Happy belated Valentine's Day! Are you feeling the love this month? I think this day is about so much more than celebrating a relationship with your significant other, it's a reminder to proclaim our LOVE for friends, family, and ourselves... We all need a little Vitamin Love in our lives, see my articles below for more.
This week I am finishing up my detox with my clients. I just had roasted asparagus and broccolini with some chicken and avocado - not too shabby for being on a detox right? I've received some great feedback including how easy it was to follow and how symptoms like bloating and blood sugar issues have gone away!
As always, thank you for reading and welcome to my new subscribers!
Health Coach San Diego
Courtesy of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition:
Are you getting your optimal dose of love, or Vitamin L, as we call it?
Amidst the feeling that Valentine's Day is about romantic dinners, chocolates and flowers, check in to make sure you are getting your Vitamin L, in whatever form feels good to you! Vitamin L is what we refer to as love, and it is the most important nutrient for your health and wellbeing. When it comes down to it, love is the food for the soul and it nourishes the body, mind and spirit.
Vitamin L doesn't have to come only from a romantic partner or relationship, and in fact some of the most nourishing doses of Vitamin L can come from a loving relationship with yourself, or through loving interactions between friends, family members, co-workers, pets, neighbors...there are so many possibilities.
It's important to recognize these valuable sources and to nurture them so that you can be nourished as well. You can drink all of the green smoothies in the world, but love (in all forms) is a vital component to being a happy, healthy and balanced person! What's your favorite way to make sure you get your Vitamin L?
My answer: I am surrounded by a truly wonderful group of girlfriends - they are all smart, beautiful, talented, healthy, fun, and downright amazing! I make sure to remind myself of this when I get down and to actually tell them so they feel the LOVE too!
| LOVE-ly Veggies and Fruits|
|A few months ago, I talked about how important it is to get your greens in - the article is HERE if you missed it. Let's not forget about the myriad of other colorful vegetables and fruits though! In the spirit of the month, I'd like to share my favorite RED fruits and veggies and just a few of their potential health benefits. Because of their color, they are rich in vitamins, flavanoids, and antioxidants.... more importantly, they're delicious!
I encourage you to incorporate these into your routine THIS week!
POMEGRANATE SEEDS - high in potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B5, have been shown in studies to reduce heart disease risk factors
BEETS - can be roasted or boiled or served raw in a salad - remember my carrot and beet salad? improve circulation, great for the liver
RADISHES - blood purifier, high in fiber, high in vitamin C, great for liver and galbladder function, relieves indigestion
TOMATOES - purify the blood and detoxify the body, encourage digestion, high in lycopene
RED ONIONS - rich in sulfur which purifies the body, natural anti-clotting, cancer prevention - toss in salad or sautee with other veggies
RED CABBAGE - great source of calcium, iodine, vitamins A,C, E, and B, can help constipation, in the cruciferous veggie family - great for burning belly fat, can easily be sauteed or served raw as a side dish
APPLES - remedies indigestion, high in vitamins A, C, fiber - eat the skin!
GRAPES - hydrating, builds and purifies the blood, benefits the liver and kidneys
STRAWBERRIES/RASPBERRIES - berries are high in fiber and full of antioxidants, can be helpful for digestion
Source: Healing with Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford
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|Homemade Chicken Broth |
Chicken broth is a perfect nourishing winter dish - it's very healing to the gut and great for the immune system (excellent when you have a cold!), it is very rich in calcium and other minerals and highly absorbable by our bodies, it's also good for your joints since it contains gelatin. You can use broth as a base for soups and use the meat later in a host of other dishes. This recipe comes from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.
- 1 whole free-range chicken or 2 to 3 pounds of bony chicken parts, such as necks, backs, breastbones and wings*
- gizzards from one chicken (optional)
- 2-4 chicken feet (optional)
- 4 quarts cold filtered water
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
- 1 bunch parsley
If you are using a whole chicken, cut off the wings and remove the neck, fat glands and the gizzards from the cavity. Cut chicken parts into several pieces. (If you are using a whole chicken, remove the neck and wings and cut them into several pieces.) Place chicken or chicken pieces in a large stainless steel pot with water, vinegar and all vegetables except parsley. Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bring to a boil, and remove scum that rises to the top. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 6 to 8 hours. The longer you cook the stock, the richer and more flavorful it will be. About 10 minutes before finishing the stock, add parsley. This will impart additional mineral ions to the broth.
Remove whole chicken or pieces with a slotted spoon. If you are using a whole chicken, let cool and remove chicken meat from the carcass. Reserve for other uses, such as chicken salads, enchiladas, sandwiches or curries. Strain the stock into a large bowl and reserve in your refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and congeals. Skim off this fat and reserve the stock in covered containers in your refrigerator or freezer.
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