Clean Eating Fajitas

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Having to give up cheese, gluten, and corn, I find myself missing the good ol’ southwest mexican meal. The truth is though, I can still eat what I want and it still tastes just as good! So here is my take on gluten free, corn free, dairy free fajitas!

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Ingredients

1 lb Carne Asada meat, pre-seasoned

1 red bell pepper

1 white bell pepper

2 green chili peppers

1/2 White onion

2 tbsp olive oil

1 pinch of salt

1 pinch of pepper

Toppings:

Salsa

Avocado

Serves 2-3

Time: 20 minutes 

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To begin, take out a medium frying pan. Chop your meat, onions and peppers. Add olive oil, meat, onions, bell peppers, and chili peppers to the frying pan. Turn on medium heat and cover with a lid. Let simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add salt and pepper and stir pan. Allow the meal to simmer until the meat is fully cooked and the peppers are soft. Once done, serve and add toppings of your choice. Enjoy ❤

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Pose of the Week: Boat

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Boat

PARIPURNA NAVASANA

Pose Benefits:

  • Strengthens Core, Hip flexors, and Spine
  • Improves Digestion
  • Stimulates Kidneys and Intestines
  • Increases internal awareness
  • Improves Balance
  • Helps with Stress

Asana Breakdown:

To get into this pose, sit on the floor with your knees bent. Keeping the knees bent, begin to raise your feet off the floor until the lower leg becomes parallel with the ground. Lock your mulabanda by engaging your pelvic floor. Keep your integrity in your back by flattening your stomach, allowing the spine to elongate in a linear fashion. Allow the collar bones to lift and spread. Slowly begin to straighten the legs, extending the arms forward.

Pose contradictions:

If you are experiencing any of the following, please refrain from this pose:

  • Headache
  • Pregnancy
  • Neck Pain or stiffness
  • Menstruation
  • Asthma
  • Diarrhea

Sources:

Granacher, Urs, Albert Gollhofer, Tibor Hortobágyi, Reto W. Kressig, and Thomas Muehlbauer. “The importance of trunk muscle strength for balance, functional performance, and fall prevention in seniors: a systematic review.” Sports medicine(2013): 1-15.

“Boat Pose – Paripurna Navasana – Yoga Pose.” Yoga Journal. Cruz Bay Publishing, 28 Aug. 2007. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

“How to Do Boat Pose in Yoga.” YogaOutlet.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

Cherry Chicken with Rosemary & Garlic Quinoa

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Ingredients

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Chicken

1 Chicken Breast

4 Cups 100% Cherry Juice

A Pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

1 tbsp Rosemary

Quinoa

1/2 cup Quinoa

2 cloves Garlic

3 tbsp Olive Oil

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Take your cherry juice and put it in a slow cooker on medium heat for 3-4 hours or until finished. I used a regular pot and put it on low. Add your chicken If you are going the pan version, the chicken take about 30-40 minutes. Take the chicken out and strain. Add salt, pepper, and rosemary.

In another pot, take one cup of water and put it on high. Once boiling add in quinoa and turn down to medium heat for 10 minutes or until done. In a skillet take your olive oil and chopped garlic. Let it simmer on low for 1-2 minutes, add quinoa. Serve with chicken and greens (I Chose spinach). Eat and enjoy!

 

Brightening Juice

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Start your day off right with a glass of juice! I was super grateful to be given a juicer for Christmas! I use it all the time! It’s so easy do do and is jam packed with nutrients!

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Ingredients

1 Cucumber

1 Apple

1/4 Lemon

1 tbsp ginger

4 stalks of Cellery

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Get your ingredients together and blend! ❤

Vietnamese Pho: An Organic Take

 

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Pho is by far one of my favorite meals! And it is jam packed with nutrients. The broth itself is said to have amazing healing properties, especially for the muscles and joints. Unfortunately, most pho that we can by at a restaurant is not organic and often it contains MSG. To solve my dilemma to determine whether this food is my friend or pho (get it 😉 ) I decided to make my own.

The process can be a bit intimidating because the ingredients may be slightly unusual and it can be time consuming. Fear not, it is simple, delicious and makes a ton! So you will be able to share the meal with your family.

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Ingredients

1 lb beef or pork bones

1 White onion, Large

4-5 quarts of water

1 tbsp Ginger, fresh

1 1/2 tbsp Pink Himalayan Salt

1 tbsp Pepper

2 tsp Chili Powder

2 pods Star Anise

2-3 tbsp Fish sauce

1 1/2 lbs choice of meat (Shrimp, Tofu, Pork, or Beef)

1 tbsp Sriracha

1 tbsp Hoisin sauce

1 lime

Toppings:

1 1/2 cups of bean sprouts

1 head of Cilantro

2-3 Jalapeños

1 package Thai Basil

Green Onions

2 limes

1-2 packages Rice Ramen Noodles

Sriracha

Poison Sauce

Cherry Tomatoes

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IMG_3304.JPGPreparation:
Many health food stores sell beat sprouts, however, if they are not in
season or if you would like to sprout your own, you can take about 1/2 cups of beans (I chose
mung), cover them with water, and place a folded paper towel and rubber band over the top. Allow them to sprout over the course of 5-7 days (other beans take less time). Once they have sprouted, strain them and add them to this meal or the next!

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Start by taking your beef bones and cooking them in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. This will rid the bones of any parasites and will ready the bones marrow to be pulled out when making your stock.

In a large pot, place in water, onion (shopped),ginger, and bones. Simmer on low for 6-10 hours.  Then add pepper,salt, chili powder, star anise, and fish sauce then stir. Add in your meat either by cooking it in the broth or in a pan. I prepared mine in a pan to avoid any contamination and to individually season the meat to my liking. Once finished, take out the bones and add the meat to the pot along with the Sriracha, 1 lime, and Hoisin Sauce.

In a separate bowl, cook the amount of rice noodles you would like to eat by following the instructions on the package. Then, disperse the noodles into each serving and add the broth (NOTE: the rice noodles are fragile and will break/disintegrate if you cook them all at once and place them in the pot). Then, add the toppings of your choice, I recommend adding them all.

Eat and Enjoy ❤

 

 

 

 

Awareness & Labeling Emotions

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It is hot topic in biology that the bacteria in our gut has a huge impact on our mood, personality, emotions, and even thoughts. The bacteria living there, however, are not permanent. They change in quantity and type depending on our environment, what we ingest via breathe, food, and beverage.

Over the past few years I have begun to place a large amount of awareness towards how certain foods affect me. I know that if I eat certain things my gut flora will get out of balance and change my mood and therefore how I interact with those around me. All too often I have said something that I regret and realize that I ate something recently that probably made me that way.

I know it sounds like a bunch of science fiction, but it is the truth. The bacteria in our gut neurons-582054_640has a direct link to our brain and thus to our actions and reactions. This is why eating well is of the utmost importance.

So how do I deal with it? Personally, when I realize I have an intense emotion towards someone that may not be exactly justified I think, What did I eat in the last 24-48 hours? More often than not, I can identify the exact meal or food item that upset me. In efforts to bring humor to the irritation, sadness, or anger, I have started labeling my emotion as the food I ate that made me upset.

When I check in with myself and ask, How are you feeling? The answer becomes something like carrot cake, ice cream, pizza, or corn.

Saying I feel like carrot cake, for me, is a much more accurate description of how I am really feeling because I am really feeling the chemistry of that particular food interacting with my biology. What I have noticed from my personal experience is that when the food passes through me so does that emotion. The same is true on the other end. When I eat right for my body, I am balanced, clear, happy, and light. The emotion then changes to feeling like carrots, quinoa, smoothie, or kale.

So today’s post offers a suggestion in how we approach our meals and how we approach our emotions. When eating a meal, notice how you feel before eating it and how you feel after. Generally, you will feel better, worse or the same. Ideally, you want to feel better, so if you noticed that what you ate made you feel worse, shift your next meal choice and ask yourself what are you feeling and why. Often, I find, I can identify the feeling but not why. If that’s the case, observe the emotional for it will pass once the food has been digested. In this case you will know how you’re feeling because if very well may be that you just feel like carrot cake.

Pose of the Week: Extended Side Angle

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Extended Side Angle

UTTHITA PARSVAKONASANA

Benefits of the pose:

  • Relieves shoulder & back stiffness
  • Relieves Constipation
  • Reverses Infertility
  • Strengthens legs, knees, & ankles
  • Stretches side body
  • Opens Chest
  • Relieves back pain
  • Relieves Menses pain

Asana Break Down:

To get into this pose start in Warrior II. Checking your alignment: make sure the front ankle aligns with the back arch. The back foot should be at roughly a 45 degree angle. Bending the font arm, allow it to rest gently on your from thigh, extending your other arm over head. Another variation of this pose is to place your front hand on the ground next to your front foot instead of putting your hand on your thigh. Find your strength in your core so that all of your weight doesn’t rest on your from thigh. Open the chest and take the gaze towards the sky.

 

Taco-less Taco

Mexican food is my favorite type of food by far! I do my best to spice it up and make it extra delicious! ❤

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Ingredients

1/2 cup Basmati Rice

1 head of cilantro

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 lemon

1/2 cup lettuce

1 lb Elk Hamburger (or meat of choice)

1 package of Taco seasoning

1 15oz can black beans

Guacamole 

2 avocados

1/4 cup white onion

1/4 cup salsa

2 tbsp Honey

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Toppings

Salsa

Green Chile

Jalapeños

Cheese (optional)

Cook Time: 25-30 min

Serves: 2-3

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To begin, take out a small pot and fill with 1 cup of water and put in on high heat. Once the water begins to boil, add rice and olive oil. Turn down to medium heat and cover with a lid. Let boil for 10-15 min. Stir often. If the rice is still hard once the water has evaporated, continue to add gradual small amounts until it is fluffy and soft.

In a frying pan, add meat and turn on medium heat. Add a taco seasoning or season to your liking using garlic powder, paprika, cumin, turmeric, lemon and chili powder. Stir seasoning in well and mix until the meat is fully cooked through.

On the side prepare your chopped lettuce, guacamole (using the recipe above or buying store bought), strain black beans, and grate cheese. Once the rice if fully cooked, add in finely chopped cilantro and lemon juice. Build your “Taco” to your liking adding your choice of toppings and enjoy.

The Potential “Cure-All” Diet

rose-1082542_640I would like to introduce a diet that has changed my life and is beginning to change the lives of many others.

MY STORY

In October of 2015 I entered the hardest month of my life….I was experiencing gut/intestinal pain, severe acne, adrenal depletion, an overloaded liver, depression, warts, fatigue and an inability to sleep.

To sum it all up, everything hurt physically, mentally, and emotionally. I was distraught that my body was preventing me from showing up in the world the way that I truly wanted to. I didn’t want to eat, cook, be productive, blog, go out, go to school, any of it!

Two months went by like this until I went to see a local naturopathic doctor. It was suggested that I go on what is called an elimination diet for 3 weeks.

This diet was probably the most amazing thing I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. For three weeks I challenged myself to get completely off of:

Dairy   Gluten   Sugar  Soy   Nuts   Caffeine  Alcohol  Corn   Legumes     Nightshades   White Potatoes

So what does that leave me with? Basically milk substitutes like coconut or rice milk, fruits, gluten free grains, meat and vegetables. I’ll admit that it was tricky. I began by taking out the things that I was already impartial to and didn’t mind taking out such as caffeine, alcohol, white potatoes, nuts, corn, legumes, and gluten. For me, all of those things were easily substituted. A couple of days went by like this and then I began to take out nightshades. Then the hardest part came: Dairy and sugar. I am completed addicted to both of theses things so it was incredibly tricky to get off of them. I gave myself the space to have my cravings and just started by decreasing my intake. Another week or two went by like this until I was able to finally get off of both of them.

Five days went by with out eating any dairy for the first time in 4 years and  I could hardly believe what I saw:

  • my acne was gone (for the first time in 4 years)
  • my energy was back
  • my gut didn’t hurt
  • nausea, diarrhea, gas — gone!
  • depression subsided
  • warts disappeared

I had my life back and it felt so good to know that the power was in my hands and it was something as simple as a shift in diet. So here I am at the end of my 3 weeks and I have amazing skin, energy, and vitality to show for it.

UNDERSTANDING THE DIET

The Elimination Diet is great for anyone with any kind of food sensitivity or GI disturbances as well as arthritis, ADD/ADHD, narcolepsy, migraines, issues with the kidneys, cardiovascular disease, allergies, asthma, and others. It’s best if the diet is adhered to for a minimum of 2 weeks. Big dogs like gluten and dairy should be eliminated for 28 days.

It should also be understood that these dietary changes are not permanent and that these foods can be reintroduced. It is recommended that you begin to introduce one of the eliminated food groups for one day and then notice your symptoms for the two following days. If you show no symptoms or reactions you can introduce another food group. This process can take up to 5-6 weeks.  At the end of the process you will know a great deal about your body and your allergies. I learned that I was allergic to dairy and nuts, I could tolerate gluten and sugar, and appear to have no symptoms concerning soy, beans, nightshades or caffeine.

Consult your physician or registered dietitian if you find that there is a certain food group you’d like to introduce, but have an allergic reaction to.

 

Here’s my advice for trying it yourself:

  • Give yourself space to do it at your own pace and don’t beat yourself up when you “relapse”
  • Understand that you WILL go through withdrawals and that they WILL pass and you WILL make it
  • Consult your doctor or physician if you have any questions or concerns
  • Find a community or a friend to support you in your process
  • Switch to organic foods
  • Get on a Probiotic, Multivitamin and/or a B Vitamin complex
  • Supplement with essential fatty acids (i.e. EPA or Fish) and CoQ10
  • Remove other toxins that your not digesting such as perfumes, chemical fragrances, artificially scented lotions, cremes, shampoos and conditioners.

Tips and Tricks for getting through the withdrawal symptoms:

  • Epsom salt and lavender essential oil bath
  • Charcoal (to bind toxins being produced in the body during detox)
  • Broccoli Sprouts
  • Getting body work at least once a week (ex: yoga, massage, chiropractor, acupuncture, etc.).
  • Don’t keep what you crave in the house and resist the urge to buy them when you shop.
  • When a craving appears, drink a large glass of water and wait 30 minutes. Often, the craving will go away.
  • Don’t let yourself get too hungry. When you get hungry you’ll want to eat what you crave, so try to keep an emergency snack or meal prepared.

Check out this link for more information about the Elimination Diet, what to eat, how to reintroduce, recipes, and for more general information:

https://wholelifenutrition.net/articles

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/elimination-diet

For literature on the Diet I suggest exploring:

https://wholelifenutrition.net/books

 

 

 

Chicken Noodle Soup

When the weather is cold and the body needs nourishment, Chicken Soup is the way to go. Here is a recipe I made using a chicken from a dinner the night before. It’s great to get mileage out of your ingredients and your time in the kitchen. Feel free to bake a chicken and throw in the bones and  leftover meat into the pot or start from the beginning!

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Ingredients 

1-2 lb Chicken (with bone)

4 Carrots

3 stocks Celery

6 small potatoes (option: 3 white and 3 purple)

1/4-1/2 White Onion

2-3 Cloves Garlic

1 package Rice Ramen Noodles

1/2 lemon

1/2 tbsp Rosemary

1/2 tbsp Thyme

1 tbsp Pink Himalayan Salt

1 tbsp Black Pepper

1 tbsp Cumin

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Begin by making your stock: Pull out a large pot and fill with 5-6 cups of water. Cut up chicken, potatoes (leave skin on), carrots, onion, garlic and celery. Turn stove on medium/high heat for 40-45 minutes, adding water as needed. Check to make sure your chicken is fully cooked. Let it cook for more time before adding in your seasoning.

Once your stock has been created, turn on medium/low heat, add in squeezed lemon, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, and cumin to taste. Adjusting quantity as needed. Finally, add in 2-3 cakes of rice ramen. Let Ramen cook for 4-6 minutes and then take off heat. Serve and enjoy ❤