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Posted May 22, 2013on:
“To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love.” ~Charles-Victor De Bonstettin~
Detox – Spring cleaning for the body!
There are literally hundreds of detox remedies out there from one day quick fixes to 30 day sessions that offer an opportunity to remove toxins from your system. Which one of these many options is best for you? The final answer to that question really lies with you and your doctor, nutritionist or other medical professional. Just as nature uses the rains and other weather patterns to cleanse and renew the environment, so also do we need to clear wastes, pollutants and toxins from our system and so detoxification is a very important habit to adopt.
Your body does this already all by itself through different ways, however, you may need to do an additional periodic cleanse (under the supervision of a certified health practitioner) to maintain optimum health.
If the body does this already organically, why bother with a formal detox?
- It helps the organs like the kidney and liver to work more efficiently
- It helps eliminate toxic buildup in your body and restore the natural balance
- It improves your sleep quality, skin appearance and overall general health
- Yes! It does also help with weight loss
After trying a number of different cleanses on the market, I believe a natural method works best. What I mean by natural method is just that, a detox cleanse with no therapeutic aids. This method takes full advantage of your body’s ability to cleanse itself by limiting your food intake to organic and nutritious foods for a short period of time. The body is in a better position to process the more complex foods that we eat today.
Eliminate all carbohydrates from the diet for a week. That is bread, rice, potatoes etc. You can have these after the cleanse exercise is complete. Another item to eliminate from your diet for the week is meat, especially processed meats. Also eliminate milk and milk products through the time period.
Start your morning with a big glass of room temperature water with lemon squeezed into it. Do this before you do anything else in the morning.
To make sure you take adequate amounts of water through the course of the day, take a 2 Litre bottle with filtered water (as always add some freshly squeezed lemon). Make sure you have consumed all the water by the end of the day.
For the entire week, have a diet of green organic leafy vegetables and fish that is either baked, barbecued or steamed, do not fry or drown in sauces.
In the case of fruits, try to keep it to items like, apples, grapefruit, lemon, oranges and berries that are rich in anti-oxidants.
This simple method is so easy and mild you can cleanse as often as you wish. I like to try this at least one week every other month to keep my system in high gear.
Enter all of what you do in a journal and track your intake, you will find that you have better control over what you are eating than you do not track it. If you do not keep track, you lose track, period!
Whether you use the remedy I outline above or you have your own remedy, cleanse your system regularly to help boost your health. You will find that not only are you healthier, you are also more energetic. Think of your body as a machine that needs periodic tune-ups to keep it in good working order. Prevention, they say, is always better, cheaper and less painful than cure! Be proactive about making healthy lifestyle choices, start small, take action today! DO NO’T WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE A BREAK DOWN!
Here’s a video with a recipe for a healthy and simple body cleanse by Kim Lyons (from the TV show, ‘The Biggest Loser’): http://wp.me/p1o3v6-rp
Bloggers Note: This blog post is part 2 of 3 in my spring cleaning series: “De-clutter! Detox! De-stress! Spring Cleaning for Your Home, Body and Life!” Visit WWN’s blog for subsequent post #3 (Detox – Spring cleaning for the body!) and click here to read post #1 in the series: (De-stress – Spring cleaning for your home!)
The preceding is a guest post from Diana Barikor, M.Ed- Program Manager at Whole Woman Network. Diana is an Educator and Community Developer with over 15 years experience. She’s passionate about facilitating conversations on growth and empowerment for women both personally and professionally. She engages life with a deep sense of curiosity and an understanding that development issues are dynamic and always evolving. Follow Whole Woman Network on Twitter @wholewomaninc.
- Spring Clean Your Life (adozenbees.wordpress.com)
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- Natural Detox Cleanse Diet for Health, Wellness, and Weight Loss Discussed in New Article by eProbiotics.com (prweb.com)
Fat flush water
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/ultimate-10-day-plan-trim-fat-good as shown on Dr Oz.
Kim Lyons made a name for herself by sharing her weight-loss wisdom on the hit TV show The Biggest Loser. Her 10-day plan is designed to melt fat and transform bodies. It worked for her and for hundreds of her clients, and it can work for you as well.
She advises those who are struggling with their weight and can’t seem to get started on a diet plan to let go of the fear of failure and throw away excuses.
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Are you a woman over 40? Serious about weight-loss and losing belly fat? Here’s a 3-Day meal-plan that works!
Posted April 11, 2013on:
You requested it and we’ve delivered! Members who’ve attended our ‘Live Your Best Life Today’ transformational sessions rave about WWN’s unique 3-Day meal plans, created exclusively for women over 40. (This is a fantastic weight loss and belly fat blast-off regimen that’s ideal for you if you’re running out of time to get into shape for that special event around the corner: wedding, gala, party, family or high school re-union….) You see and feel results in as quickly as 3 days! Those who’ve experienced this fast and effective program are unanimous in their verdict: IT WORKS!!
What it’s NOT:
This is not a quick fix, magic pill or diet to miraculously get you to become happy, healthy and sexy! (We believe in holistic, sustainable, gradual and healthy lifestyle changes). This is not a permanent meal plan, rather we recommend you stay on it for a maximum of one month and then gradually introduce your regular, healthier meals options.
What it is:
Yes, it is a strict 3-day meal plan developed by certified nutritionists and is designed to ‘PATTERN-INTERRUPT’ years of poor diet and unhealthy meals. It is based on a chemical breakdown and works to change your metabolism. Also, it significantly melts away belly fat and because you see fast and effective results, it gets you very motivated to stay on the ‘healthy living track’. It can be used by anyone but has been found to be very effective for women over 40 years of age, who have hit a plateau in their weight loss goals. And it costs only $25!
So, how ready are you about taking the next steps to a Healthier, Sexier, Wealthier YOU? Are you really serious about changing or are you serious about pretending to want to change? This is an excellent way to gain immediate momentum and jump-start that healthier lifestyle.
P.S: Did you know that belly-fat is one of the most dangerous types of fat? Take ACTION and treat your body with the love, honour and respect it deserves.
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Do you live in the GTA? Then join us at noon this Friday, Feb 1st, 2013 for a one-hour Lunch ‘n’ Learn session at Panera Bread (Yonge & 16th, Richmond Hill,) for an exciting discourse on women’s Health and Holistic Weight Management solutions.
Free yourself of the “DIET” mindset. Understand the reason many diets will work for a while and then fail (and somehow even more pounds creep back!)
Stop counting calories and stop the fixation on a number on the scale! Learn how to redefine your health goals with the right ‘self-talk’.
Understand the power of your hormones over your weight-loss goals. Learn how to unleash the power of your mind, compelling you to reach your weight & health goals in a structured and more effective way.
Uncover the root-cause of your weight-loss challenge and fix the problem at the core to achieve optimal health!
Understand how to use the power of S.MA.R.T and Quantum Goal-setting to achieve your weight-loss goals.
Come out and learn common sense solutions to a healthier lifestyle. Learn how to identify and overcome stress-ors that lead to emotional and binge-eating and general lethargy. Gain clearer insights into short and simple exercise routines and a list of supplements/vitamins that promote weight-loss, beautiful skin and your overall well-being!
Most importantly, imbibe and install in your internal time-line the basic equation of Healthy Living: Eat Less (bad stuff)+ Eat more (Good stuff)+ Drink more (water, supplements and vitamins) + Move more=Happier, Healthier, Sexier YOU! ~Whole Woman Network~
Fee: $50.00 (general public); $25 (WWN Premium members)
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(All participants get a free WWN-Branded Tee-shirt and Daily Journal).
“Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential thing is that you begin. Once the battle is started, all that is within and outside you will come to your assistance.”
Live beautifully, live passionately, live freely.
Remember, you are not ordinary, you are divinely unique.
You are WOW (Wonderful One-of-a-kind Woman)!
- For Weight Loss Success, Think About When, Not Just What, You Eat (healthland.time.com)
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- Study: Dieters who ate lunch earlier lost more weight (usatoday.com)
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(Source: This article was written by Mae Chan and was originally published on the website myscienceacademy.org on Dec 25th, 2012).
The tendency to eat one or two large meals per day of all the wrong foods is what eventually leads us to tip the scales. You need to consume more meals, and of the right foods to weigh less. If you make one weight loss resolution in 2013 (in addition to exercise), make it to include and frequently consume the following 25 foods above all else.
* Signifies sources should be organic to minimize pesticide load and maximize nutrient content.
Walnuts serve as a delicious-tasting weight loss food. To fully enjoy the benefits of walnuts for weight loss, it is important to remember that these nuts are a high-calorie food that should be eaten in moderation. Make sure to add only 1.5 ounces (about 20 walnut halves) for maximum benefit to your daily menu. Eat them on their own or add them to your salads. This is probably the best way to include them. Don’t make your own salads? Just take them out of your bag and sprinkle them over the salad at work or restaurant. You’ll feel fuller for longer and the salad will have a far more interesting texture.
When losing weight, it’s important to favor chlorophyll-rich foods, including asparagus. Asparagus is a nutrient-rich vegetable packed with folate, vitamins A, C, and K, and fiber. Asparagus also contains a carbohydrate known as inulin (not to be confused with insulin) that promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine – which in turn promotes a healthier digestive function which ultimately results in better assimilation of nutrients and weight loss.
3. Almonds *
Loaded with important nutrients like mono-saturated fats, vitamin E, folic acid, protein and dietary fibre, almonds are your answer for dipping energy levels and quick healthy snacks. These filling, snack-able bites can help keep your blood sugar steady.
A study from the University of Toronto found that people who ate almonds with white bread didn’t experience the same blood sugar surges as those who ate just the slice. And the higher blood sugar levels rise, the lower they fall; that dip leads to hunger, causing people to overeat. Plus, blood sugar changes cause the body to make insulin, which can increase abdominal fat.
Regarded as a sacred food by the Incas, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) provides a wide range of vitamins and minerals. A complete protein, it has all the essential amino acids needed to build metabolism-revving muscle. Swapping refined grains for whole proteins such as quinoa is not only more nutritious, it can help you lose belly fat. How? Quinoa contain fiber, which makes you feel fuller on less food. One study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, found that reduced-calorie dieters eating about 115 g of protein daily lost 22 percent more fat after four months than those who ate 70 g per day. Quinoa is higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc, and lower in sodium compared with wheat, barley and corn. It the most nutritious gluten-free grain known.
5. Apples *
Apple is one of the best weight loss foods. Apples are a sweet and crunchy snack full of all sorts of nutritional goodness, and they taste good on their own and in salads, desserts, and savory dishes, too.
A study from Penn State University at University Park revealed that people who ate an apple before a pasta meal ate fewer calories overall than those who had a different snack.
Research shows that just two apples a day could help protect women against heart disease lowering blood fat levels by almost 25 percent, a claim unattainable by cardiovascular prescription medications.
6. Black beans
Beans have always been the undervalued protein that could work best when used as a substitute for meat. They stay in your digestive system longer and add to the feeling of fullness and a satisfied feeling, aiding weight management. They contain soluble and insoluble fiber, protein, and a type of fat-burning carb called resistant starch. Black beans are really one of the greatest weight loss foods.
According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, bean eaters weigh less and have slimmer middles.
7. Coconut Oil
One of the healthiest cooking oils in the world, coconut oil enjoys one of the highest stabilities of all oils when heated. 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. Lauric acid is a powerful virus and gram-negative bacteria destroyer, and coconut oil contains the most lauric acid of any substance on earth! Coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. These types of fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits. It’s nature’s richest source of these healthy MCFAs.
Researchers at McGill University, in Quebec, Canada are now advocating the use of a MCT treat and prevent obesity. The reason most people are overweight is because they simply don’t eat enough good fats.
The simplest way to prepare cauliflower is to boil it and add pepper and salt. But this flowery vegetable is an enemy for toxic compounds in your body. The cauliflower is rich is indoles, glucosinolates and thiocyanates that bumps off all the toxic waste in your body.
Cauliflower is low in calories while still offering filling fiber. This veggie is also super versatile and can make a great replacement for heavier foods. It is a member of the Cruciferous family of vegetables; other members of this phytonutrient-rich family include broccoli, Bok choy, cabbage, and kale. Eating cauliflower and other Cruciferous vegetables at least three times a week may significantly reduce your risk of developing all types of cancer. Eating cauliflower may also give your immune system and healing mechanisms a natural boost, as cauliflower is naturally rich in real Vitamin C.
9. Cinnamon *
Everything is nice about this spice. Just 1/2 teaspoon each day can help control your blood sugar and prevent the post-meal insulin spike that can trigger your body to store fat rather than burn it. You can also use cinnamon to bring out the natural sweetness in foods, rather than adding calories from sugar. All spices help you trim down when used to add flavor to foods instead of oil, butter and calorie-laden condiments.
Valued in ancient times as currency and once considered more precious than gold, cinnamon — one of the world’s oldest known spices — has one of the highest antioxidant values of all foods and its use in medicine treats everything from nausea to menstruation and energy to diabetes.
10. Coffee *
Raise your mug to higher metabolism! The caffeine in coffee can raise your resting metabolic rate by about 15 percent, and the effect can last up to four hours, that adds up to 30 to 50 calories burned per day. Plus, people who sip 3 to 4 cups of regular or decaf coffee per day are 30 percent less prone to type 2 diabetes. Chlorogenic acid, found in coffee, may help prevent insulin resistance, which can lead to obesity and diabetes.
11. Eggs *
Eggs are a good source of vitamins, proteins and minerals. As said by nutrition experts, eggs are not only a great source of nutrition, but also very useful to help lose weight. When combining eggs with other dishes you will limit the consumption of complex carbohydrates in the body. Your hunger and food cravings will occur less frequent. Egg itself is sufficient in helping in weight loss.
The breakfast staple is loaded with choline, a compound known to help block fat absorption. Eating protein-rich eggs for breakfast reduces hunger and decreases calorie consumption at lunch and throughout the day. After eight weeks, dieters who ate two eggs, toast and jelly for breakfast five days a week lost 65 percent more weight than those who had a same-calorie bagel breakfast without eggs, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity.
Like other types of vegetables, cooked raddish contains approximately 3 grams of fiber per half cup to help you stay full and satisfied. Raddish are considered as starchy vegetables, so it is recommended to be eaten in place of rice, bread or other starchy foods.
Garlic help prevent various cancers, fight cardiovascular diseases and diabetes and respiratory problems. Garlic also helps fight various infections.
Overweight people who sprinkled their food with the zero-calorie spice lost an average of 30 pounds in six months, compared to only a 2-pound loss in the control group. Strong flavors like garlic may make food more enjoyable so you feel fuller faster.
Many people are shocked when they first learn that avocados are one of the best foods for weight loss. Avocado is high in monounsaturated fat. Research indicates diets high in monounsaturated fat are more beneficial for weight control because monounsaturated fat exerts beneficial effects on how blood lipid profiles, insulin function and directly affects how the body utilizes blood glucose.
Avocado contains a unique weight loss friendly carbohydrate called mannoheptulose. Mannoheptulose is a rare form of sugar which has been found to lower insulin secretion. Avocados help to reverse the problems that we see with insulin resistance, by virtue of the presence of mannoheptulose and its high content of good fats. Could Guacamole Be The Ultimate Cancer Fighting Food?
These legumes are rich in resistant starch (RS), a carbohydrate that may encourage fat burning and shrink fat cells. One cup serving of cooked split peas or lentils provides up to twice as much fibre as other fibre-rich foods. When study participants enjoyed a meal with 5 g of RS-about what you get from 3/4 cup cooked lentils-they burned 23 percent more fat over 24 hours than when they had a meal without the starch, researchers at the University of Colorado in Denver say.
People who consume lentils at least three times a week reduce their risk of developing polyps — small growths in the lining of the bowel which can become cancerous — by a third, researchers say.
16. Olive oil (advisory)
Like avocados, olive oil has healthy fat that increases satiety, taming your appetite. But that’s hardly its only slimming feature. Research shows it has anti-inflammatory properties, and chronic inflammation in the body is linked to metabolic syndrome. Drizzle your salad with olive oil and you’ll increase the antioxidant power of your veggies, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition notes. Healthful monounsaturated fats found in olive oil could potentially switch on genes related to fat burning and storage. The only deficiency with olive oil is its lack of polyunsaturated fats, which contains Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). While ounce for ounce, all oils have the same calories, olive oil has a fuller flavor so less is needed for tantalizing taste.
17. Sweet Potato
Sweet potato yams are packed with antioxidants (like carotenoids), vitamins and minerals. They are quite low on the glycemic scale, meaning you’ll digest them slower and stay full longer. Moreover, nutritionally dense yams in your diet can trigger the satiety center in the brain quickly, make you feel full faster. If you want to lose some pounds, sweet potato yams may be one food to include in your diet next year.
These spuds have RS, the same carbohydrates found in lentils that may turn up the body’s fat-scorching furnace. RS may also increase production of peptide hormone compounds that signal the brain to stop eating. After a breakfast and a lunch containing RS, subjects ate about 10 percent fewer calories over the next 24 hours compared with when they had similar meals with a placebo, research from the University of Surrey indicates.
A green algae that contains 18 amino-acids, magnesium, zinc and other nutrients; over 4,000 studies published in Japan and Taiwan show chlorella helps cut blood pressure and cholesterol numbers down to size, boosts metabolism, and clobbers abnormal cell growth. It’s like a tiny green magician with the power to make you feel and look 20 years younger and help many of your medical concerns simply vanish.
19. Pears *
Pears deliver a dose of fiber (about 5.5 grams per medium-sized fruit), which helps keep you satisfied long after you eat them. But that’s not where their fat-fighting power ends.
A Brazilian research team found that a group of women who included pears in their diet each day lost more weight than the group who included oat cookies even though the pears and the oat cookies had the same number of calories.
They look like rubies and we believe that they are as precious as them too. Pomegranates reduces arthritis, increase your immunity, and improve fertility. Long known for its antioxidant properties, the humble pomegranate is a heart patient’s best friend. Scientists believe that the super-food has the power to reduce the fat stored round the stomach — the ‘spare tyre’ in men, or ‘muffin top’ in women. While the benefits of drinking pomegranate juice have gained a lot of attention recently, you will be more likely to lose weight by eating the fruit fresh to increase your fiber intake and keep the calories down.
Using pomegranate seeds instead of nuts on salad, or eating on their own, prove to be incredible.
21. Red bell peppers *
This vegetable adds flavour whether it is baked, roasted, cooked or stuffed. Capsicums help to break down waste that is in the blood, hence a prefect veggie for those suffering with kidney disease.
These are sources of vitamin C, and adequate intake of the nutrient has been associated with having a smaller waist. Plus, vitamin C has been shown to bolster immunity and prevent cell damage.
Hemp foods are expanding onto the shelves of grocery and natural food stores across North America. By definition, these are foods containing whole hemp seeds or the oil, nut (hulled seed) and/or flour (ground seed cake) derived from the seeds. Overall, hemp’s main nutritional advantage over other seeds lies in the composition of its oil, i.e. its fatty acid profile, and in its protein which contains all of the essential amino acids in nutritionally significant amounts and in a desirable ratio. This has a significant effect on metabolism allowing the body to shed fat 10% faster than those who don’t consume hemp daily.
23. Tomatoes *
Whenever you munch, your body releases a hormone called cholecystokinin, which tightens the valve between your stomach and your intestine. As a result, CCK boosts feelings of fullness making you less apt to overeat.
Tomatoes contain oligofructose, a fiber that helps sustain the effects of CCK in your stomach. Bonus: Lycopene, a compound found in tomatoes, has been shown to protect you against sunburns and may help reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Millet is a beneficial and delicious staple of any whole grain diet. This non-glutinous grain is over 10-percent protein, has high amounts of fiber and B-complex vitamins, and because it isn’t an acid forming food, is easy to digest. A research team led by Charles S. Brennan at Lincoln University, New Zealand found that replacing traditional wheat and maize flours in extruded cereals with flours such as millet could lower carbohydrate digestibility, which is linked to the glycemic impact.
Millet and other whole grains are a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body’s use of glucose and insulin secretion.
25. Blueberries *
Researchers found that blueberries can break down existing fat cells and prevent new ones from forming, making them a potentially powerful weapon in the fight against rising obesity. Essentially, blueberry polyphenols fight adipogenesis, which is the development of fat cells, and induce lipolysis, which is the breakdown of lipids/fat.
Blueberries also have a low concentration of glycemic carbohydrates that mildly and gradually change into sugar. This sugar does not occur in an amount that is high enough to raise insulin levels.
*Signifies sources should be organic to minimize pesticide load and maximize nutrient content.
About the Blogger
Mae Chan holds degrees in both physiology and nutritional sciences. She is also blogger and and technology enthusiast with a passion for disseminating information about health.
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(Culled from healingatserenity.com)
P.S: A huge thanks and shout-out to Adoris Thompson-Forrester for sharing this!
Breadfruit is a very popular fruit that originates out of the flowering species. Scientifically known as ‘Artocarpus Altilis’, the breadfruit plant is a member of the ‘mulberry family’, thus making it a variance of mulberry. Native to the Malay Peninsula and the western Pacific Islands, the fruit’s shape, size and feel is unlike any typical fruit. The breadfruit is soft and has a yellow, cream-coloured flesh, which is sweet with a nice fragrant smell. Breadfruit, because of its unique texture and several nutritional values, has become quite popular and is now been grown in many other parts of the world. Breadfruit has been recognized as a nutritionally beneficial fruit by many civilizations and communities, and is also culturally important for many people across the world. A wide range of nutrition and useful calories can be consumed by eating breadfruit. This article provides you with the health and nutrition benefits of eating breadfruit.
Nutritional Benefits Of Eating Breadfruit
- Breadfruit is an energy booster and is high in fiber contents. The fiber content in breadfruit helps in decreasing cholesterol and triglycerides that causes several heart diseases. Consumption of breadfruit lowers the LDL (harmful cholesterol) in the body and elevates HDL (good cholesterol) count, protecting you from the risk of heart attacks.
- The fiber content in breadfruit provides a relief to the people suffering from diabetes. Research proves that the fiber content in the fruit can control diabetes, by reducing the absorption of glucose by the body, from the food we eat.
- Breadfruit even helps in the proper functioning of our intestine and bowel. The fiber present in breadfruit regulates bowel movements and clears the buildup of junk in our intestine. Consumption of breadfruit on a daily basis can even help in reducing the risk of colon cancer.
- A breadfruit contains a good amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are very important and help the body and mind to develop normally. These fatty acids also hasten and stimulate skin and hair growth, regulate our metabolism, promote reproduction and stimulate bone growth and health.
- Breadfruit is considered to be a potential item for chick feed also. However, it produces less weight gain than cassava or maize despite higher intake, and can even cause delayed maturity.
- Breadfruit contains vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, iron and phosphorous. All these minerals and vitamins provide essential nutrients to the body.
- Breadfruit is also used in the flour form that is richer than wheat flour in lysine and other essential amino acids and is useful for the growth and development of the body.
- It is a good source of potassium and a much healthier source of carbohydrate than white rice, pasta, white bread etc. (Eating the same potion of breadfruit keeps you feeling fuller longer and has more nutrients).
- Breadfruit is ground to flour in many parts of Barbados and Brazil to substitute wheat in bread-making. The bread made from breadfruit flour has been found to be more nutritious than the wheat flour.
- In Jamaica, the breadfruit flour is boiled, sweetened and consumed as porridge for breakfast.
- Breadfruit is one of the best ingredients for making chips in its soft form. The chips out of breadfruit have been commercially manufactured in Trinidad and Barbados.
- The seeds of breadfruit can be boiled, steamed, roasted over fire and consumed with salt. In West America, they are made into a puree at times.
- The flower spikes of breadfruit can be boiled, peeled and consumed as a vegetable, or are candied by re-cooking for few hours in a syrup and then rolled in powdered sugar and sun-dried.
- In the Eastern part of Nigeria, Breadfruit, also called ‘Ukwa’ is a local delicacy and can be cooked into a plain porridge or mixed with dried fish and other spices.
Visit healingatserenity.com for more tips and information on the healing power of various foods and vegetable.
Excellent Health-your #1 priority this 2013! The Breadfruit is definitely one ’Super-Food’ you should consider adding to your menu!
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Posted January 3, 2013on:
An important message to all women of African Descent: Dear sisters, please! please! please! Learn to love the beautiful skin you’re in; dark, brown, light. Just own it! There’s nothing wrong in wanting to look your radiant best but use healthy and sustainable products or methods.
There is a big difference between seeking a glowing, healthy and even-toned skin and an unhealthy fixation on becoming light-skinned by using harmful skin products/chemicals. The former comes from a place of ‘wholeness’ while the often latter stems from a deep-seated sense of ’insecurity’.
“Take good care of your skin, for it houses your body, and your body is the only true home you’ll ever reside in. For as long as you are alive, it is the home that you can never run away from.”
~Whole Woman Network~
There was a recent study done at the University of Capetown that suggests 1 in 3 women in South Africa bleaches her skin. Unconfirmed reports from the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), also suggests that 77% of Nigerian women bleach their skin! There are similar stories in Ghana, Liberia, Senegal etc. All across Africa and even Asia, the habit of skin bleaching is becoming more and more prevalent.
Look around you and the signs are everywhere. You probably know a friend, aunty, sister, neighbour, colleague who is fixated on skin-bleaching.
For women of African descent, the scourge of skin bleaching is made worse because most women (and even men!) use creams made with the potent bleaching agent: Hydroquinone.
Some important facts about Hydroquinone:
1. Hydroquinone works by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase, which is important in skin pigment (melanin) development. It is important to be aware that Melanin actually provides protection against UV radiation. It is more effective than any sunscreen known to man. It diffuses UV radiation and turns it into harmless heat.
2. Combining Hydroquinone with skin products that contain benzoyl peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, or other peroxides, (found in most acne treatment) is harmful to the skin. This causes temporary staining of the skin. Also hydroquinone should not be used with any of the new resorcinol-based skin lightening treatments such as Clinique dark spot corrector.
3. 4% and above hydroquinone concentration is generally considered by most dermatologists to be one of the most effective skin-lightening and age spot-brightening agents. Overall, it is considered to be safer for Caucasians and light-skinned asians BUT not as safe for darker-skinned people (Africans).
Are you a woman of African Descent? Here are 10 Reasons why Hydroquinone is bad for your skin:
1. It is harmful to your health! Although many European and American researchers argue that hydroquinone has NOT been directly linked to Cancer in humans only to mice. However, Hydroquinone clearly has a proven serious side-effect on humans as it causes pigmentation of the eye and permanent corneal damage (Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venearology, 2006). This only occurs when the eye is directly exposed to hydroquinone (So if you are still bent on using hydroquinone based products, avoid direct contact with the eyes).
2. It causes Ochronosis: For lighter-skinned women of colour (Indians, Chinese, Filipinos etc), dermatologists often recommend the use of hydroquinone in 3 to 4 months cycles and then alternated with less harmful lightening products. However, in darker skinned women (particularly of African descent), continued use of hydroquinone has been associated with ochronosis, which is a skin disorder characterized by progressive sooty darkening of the skin.
3. It whitens skin by killing your skin’s pigment cells. It also degenerates collagen and elastin fibres in the skin (Note: Collagen should be strengthened in order to have a youthful, smooth and glowing skin!)
4. Using Hydroquinone is counter-productive. It defeats the purpose which you want it to achieve. You want glowing, radiant, healthy and brighter skin. The long-term use only leads to these horrible signs and effects: unseemly dark knuckles and ankles, unsightly purplish vericose veins, a patch-work of colours on once beautiful skin. Have a rethink!
5. It can cause irritation and contact dermatitis and increases the risk of other types of skin irritation and/or severe itching.
6. Even if you succeed in bleaching the skin whiter with hydroquinone products, it often has an unhealthy, pasty look. Also, once you stop using it, your skin re-darkens. And since using it long-term is unhealthy, it’s basically a catch-22 situation!
7. If you live in the tropical region, the combination of hydroquinone and the sun is a bad one. Increased risk of ochronosis have been linked to excess sun exposure while using hydroquinone. As such, dermatologists often recommend to always use hydroquinone with a sunscreen. (Note: In the hot African climate, sometimes, even sunscreens do not offer enough protection for the skin!)
8. Most products with hydroquinone have an awful smell and cause intense body heat and sweating. Users often try to mask the odour by profuse use of perfumes which seems to make it even worse. There is off-the-shelf hydroquinone-based product(s) that’s so potent that users have to constantly stay in air-conditioned rooms!
9. It thins out the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis), which is dangerous especially during or post- surgical procedures, as it may take the skin a longer time to heal from cuts, wounds and/or stitches.
10. It ages your skin and as you get older the effects become even more pronounced. It is not a pretty sight to see someone whose skin has been damaged by prolonged years of hydroquinone use! Age gracefully and not with disgrace. Love your skin today so that it keeps well and not fall apart tomorrow.
As one gets older, it is not uncommon to have the skin lose its luster, glow and smoothness. It may be due to a number of factors: age-spots, pregnancy, hyper-pigmentation, post-inflammatory pigmentation, melasma, sun damage due to over exposure, stress, poor diet, lack of exercise and improper sleeping patterns. This may be corrected by using the right skin brighteners, vitamin/supplements and eating a proper diet.
Healthier alternatives to Hydroquinone
If you still desire a lighter, brighter skin tone, some healthier alternatives are products with Kojic acid, Azelaic acid, Arbutin, Vitamin C etc.
1. A healthier skin lightening agent highly recommended by award-winning scientific researcher and writer, Nicki Zevola, (Founder and CEO of FutureDerm) is Cape Fear Naturals Kojic Acid Cream Skin Brightener ($11.95, Amazon.com) with 4% kojic acid, the highest concentration available on the North American market without a prescription.
2. Lumixyl: This was recently developed by Stanford University researchers and has been found to be effective in the treatment of melasma, and general brown patches. It is said to deliver results similar to hydroquinone, but without the toxicity. One of the best product in the Lumixyl line is the Topical Brightening Creme, which contains a non-toxic and non-irritating peptide that you can use indefinitely—no need to stop after a few months like Hydroquinone. It can only be obtained from participating physicians. (Note: The product is still relatively new, it was released in 2009, so there few studies of noted side effects thus far). If you are interested in purchasing it, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Cod Liver Oil! According to the recommendations of the Weston A. Price Foundation, which can be found here, CLO is great for treating both acne and dullness of skin. After 8 weeks of use, there is a very noticeable brightness and radiance of the skin. According to Michelle of beautyeditor.ca (The WWN community follow her insightful recommendations on all things skincare), the best kind of CLO is the high-quality, fermented variety because the cheaper, highly-processed ones tend to be stripped of the very vitamins that make them beneficial (for your skin and health). Her brand of choice is Green Pasture’s (which can be ordered from the U.S.). She also recommends Carlson, the Norwegian brand of CLO. Note that the cod liver oil/high-vitamin butter oil blend, is said to be even MORE effective than the CLO alone.
4. Know your Minerals and Vitamins! Vitamin A, E and C are particularly good for radiant and brighter skin. They reduce sunspots, skin dullness, wrinkles, UV-induced erythema and sunburn and increase skin firmness and elasticity.
5. Exercise and keep fit, stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet with foods rich in Omega-3. To learn more about the right fruits for a radiant, healthy complexion, see our previous post on ‘Eating’ your way to Beautiful Skin: http://wp.me/p1o3v6-9E.
So in conclusion, remember that the skin is the largest organ of the body, so we should take good and proper care of it. We all come in different shapes, sizes and colours. Our skin tones may fall across a wide spectrum similar to Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji, Supermodel Iman, Ms Universe 2011, Leila Lopes or Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari…yet the one thing that’s common to all of us is that we are African Queens, beautiful, radiant and regal!
So let’s celebrate the skin we’re in, nurture it and pamper it with natural and healthy oils/creams (such as Shea and Cocoa butters), healthy diets and proper habits of sleep, relaxation and exercise, rather than damage and disrespect it with harmful products and bad habits. So this new year, enjoy and celebrate the unique woman you are and love the skin you’re in!
Live beautifully, live passionately, live freely.
Remember, you are not ordinary, you are divinely unique.
You are WOW (Wonderful One-of-a-kind Woman)!
The preceding is a guest post from Juliet Ume, MBA –Wealth Management Consultant & Lifestyle Coach at Whole Woman Network. Juliet is an avid Life Connoisseur and a passionate advocate of WomEntrepreneurship, Investment & Financial Literacy for women. Her mission is simply to engage women to return to ‘wholeness’ and live Healthier, Sexier, Wealthier Lives! Follow her on Twitter: @wholewomaninc
Sources: Drugs.com, BBC Documentary on Skin Bleaching in South Africa, 2012, bbc.co.uk, (Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 1997), NAFDAC Nigeria, Futurederm.com, Beautyeditor.ca, (Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venearology, 2006).
- Fight Facial Aging with Chemical Peels, Laser Resurfacing and Dermabrasion (aboutplasticsurgery.com)
- Africa: Where black is not really beautiful (bbc.co.uk)
- How To Lose Weight and Look Young (ireport.cnn.com)
- Skin-lightening creams face west African backlash (guardian.co.uk)
The human body is as mysterious as it is interesting. It is one huge mass of chemical hormones, glands, enzymes and cells. A little imbalance in the chemistry of the body can lead to mood changes, loss of appetite, increased appetite, insomnia and even severe depression. Thanks to advances in medical science and alternative healing, more light is being shed on the different ways to naturally enhance the body’s optimal state and performance without resorting to drugs.
If you want a ‘Happy’ New Year, it may be necessary to pay attention to the ‘Happy Hormones’ in your body. Two ‘mood-enhancing’ chemicals you should note are Serotonin/Melatonin and Endorphins. Both of them play a huge role in controlling mood swings.
Serotonin/Melatonin: These are neurotransmitters and control the functioning of the nervous system and thus regulate moods, sleeping and eating patterns. Serotonin is produced during the day and Melatonin is produced at night. Severe Serotonin imbalances may make people more prone to depression.
Endorphins: These are hormones that work with the endocrine system. Often referred to as the ‘Happy Hormones’ According to Wikipedia, Endorphins are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during exercise, excitement, pain, consumption of spicy food and orgasm. They resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being. Endorphins help control pain and work as “natural pain relievers.”
Some activities to boost your ‘Happy Hormones’:
1. Prayer and meditation: Whether in a group setting or in solitude, the healing powers of prayer and meditation cannot be over-emphasized. Happy hormones are released during worship, singing, chanting or meditative breathing.
2. Exercise: A good work-out releases Endorphins in the body. It creates a feeling of euphoria and sense of achievement. People who exercise regularly are healthier, feel sexier and are also wealthier (because they are more productive and/or creative). Overall, they feel great and have a good sense of well-being.
3. Passion Foods: Diet is very important as different foods affect the body positively or adversely. Happy hormones are released when you eat more dark chocolates, spicy foods and passion foods (foods that enhance sexual appetites) such as mangoes, avocado, almonds, raw oysters, celery, eggs and bananas. Check with your doctor(s) to find out what vitamins/supplements your body requires as you get older. Also, cut down on refined sugars and processed carbohydrates, especially if you are over 40 years old.
4. Dance: It’s finally time to sign up for that salsa class! However, any dance would do, it may be the waltz, hip-hop, afro-dance, jazz, tango or line dancing. As long as you’re shaking those hips and tapping those feet, your happy hormones will keep coming!
5. Sex: Foreplay, hand-holding, warm embraces, loving hugs, sexy word-play, ‘sexting’ and good old orgasm are great sources of happy hormones!
5. Reading: You cannot experience everything you wish to in life. That is why there are books. Read different genres, diverse authors and travel to places as you experience life while cuddled up on your comfortable couch.
6. Conversation: Have conscious, meaningful, deep, fun and illuminating conversations. Connect with people, learn to listen more and share. Be present.
7. Good Deeds: Find time and space in your life and heart to give back, volunteer, pay-it-forward. Expect nothing in return. Giving is its own reward.
8. Passion: That uncontrollable, consuming , over-the-top emotion? Yes! It’s a good thing to be passionate about life, people, hobbies, causes etc
9. Love: Fall in love, even if you’ve had your heart-broken in the past, choose to open up your heart and love unconditionally. Other kinds of platonic love also count-Agape love, Sibling love, Love from a deep friendship, Parental love etc. Choose love over hatred or indifference. Allow yourself heal and experience that magical feeling.
10. Laughter: Smile more and choose to be happy. Practice positive self-talk and develop strong coping mechanisms to deal with stress and challenging situations. Feel sorrow and always have a good cry when you feel like it as it is a good way to de-stress and release happy hormones. However, do NOT fall into the trap of letting yourself to become drowned or paralyzed by your sorrow.
So, in a nutshell, do more of these activities to ensure you have a very Happy New Year!
Live beautifully, live passionately, live freely.
Remember, you are not ordinary, you are divinely unique.
You are WOW (Wonderful One-of-a-kind Woman)!
Posted January 1, 2013on:
“Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential thing is that you begin. Once the battle is started, all that is within and outside you will come to your assistance.” ~Robert Collier~
2013 is finally here, a brand New Year !!! From all of us at Whole Woman Network Worldwide, we wish you all a very Joyous and amazing New Year. May you have the best of Health, Opportunities, Memories, Abundance and Love. Thank you for your support, love and participation in our various programs in the past year. Our growth and success would not be possible without you. We appreciate each and every one of you spread across Canada, USA, UK, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Jamaica, South Africa…..
In line with our mission at Whole Woman Network to act as catalysts and motivate women of colour around the world with a compelling call to action, we invite you to participate in our first challenge for the year.
Let’s start off by asking these questions: What is your W.O.W? That is, What are you ‘willing to change in one week’ to get your life on track? What area of your life do you wish to improve the most? What area would have the most impact on all other areas of your life? Health? Relationship? Career/Business, Finances? Spirituality? Physical? Socio-Emotional? Map out your 2013, take action and join WWN’s ’90-Day Challenge to a Healthier, Sexier, Wealthier You.’ Let’s share strategies, action-steps, principles and tips on holistic living. Our 90-Day Program is a common-sense and holistic approach to taking control of your Health, Image, Finances and Relationships…At the core are principles of ‘Self-Love and Self-Accountability.’ Start your New Year with the right attitude!
You will need the following:
1. A Sense of Commitment & Positive Attitude; 2. A Piggy-bank; 3. A Body-Weight & Food Scale 4. A Daily Journal; 5. A Measuring Tape.
Over the next 90 days (from January 1 to March 31st, 2013), we will work together as a community to achieve our individual/collective goals of Healthier, Sexier, Wealthier lives. (This challenge is open to all members, in North America and those resident Internationally).
Your Next Steps:
Step 1: Send us an email to: email@example.com with the Subject: WWN 90-Day Challenge. The body of the email should have: Your name, phone number, mailing address and why you want to participate (the first 5 people to RSVP get a FREE gift!!)
Step 2: You receive a confirmation email from Whole Woman Network with a Letter of Engagement detailing your agreement to the commitment required for the 90-Day Challenge. Participants also get added to WWN’S confidential FB Forum for group discussions.
Step 3: Schedule a one-on-one meeting with a WWN Life-Coach to set your S.M.A.R.T goals and expectations.
See below for some key highlights of the challenge.
Each participant receives (For those resident in Canada only):
-Free WWN branded Tee-shirt for the daily work out sessions;
-A Free WWN-branded daily journal to track your progress;
-Free 1-hour consulting session with a make-up/image/style expert;
-Free attendance of an interactive financial literacy workshop on any topic of interest: investment, debt management, insurance etc;
-A free inspiring book on any of the following areas: women’s health, beauty or wealth management;
-Daily life-transforming tips and coaching nuggets and a network of support from a diverse community of like-minded women;
-A celebratory wrap-up lunch at the end of the 90-Day Challenge with lots of prizes , great networking….And much more!
So ladies, the ball is in your court. Do you really desire a healthier, sexier, wealthier life in 2013 and beyond? Then, take the FIRST step today and say ‘hello’ to the best version of you!!
A huge thank you to the various Subject Matter Experts and partners for sharing their resources. Also, our gratitude to the sponsors of the ’90-Day Challenge’ for donating the wonderful prizes and gifts.
Live beautifully, live passionately, live freely.
Remember, you are not ordinary, you are divinely unique.
You are WOW (Wonderful One-of-a-kind Woman)!
Posted November 3, 2012on:
The Whole Woman Network community condoles with the family and friends of Remi Osholake, the creative and iconic designer behind ‘Remi Lagos.’ Ms. Osholake died at noon on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Harley Street Clinic, London, UK.
She trained at the East Croydon School of Art & Design, Chelsea School of Art & Design and Inchbald School of Art & Interior Design. The quiet, unassuming and talented Ms Osholake, who was known for her love for black outfits, founded the iconic fashion house and was the creative force behind the brand’s phased expansion and international exposure through participation in prestigious fashion shows/runways in Europe, the United States of America and Africa.
Her longevity in the industry (over 25 years), was largely credited to her faith, unique talent, dedication to and passion for her craft. She carved a niche for herself in the often volatile fashion industry with her signature Kaftans. She is survived by her sister, Adetomi Osholake and friends who include Funmi Iyanda and Adebayo Jones.
Her death as a result of Uterine cancer (she was diagnosed with the disease in October, 2012), again brings the discussion of the importance of early screening and detection, especially among women of African descent, to the forefront.
**Ladies, ensure that you have an annual comprehensive medical check-up, including a pap smear. Be proactive and take action towards your overall well-being.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, ‘Post-menopausal women 45–70 years of age are at the highest risk of developing uterine cancer. Uterine cancer is more common in Caucasians than in other populations. Women living in North America or Europe develop uterine cancer more often than those living in other parts of the world. Women in higher income groups tend to be affected more than women in lower income groups.’
Some signs and symptoms of uterine cancer include:
- unusual vaginal bleeding
- bleeding that starts after menopause
- bleeding between periods in pre-menopausal women
- heavy frequent bleeding before or during menopause
- bleeding with intercourse
- unusual vaginal discharge
- blood tinged
- pain during intercourse
- pelvic pain or pressure
(Note: These can also be caused by other health conditions. It is important to have any unusual symptoms checked by a doctor).
The following factors are known to increase the risk of developing uterine cancer (Culled from the website: Canadian Cancer Society, 03/11/2012, 5.20pm EST) .
Women who receive estrogen only, without progesterone, as hormone replacement therapy after menopause are at higher risk of developing uterine cancer.
Obese women are at higher risk of developing uterine cancer because more estrogen is produced by the greater amount of fat. The risk is increased even more in obese women who have hypertension or diabetes. Being more than 50 pounds over the ideal body weight increases the risk of developing uterine cancer by about 10 times.
Early menarche (first menstruation) and late menopause (after the age of 52) means a longer time of estrogen exposure and higher risk of developing uterine cancer.
Tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Tamofen) is a drug used to treat breast cancer. Women who are treated with this drug for 5 or more years are at higher risk of developing uterine cancer.
Women who have never had a full-term pregnancy (are nulliparous) are twice as likely to develop uterine cancer as women who have given birth at least once.
Women who do not ovulate (anovulation) during the menstrual cycle have a higher risk of developing uterine cancer. Anovulation may result from medical conditions, including hormonal imbalances and small cysts on the ovaries (polycystic ovary syndrome or Stein-Leventhal syndrome).
Endometrial hyperplasia is an overgrowth of normal cells that line the uterus. It tends to progress to atypical hyperplasia, which is an overgrowth of abnormal cells.
Women who have received high-dose radiation to the pelvis are at a higher risk of developing uterine cancer. Pelvic radiation is used to treat other cancers or bleeding from the uterus caused by a benign (non-cancerous) condition.
Diabetes increases the risk of uterine cancer. A woman is at even higher risk if she is also obese or has high blood pressure (hypertension)
Estrogen-secreting ovarian tumors are usually removed by surgery. At the time of surgery, uterine cancer is found in 6%–21% of women with estrogen-secreting tumors.
Remember, you are not ordinary, you are divinely unique.
You are WOW (Wonderful One-of-a-kind Woman)!
-Take Action Towards a Healthier, Sexier, Wealthier YOU!
- What Are the Symptoms & Signs of Uterine Cancer? (cancercenter.com)
- What Are the Risk Factors for Uterine Cancer? (cancercenter.com)
- Learning About the Stages of Uterine Cancer (everydayhealth.com)
- Why You Could Be At Risk For Uterine Cancer (jeanfischer.wordpress.com)
- Popular Designer Remi Osholake of Remi Lagos has passed away (belloibrahim.wordpress.com)