Eating a plant-based diet

PlantBasedDiet_0616 Have you ever thought of becoming a vegetarian? Perhaps you are an animal lover who wants to cut out all meat and animal products from your diet. There’s no doubt that reducing your meat intake and switching to a plant-based diet are both great ways to improve your health and the environment.

But making the switch can be confusing. Should I not eat any animal products at all? Can I eat fish now and then? Here’s a quick look at the variety of food choice lifestyles available today.

What is a vegetarian?

It’s the practice of eating a diet that eliminates all meat, including fish, shellfish and other sea animals, and poultry. There are variants of the diet, some of which also exclude eggs.

  • Lacto-vegetarians exclude meat, fish, poultry and eggs, as well as foods that contain them. They do eat dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter.
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarians exclude meat, fish, and poultry, but allow dairy products and eggs.
  • Ovo-vegetarians exclude meat, fish, poultry, seafood and dairy products, but they eat eggs. They do not eat gelatin or other animal by-products.
  • Partial vegetarians exclude meat but may eat fish or poultry.
  • Vegan diets exclude all meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy—and foods that contain these products.
  • Pescetarians eat a mostly vegetarian diet with the addition of fish.

Approximately six to eight million adults in the United States eat no meat, fish, or poultry, according to a Harris Interactive poll. Several million more have eliminated red meat but still eat chicken or fish. About two million have become vegans. Studies recognize that plant-based eating is not only nutritious but a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.1

Do vegetarians need more protein?

No. A diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, beans, grains and legumes provides just the right amount of protein your body needs. Plus, these foods do not contain the fat, chemicals and antibiotics that animal products have.

Healthy meat alternatives.

Nuts, walnuts, peanuts and almonds in particular, can be eaten for their omega-3 content. They are high in protein and fiber, too. Just watch the quantity that you eat at one sitting, as nuts are high in calories.

Soy is loaded with protein and low in fat. Be sure to buy organic, as most commercial soy beans today are genetically engineered.

Tofu is an excellent substitute for poultry and beef. It adds texture, fiber and healthy protein to your meal. Marinate and sauté tofu and tempeh using sesame oil, tamari, and ginger.

Genesis PURE Mila can supplement your diet with plant-based fiber and protein. It is a whole, raw super food and a natural source of omega-3s, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.

How do vegetarians get their calcium?

The fruits and vegetables in plant-based diets provide calcium. Try kale, collard greens, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, red beans, seeds, raw nuts, etc.

Genesis PURE Daily Build is a comprehensive multivitamin intended to support your on-the-go lifestyle. Not only does it contain superfruits, super greens and organic sea vegetables, it provides 100% of your daily need of vitamin D and is a good source of calcium.

Do vegetarians miss out on important nutrients?

Vegetarians may miss out on nutrients that are found in beef, fish and poultry, such as iron and omega-3s. However, good sources of iron include lentils, broccoli, chick peas, prunes, watermelon, green beans, peanut butter, raising, apricots, almonds and kale. Genesis PURE Mila is a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids which play a crucial role in normal growth and development and brain function. It has also been shown to support heart health.

What is a vegan?

Veganism is a philosophy and lifestyle that excludes the use of animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. Vegans do not consume animal products of any kind, nor do they consume any food that is derived from animals.

Like vegetarians, vegans meet their protein needs by eating a variety of nuts, vegetables and grains. Vegans must get their calcium from fortified sources or soy products. Vegans should supplement their diet with vitamin B12. This vitamin is important for healthy blood and nerve cells and for making DNA.

Genesis PURE products such as Mila, Acai, Goji, Greens, Probiotic, Noni, Capsule and Liquid Cleanse, GoYin, and Organic Sulfur are currently labeled as vegan.

Choosing to go on a vegetarian or vegan diet is a personal decision.

Both diets have the least saturated fat. People on these diets also consume more carbohydrates, dietary fiber, minerals and phytochemicals, all very important for wellness.

As Americans, most of us do not meet the minimum servings of fruit and vegetable each day as part of a healthy diet. There is a benefit to being vegetarian or vegan to ensure that you do get your recommended amounts, as long as you do more than just avoid eating animal foods. If you decide to go this route, make the transition slowly. Introduce more and more vegetarian meals per week.

Remember that eating habits are personal. Something may work for one person, and not for the other. Whatever diet you choose, eating a diet that is fresh and unprocessed is always the best.

Find some great recipes using Genesis PURE products at http://www.genesispure.com/recipes.  Begin your journey to Whole Health and learn more about our wellness products at http://www.genesispure.com/.

1 http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/becoming-a-vegetarian*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Shake it up in the kitchen – 360 style

360CompleteShake_Cacao_150x150We’ve reformulated the Genesis PURE™ HealthTrim® 360 Complete Shake, and gave it a new name. This new product is at the forefront of our HealthTrim line of weight management products and offers something unique that we know you’re going to love.

A unique potato protein extract, PI-2, promotes healthy weight management by helping you feel full. With 21 grams of protein, 19 vitamins and minerals, fiber, and only 1 gram of natural sugar, 360 Complete Shake is an ideal meal replacement. And the new enhanced Vanilla Bean and Cacao flavors taste phenomenal!

It’s time to bring your weight management goals full circle with well-rounded nutrition.

360 Complete Shake:

  • Contains 19 essential vitamins and minerals, excellent sources of antioxidants
  • Contains 21 grams of protein from whey and pea
  • Is an excellent source of fiber and vitamins B6, biotin and pantothenic acid
  • Is an excellent source of vitamin D, calcium chromium and copper, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, iodine and selenium
  • Provides probiotics and digestive enzymes that help promote digestive health*
  • Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels*
  • Naturally sweetened with Stevia
  • Free of artificial coloring, sweeteners or flavors
  • Available in two delicious flavors: Vanilla Bean and Cacao

We’ve also created a new, cohesive look for our HealthTrim® program. Our green, easy-to-understand packaging is right in line with our We Deliver Whole Health message and our belief in healthier living. The fresh new look reflects our innovative focus and will help provide clear differentiation between each product line.

Try 360 Complete Shake today. Mix one scoop with 8-12 fl. oz. of purified water or nonfat dairy, almond, coconut, hemp, rice, soy, or other milk of choice. The Shakes taste great by themselves, but here are some other ideas on how to incorporate 360 Complete Shake into your daily regimen.

 

7c49a6f26a27db7341f89bfb64ba3b47Summer Protein Shake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of chopped mango
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Bean 360 Complete Shake

Directions:

  1. Add coconut milk to blender followed by remaining ingredients.
  2. Puree until smooth.
  3. Enjoy a taste of summer!

 

Protein Bars 5360 Complete Shake Protein Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. almond butter or natural peanut butter
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • 3 scoops Genesis PURE Mila
  • 4 scoops Genesis PURE 360 Complete Shake (Vanilla Bean or Cacao)
  • 2 c. rolled oats
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1-2 T. honey

Directions:

  1. Line an 8″ square baking dish with wax or parchment paper.
  2. Warm the nut butter and coconut oil in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to soften.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix until well blended.
  4. Pour into dish and spread out evenly.
  5. Place in freezer for 45 minutes. Remove and lift parchment paper and bars out of the pan. Place on a flat surface and cut into eight bars.

Staying active is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, but finding a fast, nutritious, well-balanced meal can be a challenge. HealthTrim 360 Complete Shake is a convenient, delicious meal alternative that offers essential nutrients.

How will you enjoy the new 360 Complete Shake? Get creative by adding your favorite fruit. Or add a scoop of Mila for additional fiber and protein. We want to hear from you! Visit us on Facebook and Instagram and show us your creations!

Learn more about Genesis PURE’s HealthTrim program and products at genesispure.com.

Spice up your cleansing regimen

Spices-blog_0616 Herbs are truly a gift from nature. Not only do they add wonderful flavor to dishes, but they offer many health benefits, including the possibility of cleansing the body of harmful toxins.

Spices like black pepper, cumin, ginger, parsley, oregano, and turmeric may have cleansing properties. And, many of them can be easily grown in a backyard garden. Couple these herbs with your favorite meals to take advantage of their potential cleansing benefits.

  • Black and white pepper are great flavor agents. They are made from the Piper-nigrum Black pepper is ground from dried, whole unripe fruit. White pepper is ground from dried, ripe fruit that has had the outer layer removed. Black pepper may help digestion by increasing hydrochloric acid secretion, necessary for the digestion of proteins and other foods within the stomach.BioPerine, a black pepper extract, is a key ingredient in PURE Café. It enhances the absorption of nutrients.
  • Ginger is considered by many to be one of the best detoxifying herbs. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years for its antioxidant benefits. In fact, it is used in many cleansing programs. The beneficial portion of the plant is referred to as the rhizome, which is the thick underground stem. To benefit from this herb, try infusing finely chopped ginger root in boiling water. Add lemon juice and Stevia sweetener for a refreshing drink, hot or cold.
  • Milk Thistle gets its name from the milky sap that comes out of the leaves when they are broken. The seeds are more commonly used. It is known to have antioxidant properties, and is an ingredient in Capsule Cleanse.
  • Oregano, we know, is widely used in Italian food. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that oregano, among other dried culinary herbs, contained very high concentrations of antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect healthy cells from damaging free radicals. The authors stated that in a normal diet, the intake of herbs may contribute significantly to the total intake of plant antioxidants, and can be an even better source of dietary antioxidants than many other food groups such as fruits, berries, cereals and vegetables.1 Oregano adds flavor to broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms and potatoes. It tastes great sprinkled on chicken dishes as well.
  • Parsley’s unique taste comes from a phytochemical called polyacetylene. This herb contains vitamin C, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, vitamin K and folate, which may be used by the body for detoxification. Finely chop parsley and add it to a salad or use it in pesto. Parsley can also be added to juices or smoothies.
  • Turmeric is a plant that comes from the ginger family. It contains a phytochemical substance called curcumin, found in Daily Build. It is yellow in color, and is found in a lot of foods from curry to mustard. Studies suggest that curcumin’s antioxidant properties can support overall health by helping your body maintain a healthy inflammatory response to potentially harmful foreign invaders. Add turmeric to soups, rice dishes, vegetable and chicken dishes and more. Another nice treat is to add 2 teaspoons turmeric, 1 teaspoon ground ginger and a few drops of Stevia natural sweetener to warmed almond milk.

Genesis PURE™ Capsule Cleanse includes a blend of cleansing herbs and botanicals. Cascara sagrada, the primary ingredient in Capsule Cleanse, has traditionally been used to support a healthy digestive system.* Following your cleanse, use Genesis PURE’s Probiotic product … a formula with a blend of probiotic and prebiotic strains that help foster beneficial bacterial growth and to maintain healthy digestive system balance.

Order your Genesis PURE products today at genesispure.com and start enjoying overall health and wellness.

1http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/5/1286.full

2http://jonbarron.org/herbal-library/foods/black-pepper

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

You asked, we answered

ATEoftheWeek_0216 Q: I have ENERGY with an MFG date of January 2015. Is this product too old to take now? Also, has it lost some of its effectiveness?

A: If your products have been properly stored with intact seals then it is safe to consume them. But please note the flavor and other sensory attributes of the products may change with age. The products with MFGs should also be safe to consume if they are also stored properly with intact seals.

Q: Would you mind explaining how Liquid Cleanse cleanses your blood, liver, and kidneys?

A: Cleansing in general is a great way to keep the entire body healthy, including the blood, liver, and kidneys. Some people accomplish this with exercising, eating the right kinds of foods, and drinking plenty of water. Other individuals enjoy using products like Liquid Cleanse because the main ingredient, cascara sagrada, which is a dried extract of bark (Rhamnus purshiana)  promotes colon contractions. We recommend short-term use (7-10 day cycles) every few months and always drink plenty of water when using this product. This product is also commonly used to relieve the unpleasant effects of occasional constipation.

Q: I understand you source your Superfruits, among other products, from developing nations and I didn’t know what your standards were for ensuring that the people working in those nations were paid at a fair wage. Please let me know what Genesis PURE is doing to provide for the local populations working for Genesis PURE, for our products.

A: First, you are correct in that our products are sourced with raw materials from all over the world. We do this in order to get the highest quality ingredients. Unfortunately, we do not disclose sourcing information for any of our products to prevent the information from being leaked to our competitors. Second, fair trade generally has the connotation of imported goods, and the fair (wages, working conditions, culture) treatment of small producers. Genesis PURE products are produced in the U.S., so this doesn’t necessarily apply to us.  We, of course, inspect factories and always stress very high standards of not just housekeeping but also safety standards as applied to the hourly associates. 

Get your om on!

13450776_10101327217821715_1074205822102804322_n People everywhere are practicing yoga. Ashtanga, sivananda, vinyasa — the age-old practice has grown to the point where a dictionary is often helpful when reading a class schedule. There are so many different methods of yoga today that you’re bound to find one that works for you!

International Yoga Day is June 21, 2016, a day founded by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient 5,000-year-old tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well-being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

Yogic breathing can have a positive impact on overall health. In fact, take a deep breath right now. Slowly breathe in and out. Quiet your mind and feel the energy flow through your body, relaxing your muscles. Practice this a few times each day, or whenever you need a break. Yoga practice is great at increasing your mental flexibility and creativity, especially when you’re under stressful situations.

If you’ve never tried yoga, or haven’t attended a class in a while, we think you’ll be surprised by the number of programs that are available. Below are some of the trendier yoga methods you’ll see a lot more of this year.

  • Hot Yoga – Asana in the sauna? This type of yoga is performed in a humid environment allowing for detoxification. If you can’t take the heat, this might not be for you.
  • Weights with Yoga – sculpt your muscles while reciting your mantras. Blending yoga poses with strength training is growing in popularity.
  • Doga – Hold your dog while you downward dog! Bring your pet to class to add a natural calming effect to your yoga practice. No bones about it.
  • Aerial Yoga – this method utilizes a long piece of fabric in a hammock-like shape. You use the fabric to stretch while suspended in the air, all while focusing on your breathing and relaxation.
  • Yogalates – Nope, there’s no coffee involved in this one. This method combines yoga and pilates, enhancing strength, flexibility, and balance beyond what you would get from traditional yoga.
  • Couples Yoga – Together is better. You and your partner assist each other in poses, breathing exercises and meditations.
  • Yoga dance – dancers incorporate a lot of yoga moves during their practice and in their postures. This method incorporates ballet, Indian classic dance and contemporary dance.
  • SUP yoga – This method requires some serious balance, so be careful. It involves doing Asana or Yoga poses on a 10-12 foot stand-up paddle board (i.e. a SUP) on water.

Did you find a favorite? Personally, I want to try the Doga method, and I think my dog would enjoy it, too! Do a Google search to locate a class in your area.

As you reflect on the practice of yoga, remind yourself about the importance of relaxation to support your body, mind and soul. It’s just one of the keys to achieving a life of Whole Health.

Namaste!

Show Dad how much you care!

Father'sDayBLogFather’s Day is just around the corner.  He may not admit it, but he probably doesn’t want another striped tie to add to his collection. And his toolbox is likely overflowing. This year, give him something special that makes him feel good. After all, he has always offered a caring heart to you.

Today’s dads are either juggling work, raising children, or enjoying retirement. Hopefully they are all trying to stay fit.  Show you care by gifting him with Genesis PURE™ products. Sharing the importance of living a Whole Health lifestyle is a heartfelt way to say, “I love you, Dad,” and a thought he’ll really appreciate.

Dad’s love the Genesis PURE Sports (GPS) products, part of our LIVE PURE Performance line. These five all-natural supplements will fortify his workouts, whether he’s in the gym, out for a jog, or on the playground.

  • GPS RECOVERY is designed to help promote post-exercise muscle recovery and muscle tissue maintenance.* Each serving provides protein and carbohydrates, combined with essential vitamins, minerals, creatine, and branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). It also contains 20 grams of protein and 15 grams of carbohydrates.
  • GPS MOOMIYO EDGE combines Moomiyo with an array of other adaptogens such as golden root, reishi mushroom, cordyceps mushroom, and codonopsis to support his workout.
  • GPS E2 is formulated with antioxidant vitamin C, other vitamins and minerals, and amino acids. It also contains B vitamins and natural sources of caffeine to support mental focus before exercise.*
  • GPS PRO-ARGININE combines L-arginine with a spectrum of other amino acids and complementary nutrients to support muscle health before exercise.*
  • GPS HYDRATION replenishes vital fluids, electrolytes, and nutrients lost during exercise. It includes a blend of amino acids, carbohydrates and B vitamins. The formula also helps to quench thirst by supporting rehydration.

For the Dad on the go, Genesis PURE’s ENERGY is a better alternative to other caffeinated and sugar-laden drinks on the market. It provides vitamins, minerals, and natural caffeine to help stimulate alertness, ease fatigue, and fuel his focus. Dad can take the convenient stick packs with him to the office, to the gym, and to soccer practice.

There’s nothing unmanly about looking good! Dad will appreciate the Genesis PURE C’VOSA™ five-step skincare system, part of our LIVE PURE BEAUTY line of products. These products are designed to gently remove impurities, revitalize, smooth, and soften skin, while helping him maintain a healthy, masculine glow.

Natural ingredients, including chia, help cleanse, moisturize, exfoliate and condition the skin. Notes of jojoba and sunflower oils work to soften the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The Cleanser, Scrub, Toner, Serum and Moisturizer are designed to work together to help minimize the harshness that shaving can cause, to exfoliate, to clear pores, to soothe the skin after shaving, to hydrate the skin, and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Learn more.

Who couldn’t use a bit more energy? Give Dad a bottle of GoYin superfruit juice. The taste is phenomenal and it will improve his vigor and well-being, as well as decrease any feelings of tension or fatigue he may have.*

These are just a handful of great products that Genesis PURE offers. Discover others that are sure to put a smile on his face. Helping him experience a lifestyle of Whole Health is one of the best gifts of all.

And on top of all that, you can always offer to do his chores for him!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The Importance of Antioxidants

1436910417_1 Since the 1990s, antioxidants have garnered much attention from scientists on their effects on the human body. Today, they seem to be the nutrition “buzzword;” everywhere we look, antioxidants are gaining attention on the cover of health and fitness magazines, medical television shows, and news articles, all enticing you to get your antioxidant fix. Blueberries, red and purple grapes, blackberries, and dark-green leafy vegetables are just a few of the foods that are high in antioxidants.

What are antioxidants and why should you consume them?

By definition, an antioxidant is a food or other substance that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is similar to cutting into an apple and letting it sit on the counter, or not preserving your food in an airtight container. It is the reaction that causes your apple to turn brown or your food to spoil.

The same thing happens in your body. Free radicals in the body can produce oxidation, causing a chain reaction and cell damage or death. An overload of free radicals can generate oxidative stress, which has been shown to play a role in aging and chronic and degenerative illness. These free radicals can also be produced from external sources, such as cigarette smoke and pollution. Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that prevent or delay these dangerous chain reactions. The best way to get more antioxidants in your body is by consuming a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Just like adding lemon juice to a sliced apple can prevent or delay the oxidation process, adding fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes high in antioxidants to your diet can prevent or delay the oxidation process in our cells.

Antioxidants include vitamins A, C, E, and other minerals such as selenium, chromium, zinc, copper, and manganese.

Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important in vision, bone growth, and the immune system. It is commonly found in liver, whole milk, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, and winter squashes.

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid; it is a water-soluble vitamin that is needed for growth and repair of tissues in the body. It is also useful for healing wounds and forming scar tissue, repairing and maintaining bones, cartilage and teeth and in forming collagen in the skin. It is commonly found in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, and strawberries.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin important for immunity and metabolic processes. Food sources include nuts, seeds, vegetables, fish oils, whole grains, fortified cereals, apricots, and other foods.

Selenium is an essential trace element and has attracted much interest in recent years because of its role in supporting the body’s own protective antioxidant system. Foods that are a good source of selenium include seafood, whole grain cereals, and meat products.

It is important to understand the different nutrients and the effects they have within the body. Health problems may stem from the lack of nutritious foods in our diets and exposure to certain chemicals in the environment; therefore, eat your carrots and fill up your plate with leafy greens, squash, berries, and an array of other colorful fruits and vegetables. A variety of color indicates a healthy variety of antioxidants and other nutrients. Do what you can now to prevent or delay health conditions in the future.

This blog and its contents are provided for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein does not constitute medical advice, including advice related to the prevention and treatment of any disease. The information and topics may not apply to every individual and sometimes are based on an alternative health philosophy rather than traditional scientific views. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health or nutrition concerns you may have. The information in this article is also not intended to promote any specific product.