Foods To Eat For Heart Health

Once thought as the seat of emotions and intelligence, the heart has always been a recurring topic of discussion in the search for a better understanding of the body. Here nutritionist and yogi Elisa Pineda looks at the foods we can eat for maximum heart health.  We now know that alongside the heart’s real function of pumping blood around the body also sits the absorption of nutrients and oxygen assimilation, both of which are essential for life.  These vital functions can be disrupted because of your lifestyle choices. Today, heart disease is the leading cause of death around the world. Every year, 17.3 million people die as a result. It is expected

Save The Earth: 5 Ways To Eat Sustainably

As yogis, we are taking into account the notion of ‘Ahimsa’, or compassion for all living things. From here, we can start looking at our own consumption patterns. How might we make a more positive contribution to our earth? Here nutritionist and yogi Elisa Pineda explores a more conscious way of eating. Why We Need A Change For Our Earth  Climate change is a reality. According to more than eighteen scientific societies, it’s evident that climate change is a fact. Research demonstrates that the greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the primary driver. One of those human activities that greatly contributes to climate change is food production. Due to polluting methods and high food demand food

Trying to Eat Healthily: 10 Common Mistakes

There is so much nutritional information out there about how to eat healthily that sometimes it can be confusing to know what to eat to ensure your body and mind feel good. Here, nutritionist and yoga teacher Elisa Pineda takes a look at the science behind some of the most common mistakes yogis can make when trying to eat healthily. 1. Juice Drinking One of the greatest mistakes that yogis can make when trying to eat healthily is to substitute good old fruit and vegetable eating with a juice. A juice is not a meal replacement. It’s mostly composed of fast-absorbing carbohydrates and the vitamin and mineral content suffers greatly through

10 Tisanes and Teas For Everyday Healing

From reducing anxiety to preventing diseases and curing your stomach ache, tea and tisanes can have many benefits for your health. Although frequently referred to as tea, tisanes actually include herbal or medicinal plants brewed in hot water whilst actual tea only comes from the ‘tea plant’, known as camelia sinensis. The type of process the tea plant receives is what determines the type of tea it will be. The tea plant leaves are rich in polyphenols, which are natural antioxidants and are part of the reason of why teas can be so good for you. Tea contains four types of stimulants that are able to cross the blood-brain barrier:

The Good the Bad and the Ugly of Cooking Oils

Cooking oils can improve your meals dramatically. They can improve taste, avoid your food from sticking to the pan and they can even provide you with energy, vitamins and minerals — but they need to be used wisely in order to reap the benefits. Cooking oils are made up of fatty acids. Differences on the type and composition of fatty acids are what determine their application and nutritional value. Choosing the appropriate cooking oil depends on the amount of temperature you will be using. The most common used oils are soybean, palm, rapeseed, sunflower, peanut, cottonseed, palm kernel and coconut. It is also important to keep in mind that the quantity