Healthy Living and Inspiration from Around the Web Series – #4

healthy-living-healthy-inspirationHappy Saturday!

Today, I share with you healthy living and inspirational links from around the web.

These links help you stay focused on you and your healthy living goals, healthy lifestyle changes as well as inspire you to keep on keeping on.

You may get tired on this journey, but keep your eyes on the prize and don’t ever give up.

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Avocado Salad with Basil (Video)

avocado-salad-sprout-basilThe avocado gets no love from my family and friends.  The look of disgust comes across their faces when I say I like avocado.

They can’t imagine anyone eating something green and mushy;  it must taste horrible.  I say, don’t knock it until you try it, you might be surprised.

There are many ways of eating the avocado.  There are some people who think the only way you can eat an avocado is as guacamole, but there are many ways of eating avocado.

If you enjoy eating avocados, but find yourself getting bored with eating avocados, you should try this Avocado Salad with Basil.

The beautiful thing about this salad is that you can make it taste anyway you like.  A friend, told me that she added black beans to the recipe and enjoyed it. Continue reading

Fat-Rich Plant Foods that are Good for your Health

almondsShould you avoid eating fat? No, your body needs a certain amount of fat. Make sure you eat healthy fats and that you do not over do it.

Avoid eating fats that cause health consequences. These fats are trans-fatty acids found in processed foods and saturated fats from animal products. The fats that are healthier for you are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are mostly concentrated in plants.

When consuming refined or unrefined oils be mindful of the amount of oil you consume. If oils are extracted from whole plant foods (avocados, fresh nuts and seeds, olives and lower-fat plant foods):  fiber, minerals, protein, vitamins, unrefined carbohydrates, protective antioxidants, phytochemicals and plant sterols get left behind. Continue reading

Staying Focused in 2014

Did you set goals or make resolutions for 2014? Have you stayed focused or have you lost your focus and returned to what you were doing before you set your goals?

If you have lost focus, what are you doing to get back the focus you need to reach your goals? Losing focus results in giving up, which is something you do not want to do; give up.

It is not easy setting goals and following through. Distractions come to throw you off your game plan, but you have to cancel out those distractions and get back in the game.

I set goals for 2014 and even though a few distractions has reared its ugly head, I am still moving forward and not letting those distractions cause me to give up. How do I move forward and not give up?

Here are five tips to help you stay focused in 2014: Continue reading

Healthy Living and Inspiration from Around the Web Series – #3

healthy-living-healthy-inspirationToday, I share interesting links that help you stick with your health goals or resolutions that you made for this year (2014).

If you are side-tracked, get back on track and keep moving.  Don’t let a few stumbles stop you from reaching your goals.

#1.  Heart surgeon declares war on what really causes heart illness – The author of this article is Dr. Dwight Lundell.  It is a long article, but an important article for you to read.  Here are a few quotes.  Dr. Lundell says, “The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.”  He goes on to say, “What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation?  Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils, like soybean, corn, and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.”  Continue reading