February is the month of love! Love yourself this month and make sure you are focusing on primary foods in your life.
All that we consider today as nutrition is really just a secondary source of energy.
Think back to a time when you were passionately in love. Everything was exciting. Colors were vivid and it seemed like you were floating on air! Being with your partner and your shared feelings of exhilaration were enough to sustain you. You forgot about food and were high on life.
Remember a time when you were deeply involved in an exciting project. You believed in what you were doing and felt confident and stimulated. Time seemed to stop. The outside world faded away. You didn't feel the need to eat. Someone had to come by and remind you.
Imagine children playing outside with friends. At dinnertime the mother reminds the children, "Time to come in and eat." "No mommy, I'm not hungry yet," they respond. At the dinner table, the mother feels that her role is to enforce the rules of good nutrition and instructs the children to eat their food. Eventually, the children force down a minimally acceptable amount of food and rush out again to play. At the end of the day, the kids return, exhausted, and go to sleep without thinking about food at all.
As children, we all lived on primary food. The same as when deeply in love, or working passionately on a project. The fun, excitement and love of daily life have the power to feed us so that food becomes secondary.
Now think of a time when you were depressed, or your self-esteem was low; you were starving for primary food. No amount of secondary food would do. You ate as much as you wanted, but you never felt satisfied. Even in good times when we come home at night, we often look into the refrigerator for something to eat, when all we really want is a hug or someone to talk to.
Primary foods feed us, but they don't come on a plate. Elements such as, an inspiring career, regular and enjoyable physical activity, a meaningful spiritual practice and honest and open relationships give you joy all constitute primary food.
The more primary food we receive, the less we depend upon secondary foods. The opposite is also true. The more we fill ourselves with secondary foods, the less we are able to receive the primary foods of life.
Love yourself, those around you and all that you do and nourish yourself with the primary foods in life!
Recipe of the Month
No Bake Chocolate Heart Cookies
Makes about 20 cookies
· 12 oz chopped, pitted dried Medjool Dates
· 2 oz all natural nut butter (almond, peanut, etc)
· 2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
· 1 oz rolled oats
· pinch of salt
· pinch of cinnamon
· ground almond meal (Use this instead of wheat flour to help roll out your dough and prevent sticking)
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process thoroughly until you have a firm ball of dough. Pinch with fingers to see that everything is well combined. Press dough into a ball and chill in fridge for about 1/2 hour. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick, sprinkle almond meal on dough to prevent sticking. Cut out hearts or whatever shape like. You can also roll them into "balls" or truffles. Lay parchment or wax paper in between layers of cookies and store sealed in an airtight container in the fridge. They can also be stored in freezer for later.
Source: Adapted from Family Fresh Cooking
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Staying Healthy during Cold & Flu Season
It's February and cold and flu season is in full force. The groundhog saw his shadow, meaning we could be in store for 6 more weeks of cold weather.
Make sure you are taking extra care of yourself this month in order to keep colds and flu away. A healthy lifestyle promotes a healthy immune system, giving you a better chance of fighting of colds and flu.
Tips to keep your immune system in shape:
1. Get plenty of sleep each night. Shoot for 7 - 8 hours.
2. Eat nutrient rich foods. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins provide vitamins and nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Avoid processed and sugary foods which can decrease immune function.
3. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water may help to flush viruses from you body. Shoot for 1/2 of your body weight in ounces each day and more if you're active. Try adding ginger and lemon to warm water with a dash of cayenne and touch of honey when you feel cold symptoms coming on.
4. Focus on a healthy gut! A healthy digestive system is critical to optimal health. It allows you to absorb nutrients - providing high energy, keeps your immune system up and active - preventing getting sick, and gets rid of toxic waste that's dragging you down!
5. Exercise regularly. Exercise has immune boosting effects. However, too much strenuous exercise can leave you run down and more prone to illness.
6. Reduce stress. Stress can impair the immune system from functioning.
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