A Simple Guide to Menu Planning

Rainbow SaladI feel that it goes without saying that organization is the key to successful menu planning.  Having a clean and well-organized kitchen will encourage you to spend time there and create beautiful dishes for yourself and for your family.

Balance is also important to planning a weekly menu.

Balance

  • the season
  • the weather
  • your health
  • your individual tastes
  • what is available to purchase
  • your cooking and working schedule
  • the dietary needs of your family.

I feel that this can be applied to any type of diet.  I choose a Plant-based, Whole Foods diet that is gluten-free and vegan with mostly raw foods.  That is what works best for us.Continue Reading

7 Steps to Returning to Health

imageThis my 12th week back at work since my brain injury in September 2013.  At the time of writing, I am now working 5 hours per day, 5 days a week.

What a journey it has been.

I feel pretty good.  Sure I am tired and have better days than others but for the most part, things are going quite well. I attribute this success mostly to my diet and lifestyle and of course a positive outlook.

In order to ensure that I eat the best foods possible and get outdoors for exercise on a regular basis, I need to be organized.  I still have children living at home and my husband works away during the week so I needed a system.  I want to share with you what I have do that has helped me through this healing process.Continue Reading

How to Detox The Easy Way

beautiful girl enjoying the summer sunThe calendar says that Spring is here.

Spring is a good time to do some detoxing to improve your health, boost your metabolism and help renew your energy.

“Why?” you ask.

Gently cleansing your body has the following benefits:

  • boost your metabolism
  • give your body a rest to allow it to repair itself
  • remove toxins and wastes from your body
  • improve your blood sugar levels

I know that there is a negative stigma attached to doing a cleanse or detoxing so I thought that I would make a few simple suggestions.Continue Reading

Curbing Carbs

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A friend recently mentioned to me that he has transitioned to a whole-foods, plant-based diet over the last year.  He is very happy with the change but finds himself reaching for snacks in the evening that he would rather not eat.  It seems that he is craving bread, chips, etc. and knows that these are not the best choices for his body.

I wrote a post in October with suggestions to ‘Outsmart Your Food Cravings’.

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Cheer Me Up Green Juice

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Cheer Me Up Green Juice

So yesterday I shared with you that I had some fresh turmeric and I made a yummy sauce/dip/dressing with it.

Today, I made fresh green juice.

Before I tell you about that, I would like to give a warning on the staining ability of fresh turmeric.  Avoid making things in a plastic vessel; use glass or stainless steel and ensure that you are using a cutting board and try not to get any on your counter tops.   My sink is enamel and unfortunately it was a bit stained.  But I used oxygen bleach and let it soak overnight and now it is good as new.  I recommend using gloves when handling the root if you want to avoid the smoker’s look.  I munched on several pieces while I was making that sauce yesterday.  I was trying to figure out how to describe the flavour.  Well, my teeth were an attractive yellow.  Really.  My toothbrush is now yellow too.  The price of good health. 🙂

The juice I made today was really delicious and fresh-tasting.

I used the following veggies:

  • parsley (a whole bunch)
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • lemon
  • carrot
  • fresh turmeric

The whole thing became a bit frothy with that much parsley but that didn’t bother me.  I simply gave it a stir and loosen it all up.

This juice has many, many benefits among which are

  • digestive tonic
  • immune system booster
  • brain food
  • anti-aging drink
  • effective anti-depressant; hence the name of the juice

I really liked the flavour of this juice.  It was light and fresh and easy to drink.  My husband found it a little strong but I did not.  He prefers it sweeter.  Likely adding an apple or two or more carrots would have pleased him.  I prefer to use less or no fruit in my juices.   We definitely all have different palates, so experiment with other vegetable combinations and decide what you like best.  A friend mentioned that she juiced the turmeric with carrot and orange and really enjoyed it.

Happy Juicing!

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Cheer Me Up Green Juice
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Recipe type: Juice
Cuisine: Vegan
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Total time: 
Serves: 20 ounces approximately
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 pieces of fresh turmeric (a couple of inches long)
Instructions
  1. Wash all vegetables.
  2. Cut cucumber and carrots into narrower pieces to fit your juicer.
  3. Cut lemon in pieces.
  4. Alternate all vegetables through your juicer. .
  5. The parsley will cause some froth so divide it up as evenly as you can. Avoid putting it through all at once.
  6. Serve immediately.

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7 Types Of Food That Calm Your Body

camomile-tea-elena-elisseevaIt’s a New Year and life just keeps on moving.

After 16 months of being off from my day job, I am heading back in 2 weeks time.  I am feeling a bit stressed about it.  It will be like starting a new job.  Things have changed.  People, policies, procedures have changed.

Luckily my employer and my staff are happy to have me back and are doing all that they can to ensure that my return is as pleasant as possible.

Luckily I am now physically able to go back to my job.  My body has done well to heal.

To ensure my success, I am making a conscious effort to give my body the best food that I can.Continue Reading

The Miracle of Vitamin C Part II

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My previous post was full of information regarding the importance of Vitamin C.

When looking to increase  your Vitamin C intake, consider the following foods:

Foods High in Vitamin C
Camu Camu powder- 1 teaspoon=720mg
Chili peppers- 1/2 cup=107.8mg
Red bell pepper -1 cup=190mg
Kiwi – 2 fruits = 137.2mg
Broccoli – 1 cup= 132mg
Cauliflower -1 cup=127.7mg

Other excellent sources of Vitamin C are cabbage, sprouts, parsley, strawberries, citrus fruits and rose hips.

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The Miracle of Vitamin C Part I

chili

Vitamin C has long been known to be beneficial to our body.

Vitamin C is

  • A powerful antioxidant.
  • It prevents free-radical damage that contributes to aging and degenerative and age-related disease, including cancer and cardiovascular disorders.
  • Vitamin C keeps other antioxidants (such as Vitamin E and A) potent by preventing them from being oxidized.

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12 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays, Cold & Flu-Free

winter-scene-background-3-739931I know that many of us have a lot to be thankful for as we prepare to celebrate the holidays with our friends and family.

During this special time together, we want to reflect the best of our health and well-being.  We can do this by enhancing our immune system to make it very difficult for viruses and bacteria to stay in our bodies.

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6 Ways to Outsmart Your Food Cravings

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What are Food Cravings?

I believe that most people in Western Society have regular food cravings.  Usually the cravings are for a sweet or salty and/or crunchy snack.   You know, when you are watching a good movie and you just want that bag of potato chips?  Or you had a big argument with your spouse or a friend and the only thing that will make you feel better are the cookies or the bowl of ice cream?  We have all been there.Continue Reading