Discover The Healthful Power Of Whole Food & Whole Body Wellness

Eating a diet rich in whole foods is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Below are a few whole foods to add to your diet.

Sweet Potatoes: Loaded with vitamins C & B and also a good amount of fiber. You can substitute them for white potatoes in many recipes. One cup of mashed sweet potatoes supplies eight times the recommended daily values for vitamin A. I enjoy them baked, mashed, as home-made fries, added to soups and stews and their other many myriad uses. Roasting is the simplest method.

However here is a simple tasty recipe for you to try using 2 pounds of sweet potatoes. Peel and thinly slice. Toss with 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, 8 whole unpeeled garlic cloves and salt and pepper to taste. Spread the mixture in one layer onto a large baking sheet and roast at 425 degrees F for about 40 to 45 minutes. When ready to eat, squeeze the garlic from its skins and spread over the cooked potato slices.

Mushrooms: These are very low in calories, yet packed with hearty flavor. Their benefits lie beyond the traditional vitamin mineral contents of food. When you cook mushrooms their fibrous cell walls are broken down allowing your body to absorb the nutrients that are available.

There are many types of mushrooms such as Portobello, oyster, cremini, and button. Before cooking mushrooms, use a damp paper to wipe off the mushroom. My favorite way to prepare mushrooms is to saute them in a small amount of oil, using 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil with one chopped shallot added to the skillet and your choice or combination of mushrooms; cook for about 6 minutes until the mushrooms begin to release their own moisture. Add 1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary and season with salt and pepper. This makes a great topping for roasted chicken or other meats.

Whole Body Wellness

Have More Sex:
According to Dr. Oz, “stress isn’t just in your head. It manifests itself in your body in the form of knotted muscles, painful digestion, troubled sleep, and worse. You need to have a biological bag of stress-bursting tricks.” Here are a few he recommended.

Above the Shoulders:

Flex Your Face
Scrunch tightly (grimace like someone is about to drop something on your toes) for 15 seconds, then release. Repeat several times. This repetitive contraction and relaxation helps relieve any strain that you’re holding above the neck.

Dissolve Muscle Tightness

The yoga move called Thread the Needle opens your upper back and shoulders. Start out on your hands and knees, palms under your shoulders. Exhaling, slide your right arm along the floor under your left arm, palm down, lowering your right shoulder to the floor. Rest your right ear and cheek on the floor. To deepen the stretch, try bending your left elbow as low as you comfortable can. Hold for 30 seconds, and then come back to the starting position on your hands and knees, switch sides.

Pull It Up

Deep breathing stimulates your vagus nerves, which calms your brain and your stress response. When you exhale, suck your belly button toward your spine to push your diaphragm up so you empty all the air in your lungs. Then inhale deeply; it brings a chemical called nitric oxide from the back of your nose and sinuses into your lungs. This naturally occurring gas dilates the air passages in your lungs and the blood vessels surrounding them so that more oxygen reaches every nook and cranny inside your body.

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