Blueberry Smoothie

Heart Healthy Smoothie

This smoothie can be breakfast or an afternoon pick me upper...

Combine the following ingredients in a blender or better yet a Vita mix until smooth and creamy.

Blend the above ingredients until creamy smooth and enjoy! Your heart will love you for it!

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Soybeans

Is Soy Good For You?

Soy is not the health food that you think it is.

It seems everywhere you look from the freezer section of your grocery store to the shelves of the local health food store soy products are everywhere.  Tofu hot dogs and burgers are found in the "healthy eating" section of the grocery store.  Many babies are downing soy-based formulas in place of breast milk.  Soy products have swept the nation as a healthy source of protein, with a perception as being all natural and good for you. So what are the facts concerning soy?

Independent research has raised many questions concerning the relationship between soy and breast cancer.  Decreased brain function in men has been linked to soy, and now scientists are questioning soy and its relationship to developmental abnormalities in infants.

There are a few issues with soy, which in our opinion, make it a food that has a far greater downside then upside.

Soy contains natural chemicals that mimic estrogen called isoflavones.  Animal studies show that this chemical can alter sexual development.   Worse Japanese researchers found that as little as 2 tablespoons a day of soy powder had a dramatic effect of thyroid function creating a state of hypothyroidism with early goiter changes in spite of adequate iodine intake.  They also found that the effect lasted for 3 months after soy consumption was discontinued.

Soybeans contain an anti-nutrient called phytic acid.  All beans do. However, soybeans have the highest levels of phytic acid compared to other beans. Adding to the high phytate problem, soybeans are highly resistant to phytate-reducing techniques, such as long, slow cooking used with other beans. Phytic acid blocks the absorption of certain minerals, including magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. This is of particular interest when it comes to soy-based infant formulas and the nutrient deficiencies created in the name of health.

Soybeans also contain enzyme inhibitors that decrease protein digestion, create bloating, and eventually lead to amino acid deficiencies. Lastly, soybeans contain hemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance which causes red blood cells to clump together. These clumped blood cells cannot properly transport oxygen to the body's tissues leading to cardiac difficulties.

Soy straight from the ground is not suitable for human consumption.

Only after fermentation for an extended period of time as seen with miso and tempeh production, or through extensive processing such as chemical extractions and high temperatures, are the beans, or the soy protein isolate, suitable for digestion when eaten.

You would think that anything that caused your thyroid to slow down, your hormones to be depressed, your digestion to be shut down, your blood to clot, and nutrients to be leached from your body would be illegal to sell.  It probably would be if you or I were selling it, but when the monsters of agribusiness can pay for research studies and manipulate the findings to their liking it creates a multibillion dollar industry from a bean that was waste and animal feed as recently as 100 years ago.  Genetic modification has meant that all seeds are purchased from one supplier. Big business at its worst.

Does that mean that soy has absolutely no redeeming qualities?

The process of fermentation reduces the phytic acid, trypsin inhibitors, and hemagglutinin.  Reduces but does not eliminate so we recommend that you eat only small amounts of soy.  Be certain that it is not genetically modified and make sure it is in a fermented form such as miso, or tempeh.  Stay clear of soy protein powders, foods and supplements that are not fermented and GMO free.


Healing Energy

New Year, New You? The Best Detox to Shape Up, Slim Down and Feel GREAT

I always enjoy the holidays: the food, the fun, the vacations and the celebrations. It's a time to be with family and friends and…it's a time to eat...a lot. I admit that I indulge in holiday goodies right along with the best of them. And as I get settled into the New Year, like so many others, I realize it's time to get back on track with my health, shed a few pounds and get clear on my goals.

What I love about the work I do, is that often, my goals are so like those of my clients. I want to feel my best, to do rewarding work and to make a difference.

And most of all, I want it to be simple and enjoyable. Because that’s what life is about, isn’t it? So one of the things I reflected on, while on vacation during the holidays is this idea about New Year"s resolutions.

When we make New Year's resolutions, we are often creating a big, long list of goals that many times, simply adds to the long list of "to do's" we never seem to have time for anyway.

So I committed to make my New Year's resolutions - and health in general for my clients, and myself much simpler this year.

New Year’s Resolution #1 - Set Your Own Pace for Good Health

First of all, let’s think about a healthy mindset or attitude, if you will.

When it comes to good health, it seems like most of what we hear or read about are these "all or nothing approaches." In 2009, I resolve to throw those out. We don't need to be perfect, we just need to be a little better here and there.

For example, if you had a bad lunch, have a healthy dinner. It’s as simple as that. Instead of having to be perfect all day, you move the dial a bit higher one meal at a time.

Any day, week or year is full of challenges and opportunities, so how about focusing on each day, each meal, and each moment as an opportunity to do something a little better than you did before?

For too many people, this idea of "being healthy" becomes something that's unattainable. Set up your own goals! Decide what feels right for you. Instead of worrying about the past, trust that you're working in the right direction.

Make sure your intentions are going in the right direction. It doesn't matter who you are, you can decide what level of effort works for you. Once you accomplish that, then think about moving up a level. Health is not about perfection; it's about taking steps that feel right to you, at your own pace.

New Year’s Resolution #2 - Decide to Detox

We live in a toxic world; it’s an unfortunate fact. Everything from your food, water, the environment and even your home, has toxins. We can't escape them.

Let's look at one small example: lawn care products. For the last 50 years, people have been spraying toxic chemicals on their lawns to make them greener. In fact, about 67 million pounds of synthetic pesticides are used in America annually. 1 Instead of breaking down, these toxins are accumulating as the years pass. We are the next generation in the toxic world. Generations before us didn't have as much toxicity and generations after will have more.

Detoxing is more important than ever because our generation has to go a step further than the one before. We have a responsibility to clean up the world and we can start by cleaning up our bodies to feel our best.

But the good news is we can make changes that drastically reduce our toxic burden. We can detoxify our bodies, detoxify our homes and chose toxin-free personal care products to boost our health, energy and longevity.

And there's one more, critical step you can take to create and maintain your best health. You can resolve to detoxify regularly.

After the holiday indulgences, my wife, Dr. Ingrid Maes, and I decided to commit to our own detox program. The thing about a detox program is that it works on all levels, mind, body and spirit. As toxins release from your body, you may notice that you think more clearly, feel more energy and experience more joy.

There's a reason for that! Detoxification is about removing the toxic burden from your body. Think about carrying something very heavy for a long time and then putting it down. There's tremendous relief. You can move more freely. Detoxification works in much the same way.

What is a Detox Program?

A detoxification program is a focused set of actions with the specific goal to reduce the toxic load in your body. Typical detox programs last anywhere from a week to six months and focus on cleansing your major organs of detoxification:

  • Skin
  • Lungs
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Intestines

Detox programs often use a combination of healthy food, exercise, breathing and all natural herbal or botanical supplements to open up your detoxification pathways.

How to Begin A Detox Program

First and foremost, it helps to have guidance in any detox program. This is why we started the New Year, New You Detox Program at PureBalance Natural Health Center. We have many detoxification assessments and therapies for our clients, but we also began to get requests for detox guidance from people outside our local area.

Our New Year, New You Detox Program is a way to get low cost guidance for your detoxification program over the phone. Because we believe in starting where you are, instead of offering programs "for the masses," this program is customized for your specific detox goals.

Whether you do our program or another, getting guidance can help you identify what the appropriate level of detox is for your current health picture.

A typical detox program might start with cleansing your intestines, with a small amount of focus on your liver and gall bladder as well. This would include making dietary changes to support opening these detoxification pathways.

From there, you'd focus more on your liver and gall bladder, then your kidneys, then skin and lungs.

In addition to diet and supplements, excellent cleansing practices include: dry skin brushing, rebounding (jumping on a mini-trampoline to help your lymph cleanse) and doing deep breathing exercises to cleanse your lungs and strengthen your diaphragm and core.

Some detox programs focus only on one organ, like the large intestine, for example. These can be very valuable and we encourage our clients to move toward a full body detox at least once per year.

How Often Should You Detox?

How often you detox depends of your current level of health. Some people like to do one detox program per year, while others like to detoxify four times per year - one with each season.

I recently realized it had been a year since my last detox and since starting my own detox program this year, I feel so great that I've resolved to do a personal detox program at least 4 times per year.

Maintaining your improved health after your detox is easy if you focus on making one better decision each day. Keep it simple; maybe start by choosing cleaning products and personal care products that are toxin free to replace the ones you used to use.

The detoxification protocols I recommend in the New Year, New You Detox Program are not system for the "elite." This is detoxification for REAL people...for everyone, from beginners who've never heard of detox to those who are committed to regular detox.

Who Needs to Detox?

Everyone needs to detox, even people eating healthy and exercising regularly. As long as there are toxins in the world, we can all benefit from a detoxification program.

What Are the Benefits of a Detox Program?

There are many benefits of a detoxification program. Some of them are:

  • Increased energy
  • Better immunity
  • Weight loss
  • Reduction or elimination of symptoms like: headaches, skin problems, respiratory problems, digestive problems, insomnia, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  • Better memory and concentration

New Year’s Resolution #3 - Make YOU Your Top Priority

It's important to take time out for your detoxification program, so resolve to make YOU your top priority and take a few things off your "to do" list. You deserve to feel your best and experience the renewed energy and enthusiasm that comes from detoxification.

Here’s to a healthy, happy 2009!


Sources

1 Laudable Lawn Care: "3-H Lawns": Healthy for Humans and Habitats. Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.
http://www.shakerlakes.org/lawncare.asp


Granola Bar

Gluten Free Breakfast Bars

Steps:

  • In a small bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda.
  • In a large bowl, combine grapeseed oil, agave and vanilla.
  • Stir dry ingredients into wet
  • Mix in coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slivers and raisins
  • Grease an 8x8 baking dish with grapeseed oil
  • Press the dough into the baking dish, wetting your hands with water to help pat the dough down evenly
  • Bake at 350° for 20 minutes
  • Serve

Makes 12-16 bars.

None of the nuts and seeds in this low-maintenance bar are toasted. I wanted to make something quick and easy, that could be whipped up in just a couple of minutes before popping into the oven.


Apple

The Apple's Health Benefits

Everyone has heard of the famous saying

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

... but very few of us really take it seriously.

Reported Health Benefits of an Apple :

1. Apples are a rich source of flavonoids and polyphenols, both are powerful antioxidants

2. Apples contain malic acid and tartaric acid which decongests the liver by thinning the bile

3. Apple cider vinegar when used as a beverage can help to prevent the formation of kidney stones

4. The skin of Apples contains pectin that can help remove toxic substances from the system by supplying galacturonic acid. Pectin helps with cardiovascular and digestive health

5. May lower incidence of cancer

6. In its whole form, it is high in fiber and slows insulin response

7. Eating an apple daily can lower cholesterol and reduce skin diseases.

Make sure you pick out organic crunchy apples with firm skin. Apples should be eaten organic because they are considered one of the dirty dozen fruits and vegetables on the shopper’s guide developed by the Environmental working group (EWG). Pesticides on fruits and vegetables can damage once health, especially during fetal development and early childhood. EWG has developed a shopper’s guide to help consumers make informed choices to lower their dietary pesticide load. Read more at www.FoodNews.org to get the EWG’s 2010 Shopper’s guide to pesticides.

The health benefits of an apple are endless, so eat your apple a day!


avocado

Avocados are a Wonderful Snack

Avocados are a wonderful source of monounsaturated fats, as well as protein.

They have no starch and very little sugar. Avocados are nutrient-dense, containing more of a variety of nutrients than many vegetables and fruits.

Half an avocado, sprinkle with some lemon juice , salt and pepper and you have the perfect snack!

Enjoy!


Watercress Soup

Soup preparation:

  • Sauté the onion and leek in some olive oil until translucent, add the chopped up watercress, 8cups of water and 2 bouillon cubes.
  • Season with celtic salt and pepper and simmer for 30 min.
  • Blend soup in blender or with hand mixer.
  • Add minced garlic.

Enjoy!


Kale Delight

Kale Delight

Chop the kale, onion, radishes, daikon in small pieces.

Combine with the rest of the ingredients and enjoy!

Feta cheese or any other cheese may be added.


Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad

Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

Place arugula in a large bowl (a bowl big enough to toss it in, not the bowl you are serving it in.)

Drizzle over a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and toss arugula well, until pieces are well coated with olive oil. (I start with a small amount of olive oil, toss, and then add more if it doesn't seem to coat all the lettuce.)

Drizzle small amount of balsamic vinegar over arugula and toss again. (Again, I start with a small amount, then taste the salad and add more if it needs it.)

Season salad with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Arrange salad on two serving plates and sprinkle goat cheese over it.


Clean Out Your Fridge Soup

Clean Out Your Fridge Soup

….one of the Bayne’s favorite soup recipes!

  • Use olive oil to sauté whatever leftover veggies you have in your fridge or on your counter…chop it all up…I usually have some kind of onion family present to start…
  • 1-2 onions or 1-2 stalks of leek…sauté, then add the rest of the chopped veggies…sauté some more.
  • Make sure the mixture does not burn…may add a ½ c H2o here …sauté for 5minutes then add 1 quart organic chicken stock , 1 quart of water and 1- 2 bouillon cubes..(Rapunzel bouillon cubes are still my favorite brand)
Let it all cook on low heat for 30 min, salt and pepper to taste.

…for those who like blended soup …blend in a Vita Mix until nice and creamy.

Enjoy!