- Physiological Effects: adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, anti-oxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, cardio-protective, carminative, diuretic, rejuvenative, tonic
- Contains over 40 polyphenol compounds that exhibit antioxidant effects
- Used in the treatment of: allergies (including milk allergies), anemia, asthma, colic, constipation, cramps, depression, diarrhea, eczema, hay fever, headache, hypertension, indigestion, insomnia, memory loss, nausea, nervousness, skin disorders, ulcers
- Considered a preventative for cancer and dental cavities
- Topically in can be used as a compress to relieve acne, diaper rash, eczema, and other rashes
- Contains: beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, calcium, copper, fluoride, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, zinc, flavanoids, polysaccharides, oligosaccharides
- Considered safe for children and those suffering from cardiac and kidney problems
- Used by athletes to replenish electrolytes
- Red rooibos contains 50% more antioxidants than green tea, green rooibos contains even more!
My opinion is yes! We've found a company that produces what could be the healthiest chocolate ever! With ingredients like blue-green algae and blue agave, this chocolate packs a punch with some powerful nutrients! "Live on Chocolate" (www.LiveOnChocolate.com) is the Toronto-based company producing these incredible chocolate products. We also can't forget that it's all ORGANIC, FAIR TRADE, and VEGAN!
Some Health Benefits of Chocolate:
- Cacao (the main ingredient in chocolate) has been shown to reduce the risk of blood clots, strokes and heart attacks
- Cacao has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties
- Cacao is a good source of magnesium, calcium, iron, and some B vitamins
- Cacao contains Tryptophan (which promotes positive feelings), keeping us from feeling depressed!
- Blue-Green Algae contains antioxidants, and many vitamins, minerals, and even protein!
A little about Stacey Burgess, Owner of "Live on Chocolate":
After a cancer-scare with a family member, Stacey did some research and decided to go vegan. Since then, with her passion for food, animals, people, and the planet, Stacey has been "veganizing" recipes. This eventually led to the creation of "Live on Chocolate", a company that incorporates all of those values and passions by producing VEGAN CHOCOLATE. Stacey stressed the importance of knowing where all the ingredients come from, thus the products are also ORGANIC and FAIR TRADE.
This quick snack can double as a light lunch. Add quinoa for a full meal.
- 1 package Nigari Tofu (firm)
- 1/2 - 1 Spanish Onion (chopped)
- 1 large tomato (chopped)
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Nutritional Yeast (2 small handfuls or more for desired taste)
- Grapeseed oil or Coconut oil (2-3 Tbsp)
- Drain and rinse tofu. Chop into small pieces.
- Heat oil in a pan at med - high heat.
- Fry tofu in pan with salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast for 3-4 minutes until lightly crisped.
- Add tomato and onion, and cook until desired softness of onion is achieved 2-3 minutes.
- Serve and enJOY!
Motivation: Where Can I Find Some?
This time of year prompts many people to set “New Year’s Resolutions”. With these resolutions often come lofty goals: the desire to “lose tons of weight”, “eat better”, and make this year “the best year ever”. Some goals are often set way too big, are to vague, or are established with no real plan on how to get to that glorious end result.
Giving up seems like the easier option.
It ‘s easier to give up because if it were easy, we’d all be in perfect shape. We’d be at our ideal physical, emotional and spiritual level of health, all be rich, and all be happy.
So where do we start?
My suggestion is to look inside yourself and find what drives you. What’s that spark, that passion, that one thing that excites you? That is where you find motivation.
Motivation is defined in Wikipedia is “the driving force which causes us to achieve goals”.
Being forced to do something you don’t want to do, or working towards a goal that someone else has set, is nearly impossible to find motivation to achieve.
So lets say you’ve found that spark. You’ve found motivation. What happens when that spark goes out? It happens all the time. You start off feeling really excited about accomplishing that seemingly impossible task. Then maybe you, or someone else convinces you that it IS indeed impossible to achieve.
And you give up.
Here’s how I deal with a situation like that. I acknowledge the negative comment that has entered my head or been directed towards me. I then disagree with that comment (yes I often have lengthy conversations with myself), and use that as more motivation or “fuel for the fire”.
If I accept every negative comment that comes my way, I’d never get out of bed in the morning. What would be the point?
When Marta and I decided to tackle a cross-Canada fundraiser (that involved me cycling a distance of over 4500 km, into the wind, wearing a 40-lb weight vest, and completed it in 31 days), we had many people try to talk us out of it. We were told it was “impossible”. As it turns out, we ended up having much more support than we originally thought we would. Having a letter to open each day with words of encouragement definitely added positive fuel to the fire. Being with the love of my life every step of the way helped too. But when I was on the bike, it was just me and my brain. I often found myself repeating the words, “I think I can. I know I can. I will. I will.” In cadence with how fast I was pedaling. This became my mantra. (If this is the first you’ve heard about our fundraiser from 2008, check out: www.biketobeatobesity.com).
Here are 10 tips/ideas that help to keep the motivation burning strong:
- Set realistic goals – Maybe you want to run a marathon. If you’ve never put on a pair of running shoes before, chances are it’s going to take some time to achieve that goal. Start with smaller races.
- Develop a plan to achieve goals – It’s great to have long-term goals. But there’s a reason why they are “long-term”. Creating smaller goals that lead you towards the larger goal is recommended. It’s ok to start slow.
- Measureable goals – Being able to measure success is important. Try not to let failure get you down. This can be positive, as you can recognize that something needs to change in order to keep you on track.
- Positive self-talk - Replace negative thoughts and negative talk with positivity. Replace “I can’t” with “I can”, and “I should” with “I will”. Focusing on past successes is also a way to keep positive.
- Vision board – Making a board with pictures of things you want to obtain/achieve and places you want to go will help keep you focused.
- Meditation – 5-10 minutes of meditation at the beginning of every day can help give you a clearer focus on what you need to accomplish that day, as well as help you deal with stress.
- Journaling – Recording thoughts, ideas, and events can be a great way to keep records, generate new ideas, and allow you an opportunity to reflect.
- Inspirational quotes/calendar – Lance Armstrong’s quote, “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever” was something that I read every morning when I was training for the cross-Canada cycle.
- Healthy rewards complimentary to the goal – Rewarding yourself with a fast-food burger after achieving a weight-loss milestone is not complimentary. Perhaps a massage for those hard-worked muscles is a better idea.
10. Get out of your comfort zone – It’s easy to be complacent. But that can lead to maintaining (in other words, never achieving your goals). Getting outside of your comfort zone can (and should) be scary. But it also means you’re one step closer to achieving that huge goal.
Look inside yourself. The motivation is there. You just need to find ways to keep the spark lit.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
• 5 dried rice wraps
• 4 oz vermicelli
• ½ cup carrots, raw shredded
• 2 leaves romaine lettuce, shredded
• 5 leaves fresh basil/cilantro
• warm water
3. Distribute ingredients on the bottom third of the wrap.
4. Roll the wrap, folding in the edges.
5. Wraps can be covered and refrigerated for later.