All posts by Janice Norley

Now is Your Time – Vitamin C

This is the time of year when it is important to consider a few different kinds of supplements and there is often a lot of recommendation to take Vitamin C for cold prevention.

The best thing for cold prevention is to wash your hands on a VERY regular basis and avoid contact with those who are sick, if at all possible.  Having said this, the Vitamin C could give you a boost if your health is poor or you are recovering from illness.

Vitamin C can help you to feel good (as does taking a multi-vitamin.)

Vitamin C also helps you to absorb iron from grains and vegetables, keeps your gums healthy, produces the tissue that helps to hold your muscles and bones together and form and repair blood, bones and other tissues.

Veggies and fruit are the best source of Vitamin C as well as fruit juice. Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, mangos, tomatos, romaine and peppers are high in C. Our bodies do not store vitamin C, so it is best to include these foods in your diet every day to meet your requirements.

Consult with your doctor when considering taking a supplement.

stay tuned for more info on quantity requirements.

 

 

Now is Your Time – Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the only nutrient that your body produces when exposed to the sunlight.

We are now at the time of year when you may want to consider a Vitamin D supplement, after discussion with your Doctor or a registered dietitian.  The natural source of vitamin D from the sun is hard to come by now and over the next several months.

Calcium works with Vitamin D to help maintain healthy bones and teeth and vitamin D also helps your muscles, nerves and immune system work properly.  

There are not a lot of food sources of vitamin D and that is why you may want to consider a supplement, particularly if you do not drink milk or a fortified soy beverage.  Personally, I have some misgivings on consuming soy products –  that is a decision for you to make for yourself.

If you consider a supplement, it is possible for you body to accumulate toxic levels of vitamin D – suggesting the importance of consulting with your doctor or a registered dietitian prior to taking a supplement.

 Cow’s milk, fortified soy and rice beverages, fortified orange juice, fatty fish like salmon and sardines, egg yolks, cheese, shrimp, mushrooms and fortified yogurts can provide some of the vitamin D that you require for optimum health. 

Now is Your Time – Vitamin A

“You are what you eat” has originated from “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are]”  Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote this in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, (1826).

Later on in the 1920’s and 30’s another version of this came out in an advertisement:  “Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.”

I personally hold a lot of validation in this statement and I give it serious consideration when deciding what  I am going to eat every day.  I try to eat as much fresh food / produce as I can because my studies in energy medicine have taught me that our energetic vibrations are affected by the state of our physical health.  I feel much healthier when I eat natural foods that resonate with our own natural elements:  Earth, Water, Fire and Air

You are likely aware that our healthy energy and healthy body requires vitamins and minerals to maintain the physical capacity that allows us to lead an active and vibrant life. 

It is my hope to share some of those requirements and their source, here with you, so that you can use this knowledge to your benefit in your food choices.

Let’s start with Vitamin A:

It is key in healthy vision, helps to keep our skin and immune system healthy and contributes to our growth.

There are some compounds in plant food that are called carotenoids and these are a source of Vitamin A.  Carotenoids are “phytonutrients” and are found in vegetables and fruits that are brightly coloured; dark green, yellow, red and orange.

Here are some foods that will add Vitamin A to your diet:

Sweet potato, carrots, spinach, butternut squash, canned pumpkin, canteloupe and dried apricots.

Vitamin A is also found in animal foods such as turkey and chicken liver, goat cheese, salmon, eggs and milk.

All of these foods are easy to find in most grocery stores or by shopping local at farmer’s markets where you are more aware and perhaps even connected to the source (local farmers are our neighbors, friends and relatives).

Nothing better than knowing who put their love and life into putting the food on your table and in your tummy 🙂 

stay tuned for more info on quantity requirements and supplements

Now is Your Time – Happy Thanksgiving!

Keeping any plan for change as simple as possible allows a greater chance for success.  As we move through these weeks of ideas, thoughts and information please take all of the time that you need to work through the suggestions that resonate with you.

Keeping it simple and playing this on your time is the best way to allow transformation in your life with anything that you pursue. Those thoughts that you connect with will be the ones that inspire you to take action.

The theme of Week 2 is Awareness.  

Starting today or tomorrow (or the first possible date that you can) bring awareness to the source of the food that you eat. 

Is it from the ground or a tree where it has been touched by rain and the rays of the sun?  Is it from a living and breathing creature that ate from the ground or the tree? How close to the ground and the earth has it been and how much time evolved between the time it came from the ground and the time it  entered your body?

Has your food been processed since its harvest?

Does it come from water?

Is your food fresh, frozen or canned – how much different is it when

you ate it than when it was being produced for your consumption?  what did that production/processing involve?  Production and processing include the method you used to cook that food, if you did.

What steps of preparation or processing did you put your food through prior to eating it?

Is your food mixed with preservatives and/or chemicals? Does your food include things that you cannot spell or pronounce?  Any food that you purchase that has a label of ingredients will tell you what you are eating.

Do you understand what you are eating?

What you are eating is your biology – your biology determines your health 🙂

Today I give thanks to all of the beautiful fresh food that I eat and to the amazing earth where it comes from – and to the amazing people who work with love and purpose to feed us.  Today I say thank-you to the farmers and the growers who make the abundance of food on our tables a reality!

Happy Thanksgiving!!