What Are Phytonutrients?

So recently I was introduced to the concept of phytonutrients. Not having heard this term before, I have to admit I was skeptical. After a bit of digging though, I discovered that phytonutrients are essentially plant-based nutrients that come from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Here’s what all the buzz is about: What exactly are phytonutrients? Phytonutrients are plant-derived nutrients. They are also referred to as phytochemicals or “superfoods.” They have been touted as having anti-viral, anti-cancer, and anti-bacterial properties. Currently, many clinical trials are underway examining the use of phytochemicals from certain plants that may have medicinal properties. For example, an important cancer drug, Taxol (paclitaxel), is a phytochemical initially extracted and purified from the Pacific yew tree. What health benefits do phytonutrients provide? Some of the top benefits include boosting immunity, providing an antioxidant boost (antioxidants have anti-cancer properties), protecting against heart disease, and possibly slowing the aging process. Many phytonutrients, such as turmeric and salvia, also have anti-inflammatory properties. It is thought that the absence or deficiency of phytonutrients in processed foods may contribute to the increased risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes, and cancer. What foods contain phytonutrients? Increasing your consumption of fruits and veggies is the best way to get more phytonutrients into your diet. Virtually all non-processed fruits and vegetables have phytonutrient properties. More well-known examples include lycopene in tomatoes (currently being investigated for prostate cancer), beta-carotene in carrots, isoflavones in soy, and the tannic acid in blueberries. The list is endless. It’s not as important to get caught up in which nutrient is in what – the research is just starting to come in, so the best thing to do is to incorporate a few of [...]

By |March 23rd, 2009|Health|0 Comments

Is Action More Important Than Thought?

In trying to create change in your life, how important is thought versus action? There is a common misconception out that the only way one can create change is through ACTION. “No pain, no gain” they tell us. “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” We’ve all grown up in a society where action reigns supreme, and hard work and sacrifice are applauded. But have you ever noticed how many people there are out there working very, very hard, and yet success still eludes them? And there are other people that just seem to get lucky, or get all the breaks? If the formula was as simple as hard work = success, there would be a lot more successful people out there, don’t you agree? But then, people argue, “oh he just got lucky” or “she just timed it right, that’s all.” But what influences your luck? What inspires you to the right timing? Your life is more than just a series of random coincidences over which hard work is your only way to fight back and have a sense of control. Taking fruitful, effective action (and working hard when you need to) is definitely important. But what’s more important is that your energy is lined up. If you are not already feeling successful, if you have a lot of resistance in terms of negativity, hesitation, anxiety, etc., then you are holding yourself back. If your energy is not in alignment with what you want, and you have not created a great deal of positive momentum through your vibration (the energy vibe you are giving off to the universe), I’ve got news for you: you can work 24 hours a day on your business and you will [...]

By |March 16th, 2009|Abundance, Meditation|9 Comments

Are you focused on the problem or the solution?

A lot of people, when faced with a problem in their life, whether its a work-related or personal, think incessantly about the problem. Some of this is involuntary because it’s easy (and lazy) to dwell on what is. “Well this is my reality” they say. “Of course I’m going to think about it.” What’s even worse, they sometimes hyperfocus on the problem, hoping that this focus on what’s wrong will help them to find a solution. These people don’t really understand how energy works. What you give your attention to, you add energy to, and it continues to expand in your life. By focusing on the problem, you are simply adding to the status quo of what is, and you are making it harder for yourself to create the change you seek. Focusing on the problem will not lead to a solution, since the problem is a different energy vibration than the vibration of the solution. When you are focused on the problem, the solution cannot find you. The people you need to meet, the insight that you are hoping will come to you, the circumstances that might favor you, etc. cannot align with you. The universe will continue to bring you more of what you are vibrating, which is “I have this problem.” The universe then says “Yes, you do.” The universe (or the field of infinite intelligence) always agrees with you. Now, you do want to think about your problem to the extent that you define it clearly. After all, if you don’t know what’s wrong, you can’t very well go about fixing it. But once you’ve clearly defined the problem and figured out what’s wrong, STOP THINKING ABOUT IT, and begin to [...]

By |March 3rd, 2009|Career Success, Inspiration|0 Comments