vast majority of essential oils on the market today are useful only for perfumes and cosmetics. They should never be ingested or inhaled.

Young Living essential oils however, are never diluted, cut, or adulterated in any way.

Young Living uses a proprietary, low-temperature, distillation process that’s entirely chemical-free. Carefully monitoring every step of the production of essential oils from beginning to end, through a unique seed to seal process, Young Living ensures the purity of each essential oil.

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils

  1. Aromatic. Aromatic is the process of breathing in the essential oil. This can be done by using an essential oil diffuser, inhaling directly from the bottle or by adding a few drops to hands and cupping over nose and mouth.
  2. Topical. Topical application is the process of applying essential oil directly to the area of concern along with the ears, hands and feet. Some oils can be applied directly and others need to be diluted with a carrier oil. Oils can also be added to bathwater or in a warm compress.
  3. Internal. Some essential oils make excellent dietary supplements or food flavorings. Essential oil can be added to a liquid and drinking or to a veggie capsule and swallowed.

Everyday Essential Oils

I started my essential oil journey with the premium starter kit because it was the best value! Along with the diffuser, it included 5 ml bottles of the basic ten everyday essential oils:

Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil

Commonly known as tea tree oil, Melaleuca has long been valued for its cosmetic benefits, especially for its natural skin-cleansing benefits. Melaleuca’s intrinsic properties cleanse away dirt, toxins, and dead skin, giving you healthy-looking and feeling skin.

Basic Uses of Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil

  • Dab a little bit of Melaleuca alternifolia on a zit or blemish, and the cleansing properties will have it cleared up in no time.
  • Melaleuca Alternifolia pairs very well with coconut oil, especially when tending to rashes on sensitive bottoms.
  • Yellow Toenails? Ugh, no one likes icky yellow toenails! Dab a drop of Melaleuca Alternifolia on it.
  • If you use an all-natural deodorant, adding a little Melaleuca Alternifolia gives it a brand-new superpower.
  • Melaleuca Alternifolia is great for minor owies.
  • Super charge your neti pot salts with a drop of Melaleuca Alternifolia.
  • Add a drop to your shampoo to support a healthy-feeling scalp.
  • If you forget to transfer your laundry to the dryer in a timely manner, run another washing cycle with a few drops of Melaleuca Alternifolia added to the water.
  • Add a drop of Melaleuca Alternifolia to soften the skin around a splinter before removing it.
  • Freshen and deodorize your rugs. Combine a few drops each of Melaleuca Alternifolia and Lavender with ¼ cup baking soda. Leave mixture overnight to let the oils absorb into the baking soda, and then sprinkle over rug and vacuum immediately.
  • Diffuse Melaleuca Alternifolia to purify the air in your home or workspace.

How To Order Young Living Essential Oils

Sneak Peek Ebook

Check out my ebook! Essential Oils: 50 Simple Recipes for a Healthy Body & Healthy Home, is an incredible resource for essential oil users of all skill levels. In this book, we show you just how simple it is to make healthy, natural and effective essential oil recipes that will rid your body and home of toxic chemicals.

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Everyday Essential Oils: Thieves http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/11/everyday-essential-oils-thieves.html http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/11/everyday-essential-oils-thieves.html#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:00:28 +0000 http://healthylivinghowto.com/?p=12974 [Continue Reading]]]> Thieves Essential Oil | healthylivinghowto.com

I made one resolution in 2014 and that was to enter into the world of essential oils. I know I have a lot of readers who are leaps and bounds ahead of me on this — and I am eager to learn from you and share with you.

The rest of you, I hope you are coming along for the ride because I am really excited about this!

What are Essential Oils and Why Use Them

Essential oils are the natural, aromatic liquids that protect plants against disease, insects, and other environmental conditions. Their innate properties make them powerfully therapeutic for humans as well, promoting overall health, and supporting both physical and emotional well-being.

In a world where most medicine is chemically produced, record numbers are now turning to essential oils – to improve health without exposure to side effects.

Why I Chose Young Living Essential Oils

When it comes to essential oils – farming, distilling, and sourcing is everything! Young Living is the only company with carefully curated farms all over the world.

Due to the wide-use of synthetic chemicals in the distillation process, a vast majority of essential oils on the market today are useful only for perfumes and cosmetics. They should never be ingested or inhaled.

Young Living essential oils however, are never diluted, cut, or adulterated in any way.

Young Living uses a proprietary, low-temperature, distillation process that’s entirely chemical-free. Carefully monitoring every step of the production of essential oils from beginning to end, through a unique seed to seal process, Young Living ensures the purity of each essential oil.

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils

  1. Aromatic. Aromatic is the process of breathing in the essential oil. This can be done by using an essential oil diffuser, inhaling directly from the bottle or by adding a few drops to hands and cupping over nose and mouth.
  2. Topical. Topical application is the process of applying essential oil directly to the area of concern along with the ears, hands and feet. Some oils can be applied directly and others need to be diluted with a carrier oil. Oils can also be added to bathwater or in a warm compress.
  3. Internal. Some essential oils make excellent dietary supplements or food flavorings. Essential oil can be added to a liquid and drinking or to a veggie capsule and swallowed.

Everyday Essential Oils

I started my essential oil journey with the premium starter kit because it was the best value! Along with the diffuser, it included 5 ml bottles of the basic ten everyday essential oils:

Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims.

This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.

Thieves Essential Oils | healthylivinghowto.comBasic Uses of Thieves Essential Oil

  • Put a few drops of Thieves essential oil in a capsule and swallow with water to support your immune system.
  • Diffuse Thieves essential oil in your home or office to help eliminate airborne bacteria.
  • Add 5-10 drops Thieves to a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Great for cleaning hard surfaces, toys, etc.
  • Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water to make a natural toothpaste. Add a drop of Thieves essential oil and brush.
  • Add a few drops of Thieves essential oil to a sink full of hot water and use to clean and disinfect floors.
  • Put in a few drops of Thieves essential oil in your dishwater or dishwasher to thoroughly clean dishes and eliminate odor.
  • Add 5 drops Thieves to a 1 oz. spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Shake and spritz dry and scratchy throats.

How To Order Young Living Essential Oils

Sneak Peek Ebook

Check out my ebook! Essential Oils: 50 Simple Recipes for a Healthy Body & Healthy Home, is an incredible resource for essential oil users of all skill levels. In this book, we show you just how simple it is to make healthy, natural and effective essential oil recipes that will rid your body and home of toxic chemicals.

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3 Simple Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season Without Sabotaging Your Health http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/11/3-simple-tips-for-surviving-the-holiday-season-without-sabotaging-your-health.html http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/11/3-simple-tips-for-surviving-the-holiday-season-without-sabotaging-your-health.html#respond Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:23:41 +0000 http://healthylivinghowto.com/?p=14141 [Continue Reading]]]> 3 Simple Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season Without Sabotaging Your Health

It’s 28 degrees F and the first winter storm is on its way here in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With the exception of the below freezing temps and early sunsets, I love this time of year.

Halloween has come and gone, leaving behind the anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas. While the holiday season is filled with excitement, it is often the worst time of the year for people’s health.

Overindulgence in alcohol, sweets and calorie dense meals is typical.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

You can still enjoy the holidays without entering the New Year with an extra 10 pounds to lose and blood work that makes your doctor cringe.

Instead of tackling the list of 101 things you could do to make this holiday season healthy, just do three. Do these three consistently and you will survive the holiday season without sabotaging your health.

1. Weight Train, Don’t Just Train with Weights

If you read about the importance of exercise during the holidays elsewhere, you’ll probably find recommendations to walk, run, jog or do some other form of cardio.

The trouble is, aerobic exercise, or cardio, does little to help you build muscle. In fact, it can cause your body to lose muscle when taken to excess, and when you don’t eat enough protein.

That’s not to say that cardio is without benefit. But we’re talking about the most important choices you can make during the holidays, to ward off the effects of over-indulging.

In this case, if it comes down to one or the other, strength training is the way to go.

I’m a big believer in strength training. It’s even more important when your dietary choices are a little more “loose” than normal.

Strength training helps you develop type II muscle, which actually store carbohydrates. The more of this muscle you have, the more space you have to store carbohydrate, as opposed to it converting to fat and getting stored on your hips, thighs and belly.

This isn’t an excuse to overindulge in carbohydrates, but it helps when you have a little more than normal.

Even healthy treats, like donuts or chocolate cake, add up when you eat multiple servings, like my husband does.

Remember, there’s a difference between exercising with weights, and actually weight training. I’m talking about full body workouts with dumbbells, barbells and other resistance equipment that pushes you to your limits. No pink dumbbells or Jazzercizing here.

No matter your age or athletic level, you can do strength training.

My advice is to hire a good personal trainer to keep you accountable and to make sure your program is appropriate. I started working with a personal trainer six months ago. It’s one of the best investments I’ve made in myself this year.

2. Plan Healthier Menus

If you can make main dishes, side dishes and desserts that taste amazing, without all the extra sugar, carbs, and low-quality fats found in typical holiday recipes, why wouldn’t you?

I’ve only included recipes on Healthy Living How To that my family would love to eat on any given day. Provided the recipes are followed as written, I know they could be helpful in planning out a healthy holiday dinner or party menu.

Some easy, low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, holiday-like recipes include:

There are a lot of other goodies in the recipe section as well. If you care about your friends and family, why not serve them something healthier this year?

3. Get More Sleep

I know it isn’t always easy, but it’s SO important to get enough sleep. I even struggle with this myself sometimes. It takes discipline to go to bed at a reasonable time every night.

Just one night of insufficient sleep makes the body more insulin resistant. Eating excess carbs the next day has an even worse effect on the body than it normally would.

Insufficient sleep also increases cravings for carbohydrate-rich foods, and reduces willpower. When you’re faced with the plate of cookies at work, you’re more likely to give in.

Insufficient sleep hampers your immune system. Getting sick during the holidays is no fun at all. It also makes it harder to recover from exercise, and build the muscle that helps store the extra carbohydrates you might be eating during this time.

Seven hours of sleep every night is a must. Eight hours is even better.

As the holidays are a time of giving thanks, I want to especially thank my loyal readers for following along, and staying connected even though I’ve been less consistent with my blogging this year.

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Essential Oils: 50 Simple Recipes for a Healthy Body & Healthy Home http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/11/essential-oils-50-simple-recipes-for-a-healthy-body-healthy-home.html http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/11/essential-oils-50-simple-recipes-for-a-healthy-body-healthy-home.html#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:40:51 +0000 http://healthylivinghowto.com/?p=14052 [Continue Reading]]]>

My friend Kyndra Holley and I have been hard at work on our first essential oils ebook.  We are so excited to present to you…

Essential Oils: 50 Simple Recipes for a Healthy Body & Healthy Home

Scheduled to release in early November, our new essential oils ebook will be available in .pdf format, as well as on Amazon, for Kindle and other e-readers.

Essential Oils: 50 Simple Recipes for a Healthy Body & Healthy Home is an incredible resource for essential oil users of all skill levels. In this book, we show you just how simple it is to make healthy, natural and effective essential oil recipes that will rid your body and home of toxic chemicals.

As an exclusive offer for our readers, the .pdf version is available today for $9.99!

Buy Essential Oils: 50 Simple Recipes for a Healthy Body & Healthy Home

Order your copy now to ensure that you get it first, and for the best price, then look for our new ebook in your inbox!

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Inside the Book

  • Full color photos for many of the recipes
  • 50 simple essential oil recipes, divided into two categories, body and home
  • A full page resource list to help you find everything needed for the recipes in the book
  • Interactive table of contents that will allow seamless navigation throughout the book
  • Helpful hints, tips, tricks and suggestions
  • A full page of some of our favorite essential oil diffusing combinations
  • And much, much, more…

Don’t miss out! Order our new ebook for only $9.99. You won’t be disappointed!

Want to purchase it as a gift or purchase multiple copies? No Problem. Simply leave the email address you would like each copy sent to in the notes section of your PayPal transaction.

Buy Essential Oils: 50 Simple Recipes for a Healthy Body & Healthy Home

Special Promotion for the Healthy Living With Essential Oils Team

We are so excited for you to get your hands on a copy, we are giving it away for FREE, yes free, to anyone on the Healthy Living With Essential Oils team who places a 100PV Essential Rewards order in the month of November. This includes both new and existing Essential Rewards enrollments!

As a special promotion, if you are personally enrolled with myself and you are BRAND NEW to Essential Rewards in the month of November (that means you received or are scheduled to receive your very first essential rewards order this month) in addition to our ebook I will also send you a beautiful diffuser necklace handmade by me (US Addresses only)!

If you are on the Healthy Living With Essential Oils team and are eligible for this promotion, please fill out this form.

Want to learn more about Essential Rewards? Check out this video.

New to Essential Oils?

New to the world of essential oils? I would be honored to have you on the Healthy Living With Essential Oils team. Click here to learn how to get started!

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Want To Get Started Using Essential Oils? Here’s Your Chance! http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/10/want-to-get-started-using-essential-oils-heres-your-chance.html http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/10/want-to-get-started-using-essential-oils-heres-your-chance.html#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:00:55 +0000 http://healthylivinghowto.com/?p=14081 [Continue Reading]]]> Get Started Using Essential Oils | healthylivinghowto.com

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about essential oils lately. And for good reason! The use of essential oils, as part of a healthy lifestyle, are endless. Not only do essential oils smell delicious, they impart countless health benefits.

As many of my readers know, I made one resolution in 2014, and that was to enter into the world of essential oils. Here it is the end of October, and I can say, not only have I entered into the world of essential oils, they have fast become something I am passionate about.

I have integrated the use of essential oils into mine and my family’s every day life and we have experienced numerous surprising health benefits. Most notably, the relief from seasonal and pet allergies, digestive discomforts, hormone imbalances, everyday aches and pains, stress and blue moods. In addition, I have been able to eliminate toxic chemicals from our personal care and cleaning products.

I want everyone to experience what these little drops of oil can do to transform your life, so much so…

I am Giving Away a Premium Starter Kit

This is the exact same kit I purchased when I started my oily journey back in January. The premium starter kit includes:

  • Ten 5 mL bottles of essential oils including: Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense,PanAway, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Purification, Valor and Joy.
  • A diffuser
  • 5 mL bottle of Stress Away (this is by far my absolute favorite — I wear it like perfume)
  • Aroma Glide roller fitment (to turn any oil into a roll on)
  • Two sample packets each of Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Lemon, and Thieves (to share with friends and family)
  • Two NingXia Red 2-oz. samples (this is a great antioxidant supplement for general wellness & energy)

How to Enter for Your Chance to Win

I am using Rafflecopter a reputable resource for online giveaways. In a few easy steps you will be entered in the drawing to win. There is just one simple step required to enter to win along with 10 bonus entries. This giveaway is going to be a quickie, only lasting 48 hours!

After logging in using Facebook or your e-mail:

  1. Answer this question, “Do you currently use essential oils?” for 1 entry.
  2. If you are ready to get started today AND you enroll as a wholesale member with a premium starter kit between 10/28-10/30, you will be eligible for 10 bonus entries. If you win, I will gift you $150 in product credits (the wholesale value of the premium starter kit) instead of the premium starter kit, to spend on future essential oil purchases from Young Living.

Those who enroll, between 10/28-10/30, will also receive 2 enrollment gifts, the Essential Oils Pocket Reference and a beautiful essential oil diffuser necklace! Click here to learn more about enrolling today!

This giveaway is for US residents only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Give away ends Friday, October 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm CST. Winner will be announced on this post on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8 am CST. Winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back then to see if you are the WINNER!

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Missing Blogger…Found! http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/08/missing-blogger-found.html http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/08/missing-blogger-found.html#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:18:02 +0000 http://healthylivinghowto.com/?p=13757 [Continue Reading]]]> Missing Blogger...Found | healthylivinghowto.com

Young Living Essential Oils | Lavender Farm, Mona, UT

Hello Healthy Living How To friends and family!

It’s your long lost friend Vanessa! Have you missed me? I most certainly have missed you! Many of you have messaged and emailed, wondering where I disappeared to…

Did I fall off the deep end?

I am writing to you today, to tell you, I am alive and well, still living  and actively pursuing the healthy lifestyle I have been talking to you about for the past 4 years.

However, my life has changed…both professionally and personally.

On a personal level, about a year ago, we moved from the suburbs to a small condo in the city and in two short weeks, we will be sending our youngest son off to college. At the age of 43 (me) & 37 (my husband Tom), we will be empty nesters.

In a nutshell, we’ve dramatically simplified our life. I walk most places I need to go and rarely drive the car anymore.

After years of spending what seemed like an entire Saturday, shopping at various stores for our weekly groceries, these days our refrigerator is mostly bare. We live six floors above Whole Foods and decide in the moment what we want to make for our meals.

And, many meals, it is just me…I am not cooking for a family any more.

When I started HLHT, I was in the midst of healing from adrenal fatigue. I had left my job at Life Time Fitness in order to focus on my health. As I began to get better and feel better I realized how much I missed helping people.

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Young Living Essential Oils | Lavender Farm, Mona, UT

At the insistence of my husband, I started Healthy Living How To. Although I never intended on being a food blogger, it was easy for me to share the healthy meals I was making for my family.

Many of you started following me for my healthy recipes.

Over time I started to incorporate content about living a healthy lifestyle, talking about things like hormones, metabolism, food allergies, exercise and fitness, and much more.

As you may remember, back in January I said I was going to start incorporating essential oils into my healthy lifestyle and devote this year to sharing and educating my readers about them.

What was an initial interest at the beginning of the year, has become something I am wildly passionate about. My health and the health of my friends, family and blog readers has been transformed by essential oils.

Sitting hear typing this right now, I have tears streaming down my face, as I reflect on the nearly 2,000 of my readers who trusted me and joined me on this essential oil journey. Every day I receive testimonials from my readers about how essential oils have changed their lives and their health.

The reason for my absence from Healthy Living How To for the past several months, is that I have chosen to commit my time to those who have invested in their health and in essential oils through me. I spend most of my day educating and supporting them.

I do plan to get back to creating content for Healthy Living How To. Much of it will be related to essential oils because that is a gap that needs to be filled on my website.

For those of you who want to get started with essential oils today…check out my enrollment page. I also have a number of videos on my YouTube channel.

With over 100,000 fans on Facebook and quarter of a million people who visit Healthy Living How To each month, I know there is a tremendous amount of opportunity for people’s lives to be changed and I am just getting started…

I look forward to getting active on Healthy Living How To again soon.

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All About Avocados http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/07/all-about-avocados.html http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/07/all-about-avocados.html#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:00:50 +0000 http://healthylivinghowto.com/?p=4594 [Continue Reading]]]> All About Avocados | healthylivinghowto.com

The avocado comes from a tree native to Central Mexico. While it is common to refer to the avocado as a vegetable, botanically speaking it is a fruit.

Avocados were known to the Aztecs as “the fertility fruit”.[1] The most well-known variety of avocado is Hass. Commonly grown in California, the Hass avocado makes up about 95% of the avocado crop in the United States and is available year-round.

Other varieties include Fuerte, also known as Florida avocados, Cocktail avocados which have no pit and there is even a Bacon variety. [2]

Avocados have a smooth buttery texture and can be enjoyed a number of ways. Proper storage and preparation are important to not only enjoying the taste of the avocado but deriving the nutritional benefits as well.

All About Avocados

1. The majority of avocados’ calories come oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat (MUFA), similar to the fat found in olives and olive oil. MUFAs may improve insulin sensitivity[3] and play a role in the prevention of metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes.

2. Avocados are a good source of the mineral potassium which is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves and digestive system. While bananas are often recommended for their potassium status, ounce for ounce, avocados have bananas beat. Per ounce, bananas have 100 mg of potassium, meanwhile, avocados have 144 mg.[4] In addition to potassium, avocados are also rich in magnesium, an essential mineral that most Americans don’t get enough of.[5]

3. The carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin are concentrated in the macular region of the retina and the eye lens, where they protect the eyes from harmful ultraviolet light as well as maintaining eyesight as we age.[6] An ounce of avocado has 81 micrograms of lutein and zeaxanthin and is a good way to get more lutein in the diet. Other carotenoids, or plant compounds that are important to human health, found in avocados are, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin.

4. Inadequate levels of B6 and B9 in the diet is related to higher homocysteine levels which is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease.[7] Avocados are a good source of both of these B vitamins.

5. Avocados are a good source of vitamin K, which plays a role in blood and bone function. Vitamin K allows the blood to clot, protects the bones from fracture, prevents postmenopausal bone loss and helps prevent calcification of the arteries.[8]

6. Phytosterols are plant-derived compounds which have been found to block cholesterol absorption in the intestine. This can potentially lead to a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.[9] Three phytosterols found in avocado include, beta-sitosterol, camposterol and sigmasterol.

7. Vitamin C and vitamin E found in avocados are potent antioxidants that combat cellular aging and give our immune system a boost.[10]

8. Avocados do not ripen on the tree. They are picked unripe while the skin is still a bright green. The color of the skin changes from green to dark green and sometimes to black as the avocado ripens. Ripeness is ultimately determined by a firm pressure, color can sometimes be misleading as avocado “softening” can occur at a varying rate, independent of the color.[11] A ripe avocado “gives” slightly under gentle pressure. Let avocados ripen on the counter and then refrigerate to halt the ripening process.

9. Avocados made the EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ “Clean 15 List”. This list includes the produce least likely to test positive for pesticide residues. “Avocados had no detectable pesticide residues on 98% or more of the samples tested.”[12]

10. One 30 g (1 oz) serving of Hass avocado, has 50 calories, 4.5 g fat, 3 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber and <1 g protein. At 1 g NET CARB per serving this makes avocados the perfect fruit for those living a low-carb lifestyle.

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10 Health Benefits of Turmeric http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/05/10-health-benefits-of-tumeric.html http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/05/10-health-benefits-of-tumeric.html#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 13:00:35 +0000 http://healthylivinghowto.com/?p=9903 [Continue Reading]]]> 10 Health Benefits of Turmeric | healthylivinghowto.com

Turmeric, a cousin to ginger, is a well known spice. It is a staple in India and Indian cuisine, where over 90% of the world’s turmeric originates. The turmeric plant contains many healthy compounds, however the compound most studied for its health benefits is curcumin. Curcumin, which gives turmeric its golden color, is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, perhaps the world’s foremost expert on turmeric, discovered curcumin and its many health benefits, particularly its effectiveness against cancer. He oversees, conducts and analyzes studies at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas. According to Aggarwal, “no cancer has been found, to my knowledge, which is not affected by curcumin.”

Dr. Aggarwal’s book, Healing Spices, is a must read for the most current research not only on turmeric but the healing power of 50 different spices.

What distinguishes curcumin is its ability to reduce inflammation.

The list of diseases that curcumin helps is long and growing as we learn more about the relationship between systemic inflammation and ill-health. Inflammation is a symptom of virtually every disease process — some examples of common disorders that involve inflammation include: arthritis, infections, allergies, asthma, hypertension, cancer, eczema, psoriasis, gingivitis, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, dementia and diabetes.

It’s important to note, turmeric spice does not contain enough curcumin to supply the therapeutic dose used in clinical studies to treat disease. If treating an inflammatory condition, Jim LaValle, RPh, ND, suggests supplemental curcumin, 100 to 300 mg standardized extract three times a day with meals. Supplement should be standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids per dose.

For the rest of us, who are otherwise healthy, turmeric can be used liberally in our daily diet. It is not toxic, even in high doses. You don’t need to save your turmeric for curry, it is a really easy spice to use and lends not only beautiful color but a pleasing taste as well. Sprinkle it on everything from scrambled eggs to sauteed veggies.

10 Health Benefits of Turmeric

1. Promotes healthy skin.
2. Provides immune system support.
3. Aids skeletal system and joint health.
4. Encourages healthy liver function.
5. Helps maintain healthy cells and supports against free radicals.
6. Aids the digestive system.
7. Supports a healthy blood and circulatory system.
8. Assists the nervous system response to stress.
9. Promotes a healthy female reproductive system.
10. Helps maintain blood sugar levels.

For me to make any kind of qualified statement I need evidence. I can be very confident when I make statements on what turmeric does. I have no doubt about turmeric, and with over 5,000 publications behind it I am confident that turmeric can help prevent and even treat many diseases. ~Dr. Bharat Aggarwal

Resources
The Cox-2 Connection
The Inflammation Syndrome
Healing Spices

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Husbands! The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift For Your Wife! {P.S. Flowers Are Lame} http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/05/husbands-a-perfect-mothers-day-gift-for-your-wife-p-s-flowers-are-lame.html http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/05/husbands-a-perfect-mothers-day-gift-for-your-wife-p-s-flowers-are-lame.html#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 14:44:23 +0000 http://healthylivinghowto.com/?p=13694 [Continue Reading]]]> Husbands! The Perfect Mother's Day Gift

Mother’s Day. The perfect gift from husband to wife is such a dilemma. I struggle with this day because you’re not trying to over-emphasize the relationship between you and her. You’re trying to show your appreciation for her as a mother. Your family could be the two of you and a child or children, or maybe you consider your family the two of you and your pets. Doesn’t matter. The day isn’t really about just the two of you, which makes gift-giving a challenge. There are fallbacks that are the typical gifts of the day, but that’s not you. Not this year.

9 Reasons Essential Oils are the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

If you’re looking for something to really excite her, but at the same time, keep it affordable and unexpected, I offer you nine reason to consider getting her a gift of essential oils, while there is still time.

1. Essential Oils Last A Long Time

Let’s face it. That $75 bouquet of flowers is beautiful for a few days, and then it wilts and dies. Essential oils last for quite a while before they’re used up. Plus, they actually smell better than flowers when you diffuse them, and they have a lot more health benefits.

2. Essential Oils Cost Less Than Flowers

I once got Vanessa a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and our cat ate them that night. That nice bouquet ended up being a $1200 veterinarian bill. I’m not saying flowers are a deadly gift, but I was more than a little pissed at myself about what ended up being a $1200 bouquet of flowers and a lot of wasted time at the vet.

3. Essential Oils Can Improve Her Mood

Essential oils have been shown to have a number of effects on people’s moods. They can help with stress and enhance energy levels. Some essential oils can even improve libido. I don’t think flowers can do that.

4. An Essential Oil Kit Is A Novel Gift

Flowers, a heart shape pendant, dinner out. Blah. That’s what’s expected. Novelty creates more excitement when someone gets a gift. That’s not to say she’ll be disappointed with one of the others. It’s just that she’ll be more excited, and see you as more thoughtful, if you go with something totally new, unexpected, and awesome.

5. Essential Oils Don’t Suck As A Gift

To be honest, I’ve given my wife clothes and flowers. I even thought a Caribou Coffee gift card and new coffee mug was thoughtful and useful. Boy was I wrong. Not that she got mad, but I don’t think it was much more exciting than if I’d given her flavored dental floss. Maybe she’ll be more excited when we’re in our 80s. Ever since the coffee house gift card, I’ve tried to think of something that didn’t suck. Unfortunately, my wife has all the essential oils she needs, so I’m out of luck. But you don’t have to be.

6. Essential Oils Must Be Applied By Hand

Lucky for you, once she gets her essential oils, she’ll need them applied. Each oil has a different spot where it should be applied for optimal effects. Sometimes it’s the temples, sometimes the neck. Others should be applied to the feet, and others the chest. Where you go from there is up to you and her.

7. You Might Get An Equally Awesome Gift

Word is, Young Living is coming out with a men’s cologne this summer. If you get your wife using some of the Young Living products, she may return the favor and get you some of that cologne when it comes out. I’m actually excited about that, as I’m not a huge fan of wearing fragrances that have who knows what in them.

8. My Wife Said So

My wife said that wives would love the idea of getting Young Living Essential Oils for Mother’s Day. While I don’t have experience to back this up, my wife says she’s right 99.9% of the time. I think she’s right more like 99.5% of the time, but who’s counting. I do remember that one time when she said, “you were right Tom.” I just don’t remember what I was right about. Anyway, if Vanessa says women would love essential oils for Mother’s Day, I’ll assume she’s right.

9. You Can Order Them Online

You don’t have to go to the mall. You don’t have to wait in line. You can get online and order your wife an awesome gift. No, she won’t have it on Mother’s Day, but chances are, this won’t be the first time a gift was “on its way” when the day came.

Get her a card. Let her know how awesome a wife and mother she is. Take her to dinner, but let her know her real gift, the one she’ll appreciate almost as much as you appreciate her, will be in the mail in just a few days.

Go ahead, get essential oils ordered HERE.

Good luck guys. The clock is ticking to make something happen for Mother’s Day. You’re all some lucky dudes, as your wives probably don’t have essential oils. For me, I better come up with something else that’s pretty cool. Got any ideas?

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Walk This Way. Health Benefits of Walking. http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/05/walk-this-way.html http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2014/05/walk-this-way.html#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 00:00:48 +0000 http://healthylivinghowto.us/?p=142 [Continue Reading]]]> Walk This Way! Health Benefits of Walking | healthylivinghowto.com

Now that the weather is warming in northern part of the United States, it’s much more common to see people walking and hiking through neighborhoods and on local trails. Walking might be one of the most convenient and healthiest forms of exercise.

In fact, when the number of steps people take per day is measured, those taking less than 5,000 steps are considered sedentary and at a higher risk for health consequences. Those who take 10,000 steps are considered active and have lower body weight, body fat and better health. While walking alone doesn’t necessarily contribute to weight loss, there are benefits to be derived from taking daily walks.

Health Benefits of Walking

Walking and weight loss

Walking by itself is not a major contributor to weight loss. However, for those who struggle with their weight, it can be beneficial. Over a 15-year period, women who were among the heaviest at the beginning of the study and walked four hours per week gained less weight — an average of 17 pounds less — than those who didn’t walk during that timeframe.[1]

Other studies on walking with pedometers have shown dramatic results. People with goals of 2000 steps per day, or about a mile of walking, lost just 2.8 pounds over four months time.[2] In these studies, diet was not incorporated into the program. Minimal weight loss from exercise alone is consistent with other studies on exercise and weight loss.

In fact, an additional study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed those who did see weight loss following walking programs did so by modifying their diet, not just relying on exercise. For the strict purpose of weight loss, walking may not create enough of a calorie expenditure to make a significant difference. There are other benefits to walking which may indirectly affect weight management more than the calories burned from the activity.

Walking is a great first step toward a healthier lifestyle

Whether it’s outside or on a treadmill, walking is a low-intensity, convenient way to get started on an exercise program. Starting any exercise program, even if it is simply walking each day, is a conscious decision to improve one’s health. Committing to healthier activity is often motivation to make healthier dietary choices as well. Of course, the better one’s diet becomes, the faster weight can come off or the easier it is to keep the weight off. Some people assume they’re burning significant amounts of calories from their walking and may “treat” themselves with high-calorie unhealthy foods. In that case, the health benefits of walking can be easily offset by poor dietary choices.

Walking is a great stress reducer

Stress can lead to adrenal fatigue which disrupts metabolism, negatively affects sleep quality and quantity, which can result in unwanted weight gain and is associated with increased risk of degenerative diseases. Walking can play an important role in stress reduction. Walking alone can offer some needed quiet time for meditation and decompression. The solitude of a private walk can help you clear your head and find some peace for a short period during the day.

Walking is a fat-burning exercise

Low-intensity exercise burns a high percentage of fat as fuel. It doesn’t burn a significant amount of calories, but exercise isn’t just about burning calories. Exercise is a stimulus to help your body change. Low-intensity activities, like walking, train the body to use fat as a preferred energy source over carbohydrate. This can be especially important for those with insulin resistance, where blood-sugar management and fat burning are disrupted. In addition, because walking is a lower-intensity activity, it can be used to help balance out an exercise program which also includes high-intensity strength or cardiovascular training.

Getting started

The best part about walking is it only requires a pair of decent shoes to get started. That being the case, don’t be misled into the latest gadget-like toning shoes. Our feet are designed to help us walk with minimal cover on them and under them. How much time should you commit to a walking regimen? As much as you can. Walking, is a low-intensity activity that your body can handle doing often.

Walking isn’t just for beginners, experienced exercisers and athletes can benefit from introducing walking into their program as well. Add music, an audio book or take your walk outside and enjoy the sounds of nature — whatever you need to get started, just start walking.

Sources

[1] Gordon-Larsen P, Hou N, Sidney S, et al. Fifteen-year longitudinal trends in walking patterns and their impact on weight change. AJCN. 2009;89(1):19-26

[2] Richardson CR, Lewton TL, Abraham JJ, et al. A Meta-Analysis of Pedometer-Based Walking Interventions and Weight Loss. Annals of Family Medicine. 2008;6:69-77

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