Heidi

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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2017-08-16

On a budget and want to buy organic? Here are some must have tips!!!!!!!

I will be the first to admit that I love to spend money. I love to shop and buying healthy organic food is no exception (who knew grocery shopping could be so fun-but hey it IS shopping). Unfortunately, I have to be on a budget in all areas and this includes my organic food choices. I looked around and found some helpful information on which are the top foods to buy organic if you are like me and on a budget ( I hate the word budget). Here we go-

Top Foods To Buy Organic-Worth The Money......

**Peaches-In some studies, they’ve had up to 10 times as much pesticide on them as other fruits and vegetables.

**Apples-Apples may contain methyl parathion. Both fresh apples and baby food applesauce can also contain chlorpyrifos, an OP which has caused large bird kills. Doesn't sound good.

**Strawberries-Strawberries receive a dose of up to 500 pounds of pesticides per acre.Straw-berries and other produce bought out-of-season are the most likely to have been imported, possibly from a country with less-stringent pesticide regulations.

**Milk-While milk is a natural product, all the antibiotics and hormones that go into high-yield cows most certainly aren’t. Some studies on supplements like recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) used in conventional milk production have suggested links to early puberty and other hormonal abnormalities. Danish studies have shown that not only does organic milk have less of the bad stuff, it has more of the good stuff. Specifically, organic milk has higher levels of vitamin E, omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Did you know that Europe has banned U.S. Milk? I also make sure to buy organic cheese, yogurt and all dairy products when possible.

**Meat-. Contrary to a widely reported "fact," meat typically contains less pesticide residue than plant-based foods, according to Debra Edwards, the director of EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs. That said, raising animals with conventional modern methods often means using hormones to speed up growth, antibiotics to resist disease and pesticides to grow the grain fed to the animals (plus I think modern methods promote cruelty to animals-had to get that in there). As the EPA puts it in an Ag 101 feature, "Antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones are organic compounds which are used in animal feeding operations and may pose risks if they enter the environment." Consumers looking to avoid meats raised with these substances can seek out certified organic meat. To meet USDA standards, this meat can come only from animals fed organic feed and given no hormones or antibiotics.

**Coffee-Many of the beans you buy are grown in countries where pesticides and chemicals are not regulated. Look for the fair trade certified organic label on your coffee for assurance.

**Eggs-Though they are a terrific source of protein, most eggs are produced using a range of antibiotics and hormones on the chickens that bear them. Given this, the health gains of eating organic eggs are similar to those of drinking organic milk. Essentially, organic eggs mean fewer hormones in the chicken and fewer foreign hormones (or chemicals acting as hormones) in your body.

**Celery, Grapes and Sweet Bell Peppers-Peppers and grapes have thin skins and celery none which creates little and no barrier to pesticides.

**Potatoes-Chlorothalonil, often used on potatoes, can be particularly harmful to children. In Canada, potatoes have been linked to high rates of asthma and asthma-related deaths in farming communities.

**Lettuce And Spinach-Leafy greens are often contaminated with what are considered the most potent pesticides used on food.

Save Some Money And Probably Don't Need To Buy These Foods Organic-
**Broccoli,
**Bananas
**Frozen sweet peas
**Frozen corn**Asparagus 
**Avocados
 
**Onions:


Levels of pesticides are low even in conventional versions of these.

Now you are armed and ready to save money and go do some organic shopping!

2017-08-11

Boiled eggs are the way to melt the pounds away!!!! How I lost 9lbs in 7 days! Boiled eggs are my bikini way!

BOILED EGGS GOT ME READY FOR MY VACAY!


First let me say I haven't blogged in years so trying to figure out how to do all my pictures and links and formatting. I am a bit dusty to say so bear with me.

MY BOILED EGG WEIGHT LOSS!

Now I am not saying that this is the healthiest, ideal or easiest way but it worked for me in a pinch! I love to eat and what I love to eat are carbs, chocolate, and drink wine and I get a bit lazy in my clean eating. I was getting ready to go on vacation and kept telling myself  I had months to lose those 10lbs, then it became I had weeks and finally I had a week! Oh no what happened how did I lose sight of this???! So typically Heidi!  I tried on my bikini in dismay so I knew it was time to stop and get my bikini body moving today!  

I always knew low carb and high protein could do it quick but what could really rush it so I looked good for my vacay ???  I started reading and researching and saw that boiled eggs or eggs in general  could do it! Now if you add in some fish (Salmon, tuna in water) it could really knock out those pounds but I am a vegetarian so that was out for me. I also read that several stars eat up to a dozen boiled eggs a day to lose the weight fast as well. I despise eggs cooked but like them boiled and how easy to make with a little salt and pepper. I started in the morning with 2 boiled eggs for breakfast, 2 for lunch, a boiled egg for snack and 2 boiled eggs for dinner and if still hungry another boiled egg for dinner. The first day was vile and hideous beyond words but by the next day I could already tell the difference so the motivation was there. After 3 days I was down 4lbs! I got a little sick of just boiled eggs so looked up some great egg salad recipes online and used Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise and some spicy mustard and was very content. Again, if you add in the fish you have a little more variety.  

I have to be honest and admit that I did cheat a little and had some chocolate, a few stolen handfuls of chips, my diet Cokes and still lost the weight but for the most part stuck with the boiled eggs.  I have kept the weight off for months and if a few pounds sneak back on then I do 2 or 3 days of the boiled eggs and the pounds are off again.  I do NOT suggest this as a long term solution or am I recommending it to anyone but I thought I would share my story of how a woman who loves to eat and is lazy at dieting was able to lose 9lbs in 7 days.   This is I am sure not a healthy,  nutritionist or doctor recommended food program to follow so consider that if you are thinking about it and consult your doctor if you have any health issues or doubts. 


Eggs have many health benefits but too much of anything can have it's issues so before you jump into this do your research and weigh the benefits versus the cons of what I call the boiled egg diet!!!
2015-03-31

An Apple A Day And You Will Be Saying Hooray! The Almighty Apple For Weight Loss And Health!



An Apple A Day........HOORAY!


I previously wrote an article on apples and all the benefits they provide to our bodies. Recently while flipping through my winter 2010 Oxygen fatloss magazine I saw an article titled. "Your #1 Fat Loss Secret" and you know I turned to that page immediately and lo and behold it was the almighty apple!

Apple, Apple, You Are The One For Me!

 
-A recent study published in Appetite found that people who got their calories from three apples a day versus three pears or oat cookies lost about two pounds after 10 weeks.

-A medium apple will fill you up as apples have approximately 80 calories and four grams of fiber. People currently enrolled in a large long-term weight-loss trial known as the calerie study, which is investigating whether calorie restriction can extend life span, have been getting thinner throughout the study. Their slimming strategy is to simply have an apple every day.

-Reduce your cholesterol with an apple-The soluble fiber found in apples can help to reduce your cholesterol!
-Less belly fat-Those who eat apples regularly are 21 percent less likely to have excess belly fat!

-Apple energy-Apples score low on the glycemic index at 39! The glycemic index is a measure of fast insulin is released after eating carbs. A result above 70 is high so at 39 the apple is a great choice!

I love apples but I just found even more reasons to love them!!! Think I will go grab one now!!


ref: Oxygen winter 2010 fat loss issue
2015-01-22

Are You A Sleepy Head? Great Foods To Help Get You To Bed! Foods To Help you Sleep!!





Yawn, toss, turn, toss some more-sound familiar? Ever have trouble getting to sleep? Me too, so I decided to see what foods we can incorporate into our diet to be healthy and sleepy. Most of us know not to drink caffeinee before we go to bed and we know that we might not want to have a lot of sugar either- but what about foods and beverages that might actually help us rest and sleep better?



Since sleep has always been one of those elusive things to me, I started wondering if maybe I could find a diet that would help me sleep better. I did a little research and tried a few of the suggested foods and well, I'm sleepy now so maybe they are helping. I did actually take a short nap yesterday which is unheard of for me. I have never been able to sleep during the day and never could understand how anyone could but today I actually did and it was so nice (some strange dreams though). Once again being the health nut wannabe that I am- I am amazed at how almost everything that I need I can find in changing my diet and so, here are some great suggestions if you are looking to have better quality shut eye.........









Apparently foods containing tryptophan-an amino acid that your body cannot make( you must obtain it from the foods that you eat) is used to make a hormone called serotonin.
Serotonin acts within your body to promote feelings of sleepiness, calm, and relaxation. We need adequate levels of Serotonin in our brain in order to fall asleep and rest throughout the night. The key to getting enough tryptophan to your brain to sleep well at night is to combine a tryptophan-rich food with a carbohydrate-rich food. This is because ingesting a carbohydrate-rich food causes your body to release insulin, which diverts many of your other amino acids away from your brain, leaving tryptophan with little competition to cross your blood-brain barrier to gain access to your brain (okay, that is the technical part that I am still processing in my brain).





Healthy Foods To Help You Have A Great Nights Sleep


*Bananas
*Flax seeds
*Potatoes
*Whole-Wheat Bread

*Honey
 *Lentils

*Turkey
 *Beans

*Hazelnuts
 *Hummus

*Peanuts
 *Eggs

*Chickpeas
 *Seafood

*Oatmeal
 *Rice

*Almonds
 *Tofu

*Low-fat dairy
 *Soy Products
*Chamomile Tea


Foods that are high in carbohydrates and calcium, and medium-to-low in protein also make ideal sleep-inducing bedtime snacks. Meals that are high in carbohydrates and low-to-medium in protein will help you relax in the evening and set you up for a good night's sleep.


Some suggested healthy meals and snacks to help you get a good nights sleep are.....

*Rice, black beans, and guacamole

*Chili with beans, not spicy

*Whole grain crackers with peanut butter-honey would be great on this too!

*Tofu stir fry

*Bagel with peanut butter

*Oatmeal or raisin cookies (okay maybe this one and the next aren't the healthiest but they do taste   good)

*Ice-cream (organic preferably)

*Glass of warm milk (organic preferably)

*Tuna Fish sandwich on whole wheat bread


If you are like me you will look at this list and say mmmmmmmm I can have cookies and ice-cream and fall into a deep wonderful sleep- but as always-moderation is the key and so is good sense (I think I lost mine). Thanks for reading and here's to a healthy, happy nights sleep!
2014-04-21

Allergies You Make Me Cry And That Ain't No Lie!

 I am reposting this because it is that hideous time of year when the allergies rear their ugly head. My eyes are so swollen and puffy I don't even want to open them so time to revisit these easy remedies! To all of you that share in the vile allergies you have my sympathy!!

 AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH…… Allergies why do you hurt me so? I wake up puffy and snuffy and not at all ready to get up and go!! What can I do to make you mean allergies get up and go?? Oh how I don’t like these verminice allergies and if you are at all like me I bet you have been having some problems too! I found these great ideas in my “Women’s World” magazine that are easy and natural ways to help beat the allergies that plague you. Here it goes…..

-Soothe Sinuses With Stinging Nettle- You can get this herbal supplement at most health food stores and it is well worth it! Nettle reduces production of vile histamine up to 50% FASTER THAN CLARITIN AND ALLEGRA! Wow! Aim for 1,200 mg daily.

-Water, Water, Water… Drink It Up BabyCakes- Believe it or not, staying well hydrated helps 38% of women (sorry men) relieve allergy symptoms and we all know that water is great in general for helping keep that tummy from bloating and about everything else too!!!

-Achooooooo-Stop Sneezing With Green Tea (My Fav)-We already know that green tea is great for wellbeing and a flat tummy as well as possibly helping reduce blood sugar to reduce cravings for refined sugar and carbs but now….Sneezing!!! Green tea is packed with an antioxidant (EGCG) that blocks production of two key allergy-symptom triggers: histamine and immunoglobulin (the allergy goblin?-just kidding on an allergy goblin although it feels like a mean allergy goblin visits at night) Ideally drink 2 to 3 cups daily. I love to add lemon to my green tea and sometimes make a nice iced green tea with lemons and Stevia (natural sweetener).

-Perilla Will Killa The Inflammation-In as little as seven days the herb Perilla has been study-proven to shut down allergic reaction and symptoms!!!! Perilla dampens inflammation and destroys the rogue immune cells that trigger allergy attacks! Perilla can be found at your health food store in an oil capsule (Womens World says to look under brand names like Source Naturals and Life Extension and follow package directions for dosage).

Yoga ( Not Partying In A Toga) Will Help You Breathe Easier-One of my favorite bloggers Michele at http://manddraponisanimalrescue.typepad.com/serenity/2011/05/i-love-my-new-job.html is a big fan of yoga and an instructor of yoga so I’m sure she will love that yoga breathing techniques help ease stuffed-up nasal passages and reduce stress, which is proven to heighten your body’s allergic response. Now if I could only bend like her maybe I could do the yoga.

Okay, so I am heading to Whole Foods tonight to get more green tea, Nettle and Perilla and hopefully send these allergies packing!! Hope this helps!!

Heidi
2014-01-02

Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year!!!!! I love this picture because some days this is my mentality!!!!

Have a great 2014!


2013-12-19

Costa Rica Good For Your Health! Just Got Back To The Cold. Sigh

Just a quick catch up to say that I just returned from my beautiful Costa Rica two days ago and cannot wait to share pictures of my trip and to start writing lots of articles again.  For now I will share this amazing picture of me kissing a wild parrot that was sitting on a horse.  All in a normal day in Costa Rica:)

Adios!
Heidi