Craving a Healthy Snack?

What’s coming to your mind? Let me guess, Edamame, celery, all that healthy jazz, … Not even, I am talking about Popcorn. Yes Popcorn.

Why? One big reason is because of the high Polyphenol content within it.

Polyphenols are a type of chemical found in plant foods that help neutralise free radicals that damage your cells and contribute to rapid aging. Popcorn has one of the highest levels of polyphenols of any plant food or fruit.

Per serving, plain popcorn contains nearly twice as many polyphenols as the average fruit, according to the preliminary results of a laboratory analysis presented today at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society.

A single serving of popcorn – about two tablespoons of unpopped kernels – contained up to 300 milligrams of polyphenols, the researchers found. By contrast, the average polyphenol content of fruit is about 160 milligrams per serving, while a single serving of sweet corn contains 114 milligrams.

Popcorn is one of the healthiest, low calorie munchies. It is a whole-grain food and a great source of fiber.

We also cannot forget, Popcorn is also PACKED with Antioxidants.

Some types of polyphenols are pigments, and in fruit the biggest concentrations tend to be found in the skin and seeds. Similarly, the hull or outer skin of the corn kernel – the stuff that gets stuck in your teeth when you’re munching away – was the richest polyphenol source.

And this is where your antioxidants and your fiber lies, so don’t go throwing them out.

 

Now, don’t run too fast, Popcorn is Healthy, but be careful what you call Popcorn.

Movie popcorn, drenched with butter, full of sweet crap… that’s NOT healthy popcorn. That one is simply synthetic factory fats and processed salt used to flavor popcorn and overrides any health benefits.

Microwave popcorn and pre-popped varieties, also NOT healthy popcorn, as it is loaded with chemicals such as partially hydrogenated oils and synthetics for flavouring and colouring.

The best, Healthiest Popcorn to have is the one YOU MAKE, by getting organic kernels and popping them yourself with coconut oil for taste and health. You want to add some flavour? Try Cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, Parmesan cheese, oregano or even basil.

Now, remember that popcorn is 100% whole grain; and eating more whole grains has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

However, as with anything, just because it is healthy and beneficial, over-eating it will have it’s consequences.

Corn that is not soaked or sprouted prior to cooking contains anti-nutrients that can inflame digestion if consumed to excess.

Allergic to corn? No problem, try Popped Sorghum, which is India’s popcorn alternative.

You want to make your own popcorn and don’t know how, check out how:

For more details, see:

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Celery with Benefits

Celery is not the most Tasteful… but Damn is it Beneficial!

Celery is an under-Rated vegetable as many of us think its just Water and Crunch, but it is much more; as it is a good source of calcium, vitamins, potassium and magnesium.

What Other Benefits?

  1. Celery has Anti-Canceous properties, with its rich component called Luteolin which helps to lower the growth of Cancer cells in the pancreas.
  2. It contains Phthalide and pottassium which helps to lower blood pressure by reducing the production of stress hormones.
  3. Celery also helps maintain a normal cholesterol and regulating Vitamin D. Also includes 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh), a component with the function of lowering cholesterol and maintaining a healthy heart. The Chicago University study showed that two stalks of celery a day can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 7 points.
  4. Celery is healthy for the eyes too, as it contains Vitamin E and antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenol phytonutrients, which keeps the eye moisturised.
  5. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, wrote that Celery is a vegetable that can be used to calm our nerves and provide a great relief to joint pains, asthma, acne or lung infections. Celery’s special benefit is its components to help reduce inflammation.
  6. Celery helps boost a man’s fertility, as Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Director of the Smeel and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, says :

    Two pheromones in celery–androstenone and androstenol–can boost your arousal levels. Another good news is celery oil has been found effective in boosting the number and motility of sperm, when it is used together with vitamin E.

  7. These stalks improve digestion which allows your body to absorb better nutrients, with its high water content, and the NBP (a healthful compound) in the vegetable as it improved circulation in the intestines and helping the body to detox.
  8. Finally, it helps you lose weight as it is low in calorie (10 calories per large stalk) and rich in nutrients like magnesium and potassium, as previously mentioned. Celery helps you regulate lipids and fats in the body which controls metabolism and restricts obesity. Not to mention, in reality, you are losing more weight chewing on that stalk more than anything else. So moral of the story, eating celery makes you lose weight, and don’t take that lightly because it’s true.

For more details and some Celery recipes, see link below:

http://www.lifehack.org/367363/amazing-benefits-of-celery-5-refreshing-recipes?ref=mail&mtype=daily_newsletter&mid=20170217_customized_editor_pick&uid=393464&hash=766d7a7a7b817a4c73796d75783a6f7b79&action=click

Should I be Drinking Wine?

 Should I be drinking wine?

Of course You should!

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Resveratrol,  a trihydroxy stilbene derivative C14H12O3 that is found in some plants, fruits, seeds, and grape-derived products (such as red wine) and has been linked to a reduced risk of coronary disease and cancer, and may be the wonder ingredient responsible for many of wine’s benefits.

See these fourteen benefits of wine to prove this to you!

1. You live Longer!  People living in places in the world with high wine consumption, are living longer, also according to dietary patterns.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School uncovered evidence that resveratrol directly activates a protein that promotes health and longevity in animal models.

  • 2. You get Smarter and Resveratrol may help improve short-term memory
  • 3. Inhibit breakouts because of the antioxidants in wine, and Resveratrol is able to inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria longer than benzoyl peroxide
  • 4. Going to the gym is healthy right? It improves heart, brain and bone function. You know what else does that? Resveratrol, which is in wine.

5.Researchers in Spain found that those who drank two to seven glasses of wine per week were less likely to be diagnosed with depression, so Bye Bye Blues!

6. Modest wine consumption, defined as one glass a day, may decrease the prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Challenging any other alcohol consumption.

7. Promotes Eye health, as Resveratrol stops out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eyes.

8. Wine reduces bacteria on your teeth!

9. Wine cut Cancer Risks:

Red grapes are the fruit best able to suppress the activity of aromatase, the enzyme used by breast tumors to produce their own estrogen – this is called an aromatase inhibitor.

Studies show that moderate consumption of red wine can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 50%.

Harvard Men’s Wealth Watch reports that men who drink an average of four to seven glasses of red wine per week have a 52% less chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer compared to those who don’t drink wine. Doctors speculate that flavonoids and resveratrol contain potent antioxidants and may counterbalance androgens, the male hormones that stimulate the prostate.

10. Studies show that those who drank wine were less likely to come down with a cold compared to those that drank beer or spirits. Antioxidants help lower inflammation and reduce the symptoms of colds.

11. Wine’s Resveratrol, lower cholesterol.

12. Wine shows benefits of reducing risk of stroke, where beer and hard liquor do not.

13.  Regulating Blood Sugars

The amount of polyphenols in a small glass of red wine appears to rival the blood sugar regulating activity of certain diabetes drugs.

14. Those who drink wine moderately have 30% lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. This can be due to Resveratrol, as it improves sensitivity to Insulin.

SO, Bottom line: Wine can be a part of a healthy lifestyle, IF CONSUMED MODERATELY!

See more at: Lifehack and Mayoclinic.

 

 

 

Friendships & Marriages: Find Your Roots

A really good friend of mine sent me this video and told me I was the Root in her Tree, so I watched this video and understood the beauty of friendships and love. Her love was real; some love are temporary and others are real. I really can’t describe this video any better than ‘Madea’. So please watch this and reassess your relationships.

 

Don’t Compare, Admire to Inspiration!

compare2As humans, we all have that instinct to compare ourselves to others and feel crappy about ourselves. Truth is, each of us is Unique and we should embrace that notion that we are not all the same, and we each hold a Special Compound that is US.

When you look at someone else, envy, compare, wish you were them.,.. stop and think, You are Unique, and with your good and bad qualities, you are an entity, you are your own person.

Admiration is beautiful, jealousy is not. Seeking a Role model is beautiful but bitterness is ugly.

I hope you woke up today, saw the sun, and thought to yourself:

I have been blessed with another day of life and I will appreciate it and grow better and stronger.

What I want from you to be aware of today is that we are all different and though sometimes someone else’s life seems better and healthier than ours, it really may not be. We are humans and we always want others to see what is socially correct and positive. Sometimes that may make you an optimist, other times it is because you want to hide your discontent with life and your lack of purpose and will to change it.

Don’t judge life by what you see, you really don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. So, focus on your inner peace and your outer joy. Be happy with what you have, and strive to trump what you do not have.

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Words of Wisdom

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They say trust your elders, I saw their right. Experience is everything in life. Learn from other’s mistakes, you don’t always need to make them yourself, and you know what, when it comes to these words of wisdom, you really don’t want to make them yourself because that will be a life full of regrets. You don’t want to wake up at 60 saying What did I do to My life? Gosh, do I regret my life. You don’t want that, it is scary.

So I read this article today Advice from some old people, and it was a wake up call.

Please take a look at the 20 tips given by older people to teach you a little something about life. Do’s and Don’ts.

I don’t want to wake up at the end of my life regretting the little things that don’t even end up mattering. Wake up, live a better healthier loving life. Don’t dwell on things that mean nothing. Dwell on what really matters. Take care of yourself and those that mean the most to you.

Read this article and hear every piece of advise loud and clear: Advise from Some Old People

Were You Dealt a Bad Hand?

I was listening to this video while driving to work in the morning, and found myself dumbfounded with how right this guy is.

First of All. We have grown up in a society where things are just given to us, we don’t work for things, life has been given to us, sadly for some of us, our parents baby us and we end up growing older feeling that we will get what we want, but YOU NEED TO WORK FOR IT. Most of us try to work for something and as soon as we notice it is taking a lot of work, we stop and move to the next thing, but why can’t we live with purpose?

Second of All. Technology and how it has ruined us. Can we sit on a table without our phones beside us on the table? Can we wake up without looking if someone LIKED our photos on Facebook?

CAN YOU CHANGE IN 2017? STOP LIVING OFF YOUR PHONE!

I know that the phone is one of my Resolutions for 2017. I am a VICTIM of this non sense and waste of life.

I hate the phone.. I sometimes sit with my friends at a restaurant and I might as well be sitting alone. Phones are evil if you ask me, they used to be for the sole purpose of safety and conversation, however when you are safe and conversing with someone, why do you need to waste your time on the phone?

Socialising is no longer fun. You sometimes go out with a group of people and more than half of them are on the phone, Social Media is one of the culprits. HOW IS THAT QUALITY TIME? Why are you even meeting? What about when you are out with a friend and all they do is “text” someone else, that is not even there; it is clear that you are not as important, you are not as interesting, you might as well not be there.

If you are sitting at dinner with your friends and you are texting someone who is not there, that is a problem!

I hate phones, how would a simple outing go without phones? God Forbid, you get their full attention and you actually have a decent conversation, a decent time. Wake up, you are living in a society where you rather talk to an object than talk to a person.

Third of All. Instant gratification is a problem these days, people have no patience to wait for things anymore. This generation is problematic. People have no time to find love, to accomplish something, to finding a fulfilment in their life.

Please watch this video, It will change your life. It really should.

Short on Time? I’ve Got Your Breakfast!

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you must have heard this many times, just as the saying, An apple a day keeps the doctor away. It is True, Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is what makes you have a bad day or a good day. It is what makes you have an energetic workout or a bad/no workout. It is also what speeds up your metabolism or slows it down.

Life is all about the good and the bad, and skipping breakfast is one of those bads.

So, if you have no time, you feel rushed, you can’t even imagine how you can wake up so early to make breakfast. I have got the link for you.

You don’t need to wake up hours before to make your breakfast, you can prep in bulk or make some quick recipes.

Here are a few options of  Healthy Breakfast ideas for the BUSY you:

Healthy & Quick Breakfast Recipes

My personal favourite is the  Savory Oatmeal With an Egg.

But as far as an easy go. I usually keep some toast at work and avocado, I would prep some boiled eggs for few days and when at work, put a peace of toast in the toaster, mash my avocado and add boiled egg on top with a touch of black pepper.

There is overnight oatmeal which is always a go. making quiche for the week or breakfast muffins is always a good match for those literally unable to make breakfast in the morning.

YOUR OPTIONS ARE HUGE, Don’t skip breakfast, it is too important.

Hope you have enjoyed my list.

Have a great Saturday!

 

 

Something New?

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5 Ways To Tell If You Need A Career Change, what a great article today.
A friend of mine inspired me to write this, she has been struck with a life decision that can change her whole entire life, but you know what, there is nothing wrong with being scared, it makes you human. Happiness, it is a big factor in your wellness and in your health, and you must always put that first.We have all been through troubled times where we doubt, we question, we need better answers….Do you need a career change? Are you happy with what you are doing? Are you depleted and over it?

I’m 36 and work in a mid-level corporate role.  I know I don’t like my work (and haven’t liked it for more than 5 years or so), and things are not going great at the company, but it pays very well, has good benefits and there are some things that are OK about it (mostly that it pays a regular paycheck that feels “secure”).  I was promoted recently too, but still I agonize daily whether I should change careers or just leave it alone and stick with it.  How can you tell if you should change careers or not? 

Should I stay or should I quit?
Here are five ways to tell if you NEED something new.
1. You are chronically worn out, exhausted and depleted: if you get home and your body is broken down and cannot think of doing anything else, you have depleted yourself to the point of exhaustion.
Your body tells you what your lips cannot.
2. Your skills, responsibilities, and tasks are not you at all: Do you care about what you are doing? Is it YOU? Do you have what you do, find it useless or worthless? Do you see yourself wanting to make a bigger difference? You may really be in the wrong field.
3. You’ve come to the point where your salary no longer makes up for the boredom and emptiness you feel: The money can make you *happy* for so long, but are you over it? Is material no longer satisfying you? Sometimes, making less money can make you much happier than making more, and you need to make that decision. Is the money keeping you stuck in your position?
Hang on here – I have this money, but I hate how I spend my life making it.
4. Despite all the “right” choices you made in your career, the outcome feels very wrong:  You have worked so hard to be where you are, but you HATE where you landed. Yes, that is so possible and you know, you need to be brave enough to acknowledge that. you need to know when what you believed was for you, is NOT YOU AT ALL, and that is totally fine. Life is not always what we seem it to be, and this is what life is all about, change, new, experience, learning.
5. You have the irrepressible feeling that your talents and abilities could/should be used in a totally different (more creative and impactful) way: If you are thinking, there is more to life than what you are doing, then there very much may be. Listen to your gut, don’t lie to yourself.
There’s another way to live and work, even though you can’t see it yet.
So, you have been given a quick glimpse of reality. Life, career, happiness, they all need to intertwine, you cannot be happy if you hate what you do 8 or more hours of your day. If you feel this article has given you an eye opener then maybe you needed one. Wake up, Make a Change. Life is too short to live it on a candle waiting to be burned out. You need fire, you need happiness, you need a good life, you only get it once.
I hope you have found yourself a little more today. Have a great Sunday!

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I am crazy about FITNESS and you know what, I think it is about time I share my love with you.

My body, Mind and Soul are through my fitness.

Is working out for you a chore? Because it shouldn’t be, and If you know half of what makes me happy about working out, you will want it too. The new year is coming and resolutions are sky high. Why not get into something that will leave you happy and excited? Not all workouts are like your typical gym, where you go, do your reps and leave, some are ALOT OF FUN. So stick around and find out more.

I want you to find that love within, and I believe that this article does it best, to show you exactly what the best SWEATS are.

So, here it is: 7 Badass Fitness Classes In Ottawa That Will Get You Toned AF

1. Orangetheory Fitness // 1001 Dazé Street

I personally have never tried it, I have tried Canadian Strength which was an amazing all body workout. I do plan on trying OrangeTheory and I am certain I will fall in love with it, as it seems to be exactly what I strive on, High Intensity and a lot of fun.

2. Greco Fitness // Multiple Locations

This is my Baby. Greco Sparks Seriously such AMAZING FUN. Greco gets you working on yourself in ways you can’t imagine. Dedication, Friends, Fun, TONENESS. You got it all! It is Intense, and It is for everyone. Greco is my home now, and I can do 1-2-3 classes a day, you go at your pace. Check out the  OAC Greco too, amazing HIIT classes, worth your time and your legs! Working out is no longer to get skinnier or to workout that ice cream, it really becomes your identity, your social guru, you should try it. There are MANY locations, you just need to pick.

3. DOUVRIS Martial Arts // Multiple Locations

This is a new one for me, though I have been to 100% Martial Arts which is amazing, with highly trained instructors and a love for the dojo. Bill Gatchell, the founder and Head Master of this amazing place and his team will leave you sweating and in shape, let alone teach you to defend yourself. I think Martial Arts is an amazing talent and an amazing workout that benefits more than your body, but your mind and your self-confidence.

4. iNSiDE Out STUDiO barre // 1416 Wellington Street West

I have never tried this studio, but I believe strongly that it is what it claims to be, toning you inside out, and these barre classes with combination of strength training, yoga, pilates and a ballet barre will definitely do the job to kick your butt.

5. Ottawa Pole Fitness // 1066 Somerset Street West

FUN right? I have been meaning to try this fitness class for a while and man do I believe this gets you fit, I mean you must have that strength to be able to do what these dancers do. Let’s face it, we all want to feel hot while getting that hot BOD. So let’s try this out.

6. Pure Yoga Ottawa // Multiple Locations

PURE is my heaven, I love this Yoga spot, and yes I have tried a few Studios but PURE has by far been the Purest and Best, especially for a Fitness freak like me. I love the burn, I love the heat, I love the power. PURE YOGA has it all for you, and you should really try it. I have been to YogaTown Studio and it is also amazing and worth a try.

7. Wheelhouse Cycle Inc. // 1279 Wellington Street West

O.M.G. What FUN, what BURN, what FITNESS. I was recently introduced to Wheelhouse and DAMN did I love it. So much fun, with Music, Sweat, Dancing, and Friends. GO TRY THIS RIGHT AWAY, you are missing out. It really is unreal, you won’t imagine what a full body workout that is. It might be your next best thing.

So ………… All this to show, WORKING OUT CAN BE SO FUN, it is not a chore, it is not to drag yourself to the gym, you just need to try something new, remember, you just might LOVE IT.