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Food and Juice Trends to Watch Out For in 2017

Food and Juice Trends to Watch Out For in 2017

Living the healthy lifestyle will continue to rise this new year and it’s bound to get even bigger and more diverse with new trends coming in for must-try food and juices.

Indeed, being healthy never looked and felt this good, so start leveling up with your foodie-gram skills because these big food and juice trends are bound to whet your appetite for eating clean and eating right in 2017.[1]

Raw Appeal of Hawaiian Poké

The usual sushi and salad diet might be put aside with the rise in popularity of Hawaiian poké (pronounced as POH-kay), a Polynesian delight consisting of raw fish (usually ahi tuna or salmon) salad marinated with soy, lime, and sesame. You can also find avocado, seaweed, and cucumber in the mixture, all served atop of rice or leafy greens. And just this year, more and more restaurants and healthy to-go food services have been riding on the upward trend of including poké and poké dishes.

Since the beginning of 2016, poké has already been a mainstay in the Los Angeles dining scene, and have since crept up into the Instagram pages of foodies all over New York City as well.[2] The reason for the rising fascination of health buffs and foodies alike for poké is three-fold: it’s healthy, it’s easy to make (and customizable), and it’s very pretty to look at (and take photos of).

For starters, using fresh raw fish with lots and lots of greens and other veggies thrown in provides a more sumptuous and flavorful option compared to your go-to sushi or green salads. You can eat it with rice or, if carbo-loading isn’t your thing, you can just opt to have it over leafy vegetables.

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Another selling point of poké, is how easy it is to make, making it the new go-to lunch and snack for people on the go. It’s the perfect middle ground between quickie salad stops and heavy fillings of Chipotle. You’re getting more for less, and you’re eating healthier minus the bland and boring taste.

In fact, a lot of poké bowl restaurants have popped up from the west coast all the way to the east, where you can have your bowl customized starting with your base (rice or leafy veggies), protein (ahi tuna or salmon), plus the sauce and the rest of the toppings. These bowls are normally priced around $10 to $20, which can be even cheaper than sushi that can go beyond $20 a roll.

Given that most people live on social media these days, the reach of social media influencers displaying their poké dishes also plays a part in promoting this dish. If 2016 saw the beginnings of this humble Hawaiian dish, then 2017 is the year when it’s gonna blow and burst out in the open for the world to eat.

Rise of the Big Red

Enough with the greens, because red is in this year with watermelon juice promising to take the health industry by storm—with special thanks to Beyoncé.

It’s been predicted that watermelon juice, consisting of watermelon flesh and rind with lemon, will be the next big thing in juicing. And earlier this year, Beyoncé even invested in “WTRMLN,” which is a cold-pressed watermelon juice that’s currently being sold in Costco, Whole Foods, and Sobey’s.

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It’s about time we give notice to this highly beneficial fruit. The biggest health benefit of watermelon is its hydrating properties, consisting of about 92 percent water.[3] The leading nutrients that can be found in this fruit include vitamin C, vitamin A, lycopene, potassium, and small percentages of vitamin B1, B5, B6, and magnesium. And get this, watermelon actually ranks as one of the lowest in calorie count among all fruits and is low in sugar (even lower than berries), considering that it’s very sweet to taste.

But the three most important contributions of watermelon in maintaining good health are its link to the prevention of some types of cancer, heart diseases, and inflammation that can lead to chronic diseases. Be sure to consume in moderation because excessive consumption of this sweet and refreshing treat can lead to unnecessary gas and bloating because the naturally occurring sugar in watermelon is not always completely absorbed by our GI system.[4]

Apart from the cold-pressed variant, you can expect to see more variations of watermelon juices, shakes, and smoothies this new year.

Juicing Recipes to Try in 2017

Juicing is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Through juicing, you are essentially packing tons of nutritive elements into a single refreshing serving. Here are a few recipes that you should try in the new year. I personally use a Vitamix for all of my shakes and smoothies (because it is so powerful and efficient), but since it is more on the pricier side, I recommend you researching juicers and choosing the best one that works for you. It doesn’t have to be the same as mine, just as long as it gets the job done right!

Strawberry Watermelon Juice

Since we’re riding on the big watermelon trend, we might as well serve a watermelon juice. Here we put a bit of a twist on an old favorite by mixing it with another favorite red fruit, the strawberry.

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Ingredients (for 2 servings):

  • 1 cup of strawberries (or around 8 large pieces)
  • 5 cups of watermelon (cut into cubes)
  • 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 6 ice cubes (or frozen berries)
  • Water (just in case you want to adjust the consistency)

Instructions:

  • It’s highly recommended to first freeze the strawberries and watermelon cubes to get that refreshing chilled juice consistency.
  • Afterwards, throw in the watermelon, strawberries, and lemon juice, and blend it together until you get a smoother consistency—or the consistency you want to have

Banana Pineapple (and Kale) Juice

We can’t ignore that the color of the year is actually green, and more specifically, the nature and earthy kind of green, which is why we still need to have our go-to green juice. This time, it consists of banana and pineapple for that tropical flavor combined with kale leaves to complete the healthy trio.

Ingredients (for 2 servings):

  • 4 kale leaves
  • 1 ripe banana (peeled)
  • ¼ cup of fresh pineapple (cut into 1” strips)

Instructions:

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  • Ensure that the pineapple is frozen before usage.
  • Juice the pineapple and kale and then add in the banana until you’ve achieved the consistency that you want.

Carrot Treat

Detox your way into the start of the new year on a very positive and healthy note with this carrot juice that includes some greens and yellows in between. Carrot is known to be high in fiber and beta-carotene, and is a great source for antioxidants. What better way to start anew than by cleansing yourself with this healthy concoction?

Ingredients (for 2 servings):

  • 4 carrots (sliced or diced)
  • 1cm fresh ginger
  • 1 green apple (sliced)
  • ½ cup lemon juice

Instructions:

  • Clean the carrots before peeling them up and slicing. Apply the same process for the green apple.
  • Blend together the carrots, ginger, and green apple. Add in the lemon juice and blend until you have the right viscosity and consistency.

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How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

1. The Inner Critic

This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

  • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
  • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
  • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
  • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

2. The Worrier

This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

4. The Sleep Depriver

This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

  • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
  • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
  • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

How can you control these squatters?

How to Master Your Mind

You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

There are two ways to control your thoughts:

  • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
  • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

For the Inner Critic

When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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“Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

  • They rile up the Worrier.
  • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
  • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
  • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
  • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

For the Worrier

Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tense

Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

“Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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For example:

If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

“I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

“Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tension

I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

Breathe in through your nose:

  • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
  • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
  • Focus on your belly rising.

Breathe out through your nose:

  • Feel your lungs emptying.
  • Focus on your belly falling.
  • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

For the Sleep Depriver

(They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

  1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
  2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

You can also use this technique any time you want to:

  • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
  • Shut down your thinking.
  • Calm your feelings.
  • Simply focus on the present moment. 

The Bottom Line

Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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