“You have a clean slate
every day you wake up.
You have a chance
every single morning
to make that change and
be the person you want to be.
You just have to decide to do it.
Decide today’s the day.
Say it: This is going to be my day.”
Four years ago I took the Take Back the Tap! pledge sponsored by Food & Water Watch to give up bottled water and, instead, drink tap water. (Research shows that most bottled water is actually municipal tap water anyway!) And when you figure in the costs of company water-rights, bottling, labeling, and marketing pre-packaged water, you pay up to 10,000 times more money for bottled water than water from your own tap! And where does that plastic go? The EPA says that in 2011, the US alone generated 32 million tons of plastic waste, and only 8% of that waste was recovered for recycling. Can you imagine what the global statistics might be?
Within 6 months, I extended my pledge to no plastic bottles at all. And I was surprised how easy that first year was! I have several reusable bottles on hand (such as BPA-free Nalgene, glass and stainless steel) that I fill and chill before I leave the house. If I forget my water and stop for a portable beverage, I only buy a drink if I have an option available in a glass bottle.
Real or imagined, when you perceive something as stressful, it creates the same response in the body.
— Dr. Mark Hyman
Do you suffer from heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD?
Do you have gas, bloating, or indigestion after eating?
Do you experience diarrhea, IBS, constipation or a combination?
These conditions are almost always related to your diet and nutrition. You can get your digestive system back on track with the right foods and without any medications.
Every cell that makes up every tissue that makes up every organ depends on the body’s digestive system to provide the nutrients the body needs to keep functioning properly.
Do you endure muscle aches and joint pain?
Are your cravings, especially for sweets and carbohydrates, controlling you?
Do you feel fatigued, suffer from “brain fog” or feel scattered?
Are you moody, depressed or short-tempered?
Do you often have headaches or migraines? PMS symptoms?
Good nutrition boosts you physically, mentally and emotionally. If you answered yes to any of the questions above, what might be lacking in your diet?
Not everyone can afford to eat well in America, which is a literal shame, but most of us can: Americans spend less than 10 percent of their income on food, less than the citizens of any other nation.
— Michael Pollan
Only by restoring the broken connections can we be healed. Connection is health. And what our society does its best to disguise from us is how ordinary, how commonly attainable, health is. We lose our health–and create profitable diseases and dependencies–by failing to see the direct connections between living and eating, eating and working, working and loving.
When I first head about a drink made out of soaked beets, I just couldn’t wrap my taste buds around the whole concept. When offered a glass, I literally puckered-up like I was about to sip poison, but I was pleasantly surprised! It tasted earthy, a bit salty, a hint of sour, yet a titch of sweetness and a light effervescence that I wasn’t expecting. I liked it!
The history of beet kvass is that the Ukrainians and Russians have been drinking it for over a thousand years–czars and peasants alike. An electrolyte drink, this lactose-fermented beverage could be called the traditional, real-food version of Gatorade since it provides great hydrating balance.
Beets are an antioxidant-rich root vegetable that provides serious support for the liver and gallbladder. The deep pigments that give beets their rich color, called betalains, are special phytonutrients that provide anti-inflammatory and detoxification benefits.
Loaded with a variety of nutrients such as folate, potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function), magnesium, fiber, manganese (good for your bones, liver kidneys and pancreas) and immune-boosting vitamin C, beets are a great way to increase the nutrient-density of your diet. Eating beet root may help to lower blood pressure, boost your stamina, and fight inflammation and cancer.
And we’d be silly to throw away the beet greens! They are among the healthiest and most nutritious part of the plant! The greens supply significant amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron and calcium and may strengthen your immune system as well as support brain and bone health.
What if the key to you losing weight, clearing up your digestive woes, having more energy, lifting your brain fog, and managing chronic health conditions was in your control?
Well, it actually is! And it’s pretty simple. It’s about changing habits to “clean” up your plate!
You eat to nourish and fuel yourself, right? Most of us in the US have been following the recommended Standard American Diet (SAD) for the past 30 or more years by eating low-fat foods, whole grains, and avoiding cholesterol. And food manufacturers have made it so easy for us! We conveniently stop by the grocery store and pick up frozen, boxed or canned foods to take home and pop in the microwave. Or even easier, drive-thru your favorite fast food restaurant and someone’s already cooked for you. Dinner is served!
Dietary advice followed? Check!
Food is accessible, plentiful and available? Check! Check! Check!
So why then are Americans’ rates of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, cancers, auto-immune disease and other chronic health conditions skyrocketing?