Who has not dreamed of enjoying infinite energy reserves to help us face our daily challenges and live life to its fullest?
The quest for the miracle pill, the bionic drink, the superfood that will make us uber healthy are still too often a thing of today.
An extensive study of more than 150,000 individuals from 2010 to 2016 on the management and optimization of human energy conducted jointly by the Department of Medicine of Harvard University in the USA and Berlin University in Germany came to very interesting conclusions that we would like to share with you.
Conclusion # 1: Every individual comes into this world with its full energy potential. The characteristic that differs one person from another is inscribed in the DNA of each of our cells.
Conclusion # 2: There is no miracle recipe to help us produce more energy. For example, according to this study, having more or less energy from one day to another would have nothing to do with the consumption of a special product or beverage.
Conclusion # 3: There are energy "stealers" and "supporters". Energy "stealers" are the activities that destroy or limit our energy potential to be expressed at 100%. For example: energy "stealers" would be poor food choices, lack of hydration, stress and negative thoughts. By contrast, energy "supporters" would be eating fresh vegetables, taking a walk in nature, having a good night's sleep, laughing with friends and thinking positive thoughts.
To reach your full energy potential, the authors of this research suggest that we take time each day to identify potential energy ''stealers'' that we habitually do and decide to replace them with more energy ''supporters''.
To your health....and energy!
Jessica and Bruno
Sources: Managing Human Energy Potential. Harvard & Berlin Universities Med Dept 2017.
Healthy back to school habits
With the begining of the school year, we thought we would share 3 tips to ensure a healthy and vibrant start.
Keep eating fresh foods. During the summer months, the abundance of locally produced vegetables and fresh fruits encourages us to consume many of these foods in their natural form keeping our cells happy and healthy. With the colder months arriving, it is important to continue to consume these foods as much as possible in the form Mother Nature provides us, that is, not transformed in order to take full advantage of their nutritional value, which plays an important role in our energy levels and our immune system.
And good news, several local producers offer us a wide variety of vegetables during the fall months.
Reduce your schedule.
With the return to school and work, many people tend to overload their schedule and that of their families. Music classes on Monday, yoga on Tuesdays, EnerJ Fit on Wednesdays, spinning on Thursdays, hockey and skating on Saturdays and Sundays and homework every evening ... Phew!
All of these fun activities are great, but remember that there are only 24 hours in a day and to reserve a few to '' do nothing '' is very good for your health and for those you love.
Children's lunch box ... with your children. Back to school is of course synonymous with the return of lunch boxes.
To make this a pleasant and nourishing task, be sure to take some time on the weekend with your children to plan a menu for the week. Then, involve your children, even at a young age, in the preparation of their meals. Be sure to have wholesome foods available and then accompany them in making choices to complete their lunch box. This small exercise will help you empower your child for years to come.Check out www.kidseatgreat.com Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy start to the school year.
Jessica and Bruno
Most of us feel better when we are out in nature. Whether it's to get some fresh air, go for a walk or just look at its beauty. There are actually real, scientific facts why nature is good for our body, mind and soul. Like every other living being on our planet, we evolved under the care of Mother Nature. People often forget that we are actually part of nature.
Research shows that:
Nature is great for stress-reduction. Spending time in nature has been shown to lower stress levels through the use of your various senses and can help you unplug from technology and everyday stresses and allow you to connect to the true Source. Taking slow, deep breaths—the kind encouraged by the great outdoors—stimulates the body's parasympathetic reaction, which calms you down .
Spending time in nature increases brain functions and improves your mood. Being outdoors kicks the brain into high gear through oxygenation helping to increase concentration and creativity. It has also been linked to improved attention span and boost your serotonin levels - your ''feel good'' neurotransmitters.
Getting outside and moving makes you feel more alive and improves your vitality. This is mostly due to the increased oxygen intake and the yummy endorphins flowing through your body!
Have you heard of Earthing?
The practice referred to as grounding (or earthing) results from bare skin contact on a natural surface (dirt, sand, grass etc.); It's as simple as walking or sitting barefoot outside. The theory states that because the earth is negatively charged- and has a greater negative charge than your body- we absorb earth’s electrons. The evidence suggests that we need the Earth’s electrons for our well-being. They appear to be, in fact, foundational for health, representing an indispensable kind of “nutrient” that if deficient or missing can cause health problems just like a deficient vitamin or mineral. 1* Earthing Institute
and living near nature can even help us live longer...
According to a recent American study, women who lived in the greenest surroundings—had a mortality rate that was 12% lower than those living in homes in the least green areas. *2 Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Enjoy your summer and have fun in nature!
Jessica and Bruno
Photo: Jean Ladouceur
What are plant proteins and what are the benefits?
Many types of foods include plant proteins. For example: beans, avocados, nuts and seeds such as flax seeds just to name a few. There are many health benefits for consuming plant based proteins and here are a few*:
- better assimilation both in the digestive system and at the cellular level
- causes less inflammation compared to animal protein.
It is important to remember that proteins provide amino acids to the human body and that plant based proteins do not provide a ''complete form'' of protein. For that reason, it is important to make sure that you incorporate a variety of plant based proteins in each meal. For example, mix beans with avocados**
*and** sources: Institute of Functional Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other unsweetened
1/2 cup water
Plant protein (a portion with 10-18 gr of protein) We use Usana My Smart Skae plant protein powder
Handful of organic baby spinach
1 tablespoon of organic chia seads
1/2 cup frozen fruit (I like mango or rasberries)
Cacao and cinnamon to your liking 🙂
Healthy breakfast on the go!
Jessica and Bruno
#1 Do not make New Years Resolutions!
Think less about EATING LESS
Think more about the QUALITY of the food you eat and NOURISHING yourself
Think less about how much you want to weigh
Think more about how you want to FEEL in your body
Be less BUSY
Be more PRESENT
Think less about what you DO NOT want!
Think more about what YOU DO want!
#2 Envision the 2017 that you would love to live
Take the time to think about the following questions and write down your answers
-Healthy weight, optimal body image, how you want to feel inside and out
-Perfect job, optimal job conditions, business outcomes...
-Ideal relationships with lovers, friends and family
-All the fun and inspiring activities that you would love to do
Happy and Healthy new Year to you and your family