What is Genetically Modified Food?

 

Are my kids eating genetically engineered food?
The sad truth is many of the foods that are most popular with children contain GMOs. Cereals, snack bars, snack boxes, cookies, processed lunch meats, and crackers all contain large amounts of high risk food ingredients. In North America, over 80% of our food contains GMOs.  If you are not buying foods that are Non-GMO Project Verified, most likely GMOs are present at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What if I only buy organic?
Shopping organic is a great step towards ensuring that your family eats the healthiest foods possible. The challenge is that although GMOs are an excluded method under the National Organic Program, organic certification does not require GMO testing. Choosing products that are Certified Organic AND Non-GMO Project Verified is the best way to make sure you are getting the safest, healthiest, highest-quality food for your family.

What are the most common GMOs?
The most common GMOs are soy, cotton, canola, corn, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, and squash (zucchini  and yellow). Many of these items appear as added ingredients in a large amount of the foods we eat. For instance, your family may not eat tofu or drink soy milk, but soy is most likely present in a large percentage of the foods in your pantry.
GMOs may be hidden in common processed food ingredients such as: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.

I am overwhelmed by the prospect of changing our diet, where should I begin?
Take a step by step approach. For instance, many parents find it is useful to begin with looking at what their family is eating for breakfast.
There are many resources available to help you find non-GMO choices:

 

New Location December 1st, 2012!

Dear Friends and Family,

We are excited to share our new office location with you and invite you to see your new home for Health & Wellness. We are committed to making this … Read more

Need More Pep in your Step?

March 2012

Need More Pep in Your Step?


Since before the dawn of civilization, mankind has relied on physical fitness to survive. Not only did hunters and gatherers move around constantly to survive, but they also exercised for leisure and pleasure. In order to extend the life of their tribe, hunters had to find wildlife, fresh water, and safe areas to set up camp. Primitive man would exercise daily for his job and responsibilities, and he would dance and play games when celebration was in order. Civilization dawned when the development of agriculture brought the ability to remain in an area and live a more sedentary lifestyle.

Ancient Chinese philosophers recognized that a sedentary lifestyle would lead to certain diseases that could be prevented with regular exercise. Ancient Greeks participated in gymnastics, running, jumping, and wrestling because they believed that a strong, healthy body was necessary to harbor a sound mind.

In the words of the Greek philosopher Hippocrates, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”

How Many Steps Do I Need to Make?

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans the recommended amount of activity for adults is the following:

 

5 hours each week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity AND muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

OR

 

2 hours and 30 minutes each week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity AND muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

Things to Consider with Exercise:
1.    Do weight bearing activities such as running or using a small trampoline (Google: rebounder)
2.    Drink plenty of water, if you go over an hour remember to replenish with a sports drink, gel or light snack
3.    Great supplements to include: joint support formulas, vitamin B, and high quality organic fish oils rich in omega-3s.
4.    Warm up and cool down with light stretching

Healing Affirmations


From her book Heal Your Body Louise L. Hays gives suggestions on how to awaken within you the ability to contribute to your own healing process. She advises to pick an aliment or problem and read affirmations associated with those problems to help eliminate them. Read the affirmation(s) for thirty days and see  how your body feels.


The Problem        
Fatigue  

Probable Cause
Resistance, boredom. Lack of love  for what one does 


New Thought Pattern                  
I am enthusiastic about life and filledwith energy and enthusiasm.


                                                                          


                                                                                                                                                                         

The Mind really is a terrible thing to waste…

Happy Feet!

February 2012

Happy Feet

As far back as 1600 B.C., we have been wearing shoes for comfort, protection, style and performance. Lately, there has been a debate as to what we should be putting on our feet …or not. The running shoe industry has grown to massive proportions in the last 30 years, and some argue that the shoes we wear today — with all the support and cushion — are actually weakening our natural arches, and causing more injuries than they prevent!
The shoes and inserts we wear today attempt to replace our natural arches. By doing so, some argue, the natural support structures in our feet (arches, muscles and tendons) have weakened so much that they no longer do what they were designed to do.
Some experts, like Benno Nigg of the Human Performance Lab at the University of Calgary, claim that wearing shoes causes the small muscles of the feet and even core muscles to become weak, which impacts our natural biomechanics and may contribute to knee and hip pain. Nigg believes that by strengthening muscles in the foot, we can improve our natural biomechanics.
While there isn’t much clinical evidence that running shoes have improved sports performance or reduced injury rates, there is also little evidence that running barefoot or in minimal footwear offers any advantages. There is growing evidence that high heels and stiff shoes do cause damage to feet and may lead to back problems.
So what’s the solution?
Things To Do To Have Happier Feet:
1.    Practice walking barefoot – start slow and at home
2.    Buy soft sole shoes with little to no heel.
3.    If using shoes add orthotics – for some barefoot isn’t an option so give yourself support
4.    Avoid constricting shoes

Healing Affirmations

From her book Heal Your Body Louise L. Hays gives suggestions on how to awaken within you the ability to contribute to your own healing process. She advises to pick an aliment or problem and read affirmations associated with those problems to help eliminate them. Read the affirmation(s) for thirty days and see  how your body feels.

The Problem          Probable Cause                                                New Thought Pattern

Feet                Represent our understanding– of                             My understanding is clear, and I am

                         ourselves, of life, of others.                         willing to change with the     times. I am safe.

                                                                         

FEET , FEET, FEET… Where do I go?

Valentine’s Day Special Offer

Give the one you love a relaxing well deserved treat!

Valentine’s Special

Purchase a 1 hour Massage Gift Certificate for your love and you get  30mins FREE!
Call today for availability,
760.632.1134 or email us wellness@ncwcenter.com
Good only until Feb 25, 2012

 

 

Valentine’s Day Special Offer

Give the one you love a relaxing well deserved treat!

Valentine’s Special

Purchase a 1 hour Massage Gift Certificate and get an added 30mins FREE!
Call today for availability,
760.632.1134 or email us wellness@.ncwcenter.com
Good only until Feb 25, 2012

 

 

Sent to —

|

Only the best prenatal massage for our moms. Ask for Nanda…

February 2012

Starting this February!

Prenatal Massage?
It’s not for everyone but…

If you are planning on getting pregnant or already pregnant, try out a massage with Nanda on Thursday or Saturday.

http://ncwcenter.com/Pregnancy.html

760-632-1134
ncwcenter.com


–>

Our mailing address is:
All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
All rights reserved.

50% off hour massage for Marathon runners!!

January 2012

For this week only!

Are you running the 1/2 Marathon this weekend?
How about getting a recovery massage?
We want to treat you for all your hard work…

Bring your bib # in or call to make an appointment for a relaxing hour massage. For only $34!!!

760-632-1134
ncwcenter.com


–>

Our mailing address is:
All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
All rights reserved.

50% hour massage for Marathon runners!!

January 2012

For this week only!

Are you running the 1/2 Marathon this weekend?
How about getting a recovery massage?
We want to treat you for all your hard work…

Bring your bib # in or call to make an appointment for a relaxing hour massage. For only $34!!!

760-632-1134
ncwcenter.com


–>

Our mailing address is:
All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
All rights reserved.