It’s one thing to make a huge long list of new years resolutions, but it’s definitely another thing to follow through with them. If you only do one thing in 2013, commit to drinking plenty of water: the most important nutrient in your body.
I find a salad bowl to be like an empty canvas, just awaiting my creative touch. Not only does a salad provide you the opportunity to get a lot of vegetables in at once, but the array of colors can be just as pleasing to the eye as the flavors are pleasing to the palate. I urge you to come out of your salad rut and experiment with some of these fresh ideas!
I think that when it comes to nutrition, the topic of fat is still the most misunderstood. We have been taught that certain fats should be avoided all together due to health risks, others should be used but only in small amounts, oh and a whole other group of fats is so important everyone should be taking them. No wonder we are confused!
Spring is a time of regeneration and growth. All around us, nature is moving out of the hibernation of winter and into a state of vibrancy and brilliance. It can be easy to let this time float by, practically unnoticed, if you are busy and live in an urban area. Remember that nature is never very far out of your reach, and it is important to create a
connection with the world around you.
We are entering a new growing season which means that we’ll start seeing some more local varieties of fruits and vegetables. As I’ve mentioned before, there are many reasons to focus on eating food that is in season.
Our bodies have the natural ability to detoxify on a regular basis as a way to maintain homeostasis, or balance. Our livers are constantly working to filter out substances which are either foreign or are waste byproducts of our metabolic processes. (We must actually detoxify from our own hormones in this way.)
I have loved beets since I was a little girl: they tasted good and they stained my lips like I was wearing lipstick. Now, as an adult, I appreciate beets for many additional reasons and make sure to include them in my diet regularly.
Many of us don’t realize how many man-made chemicals we are exposed to throughout the day. If when we get up in the morning we shower using shampoo and conditioner, brush our teeth, style our hair, cook our eggs in a non-stick pan, put away some of our children’s toys, and take a big whiff from our new Glade plug-in, we’ve already been exposed to so many chemicals that our livers will have their job cut out for them.
As a doula and nutritional therapist I have seen it all too often: there is this unspoken (and sometimes spoken) expectation for women to “bounce back” after pregnancy and labor and go back to being “themselves.” In the media we are fed stories about how quickly this actress or singer lost her baby weight or how easily the woman in the article is juggling being a mom with everything else she did before.