Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 8

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Let us look at Tip No. 8 as follows

Tip No. 8 – Be Considerate For Others And Happiness Will Follow

A Childhood Education

When i was young, my parents and grandparents taught me to practice the value of “Be Considerate For Others” when doing anything for myself. Many years later, I realised that this act of putting others’ benefits before oneself is a traditional cultural value of many ethnicities. In short, it is an act of self-lessness.

An Observation of Commuters in New York Subways

One morning, when i was getting onto the subway train, there were two people infront of me, also trying to board the train which was not too packed with some standing room. However, once these two people stepped onto the train, they stood at the doorway with their back facing me, not caring if there were anyone else behind them also trying to get onto the train whose door was about to close. In a hurry, i squeezed myself between them and stepped onto the train, just short of being slammed by the closing train doors.

This phenomenon is very common in New York subways where commuters getting off and boarding the train took their own sweet time and once in the train, they stood at the doorway unwilling to enter as if they are something scary inside the train. If we apply the  traditional value of “Be Considerate For Others”, once the train door opens, commuters wanting to get off will move out quickly and those who are boarding the train will move into the train quickly making use of all available space.

The following is a suggestion for the subway train staff: It would be less traumatic for passengers if the train can sound three chimes before closing all doors and make it a consistent practice for all trains, commuters will then not force open the doors since they have been given ample time of warning that the train doors are closing.

This overall practice  of “Be Considerate For Others” from both the commuters and the subway train staff will help the trains to arrive on time and everyone will enjoy a smoothier ride on subway trains.

An Observation Of Vehicles in Traffic Intersections in Manhattan

While waiting to cross the road at a traffic junction in midtown Manhattan one afternoon, I saw a big truck entering the intersection when the traffic lights had already turned amber and there was not enough space for it to cross completely as the vehicles infront had already stopped moving forward. When the traffic lights turned red for the vehicles and the pedestrian walking lights turned green, the truck was unable to enter beyond the crosswalk as the street pedestrians began to cross the road, leaving the big truck stranded in the middle of the intersection and blocking it, causing traffic jam for vehicles approaching it from the left as their traffic lights had turned green and it was their turn to cross the intersection. We can often see such traffic jams in Manhattan during peak hours as some drivers are rushing for time and getting to their destinations are their top priority. But it usually have the opposite results when drivers are not considerate for others. If the traditional value of “Be Considerate For Others” applies here, the driver of the big truck will not cross the intersection when there is not enough space to cross the intersection completely. Thus it will not cause a traffic jam.

Agricultural Farming

When it comes to agricultural farming, if this theory of “Be Considerate For Others” applies, we will be able to enjoy fruits and vegetables that are free of synthetic pesticides as farmers will not want to feed their customers with produce that are contaminated with poisonous pesticides. Monsanto, the manufacturer of poisonous pesticides and GMOs will then have no market, its employees will not want to work for this company who is poisoining America and developing countries around the world with its poisonous pesticides. Monsanto will collapse naturally. This day will come when everyone practises the traditional value of “be considerate for others”, and we can all enjoy organic produce that are affordable for everyone.

It Starts From “Me” To Better My Environment

Yes, it always starts from Me first, then others will follow.

There are many other instances in our environment which we can help to improve by applying this traditional value of “Be Considerate For Others”.

Try applying this theory of “Be Considerate For Others” in your daily life and see the contributions you can make for a better environment.

Cheers!

Sammie

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Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 7

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Let us look at Tip No. 7 as follows

Tip No. 7 – Eliminate Wheat From Your Diet

In Tip No. 7, I would like to share with you my findings on wheat, and why when you eliminate wheat from your diet, you enjoy a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Wheat of Today is Different from Wheat That Our Ancestors Eat

Wheat-Field

Yes, over the years, wheat has been changed dramatically both in structure, nutrition and productivity. It is now a foreign substance that our body cannot process properly and thus creating havoc to our body system leading to all types of diseases in people consuming them here in America.

Increase Blood Sugar Level Which Can Lead To Type 2 Diabetes

You feed healthy people with sugar, their blood sugar level goes up and that is normal.

You feed the same healthy people with two slices of whole wheat bread each, their GI increases to 72, even higher than six teaspoons of sugar that increases the GI to 59. That is abnormal!

We have always been educated to eating 70% complex carbohydrates, as recommended in the Food Pyramid diet.

However, the complex carbohydrate of whole wheat is called Amylopectin A which is ingested very efficiently by our body and increases our blood sugar rapidly. Our body then needs to produce a lot of insulin to bring that blood sugar down. If you have whole wheat bread for breakfast, wheat based snacks, whole wheat sandwich for lunch, wheat-based pasta for dinner, you will have high blood sugar, high insulin level, your blood sugar will rise and fall like a roller-coaster three to four times a day and over days, months, years, you get your organs surrounded by fats, leading to the stubborn belly fat, elephant legs, heavy bottoms, diabetes, joint problems, slow response of the brain and all sorts of diseases seen here in America.

Wheat is everywhere.  Wheat is present in all processed foods!

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Wheat Contains Lectins Which Are Toxic To Our Small Intestines

The lectins from wheat are toxic to our body. In high quantities, they can remove the barriers in our small intestines and allow foreign substances to pass through into our blood stream. This is what is known as “leaky gut”. When foreign substances enter into our blood stream, it stimulates our immune system to defend them and over time can lead to autoimmune disorders.

When tested on laboratory rats, the lectin from wheat destroys their small intestines!

Wheat Is Like A Drug That Stimulates Our Appetite Making Us Want To Eat More

Have you ever had a meal of sandwiches, pasta, or anything that is wheat-based, and find yourselves wanting a second helping, a third helping and even thinking of eating it again for the next meal?

When that goes on meal after meal, day after day, month after month, we will find ourselves putting on weight that refuses to go away despite our increase in physical exercises. What is worse is that the weight always piles up at the wrong place; the belly, the thighs, the bottoms, under-the-chins…

What am I going to eat then? You may ask.

Well, the good news is: you can find many recipes online that do not contain wheat and yet give you the energy and nutrients that your body needs. The best to go for is whole foods, organic, unprocessed foods.

When you eliminate wheat from your diet, you will discover:

  •  Substantial Weight loss
  •  Lose the appetite stimulation thus reducing food obsession (always thinking of eating)
  •  Reduce joint pain
  •  Reduce blood pressure
  •  Increase energy, improve sleep
  •  Faster response from your brain (you think and move faster)
  •  Look younger

It takes a lot of determination for us to change our eating habits, so, find community groups or even online communities that have done the wheat elimination from their diets and they can share with you their success stories so that you can be wheat free and healthy!
Try this for yourselves and you will see the difference in a week or two, your body will be thankful to you.

Enjoy your journey to a wheat-free and happy lifestyle!

Cheers!

Sammie

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Omega Juicer Review

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If you have chosen to read this post, you must be seriously considering about getting a good juicer for your juicing adventure!

So read on…

Omega Juicer Review

Some years back, I was trying to bring life back into my sluggish body which had been victimized by the American diet that I decided to turn to juicing to clean up my body internally. In the initial period, I needed to juice every day and to buy a glass of juice for every meal was too much a  hassle and a burden on the budget. Thus I started to research on a suitable juicer that could perform what I needed and I found the Omega Brand of juicers. They have different juicers and blenders that fit your needs and I chose the Omega J8008C Juicer Extractor and Nutrition Center.

Here let me share with you the Omega juicer review, in particular, the Omega J8008C Juicer Extractor and Nutrition Center.

There are many reasons why I choose the Omega J8008C Juicer Extractor and Nutrition Center. They are as follows:

Slow and Steady is the Way

The Omega J8008C juicer operates at a slow speed, only 80 RPM, thus minimizing heat build-up and oxidation, retaining most of the nutrients and vitamins of the vegetables and fruits that pass through the juicer and when stored in a glass container in the fridge, it can last you the whole day. Whenever I want to just live on juice for a day, usually on my day off, I will juice all the vegetables and fruits that I need for the whole day first thing in the morning, pour all the juice into a 2-litre glass container with a cover and store in the fridge. I pour however much I need to drink(or eat) whenever I want. It can last me for the whole day. You can find many recipes of juicing online that serve different purposes for the body.

Quiet Operation

The Omega J8008C juicer works quietly and doesn’t wake up the whole household when you juice. This is especially helpful when you have little ones at home, or even adults who are having that extra few hours more of sleep during their rest days.

Cleaning is a Breeze

The Omega J8008C juicer is easy to clean as most of the pulp has been ejected automatically during the juicing process. It takes me less than 10 minutes to dismantle the parts, wash them clean and left in a pot to air dry..

15 Year Warranty

The Omega J8008C juicer comes with a 15-year warranty. That means the juicer can last you a long time as the company is willing to give that long a period of warranty.

Nutrition Center

Apart from being able to juice your favorite greens and fruits, it is also a nutrition center. It can turn nuts into nut butter, mince herbs and garlic, make baby food and frozen desserts and grind coffee and spices.The parts that come into contact with the produce and food are BPA free.

Summary

The Omega J8008C Juicer Extractor and Nutrition Center is a great choice when you want a juicing diet with most of the nutrients and vitamins still intact in the juice. Last but not least, chew your juice slowly as you drink as if you are chewing your vegetables and fruits. So that the juice mix well with the saliva before going into your stomach as the mouth is the first and very important (but often neglected) stage of our digestive system.

Check out more details on the Omega J8008C Juicer Extractor and Nutrition Center from here.

Enjoy your juicing journey!

 

Cheers!

Sammie

 

Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 6

Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 6.

Let us look at Tip No. 6 as follows

Tip No. 6 –  Listen to Classical Music

When I was a teenager, I listened to classical music whenever I took a break from the tight schedule of school lessons and homework. It helped to ease my mind from the demand of school activities like tests and exams. One of my classmates had been playing piano since she was a kid. During our school music lessons, sometimes our music teacher would ask her to perform for us. I loved to watch her play. When she was not playing piano, she was just like the usual school kid but more composed than the rest. Once she sat at the piano, she would sit with a pianist pose (if you know what i mean) and I liked to watch her as she glided her fingers so smoothly across the piano keys. Music just filled the classroom and the atmosphere was that artistic. I took up some music instrumental lessons like the piano and guitar after graduation but did not pursue the hobby due to the demand of work. I thought that was the end of my association with classical music then until a concert performing in New York brought me here. When I was first introduced to this concert, my first impression of the concert was a dancing show. However as the curtain lifted up, the opening scene plus the live symphony orchestra was so amazing that i did not want to blink my eyes, the beautiful costumes, the graceful dancers, the huge and at times animated backdrop, the music that accompanies the dancers’ movements (played live by the symphony orchestra in the pit infront of the stage), the storyline of the whole concert that transport the audience to thousands of years back in this civilization, and then to the present time of the society, the teachings of the legendary stories depicted in the show…. how i wished it would go on and on even when the two hours and fifteen minutes showtime was over. For those of you who may have watched the concert in your city, you may have by now guessed the name of the show. Yes, it is Shen Yun, a show that took the  world by storm as they perform in hundreds of cities during the month of December to the following year’s month of May. Six companies toured the world every year, bringing happiness and hopes in the future to millions of audience everywhere they perform. Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is also performing live in a few cities in a few months’ time. If you are in New York in October 12th 2019, you can catch it live at Carnegie Hall. It is an invigorating and inspiring experience listening to the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. More details can be found at shenyun.com

The shenyun.com website provides many teachings on classical music, the Shen Yun show and classical Chinese dance. I cannot stop myself from visiting it again and again as there are so much information i can learn from there.

One of the lessons taught on the website was the health  benefits your body will experience when you listen to classical music.

That is why I listen to classical music whenever I do my chores at home. I encourage you to incorporate this tip in your lifestyle too.

Enjoy your new discovery!

Cheers!

Sammie

 

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Types of Water filter for Home

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Searching for a suitable water filter for your home is a daunting task.

The following suggestions may help to make this an easier path for you:
– Find out the water quality report from your CCR.
EPA requires community water systems to deliver a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), also known as an annual drinking water quality report, to their customers each year by July 1st. These reports provide Americans information about their local drinking water quality. You can find out your local CCR from here.

My Recommendation of Types of Water Filter for Home:

If you rent your home, you may wish to consider the following countertop water filter system:

APEC Alkaline Mineral Portable Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System PH+, Installation-Free, fits most STANDARD FAUCET (RO-CTOP-PH) See details on Amazon

This model is perfect for apartments, condos, motor homes, retirement homes, seniors, students & travelers who still demand the best water purification technology.

If you own your home, you may wish to consider the following under-the-sink water filter system

APEC Top Tier Supreme Certified Alkaline Mineral pH+ High Output 90 GPD
6-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System
(ULTIMATE RO-PH90)
See details on Amazon


This model comes with APEC’s LIFETIME SUPPORT which is good to have !

Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 5

Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 5.

Let us look at Tip No. 5 as follows:

Tip No. 5 – Removing Toxins From The Body

Under normal circumstances, our body has the ability to get rid of toxins on its own, through the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin(when we sweat, especially during summer) and through answering nature’s call.

However, in today’s sophisticated technological world, toxins are plentiful in our environment and if we do not take precaution to prevent these toxins from getting into our body, the quantity can be too overwhelming for our body to cope and when our body cannot remove the toxins fast enough and new ones get absorbed, over time, the accumulated toxins will create havoc to our body and our health will start to deteriorate. Examples of these complications or illnesses include joint arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism in children, weight gain, just to name a few. Thus it is important to remove the toxins(also known as detoxing) before they start to do damage to our health.

What Does Detoxing Do For Your Body?

When we detox our body, we are enhancing our body’s own natural ability to get rid of toxins. We do this by preventing too much toxins from getting into our body that exceed its ability to cope and at the same time, get rid of those toxins that have accumulated in our body. When our body is rid of these toxins, we perform better, we work better, we get slimmer, we lose excess fats, we become more agile, the benefits are endless…

Take for instance, your car. Your vehicle can run smoothly under normal circumstances. However, if you do not send your vehicle for maintenance and service on a timely manner, dust and dirt and chemical residuals build up in the engine parts and overtime, these foreign substances will choke up the engine and one day, you will find your car refusing to move.

Likewise, under normal circumstances, our body has the ability to get rid of toxins on its own, through the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin(when we sweat, especially during summer) and through answering nature’s call. However, in the environment that we live in today, especially in the city, we are constantly exposed to toxins that can be too overwhelming for our body to get rid of in a timely manner, to make things worse, our city is not built to make it friendly to answer nature’s call (i.e. having restrooms at strategic locations throughout the city to make it convenient for people to go to the restrooms when nature calls). Most of the time, we have to hold back the urge to answer nature’s call because we need to look for restrooms that  are so inaccessible, When we cannot go to the restrooms in time, these toxins which are supposed to be purged out gets re-absorbed back into our body and get accumulated. Over period of time, we start to get sick and all kinds of health problems occur. (As an example, when patients are recovering in hospitals, the nurses and doctors get very happy when the patients can pooh and pee and pass out gas (pardon me for being too blunt), which means the patients’ bodies are recovering and gaining their natural ability to get rid of toxins via answering nature’s call…. another example: you see people walking their dogs on the street, the dogs will pooh and pee whenever they feel the urge to do so, when the dogs are able to do these, they are fine and run around very actively. As the dogs age, the ability to answer nature’s call becomes weaker, they start to get constipation, fall sick and finally return Home …. how i wish the New York authorities can build more public restrooms so that we do not have to hold ourselves whenever we need to answer nature’s call. Building more public restrooms can in turn save a lot of medical bills, reduce the number of sick leave and increase work productivity because people get less sick if they can purge toxins from their bodies in a timely manner (In some Asian countries, you can find public restrooms everywhere. The people there are healthier than New Yorkers….also these public restrooms create job opportunities). Then the subways and sidewalks will not smell of human urine…. if you know what I mean, thus reducing diseases spreading from these human waste in public places. The authorities can then educate the public to use the public restrooms whenever they have the urge to answer nature’s call and not to do it in public places like the subways and sidewalks.

How Do We Get Toxins?

Through the air: As we walk along the streets, we breathe in synthetic chemicals, paint, second-hand cigarette smoke, dust on the streets blown up by passing vehicles, exhaust fumes, debris from construction buildings etc. We are also constantly exposed to radiation from cell phones, LCD screens etc.

Through food: America is a country where you are overwhelmed with processed foods made up of ingredients that include high fructose corn syrup, GMOs and hundreds of chemicals to make them cheap to manufacture, cheap to buy but taste good and look nice to get you addicted. Sugar, believe it or not, is a “drug”, a legalized drug. Once you get hooked onto sugar, it is difficult to get off the “drug”. It will make you want to eat more of it and your body starts to get messed up. That is why many Americans and unsuspecting immigrants who come to this country find it so difficult to stay slim (Refer to Tip No 3 – Cutting out Processed Foods From Diet).

Through water: The water that flows through the tap may contain many contaminants which we do not want in our drinking water if we do not filter it (Refer to Tip No. 1: Filter Tap Water at home). These contaminants, some of which are toxic will be very damaging to our health when consumed over a period of time.

Through insufficient sleep: When we stay up late to finish that pressing piece of work to meet deadlines, or socialize because we finished work late, we go to sleep late and miss the hours that our body starts to self-heal, our immune system breaks down and we are more vulnerable to the toxins mentioned above.

So the next question is: How to remove toxins from the body(or detox)

How To Remove Toxins From The Body

The human body is equipped with its natural ability to remove toxins, However in this highly technological world that we live in today, this natural ability can be hindered. Fortunately there are ways to enhance it. The following list down a number of ways:

– Drink filtered or spring water, at least half a gallon a day which can help to flush out toxins and lubricate our joints

– Eat organic fruits and vegetables. They are more expensive to produce than conventional ones. However, we don’t want to consume chemicals and synthetic pesticides which are present in conventional ones. We pay a little extra now to save on Huge medical bills later.

– Eat Organic meat and wild-caught seafood

– Cut out processed food and added sugar from your diet . If you really must have something sweet in your food, replace sugar with organic fruits. Sugar, whether organic or not, is the culprit for weight gain and the stubborn fat that refused to go away, Thus if you can do without sugar, this is the first step to weight loss.

– Install air purifiers in your home and office. Refer to Tip No. 4.

– Go for an all organic juicing diet for 2 to 3 consecutive days every month. This will enable our digestive system to take a break from working so hard to digest the solid foods that we put in our body every day. Refer to my post on a good juicer here.

– Get enough sleep. There is no fixed number of hours. Some people need more while others less. Listen to our body.

– De-stress at the end of the day for an hour by going for a jog, a walk or just simply meditate. Do at least one of these activities every day.

– Listen to classical music while doing chores at home. You can find samples of good classical music here.

Conclusion

Congratulations to yourself for completing 5 out of the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips !!!

Whenever you are ready, and game enough to overcome more challenges, join us as we move on to Tip No. 6.

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Sammie

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Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 4

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Let us look at Tip No. 4 as follows:

Tip No. 4 – Purify The Air At Home

If you have followed my tips so far, you would have filtered water to drink, organic foods to eat and giving up on processed foods!  Congratulations!!!
You have come this far… it is not easy.

Today, I am going to talk about the air that we breathe in every day.

Unless we are living in the high mountains, we are exposed to industrial pollution, fibers, fungal spores and fragments, dust, allergens, bacteria, vehicle exhaust, viruses, emissions from smoking, cooking and any particles that our naked eyes cannot see. These pollutants can be detrimental to our health as we are inhaling these pollutants every day, The air inside our home is no better than outside. According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Since we do not wish to drink contaminated water and eat foods contaminated with chemicals and toxins, neither do we wish to inhale polluted air. We cannot do much about the air outside our homes. However, we can certainly do something about the air that we breathe in our homes. Yes, we can get air purifiers to purify the air at home.

How To Purify The Air In Your Home

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a guideline on the use of air purifiers and air filters to reduce or remove the pollutants in the air at home. Portable air purifiers are designed to filter the air in a single room or area. Central furnace or HVAC filters are designed to filter air throughout a home. Portable air purifiers and HVAC filters can reduce indoor air pollution.

Choosing the right air purifier among the hundreds of air purifiers out there is no easy task, But as you read the specs of each air purifier, you get more knowledgeable each time. I personally prefer the IQAir [HealthPro Plus Air Purifier] Medical-Grade Air [HyperHEPA Filter] which can filter ultrafine particles (down to 0.003 microns!!!). The company has many reviews on their products and has won many awards. You can find out the price and details from amazon here.

Wish you luck as you search for the right air purifier for your lovely homes so that you and your love ones can breathe better and healthier.

 

Cheers!

Sammie

 

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Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 3

  • Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle tip No.3

Let us look at Tip No. 3 as follows:

Tip No. 3 – Cutting out Processed Foods From Diet

Yes, that is correct! Cutting out processed foods from our diet is one of the secrets to leading a healthy lifestyle.

What???!!!

That means no more hamburgers? No more chips? No more frozen dinner meals? No more flavored snacks? No more Instant noodles ….. the list goes on….

Sounds impossible for those of us who have no time to cook three meals a day in our busy lifestyles!

Well, actually, eating processed foods is a habit that can be changed. Remember those days where home-cooked meals were the only meals we eat in a day? And those days when home-cooked meals were prepared from scratch, from whole foods, where we chopped our own vegetables, peeled the onions and garlic, seasoned the meat and fish with just a little salt and pepper(if required) and cooked them by steaming, sauteeing, baking…. where things were simple yet delicious and people’s health during those days were pretty good, without all the complicated illnesses that we know of today….

Even the bread that we ate those days was simple, bought from local bakeries and made with just flour, water, salt and yeast. Unlike the 30 to 40 over ingredients listed on the bread that we see now in supermarkets. Some of these ingredients are difficult to pronounce and look complicated to those of us who do not study chemistry in schools. And for those of us who studied chemistry, we know that these ingredients are created from laboratories and man-made. These man-made chemicals are not recognized by our bodies and thus not absorbed, leading to complications in health when consumed on the long run.

So the next question is: What do we eat then?

Learn to read the Ingredients

If you really must buy package foods, learn to read the ingredients listed on the label. Any ingredients that look strange and complicated to you are likely to be some chemicals that our bodies do not like. The best is to go for whole foods and cook your own meals. If time do not allow you to cook, look for organic restaurants which are becoming more and more popular today.

Take one Step at a time

Habit is difficult to change overnight, especially our eating habits.
We can start off with preparing our own breakfast first. Then when we are comfortable with that, we can move on to packing our own lunch. Once we are comfortable preparing our breakfast and lunch, we can move on to dinner.
It would also be helpful if you can find like-minded friends who can encourage mutually and share new discoveries and new recipes together.
You can also find many inspiring stories online on how the author’s health change for the better once he or she starts to take control of their food. There are also communities that you can join online which would be very supportive as you change your eating habits to cut out processed foods.

Life is Simple

Yes, life is simple. It is actually not as complicated as what the hundreds of advertising you see once you turn on the TV, computer or walk out to the streets, trying to tell us what we should eat, think and do. We control what we eat according to our bodies’ needs. Not what the Big Food industry tell us to and then sell us medicine to cure the sicknesses as a result of eating those man-made foods. Start to re-discover what nature already has for us and eat them minus (or reduce) the pesticides, synthetic chemicals, GMOs etc by going organic. Go grocery shopping at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or your local organic grocery stores and do your body a service that it has so long been deprived of. Yes, real foods, whole foods at the produce section plus spring water or filtered water and see how your body performs. Try it out for a week, you will be surprise that you will be so energetic after eating the fresh fruits, home-cooked meals that you will be reluctant to load your body with chemicals and fake foods(created out of a lab) anymore.

Try it, you have nothing to lose!!!

Conclusion

I hope it is not too overwhelming to you at this stage of the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 3.

If you find it okay, I welcome you to move on to Tip No. 4.

Cheers!

Sammie

 

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Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 2

Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle tip No.2

Let us look at Tip No. 2 as follows:

Tip No. 2 – Start Eating Organic Foods At Home

Why should we start eating organic foods at home? Is it healthier?
Good practice starts from our home. It is more manageable here. It is also healthier although it costs more. So by the end of this reading, if you decide to start eating organic foods, you can start with a few food items first and graduallly increasing your list of organic food items, with the final goal of going 100% organic.

So what does Organic mean?

What Does Organic Mean?

When you go grocery shopping in supermarkets, have you noticed the term “Organic” on the labels of some fruits and vegetables? They are usually priced higher than the conventional ones. For example, one pound of bananas may cost 49 cents but the same weight of organic bananas may cost 69 cents; 4 pounds of oranges may cost $3.99 but the organic ones may cost $4.99; an avocado may cost $1.49 but an organic avocado may cost $1.99; one pound of carrots may cost 69 cents but a pound of  organic carrots may cost 99 cents; a bunch of broccoli may cost $2.29 vs a bunch of organic broccoli which may cost $2.99. On average, organic produce cost 30% to 60% more than conventional produce.
So if  you start to replace your fruits and vegetables with organic ones, your grocery bill may increase by 30% to 60%!

What about other food staples like rice, bread, eggs, meat, fish, milk…and  the list goes on.

So why eat organic foods since they are more expensive than the existing food items in our grocery shopping lists?

According to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey, new records were made in both the organic food market and the organic non-food market. Organic food sales reached $47.9 billion, for an increase of 5.9 percent. Sales of organic non- food products jumped by 10.6 percent to $4.6 billion.

Unwanted “additions” In Conventional Foods

Since organic foods are more costly, why are organic foods becoming more and more popular in recent years?
It all boils down to consumers being more aware of the unwanted “additions” in our conventional foods which are less or absent in their organic counterparts. These unwanted “additions” when consumed on a long term is harmful to our bodies. They are responsible for the many illnesses in countries (including USA) that use them compared to countries (including some European countries) that banned these “additions” in their produce.  Examples of these “additions” are synthetic chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones) or genetically modified organisms.
Once consumers know about these unwanted “additions” in their conventional foods, many start to switch to organic foods.

More literature on the term “Organic” can be found in the following:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_certification

https://newfrontiersmarket.com/the-difference-between-organic-and-conventional-foods/

https://www.ams.usda.gov/publications/content/introduction-organic-practices

I hope by now you would be more knowledgeable about the term “organic” and why we would want to gradually replace our conventional foods with organic ones.

The next question would be: Where can we buy “Organic” foods?

Where can we buy “Organic” foods

Most supermarkets have started to sell organic produce and food items with the “USDA ORGANIC”.label. For organic fruits and vegetables, look out for the 4-digit or 5-digit PLU code starting with the number 9. Those that start with the number 3 or 4 are conventional ones. If you wish to fill most of your shopping list with organic food products, you may wish to do your grocery shopping at Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s. These two supermarkets have more organic food choices compared to others.

Some Words of Encouragement

Going organic is not an overnight process as it means changing our eating habits, shopping venues and increasing our food bills. This is a process that would involve everyone in the family to agree and adapt to. However, if we are determined to lead a healthier lifestyle and save huge medical expenses in the long run, it is worth adapting to the healthier path.

I welcome comments and feedback on the difficulties that you may face in switching to organic eating. I will try to give a hand whenever I can and I hope other readers can also chip in their suggestions and together we can move towards the path of leading a healthy lifestyle via foods.

Moving on to Tip No. 3

If you like what you have read so far and have started to change your eating habits or planning to change, Congratulations!

We can now move on to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 3.

Cheers!

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Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 1

Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle tips.

Let us look at Tip No. 1 as follows:

 

Tip No. 1: Filter Tap Water at home

New York City drinking water is world-renowned for its quality. Each day, more than 1 billion gallons of fresh, cleanTap Water
water is delivered from large upstate reservoirs—some more than 125 miles from the City—to the taps of nine million customers throughout New York state.
However, during its journey through miles and miles of pipes before reaching our taps, despite the cleanliness of its source, water gets contaminated with multiple contaminants that we don’t want in our drinking water. Examples of these contaminants are lead, chlorine, fluoride, pesticides, mercury, just to name a few.

These contaminants and toxins can lead to complications in our health when consumed every day and on a long term as they get built up in our bodies(Refer to my post on Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 5). Examples of these complications or illnesses include joint arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism in children, weight gain, just to name a few. While the Environmental Protection Agency regulates municipal tap water and sets legal limits on certain contaminants, and most water utilities generally stay within these limits, “some of the legal limits may be too  lenient,” said Paul Pestano, a research analyst with the Environmental Working Group.

Introduction to Water, its importance and why filter your tap water

Water is essential to life. About 70% of the human body is water. It has many functions, some of which include lubricating the joints, flushing waste and toxins from the body via urine, being the primary component of saliva which is used for digesting carbohydrates and aids in swallowing foods. Since water is so important to our human body, we don’t want contaminants in our drinking water. It is thus important to filter our tap water to reduce the contaminants found in it.

Get a copy of your tap water quality

But water contaminants and water quality vary from one local water utility to another, so you want to purchase a filter that is effective at capturing the right contaminants.

You can request a copy of your water utility’s annual water quality report – called a right-to-know or consumer confidence report — to find out which contaminants in your local water are of concern.

Choosing your filter

After knowing which contaminants are in your local water, you can then choose a filter that is certified by NSF International, an independent public health organization that assesses products.

You can look into these suggestions for your home water filter.

Congratulations to you !!!  On taking the first step towards leading a healthy lifestyle and happy living!

Now that you have cleaner water at home, we can move on to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 2.

Cheers!

Sammie

 

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