Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lent is Almost Over....

Back at the beginning of Lent, I had challenged everyone to take these forty days and make at least one change to improve your health. Well, we are in the home stretch! Did you make one change, drinking more water instead of soda, adding in more exercise, standing more instead of sitting. eating more veggies and fruit, adding in healthy fat and taking out the bad fat? What ever yours was, were you able to accomplish this task? I sure hope so. I also hope that you are feeling better and reaping the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

If not, do not worry. I have some exciting things coming down the pipe beginning in April. Be sure to come and check back often to take the journey with others on the road to a a healthier lifestyle.

Saving the world one stick of butter at a time.
Many blessing,

Monday, March 18, 2013

Signs of Spring

My Daffodils 

Spring is around the corner, in my neck of the woods, as you can tell from my daffodils in bloom. With spring comes the opportunity for us the cleanse our bodies and build them back up from the winter fast. With spring comes cleansing foods as well as foods very high in important vitamins, mainly A, D and K2.

The traditional cultures Dr. Price studied new the importance of the tender spring grass for their health and the health of their cows, where their health come from. The cows would go out to pasture on this very important vitamin rich grass and in return produce milk and cream very high in vitamins A, D, and K2. These cultures understood just how important these were for the next generation, they were thinking of the next generation before their parents were born, growing children, women of child bearing age and in some cultures the husbands of women in child bearing years and those who were sick. These vitamins are the highest in the spring and then again in the fall. Dr. Price called them the "activators", because their presences helped the other vitamins and minerals to function at optimum levels. Foods such as the cream and butter fat were the most highly prized foods of the spring as well as the organs and flesh when they were consumed. If you are lucky enough to be able to drink raw milk from a dairy farm who pastures their cows, spring is the best time to consume this milk. Many people will do a raw milk fast in the spring to cleanse their blood, heal their bodies of many aliments and rebuild their nutrition stores.

Not only are the most important vitamins of A, D and K2 present in the fat of the cows, we are also given other green plants and foods that will soon be ready for us to eat. These will help to naturally detox the body. Foods like kale, Swiss chard, asparagus, lettuce, lemons, radishes, rhubarb, as well as a few others are all in-season in the spring. These foods are alkaline, and cleanse the body. Another nutrient dense food is eggs. The chickens are also out eating bugs and the young grasses, so they are healthier as well.  

Be sure to take full advantage of the yummy and highly nutrious spring butter!
Saving the world one stick of butter at a time.
God bless,

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Adding in More Exercise

How is your New Years Resolution going of being healthier and exercising more? I hope well. If you have fallen off track though, maybe remembering "bikini" season is around the corner will light a fire and get you motivated again. Remember, it is all about small changes and incorporating exercise and healthy eating into your day routine.

To help with this, I have another tip for you today.
Drink more healthy beverages. Healthy beverages are going to be:

  • water
  • kefir, either milk or water
  • raw milk, if you choose to add this 
  • tea, without all the added sugar, maybe a little honey if you like, but a little
  • vegetable and fruit smoothies or just eating more vegetables and some fruit
I am not talking about sodas, sugary sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, anything with loads of sugar in any form. This is healthy beverages I saying to add in, dump these.

The reason, one you are probably dehydrated. If you are not consuming some water and vegetables even meat, that is not sacrificed in its cooking, daily, your body will not have the fluids it needs to function properly. If you consume a lot of caffeine, eat a lot of sugar or carbohydrates, you may also find yourself dehydrated  By drinking more, your body will begin to function better and rid itself of toxins, naturally. When we pee, our body is excreting toxins. I am NOT suggesting over consuming any beverage, even water. Too much water can be a bad thing. How to tell if you are consuming too much water, your urine will be colorless. You want to have some color to your pee. If you are dehydrated, your urine will be dark yellow. The darker the yellow, the more dehydrated your are. We want to be in between both extremes, not colorless and not dark in color. This is how to judge if you need more or less liquids. Also, do not drink a lot of water just before, during or right after a meal. If you do this, you will dilute your gastric juices you need to break down your food. It is best to drink something with enzymes in it such as kefir or raw apple cider vinegar, this will aid in digestion. 

Reason number two, you will need to get up and go to the bathroom more often. If you are not used to consuming water and other healthy beverages, your body is going to need to get rid of it and this is done by peeing. This fits into our talks about moving more. When you get up to "go", take the long way to the bathroom and back. Pick a restroom at the other end of the hall or maybe even up a flight of stairs you walk up and down. You obviously to not want to take 15-20 minutes to use the restroom every time, but use this as a time to move. Once you arrive back at your desk, do a set of lunges, squats, push up, over head arm raises, planks, pick one exercise and do as many reps as you can. Every time you come back to your office, or cubie, do a different exercise, work a different part of the body. Even if you do not have time to get your workout in, you are just fine because you have done your workout through out the day. It does not all have to be done at once. Use this opportunity to move your body. Remember, even exercising for two hours a day, does not negate the harm of sitting for six hours a day. We need to move frequently through out the day.   

This is a small change to make with BIG results. You will find yourself healthier and leaner without thinking about it too much.

Saving the world one stick of butter at a time.
God's many blessings,

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday Doggie Day: Heart Worm Precautions

I came across this article regarding the active ingredient in many heart worm medications. Something to be aware of and watch out for. Our dogs are exposed to as many toxins if not more sometimes than we are. It is best to try and keep their immune systems as high as possible with healthy food, clean water and lots of exercise and play. Be sure to go out and enjoy time with your furry four legged family member for health benefits for you both.

Saving the world one stick of butter at a time.
God shower you with many graces,