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Glorious Greens
Variety of leafy green vegetables isolated on white background.   
Green is one of my favorite colors; it is the color of nature, fertility, and life.  Green is also the color of balance and harmony, two of the main things I strive for in my life.
The color green is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the heart and the head.  
Green can restore depleted energy and can provide a sanctuary away from the stresses of modern life, restoring us back to a sense of well being. Just look at mother nature- there is a reason why so much of the earth is green; green has a calming effect on our senses.
Green is the color of growth, as in young saplings growing into majestic trees. Change and transformation are necessary for growth, and so this ability to sustain change is also a part of green energy.
Green is an emotionally positive color as it relates to our ability to love and nurture ourselves and others.
The color green has a strong sense of right and wrong, honor and a sense of order. 
Green is a natural peacemaker, a good listener, a contributor to society. It is the charity worker, the good parent and the helpful neighbor. 
Put some green in your life if you are looking for:
 A new state of balance
The need for change or growth
Freedom to pursue new ideas
Protection from fears and anxieties connected with demands of others.
color psychology 

Here are a few ways I enjoy greens.  I include greens with just about all of my meals and not just because I know it's good for me.  When I eat a big dark green leafy salad I feel grounded, expansive and satisfied.  It feels like all the cells in my body are saying thank you!!
Instead of caffeine,  I start each morning with a green shot of Sweet Wheat from Britecore, a powdered wheat grass super food. It really gets my day going!  It gives me energy, focus, clarity and a sense of well being.  Not only do I ingest it, but I use it for facials, I brush my teeth with it and I put it on bug bites, cuts and burns.
I also love Designs for Health's Paleo Greens. I put a tablespoon in my shake each morning.  It contains 15 different types of greens and 6 different types of fruit powders, and it tastes delicious.  

(For more information about these two great products contact me at Health Through Awareness 856-596-0200)
Go Green,

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I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over  my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation.  It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green. 

Nathaniel Hawthorne


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"The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. 'I am not alone and unacknowledged.' They nod to me and I to them."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Green vegetables are the foods most missing in modern diets. Learning to cook and eat greens is essential to creating health. When you nourish yourself with greens, you will naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick. Greens help build your internal rainforest and strengthen the blood and respiratory system. They are especially good for city people who rarely see fields of green in open countryside. In Asian medicine, green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity.
Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micro nutrients and phytochemicals. Whenever possible, choose organic. But eating non-organics greens is much better than not eating any greens at all!
Some of the benefits of eating dark leafy greens are:
-Blood purification
-Cancer prevention
-Improved circulation
-Strengthened immune system
-Promotion of healthy intestinal flora
-Promotion of subtle, light and flexible energy
-Lifted spirit and elimination of depression
-Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function
-Cleared congestion, especially in the lungs reducing mucus
There are so many greens to choose from. Find greens that you love and eat them more often. When you get bored with your favorites, be adventurous and try greens that you've never heard before.
Broccoli is very popular among adults and children. Each stem is like a tree trunk, giving you strong, grounding energy. Rotate between
bok choy, napa cabbage, kale, collards, watercress, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, dandelion and other leafy greens. Green cabbage is great cooked or raw, or in the form of sauerkraut.  Arugula, endive, chicory, lettuce, mesclun and wild greens are generally eaten raw, but can be consumed in any creative way you enjoy. Spinach, Swiss chard and beet greens are best eaten in moderation because they are high in oxalic acid, which depletes calcium from bones and teeth, and may lead to osteoporosis. Cook these vegetables with something rich like tofu, seeds, nuts, beans, butter, animal products or oil. This will help balance the effect of the oxalic acid.
Cooking Greens
Try a variety of methods like steaming, boiling, sauteing in oil, water sauteing, waterless cooking or lightly pickling, as in pressed salad. Boiling makes greens pumped and relaxed. Boil for under a minute so that the nutrients in the greens do not get lost in the water. You can also drink the cooking water as a health-giving broth or tea if you're using organic greens. Steaming makes greens more fibrous and tight, which is great for people who are trying to lose more weight. Raw salad is also a wonderful preparation for greens. It's refreshing, cooling and supplies live enzymes.
When some people hear "leafy green vegetables," they often think of iceberg lettuce, but the ordinary, pale lettuce in restaurant salads doesn't have the power packed goodness of other greens. Get into the habit of adding these dark, leafy green vegetables to your diet. Try it out for a month and see how you feel.
A great additional resource for recipes and ideas is Greens Glorious Greens by Johnna Albi and Catherine Walthers.
Integrative Nutrition, 2010.
Shredded Greens Salad
 Serves 4 as a side dish
A bevy of naturally detoxifying greens forms the
basis of this simple-yet nutritious salad.
1 cup shredded black Tuscan kale
1 cup shredded baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup shredded Brussel sprouts
2/3 cup shredded baby bok choi leaves
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbs. Meyer lemon juice
2 Tbs. fresh squeezed orange juice
2 Tbs. avocado oil
1tsp. microplaned orange zest
1tsp. green peppercorn mustard


Combine all shredded greens in large bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients and drizle over greens. Toss to moisten, and serve immediately.


per serving:

87 cal; 1g pro; 7g total fat (1g sat. fat);5g carb; 0mg chol;59mg sod; 1g finer; 1g sugars


Recipe Tips
Add orange segments and chopped walnuts for a satisfying vegan lunch.
Puree 1 cup salad with 1/4 cup edamame, a couple of apples slices, and 1 cup kombucha tea for a cleansing smoothie
 Combine 1 cup salad with 1/2 cup cooked green lentils and serve with grilled turkey sausages for a hearty dinner.
Better Nutrition, Sept 2014.


Would you like to talk one on one about how to get more greens into your diet. Curious about how health coaching can help you make positive changes? Let's talk! Schedule an initial complimentary consultation with me today--or pass this offer on to someone you care about!

Liesha Getson, HHC, BCTT


100 Brick Road, Suite 206

Marlton, NJ 08053 

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