Category Archives: Nourishment

Celebrating Freedom!

Happy 4th of July week! As the US celebrates freedom and liberty, we wish you sparkling health and freedom from the symptoms of the western diet:

  • Low energy
  • Food hangovers
  • Rapid aging
  • Poor digestion
  • Chronic disease
  • Apathy
  • Brain fog
  • Excess weight

More than anything else, what we put in our bodies determines how we feel on every level, how well our bodies work, and how rapidly we age. What we eat literally makes up who we are. So why not choose nourishing, real food that keeps us energized, strong, and functioning at peak capacity? It tastes just as good, and usually much better, than the processed junk full of calories and devoid of nutrition. It usually only takes a little awareness and a few simple changes to enjoy abundant energy, clarity of mind, radiant skin, and sparkling health.

Frankin D Roosevelt said, “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed, it must be achieved.” This is true in the health world as well. You are the only one that can create excellent health in your body. You can take medications and get treatments, but these usually provide temporary, superficial benefits, as well as negative side effects. In the truest sense, health is achieved by deep, inner nourishment and self care. Fortunately, in our land of plenty, we have grocery stores brimming with phenomenal options. All we have to do is make the better choices a little more often.

A fantastic and fun way to do that is through the raw food approach. Join us for Raw Rejuvenation this summer – a simple, relaxed, fun program with the most vibrant food you’ve ever eaten and perhaps the best results you’ve ever had. PS That raw blueberry pie with patriotic topping is right out of our raw rejuvenation recipe collection, and it is delicious!

Tequila vs Wheatgrass

Do you love doing shots but want to be healthy? We have a solution… Do wheat grass shots!

This gorgeous emerald green superfood beverage will make you feel SO good* that you won’t even want tequila shots anymore! Let’s be honest, tequila is fun for a few hours, but then your skin looks like a raisin by the end of the night, your sleep gets disrupted, your digestion gets wonky, your liver starts storing fat, and the next day, you probably will need to skip your morning workout because you feel so crappy. That sends you on a downward spiral towards lethargy, aging, missing good times, and generally not being happy with your body, or anything else for that matter.

On the other hand, wheatgrass makes you feel happy, not crappy! In a nutshell, wheat grass shots make you strong, energized, and gorgeous! Check out these gorgeous healthy people trying out wheatgrass shots…!

Some of the many benefits of wheatgrass shots include:

  • Cleanses blood and liver of toxins and heavy metals.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Fortifies blood.
  • Nourishes your whole body with a multitude of minerals, vitamins, all 20 amino acids, and chlorophyll.
  • Oxygenates blood and improves endurance and fitness.
  • Rich in antioxidants and enzymes that reduce inflammation and free radical damage.

Beauty bonus! The sum total of all the nutrients in wheat grass make their way to your skin, giving it a healthy glow, and also help clear up skin issues like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. There is anecdotal evidence that it also helps to prevent gray hair. There may not be a more beautifying beverage out there!

Having a 2 oz shot of wheat grass is equivalent to 5 lbs of produce! You could eat salads all day long and not get all the nutrition in a small shot of wheatgrass.

If this sounds good, but you still want your tequila from time to time, do a wheatgrass shot before you go out for tequila, and again the next morning to detox your liver and energize your body.

You can get wheat grass shots at health food stores, restaurants such as Life Alive, or mix the powder with water. If you are inspired to make wheat grass to be a way of life, you can easily grow it and juice it at home. Consume it ideally within 15 minutes of juicing to get the maximum nutrient density.

* Note, in very rare instances, the intense nutrition of wheat grass shots can cause nausea. It passes quickly. As you get used to wheat grass, that will not continue to occur.

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What do you REALLY want for Mother’s Day?

What do you really want for Mother’s day? The same old, same old – chocolate and flowers? Sure chocolate tastes good, but you don’t necessarily appreciate the after effects. Flowers are pretty, but they don’t last very long. How about the gift that keeps giving… something that makes your body lighter and brighter, your skin glow, and gives you more energy and zest for life? Our spring rejuvenation cleanse will do just that. We guarantee that you will feel better with our program and have fun doing it! Our program is created by a nutritionist – so it’s backed by nutrition science, and a chef – so you know that you will enjoy delicious food. You can get everything you need at the grocery store. Check out our cleanse page for more information! If you’re up for a life changing May, tell your family to give you the gift of glowing health, or give yourself that gift! Your family will also benefit – often we hear that husbands lose 15 lbs just from eating the wife’s cleanse meals with her, and they also snore less or not at all – another gift for Mom. Share with other moms who might like to cleanse with you!

Cleansing Kitchari

This powerful cleansing meal from Ayurveda balances your doshas (energies)! Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your taste. Don’t let the long ingredient list scare you – the active prep time is minimal. Spices are anti-inflammatory and chock full of antioxidants. This meal is also rich in protein and fiber. Some people eat this for a few days as a very simple cleanse.

  • 1 cup split yellow moong beans (also spelled mung, and dahl)
  • ½ cup brown basmati rice
  • 1 Tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds (or brown)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbsp ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 Tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 Tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp fenugreek powder
  • 1 pinch hing – also called asafetida, optional
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 piece of seaweed (such as kombu), optional
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Wash split yellow mung beans and rice together until water runs clear. Heat the oil in a large pot on medium heat and add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds and toast until the mustard seeds pop (2 – 3 minutes) add the remaining  spices (except the bay leaves). Stir for a few minutes.

Add beans and rice, carrot, and celery and stir again. Add water, bay leaves, and seaweed, and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Turn heat to low, cover pot and continue to cook until beans and rice become soft (about 30 – 40 minutes).

Remove bay leaves and add the kale.  Cook until the kale becomes soft 2- 3 minutes. Add more salt to taste, if desired. Sprinkle on the cilantro leaves just before serving.

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Lighten & Brighten this Spring with Ayurveda

Your body wants to cleanse in the spring. Even if you do nothing, it will try its very best to cleanse all on its own, just like the rest of the natural world is doing. You can help it along by actually doing a whole food cleanse, eating cleansing spring foods, and making adjustments to your sleep and exercise routines. On the other hand, many people unwittingly block their body’s cleansing efforts by failing to adjust their diet to spring cleansing foods and practices. Then they end up hanging on to winter weight, feeling sluggish, allergic, mucous-y, uninspired, and even depressed.

Ayurveda, the world’s oldest, continuously practiced health care system in the world, offers perhaps the best advice for aligning with spring cleansing. It’s focused on releasing toxins, lethargy, and excess weight that naturally accumulates in the winter, and cultivating a sense of lightness and energy through seasonal eating and self care practices.

In the spring, favor light, low sugar and low fat foods in the spring. That means reducing fatty/heavy foods like oils, diary, nuts & seeds, avocados, meats, and sweet fruits, while increasing leafy greens, sprouts, and low sugar fruits and vegetables. Following these recommendations will help you to shed excess weight, release toxins, and energize your mind and body!

Fruits

  • Favor: Berries, apples, pears.
  • Reduce/Avoid: Heavy or sweet fruits like pineapple, banana, mango, melon, and avocado. A small amount of dried fruits like dates are okay.

Vegetables

  • All veggies are good! Emphasize leafy greens of all types, sprouts, root vegetables, radishes, green beans, onions, garlic, mushrooms.

Nuts & Seeds

  • Eat sparingly.
  • Favor: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds.
  • Reduce/Avoid: Nut butters, almonds, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts flax seeds.

Legumes

  • Most legumes are good in the spring, but lentils are especially wonderful! Check out our recipe for kitchari – a nourishing, balancing, cleansing meal.

Oils

  • Reduce oils in general. This would be the time to experiment with sautéing in water instead of oil! Roasted pumpkin seed oil is so flavorful, that you only need a tiny drizzle to make your salad or veggies totally delicious.

Dairy

  • Avoid dairy, especially ice cream and cold milk. The more dairy you eat, the worse your spring allergies will be.

Grains

  • Favor: Quinoa, millet, dry oats, rye. Long grain brown rice is okay.
  • Reduce/Avoid: Wheat, rice.

Animal Protein

  • Reduce animal protein in general, especially red meat. Seafood, poultry, and eggs are okay in moderation.

Spices

  • All spices are great in the spring, but reduce salt as much as possible. Turmeric is wonderful all year, and especially in the spring.

Supplements

  • Consume cleansing supplements like spirulina and chlorella.

Self care

  • Go to bed early and wake up with the sun.
  • Get moving in the morning with some gentle exercise like yoga or walking.
  • Avoid napping during the day if possible.
  • Exercise and sweat every day.
  • Avoid snacking between meals.

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For a thorough cleanse for mind & body with expert support – cleanse with us beginning May 7th!

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Super Food Tabouli

I keep running out of hemp seeds, and the other day wished for a way to buy hemp seeds in bulk. That wish manifested in ONE day – faster than anything else I’ve ever wished for! Doing a grocery store tour at Wegman’s, I saw on a low shelf a rather large 5 lb bag of hemp seeds, and felt as if I just won the jack pot! So now I don’t have to ration them or worry about running out ever again. I can get my protein, omega 3’s, minerals, fiber, etc so easily and with so many different meals, including smoothies. So today, I decided to use my hemp seeds for a super food tabouli. I made this like you’d make any other salad, not measuring anything really, just a handful of this, a sprinkle of that, and it came out perfect. Try it and enjoy!

Remember, everything is approximate.

  • 1 small bunch of fresh parsley, large stems removed, and roughly chopped
  • a few scallions, sliced
  • a handful of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • a quarter of an organic, English cucumber, diced
  • about a half cup hemp seeds
  • juice from a half of a lemon
  • a generous drizzle of cold pressed olive oil
  • a couple pinches sea salt
  • a sprinkle of pepper
  • a garlic clove, crushed
  • a sprinkle of oregano
  • a sprinkle of cumin
  • half of an avocado, cubed

Add all ingredients except avocado to bowl, and mix. Add more seasoning, to taste. Fold in the avocado. Enjoy!

 

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How to Prevent 8 Million Deaths

In the video below, Dr Pam Popper from the Wellness Forum discusses a meta analysis involving 95 studies and 2 million people that concluded that if everyone ate 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, we could avoid 7.8 million deaths from chronic disease. Furthermore, if people aren’t dying from chronic disease, most likely they’re not suffering from it in the first place. Imagine how much suffering, medical expense, and disability can be avoided by simply including more of these delicious foods in your diet. Although most Americans consume only a small fraction of the recommended amount, getting ten servings each day is easier than you might imagine. A serving is considered 1/2 cup fruit, 1 cup leafy veggies, or 1/2 cup cooked veggies. Eating fruit for snacks and ensuring that your meals are plant based makes the goal of 10 servings per day perfectly attainable.

10 servings – get it today!

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Revving Metabolism

In our benefit yoga class this weekend, a yogi asked us if The Ultimate Rejuvenation Cleanse speeds up your metabolism. Our program will definitely benefit your metabolism, the healthy way.

The only thing on the cleanse that possibly increases metabolism is green tea, but it’s only a modest 4%, and isn’t significant. The real reason we recommend green tea is for its powerful antioxidant properties (especially matcha green tea).

Although there is nothing in the cleanse that forcefully revs your metabolism, we do avoid the foods that suppress your metabolism – things like sugar, artificial sweeteners, gluten, peanuts, and other allergens. These foods can directly suppress the thyroid, negatively affect insulin sensitivity, contribute to leaky gut, and/or result in systemic inflammation, which is not good for any part of your physiology or metabolism. At the same time, we focus on delicious, whole foods that protect the mitochondria (the cells’ energy centers) from oxidative damage, so that they can work at full capacity.

Unlike unsafe drugs that force your body to burn more calories, our clean eating plan simply removes the blockages to a robust metabolism. The result is that you start losing weight without starving yourself or running 20 miles a day.

Our New Year cleanse begins January 15, 2017! Register here. For more FAQs, click here.

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Staying Warm, Healthy, and Young!

In New England right now, it’s freezing and snowing heavily. You can feel that cold all the way down to your bones. There is nothing like a bone chilling polar vortex to make us feel creaky, lethargic, unfocused, and old. Luckily, Ayurveda, the oldest continuously practiced health care system in the world, outlines helpful recommendations for staying warm. Staying warm in the winter translates to feeling more energy, more relaxed, more focused, healthier, and yes, even younger. Sign me up!

1) Oil thyself! Ayurveda recommends a daily practice of abhyanga, or self massage with a high quality, nourishing oil. In addition to feeling good, daily self massage detoxifies the body’s tissues, increases circulation, calms the mind, and enhances immune function. It also reverses the aging process and is fantastic for keeping your skin young, supple, and glowing. As we age, our skin becomes dry and malnourished. Feed and moisturize it from the outside with high quality oil regularly, and you will be thrilled with how wonderful your skin looks.

Simply take some high quality oil, room temperature or warmed up for an extra special touch, and systematically rub it into your skin all over your body. Use circular motions over the joints and long strokes over the long bones of the arms and legs. Try to get into all the joints of the feet, toes, ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders, and as much of the spine you can reach. All that oil will be soaking into the hands as you go, but you can also give them some individual attention around the cuticles and on the fingers. Don’t forget your nostrils! They tend to get dry and crack in the winter, allowing germs to get into your body. Just use your pinky finger to lubricate the nasal passages. You can find a great Nasya (nostril) oil from Banyan Botanicals (as well as other oils).

Oiling is best done in the morning, either before or after your shower. If you do abhyanga before, the warm water of the shower will help the oil penetrate into the skin. Just don’t try to wash it off. Only use soap where necessary (i.e. not on the arms and legs). If you oil after the shower, be sure to use minimal oil so it doesn’t rub off on your clothing. Either way, your skin will feel luxurious all day long! In the winter, oiling in the morning makes you feel like you’re wearing long silk underwear. Lastly, it is really nice to give yourself an oily foot massage before bed. Put on your old socks, and let it sink in all night long.

The quality of the oil you use is important. We recommend cold-pressed (or expeller-pressed), organic, oil in a glass bottle.

  • Sesame is a nice oil for all body types, just be sure it is not toasted (unless you don’t mind smelling like a stir fry!).
  • Coconut is wonderful for the skin but is preferable during the summer months, unless you tend to run hot.
  • Jojoba is also a great option and is most similar to your natural sebum.

 

For the face and neck, we recommend either jojoba or borage oil. Heavier oils can be too thick for facial skin. Experiment to find out the best options for your unique constitution.

2) Winterize your diet. In the winter, we need to balance the cold and dry air with grounding, warm, hearty, protein rich, moist meals. Soups and stews with root vegetables and clean protein sources are especially perfect! Spices are not only delicious, but have many health benefits including warming you up. Ginger, cinnamon, curry, turmeric, salt and pepper are all warming spices. Bring it all together with a spicy chili with crumbled tofu and beans or a kitchari. Check out our easy homemade Chai Tea, with warming spices.

3) Be strong! Muscles keep you warm, so use them several times a week with a workout of your choice. The best workout is the one that you’ll actually do. Find something you enjoy, and just do it. An invigorating hot Vinyasa Yoga practice combats the cold from many angles; it gets your body feeling more supple and fluid, it challenges and builds muscle, it gets you warm and sweaty, and the soothing pace calms the mind. Oftentimes humidifiers are used in hot yoga studios, so everything gets hydrated as well.

Stay warm and be well!

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Staying Healthy Through the Winter

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What if I told you that you don’t have to succumb to the inevitable cold, flu, and low energy of the winter? What if I told you that you can feel warm, healthy, happy, and energetic all winter long? It’s true! Every winter, we see our friends and family dropping like flies, addicted to cough syrup, not sleeping well, and feeling horrible in general, while we seem to be unaffected 99% of the time. Do we live in a bubble? No way! But we do embrace a few extra self care techniques, which we share below.

1) Call in the troops! We all need more good bacteria to fight the bad bacteria and viruses. A healthy gut microbiome is like armor against pathogens. There is a variety of ways to build your gut microbiome. Probiotic capsules are easy, but elementary my dear. The label might say “billions” of bacteria per capsule, but you get a gazillion more in fermented foods and beverages. So make a beeline to your nearest health food store and grab some tasty fermented veggies (like Real Pickles), kombucha (like GT), and Fire Tonic (like Mountain Rose Herbs). A spoonful of the veggies, a half bottle of kombucha, and just a shot of Fire Tonic will keep those germs from taking you down this winter!

2) Exercise to keep your immunity up, circulation flowing, metabolism stoking, and energy revving! Do what works for you – any style of yoga, Pilates, Barre, run, hike, weights, intervals, skiing, snow shoeing, or even just a walk. Make it your goal to move each day. For even more benefit, get outside while you exercise – the sunshine and fresh air will do you wonders. Your skin will glow, you’ll stay fit, and evade the cold and flu much more effectively.

3) Ayurveda, the oldest, continuously practiced health care system in the world, emphasizes the importance of regular, high quality sleep between the hours of 10 PM – 5 AM. This is when your body repairs, heals, cleanses, and reboots. Don’t cheat yourself of this! Habitual disrupted sleep, sleeping late, or taking naps does not compensate for good, regular, deep sleep during the night. To enhance your slumber, be sure to have a soothing night time routine, block out any and all sources of ambient light in your room, keep the room on the cool side, and avoid eating after dinner. Also, alcohol may relax you at dinner, but it definitely disrupts your vital sleep. So, it would be best to make alcoholic beverages an occasional treat, not a nightly habit.

4) Reduce sugar. Sugar cripples your immune system for up to five hours after ingestion. If you have a sugary breakfast, a sugary mid morning snack, dessert after lunch, a sugary beverage or chocolate in the afternoon, and dessert after dinner, you are taking your immune system down for most of your waking hours, and into the night. As you know by now, sugar is addictive, but it’s not really that hard to get used to less sugar in your diet. Consciously start eating less of it by choosing healthier snacks like vegetables and fruit, not adding sugar to your tea or coffee, and eating less desserts in general. The more you eat it, the more you want it, and the reverse is also true. You CAN change your tastes. To experience the joy of total freedom from sugar addiction, join us for our next cleanse!

5) Stay hydrated by sipping water all day long. This will keep your mucous membranes hydrated, which will then be able to protect you better against invading micro organisms. Two bonus side effects include much younger looking skin and energy through the roof all day long.

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Let us know how these tips work for you!