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The Right Way to Wash Your Hands

How to Wash Hands
Germs hide in many places.

After watching these videos, I learned that germs are hiding in many areas of your hands. It is not just about singing a song or counting 20 seconds. There are critical areas to clean that I was missing. 

It is my hope that you will share this with everyone you know. The more people who properly wash their hands, the less chance we have of exposure to unwanted viruses, diseases, bacteria, etc.

So get to a sink, grab some soap and see if you find some areas of your hands which need attention.

Hand Washing – Are you missing any areas?

Dr. Ron Weiss Shows You How to Properly Wash Your Hands.

Here are written instructions:

I encourage you to watch both videos as they are short and very informative.

  1. Get your hands wet.
  2. Apply soap.
  3. Lather soap between palms by rubbing palms together.
  4. Alternate rubbing the palm of one hand over and on the back of the other hand. (be sure to separate your fingers so that the fingers of the top hand get between the fingers of the bottom hand).
  5. To clean the surfaces of the backs of the fingers, interlock hands placing bent fingers in fist of opposite hands.
  6. Alternate between hands with each hand taking turns being the top hand. Remember to clean thumbs.
  7. Grab thumb of one hand in fist of opposite hand. Rotate fist around the thumb and then repeat for opposite hand.
  8. Remember the fingertips. Germs hide in around the nail plate.
  9. Use circular motion with fingertips on opposite palm of each hand. Pull back finger tip from nail of each individual finger with thumb / other finger of that hand. Remember the wrists.
  10. Grab wrist with opposite hand. Rotate wrist while holding in opposite hand. Rinse with CLEAN water.
  11. Any water temperature which feels comfortable for you is acceptable. You may wish to use a towel to operate the faucet or door handles (especially in public areas)

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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

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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?  

Exer…sighs

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!

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Health, Need to know

Blood / Stool Tests Without A Physician

blood-tests

For those of you who would like to track your success while following this lifestyle, our Green Star Member Laura shared a great resource with our group recently. Many of us wanted a way to view our blood markers in between our annual physical exams. Some of us wanted to test markers that our many physicians do not include in their lab orders, like B12, D, Omega-3, zinc, iodine, etc..

Laura showed us how to do this without a trip to our physician for the lab order. Laura found this company useful because they utilized a local lab from where Laura could get her blood drawn.

A blood or stool test can show you areas to improve, or reaffirm that your  lifestyle is working for you and is one way of understanding what’s happening in our bodies.

Check out Laura as she presents her experience with a blood test without her physician’s prescription.

There are many companies which offer this service. We do not have any relationship with this service provider, nor can we speak to the effectiveness or accuracy of its’ tests.

Please note that nothing replaces a physician to help analyze the results. This company offers you an option to share the results with your physician who may be helpful in avoiding missing the identification of a red flag or avoid misinterpreting the findings.

The No Meat Athlete, Matt Frazier gives these tips for some blood tests you may consider ordering: 

1. Complete Blood Count with Differential and Platelets also known as CBC provides an overview of key markers, like red and white blood cells. This allows a doctor to diagnose anything from infection to anemia.

2. Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: A CMP helps to measure liver and kidney health.

3. Lipid Panel: Measures your risk factors for coronary artery disease (among other vascular diseases). This shows your blood cholesterol level, total, high and low density lipoprotein and triglycerides. You can also order tests which measure particle number and particle size.

4. HS-CRP (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein): This measures systemic inflammation in your body.

5. TSH: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, which comes from your pituitary gland, serves a critical purpose of  stimulating your thyroid to excrete two hormones that are essential to proper metabolism in every tissue of your body.

6. Hemoglobin A1C: gives you an average range of your blood sugar over the past  2-3 months.

Some who follow this lifestyle wish to monitor levels of elements which may be modified with supplementation.

1. Vitamin B12: There is no plant-based source of B12, so it’s critical for vegans to supplement.

2. Vitamin D3 (25 Hydroxy D): 

3. Methylmalonic Acid, Serum (MMA): Some say this is a better way to determine B12 status.

4. Homocysteine: A common amino acid, homocysteine can help your doctor get a better sense for your risk factors for various chronic conditions, particularly cardiovascular diseases. It also plays a role in determining kidney health and, as described above, B12 deficiency.

5. Omega-3 Index: For some vegans, this index may be too low, even if they consume flax seed and walnuts. Not everyone absorbs Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA equally. If you are not testing this, you may consider supplementing as you would B12. Here are some DHA/EPA supplements.

6. Zinc, Selenium, Iodine: although these nutrients can be derived from plants. some may find that their bodies don’t absorb these well and may need to consider supplementation.

7. Vitamin K2: K2 helps to move calcium away from soft tissues, like heart and brain, and towards hard tissues, like bone and teeth. There is a Japanese dish called natto, which provides some K2. 

8. Iron (Ferritin), total and TIBC: learn if you are like some vegans who may not absorb iron (heme and non-heme iron) as easily from plants.

9. Folate: An essential nutrient, folate (or B9), plays a key role in the conversion of homocysteine into methionine, utilizing B12 in the process. According to the  EPIC-Oxford study, vegans were found to have the highest levels of folate compared to omnivores and vegetarians. It can be deleterious to your health to supplement with Folic Acid which is a petroleum derived form of Folate. Eating plenty of greens should provide sufficient Folate levels.

Here is the link to the company which Laura uses for ordering blood tests and more.

If you would like help with 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.

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!

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Health, Tips, Tricks and Hacks

The Holidaze

Cheat No Evil

The holidays can be such a challenging time for some who want to follow this lifestyle. We are surrounded by family members and friends, traditions, comfort foods and memories connected to highly palatable foods.

When I began this lifestyle in 2012, I made the  decision to not look back, but to look forward. This is a lifestyle, and if I intend to continue on with this throughout the years, I will have to get through many more Halloweens, Thanksgivings, Birthdays, parties, vacations, and more.

For some it is to have a plan as to  what to do to get through each of these social gatherings. These tips can be helpful every day and especially during the holidays:

Fell off the wagon? Binge Eating? Cravings?

Making Deals With Cheat Meals

Tips on Eating Out

Don’t Leave Home Without Food

Find a Restaurant – Eat Vegan, No Oil Food

The Cravings Beasty – Sweets

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

Conquer Cravings: Ice Cream

Conquer Cravings: Baked Goods

Conquer Cravings: Salty Things

Conquer Cravings: Crunchy Things

Conquer Cravings: Chocolate

Conquer Cravings: Cheese

It is helpful to be around like minded people. Consider joining a group in your area who hosts Whole Food, Plant Based, pot luck dinners. Meet Like Minded People: The Free, Pod Program.

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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!

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Amy

 

Digestive Issues, Health

Constipation

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If you are constipated after adopting this lifestyle, you may find this article helpful. 

One reason for constipation may be the exclusion of coffee. While some may use coffee to aid in going, this should not be an excuse to drink coffee. What About Coffee and Wine?

Here are some suggestions:

Avoid over the counter remedies as they can be deleterious to your health.

Eat raw red cabbage. Chew, chew, chew all food to a cream. 

Add chia seeds to your smoothie or make into a Chia Drink. Chia seeds are a natural laxative. Chia seeds hold water in the digestive tract and make the stool softer.

Before you get out of bed, gently massage mid section of front of body over intestines starting from top right side of rib cage closing inwards in a spiral circle. 

Use this and look behind you, as you do in spinal twist, left and right. 

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

Of course, if you have prolonged symptoms, seek the advice of your physician.

Are you having challenges with this lifestyle?

If so, what are / were they and how do / did you deal with them?

I would love to provide you with more help. Please contact me for a coaching session:

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Fitness and Exercise, Health

Leg Cramps?

Woman with calf feeling pain on white background.

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.

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Desserts, Health, Immune System, Need to know, Tea

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

 

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If you are trying to eliminate coffee, I suggest you taper off slowly as many people get awful headaches if they quit coffee too quickly.

Caffeine consumption can mask true hunger and leave you out of touch with your body’s needs.

Coffee has also been shown to suppress the immune system.

Most of us use coffee for a sweet high, caffeine high or to help us to get more energy.

Try to taper off coffee by diluting caffeinated coffee with decaffeinated. Drink 75% caffeinated with 25% decaffeinated and go down in caffeine from there. Also consider decreasing the number of cups you drink per day.

If you adhere to a whole food, plant based diet with minimally processed foods, preferably sugar, oil and salt free, your need for an energy drink should eventually be eliminated.

There are some delicious teas which are health promoting and do not contain caffeine.

I enjoy green tea and it can be fun to try other caffeine free teas.

Hibiscus Tea can help lower blood pressure and also help with erectile dysfunction. You can buy Hibiscus Tea Bags  for one cup serving or make it by the gallon.

I always have a one gallon container of Hibiscus Tea in my refrigerator as my family drinks one cup daily.

I simply fill my tea leaf diffuser with Hibiscus Tea Leaves.

I put one gallon of water in a pitcher with 2 cinnamon sticks and the tea (in the diffuser). You can sweeten the tea withdate sugarand taper off the sweetener over time. I don’t boil the tea water and after a few hours in the refrigerator, I have delicious tea!

I keep my tea stored in the container with the cinnamon sticks and tea diffuser, in the refrigerator.

Is caffeine an issue in your life? If so, how to you combat the Caffeine Beasty?

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Read more about this in my blog Making Deals With Cheat Meals.

I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and 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.

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Check out my blogs below on beating The Cravings Beasty.

Conquer Cravings:  Sweets

Conquer Cravings: Ice Cream

Conquer Cravings: Salty Things

Conquer Cravings: Cheese

Conquer Cravings: Chocolate

Conquer Cravings: Baked Goods

It is not your fault that you are craving highly palatable foods.

Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry.

This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?

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

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

Exer…sighs

 

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?

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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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