Healthy Food For Optimal Health

When I learned I had breast cancer, I decided that I needed to find out as much as I could about how my diet might impact my health. I absorbed everything I would get my hands on that discussed the importance of nutrition in regaining health and preventing a recurrence of cancer. Shortly after I learned I had cancer, I also found out that I am allergic to dairy and eggs. I needed to make changes to my lifestyle – fast.

The first thing to go was dairy. All of the years that I was consuming massive amounts of cheese was taking a toll on my health. Almost immediately upon giving it up, the majority of my migraine headaches disappeared. Another astonishing revelation was when, just as quickly, I no longer needed the Afrin nasal spray I had come to depend on to clear my sinuses for 35 years! I couldn’t leave the house without it. Now my need for it had disappeared. I had no idea that all of these issues were being caused by dairy.

Suddenly it was obvious, but for years I went along consuming dairy and suffering side effects without ever putting the two together. To improve my health on all counts, I realized that I needed to get back to basic, simple foods. No more processed junk foods, no more saturated fats, and no more refined white flours and sugars. So, along with dairy, I cut them out of my life. I now eat a mostly plant-based diet that is rich in nutrients and full of vitamins.

I buy organic when possible to avoid the pesticide and herbicide residues that are so prevalent in conventionally grown produce. I cook my meals from scratch. No more cans, packages or boxes (with a few exceptions). I now use my creativity and Google savvy to put together healthy meal ideas that work for my family. I noticed an immediate improvement to my health. I not only started to lose weight, and ultimately slowly and steadily lost 50 pounds, but I started to feel like my younger self again. More energetic, less achy, clearer skin.

I found that by merging elements from a vegan diet and a raw food lifestyle I could satisfy my family’s needs of eating healthy. The elements that I incorporated from the raw food diet is not only eating more vegetables in their raw state, but also eating foods that are “pure”. In other words, foods that are not processed or otherwise adulterated. They don’t contain chemicals or additives as they are mostly freshly made and consumed. However, it was not feasible to prepare only non-cooked foods 100% or the time. Although, I do try to eat at least 50% raw each day.

I needed to include hot healthy foods into my diet as well. In the northeast the winters are cold and it is just not possible for me to cut out all warm food. As far as veganism, I have eliminated all animal products, with the exception of some fish on occasion for the omega 3 benefits.

My diet now focuses on a plant-based diet and includes whole grains, beans and nuts. With all of the changes I have incorporated into my life, I have reduced my risk of having a recurrence of cancer substantially. Consuming less saturated fat, including an exercise regime, cutting out alcoholic beverages and more leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables all cut my risk. But my new regime is not only one that is good for those who have cancer. It is a lifestyle that we should all incorporate elements of into our everyday lives. It is healthy and promotes optimal health. Healthy food is key to optimal health. Making small changes in lifestyle can add up to big benefits over time. The next time you consider picking up a loaded burger, consider your health!

Porn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction – Is It Possible?

Watching porn may banish erections during intercourse, but is the brain or the manhood really the problem?

Most men don’t think they are even looking at that much porn, but can’t really figure out what else it might be. Alcohol cannot be a part to play if erection issues still exist whilst sober. Many may wonder why a perfectly healthy guy in his sexual peek, with an attractive partner, can suddenly be dealing with erection issues.

This, unfortunately, is a question that is being asked more and more, indicating that erectile dysfunction is no longer an issue that mainly affects men over 50. It is now affecting men of all ages across the globe. We now have a generation of younger men who are in search of that miracle blue pill solution.

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction is a sexual dysfunction that affects millions of men just in the US alone. This issue occurs when a man is unable to maintain or achieve an erection before intercourse. There are two categories that cause erectile dysfunction: physical and physiological links.

Physical health issues can be the most likely cause of erectile dysfunction, particularly in older men. Diseases such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are often linked with problems in the bedroom. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is the best way to avoid these type of ED issues. For younger men, ED can often be caused by psychological issues like stress, anxiety or depression or poor sexual experiences. Porn can desensitize the brain from normal sexual arousal.

Erectile Dysfunction and Porn Often Go Hand in Hand

There is a new scientific term called porn induced erectile dysfunction. This happens when a person has used so much porn that they no longer want to enjoy or carry out regular sexual intercourse. Many men for example can:

1. Get super hard when looking at porn, but when they are with a real woman struggle to get and maintain an erection.

2. Think about porn when having sex with their wife or partner.

Very simply put, men who use a lot of porn are much more likely to suffer from ED symptoms than men who don’t use it. These days, porn is readily available. It all free, easy to view within seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pornography can have a negative effect on a man’s brain and sex conditioning. This means some men do not desire from sex in real life, because it doesn’t provide the fantasy expectations they have become so familiar with.


Drugs such as Viagra can help a man overcome psychological issues and boost confidence. However, the only solution for porn is to give up pornography for a period of two- three months. This will help your brain to reboot from the influx of dopamine and sexual fantasy and prevent losing response to pleasure even further.

The good news is that porn-induced erectile dysfunction is treatable. There are ample natural male enhancement or better libido advertisements promising men a better sex drive and improved erections and vitality.

Well, it gets many men thinking, especially if they are unhappy with their sex lives and simply looking for products to help. If your sexual issue has to do with the physical functioning of your manhood, then these might help. Reversing erection issues is possible, but it requires stopping the behavior rather than turning to pills.

If your brain isn’t turned on, neither is your manhood, this is the final reality. Why not try stopping the porn first, looking at ways to enhance your sex life further too? For erectile dysfunction help, simple lifestyle changes, improved diet and vitamins can be beneficial.

10 Skills and Characteristics of the Most Effective Wellness Coaches

A wellness coach is an individual that helps you bring out and develop your inner personality and skills, to become the person you want to be mentally, physically, spiritually and more. After working with someone who is familiar with wellness coaching, you should have a whole lot of perspective on your life, whether it is a completely new outlook, or a just a more focused direction in which to proceed. Thus, you must be able to know the different skills that a wellness coach should posses in order for you to achieve your goals.

Here are some of the skills that your mentor must possess:

  1. A good motivator
  2. Someone skilled in wellness coaching must be able to focus you on your goals and propel you forward so that you can achieve the goals and plans that you have set. This may require them to be flexible and adapt those goals as well to a pace you are comfortable with, without setting the goals too low.

  3. Not easily persuaded
  4. No matter how discouraged you are, your trainer must not be persuaded to let you give up when you start complaining or have a bad day. He or she should be able to encourage you to push through what you have already started.

  5. Will stay with you till the end
  6. A good mentor must be able to stick with you through out the process until you achieve your desired goals. He or she will know how to manage client numbers and keep from taking on too many individuals at once, so that everyone can get the maximized experience.

  7. Gives you updates about your progress
  8. Anyone setting out on a journey into wellness coaching not only needs to have goals, but they also need to know that the work they are doing is paying off. So your coach should be able to track and analyze your performance so that you know how you’ve done so far, and what you still need to focus on.

  9. Sticks to the plan
  10. A good trainer can provide you with the necessary wellness coaching programs and plans that will help you achieve your goals. He or she should be able to stick to the plan through out the program, and help you stay on course as well. For example, if you are trying to lose weight and certain eating plans have been established, your coach should be able to help you meet those goals set out and measure your success as you proceed.

  11. Helps you with the basics of wellness and nourishment
  12. A large element of achieving personal and physical wellness involves eating healthy. Your coach should be able to analyze your diet and tell you where adjustments should be made. He or she should also be able to look at other habits in your life and assess problem areas and how to fix them.

  13. Improves your lifestyle
  14. Wellness coaching is an overall mind, body and spirit experience and a good mentor will be able to recognize all the places that your life is out of balance and bring you back to center.

  15. Brings out the best in you
  16. A good mentor helps you to recognize the greatness you posses and recognize your own skills and abilities. Being able to discover your strengths will make you feel good as a person and will often help you to achieve other goals as you better understand how to approach certain aspects of your life.

  17. Overcomes all the obstacles and challenges
  18. Regardless of how many times you say you want to quit, that you hate the wellness coaching program, that you hate the coach, and so on, a good trainer will never let you fail or give up on yourself.

  19. Able to achieve success
  20. A good coach is able to achieve results with his or her clients and those clients should be pleased with the results. A good wellness coach should also have references for you to contact so you can see what sort of things he or she is capable of and how clients regard the wellness coaching program.

Stop Isolating Your Abdominals!

Many exercisers go into the gym with the sole intention of ‘trashing’ their abs. By ‘trashing’ I mean overworking them, in the belief that they can burn that excess layer of fat from around their middle.

More work is not good work. While training the other day, I watched a girl exercising with her friend, and in the time it took me to do my full body workout, they spent the whole time working their abdominals.

Now, considering it takes me 30 minutes to complete a workout, that is a ridiculous amount of time to focus on such a small muscle group. They did floor crunches, leg raises, ball crunches, and some machine crunches for good measure.

Herein lies the problem…

Granted, these girls had flat stomachs, but everything around their abdomen was out of line.

Their posture was stooped, their shoulders were rounded and their upper backs were weak. They had obviously decided that their goal was a flat, toned stomach, at the expense of all else.

How many more people do I have to watch working their abdominals to obliteration, in the belief that they’re about to carve themselves a superior six pack, and therefore a more desirable body?

Listen. Use the body as it was designed. Work it as a unit, not a series of isolated muscles. Stick to squats, lunges, push ups, and weight training sitting or lying on the swiss ball.

Supplement these effective exercises with clean eating, less sugar and less alcohol.

THESE are the right ways to build yourself a healthy ‘six pack’ or a toned flat stomach – one that will actually work. If you have excess bodyfat in this area you will NEVER see your abdominal muscles, unless you get your cardio and your eating right first.

Doing endless abdominal exercise is NOT the path to a smoother, flatter stomach. I never isolate just my abdominals, yet I have a visibly toned stomach, thanks to weight training that challenges every muscle in my body, moving it as it was designed, and clean healthy eating that keeps my bodyfat low enough to see them.

I can guarantee that I burned more fat and worked more of my body in the time it took these girls to ‘hit’ their abs. What’s more, I guarantee that my abs got more of a workout in the process.

Yours will too if you simply focus on good quality total-body exercises. Stick to the best; squats, lunges, step ups, push ups, chest press, deadlifts and Plank exercises.

Your abs will take care of themselves in the process. I PROMISE!

Seven Ways to Preserve Your Cognitive Function

Given the prevalence of dementia and the fact that a lot of us are growing older, it is crucially important for us to try and preserve our cognitive function. There is so much that is trying to keep us away from preserving our minds such as the constant rushing and stress. These factors have a tremendous strain on the brain.

It is not always easy to change our lifestyle. However, we can change how we react to our lifestyle and we can choose to take steps to live a good quality of life that is healthy and happy.

In this article, I outline seven ways that you can take concrete steps to preserve your cognitive function. Also, in the process, I will remove certain barriers to any of the common misunderstandings about cognitive function.

Here are the seven ways to preserve your cognitive function.

1. Realize that playing brain games is almost nearly a waste of time. It has no real benefits over the long term. It is far better that you do other more difficult brain functions.

2. Keep varying how you activate your brain. Demand multiple kinds of brain activities, especially ones that require eye-hand coordination such as playing tennis or playing some video games, or eye-ear-body coordination such as dancing to music. This will help your mind stay quite agile.

3. Continue to read and write, and if you haven’t read and written a lot in your life start. You can choose to read a book a week or a month if you never read a book. If you never wrote anything, start a journal. All of these things can make your mind much sharper.

4. Don’t allow your brain to tune out by watching a lot of TV. Watching TV is usually a passive activity that does not stimulate the brain. Also, don’t do a passive activity such as text all the time or surf the internet. These activities don’t help your brain become sharper but do the opposite.

5. Remain socially engaged. Make sure you have good friends who care about you and vice versa and connect with them frequently. Feeling a sense of deep connection with others is so important for health and well-being and effective cognitive function.

6. Keep physically active. Go for walks if you can, and if you enjoy swimming, it is a great way to stay cool while working out. It is also a great way to commune with nature. And this is so important to feel whole and connected both to the world and yourself in it.

7. Do not get discouraged and give up if you have an occasional memory lapse. Just keep at it. Memory lapses are a normal part of brain functioning. We all seem to freak out when we are forgetful. But because stress is so much a part of our lives, being forgetful is so much a part of our life.

By taking these steps, you will be taking steps towards keeping your brain from slipping more into dementia. And this is so important for overall quality of life. This is because without an effectively functioning mind, you cannot have a good quality of life.

Life Insurance For Older People

The number of 55 plus Americans has been steadily increasing as the baby boomers move into that age bracket. Additionally, more people are living longer lives. These trends have caused term life insurance prices to fall by approximately 33% in the last 10 years. To keep pace with the growing senior market many life insurance companies are expanding their product lines to provide protection that meets older people’s needs.

Older consumers now have many new alternatives to choose from. Industry sources explain that even as recently as 10 years ago, many of these options for senior life insurance were unavailable. For instance term life insurance coverage is now being enhanced to be suitable for purchase at older ages with longer guaranteed insurance periods – twenty-five to thirty years, lower costs at all ages and higher issue ages. As matter of fact, many companies offer life insurance to people age 80 and beyond. For older people, there are a variety of reasons life insurance makes sense:

Funeral expenses – Sometimes the family needs money to pay for funeral expenses and other costs related to death.

Estate taxes – Big estates have big taxes starting at 37% for estate assets over $675,000. Our recent bout of inflation may have pushed some people into the estate-tax bracket without them even realizing it. Life insurance when it resides in an irrevocable life insurance trust is outside of the estate and can be used to provide monies to pay for any estate tax liability.

  Lifestyle  maintenance – These days both spouses may work and when one dies the other may be left with a reduced income. The cash from the policy could be invested to produce an income stream that would help make up for the loss of the deceased spouse’s salary.

Retirement Income – If you have the permanent (whole life) life insurance the asset grows tax deferred. By the time you retire you will have a nice cash value which you can turn into an annuity or simply put it in a money market fund for emergencies. If you don’t have whole life but have term instead you can cash in other conservative assets such as CD’s and purchase fixed income life insurance which covers your insurance needs and strengthens your financial base.

Finally there is an interesting new twist that some seniors are employing with their life insurance policies called Life Settlement. Essentially a senior sells his/her policy to a third party for a specified amount and the investor receives the pay out value when the person dies. There is a great deal of controversy about this practice so make sure you understand how it works and check with your attorney before you choose this option.

The Benefits of a Vegetarian Lifestyle

As a potential vegetarian, you might have questioned if it will make a difference if you take meat out of your diet. You may have also wondered what change one new vegetarian in the world can really make.

Though many believe it is true that a single additional vegetarian in a United States society filled with meat eaters will not make a very large difference that is not necessarily true. In addition to helping animals you will be helping yourself. In the United States the number one cause of deaths is heart disease. This heart disease is more common in those individuals with meat rich diets.

If more people were to cut meat, dairy and even egg products heart attacks would be less common. All of these foods are very rich in cholesterol that can cause heart illnesses. Studies have shown that vegetarians are one fourth less likely to have a heart attack in comparison to the average individual with a meat centered diet. Those that are vegans have an even lower risk of heart attack and heart illness.

Along with heart health, if you become a vegetarian you will get additional benefits. For example, you will be consuming less preservatives and artificial products, which are often found in meat. Many of these artificial products have been associated with cancer by research studies. In addition to that, you will not be consuming the hormones that are found in the feed served to animals. The hormones given to animals can have serious consequences when ingested by humans. Plus, if you become a vegetarian you will not consume as much lactose, which cannot be digested properly by most people and will cause digestive problems.

As a vegetarian you will also be making a difference in the amount of suffering that humans often inflict on animals that are consumed. The average meat eating individual in the United States will eat over two thousand land animals during their life span. By refusing to eat meat you will be helping to prevent the killing of many animals during your life time. If you take things a step further and stop consuming milk and eggs, you will help prevent the suffering of many animals that are kept to produce the items you are consuming.

In the end the addition of even one vegetarian to the movement can help not only your health, but the lives of many innocent animals.

Type 2 Diabetes – Healthy Lifestyle Changes Benefit Women With Gestational Diabetes

Women with Gestational or pregnancy-related diabetes can improve both their own and their child’s health with lifestyle interventions, according to a report published in May of 2017 in the Cochrane Database System Review. Investigators at the University of Auckland and several other research facilities in New Zealand and the UK combined the results of fifteen studies and analyzed them as if they were one large study. The mega-study included a total of 4501 women diagnosed with Gestational diabetes and their 3768 infants. Lifestyle changes included…

  • diet,
  • exercise,
  • self-monitoring of blood sugar, and
  • education.

A control group received the usual care.

Women who made lifestyle changes had a 75 percent higher rate of reaching their weight goals one year after giving birth than the mothers in the control group. The lifestyle change group also had a 51 percent lower risk of becoming depressed after childbirth. Babies from the lifestyle change group had a lower risk of being overweight at birth and had less fat mass than those in the non-change group.

None of the trials looked at long-term health in the children. The workers concluded lifestyle change was helpful for controlling the mother’s weight. Maintaining a healthy weight is one way of preventing Gestational diabetes and preventing overweight and excess fat in their children. They went on to say long-term studies are needed to give us more information on the babies of mothers diagnosed with Gestational diabetes.

The University of California in San Francisco, United States, recommends women with Gestational diabetes plan their diets with the assistance of dietitians and…

  • limit carbohydrates to the equivalent of two slices of bread at every meal.
  • avoid sugary snacks and desserts.
  • limit fruit to three portions each day and eat at different meals.
  • eat the daily amount of food in three meals and two snacks to help keep blood sugar levels stable.
  • avoid fruit juices, and
  • keep dietary records.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is positive about controlling Gestational diabetes using a healthy diet and exercise. In general, 30 minutes of moderate exercise is healthy for the majority of pregnant women…

  • all pregnant women should be medically evaluated before planning a course of exercise.
  • women who have been sedentary before pregnancy need to plan especially carefully to avoid any unaccustomed strain.

Some sports are acceptable, but sports in which body contact or falls are common should be prevented. Scuba diving needs to be avoided because decompression sickness can be fatal to the unborn baby.

Lifestyle Activity is Important

Many of us are so conditioned into thinking that exercise means going to the gym that we forget that everyday life presents us with numerous opportunities to get active during the day. If you have time to go to the gym, that’s fantastic. But if you don’t, do not despair. You can create more movement opportunities during your day that make a difference. Look for every opportunity to be active.

Here are some examples of lifestyle activity:

Walk to run an errand in the neighborhood, rather than taking a car.

Play outdoor games with children instead of watching television together.

Park farther away from the shop.

Get off the train or bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way.

Carry your groceries to your car or load them into your car yourself.

Wash your car instead of taking it to the car wash.

Rake leaves instead of using a leaf blower.

Get up to switch appliances on or off instead of always using remote control.

Ride a bicycle for transportation instead of driving a car.

Do some vigorous house cleaning, such as vacuuming, sweeping, or mopping.

Be creative. Find more and more ways that you can move during your day. These activities all add up and make a difference. For example, according to estimates for a ISO-pound person, standing up for three ten-minute phone calls will burn twenty calories. In contrast, sitting for thirty minutes during those three phone calls burns only four calories. Simply by standing for those brief intervals, you have created a sixteen­calorie deficit. While sixteen calories may not seem like much, when it is repeated hour after hour, day after day, it and other small actions start to mean the difference between unwanted pounds and maintaining your ideal weight. If you added walking or pacing to your phone calls, it would even provide greater benefits.

You may recall that after you eat during the day, your blood is filled with sugars and fats, blood glucose and triglycerides. These are sources of fuel that you can use immediately. However, if you are not active and do not use up this energy, it ends up ultimately stored as fat. One of the keys to keeping all systems healthy is to use up this fuel for its intended purpose and stimulate your heart, lungs, muscles, skeletal, and nervous systems.

Are You Being Seduced?

That’s right… are you being seduced? (Insert Barry White playing in the background) Are you being seduced by that hot, sexy, hard to get but must have… err… thing? That’s right, thing! I’m not talking about a super model, or a person at all! In fact I’m talking about two little words that are causing more people pain and anguish than a bad relationship could ever cause. What two little, dirty, painful, seductive words are they? Right Now!

These two words by themselves are so simple, with really no meaning at all other than right in this moment. Actually these two words when used properly can be very powerful. As in we live in the moment, right here, right now. But that is not what I’m talking about here. That is not the seduction that is happening on a regular basis each and every day by these two words.

No what is happening every single day to thousands of people all over the world is that right now is seducing them to think that they can have it right now. What you ask? Whatever they want is what they are being told. They can have it ALL right now! Simple and easy and with a push of a button, or a flip of a switch, or a… and the list goes on and on and on.

It is true that you can have whatever you want. There is no doubting that. That has been proven time and time again. Where the seducing, or let’s put it more bluntly, the lie begins is that you can have it right now. You don’t have to do anything, yet you can have it right now. For people who are desperate to change what they have, to change their results, they are easily convinced that it is possible; that they can have it all that easily.

It’s not just a few people either that believe this, it’s a whole generation of people. Now, now, now, now! I want it now and I don’t want to do anything for it. They see the results that successful people are having, and they want the same. They want the same without having to pay the price. This just isn’t possible!

Now I don’t want this to sound like it’s impossible for you to get what you are searching for, for what you want out of your life. No, all I am saying is that there will have to be some action, some work on your part. The question becomes what type of work and for how long will you have to continue that work to achieve your goal.

With the way in which everything is moving at the speed of thought these days, it is no wonder that people expect that they can have what they want in an instant. That’s the way everything else is so why not achieving goals too? Let’s put it a different way. When our society’s main industry was agriculture, we instinctively knew that in the spring we planted the seeds, through the summer we maintained the fields and plants with water, and then in then if all was done correctly, we would be able to enjoy a large harvest in the fall.

When put in that context it seems very simple to go from planting seeds, to nurturing the soil and plants, to then reaping the rewards of a large harvest. For anyone that has worked on a farm, you know that this is not the case and that there are many days of hard labor involved to ensure a good harvest. Labor that goes unnoticed to most, for all that is seen is the finished product of the produce. To take that one step further, I’m sure you think it’s possible to plant the seeds in the ground on Monday, then on Friday of that week going out and harvest a full crop of produce right? That’s crazy I know… but that’s exactly what you are expecting when you get seduced by right now!

You are saying that you can start a business on Monday, and with the right now thinking, by Friday of that same week you should be turning a profit! By the end of the second month… you should be on easy street! Think it doesn’t happen? Think again and when you do be honest with yourself.

You have to do the required work, to develop the skills and to grow individually to ensure that you are successful. For many people they are unsure of how to accomplish this and they simply bounce from one “right now” promise to another “right now” promise. While they should instead be looking for a support team to nurture them so that they can grow into the successful person they know that they can be!

It will not happen overnight. Think of yourself as that seed that is planted, then from a good support team and your consistency of nurturing and growing, when it comes time to harvest there will be no stopping you and what you can achieve!.