Isn’t it a lovely time when you can feel spring in the air. Good vibes, feelings of expansion and wonderful things coming our way.
This is what inspired me to start to eat more Raw Food this week.
During winter, I have naturally felt more drawn to warm and heavier food. But when the sun comes out to shine its light, and the green vegetation and herbs are bursting to life, then fresh cleansing food are calling me!
Some years ago, I was eating 90% Raw food all the time, even through winter. But this experience showed me that it was not for me. I was cold all winter and I felt like something was always missing, which lead me to eat all the time.
When I got brittle teeth, I knew I had to change some things in my diet. For some reason the fantastic Raw Food diet did not work for me.
I have now learned why I was in this state and I have changed my diet to be more flexible and the symptoms has passed.
It is important to not be dogmatic in your food choices and to keep an open mind. I certainly cherish the wish to eat as clean and nutritious food as possible (raw food is great for this), but it must be done with awareness.
If your body shows any prolonged signs that you are not as healthy as you thought you would be on a certain diet, then be open to experiment with other options. After all there are so many nutritious and medicinal foods out there and we don’t need to restrict ourselves into just following one theory. And in the end this is all they are, Theories. What really counts is what your body is telling you and what works for You!
This is also my approach when I work with clients. I guide them into trying different options until they find out what works for them.
(Read more about my approach to health coaching here http://www.indiranutrition.com/programs.html)
5 Spring inspired tips
This week it has been rainy and cold here in Sintra, and I needed some extra boost to move me through the day. So I made a couple of really delicious Bulletproof coffees.
Bullet proof coffee is traditionally made with the best quality coffee you can get your hands on and grass fed butter. I don´t use nor recommend dairy products in general, so I use a good virgin coconut oil instead.
Adding fat to hot drinks is a longstanding tradition in many parts of the world. Mixing spices into coffee is also quite common. I love to add cinnamon and cardamom, it really brings out the flavor of your coffee. To make this brew even more interesting,
I add medicinal mushrooms like Reishi and Chaga! These mushrooms help you to boost the immune system and increase mental clarity.
Bullet proof coffee is easy to prepare and you can convert it to energy quickly, speeding up your metabolism and giving you a cognitive boost.
Bullet proof coffee is also said to keep hunger at bay, enhance mental clarity and stimulate the body’s fat-burning potential.
Sounds pretty good for a cup of coffee, don't you think? I know I prefer to drink my coffee in this way, knowing that it is giving me some nutrition and making me less hyper from the caffeine. I am sensitive to caffeine so I like to use a decaffeinated coffee or a mix of the both. The brand on the picture is a good choice for this.
To make it you will need to get:
Then you brew 1 cup of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons organic high quality coffee. Using a French Press is easiest. If you grind your coffee from beans...even better! The idea here is to use a coffee that is free of chemicals and that has a high level of antioxidants intact.
3 cubes of frozen pumpkin
2 hands full of swiss chard (acelgas)
1/4 of a peeled lemon
1 tbsp vegetable protein powder
1 tsp of turmeric powder with black pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric w. black pepper
1 tsp ginger powder
2 cups of water
(Find protein powders and medicinal herbs and spices at www.biosamara.pt)
Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
Enjoy directly or store in the fridge in an airtight glass jar until later.
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