YOGA CORNER: MOUNTAIN POSE

Hello All! On this post, I have a nice treat for you…Mountain Pose. Whether you practice yoga regularly, occasionally, or you’re a complete newbie, this particular pose is great for everyone.

Mountain Pose (or Tadasana) is a basic foundation pose practiced in yoga that stretches the back,  strengthens your core and  posture muscles, and improves overall alignment. I love practicing the Mountain Pose  in my daily life when I take breaks from my desk job, at a rest stop on road trip, and whenever I just need a good stretch and crack in my back and shoulders.

Follow the pictures and guide below, and you too can  also start reaping the great benefits. Who knows, this might entice you newbies to actually embark on a yoga class or two.

 

Begin your Mountain Pose by standing up with feet close together and your hands and arms in a prayer position. Take a few deep breaths to relax your muscles and core. This helps to alleviate stress and tension so you can achieve a good stretch.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, raise your hands and arms to an overhead position.

Remember to inhale as you do this.

 

 

 

 

Now for the best part!

Exhale your breath as you bend backwards and hold this position for a few seconds.

Only go as far as your body will allow while still feeling comfortable. Please don’t get too zealous and throw your back out. This isn’t Cirque Du Soleil or a yogi retreat. This pose  is meant to relax and stretch you in a GOOD way 🙂

 

 

 

 

Reverse your steps until you’ve returned to the starting position.

Didn’t that feel good?! I hope so for you sake 🙂

Namaste Everyone!

 

 

 

Need a little more visualization? No prob, check out my  video above to see how the Mountain Pose looks when I do all the steps together.

TO JUICE OR NOT TO JUICE…

Juicing for your health: Fact or Fad?

Who hasn’t seen the countless infomercials for Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer or the Juiceman Juicer over the years? We have all heard the hype about how great and nutritious it is to drink freshly juiced fruits and vegetables. There have been numerous testimonies on the healing powers of  juice.

So what’s the verdict? FACT!!

That’s right people, this isn’t just a fad. There is empirical and medical evidence that validates how beneficial it is to drink freshly juiced produce. The Nutrition Journal is one resource that has multiple scientific studies on the importance of drinking 100% fruit and vegetable juice (see links below). Furthermore, the USDA, CDC, and American Cancer Society all recommend we get 5 or more servings of fruits and veggies a day. What better way to meet that requirement than to juice and drink some of your daily servings. 🙂

What’s in fresh juice that makes it so great? Live enzymes and easily absorbed vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, complex carbs, and protein (yes, PROTEIN). For optimal absorption, consume fresh juice soon after juicing and on an empty stomach or 2-3 hrs after eating a meal.

Why consume on an empty stomach? Food present in the stomach can block the juice from having proper absorption by the digestive tract. Thus, limiting the amount of vital nutrients we can receive from the juice. In layman’s terms, you get more bang for your buck if you drink when your stomach is clear because there is no food present to run an interference against scoring your nutrient touch down.

Bottom-line, juicing is the easiest and tastiest way to supplement. People who juice regularly can slow down signs of aging, maintain higher energy levels, limit the effects of various diseases, prevent and reverse cancer, lose weight, and enjoy a plethora of other benefits. If we tried to eat the amount of fruits and veggies needed to produce the same beneficial effects, we’d spend all of our days chewing instead of doing more important tasks like living a life.

So do yourself a favor…get a juicer and start juicing today!

Vitamin Ray’s Favorite Go-To Morning Juice for Longevity:

2 small organic green apples (no stems and cored)

3 medium- large organic carrot sticks (remove leafy tops)

Juice up and enjoy!

 

Side Note: There are several types of juicers on the market. Check out the buying guide websites to see which is right for you. I have a Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer Express. I bought it because it has a reasonable price, a lower RPM of 3600**, a large spout so you don’t have to chop your veggies and fruit before juicing, and it is dishwasher friendly.

**Lower RPM means your juicer will create less heat while it’s juicing. You want less heat so you can minimize destroying the live enzymes in the fruit. Plus, a lower RPM makes for a quieter juicer.

Buying Guides for Juicers:

Nutrition Journal Juicing Study:

News Article On Juicing:

Yummy Juicing Recipes:

VITAMIN RAY’S AWESOME APPLE CINNAMON OATMEAL MUFFINS


I know the recipe name is a mouthful in itself, but these delicious muffins are not only very nutritious but they are also easy to make. And at ~200-220 calories a serving, they make an excellent choice for breakfast on-the-go or a filling snack! Plus, this recipe is super versatile and you can cater it to whatever your taste buds crave.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups green apple, unpeeled and shredded (I prefer unpeeled apples for extra fiber and nutrients, but you can use peeled apples also)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (whole wheat flour is less processed and better for you than all purpose kind. C’mon, you know you can use the extra grains too!)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of all spice (optional, but adds great flavor so worth using in the recipe)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened original almond milk (Unsweetened soymilk is another subsitute. And for the die-hard cow’s milk folks, yes you can use skim milk…but go easy on the dairy)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (can substitute canola oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plain non-fat  greek yogurt (regular non-fat plain yogurt is fine too, but greek has added protein. Plain soy yogurt can also be substituted for vegan preference)
  • 2 ½ tbsp of ground flax seed mixed w/ 3 tbsp of water = egg substitute* (Don’t want to go eggless? Use 2 egg whites instead) *Flax is also a great source of Omega 3’s!
  • Handful of walnuts (optional, will add a few extra calories and fat but it’s a healthy addition 🙂 )

LET THE PREP BEGIN!

Let’s start with shredding the granny smith apples. Find yourself a good grater and go to town on those apples. When done, scoop up your pile into a bowl and set to the side. Don’t worry if your apple shreds begin to brown as they set for a few minutes. It’s just oxidation and it’s normal 🙂


Blot or squeeze out shredded apple on paper towels or cheese cloth to get rid of excess moisture. (Car eful not to over squeeze or blot…apple shreds will become too dry and take away moisture on the

muffins.)


Next step, get a big bowl to mix up your dry ingredients. Spoon the flour into measuring cups, level with a knife and add to the bowl. Then add the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and all spice. Stir with a whisk.

Now, get another bowl to mix up the wet ingredients together. Combine the almond milk, olive oil, vanilla extract, yogurt and flax seed blend. Stir until well blended.


Next, add wet ingredients to flour bowl and stir until just moist. Then mix in your apple shreds.


Spoon batter into a pre-greased 12-cup muffin tin. Bake at 400F degrees for 15-20 minutes. After baking, let them cool for 10-15 minutes.


Enjoy these yummy muffins anytime you want. Remember, you can always tailor a recipe to your preference. Don’t be afraid to tweak and make it truly your own. Cheers to good health! Bon Appétit!!

A New Alternative to KILLER (ahem…I mean) CHEMOtherapy

Thermotherapy alternative to chemotherapy uses heat, not poison, to kill tumors.

The above link is a natural news article about using the newer technique of hyperthermia aka “thermotherapy” as a better and more natural approach than traditional chemotherapy. A brief summary, thermotherapy is a form of heat therapy where they inject tumors and cancer cells with a special fluid to isolate them via magnetism before applying heat to kill them. These scientists have found a way to use heat, instead of poison and toxins to not only kill cancer but also preserve the patient’s healthy cells, tissues, and overall immunity. Chemotherapy, on the other hand, involves killing EVERYTHING (healthy & cancerous tissues and cells) in order to kill off the cancer.

It is unfortunate that many patients who receive chemotherapy as cancer treatment suffer and die from the effects of the chemo toxins rather than from cancer itself. People deserve to know there are other more natural and less harmful alternatives available for cancer treatment. While this form of thermotherapy is still in clinical trials, there are still other alternatives.

Despite popular notion, cancer can be CURED and I know this from my own experience. The human body is an amazing dynamic healing mechanism, and it can even heal itself from cancer. If you decide to embark on natural methodologies to heal from cancer, then you first need to find a doctor who will truly listen to your concerns, questions, and preferences. You still will need medical monitoring during this process, but you will probably be better off going this route than relying on chemo and radiation alone. Below are a few of the methods I used during my own experience.

DISCLAIMER: PLEASE CONSULT A PHYSICIAN (ND, DO, or MD) FIRST BEFORE BEGINNING THIS HEALING PROCESS. YOU NEED PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL GUIDANCE, HELP, AND MONITORING TO PROPERLY CARE FOR YOURSELF.

1.) NUTRITION: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT! Nutrition is a powerful tool used by naturopaths for healing. Research found that people who eat and drink excessively with junk food, meats, sodas, processed juices, etc create an acidic environment in their bodies that is ideal for cancer cells to grow. However, a daily diet of fresh raw produce, sprouted grains, fresh juices, filtered water and nutritionally fortified foods create an alkaline environment in which cancer CANNOT thrive.

2.) ELIMINATE SMOKING & ALCOHOL: Whether you are a chain smoker or live with one, you need to avoid cigarettes and the smoke as much as possible. Even second-hand smoke is detrimental to your success in healing. Furthermore, alcohol needs to be eliminated from your diet as well. Alcohol is highly acidic and it is a depressant, both cancer-friendly properties.

3.) BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM: There is a plethora of herbs, vitamins, and botanicals that have incredible cancer-fighting properties. If you have been reading my blog, you already know vitamin C and D are two key vitamins to boosting immunity health. But there is more…much more. For example, cooked tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene (a major cancer-fighting carotenoid). Some other cancer fighters/immune boosters are astragalus, garlic, echinacea, chlorophyll, and vitamin B complex. The list goes on and on, but it is best to seek advisement from your doctor to determine which deficiencies you have in order to best supplement for them.

4.) MEDITATION: This is not just a practice for monks! There are various ways to meditate, and it is one of the best methods for nurturing and healing your mind and spirit. Yes, thinking like a Negative Nancy and staying stressed is BAD for your health. To beat cancer, both your body and mind need to be in tune and at peace. BALANCE…it is a necessity for activating your body’s healing response.

Finally, cancer does not have to be an instant death sentence. You can fight it and win if you utilize all the tools available to your disposal. In addition, please take the time to seek a physician who can truly help you actualize this fact without killing your body.

Check out these books and documentaries below if you want to learn more about natural approaches to cancer and disease treatments. I only listed a few, but there are much more out there:

  • The Cure, by Dr. Timonthy Brantley
  • The Living Foods Lifestyle, by Brenda Cobb
  • A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases, by Max Gerson
  • The Beautiful Truth, Stephen Kroschel (Documentary)
  • Food Matters (Documentary)