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
Last week it has been rainy and cold here, and I needed some extra boost to move me through the day. So I made a cup of really delicious Bulletproof coffee.
Bulletproof coffee is traditionally made with the best quality coffee you can get your hands on and grass fed butter plus a high quality MCT coconut oil. Since I am sensitive to dairy products ( and didn´t have the MCT oil) I used a good extra 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 also added the medicinal mushroom Chaga! Medicinal 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.
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.
Any other doubts or questions you might have about Bulletproof coffee could probably be answered by this amazing graph from Olivia Thomas.
Time is moving fast and there are many things we want to accomplish in one day. Sometimes we have so many things to attend to that eating comes on second place.
When I have a lot to do, I forget to eat properly. Instead of sitting down to a meal, I quickly grab an apple, nibble on a rice cracker and eat a few spoons of a cold left overs for lunch.
When I am excited about what I am doing this is not a problem for me, but when the evening comes, it results in cravings, a feeling of lack and emotional exhaustion.
So what kind of guidelines can we have to help us eat well?
On my morning walk today I was thinking about this, and came up with this list of foods that I recommend for you to focus on. When you add in this much nutrition, other less healthy foods will naturally be crowded out.
1. Drink 1 Green Smoothie per day. Quick and easy to make.
2. Eat 1 salad per day, with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon. Simple and fast and you can find it in most places if you are out and about.
3. Eat one vegetable soup per day. Soothing and easy to find as well.
4. Eat one portion of steamed, cooked or baked greens per day. Green is Gold!
5. Eat protein at 2 meals per day. Lentils, Beans, Nuts and Seeds, Vegetable Protein Powder, Free range Eggs, Fatty fish.
Maybe this seems like a lot for you, but you will see that if you eat this much veggies and greens your cravings will be less, you will feel more balanced and you will have more energy!
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