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  • Back to Basics: Steps To A Healthy Body

    The kids are back in school, sport activity schedules are in place so NOW IT IS TIME TO REFOCUS ON YOURSELF! That maybe to start new projects or get back on track with the goals made earlier in the year. No matter whether you are starting or re-starting, the Fall is a great time to get going! Since my focus is on creating a ‘Healthier Lifestyle’ it can cover many areas of your life.  Today I’m going to focus on our physical health and what that entails regarding what we are DOING and what we are putting INTO our bodies.

    With all the emphasis on fixing out gut, reducing brown fat or toning up flabby arms, it’s easy to overlook the basic things that help us accomplish it. Contrary to the belief of many, a Healthy Body is achieved by 20% what you DO with your body and 80% what you PUT INTO your body. No amount of exercising will give you a “healthy” body if you do not also give it the correct fuel.

    I would love to hear what Healthy Habits are you creating? Leave a comment below.

    Do you need a little extra help or encouragement? Leave a comment or email me for a more private concern. Kathy@kathyskinner.com to send an email 

    STEPS TO A HEALTHY BODY

    What Are You Doing?   

    • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week. Be sure t o alternate between cardo and strength training routines. Stretching daily is highly recommended.
    • Get 7 – 9 hours of Sleep a night. If you don’t you are sabotaging your hormones and will make getting and staying healthy a lot harder. (more on this upcoming)
    • Remove Toxins by doing a cleanse at least seasonally AND add to your water, ½ fresh lemon juice (be sure to rinse afterward or it will erode your tooth enamel) or 3 drops of a citrus Essential Oil to your water 1st thing every morning   (Buy citrus essential oils that are safe for ingesting HERE)
    • Keep a “Food and Exercise” Journal. And/or keep a “Dining Out” Journal
    • Eat smaller portions & eat 5-6 times a day
    • Choose more nutrient dense foods
    • Breathe deeply through out the day
    • Practice Mindful eating

    What Nutrition Are You Putting INTO Your Body?  

    • Drink Water- Since 60-70% of your body is composed of water this is vital. Water plays an extensive range of functions essential to life. How much? The recommendation is half your body weight in ounces of water. (If your weight is 150 pounds, you will need to drink 75 ounces of water)
    • Limit alcoholic and soda consumption
    • Eat Breakfast and focus on selecting whole grains & lean protein
    • Have Protein from a variety of sources. Protein is one of the basic building blocks of the human body, being about 16 percent of our total body weight.
    • Eat fresh fruits daily. It is best to eat them in between meals or before meals.   If you eat them directly after a meal your body will store it away as unused energy.
    •  Include raw vegetables into your daily diet. Nutritionists tell us that the darker the vegetable is the richer it is in nutrients. Concentrate on the ones that are dark green, dark purple and dark orange. This will give you the most benefits.
    • Enjoy whole Grains & Seeds
    • Daily include limited amounts of healthy Oils & Fats
    • Limit refined/prepared foods
    • Eat foods that are high in fiber. These foods will help you control cholesterol levels as well as giving you the feeling of feeling fuller. Some examples of these types of foods would be whole grains, fibrous vegetables and legumes
    • Eat 1 serving or less of sweet or salty food each day
    • Take High Quality supplements 3 times a day Get them HERE

    What Thoughts Are Your Putting INTO Your Body

    • Be aware of your thoughts. Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must use self-discipline until you create a Positive Mental Attitude — your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.”        Napoleon Hill
    • Help improve your thoughts by reducing your stress level. Do it by taking a walk, or listening to some music, closing your eyes for about 5 to 10 minutes and just think about something pleasant and peaceful, relax your mind. Just about everyone have some sort of stress in the course of daily living from home, work, kids, traffic, money problems etc. If possible, try to get a job that you really enjoy. If not possible at this time, intentionally look for all the good things about your job. Besides paying you, what goods or services does it provide for others?
    • Need a little help with retraining your thinking process? Check Out my ‘Recommended Reading’ list 

    Remember the good news is, you don’t have to change everything at the same time. In fact, the trick to healthy living is making small changes. Add in more changes like, adding fruit to your cereal, having an extra glass of water or saying no to that second helping of buttery mashed potatoes.

     

    Looking for a natural way to stay focused on those changes?

    I found Rosemary Essential Oil enhances and sustains focus.

    Rosemary supports healthy digestion, soothes occasional sore muscles and joints, and helps reduce occasional nervous tension and fatigue.
    Did you know that you can add 1-2 drops to shampoo daily to help improve hair health?

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    Wishing you a day filled with Healthy Habits!

         Kathy

    NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis

    October 21, 2017 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Mind Managing • Views: 164

  • Plant Protein

    I am often asked, “What is protein?” “Why do I need it?” “What are some good non-animal sources?” These are all very good questions and I always get excited when someone wants to know more about ‘Plant Protein’! There’s so much to cover I thought an outline of info would be most helpful.

    What Is Protein? What Does It Do For Me?

    • It is an important component of every cell in the body. It is an organic compound, composed of 22 amino acids, otherwise known as the building blocks of life.
    • It is stored in muscles and organs and the body utilizes it to build and repair tissues, as well as for the production of enzymes and hormones.  healthy body
    • Proteins make it possible for blood to carry oxygen throughout the body.
    • Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macronutrient,” meaning the body needs relatively large amounts of it.
    • Our daily recommended protein requirements should be about 35% of our total caloric intake for adults, with men needing slightly more than women.
    • Calculate your amount HERE 
    • A lack of protein can cause loss of muscle mass, decreased immunity, as well as weakening of the heart and respiratory system.

    All Protein Not Alike 

    Different kinds of meat, eggs and two bottles of milk --- Image by © Imagemore Co., Ltd./Corbis

    • Animal sources of protein tend to be complete. They contain all the amino acids needed to build new proteins.
    • Incomplete proteins – lack or are low in one or more amino acids that the body can’t make from scratch or create by modifying another amino acid. These usually come from fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts. People who don’t eat meat, fish, poultry, eggs, or dairy products should eat a variety of protein-containing foods each day.
    • If you’re eating a good mix of fruits, veggies, grains and legumes, then your body simply collects what it needs from the “amino soup” that your digestion system has absorbed. There are a growing number of vegan bodybuilders, ultra marathon runners and award-winning athletes out there to prove that meeting your protein needs on a plant-based diet is simple and successful.

    Can you get too much animal protein?

    • All animal products are devoid of fiber.
    • Digesting animal proteins releases acids that the body usually neutralizes with calcium and other buffering agents in the blood as well as decreasing oxygen levels in the blood, and negatively impacting the digestive/lymphatic system.
    • Eating lots of animal protein, such as the amounts recommended in the so-called low-Carb or no-Carb diets, takes lots of calcium. Some of this may be pulled from bone. Following a high-animal protein diet for a few weeks probably won’t have much effect on bone strength. Doing it for a long time, though, could weaken bones.

    PLANT PROTIEN SOURCES

    All plant-based foods are practically free from cholesterol, tend to be high in fiber, and are often alkalizing to the body. Some plant proteins contain all the amino acids needed to build new proteins. Some of more common ones are:  chia-seeds

    • Quinoa – 1 cup cooked is 8.1 grams
    • Buckwheat – 1 cup cooked is 5.7 grams
    • Soy – ½ cup cooked edamame is 11.1 grams
    • Chia seed – 1 ounce (2.75 Tbsp) is 4 grams
    • Hemp seed -1 Tbsp hulled is 3.3 grams

    PLANT Protein Combining to Make High-Quality Protein

    • Legumes provide an essential amino acid called lysine, which is low in many grains.
      • Legumes are particularly high in soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and glucose levels. One cup Lentils gives 17.9 grams protein. One cup Beans (Black, Kidney, Mung, Pinto) gives 12-15 grams protein.
    • Whole grains provide methionine and cysteine, which are low in legumes, beans, peas, lentils and peanuts.
      • Organic Whole GrainsBrown rice is higher in protein, fiber and other nutrients than polished white rice. One cup cooked long grain brown rice has 5 grams of protein.
      • Wikipedia reports, Oat protein is nearly equivalent in quality to soy protein, which World Health Organization research has shown is equal to meat, milk, and egg protein. One cooked cup of Oats has 6.08 grams of protein
      • Whole grains are higher in protein and nutrients than refined grains, such as white bread and pasta
    • Grains are commonly used to complement the protein in legumes/beans.
    • It is not necessary to combine complementary proteins at the same meal. Just be sure to eat a variety of proteins sources throughout the day.
    • Mix two or more of the items on each line below together to make a complete protein.
      • Legumes with Grains like brown rice or whole grain bread
      • Legumes with Nuts
      • Legumes with Seeds
      • Vegetables with grains
    • All vegetables contain protein. Here are a few that have higher amounts:
      • cauliflower-high-protein-plant-food8 spears of asparagus – 3.08 grams of protein
      • One cup cooked cauliflower – 2.28 grams of protein
      • One cup cooked spinach – 5.35 grams of protein
      • One cup cooked chopped broccoli – 5.7 grams of protein

    So as you can see there are lots of ways to get your plant protein. One of my favorite ways is so simple to make, Curried Lentil Salad.lentil salad I make a batch to keep a bowl of it in the frig so there is always some healthy plant protein ready-to-eat!

    Looking for ways to take the flavor up a notch? Try adding just ONE drop of doTERRA CPTG Essential Oil. I like using Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Wild Orange, you get the idea.

    Enjoy!

    Kathy

    May 21, 2016 • Uncategorized • Views: 1653

  • Sprouted Whole Grain Crackers

    Since I have become an avid ‘Ingredient’ reader (you don’t want to be grocery shopping behind me if you are in a hurry!), I have taken up making my own crackers. Yes, I do purchase them on occasions but because I want the ‘healthier’ ones they are a bit pricey.

    These crackers are really pretty easy to make, cheap and healthier too.  The hardest part for me is not getting myself distracted and missing the time on the oven. Then I end up with almost burnt crackers, fortunately I have a husband who actually likes them that way.

    You do need to do a little planning as they are sprouted, meaning that after the original mixing you need to let the dough sit for a least 12 hours.

    SPROUTED WHOLE GRAIN CRACKERS

    Makes about 175 crackers – about 6 crackers per serving

    Basic Ingredients:

    • 3 ½ cups whole grain flour (I usually use a mix of dark rye & stone ground wheat)
    • ¼ cup Sesame Seeds soaked for 20 minutes & drained
    • ¼ cup Chia Seeds
    • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
    • 1 ¼ cups water
    • 4 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar

    Optional Additions (1/8 cup):

    • Coarse Ground Pepper
    • Dried or fresh Rosemary crushed
    • Italian herb seasoning
    • Rosemary essential oil – 1 drop (Note: Not all essential oil brands are safe for taking internally which is why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Check them out HERE)

    Directions:

    • Gently mix together above ingredients with fork until combined.
    • Knead dough gently in bowl until just comes together in a ball.
    • Cover with plastic and leave out overnight (12-24 hours) on counter. (This helps to break down the enzyme inhibitors and increase the nutritional value)
    • Then flatten ball out on floured counter
    • Sprinkle dough with:
      • 1 tsp sea salt
      • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
    • Fold in half and knead gently until salt and baking powder are evenly mixed in.
    • Preheat oven to 425 degrees (or get dehydrator ready – to make a raw food cracker)
    • Lightly flour surface
    • Divide dough into 4 parts
    • Roll one part at a time
    • For firm thick crackers roll out to about 1/8 inch
    • For light, more crumbly cracker roll out to about ¼ inch
    • Cut into preferred size with pizza cutter or sharp knife
    • Gently lay on greased baking sheets and prick with fork
    • Bake about 10-20 minutes (10 for soft, 20 for crispy)
    • Done when light brown around edges
    • (Dehydrator time varies, will be done when dry and crispy.)
    • Cool and store in air tight container

    Per Serving (6 crackers): 83 calories, 3.5g fat, 52mg sodium, 12g carbs, 4.5g fiber, .16g sugar, 2.7g protien

    I like that I can change up my seasonings (or essential oils) and grains for different tastes. Leave a comment below on what seasonings you like to use.

    Blessings for health, joy & laughter,

    Kathy

    January 7, 2016 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 661

  • Hummus – Mediterranean Style

    I love hummus but rarely ate it because it is a bit pricey. About a year ago I decided to make it myself and found it so easy to do that I started experimenting and came up with what has become definitely one of our favorite.  This is so easy I still can’t figure out why they charge so much???? Recently I even tried it with soaked and sprouted chickpeas, therefor making it into a “raw” dish and even cheaper! You can barely notice the difference which is that it is not as creamy.

    Here is my basic recipe with notes below for changes:

    HUMMUS – Mediterranean Style

    Makes about 5 cups (20 – ¼ cup servings)

    Ingredients:

    • 1 Tablespoon dried Rosemary
    • 2 drops Rosemary* Buy It
    • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
    • 2 (15.5 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained or about 3 cups soaked & sprouted beans **  Garbzo sprouts
    • 1 cup chopped black olives
    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1/4 cup or more cold water

    Directions:

    • Process garbanzo bean in food processor or blender (if using a blender put in water and some of oil first)
    • With food processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil, scraping sides of the bowl as necessary
    • Add dried rosemary and rosemary oil
    • Add garlic and pulse until evenly blended.
    • Add chopped olives
    • Pour in balsamic vinegar and process until evenly blended.
    • Pour in the water and process to make a spreadable consistency. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary.
    • Chill before serving.
    • Serve with fresh veggies for a very healthy snack!

    ¼ cup serving = Calories-61, Fat-3g, Chols. 1.3g, Sod-144mg, Carbs-6, Fiber-2g, Sugar -0.3g, Protein-3g

    Hummus

    * If you do not have Rosemary Essential Oil substitute with 2 Tablespoons FRESH Rosemary for the essential oil and dry Rosemary.

    Not all brands of essential oils are safe for consumption. That’s why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

    ** Wash & sort out any debris from dry garbanzo beans about 1 1/2 cups. Place beans in glass jar or or bowl covering with twice the amount of water. Allow to soak overnight or at least 8 hours. Rinse and drain (I tilt jar covered with secured cheese cloth in a bowl). Repeat this process at least twice a day until you have your sprouts about 1/4 inch long. This can take about 2-3 days, maybe longer.

    I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

    What is your favorite addition to changing up your Hummus?

    August 12, 2015 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 655