Four Fixes for Phenomenal Health: PART FOUR

If you've been following along with this program, you are already implementing 3 new habits. You're drinking at least 3-4 quarts of water each day, sleeping at least 7-8 hours each night, and eating at least 4 servings of leafy greens every day. How are these new habits working for you? Do you feel any better? How is your energy? Mood?

If any of your new habits are not quite happening yet, don't worry. Give it more time. Trying to change too many things at once is not the path to phenomenal health. We need to get each habit firmly in place before we move forward with the next one.

Baby steps are better than no steps at all. So don't throw in the towel if you only ate one serving of greens yesterday. In fact, I only had 2 servings yesterday. I had a smoothie for dinner, and decided against adding greens to it. And it tasted great without them, so it might have been a wise decision! I plan to purchase some more powdered greens to add to smoothies. Trader Joe's carries this product, and it might be cheating, but as I mentioned: baby steps!

Are you ready to learn about FIX #4? This fix might be something you haven't even considered...

FIX #4: Super SPICE. Yes, I'm talking about turmeric. At least three servings of turmeric spice daily, or a curcurmin supplement.

Curcurmin is the active component in turmeric which scientists have been studying for many years. For curcurmin to be well-absorbed, the body needs piperine, an active compound found in black pepper. If you are adding turmeric to your diet, be sure to add black pepper as well. If you are taking a curcurmin supplement, look for one which contains piperine.

Why turmeric? Studies show turmeric is truly a SUPER spice. Curcurmin is effective against depression--in some cases, as effective as Prozac! Curcurmin seems to protect against cancer, especially colon cancer, as well as actually killing cancer cells that have already taken root in the body. It's a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Patients have found curcurmin works well against arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Curcurmin is also currently being studied for its capacity to fight heart disease and Alzheimer's. It appears to positively influence the lining of arteries, helping to keep them open and supple.

How can you add turmeric to your diet? There are many possibilities!

I absolutely love Creamy Coconut and Cauliflower Soup. I've posted two different versions of this recipe on this blog. I add several tablespoons of turmeric to each batch. (Be sure to also add black pepper to all these dishes!) You can use turmeric in stir-fries of mixed veggies, curries, soups, pickles, egg salad, chicken salad, and loads more dishes. Turmeric has a mild flavor that blends well with other spices. You can add it to your breakfast oatmeal, chai tea, or brew up a cup of ginger turmeric tea. You can purchase powdered turmeric or turmeric root. Trader Joe's carries ginger turmeric tea bags.

If you decide turmeric is not something you want to consume in your meals, you can find curcurmin supplements at Walmart and many other stores. This is an easy, convenient way of getting your daily dosage. Considering all the benefits you can gain from curcurmin, this fix seems like a no-brainer.

There you have it! The four fixes for phenomenal health. You might have noticed that all the fixes are POSITIVE. They all involve adding to your current lifestyle rather than deleting from it. My theory is that we all feel better about taking action, making positive steps, instead of focusing on what we are doing wrong. Good luck with implementing all four fixes.

And please feel free to get in touch if you need support with your diet and fitness goals! I am available for weight loss coaching and holistic personal training. Leave me a message in the comment section!