Cardiovascular Disease Part 3 – Avoiding Heart Failure
This is one of the most diagnosed health issues in both men and women over the age of 45; but the problem starts way before this age – in the routines of our lifestyle. In our first two blogs in this series, we talked about how the mind and emotions (part 1) played an important role in cardiovascular disease (CVD), then continued onto health in the arteries (part 2). In this blog we are going to concentrate on the heart; but the heart of the issue is not the organ – it is lifestyle! Even though this is one of the most prominent causes of deaths in the world, it is one of the most preventable.
How I Stay Healthy Without Living In A Bubble
I have been in the wellness industry for almost 20 years, and the most dangerous thing I have seen is the “all or nothing” mindset. Sometimes, when you start an extreme diet with the intention of doing it forever, you can’t help but swing to the opposite extreme. One week you are eating 50 bananas a day and restricting your fat intake, and the next week you wind up binging on ice cream and french fries. Sound familiar? The popularity of extreme fad diets over the last decade has strengthened that mindset, even making it acceptable. Extremes can lead to self-sabotage or worse, orthorexia, which leads to isolation.
Cardiovascular Disease Part 2: Disease of the Arteries
In our last blog we looked at why matters of the Heart and Mind can affect lifestyle issues that can play a big role in cardiovascular (CV) issues. Here we are going to look more at what happens in the tubes. Arterial disease accounts for the vast majority of patients that suffer
Cardiovascular Disease Part 1: Where Do We Start?
After doing a blog on how statins might not always be good for you, several people asked me what to do, so I decided to do a multiple part blog on cardiovascular issues. We sit at a unique time in history when heart issues, both emotionally and physically, play one of the most prominent roles
Running Is Melting My Fat
After running a marathon six years ago when my son Dom got leukemia, I always thought I would train for another one at some point. Time passed, and after a year or two, I didn’t run anymore. I let myself off the hook telling myself that I didn’t need to …
Peek Inside the Kitchen of 24 Raw Fooders
How would you like to visit my home and the homes of 23 other busy people who thrive on raw foods, peek inside our private kitchens, and "spy" on us as we prepare meals for an entire week? This collection will give you hundreds of brand new ideas to thrill your taste buds and shake up your menu plan. You’ll never again settle for the same boring meals, or wonder what to eat. And it’s yours risk free for three full months.
Tongue-to-Bum Part 6: Intestinal Immune System – Your Personal Secret Service
In previous blogs we saw our adventurous journey taking us from perceiving food and drink in our mind's eye, mindful eating (part 1, part 2), chewing our food in the mouth (part 3), swallowing it to enter the stomach (part 4). In the last blog we saw the chyme entering the small intestine
Tongue-to-Bum Part 5: Small Intestine – Grand Central Station of Digestion
As we continue on our adventurous journey through the digestive tract, we remember the first four (4) sections: preparing for the journey, entering the mouth to get on the subway, being swallowed on our descent into the amusement park ride of the Stomach. Once we are in the small intestine we notice that this is quite a different environment than what you have encountered so far on your journey. Up to this point, very little – except some simple carbohydrates and possibly a little bit of alcohol – has been absorbed.
Tongue-to-Bum Part 4: The Stomach – Gastric Food Processor
When most people think of digestion, they immediately think of the stomach. When a patient comes in and says they have a stomachache and I ask where, they usually point to their lower abdomen. The stomach is actually much higher – just under the left lower rib and diaphragm, crossing over the midline toward the right.
Tongue-to-Bum Part 3: The Mouth – Goes Chew, Chew, Chew
Back to our journey; even though our journey starts in the mind, (as we saw in our previous posts part 1 and part 2), all the excitement and anticipation we have built up is realized when we get on the subway at the first station. Our journey begins with food entering into the mouth as
Tongue-to-Bum Part 2: Our Digestive Tract is Like the London Tube
No wonder digestive health is deteriorating in North America. Our digestion is already off to a bad start before we put anything into our mouth. In our last blog we saw that most people don’t enough time at the cephalic phase of digestion. Fortunately, you are a well-informed traveler, so you can avoid this pitfall by
Tongue-to-Bum Part 1: You Are Not Only What You Eat
I have been asked by several people to go into a more in depth look at the parts of the digestive tract. So I have decided to do a series on an adventurous journey from your Tongue-to-Bum to help you understand the basics of digestion. Before I embark on this exciting journey, I must start
Top 10 For Nutritional Supplements
What is a good starting point for nutritional supplementation? What would be the top 10 things to add in either permanently, and the rest of it perhaps occasionally or when the body requires it?
Where Do You Get Your Protein?
Question for BodyMind Visionary and Health Expert, David Wolfe.
“What is the best way to increase protein in the diet for someone who wants to maintain or increase muscle size (i.e. bodybuilder)? The old way is copious amounts of meat and whey protein.”
Answer: Superfood smoothies and beverages made with a high-powered blender are the best way to go.
Digesting Raw Foods
Question: “I often have people telling me (including nutritionists and naturopaths) that raw foods are too difficult to digest and that we should rather eat cooked food. Also, there was recently here in the UK a talk on the radio and an article in the paper about a book that was written about how humans have developed as much as we have, though being the only species that cooks their food and that cooked nutrients are more bio-available than raw nutrients, etc.
Listen To Your Body!
It’s all to do with side-stepping the rational mind with its theories and beliefs, and rising above our emotional mind, which all too often reacts through fear. Tuning into our bodies requires connecting into a deep part of us: that bit that really knows what we need . . . at all levels!
Digestion Part 4: The Right Diet for Good Digestion
You might have realized by now that there is no specific "right diet" for everyone; each person is an individual and has individual needs for balance. That being said, there are many general rules that every "Monarch" can consider to keep their kingdom of elves (micro-organisms) happy and their kingdom of the microbiome, as a