Happy Halloween from Emily the Corpse Bride! (aka me!)

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Me, As “Emily the Corpse Bride” from Tim Burton’s the “Corpse Bride” and my boyfriend, Jake, as “Jack Skellington” from Tim Burton’s  “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

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Mushrooms Each Day Keep The Doctor Away

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Did you know that mushrooms are one of the best foods you can eat to boost your immune system?

Mushrooms travel through your body and activate your body’s natural defenses to fight cancer cells.  They also prevent abnormal cells from obtaining the blood they need to replicate and grow.

Mushrooms are natural angiogenesis inhibitors, meaning they not only fight cancer, they fight fat too.  What a deal!  Other great angiogenesis inhibitors include onions, garlic, soy, cinnamon, berries and tea.

Want to fight breast cancer?  Eat mushrooms!  Eating just 10 grams of mushrooms each day reduces your breast cancer risk by 64%. Add green veggies and green tea to that number and you’ll reduce your risk of breast cancer by 89%!  WOW!

Have you ever tried a chanterelle or a shiitake? 

How about a white stuffing or a reishi?    Mix It up!  

Happy mushroom eating to you!  And me!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

 

How to Significantly Lower Your Risk of A Heart Attack and Type 2 Diabetes

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I heard a great speech by Dr. Walter Willet while studying health and nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He discussed two very important epidemics plaguing our world– Coronary Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.  Here is something important he discussed that caught my attention:

How can you significantly lower your risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes?

1.  Don’t smoke

2.  Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 25.

3.  Exercise moderately to vigorously for 30 minutes or more a day.  Brisk walking is considered moderate exercise.

4.  Stick to A Good Diet.  Eat fiber and fish.  Consume folate rich foods such as dark leafy greens, sunflower seeds, asparagus and beans.  Stay away from trans fats and foods that have a high glycemic load like pasta, breads, sugary cereals and potatoes.

5. Drink at least 5 grams of alcohol per day; but drink in moderation.  (Now that’s something to smile about)  Bring me a glass of red wine please!  (it’s full of antioxidants!)

Following these 5 rules will reduce your chance of coronary heart disease by 82% and Type 2 Diabetes by 92%!

Those are some odds I like!  I hope you will think about taking these suggestions into consideration!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Quinoa: The “Superseed” for a Super Body!

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Quinoa: The “Superseed” for a Super Body!

Ever get tired of eating the same old foods and want to add something new, delicious and healthy to your diet? Protein packed quinoa (KEEN-wah) is an ancient vegetable seed that was discovered by the Incas thousands of years ago and was highly valued by their civilization. It was used in many of their traditional dishes since it was grain-like, easy to cook and loaded with healthy nutrients.

This amazing “superseed” provides so many wonderful benefits for the body. It acts as a protein powerhouse with nine grams of protein per cup. It is rich in iron, fiber, magnesium, riboflavin, calcium, potassium and antioxidants. It even contains eight essential amino acids! Furthermore, it acts as a prebiotic because it detoxifies the intestinal tract and promotes healthy gut bacteria. Having healthy bacteria in your gut is important for good absorption of nutrients, proper digestion and your immune system.

Quinoa has a low glycemic index; which assists the body in many ways. It promotes weight loss by digesting slowly in the stomach which leaves it feeling fuller longer. This yummy food keeps energy levels constant and cravings curbed since it prevents a spike in blood-glucose levels. Quinoa also protects the body’s precious arteries and blood vessels.

The flavor of quinoa is subtle and slightly nutty. It has the same look, feel and texture as couscous. It can be used as a side dish, a noodle substitute, stuffing or pilaf.  Additionally, it goes great in soups and stews. Quinoa is a perfect substitution food for our ever growing population of people with gluten sensitivities and intolerances since it is gluten free. This powerful and delicious food can be found at a local Co-op market, Costco or online.

*This article was written by me, and published in the January 2013 issue of the Voice.

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Want to listen to the most relaxing song ever recorded?

meditation   The song is called “Weightless” and is by Marconi Union.  Check it out!

On October 16th 2011, Marconi Union created an eight minute track, ‘Weightless’ in collaboration with the British Academy of Sound Therapy. In a scientific study commisioned by the Radox, it was labelled as the “most relaxing song ever”. According to scientists at the renowned Mindlab institution it induced a 65 per cent reduction in overall anxiety and brought test subjects resting pulse rates to a level 35 per cent lower than their usual resting rates. The song features guitar, piano and manipulated field recordings. It is punctuated throughout by low tones that supposedly induce a trance-like state. This propelled the band into the media spotlight and news reports, and was reported in newspapers worldwide.

* This article found on https://soundcloud.com/emerson-hurtatis/marconi-union-weightless.

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Our Brilliant Bodies!

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by Autumn Pappas

We all began somewhere; in fact every human spent half an hour as a single cell.  After three weeks in the womb we were only the size of a grain of salt; and at nine weeks we were merely proportionate to a grape. Nonetheless we grew, and developed essential organs, body parts and a super-intelligent brain along the way.  Our eyes and ears formed, as did our hands and feet, and when everything was said and done we became the most well-designed, highly articulated, intricate and ingenious beings to ever have been created.

Lucky for us, we became the recipient of many amazing biological systems during our development. Our muscular system provides movement so we can play sports, ride a bike or walk a trail. We can digest and process food and turn it into energy thanks to our digestive system.  Our hard working circulatory system pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels every day. We collect, process and transfer information from our brain, spinal cord and nerves because of our extensive nervous system.  Let’s not forget our respiratory system either, which allows us to breathe 3,000 gallons of air each day. That’s breathtaking, literally!

Along with our well-crafted biological systems, we received five incredible senses. Our nose can remember tens of thousands of different scents. Beautiful sounds, music and our loved ones voices can be heard through our gifted ears. We have eyes that house seven million cones just to help us see colors in nature and the details of our surroundings.  Our mouths are home to thousands of taste buds so we can enjoy all the wonderful foods our earth provides.  We can feel the warmth of the sunshine, the blow of a gentle breeze and the embrace of a hug through our magnificent sense of touch.

Think of how brilliant our bodies truly are.  They run on auto pilot, with all of our systems working in synch so our hearts never skip a beat nor do our lungs forget to breathe.  Every second, there are millions of corrections being made in our cells to ensure our survival. Let’s be kind to our bodies since they do so much for us. We need fresh air, lots of water and nutritious food to run effectively.  Get enough sunshine, quality sleep and exercise. As Jim Rohn says, “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

* My article was published in the May 2013 issue of the magazine, The Voice.

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

What are the healthiest yogurts to buy?

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Greek Yogurt Cheat Sheet

(This Article is from www.doctoroz.com)

Overwhelmed by the multitude of yogurt options? Use this cheat sheet to find the healthiest yogurt that will satisfy your taste buds and dietary needs.

Full of protein, calcium and healthy bacteria that’s good for your digestion and immune system, Greek yogurt has recently enjoyed a burst of popularity. It’s a great snack, especially if you’re looking to slim down. Not only does this yogurt make you feel full, some studies have shown that diets that include several servings of Greek yogurt a day may aid weight loss and trim waistlines.

While Greek yogurt used to be hard to find, supermarket shelves are now stocked with row upon row of different brands and flavors. If all these options make you feel overwhelmed, never fear – we at The Dr. Oz Show took a look at a variety of popular Greek yogurts that are among the healthiest and tastiest options out there. Use this cheat sheet to pick the best yogurt for you:

Low Sugar Content (Per Serving Size)
If you check out the label, you might be surprised to find that some yogurt varieties contain more sugar than two donuts! And, many yogurts that claim to be “low sugar” are packed instead with artificial sweeteners. Though plain yogurts usually have less sugar than flavored ones, we know that many people prefer flavored yogurt. With that in mind, here are two of the best flavored yogurts that don’t contain artificial sweeteners and won’t put you into a sugar coma:

  1. Stoneyfield Greek vanilla: 12 g of sugar
  2. Yoplait Greek blueberry blend: 18 g of sugar

High Protein Content (Per Serving Size) Stay alert and full, and support healthy muscles with a good dose of protein in the mornings. Each of these two yogurts contains almost as much protein as three ounces of lean meat:

  1. Fage 2% plain: 20 g protein
  2. Oikos traditional plain: 20 g protein

Healthiest Bacteria Any refrigerated product legally called “yogurt” must be produced by culturing dairy ingredients with a bacterial culture. These good bacteria can take up residence in your digestive tract, supporting good digestion and immune function by keeping bad bacteria in check. The bacteria are also responsible for making yogurt safe to eat for people with lactose intolerance. Refrigerated yogurts that bear a Live & Active Culture (LAC) seal contain at least 100 million bacterial cultures per gram at the time of manufacture. Here are two yogurts that are LAC and Oz-approved:

  1. Chobani 2% strawberry banana: Cultures contained include S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei
  2. Oikos traditional plain: Cultures contained include L. Bulgaricus and S. Thermophilus

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)