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Study Supports OurPlate!

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By Mark Lundegren

A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and picked up in the health and popular press this week, casts added doubt on several popular diet programs.

It also provides further support for HumanaNatura’s Natural Eating recommendations and OurPlate healthy meal guidelines. We would encourage you to learn more about the study’s important findings, which are consistent with other emerging dietary research and have important natural health implications.

Example of HumanaNatura’s OurPlate Approach In Action

In the new study, members of a small group who had previously undergone significant weight loss were placed in random order on each of three 30-day eating plans – 1) a “low-fat” plan comparable to diets widely advocated by a variety of medical organizations and health policy institutes, 2) a “low-carbohydrate” plan comparable to the Atkins Diet, and 3) a “low-glycemic” plan rich in fruits and vegetables and with moderate but healthy fat and protein levels, comparable to the Mediterranean Diet. Although the HumanaNatura approach omits grains and legumes – replacing them with additional vegetables, lean proteins, and fruit – it is similar to the Mediterranean approach in important ways.

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Anyday Brunch Salad Meal!

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Though we made this delicious and fancy salad meal for Sunday brunch – the HumanaNatura way and using HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines – it would be just as good any day of the week. You can easily follow our lead! Start with a sautéed fish fillet, seasoned with red onion and garlic bits, turmeric, ginger, lemon, and black pepper. As the fillet cooks, prepare a half-plate of greens with diced orange and a scattering of whole and cut seasonal berries. Combine the two and then garnish this extra-healthy meal simply with pistachios, parsley, coriander, and a bit more lemon and black pepper. Try it yourself, eat healthy the HumanaNatura way, and get that relaxed brunchy-weekend feeling back anytime!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals through OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple healthy eating guide and meal rating tool, and experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong and lifewide health and fitness. Check out an overview of our health programs at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

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Healthy Solstice Greetings!

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the solstice! Across our earth, we are now at the extremes of light and darkness in the natural year. For the southern hemisphere, this is the shortest and naturally most constrained day of the year, but the beginning of longer days and lengthening light too. In the north, it is the height of the year and a jubilant time of sweeping light, especially in the north’s higher latitudes, marking the transition of spring into summer.

In both cases, we are halfway between the relative balance and calm of the spring and fall equinoxes, when HumanaNatura encourages examination and renewal of our Natural Life Plan. At the solstice, however, HumanaNatura instead recommends life and health-affirming celebration and time with others, rather than reflection and planning, in an ancient human rhythm that has its roots before recorded history.

If you have not yet created a Natural Life Plan – guiding your use and expression of the third HumanaNatura technique of Natural Living – the links we have provided will take you to our planning worksheets and seven-step planning process. Together, these resources will help you begin more intentionally health-centered and progressive life in the days and weeks ahead.

Our newest community newsletter was released today as well, which is published eight times yearly in harmony with the natural year. To receive future HumanaNatura newsletters and learn about the benefits of membership in our global practitioner-advocate network, go to Join HumanaNatura.

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Healthy Body, Healthy Brain

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By Mark Lundegren

We all understand that healthy living leads to healthy bodies, to increased longevity, and to reduced chronic health risks…even as many of us do not adequately, or optimally, act on these essential facts of life.

On the other hand, a great many of us have not yet come to terms with the reality that this same natural relationship between lifestyle and physical health applies to brain health as well – and to all of our brain’s critical functions, including memory, cognition, creativity, and emotion.

Sections of a Healthy Brain, Left, and One With Advanced Degeneration

Often, we treat our brains – that is, ourselves – as relatively unchanging and largely unaffected by reduced physical health, even as this widespread intuition is measurably untrue.

In fact, reduced physical health is almost always accompanied by lowered cognitive and emotional functioning, circularly restraining our self-awareness and motivation and keeping us at reduced overall states of health. The practical effect of this health-limiting cycle is to prevent us from seeing our life in more vital and expansive terms, and thus from intentionally pursuing new growth and progressive life.

Recent Brain Health Research

A trio of recent research studies highlight the importance of making the crucial link between our lifestyle and metal health, and underscore our need to take deliberate steps to promote a healthy body and brain throughout our modern lives.

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Lean & Yummy Salad Meal!

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Need a little inspiration to begin or keep eating optimally the HumanaNatura way and using HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines? Try this fruit and fish salad meal, with fish coming from lower in the marine food chain to make it naturally healthier. This lean and yummy salad meal begins with a fillet of flounder pan-sautéed in a rich herb-infused olive oil, using diced onion and garlic, turmeric, red and black pepper, lemon rind, and parsley. We’ve then paired this lightly-cooked protein with a base of greens with sliced red onion and a melange of diced orange and strawberries. This great and extra health combination needs little else and is garnished simply with pistachios, parsley, anise seeds, and black pepper. Mmmm – get inspired!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals through OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple healthy eating guide and meal rating tool, and experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong and lifewide health and fitness. Check out an overview of our health programs at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

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Veggie Omelet Salad Meal!

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There are lots of ways of eating optimally the HumanaNatura way and using HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines. One way is with eggs. Though we do recommend limiting eggs and red meats to no more than 25% of overall protein intake, owing to their higher fat levels, this limitation is no reason why you cannot regularly enjoy salad meals with eggs. Eggs are a natural and very versatile protein food, and have the added advantage of being extra-quick to prepare. This tasty and easy-to-make salad meal includes a veggie omelet, featuring diced red onion and broccoli, a base of arugula, and a mix of diced cucumber, orange, and tomato. This delicious, nutritious, and very green meal is garnished  before serving with pistachios, parsley, anise seeds, coriander, and black pepper. Fast, healthy, and a pleasure to serve anytime!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals through OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple healthy eating guide and meal rating tool, and experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong and lifewide health and fitness. Check out an overview of our health programs at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

Tell others about HumanaNatura…create new life and health!

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