Health and Fitness

Amber Waves of Grain and Fiber

Sadly, for most people, the only exposures they've had to grains have been instant oatmeal, tired wheat bread and pasta. A bit boring, and a tad tasteless after awhile! Grains are necessary to any diet, and as any vegetarian will tell you, a staple. Grains are beneficial for many reasons. For one, grains are carbohydrates, and the body needs carbs. We wouldn't be able to get out of bed in the...

A Raw Diet Kitchen Essentials

In order to do a good job with anything, it helps to have the right equipment. The better the equipment, the more versatile and efficient you may become. 'Better' and even 'best' does not necessarily mean most expensive. Take vegetable juicers for example. Without really checking, I'm sure there are many juicers for under $100 and I'm assuming, under $50. While these are adequate to get the job...

The Power of Plants: A Beginner's Guide to Vegetarianism

There are two kinds of Vegetarian s. One is the Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian . The Lacto-Ovo person avoids all animal products except for dairy (milk, cheese and eggs). The Lacto-Ovo person also avoids animal products in cosmetics, clothing and food additives such as honey and gelatin. The second type is Veganism . Vegans avoid all animal products including dairy, honey and gelatin. Vegans also avoid...

Say Yes to Tofu!

If you want to eat tofu, but haven't the faintest idea how, here are some ways you can actually enjoy it while benefiting from its extraordinary health benefits. There's also some great recipes! Tofu, or bean curd as it is sometimes called, was invented in China between 200 and 900 AD. It is made from soymilk into a bland, protein-rich food that resembles a soft cheese. It has no particular...

Eating for Two -- The Vegetarian Way

When I found out I was pregnant I worried about my healthy eating habits, or lack thereof. I am a vegetarian, but not one who accurately balances proteins or follows a strict diet plan. Here's what the doctor recommended I do, and how I ate. The doctor gave me the OK to continue my vegetarian ways, but explained to me the need for certain vitamins and minerals, hence the prenatal vitamins, fiber...

Healthy Eating for Vegetarians

Well-planned vegan and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy and lactation. An appropriately planned diet will satisfy nutrient needs of infants, children and adolescents and promote normal growth. Here's how to plan. Dietary deficiencies are most likely to be observed in populations with very restrictive diets. All vegan children...

Beating Morning Sickness

Before I found out I was pregnant, I began to experience morning sickness. Initially, I thought I had a nasty case of the flu. Then I began to think something more serious was going on, but I was afraid to go to the doctor to find out. Finally, it was my husband who suggested I take a home pregnancy test. I thought he was insane at first, because I did not think pregnancy could create such...

Liven Up With Lemon

The juice and essential oil of lemons can be of great benefit to mind, body and spirit. The lemon tree is thought to have originated in India, introduced into Italy in the 5th century and then cultivated in other parts of the world. In ancient times, lemon peel was used to repel insects as well as for adding fragrance to garments. This super fruit can be used in so many therapeutic and useful...

Twenty-Five Ways to Get Your 5 a Day

I was recently asked, 'Name the one most important thing you can do to have a healthy diet.' It wasn't difficult to answer. My immediate response was, 'Get your five a day!' That is, get your five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. While it may not sound like a daunting task, most Americans do not meet this minimum Food Guide Pyramid guideline of two fruit and three vegetable servings...

Everything You Want to Know About Vitamin K

Definition Vitamin K is known as a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that it dissolves in fat. Fat is what carries this vitamin throughout the body and aids in its absorption. Fat-soluble vitamins can be stored in the body, so it is important to get only needed amounts. There are several different forms of vitamin K. Phylloquinone is the natural form of vitamin K. Menadione is the synthetic form...

Walking: Not Just Exercise for the Body

Remember those days in college, when things were getting a little bit hairy -- roommate skirmishes, a final around the corner, a fight with a boyfriend? We've all been through it. I was nicknamed Dr. Foley for the wonderful advice I gave everyone. Some swore there was not a single topic on which I could not provide the best counseling. How did I do it? Guess what? I rarely opened my mouth during...

Aerobic, Interval and Resistance Training for Endurance

In aerobic and anaerobic training, intensity is measured by the percentage of maximum heart rate achieved or the speed in relation to the distance. Volume is measured by distance traveled times the number of reps if multiple repetitions are performed. Frequency remains the same as for strength training. Interval training is a method used to increase the anaerobic threshold, which is the point at...

The Skinny on Fasting

Observant readers will notice that I referred recently to being proud of having done (mostly) my Monday fasting day. The question might be asked, 'how can you promote healthy weight management and then talk about fasting?' Fasting can be confused with "starving," an ongoing and unhealthy desperate approach to control weight. Fasting, on the other hand, is an old spiritual and health tradition...

Eat Your Magazine! It’s Easier Than Following Their Diets!

I would say that most ladies have their favorite magazine that they like to get comfy with and read once a month, right? How unusual is it for your favorite magazine to have a headline such as, "Lose 50 Pounds by Christmas," or "No Energy -- Burn Fat and Feel Energetic in 10 Days." These titles are grabbers. They are the reason we buy the magazine in the first place. Sure, we want to feel more...

Living Foods For Life

Are you looking for maximum nutrition and optimum health? Living, raw foods may be your answer. Eating raw isn't just a fad diet; after all, humans ate uncooked foods for eons before they discovered fire. So what's all this about? Simply put, living foods are those that have not been processed in any way, shape, or form. Processed foods that have been canned, bottled, or prepackaged are changed...