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Superfood Focus: Chia Seeds

chia seeds

These tiny black seeds are pretty incredible when you have a look at what they can do for us, from boosting energy to lowering cholesterol. Here’s why you should consider adding chia to your diet… Nutrition: Chia seeds are rich in protein, calcium, fiber and antioxidants, and for those essential omega 3’s they even beat fish oils and flax seeds. They are the highest plant source of omega 3 essential acids. Digestion:
Chia seeds are super easy for us to digest and don’t need to be ground up like flax seeds. Also, because of their high fiber content they aid digestive issues, the way they bulk up when mixed with liquid helps cleanse the intestines.

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Superfoods Focus: Spirulina vs. Chlorella

Spirulina

David Wolfe, leading authority on superfoods and advocate of raw foods and nutritional healing for many years, calls superfoods the ‘Food and Medicine of the Future’, due to their nutrient dense qualities, compared even to high quality foods like organic fruit and vegetables. To optimize health and vitality, superfoods David suggests, give us the biggest bang for our buck by meeting and exceeding all our protein requirements, our vitamin and mineral requirements, glyconutrient requirements, essential fatty acid requirements, immune system requirements, and so much more.

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What’s The Skinny on Fats?

Fats

Not all fats are created equally as we know. There are good and there are bad. Bad fats can indeed make you fat, not to mention bring on a host of other health problems – high cholesterol, risk of heart disease and inflammatory diseases, to name but a few. Good fats on the other hand are not only good – they should be positively embraced for their amazing ability to prevent or slow down certain health issues, in particular the ones associated with ageing.

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Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Pumkin pie fudge

Inspired by the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie tradition, I’ve been experimenting lately with some unique ways of enjoying this delicious and nutritious vegetable. Pumpkin is loaded with fiber, cancer fighting antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C, while the seeds are high in tryptophan, an amino acid key to serotonin production – the mood enhancer. And it’s orange. And totally versatile as it can be enjoyed sweet or savoury. What’s not to love about pumpkin!

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Mucus Management

Mucus food table

Thought I’d share a few top tips for those of you in wintery climates and potentially suffering from an invasion of the slimy stuff! We all get it from time to time but right now in the Northern Hemisphere is Kapha season when excess coldness, dampness, heaviness and congestion within the body is much more common.

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Superfoods Focus: Goji Berries

These gorgeous bright red berries sure pack a punch when it comes to nutritional value. Superfood guru, David Wolfe, describes them as potentially the most nutritionally rich berry-fruit on the planet. Gojis are a powerful antioxidant, a complete protein source, they contain all eight essential amino acids, trace minerals including zinc, iron, copper and calcium, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E. They have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds.

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5 Non-Food Tips for Vitality!

Happy Buddha

Eating all the superfoods in world won’t guarantee that you’ll jump out of bed in the morning, full of energy and bounce off the walls with vitality for the rest of the day. My top 5 non-food tips for maximizing your vitality: 1. Sleep, 2. Water , 3. Laughter , 4. Self-care , 5. Movement.

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No Meat, No Problem – Protein From Plants

vegetable protein

As a vegetarian yoga practitioner one of my main dietary concerns has always been about getting enough protein. Whilst the majority of people eating a typical western, meat-eating diet need not worry about a lack of protein (quite the opposite, in fact), vegetarians or vegans need to be a bit more mindful. But there are many vegan athletes out there who prove that meat isn’t necessarily the answer. Protein deficiency can show up in a few ways. One common way,…

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Green Is Gold

Veggies

And I’m not just saying that because I’m Irish! Greens in every form are so nutrient rich, you’re instantly on to a winner by adding more of them into your diet. Dark leafy greens in particular. You cannot eat enough of them, unless that’s all your eating of course. Don’t go too wild! Eat a wide variety.

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