A Moment To Give Thanks!

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Let's start today giving thanks for everything on our plates! That's right, our plates are full these days, but are we acknowledging that which we have to be oh-so-thankful for? I encourage you to take pause this week and throughout the holiday season (everyday, really!) to close your eyes, reflect, breath and when you open your eyes, smile! Our fortunes are grand and our misfortunes opportunities for growth and rediscovery. 

What matters most? Our families, friends, health, food, water, shelter, love....now those make a plate full so load up!

Wishing our loyal clients, our friends and our families a very Happy Thanksgiving!


xxoo

Teresa 

Stress Less During the Holidays

I love this time of year--Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, the New Year.  What a great time to celebrate.  But let's face it, although the holidays can bring great joy, they can also bring some stress.  The long lines and empty pockets.  The back-to-back social calendar.  The in-laws.  The homemade pies, apps and egg nog.  The holidays are meant to be a time to enjoy family and friends, rather than be stressed about the little things.  Here are some ways to make your holidays more joyful and less stressful this year.

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Eat for energy. Snacking on sugary treats is common during the holidays.  While you don't want to miss out on the pumpkin pie, you can avoid unhealthy eating habits by planning ahead.  Eat a light, balanced snack before you head to your holiday party.  For example, if you have an apple, add almond butter.  If you have crackers, add hummus or avocado.  Whatever you do, it's important to avoid eating carbs alone because they can spike your blood sugar and lead to feeling more hungry and tired later.

Stay active.  Go for a 20 minute walk outside.  The cool air will awaken your senses and is a great antidote for stress.  Spending time outdoors will also help your obtain adequate levels of vitamin D, which is known to help lower blood pressure, regulate blood sugar levels and promote a healthy immune system.  Although you can get your vitamin D with a supplement, the sun stimulates the production of feel-good serotonin and can help releive symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Up your key nutrients. For supplements, try B12 for extra energy in the morning and magnesium before bed to help unwind from a long day.  Don't forget about your Omega-3s which can help reduce inflammation after a late night out; the best sources are cold water fish like salmon and trout, walnuts, flaxseed and olive oil.  Or, if tea is your bag, a cup of chamomile or yerba mate can do wonders for the senses and stress.

Drink extra water. Though this sounds simple enough, many people underestimate the power of hydration.  Dehydration actually serves to increase our stress levels and appetite.  Try to alternate a glass of water between cocktails at your holiday party.  if you're not a water fan, try making your own flavored water.  Some refreshing combinations are rosemary+orange, ginger+lemon or cucumber+mint.

Take some time for yourself.  Santa shouldn't be the only one making a list and checking it twice.  When you feel the stress coming on, refer to a list of your favorite stress-busting activities.  It's important to take time for things you enjoy, like going to a movie, taking a nap, yoga, going to the gym.  Whatever it may be, don't forget to put yourself first.

Contributed by Laura Lemon

Student at Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition, Nutrion Consultant Program

Sources: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/heart/articles/2008/06/23/time-in-the-sun-how-much-is-needed-for-vitamin-d

Bauman, E., Friedlander, J. (2013). Therapeutic Nutrition.  Penngrove, CA: Bauman College.

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3 Week Prep for Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is 3 weeks away and we want to make sure it's the best eating day of the year for you! That's right, if you eat good, you feel good. If you eat bad, you feel bad (both physically and emotionally). Now we don't want you to feel that way that sooooo let's avoid making the same mistakes we made last year on Thanksgiving.

This year, let's prepare to say no-no to the two dinner rolls, half of a plate of mash potatoes, stuffing, turkey and a side of cheesy cauliflower. Switch out the super-sized plate for a normal dinner plate and serve yourself thoughtful, controlled portions of each...and yes, you will have room to enjoy a slice of homemade pumpkin pie and not feel eaters remorse after.

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Be prepared to practice portion control, to exercise willpower, and to give thanks for your health on Thanksgiving Day.
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I’m here to tell you to eat your cauliflower.

 

This cruciferous vegetable has tons of health benefits.  It's high in anti-oxidants, helps reduce inflammation, helps cleanse your digestive tract with tons of fiber, and is chock full of vitamins.  It's also a high-flavor, low-calorie food, with tons of preperation options.

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Eat it raw-crunchy and fresh it's a perfect afternoon snack.  Have it simply steamed, which is pretty much the easiest preperation and still tastes great.  Mash it up and your guests will wonder why they've had such flavorful mashed potatoes (hint, because it's not potatoes at all!).  Blend it with a splash of home made vegetable stock or un-sweetened almond milk for a thick, creamy (dairy-free!) sauce or soup.  Pulse it (while raw) in a food processor, then gently heat for a wheat-free couscous substitute.  Or, for a really special treat, try roasting it!

Roasted cauliflower is my new obsession.  The high heat makes the edges crispy and oh-so flavorful.  I could eat roasted cauliflower florets for any meal, or even as a snack.  I like to add a drizzle of olive oil or coconut oil before roasting to really caramelize the cauliflower (and the coconut oil brings out a nice hint of sweetness), but you don't even need to.  It turns out great no matter what.  For a dish that really pops, try adding fresh parsley and lemon juice right when you pull it out of the oven, or experiment with different spice blends.  Mediterranean flavors go great with roasted cauliflower.

Cauliflower is in season right now, so there's no better time to step up your cauliflower game!  Get started with this recipe for simple roasted cauliflower, or try our Curried Cauliflower and Chickpeas!

Simple Roasted Cauliflower

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut up into florets
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Zest & juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spread cauliflower on a baking sheet, and drizzle with coconut oil, pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Roast for about 30-40 minutes, until cauliflower is golden but not burnt.  Remove from oven, toss with lemon zest and juice, and parsley.

Contributed by Amber Kercmar ~ Loves Food Loves To Eat