I absolutely love May. Every morning I wake up to something new and beautiful blooming in my garden. I love seeing new leaves opening up each day and all the different hues of green. It’s giving me the renewed energy I need right now.
Over Easter weekend I had fun trying to find a gluten-free baked treat that was low in sugar, full of chocolate, and a winner with my kids. I’m thrilled to say I DID it! This is no small feat in my home. I usually get 3 out of 4 of us that love something I bake or cook, so when everybody gave me a huge smile and thumbs up with this one, I knew I had to share with you!
I’ve got some serious deliciousness here for you today!
I LOVE me some salad. In fact, I don’t think a day goes by without one, but if you’re like me you get in a rut sometimes and go to the same couple salads day in and day out. I get it- at the end of the day your creative salad energy can be zapped and it’s easy to fall back into old habits. But, it gets SO boring!
This vegan Caesar salad dressing is a huge favorite in our home. Tangy, garlicky, and creamy, I use it regularly for dipping veggies and just about any salad I make. I found this recipe in a beloved book by Kris Carr called Crazy, Sexy Diet. If you want to read how this woman turned her health around after hearing she had inoperable cancerous tumors, I can’t recommend it enough!
Last night we had salmon caesar salad with gluten-free croutons. We’re not vegan, but we’re a dairy free home so this dressing serves us well. BTW, I almost always add some purple and Napa cabbage into my romaine lettuce for a major health boost.
Did you know that digestion actually starts in your BRAIN?
We have all heard the saying, “You are what you eat”. So many of my clients come in and tell me that they eat healthy, stay away from junk food and artificial everything and yet still, they feel terrible. The truth is, you can eat the best diet in the world but if you aren’t functioning optimally, you can still feel awful. As my mentor, Andrea Nakayama says, “You are what you can DO with what you eat”. We are what we digest and absorb from what we eat. Our bodies cannot use the proteins, carbohydrates, and fats we consume: it needs amino acids, simple sugar, and fatty acids to function. It’s the job of our digestive system to break apart the macronutrients we eat into smaller components that can be absorbed into the blood stream and used to fuel our lives.
I discovered this delicious and nutritious salad at my favorite Seattle co-op called PCC years ago and they gave me the recipe! I made this religiously for awhile and then, as happens, it slid out of rotation. I’m happy to say that it’s now back in the fridge this week! This dark leafy green, rainbow colored, superfood salad is chock full of vitamins and phytonutrients and is very satisfying. The rice gives it a chewiness that I love as well. I made a huge batch to last me all week and it’s such a satisfying salad I had to share.
But first, I've been on a no-sugar diet for awhile now and it's been oh-so challenging. I've been doing some big experimentation with Stevia, which has zero load on your blood sugar, but also have a list of healthier sugar alternatives for you.
Here's a rundown on different kinds of sugars and sweeteners that won't wreck your health!
There's a lot of chaos happening right now...people are very stressed and anxious and I know many of us feel very unmoored. All of this creates chaos in our bodies and, on a biological level, releases cortisol into our bloodstream. I've talked a lot about cortisol with my clients and in my programs over the years and how it's critical to get this hormone under control in your body because your health is greatly hindered when it's out of whack. Known as the 'aging hormone' it shuts down digestion, propels anxiety, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances, fertility problems and much more. So, what do we do? Here is a list of things you can do right now: First, for me, I really believe in the law of attraction.
It's becoming common knowledge that inflammation is the root of most modern disease. While we need some inflammation to help heal the body from things like ankle sprains or a sore throat, low-grade chronic inflammation is associated with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease.
I love putting this healthy holiday gift guide together for you every year. While I don’t have a ton of time to list everything I love, I try to get a wide range of gifts that cover body, mind, and soul. And of course, many of these are on MY list! Santa, are you listening?