Healthy choices for a better life

Archive for February, 2011

Fasting

You may wonder what are the benefits of fasting besides feeling  hungry.I was surprised to find out myself how good it is for both your spirit and body.Fasting is a wonderful way to improve your health and draw closer to God.Some of the physical benefits of fasting are the fllowing;

1) Weight loss

2) Increases your energy

3) Cleanses your body of toxins

4) Improves hormonal balance and glandular health

5) Strengthens your natural defenses and immune system

6) Improves mental clarity

7) Stimulates Cell Growth

8) Makes you look and feel younger

9) Can heal minor health issues(sometimes major ones too)

10) Good Moods are elevated

There are many “Spiritual Benefits of Fasting” according to Maryiln Hickey.I could not have said it better so, I will direct you to this article she has written;

http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/prayerandcounseling/intercession/hickey_prayerfasting06a.aspx

And Lastly I would like to share a video testimony of Doug’s experience with fasting.

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Raw Foods

It is always best to eat foods in the natural state it was created. When food is cooked and processed it loses vital nutrition and enzymes along the way.A great way to incorperate these raw foods into your daily diet is to make delicious smoothies.I went to a food demo last Saturday and they made the following smoothie.I thought it tasted very good and plan to make it at home this week.Here is the recipie if you would like to try it.

Green Smoothie with Superfoods

1 Granny Smith Apple

1 Stalk of Celery

1-2 Dates pitted

1″ piece of Ginger Root or more to taste if you like it

Juice of 1/2 of Lemon

12 oz of Filtered Water

4-8 leaves of Kale (without the stem)

1/2 med Avocado

2 tsp. Spirulina

1 tsp. raw Cacao Powder

1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

Wash and cut the apple and celery into sizes that your blender will be able to handle and place in blender.

Add dates, lemon juice, ginger root and water. Pulse and blend wee to liquefy.

Gradually add kale through hole in top of blender and blend to your liking.

Towards the end add the avacado and blend well.

At the very end add the cacao powder, spirulina, hemp seeds and coconut oil and blend well.

Indoor Air Quality

I just read a great article on Jason Cairns’s blog about healthy houseplants that actually help to clean the air in your home.

It is a good idea to include some of these plants in you home decor,so you and your family will experience a healthier living environment.

http://organicjar.com/2009/1917