May 22, 2013
Written by Robin Glowa
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 13:16
We live in a complicated, messy, unpredictable, ever changing world. Life is filled with new challenges every day.
Focusing on feelings of gratitude can redirect us to a state of happiness and calm. Making choices that bring us personal satisfaction will lead to an abundant life. Diet and lifestyle adjustments could bring about enormous change and a wonderful state of wellness for so many.
Take a look in your pantry and your refrigerator. Are the foods found inside made from whole ingredients that will sustain and nurture you? Processed foods such as chips, crackers, diet soda, TV dinners and packaged cookies are full of chemicals, additives and excess sodium that can cause the body to feel sluggish, unresponsive and slow.
When you begin to crowd out unhealthy choices and introduce more wholesome options, your life can become more satisfying on many levels. A nutritious diet including organic, local and natural foods can help pave the way towards more balanced emotions, clearer thinking, deeper spiritual connections and more passionate relationships.
There are so many dietary theories, books and programs out there today. We have all heard incredibly compelling stories of weight loss success that can be marvelously motivating. What is important to remember is that each person’s body is unique. Your body is your own personal laboratory and you will need to discover what combination of foods work best for you.
Choosing organic foods as often as possible gives the body the immense benefit of naturally and lovingly grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, whole grains and legumes. These wonder foods are the building blocks of pure and natural eating. Organically grown edibles are brightly colored, intensely flavored and loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protective phenols.
Organic foods are becoming more readily available, seek them out in your market and enjoy the fresh ingredients of preparing a delicious life.
2 heads of Belgian endive
1 head of radicchio
1 bunch baby arugula
1/2 cup mixed chopped organic herbs (parsley, dill, cilantro)
1 small container organic raspberries
1 small container organic blackberries or blueberries
1/2 cup crumbled goat or feta cheese
1/2 cup toasted almond slivers
1 10-ounce package silken tofu
4 to 6 tablespoons organic, seedless raspberry jam
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
1/4 cup of water
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
Wash and dry the endive, radicchio and arugula. Divide amongst four salad plates. Combine dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Top salad with berries, cheese and almonds and drizzle dressing over salads.
Garnish with edible flowers for an extra pretty presentation. (Organic items can be found at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and some more progressive supermarkets.)
Robin Glowa, HHC, AADP, is a food and wellness enthusiast who earned her certification in holistic health counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University Teachers College.
She specializes in teaching healthy cooking classes for children and adults, as well as cooking presentations and wellness workshops for many local organizations.
For more information go to theconsciouscook.net, call 203-393-1037, or http://confessionsofaconsciouscook.blogspot.com.
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