Function Better

Better function is desirable, even a competitive edge in life.

Do you have aches, pains and limitations that are holding you back? Are you taking medcations that are stifling the most optimal life? Perhaps these are signs that your function is declining and you need to regain what was lost. Or perhaps you wish to discover functional abilities that you never had, a possibility at any age.

American society creates very low expectations for our physical function, even creating the culture of medical rescues (everyone should have one). Don’t become a victim of this herd effect!

Our body creates itself and then continues to remodel itself throughout our lives. The remodeling can be either positive or negative – this is up to us, and skill is required.

Physical function is extremely important to mothers taking care of their kids, fathers earning a living, and students busy fashioning their minds. Our roles in life cannot be divorced from our physical function.

The best way to create a better brain is to work through your body.

Functioning better means doing – not knowing. Far too often people are trapped in a “knowing-doing” gap. We cannot think our way into vitality, plain and simple.

Vitality means demonstrating more power, flexibility, adaptability and immunity.

Vitality means demonstrating metabolic efficiency throughout the body.

Infusing your body with artificial medicines does not produce optimal function because there are no molecular antidotes for the stresses and dysfunction attributed to a modern lifestyle.

Most people, even young people, tend to not USE their hormones efficiently, therefore supplementing hormones into one’s body generally creates risk without clear benefit.

You cannot supplement your way out of a sedentary existence or lack of fitness.

Your body’s present function is your presence in the universe. It is your essence.

Feel Better Now

When people feel good about their health they can save money and not complicate life with unnecessary medical care.

People who are physically fit and physically invested in their health “know” they are healthy because they feel it. This is not an intellectual matter as the medical and supplement industries wish you to believe. Real health is experiential, meaning you actually feel better, look better, and function better. It is not at all abstract or a conclusion based on test numbers.

It is imperative to our survival that we “sincerely feel” healthy and avoid the cognitive traps wherein we can argue that our laboratory test numbers (abstract surrogate markers at best) are better and therefore we must be healthy. This is a set-up for supreme failure because we live in a physical world, not an abstract world. For instance, the Twinkie-induced comfort (the artificially derived feeling as a mixture of highly processed sugar and fat hit the brain) is very real in a physical sense, therefore not likely resisted for an abstract proposition such as to improve our surrogate health markers or avoid diseases in the future. This scenario is even less concrete and infinitely more troubling in that society and the medical system make us believe (feel) we are most likely victims of our diseases. This is not true and I urge you to feel differently!

There are distinct anatomical structures in our nervous system which connect us to our vital organs, much of it below our level of consciousness. Therefore the health we create in our lives is intrinsic knowledge, the physical, intellectual and emotional context of our lives. I consider this physical realism wherein we sense we are either building a stronger, more vital context for life, or we sense we are building a weaker, disabling context for life. In the biological world (where we reside), there is no middle ground, no static state – we are either building ourselves up or tearing ourselves down, and we feel it.

When we feel better about our health, we tend to feel more secure about everything. Feeling your best can take many forms, from less aches and pains to a better functioning heart, all of which depend upon your health – your physical form and function. Feeling positive (even just an attitude) enhances everything in life, but also improves us physically in of itself, especially our immunity and cognitive function.

You sculpt your health, your body, your mind and your life. You can feel as good as you wish to.

 

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Blueberry Delight

 

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Blueberry Delight is quickly becoming one of my favorite snacks and it is also an incredibly easy and quick breakfast. It’s full of amazing anti-oxidants and phytonutrients. Blueberries are so nutritious and keep very well in the freezer, and the other ingredients are super nutritious pantry staples that you will use in many other dishes. Pair it with a lean protein like Greek Yogurt or Cottage Cheese and you have a balanced breakfast or snack.

 

Super Blueberry Delight: breakfast, snack or dessert!

1 Cup of frozen or fresh blueberries
Handful of raw walnuts
1 tsp of coconut oil
1/4 C of organic, unsweetened shredded coconut
Stevia to taste (optional)
1T Chia seeds
1T Dark Chocolate Chips (optional, use when making this a treat)

Pour blueberries and coconut into a cereal bowl and heat gently in microwave at 50% power till warm. Add a 1/2 of packet of stevia if you like it sweet. Add walnuts, chia seeds and dark chocolate chips. Enjoy!!

 

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Helpful Tips to Help Kids Eat Natural Foods and Stay Active

DSC 9833We all worry about the health of our kids. Just walking down the grocery store isles filled with processed foods in colorful packages, the newest gummies, roll ups, cereals, sodas, cookies, muffins, chips.. you know the drill, we have all been there and it is almost impossible to not break down and give in to some of their pleas.  I find it helpful to simply stay out of those isles!!  Try going to the produce section first and filling up with their favorite fruits, nuts and veggies.   Anyway, here are some helpful tips from the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine to encourage better food choices along with ideas to stay more active. 

Remember Flavor and Eye Appeal are the Foundation for Success.

  •      vary the shapes of veggies, cut-out shapes, curls and circles rather than sticks
  •      make wraps rather than sandwiches
  •      provide healthful “dips” like hummus or lowfat ranch for veggies, nut butters
  •      serve meals in eye catching dishware or lunch boxes  

Involve Kids in Food Selection and Preperation.

  •      kids and teens are more likely to eat foods they help select and prepare
  •      Use shopping trips as a time to talk about new and nutritious foods
  •      allow kids to experiment and create novel ways to prepare foods

Eat Breakfast Every Day.

  •      Little time for breakfast?  Put together the night before
  •      have kids help set out plates, wash and cut fruit and veggies
  •      keep breakfast simple, or prepare home-packed breakfast to go

Make the Most of School Lunches.

  •      explore opportunities for tasty, good nutrition
  •      look at and compare nutritional choices in regular and a la carte foods 
  •      talk about sensible choices

Pack a Lunch from Home.  This is usually the answer to inadequate school menus and meals.

  •      include a lean protein, veggies, fruit and healthy fat
  •      keep nutritious lunch “makings” on hand
  •      encourage kids to pack their own lunches, selecting a variety of foods

Prepare Snacks Ahead of Time and Keep them Handy.

  •      prepare and bag single servings of healthful snacks  on the weekend to make good choices easy during the week.  Have children help
  •      keep nuts, fresh and dried fruit, veggies with dip
  •      pumpkin and sunflower seeds, low-fat cheese, yogurt, nut butters

Offer New Foods Multiple Times:  Kids Often Have to Try New Foods Several Times Before Deciding if they Like Them.

  •      vary preperation
  •      try only small servings at first
  •      include the new food with their favorite recipe
  •      have kids pick and choose which new food to try

Move It Everyday:  Help Children Get 60 Minutes of Moderate to Vigorous Exercise Daily.

  •      create a routine, hike, walk together daily, or play outdoors.  
  •      be a role model
  •      participate in community and school physcial activities and sports
  •      involve kids in active household chores

    

 

 

Green Egg Scramble

Green Egg Scramble

Green Egg Scramble

Wow, this recipe was surprisingly so delicious and has become a favorite!!! I left out the spinach because I was out, and included some yolks.  It was easy and quick, I cut down on some time by using frozen organic broccoli cooked for about 2 minutes in the microwave, and I already had minced onion in the fridge. Didn’t need any salt either.  Paired it with a bowl of fruit cereal: sliced strawberries, bananas, blueberries and chopped almonds. Passed the teenager test!

Ingredients

  • 9 broccoli florets, steamed and sliced
  • ½ cup of spinach (optional)
  • 2 green onions, minced or ½ sweet red onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup of mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Preheat sauté pan with butter, coconut or olive oil on medium low heat. Saute onion and garlic. Add Mushrooms and cook until soft. Add broccoli and spinach and cook just until tender. Add beaten eggs and cook until just done, do not overcook.
Transfer to a dish and top with sliced avocado.