Some foods taste great raw, like blueberries and carrots. However, many foods taste better and are digested easier when cooked, like chicken and sweet potatoes. There are many different ways to cook these foods, but they are not all equally conducive to good health.
Shoes are an accessory that most everyone uses on a daily basis. People wear different shoes for different uses, ranging from formal shoes to wear with a suit, to casual shoes to wear on a hot day. Shoes are picked based on their aesthetics as well as their function. I have a rather peculiar taste in footwear so I won't comment much on aesthetics. The function of shoes is really what I am interested in.
Mental health is a big part of overall wellness. So much so, that the World Health Organization includes mental health in its overall definition of health. It makes sense: think of a time in your life when you were most energetic and vibrant. It is very likely that this period was a time of great mental health. This can be seen on a day to day level as well. When my mental health is high, I am much more productive, energetic, and social.
Goji berries originate in Tibet, China. They have been eaten and celebrated for their health properties for over a thousand years. Also known as wolfberries or "red diamonds," there is a festival every year in China dedicated to them. Tibetan medicine has used goji berries to treat many illnesses including diabetes, depression, and eye problems. The most famous consumer of goji berries was Li Ching-Yuen, a Chinese man who was rumored to live two hundred and fifty two years. While that number is hard to believe, it would be impressive if he lived to even half of that age.
In many modern societies, humans are not exposed to enough sunlight. During the week, hours when the sun is out are spent inside working. Even during the weekend, many people choose to be inside whether they are watching tv, socializing, reading a book, etc. Even when we are outside, we are covered in clothing or sunscreen.
This is not how we evolved. Human beings did not stay in their caves all day! They spent their days outdoors hunting, gathering, playing, socializing etc.
Almonds are commonly eaten without being prepared. This is a shame, because properly prepared almonds contain significantly less phytates and enzyme inhibitors than their adversaries- almonds straight out of the bag.
Most healthy diets or eating philosophies don't demand you to follow their eating plan to the letter. In fact, many of them allow for some "cheating." Mark Sisson encourages his readers to follow an 80/20 principle where it is only necessary to follow the Primal Blueprint 80 percent of the time, and eating unhealthy food is permissible twenty percent of the time. Tim Ferriss encourages a "Binge Eating Day" once a week where it is not only okay but encouraged to eat all of the unhealthy food you can fit into your mouth. I think these are fine ideas, but in order for them to be successful they have to be practiced in a certain way.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that was historically eaten by the Aztecs, but is now a very popular pet food (specifically fish and birds). Because of its beautiful blue-green color, spirulina is also used as a dye in homemade soaps, paints, or even play-does. For our intents and purposes however, spirulina is a powerful superfood with many health benefits.
My first exposure to juicing was in 2009 when The Oprah Winfrey Show was on in my house, and David Murdock, the owner of the food company Dole told viewers about the health benefits of juicing fresh fruits and vegetables.
It seems one of the only healthy breakfast foods out there these days is some type of egg variation, whether it be scrambled eggs or a vegetable/meat omelet. Lately, I've been getting a bit tired of these meals, and I've been missing pancakes. Unfortunately, most pancake recipes are quite unhealthy with all of the sugar and flour called for.