January 14, 2013

Fabulous Foods

The Unbelievably Nutritious Avocado
Eric L. Zielinski
Photo courtesy photos-public-domain.com
Avocados are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are filled with a plethora of nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, copper, iron, phosporus, magnesium, and potassium. In fact, you would need to eat two or tree bananas to meet the potassium content of just one avocado. 

       Avocados also contain fiber, protein, and beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein which help protect against various disease and illness like macular degeneration and cataracts.
Due to their high folate content, avocados are a great combatant against birth defects like spinal bifida and neural tube defects. Folate has even been linked to prevent strokes.
Phytonutrient compounds found in avocados, such as polyphenols and flavonoids, have been found to hold anti-inflammatory properties, thereby reducing the risk of inflammatory and degenerative disorders which can affect every part of the body including joints, internal organ systems, skin and connective tissue.
The monounsaturated fats in avocados have also been heralded to reverse insulin resistance, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
Avocados also contain more soluble fiber than most foods, which help keep steady blood sugar levels, proper bowel regularity, and maintaining proper weight control.
This is a modified article. To read Eric L. Zielinski’s full article, go to www.naturalnews.com

Chovocado Pudding
vegan, gluten-free

1 ripe avocado
¼  cup cocoa powder
¼  cup raw agave nectar
¼  cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.      Peel and quarter a ripe avocado. 
2.   Put all the ingredients in your beloved Magic Bullet (or a blender/hand mixer) and blend until smooth. 
3.      Serve and enjoy!
*This recipe is perfect for two servings.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Jess, at forgivingmartha.com 

January 7, 2013

Short & Sweet

Raise a glass—or not? Even one drink a day may raise the risk of cancer of the liver, throat, mouth, esophagus, larynx, pharynx, breast, colon, rectum, and liver.

Cocoa: Harvard researchers have concluded that cocoa consumption is associated with cardiovascular as well as other health benefits, due to three types of flavonoids: procyanidin, catechin, and epicatechin.

The power of your own immune system: New research shows that the body's natural immune systems, comprised of both innate and adaptive components, work together to ward off disease without the need for antibody-producing vaccines.

Toxoplasma: A parasite spread by cats is infecting 1,000 new people every day in Britain – about 350,000 a year – according to an official assessment of the risks posed by toxoplasma, which can cause serious illness.

Kick your soda addiction—your body will thank you. The soft drinks many Americans drink morning, noon, and night play a big part in the obesity epidemic that experts call a looming health crisis. In addition, studies have also linked sodas to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, osteoporosis, rotting teeth, and lung problems. And, “the major artificial sweeteners are associated with deadly, crippling diseases, including brain tumors, seizures, migraine headaches, and miscarriages."

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January 1, 2013

"O" Zone

     I have been listening to a great presentation on my iPod, on financial mastery. The instructor is laying out a convincing case for how to manage your money for financial freedom now, and primarily for your retirement. He has separate accounts for each expense and savings category we need or should have. 

     I only see one weakness in his excellent program: he prepares people to have the resources they need to enjoy the lifestyle they want during retirement, but he does nothing to ensure they will feel well enough to use it. What is the value in having abundant financial resources, only to use them for in-home nursing care, prolonged hospital stays, or for expensive prescription drugs to manage your lingering, degenerative conditions through the last, long days of your life? 50% of our country’s health care dollar is spent in the last two weeks of life. 90% is spent by 10% of the people. Most of those 10% are those who have prepared financially for retirement, only to have to spend their carefully saved nest egg in managing their illnesses—not enjoying traveling the world, not enjoying the wonders of nature and all the excitement life has to offer. It is difficult to get the most from life from a hospital room, or with an oxygen tank strapped to your wheel chair. 

     Invest in your health first, then in your long-term financial freedom. If we have our health, it adds zeros to all our other accounts in life. If you can work until you’re 90 and love what you are doing, why would you want to retire?  One of the greatest expressions of freedom we have is to choose to stay healthy, Spiritually, Emotionally, Nutritionally, Structurally, and Energetically.  

     This coming year, create a financial health account so your wealth account will have true value. Use your wealth account wisely and your opportunities to enjoy life will match your desires. No matter what your financial situation, life can be fun and enjoyable if you have your health. Without your health, life is a narrower experience. Life can be full to overflowing if we take care of first things first.

     Tune your nerve system with a regular spinal adjustment. Make sure to balance your energy on regular intervals. Eat a balanced diet rich with healthy, vibrant veggies, lean and healthy meats, seasonal fruits and healthy grains. Make time to find gratitude for the great things in your life: gratitude is the great healer of all conditions. Spiritually be aware of your life purpose: if you aren’t sure what it is, make this the year to seek it out. You will find peace in your heart, and purpose in your life.

     Blessings in this New Year!

     Dr. Olson