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My Top 3 Tips for Health

The other day I was talking to a colleague of mine in the field of holistic health and wellness about fat and more specifically, oils. We both had different takes on the need and health benefits of oils in the diet. It was great to really pick her brain and see where she was coming from and it got me thinking and even questioning my own beliefs. Most people are scared to do that- they run from uncertainty, and cling to the latest fact about nutrition or health. In fact,  the more time I spend as a Holistic Heath Coach and Natural Foods Chef- the more I realize so much is uncertain.

None of us know where our health will be in 2 years or what diet we will be following- or not following.

I know that I am constantly tweaking and changing my diet to meet my ever evolving needs- nothing stays the same in my world. Currently, I am a mostly plant based eater who does enjoy free range eggs, occasional use of ghee and some fish once in a while- I remain flexible to what my body needs and adjust as needed. In 20 years, what will I be eating? Will I be a vegetarian, vegan, mostly raw, macrobiotic or ???

Who knows. I don’t and I am excited to see where this journey takes me. No matter your journey in health takes you, I encourage you to read, ponder and remember my top 3 tips for health.

1) Be flexible.

Your body is changing on the cellular level every minute, hour and day. To me, being flexible means having the willingness to change, grow and try new things. Don’t get stuck in the “I have the best way of eating” outlook because it’s quite clear there is NO one way of eating that suits us all. For the 7 billion people we have on this planet, we need 7 billion unique and different approaches to eating.

2) Health is NOT about perfection: 

I was talking to my brother over the holidays and he mentioned that this “all or nothing” approach is what keeps so many people from living vibrantly healthy lives. When I work with clients, I see this so often in the beginning- they want to do well and when they slip up, they just throw their hands up in the air in frustration and the binging continues, for days sometimes. Health is not about perfection, heck if it were- I would be in trouble because yes, even health coaches allow themselves time to let loose a little 😉 (COCONUT BLISS ICE CREAM ANYONE!?!??!)

3) Eat your GREENS

 have yet to meet anyone on the planet who is tolerant to greens, so you have no excuses. Eggs, dairy, wheat? Yea- those are known allergens and it would behoove you to eat mindfully, but greens? You have no excuse. Get them in your diet now, 2-3 cups per day. WHY? Well, where do I begin?

Farmacy Tip: the darker the green, the better it is for you!

Dark leafy greens are the #1 most missing food group in America and yet they provide more nutrition calorie per calorie than any other food on the planet (aside from Superfoods). Dark leafy greens are a fantastic source of iron, calcium, folate and Vit. A, B, K, E. Adding healthy fats from the tahini sauce (pureed sesame seeds) help our bodies better absorb the vitamins AND help elevate the flavor! Here are just a few benefits of consuming dark leafy greens:

  • Blood purification
  • Cancer prevention
  • Improved circulation
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Promotion of healthy intestinal flora (the key to health!)
  • Lifted spirit and elimination of depression
  • Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function
  • Cleared congestion, especially in lungs by reducing mucus

Okay- you are probably thinking but HOW do I make greens taste good? Personally, I can eat broccoli, cabbage, kale and collards plain and love it but I know that doesn’t work for everyone. Luckily, this is where seasoning, sauces and creativity come into play. I want to share with you my favorite sauce as of late on a beautiful bed of collard greens. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of dark leafy green chiffonade (collards, kale, Swiss chard etc.)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee
  • Himalayan Sea Salt

Ginger Miso Tahini Dressing:

A match made in heaven!

  • 1/2 cup sweet white miso
  • 1/2 organic tahini
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/2 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of tamari or coconut aminos

Directions:

  1. Bring a saute pan to medium heat and add coconut oil/ghee.
  2. Once the pan is evenly coated with oil, add the minced coconut oil or ghee.
  3. Allow the garlic to simmer but make sure it doesn’t brown.
  4. Add the dark leafy greens and allow to sauté until wilted.
  5. As the greens are cooking prepare the ginger miso tahini dressing in a blender.
  6. Plate the greens and drizzle the ginger miso/tahini dressing over top.
  7. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions (optional).
  8. Devour immediately.

Eat 2-3 cups of your dark leafy greens per day!

 Feel free to leave a comment below on what you do

to mainatain balance and health!

Remember to get your greens in!

 

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