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

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

Neglecting Your Health Is Detrimental

lady-warning-youA few days ago, I spoke with a friend who has a sister who is a year younger that I am.  My friend’s sister was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago and since then her health and quality of life has declined.

I share this story with you because I want you to know how important it is for you to take care of your health.

The Story

I have a good friend who has a sister who is 43 years old.  A few years ago my friend’s sister was diagnosed with diabetes.  I think the sister was diagnosed while in her late 30’s, but I am not sure of her exact age when she was diagnosed.

Since my friend’s sister learned she has diabetes, her health has declined.  Diabetes is a manageable disease, but if you neglect following the doctors orders, then all kinds of things can happen to your health.

My friend’s sister begin losing her eyesight about two years ago.  Last year, her kidneys begin declining in function and now she takes dialysis three times a week.

I never asked my friend the specific age of her sister or even what led to her going blind and needing dialysis, but after learning that she skipped dialysis, I had to ask a few questions.  I asked questions because I was baffled by how someone a year older than I am could be in such poor health and I also felt awful for her sister. Continue reading