Why You Should Use Food as Medicine

Using food as medicine is something that I practice every day and after years of being on the plant-based diet, I am a firm believer in. The nutrients that are stored in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains are enough to sustain our bodies and they truly have the power to heal us from sickness.

Many people are already familiar with the importance of making sure that you are obtaining your fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains daily for your well-being, but are not sure where to start when it comes to changing your eating habits if you are not doing that already.

I want to share with you some tips that I have to start approaching food in a way that will provide the healthiest results for your body.

Take Note of the Foods Your Body Cannot Tolerate Well

If you want to physically start feeling better and create space for your body to obtain more nutrients, this is an excellent place to start.

Often times when we eat certain foods, we realize that some are harder on our gut than others. A way to determine what those foods may be is to write down the food that you believe has been making your body feel the most uncomfortable.

By doing this, you’ll be able to start identifying the foods you need to take out of your diet and in turn, lead the way to incorporating new foods into your system.

Eliminate Processed Foods

In a society where processed foods are everywhere, it is clear as to why certain illnesses are so prevalent. Because of this, it also may be hard to obtain the proper nutritional value for your body as well.

I suggest making it an effort to cook foods that you would like to eat on your own as well as buying fruits and vegetables that are as natural as possible. This is a great opportunity to start changing your eating habits and discover new meals and recipes that your body truly enjoys.

Increase your Intake of Anti-Inflammatory Foods

A sign that your body needs healing through food is when you are struggling with inflammation within your body. Luckily there are so many foods out there that you can incorporate into your diet to help resolve this problem.

Some anti-inflammatory foods that I recommend are: blueberries, turmeric, strawberries, almonds, kale, broccoli, and spinach. All of those foods are packed with vitamins that can really pull your body together to fight illnesses and strengthen your immune system.

If you find that you aren’t eating many of those foods, perhaps it is time to incorporate them into you diet.

Nonetheless, changing your eating habits takes time and is a process. It is important to be made aware of the things you are putting in your body and how they can be a threat to your health. Just by making small changes to your eating habits each day can make all the difference.

3 Soy-Product Foods to Add to Your Kitchen

In a plant-based world, soy is a common ingredient found in so many food products that are available to eat. It is the basis that makes up a lot of meat and dairy alternatives, and can really make your transition into a plant-based diet a lot smoother.

However, soy does have its pros and cons and carries a bit of controversy with it. Many are concerned by its ability to imitate estrogen as well as the compound of Hexane that can be found in a lot of processed soy foods.

All in all, more research is still needed to confirm a lot of the concerns that circulate around soy products, but there is no denying that a little bit of soy is actually beneficial to your health. Today I’m going to list three soy-based food items that I recommend adding to your kitchen. They are versatile, delicious and extremely satisfying without increasing your soy intake too heavily.

Soy Milk

In a plant-based diet, dairy products are not consumed, therefore it is vital to find alternatives that can grant you a similar satisfaction and source of calcium. Even if you are not plant-based, dairy alternatives are essential for those who are lactose-intolerant.

Out of the many dairy alternatives that exist, soy milk is an excellent option because it provides a lot of protein and calcium to your body.

Soy milk can be used in a lot of different ways. You can drink it for a beverage, use it to cook your oats in the morning, replace regular milk in your tea or coffee, and use it as a baking substitution.

Veggie Burgers

I believe one of the easiest substitutions you can make when going plant-based is with veggie burgers. It is an amazing food to get things moving along when you first start out in the diet as well as provides you with a similar satisfaction of food that you may have eaten before going plant-based.

You can find so many recipes online on how to make tofu burgers which usually combine a lot of other delicious vegetables in them as well. If cooking isn’t your forte, there are so many veggie burger brands on the market that you can buy in-store.  

The ingredients that make up an ordinary soy veggie burger provide you with a good source of iron, protein and essential vitamins and nutrients to support your heart health and digestion. Eventually, you can play around with different ingredients or try out different brands to discover a veggie burger you enjoy best.

Edamame

If you are on the search for a great go-to snack or something to munch on when you are feeling hungry, edamame is the way to go. Edamame, which are soybeans that have not yet become ripe or hard, can be prepared in many different ways. They can be boiled, steamed, roasted and even prepared by being placed in the microwave.

This food is a fantastic source of fiber and has the perfect amount of fat, carbs, minerals and vitamins to meet your body’s needs. The next time you are out to eat, check the menu and see if they serve edamame for an appetizer. It’s a healthy, fulfilling and plant-based choice!

3 Advanced Yoga Poses to Master

Earlier, I shared three beginner yoga poses with you that I felt were essential to master in order to advance your practice further. Today, I want to challenge you to dig a little deeper and provide three yoga poses to try that are a bit more advanced.

The poses I want to talk about today are: Garland pose, Eagle pose, and Intense Side Stretch Pose. Just as the poses earlier possess benefits for your mind, body and soul, these do as well.

Let’s talk about their benefits and tips on how to master them:

Garland Pose

Garland pose, also referred to as Malasana, consists of positioning ourselves in a way that we may find ourselves doing very rarelysquatting. Because we are so used to keeping our bodies upright by sitting at a desk or on our beds daily, we don’t realize that we are disregarding the core joints in our bodies that supply us with long-term mobility.

Garland pose requires that you completely bend your knees and lower your hips so that your pelvis aligns with the back of your heels. While in this position, you want to make sure the palms of your hands are in prayer pose and that you are using your elbows to push against your thighs to stretch and widen them.

This pose promotes stronger legs, hips, thighs and back while also improving your digestive system due to the way your body is positioned. This is a wonderful pose to resort to when you feel as though your hips could use more opening and to prevent any issues within those areas in the future.

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose provides the perfect challenge for you to explore during your practice. By doing this pose, you’ll have the chance to test your balance as well as your physical and mental strength.

Eagle pose invites a great stretch throughout your body from your upper back and arms all the way down to your calves, hips and ankles. Because this pose requires that you hold this position for around a minute (or longer depending on your progress), it forces you to concentrate and take your mind away from any distractions that have been flooding it.  

This pose will definitely take some practice before you can hold it for a longer duration of time, but it is a challenge that will leave you feeling a lot more relaxed afterwards.

Intense Side Stretch Pose

Last but not least, Intense Side Stretch pose is a further extension of Mountain pose and requires a satisfying stretch to your spine, hips, and legs. It is another variation that challenges your balance and calms your mind as you rest in a forward-fold position.

Many recommend doing this pose if they are feeling any tightness in their hamstrings and calves, especially as a result of running or any other form of training. Benefits with this pose include better posture and digestion.

Just like the other poses listed here, Intense Side Stretch pose can take a bit of practice before mastering, but it is key to grasp your alignment and develop a solid form first before you focus on holding your balance.

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