4 Roots of Optimum Wellness

There are four essential parts to being healthy: Diet, Exercise, Sleep & Attitude.

Vitae Elixxir Healing Herbs

A proprietary combination of ten disease-fighting herbs used for more than 40 years and helping thousands of people with serious health issues.

Books by Author & Health Coach Chris Pedersen

In a world of adventure and imagination, kids’ books in print and digital that encourage a healthy lifestyle.

6 Tips to Lose Weight

Don’t count calories—take a serious look at the food you want to eat, then ask, ”Is this something that will give my body good health?”

Monday, January 31, 2011

Are You Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

As winter lingers on and we bundle up against a chill in the air, do you find yourself fighting an endless cold or flu. Abundant remedies and over-the-counter drugs exist claiming to shorten the condition or alleviate the symptoms. But if you really want to have an affect on sickness, the time to do something is when you're not sick. It's important to ensure that your immune system is in top condition to fight the endless assault of viruses and bacteria. See The Road to Health Comes Down to Diet.

Here are five tips to add to your healthy journey regimen:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Interview with a Former Sugar Addict

I interviewed Sara, a 28 year-old mother of two energetic boys, ages four and two. She described herself as a sugar addict. Here is her story:

What was it like before you cut out sugar?
I’ve been a candy addict most of my life. I’d go to the gas station and get loads of candy that was really bad like Peach Rings and Gummy Bears. My husband called it “gross candy.” I could sit and eat an entire package of something and want more. After I’d eat dinner, I would crave candy.

I got to the point where I was extremely tired and impatient with the boys, my husband and I would fight and I was always grumpy. I would sleep-in in the morning, I would sleep in the afternoon, and even when I’d take a nap, I’d wake up feeling exhausted and tired. Also, I felt the sugar was making my heart beat really fast. I couldn’t catch my breath and felt sluggish. Not feeling good at all. I was just a mess.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Best Way to Avoid Getting Cancer

Dr. Mercola Natural Health Articles
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I want to pass on a very important article in today's newsletter. The article begins with the tragedy occurring in far too many homes, exposing modern medicine's lack of preventive tools and treatments. Read on to learn the best way to avoid getting cancer.

Cancer Sucks—One Final Adoption by Dr. Mercola

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Veggie Salad Recipe

Raw Veggie Salad

From Chris Pedersen
Yield 4 Servings

Category Salad
Cuisine Healthy

greens (spinach, kale, arugula, etc.), diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 C red pepper, diced
1 C green or wax beans, 1 inch pieces
1 celery stalk, sliced
1/2 cucumber, diced
1/4 C raw-unfiltered apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
1/4 C olive oil
salt, pepper and favorite spices
crumbled feta cheese
beans (black, garbanzo or kidney), drained and rinsed

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Road to Health Comes Down to Diet

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Bad Food = Sick Bodies
It amazes me how people can get a diagnosis of cancer and NOT look at the diet they have been eating as a problem. The more I learn about the human body, the more I am in awe of my Creator.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14a
It’s clear to me that our bodies were created to withstand a lot of abuse. There is no man-made thing that would survive the analogous ill-treatment some dish-out to their bodies. Artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oils, chemical sugars… and the list of unpronounceable items is endless. How long would you expect your car to work if you put junk in your gas tank?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Blackeyed Pea Soup Recipe

From Chris Pedersen
Yield 4 Servings

Category Soup
Cuisine Healthy, Vegan

1/2 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp basil
11/2 C water or vegetable broth
1 parsnip, chopped
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 carrot, chopped
1 C cabbage, chopped
1 broccoli stalk, separated into small pieces
1 can blackeyed peas
1 can cut tomatos

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sleep! Who Needs it?

We live in a fast-paced world, filled with technology that consumes us and projects that drive us. Our desire to get the most out of every day pushes us to compromise on a very important aspect of health—sleep.

Thinking you can get by on a few hours of sleep, you push ahead and grab the coffee or energy drink to prop yourself up. It becomes such an ingrained pattern, you fool yourself into thinking you can do this. Who needs sleep?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Grocery Shopping Made Healthy

Shopping healthy made simple thanks to Darya Pino (scientist and self-described foodie) at the Summer Tomato blog, who took the general rules for shopping healthy and produced a useful graphic.

My advice for shopping healthy includes steering your shopping cart around the outer edges of the grocery store where you find the produce, dairy and meats. Anytime you go down an aisle, you risk buying processed foods that may not be healthy for you. Make a habit of reading the ingredients list on the product's label to decide whether it fits the food category. And BTW, when you start reading the ingredients, you will be shocked at how much sugar is found in processed "food."

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Sugar-free, Dairy-free

From Chris Pedersen
Yield 3 dozen

Category Dessert
Cuisine Healthy

1/3 C chunky almond butter
2 ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp soy milk
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 C rolled oats
1 egg
dash cinnamon
dash cloves
1/4 C flour
1/2 C raisons

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Broken Promises
It happens every year. Lengthy lists are made of promises to ourselves that we will lose weight, save money, join the gym, eat healthy, learn a new skill, and on and on. Gym managers love it! They get new members who sign up, pay up and show up for a time until things go back to normal with only the die-hard regulars coming in. Purveyors of the latest diet fade love it! They sell diet books, recipe books and special food until the next hot fade comes along. What's wrong with the last one? Didn't lose weight? Too hard?

I caught a glimpse of the Hollywood Cookie Diet! Are you serious? I don't even want to know how that's supposed to work. Folks, we make it too hard. We look for the quick fix when what we need is re-education. We have gotten so far off track from what our bodies need to be healthy. Health science continues to identify all these marvelous nutrients that do wonderful things in our body and then they try to bottle it. Where did the nutrient come from? The fruit of the land—fruits, vegetables and grains. Let's get back to basics.