Tips For Transforming Health And To Get In Better Shape
November 27, 2011 By Billy
Transforming health to get the most advantages may seem like a difficult thing to do but in reality, little things you do can have a tremendous impact on your health. You do not need a huge change all at once in fact a large, drastic change can affect your health negatively. The small changes are recommended and they can be as simple as buying a different product when you go shopping or adding a little more walking into every day. Picking healthy drinks instead of a sugar-packed one can also be another way to change to a healthier lifestyle. You just have to find all those little things that will add up to make the difference.
The main thing that you have to think about is all the things that you are putting in your body. How could you expect to have a healthy life style if all that you put in your body are the things that are known to hurt your health? If you can afford organic food then do so as it does make a difference. Organic food that does not have all the steroids, chemicals and preservatives in it will start having an impact very quickly. Avoiding red meats can also improve your health, you may not want to give up red meat altogether but should you have it 3 times a week? Instead go for chicken and fish and you will start feeling improvements. Even better if you can reduce your meat intake, that may sound hard but all you have to do is go for smaller meat portions and compliment it with more vegetables. It’s also not a bad idea to consider looking at the different items that are considered Super Foods. These nutrient dense foods can add a lot to your overall health.
Before You Run You Should Walk
If you don’t have an exercise program then you should have one. Of course this is about transforming health, but the transformation is not going to happen in a day. The reason most people will join a gym just to end up not using the membership is because they want to make the drastic change all at once. That would be fine, if it weren’t so difficult. It is more likely that you will stick to an exercise routine if you start slowly and that means walking. Walk a little bit further each day and before you know it you will be running.
If an exercise regimen promises you that you will drop 10 pounds a week just pass on it. While it is very possible to drop that much weight that fast, chances are that you will end up gaining the weight back. The reason for that is that you have not really changed your lifestyle which is what you need do to start transforming health; you have just gone through what’s considered a crash diet. If you want to impact your health you’re better to do it slow, that is the way you want it if it is to be a permanent habit. There is no magic pill to drop pounds and keep them off or to have better health; the only true answer is a balanced diet and an exercise regimen in your life.Comments to this post
What Is SuperFood And Why Is It Important To Get In Your Diet?
SuperFood is a term used to describe a variety of different fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, grains, and oils. What they all have in common is that they are rich in certain nutrients that are very beneficial and necessary to our physical and mental well-being and these nutrients can be hard to find anywhere else.
If you are working on improving your diet then you’ll want more than just SuperFoods, you’ll also need them to be organic, especially in regards to the fruits and vegetables because when they are not organically grown, they lose much of what makes them so rich with nutrients for our health in the first place. The pesticides and chemicals used on mass market produce tend to drag down the nutritional makeup of the food as well as add harmful chemical toxins.
What Foods Fall Into The SuperFood Group?
We count beans and legumes in this group because of their protein, fiber and nutrient composition. Berries, especially blueberries, cranberries, Acai berries and Goji berries are also a part of the nutrient-dense category called SuperFoods. Deep green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale, some seaweed and veggies that are deep red like tomatoes belong to the same group. Many nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pecans and pistachios also carry the important nutritional composition that adds them to the list. In addition, certain yogurts, fatty fish such as salmon and tuna are also vital. To be a superfood requires that it contains antioxidants which aid in the fight against cancer, certain minerals, vitamins, fats and fiber.
Children, pregnant women and often the elderly are deficient of iron, calcium, folic acid, and vitamins. In every age group and condition, superfood and organic nutrition can prevent many diseases that could carry lifelong consequences. It is therefore most important to make intelligent choices when buying food. Children without enough calcium and vitamin D may suffer from deformed bones and dental problems. Pregnant women risk Spina Bifida and other neural tube defects without sufficient folic acid, the elderly may be anemic from insufficient intake of iron or break bones from osteoporosis due to low calcium.
Different Cultures Eat Differently:
The American dinner table has a very different setting than many European or Asian tables do. Europeans shop daily for their groceries and get the freshest items that way. Vegetables do not come out of a can the majority of time and meat is not an everyday dinner item. Organic nutrition is very important to the European meal plan. Superfoods, although not known as such, have always been part of the food groups there. Although over the years even Europe and Asia have been introduced to fast food, it is not a staple on the family’s menu as it sometimes is in the United States. Consequently they experience far different levels of illness in regards to numbers and kinds.
In the US, we often don’t find enough time to prepare the nutritious meals we know our families need and deserve. In a time crunch, we are grateful for the availability of the trusted stand-bys like fast food, junk food and food in cans and boxes. While this feeds the family and satisfies everyone’s hunger, it is a shortcut which may carry serious consequences: the loss of nutrition, especially nutrient rich super foods and the important benefits of the vitamins and minerals they provide. Over time, repeated processed meals and dismissal of the importance of nature’s nutrition will lead to a serious weakening of our immune system.
Superfoods will counteract the action of poor food sources and carry out restorative functions. In this way these food groups and organic nutrition protect us from the constant onslaught of viruses, bacteria and fungi to which our bodies are subjected daily.Comments to this post
The Importance of Exercise and Healthy Eating To Look And Feel Better
November 25, 2011 By Billy
In the past decade or two, we have all been inundated with advice regarding how to lose weight and have it stay off. Some advice has merit, some is just silly and then there’s that advice that sounds good, comes from a reliable source but is totally worthless. There have been diets touted as each one being THE weight loss diet of the century.
Remember Fads Like The Cabbage Soup Diet?
Eating nothing but cabbage soup could guarantee a loss of fifteen pounds in three weeks. That’s five pounds per week, which is at the upper limit of what a person should lose according to medical pamphlets on safety. It is really a high carbohydrate diet that will deprive the body of the nutrients derived from both the dairy and meat groups. If one is looking for a quick five pound decrease in their weight, it may work. But if you want to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients for your health you’ll need more variety. These types of diets that reduce you to one or two food groups are not a healthy way to go. You need to look at your health as an overall picture. You want to consider the nutrients you’re getting and where you’re getting them from. Often your body will continue signaling that it’s hungry simply because it is not getting the right balance of nutrition that it needs to function properly.
Our Body Protects Us From Starvation
Getting well-balanced nutrition without exercise may be beneficial at any age to your overall health but may not reduce your weight. It only gets worse after age forty or so; the body seems to listen to a different drummer and the beat is definitely slower. Metabolism has crept down to rival that of a sloth. No matter how many calories are reduced, it still takes a painfully long time before the brain resets itself to lose weight. This is because as soon as the body receives less nourishment, it enters into starvation mode and conserves as many calories as it can. The body is protective that way; it is a carryover from evolution when food was available only at sporadic intervals.
What Can the Mature Body Expect?
At forty, not that forty is a magic number; people’s lives are generally a bit more settled in and not as active as they used to be. They are also entering middle age and with that, are more prone to the onset of diseases. This is not something desirable but it is a fact. The older we get, the more susceptible we are to illnesses. The importance of exercise and a healthy diet for overall improvement of health can no longer be minimized. It’s safe to say you will truly get the best results at any age if you decide to put in an effort by watching both what you eat and how active you are.
Exercise must include the stretching of muscles not used in routine functions for everyday life. When you work a muscle it gets bigger and the bigger it is, the longer it will keep on using energy from the extra calories stored in the body. Stressing the gluteus maximus by squatting, or by a game of basketball, has longer lasting effects on the muscle than the actual exercise time; the additional time the muscle uses the energy is like a freebie. Get the most out of the plan by working your diet and your activity levels.Comments to this post
Billy’s Green Power Nuggets
November 18, 2011 By Billy
Billy’s Green Power NuggetsComments to this post
Mix in a bowl:
1 cup hemp seeds
1 cup cold pressed coconut oil (you may need to warm slightly to soften)
1/2 cup raw unfiltered honey
1 round tablespoon Infinity Greens, or more if you prefer
Optional: 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs
Optional: Add 15 drops peppermint extract, “herb-pharm” brand
Refrigerate mix for 20 minutes to firm up.
Form into round nuggets with fingers, 1″ diameter. Roll nugget in loose hemp seeds, add a goji berry on top and refrigerate to fully set . . . Yum! An easy to prepare super health-creating treat!
What Is Wrong With Dieting?
The country is overweight and there is no surprise in that statement. Because of that more and more people every day are looking for a way to shed the pounds. They try low carb diets, smaller meals, exercise routines and everything in between. But once the diet is done the weight just comes right back. The problem is that people think of dieting instead of a change in diet. A change in diet is what ultimately will help you reach your goals and live a healthier life style. Exercise must be a part of the change as well and when it comes to diet, healthier foods and healthy drinks will both be a part of the change that will get results.
Exercise Alone Won’t Work
Many people think that exercise alone can help them get back in shape but if you do not also change the diet, you will find that you may be getting in better shape, but not in good shape. It would also take a lot longer to reach your goals if you can reach them at all. Exercise will help you get your body in decent shape and to have more stamina, but if you are still filling your body full of bad fats and cholesterol you could suffer from other cardiovascular diseases or diseases like diabetes. In other words an exercise routine is a fantastic step but this alone is simply not enough. You have to change the items on your grocery list as well.
Benefits Of Organic Foods
You may have seen organic food in the supermarket and it looks the same as the other food except for the difference in price. So why buy organic food? Organic food is healthier plain and simple. For starters you can be certain that the highest standards for food growing or preparations are met. To you that means less harmful pesticides or toxic chemicals in your diet. Because of that your body will work better with fewer things that will slow it down. Studies have also shown that organic food tastes better. The more you enjoy healthy food the more likely you will be to continue eating healthy.
Substitute Unhealthy Eating
If you are going to change your diet, you have to take note of what you eat or drink. Healthy drinks for example will contain less sugar if any at all as well as some nutrients that your body needs. Compare that to some of the most popular sugary drinks on the market today and you will find that some soft drinks are all sugar and artificial colors and no healthy ingredients. That is just an example, but a good piece of advice would be to start reading labels. Once you do, you will be surprised at the things you are eating. Just a habit of looking at the labels may make a huge difference in the food that you buy and eat. Changing your diet instead of dieting will produce the best results and because you are changing your diet for good you will be more likely to stay healthy. Another thing is for certain and that’s we need to add the right, nutrient rich foods into our diets while taking away the processed foods.Comments to this post
Billy’s Famous Chai
November 15, 2011 By Billy
Billy’s Famous Chai
Blend piece of fresh ginger (approx size of thumb) skin and all, with 4 cups purified water.
Add to pot with:
1 box rice milk or 3/4 cup half and half
5 – 10 cardamom pods or 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
1/2 cup yerba mate leaf
1 round tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon stevia powder
Pinch of sea salt
Optional: 1/4 cup spearmint leaf, round tablespoon chamomile flowers, and scoop of Infinity Greens
Bring to near boil and steep for 5 minutes. Strain pot with wire mesh strainer and reheat. Fill thermos and find a cozy spot in front of the sunset, and bliss out. Or combine with morning meditation and inspirational reading. This will set the tone for another wonderful day!Comments to this post
Ginger Lemon Honey Tea
November 8, 2011 By Billy
Add into Blender*:
Piece of fresh ginger (the size of your thumb)
Heaping tablespoon unfiltered raw honey
Juice of 1 lemon
4 cups water
Optional: Add a serving of Infinity C for a powerful immunity boost
* or you can just chop or grate the ginger and stir all the ingredients.
Blend, strain, heat, serve. Serves 3. Enjoy!Comments to this post
Raw Cream of Beet Soup
November 7, 2011 By Billy
Raw Cream of Beet SoupComments to this post
Add to Vitamix:
1 fist size beet, peeled and cut into quarters
1/4 ripe avocado
Juice of half lemon
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper or to taste
Optional: Add one heaping scoop of Infinity Greens for a burst of antioxidants and nutrient-dense superfoods!
Blend until creamy smooth. You may add a little water or another tomato to get desired consistency. This is super easy; everything goes in to the blender and hit go! This soup tastes absolutely amazing and is wonderfully cleansing for the body. Serves 2
Raw Spaghetti and Marinara
1) Soak 1 cup sun dried tomatoes in 2 cups water for at least a few hours prior to cooking
2) To make the spaghetti noodles for 2 servings: use shredder blade (the blade with the little holes in it), run three zucchinis
through the food processor. This will produce noodle/spaghetti like pieces. Place in metal pot with pure water and add 1 teaspoon sea salt. Heat pot to warm temperature; approx. 105 degrees (you can just test temp. with hand) . . . this softens the zucchini but allows it to remain raw and enzymatically rich.
4) For marinara, place ingredients in food processor (use blender if you prefer sauce to smoother):
1 tomato cut in quarters
1 red onion cut in quarters
1 red bell pepper cut into quarters (seeds removed)
1 round teaspoon diced fresh ginger
1 cup soaked sun-dried tomatoes
1 cup soak water from sundried tomatoes
2/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon dry basil
1 tablespoon dry oregano
1 tablespoon dry thyme
1 teaspoon sea salt
Optional: For a powerful protein boost, add a serving of Infinity Protein!
Pulse until desired consistency, adding additional water as needed.Comments to this post
5) Strain zucchini pasta well. Press pasta into strainer to remove remaining water.
6) Pour sauce over zucchini pasta and garnish with sun-dried olives and avocado slices.
Dang this is good!!!!
Best Guacamole!!!Comments to this post
Select avocado of perfect ripeness and scoop into bowl.
Add juice of one lemon and sprinkle of sea salt . . . and maybe a little cayenne!
Mash together with a fork.
Optional: Add 1 serving of Infinity Protein for an added protein boost.
Serve with flax seed crackers or celery or cucumber slices.
So easy, so good.
Simple Fabulous Dressing
November 6, 2011 By Billy
Blend in blender:Comments to this post
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Optional: Add 1 serving of Infinity Greens for a superfood boost!
So simple, yet so delicious!!!
Curried Kale Soup
November 4, 2011 By Billy
Curried Kale Soup
Blend in blender:
3 tomatoes and 2 cloves garlicComments to this post
Add to pot with:
1 cubed sweet potato
1 head broccoli, chopped
3 green kale leaves finely chopped (first remove stems)
1 round tablespoon Indian curry powder
1 round tablespoon cold-pressed coconut oil
1 slightly round teaspoon Celtic sea salt or salt to taste
Optional: Add a serving of Infinity C for a quick immune booster
Water, desired amount . . . you can add more later if needed.
Cook at low boil for 10 minutes Add juice of 1 lemon. Scoop 1.5 cups of soup into blender and blend until smooth
*Important! Hold dish towel over top of lid on blender. The steam from
soup can potentially pop the lid off when you hit blend. Also helps to
start on low speed.
Add blended soup back to pot and stir. Add water if needed.
Raw Non-Bean Burrito
YOU WILL LOVE THIS!!! You will find that the taste, consistency, and texture closely replicate that of the ultimate Bean and Cheese Burrito. Not only does it taste far better, it leaves you feeling energized, vibrant, healthy, light, and deeply satisfied! You can also slice the chard leaves to a smaller size to make miniature burritos that are the perfect finger food for catering a party . . . not to mention that you will dazzle your friends.
Raw Non-Bean BurritoComments to this post
Equipment needed: Food-processor
Foods: raw walnuts, olive oil, sea salt, cumin, lemon juice, chili powder, avocado, cucumber, chard leaves, tomato, sprouts
1) Soak 1 cup raw walnuts in pure water for at least 8 hours or overnight
2) Drain walnuts and place in food processor
3) Add: 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 round teaspoon chili powder, and juice of one lemon. For an additional burst of protein, add a serving of Infinity Protein!
4) Blend until consistency is like that of refried beans. Note: you will need to stop the food processor and scrape the sides with a spatula and blend again to get the consistency smooth.and you may to add just a little water to keep things moving.
5) Slice tomato, cucumber, and avocado into thin slices, approx. 1/4″ thick
6) Smear “non-refried-bean-like-walnut-yumminess” along middle vein of Chard Leaf. You will find that the chard leaf is circular in shape much like a flour tortilla. Stack tomato, cucumber, avocado, and spouts as you desire over the non-Beans. You may add any veggie you like. This one is fabulous and is a good place to start. You can also add extra sea salt to taste or a sprinkle of cayenne for extra spiciness.
7) Roll it up.
8) Enjoy! Serves 3.
Raw Thai Coconut Curry Soup
November 3, 2011 By Billy
This one is delicious! Many raw vegetables can be tough for the body to digest because of the tough and course nature of cell walls in plants. And one of my favorite strategies is to puree raw vegetables into dip, sauces and soups. That way it makes them easy to digest and very palatable and also maintains that nutrient/enzyme rich quality.
Raw Thai Coconut Curry Soup
Blend in Blender:
1 Thai coconut (1 cup water and all of meat scooped out from coconut)
you can also use a can of coconut milk . . . it’s still a very nourishing fat.
2 leaves collard greens
Juice from half lemon
Sea salt to taste
Round teaspoon Thai curry paste
Round teaspoon miso
Optional: Add a serving of Infinity Greens for a boost of antioxidants and nutrients!
Warm and serve.Comments to this post
Tangy Ginger Dressing
November 2, 2011 By Billy
1 ripe tomato
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons chopped ginger
1 round teaspoon sea salt
Optional: you can add a round teaspoon of Infinity Greens!
Apply liberally over mix of organic baby greens, sliced avocado and tomato, sprouts, and sundried olives . . . or use in a Veggie Wrap. Marinate your favorite leafy greens with olive oil and lemon juice. Or use your new tangy ginger dressing recipe. Sprinkle a little sea salt and cayenne pepper. Roll in sprouted Ezekiel tortilla with sliced avocado and grated carrot. This is awesomeComments to this post
Raw GazpachoComments to this post
Blend in Vita-Prep:
2 cucumbers peeled and seeds removed
4 Roma tomatoes
1 red bell pepper, seeds removed
1/2 onion, peeled
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup carrot juice
1 tablespoon dill
1 tablespoon oregano
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon dry chives
1/2 tablespoon sea salt
Add extra water for desired consistency, or a serving of Infinity Protein for a powerful protein boost. This is incredibly refreshing on a summer day!
Raw Cole Slaw
November 1, 2011 By Billy
Equipment Needed: Cuisinart Food Processor, Vitamix Blender Ingredients:Purple Cabbage, Carrot, Red Onion, Celery Seed, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Dry Thyme, Sea Salt
Using shredder blade in food processor:Comments to this post
Add 1 head purple cabbage
Add 2 carrots
Add 1 red onion
Blend in the Vitamix:
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/5 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
And for a quick immune booster, add a serving of Infinity C!
Mix ingredients together in a large bowl and enjoy!
Chillied Red Quinoa with Spinach Salsa Dressing
October 26, 2011 By Billy
Red Quinoa (regular quinoa is fine also)
1/2 pound spinach
Chili powder blend
Celtic sea salt
1 jalapeno pepper
Bunch of cilantro
2 juicy Roma tomatoes
Add into pot:
1 cup red quinoa
3 cups water
Best if you do this first step earlier in the day . . . then it can just sit at room temperature, and the Quinoa partially sprouts and becomes more protein available, and it cooks faster.
1/2 cup shelled edemame
Cook covered at low boil for 10-12 minutes are until water is nearly absorbed. Do not stir. Sprinkle into pot heaping tablespoon chili powder blend, teaspoon sea salt, round tablespoon coconut oil. Cook for 2-3 more minutes. Squeeze half of lemon into pot, give it a stir and turn of heat.
Add into Blender:Comments to this post
1/2 pound spinach
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 3 lemons
Slightly round teaspoon Celtic sea salt
2 tomatoes (squeeze some of the juice out first and salsa will be thicker)
1 jalapeno pepper with seeds removed (otherwise will be too spicy!)
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
And, for an antioxidant and superfood boost, add one serving of Infinity Greens!
Blend until smooth. This is also a great dip!
Serve quinoa and drizzle desired amount of green salsa over top.
This could be your new favorite dish. Serves 3.
Raw Kale Pesto
October 25, 2011 By Billy
This is amazing as a dressing, dip or topping for any cooked whole grain. This is wonderfully easy and requires no chopping – just everything in the blender and hit go! Please try it . . . it tastes more amazing than you would ever imagine.
Raw Kale Pesto
Blend in blender:
Full bunch of fresh kale, stems removed
Juice of 3 lemons
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Optional: fresh basil
Serve over warm cooked quinoa.
Quinoa for 2: add 1 cup quinoa, 3 cups water. Low boil until water absorbed.
For a powerful protein boost, add one serving of Infinity Protein into the blender!Comments to this post
October 24, 2011 By Billy
Classic Oatmeal – A timeless favorite!
Add into pot: 1 cup rolled oats, 2 cups water, sprinkle Celtic sea salt.
Cook at low boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Do not stir, or it will stick.
Add 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 1 round tablespoon coconut oil
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Turn off heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
Stir, serve, and then sprinkle Billy’s Sprouted Almonds on top.
You can also add 1 serving of Infinity Greens for a powerful superfood (or antioxidant) boost!Comments to this post
October 18, 2011 By Billy
Start with 1 round teaspoon Infinity GreensComments to this post
Add the juice of 1 lemon
Add a sprinkle of sea salt
Add dash of cayenne pepper into a glass of water