I usually add 1 banana, half an avocado, half a lemon (squeezed juice), a tablespoon of grated ginger, 1 tablespoon of chia seed, a handful of spinach, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 cup of almond milk, half a cup of coconut water, a bowl full of fruits (varies), 1 tablespoon of honey, 3 tablespoons of hemp hearts, and 1 tablespoon of spirulina. I blend using our vitamix!
In honor of Autism Awareness Day I thought it would be fit to acknowledge the significance of raising awareness.
According to the CDC:
About 1 in 68 or 1.5% of children were identified with ASD based on tracking in 11 communities across the United States in 2012.
- According to previous reports, the percentage of children identified with ASD increased between 2002 and 2010.
- The new report shows no change between 2010 and 2012 in the percentage of children identified with ASD.
"Most children identified with ASD had concerns about their development noted in their health and/or special education records by age 3 years. Yet, less than half of children with ASD received a comprehensive developmental evaluation by this same age. A lag between first concern and first comprehensive developmental evaluation may affect when children are being diagnosed and connected to the services they need."
"Black and Hispanic children are less likely to be identified with ASD. Those that are identified with ASD receive comprehensive developmental evaluations later than white children who are identified with ASD."
Photo Credit: https://www.autismspeaks.org/liub
Your kidneys are critical for your well being. The primary role and function of the kidneys is to process an average of 200 quarts of blood to extract two quarts of bodily waste and extra water on a daily basis.
Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys cannot properly remove wastes, which in turn causes the buildup of waste and fluid in the body. A physician can assess kidney failure through blood and urine tests.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 Million Americans have kidney disease and most do not know it.
There are several types of kidney failure:
• Acute kidney failure develops suddenly, sometimes because of severe infection, drugs or other chemical agents, or physical trauma. If the underlying problem can be successfully treated, complete recovery of the kidneys is possible.
• Chronic kidney failure develops gradually over years and may cause weight loss, anemia (low blood cell count), nausea or vomiting, tiredness, headaches, decreased mental sharpness, muscle twitches and cramps, yellowish-brown skin color, unusual itching, and trouble sleeping.
• End-stage kidney disease causes anemia, high blood pressure, bone disease, heart failure, and poor mental functioning.
- (JAMA, February 11, 2009—Vol 301, No. 6)
Key tools in prevention are:
- Healthy nutrition and eating habits
- Quitting smoking
- Reduction of sodium intake
- Cut back on excessive sugar consumption
- Stop drinking sodas
- Stop eating processed foods
- managing and maintaining or prevention of diabetes
- Implement more physical activities
Top Foods For Optimal Kidney Health
- Cruciferous vegetables such as: cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, kale, watercress
- Green Tea
- Flaxseed/ flaxseed oil
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National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (2012). "The Kidneys and How They Work". National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Retrieved March 2014.
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I was inspired to make more exciting vegan dishes so I started looking for simple but delicious ideas. I stumbled across this one idea to make vegan stuffed sweet potatoes.
The process was fairly easy and it did not require many ingredients.
The dish consisted of:
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup of organic sweet corn
- 1/4 cup of organic black beans
- a pinch of parsley
- a slither of red onions (I mean literally just a slither, lol)
- an avocado
- 4 cherry tomatoes
- a small clove of garlic
- a dash of sea salt
- 1 tsp of lemon juice
- coconut oil
I baked the sweet potatoes for about 30 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees with a drizzle of coconut oil, once they were half way cooked I cut them into flat wedges. I then made a simple guacamole ( avocado, sea salt, garlic, lemon juice). Once the wedges were soft and fully baked, I just layered them with the ingredients (black beans, corn, tomatoes, red onions, and topped it off with the guacamole). That was it! A simple vegan and gluten free dish! Inspired by this blog post.
Happy healthy living!
Hello Beautiful People!
Water is the essence of life. Without water there is no life. Our bodies are mostly comprised of water. It is important for hydration, energy, digestion, and overall wellness to consume adequate water.
It used to be that we had to consume 8 cups of water a day. We now know that this is an incorrect method. The best way to gauge how much you specifically need is based on your weight.
Take your weight and divide it in half. That number is the base amount that you should consume. Example: 150 lbs = 75 oz. (9.5 cups) of water.
If you are pregnant/ nursing, sick, in hot climate, and/or engage in physical activity you need to consume more water. When you get thirsty, go for the water before you go for the sugary drinks!
Happy healthy living!
We recently joined a community supported agriculture program (CSA) through Katchkie Farm located in Kinderhook, New York. The program "is a direct market relationship in which members pay for a season of produce before the season begins, making an investment in the farm" As a member we receive a weekly delivery of 6-11 different vegetables.
I like this program because we get a nice variety of vegetables and as vegetarians we get exposed to new dish ideas that we normally would not have thought of or really considered. I find as a vegetarian that we often get tied to the same dishes and meals, this helps us to get out of our comfort zones and get super creative. We are also investing in our local farmers. So far it has been a pleasant experience!
Cheers to our health!