Gratitude is a dish best served daily but as for the rest of Thanksgiving fare, it is a great thing that the holiday only comes once a year or we would all be obese. Baked goods, fried foods, sugar and fat. We gather around and eat until our pants pop. Would you like time with your family yet long for something a little less stressful on your body? Here are a few recent articles that offer some tips to for a Healthy Thanksgiving.
Here are some tips from Glamour.com:
“Nuts: They’re your friend, says Martica. Limit yourself to one serving (about a small palmful) before the big meal, and she points to research that says you’ll eat less food later.
Green veggies: They sound healthy, but creamed spinach or a rich green bean casserole? Not so much. Instead, think outside of the box when it comes to green veggies. Focus on simple preparations and maybe even do something unexpected. “One year I brought sauteed artichokes and kale to Thanksgiving,” says Martica.Turkey: “It’s really healthy,” she says, noting our favorite fall bird’s nutritional rap: low in saturated fat and cholesterol and a good source of folic acid. So don’t be afraid to enjoy some. But keep serving sizes in mind. “One serving of turkey is the size of a deck of cards. And save 50-60 calories by choosing white meat without skin.”Gravy: Use Martica’s logic for salad when it comes to gravy. “Think of gravy like you would salad dressing,” she says. “Do you need to slather every lettuce leaf with creamy dressing, or can you make due with a tablespoon and just spread it around?”Cranberry sauce: Time to get culinary, says Martica. “Store-bought, canned kinds of cranberry sauce,” says Martica, “often have lots of calories and corn syrup.” Better bet? “Make it from scratch with less sugar and add fruit juice instead.” Her favorite technique is to reduce the cranberries down over the stove with a little sugar and fruit juice such as pomegranate or orange juice.
Mashed potatoes: They have a bad reputation, says Martica, but they shouldn’t! “Potatoes are high in vitamin C and high in fiber.” But, instead of loading up on cream and butter when you make them, mash them with a little olive oil and salt and pepper instead, and you’ll have a much healthier dish of spuds.Eggnog: Yes, it’s pretty rich, says Martica. “But it also has a lot of nutrients, like protein and calcium.” So don’t deprive yourself of your (and my!) favorite holiday treat. Just have a half cup, says Martica, which will save you 200 calories. Then, cut with a little skim milk. “It’s always best to dilute it a bit.”Pie: Put simply, choose apple or pumpkin. Apologies to pecan pie, but it’s a dieter’s death trap, says Martica. And, skip the whipped cream and ice cream. Pie is delicious without the trimmings!”
More tips come from ShelbyStar.com:
“Stuffing. Prepare stuffing with whole grain bread. Cook the stuffing separate from the turkey. If you add the turkey drippings, be sure to skim off the fat. You save fat calories and provide whole grain goodness.Mashed Potatoes. Using chicken broth instead of butter will lighten up the texture of mashed potatoes and make them fluffier. Using broth instead of butter eliminates most of the fat from a mashed potato dish. For a creamier texture, add a little low-fat or fat-free half and half or buttermilk.Vegetable Tray. Add some new vegetables to those boring celery and carrot sticks by including jicama, snow peas, grape tomatoes, scallions, mushrooms, orange and yellow pepper strips and other varieties of produce. Serve with a balsamic vinegar-based dressing instead of a mayonnaise-based dip.”
My advice: Skip baked desserts and fried foods and don’t overeat on the rest. Or if you are vegetarian like me, consider volunteering at your local soup kitchen or food bank and skipping the feast altogether.
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How Indian Massage Can Make a World of Difference 1
Author: Tania Penwell
Indian massage can be your solution for looking gorgeous, smelling splendid and feeling on top of the world! Read this article to find out how this ancient art of touch can help you in your complete rejuvenation.
Touch is the most basic mode of communication between two human beings. Due to the fact that massage involves this magic touch, massage promotes health---both psychological and emotional.
Massage improves circulation, supports neurological functions, helps in digestion by providing gas relief and strengthens overall immunity.
Massage act as stimulant for the skin receptors and the nerves and triggers off the 'feel-good' hormones, especially the endorphins. This helps the nerves and muscles relax. Massage also helps alleviating pain simply by refusing to receive pain signals from brain.
The end result is: you get a feeling of complete relaxation---both in your body and mind. With tensions and stresses gone, you gain back the keenness of your senses.
How Indian Massage Therapy is different
Massage takes different approaches in different parts of the world. The Indian massage therapy or the Ayurvedic massage has been practiced since antiquity. Massage has always received a scientific perception in the writing of the Scholars of ancient India. This traditional Indian technique was based on Ayurvedic Doshas and Marmas---the pressure points in the Western reflexology. Here are some basic points:
The focal point in Ayurvedic massage technique is: different pressure points of the body. As a healing agent, Indian massage involves the use of different types of touch and pressure or flowing movements.
Ayurvedic massage is applied to the skin in a way so that the tissues underlying it are relieved of muscular tension and pains. This form of massage may involve either particular parts of body---as for example, Indian head massage---or full body massage. Indian massage often involves the use of different types of aromatherapy oils---hot or cold. All of these result in relaxation of the body and promote a sense of overall well-being.
Indian Massage---an experience of lifetime
In the interior of India, you will get to see people receiving massage in the corners of the streets for a few rupees; although they often lack formal training, they have acquired the art as a part of community tradition.
But for a life changing experience, you should visit a luxury Indian spa where trained and experienced masseurs will offer you traditional Ayurvedic massage for a holistic rejuvenation. Here are some of the varieties of Ayurvedic massage you can experience in the different parts of India, especially in the Spa Resorts in Kerala, in southern fringes of the peninsula.
The gentle process that promotes deep cleansing without discomfort. This is a massage technique that helps eliminate toxins from the body accumulated in areas like the lymph, circulatory, and immune systems.
The fastest toxin expelling technique - this is a luxurious full body indulgence with medicated oils containing herbs and ingredients that pacify the unbalanced Vata, Pitta, and Kapha energies.
Ayurvedic Head Massage
The technique that ends mental fatigue - this massage is done with oils containing herbs that pacify the nerves and stimulate the brain for better functioning. This massage can be your ultimate solution for getting rid of emotional fatigue, confusions and for enhanced clarity of mind.
Full Body Steam
Expelling toxins with the help of steam - this is a full body massage technique, much different from ordinary sauna; here the steam contains vapors of detoxifying and balancing herbs. However, the head and neck areas are excluded in this massage. In addition of relieving body from toxins, it also moisturizes and dehydrates the skin giving it a baby soft glow.
The ultimate stress reliever - this amazing technique involves trickling of a warm stream of mixture of cooling and balancing herbal oils and medicated ghee over the forehead in a continuous flow. To enhance the effect, the treatment is carried on in a quiet, soothing atmosphere. If you happen to suffer from any one of these: chronic neuro-muscular disorders, hypertension, insomnia, depression, anxiety, headaches or restlessness---- Shirodhara is the technique you must give a try to get rid of these menaces for once and for all.
For generations, Indian massage has been trusted for having a powerful effect on the mental and emotional well being of the individuals.
Come and experience the difference yourself!
About the author:
Tania Penwell provides information on Indian massage and other types of massage for Savvy Cafe - your guide to living life to the fullest!
Buy the Book: Indian Head Massage: with Fold-out back cover - the massage routine in full colour photographs
by Sandy Halliday
Your body is assaulted everyday by a wide range of environmental toxins. They come from the food that you eat, the water you drink, the air that you breathe and from the things that you put on your skin.
Although the body has its own detox system that is constantly working for you it is likely that the level of toxins that you subject your body to is more than it can cope with. In fact many people derive great benefits from a periodic body detox.
Spring, according to the Chinese system of Medicine, is the best time to start a body detox. After the long cold winter months the warmer weather brings the new shoots of fresh spring vegetables and bitter leaves that help cleanse the liver. A new selection of lighter, more cleansing produce starts to appear in the shops.
A good body detox diet helps your body clear out those unwanted and unnecessary compounds that your body has stored away throughout your life, perhaps as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. This cannot be done with a 24 hour detox wonder supplement or even a 7 day cleanse although these short cleanses can help break the cycle of poor eating habits.
Cleansing or body detox is a gradual process that can be accomplished over time with a good body cleansing diet that builds the principles of healthy eating into your daily routine and helps your body renew and refresh.
A great deal of research has proven that by increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat every day, you can maintain the health of your body and protect against many of the common diseases we are seeing today. Degenerative diseases such as heart disease, arthritis diabetes and cancer are on the increase.
Fruit and vegetables are valuable sources of vitamins and minerals that are involved in the detoxification pathways of your body. They are also rich in a number of antioxidants which help protect against the free radicals generated by toxins.
Fruit is more cleansing than vegetables with citrus fruit being more aggressive. Take care if you have arthritis or joint problems as citrus fruit and juices are likely to aggravate it. Vegetables provide the nutrients that help repair and rebuild.
Fast TrackTips for Effective Body Detox
* Start the day with a glass of hot water with a generous squeeze of or slices of organic lemon.
* Rest the digestive system from hard to digest foods like wheat and foods that deplete vitamins and minerals from your body like alcohol, sugar and coffee. They either interfere with absorption or use your precious vitamins and minerals up in extra detoxification processes.
* Avoid all artificial substances and processed foods.
* Reduce animal produce and reduce red meat unless you know your Metabolic Type and need it.
* Drink more pure water and have at least 6 -8 glasses a day. If you don't like water try flavoring it with lemon, lime, ginger, mint or herbal teas.
* Eat 5 - 9 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables both raw and gently cooked - the richest sources of live nutrients for great cleansing power.
* Eat organic produce where possible to avoid pesticide residues.
* Introduce more raw food if your digestive system can handle it.
* Eat more non gluten grains like wholegrain rice, millet, buckwheat and quinoa.
* Juice some fresh fruit or vegetables for their cleansing and healing power. Start with 3 x 8 oz juices a day until your body gets used to them. Increase to 6 a day for more effective cleansing. Do not mix fruit and vegetables except for apple and carrot juice and the juice of half a green apple can be added to green leaf juices to improve the flavor.
* Take a heaped tablespoon of whole or ground up flax seeds (linseeds) every day to provide fiber to keep your bowels moving to prevent reabsorption of toxins being excreted. You can also slowly, carefully and thoroughly chew a tablespoon of whole flaxseeds everyday rather than dirtying your coffee grinder.
* Take a good multistrain high potency probiotic during the cleanse and for 3 months afterwards. The bowel bacteria or flora have a complex relationship with the liver and are thought to enhance detoxification.
* Support your liver, the body's major detox organ, with a supplement of Milk Thistle, a herb which helps detox and repair the liver.
* A body cleansing diet is not complete without cleansing the lymphatic system. Consider taking a supplements containing a combination of lymph cleansing herbs such as Cleavers, Pokeroot, Wild Indigo Root, Goldenseal or the Ayurvedic herb Triphala which cleanses the lymph through its blood and liver cleansing properties.
* Look for specialised nutritional supplements that can help support liver detoxification pathways in addition to your diet.
* Be sure to increase aerobic exercise -- try brisk walking, gentle jogging away from traffic areas or rebounding on a mini trampoline. Also, it's important to take time to practice deep-breathing exercises to help pump the lymph with fresh oxygen.
A thorough 30 day body detox diet with a continued healthy eating program with periodic cleanses is the key to long-term and efficient weight loss, living without pain and great health.
Do not attempt a full cleansing diet if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, underweight, have diabetes or other serious illness. Seek the advice of a nutritionist, herbalist, naturopathic doctor or a practitioner who has experience in body cleansing and detoxification.
(C)Sandy Halliday 2007
About the Author:
Sandy Halliday, a former nurse, is a nutritionist and health researcher with over 20 years experience with many different types of detoxification. She is passionate about the role of nutrition and detoxification for the prevention of illness and aging as well as the improvement of many health conditions. http://www.thedetoxspecialist.com
Buy the book: 7 Day Detox Miracle
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by Michael Rad
Infrared saunas have many health benefits. First of all, you get a good sweat in a sauna. When you eliminate sweat, you eliminate many toxins from your body, and it is like cleaning your body on the inside. Infrared saunas are also places where people go to relax. Sitting in a sauna can calm you down and make you forget about your day to day problems. Therefore, saunas can improve both your mental and your physical health. Saunas are also an effective means to clean your skin, and get rid of your acne or other skin problems.
Infrared saunas can be found at health centers, spas, gyms and hotels. Many people find it difficult to take some time and go to the gym and enter a sauna. Some people do not like to stay and sweat in the presence of other people, so they avoid going to the sauna even if they are aware of its benefits. For more private individuals, technology has made it possible for you to get your own sauna so you can enjoy the luxury of a sauna at home. You can easily build an infrared sauna, with some help from an electrician and a technician, or you can get a portable infrared sauna that you can move from one room to the other and store it wherever you want.
A popular choice among sauna users is the cedar sauna. The cedar is a very good looking material, and it is durable also. The cedar is used on the outside part of the sauna, and the inside is made of some lighter wood. The reason for this is that the inside of the sauna must be of a wood that releases non-toxic fumes. The interior of the sauna can be made of Russian Spruce or other materials that do not cause emission fumes. The perfect sauna contains cedar on the outside and Russian Spruce on the inside.
So, get a healthy tool for your home, check out FAR infrared saunas and if you are lucky enough to get one, use it as much as you can, and you will see some results only after a few weeks. It might become the favorite room in your house.
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Avoiding Gender Benders for Better Hormonal Health 0
by Sandy Halliday
There have been alarming new reports that there has been an unexpected drop in male births. In fact a quarter of a million fewer boys have been born in the in the last 30 years in the USA and Japan. While this may may not seem particularly significant to your interest in detoxification, scientists are linking the phenomenon to exposure to and body accumulation of hormone mimicking pollutants.
Hormone mimicking toxins or gender benders, as they are often known, appear not to be easily eliminated naturally through the body's detox pathways. They build up and interfere with the way your glandular system functions. This may contribute to painful and distressing conditions such as endometriosis, dysfunction of ovaries, infertility, miscarriages, excessive menstrual bleeding as well as estrogen driven cancers.
These pollutants which include pesticides, dioxin and methylmercury from many industrial sources as well as seafood are thought to be related to the fall in sperm counts and increasing testicular cancer especially in young males. Unborn male babies may more sensitive to the effects of these hormone mimicking pollutants than females and may result in more deaths around the time of birth. The ratios of male to female births are particularly skewed in areas that are close to petrochemical plants.
Bisphenol A is a common estrogen mimic and is ingested by practically everyone who eats canned foods or drinks from a can or hard plastic water bottles. The substance is used in the linings of food and drink cans as well as dental cements. Plastics have revolutionized our lives but scientists are beginning recognize that we may now be paying the price of convenience. Bisphenol A levels were found to be 3 times higher in women who had miscarriages and dysfunction of their ovaries than other women.
Recently blood samples taken from the cord blood of newborns were found to contain 287 industrial pollutants many of which were found to be toxic to the brain and nervous system. 180 are known to cause cancer. 208 were found to cause birth defects in animals. As usual the plastics industry is disputing the research findings in spite of a lawsuit being brought against 5 manufacturers of plastic baby bottles.
The facts surrounding this story only go to heighten the fact that we have to be careful what we put into our bodies and the bodies of our young children and how important it is to ensure that we try to detox them. Couples thinking of having a baby should be particularly concerned with detoxing their bodies prior to even trying to conceive.
The best pre-conceptual care programs insist on 6 months preparation for both parents or a minimum of 3 months. Men often wonder why they should be included but the quality of the sperm as well as the quantity is influenced by chemicals in the body as well as the nutritional status.
Mercury is not the only toxin lurking in oily fish. Scientists have just discovered that diabetes may be linked to the toxic chemicals DDT and PCB's that pollute the seas and accumulate in oily fish. Studies have shown that the people with the highest levels of chemicals in their bodies are more likely to develop this disease.
Here my 10 top tips for avoiding these gender benders and the havoc they bring to your hormone health.
1) Examine the recycling symbol on the bottom of plastic water bottled if you reuse them. The colorful hard bottles with a #7 favored by many may leach Bisophenol A into the liquid. A #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), #4 or #5 should be fine. #1 is for one time use only as the plastic breaks down with further use. Use glass bottles where possible.
2) Check all your plastic food containers as well and store food, especially oily food, in glass or ceramic dishes.
3) Eat an organic diet where possible but always a balanced wholefood one.
4) Avoid the 7 fruits and 5 vegetables that according to recent research from the Environmental Working Group in Washington consistently have the highest level of pesticide residues - peaches, apples, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, and grapes that are imported from outside the United States and Canada, sweet bell peppers, celery, spinach, lettuce, and potatoes..
5) Concentrate your diet on the 6 fruits and 6 vegetables with the lowest pesticide residue - pineapples, mangoes, kiwi, bananas, papaya, onions, sweet corn, asparagus, sweet peas, cabbage, and broccoli.
6) Avoid oily fish and replace your omega 3 essential fats with supplements that are guaranteed pure and free from chemicals and toxic metals.
7) Avoid toluene in some nail polishes and perfumes, DEHP in many perfumed products, the preservative parabens in personal products and use only organic or products containing natural ingredients.
8) Only use plastic babies bottles that are designated Bisphenol A free or use glass ones. Avoid plastic teething rings and prevent babies from chewing on other plastic toys.
9) Avoid bleaches and other chemical based household cleaners. Use environmentally friendly ones instead.
10) Follow regular detox programs and include foods that support the liver sulfation pathways - broccoli sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions and garlic. Also include a good liver detoxification support supplement and consider DIM (Diindolylmethane) or Cacium -D-Glucarate supplements to help balance estrogen and detoxify the estrogen mimics. Get the advice of a nutritional doctor, naturopath or nutritionist if you have serious problems with your hormones.
It is recognized that some people have a better capacity for the detoxification of chemicals than others but by avoiding chemicals as much as possible and following regular detox programs many hormonal conditions can be prevented or considerably improved.
To learn much more about detoxification get my brand new Free Report at http://www.thedetoxspecialist.com.
(c) Sandy Halliday 2007
Sandy Halliday, a former nurse, is a nutritionist and health researcher with over 20 years experience in various methods of detoxification. She is passionate about the prevention of disease and aging and the improvement of many health conditions with regular, effective detoxification. http://www.thedetoxspecialist.com
Buy the Book: The Detox Box [affiliate link]
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