22 Oct

Let’s MOVE!

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This past July, Catalyst Cares, a charitable organization promoting social mobility in communities throughout NYC that are prone to obesity, launched its second health and wellness campaign called Let’s Move! Brooklyn.

The main goal of Let’s Move! Brooklyn is to try and stamp out the food desert status and lower the obesity rate in Central Brooklyn by three percentage points in three years.

Let’s Move! Brooklyn is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. Both campaigns aim to educate children and their parents about nutrition and how to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

Lockie Andrews, the founder of Let’s Move! Brooklyn says, “Our mission is to educate and inspire children and their parents to make healthier dietary, fitness and lifestyle choices through a series of age-appropriate programs, town hall meetings, and advocacy initiatives.” Andrews launched Let’s Move! Brooklyn to help encourage an understanding about eating and living healthier lives through…

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22 Oct

Be a good role model for your kids!

Jeff Butterworth

Healthy Children

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The old adage, ‘You are what you eat’ certainly rings true for many of our children today. Behavioral issues, immune suppression, lack of concentration, obesity, asthma, skin conditions and caffeine dependence are all directly related to the diet. Our children seem to be the biggest culprits for large organizations marketing their over processed foods. The further a food is removed from its original form, the harder it is to digest. Most popular children’s food is packaged, sweetened, pressed, and flavored. We often give our children these foods for convenience, reward or the simple fact they will not eat anything else.

So, the need to start your children on the right kind of diet early on in life cannot be stressed enough. All children should be breast fed if possible but once they are off breast milk, it is important to offer them the correct foods. Remember, most of…

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19 Oct

Obsessed with fresh ginger! Freeze it in 2 inch cubes so that it’s easy to plop straight into your tea mug with your raw honey and fresh lemon 😉 Ahhhhhh..

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7178625061_796d8d7f0fAs the temperature changes, look to ginger tea for some warming comfort, and calm.

Ginger is famous for its various beneficial properties which include relieving nausea, dizziness, mucus, flu symptoms, menstrual cramps, migraines, and even helps cure athletes foot when used as a foot soak. Ginger helps calm stress, uplifts mood, and stimulates digestion. What could be better?

Here is an easy way to incorporate ginger into your day. Boil up a quick and soothing ginger tea! All you need is ginger + water, and to make it even more delicious, add a squeeze of lemon and a touch of honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-1 inch of ginger root, sliced thinly (you can keep the skin on)
  • 2-3 cups of water (depending on how strong you like it)
  • honey, as much you like
  • lemon, as much as you like

Directions:

Place sliced ginger into a pot, add water then bring to a…

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15 Oct

Eating healthier is one thing, but we must EDUCATE our children as to WHY these pears, apples and carrots are healthier to encourage them to eat them instead of waste them…

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6235929961_7ab2fe63d7Throughout the country, many public school students are not loving their new school lunches.

Since August, public schools have been mandated to follow the new nutritional guidelines set out by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, providing more fruits and vegetables while limiting levels of fat, sodium, and calories.

Due to the calorie restrictions, protein portions are smaller, food is less cheesy, and the milk is no longer chocolate, but plain and skim.

Before this regulation, lunches had no maximum calorie limit. Now, high school lunches top out at 850 calories, for middle schoolers it’s 700 calories, and elementary students receive just 650 calories.

Many students are upset that despite smaller portions of heavier food items (like meatloaf and chicken nuggets), lunches have gone up in price, at an average of ten cents per lunch. This increase in price is to help mitigate the cost of fresh fruits…

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8 Oct

Juicing unlocks energy and vitality..

Jeff Butterworth

 

Juicing is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do for your health. Fresh vegetable and fruit juices should become a regular part of your daily health plan.

“If you do nothing else for your health, have a juice every day.”

Juices assist the body in many processes associated with modern day living. Juices are a great way to give your body all the nutrients it needs for optimum function in one easy to prepare drink. Let us have a look at the common benefits of consuming fresh fruit and vegetable juices on a regular basis;

• Many of the foods we consume, even if having a good diet, are deficient in nutrients. Juices are an easily assimilated form of nutrients. The pre-digested juices pass easily into the system delivering a rich source of bio-available nutrients. Many people today do not digest food efficiently which leads…

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2 Oct

Let’s all help reduce the waste on this planet — no matter which color it is…

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2878997800_c13c7ac94dHave you ever thought twice about throwing out last week’s leftovers? Turns out, you’re not alone! According to the fifth annual Eco Pulse survey, 39% of Americans feel the most “green guilt” for wasting food.

A recent issue paper from the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill,” established a framework about U.S. food waste, summarizing the opportunities available to reduce wasted food. Here are some of the paper’s major findings:

  • Americans trash 40% of our food supply every year (that’s around $165 billion)
  • The average American family of four ends up throwing away the equivalent of up to $2,275 annually in food
  • Food waste is the single largest component of solid waste in U.S. landfills
  • Just a 15% reduction in losses in the U.S. food supply would save enough food to feed 25…

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27 Sep

I love adding coconut milk or a creamy unsweetened vanilla almond milk to my coffee. Lately I have been enjoying a dash of coconut sugar to sweeten — low GI and tasty too…

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6904368144_ea1340fe13For those of you coffee drinkers who absolutely love coffee but have challenges digesting the everyday pick me up, try cold brewing your coffee! Instead of using hot water, you use cold, resulting in a concentrate that is super low in acidity, and very tasty! It takes some time and patience, but worth every minute.

Here is how:

1. Pick up your favorite coffee beans, and opt for course grind. Note, there is a debate about fine vs. course. Choose which one makes the most sense for your brewing method. For you tea lovers out there, check out this link to make cold brew tea.

2. Without purchasing a Toddy, (which works wonders) there are many ways of cold brewing with equipment most coffee lovers already have sitting in their kitchen. You can use a french press, a jar, pitcher or anything that can hold water + coffee (since…

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