Fitness and Exercise, Hey, I Can Make That!

Hula Hoop Anxiety Depression Weight Loss

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We burn 420 calories an hour, we strengthen our core, improve balance and coordination and we increase our happy hormones!

Back in February, I had the opportunity to take a Hula Hoop lesson. It was a lot of fun. I could not believe that I was able to Hula Hoop!

When I was a child, I totally failed at this. After a few quick tips from Heather from Peace, Love and Hoopiness, I was actually able to keep my hoop up for 1/2 a minute! I was hooked and began to hula hoop at home for at least five minutes a day.  After learning how to hoop, I wanted to share it with all of you.

Watch the hula hoop lesson here.

A step by step video of how to make your own hoop is coming soon to my you tube channel. I will post the link to it here.

Watch how to make a hula hoop.

You will need these supplies to make your own hoop:

Tubing

Here is the connector 

Tubing Cutter 

or

Hack Saw 

Duct Tape 

Measuring Tape 

or

Have a hula hoop delivered to you! 

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I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

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Amy

DISCLAIMER: I strongly recommend that you consult with your health care professional before beginning any exercise program. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge Hooplovers from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of Hooplovers’ negligence. You are 100% responsible for your body and actions.

 

 

Fitness and Exercise, Health, Immune System

Boost Your Immune System NOW!

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Once exposed to a virus, our body’s ability to fight it off is determined by the strength of our immune system.

A healthy body is more resistant to a viral attack. By supporting our immune system with what it needs, we can boost our body’s defenses for longer, stronger and healthier lives.

Here are the most important ways to fortify our immune system.

1. Eat nutrient dense foods.

At least 80% of our immune system resides in the gut. There is an undeniable connection between good nutrition and good immunity.

Avoid foods that are heavily processed and nutritionally bankrupt, or foods that are inflammatory (alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners, dairy, animal products, most foods that come in a box, crinkly package, bag, etc.). Foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce or define should be avoided. If you can’t easily make it in your own kitchen, don’t eat it. If it doesn’t grow on a tree or in the soil, it probably isn’t healthy. If it has a mother or a face, it does not have phytonutrients.

Instead, choose foods that are rich in phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients are compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and are found exclusively in plant foods. They support the body’s ability to heal and protect itself and there are thousands of them found in plants.

In his book Super Immunity, Dr. Joel Fuhrman identified the most powerful, immune supporting foods we should be eating every day to help fight disease and promote longevity.  He created the acronym G-BOMBS to help us to remember them.

Greens:  in particular, green leafy vegetables (such as kale, collards, bok choy, Swiss chard and more) are the most nutrient dense food on the planet.

Beans:  nutritional powerhouses, rich in fibre, slowly digested, with a stabilizing effect on blood sugar. Favorable for diabetics. They are also very filling and provide  you with protein.

Onions: anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-cancer properties.

Mushrooms: anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer properties, stimulate the immune system & prevent DNA damage. (eat these cooked)

Berries: the highest antioxidant rich food on the planet with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.

Seeds and Nuts: rich in minerals, phytosterols and a source of healthy fats that aid in the absorption of nutrients (eat these raw and unsalted, about 1 once per day).

These foods naturally strengthen the immune system. There are a variety of ways to make them last. you can buy them fresh and freeze them, buy them already frozen, or make soup, casseroles or chili and freeze. I have many free recipes for you to enjoy. Search this site for recipes like this easy to make 2 Bean Mexican Delight.

I also have free recipes demonstrated by myself, my husband Rick and many of our talented, plant based friends.

Check out the free Be Green With Amy YouTube Channel

2) Support your gut:

Your body needs a healthy balance of good bacteria in your gut.  Eating nutrient dense foods and avoiding animal products and processed foods are the best way to build a healthy gut bacteria and immune system. 

3) Reduce your stress.

Stress can wreak havoc on the body mentally, emotionally and physically, including weakening our immune system. When we are stressed, the immune system’s ability to do its job is compromised and can make us more vulnerable to infection and disease. Meditation, yoga, dancing, listening to your favorite music, are just some of the ways to reduce stress. Find activities you most enjoy.

Check out my videos on these beginner, easy to do forms of meditation:

Alsketchi Drawing

Introduction to Tai Chi 

Chair Yoga 

Laughter Yoga

4) Adequate sleep:

Your body heals and restores while you sleep.   Not getting enough sleep suppresses your immune system.  It is recommended that you get 8 hours a day for adults (and even more for kids) for strong immune health.

A healthy body is more resistant to a viral attack:  by supporting our immune system with what it needs, we can boost our body’s defenses for longer, stronger, healthier lives.

5.  Exercise- find an activity that you enjoy, not something you try to talk yourself out of doing.  Learn more from my blogs:

Is Exercise Necessary?  

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The Right Way to Wash Your Hands!

Important message to those on prescription drug medications (especially blood pressure, blood thinner and diabetes medications: If you adopt this lifestyle you may see a SIGNIFICANT change in your need for medications in a very short period of time (sometimes a few days)!!!

Please monitor your blood pressure, glucose levels, etc. Work with your physician as your body can heal so quickly that you could become dangerously overmedicated!!

Many people who have adopted this lifestyle have (with their doctor’s supervision) significantly reduced or eliminated prescription (and over the counter) medications. 

The body is a miraculous, self healing machine.

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Is it easy to make a change? Now, more than ever, the world needs to make a change in their lifestyle. Please share this with everyone you know!

Need someone to get you through this? Contact Amy. 

I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

If you would like to donate to help me with the costs of maintaining this website, recipe development, social media publicity and more, please donate here

Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!

 

Fitness and Exercise, Health

Leg Cramps?

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After noticing the wonderful health benefits of changing the way we eat, we sometimes can look at some of our health issues and wonder if there is a magical food to add or remove which will help heal us.

I learned this tip about leg cramps from Dr. Michael Klaper. If you are suffering from leg cramps, you may find this helpful. 

If legs cramp while in bed, be sure that your covers are not tucked in as it can hold your foot in prone position creating a cramp. Yup, that’s it! It has helped many of my clients and I hope that you will find it helpful too.

Dr. Klaper has so much helpful information! Check out one of Dr. Klaper’s videos!

If you would like to learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my AmazonStore for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

If you would like to donate to help me with the costs of maintaining this website, recipe development, social media publicity and more, please donate here

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.

Fitness and Exercise, Need to know

Is Exercise Necessary?

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Before 2012 After 2013

 

Before I changed over to this lifestyle, I began with a Zumba DVD. I barely made it through the beginner version. Over time, as I transitioned to this way of eating, Zumba was not challenging enough (if you don’t break a sweat, you are not working).

I now rotate through DVD’s of ( cardio, yoga, weight lifting, hula hooping) like P90X, P90X2, Jillian Michaels, etc. I struggle with finding DVD’s which match my level of fitness and also keeping it interesting and new.

If I do not exercise every day, I risk eliminating it totally. I average 45 minutes of DVD workouts, 30 minutes walking the dog and of course house cleaning and yard work too.

If you need group support, join a local class in a community center or health club. There are so many types of classes available; like yoga, weight training etc. Many of these classes have various levels from things like beginner chair yoga to advanced boot camp.

I think the point of the 90 minutes is that we sit too much. If you don’t have access to a community center, health club or DVD’s, you can deep clean your house, wash and vacuum your car, walk your dog, etc. If possible, don’t sit for more than an hour.

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I have helped many people get motivated to exercise. If you would like help with adding physical movement and learning other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

If you would like to donate to help me with the costs of maintaining this website, recipe development, social media publicity and more, please donate here

Fitness and Exercise, Health, How to own this lifestyle, motivaton, Need to know, Tips, Tricks and Hacks

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The “E” word just hangs in the air…

If you haven’t gotten to the lucky place where you are addicted to it, exercise can be something you dread.

Limitations:

Whether physical  or mental, limitations can feed the excuse monster.

If you are physically unable to stand, you can do something in a chair. Use small hand weights, soup cans or water bottles to do curls, etc. Can you do 5 curls today?

If you can’t use your arms, do leg lifts while seated. Can you do 5 leg lifts today?

If you can’t walk long distances, buy a cheap pedometer and add one step each day.

What is one simple move you can do one of today that perhaps you can do two of tomorrow and three the next day?

Check out:

Is Exercise Necessary?

Tip: Easily cut about 400 calories per day

Is Exercise Necessary?

Please remember to follow me by clicking on the FOLLOW link.

Also, Subscribe to my Be Green With Amy YouTube Channel for recipe demos, lifestyle hacks and more! 

I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

If you would like to donate to help me with the costs of maintaining this website, recipe development, social media publicity and more, please donate here

Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!