Sunday, February 27, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Cody, finishing our fabulous meal...thanks for the menu ideas!
(from Cooking Light..fresh, fast food: weeknight meals)
Orange and Bulgar Salad (Didn't have beets so we used a different root vegetable)
1 3/4 C. water
1 C. uncooked Bulgar
1 Medium beet, peeled
2 navel oranges
2 T. chopped parsley, 2 T. red wine vinegar, 2 T. olive oil, 1/2 t. salt, 1/4 t. pepper
Top with crumbled feta or goat cheese
1. Bring water to a boil; stir in Bulgar. Cover, remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes.
2. Roast beet in over (or microwave if you are short on time. You can do this by covering beet with three damp paper towels and put in on a plate. Microwave for 6 minutes or until tender)
3. While beet cooks, peel oranges, cutting crosswise to make wagon wheel slices. Cut beet into moon shaped sliced.
4. Place Bulgar on four plates, top with oranges, beets, crumbled cheese and parsley vinaigrette
(301 Calories, 13.6 g. fat for salad. 63 Calories for salad, 7 g. healthy fat!)
Marie, Me and Cody
To keep on your "healthy" path:
1. share something you learned with someone else
2. tell youself it is worth the journey, even when it is hard
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I turn it on low and then power it to high and leave it on for two minutes and I have ice cream. If you don't have a blender that will do this, then mix up your base, probably having the mangos thawed out first and put it in your ice cream maker. You could probably double it for your maker.
No one complained except for Victoria...but she has issues with mangos! Jocelyn, as you can see was quite content and asked to lick every one's bowls..
My kids like sorbet for breakfast.. they think it's pretty cool when they ask for ice cream for breakfast and I say, "Of Course!"
This is Jocelyn finishing her third bowl!
In a double broiler, slowly melt coconut butter and and peanut butter. Once melted add to a mixing bowl with all other ingredients. Use cookie scooper to scoop out of cookie sheet and dip or drizzle with chocolate if you want. Freeze and enjoy...and if you are like me...enjoy, enjoy, and enjoy!
Monday, February 21, 2011
This makes so much sense to me. No wonder that animals grazing are always moving around to different plants...they know that they can not eat too much of one type of green. Our bodies are the same way. I believe this is God's way of allowing the greens to replenish. If a certain type of greens were consumed depleted, they wouldn't be able to regenerate.
If you are like me, and just used to putting spinach in your smoothie, here are a few other greens to try. Some are certainly stronger than others, but usually taste fine when mixed with fruit and a little stevia. Here are some other greens to try!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I have been reading about Chlorella, but wasn't sure how this differs from Chlorophyll...
Well...after doing some research, I have added Chlorella to my top list of things to feed my body for optimal health and nutrition. (I will be posting Leanna's Longevity List later this week).
I did a little research and found out:
*Chlorella is the highest natural source of chlorophyll (even more than wheat grass and alfalfa)
*Chlorella is a whole food (no other vitamin or mineral can ever replace the value of a whole food. definition of a whole food: a whole entire organism in it's entirety)
*contains up to 10 more times Chlorophyll than spirulina
*Chlorella is effective in dextoxifying the body
*it is used to cleanse the body of metals and chemical pollutants
*is a single cell, fresh water green micro-algae
*can bring balance to your body
* has the ability to absorb pesticides as they enter your body
After reading and researching, with the advise of others I trust, I will be trying Sun Chlorella. You can read about this amazing substance and purchase it HERE!
You can find answers to some common questions about Chlorella HERE.
For only 15.95, you can purchase her "Faves" cookbook which includes many of the recipes she taught us in the class: Apple Crisp, Lime Mousse, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Strawberry Cheesecake, Candied Walnuts, Macadamia Nut Thumbprint Cookies and Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream. All are made with whole foods, are dairy free and raw! I got to sample everything and have already made many of the foods I mentioned above. This has really excited me about eating healthy and also my family, because all of her recipes taste wonderful and have flavors that we are familiar with.
I told Raw Melissa, after I met her that she is a breath of fresh air and just what I needed to stay motivated..
As a teaser, here is her No Bake No Bakes Recipe. I am listing this for my dear friend, Trina because we seem to make these every time we get together (less frequent now that I am in Utah and she is in California)...but now I have a raw, whole foods version.
(hope you don't mind Melissa for giving a sneak-peak of what's in your fabulous cookbook).
1/2 C. almond butter (or natural peanut butter)
1/2 C. coconut oil
1 T. vanilla
6 T. cocoa powder
1 C. agave
3/4 t. salt
Monday, February 7, 2011
It's important to eat snacks throughout the day. Especially if you are fighting adrenal fatigue, you don't ever want your body to get too hungry..because then it was to work harder than it should to stay a float.
I am trying to snack on things that my body can process and use for fuel, without having to work too hard, to try to help sustain my energy better throughout the afternoon.
This info is taken from Original Fast Foods:
"Carbs, proteins and fast supple the body with 100% of its energy. CARBS are broken down into sugars, proteins into amino acids and fats into fatty acids and glycerol. Complex carbs are made up of long stings of simple sugars which much be broker down in to individual sugars before they can be utilized for energy. They take longer to digest than simple sugars found in fruit, but are still quick energy sources when compared to fats and proteins. Simple and Complex carbs from whole foods are the most ideal energy sources for the body. .........
Protein...when protein is consumed in excess, the excess is either broken down or excreted from the body through the kidneys and stored as body fat. It's better to use carbs for an energy source because carbs are the only energy source that can be stored as glycogen (which is the most ready and explosives source of energy for the body and can be rapidly converted to energy as needed.
Fat....consumed in excess of true needs are stored as body fat, which is not utilized for energy unless glycogen stores in the muscles and liver are exhausted and the only remaining fuel source is body fat."
We should try to meet our caloric needs with this ratio 80/10/10. 80% carbs, 10% fat, 10% protein.
It's amazing that we can get enough protein by eating a plant based diet, eating foods in their season.
If you are trying to lose weight, or recover from an illness try to:
Consume 8-12 fruits each day, along with all the leafy greens and raw vegetables you can eat (at least one pound). Limit your consumption of fats (nuts and seeds) to 1 ounce a day.
If you need more calories, then go to starchy vegetable, legumes and then sprouted/soaked grains.
What I snack on:
Fresh fruit, dehydrated fruit, smoothies with fruit and lots of greens, maybe a few soaked almonds. If I am really hungry, I eat carrots and hummus, home made granola (with coconut milk), tropical oat and chia bars and grain free trail mix bars...all the recipes are a few posts below this one.
You can also make your own Larabars. If you don't want to make them, you can buy them at any health food store, or even on Amazon. My favorite flavors are Key Lime Pie, Chocolate, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. These are a whole foods bar that are made from fruits and nuts. HERE is a recipe to make your own.
If you have any questions or want to know more about this, don't hesitate to ask!
Once you have soaked, or sprouted your grain, you are releasing the minerals that are contained in the phytic acid for absorption, thus neutralizing the acid. Many of the harsh starches are then able to be broken down and even people with severe grain intolerance can eat soaked or sprouted grains.
I have been sprouting grains for the last month, and it is not hard, but does take some work. Soaking, is a lot easier and something you do before you go to bed and then can use the next evening. The tortillas on the link above were great and really easy to make..and my kids loved them. It is a good first recipe for someone to try who isn't sure about the whole soaking or sprouting thing.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
You can read about quinoa HERE.
So, to try sprouting quinoa, place one cup of seeds in a small stainless steel mesh strainer. Run it under water until it is free of bubbles.
Rest the strainer onto of a glass bowl and fill the bowl full of filtered water. Let the quinoa soak for 30 minutes.
Rinse again, and empty water from the glass bowl. Set the strainer again over the empty bowl and cover the quinoa with a damp towel. Let sit, out of sunlight, for 8-12 hours.
Rinse again and repeat the last step.
Rinse and now your quinoa is ready to use. You can cook it at a low temp with water on the stove (half the water recommended on the quinoa bag), or you can store it in the fridge for around a week.
Add some quinoa to your salad, fruit salad oatmeal...whatever. I love quinoa!
After experiences all the above mentioned symptoms, and after treatment...am improving and all my lab results are improving, how could this be made up? He says the symptoms are "nonspecific," but I think the more I have read about adrenal fatigue...we are all in the same boat! What this doctor was proposing about stress and fight-or-flight..I believe whole-heartily. It is exactly what Adrenal Stress is..and is not Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalga, like he is proposing...maybe related...YES, but Adrenal Fatigue is real and is certainly overwhelming and frustrating, when you don't know what to do and when you can't figue out what is wrong with you!
I think a lot of doctors don't accept Adrenal Fatigue as a real thing, because it isn't something they are taught in med school. They learn about Addison's Disease, which is an underlying disease that causes an insufficient adrenal gland. There is no money to be made in Adrenal Fatigue. After counseling with my nurse practitioner and reading about Adrenal Fatigue, by doctors that accept it and are helping people recover ever day, I know that I must do the following to be healthy and continue to recover (program taken from "Adrenal Fatigue: by Dr. James Wilson). Although I choose to buy my vitamins and supplements from James Wilson, there are many doctors now that understand Adrenal Fatigue and how serious it is and will help you on your road to recovery. Hopefully, they will tell you the following: