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Hey guys! kinda, sorta moved. this site will be for more serious stuff like recipes and how-to’s but for more personal health and wellness stuff you can visit my NEW tumblr page http://healthyasanas.tumblr.com/

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I’ve been using this on my skin every time I take a shower now! It makes your skin so soft you don’t even need to moisturize after!

DIY: Coconut-Lime Body/Face Salt Scrub

Jar (or any other container)

Coconut Oil

Essential Oil – Lime

Vitamin E Oil

Salt

Fill jar 3/4 of the way with salt, then add in melted coconut oil until it almost fills the top of the jar. Add 10-20 drops lime oil and 3-5 drops Vitamin E Oil.

Hey guys… so some have asked if I have a twitter. And I am now announcing that I do! And I will be posting some food, health, etc tweets on it! Follow me @georgiaawong

Noticed the title of this blog changed? I wanted to delve deeper than just food to be healthy. Though I will still be talking about food and eating, I also want to address lifestyle changes, homemade all-natural beauty DIY’s, yoga, meditation, inspiration, etc.

I was shocked to find that they actually sell MSG...

I was shocked to find that grocery stores actually sell MSG. I thought it was only an additive in certain processed foods.

So, I’ve been talking about healthy things we should eat… but what about the ingredients and foods that we should avoid? One of the biggest things that I watch out for in processed foods, especially in asian food markets, is MSG.

What is MSG?

MSG is short for monosodium glutamate. It is an excitotoxin, which basically kills or damages nerve cells by being over stimulated by neurotransmitters.

Why are MSG in foods?

MSG is basically a “food enhancer”. MSG tricks your taste buds into thinking that what you are eating tastes good and is highly nutritious. Also, MSG promotes the increase of insulin, making your blood sugar drop, which makes you feel hungry sooner.

Damages of MSG?

– Create migraines

– Damages nerve cells

– Damages hypothalamus which regulates body temperature, food intake, sleeping patterns, autonomic nervous system

– Especially damaging to children with ADHD symptoms. Glutamate can disrupt dopamine production, a problem in children with ADHD.

Information from:

Bock, Kenneth, M.D. Healing the New Childhood Epidemics. New York: Ballantine
Books, 2007. Print.

Simontacchi, Carol. The Crazy Makers. New York: Penguin Group Inc., 2007. Print.

http://www.msgtruth.org/whatisit.htm

Because I posted the benefits of artichokes, I thought it was best to follow up with a recipe containing artichokes! Here is a spinach artichoke dip that I found on Martha Stewart’s website that I changed a little to make it a little more healthier. Also there is no baking/oven involved!

Here is the link to the actual recipe:http://www.marthastewart.com/344269/spinach-and-artichoke-dip

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 3/4 cup low fat yogurt
  • 4 ounces neufchâtel cheese or a lighter cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients together.

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– High in fiber: A large artichoke can contain about a quarter of the recommended daily intake of fiber.

– High in antioxidants: quercertin, rutin, anthocyanins, cynarin, luteolin, and silymarin are some of the antioxidants in artichokes

– Supposedly prevents the risk of cancer: Artichoke leaf extract is said to induce apoptosis and reduce cell proliferation

– Increases bile flow: The pulp of the artichoke leaves contains cynarin, an antioxidant, which increases bile flow. Bile is the fluid produced by the liver that breaks down lipids

– Good for the liver: some antioxidants in artichokes, such as cynarin and silymarin, help the liver.

– Great for digestion: Artichokes are a natural diuretic, improve gallbladder function, good for the liver, and aid digestion.

– Reduce cholesterol levels: Inhibits HMG-CoA reductase, which reduces cholesterol. They lower bad cholesterol (LDL), while raising good cholesterol (HDL).

This is a project for my english class. The “Put your money where your mouth is” is a project to help us, the students, actually do something about a problem in the world. My problem that I am trying to fix is food-related health problems.

So… Healthy eating. What is it? There are millions of facts, rumours, myths, and advertising all circling around health and wellness. My goal in this blog is to try to sort out fact from fiction. To help people get a little more healthy. To give tips. I am not a dietician nor a nutritionist, and I definitely don’t know everything about being healthy. But what I do know is that I have made steps to improving my health and they have worked for me. I no longer get asthma or allergies, and I rarely ever get mid-day crashes. Not everything that I post on here will be helpful for everyone, but I will be sharing what has helped me or what has helped other people.