3 Ways to Keep Your Cool this Holiday Season

Merry Christmas Eve folks!! It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to sit down...unwind and relax! I could say it’s the holiday crazy-business or the fact that I moved or the bout of food poisoning or work being busy or the holiday parties… But whatever the reason the end of the year is always a busy and stressful time! In the midst of the craziness I managed to keep myself (somewhat) sane by following a few simple tips. These I will share with you here! So that no matter what family member is bugging you or whatever madness is going on in your life, you can smile and brush it off your shoulders! :)

So what did I do?? Well for starters I reminded myself that this too shall pass.. and then I did the following:

1. I relied on organic berries and dark, leafy greens more than ever!! Nutrition. That's what matters. Eating well, balanced, truly healthy (no chemicals, additives, processed crap), whenever and wherever you can will help keep your hormones in check!

2. Maca - my lifesaver!! Maca is a root that is a powerful adaptogen. It grows high in the Andes under bitterly, harsh conditions. It has numerous beneficial qualities but the one that has kept me hooked is that it helps one adapt to 'stressful conditions'. That makes it a HUGE winner in my books!! I add 1 tbsp of Maca root powder to my smoothies or my morning kefir with berries. But my favorite way of drinking it is mixed with raw cacao powder and some raw honey. You can try Organic Traditions Macaccino - I love it!! 

3. Deep Breathing - this really helps!! I would take 5 minutes and just breathe deeply...in for a S-L-O-W count of 4 (think 1 Hippopotamus...2 Hippopotamus...etc) and out through your mouth, S-L-O-W-L-Y, for a count of 4. The first couple times I did this I would be thinking "It's not working..It's not working.." but once you ease into it,  you will see that it does work! I would actively choose to let go of my thoughts and imagine a huge, brilliant white light enveloping and getting brighter with each breath.  

For a bonus I would soak in a hot bath with 1 cup of Epsom Salts and 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil - dim the lights or take a soak by candlelight - and leave your troubles in the water! That’s how I “survived” the last couple weeks! Just a little time (5 minutes here and there - and you DO have 5 minutes for you! Find them :) will make you happier and keep you healthy. Stress decreases your immunity so take the time to take care of YOU! YOU are super...important! Remember that! :) Happy Holidays my loves!! xxA

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White Fruits & Veg for Immunity

White foods are important to a healthy diet. They work to support a healthy immune system and given that we are in the midst of the holiday season and cold and flu season it is important to keep our immune system healthy! When I first starting thinking about what white foods to mention all I came up with was bread and potatoes - they are just that common!! - but, no, these are not what I mean. Bread and potatoes are foods that turn very quickly into sugar (high on the glycemic index), leading to a sharp sugar spike and then a drop and there are other issues with these foods too.

So what do I mean when I say choose white veggies??

Onions, Garlics and Shallots

Mushrooms and Cauliflower

Daikon and other radishes

Ginger

Jerusalem Artichoke, Parsnips, Jicama and Turnips

White Beans

Rice and Barley

Pears and Bananas

White Nectarines, White Peaches

I didn’t even think of onions, garlic and shallots!! Even though I do cook with them often. But these are rich in sulfur and have potent anti-inflammatory effects. They also may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. White foods have important phytochemicals like quercetin, vitamins and minerals that work to support a healthy immune system, lymphatic system and aid in cellular recovery.

Ok, so now you know what white foods can do for you and have a list of some foods you might not have heard of (I didn’t know what a Jicama was before now! :)...what now??  Now comes the fun part! Try this delicious recipe I adapted from a very good friend of mine, who happens to be one of my clients.

White Beans & Greens

2 cans of Eden Organic White Beans (if you choose another brand make sure the cans are BPA-free)

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp Himalayan sea salt (*to taste)

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp ground black pepper

½ tsp oregano

6 cloves garlic, crushed

½ large white onion, diced

1 package organic cremini mushrooms, rinsed and sliced

1 bunch organic radishes, diced

2 organic zucchinis, diced

1 large bunch organic spinach, rinsed and roughly chopped

=> Start by crushing the garlic and chopping the onions - then let them stand for 15 minutes to allow the enzymes to be fully activated. Rinse and chopped the radishes, mushrooms and spinach. In a pot start warming the coconut oil over medium heat, add the garlic and onions along with the salt and spices and stir well. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Once the onions start becoming a little translucent, add the remaining veggies and allow to cook down for 2-3 minutes. Strain the beans and then add them to the pot, stirring well so that it all becomes well incorporated. Cook for another 5-7 minutes. Serve with brown rice or alone and enjoy!  

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Bee....Stress-Free

One down and two (or more) to go!! It’s holiday time and there are lots of family dinners and business events on the horizon. I forgot about the holiday shopping!! I don’t know how I could’ve done that!! :) As you already, this is the time of year where there will be lots on your plate and little time to take care of things AND take care of yourself. In the past I used to just forget about myself until the new year, but that is no longer the case. Now I make sure I up my consumption of foods containing a certain vitamin (or vitamins). B vitamins!

Why are B vitamins so important?? They play several roles in our bodies:

  • Maintain healthy skin and muscle tone
  • Promote cell growth and division
  • Enhance immune and nervous system function
  • Ease stress
  • Improve Mood
  • Support and increase metabolism rate
  • Improve memory
  • Reduce PMS symptoms

Quite a lot right?? B vitamins are essential for us to feel good and be healthy and fit, physically and mentally. I can feel when my B vitamins are getting low - I feel tired, moody, stressed and anxious, my skin begins to look dull - and then when I go over what I’ve been (or not been) eating, I see where I’ve gone wrong.

In addition to my upping my consumption of dark leafy greens, organic grains like quinoa and amaranth and organic protein sources, here are my 2 favorite ways to get my B-in:

  1. Maca - a root native to the Andes in South America; it is a powerful adaptogen and hormone regulator, rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins. The benefits of consuming Maca cover a lot of ground - it improves anemia, chronic fatigue, depression, thyroid conditions, menstrual discomfort and disorders, memory and can even help with fertility and stress! Start with 1 tsp in your smoothie, oatmeal, chia pudding or organic greek yogurt and build up to 1 tbsp over the course of a month. Then go for 2 tbsp a day over the next month.
  2. Raw Honey/Bee Pollen/Propolis/Royal Jelly - known collectively as 'bee products' are one of nature's most complete foods. Honey, in its raw, wild, unfiltered state, is rich in minerals, probiotics, enzymes and antioxidants. Use raw honey in your smoothies, oatmeal and puddings and add to your hot beverages once they are cool enough to drink to enjoy its full benefits. Bee Pollen is rich in vitamin B9, has all 22 essential amino acids and is an energy rich source of protein. If you work out and need a good, clean source of protein - bee pollen is approximately 25% protein and is easy to assimilate. Look for fresh bee pollen or bee pollen that has been dried at less than 96 degrees (the hive's natural temperature). Add 1 tbsp to your smoothies or chia pudding. Propolis has antibacterial properties and support a healthy immune system. Propolis can be used in extract form and added to your tea or water. Royal Jelly is a known rejuvenator and is rich in amino acids, vitamin B5, other B vitamins and a variety of minerals. It has a stimulating effect without the negative effects that caffeine has on the body and has been known to enhance our ability to think clearly. It isn't the tastiest bee product (well, at least it isn't for me) but I choose to eat a 1/2 tsp raw and straight out of the jar! You can add 1/2 tsp to your smoothie or overnight oatmeal. Adding raw honey or any of these bee foods benefit your body by giving it plenty of B vitamins (and other vitamins and minerals) and antioxidants to build up our stress-defenses and reducing the production of histamines thereby neutralizing many allergies.     

These are my 2 ‘secrets’ to feeling great and maintaining my ‘youthful’ skin!! I have noticed that the more consistent I am with my nutrition the healthier my body feels! So I drink 2-3 Purium Power Shakes (with plenty of organic greens and spirulina) a day, take my Virgin Raw Bee Panacea and make sure I eat a good amount of organic fruits and veggies and choose quality sources of protein. Start adding one or both of these to your routine and enjoy their many benefits! Enjoy in good health! xxA

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Why Gain Weight This Thnxgiving??

Ah...Thanksgiving!! It is soon to be upon us and with it many of us will break our ‘diets’! But, what if it didn’t have to be that way?? What if you could eat and be merry and still maintain a healthy weight?? Have I piqued your interest?? I hope so :) Nutrition is about choosing nutrient-dense foods and making those the staple of your diet. And by ‘diet’ I do not mean calorie-counting or restriction and I do not mean depriving yourself.

Nutrient-dense foods are those that are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, protein, fiber etc. The great things about these foods is that you will be satisfied longer and you will enjoy balanced energy and blood sugar levels. I’m going to share with you a few Thanksgiving-inspired recipes that I serve up for my family during the holidays.

For those of you with a sweet tooth, this is a healthy way of getting the taste of pumpkin pie but without the excess sugar, gluten, etc.  

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

½ cup raw pumpkin puree

3 organic medjool dates, pits removed

1 banana, ripe

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more depending on desired consistency)

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp pumpkin spice

½ tsp vanilla bean powder

=>Blend well and enjoy!

Who doesn’t like cranberry sauce?? I love the tartness of it and of course I love mine :) Mine evolves over time and this year’s might be different but it is made from scratch and is super easy to make!

Cinnamon Spice Cranberrry Sauce

3 cups organic cranberries

5 cups filtered water

1 cup sucanat (a less processed form of sugar - sugar cane natural)*you can use turbinado sugar but it is a more processed form of sugar*

2 cinnamon sticks

1 tsp ceylon cinnamon powder

5 cloves

½ organic organic, juice

organic orange zest

=>Start boiling the water along with the cinnamon sticks and cloves. Once it starts bubbling, add in the cranberries, sugar and remaining ingredients. Stir it well. Reduce heat to medium-low and keep stirring as it reduces. You will notice it thicken - allow it to thicken until desired consistency is reached.

Pumpkin-Quinoa Puree

1 cup Organic Red Quinoa

2 ½ c water

1 tsp Himalayan sea salt

1 cup plain organic almond milk

1 cup cooked pumpkin or organic pumpkin puree

=> Bring the water to boil in a pan & add the quinoa. Simmer over low-medium heat for 30 minutes (or until water is absorbed).*The quinoa can be soaked for 1 hour in water prior to cooking. Transfer the cooked quinoa to a food processor or Vitamix & add the almond milk, pumpkin & salt. Blend/process until smooth. *For extra credit - stir in organic baby spinach after blending/processing.

The last 2 are delicious sides that are easy to make. Which in my books is always a plus when it comes to the hectic-ness of the holidays! These alongside a healthy (½ your plate) serving of sauteed greens and turkey (or roast pork for my Spanish folks :) will give your body the nutrition it needs and help keep you fit and healthy! You might not even get the -itis!! Have a wonderful and healthy Thanksgiving holiday folks!!  

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