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Skip the Soda

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Please step away from the chemical crap! I’m talking about soda! Soda has NO nutritional value and is filled with harmful chemicals and far too much sugar. Diet soda is no better, in fact, some research shows that diet soda is WORSE; more chemicals, more crap!

But if you want something bubbly (and really, sometimes just plain water won’t do) try some of these recipes on for size!

Refreshing Grapefruit Soda

Juice of one grapefruit

2 cups seltzer water

Pinch of salt

Honey or agave to taste

Mix and serve over ice. Enjoy!

Sparkling Lemon Soda

Juice of 2 lemons

1 1/2 cups seltzer water

Pinch of salt

Honey or agave to taste

Mix and serve over ice. Enjoy!

Cherry Lime Soda

2 TBSP black cherry concentrate (you can get it at health food stores or The Vitamin Shoppe)

1 1/2 cups seltzer water

Squeeze of lime

Mix and serve over ice. Enjoy!

Tart and Tangy Apple Cider Vinegar Spritzer

1 TBSP apple cider vinegar (I recommend Braggs)

1 1/2 cup seltzer water

Squeeze of lime or lemon

Mix and serve over ice. Enjoy!

 

 

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50 Ways to Leave Your Liver

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Recently, I took a long road trip with my sister. While we were in the car, jamming out to music on my iPod, she was using her phone to take note of the songs she wanted to download when we got home. That old Paul Simon song, “50 ways to leave your lover” came on. As she tried to type it into her phone, autocorrect stepped in and turned lover to liver. We had a good laugh about it, and then I thought, “HEY…that would be a good title for a blog post,” so here it is!

Okay, so I don’t have 50 ways, but below, I’m going to tell you what to do if you want to totally destroy your liver, but first, let’s talk about what the liver is and what it does.

Your liver is the second largest organ in your body (second only to your skin) weighing approximately 3 pounds and responsible for a host of bodily functions such as:

  • Producing clotting factors, blood, protein, bile and more than 1,000 enzymes
  • Storing energy from the food you eat to provide fuel for your muscles
  • Regulating the levels of blood sugar and several hormones in the body
  • Removing poisons such as drugs and alcohol from the blood

So, want to wreck your liver?

1. Drink up! Cirrhosis of the liver is no joke! You’ll enjoy some lovely side effects, such as jaundice, fluid retention, and for the guys, enlarged breasts and shrinking testicles. Fun; huh?

2. Get Hepatitis! It’s easy! Just have unprotected sex with someone you don’t know. You can pick up Hepatitis A, B, or C, and you’ll be in a world of hurt in no time, suffering from fatigue, abdominal pain, and nausea. Who needs a condom when you can be doubled over in pain?

3. OD on Tylenol. Acetaminophen can damage liver cells. Tylenol, as needed, is not a problem, but overdose on lots of it if you want to shut down your liver.

4. Eat lots of junk food. Think fatty and sugary foods like Krispy Kreme’s and Twinkies. Yummo to liver failure!

5. Expose yourself to lots of chemicals. The more chemicals the better! Think hardcore bleach and cleaners with tons of additives that you can’t pronounce. While you’re out it, get out and sniff some exhaust fumes, it’s all good.

6. Sit on your rump. Who needs exercise? Obesity is sure to help you kill off your healthy liver, so embrace your inner sloth.

Actually want  to cleanse your liver? Try these 7 foods that will help cleanse your liver naturally:

1. Garlic – contains compounds that activate the liver enzymes that help flush out toxins from the body.

2. Grapefruit – grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, a powerful liver cleanser.

3. Green tea – green tea is loaded with catechins, a type of plant antioxidant that has been shown to promote proper liver function.

4. Green leafy vegetables – argula, spinach, and mustard greens help spur the creation and flow of cleansing bile.

5. Avocado – besides being a healthy fat, avocados protect the liver from toxic overload.

6. Walnuts – walnuts contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, that help detoxify the liver of disease-causing ammonia.

7. Turmeric – if you follow my blog (and you know I do) you know how much I love turmeric as an anti-inflammatory; turmeric also boosts the natural production of bile in the liver.

There you go! (not quite) 50 ways to leave your liver.

Karen

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well; and until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

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LIfe is Hard and Love is Complicated

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When I met my ex-husband, we had a whirlwind courtship that lasted only a few months before we got married. We had a great marriage until it wasn’t great anymore. I had this idea that once I got married, things would be easier and that suddenly I was going to be happy every day and that I wouldn’t have to worry about anything.

Wow, was I wrong!

Life is hard and love is complicated. Relationships take a lot of work. You’ve got to stay present in your relationships, you’ve got to be able to communicate, and you’ve got to keep nurturing your relationships to keep the alive and vibrant.

I always knew that life was hard. I’ve been through a lot of things in life, but I always found a way to come out on top.

Love is complicated, but I never really knew that and I didn’t realize it until it was too late.

The movie Jerry Maguire had it all wrong with the line, “you complete me,” relationships aren’t about finding someone to complete you, it’s about finding someone to complement you. It’s not about finding someone to make you happy, it’s about finding someone that you can be happy with. But you have to be happy with yourself first; no one can do that for you. Happiness is an inside job!

Whatever relationships you have in your life, with your family, co-workers, spouse, partner, children, etc., be sure to nurture and care for those folks that are in your life. But above all, be sure to nurture and care for yourself first. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well, and until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen

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What’s Eating You?

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As a Certified Health Coach, people ask me all the time what they should and shouldn’t eat. They ask me for recipes, meal plans, and recommendations; agave vs. coconut sugar, anyone?

One of the common threads I’ve seen among my clients is that many times it’s not what they are eating – it’s what’s eating them. They ask me what to eat and I ask them how their relationships are, do they like their job, how do they feel about their home life. A lot of times they look at me like I’m crazy, until they realize that their issues aren’t on their plate, it’s in their lives.

I figured this out for myself in a really big way when I got divorced. I had always had an issue with binge eating, but once I got divorced and I was alone, it really surfaced. This was partly due to the fact that there was no one here to watch what I was eating, but it was mostly due to the fact that I was trying to fill a void.

It took me a really long time to realize that that second piece of cheesecake (or the sixth piece for that matter) wasn’t going to help me fill the void. I was alone and lonely and food became my company.

I’m happy to report that I’ve figured out a way to stop filling my life with food, and I’ve been able to help many other people break out of that pattern as well.

One of the keys is to slow down and think about what you are eating and why. You can also measure your hunger on a scale of 1 – 10, and only eat if your hunger is over a 5 or 6.

There are plenty of tricks like these to help you keep your eating under check, but if you really want to get the heart of your emotional eating, I urge you to do some real soul searching to get to the root of the issue; I can help!

If you haven’t gotten your free health consultation yet, please take me up on my offer. I’d love to be your partner in helping you reach your health, lifestyle, and fitness goals. Want more information about emotional eating? Email me today at karen@thecaringcoachingcenter.com, and I’ll send some information to you!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well, and until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen 

 

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Let’s Talk About Sex

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Do you know the health benefits of “getting busy?” There are lots of them according to a slew of studies available. Check them out!

1. Lower Blood Pressure – Research has shown that sexually active men and women generally have lower blood pressure, and that blood pressure level stays low even in stressful situations!

2. Improved Body Image – Men and women who are engaged in regular sexual activity report having a healthier body image. P.S. sexually active doesn’t have to mean with a partner, in a similar study, researchers found that those who engage in regular masturbation experienced the same improvement in their body image.

3. Stronger Bonds – Couples that are regularly intimate with each other report having stronger, more intimate relationships. And in this case, it’s not just about sex. Just the act of kissing, holding hands, or engaging in couples massage led to feeling more connected not only to their partner, but to others as well. Never underestimate the power of touch.

4. Improved Immunity – One study on the health benefits of sex reported that those who had sex one to two times per week had higher levels of antibodies that fight bacteria, viruses, and toxins in their saliva. This can lead to an all-around healthier you; think more sex and less colds!

5. Improved Prostate Health for Men – I read an interesting study that reported that 21 or more ejaculations per month for men in their 40s had a 32% lower risk of prostate cancer later in life compared with those who reported between 4 and 7 ejaculations per month. Sounds like an excellent reason for single guys to “take matters into their own hands” if they have to.

6. Migraine Relief – You can no longer use the excuse, “not tonight, I have a headache!” Sex might actually benefit those who suffer from intense headaches, including migraines. In a study of about 100 people who suffered from migraine headaches, 60% reported that their pain levels improved after having sex with their partner.

Sounds to me like an excellent reason to hit the sheets; either with your partner, or solo!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well; and until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen

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Overall, an average of 21 or more ejaculations a month during a man’s lifetime decreased the risk of prostate cancer later in life by 33%. And each increase of three ejaculations per week during a man’s lifetime was associated with a 15% reduction in prostate cancer risk.

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Calcium Count

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Got Milk? I know you’ve probably all heard that ad by now. Here’s the thing that the dairy industry doesn’t want people to know; you don’t need to get your calcium from milk, and, you don’t need a lot of calcium! The Institute of Medicine recommends 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily for adults. This is based on the assumption that we only absorb about 30% of the calcium in the foods we eat. Research has shown that we actually only need around 250 to 300 milligrams per day. If you’d like to shift your focus from total calcium to calcium absorbed, check out the info below.

1 cup fortified orange juice            300 mg total calcium                108 mg calcium absorbed

1 cup turnip greens                       196 mg total calcium                 102 mg calcium absorbed

1 cup plain yogurt                          300 mg total calcium                 96 mg calcium absorbed

1 cup cow’s milk                             300 mg total calcium                 92 mg calcium absorbed

1 cup bok choy                              158 mg total calcium                 86 mg calcium absorbed

1/2 cup tofu                                    258 mg total calcium                80 mg calcium absorbed

1 cup kale                                       94 mg total calcium                 55 mg calcium absorbed

1 cup white beans                          226 mg total calcium                38 mg calcium absorbed

2 TBS sesame seeds                     176 mg total calcium                37 mg calcium absorbed

1 cup broccoli                                 70 mg total calcium                  37 mg calcium absorbed

Low-fat cheddar cheese                 116 mg total calcium                35 mg calcium absorbed

1/4 cup almonds                             80 mg total calcium                  17 mg calcium absorbed

1 cup spinach                                 244 mg total calcium                12 mg calcium absorbed

I hope this helps you get the calcium you need in your diet.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well, and until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

Haven’t gotten your free health consultation yet? C’mon, what are you waiting for? Email me TODAY at karen@thecaringcoachingcenter.com to book yours NOW!

 

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Kefir Love

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At two recent seminars I conducted, I asked participants if they had heard of or ever tried kefir. There were mixed reviews among both groups. The prevailing opinion of those that had tried it was that it tastes “funny.” Kefir does have a tart taste (think buttermilk) and it is an acquired taste. The great thing about kefir is that it packs a whopping 11 grams of protein per serving! So for my dairy-loving friends, this product packs a protein power punch!

So for those people that have not yet acquired a taste for kefir, or haven’t tried it and are reluctant to, I recommend mixing it in smoothies to get the benefits while cutting the tart taste. Since the kefir dialogue has been started, I thought it might be nice to share with you a couple of kefir recipes that you can try.

If you make them, please comment and let me know what you thought!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time…veg in, don’t vet out!

Karen

Kefir Orange Creamsicle

1 cup kefir (plain or vanilla flavor works best)

1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 TBSP honey (optional)

Ice

Mix in blender and enjoy!

Kefir Cherry Tart Smoothie

1 cup kefir (plain or vanilla works best)

1 cup fresh or frozen cherries

1 tsp vanilla

1 TBSP honey (optional)

Ice

Water…if needed to thin out the mixture

Mix in blender and enjoy!

Kefir Lemonade

1 cup kefir (plain or vanilla works best)

Juice of two lemons

1/2 cup water

Ice

Mix in blender and enjoy!

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