Antioxidizing the Fish Tank

This morning I took out some blueberries to eat with my breakfast and the inside cover said “Start a healthy relationship with your body. Enjoy our blueberries! #1 Antioxidant.” I think it’s about time I start bringing nutrition into my blogs, because living in an unhealthy body is the easiest way to increase your stress levels and add unnecessary weight (as in pounds and burden!) to your life. So, since my blueberry box gave me such a great message this morning, I’m going to try to put more antioxidants into my diet.

In researching the benefits of antioxidants, I found an article that compares the human body to a fish tank. Basically, antioxidants enter our body and prevent the formation of harmful “gunk”, just like the bottom feeder fish cleans up the waste in the tank to prevent harm to the other fish. It sounds gross, but at the same time, sounds like a nice cleanse, right? The “gunk” in our bodies forms by the creation of free radicals, which are unstable molecules in the body that, in excess, can be extremely detrimental to our health. They can cause our cells to be weak, effecting our organs, tissues and skin. Antioxidants prevent the creation of these free radicals, by slowing down and preventing the oxidation of molecules.

I am a big believer in adding important vitamins and nutrients to your diet through food, rather than supplements.  Increase your antioxidant intake by adding healthy foods to your diet. This article that helped me research the benefits of antioxidants, also provides a list of foods that are good for your body.  You can see it at the following link: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-antioxidants/   

Have a great weekend!

The Easiest Breakfast

As I’ve said before, start your morning off right. And the best way to do this is to have a satisfying and healthy breakfast. Today, I just want to share my favorite weekday breakfast.

Prepare one pack of instant (organic) oatmeal (oatmeal + boiling water); Add a banana; Add crushed walnuts; If needed, add your preferred sweetener (please try to stay away from unnatural sweeteners!)

And, voila! Breakfast is served!

Total time – maybe 2 minutes for the boiling water and that’s about it

Just as a note: Oatmeal is considered a “heart-healthy” meal, which helps control weight. It is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and it is said to lower cholesterol.  

If you don’t like any of my additions to oatmeal, try your favorite fruits and nuts. My only recommendation is to stick to the original flavored oatmeal, don’t buy the ones with added flavors. Those oatmeal boxes claim to be “healthy breakfasts,” but in reality, they are packed with high, unnecessary sugars. If you like the cinnamon flavor, add your own cinnamon! Same with vanilla, apple, etc. Just make it as natural as possible.

Try it out and see what you think 🙂 Happy Eating!

Start your morning off right.

I’ve noticed that when I don’t start off with my routine, I end up on the wrong foot all throughout the day. I personally like to start my morning off with water, coffee and a healthy breakfast. It’s important to eat breakfast, as it jumpstarts your metabolism and helps give you a boost of energy and concentration in the morning.

Now I know they say to eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch and a pauper at dinner – this really is the healthiest way to go…but, because I know I have dinner with my husband every night, it’s never going to be a pauper’s meal. For this reason, I try to eat moderately throughout the day so I can have a bigger dinner at night. If you do eat like a king at breakfast, just try to stay away from the high fat and high sugar foods (check your cereal box!), because these will leave you hungrier throughout the day. I tend to have a horrible sweet tooth when I start off the wrong way, and that, inevitably, leads to some grouchiness, too!

Hope you had your breakfast and have a nice day 🙂