Journey to Wellness: Turning Back the Clock Part 2

First & foremost spirituality:🙏🏿

Spirituality is the center of my life and my Love for the Most High. We should always try to bear these fruits so that there is no room for negativity and when trouble comes, we will be able to withstand the stress and temptations of the world.
But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith,
Meekness, Temperance: against such there is no law.

Decrease Stress in your life as much as possible😰

Check out my post on the relationship between Cortisol and Stress and why this is so very important to stop this vicious feedback cycle.
https://tapin2life.com/2016/08/08/the-relationship-between-cortisol-and-stress/

Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Notice that I said each night!!!!😴

Have a Hobby, do anything that makes you at peace with The Most High

One of my major hobbies is dance and I gain so much from teaching the art. Find something that suits you and gain healing from it.

A support group is extremely important as well:

Sometimes you’ll look right and left and find that it’s just you, The Most High, and the Ruach ha Kodesh. If we’re extremely blessed we have the support of close family and friends…be sure that those you walk with are for Yah to gain optimum support

Responsibility for your own health: Cooking/preparing your own meals & educating yourself about what changes to make, listen to your body. It’s a journey. It may help as you get started to keep a journal of what you eat and drink and the effect these things have on you.

Gardening at any level or taking care of house plants- grow what you can and eat it! Have a window garden or an inside herb garden. It doesn’t take much space or time.

Exercise and stretching:🧘🏿‍♀️🏋️‍♀️🤾🏿

What’s your actual age? Can you bend over and touch your palms to the floor? Stretching and yoga just do the body good in turning back the clock. Check out my Taptutor Youtube Channel for low/ moderate impact exercise. Stretching and higher intensity dance videos coming to you in the future!

Starting over…shopping list:🛒
Drink/Eat alkaline water & food


https://facty.com/lifestyle/wellness/10-best-high-alkaline-foods/2/

What’s in your kitchen? See the above link for a list of the top 15 alkaline foods. Also daily detoxification with lemon water, apple cider vinegar, and water are great ways to gently detox the body.

So you’re in the grocery store or the whole foods store…….what do you purchase??? (this list will hopefully get you started). Most of these foods detoxify, are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.

GrainsFruits Nuts & Seeds Vegetables OtherLegumes & BeansOils/
Healthy Fats
Whole Spelt FlourApples🍎AlmondsPeppers:
especially cayenne,
bell peppers
Mushrooms🍄
(rich in vitamin D)
Green/red/
Black/Orange Lentils
Olive Oil
QuinoaBlueberries
Raspberries
Cherries
Brazil
Nuts
broccoli🥦Plant based drinks
(not soy)
like Almond,
coconut🥥,
cashew, etc.
Chick PeasAvo-
cado
Oil
Brown RiceStrawberriesPine
Nuts
root veggies
carrots,
beets
Hummos, apple cider vinegarKidney BeansSesame
Seed Oil
OatsSeeded
Watermelon🍉
Walnutskale, greensDate Sugar, Honey🍯
or Coconut Sugar
Red or Black BeansSun-
flower
Oil
BuckwheatDark seeded grapesTahinisea veggies
Dried Herbs: oregano,
basil, parsley, etc.
Tofu in moderation
(fermented)
Tempeh
Black
seed
Oil &
Hemp Oil
If you must
have bread
whole grain
Limes/lemonsChia Seedssweet potatoesSpirulina, ginger, sea salt
tumeric, green tea
Coconut
Oil🥥
Avocado🥑Flax SeedsonionsMatcha
ClementinePumpkin
Seeds
asparagusMoringa
Bananagarlic Cinnamon
Minimum Must Have Grocery List

Caution if you suffer from gout or gall/kidney stones or are prone to oxalate accumulation as you implement the above foods

I leave you with this inspirational video and thought!!!
“God Can Do Anything But Fail”

Try Him, believe in Him with all your heart, all is possible!

Disclaimer:
I’m not an M.D. but a Doctor of Pharmacy, not Ph.D. Please, anything that you do make sure that you inform your physician of any changes from a health aspect.

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Journey to Wellness: Turning Back the Clock Part 1

Where do I begin? How do I get started? I don’t have enough money to eat healthy. It takes too much time to do that……….

If you ask most people if they want to be healthy, healthier, or at their optimum health, they will reply with a quick “yes” or “of course”, however, what I have experienced is that our brain talks us out of even getting started from fear of failure or thinking that we don’t have the capability to change our lives for the better, so why even try?

This post is my attempt of trying to really encourage each and every one of you that desires to change your life and reach your optimum health to just GET STARTED!!!!!!! This is a journey and it’s all about knowing how our bodies respond to foods, nutrients and minerals, detoxification, and the effect that they have on our overall wellbeing. So with that, what are some first steps to take on YOUR journey?

First of all, get yourself spiritually and mentally prepared that this will be a lifelong journey. In order for the changes to be permanent, YOU must permanently change!

Second, once you decide to get your wellness journey started, pick a date and begin to rid your house of substances that are known to be toxic/unhealthy. For now, we will just focus on what we put in our mouths:

White and refined foods: white flour, white sugar, white rice, white bread, white table salt, you get the picture. The Most High made food to have rich colors which is a sign of the nutrients still in them.

Get rid of it!

Artificial sweeteners, margarine, canola oil, substances with high fructose corn syrup (see my post) https://tapin2life.com/2018/08/09/kick-hfcs-to-the-curb-already-2/ as well as fizzy and sugary drinks.

Condiments add a lot of unneeded calories, sugar, salt, MSG, and other harmful substances (see my post) https://tapin2life.com/2018/01/07/hidden-traps-in-your-diet/ and most are toxic to our system.

Minimize your alcohol intake and of course stop smoking! If you don’t buy it or stock it in your cabinet, hopefully you won’t be so prone to using these substances. For every unhealthy habit you are trying to remove, pick a healthy one as a replacement and distraction.

Anything that’s considered “fat-free”, “low calorie”, “cholesterol free” will most likely compensate by the use of other substances high in trans-fats or sugar and more.

I don’t claim to be Vegan, however, I do believe in extreme minimization of me and my family’s intake of animal products. I don’t buy chicken or fish at all anymore and about once month we may have a taste of some type of fish high in Omega-3 such as Salmon, occasionally tilapia as well.

Dairy- extremely minimal use in my household. You can easily replace any item with plant-based food such as almond, cashew, rice, or coconut sources for milk. Cashew and almond butter are very tasty. For eggs, although I buy them for my children, I prefer a flax egg mixture or tofu if I have the taste for eggs. I am not a fan of soy, however, if you use it make sure it is fermented. Tempeh soy is a great source as well. If soy is minimized it’s not an issue for me.

Processed foods and meats- any packaged food is suspect! Hot-dogs and lunch meat have literally been linked to cancer and kidney issues. Not worth it!

Invest in good cooking utensils such as unglazed clay pots and cast iron skillets. Avoid aluminum, non-stick pots, and pans. The latter has been linked to many health issues because they leach out toxic substances. Store your foods as much as possible in glass Tupperware versus plastic. Use cardboard one-time use pans for baking if you must for convenience. Don’t use aluminum foil and plastic wrap or at least minimize use.

Exposure to toxic substances like smoke, chemicals, toxic people even. Keep your environment as healthy as possible.

So now what?

Third: Now that you have thrown out the toxic things, it’s time to get started on “What to eat and drink”. Above is an example of my daily breakfast which includes: one small apple cut into chunks, a small number of fresh blueberries, raisins, chopped brazil nuts, chopped pecans, pumpkin seeds, a teaspoon of flaxseeds, a teaspoon of powdered almonds, a splash of Coconut drink or sometimes almond milk, 3 tablespoonsful of oats and a tablespoon of unsweetened applesauce. It’s amazingly filling and of course delicious!

Jumpstart with a Coffee enema! You can find the kits in your local pharmacy. Make sure to use and organic coffee.

Intake water with a pH above 7.4 at least to help keep your body as alkaline as possible.

Start a daily detox. This is a lifestyle change and we will never be able to rid ourselves totally of toxicity in the environment we live in today. Pick one that works for your body and your lifestyle. One of mine is at the end of the day a relaxing cup of green tea with matcha and moringa powder with unrefined honey, ginger, and tumeric. (see recent post https://tapin2life.com/2020/02/20/love-my-matcha/ )

Take this journey with me and change your life for the better!

Fourth, do your own research. Check out this vid. Very helpful and inspirational. Also, the books pictured in this post are highly recommended by me and my Elders. Great resources. Look for them on the Book Depository Site.

More of what to do in part 2 of this post! Ready, set, get healthy!!!

As always, thank you so much for reading, please subscribe/follow, share, and like if you saw something here that has helped to inspire you on a better road to health!

Be Your Best You

Okay, so Winter is exiting and you notice that you’ve picked up a few pounds. Winter is the time of year, for multiple reasons, that many people put on an average of about 5 additional pounds! I confess that I am guilty.  How much exercise do we need to be healthy?  This will vary depending on your situation and goals.  If you have put on a lil’ weight and have kind of let yourself go, don’t feel so down on yourself.  There is hope!  Just start doing something about it.

 

get-your-20-in

As a pharmacist and dance instructor by trade, I can go through all of the medical studies and tell you the obvious about diet and exercise, but instead, I would like to share with you what has worked for me.  Although I am not a fitness expert, nor do I have a super buff body, I know a lot about nutrition, the body and maintaining a healthy weight in a hectic lifestyle.  However, I have to admit that the older I get, the more creative I have to be to maintain a healthy weight.  So, here are my top 5 tips about exercise, fitness and diet.

1. Know Your Goals & Make Them Realistic

Are you trying to maintain or lose weight?  Are you trying to build muscle?

If you are wanting to maintain your weight, go for moderate aerobic exercise about 30 minutes a day, five days out of the week.  You can watch my Taptutor vids…all 10 and have a great moderate workout while having fun!

If you want to lose weight, rev it up with a higher intensity workout and about an hour per day.  I’m working up to those videos!

Of course when it comes to building muscle, literally, no pain– no gain.  It takes a bit more commitment, but start slow with 2.5 pound dumb-bells and leg weights or resistance training, then work your way up to a more intense workout.  The key is to add over a period of time so as to not burn yourself out.  It will become more like YOUR lifestyle instead of forced.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmWJGw-cY7MsAUyM0AAd6cA

2. Don’t Deprive Yourself

If you eat a sensible diet that is high in fiber (adults up to age 50 need 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men), you will eliminate regularly and take in the nutrients and vitamins you need, feel fuller and are less likely to crave the things that sabotage us.  Water is most definitely important as well.  Generally 2-3 Liters or more per day for adults and you may need more as you lose fluids with exercise.

Don’t deprive yourself of goodies.  Let’s face it, if I see ice cream on my left and an apple on my right, I am going to most likely want the ice cream every time.  We have to choose wisely depending on the time of day and how we have eaten during the day.  DON’T eat the ice cream at 10 PM because we know it will just go straight to our gut and butt.   I’m just sayin’.  Have half of the typical serving size and if you are still not satisfied, go for the apple.  Works for me almost 100% of the time (Almost).  The times that I do “comfort eating” are getting less and less and when I know I have had a frustrating day, this seems to be a trigger.  I’m learning to keep my guard up and anticipate my need to resort to foods that are either very sweet or salty such as chips.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/eat-this-fiber-chart

3. Have a Workout Buddy and Support System

I have recently started working out with a few fabulous ladies and they have been a great support and keep me encouraged in meeting my goal to be more toned.  It costs me no money, it’s so much more enjoyable than if I were to do the workout alone and I know if I start to get discouraged, I have someone to encourage me and not let me give in so easily.

4. Change your mindset of what you call exercise….be practical

I recently purchased a resistance exercise band and it is so easy to use, affordable, portable and doesn’t take a lot of effort.  You can use it almost anywhere, even on your work break!  Below are some other suggestions that make it easy to incorporate exercise into a busy lifestyle.

  •  You can take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Walk to the store and back instead of driving (or ride your bike instead of driving)
  • Wash your own car instead of going to the car wash.
  • Get a 30 minute, daily house-cleaning routine to your favorite music. Dusting, mopping, sweeping and cleaning the windows can work up a sweat and be a good and unexpected cardio workout.
  • Dance while you cook your favorite meal (make sure you actually finish your cooking….if you are like me, you may get a little carried away with those old line dances)

5. Make these changes for life

Don’t keep the things that sabotage you in your house.  I know…..easier said than done.  When you go to the grocery store, REFUSE to put more than 1 item that has been pre-packaged into your cart.  I usually make my own desserts and my family has become used to not even checking the cabinet for a “snack”.  They know that it is truly a treat to have a manufactured item from the store such as chips, cookies, cakes or other items.  This makes us come out of the habit of eating just to be eating.  When I make dessert, it forces me to think of what I am putting into it and questioning if it is the best thing for our bodies.  Are we just eating out of habit….or are we really hungry?

Also, make it a goal to eat just 100 calories less per day and replace 10-20% of your fat intake with something high in fiber.  It’s not much and it’s a good way to get started as a change to make for life.  You can continue to increase your fiber, decrease the fat calories and decrease your calories as you see what works best for you.

Leave a comment💬, like👍and share ♻your healthy tips for maintaining or losing weight and how you have changed your diet and yes subscribe! Thanks so much for stopping by!

General References:

http://www.prevention.com/fitness/how-much-exercise-you-really-need

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916

http://thestir.cafemom.com/healthy_living/166836/the_ugly_truth_about_how

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256

Disclaimer:  As always, my articles are food for thought…no pun intended.  Please consult your healthcare provider before making any dietary or exercise changes.

What Are Your Barriers to Having #BetterHealth in 2017

Well, we have almost completed another calendar year and it has been a great journey and learning experience as a fairly new blogger and YouTuber.  I began blogging a year ago, and trust me, I came up with every excuse I could not to keep it going.

The reality is, if we want to do something, there is always a way.  My biggest goal with my blog was to share information and wake people up as far as the state of their health and what small things we can all incorporate or change that will make a BIG difference.  Ultimately, I want to lead people to ways of enjoying better overall health and a healthier lifestyle.  This includes mind, body and spirit.

there-is-always-something-to-be-thankful-for

So, as we say goodbye to 2016, I wanted to leave my dedicated subscribers and visitors to my blog with some FOOD for thought (literally)!  I want to get your feedback on what barriers you believe you have to achieving better health in 2017.  I am hoping it will help me to not only give you some ideas of how to bust through these barriers, but to help other readers as well.

 

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I pray better health to you and yours in the year to come.  Thanks so much for coming along with me on this journey and look forward to bigger and better in 2017!  Please take a minute to do the survey below and let’s think of how to bust through those barriers together.

#betterhealth  #healthylifestyle

How Much Exercise Do We Need?

Okay, so Winter is here and it can be so uncomfortable to workout outside.  This is the time of year, for multiple reasons, that many people put on an average of about 5 additional pounds! How much exercise do we need to be healthy?  This will vary depending on your situation and goals.  If you have put on a lil’ weight and have kind of let yourself go, don’t feel so down on yourself.  There is hope!  Just start doing something about it.

 

get-your-20-in

As a pharmacist and dance instructor by trade, I can go through all of the medical studies and tell you the obvious about diet and exercise, but instead, I would like to share with you what has worked for me.  Although I am not a fitness expert, nor do I have a super buff body, I know a lot about nutrition, the body and maintaining a healthy weight in a hectic lifestyle.  However, I have to admit that the older I get, the more creative I have to be to maintain a healthy weight.  So, here are my top 5 tips about exercise, fitness and diet.

1. Know Your Goals & Make Them Realistic

Are you trying to maintain or lose weight?  Are you trying to build muscle?

If you are wanting to maintain your weight, go for moderate aerobic exercise about 30 minutes a day, five days out of the week.  You can watch my Taptutor vids…all 10 and have a great moderate workout while having fun!

If you want to lose weight, rev it up with a higher intensity workout and about an hour per day.  I’m working up to those videos!

Of course when it comes to building muscle, literally, no pain– no gain.  It takes a bit more commitment, but start slow with 2.5 pound dumb-bells and leg weights or resistance training, then work your way up to a more intense workout.  The key is to add over a period of time so as to not burn yourself out.  It will become more like YOUR lifestyle instead of forced.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmWJGw-cY7MsAUyM0AAd6cA

2. Don’t Deprive Yourself

If you eat a sensible diet that is high in fiber (adults up to age 50 need 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men), you will eliminate regularly and take in the nutrients and vitamins you need, feel fuller and are less likely to crave the things that sabotage us.  Water is most definitely important as well.  Generally 2-3 Liters or more per day for adults and you may need more as you lose fluids with exercise.

Don’t deprive yourself of goodies.  Let’s face it, if I see ice cream on my left and an apple on my right, I am going to most likely want the ice cream every time.  We have to choose wisely depending on the time of day and how we have eaten during the day.  DON’T eat the ice cream at 10 PM because we know it will just go straight to our gut and butt.   I’m just sayin’.  Have half of the typical serving size and if you are still not satisfied, go for the apple.  Works for me almost 100% of the time (Almost).  The times that I do “comfort eating” are getting less and less and when I know I have had a frustrating day, this seems to be a trigger.  I’m learning to keep my guard up and anticipate my need to resort to foods that are either very sweet or salty such as chips.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/eat-this-fiber-chart

3. Have a Workout Buddy and Support System

I have recently started working out with a few fabulous ladies and they have been a great support and keep me encouraged in meeting my goal to be more toned.  It costs me no money, it’s so much more enjoyable than if I were to do the workout alone and I know if I start to get discouraged, I have someone to encourage me and not let me give in so easily.

4. Change your mindset of what you call exercise….be practical

  •  You can take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Walk to the store and back instead of driving (or ride your bike instead of driving)
  • Wash your own car instead of going to the car wash.
  • Get a 30 minute, daily house-cleaning routine to your favorite music. Dusting, mopping, sweeping and cleaning the windows can work up a sweat and be a good and unexpected cardio workout.
  • Dance while you cook your favorite meal (make sure you actually finish your cooking….if you are like me, you may get a little carried away with those old line dances)

5. Make these changes for life

Don’t keep the things that sabotage you in your house.  I know…..easier said than done.  When you go to the grocery store, REFUSE to put more than 1 item that has been pre-packaged into your cart.  I usually make my own desserts and my family has become used to not even checking the cabinet for a “snack”.  They know that it is truly a treat to have a manufactured item from the store such as chips, cookies, cakes or other items.  This makes us come out of the habit of eating just to be eating.  When I make dessert, it forces me to think of what I am putting into it and questioning if it is the best thing for our bodies.  Are we just eating out of habit….or are we really hungry?

Also, make it a goal to eat just 100 calories less per day and replace 10-20% of your fat intake with something high in fiber.  It’s not much and it’s a good way to get started as a change to make for life.  You can continue to increase your fiber, decrease the fat calories and decrease your calories as you see what works best for you.

Leave a comment and share your healthy tips for maintaining or losing weight and how you have changed your diet!

General References:

http://www.prevention.com/fitness/how-much-exercise-you-really-need

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916

http://thestir.cafemom.com/healthy_living/166836/the_ugly_truth_about_how

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256

Disclaimer:  As always, my articles are food for thought…no pun intended.  Please consult your healthcare provider before making any dietary or exercise changes.

A Special Thanks

 

A Presentation on “Living Healthy Naturally” by Monica Terry

 

Upcoming Event!

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Living Healthy Naturally

 

Ashkelon’s own Monica Terry will be speaking with us about incorporating healthy habits that fit your lifestyle.  She will discuss ways in which we can incorporate healthy habits such as herbs, spices, and certain foods into our daily routines with the goal of preventing diseases and maintaining our health.

Monday August 22 @ 7PM

145 Sderot Yershalayim

20 shekels for members

30 shekels for non members