Keep Your Kidneys Healthy – A Healthy Diet and Excercise Will Help

The metabolic balance diet will help keep your kidneys healthy by showing you the right way to eat for your body.

Here is some information about how your kidneys function and an infographic explaining a little bit about kidney disease.  Since women and older Americans are at major risk for the disease, we want you to be aware and take action so that you are heading down a healthy life path.

 

 

 

 

How does Your Gardening Go? Health Benefits of Gardening

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Thinking about starting a garden this spring?  Here are six reasons why gardening is a good idea:

  1. Workout—You don’t have to go to a gym to get a workout, all you need to do is spend three hours working in your garden to equal one hour in the gym. Here is a complete gardening workout you can try.
  2. Reduce Stress—Gardening is a great way to get back to nature and focus on mindfulness while reducing the level of cortisol in the body. Here are nine ways to reduce stress by gardening.ga
  3. Boosts Immune System—Direct exposure to dirt can boost your immune system.  Go out with the kids and play in the dirt—it’s good for you. Here is an article talking about how exposure to bacteria makes you stronger.ga
  4. Healthy Diet—If you grow your own herbs and vegetables, you will always have something tasty to add to your metabolic balance meals.
  5. Antidepressant – Research has shown that certain bacteria in the soil can act like an antidepressant.  Here is an article talking about this cool research.
  6. Dementia Risk Reduction – Keeping your brain active by gardening.

Where’s The Egg? Egg Substitutes for Baking and Cooking – Advent #9

metabolic balance wants you to have only one protein per meal so when a recipe requires you to use an egg and another protein, what are you to do?   Be creative! Here is an infographic offering you some egg alternatives:

 

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photos of eggs by Liz West

Goals – Most People never set them!

 

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Ready to set some goals? Here are some goal related links from the blogs that will help you get started.

Two Infographics Encouraging You to Eat More Onions and More Mushrooms – Advent #6

We shared different kinds of mushrooms you could grow but here are more options you can try adding to your diet:

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As long as you are adding more mushrooms, how about trying a few more Onions (Onions go well with mushrooms). In the infographic below are a few varieties you can find in your local health food stores, farmers markets and maybe even your traditional grocery stores.

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Here are some onion articles that you may want to read:

 

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Red Onion photograph by Andrew Malone

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms- metabolic balance Monday Recipe Ideas for Advent

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We shared a video yesterday about Lion’s mane mushrooms and today, we are offering you a few recipes to create using this unusual fungus.

 

If you decide to make the crab cakes, please and not make it a treat meal, skip the mayonaise and soy sauce.  Also remember that if you use a lemon, it is part of your fruit for the meal.

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Would you like more recipes for mushrooms?  We shared recipes on yesterday’s mushroom post.

Grow Your Own Mushrooms – metabolic balance Advent Day 3&4

Gifting yourself fresh mushrooms is a great idea  Here is a company that has Mushrooms in a box where you just add water and watch them grow. Perfect as a metabolic balancer stocking stuffer.

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Another company called 2funguys that offers logs for growing shitake mushrooms for up to 2 years.  The company also offers a growing kit for Oyster mushrooms.  You will need more space for these kits and maybe some really interesting ceramic container to hold your logs.

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If you want to create your own DIY kit to give to your friends?  Here is a video showing how to grow oyster mushrooms in coffee grounds.

The video host talks about the  Field and Forest  catalog which offers you different kinds of mushrooms you can grow at home. They have kits for Shitake, Oyster, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, wine cap, hericium, maitake, nameko, blewit & almond agaricus.

 

Want to read some more information about mushrooms? Here are some Links you might remember from months gone by:

Mushroom Detox Soup Recipe

Mushroom Caps Recipe

Understanding Friendly Fungi – Article on LivecCleanMB

Zucchini and Mushroom Soup – Recipe

Meditate through the Holiday Stress – metabolic balance Advent Day 2

To help relieve the stress that comes with the holidays, we are sharing with you a few guided meditations that you can listen to each day until the 25th to help you develop a meditation practice.

There are four styles of meditations: Silent, mantra, guided meditation and music meditation.  The list below offers you choices from guided and music meditations.
Guided Meditations:
Loving Kindness Meditation. (9 minutes guided meditation)
Mindful Awareness (5 minute guided meditation)
Simply Being podcast #5 ( 8 minute guided meditation)
Mindful Breathing  (10 minutes guided meditation)
Music Sound Meditations:
Bells (10 minutes bell music for meditation)
Relaxing Music (60 minutes)

 

Positive Affirmation Audio (30 Minutes)

 

Meditation helps with Mindfulness.  We talked about Mindfulness on the blog in the following posts.