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15 Tips to Get Back on Track When You’ve Fallen off the Wagon – The Dietary Wagon That Is.

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Fallen off the wagon? Here’s my top 15 tips to help you get back on track when you feel like you’re stuck in a food rut. 

I normally advise people away from all-or-nothing diet mentality. I usually say that it’s not about being “on or off” the proverbial wagon but rather finding a balanced lifestyle approach that is sustainable, not too rigid, nourishing and aligns with the long-term vision of your health goals. Thinking in terms of “on” or “off”, especially when confining yourself to a dietary box (when you call yourself “raw” for example, and then eat something that’s not raw, it can induce feelings of guilt and shame) and can cause extreme swings in eating behavior.

This past week, however, I got reacquainted with “off the wagon”, and have a renewed recollection of what it’s like to be doing great and then take a sharp left turn, off the dietary path that aligns with my goals and values towards foods that make me downright unhappy. (The irony is that in the moment, these “hyperpalatable” foods are what we think we want because we have some unconscious believe eating it will make us happy.) I’m very familiar with chronic overeating and food addiction, something I’ve struggled with in the past. I’ve even wrote a whole book about it, called “Unhooked: A Holistic Approach to Ending Your Struggle with Food” which will be available for sale on Amazon this fall.

With all my practice, I’m now quite familiar with my food triggers. This past week, the trigger for me was not having a kitchen because we’re in the process of building one on our new land we bought here in Hawaii. I normally make all of my own food and instead I’ve been eating out more frequently and eating at social gatherings much more than I normally do – and as a result I fell far enough off balance, I actually fell off the wagon, while the proverbial wagon continued in the direction of my health goals – without me on it.After all, I am human and I never claim to be perfect – and in fact, embracing my imperfections is actually one of the top tips that helped me get back on track and get a grip before I let myself spiral down that familiar slippery slop any further.

15 Tips to Get back on Track When You’ve Fallen off the Dietary Wagon

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Top 7 Health Benefits of Turmeric

Top 7 Health Benefits of TurmericAs the saying goes: “Let Food Be Thy Medicine” and when it comes to the health benefits of turmeric, it’s certainly a potent medicine!

The health benefits of turmeric, a member of the ginger family, cannot be understated. This potent medicinal herb tops my charts of most beneficial and far-reaching plant medicinals – a must have for any herbal first aid kit or any long-term medical plan!

If you’re a lover of Asian or Indian Cuisine then you might already be familiar with turmeric, a common spice used in these colorful and delicious culinary traditions.

It’s one of the main ingredients in Curry powder; a flavorful spice blend with more to offer than simply a musky taste and beautiful shade of yellowish orange. Turmeric is widely grown in South East Asia and India, and lucky for me, in Pacific Islands including Hawaii where we call it olena. A couple of months ago I planted my first bunch of turmeric and I can’t wait to harvest it!

This potent spice has caught the attention of western researchers only fairly recently despite having a long reputation as a natural remedy for a wide variety of ailments in many traditional cultures. Now people are calling turmeric a ‘super-food’, ‘the spice of life’ and natures ‘ultimate healing herb’. It’s also becoming widely recognized as ‘one of natures best skin foods’.

Why does turmeric have so many health benefits? Most research keeps pointing back to one of the main active ingredients in turmeric called curcumin, a curcuminoid responsible for the yellow pigment color of turmeric. Curcumin has been identified as the agent responsible for most of the biological activity of turmeric, which according to Dr. Mercola has been shown to influence over 700 genes. This is yet another reason to eat all the colors of the rainbow! Read More: [Read more...]

Top 7 Natural Ways to Improve Quality of Sleep and Have More Energy

Top-7-Natural-Ways-to-Improve-Quality-of-SleepIf you’ve ever experienced sleep deprivation then you surely know how important it is to improve the quality of your sleep. For some of us, consistently getting good sleep is the holy grail. Anyone who’s gone through a period of poor sleep or not enough sleep, will tell you the terrible impact is has on daily living – it’s enough to make you feel downright crazy!

Sleep deprivation doesn’t just make you feel crazy, lack of sleep is also linked to weight gain. Getting good night’s sleep is one of the top ten things that healthy people do on a consistent basis. Follow these helpful tips to improve the quality of your sleep and start sleeping like a baby. [Read more...]

Mindless Eating: Increased Food Variety Causes Overeating

Mindless Eating: Increased Food Variety Triggers Overeating

Mindless eating: we all do it to some degree, each and every day. Even the most subtle things can prompt us to keep eating, without even noticing it. Would you believe that if you were to sit down to a bag a Skittles with a variety of colors, you would most likely eat more than if you sat down to a bag of just red or just orange Skittles – subtle right? But it’s little things like this that food manufactures are well aware of to help “encourage” us to keep eating, sometimes eating hundreds more calories on a daily basis than we actually need.

If weight loss is a priority for you, and especially if it’s been a challenge for you, you might want to consider exploring mindless eating habits and subconscious triggers that prompt you to eat more than you realize.

One of the more common mindless eating triggers: food variety. The more variety that you see when you sit down to a meal, the more likely you are to overeat. Most people can intuitively sense the truth behind this statement. But sometimes it’s trickier to catch then other times – like with increased color variety. Read More: [Read more...]

Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit has got to be one of the most spectacular and exotic looking fruits on the face of this planet – actually, it looks like it could be from another planet!

Want to immerse yourself for a whole week in exploring, tasting and eating exotic fruits like this? Check out our group or private raw food retreats here in Hawaii.

This far out fruit comes from a veining cactus growing around the tropic and subtropics. It’s native to Mexico and grows in South America but is largely grown in Asia where it is known as pitaya or pitahaya. You can find this unique dragon fruit in local grocery stores throughout North America, as their thick skin makes for easy shipping.

Dragon fruit comes in three main variety of colors; bright pinkish-red that when you cut open you’re either mesmerized by a deep fuchsia, a pure milky white translucent flesh. There’s also a yellow variety with the same whitish color inside (like shown above). It’s leathery skin is covered with beautiful green ribbon-like protuberances. All varieties come packed with a multitudes of edible, crunchy black seeds which lends this fruit it’s higher-than-average fat content. [Read more...]

Raw Collard Wraps: Triple Sprout with Beet Avocado Dip

Raw Collard Wrap with Beet Avocado Dip

There are an infinite number of ways you can make raw collard wraps. Raw green collards make an awesome wrap – they’re a natural, gluten-free, organic and nutrient dense alternative to most wheat based tortilla wraps.

Today I made a summer fresh “Triple Sprout Raw Collard Wraps with Beet Avocado Dip” and it was delicious!

Raw Food Kitchen Essentials

For this raw food recipe, you’ll need a high-powered blender. I personally use and recommend the Vitamix Blender. I wrote a review where I compared it to Blentec that you can read here. A high-powered blender is one of the top 4 raw food kitchen tools I recommend stocking your raw food kitchen with.

Raw Ingredients

Let’s start with the Beet Avocado Dip and then we’ll look at assembling the raw collard wraps.

Beat Avocado Dip Recipe

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