5 Easy Health & Wellness Tips

Here are five easy and expert tips from Sandy pukel, founder of the “Taste of Health” holistic cruise. Try one, or try a variety, ans see how soon you feel a difference.

1. If you’re thinking of going vegan. A gradual transition is always best, eliminating meat, then chicken, then fish, while at the same time incorporating into your diet vegan protein-rich foods such as wheat meat (seitan), tempeh, and tofu. If you go slowly this well help to lessen your cravings and reduce the failure rate.

2. Chew your food. It’s one of the most important things you can do for good health. Chew 25 to 50 times each mouthful at a minimum. If you are trying to heal yourself from a particular condition, increase the chews. Remember, good digestion starts in your mouth.

3. Choose brown rice. It’s simple, nutritious, and one of the most balanced foods to eat on a regular basis. To cook it: wash and drain the rice, and then soak the rice for at least two to three hours before cooking (this will aid with digestion). Remember, one cup of brown rice to two cups of water; add a pinch of salt before cooking. Cook in a covered pot by bringing the rice to a boil and then simmer for 50 to 60 minutes, depending on how wet or dry you desire your rice.

4. Promote good circulation. Scrub your entire body with a hot, wet, squeezed towel until the skin becomes pink. Do this every morning or every night before resting. If that’s not possible, at least scrub your hands, feet, fingers, and toes.

5. Live each day happily without being preoccupied with your health, and try to keep mentally and physically active.

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Carole R.
Carole R4 years ago


Wisteria K.
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Marianne R.
Marianne R4 years ago

Good tips

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Genevieve H.
Genevieve H8 years ago

I'm a bit surprised it takes you so long to cook your rice. In Japan, it usually takes about 20 minutes for white rice and 30 minutes maximum for brown rice. If you cook it for so long, I wonder if the ratio of 2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice will be enough. Won't all the water evaporate long before the end of your cooking time and you end uop with some burnt rice ? Again, in Japan, the water ratio is 1 and 1/5 cup of water to 1 cup of white rice, and slightly more for brown rice, but not as much as 2, for the absorption method, which is the best method for retaining all the nutrients and flavor.
The soaking of the rice helps reduce the cooking time since the grains already absorb some water. Hope this helps.

janine k.
janine k8 years ago

Soaked rice take less time to cook cause it used to be hard and now it's a bit softer. What I disagree with is adding the salt. Nobody needs anymore salt in this society! I notice I crave brown rice for bkfst and when in Hawaii, they serve it for bkfst in Mcdonalds.

Erica Duran
Erica Duran8 years ago

I agree with the first tip. Not only does gradually going into a vegan diet help lessen cravings and improve your chances of success, the slower you take things, the more you learn about food & nutrition and don't get sick. I jumped too fast into a vegan diet without knowing how to properly subsitute meat and dairy. I got sick very easily and fast. My heart was in the right place, but my body was suffering. So, take things slow.
Great article,

Catherine Turley
Catherine Turley8 years ago

i thought i would always struggle to be vegan and crave meat, but i truly don't miss it now. and since i gave up soda on a daily basis, i don't crave sugar. and i am not known for my will power. the body just seems to change on its own. try it one substitution at a time. focus on the healthy foods you really love. good luck.

Miss Info
Miss Info8 years ago

Does soaked rice take longer to cook than un-soaked rice? Because most of the brown rice I buy cooks in 40-50 minutes, and would be dry or burned if I let it go 50-60 min.