Archive for July, 2013

Summer Berry Salad Meal

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Summer is in full swing in much of the world right now. In addition to longer and warmer days, this also means that fresh summer berries are now waiting to bring natural sweetness and interest to our daily meals. When creating healthy salad meals the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate eating guidelines, summer berries find a natural home and can be used at any meal – morning, midday, or night.

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Today’s example HumanaNatura meal is a delicious and hearty morning salad that features an omelet filled with diced red onion, cut broccoli florets, and shrimp seasoned with garlic and curry. As the omelet cooks on almost high heat until just slightly crispy on the outside, fresh organic arugula is used as a salad base and then combined with a mix featuring diced cucumber, quartered grape tomatoes, a generous handful of fresh blueberries, and a scattering of anise seeds. When the omelet is done, it’s paired with the veggies and seasoned simply with parsley and black pepper (though adding a few pine nuts to the mix seems like a good idea in hindsight). In any case and whatever berries you use, a great way to start the day and make use of local, naturally fresh mid-summer foods!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s easy-to-use optimal eating guide. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Then 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 HumanaNatura’s comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier modern 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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Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

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By Craig Elding

Craig Elding

Did you know there are two types of diabetes?

Medical researchers have conveniently named them diabetes types 1 & 2. Type 1 diabetes is largely a result of genetics and cannot be avoided. Type 2 diabetes is a result of diet and lifestyle and is avoidable1.

Despite this, type 2 diabetes makes up almost 90% of all diabetes cases and is on the rise in much of the world2. This article will explain what type 2 diabetes is, how it occurs, and exactly how it can be avoided.

Type 2 diabetes & insulin

After a meal or snack that includes carbohydrates – such as sugary foods, starches and refined grains that quickly convert to sugar, or fruit or whole grains that convert to sugar more slowly – sugar enters the blood stream at a relatively fast or slow pace, causing blood sugar levels to rise.

As blood sugar levels increase, the body naturally produces a hormone called insulin, which tells cells in muscles and the liver to absorb and store excess sugar in the form of glycogen or fat. The effect of this is to reduce the amount of sugar in the blood, a key source of physiological energy, and thus to help normalize energy levels.

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Introducing: Greek-Style Yoga

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With the current craze for Greek-style yogurt, we figured sooner or later people would search for Greek-style yoga. But regardless of how you arrived here – whether by accident, out of curiosity, or some other route – we don’t want to waste this funny play on words and learning opportunity.

Calisthenics PosterAfter all, there actually is such a thing as Greek-style yoga, though few of us realize this at first. But it’s there right in front of us, even as most of us don’t make the connection – though maybe more of us will once folks read and share this post.

The yoga of the Greeks? You’ve probably heard of it already. It’s called calisthenics, a word created from the Greek roots kalos, which means beautiful, and sthenos, meaning strength.

Though calisthenics is a modern word and fitness practice, it has its roots firmly in the athletics of ancient Greece, making it a rough contemporary of other forms of yoga. And like traditional yoga, when calisthenics is practiced regularly and attentively, it does indeed help to make us stronger and more beautiful, on the outside and on the inside too.

Because of the many health and fitness benefits of calisthenics, HumanaNatura encourages its regular practice as part of our Personal Health Program. The image above is a photo-sized copy of our calisthenics workout poster. The poster summarizes HumanaNatura’s multilevel calisthenics exercises and is available free for personal and non-profit use, along with our step-by-step calisthenics guide, at guide and poster download.

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