When you start to change your eating choices and habits, eating out can be a point of confusion for many. We see this all the time with patients at the office—they want to stick to their food plan because they’re feeling great, but they also want to be able to enjoy eating out with others and not feel like they are sabotaging their hard efforts. While it is helpful to pick a restaurant you know serves high-quality food, it’s not always possible to steer the ship.
If you don’t already know about these superfoods, my recommendation is to get them in your pantry ASAP! These versatile foods are great added to smoothies or tossed into a salad. Here’s what you’re missing out if you don’t give them a try.
In an ideal world, we’d all cook our food from scratch. But the reality is, for most of us, that doesn’t happen everyday. When we’re working with patients in the office, we hear a lot of them say that the fast paced NYC lifestyle impacts their time and bandwidth to not cook any of their meals at all. The problem with this is that most restaurants use poor quality oils, such as soybean and canola oils, and use low quality ingredients, such as non-organic meats and farm raised fish. If you’re just transitioning to a cleaner diet or on the Be Well Cleanse, using a food delivery service can be quite helpful, especially for those with a busy schedule.
For those allergic or sensitive to nuts--or if you just want to try something new--here’s a great smoothie recipe for you to give a morning boost. Sunflower seed butter is high in healthy fats, thyroid supportive selenium, and trace minerals like magnesium that support all of the bodies functions. It’s a great alternative to nut butters and can be found in health food stores - be sure to read the label and make sure you get one that is unsweetened. Combine that with our new upgraded Cleanse Shake, antioxidant packed blueberries and phytonutrient rich spinach and you’ve got yourself a super nutritious breakfast or snack!
When I work with clients, they often think that the most important things to focus on when cultivating greater health are diet and exercise. While these are incredibly important for optimal health, stress reduction is just as important and often falls to the wayside. Meditation is one of the best tools out there to promote a relaxation response in the body and soothe your parasympathetic nervous system. Here are my top tips for developing a regular meditation practice.
Probiotics have been all the rage for a while now, but what about the lesser known yet equally health promoting prebiotics? Prebiotics are a variety of fibers that stimulate and encourage the growth of healthy and beneficial bacteria (aka gut flora) to grow. Prebiotics are essentially food for your gut flora, and they allow your healthy gut flora to thrive. The addition of prebiotics can help to keep your microbiome in good shape.
While what we eat is incredibly important for brain health, to our readers point, exercising the brain is a fantastic way to optimize brain health and function. Think of your brain as a muscle, the more you use it the stronger and sharper it will be.
Here at Be Well, we often work with clients that skip breakfast or potentially worse, grab something not-so-great to go such as a muffin or bagel! While everyone is different, we find that most people feel more energized when they nourish themselves with a healthy breakfast in the morning. Even during busy mornings, it’s easy to get together a quick, delicious and nutritious breakfast.