Review: Better Eyesight for Busy People

12 Easy and Effective Eye Exercises

Better Eyesight for Busy People
Better Eyesight for Busy People (Eye Exercises)
Something I regularly do on Self Help Daily is set aside a particular frame of time to focus on particular subjects. I’ll gear my research, reading, writing, and reviews toward a subject I think my readers will benefit from. Empty Nest Syndrome, Overcoming Bad Habits, Developing More Confidence, Happiness, and Building Stronger Families are just a few of these special focus subjects.

While I’m sure we’ll revisit the subjects above – over the course of 2016, I’m going to show a great deal of attention to the following subjects:

  • aging well and staying healthy
  • mental fitness and brain health

I’m kicking off the series with a book review that fits both categories. Sometimes fate seems to like me. When I was asked if I’d like to review Better Eyesight for Busy People, I thought, “This couldn’t be more perfect if it were paid to.”

One of the KEY components of aging well is to, obviously, maintain and properly care for each of your senses. Our hearing and eyesight are two things we tend to take for granted, until it’s too late. When we’re being fitted for hearing aids or picking out a snazzy pair of eyeglasses, we often wish we’d listened to all that rock music a little more quietly and wish we’d done our part to keep our eyes healthy and strong.

While we can’t possibly prevent every single thing that could go wrong as years pass, doesn’t it make sense to do everything in our power to put the odds firmly in our favor?

Better Eyesight for Busy People is a small booklet of 12 EASY eye exercises that you can do regularly. I love that it’s such a convenient size (a little smaller than a iPad mini) and is as light as a feather. You can take it with you anywhere and review the exercises you have performed that day and the ones you need to do.

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Better Eyesight for Busy People
Better Eyesight for Busy People (Eye Exercises)
 

You may wonder why I said this book was tied to mental fitness. After all, it’s pretty obvious how it’s connected to aging well, right? But, mental fitness and brain health…… not so obvious.

Here’s the thing, in order to stay mentally fit, prevent dementia, and continue to strengthen our brains, we need to be on top of everything around us. We need to be able to read, observe, and see the world as it deserves to be seen. When an individual’s eyesight begins to weaken, they tend to withdraw from life. They often adapt the attitude of, “There’s nothing worth reading, anyway” or “I  have better things to do than going to that museum…”

They disengage and withdraw from life and I don’t have to tell you how disastrous (and sad!) that  is.

Help for Tired Eyes

See the exercise pictured in the photo above? Not only is this exercise apparently great for strengthening your eyes, I’ve found it to be AWESOME for tired eyes. After staring at the computer for hours or after reading a few can’t miss chapters from an Agatha Christie mystery, my eyes usually feel as tired as I would if I ran a few miles (not much chance of that happening unless I’m being chased by a snake, but that’s beside the point).  This exercise revives them and makes them feel like they’re ready to get back to work. Or, better yet, on to the next chapter in my mystery.

For less than $6, this booklet gives you (and those you love) 12 great eye-strengthening exercises – allowing you to take a proactive part in how well your eyes age.

See Better Eyesight for Busy People for more information. The book is also available to download onto your iPad, iPhone, or Kindle ( Click Better Eyesight for Busy People
for the Kindle version.).

~ Joi

*** I’m going to begin three Focal Subjects on my Mental Fitness Blog, Out of Bounds, this week: Relaxation, Overcoming Stress, and Silencing Anxiety.

The Health Benefits of Kefir

If You Have Any Digestive "Issues," Kefir Milk Could Be Your New Best Friend

Kefir Milk
The Health Benefits of Kefir Milk are M-A-N-Y

Before I get to the many health benefits of kefir (specifically kefir milk since that’s what I have the most experience with), I’ll briefly share my own digestive “issues.”  Not to brag, mind you, but rather to allow you to see if you recognize your own experiences in mine.

If kefir milk has provided relief for me, there’s every reason to believe it’ll do the same for you.

My Digestive Problems

First of all, I believe my digestive problems all stem from a gluten intolerance that went undiagnosed for years. And I do mean YEARS. Like most people who are gluten intolerant, have wheat/gluten allergies, or are celiac, the symptoms we experience (especially early on) are simply too easy to blame on a million and one other things.

  • seasonal allergies
  • “nervous stomach”
  • overeating
  • stress
  • age
  • etc..

Only recently are people beginning to realize that food intolerances are the first place they should look – not the last.

Unfortunately, like millions of other people, by the time I realized that, essentially, I was poisoning my body, the damage had been done.  My oldest daughter, Emily, is in the same boat I am. I’m just grateful that she didn’t “poison” her body for the number of years I did mine. Even still, she, too, has many digestive issues now that she could have avoided if we’d only knew what we didn’t know!

Basically, the damage has forced us to look at each bite and each drink we take with extreme caution. Things most people take for granted – like sitting down and enjoying a great meal – can never be taken for granted when it could mean pain, a life-threatening allergic reaction, or two weeks of what feels like a wicked bout of intestinal flu.

Emily has undergone tests and scopes in efforts to diagnose just how much damage has been done. She’s much braver than her mother, which is why I just typed, “Emily has undergone tests and scopes…” rather than “we have..”

I’m a chicken – there I said it.

They found that, in addition to chronic “silent reflux,” (don’t let the name fool you, silent doesn’t mean painless – it may actually be the worst named condition of all time) she now has Barrett’s Esophagus (a serious complication of GERD, which stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease). About 10% of people with GERD develop Barrett’s esophagus.  Left untreated, it can lead to cancer of the esophagus.

My own GERD/acid reflux is not “silent.” He’s many things but silent he is not.

Both Emily and I have to make certain not to eat anything for at least two hours before bedtime. Eating anything within that time frame will lead to food coming up into our mouths while we’re sleeping – causing choking, vomiting, burning, pain, and… well… a heckuva miserable night.

In addition to GERD, I have a hiatal hernia – which, if we’re being honest, here – is my least favorite thing in the world. Many individuals who have hiatal hernias never even know they have them.

Why can’t anything I have ever be silent?

On top of these lovelies, because I’m gluten intolerant, if I come in contact with so much as a crumb of bread, my stomach makes life miserable for me. Fortunately, I’ve become an expert at detecting gluten and that seldom happens anymore.

However, because of the other issues and the damage that has been done, my digestive track doesn’t exactly work on all cylinders. I have to eat much more slowly than most people and, when it comes to digesting what I’ve eaten, my body is the human equivalent of a sloth.  I’ve found, however, that Papaya digestive enzymes are a Godsend. They are amazing and if you have any digestive problems, I highly recommend Papaya Enzymes.

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Kefir Cream

Kefir Cream

Health Benefits of Kefir Milk

Okay, now on to what’s really important – how Kefir milk can help you, whether you recognize your symptoms in the ones mentioned above or not.

Almost weekly, people are discovering new benefits of kefir. As more and more of us drink it daily, we find different reasons to love it.  A quick Google search for “Health Benefits of Kefir” will blow your mind. I recently read that many women, as soon as they feel a yeast infection coming on, will drink kefir milk.

The infection goes away immediately – without the use of any medications.

Mind, blown.

I’ve also read that a lot of people who normally suffer from insomnia have found an evening glass of kefir milk to be the answer they’ve been looking for.

Health Benefits of Kefir:

  • As I said above in my riveting digestive health confessional, eating late at night (due to GERD) is a surefire path to agony for me. However, I’ve found that if I drink a glass of kefir milk at bedtime, I don’t have any reflux whatsoever. NONE. It’s as though the kefir milk stands guard between my stomach and my esophagus and flat out refuses to let any torch carrying demons pass.   Is there any wonder I love kefir milk so much? 
  • Kefir is a more powerful probiotic than yogurt. Research suggests kefir has three times more probiotics than yogurt. Probiotics help protect and strengthen the immune system and help keep harmful bacteria out. Probiotics have many digestive benefits as well.
  • Kefir has powerful antibacterial properties.
  • Kefir is a great way to get more protein – making it ideal for vegetarians or anyone who follows a restrictive diet.
  • Kefir helps protect your bones and lowers your risk of osteoporosis.
  • Kefir improves lactose intolerance. People with lactose intolerance can drink kefir milk without issue.
  • Researchers believe that kefir is actually protective against cancer.
  • Kefir is a good source of several B Vitamins.
  • Kefir may improve symptoms from allergies and asthma.
  • I experienced something with kefir milk that a lot of people have raved about – it improves your quality of sleep.  Many people, after they begin drinking kefir regularly, report sleeping deeper, waking less often, and waking up feeling more rested than before.

How to Get Kefir Milk

I make my own kefir milk, but you can find great kefir milk in your grocery store’s dairy section. Before I got my own kefir grains and began making my own, we drank Lifeway Kefir. We actually still buy it to enjoy the different flavors.

Some members of my family like to mix the homemade kefir milk with Lifeway’s flavored kefir milk to jazz things up. Their Blueberry and Strawberry Kefir Milk are both fantastic.

I’ll often blend my homemade kefir with a little of Lifeway’s flavored kefir for a great smoothie. The combination of Lifeway’s Strawberry Kefir Milk, my homemade kefir milk, and a banana makes a delicious smoothie.

Making your own kefir milk is something I highly recommend if you have the time and can commit to the daily process. It takes only about 5 minutes each day, but for people who work outside of the home, an extra 5 minutes can seem like 30 minutes to the rest of us.

Personally, I “feed” my kefir grains and make my kefir milk each morning.  You can  choose the time of day you want to do the process, but I don’t personally recommend the evening. I like getting it done first thing. Plus, then I’ve got the jar of kefir milk to enjoy during the day.

I bought my kefir grains and learned all I know from the Kefir Lady.  There are other people online, of course, where you can order your grains, and there are countless videos on YouTube about making kefir milk.  However, you just aren’t going to beat the kefir lady.

Besides, she loves goats. How can you not going to trust someone who loves goats?!

How Does Kefir Milk Taste?

Delicious! It seems that kefir milk is one of those things that some people enjoy the flavor of more so than others. It floats my boat – as in totally floats my boat. I think it’s creamy, delicious, and perfect. If you like yogurt, you’re probably going to agree with me.

Here’s what I’d do first, if I were you: Buy a carton of Lifeway Kefir Milk and see how it goes. The strawberry or blueberry are the ones I’d start with.

If you choose to try to make your own kefir milk, it’s something you’re going to enjoy immensely. It’s a fun, even relaxing, daily ritual and produces a delicious drink. I’ve also made kefir cheese (similar to cream cheese) and kefir cream (similar to sour cream – pictured above) with my kefir milk.

I hope you’ll give kefir milk a try – whether you have any digestive issues or not. The taste and health benefits make kefir milk a no-brainer. However, if you DO have GERD, acid reflux, frequent indigestion, or any other digestive issue or ailment, I’m all but begging you to give it a try.

It’s made a huge difference for me and I’d love to see it have a chance to do the same for you.

~ Joi

Read What Others Are Saying About Kefir:


October is National Healthy Lung Month!

Tips for Healthier Lungs and Mesothelioma Information

Breathing Tips for National Healthy Lung Month

As someone who has lived with asthma her entire life, lung health is never far from my mind. It’s also why I feel so frustrated when I see someone smoking.  Healthy lungs aren’t something to be taken for granted.

Lung health just isn’t something the average person thinks about – certainly not compared with the amount of time they spend thinking about brain health or heart health. However, if someone were to spend just one hour struggling to breath, they’d realize that it’s a very terrifying situation to be in. Trying to get precious oxygen into your lungs while it feels as though your airways are the size of a crushed coffee-stirring straw redefines horrifying.

Naturally we shouldn’t limit our focus on healthier lungs to one month only. We should use the month as a reminder to pay more attention to the health of our lungs…. each and every mont.

The tips in the infographics shown here are outstanding and quite eye-opening. I hope you’ll read them carefully and use this as a wake up call for treating your lungs as the valuable gifts they are.

Mesothelioma and Asbestos

In an effort to raise awareness about mesothelioma, the MAA Center would like to share information with you. This horrible cancer is primarily caused by the inhalation of asbestos, which can be found in homes all across the country. Once asbestos is disturbed or broken, it can be easily inhaled and cause severe health issues later on down the road, including lung cancer.
Since asbestos is still not banned in the US, we all have do our best to stay informed to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Click HERE  to request your free information packet.

Thanks so much to the MAA Center for sharing the valuable information with Self Help Daily’s readers!

Breathing Tips for National Healthy Lung Month




Things That’ll Help You Live Longer

A Few You May Not Have Even Thought Of...

Things that Make You Live Longer
The infographic above is from Successstory.com and I think it makes a couple of excellent points.

  1. The importance of sleep cannot be emphasized enough! Our bodies need sleep to revive, heal, and rejuvenate – especially when we’re stressed or sick. During “tough” patches, our bodies actually crave more sleep than usual but we often try to fight through it or tough it out. Big mistake! When we don’t get enough sleep (not just rest… but actual sleep), we end up paying the price for it.  Unplug, turn off the lights, and fall in love with the wonderful way getting a good night’s sleep feels.
  2. Exercise and activity are essential for good health.  And here’s the thing – it doesn’t have to be a jog at the park or a workout at the gym. When you’re active, your heart doesn’t know if you’re giving it a great workout in your home with chores, in your yard mowing, or at the gym on expensive equipment. All it knows (and responds to) is that you’re giving it what it needs to keep right on ticking for years to come.
  3. Be happy! Okay, it’s not always as simple as that, but you catch my drift. Try to focus on the good things in life and look away from as many bad things as possible. Even in a storm, you can think about sunshine, right?! Focus your energies and thoughts on things that make you happy. In the long run, it’s MUCH more important than most people realize.

Two Things I Would Add…

  1. Have a good doctor and schedule (and keep!) yearly checkups. The sooner a problem is “caught,” the sooner it can be dealt with. A doctor can even let you know if you are “headed” in a bad direction. For example, I once had a bone scan that let me know I had ostopenia  – pre-cursor to osteoporosis. Learning this kind of alarmed me and by  kind of I mean completely.  With this information, I was then able to do a little research on my own and determine what foods a lactose-intolerant person such as myself could eat to get the calcium they need.  If I had not gotten that information, I wouldn’t have been able to make changes.
  2. Always have something to look forward to!  This goes along with happiness to a very large extent, but I think it’s important enough to mention.  I hear from a lot of people who are looking for happiness or ways to cope with life-changing events such as “empty nest syndrome,” divorce, the loss of a loved one, etc. One of the things that is most essential is as simple as it gets – always, always, always have something to look forward to. It could be a favorite television show, new movies coming out at the theater, monthly family get-togethers at a favorite restaurant, sporting events… anything that gets you excited and gives you something to look forward to. Each day I look forward to the special time in the evening – after supper is eaten and the dishes have been washed. It’s when my husband, our cat, and I kick back and watch television (baseball, college basketball, football, History Channel, Animal Planet… ).  Something as simple as this makes the entire day even sweeter because I know the story’s going to end perfectly…. happily ever after, whether our team wins the game or not. I actually tell everyone who’s dealing with an empty nest to set up as many family events throughout the year as possible. Birthdays, holidays, special events, monthly cookouts during summer, and game-day get togethers are just a few ideas.  This gives you events to plan for and look forward to.

Infographic Credit: Successstory.com

If you have infographics you’d like to share with Self Help Daily’s readers, simply e-mail them to me (joisigers @ aim.com) along with the link you’d like linked to in the credits. If you don’t hear back from me, that does not mean I won’t use your infographic. Simply watch for it… I try to space them out a bit, so it may take a week or so. Thanks! ~ Joi

Book Review: The Complete Thyroid Health & Diet Guide

Understanding and Managing Thyroid Disease

The Complete Thyroid Health and Diet Guide
I have had Thyroid Disease for more years than I was Thyroid Disease free. My Grave’s Disease flat out refused to let any medication control it, so they had to destroy it with radiation.

Since then, I’ve had to take thyroid medicine every morning.

Like allergies, asthma, diabetes, hypertension or a host of other diseases – thyroid disease will sometimes award its owner with good days and will other times make leaving the house seem like a chore.

Also like other diseases, a lot… make that A LOT.. of these days can be controlled with our own actions and diet as much as it can with a pill.

The Complete Thyroid Health and Diet Guide
For a lot of years, I craved more information about what things I SHOULD be eating and what things I SHOULD NOT be eating. I wanted an expert in the field to tell me what I could do to control my own health and prevent thyroid disease from causing any more harm than it already has AND to help heal the damage it may have done.

I wanted an all-in-one guide to lay it all out for me… “This is what you should be eating more of… this is what you should be eating less of… and here’s why.”  Unfortunately a guide never existed.

Now it does.

When I was contacted a while back about reviewing The Complete Thyroid Health and Diet Guide: Understanding and Managing Thyroid Disease, the first thing I thought was, “Could this be what I’ve been looking for for SO many years?” I said it would be my pleasure to both read and use the guide as well as tell others all about it.

I only hoped that it would live up to what I wanted and needed it to live up to.

It actually exceeded everything I could have ever hoped for. The Complete Thyroid Health and Diet Guide is easy to read, easy to follow, easy to comprehend, and easy to implement into your daily life.  I lost track of the number of times I thought, “I didn’t know that!” as I read along.

It wasn’t long before I grabbed a highlighter to highlight the information and a pen and notebook to record the knowledge.

About the Author

Dr. Nikolas R. Hedberg, DC, DABCI, DACBN, BCNP, is a board-certified naturopathic physician and a chiropractic physician. In addition, he is board-certifed in nutrition by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition. He is the founder of the Immune Restoration Center, located in Asheville, North Carolina.

Danielle Cook, MS, RD, CDE, has a master’s degree in nutrition and food science. She has worked as an inpatient clinical dietitian a nutrition support specialist and a diabetes/educator/dietitian in an outpatient setting.

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The Complete Thyroid Health and Diet Guide
 

The Complete Thyroid Health and Diet Guide looks at each system in the body and how they are affected by thyroid disease. The disease reaches further than most people realize. That’s why it “feels” like it touches us head to toe… because it DOES touch us head to toe!

As someone who recently had to stop eating gluten and wheat, I was especially fascinated by the connection between gluten and thyroid disease. I also thoroughly enjoy the recipes and excellent nutritional advice.

A Few Nutritional Tips from this Guide:

  • Increase your fiber intake. Add 1 to 3 tbsp of ground flax seeds or chia seeds to smoothies, oatmeal, and baked goods.
  • Choose healthy fats. The best fats for thyroid disease include avocados, avocado oil, coconut oil, macadamia nuts, macadamia nut butter, macadamia nut oil, organic butter, organic ghee (clarified butter), and olive oil.
  • Use unrefined Celtic sea salt. Processed table salt has many added chemicals and is deficient in nutrients. Unrefined Celtic sea salt contains over 50 different minerals that are important for health and thyroid function.
  • Asparagus is an excellent source of folate and a good source of vitamin C, thiamine, and vitamin B6. It is high in rutin (a flavanoid that helps lower inflammation, strengthen blood vessels, and protect cells from damage) and glutathione (a potent antioxidant, critical for detoxification).  It contains protodioscin which has been shown to reduce bone loss, improve libido, and help defend against cancer. (two recipes in the guide for asparagus: Roasted Asparagus and Asparagus with Lemon and Garlic)
  • Cilantro is a powerful antioxidant and a source of iron, magnesium, and manganese.  It helps remove heavy metals, such as mercury, from the body. Cilantro is also antibacterial and can aid in digestion by enhancing pancreatic enzyme activity and stimulating bile flow and secretions.

The Complete Thyroid Health and Diet Guide is the type of all-in-one guide I’ve been looking for for years. If you have thyroid disease, I hope you’ll check this book out for yourself. It’s a winner!

~ Joi

 

Prevent Dementia with Smart Food Choices

Out of Bounds
5/4/2015

Dementia (including the most fearsome type of dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease) has become as feared in our society as cancer. Fortunately, there are proactive changes we can make to greatly reduce our odds of getting dementia. In addition to getting plenty of physical and mental activity – eating a healthy diet is absolutely essential.

Read more about brain foods that’ll help prevent dementia by clicking the link.

Heart Healthy Benefits of Drinking Your Heart’s Favorite Drink: Green Tea!

How Tea Can Help You Prevent Heart Disease

Cup of Green Tea
 

The health benefits of green tea are legendary.  I could, I’m certain, write a 6,000 word essay on the powers of green tea and still not cover half of the information.  Since I have a lunch date with my family in a few hours, I won’t launch into that right now.  I know one thing, though, as usual, I’ll be ordering tea to drink.

Green tea isn’t just one of the smartest drinks anyone can choose, it might just be THE smartest one an individual at risk for heart disease could choose. Given the sobering fact that, each year, roughly 1.5 million Americans have a heart attack, it makes sense to do absolutely everything to make sure we don’t fall within this number. When lowering our risk is as simple as choosing the right drink to pour into our glass, it’d be ridiculous not to jump on board.

The following excerpt from Prevent a Second Heart Attack lays it all out beautifully:

Just like chocolate, tea is a form of plant food – and plants contain a plethora of phytochemicals that, when stacked together, will maximize the strength of your daily heart disease defense system. No doubt about it, a few daily cups of tea, and especially green tea, can provide cardiovascular protection via antioxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms.

There are three main varieties of tea – black, oolong, and green – and all are derived from the tea plant known as Camellia sinensis (Countless herbal infusions are informally referred to as “tea,” but these are unrelated to real tea produced from Camellia sinensis). Teas are classified based on how the leaves are processed, with the leaves of green tea being the least processed of the three varieties. Green tea is dried but not fermented; hence it retains the greatest amount of polyphenols.

What exactly is in green tea that wards off heart disease? Researchers believe that the primary therapeutic component in green tea is another type of flavonoid, the catechin family of plant polyphenols, found in exceptionally high concentration.  The most abundant of the green tea polyphenols is called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG for short. EGCG is believed to be the most active health-protective component in green tea. (Incidentally, green tea contains 40 percent more polyphenols than black tea.)  According to researchers out of the University of Hong Kong, EGCG is a highly effective agent for lowering inflammation in the bloodstream as well as reducing oxidation of LDL, thereby protecting against plaque buildup.  – Page 225, Prevent a Second Heart Attack by Janet Bond Brill, PH.D., R.D., LDN

Did you know that research shows that drinking tea may reduce the risk of death following a heart attack. A study showed that people who drank two or more cups a day had a 44 percent lower death rate following their heart attacks than did non-tea drinkers.

Some of the health benefits of drinking tea may come from the fact that it keeps you from drinking soft drinks and diet soft drinks – both of which aren’t even remotely healthy.  It’s always the right time for tea… so I think I’ll go have a cup right now. – Joi

You can read my Prevent a Second Heart Attack Review by clicking the link. The article includes GREAT advice on heart health whether you’re looking to prevent a first or second heart attack! The author also answers some questions about heart health and heart attack prevention.

See Also: I’m not just a tea drinker or a tea lover… I’m actually a Crazy Tea Chick. Click the link for my tea blog!

Review: Clean Slate, A Cookbook and Guide from the Editors of Martha Stewart Living

Reset Your Health, Detox Your Body, and Feel Your Best

Clean Slate Cookbook and Guide

Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide: Reset Your Health, Detox Your Body, and Feel Your Best

Almost everyone is TALKING these days about “clean eating,” cutting out empty calories, cutting back on red meat, and forgetting that fried food even exists. Yet hardly anyone is actually FOLLOWING through.

Why? It’s a whole lot easier to say you’re going to changer your way of eating than to actually do it.

The talk? Easy. The follow thorough? Not so much.

Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide: Reset Your Health, Detox Your Body, and Feel Your Best, from the editors of Martha Stewart Living, might just be the book to help you nail the “follow through” once and for all.

As the back cover states, Clean Slate is more than just a cookbook:

More than just a cookbook, CLEAN SLATE, from the editors of Martha Stewart Living, provides you with the nutritionally sound information you need to shop for and prepare food that nourishes body and mind. You’ll find guidelines for restocking your pantry with whole grains, beans and legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats; glossaries of the best sources of detoxifiers, antioxidants, and other health-boosting nutrients; and menus for a simple 3-day cleanse and a 21-day whole-body detox, with easy to follow tips and strategies for staying on track.

If you’re at all familiar with computers, you now that sometimes your desktop computer needs to be “reset.”  Hitting reset gives your computer a chance to gather itself and clear its thoughts!

I had an old Gateway once that would (every so often) get “hung up.” It’d freeze, usually when I was right in the middle of something. It just really knew how to pick its moments. I’d hit “reset” and it’d come back as good as new.  Oddly enough, it’d actually perform 10 times better after I afforded it the opportunity to start fresh.

Clean Slate offers readers a chance to do just that – to reset their approach to food and get a whole new fresh start on the health of their body by being smarter about what they put into their mouth.

This beautiful book emphasizes eating clean, whole, unprocessed foods as part of a primarily plant-based diet. There are more than 160 great looking, “doable” recipes to help you along the way. Juices, smoothies, main dishes, snacks, and even desserts!

One of the things I love most about Clean Slate is the fact that each recipe clearly and plainly states whether it is vegan, dairy free, nut-free, and/or gluten free.

While I lvoe the recipes like any self-respecting foodie would, my favorite part of the book is the KNOW YOUR NUTRIENTS section. Within these pages are listed the superheroes of the food world – along with colorful photographs:

  • Super Detoxifiers: Foods that support the liver, the “Main Guy” in charge of detoxification. Avocado, citrus fruits, flaxseed….
  • Antioxidant Powerhouses: The vitamins in these foods help neutralize free radicals that contribute to the onset of aging and disease. Carrots, dark beans, cloves, plums….
  • Inflammation Fighters: The foods with Omega-3s, Vitamin E and other compounds that help prevent inflammations. This, in turn, reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease while soothing the aches and pains from arthritis.  Walnuts, herbs, papaya…. 
  • Digestive Aids: Foods that are particularly loaded with beneficial bacteria and fiber. They keep the digestive system running smoothly. Honey, mint, turmeric, coconut, ginger…

While there were some foods listed within each of the above groups I expected, there were far more I didn’t expect. It makes smart meal planning easier when you know what each ingredient brings to the Clean Slate Party.

Other subjects covered in Clean Slate:

  • Golden Rules for Eating Clean
  • Restocking Your Pantry
  • Action Plans for Detoxing Your Mind and Body
  • MANY recipes along with gorgeous photographs.

Clean Slate is a beautiful guide/cookbook that’ll help you sort through the maze of healthy eating. You’ll come away from this book armed with all the information you need to begin a fresh new approach to food…. An approach that’ll lead you and your family down the path to better health.

Click through any of the links to take a closer look at Clean Slate on Amazon.

~ Joi

Note: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. The opinions are entirely my own.

Healthier Habits for a Healthier Life and a Healthier YOU!

Out of Bounds
December 6, 2014

Here’s a link to an article on my mental fitness blog, Out of Bounds. The article was written by Ron McDiarmid, founder of Healthy Living Coach.com. The article lays out the healthy habits we should all strive to incorporate into our lives… if, that is, we want to be as healthy as we possibly can be! See Healthy Habits for a Healthy Life for a great read.