Foods to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Whenever the whole family gets together you never know what can happen. This year, when they all come over for the holidays, don’t stress out. Over 67 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, which has been called “the silent killer”, but don’t become its next victim. Lower your blood pressure before their arrival with these natural foods.

While medication can be very helpful in lowering blood pressure, it is also important to eat properly and keep your temper under control. Try eating these foods to get your blood pressure down during the stressful holiday season: Continue reading

Furoshiki: Wrap Your Presents the Eco Friendly Way


Each year we spend hours carefully wrapping our Christmas presents in beautiful paper and bows. But, on Christmas morning they are torn open in a matter of minutes and all of that wrapping paper goes straight into the trash (or recycling). Don’t you feel that this is wasteful? Well, if you wrap your gifts in Furoshiki your presents can still look amazing, but you won’t have the waste to contend with.

Wrapping paper is temporary and can be hard on the environment, so minimizing its use can help in saving the planet. This year, in honor of living a Go Raw lifestyle, wrap the presents for your family and friends in Furoshiki, and they are sure to appreciate the sustainability. Not only will they be getting a physical gift, but you will also be giving the gift of preserving the environment and following their values and lifestyles. Continue reading

Paleo Holiday Cookies

If you’re making cookies for Santa this year, or (if we’re being honest) making them for yourself, try making them paleo so that you don’t break out of the healthy-eating cycle. They can still be just as delicious as the ones filled with sugar, but a little better for you. The holidays can be a trying time for those of us who are trying to eat well or live a healthy lifestyle, whether that’s paleo, raw vegan or gluten free. Continue reading

Fighting Off Anemia With Healthy Eating

With the holiday season in full swing it’s likely that you are being bombarded with delicious, but unhealthy food. If you suffer from anemia, or have a loved one who does, this can be an especially difficult time of year. This condition is a result of low levels of iron and red blood cells that provide oxygen to body tissues. This leaves the body weak and tired. With a disease that affects more than 3.5 million people in the United States alone, it is important that we stay healthy during all times of the year. When you head into the kitchen to cook the holiday meal, try incorporating some of these super foods into your grocery list to help combat anemia. Continue reading

Fighting Depression With Exercise

Did you know that depression is the most common mental illness in America? It affects about 25% of Americans. And you may have seen a quote about this on social media: “Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent and underutilized antidepressant.” This is attributed to Bill Phillips, a fitness guru, and if you didn’t believe the quote is true just because of his smiling face and fit physique, maybe you’ll believe actual science.

In 2011, a study was released that reviewed 127 depressed people who hadn’t experienced relief from SSRIs (selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors, a common antidepressant). But something led 30 percent of those people into remission: exercise. And there it is—proof that exercise is as good as, or better than, drugs alone. Continue reading

Healthy Joints For a Happy You

As we get older, one of the first things that we notice is the joint pain. All of the activities that we put our bodies through over the years take a toll on our joints. But, a healthy lifestyle can help to minimize any symptoms of joint pain that we may experience as the years go by. Including certain foods in your diet on a regular basis greatly increases bone strength and decreases joint inflammation. These foods help to improve the cartilage that allows bones to move and keeps in tact the capsule filled with synovial fluid that cushions this cartilage. Continue reading

Broccoli: A Lean, Green Healing Machine

 

Please eat more broccoli than this.

Do you like flowers? Of course, everyone does! Well, that means you’re also a fan of broccoli, because it is really just a very large flower top that even blooms before it is picked. Broccoli is one of the most common vegetables found on your dinner plate. It’s easy to cook and can be prepared in a wide variety of ways, from simply steamed to chopped up in a casserole. But, in addition to being delicious, it is also extremely nutritious. Continue reading

What’s Going On With GMOs?

We have known for a while now that GMOs have a negative affect on your health, and brought it up a while ago in another post. We also wrote a post on the pros and cons of GMO labeling. Many of the restaurants that we eat at proudly post on their menu that all of their foods are GMO free. With the holidays just around the corner, we are about to consume a ridiculous amount of food, so this is a good time to remind ourselves exactly why we avoid foods that contain genetically modified organisms. Continue reading

Tips for a Paleo Thanksgiving Meal

©Paleo Spirit

When we think of the Thanksgiving meal, what comes to mind? Turkey, naturally. But also stuffing, gravy, corn, bread rolls, pumpkin pie…All those things have items in them or are not in the Paleo diet.

Now, you might be thinking: How can you be so strict with your diet on a day like Thanksgiving? Can’t you ease up a little? Well, yes. Of course you can, if you don’t have any dietary issues that have caused you to choose a certain way of eating, like Paleo, vegetarian or raw vegan, or even sugar/dairy/gluten free. Continue reading

Support the Fight Against Diabetes

Over 29 million Americans have diabetes, and 86 million Americans age 20 and older have prediabetes. It’s the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, but there are many ways to combat acquiring diabetes, and many are within our control. Diet and exercise are two of the main ways people can fend off this disease—a disease that brings with it a host of other health problems, like heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and more.

The American Diabetes Association knows that diet and exercise can help prevent and help Type 2 diabetes sufferers, and they know that combining good, old-fashioned exercise with fundraising is a great way to raise money. And this is where you come in!

It’s easy to help support this foundation that does so much important work. And maybe you’ve been affected by diabetes, or even have it yourself. How can you give back? There are some great ways, and all are a lot of fun: Continue reading