February Food Focus: Lentils

Happy February!

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

-Rumi

 Comfort Food

Think for a moment of a food from your past, one that makes you feel great after you eat it for no specific reason. Maybe it is macaroni and cheese, slow-simmered tomato sauce, ice cream cones or potato pancakes. Eating comfort foods (every now and then) can be incredibly healing, even though your rational brain might not consider it highly nutritious.

Food has the power to impact us on a level deeper than just our physical well-being. What we eat can reconnect us to precious memories, like childhood playtimes, first dates, holidays, our grandmother’s cooking or our country of ancestry. Our bodies remember foods from the past on an emotional and cellular level. Eating this food connects us to our roots and has youthening and nurturing effects that go far beyond the food’s biochemical make-up.

Acknowledging what different foods mean to us is an important part of cultivating a good relationship with food. This month when we celebrate lovers and relationships, it’s important to notice that we each have a relationship with food—and that this relationship is often far from loving. Many of us restrict food, attempting to control our weight. We often abuse food, substituting it for emotional well-being. Others ignore food, swallowing it whole before we’ve even tasted it.

What would your life be like if you treated food and your body as you would treat your beloved – with gentleness, playfulness, communication, honesty, respect and love? The next time you eat your soul food, do so with awareness and without guilt, and enjoy all the healing and nourishment it brings you.

Food Focus: Lentils

Lentils, including peas, beans or legumes, are an excellent source of plant-based protein. Beans are found in most traditional cultures as a staple food, offering grounding and strengthening properties that enhance endurance. They offer a highly usable, highly absorbable source of calcium for the body. A very inexpensive source of high nutrition, beans can be rich, delicious and satisfying,

Beans have a reputation for causing digestive distress, but this is usually because they have been undercooked or improperly prepared. To help reduce gas-forming properties, soak beans overnight prior to cooking, increase cooking time, add spices like bay leaf, oregano or cumin, or add kombu (a sea vegetable) when cooking.

Recipe of the Month: Easy Beans and Greens

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

1 can black beans (Optional: pinto, red, kidney—your choice)

1 bunch collard greens (Optional: kale, spinach—your choice)

your favorite toppings, such as salsa, avocado or guacamole and sour cream

Directions:

1.   In a medium saucepan, heat drained beans. Add your favorite seasonings, if desired.

2.   Fill a separate medium saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and bring to a boil.

3.   Wash and chop greens (you can use the stems, too) and add to boiling water. 

4.   Cook for 2-3 minutes until greens are bright green and tender. Drain off water.

5.   On a plate, arrange a portion of the greens, top with a portion of the beans and finish with toppings of your choice.

Namaste,

Shaline

#lentils #wholefoods #cleaneating #healthcoaching

January Food Focus: Sea Vegetables

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

-Leo Tolstoy

New Year, New You

A lot of people begin the New Year by making resolutions. We’ve all been there. We take a vow to lose weight, exercise more or spend more time with our family. We start the year with great intentions, but then we quickly relapse into old habits. Why is it so hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions?

Here are some ways you can make your intentions a reality this year:

  1. Write down your intentions and keep them in a visible place, like taped to your bedroom or bathroom mirror. Or tape to the dashboard of your car.
  2. Get to the source of whatever is keeping you in a rut. Are you in a stressful relationship that causes you to eat a pint of ice cream every night? Are you stressed at your job and feel too tired to exercise after work?  If you don’t tackle the root of the behavior, it will be much harder to accomplish your goal.
  3. Be clear about what your life would look like once you achieve your goal. If you resolve to go to the gym more, how will this benefit you? Get connected to the result of your action, and you will be more likely to stick with your plan.
  4. Share your resolutions with friends and family. Hold each other accountable for achieving your goals. If you want to go to the gym more, have a friend call you two or three times a week to check on you or invite them to join you.
  5. Reward yourself with every little accomplishment. If your intention is to lose weight and you lose 1 pound a week, pamper yourself with a massage.

Steps to manifesting: 1) Clarify your intentions – What do you want, 2) Visualize what you want 3) Acknowledge what limiting beliefs are holding you back, 4) Act as if you already have what you want, and 5) Surrender – Let the Universe lead the way.

Big changes do not require big leaps. Permanent change is more likely to happen gradually than through one big restrictive plan. Allow yourself to climb the ladder one rung at a time.

Food Focus: Sea Vegetables

In traditional Chinese healing, sea vegetables correspond to the winter season and to the kidneys, adrenal glands, bladder and reproductive organs. The strengthening, balancing and cleansing properties of sea vegetables are known to help these organs as well as the hair, skin and nails. Sea vegetables (or seaweeds) provide a variety of minerals and vitamins, including calcium, iron and iodine, and can help balance hormone and thyroid levels in the body. Eating too many processed foods or foods grown in mineral-depleted soil can result in a lack of minerals in the body, leading to cravings for salty or sugary foods. Adding sea vegetables to your diet can help balance your energy levels and alleviate cravings.

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Recipe of the Month: Miso Soup

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

Yield: 4-5 servings

Ingredients:

4-5 cups spring water

1-2 inch strip of wakame, rinsed and soaked 5 minutes in 1 cup of water until softened

1-2 cups thinly sliced vegetables of your choice (see notes)

2-3 teaspoons barley miso

2 scallions, finely chopped

Directions:

1.    Chop soaked wakame.

2.    Discard soaking water or use on houseplants for a boost of minerals.

3.    Place water and wakame in a soup pot and bring to a boil.

4.    Add root vegetables first and simmer gently for 5 minutes or until tender.

5.    Add leafy vegetables and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

6.    Remove about 1/2 cup of liquid from pot and dissolve miso into it. Return it to the pot.

7.    Reduce heat to very low; do not boil or simmer miso broth.

8.    Allow soup to cook 2-3 minutes.

9.    Garnish with scallions and serve.

Note:

Any combination of vegetables can be used in miso soup. Here are some classic combinations:

  • onion-daikon: cleansing
  • onion-carrot-shiitake mushroom-kale: mildly sweet
  • onion-winter squash-cabbage: great in wintertime
  • leek-corn-broccoli: great in summertime

 Variations:

  • Add cooked grains at the start of making the soup. They will become nice and soft.
  • Add a tablespoon of uncooked quinoa or millet at the beginning and let it cook with vegetables for 20 minutes.
  • Add cubed tofu toward the end.
  • Add bean sprouts toward the end.
  • Season with 1/2 teaspoon ginger juice for an interesting twist.
  • If using dry shiitake mushrooms, let them soak for 20 minutes, slice and add at the beginning.

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Namaste,

Shaline

Sources for Manifesting your dreams

https://www.successconsciousness.com/blog/law-of-attraction/10-ways-to-manifest-your-dreams/

https://millennial-grind.com/how-to-manifest-money-in-5-steps/#:~:text=How%20to%20Manifest%20Money%20In%205%20Steps%201,5%20Let%20The%20Universe%20Lead%20The%20Way.%20