What Should I (wh)Eat Today?

Where Should Grains Fall into Your Diet…

 

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With so many diets out there, knowing what to eat can be confusing. Even if you aren’t on any specific diet plan, you still want to monitor what goes into our precious bodies! One thing I personally get confused on is what to do about grains. So many diets nowadays call for either low grain or (if possible) no grains at all. So what is the answer… are you supposed to eat as much grains as possible, or avoid grains altogether?

This is really a tricky trick question. No, really, like a trick question. Because there are two basic types of grain categories: Whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains, such as wheat flour, contain nutrients and fiber. Essentially, no modifications done to the genetic makeup of the grain whatsoever, meaning the three parts of the grain (bran, germ, and endosperm) are all still there. Refined grains are nutrient poor, because they lose those key qualities to them during the processing. Specifically, it loses the bran and germ part of itself. With the removal of the bran and germ, 25 percent of the grain’s protein and about seventeen key nutrients are lost.

 

Refined grains are also high in carbs that get digested and absorbed very quickly, leading to rapid spikes in blood sugar and subsequent hunger and cravings. They are linked to obesity and many metabolic diseases. Numerous studies show that people who eat the most whole grains have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and tend to live longer. (You can check out some those studies HERE, HERE, and HERE!)

 

So why do so many diets call for no/low grains? Well 1) so many grains out on the market are refined grains, so it is easier for some just to say forget them altogether. And 2) grains are high in carbohydrates, so they are unsuitable for people who are on a low-carb diet. Diabetics may not tolerate a lot of grains, because of the large amount of carbohydrate.

 

So, what do you do now? Eat grain… eat no grain… CONSUME GRAINS UNTIL YOU BECOME A PIECE OF WHEAT?! As with most things in nutrition, all of this depends entirely on the individual. If you like grains and feel good eating them, then there doesn’t seem to be any good reason to avoid them as long as you’re eating mostly whole grains. On the other hand, if you don’t like grains or if they make you feel bad, then there is no harm in avoiding them either. Grains are not essential, and there is no nutrient in there that you can’t get from other foods. At the end of the day, grains are good for some, but not others. If you like grains, eat them. If you don’t like them, or they make you feel bad, then avoid them. It’s as simple as that.

 

*Be Proud, But Never Satisfied*

 

~Luke Pallo

 

Morning Meditation

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Starting your day with a morning meditation is the perfect way to get yourself going. If you are experiencing a lot of stress or anxiety, then a short meditation in the morning may greatly improve how you feel throughout the day. Meditating in the morning can help influence how your day is going to go. Meditating has been found to have many health benefits. Meditating daily can help balance your emotions, boost your immunity, and increase your energy level. Those are just a few of the benefits of meditation, and the positive impacts of meditation can be different for everyone. The more regularly you meditate, the more benefits you will see.

One Medical provides tips on how to get started with a morning mediation. Here are five tips to help you through your meditation.

Dress Comfortably- One of the best parts of a morning meditation is that you can meditate in your pajamas. To stay warm, you may want to wear a sweatshirt or grab blanket.

Find a Quiet Place- If possible, find a place you can mediate in every morning. Make sure it is somewhere you will not be disturbed. You can make your space more comfortable with things like pillows and candles. The most important thing is that it is somewhere that you can sit comfortably.

Focus on Your Breath- Take deep breaths and feel your breath move through your body. You can also direct your attention to your third eye, the area just above the center of your eyebrows, and continue to breath in and out.

Relax Your Mind- Just let your thoughts come and go freely. Don’t focus too much on what comes into your mind. Let go of reactions to your thoughts.

Mediate Every Morning- It is important to keep practicing. Some mornings your meditation will be better than others, and that is okay. There might be mornings when you just want to sleep in, but try your best to still get to do your meditation. Remember the way you feel after your meditation, and overtime you will see the benefits of meditation.

There is no time like the present to start your morning meditation. All it takes is setting your alarm 10-15 minutes earlier to be able to do your meditation practice. Remember its important to try and stay in a rhythm and complete your morning meditation every day. If you think you need a little more guidance to be able to meditate there are many apps available to help you through a guided meditation that you may find helpful. There are also various videos to help assist you in your morning meditation as well. Try your morning meditation a few times to see what works best for you and stick with it. You will see all of the wonderful benefits of meditation in no time.

~All you can do is work to become a better you~

~Sadie Wrobel

 

Tips For Staying Positive

Sometimes staying positive can be difficult. The more you practice positivity in your daily life, the easier it can become. Positivity can greatly benefit your quality of life and overall health. Here are some tips to help keep a positive mindset.

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  • Exercise

Get up and get your blood flowing. Whether you go for a walk or hit the gym, a little physical activity can make you feel a lot better. It has been found that exercise releases chemicals that can make you feel happy.

  • Meditate

Spend some time relaxing and reflecting silently. Meditation can expand awareness within an individual. Having a clear connection between the mind, body, and soul can help release negative emotions.

  • Practice Self-Care

It is important to take care of yourself and put some of your needs first. Make sure to do the simple little things for yourself to avoid stress.

  • Listen to Upbeat Music

Put on some of your favorite songs and get lost in the music. Dance, sing, or just sit back and listen. Take some time out in your day to relax and just get lost in the music.

  • Smile

Researchers have found that making yourself smile has can actually make you feel happier.  Try to smile a little more and see how it makes you feel! Choosing to smile can put you in the right mindset to stay positive.

  • Spend Time in Nature

Go out and get some fresh air. Getting away from your everyday busy life can help you destress. Spending some time off in nature can be a great time for you to do some self-reflection.

  • Limit Social Media

Turn off your cellphone and distance yourself for the drama around you. Taking a break from social media can reduce your stress and help you worry less about the things going on around you.

  • Sleep More

Try to get enough quality sleep each night.  It has been found that getting enough sleep can help improve your mood.

 

Remember that positivity is contagious! Spread your joy and positive attitude on to the others around you. Also, surround yourself with people who help lift you up. Take life one day at time and do your best to enjoy every moment.

 

~All you can do is work to become a better you~

~Sadie Wrobel

Your Dentist Was Right!

dentist imageBelieve it or not, your overall health can be affected by your oral hygiene. More specifically, the health of your gums can mediate the health of some of your major body functions. That is right! You are fighting for much more than just a pretty smile, you are benefiting your health every time you brush your teeth or floss.

Your mouth is the home to many bacteria: the good bacteria help begin the process of digestion, while the bad bacteria are removed during daily brushes and flossing’s. According to an article recognized by National Public Health Week, the buildup of plaque and high levels of bacteria can cause irritation or inflammation to the gums that can cause gingivitis. If untreated, the infection can harm your gums and the bones surrounding your teeth. They go on to continue to say, the periodontal disease caused from untreated gingivitis is believed to influence the health of your cardiovascular system as well as your respiratory system. Not to mention, can cause bad breath…  I want to assure you that you have many options to keep your mouth clean and healthy. The Mayo Clinic Staff recommends the following;

  • Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste AT LEAST twice a day. (Fluoride tooth paste deposits minerals into your enamel to strengthen your teeth from decay.)
  • Floss Daily (The 2 minutes it takes is well worth it.)
  • Replace your toothbrush when bristles fray or within four months. (Tip: Replace every time you are sick too.)
  • Become a regular at your dentist. (Do your small talk before the instruments are in your mouth!)
  • Avoid eating between meals.
  • Avoid Tobacco use.

When you take a step back it all makes sense. Your mouth is what delivers nutrients to your body, by keeping it clean you are insuring the nutrients are arriving untainted by extra bacteria. By keeping your mouth in tip top shape your immune system can work on other areas in need.

Brushing three times a day seems worth it after knowing the facts. Keep your smile as healthy as your do your body because they go hand in hand.

 

Until Next Time… Carry On, With a Toothbrush!

Kari Rebman