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Instant Stress Buster to Prevent Stroke and Heart Attack in Women

February 23, 2013

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It’s Women’s Heart Disease Prevention Month, so I would like to remind you that for heart care and to prevent heart attack in women, you need not only need to eat heart healthy foods, but also to keep your stress level as low as possible.

By paying attention to the food you eat and practicing stress remedies, you can lower cholesterol level and high blood pressure pressure, all without drugs and their side effects.

If you can lower stress, you will lower the amount of stress hormone cortisol in your body, which can also help keep your hormones in balance, manage your weight, and strengthen your immune system

So why not try our healthy heart photo meditation stress remedy video with piano music to see if you can relax, and feel happier in 60 seconds.

Don’t forget to breathe smile and be happy while watching.

If the images in the stress remedy photo meditation video helped you relax, I invite you to learn more about Irina Wardas Fine Art Photography for Healing and Photo Meditations by clicking on the flower to the right.Healthy Heart Meditation

Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health Coach

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How to Rejuvenate Your Body in the Fall with Simple Detox

October 8, 2012

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Our mind and body can be affected in different ways, for example, according to what season it is.

In the fall you can rejuvenate your body to maintain or restore your balance with a natural weight loss detox that uses healthy whole foods that can help you detox your body and lose weight.

In the fall, for a natural cleanse and weight loss detox of your body, include the basics: beans, grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.

Why?

I would like to share with you passages from a favorite book of mine: The Self-Healing Book by Kristina Turner.

We have teeth built to grind mostly high-fiber food such as graiWeight Loss Detox Naturally with Seasonal Whole Foods ns, seeds, leafy greens and roots. 20 out 0f 32 teeth are grinding molars.

Our ORGANS function very smoothly on a grain, bean, and vegetable diet. Complex carbohydrates regulate blood-sugar and provide steady energy.

On a diet rich in fat, protein, sugar, and salt, organs such as kidneys, liver, gall bladder, and heart often become weak and clogged, depleting our vitality and leading to illness.

Healthy BACTERIA thrive in our intestines on a grain-based diet. When they die off, they are replaced by unhealthy microorganisms when if eat too much fat, sugar, meat or chemicals. Fermented foods help to renew the healthy bacteria population.

BLOOD flows freely on a low-fat, low-sweet diet. High fat meals, by contrast, make blood thick and sludgy. Sugar weakens and thins the blood.

Let us be whole food smart, shall we?

 

Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health Coach

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Go Red for Your Heart with Heart Healthy Foods

February 1, 2012

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In February we celebrate National Wear Red Day to help promote prevention of heart disease in women.

Let us make healthier choices to beat heart disease. It can be prevented with the right lifestyle – the food you eat, the exercise you do, and the lifestyle you lead.Go Red for Your Heart with Heart Healthy Foods

Let us celebrate Go Red for Women Day every day by adding red healthy heart-healing foods to our meals.

  • Try to incorporate more beets into your diet to strengthen the heart, improve circulation, purify/detox the blood, lower blood pressure. Beet Salad Recipes
  • Try to eat more pomegranates and water melons, and drink more tomato juice to lower your blood pressure. Watermelon and Strawberry ice Cream Recipe
  • Try to eat half a red grapefruit before every meal, or at least in the morning, before breakfast to lower your cholesterol. Studies show that it helps to loose weight too. Grapefruit and Walnut Salad
  • Try to add raw red onions (cook with white onions) to all your salads, spreads, side dishes, etc. to cut bad cholesterol. Roasted Vegetables Recipe
  • Try to eat more red legumes, such as adzuki beans, red lentils and kidney beans rich in both tryptophan (to reduce stress and fight seasonal depression) and heart-healing fiber to reduce your blood pressure, detox your colon and give you more energy. Lentil Recipes
  • Try to eat red (purple) cabbage to get rid of constipation, which ultimately canlower your blood pressure.
  • Try to eat more red salmon and red apples (any color) -foods rich in Magnesium to reduce stress.

Let us be heart smart, shall we?

Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach and Relationship Expert

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Cranberry Relish Recipe with Orange Zest for Weight Loss and Immunity Boost

November 21, 2011

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Did you know that cranberries are good not only for Thanksgiving Dinner but also for Cold and Flu Season.

** Cranberries are rich in fiber and vitamin C as well as numerous  phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Studies show that cranberries can help boost your immunity and deal with urinary infection, colds, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.

** Orange zest is rich in Vitamin C, pectin – natural fiber, and flavonoid called hesperidin, which can lower cholesterol, high blood pressure, and help control blood sugar. Natural pectin can also help get rid of constipation and suppress your appetit.

Is it time to make this simple cranberry sauce recipe?

Tasty Cranberry Relish Recipe with Orange Zest

  • 2 pounds fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp finely grated orange zest

Stir the cranberries and salt in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often for about 12 minutes, or until the cranberries release their juices, become soft and have mostly fallen apart. Stir in the maple syrup and zest. Transfer to a bowl, cool and then cover and refrigerate until cold. The relish will keep for 5 days, covered and refrigerated.

Bon Appetit!

 

Breathe, smile and be happy,

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor and Coach

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Vegan Panna Cota Recipe for a Healthy Heart and Wrinkle Free Skin

June 7, 2011

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We sometimes need to treat ourselves from time to time, don’t we.

Sometimes it might be a foot massage, a beauty remedy, a healing bath, a piece of dark chocolate or a guilt free dessert.

Why not try this a mango and coconut panna cota recipe; an Italian dessert, that can be used as a healthy remedy to help prevent heart attacks, improve vision and maybe even reduce wrinkles on your face and skin.

Mango is rich in fiber and vitamin A which needed for a healthy heart, eyes and glowing skin.

Coconut milk contains lauric acid which strengthens immune system and protects our heart.

Vegan Panna Cota Recipe for a Healthy Heart and Wrinkle Free Skin

  • 2 cups organic coconut milk (exactly one 14 ounce can)
  • 1 cup mango puree (4 2-ounce packs of Square One organic mango puree)
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1  heaped tbsp agar flakes
  • 1/4 tsp coconut essence (optional)
  • fresh mango pieces and toasted coconut flakes for serving

Place all ingredients except the agar flakes in your blender and puree until smooth and creamy. Place this mixture in a Vegan Panna Cota Recipe for a Healthy Heart and Wrinkle Free Skinsaucepan and stir in the agar flakes.

Allow to stand for 15 minutes allowing the flakes to begin dissolving.

Gently bring the mixture to a simmer stirring constantly, and heat for about 5 minutes until agar is completely dissolved If your agar doesn’t dissolve, push the mixture through a strainer and remove the last bit of clumped agar.

You can put a little bit of the mixture with the clumped agar in the blender to smooth out and mix into the rest of the mixture. Lightly grease 6 small pots (or you can use lightly oiled muffin holes) and distribute the mixture evenly amongst them.

Chill in the fridge for about an hour to set.

Top with toasted coconut and fresh mango pieces and serve.

P.S. Directions for making your own Mango Puree:

2 cups of fresh or frozen mango pieces and 1-2 Tbsp filtered water make 1 cup puree. The coconut essence is not critical if you can’t find it or don’t want to invest the money. It just boosts the natural coconut flavor. Mix in your blender and let me know how you go. (adopted from The Blender Girl at www.healthyblenderrecipes.com)

Bon Appetit!

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach and Counselor

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Keep Your Tummy in Shape Yogurt-Banana Midday Snack Weight Loss Recipe

April 4, 2011

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What type of food do you eat before 3:00pm – 4:00pm? Studies show that we all should eat  breakfast and a have healthy snacks thru out the day, not only for energy and memory boost, but also for managing your weight.

To lose weight, we can include healthy protein snacks in our diet to boost our metabolism and balance our blood sugar. The lower our blood sugar – the lower our insulin level will be. Because insulin causes our body to store fat around midsection, eating healthy and regular snacks thru the day will lower your insulin level to good steady state, which will help keep your tummy in shape!

Here is a really easy recipe you can use as a heart healthy midday snack:Yogurt and Banana Midday Snack Weight Loss Recipe

Keep Your Tummy in Shape Yogurt-Banana Midday Snack Weight Loss Recipe

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt

Mix all ingredients and enjoy in the morning for breakfast or as a healthy midday snack.

* yogurt contains protein for losing weight;

* banana is rich in potassium to keep our blood pressure under control and fight blood clots for a healthy and happy heart.

Bon Appetit!

 

Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Counselor and Coach

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