What Time Do You Eat Breakfast?

What time do you eat breakfast in the morning?

Are you an early morning eater, hungry right when you hop out of bed?

Or do you wait for a later breakfast, adopting more of an intermittent fasting approach?

I typically eat breakfast around 6 to 7 am.

My typical go-to breakfast consists of a smoothie.

What’s typical for you?

What Exactly are GMOs

And why you should do everything to avoid them

Wondering why it’s such a big deal to choose products that say ‘non-GMO’ on the label? GMO stands for ‘genetically modified organisms.’ You may even see ‘GE’ for ‘genetically engineered.’ The FDA says GMO foods are created by using rDNA technology, which essentially means they’re bio-engineered foods.

The thought was that these foods would breed bigger or more nutritious versions, but it turns out that when we mess with Mother Nature, things can become dangerous. Bigger isn’t always better. In fact, it can do some significant damage to your health and the environment.

Here’s why you should stick to certified organic foods that are free of GMOs for the sake of your health and the well-being of our planet:

– They use toxic chemicals
While GMOs were made to try to resist pests, the toxic chemicals they are grown with, and the residues from pesticides are very hazardous for your health. In lab tests, animals that were given GMOs had kidney, spleen, liver, adrenal gland, and heart damage. They also had compromised immunity.

– They use more pesticide than non-GMO crops
GMO crops may have had hopeful intentions when they first hit the scene, but the amount of chemicals required is harmful to everything around them. They were supposed to reduce pesticide usage, but they use more pesticides than the non-GMO crops combined.

– They’ve created superweeds
Because the weeds are adapting to glyphosate, one of the chemicals used for GMO crops, they’ve become stronger and more resistant. New toxins and operations are needed to get rid of them.

– They increase global warming
With GMO crops, synthetic nitrogen fertilizers are used. These emit greenhouse gases that are much stronger than CO. Plus, they use a load of fossil fuels to make these synthetic fertilizers.

– They harm good insects
Butterfly populations have suffered from the toxins associated with GMOs. Plus, many of these pesticides are to blame for the decline in the population of bees.

And the worst of it all…family farms are being pushed out, and the best way to bring food back to its roots is to support your local non-GMO farmers. Choose non-GMO foods for the environment, for the economy,and for your best health too!

There are countless options available, so you will have an easy time finding Non-GMO options to feed yourself and your family. Look out for the “Non-GMO” symbol on your foods, and choose organic as much as possible. If you need to pick and choose what you purchase as organic, make sure to go by the Clean 15/Dirty Dozen list that is put out each year by the EWG.

These lists will tell you what you should purchase organic, and what produce can stand to be bought non-organic. Print the list out and put it on your refrigerator, and be sure to seek out the new list coming out next year!

Did you know peppermint tea helps with your digestion? It also tastes great, and the little zing of spicy mint can wake you up in the morning.

Adding a cup of peppermint tea to your daily routine is beneficial for many reasons:

  • antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that help your immune system stay strong
  • can help combat seasonal allergy symptoms
  • naturally helps you to focus better
  • helps your digestive system run smoothly

Pick up a box of peppermint tea next time you’re at the grocery store and give it a try!

 

Are you a plain water kind of person, or do you like to spice it up with some added flavors? There’s not much I love more than a tall glass of cold water, but it is fun to spice it up from time to time. You can even add some immune-boosting properties to your water by making some infused water, keeping your immune system strong this cold and flu season.

Some excellent water immune-boosting infusion ideas include:

  • Orange & Cinnamon Stick
  • Pear & Rosemary
  • Pomegranate Seeds & Clove
  • Apple & Orange

 

 

 

Why You Should Always Wash Your Produce First

And how to do it right

You’ve stocked your fridge with fruits and veggies and are on your way to eating more healthy foods. There’s one more important step to take before you prepare your foods to eat — wash them.

Sure, you probably rinse off an apple before you take a bite, but there’s more we can do to make sure we’re rinsing off any pesticides that may be lingering.

If you want to avoid accidentally ingesting bacteria, mold, or yeast, you should most certainly adopt these quick cleaning practices before digging into your produce.

Want to enjoy your produce with peace of mind? Follow these tips.

– Try to avoid nicked fruits and vegetables
It’s not always possible to avoid bruised or nicked produce, but if you can, go that route. Pesticides can get inside your fruits and vegetables this way, making it hard to truly clean your produce since it’s seeped inside through the cuts.

– Always wash your produce, even if you don’t eat the skin
You might think that it doesn’t matter if you wash your potatoes or carrots if you’re just going to peel them. However, pathogens can still linger on them or worse, get inside the parts you plan to eat as you prepare them.

– Don’t soak your produce
Soaking produce in plain water only makes for a contaminated bath. So if you have strawberries and let them soak, you’re only allowing them to fester in any pesticides you wanted to rinse away. Give them a quick wash instead.

– Use a fruit and vegetable wash
When you clean your produce with fruit and vegetable wash, you get rid of pesticides, waxes, and other unwanted chemicals on your food. You’ll apply it and then rinse it away to have the cleanest version of your food. But before you reach for a fruit and vegetable wash at the store, those can be pretty pricey! You can easily make one of your own with ingredients you’ve already got in your kitchen.

For one, you can mix 2 cups of cold water with a quarter cup of white vinegar and two tablespoons of lemon juice into a clean spray bottle. Squirt your produce and let the solution sit for a few minutes before rinsing it away.

No vinegar? No problem! Mix a cup of water with a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of baking soda. This foamy mixture can be sprayed on, left for 5 minutes, and then rinsed away.

Now you can enjoy the full benefits of your produce without any hidden toxins to slow you down.

Sometimes we can get into the rut of going to bed when we feel we are supposed to, or on the flip side, staying up too late in a late-bedtime-binge. I typically fall on the latter, myself.

But what if we tuned into our bodies and noticed what it’s asking for?

What time do you feel like you could cozy up in bed and drift right off to sleep? We often ignore cues and stay on our routine instead.

This week, try listening to your internal cues when it comes to bedtime and take notice of what changes you may need to make moving forward.

 

 

 

How many times do you or your household get sick during cold and flu season?

Boosting your immune system on a daily basis will help keep you healthy during the winter months, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to keep myself as healthy as possible this season.

  • Wash your hands – often. Every time you get home, before you eat any meals, and of course, after every bathroom visit!
  • Don’t skip your sleep. Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night to keep your defenses up.
  • Try a sinus saline rinse daily to keep your sinuses clear.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C, Vitamin D & Zinc.
  • Find some local Elderberry Syrup (or make your own) and take it daily.

Do you have any tried-and-true immune boosting methods not listed here? Let me know below.