When I was first diagnosed with high cholesterol I believed that there was nothing in this world I could do to change that. I believed that I had to be on medication for the rest of my life because I had the generic kind. A dad and a brother on cholesterol lowering medication, a granddad who suffered a heart attack and an uncle who died. I knew this was no laughing matter, so Continue reading
I love Tabouleh! It’s one of my favourite salads in the world. It’s this combination of freshness and herbs that I love so much – that creates a true sensation of party in my mouth.
I had some leftover cooked bulgur in the fridge as well as a bunch of fresh coriander, and there was fresh mint in the garden! I also had a big juicy pomegranate laying on the table begging me to play - so inspired by Tabouleh salad, I created this:
Fresh herb salad with bulgur and pomegranate
One cup of cooked bulgur
one bunch of fresh mint
one big bunch of Italian parsley
one big bunch of fresh cilantro
one bunch of spring onions
1/4 cup olive oil
Rinse and finely chop herbs and spring onions - mix with the bulgur in a bowl. Squeeze the lemon and stir in the olive oil, mix in the salad. Add sea salt and serve with pomegranate seeds on top. Serve and enjoy! Perfect for lunch!
While chopping away, I was thinking how much I love spending time in the kitchen, creating – for me it’s the perfect way to relax. Kitchen meditation or even kitchen therapy for my soul - how many problems have not been solved around a kitchen table? Not to forget the amount of amazing ideas that have been given birth to in the kitchen, deep talks, laughter, and love shared in this almost sacred space of the house.
This time of year is prime time for colds and flus – people are heading for their flu-shots trying to prevent the dreaded symptoms of flu, headaches, aching bodies, sneezing and endless running noses.
At the checkout counter in the supermarket we find not only candy to tempt us, but also bags of vitamin C powder that magically is supposed to help us fight the flu.
In my life instead of pills, tablets and bags of vitamin C, I prefer boosting my immune system the natural way, with freshly squeezed delicious juices – that are naturally packed with fresh vitamins and minerals. Like this one, for instance, freshly squeezed carrot juice with apples, lemon and ginger, made with all fresh organic ingredients. Carrots, filled with vitamin A, organic local apples filled with fibre, minerals, and vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, K, as well as loaded with antioxidants. Slices of fresh ginger that are packed with goodness and always has been known and praised, for its medicinnal powers to cure all kinds of ailments such as nausea, colds etc
Along with freshly squeezed lemon, with its high content of vitamin C and its power to clear up colds. This is a seriously healthy drink which tastes delicious at the same time!
I believe this is so much more powerful than any vitamin supplement, it’s natural, fresh and potent. A perfect way to boost our immune system naturally.
Thank you for all the bloglove I am receiving! I apologize for not replying to comments and email messages as promptly as I would like to, but please know that your love and messages are like honey poured directly into my heart and healing tonic for my soul!
I am doing what I need to do right now – taking time to slow down, creating space to listen to my heart, to meditate, to write, spending time with people I love – doing the things I know will assist my body in healing.
I feel the benefits in many ways – less pain, more laughter, more ideas coming to me, more creativity, wanting to dance and do somersaults on the lawn…..
I would like to share a book title and a TED talk – by Dr. Lissa Rankin
Dr Lissa Rankin speaks my language – re-afirming to me, just how important it is to listen to the body. How important emotional health is to our overall health – it’s not a separate entity – emotional health is the foundation of health.
Dr. Lissa Rankin is wildly inspiring. I hope you enjoy!
Another thing I want to tell mention, is that the famous VVP Virtual Vegan Potluck, will take place on the 16th of November. If you are into healthy eating or simply wants inspiration to a healthier diet – the VVP is a mecca of great inspiration!
Read more here – http://virtualveganpotluck.com/november-2013/
It has been busy around here and life is not always as you plan it or want it to be …..
I had just accompanied my beautiful daughter to her new home. Helped her as she settled and got ready to start a new life at university. We had some amazing days together and my heart was filled with of love, tenderness and tears, as Ihugged her goodbye and headed to the airport to fly home, without her.
Back home again, I was busy giving workshops and it was fun, I love it, I was busy preparing for another 4 workshops that were already booked. I was running my beautiful 10 morning k’s every other day.
And then one day just after I had been out swimming in the lake, enjoying maybe the last swim this year — I got sick — really sick! And ended up being taken to the hospital in an ambulance! That, definitely, was NOT supposed to be!
I spent 4 intense days in the hospital, and gratefully I am now home recovering and feeling the strength and energy coming back. Wonderful!
But it definitely was not the food that healed me………..I know that for a fact. The doctors and nurses were absolutely incredible, they went out of their way to help me heal and feel comfortable. Amazing competent, warm and wonderful people!!
But the food……… that’s another very sad story!
During the 4 days, I was served 12 trays of food, each of them impossible to eat. I know I should be happy and grateful that I was served food at all ……. but honestly, it was the most unappetizing sad “food” I have ever seen in my life – I was chocked!
As a chef and a person who has been healed through food and lifestyle changes – I just couldn’t stop myself from thinking – why?
Food is so important for so many reasons!
Surely this can be done better!
Over and over again I was thinking how absurd it was that I was in hospital, a place of healing and there was no interest about the food. Fresh nourishing food is such a vital part in healing!
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food - Hippocrates (year 431 BC!)
In those 4 days I did not see a single fruit or vegetable, never mind the fresh anything at all – no fresh fruit nor fresh vegetables – no – ZERO – none at all!
The food on the trays had perhaps never been fresh! Everything was processed and as far as I could judge, had nothing to do even with nourishment! And served in dull plastic containers on a dull plastic tray.
With a rumbling tummy and food fantasies on my mind, I talked to the nurse about the food – they said that over 70% !!! of all trays go back untouched!
70% -What a waste!!! What a shame, how sad, what a total missed opportunity!
We know that healthy food helps us heal faster, we know that healthy food has the potential to prevent disease. We know that sick people more than anybody needs nourishment.
We also know that a vast majority of diseases are caused and directly linked to unhealthy lifestyle and eating the wrong diet……..so why don’t the hospitals grab the chance and serve sick patients enjoyable, nutritious fresh food. Grab the chance to feed and inspire healthy living – and help the patients to heal themselves.
So why? …….. The argument is “It’s too expensive!”
But is it, really?
In Denmark, at one point in time, they went through the same gloomy experience! 40 tons of hospital food was chucked away every day, because it was so grim, no one wanted to eat it.
To change that, they employed professional chefs along with dieticians and they designed menus for people to enjoy, to look forward to every day and to help them heal faster!
Serving meals, 3 times a day became a thing of the past — because when you are sick you are not necessarily hungry on the dot. Instead every patient has a menu and a telephone. And when hungry, they simply take the menu, pick their fancy and call the chefs in the kitchen. The meal is then prepared, cooked from fresh natural ingredients and brought up to the patient. Nutritious, fresh, delicious — real food from real people – who care and love cooking!
What they found was, not surprisingly, that there was hardly any food waste, patients got well, out of bed and home faster, too.
And, it was not more expensive!
But unfortunately, it is in general the same story – no matter where you are in the world – hospital food has a bad reputation.
Hospitals around the world are missing a huge opportunity. Hospitals, our health care system, could be the greatest example of health! Show us how to enjoy food, teach us what to eat to stay healthy and nourished, the best food for our bodies – to assist us heal, to help fight disease and prevent it.
Great food in hospitals would not only help us heal, but it would also inspire us all to practice more healthy living when we got back home.
Imagine how we could assist the body in healing if we were served something like this:
Instead of this –
On the fourth day I cried…….
If we have to spend money – why not spend it well?
I know there are other places that have changed the concept of tasteless grey hospital food – and with great success – that’s here in Canada.
Listen to this inspiring talk by Joshna Maharaj – an amazing passionate woman who helped change the hospital food in Toronto.
Hurraaa for people like Joshna!
Having fun preparing for a “Balanced Living ” workshop I will be doing later this month – and in need of something refreshing…..
What’s better than a glass of freshly squeezed cool juice?
Summer is the perfect time for juicing – there are an abundance of delicious sun-kissed fruits and vegetables available – so I decided to make the perfect “instead of coffee drink” …..a glass of freshly squeezed baby beets!
In this juice I added lots of sweet crispy local apples, a lime, a bunch of mint and a slice of fresh ginger.
Enjoyed outside in the shade ……..
It tastes so good and while you drink, you are getting incredible amounts of fruits and greens – nutrients that goes straight into the body, to feed, rejuvenate and nourish it.
p.s. still working on the move to self-host this blog. In the meantime my blog may be down for a couple of days…….
Hope you are enjoying the summer wherever you are!
One of the best things that I remember from my childhood is my mom’s passion for yoga. Often I would join her on the mat and try to copy her poses. I could walk on my knees, put my legs behind my neck and stand on my head. Not so much anymore….. — but I have always wanted to start yoga and get into the yoga groove. My problem is, I really don’t enjoy big, filled-to-the-brim yoga studios. I like to be in my own space, I like the peace, and I like to enjoy yoga when it fits into my schedule.
Two fabulous programs, videos of different lengths, different levels, different styles, different teachers – you pick and choose what fits you best.
I absolutely love it!
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. Rumi
There are so many benefits to doing yoga. It’s quite amazing what happens in just a few moments of deep breathing, slowly moving the body into poses, simply being on the floor reduces stress and before you know it, you feel more relaxed!
P.S Please listen to your body and don’t do too much – let your body be your guide!
Here are some great articles about the benefits of yoga:
One from Harvard University on how yoga helps reduce stress and anxiety.
Another by Science Daily, an interesting study shows that yoga reduces stress and anxiety among prisoners and has a positive effect on impulsive behaviour.
And a third by the Yoga Journal about the overall health benefits
On a finishing note – I am moving my blog to be self-hosted – this means my blog might be down for a day or so – Looking forward to seeing you over there
I just returned back from Europe and the first couple of days with jet-lag were rough, to say the least!
9 hours time difference, really does you in and affects your entire system, in a big way! I felt completely out of balance…
Woke up at 1:30 in the morning and was hungry, started to unload the dishwasher and checked my email ……
I desperately needed to soothe that out of control jet-lag of mine!
Sleepless nights creates imbalance in the body, it affects our health and overall sense of well -being, but there are lots of different ways we can promote great sleep and regain balance again.
Jet-lag is always talked about as something we get when traveling thorough time zones. But really, we go thorough the exact same thing if you work shifts, if you have had a baby and need to get up to feed in the middle of the night or when we are simply stressed and just can’t sleep at night. Regardless of the reason it is important that we take time to really soothe that sleepless, tried and exhausted body of ours in order to get back in to balance and promote good sleep patterns again.
I travel a lot and often experience jet-lag – so these are my favorite tips for soothing jet-lag and regain balance again:
- I set the clock and go with the time it is where I am
- I don’t nap or sleep during the day even though I am dead tired.
- I spend time outside and get as much sunshine/ daylight as possible, as it helps to adjust to the new time zone.
- I go to bed early (but not too early…)
- I get up at the usual time
- I quickly get back into the routines and follow the daily rythm
- I exercise gently – a swim, a walk, a bike ride, yoga
- I meditate
- I drink lots of water
- I drink green juice and/or green smoothies
- I eat lots of healthy food to help my body restore, find balance and rejuvenate.
This mornings fresh green juice -
Red Kale, Apple, Ginger and Lemon Juice
5 sweet apples
1 bunch of red kale
A small slice of fresh ginger
Wash and clean the apples and kale, peel the lemon and the ginger – run it all through the juicer and serve ice cold.
Last day of holiday in Denmark – 3 weeks flew by – all too quickly, but I enjoyed every single minute.
It was all that I had hoped and wished for – sunshine, bright summer nights, family, friends, swimming in the sea, running in the forest, blackbirds singing, relaxation, books, strawberries, new potatoes, fun – bare feet and freckles. Oh it was good!
Now I am ready to go back to the west coast of Canada – enjoy summer there and getting back to work.
Before I run, I want to share some photos and a green smoothie recipe that became a favorite this summer.
The melons are so ripe, juicy and incredibly sweet.
Melon Spinach Smoothie
One big handful of fresh spinach
1 sweet melon – I used 1/2 Gaia and 1/2 cantaloupe
1 big peach
Ice cold water
Some frozen grapes
So good and so refreshing on a warm summer day!
Where ever you are – I hope you are soaking up summer and enjoying life!