Why Eat? – 2 GOOD REASONS TO START

WHY EAT?  TO LIVE?  or are you a LIVE TO EAT  person?

For you who EAT TO LIVE –  you’re probably skinny, forget to eat some days or at least parts of days and wonder why the heck people fuss over food.  You guys rock!  and occasionally roll too.  The undernourished are also known to be portly…

The rest of us may be among the majority of those walking in North America – reading books and magazines on how to lose weight and get healthy.  Yeah, 66% of us are eating constantly, trying to satisfy our hunger for love, attention, hugs, and a variety of other reasons that make no sense at all when it comes to food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are  For all RAW and Gluten Free loving foodies out there, it’s time to boost your energy with food. and for anyone who wants a couple of clean raw or cool summer soups for a change and a tasty shot of energy…and some immune system boosting, and great taste.  SOUPE VERTE,  (Green Soup) a popular soup and/or sauce for fish, veggies or by it’s yummy self.  and move over gazpacho, here comes an A.R.S*.  Both may be served at room temperature or chilled.

SOUPE VERTE    A clean GREEN soup that energizes (serves 6)  May be refrigerated for 3-4 days or frozen.

1 medium leek, washed and chopped coarsely

1 medium zucchini, chopped coarsely

1 bunch Swiss Chard  sliced   (remove stems before slicing if you like)

1 cup (packed) fresh basil – about 3/4 – 1 lb

2 cups Chicken broth or veggie broth

4 cups filtered water

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

2 Tbsp salted butter

Place butter and olive oil in large soup pot and heat on medium high.  Add chopped leek and saute about 5 minutes.  Add 2 cups of the broth and water and the chopped zucchini.  Bring to boiling –  then reduce heat to simmer and stir about 2 minutes.

Add the remaining water, bring to boil for another 2-3 minutes and turn heat off.  Add the Swiss Chard and basil on top of the water and cover the pot.  Let the Chard and zucchini wilt for about 15-20 minutes.  Stir all together and either blend in pot with an immersion blender. Or, using a 2 cup measuring cup, (or other cup that pours easily)  place stirred soup mixture in your blender and blend in batches until smooth.  Serve hot, at room temperature,  or chilled.  Garnish with chopped basil, parsley or a dollop of plain Greek yogurt (optional).

Use as a first course with dinner or main course with a beet and arugula salad for a light summer meal.

 

Alkalizing Raw Soup* (Serves 2)

Begin with avocado, which is high in EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) and Cucumber, which is known for its cleansing, diuretic properties.  Spinach has minerals & vitamins, garlic, lemon and lime are alkalizing and great for boosting your immune system     It’s also refreshing and tastes great!

It’s a “big favorite while on a cleanse or detoxification program”.   (Check my page on the 5 step program.)

1 Avocado
2 green onions (scallions)
1/2 red or green pepper
1 cucumber  (if Organic scrub and use with peel)
2 handfuls of spinach
1/2 clove fresh garlic (or more to taste)
Bragg’s Liquid Aminos to taste (like soy sauce)
1/2 Cup Light vegetable boullion (yeast free)
Juice of 1 lemon or lime Optional:  Coriander, parsley, cumin.  An apple, cored and cut up.

Blend the avocado and boullion to form a light paste.  Then add all the other ingredients and blend all together.  Serve in bowls or mugs with crackers crispy veggies and hummus or almond butter.

Consider this for a picnic drink,  in a thermos – refreshing change of afternoon pick-me-up or just a light meal.

NOTE:   Herbs such as Parsley have great cleansing properties and add flavor.  Coriander or Cilantro is a good heavy metal cleanser, and cumin adds great taste.   Use according to your individual preferences.

 

Your feedback is welcome!

Time for a New You – Spring’s Here

CLEANSING YOUR BODY WITH

WHOLE   FOODS.

Spring is here.  We’ve cleaned the house, washed   the windows and are checking our bicycle tires and planning our gardens.  Now, let’s remember the most important item on the “cleaning” list – our own bodies!

Did you know that most people don’t even think about their bodies and how they function until something malfunctions or we get sick?

Since prevention is highest on my list of health care, let’s look at a basic diet- which means anything that passes through your lips-  ideas that can cleanse your body and bring about not only healthy short-term results, but encourage long term lifestyle changes which may prevent the onset of nasty colds, some allergies and chronic dis-ease.

Whole foods are a vital part of this process!  Whole food can be defined as food that is consumed closest to its natural state, closer to its raw, uncooked form and therefore at its highest quality.  In this condition, all the enzymes are found intact.  The amino acids are in their finest form.  The minerals, trace elements, carbohydrates and “life force” are present.  This life force in food is capable of reproducing healthy tissue and replacing body parts damaged by an empty nutrient diet.

Remarkable things begin to happen in your body as well as your mind when you improve the quality of food you consume.  There is an amazing intelligence present in every cell of our bodies.  When the food coming in to our bodies is of higher quality than the tissues which the body is made of, the body begins to discard this “old material” to make room for the superior material which it uses to make new and healthier tissue.  In simple terms, “out with the old and in with the new” high-test fuel for the body. You are worth it!

It’s a simple Law of Nature that our bodies try to produce healthy cells unless we interfere by putting excess “empty nutrition” into our bodies.  Some examples of “empty nutrition” are processed and packaged foods, additives and unpronounceable substitutes, diet drinks and carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, alcohol, coffee, candy etc.

As we cleanse our bodies of these toxins,  some cleansing symptoms may (sometimes referred to as a healing crisis)  occur,  such as headaches, especially when kicking caffeine, nausea and skin breakouts, which may last anywhere from 3 days to several weeks.  You might say, “I didn’t have these conditions when I was into my old way of eating”.  Please realize that your body needs time to clean out an accumulation of those bad substances.  Is your life worth giving your body the chance to experience renewed energy both physically and mentally?

Foods that help the body detoxify naturally are fresh dark green leafy vegetables, kale, chard, Crucifers; cabbages and Brussels sprouts, asparagus, beet roots & greens, raw seeds and nuts and partly unsaturated oils like olive, walnut, coconut and grapeseed.  Some fruits and whole grains, mainly millet and brown rice, also help clean out our systems.

Adding these foods to your regular diet – a little at a time, like one or two per week – may help kick-start the cleansing and change your mind and your bodys’ desire for junk foods.  Also try eliminating or at least cutting back on some of the junk at the same time- replacing it with the good stuff.

It’s a good idea to check with your health professional before beginning any cleanse.  As a health coach, I suggest a regimen of certain foods and filtered water that can be eaten to help cleanse and replenish the body’s energy, vital organs, systems and functions.

Our deep love and enjoyment of our beautiful surroundings should begin with loving ourselves enough to take care of our bodies and minds with food – first!

Happy Spring!