Earth Hour: 1 Hour to Change the World

 
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This Saturday, March 31 marks the 4th year that Toronto has been recognizing “Earth Hour”
Earth Hour is a great opportunity for all of us to take time out to make a difference, to show that we do in fact have the power to change the world!
For just 1 hour, 1 day a year we can take a stand and help bring awareness to climate change.  ( of course we shouldn’t just limit ourselves to this 1 hour, but it is most certainly a start)
Earth Hour was started in Australia in 2007 and in 2008 Toronto was the first city to join forces and soon after 35 more countries were following suit
in the realization that changes need to be made at a global level in regards to climate change and our planets future.
So what exactly is earth Hour??
It’s really quite simple, help to raise awareness about climate change by switching off your lights, electronics etc for one hour
on March 31st from 8:30-9:30 eastern time.
Some people take it a bit further and use the whole day as an “energy” saving day and pledge to keeps their lights off all day, eat raw foods that don’t require
the power of any appliances, play board games instead of watching t.v, and of course the list goes on.
It is also a great way to start teaching our children about caring for and valuing our planet.
Having outdoor scavenger hunts, making crafts, reading books with flash lights all while explaining the importance of respecting the planet.
What will you do?
This year lets all work together, raise awareness and take part in creating a better future for ourselves, our children and of course our beautiful planet.
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Sprouting

 

 

Have you ever thought about sprouting your own beans and seeds from home?
It is easy, cost effective and extremely nutritious.
 
Sprouts are one of the most alkalizing foods known to man.
They are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
They do not require a lot of effort nor are they expensive by any means,
and of course they can be grown easily in your own kitchen in just a few days.
 
Sprouts are a living food that can be eaten on their own, inside healthy sandwiches, on top of salads
or even juiced into a great green drink along with any other fruits and vegetables you may be juicing.
They are very rich in enzymes which makes them easily digestible by the body, and of course, when the body
doesn’t have to work hard to digest our meals it can spend more time powering up other systems like
the immune etc. Therefore helping our entire system to achieve a more healthy balance.
 
With a variety of options and great tastes why not start spring off with your own little
“Sprout Garden”!!  It’s a great way to boost your nutrition and just that much better
because you can grow them yourself with love!!
 
Check out our website for all your sprouting needs, Happy Sprouting (and Happy Spring!!)
 
 
 
 
 

Green isn’t just for St. Paddy’s Day!!

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With St. Patricks day right around the corner ,oh and on a saturday this
year, how perfect is that!  We thought why not talk a bit about the famous
and fabulous colour green, as in “going green”.

How can we live lightly on our beautiful earth while taking the best care of
ourselves at the same time?  Oh and how can we best achieve this without
having to spend a fortune?  Of course this is all possible!!

There are many things that each person can do to reduce the toxic load in
their lives and really there is so much that we DO have control over.  Small
steps can and will make a difference.

Starting at home is a great place.  Many of us can open up the cupboards in
our kitchens, bathrooms etc and pull out cleaning products that actually
have “caution” or “poison” warnings on them.  
These products can make us sick as well cause great harm to environment, so
lets get them out of there!!  We have options and we can get our homes just
as clean without the need for harsh chemicals etc.

*Call your local recycling centre for info on where you can dispose of these
items( do not pour them down the drain)

So after carefully disposing of our “toxic” cleaners what then will we use
instead?
Well we have 2 choices, we can either purchase readily prepared natural
alternatives which can be found at most stores  and range from kitchen,
bathroom to laundry and well beyond.  Upaya Naturals can help supply with
many great options, our soap nuts are a great place to start, very
inexpensive and a great product.  We can also get creative and and make our
own.

A great basic base can be as easy as white vinegar, lemon juice and baking
soda.  Now that doesn’t sound so hard does it:)

Another great way to reduce toxins in the home is to load up on house plants
( even one or two would do!) There are so many beautiful plants out there
that are helpful for absorbing and eliminating harmful chemicals.
For example: Spider plants and English Ivy are great for absorbing
formaldehyde, and of course they look great too!

Toxin reducing tip # 3 would be the suggestion to lean as much towards
natural fibres as possibles.  These are more breathable for the body.
Organic bedding is a great place to start.

Drink from glass bottles as opposed to plastic ( which can contain harmful
chemicals)

Choosing seasonally locally grown organic foods when possible is a great
choice, Eat Well, Feel Well!!

These are a few simple things we can do ourselves to promote a healthier
lifestyle for not only ourselves but for the future of our planet as well.
Just remember that small changes do matter and they do make a difference.

Before we go we must add one more of our favourite “green” tips.
This comes in the form of Spirulina, blue, green algae.  Its just to good
not to mention.
Spirulina gets its beautiful green colour from its high levels of chlorophyl
and has many amazing properties including but not limited to:
*High digestible protein content 65-71%
*High in iron
*Anti-inflammatory
*Increases red blood cells
*High in antioxidants
*Natural SPF
*Natural energy booster

 So why not start your St. Paddy’s day, and everyday with a teaspoon of
spirulina mixed with water or juice and have a green drink that you can feel
good about all day long!!

Juicing for Optimum Health

Juicing for Optimum Health

Many of us are already practicing the hugely nutritional act of juicing
which has been gaining quite a bit of popularity over the years.  
A big pat on the back for those of you who are and “let’s get started!” to
those of you who are thinking about it.

Juicing has actually been around since biblical times where fruit and
vegetables were made into beverages by the island people. 
With advancements in technology, juicing has now been made much easier,
faster, tastier and also more beneficial with an array of great juicers out
there who’s promise is to keep as many of the fruit and vegetables enzymes
intact, which in turn help our body’s digestive systems.
A lot of the great juicers on today’s market not only promote nutrition but
are also very easy to use, are very quiet and easy to clean with many units
taking less then a minute.  Now you can’t say no to that!

Juicing is a great way to start the day and the combinations are endless.
Certain fruits and vegetables of course may taste better together and others
can be geared towards particular health issues, ie inflammation:
Vitamins and antioxidants found in oranges, berries and carrots are great
for inflammation, as well the enzyme “bromelain” found in pineapple is a
natural anti-inflammatory agent, just to name a few!

Some Reasons/ Benefits of Juicing:

*Juicing can help boost your immune system *Aids in digestion *It is a great
way to get your recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables (plus
more) *Low in calories and often filling *High in antioxidants and certain
vitamins *Can be a great aperitif before a meal and possible help people to
eat smaller meals (If one is looking to do so) *Fun, tasty and healthy!!

A couple of juicing tips we find helpful:

*If you know you won’t have as much time one morning why not pre-cut 2 or 3
days worth of fruits and or vegetables and store in the fridge so they are
readily available.
*Save the juice’s pulp and either compost it or use it in things like salads
and soup broths; certain veggies mixed with ginger are nice added to stir
fry’s as well.
*If you have a dehydrator, you can make great carrot wraps and carrot apple
scones, really there is no limit.

 
If you are looking for a great looking, very efficient, quick and easy to clean juicer which helps maintain the fruits and vegetables nutritional integrity look no further than the omega 8006 model which is also a very reasonably priced high quality machine.  
It makes juicing much faster and the clean up can be done in less than 1 minute which we think is just fabulous!!!
( did we mention it is also on sale!!)

So let’s be creative, nutritious and have tons of fun on our way to better
health!

Juice for Strong Bones:

Using organic fruits and vegetables juice the following and enjoy!
3 large carrots
1 large red delicious apple ( cored, as the seeds should not be juiced due
to containing trace amounts of cyanide)
1 cup of broccoli
1/4 slice of ginger

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Spring Cleaning: From kitchen to body to mind

Wow its March 1st already!! Don’t worry we are knocking on wood as we say this, but boy it sure does feel like winter is finally on its way out.

 

We just love this time of year ( not the messy slushy roads or any of that) but from a health stand point.  More so even than the “new starts” that some new years resolutions can bring.

Spring just has such a great cleansing feel to it.  It’s the perfect time to start breathing in fresh air and exercising outdoors, and of course nutritionally its a great way to make up for any “mistakes” we may have let ourselves get away with during the colder winter months.  Fresh air, Fresh start.

 

Now there still is of course some snow on the ground ( at least in most parts of North America) so for the time being I thought why not focus on some nutritional improvements inside the home; specifically the kitchen.  A sort of spring cleaning of the kitchen.  Out with the bad and in with the good.  After all with summer right around the corner don’t we all want to look and of course feel our best.  Some simple changes can help us get a step closer.

 

If we dont allow any “unhealthy” choices into our kitchen then naturally we won’t be tempted by them and therefore won’t be led to eat them, but on the other hand if we stock our fridge and cupboards full of readily available nutritional choices we have no reason not to be eating these instead. ( better yet you can get all of the items we are about to list delivered straight to your door from the upayanaturals website without having to leave your house! )

 

Ok, so lets get started, We are going to offer you 5 healthy alternatives to some items we commonly consume on a regular basis.

 

Number 1 is coffee ( now coffee isn’t necessarily all bad, it has been shown in limited doses to possibly prevent Parkinsons disease and dementia) however there is a much better alternative given that coffee does come with many harmful effects as well.

 

Healthy Alternative #1: Green tea

*Promotes a healthy immune system

*Contains epigaliocatechin Gallate ( EGCG) with is a powerful antioxidant *Speeds metabolism *Normalizes cholesterol 

 

Number 2 is table salt.  Table salt causes dehydration, mineral depletion, constipation and is highly refined and often bleached.

 

Healthy Alternative #2: Kelp Granules

*Very low in sodium yet still has a salty flavour *Rich in potassium, magnesium, iron and B vitamins *Contains phytochemicals that help eliminate radioactive elements and heavy metals from the body *Blood purification

 

Number 3 is butter.  Butter is high in saturated fats and raises LDL which is bad cholesterol, damages arteries and can lead to heart disease.

 

Health Alternative #3: Coconut Oil

*Stimulates metabolism

*Increases energy

*Contains lauric acid which boosts the immune system ( only other food source is breast milk, which is known for it immune boosting properties) *Anti viral, Anti bacterial and Anti fungal.  Has been shown to kill candida ( yeast) *Promotes healthy skin

 

Number 4 is packaged fruit snacks.  Many people thing that because the word fruit is in the title that these are healthy but be careful many brands contain harmful preservatives, lots of added sugar and artificial flavours and colouring with a host of health issues associated.

 

Health Alternative #4: Goji Berries

*Very powerful antioxidant

*Known as the “longevity fruit”

*Immune boosting

*Loaded with amino acids and trace minerals *Contains 500 times the amount of vitamin C by weight than oranges do.

( I could go on and on about the amazing benefits here)

 

Number 5 is sugar.  One of the most important that should be removed from everyone’s diet is white sugar.  It contributes to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, lower immunity and so much more.

 

Health Alternative #5: Yacon Syrup ( pressed from the yacon root and tastes vert similar to molasses) *Contains prebiotics which aid in digestion and colon health *Helps the absorption of calcium and other minerals *Very low in calories *Increases bone density *Low glycemic and is great for diabetics *Increases bone density

 

So as you can see some simple changes can be made to point us in the direction of better health without having to miss out on any of the good stuff!!!!!! 

Check out Upaya Naturals website and see how easy it is to stock your kitchen full of amazing nutrition dense products that will be sure to put a smile on your face.

Lets “Spring Forward ” into health this season.

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