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March 27, 2013

Does Your Body Really Cry for Water??

On water…Dr. B (as Tony refers to) the Author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water (I highly recommend – my dad and sister first told me about it years ago!) has a foundation called www.thewatercure.com. His foundation was a great supporter of my natural health magazine in the UK and we worked together on bringing his books there and they provided advertising and articles regularly. I was not fortunate enough to know Dr B. when he was alive so it is inspiring to see his foundation sharing and continuing his work.   See the website above for GREAT articles of the WHY water is good for you and to get the book!

Another thing I learned in school from Dr. John Douillard (I so love him), an Ayervedic doctor, is to do an experiment with yourself. Sip hot water daily every 10 minutes for two weeks. 1. it gets your lymphatic system moving and draining as it should and 2. it will tell you immediately if you are dehydrated as you will start to want to drink more water. MOST everyone today does NOT get enough water.  And in fact, it can actually show up internally where your joints and connective tissue start to get dehydrated as well.  Showing up as aches and pains that we often explain away in the form of “age” or “overuse”.  Really, over time, a lot of that can be prevented with proper hydration.

Think of your mornings and afternoons.  If you need coffee, sugar, snacks, and extra food to get you through your daily slumps, just know that you could try water first and see if that helps.  Before your morning cup of coffee, which is the first thing people drink these days, reach for a clean glass of water and wait for 30 minutes before doing the coffee.  Before long you will find yourself drinking less coffee or not even needing it.  If you’re hungry for a snack – try drinking a glass of water before taking the snack. (even if it’s a piece of candy!)  9 times out of 10 you will curb that hunger as we often mistake hunger pains for a need for food rather than water!

Our consumption of anything BUT water is so off the charts high these days that we are literally aging ourselves to death.  Take the water challenge this week and before you reach for the bottle, can, or cup of anything but H2O, make a conscious effort to do the water first and see if you feel:

1. Energetic!
2. Happier!
3. And skinnier!!

February 7, 2012

Quinoa, Tofu, Kale Confetti

Prep & Cook Time: 45 minutes                                                 

Servings: 6 or more

INGREDIENTS: Use organic for this recipe.

  • 4 Cups Cooked Quinoa (Option: Cook in vegetable broth & favourite fresh herbs)
  • 1 Cup Corn (Frozen or canned.  If frozen, make sure to drain first.)
  • 1 Block Firm Tofu (Cut in small squares)
  • 4-6 Kale Leaves (Finely chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4-6 Cloves Garlic (Pressed or diced)
  • 2 Tbsp. Turmeric
  • ¼ Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • Sea Salt & Fresh Cracked Pepper (To taste)
  •  Optional Ingredients: Red & yellow peppers, feta cheese, olives, fresh mushrooms, pineapple, black beans

Directions:

  1. In a large salad bowl, toss ingredients together until well mixed and coated.  You may want to add more herbs for more flavour depending on your taste.
  2. Optional ingredients: Black beans, chickpeas, any kind of steamed or cooked squash, spinach can be used in place of or in addition to kale.


You Are What You Eat!

(A Short Bio on the Nutrient Density of the Main Ingredients)

Quionoa:         Rich in amino acids, a complete protein that includes all nine essential amino acids, good source of manganese, riboflavin, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous which is helpful to migraine sufferers and diabetics. An excellent grain rich in fibre and antioxidants.

Tofu:                Tofu is made from soybeans and is high in nutrients such as tryptophan, calcium, manganese, iron, protein, omega 3 fatty acids and selenium.  It also contains phosphorous, copper and magnesium all while being a very low caloric food.  Great food to add into an obesity management or type 2 diabetes programmes.  Fermented tofu carries even more nutrients beneficial to overall health by increasing the digestibility and absorption of nutrients that are formed during the fermentation process.

Kale:                Researchers now identify over 45 different antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that provide excellent support of your body’s natural detox system.  Good to include kale on a regular basis in your diet from the cruciferous family.  Steamed kale enhances its health promoting qualities, especially for those who need to lower their bad cholesterol.  Kaempferol and quercitin are excellent forms of antioxidants that help to relieve oxidative stress that may lead to more serious health problems including cancer.  Excellent source of Vitamin K, A & C, good sources of manganese, fibre, copper, tryptophan calcium, vitamin B6, potassium, and iron.  You will also find magnesium, vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B2 & B1 & B3, folate, phosphorous and protein in Kale.

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