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Mobile / Tablet Users

According to a reporter at Mashable, “Smartphone users are transaction-oriented. Then account for the newest users in the mobile camp — those equipped with tablets. They’re focused on a broader experience.”  Mashable August 2011.

Mobile Users are:

  • Focused
  • Transaction Oriented

Mobile websites should be: Transaction driven – for instance, restaurant, make a reservation provide phone number and directions.

Tablet Users are:

  • Focused on a broader experience
  • Less is More

Designing for mobile and tablet should be considered first before designing for a website because you can envision an array of features with capabilities such as (multitouch, location detection, user orientation and many more) which can always be incorporated into your online webpage.

Tablet Websites should be: simple, clean, touch-friendly, easily navigable and objective.

Transition from a point-click mentality to a touch-and-swipe practice.

Hypertext is great for computer screen that utilize the point and click of a mouse, however with the mobile and tablet devices, they are more geared toward touch and swipe functions.

Screen space

Getting rid of all that text forces the user to focus on the actionable features and makes it easier to find and navigate.

Less is more in this case.

Divide actionable items by color.

If you have more than one actionable item on a mobile or tablet screen, use of color is key because it helps the user to focus in on a particular area of interest.

When considering navigation, consider the mobile device is smaller and limited in screen space.  Therefore, make the navigation vertical instead of horizontal like that of computer screens, which can accommodate horizontal navigation easily.

Another consideration for smaller screen when designing the user interaction is reducing levels of hierarchy for content.

Instead of 2 to 3 levels of hierarchy, consider, reducing the hierarchy level to 1.  This makes the navigation much easier for the mobile user.It’s Cool:

It’s Cool

It’s only cool if it works.  If the following is sufficient, then it will be a cool breezy experience for the user.

It’s Useful:

Instead of building two entirely different websites one for the computer screen and one for mobile; build your site so that it automatically detects mobile deices and displays the specified screen to the user.  After detecting the site is for a mobile device, make sure the mobile site is optimized for mobile use and customized for a great user experience.

It’s Fast:

Make the image size smaller.  Web images are not necessary for smaller devices.  Instead make them smaller and they will take up 90% less space there by make the page load much faster.

It works:

Measure the analytics of your mobile devices, in doing so; it will allow you to engage your customer with even more specified features that enhance their mobile device.  For instance, if the majority of your customer’s are iPhone, android and iPad users instead of trio and blackberry, then you can take that into consideration when providing specific feature and capabilities for the most used devices.

Kefir Grains

Water Kefir Grains also known as Japanese Water Crystals are living grains that make great kefir.  Kefir is a fermented drink that has billions of living probiotics.  Probiotics are billions of “friendly” bacteria in your gut that are beneficial to your health and they are similar to the bacteria in probiotics.  Living bacteria are essential to good health and they take care of the bad nasty bacteria that try to take up resident. So trust me, you want these billions of living bacteria to do their job.  Probiotics are excellent for digestion, boosting immunity, lowering cholesterol, and blood pressure and that’s why kefir is so beneficial and so easy to make.

How to make Kefir?

Kefir can assume a variety of flavors just by adding organic fresh or dried fruit to your alkaline water add kefir grains in a quart or bigger glass container (never use metal on kefir grains it will kill the grains and they wont be effective) and about ½ cup of sugar and cover with a cloth. Yes, I said sugar.  I know, it sounds crazy coming from me, but the kefir grains eat sugar, which then ferments the water, and turn it into living probiotics.  After 24 hours in a dark cupboard between 65 to 75 degrees the results are a fizzy drink that taste delicious.  Simply strain the liquid using a plastic strainer into another glass container. The kefir water is now ready to drink. Use the grains immediately for your next batch of water kefir, and keep it going.  If you’re not using the kefir grain you can store them in some organic alkaline sugar-water for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Where do you get kefir grains?

Visit the Yah’some Living pantry 24/7, or request them from Nazir Nekhrahiyah directly by filling out the feedback form.

Whole Food Nutrition

Simply stated, I believe the best way to get optimal nutrition is to eat primarily whole, unprocessed, organic food. However, this is easier said than done–for many reasons which will be addressed here.
 
So the purpose of this briefing is to simply offer my best tips on how to maximize your time and dollars to get the best whole food nutrition that is unique to you and your health condition.
 

Every one of us has the same list of nutritional requirements (vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, enzymes and hormones), yet the right amounts for each individual are determined by our unique lifestyle, environment, metabolic type and blood type.

 
See our Simple 6-Step Process for Optimum Nutrition.
 
Illness or disease can result from both excesses and deficiencies of the required nutrients.  One of the most important factors I’ve learned about nutrition in my research as a Certified Nutrition Consultant is the importance of the synergistic effect of all nutrient components in food. The body in its infinite intelligence knows how to adjust imbalances if we give it whole foods rather than isolated nutrients in supplement form, especially the synthetic ones.
 
Along with intake of food, there are many other key factors related to nutrition, including the simple science of food combining, water intake, electrical nutrition, acid vs. alkaline benefits, removal of toxic waste, absorption of nutrients from the sun, digestive and eliminative health, and many others.
 
In addition, even though I maintain this whole-food philosophy, I have come to realize over time that high-quality, whole-food supplements are often necessary to complement our diets, especially when we don’t have access to high quality, fresh food. I also find that the situations in people’s lives make it challenging to consistently eat healthy meals. So I will be recommending some of my favorite whole-food nutritional supplements to fill in the gaps as we do our best to eat well.
 
Simple 6-Step Process for Optimum Nutrition
 
1.  Drink Enough Pure Water. Water is involved in every chemical and biological process in the body. To a large degree, your body’s hydration level determines how well it can digest and assimilate nutrients from the food you eat and any supplements you take.  If your body is even slightly dehydrated, it simply will not function well–no matter how well you eat. Thus, drinking at least 1/2 oz. per pound of body weight of pure alkaline water is the foundation for your optimum nutrition.
 
2.  Choose Quality Food. Start by going through your cupboards and giving away all processed food. Shop at your local farmers-type markets, the Lifestyles Wellness Market and the Pantry for fresh foods (preferably organic and locally grown) as often as possible. In grocery stores, shop the perimeter mainly for organic fresh (or frozen) foods and avoid all processed, packaged, fried, canned and fast food. Bottom line is if it’s not food, don’t eat it! Read the labels. I recommend eating primarily a whole-food, fruit and plant-based diet, especially an abundance of raw vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, along with whole grains, sprouted grains and legumes.
 
3.  Prepare Simple Meals. Let’s face it, if meals are not quick and easy, they’re not going to happen more often than not. Invest in a few natural health cookbooks and try one new simple recipe a week until you have at least 10 quick meals to fall back on when you’re stressed or just don’t feel like cooking. Look for recipes here at Yah’some Living in the recipe section we have great recipes that can make your life healthier and take no longer than 20 minutes. The easiest way I know to get in 9-11 servings of fruits and vegetables is by blending and drinking smoothies.  I can’t say enough about smoothies, especially with a high power blender.
 
4.  Digest Your Food Well. No matter how well you eat, if your food doesn’t digest properly, your body will not assimilate the nutrients and utilize the energy it needs. When the digestive and eliminative systems work well, energy levels are high and the immune system is strong. The key is to work from the top down, first ensuring good digestion, then good absorption, and finally good elimination. If your digestion or eliminations is poor, begin by hydrating your body. The second step is to slow down and chew your food thoroughly.
 
5.  Cleanse Your Colon. Did you know that 2-3 bowel movements a day is considered healthy? Many people feel lucky to have 2-3 a week! The most common sign of a toxic colon is chronic constipation or irritable bowel. The most effective ways to cleanse your colon naturally is by drinking alkaline water and fresh fruit and vegetable juices, eating a diet high in fiber and nutrients, and taking herbal colon cleansing products periodically. Taking extra flax seed fiber, probiotics (kefir is easy to make look at the kefir grains post here at Yah’some Living), or magnesium can also be helpful.
 
6.  Take Key Supplements as Needed. Even with the best food and a “balanced” diet, I have found that our food may still not provide all the nutrients we need. Unfortunately, the bulk of our food supply is processed and grown in nutritionally depleted soil. So unless you are growing your own food in rich soil, I believe a few key broad-based, whole-food supplements are advisable, especially during times when we are under more stress or strain.  Northern Edge Milled Flax Seed and Wheat Germ are two of  my favorites. Together they are a SUPER food, rich in omega 3, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids, sterols, flavonoids, carotenoids and proteins.
 
Remember if you are struggling with your health, your eating habits or other lifestyle factors, it is helpful (even necessary at times) to work with a health care professional or Certified Nutrition Consultant. Ultimately it can save you time and money, as well as physical and emotional discomfort.

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Food Matters

Ok we finally have a movie that explains it very clearly why supermarket foods are not the best way to provide nutrition for our bodies. What I have found over the last 13 years is that, the food that we call food is not food. Not food you say? Well what’s the definition of food? “Any nutritious substance that contains or consists of essential body nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life.” Would you say that most foods you purchase from the supermarket is nutritious? Fundamentally, the food you eat creates you on a very basic level, if you think about the food that nature provides in it’s natural state it is fresh, vibrant, colorful and whole, the processed food that many people eat today is lifeless, starchy and bland in color and flavor; come to think of it that’s why they need flavor enhancers, etc. If raw foods nourish and create you, which would you rather eat, natural raw organic whole foods or lifeless, starchy and bland stuff?

As we are nature and food is nature it makes sense that when we eat food in its natural raw state that it supports us, completely nourishes us and connects us deeply to our true self and the Most High. Make since right? Still not sure…let’s take a look at this very informative documentary film directed by James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch titled, “FOODMATTERS”. After watching it, comment below and let me know what you think.