How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle at Home

How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle at Home
Here are a few simple ideas to incorporate into your daily activities to help establish & maintain a healthy lifestyle:
Select one (or two days) of the week to prepare meals for the remainder of the week.
Every morning take the opportunity to stretch and do breathing exercises before heading to work/school.
Wash your hands often throughout the day.
Take a short walk in the morning before work/school or in the evening after work/school.
Add fresh plants around your house. They can help to clean the air and brighten the space.
Keep healthy snacks on-hand to eat between meals or when watching TV.
Adapt a nightly routine that helps you unwind & ease into a goodnight’s sleep. This routine should start early enough every night to allow at least 7 hours of quality sleep.
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Here are a few simple ideas to incorporate into your daily activities to help establish & maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Select one (or two days) of the week to prepare meals for the remainder of the week.
  2. Every morning take the opportunity to stretch and do breathing exercises before heading to work/school.
  3. Wash your hands often throughout the day.
  4. Take a short walk in the morning before work/school or in the evening after work/school.
  5. Add fresh plants around your house. They can help to clean the air and brighten the space.
  6. Keep healthy snacks on-hand to eat between meals or when watching TV.
  7. Adapt a nightly routine that helps you unwind & ease into a goodnight’s sleep. This routine should start early enough every night to allow at least 7 hours of quality sleep.

Don’t forget to visit Pure Joy’s website & FB page for more helpful info: www.pjpurejoy.com & Pure Joy, LLC Facebook Page

Disclaimer: The information provided through the above mentioned service/blog is strictly for informational purposes, a medical professional should always be consulted to answer any health concerns. It is the reader’s/participant’s responsibility to seek the appropriate advise from a medical or industry professional & the provider of the above mentioned service/blog is in no way liable for any damages and/or losses.

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How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle at the Office

Here are a few simple ideas to ensure that your healthy lifestyle doesn’t only exist outside of your workplace:

1. Don’t eat out or only eat out once a week. During the rest of the week bring in your own (healthy) prepared breakfast & lunch. Extra tip: pack your meal in a handy tote the night before & keep it in the refrigerator, so it’s ready to just grab & go in the morning.
2. Plan ahead & pick the day of the week that you will be eating out. Then make a list of local restaurants that offer healthy meal options and stick to that list when deciding where to eat out.
3. When you take your bathroom break, take that opportunity to stretch and do some light breathing exercises.
4. Wash your hands often throughout the day.
5. Leave some extra time during your lunch break to fit in a short walk.
6. Add real, live plants into your office space. They can help to clean the air and brighten-up the space.
7. Keep healthy snacks on-hand to eat throughout the day. For example, fill bags or jars with nuts, dried berries, dried figs, & coconut flakes and stash them at your desk or in your locker.
8. Skip the elevator and take the stairs instead, to help add more physical activity into your day.
9. Blink often when looking at the computer screen. It will help reduce eye-strain.
10. Keep a fresh bottle of water at your work space and make sure it is in eyesight, so that you remember to drink it throughout the day. Extra tip: add lemon, cucumber, ginger, or melon to it to get even more health benefits.

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Natural Alternatives

Natural Alternatives
Thinking of taking an all-natural approach to all your wellness needs? Here’s a handy list that may help you along the way:
Bone Health: Spinach, Lettuce, Apples
Breastfeeding (increase milk flow): Quinoa
Cramps: Raspberries, Ginger, Coconut Water
Constipation: Apples, Cauliflower
Digestive Health:  Ginger, Papaya, Cabbage, Carrots, Oats, Kiwis, Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Artichoke, Celery, & Okra
Energy Boosters: Rye, Eggs, Figs
Fertility: Raspberries
Gum/Oral Health: Clove, Licorice, Turnips, & Cashews
Headache: Tart Cherries, Celery
Heart Health: Bananas, Grapefruit, Herring, Garlic, Fish Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Immune System Health: Oregano Essential Oil, Lemon, Lavender Essential Oil, Ginger, Cabbage
Inflammation: Pineapple, Sweet Potatoes, Turmeric, Garlic, Rosemary, Mushrooms
Laxative: Oats, Peaches, Licorice, Bananas, Figs, Blueberries, Prunes, Apricots, & Cucumbers
Mucus: Raspberries, Radishes, Chicken
Sex Drive: Dark Chocolate, Alfalfa Sprouts
Sleep Problems: Chamomile Tea, Lavender Essential Oil, Bananas
Stomach Discomfort (upset stomach, tummy ache, etc.): Ginger, Peppermint, Coconut Water
Oral Health: Cashews, Cauliflower, Raisins, Salmon
Tooth Pain: Clove Essential Oil
Weight Management: Walnuts, Fish Oil, Grapefruit
Essential oils are mentioned in the list above and they can be very helpful. However, please remember to ensure that the brand of essential oil you use is all-natural & pure. There are very few providers that offer this level of quality in their essential oil production and the packaging labels can be misleading. Therefore, for your convenience, a provider of pure therapeutic grade essential oils is listed on the Links section of Pure Joy’s website:
http://www.pjpurejoy.com/links
Don’t forget to visit Pure Joy’s website & FB page: www.pjpurejoy.com &
Pure Joy, LLC Facebook Page
*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. The information provided above  is strictly for informational purposes. A medical professional should always be consulted to answer any health concerns. It is the reader’s/participant’s responsibility to seek the appropriate advice from a medical or industry professional & the provider of the above mentioned posting/service/blog is in no way liable for any damag

Thinking of taking an all-natural approach to all your wellness needs? Here’s a handy list that may help you along the way:

Bone Health: Spinach, Lettuce, Apples

Breastfeeding (increase milk flow): Quinoa

Cramps: Raspberries, Ginger, Coconut Water

Constipation: Apples, Cauliflower

Digestive Health:  Ginger, Papaya, Cabbage, Carrots, Oats, Kiwis, Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Artichoke, Celery, & Okra

Energy Boosters: Rye, Eggs, Figs

Fertility: Raspberries

Gum/Oral Health: Clove, Licorice, Turnips, & Cashews

Headache: Tart Cherries, Celery

Heart Health: Bananas, Grapefruit, Herring, Garlic, Fish Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Immune System Health: Oregano Essential Oil, Lemon, Lavender Essential Oil, Ginger, Cabbage

Inflammation: Pineapple, Sweet Potatoes, Turmeric, Garlic, Rosemary, Mushrooms

Laxative: Oats, Peaches, Licorice, Bananas, Figs, Blueberries, Prunes, Apricots, & Cucumbers

Mucus: Raspberries, Radishes, Chicken

Sex Drive: Dark Chocolate, Alfalfa Sprouts

Sleep Problems: Chamomile Tea, Lavender Essential Oil, Bananas

Stomach Discomfort (upset stomach, tummy ache, etc.): Ginger, Peppermint, Coconut Water

Oral Health: Cashews, Cauliflower, Raisins, Salmon

Tooth Pain: Clove Essential Oil

Weight Management: Walnuts, Fish Oil, Grapefruit

Essential oils are mentioned in the list above and they can be very helpful. However, please remember to ensure that the brand of essential oil you use is all-natural & pure. There are very few providers that offer this level of quality in their essential oil production and the packaging labels can be misleading. Therefore, for your convenience, a provider of pure therapeutic grade essential oils is listed on the Links section of Pure Joy’s website:

http://www.pjpurejoy.com/links

Don’t forget to visit Pure Joy’s website & FB page: www.pjpurejoy.com &

Pure Joy, LLC Facebook Page

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. The information provided above  is strictly for informational purposes. A medical professional should always be consulted to answer any health concerns. It is the reader’s/participant’s responsibility to seek the appropriate advice from a medical or industry professional & the provider of the above mentioned posting/service/blog is in no way liable for any damages and/or losses.

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New Year, New You!

“Sure I’m unhealthy and not happy with my excess fat. But I don’t care, I’m down with that. I’ve been to the table and I’ve seen my place setting. And believe you me…this is as good as I’m getting.”-Familiar Voice

“Don’t be so sure, I wouldn’t close that door…well, not just yet. I’d be willing to bet, things could be better without much pain. And without all those diets that make you insane! Look again and you will see the happier, healthier person you have been longing to be.” -Healthy Voice

“Who…me?” -Familiar Voice

“That’s right, it’s always been waiting for you. And now that you are ready, try it out for size, and you just might be surprised…when it turns out to be your perfect fit.” -Healthy Voice

So, are you ready for a change…a happier, healthier you? Follow Pure Joy, LLC on Facebook and visit Pure Joy’s website frequently for helpful information, links, & resources to aid you on your new journey. May it be a year full of health, wealth, & inspiration!

Don’t forget to visit Pure Joy’s website & FB page:

 

www.pjpurejoy.com & Pure Joy, LLC Facebook Page 

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How Sweet!

Your body requires glucose (i.e. sugar) to produce the energy it needs to perform basic body functions. But not all sugars are created equal. Knowing how to conquer that sweet tooth in a healthy way can not only lead to good weight management, but it can also help avoid harmful spikes in blood sugar levels. The negative symptoms associated with unhealthy blood sugar readings can also be managed and/or avoided by eating a fiber-rich diet, which helps to slow the absorption of glucose. And when using sweeteners, opt for healthier alternatives like the ones listed below:

Agave Syrup

Brown Rice Syrup

Maple Syrup

Barley Malt

Black Strip Molasses

Stevia Plant

Beets

Sweet Potatoes

Apples

Coconut

Dates

Mangos

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Natural Sweeteners: Monsters or Friends?

People are so scared of sweets these days. It’s as if we think of them as monsters in disguise hiding behind a tempting veil luring us in & then once we are in their line of sight…they attack! Honestly, it’s not necessarily the sweets that are the monsters. All-natural sweet treats (i.e. apples, grapes, blueberries, etc.) & sweeteners (fruit juice, agave, honey, etc.) in moderation are fine and even a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle. The true monsters in this equation are:

1.) That little creature inside us that tells us to eat more than we should.

2.) The mistake we make of eating more processed foods and less whole foods in our regular eating habits.

In the situation above, example 1 + example 2 can indeed = monstrous health problems. These health concerns can include diabetes, organ damage, unfavorable blood sugar levels, circulation problems, vision issues, and much more. So, making informed choices becomes very important when selecting which foods to eat & which foods to avoid. Let’s say you are at the grocery store and you see a baked organic apple sprinkled with honey and topped with pecans…is that a monster or a friend? Now while at that same grocery store you see a cream-filled cupcake made with artificial flavors and preservatives. Is that a healthy treat? In this instance the smart choice would be the baked apple topped with honey and pecans. However, even with the baked apple option, you wouldn’t want to overindulge. Remember, moderation is key. Have the baked apple with pecans & honey, then drink a full glass of water to help fill your tummy. That practice should wash away any remnants of that greedy little “fed me more” creature that lurks within. However, if you find yourself still challenged & tempted by sweets, add a high-fiber food to the mix. High-fiber foods help to give you a “full” feeling faster, so you can have your one small (all-natural) sweet treat, then follow it with a fiber-rich food, and a glass a water to top it off. Do this and there shouldn’t be any room left in your stomach for anymore food. In fact, you probably won’t even be able to think about eating one more bite of anything by that point. Adding these simply techniques to your eating habits, will help ensure that your sweet tooth is satisfied, your tummy is full, & your all-natural healthy lifestyle is maintained. Hooray!

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Our Future Needs Help Now

Today I looked into the eyes of the future and I didn’t like what was staring back. I didn’t recognize the reflection and sadder even still was that the reflection didn’t seem to recognize me either. It was hard to tell just how far into the future I was looking, but gazing into it did not give me a sense of wellbeing and peace. In fact, it was just the opposite….it sent shivers down my spine and made my heart race. Where are we heading and why didn’t we do anything to stop ourselves from going there? These were the questions that were circling around in my head as I held my gaze and then in a flash the future was gone and I was merely looking into empty space.

In what seems like only a glimpse of time now, America has found itself in a health crisis. The rates of cancer, obesity, heart disease, allergies, sleep disorders, and numerous behavioral & mental disorders continues to increase. The main contributor to this increase appears to be directly related to our food sources. Whether it be our lack in consuming healthy foods on a regular basis and/or our continued use of unnatural/toxic methods in growing & preparing the foods we eat…it has become blatantly apparent that these actions are having a detrimental effect on all our lives. Of course, none of us want to believe this to be so and we’d rather go about our daily lives as is without having to make any changes. It’s easier that way, right? Unfortunately, with recent research suggesting that the youngest generation is set to live a shorter lifespan than their parents…it’s time to say enough is enough! And start making at least small changes, so that we can ensure a positive outcome for our future generations. Here are few suggestions on how you can start to do something to establish this brighter, happier, & healthier future for us all:

  1. Make sure your grocery list includes at least one item that is labeled as organic.
  2. Make sure you and your loved ones eat whole grains daily.
  3. Shop at local framers markets.
  4. Include fiber-rich foods in your & your loved ones’ diet.
  5. Encourage yourself and those around you to partake in fun physical activities (walks, bike rides, tennis, yoga, soccer, aerobics, etc.), regularly.
  6. Maintain portion-control (i.e. no more super sizing) at meals and encourage others to do the same.
  7. Drink plenty of water.
  8. Eat plenty of fruits.
  9. Eat plenty of nuts, beans, & legumes.
  10. Eat plenty of vegetables.

How many of the above items can you check off your list?

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Love is in the Air

Oh February the month of L.O.V.E. Did you know that there are actual foods and activities that can help you get into that loving feeling. And remember that love is not just about romance, there are all kinds of love and every kind of love helps to lift one’s spirits. Here’s a list of items that can ensure your mood is adjusted in the right direction, so you can feel lovely this month and all year long:

Dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher)

Lavender essential oil

Citrus essential oil

Taking regular walks

Getting monthly massages

Regular aerobic exercise

Adopt a pet

Having plants around your work &/or home spaces

Listening to soothing & upbeat music

Alfalfa

Wishing you all love, laughs, & overall wellness!

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A Year of Reflection

Another year is almost over & what have you done? Now is a great time to sit down and think about all the things (big & small) you have accomplished throughout the year. And it’s also a great time to start making a list of all the things you want to tackle in the New Year. Here’s a tip to help to ensure you achieve your goals, after you have created your list place it in a location (or a few locations) where you will be forced to see it everyday. For example, you could hang it on your closet door, refrigerator, and/or computer desk. Having an actual, physical list that you see everyday can help remind & motivate you to work towards achieving the items on your list. So, what sort of items will you put on this list? Here are some suggestions to ensure your New Year is full of good health and cheer:
  1. Schedule appointments to visit healthcare professionals (doctor, dentist, optometrist, etc.) for routine checkups
  2. Make healthy food choices: ensuring each meal contains a source of fiber and vital vitamins and minerals while avoiding artificial ingredients and harmful pesticides (and for daily health & wellness tips checkout Pure Joy, LLC on Facebook)
  3. Exercise for 30 minutes a day at least three times a week
  4. Attend art shows, plays, and/or museum exhibits
  5. Learn a new skill and/or language
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Tis the Season to Get & Stay Healthy

With the winter season fast approaching, now is the perfect opportunity to stock up on items that will help you and your loved ones weather the colder temperatures & harsher elements associated with this time of the year. First, you’ll want to make sure you have all-natural lotions & balms on-hand to use everyday to protect your skin and lips from the elements. Remember, healthy skin helps to promote overall wellness. Also, as previously mentioned it’s very important to ensure that the lotions & balms you use are all-natural because the ingredients in these products soak into your skin, entering your body and/or blood stream. Secondly, make sure you have plenty of warm clothing & blankets laying around. Fabrics made of natural fibers such as wool, work best for optimal warmth and comfort during the cold days and nights of the winter season. And last, but not least, make sure you eat plenty of foods that promote a healthy immune system. These foods include items that support a balanced digestive system. And items containing vitamin C and zinc are also needed. Therefore, add items such as ginger, Echinacea tea, mushrooms, garlic, yams, pumpkins, almonds, turkey, oranges, apples, limes, cayenne pepper, lemons, kale, & onions to your winter menu. Making sure these foods arrive on your plate throughout the season will help ensure a happy, healthy, & prosperous New Year!

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