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Who Wants To Be Anointed With Oil? October 29, 2010

Filed under: Health — Kazi @ 6:00 am
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How many of you remember the daily struggle with your mother to escape (unsuccessfully) gulping down the contents of “the big greasy spoon.” Cod Liver Oil, blah!

I can not remember ever actually getting away unscathed by the nastiest taste in the entire universe. Not once. Even when I literally vomited the contents of the spoon, along with everything that preceded it. She would force me to take down another.

I have a deep suspicion that this all goes back to the childhood of Jesus. C’mon now, the whole thing with him being “the anointed”. Telling his followers he would make them “fishers of men”.  And why do modern Christians all have a symbol of two fishes on their rear bumpers.

It can’t all be a coincidence. I think Mary was force feeding the baby Jesus cod liver oil way back then.  Ever since, mothers have been giving their children fish oil to protect them from evil spirits, disease, sorcery and bad dreams.  I mean think about it, isn’t Mary the ideal mother?  Ok, enough ‘light humor’.

Eating fish has long been considered a healthy choice for the body. The oils contained in fish are rich in substances that the body needs to maintain itself.

And Cod Liver Oil is an old favorite, that has made a resurgence now that alternative medicine has gone mainstream. Consuming fish oil as a dietary supplement is a sure way to to get more omega-3 fatty acids into your system. Omega-3s are examples of healthy oils that help with brain and heart function.

If you like fish, you can eat cold water fish once or twice a week to increase your healthy fat intake.

Cod liver oil is obtained from the livers of cod. Unlike eating cooked fish, the levels of mercury in them are nil because the purification process (look for products using molecular distillation with food grade ethanol) eliminates this harmful element.

Cod liver supplements differ from some others in that it not only contains omega-3 fatty acids but also a healthy dose of vitamin A and D. (Pregnant mothers are advised to avoid vitamin A supplements).

Sedentary types, shut-ins and the bed ridden may find it difficult to receive adequate amounts of vitamin D, since our major source is the sun. The increased use of sun block and sunscreen also decreases the absorption of vitamin D through the skin. This vitamin plays a vital role in the utilization of calcium by the body.

Ways this old preventive medicine can do a body good:

  • Depression – Cod liver oil reduces the incidence of depression.
  • Vitamin D levels – Since it increases the level of vitamin D, it leads to healthier and stronger bones and teeth when taking this supplement. Women, who are susceptible to osteoporosis, increase their bone and mineral density.
  • Heart and brain health – It reduces inflammation in the body and increases vascular integrity and integrity of nerve cells.
  • Disease prevention – Taking cod liver oil supplements may decrease the incidence of high LDL cholesterol levels, improve memory, prevent heart disease, reduce menopausal symptoms, reduce severity of PMS symptoms and also reduce incidence of diabetes type 1 in children.

Just like with any other over-the-counter supplement, it is important to first make sure you are eating complete meals that provide you with all of the nutrients that nature has to offer. Supplements are just that- supplemental.

Their purpose is not to provide the basis of your nutrition, but to fill in the gaps left by soil depletion and other side effects of modern society.

Oh yeah, the good news is today’s cod liver oil can be taken in tasteless capsules (choose gelatin free) and also come flavored for those who want to go old school and throw back a spoonful, ‘big mama’ style. So don’t worry about terrorizing your children. The modern versions are more child friendly.


 

Smoothie of The Day (SOD) May 24, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle,Wellness — Kazi @ 4:00 pm
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I luv smoothies. Why? Because smoothies fit neatly into my philosophy on health and fitness.  K.I.S.S & S.E.E. On top of that they’re tasty.

Smoothies exemplify the K.I.S.S. formula: Keep It Small and Simple. Especially if you own a Magic Bullet blender. You can just add your ingredients blend one cup and take it to the head.

The prep is about 5 minutes. The clean up is 1 min and your are on with your day. With a conventional blender, the clean up is a bit longer but you can make enough for the family or enough for the day. Just put the extra in a cool thermos and your off.

Smoothies are also Safe-Efficient-Effective (S.E.E.) You don’t have to worry about what’s in your smoothie, because you are making it yourself. No labels to read and chemistry to figure out.

You can get a complete meal in your smoothie. You can customize it to your particular dietary needs. In addition to the live food ingredients, you can add whatever supplements you may be using at the time. Green powders, fiber, herbs, etc. Now that’s efficient for you. Did I mention, no plates or utensils are needed.

Last but not least, smoothies are effective. The blending jump starts the digestion process, getting nutrients into your bloodstream quickly. And they taste great.  This means your more likely to consume them regularly and so will your children.

Are you having trouble getting your child to eat greens. Try this smoothie recipe and watch her beg for more.

1 big handful of berries

1/2 sliced peach

1/2 leaf green chard

1 tbs. maca powder

1 tbs. hemp protien

1/3 eye dropper stevia extract

crushed ice (or use frozen fruit)

add enough water to almost cover

blend to smooth.

I like a thick but flowing consistency. Play with recipe to achieve the consistency you like. For an adult I would use an entire green chard leaf. You be the judge with your child.

Would luv to hear how your little experiment turned out. Leave me a comment about your experience.

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Snack Attack Pt. 2 May 14, 2010

Filed under: Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 3:29 pm
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Here is a list of healthy snacks you can use to stave off cravings and keep your metabolism fired up and help you stay on your eating plan.  Most of these are packable, few require cooking and many are non messy, for those who need to eat at their desk. Feel free to improvise, mix and match according to your palate, taboos and situation.

  • Apple sliced – 1 medium and peanut butter 2 tbsn
  • Apple sliced – 1 medium and hard cheese slices
  • Egg salad – 1/2 cup(include celery, onions, peppers)
  • Banana 1
  • Tomato soup–1 cup with baby carrots 5 oz
  • Can Tuna – 3oz  (in water)
  • Turkey breast  2 oz wrapped around 2 pickles
  • Pumpkin seeds –1/2 cup
  • Olives – 10
  • Almonds – 20
  • Dried fruit – 40g
  • Dried peas – 25g
  • Pop corn – 2 cups (air popped)
  • Cherry Tomatoes 1 cup
  • Bean Salad – 3oz
  • Grapes – 7oz

Enjoy


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Taming The Snack Attack May 12, 2010

Filed under: Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 3:00 pm
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We all get cravings from time to time (to time). It’s 3:30, a full hour, thirty minutes and 17 seconds before clock out time. You tummy is dong a slow dance to the tune of Maxwell’s somethin somethin. and it’s not about love.

What do you do when you need “a little somethin somethin” to take the edge off of your rising hunger, so you can concentrate and get on with the task at hand?  There are a few tricks and some healthy snacks that will tame the beast, satisfy your tasted buds and get you back to work without interruption.

  • Plan ahead- take at least two snacks to work wit you. One for before lunch and one for the afternoon stretch.
  • Train your beast. The body is very much like an animal. If you take good care of it and be consistent, it will usually behave the way you want it to. So have your snack everyday at the same time. Whether you are at work, home or out and about.  Sticking to a pre-determined time to have your snack will condition your body to expect  nourishment according to your schedule and head your cravings off at the pass (satisfy energy needs before cravings arise).
  • A snack is not an entree. Limit the portion of your snacks. A snack is just enough to satiate your energy needs until the next meal.
  • Eat snacks slowly. One bite at a time and chew completely before swallowing. The enzymes released in the chewing process are part of the digestive process, but also part of the signaling system that let’s the body know you have eaten.
  • Eat fruits or raw vegetables for snacks as much as possible. This will help you to get the fiber you need, in addition to micro and phyto-nutrients.

Tomorrow, my next post will give you a list of healthy snacks to give you not only something in your belly, but something nutritious as well.

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Entrepreneurship as Path To Self Healing May 6, 2010

Filed under: Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 2:53 pm
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These days, many of us work from our homes. Some are full timers, burning the morning, mid-day and mid-night oil, slumped over a keyboard and monitor trading their social and economic currency of attention, empathy, creativity and expertise in exchange for dollars.

A successful online business demands social marketing strategies that insist on developing genuine relationships with your target audience. No matter how many systems you put in place to automate this process, you still have to put in a significant amount of time and energy to be successful at it. I have yet to meet an internet entrepreneur with a “Four Hour Work Week.”

When running a business, in which your ability to attract and service clients is directly impacted by the time and energy you put in online, you had better have systems in place to ensure you get the personal outer and inner cultivation you need to remain healthy and on top of your game. Your attention, time, energy and creativity are all aspects of your Chi. Your Chi is your very life force. It is the very basis of your health, wealth and wisdom.  If you allow your chi to diminish, you allow your life to diminish.  Isn’t this why we left our jobs?

Here are some tips to help you maintain your life force as you build your internet empire:

  • Maintain office hours. You should have a specific time you clock in and clock out each day. Strange as it may seem, I accomplish more when I have deadlines and a full calendar. Create your own “sense of urgency”. When the whistle blows. Close the office and put it out of your mind.
  • Being your own boss means you can take an extended lunch. Once you become familiar with the rhythm of your particular business; schedule siesta hours that allow you to not just have lunch, but to pencil in prayer/meditation, sit down time with family or a friend, a walk in the park, short nap or whatever will give you a temporary respite from your “office mind” and reconnect you to your body-heart-soul complex.
  • Keep basic fitness equipment in your office. A good workout can be done in spurts.  Yesterday I did my workout while writing my blog. I got in three sets of Pull Ups – 10x, Overhead Triceps Press (20lb. dumbbells) 20x and Stability Ball Crunches 40x.  Each set took about 3-4 minutes max.
  • Being at home means you don’t have to be at the mercy of the menus of the institutional cafeteria, local restaurants and food stands. Stock you fridge and cupboards with healthy, simple to prepare foods that give you the physical and emotional nourishment you need to perform at your best.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Working from home should be more that being your own boss.  It can actually be the hub of your wellness lifestyle transformation strategy. Would love to hear ways you have turned working from home into an opportunity for wholistic healing for you and yours.

muchpeace,
Kazi


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I Smell Something Fishy April 27, 2010

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I love food. I don’t think you heard me. I really enjoy a good meal. Beginning with the aroma. Wafting through the air. Fish hooking me by the nostrils and leading me to the source of earthly delight. To the gastronomic bliss of a belly sated (but not full). Ummm! Did I mention that I really get off on good vittles. Ok, ok.

My guess, is that a few of you out there, like to eat just as much as I do.  So I’m going to share a recipe for one of my favorite dishes. It’s delicious, nutritious and simple to prepare. Baked Salmon is a dish I can’t get enough of. I could eat this several times a week and never get bored. Even the color turns me on. I mean come on, how many fish have a color named after them. Before Justin, it was salmon that brought sexy back. 🙂

Enough of my food porn. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and cook up some Baked Salmon.

Ingredients
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 (6 ounce) fillets salmon (preferably wild)
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the garlic, light olive oil, basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and parsley. Place salmon fillets in a medium glass baking dish, and cover with the marinade. Place in the refrigerator about 60 minutes. Turn occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Place fillets in aluminum foil, cover with marinade, and seal. Place sealed salmon in the glass dish, and bake 35 to 45 minutes, until easily flaked with a fork.

Serves 2. Calories: 613, Total Fat: 51.9g

Serve with your choice of salad or steamed vegetable and you’ve got a meal I guarantee you will return to again and again and ……………  You get the point.

muchpeace,

Kazi

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Eating Programs April 24, 2010

Filed under: Food,Health — Kazi @ 5:53 pm
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A conversation around dieting came up this morning after our boot camp session. One of the ladies expressed their disappointment with the diets they had tried in the past and the confusion she was experiencing, trying to find a diet that would work for her long term. Before getting into any discussion on the merits of one diet over the other, I tried to drive home the fact that originally, the word diet was defined as ‘lifestyle’.  Funny we have finally come back to viewing lifestyle as a key component in our self healing toolbox.  That being said I then talked about the 7 keys to adhere to in any weight loss program. So below you will find an excerpt from an article I wrote about 2 years ago, covering those 7 keys.

At the core of most effective nutrition plans you will find about 7 common must dos. These ” must dos” ensure you get what you need, in the quantity you need, when you need it. They work along with the bodies own self-regulating intelligence to adjust your weight to a personalized range that considers and compliments your activity level, metabolic rate and modern lifestyle.

According to Dr. John Bernardi in Precision Nutrition there are 7 Habits of Highly Effective Nutritional Programs, and they are:

1. Eat every 2-3 hours, no matter what. You should eat at least 5 meals per day.

2. Eat complete (containing all the essential amino acids), lean protein with each meal.

3. Eat fruits and/or vegetables with each food meal.

4. Ensure that your carbohydrate intake comes from fruits and vegetables. Exception: workout and post-workout drinks and meals.

5. Ensure that 25-30% of your energy intake comes from healthy fats.

6. Drink only non-calorie containing beverages, the best choices being water
and
green tea.

7. Eat mostly whole foods (except workout and post-workout drinks).

So what about calories, or macro nutrient ratios?
Dr. Bernardi response is: “If you aren’t already practicing the above-mentioned habits, putting them to use over 90% of the time, everything else is just short of useless. The first Step in developing a nutrition plan to complement your decision to embrace a lifestyle that improves your health is to learn, embrace and practice new habits of food selection, and timing. Then you will be ready to adopt a more personalized diet”

Put these 7 must dos into action, document your results tweek as needed. Rinse and repeat.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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