Flavored Water

Flavored Water

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Water

Now that the hotter weather is here, we all need to be drinking more water.

Did you know that by the time you are thirsty you are already dehydrated?

Forget buying bottle water or flavored water or mineral enhanced water – save your money and the environment – make your own.  It’s easy, fast, tasty and nutritious and you will be making a big difference in the world by reducing the amount of plastic that gets thrown away.  Most bottled water is tap water or dead water.

Fresh spring water is a great choice and it’s free – Find A Spring has locations of free spring water all over North America – it’s right from the earth, is live, has no memory (yes water has memory), is fresh and tastes amazing!!

You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces to stay hydrated and healthy – we are after all more than 70% water.

Grab a glass decanter and throw in fresh foods like blueberries & strawberries, raspberries,cucumber, mint & lemon or lime or both or mint & cucumber, mango and strawberries, oranges & mangos….and I could go on.  Fruits (not bananas), most herbs will work depending on your preference, and some veggies make for a good water like peppers, cucumbers, beets to name a few.  It’s mostly fruits and herbs so get creative and stay well hydrated all the time – your body and skin will love you for it!!

Have an awesome day!!

Jodi

Greens – FREE Giveaway!!

Greens – FREE Giveaway

Famous saying goes: “We are what we eat”, or really what we can assimilate. The more you eat sugar, hydrogenated oils and processed foods as an example, the unhealthier your body becomes.   Even though you might not sense the negative changes immediately, you can be sure that your body will charge you later on for being neglectful.  Basically, key is with starting new, healthier ways of eating (not dieting) is to try to add more greens as much as possible.

Sometimes also changing little things that we eat daily or often can make a huge difference – ie if you drink diet pop, switch to just plain pop as the sweetener is sugar (most times) and not an artificial one, then maybe go to juice instead as it has less chemicals, then maybe add in more water (after all we are more than 70% water).  Instead of getting fires as a side order a salad – these seemingly little things can make a huge difference in your health and your weight.

Green vegetables and leafy greens are healthy but have you ever considered more Greens?

www.jodiburke.com Greens like in Kamut, Barley, Wheat Grass, Spirulina and Chlorella.  They are loaded with Chlorophyll and Enzymes which is what our modern day diets are void of mostly!!

Chlorophyll is actually a green pigment found in plants, which serves its purpose of turning the solar energy into useful nutrients which plants use for food. Those nutrients created by using the energy of sun are actually as useful for us, as well as for plants. Although humans can’t use photosynthesis to create food, as plants do, eating plants rich in chlorophyll can help us heal our body and enhance our health. The greener they are, the more chlorophyll it has contained, which is great – it’s more alive – just like you and the more alive foods you eat the more alive you will feel and become!!

Foods with high concentration of chlorophyll are dark green. Green foods are rich in minerals, calcium, magnesium, vitamins and many other things that the body needs for optimum health.

In our modern day society supplements are often pushed on us instead of real foods, superfoods or herbs that have been around for centuries.  The body knows how to digest and utilize these foods easily and properly.

The body can heal itself when given the right environment.

There is so much I could write here about Green foods and Superfoods but instead why not share the passion and knowledge of a great leader who has done much research and worked with 1000’s of people to show that using these foods does work from the results people are getting.

image green foods bookDavid Sandoval – Author of the Green Foods Bible – which I am going to give away a Free book to someone on Sunday July 6th!!!.  In order to be eligible please leave a comment on this post and feel free to share this!!  This is not a fad – it’s a movement and a lifestyle!!
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Here is a short vid with David – owner and founder of Purium talking about the importance of eating real foods!

Hidden Benefits of Food

If you would like more information on Purium, their products, vision and mission please check out my Purium page.

Thank you again for stopping by and if you like what you read please feel free to share it and good luck on the contest!!!

Jodi

Diets – YUCK!!

Diets – YUCK!!

Healthy Eating

Just google the word ‘diet’ and you will get a list of the best 32 diets.  Google different types of diets and you will get many more starting from the Zone diet, South beach probably a North beach one too, the GI diet, the Dash diet, the Mediterranean diet, the Flexitarian diet, the glycemic index diet and well I could go on…….

Diet according to wikipedia –

In nutritiondiet is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism.[1] Dietary habits are the habitual decisions an individual or culture makes when choosing what foods to eat. The word diet often implies the use of specific intake of nutrition for health or weight-management reasons (with the two often being related).

I wonder how well these ‘diets’ work to have soooo many of them!! 🙂

Lets  look at the word – DIE-T  – interesting isn’t it?  It’s restrictive and not always in our best health interest.  Sure you could probably lose weight, many do, but what happens when you go back to eating the way you did that helped you put on the weight or even got you your health issues?  As we know many health conditions can be helped with proper and healthy eating.  If a diet really worked why are there so many of them?  I know we are all different and not always one thing works for everyone but I do believe in eating real food, nutrient dense food and a variety of food – for anyone.  it also sounds restrictive, can’t have and that creates issues in itself I will go into later on.

Here are a few suggestions if I can share….

Stop using the word ‘diet’ .  We shouldn’t really ever be on a ‘diet’, maybe a cleanse to detox, clear up health issues but dieting especially if you are suppose to eat all kinds of only a few foods, or just one type of food for days on end or having to measure everything or counting carbs, fats, sugars etc is a make work project that your energy could be better spent somewhere in my opinion.

What is cool about eating more whole, real foods, more live foods is the body can easily assimulate and digest it.  And many times you  won’t over eat and because the body is being fed properly you actually end up eating less.  Plus if it’s nutrient dense foods – many health benefits can surface.  The more raw foods you can add in as well is better on on’es health as well.

A way of eating should be a lifestyle not a diet in my opinion.  The more you can add in good and great nutrient dense, real, whole, live or organic (and non-gmo) foods the easier it is.  Maybe you are thinking you don’t want to give up such and such – I’m not saying that.  Sometimes it’s not what you have to or should give up but rather what can you add in or possibly do betteror how could you make a better choice and over time you may switch things out completely.

Here is an example – when I first started doing raw foods the smell of fresh baked bread – oh my – I still enjoyed it and especially when I could smell it fresh baked.  So if I was in a restaurant and they brought fresh baked bread well with lots of butter – yup but I would take a bite or two and savor it.  The interesting part is after doing this a few times I realized I didn’t really enjoy it.  Probably for two reasons – the emotional response of fresh baked bread actually took me back to earlier times when my grandfather taught me how to bake bread in his kitchen – fun times, good times – memories.  I also found the more I was cleaning up my way of eating to eat something like that felt like a brick in my stomach after eating it – there are only 2 more ingredients in bread then there are in glue (well home made anyways lol)  I still love the smell of fresh home baked bread – I don’t even consider eating it now – does not interest me.  So things can shift.

Maybe you like drinking pop (or soda for you Americans) maybe it’s diet soda – first switch back to regular pop – the body can deal with breaking down sugar but the diet stuff is all chemicals – your body doesn’t have a clue how to digest or utilize that!!  Then maybe after a bit switch to carbonated water with juice, then just juice (as we really want to cut down carbonation or not cut it out eventually) then maybe to half jucie half water and finally water – the best thing for your body – as we are over 70% water!!

Here are some suggestions to moving towards a healthier way of eating without feeling like you are restricting.

– aim for 50% fresh, natural, live and real foods at a meal

– drink more water after all we are 70% plus water – our bodies need water

– stay away from hydrogenated oils – the body doesn’t know how to digest or utilize these including margarine

– stay away from artificial sweetners again the body doesn’t know how to digest these

– stay away from low fat, fat free products – they are chemical sh*# storms really, but again the body dosn’t know how to digest these

– stay away from products that have wording on the ingredient labels that you can’t pronounce and have no clue what it is

– stay away from products that have a shelf life longer than your dogs life

– get sunshine every day (lol in Vancouver that can be very hard sometimes)

– get fresh air and exercise

– laugh more and spend your time with people who inspire and lift you up – stay away from drama and chaos

I believe that eating healthy is a good things but cutting out as much stress, drama, chaos, negativity is just as important!!

Check the recipe page for some easy, healthy recipes, as well as my books and please come back as I will be posting a bunch of new recipes coming up!!

Hope this helps and please feel free to leave any comments or share this!!

Here’s to YOUR health

Jodi

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating

Apple

Healthy eating means different things to different people.  It has become clear to me that it’s something I do every day and I love sharing with people who are interested..  I’ve been asked several times lately if I was going to get back into doing more recipes.  I was hesitant at first as I have a hard time writing things down, like the measurements of a recipe –  it takes great discipline.  I have the ability to walk in the kitchen and get creative and make up recipes as I go or look at one and modify it to what I want or what I have on hand.  I also realized that a lot of people don’t or can’t do that, so why not share.

I also wanted to be more frank and candid about my journey through my disordered eating and how I’ve been able to heal that addiction, my past and move forward being happy and being me.  Addiction to food is big in our society now a days – I want to touch on that and help people understand the benefits of eating healthier, incorporating more real, more fresh foods, more greens and more superfoods into their way of eating.  It doesn’t have to be hard,expensive, boring and time consuming.  Besides are you worth it?  I mean if you don’t take a little extra time or care with what you put in your body today, your body down the road will let you know.

I can speak from experience, after a 7 / 8 month in the film industry working long, some very long days, eating in many restaurants (trying to still eat healthy), or catering from food trucks and yes they had healthy dishes but always on the run, I was a bit burnt out, I was actually depleted.  I needed to be putting extra things into my body and when I’m out the door between 6 and 6:30 am and back anywhere from 7 – 8 pm at night some things slid.  It does catch up with you.

Strawberries-waterI’ve had some down time these past few weeks and wondering in what direction did I really want to take my life, how did I want to live and spend my time.  Nothing was really feeling right.  Then it all clicked and I knew deep in my soul what I wanted and needed to be doing – so I hope that you will stop by again and check out what’s coming up as my goal is to share healthy eating ideas, green, superfoods, raw & vegan recipes, inspiration from breaking free from emotional eating & some Photographs along the way!

Would love any feedback. Please feel free to share this!

Is there any idea or thing you may be struggling with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  I’ve been doing healthy eating coaching for years. I love to help people make peace with healthy, real foods.

Eat Well. Live a Life YOU Love!

Jodi