Living Plant-Based Cuisine & The Yogic Lifestyle
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Connection With Nature - Why it's Essential
In today's hectic world, it can be easy to forget that we are a part of nature's complex system. We're human animals who require a connection with nature for our well-being. To experience health, we need time away from our man-made concrete jungle and indoor environment.
There are a number of health benefits associated with getting outdoors, regardless of whether we are active or not. Our minds and bodies are refreshed in nature. Life becomes less hectic and stress eases. Time spent in nature provides us with more than fresh air, but a time to reflect and heal. Studies have shown that green spaces encourage mental health. The sights, sounds and aromas in a natural setting are conducive to a sense of well-being.
The pace of life seems to slow down in a natural environment. Blue skies and green foilage relax us and promote healing. Playful squirrels, rabbits and other animals bring us joy, while bird sounds and babbling brooks calm us. The sweet and clean smell of forests and meadows return us to our natural state of happiness.
There are a number of activities that can get us out of our home or office in every season. Walking and hiking can be replaced with snowshoeing or skiing, simply dress for it! Even a drive to the country can be beneficial, just be sure to get plenty of fresh air and drive slowly to appreciate the scenery.
Connection with nature on a regular basis should be a part of every wellness program. Don't let yourself become overwhelmed with stress before visiting the countryside, use nature as preventative medicine. Schedule time for yourself to venture out and experience the vibrance of life in the beauty of a natural setting.
|Posted by Jackie Hitchcock on February 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM||comments (1)|
Gluten-free? Maybe you've seen this label on products and wondered what it means, or maybe you scour the aisles in search of it. What exactly is gluten, why are so many people choosing gluten-free and could it just be a new diet craze? We're going to answer those questions!
Gluten is the protein found in most grains, including wheat, rye, spelt, barley and their derivatives. On it's own, gluten (also called seitan), has a rubbery texture and is partially responsible for the elasticity of most baked goods. A gluten-free product may contain alternatives such as; rice, corn, bean, buckwheat, teff, amaranth, tapioca, potato, coconut, almond, quinoa, sorghum, hemp and millet. Some varieties of oats are also gluten-free.
Why do people switch to a gluten-free diet? There's an increasingly large group of people, referred to as Celiac, whose must live a gluten-free lifestyle in order to remain healthy. People with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder, must avoid gluten completely in their diet as well as in personal products. A number of people are also affected by gluten-intolerance, which is a less severe reaction to gluten with varying symptoms. In addition, some people follow a gluten-free diet simply for it's associated health benefits which include weight loss, more energy and a better mood. A link between gluten and neurological/psychiatric problems has been recognized for decades.
Gluten-free awareness and labelling of products has arisen quite quickly due to increased demand. The sudden change to a gluten-free diet by thousands of people may seem like another diet craze, but it's one that's not likely to go away. It's important to recognize that gluten-free living is a must for some people and a healthly choice for others. Gluten-free is not just a fad!
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