Important things to remember about our health:
Calories in VS Calories out – Burning more than we consume will help to lose the unwanted weight
Tips below from Integrative Nutrition:
We recognize that everyone is different! There is no single diet or wellness approach that is going to work for everyone, and that’s ok. In fact, an increasing amount of research supports this approach, and it has even been recognized by the newest U.S. Dietary Guide
As mentioned above, true health is about much more than food. You can eat all the leafy greens you want but if don’t like your job, are unfulfilled by your relationships, or are lacking daily movement or other forms of self-care, then you will be undernourished in life. Primary Food is the concept that nutrition, career, relationships, spirituality, fitness, and pursuing your passions play an equal role in creating wellness and should all be addressed when exploring health. This concept is so important and popular that Joshua Rosenthal, wrote a book about it!
Stop playing it safe and let your real self shine, be different, challenge the conventional thinking about wellness in your community, and do the things that make your heart sing. Not only will this feel more authentic to you, but you just might inspire those around you as well.
You know what else is good for you once in a while? Indulgence, fun, and pleasure! Sometimes being a little bad just feels so good, doesn’t it? We believe in balance and that means letting loose once in a while so you can simply enjoy yourself and feed your soul. 90/10 is a helpful reminder that if you eat wholesome foods and take good care of yourself 90% of the time, then your body can handle a cookie or a glass of wine from time to time. The point of wellness is not to adhere to anything so strictly that all the joy is sucked out of life. As long as you’re wellness-oriented the majority of the time, then you deserve to relax and indulge on occasion too.
Eat Real Food
When it comes to eating is all about whole, unprocessed foods. We encourage students to eat seasonally, explore a diverse diet of different colors and textures, including vegetables and fruit, grains, different sources of protein, legumes, nuts, and seeds. It really doesn’t matter if you’re an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, macrobiotic, Mediterranean, gluten-free, dairy-free or any combination of the above.
Acai (Organic) – These little purple powerhouses are packed with 19 amino acids, and an array of fatty acids, and cell-protecting antioxidants.
Agave (Organic) – It comes from a pretty plant that’s also used to make tequila, and it adds a touch of sweetness without the blood sugar spike and crash because it’s low on the glycemic index. What’s not to love?
Apple (Organic) – An apple a day ain’t just a cliché. This most fundamental of fruits is replete with phenolic phytonutrients, dietary fiber, and Vitamin C. All of which definitely keep the doctor away.
Antioxidant Blend (Organic) – A blend of antioxidant powerhouses like mangosteen, pomegranate, and decaffeinated green tea extract.
Astragalus (Organic) – Often used in traditional Chinese Medicine as an ingredient in energy tonics, this Chinese herb is being studied for its potential immune function benefits and antiviral properties.
Barley Grass (Organic) – Young cereal grasses are like the enriched Uranium of nutrition. Densely packed with all the macro- micronutrients and fiber found in most leafy greens, with bonus phytonutrients like Chlorophyll just a few blades is all it takes.
Beet (Organic) – Naturally occurring nitrates in beets cause your veins to dilate, which means more oxygen-rich blood can reach your muscles faster. That’s very good news for athletes.
Blueberry (Organic) – Small but potent, these little blue bad boys pack a healthy payload of energy-boosting manganese, dietary fiber, and Vitamin K.
Broccoli (Organic) – Turns out your Mom was right (as usual). Not only is broccoli an unsung Vitamin C superstar, it’s also packed with Indole-3-Carbinol, which helps repair DNA.
Brown Rice Protein (Organic) – Combine vegan brown rice protein with the pea and hemp protein also found in Super Skoop, and you’ve got an amino acid profile as complete as eggs or dairy.
Carrot (Organic) – Will they help you see in the dark? Probably not. But the beta-carotene in carrots is simply the most important source of Provitamin A available. And that’s what’s up, Doc.
Chia Seed (Organic) – Remember chia pets from TV? Turns out those seeds are also tiny little omega-3-fatty-acid grenades, with bonus points for dietary fiber.
Chlorella – High in plant-based protein, calories, fat, vitamins, and chlorophyll, this algae packs more nutritional goodness in a single cell than some foods have in their whole bodies.
Coconut Sugar (Organic) – Like normal sugar, except less processed, has a lower glycemic index and a lower fructose content, which makes it easier on blood sugar.
Cranberry (Organic) – Crammed with polyphenols, scientists now think their red color, caused by anthocyanins, might fight not only infectious disease, but heart disease and cancer as well. Not just for Thanksgiving anymore!
Dates – To break religious fasts, Mediterranean and middle-eastern cultures have been reaching for the essential vitamins, minerals, simple sugars, dietary fiber, and tannins in dates for thousands of years.
Digestive Blend – Lactobacilus Plantarum and Lactobacilus Bulgaricus provide 1 billiion probiotic organisms for healthy digestion.
D-Ribose – Derived from non-GMO corn, it’s molecularly somewhere between a sugar and a carbohydrate, which makes it the perfect energy source to fuel endurance activities.
Flax Seed (Organic) – The facts about Flax? High in dietary fiber, micronutrients, and Omega-3 fatty acids, and about 800 times the amount of antioxidant lignans of any other plant.
Fiber Blend (Organic) – Organic Flax, Jerusalem artichoke, and gum acacia come together to supply 6 grams of fiber per serving.
Fructooligosaccharides – A fructooligosaccharides is a prebiotic fiber. Prebiotic fibers are resistant to your gut’s acidity, making it past the first stages of digestion so they can get to work feeding all those helpful, friendly microorganisms that live in your belly and make it happy. Ours comes from the blue agave plant.
Goji Berry (Organic) – In traditional Chinese Medicine, Goji is a total go-to. Plump with micronutrients and phytochemicals, goji is also a fantastic source of the carotenoid, zeaxanthin, for strong eyes.
Grape Skin & Seed – The scraps left over from processing grapes are brimming with Vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid and antioxidant polyphenols.
Green Tea Leaf – As teas go, this one’s the top gun. Technically, green and white teas, share much of the same polyphenol profile, and together, they’ve got more flavonoids than any fruit, vegetable, juice or red wine.
Gum Acacia – Acacia is the gum that is slowly exuded from the acacia tree. It’s a dietary fiber that can dissolve in water.
Hemp Protein (Organic) – Hemp protein from a Colorado company?! Relax, the only mood this is capable of altering is the affliction known as hanger, that is – when your hunger is so severe it morphs into anger. Fill up your tank with some satiating plant protein!
Honey (Organic) – Honey makes a great sweetener because it’s got a healthy glycemic index. That means its sugars are gradually absorbed into the blood stream so you avoid unhealthy spikes in blood-sugar. Honey also contains nutrients that help metabolize bad cholesterol and undesirable fatty acids. Plus, you know, it’s delicious.
Japanese Fleece Flower – It’s a noxious, invasive weed, that grows straight through solid concrete. But this edible member of the buckwheat family is also a major source of Resveratrol and Vitamin C.
Kale (Organic) – Kale’s the King of the nutritional hill for good reason. High in beta carotene and Vitamins K and C, kale also contains sulforaphane, and indole-3-carbinol. Which makes it a certified DNA repairman.
Olive Oil – A source of at least 30 phenolic compounds, olive oil consumption has been linked to the low incidence of heart disease associated with a Mediterranean diet.
Parsley (Organic) – Packed with flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins and carotenoids, that lonely sprig on the side of your plate might’ve been the most important part of your meal.
Pea Protein – Combine vegan yellow pea protein with the brown rice and hemp protein also found in Super Skoop, and you’ve got an amino acid profile as complete as eggs or dairy, and about 4 times more bioavailable than meat.
Pomegranate – All the dietary fiber, micronutrients, and antioxidant polyphenols, of the juicy exotic pomegranate, now available in a package that won’t stain your fingers red.
Raspberry (Organic) – Like all berries, they’re filled with flavonoids and heroes of heart health. They also contain ketones, similar to capsaicin, found in red pepper, known for its ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Reishi (Organic) – In traditional Asian Medicine, Reishi is valued for its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also believed to promote kidney liver health, and immune function. This fungus is definitely welcome among us.
Rhodiola (Organic) – This flowering plant used in traditional Asian and Eastern European medicine to enhance physical and mental performance, stimulate the nervous system and fight depression. Flower power to the people!
Rice Protein (Organic) – Combine vegan rice protein with the pea protein also in Skoop, and you’ve got an amino acid profile as complete as eggs or dairy, and about 4 times more bioavailable than meat.
Rosemary – Antioxidants all day long. Carnosic, rosmarinic, caffeic, ursolic, and betulinic acids, rosmaridiphenol and rosmanol. And on salmon with a little salt, pepper and lemon it is to die for.
Spinach (Organic) – Bursting with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, B6, Magnesium, Manganese, Folate, Betaine, Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Folic Acid, Copper, Protein, Phosphorus, Zinc, Niacin, Selenium, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, this leafy green is a nutritional gold mine.
Spirulina (Organic) – This blue-green algae gives pond scum a pretty good name. It provides a complete, plant-based protein containing all essential amino acids, and plenty of iron, too.
Stevia Extract (Organic) – On top of adding a touch of sweetness, Stevia may even help with supporting healthy blood pressure, lowering blood sugar and helping to decrease our risk of diabetes too.
Strawberry (Organic) – Phytonutrients, potassium, and enough Vitamin C to put recommended daily intakes to shame. They should call them heart-healthy-cancer-fighting-amaze berries. But “strawberries” works just fine too.
Sunflower Oil – High in Vitamin E, low in saturated fat and trans fats. High in polyunsaturated fat, it is the flower for cardiovascular power.
Wheat Grass (Organic) – Is it possible for a food to be too good for you? With oodles of dietary fiber, potassium, Vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and Selenium, all in just a few blades, wheat grass comes close.
White Tea Leaf – As teas go, this one’s the top gun. Technically, green and white teas share much of the same polyphenol profile, and together, they pack a heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory one-two punch.
A healthy lifestyle is essential to achieving optimal wellbeing and longevity. This infographic, “11 Basic Guidelines for General Health and Longevity,” gives you useful tips to help you live a long and healthy life.