Clean Eating Lifestyle To Keep You Healthy!

Clean Eating Lifestyle To Keep You Healthy!

A Clean Eating Lifestyle To Keep You Healthy!

A clean eating lifestyle is making healthy food choices and following a plan and foundation which are on the same wave length with creating a healthy well-balanced body.

It certainly isn’t just a new marketing buzz word, and fortunately, the clean eating lifestyle has been elevated in the media. Through functional medicine, alternative treatments, integrative medicine, nutritionists and fitness experts, we are learning that the whole body is connected, and WHAT YOU EAT MATTERS!

Your Body Needs Healthy Food For Energy!

It takes energy for our bodies to function properly just like it takes gas for your automobile to get you from point A to B.  Imagine how much blood flows through your veins each day… how many heartbeats you have every minute… how many times you blink your eyes every hour… what happens to your body when you are angry, and so much more.

Healthy Food Swaps
Healthy Food Swaps – Learning more about healthy food swaps can be very helpful in choosing healthier foods.

Get in touch with your body… and feel how your emotions, your food and your thoughts affect your physical well-being. Be determined to make healthier choices in the food you eat! Check out this list of 18 Food Replacement Hacks That Make Healthy Eating Easy.

You need to “plan” to eat healthy and delicious meals, and you don’t need to starve yourself. You just need to get motivated to eat clean, healthy food, exercise regularly and toss in a big dose of gratitude to achieve a well-balanced, healthy mind and body.

The goal is to maintain a long-term healthy lifestyle that you can sustain with clean eating for a lifetime… not just about achieving your ideal weight.

We must have nutritional foods to allow our body to perform its man vital functions... such as keeping our heart beating!

Strong decisions always play an important role. Once you decide and commit yourself to staying healthy and making better choices, you can achieve it. The first step is to have a successful mindset about what you are planning.

"When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably just around the corner." ~ Joyce Meyer

If you believe that you can achieve and maintain well-balanced food choices, you will be successful.

When you become more mindful of your choices, you can make healthier ones; and you then begin to notice significant changes. Your desire for junk food decreases and your taste buds start craving healthy food.

You will begin to FEEL the difference in your body. This will become automatic for you… with no resistance… let me emphasize “no resistance”… just a new choice!

Yes, there may be times when you slip back into old habits… hopefully, just for a short time when you’re under a lot of stress, traveling or during vacation. The difference is now you know how clean eating gives you energy to be happier and more active. Now you can flip that switch to automatically get back on the right track.

The healthier you become, the easier it is to stay on track and be mindful of the choices you make. Remember, it’s a journey… not a destination! 

CleanseRenewEnergize.com – Gail Seignious Thompson

Entrepreneurs Start Alone… but not for long!

Entrepreneurs Start Alone… but not for long!

Entrepreneurs start alone… but not for long!

Entrepreneurs start alone… but not for long! They are willing to take risks, and they are comfortable with solitude as they ignite their passion. However, they have someone they admire as being successful whom they respect as role models.

They are confident with their talents and know when to seek the advice of professionals. They value relationships from those who challenge them to think and evolve in their work and personal lives.

My Life and Entrepreneurship

As I reflect on my life, I spent 21 years working in the corporate world and 26 years as an entrepreneur which includes eight years as an independent contractor. Neither was perfect and both had their rewards in highly different ways.

When I was a single parent with three children to support, I absolutely needed the security of a regular paycheck and health benefits. When I was offered early retirement in a massive cutback, I was overwhelmed with excitement.

Mark The Marketing Genius

Many years before, I met Mark Hendricks who was a genius in the internet marketing world. It’s hard to explain, but I knew in my heart that I needed to learn from him when the time was right. Now with my early retirement, it was time.

I remember Mark asking me to define what I really wanted. I could easily tell him what I did not want, but I was challenged to define exactly WHAT I TRULY WANTED.

I understand this sounds ridiculous, but to really zero in on this question was challenging as he took me down a path with many twists and turns challenging me to discover exactly what I wanted.

My work in both the corporate world and the entrepreneurial world had given me many experiences, and now the internet marketing world was overwhelming to me.

With Mark’s guidance, I was able to reflect on the past and the present to create a vision for the future. This process was the foundation of my future, and I will share my definition of what I wanted to create in my life after we look at some additional entrepreneur qualities.

Qualities of an Entrepreneur

They are adventurers who love their work and are always soaking up information they need for success while maintaining a genuine connection to others.

They have the ability to dream big and envision their dreams coming to life as they confidently deliver value to their customers. They have no objection to jumping through hoops to achieve their goal, but they are always looking for ways to streamline for higher efficiency.

Any self-doubt ignites their passion and they are not fearful of a wrong turn. They see failure as part of their success as they accept change, shift gears and create new pathways to solutions.

Being an entrepreneur gives me the freedom to make choices to enrich my life and the lives of those I touch.
Being an entrepreneur gives me the freedom to make
choices to enrich my life and the lives of those I touch.

Entrepreneurs Have Freedom to Make Choices

Being an entrepreneur gives me the freedom to make choices to enrich my life and the lives of those I touch. It hasn’t always been easy… especially when I was working full time.

Connecting with successful entrepreneurs like Mark Hendricks, Connie Ragen Green and Angela Wills has certainly made the journey smoother. Plus, these connections are the building blocks to the foundation, and they are priceless!

My Response To Mark’s Question

I want the FREEDOM to do what I want, when I want, where I want, and with whom I want, without any concerns about time or money, in a healthy and positive way, with perfect timing… for the highest good of everyone.

Each day I choose to inspire others to embrace a healthy lifestyle, and I’m thankful to have the freedom in my life to move forward in this endeavor.

Mark’s Legacy

Since I wrote these words years ago, Mark has entered his heavenly life. His legacy will live forever in the hearts of those who were blessed to learn and grow from his teachings.

Many thanks for being here!

Connect with me at Cleanse Renew Energize and receive these 33 Tips To Boost Your Nutrition & Increase Your Energy!

Thank you for being here! 
Wishing you a healthy and happy day!

Gail Seignious Thompson – Cleanse Renew Energize.com ~ Gail@CleanseRenewEnergize.com

Growing and Sprouting Greens!

Growing and Sprouting Greens!

Growing and Sprouting Greens The Easy Way!

Growing your greens gives you the freshest and healthiest food.

For many years, I have been growing and sprouting greens. It was probably in 2003 when I started my first organic garden. My daughter requested this for her birthday, and I could not have been happier! We made raised beds (with some help), had organic soil delivered, nurtured seedlings and watched the miracles happen.

I will never forget the day when my daughter, mother of three young children, was standing on the deck overlooking the garden. She was filled with joy and cried… she commented that, until then, she never really understood how food was grown. It was one of those Kodak moments that you just never forget.

Those precious moments did not end there.

My grandchildren helped plant and grow seedlings, they nurtured the garden and gathered the harvest. They ate salads, and loved cucumbers which became their snack food. We would all gather together to make fermented vegetables… usually 12 to 16 quarts at a time. We had quality time working and laughing together.

When I remarried, my husband and I had a large organic garden for four years. It was fun, exciting, plentiful and a whole lot of work. In the beginning, we were growing everything you could imagine… but we did have to make some sacrifices along the way.

You can’t just hop in the car for a long weekend!

We had an automatic watering system and thought we could take off a few days… WRONG! Heavy rains moved in, and it looked like growth hormones had been mixed with the weeds and they quadrupled in size every hour! YES, the plants grew but the weeds devoured everything. I’ve never seen anything like it… and it was overwhelming, but it did get me back to growing and sprouting greens again!

This year, we made the decision to downsize our indoor and outdoor projects to be more manageable, and stick with growing and sprouting our greens, along with a few of our favorite herbs and veggies. In the garden, we still have fig and pear trees, as well as strawberries and blackberries; plus we’re growing collards, kale, chard, cucumbers, peppers, herbs and tomatoes.

Alfalfa Sprouts - These sprouts are growing at three different stages. If you look closely, you can see the sprouts in the jar on the right are starting to get little green leaves.

Indoors, I’m keeping a constant supply of fresh sprouts, and I’m growing our greens! I dabbled a couple of years ago with hydroponics and grew some beautiful kale and lettuce, but I wanted to simplify the process.

I discovered the Grow Box 2.0 shown below that is very similar to the one my husband made for me. It’s great for keeping salad greens growing through all seasons. Plus, you can “put it on hold” at any time if you want to take a vacation, and start back up when you’re ready. BUT, I can’t imagine you will stop for long. After all, nothing compares to growing and sprouting greens, especially when you know they are FRESH, CLEAN AND GREEN.

Food Rising Grow Box 2.0 - Grow clean heathy food with no electricity, no soil and no weeding. Developed by the Health Ranger.

If you have any desire to grow your greens on your terms, check this out and see if it’s a good fit for you.

It may sound strange, but my husband and I have greens and sprouts almost every morning along with our organic eggs or oatmeal, and for dinner. Just goes to show you that when you eat healthy, your taste buds change and you start craving clean food.

Until next time, go eat some greens!


Menu Planning Made Easy!

Menu Planning Made Easy!

Menu Planning Made Easy!

If you had a choice between grabbing processed fast food, or serving your family a balanced, home-cooked meal – which would you pick?  

What if I told you that you can prepare that home-cooked meal and save time and money over the so-called “fast food” option?

I have purchased recipes from Trish at Menu Planning Central in the past year and all of the recipes I have prepared have been delicious. One of my favorite quick and easy snack recipes from her is the white bean dip with seasoned pita chips.

You have probably noticed by now that I love the recipes from Trish. Before I discovered her, many of the recipes I found from other sources were often hit or miss and disappointing.

Skepticism got the best of me after downloading and trying so many different ones that just didn’t live up to my expectations… usually a missing “crucial” ingredient causing miserable failure.

Well, my failures were not a total fiasco as they led me to Trish. Now, as my grandmother would say, she’s cute as a button and smart as a whip! …AND I’ve been absolutely amazed with her culinary talents.

I’m happy I learned about her and the much needed service she is providing. I trust her recipes which save me time and money, and you can too!

Now Trish is offering the signature Family Favorites plan for SEVEN DAYS – FREE.  These are organized into a complete weekly plan with customized shopping list. No more spending hours trying to figure out “What’s for dinner?”

Just print and go! –  Her Quick Chicken Shawarma is included in the Family Favorites, and it’s been calling my name! I will definitely be trying it out very soon!

The Family Favorites includes 6 dinner recipes, 1 breakfast/brunch idea, 1 delicious dessert, and customized shopping list plus…

You’ll also receive regular updates with their best meal planning tips along with brand new recipes and menu plans.

If you love the idea of eating healthier, saving time planning your meals and experiencing some new ideas, now is a good time to see if this could help you.

You’ve got nothing to lose and lots to gain by checking it out here:  Menu Planning Central Has Been “Making Life Easier” Since 2007!

Cheers to you and thank you for reading this post!

Healthy Gut – Stronger Immune System

Healthy Gut – Stronger Immune System

Healthy Gut – Stronger Immune System

Each of us has the ability to create a healthy gut and stronger immune system by improving the health of our digestive system and shaping our microbiome.

A healthy gut rewards us with a strong immune system. It begins with our microbiome which is a community of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses that make up our gut microbiota. Combine the microbiota, the products it makes, and the entire environment it lives within and we have a microbiome. Some researchers have said that up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the gut and health of the microbiome.
The foods we eat, our sleeping patterns, the amount of bacteria we are exposed to every day, and our stress levels all help to establish the state of the gut microbiota.

The good news is that you really are in control of your microbiome through diet, physical exercise, sleep, and stress management. Knowing this can start you on the path to improving your gut health.

Poor gut health can contribute to many diseases and disorders like leaky gut syndrome, autoimmune disease, arthritis, dementia, heart disease, and cancer. The quality of your health relies on the balance of organisms and bacteria living within your gut. When you are exhausted from working overtime at the office, your body is working overtime too. When your immune system is constantly overloaded, it can cause it to weaken. When that happens, your body cannot respond to germs as quickly or as efficiently.
Your immune system can be affected by these germs that can lead to respiratory infections, sinus infections and lung infections. These germs can cause problems with your GI tract and with your kidneys. You can also experience skin infections and skin rashes. If you are experiencing headaches, muscle aches, food allergies or sensitivities, gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, frequent colds or sinus infections or feeling tired to the point of exhaustion, your body is calling out to you for help.

Any of these symptoms could be caused by germs or toxins… and point to the need for changes in your diet to cleanse and detoxify your body.

Many chronic diseases are caused by lifestyle choices that are creating toxicity in the body. People tend not to exercise as much as they should, they allow themselves to become overweight, and they eat unhealthy foods that lead to things like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and strokes.

We all need to be diligent in improving our health, and it’s more important today than ever before. We live in a toxic world, and it’s important to boost your immune system by eating healthy foods that cleanse toxins out of your body and improve your gut health.

In order to keep you healthy, your immune system works hard to eliminate toxins. It fights off viral junk, bacterial infections, fungus and more. But because there are so many toxins, it can be easy for your immune system to get bogged down. More than ever, people are being diagnosed with autoimmune conditions, food and other allergies.

When it comes to autoimmune diseases, there are some that are linked to environmental toxins that can cause your body to turn on itself and attacking certain organs because the immune system registers the organ itself as a foreign invader rather than the toxins.

When you make healthier choices in the food you eat, you give your digestive system a healthy cleanse. This takes the pressure off your immune system to help it work the way that it should, while increasing the healthy bacteria in your gut and reducing the risk of chronic disease.

Eating probiotic-rich foods and taking a daily probiotic supplement also help to increase the good bacteria. Probiotic-rich foods include live-cultured yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented vegetables, miso soup, apple cider vinegar and dark chocolate. In addition, fruits and vegetables contain fibers and sugars that can boost the health of gut bacteria.

When you start adding these probiotic-rich foods to your diet, while removing sugar, you will be moving in the right direction to a healthy gut and a stronger immune system.

Thank you for being here! 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

You’ve Probably Heard About The Many Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar!

Apple cider vinegar, often referred to as ACV, is one of those miracle foods. When used properly, it can be highly beneficial to your health. The problem is there is so much information about health that sometimes we miss the simplest of things we can do to make a substantial difference in our health.

Inflammation and Apple Cider Vinegar

Many people suffer from inflammation today… and the research has shown that chronic inflammation can cause serious health problems. After three automobile accidents and spinal surgery, my pain and inflammation was challenging to manage. One of the most important things I learned was to keep a close watch on my diet to manage my pain and inflammation.

Apple cider vinegar helps with my inflammation. I regret that I didn’t pay as much attention to all the benefits until a few years ago.  Prior to that, I would get on the bandwagon and drink it occasionally, but I was inconsistent. Now I’m totally hooked on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, and I have it every day!

I’m a faithful, consistent consumer of Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar!
It cannot be found at all grocery stores, however, it is much easier to find now than a few years ago.
If your local store doesn’t carry it, you can always order directly from Bragg’s or Amazon. 

How Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help You? 

I encourage you to discover some of the amazing health benefits of apple cider vinegar. In the past, it was used as a primary ingredient for many health tonics and home remedies.
Apple cider vinegar is often used for natural home cleaning products. It is also beneficial for your health when added to drinks and to the food you consume.  It would be impossible to cover all the health benefits in one blog post, but I do want to mention a few benefits now about ACV.

ACV Can Help Control Candida Yeast

An overabundance of candida yeast is one of the most common problems among people who suffer from symptoms like bad breath and difficulty digesting food.  Many people don’t realize they have a problem with candida and eliminating all sugar is critical as sugar feeds candida.
Diluting apple cider vinegar with water is one simple step you can take that may help your body to promote a more well-balanced population of gut flora. This may also reduce bowel inflammation.
My favorite is to mix one tablespoon of ACV in a quart of water with the juice of one lemon. Sometimes I use two tablespoons of ACV and two lemons, but I would start slow and increase gradually.  I personally would not recommend anything stronger!

ACV Can Helps with Weight Loss

Instead of having a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, try a cup of warm water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.  By doing this, you will create a healthier environment in your body for weight loss. When insulin spikes, it can trigger fat storage signals which will result in immediate weight gain.
ACV can help to keep your insulin from spiking.  It can increase a hormone called glucagon that sends messages to the body that it should release fat to be burned for energy. Even if you don’t need to lose weight, drinking a small amount of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water everyday will help to keep your system operating more efficiently.

Using Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar Is Great for Your Skin

The acids in apple cider vinegar promote circulation and dissolve residues found on the surface of the skin. If you never tried this, simply dilute a small amount of apple cider vinegar with water and dip a cotton ball into it.  Apply it onto your face to help promote healing action and beautiful skin.  ACV is also highly anti-inflammatory, so you can use it to treat bug bites and bruises as well.

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg, and more will be coming about the benefits of apple cider vinegar!

Fermented Foods Improve Gut Health

Fermented Foods Improve Gut Health

Fermented Foods Improve Gut Health

Healthy probiotics (good bacteria) in fermented foods improve  gut health, keep your colon clean, improves the function of your colon and provides a place for these friendly bacteria to grow!

The good news is that probiotic-rich fermented foods have been around for thousands of years and this is a traditional way to preserve food and beverages.  These fermented foods are also referred to as cultured vegetables or cultured dairy products.

When I started making my own yogurt in the 1980’s, I was only familiar with the term “fermented” and I learned in 2002 that they are also referred to as cultured vegetables.

Since becoming a Certified Body Ecologist through Donna Gates’ Body Ecology training, I have made thousands of quarts of cultured vegetables, coconut kefir and fermented coconut pudding using the Body Ecology culture starters.

Learning how fermented foods improve gut health was a vital part of my healing process and it can be for you too!

Why Should You Consider Fermented Foods?

Fermented foods, properly prepared, restore your gut bacteria to a healthy balance to improve your digestion. This in turn allows your body to absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat, and improves your overall mental and physical health.

Good News About The Process of Fermentation

These fermented or cultured foods have been through a process of lacto-fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food. This process creates lactic acid which is a natural preservative that inhibits putrefying bacteria. It preserves the food and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics.

Allowing bacteria to ferment in a sealed jar of vegetables over a period of time might not seem like the most appealing way to create a meal or side-dish. However, it is exciting to know how this healthy fermentation plays such an important role in balancing the bacteria in your gut.

In future posts, I will review ways to make your own fermented foods.

Until then, when talking about eating fermented foods for a healthy gut, remember… the lactic acid-based bacterium is the process to look for.

It isn’t necessary for you to learn how to ferment your own food, although you do save a lot of money when you make your own. Fortunately, in today’s market, there are many options available to you in your local grocery store, however, you should…

USE CAUTION: Not all fermented foods are good for restoring balance to your gut bacteria. Unfortunately, many mass-produced fermented foods, may have little beneficial bacteria actual left in them.  This is because of the preservatives, added sugars, colorings, or inexpensive vinegars used in place of a real fermentation process. Be on the safe side and look for fermented foods with organic ingredients and no sugar added.

Check out this post on Improving Your Gut Health.

Until next time, Experiment… try some fermented veggies or some yummy kombucha!

 

Improving Your Gut Health

Improving Your Gut Health

Improving Your Gut Health

Improving your gut health is one of the most important things you can do for your body; and it’s important to know the most common symptoms that are a good indication that your  good bacteria have been compromised, and the bad bacteria has taken over. Do you often have any of the following symptoms?

Gas or bloating

Indigestion or heartburn after meals

Irregular bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation)

Food allergies or sensitivities

Frequent colds, sinus infections, etc.

When your good bacteria are in control you are in a state of symbiosis; and when the bad bacteria outnumber the good bacteria, you are in a state of dysbiosis which leaves the door open for illness. Your good bacteria must outnumber the bad guys for you to maintain good health.

Your gut (GI track) has the largest collection of microorganisms and your gut microbiome is unique to you. When the microbiome is out of balance and there are more ‘bad’ bacteria than good, you may experience poor gut health symptoms.

Be aware of the symptoms above and take some positive steps to improve your gut health, if needed. The good news is that you can use these tips to start improving your gut health:

The Food You Eat

Remove processed foods and sugar from your diet. These refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods get absorbed quickly into your small intestine without any help from your microbes. Loading up on vegetables and low-sugar fruits and eating a lot of leafy green vegetables will help increase your good bacteria in your gut. Be sure to get a balance of healthy fats and protein with each meal as well.

Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria that increase the good bacteria in your gut, especially your digestive system, and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. Include fermented foods in your diet. Fermented foods feed your gut with healthy bacteria. Eat organic fermented vegetables, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, kefir, yogurt (not processed or loaded with sugar), and kombucha. Probiotics supplements are also available.

Reduce Stress

If your gut health is poor, your gut microbiome is out of balance; and you may feel depressed, anxious, or tired. It’s important for your gut health to learn how to relax.

In addition to eating the right foods, begin to practice relaxation techniques with some deep breathing, especially before each meal. Removing stress and distractions, chewing your food completely and truly taking time to enjoy the food you are eating can make a huge difference.

We are all different, and you are unique when it comes to your gut health! If you have symptoms of poor gut health, the above tips should work well for you as long as you keep supporting your microbiome with foods and activities that are healthy for you.

White Bean Dip & Seasoned Pita Chips

White Bean Dip & Seasoned Pita Chips

White Bean Dip & Seasoned Pita Chips

This delicious white bean dip is a great addition to any party menu. It is quick and easy to make – and your guests are sure to love the subtle balance of flavors packed into each bite. It is perfect with mildly seasoned pita chips or vegetable crudités.

Tip: A little bit of fresh sage goes a long way. If you aren’t sure how much to use, start with a small amount. Then taste and add more, if desired.

Although you can use the same extra virgin olive oil for the entire recipe, adding a drizzle of a higher quality variety right before serving will add an extra “pop” of flavor.

Yield: 6 servings

Total Prep Time: 15 minutes

 

Seasoned Pita Chips Ingredients:
6 pitas
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste

 

White Bean Dip Ingredients:
1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 – 3 large fresh sage leaves
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil

Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 T. high-quality extra virgin olive oil

Dash cayenne pepper

Directions – Preheat oven to 375°F.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut each pita into 8 equal-sized wedges. Lightly brush pita wedges with olive oil on both sides and place on lined baking sheet.

Season pita with salt and pepper before placing in oven. Bake for 5-6 minutes before turning each wedge. Return to oven and continue baking for another 5 or 6 minutes, or until pita wedges are golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside.

Add cannellini beans, fresh garlic, lemon juice, sage leaves, and olive oil to the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

Pour bean mixture into a serving bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Right before serving, add a dash of cayenne pepper and a drizzle of some high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Serve with seasoned pita chips or vegetable crudités. ENJOY!

You might also want to try this Lemon Garlic Jumbo Shrimp recipe.

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