Last night I had an enjoyable evening at a Vegan Potluck. Thank you Danny for the invite. Now I am not a vegan, in fact I do eat meat on occasion, but prefer to call myself a vegetarian that eats fish (Pesce-tarian).  Eating healthy can be easy or difficult, depending on how extreme you want to take it. I prefer to take it easy, especially if you are trying to improve your diet and health. Don’t go overboard and give up all of your favorite things.  Here are 5 simple steps to begin:
1. Reduce or eliminate  all processed foods – Yes you can do this.
2. Eat more vegetables (raw and cooked) – They are so good and easy to cook or eat raw. Have a variety.
3. Eat more Fruits – At least 3 to 5 per day. Try juicing if that works for you.
4.Eat out less – Maybe only once per week – Then you know the actual content of the food you are eating.
5.Try a new recipe at least once per week – Go online for this or your favorite magazine (Yoga Journal, or Vegetarian Times).

It is easy to choose whole grains (ie brown rice) and less processed breads and cereals. Just keep them to 1 to 2 servings per day. Raw nuts are a great source of protein and easy snack.  Eat different textures for a variety as well.

I am not a big cleansing fan. If you want to do a cleanse to clean out the pipes, you may just want to eliminate alcohol out of the diet for a week or two. I usually avoid alcohol and any sweets if I want to cleanse the body. Following the 5 steps above is a great way to begin cleansing the body without shocking it..

Bon Appetite!!

 

Nutrition Continued – Be the Change you Want to See (Ghandi)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 07:05 PM
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Thanks for visiting my blog. Last week I started on Living Natural and gave five points to a healthier lifestyle.  Today I want to expand on nutrition. It is unfortunate as Americans that we have such abundance of food in this country, yet most of the food choices are actually detrimental to our health. Too many processed foods, refined sugars, GMO’s, and chemicals that we cannot pronounce are lurking everywhere. We can get outraged that the FDA does not protect us and that Monsanto basically runs most of our commercial crops.  But what I would recommend is “Be the change you want to see”, of course the great quote from Ghandi. Refuse to participate in the commercial crap that they are selling. Now this may sound like I am a bit of an extremist or I dislike capitalism. This is not the case. What I do support is local businesses and farmers who will provide organic fruits and vegetables and humanly raised meats and poultry. It is basic common sense, eat more unprocessed raw foods and organics as much as you can. I try to stick to the 80/20 rule (80% organic, 20% non-organic). And if you are following the blood-type diet and are avoiding processed foods you are on the right track. However if you are a person who likes to eat out a lot, this is a challenge depending on where you live.  Check out all the new restaurants in your area,  I am sure there will be more organic or locally sourced restaurants to open. This is a great trend sweeping the Nation, let’s keep it going by supporting them.
I just stopped in the Chopshop in Old Town Scottsdale this am to grab a menu. I can’t wait until Friday for one of their Pressed Juices. Check them out at www.chopshopco.com.
Be creative with your food choices and try new recipes.. Yes I mean actually cooking and preparing foods at home. This is the best way to obtain a healthy diet. Cooking is easy and with the internet access to almost any recipe, you don’t need a cookbook, just google it and something will appear I promise!!

Bon Appetite!!

Sherri

Being Natural and What it Means…

Friday, May 17, 2013 @ 11:05 PM
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Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog series on Natural Health. I will be updating my blog twice per week with articles pertaining to living natural.  I know everyone has their own theories on what is best but I want to share my experiences with you and cold hard facts if you are serious about maintaining optimum health throughout your life. I will start with 5  guidelines for making changes and not wasting your time.

1. Eat Well (Nutrition) – it is key to healthy living. There is way too much information out there on this topic. Myself I find it amusing how many different diets  pop up on a yearly basis. I believe in the blood type diet for many reasons. It is well researched and it can reduce your allergies and inflammation very quickly. And if you are eating foods that agree with you and you absorb their nutrients, you eat less of them, hence weight control.  Research this online.

2. Being Active – notice I did not say exercise… Let’s just remember that our bodies are made to move. If you have a desk job, it is even more important that you do something active each day for at least 30 minutes.. Walking, Hiking, biking, Yoga, and Swimming are my favorite since they are low impact and relatively easy to access.

3. Reducing the Stress in your life – If it is a job that is killing you, find a new one. If you are in a bad relationship, get out or make changes. If your family stresses you, talk to them and create an open line of communication. What ever stresses you must be dealt with accordingly. Of course as a Body Stress Release Practitioner I can help you release some of your stresses that may be locked into your body causing issues, but you need to make some changes to keep the stresses at a minimum.

4. Be Aware – Yoga teaches great postural awareness and awareness of being in the now! You can practice this awareness every day, every minute. Postural awareness is great to practice and avoid re-stressing the body.

5. Be Positive – Of course you hear this over and over again. But it is true, if you think positive thoughts, you feel better. Good things will come your way, you will attract the like. This has been proven, so why don’t we practice it more? It is so easy and FREE!! Remember you can be your own worst enemy or best friend. I prefer being my best friend. If  you are having a bad day, I know you can find one good thing, even if it is the excellent cup of coffee you had in the morning. Smile more and enjoy life.

Think of these points and see if you resonate with any of them.

Thanks for reading.

Sherri Hered
Body Stress Release Practitioner

Stress Release?

Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 04:11 PM
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What is Body Stress Release

BODY STRESS RELEASE assists the body in its innate ability to maintain and heal itself. It is a gentle procedure, where areas of body stress are located, using the body as a biofeedback monitor. Light, precise stimulation encourages the body to release stored tensions, which usually manifest as backache, headaches, postural distortions or fatigue. Releasing is rapid, but if stress has been stored for a long time, more releases may be required over a period of time.

 

Sustainable Health

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 @ 06:11 PM
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Sustainability, this is one of those new “Buzz” words for the future of this country and world. I really like it. It shows commitment to living with more conscience for our environment and ourselves.
What is Sustainable Health?

I would define this term as “Creating a balanced wellness program that sustains optimum health with minimal effort and effects on the environment. A great way to do this is to eat more responsibly (potentially eat less). Walk or hike instead of using electricity from a gym. Do Yoga that only requires a mat and peace of mind (of course a good instructor can really help). And find a wellness modality (Body Stress Release for example), that releases the stress from the body naturally for self-healing to take place. The whole “less is more” concept can create Sustainable Health without increasing your carbon footprint.

Shanti,
Sherri