Here’s to a warm and wonderful day
I say this to be positive, as I speak it is -23 and with the windchill it feels like -30. Calgary has been cold for awhile now and we are so over it.
We here at Refresh have been very sporadic with our posting and do apologize. This life thing that happens every day really has been getting in the way. One of the reason I (Sheri) have not written in a while is that I hate my writing style. I have awful grammar, sound a bit opinionated and maybe bossy (hmm, wonder where our daughter get’s it from), punctuation is sad. So I just don’t write.
But I have much to say and so I am going to start back up. Please excuse my grammar, punctuation and bossiness and take what you can from what I write. I am going to write about a bunch of stuff, things that I like, things I don’t like, what I think you should be eating, maybe what you shouldn’t be eating, local food businesses, the farmer’s markets around town, people I think are kick ass in what they are doing, etc..
I know nothing about SEO, how to build a landing page, what to include in my title for it to be more searchable on Google, etc. but I am going to write anyways. One day I will take the time to figure it out, but right now my family, the kids, our home is important. If, ever, I get a full day to myself I will apply it to learning how to promote this little blog to something we think should be read and bookmarked.
Follow us on Instagram, see our new link to the right. We are more active on there and you can see what we eat, what is going on and where we go.
Thanks a bunch for reading.
The first rule of eating is to eat when we are hungry. We eat for many reasons such as to nourish ourselves, our organs, our tissues, and every cell in the body. It helps ours bodies function but we also eat out of loneliness, frustration as a reward or punishment. Our emotions influence our digestive functions as much as any system in our bodies. Getting into a peaceful and receptive state is important to healthy food consumption. It is important to make enough time to nourish our bodies and plan our nourishment. Have you ever found yourself hungry and then reaching for or buying an unhealthy choice. Well, I definitely have and know through experience that planning is key for me.
If you need some help with meal planning and healthy choices tailored to meet your needs, please feel free to contact us!
This week Refresh Holistic Nutrition challenges you to eating at least one green food each day whether you have it raw, in a smoothie or lightly steamed. Tell us how you feel after this week. It will make a difference in your life and energy levels!
How was your week with setting goals and being more mindful of your food choices? This week I am inviting you to participate in a challenge!! There is a lot of information about adding more greens to our diets but why is this so important and how do I go about doing this?
What can greens do for me? Greens are full of vitamins, minerals, fibre, water and phytonutrients that can help protect you from heart disease, diabetes and possibly cancer. They are such an important part of any addition to your diet. Some of the foods that are considered to be greens are romaine lettuce, kale, collard greens, spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli and cabbage, to list just a few.
So my challenge this week is to have at least one green food added to your day whether you eat them raw with some hummus, as a salad, in a smoothie or steamed with a meal. Try to incorporate one green food each day and try a new one that you have not had before.
I would love to hear about the greens that you try and the inventive ways that you build them into your day. If daily is tricky, set a realistic SMART goal ( outlined in a previous post).
I love this chart created by Young and Raw. Drinking greens is quick and easy. To help plan ahead for the week, cut up your veggies and divide them up for each day so that they are ready to blend up.
Enjoy and have a great week!
The Dirty dozen, Clean 15 list tells us which foods tend to be more contaminated with pesticides and should be eaten organically as well as the produce that have less contamination. As we look at making mindful, healthier choices, I think making some gradual changes to organic fruits and vegetables is important. There are certain fruits and veggies that are better eaten organically than others. We are exposed to so many toxins and if we can reduce exposure and help reduce the toxic load on our bodies, it all helps, small changes do make a difference.
I do realize organics are expensive but more and more grocery stores have them and put them on sale. Pesticides that can be found on produce have been known to disrupt hormones, cause cancer and brain toxicity. I have gradually made a shift to almost exclusively eating organic produce and what I have done to make it more affordable is cook almost everything from scratch, eat out less and menu plan around produce more so than meat. I am building in more beans and lentil into our meals, which are really cheap and taste really good!! I try to buy in bulk which makes a difference. I know it is tricky on a food budget, I have one too, but shopping, planning, cooking from scratch all make a difference. I have found that the more I buy premade items, the more I spend on groceries.
Here is the list:
The Dirty Dozen (in order of contamination)
Sweet bell peppers
The Clean 15 (in order of least contamination)
Sweet peas Asparagus