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When Eating Healthy ISN’T Enough

Have you ever felt this way–you make a ton of dietary changes, but you still. don’t. feel. well.
You’ve gone gluten-free, or even paleo, you’ve gone on a candida diet, and gone sugar-free, you’re taking probiotics, but you’re still sick.
Hannah Hepworth is sharing with us some healthy living tips for When Eating Healthy Isn’t Enough.What to Do When Eating Healthy Isn’t Enough.

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Healthy Food | OrganicIsBeautiful

POSITIVE THINKING:

This has been a toughie for me in the past. You can eat really healthy foods, but if you have a negative mind and are constantly thinking about your huge “to do” list, and that person that cut you off, and your annoying coworker, and how stressful it is to be a mom, then you know what?
You’re going to feel like junk.
You can’t feel good with a negative mind, you just can’t! I’ve written about starting your day with positive affirmations. This can be a great way to set the tone for your day. Another thing you can do is to start a gratitude journal and write down 3 things you are grateful for, first thing in the morning. Try it out! These 2 tips only take a couple minutes but they could really change the tone of your day. Mindfulness OrganicIsBeautiful

STRESS MANAGEMENT:

The thing about stress is that we can’t avoid it. Stress is a normal part of our life. The thing we can do is manage our stress so that it doesn’t rule our lives. One thing that I’m REEEEALLY really good at is worrying which just adds to stress levels. I’ve been able to stop a lot of worry by using this simple exercise that I write about in this post.

Another thing to do to manage stress is to notice when you’re body starts revving up, and take a 1 minute pause to just breathe.

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Relaxation time | OrganicIsBeautiful

TIPS: One breathing technique I use a lot is deep belly breathing. Lay down if you can, if not do it wherever you are. Breathe in for 5 counts through your nose and concentrate on filling up your stomach with air. (Put your hand on your tummy).

Don’t breathe with your chest, breathe with your belly. Hold the breath for 5 counts and the release through your mouth, slowly for 5 counts. Repeat this until you bring your stress levels down a few notches. This belly breathing technique helps to lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels and really gets you breathing back into your stomach rather than in your chest which is what we do naturally when we are stressed!
SLEEP AND EXERCISE:

Sleep and exercise are so important to our health. I used to exercise so I could eat junk foods. I believed in my teenage years that this was “healthy.” The exercise definitely helped keep my anxiety at bay growing up but I didn’t do my body any service eating all the sweets!

 

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Eat Good Feel Good | OrganicIsBeautiful

Exercise is extremely important for our emotional well being. It also, like deep belly breathing, lowers our stress levels and produces good mood hormones and endorphins.

  • Sleep is also important in regulating mood, stress and energy levels. If exercise wipes you out, like it does me lately, try pilates, yoga or walking. You don’t need to run a full sprint and bust your buns. Light exercise will do the trick and you can always work up to more.
  • Sleep greatly determines how we feel. It’s generally better to go to bed earlier and wake up early if you can. Staying up late and sleeping in just doesn’t do the trick and is not nearly as restful. If you can’t go to bed early because of your work then try to catch a cat nap when you can to keep energy levels up and stress hormones down.

Here are some tips for getting to sleep and staying asleep:

RELAXATION AND RELATIONSHIPS:

This part of health is greatly overlooked. We spend way too much time running around trying to accomplish as much as we can during the day and forget to take time to breathe and just chill.
Take time each day to do things that help you feel relaxed.

– Is it reading a book?
– Playing a game with your kids?
– Fishing?
– Taking a drive?
– Going to the grocery store alone!?
– Knitting?
Whatever it is make sure you do it, every day.
Also who do you love spending time with?
A spouse, children, family member, best friend?

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Yoga in my daily life | OrganicIsBeautiful

Don’t forget about those around you that you love and that make you feel good. A feeling of connectedness with others makes you happy and thus strengthens your health.
I could go on and on about other things that impact your health that aren’t food related but for times sake these are the top and most easily accomplished things you can do to increase your health. As I’ve placed more and more focus on the non food sources of health I’ve seen my health increase so much more. Food is still important I won’t ever discount that but you’ve got to think outside of food as well for true vibrant health!

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What are your favorite things, your non negotiables that you do must do to feel vibrant and healthy?
I’d love to hear how you keep a healthy mind and body, please comment below!

Have a wonderful, healthy day,

Amanda

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Vegetarian Lunch: Black Rice Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit

When I’m working from home, hearty salads are a lunch staple. I don’t often allow myself enough time to make a full meal with meat or fish, but I also find cold sandwiches to get old and repetitive. What solves that old and repetitive problem? A colorful, fragrant, seasonal grain salad.

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If you’ve never tried black rice (often referred to as forbidden rice or Japonica black rice), it has a pleasant chewiness that makes for a most satisfying salad. It also has a subtle sweetness, so pairing it with a more bitter citrus like grapefruit and a creamy avocado results in the perfect flavor combination.

A few steps

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1 cup black rice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 grapefruit, peeled and quartered and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1 avocado, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
And… 2 green onions, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

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∴ A few steps

1- Prepare the rice: Rinse the rice and drain in a fine-mesh strainer. In a small saucepan with a lid, add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the 1 3/4 cups water and bring to a boil. Add the drained rice to the boiling water and bring back to a full boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 40 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Let the rice sit, covered, for 10 minutes, and then uncover and allow it to come to room temperature (as this is a cold salad).

2- Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, orange juice, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and rice wine vinegar until fully combined.

3- Put together the salad: Once the rice is cooled, transfer it to a medium-size bowl and toss with the dressing. Add the grapefruit, avocado and green onion and toss a few times to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to two days.

Recipe from TheKitchn

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What Type of Rice is The Healthiest?

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Rice | OrganicIsBeautiful

I never tire of eating rice. After writing about rice benefits for the skin last month 

Moving to Asia in 2012, I got to explore a wilder range, especially brown and also jasmin rice. It leaves such a nice scent all over the kitchen when you steam it and its so delicious with oriental foods.

In some parts of the world, the word “to eat” literally means “to eat rice.” All varieties of rice are available throughout the year, supplying as much as half of the daily calories for half of the world’s population.

Today, in OiB, we explore a few of the dozen different types of rice to choose from at the grocery store: long-grain, short-grain, white, brown, basmati, instant, converted, whew! Which one is best? 

One Major Distinction.

Short-grain rice is very starchy and cooks up soft and sticky.

Long-grain rice, much skinnier, contains less starch so the cooked grains are drier and more separate. For that reason it is considered the best type of rice to serve with sauces; it holds the sauce well but it also tastes good plain.

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Black Rice | OrganicIsBeautiful

The Case of Whole Grain Rice.

Most of us think of “brown rice” as being synonymous with whole grain rice, but in fact whole grain rice can be many different colors, depending on the variety of rice.

Slightly chewy and nutty tasting, brown rice contains more natural nutrients than white rice. By definition, brown rice is a whole grain, and whole-grain foods are good carbs. Brown rice naturally contains 10 to 15 percent of the daily intake of iron, zinc, thiamin and niacin.

Brown rice has six times more fiber than white rice. You’ll get 3.5 grams of fiber in 1 cup of cooked brown rice, compared to only 0.6 grams in the same portion of white rice. Source: HeatlhyEasting.com

The Black Rice: Rare yet Highly Nutritious

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Rice | OrganicIsBeautiful

A bit of History:  As most people know, rice is a base food source in Asia. During the years when China was ruled by an emperor, black rice was dubbed as the “Forbidden Rice”.

It was cultivated in very small amounts because it was only for the emperor’s consumption.It’s occasionally called “emperor’s rice” or “forbidden rice” for that very reason: Oral history suggests that only the richest of the rich were able to afford the delicacy.

 Why is it Better?

Black rice is lower in carbs but higher in fiber, and a better source of protein than brown rice.

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Rice | OrganicIsBeautiful

The Red Rice: Straight from the Himalayans.

Both brown and red rice have similar nutritional profiles including harvesting process. Brown rice is easily available across the globe whereas the red one is specifically typical to Himalayan Mountains, southern Tibet, Bhutan, as well as southern India.

Why Red?!

The red variety gets its rich colour from an antioxidant called anthocyanins, which are also found in deep purple or reddish fruits and vegetables. The compound is believed to have properties that can reduce inflammation, allergy, prevent risks of cancer and help in weight management.

Why is it better?!

It is full of Vitamine B.

The B-vitamins are known to be essential to the body as it is present in all organ function and energy production. Calcium is needed for bone health, Iron for blood supply and Zinc for brain function.

Conclusion

Observing from the information above, types of rice have close nutrient composition and thus are safe to be consumed by health buffs. These products may be different in physical attributes but their fiber action and B-vitamins are quite similar.

Choosing one is already a fit decision, choosing both (for instance red and black) may be a healthier choice.

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21 Ways to Drink Water

Coca Cola, Seven Up or Fanta…? Say Au Revoir to the soft drink & Thank You to OiB to remain you the essentials ;). Today, lets rediscover the basics, especially how water is simply the best for your own metabolism. Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain fibre, minerals, vitamins and water.

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Categorie: Wellness | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

SerenaGlow shared some new healthy tips on how to simply improve your eating habits without neglecting the importance of drinking water. 

Getting water from a variety of sources keep your body healthy.

Eat yourself into hydration!

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Water | OrganicIsBeautiful

Do you feel better after eating foods with a high water content? What are your favorite foods on the chart? How do you eat them?

Amanda

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Lime, Lemon & Lemongrass

Lemon, Morning shake

We all know lemons (scientifically known as Citrus limon) as the fruit that evokes images of sunshine,  and sweet homemade lemonade stands.

Old school - Lemonade stand (Image Credit: blog krrg)
Old school – Lemonade stand (Image Credit: blog krrg)

It’s been 6 months now that I have incorporated lemon into my morning routine.

Lemons in your a.m. routine.
Lemons in your a.m. routine.

I am pleased to report I am thoroughly converted, and here is why. On the way, I got to gain more energy for longer days and I am quicker to smile in the a.m. !

Packed with antioxidants and other health benefits, a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon revitalizes the body and mind. I always make sure to drink a few glasses of water in the morning, but a few days a week (usually before heading to work), I add some fresh lemon juice for the taste and Vitamin C.

What I do?

I simply squeeze half of organic fresh lemon into a glass of lukewarm water (avoid using bottled lemon juice) and, optionally, when I feel like it, I would add some honey to make my drink a little bit sweeter.

 Drink this warm lemon water first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything else.

Why you will love it too?

Lemons by themselves are very versatile tools, a good option for cleaning, beauty, cooking and much more.

Not only do they smell and taste great, but they have natural antibacterial properties making them perfect for killing germs. Lemons are extremely rich in nutrients: they contain a lot of vitamins (vitamin C, B-complex vitamins) and a few key minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium). Lemons even contain more potassium than grapes or apples.

Consume lemons daily to boost up you metabolism. Like any other foods, moderation apply to get the best of it!

What about the peels?

Citrus peels are antibacterial and antimicrobial, making them incredible for homemade cleaners. Lemon peels contain about 5 to 10 times more vitamins than lemon juice!

TIPS: Dried peels make a nice addition to your basic cup of black tea!

What if you do not have lemon at home?

Lime = excellent substitute

Cut lime on wooden plate (Photo credit: Getty images).
Cut lime on wooden plate (Photo credit: Getty images).

As good of lemons

The first fruit that comes to mind in terms of medicinal uses is the reliable lime. They can be used in basically the same manner as lemons. Limes are green, small, and generally more acidic than lemons.

Not just good for cocktails

Limes are also an excellent source of vitamin C. Basically, vitamin C travels through the body neutralizing any free radicals it comes in contact with. The fruit is less in calories, carrying just 20 calories per 100 g, the value being one of the lowest for the citrus fruits group.

High in Vitamins C !

Vital to the function of a strong immune system, a little extra vitamin C gotten from lime may be useful in conditions like colds, flu, and recurrent ear infections. Further, they carry a healthy amount of minerals like iron, copper, potassium, and calcium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids helps control heart rate and blood pressure.

Limes & lemons (Image credit: Gourmet Sleuth)
Limes & lemons (Image credit: Gourmet Sleuth)

Lemongrass, Body balance

As the name implies, lemongrass smells just like lemons, but it is milder, sweeter, and far less sour.

The genus has about 55 species, most of which are native to South Asia, South­east Asia and Austra­lia. In India it is known as ‘choomana poolu’ and is also referred to as ‘Indian Verbena’ or ‘Indian Melissa oil’ and used in Ayurveda medicine to help bring down fevers and treat infectious illnesses.

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Lemongrass | OrganicIsBeautiful

The East Indian Lemongrass (Citronelle des Indes) is the most commonly available in small local markets. Multi purpose lemongrass, it is used for cooking as well as a base for essential oil.

It is known that lemongrass  grows best in warm, humid climates: areas with 24-. 30” of rainfall per year, lemongrass planted during the rainy season, and is ready for cutting about six to eight months afterwards.

Citronella plantation in India (Image credit: Nedfi)
Citronella plantation in India (Image credit: Nedfi)

Food lover? You will love it!

Lemongrass is a common ingredient in Southeast Asian cuisine, and is gaining more and more popularity as a culinary herb in USA as well. Here in Malaysia it is widely used to add flavor or marinate chicken or pork dishes. It is absolutely delicious! I love it, I usually find it in Tom Yum soup along with galangal, lime leaves and fish sauce.

TIPS: Storing lemon grass by freezing is the best way to preserve its garden fresh flavor, it can be preserved from six months up to one year!
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Lemongrass | OrganicIsBeautiful

I ♥ Lemongrass Essential oil

I usually take with me essential oil extracted from lemongrass when I am off traveling in tropical areas, I use it as an excellent natural mosquito repellent. The oil is also used for making other non-food related products like candles, perfumes, soap, insecticide, disinfectant, household cleaner and deodorant.

What about you? How do you use limes, lemon or lemongrass to complement your daily routine?OrganicIsBeautiful Signature

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