Fight Stress with Food!

Who doesn’t have to deal with stress?? Stress is such an everyday part of life that most of us often joke about how ‘stressed out’ we are. Whether you are stressed out over work or the unexpected bill or the upcoming holidays. All of these are common stress triggers. For me the stress bomb hit me full force yesterday - an unexpected pressing matter had to be resolved and completing an application for a new apartment. Moving and finances. I’m sure many of you can relate. I found myself becoming short and irate very quickly and breathing heavier normal.

Thankfully, I am aware of my body and I started questioning myself, practicing deep breathing and thinking about what foods would support my adrenals and help calm my stress. These are all things that are within your reach to! Whether it is an important work meeting or a family function or finances you can nourish your body to better manage stress.

  1. Resist the tendency to reach for unhealthy foods when you are beginning to feel stressed instead reach for foods that help relieve stress and anxiety.

  2. Go for grass-fed, organic protein sources - these contain the amino acid tryptophan which can affect serotonin levels, also known as the ‘happiness hormone’. When serotonin levels are low you can experience moodiness and depression. Nuts like almonds, pecans and walnuts also contain tryptophan.

  3. Choose foods that are rich in Iron - tired often?? This can be a sign of iron-deficiency (anemia) and lead to depression. Choose organic grass-fed eggs and beef, wild salmon and shellfish and vegetables like kale, spinach, collards and broccoli.

  4. Eat food rich in vitamin B-12 - a vitamin essential for proper neurological function and the production of red blood cells. Eat plenty of grass-fed liver and beef, shellfish like shrimp, scallops and clams, fish like wild salmon and sea vegetables like kelp and chlorella.

  5. Choose a quality vitamin D3 supplement or get 15 minutes of sunshine 3 times/week - vitamin D deficiency is quite common given how often we either avoid the sun or slather on sunscreen; but being deficient in vitamin D has been linked to chronic fatigue, muscle pain and depression.

  6. Eat foods rich in Magnesium - which is an important mineral used in hundreds of enzyme reactions in the body. Eat lots of dark leafy green vegetables like spinach and chard, almonds, pecans and walnuts, seeds like flax, pumpkin and sunflower and cacao (or real chocolate :).

Stress-Free Smoothie

2 cups organic almond milk

1 large handfuls organic baby spinach

1 1/2 cup organic blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 banana, ripe & a little spotty

1 tbsp almond butter

2 tbsp raw cacao powder, organic

1 tbsp raw maca powder, organic

=> Blend until desired consistency is reached and enjoy! :)

 

Eating a diet rich in these foods will properly support your body and help you manage stress better. I have upped my intake of chlorella and my super greens, as well as a healthy amounts of grass-fed, organic eggs and meat and some nuts and seeds as a snack. The good thing about eating like this is that other aspects of your health will improve too; improved cardiovascular health, balanced blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy weight to name a few! Food can and will affect your mood, so be wise in your choices!   

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10 Best Foods for Longevity

We all want to live a long and, hopefully healthy, life. However, we all have experienced illness and aging at some point. Even in fairytales we see how the desire for youth can drive some to doing horrible things - remember the evil queen? - and even vampires have to feed on blood to maintain their lives and youthful looks. I personally love vampire lore - minus the blood-drinking! Thankfully we don’t have to resort to any of those things! More and more research studies are showing that a diet rich in nutrient dense foods, that are consequently low in calories, promote cellular repair. Which is why in this post I will be sharing with you 10 of the best foods to eat, everyday, to promote good health and longevity!

10 Best Foods for Longevity

  1. Green Leafy Vegetables - not surprising at all, huh?? Kale, swiss chard, spinach, romaine lettuce etc are very nutrient dense! Loaded with the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that aid in detoxification and boost immunity - and they are low in calories!

  2. Cruciferous Vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, watercress, cabbages, brussels sprouts, etc are excellent for a healthy heart, reducing inflammation in the body and have cancer-fighting properties.

  3. Berries - whether they are blueberries, strawberries, currants, etc - berries are rich in antioxidants, fiber and vitamins that keep your mind sharp, boost heart health, aid in maintaining a healthy weight and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Eat organic berries 4-5 times per week, in your smoothies, on your oatmeal, in chia pudding or as a snack!  

  4. Beans - are high in fiber, antioxidants, B-vitamins, protein and iron, as well as other minerals. Eating kidneys, cannellinis, black beans, adzuki, cranberry, pinto etc can help stabilize blood sugar levels and can possibly lower the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, can help lower cholesterol, improve your mood and aid in weight loss. Just be sure to soak them in some seaweed, kelp, prior to cooking and avoid soybeans!

  5. Mushrooms - yes, these are not plants but fungi, but they are rich in a variety of B vitamins, vitamin D, minerals such as iron, selenium and potassium and fiber. They can improve immunity and help balance blood sugar levels & lower cholesterol levels and aid in weight loss - all things that contribute to good health and longevity.  These are easy to add into your diet - eat them raw, steamed or sauteed.  

  6. Onions, Leeks and Garlic - are some members of the allium family (other veggies in this category are scallions and shallots) and have powerful organosulfur compounds that have been shown to protect against cancer and heart disease. I love garlic and onions and cook with them often. When you chop garlic, let it breath for 15 minutes to allow all the enzymes to be fully activates and be careful not to burn it!    

  7. Seeds - are the embryonic plants themselves and as such as loaded with a variety of vitamins, minerals, protein, essential oils and dormant enzymes. Flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds (more on these below) are some great sources of vitamin E, zinc, some B vitamins and essential fatty acids. They reduce inflammation, boost mood and aid in maintaining a healthy weight. It is best to eat seeds raw - when seeds are heated they produce toxic substances and the vitamins and minerals become denatured.   

  8. Nuts - are excellent nutritious snacks, full of vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats. Regular consumption of these little guys have been linked to better heart health, lower cholesterol, weight loss and a decreased risk of cancer. Snack on a handful of walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, pistachios or pine nuts.     

  9. Tomatoes - (organic, of course :) are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants like lycopene. Tomatoes can help reduce cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation in the body, aid in detoxification, prevent premature aging and can help prevent cancer. Just make sure you aren’t sensitive to tomatoes - if you have a sensitive digestive tract you might want to avoid these.

  10. Pomegranates - are one of the oldest known fruits, native to Persia. It is a very nutrient dense fruit, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The high levels of polyphenols and flavonoids protect against heart disease and cancer and help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Add the seeds to your smoothies or juice them, or you can add them to your salads like cranberries.

A balanced approach to your food, focused on nutrient-rich foods (like the ones listed above) and limiting your consumption of foods that increase inflammation and lead to a variety of chronic illnesses like the ones listed here will help on a wide variety of levels and help you live a long, healthy life. Vibrant health starts with what’s on your plate! The choice is yours - choose foods that increase your energy and rejuvenate your body from your innermost cells out? or choose foods that rob you of your vitality and good health? Here’s to your good health and longevity!

Rejuvenation Smoothie

2 cups organic almond milk

2 large handfuls organic baby spinach

1 cup organic blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup pomegranate seeds, fresh or frozen

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp ground flaxseeds

1 tbsp coconut oil

=> Blend until desired consistency is reached and enjoy! :)

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Foods to Kill Candida Overgrowth

I’m of the school of “Do as I Do” so I started actively killing off the Candida in my system this week - as I was researching about what Candida overgrowth causes. I can tell you from personal experience, it isn’t a fun process. Depending on how much overgrowth of Candida you have, the symptoms of 'Candida Die-Off' can feel flu-like, bring on headaches and gastrointestinal issues..to put it mildly. I’ve been experiencing headaches, dizziness, itchiness and fatigue but there are other symptoms. I’m not telling you this to scare you from choosing to cleanse your body but to arm you with knowledge.

Cleaning up one’s diet and your body from harmful toxins and keeping our body’s flora and hormones balanced are an essential part of being healthy, avoiding illness and feeling our best!! Thankfully, there are things you can do to ease the symptoms of the Candida Die Off and to aid your liver in expelling the toxins!

Foods to Kill Candida

  1. Choose Non-Starchy Vegetables - this starves the candida of sugar (which feeds it and allows it to grow and multiply).

  2. Choose Deep Green Vegetables and Barley Grass Concentrates - these are rich in chlorophyll which supports your liver in removing toxins from your body.

  3. Eat Fresh, Organic, Antibiotic & Hormone-free Poultry - commercial poultry and livestock are fed antibiotics daily and ingesting even low levels of antibiotics can cause a proliferation of candida. Eggs, dairy and red meats have properties that promote candida growth and should be avoided for 3-4 weeks. Avoid processed meats and cold cuts too, as they are loaded with chemicals and sugar!

  4. Eat Wild Salmon, Herring, Sardines and Anchovies are loaded with healthy omega-3 fats that help heal inflammation in the body caused by candida overgrowth.

  5. Choose Non-Glutinous Grains - buckwheat, millet, quinoa and oat groats have high amounts of fiber which are excellent for keeping your digestive system moving and for removing candida toxins from your body.

  6. Eat Aduki Beans and Mung Beans are great for their fiber content and detoxifying effects and they are also among the best foods for limiting candida growth.  

  7. Live Yogurt Cultures found in prebiotic, organic yogurt and kefir are essential in helping your gut repopulate the good bacteria and crowd out the candida.

Extra Credit - Avoiding/Easing Candida Die Off

You’re starting to kill of the candida overgrowth in your body and you’re not feeling so good...But now is not the time to give up! (If your symptoms are severe, you can ease up a little - but only a little!) Add these to your routine and feel better:

  • Increase your water intake to flush out the toxins faster.

  • Take an antioxidant supplement NAC with Molybdenum, 600mg, which help your body expel candida toxins and supports your liver and immune system.

  • Take a quality vitamin C supplement twice a day - I like the Synergy Company’s Pure Radiance C because it is an organic, whole-food naturally derived vitamin.

  • Slow down and rest as much as you can.

  • Drink Chicory Root coffee, Cinnamon tea, Pau d’Arco tea, Ginger tea and Licorice tea as they have anti-fungal properties and chicory root is a great prebiotic, helping repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria.

Don’t give up on your health because of temporary discomfort! Choose to make cooked, steamed or grilled, veggies 60% of your diet, non-glutinous grains and aduki/mung beans 20% and quality protein source 20%. Lots of water, rest and your supplements will cleanse the toxins out of your body faster and ease your symptoms during the process. Follow thru with these recommendations, rid your body of candida and the enjoy the benefits of clean eating!

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Give Your Hangover the BOOT in 4 Steps

Have you ever had a night when you drank way too much alcohol?? And you’ve told yourself “I am never doing this again!”?? But it happens again. Maybe not as severe as that one night but it still happens! It’s a part of our society. Regardless of your age, educational achievements or professional accolades social drinking is an acceptable part of our culture.

I’m not going to tell you to refuse to drink alcohol because absolute restrictions don’t work. I will tell you that it is best to exercise moderation - but that is not surprising because moderation is something that is to be exercised for everything. I will let you in on what’s going on in your body when you experience a hangover and what foods you need to eat in order to kiss your hangover bah-bye!!

So you have a hangover - this is what’s really going on in your body.

  • Rampant inflammation

  • Varying degrees of dehydration (you already knew that one!)

  • Gastro-intestinal symptoms - nausea to vomiting to stomach aches etc

  • Mineral and electrolyte imbalances

  • Dilation of your blood vessels, causing headaches and flushing of your skin

  • Exhaustion due to inadequate sleep and/or poor quality sleep

A quick science lesson - alcohol is metabolized in two stages. In the 1st stage the alcohol (ethanol) is metabolized by a group of enzymes into acetaldehyde, which is a toxic and carcinogenic substance. In the 2nd stage, the acetaldehyde is broken down into acetate, which is harmless. Some people, like those of Asian and American Indian ancestry, may have more difficulty with the 2nd part of the process - hence the “Asian Flush” some of your friends may joke about.

Now you have a hangover! Take these steps to significantly lessen or cure your hangover. This is my tried and true method.

  1. Eat up Healthy Fats! Organic, cage-free eggs and avocados are my Go To foods for this.

  2. Greens - Lots and lots of fresh, organic green veggies to aid your liver in detoxifying your body. Fresh smoothies with lots of kale and spinach or add swiss chard and spinach to your omelette! The greens have lots of vitamins and minerals, which your body needs to restore itself.

  3. Kombucha - it’s a fermented tea beverage that is loaded with probiotics, antioxidants, enzymes and B vitamins. Remember the goal when you’re hungover is to restore and replenish and your tummy needs this!

  4. Water - lots and lots of water with organic lemons squeezed into it! The lemons aid your body in detoxification and boost hydration.

The combination of these 4 things will have you feeling good as new and you will still remain on the right path to achieving your health and wellness goals! How does it get better than that?? :)

Eat this… (In the above picture I chose to fry/poach the eggs instead of making them frittata style - if you choose this method cook for 10 minutes or until the yolk is cooked to your liking. Either version is delicious!)

Swiss Chard & Spinach Frittata

1 bunch organic swiss chard, chopped coarsely

1 bunch organic spinach, chopped

½ onion, diced

4 eggs, organic and cage-free

Himalayan sea salt, to taste

1 tbsp coconut oil

4-5 slices, organic fresh mozzarella cheese (optional)

½ avocado

=>Start by warming the coconut oil over medium heat in a 10” frying pan. Add the onions with a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt. When the onions are getting translucent, add the swiss chard and cook it down for ~2 minutes. Add the spinach and cook it down for another 1-2 minutes. (It will look like a lot of greens but it will cook down nicely) Sprinkle the remaining Himalayan sea salt to taste. In a large bowl, beat the eggs well. Add the eggs over the greens. (Add the fresh mozzarella cheese, if you’re choosing to use it) Cover and lower the heat to low-medium setting. Cook for 15-20 minutes (until the frittata rises). Portion out or slide the entire frittata onto a large plate. Garnish with ½ avocado, more if you prefer. This recipe can feed 1-2 people, depending on how hungry the people. Enjoy!!    

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Break Up with Colds & Flus

It’s that time of year again! Cold and flu season. The kids are back in school and who knows what they’ll bring home! And with more people being exposed to germs there will be more people getting sick. I remember getting sick very often come fall and winter. But that was 4 years ago! Yes, you read right - I haven’t gotten a full-blown cold or flu in 4 years. I may get a little tickle in the back of my throat or a slight bit of congestion but that is it! Nothing else. At these times, I just up certain foods and in a day (or two at most!) I am good as new!

Aren't you ready to break up with colds and flus??

Here's how to break up with colds and flus once and for all! 

There are several foods that should be eliminated in order to be in optimal health and wellbeing and these can vary depending on the person. But there are 3 foods that are universally known to promote negative responses within your body. They are mucus-forming and pro-inflammatory which equals poor health.

3 Foods to Avoid for Enhanced Immunity

  1. Wheat/Gluten - is highly inflammatory in just about everyone and the common forms of wheat/gluten we are exposed to are highly processed and poor in nutrients.

  2. Dairy - is best left for the very rare occasion, if at all. Dairy foods create mucus and inflammation in your body. Commercially available, not organic, dairy is also highly processed and the more processed the food the worse it is for you.

  3. Peanuts - are another common allergen. Even if you don’t experience a full blown allergic response peanuts are creating a reaction in your body, inflammation.

Most of your immune system is in your gut and any foods that create imbalances in your gut make it easier for you fall ill.

5 Foods to Eat for Enhanced Immunity

  1. Green Tea has powerful antioxidants and the amino acid L-theanine that are well-known for their immune boosting properties. To reap the maximum benefits from your green tea, steep it for 2 minutes and use just-below boiling water. Adding an organic lemon wedge and raw honey helps lessen some of Green Tea’s bitterness. But DO NOT add milk! Milk binds the polyphenols (antioxidants) in green tea making them ineffective.

  2. Full-fat Plain Greek Yogurt - yes, I did mean FULL-FAT. Fat-free, 2% and all that nonsense is a processed ‘food-like’ substance. Ever known a cow to produce skim milk?? No, right?? If it does not exist in that form in nature then your body doesn’t recognize it either. Look for greek yogurt with Live & Active Cultures. Organic greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein and gut-friendly probiotics. Eat it for breakfast with some organic berries or a little raw honey.

  3. Dark Leafy Greens - I know, not surprising, but dark leafy greens are nutritional powerhouses. When your body is filled with nutrients you will experience enhanced immunity, regardless of the season! Eat plenty of spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard greens - sauteed in coconut oil, steamed, broiled, any way you like it! Just make sure ½ your plate is dark leafy greens with other veggies!

  4. Organic Apples - have many nutrients needed to maintain a healthy immune system such as vitamin C, B vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and are high in fiber too! There’s a reason for the saying ‘an apple a day...’ Eat an organic apple as a snack or add it to your greek yogurt or oatmeal.   

  5. Japanese Mushrooms - are great immune boosters. They are loaded with ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant, that isn’t destroyed when its cooked. Choose enoki, maitake, oyster, shitake etc. Add these mushrooms to your salads, stir-fry or soup with lots of ginger root, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

You can avoid a cold and/or flu this season and for the rest of your seasons!! All it takes is you choosing to be healthy and making sure your choices nourish your body with the nutrients it needs to make you feel your best!! When you choose to add the 5 foods to eat I mentioned above and avoid the 3 foods to avoid you will notice there are more benefits than just improved immunity! So go ahead and break up with colds and flus!  

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Lose Belly Fat with these Foods

We hear it all the time - stress kills. Stress is super bad for your health. But did you know that stress also causes your body to store fat around your midsection. And, as you may already know, that fat is very hard to lose. The hormone that makes this happen is cortisol & most people don’t know what signs to look for.

Signs of High Cortisol

  • Weight Gain (especially in your abdomen)

  • Blood Sugar Imbalances (crave sugar?? get shaky when you don’t eat regularly??)

  • Losing muscle mass

  • Memory Loss

  • Poor quality sleep/tired even when you’ve slept well

  • Unexplained backaches and headaches

  • Catch colds and infections easily

  • Cravings for unhealthy foods

  • Poor sex drive

  • Anxious/depressed feelings

  • Stomach issues like nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, heartburn or constipation

Some of these clicking in your head? I know when I read these I was thinking...Bingo!! Now, what to do about it?? Because I don’t know about you but I want to have rejuvenating sleep and a thinner waistline. Oh, and I need my memory to be on point if I’m going to learn my scenes! ;)

Lower Cortisol by…

Eating more Spinach - these greens have Magnesium which helps the body balance cortisol levels.

Adding Beans (White) and Barley to your diet - they contain a phospholipid that may help counteract the adverse effects of cortisol by having a calming effect on your nerves and improving your sleep.

Snacking on Citrus -the vitamin C in fruits like kiwis, oranges and grapefruits help slow the production of cortisol and are better for your waistline than carb-rich snacks.

Upping your Omega 3 Fatty Acids - found in fish like mackerel, sardines and haddock and nuts like walnuts and flaxseeds not only do these reduce inflammation in your body but they also reduce your stress levels and hence, your cortisol!

Eating Microgreens - are baby plants (less than 14 days old) that have a higher concentration of nutrients than adult plants. Micro versions of cilantro and red cabbage may contain up to 4 to 6 times the stress fighting vitamin C as their mature counterparts.

Drinking Tulsi (Holy Basil) Tea - is an effective way to reduce your stress/anxiety levels. This herb is an adaptogen that helps reduce the production of stress hormones. This is definitely on my list of nightcaps! :)

Adding a good Zinc supplement -  can help inhibit the secretion of cortisol according to studies. Make sure your diet has solid sources of zinc; 3 ounces of lean, grass fed beef via a pot roast, short ribs or round steak is a good start.  Or you can opt for some seafood, like oysters - 6 medium sized oysters contain over 70 mg of zinc.

Eating some (Quality) Dark Chocolate - by some I mean a piece or two and of good, organic quality. Dark Chocolate has tons of antioxidants that can decrease the inflammation in your body and slow cortisol production. The results of one study indicated that consuming about 40 grams of dark chocolate per day reduced cortisol levels.

I know I’ve got my marching orders!! :)  I’m not going to allow the routine stress of day to day life to add inches to my waistline. Adding a meditation practice into your life is another way to reduce your stress and manage your cortisol levels too. Take these tips, turn them into daily practices and you will rest easier and watch the excess inches melt away.

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Why Eat Greens??

There is tons of information out there about the importance of eating Greens. Dark Leafy Green Veggies. Green Cruciferous Veggies. Green vegetables are crucial for body’s health and wellness. Essential for a beautiful complexion and for strong hair and nails. Green veggies also help your body shed excess pounds and maintain it! They are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals your body needs to be healthy and fight off disease!

Here is what Greens do for your body:

  1. Their Fiber is very important for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight! And it can also help lower cholesterol, blood pressure and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.

  2. The High Water Content are essential for keeping your body hydrated and contributing to beautiful skin and hair.

  3. Rich in Calcium and Potassium that helps maintain strong teeth and bones, reducing the risk for osteoporosis and helps manage blood pressure levels.

  4. Their Anti-oxidants, Vitamin C, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, help reduce risk of cataracts and keep your eyes healthy. The vitamin C helps your body produce collagen which in turn keeps your skin and hair beautiful.

  5. They contain Beta-carotene which supports the growth and repair of your body’s tissues. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A as needed so it is safer to eat your greens than to take supplements.

  6. They’re an excellent source of Folate which help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and memory loss and it supports the production of serotonin which can help protect you against depression and contribute to healthy moods.

  7. The Vitamin E in green leafy veggies help maintain healthy skin and may help protect your eyes from degeneration.

The great thing about Greens is that you can eat as much of them as you want! I’ve never heard of anyone getting fat from eating kale and swiss chard, have you? I know that whenever I feel as if I’ve gained a little weight I increase my green intake and the inches come off. Not only do I lose inches with more greens but my complexion and hair start looking even better! As if I needed more reasons to eat my greens! I’m definitely sold on the beauty benefits of greens! Make half your plate Green! Try it for yourself and enjoy a more beautiful complexion and a healthier body!    

 

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Cravings?? Here's the why & what to do about them!

If you are like me there are times when your cravings get the best of you! I used to feel like crap when I ‘fell off the wagon’ and gave in to my cravings. That was before I knew that the cravings actually meant something! It turns out that our bodies have cravings in order to let us know that we require certain vitamins and minerals. Our bodies are very sophisticated and reliable organisms. What we need to demystify is the meaning behind our cravings.

So here’s what we need to know about our cravings!

Craving Sweets??

Human beings naturally crave sweet flavors. Craving sweets means that our bodies need energy. Sugars are carbohydrates and these can be simple or complex. Simple carbs are turned into sugar rather quickly in our bodies while complex carbs are released slower. Sugar (or glucose) is fuel for your body’s cells. The way to keep this craving from ruining your weight loss goals and your health, in the long run, is to reduce processed foods and increase your grains and vegetables. **Extra sugar is stored as fat which is why complex carbs are the way to go! The grains and veggies will give your body the energy it needs to take you through your day! If you’re still craving candy bars etc, eat these instead:

  • Rice cakes and rice syrup

  • Fruits - berries, apples, pineapples

  • Carrots

Craving Chocolate??

I love chocolate! I love chocolate!! I’m sure some of you share my feeling. The thing with chocolate is that most of what passes for chocolate is super high in sugar and chemical additives and low in quality. It is no longer real chocolate. When your body is craving chocolate it is telling you it needs Magnesium. Instead of reaching for that Snickers, eat these:

  • High quality, organic chocolate bars (60% cacao or higher). A brand I enjoy is Dagoba.

  • Add raw cacao powder (which is real, unprocessed chocolate) to your morning yogurt or smoothie.

  • Raw nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits will also give your body the magnesium it needs.

Craving Oily, Fatty Foods??

A common craving especially after a night out when I’ve been enjoying some champagne with friends! Your body is telling you it needs some high quality essential fatty acids and calcium. I find myself enjoying some of these foods:

  • Avocados - I love these!! They are tasty and have quality, healthy fats and amino acids.

  • Mustard & turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese and sesame seeds - I am partial to kale and broccoli. These greens are great sources of calcium. I usually make a nice smoothie with spinach, kale, blueberries, strawberries and organic coconut oil.

Craving Salty Foods??

Another common craving! When we are craving salty snacks or foods our bodies are trying to tell us that it is lacking minerals. Most people’s diets are lacking in minerals because most of the foods we eat are highly processed and loaded with chemicals. Instead of reach for a salty snack, eat these first:

  • Leafy green vegetables like spinach, swiss chard, kale, collard greens - these are very high in the vitamins and minerals your body is craving.

  • Use a high quality sea salt like celtic sea salt or himalayan sea salt - these contain many trace minerals that your body needs.

  • Add some sea vegetables to your beans - this will add some savoriness to your dish and will increase the mineral content.

There are other cravings but these are some of the most common and therefore useful for our day to day. Our bodies are wonderful, complex systems that know exactly what they need to look great and give us the energy we need to conquer our tasks! It is up to us to get to know our bodies and learn its language. When we understand what our bodies are telling us we will enjoy better health, abundant energy and age subtly and gracefully! Next time you having a craving ask yourself what is it that you really need. Treat your body like the temple it is and honor your divine self!

 

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