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Category Archives: RecipEmail
My not so green thumb. . .
When I think back on my love affair with food, cooking, nutrition and healing, it all started with a few good authors. I’d scour the shelves at the bookstore to find the writers who could speak both eloquently and practically about what I like to call curative cuisine.
These authors were writing about what you and I know well. Food Matters!
And while I stand by my philosophy that no one size fits all ~ that there’s no one food or one diet that will feel good to all systems and do the trick to invite remedy for all ailments (though it sure would make life easier!) ~ there are some key classical culinary legends we can all learn from.continue reading...
For a local foodie like me, summer is a true delight.
The farmer’s markets are overflowing with colorful abundance and the berry bushes in my back yard are alive with color. Having fresh beautiful produce makes it easy to load up on nutrients without going very far.
I’m a big fan of wandering into my small urban backyard for a sweet treat and a little vitamin D.
But let’s face it. Summer isn’t always all fun and games, bright berries and slow sojourns. For many of us, “the lazy days of summer” don’t really happen. We’re on the go and over scheduled; trying to cram as much as we can in to our daylight-filled days. (I’ll admit I’m guilty here!) For the parents among us, the over-scheduling can also be due to the lack of scheduling. And the entire day can look like darting and dashing and lots of intention clashing.
Right as July nears its end and August is peeking over the sunny horizon, I find myself craving the slow-down diet, in every sense of the sentiment. I want to turn down the dial, step back and ask, what do I really need right now? (And, not surprisingly, the answer is never to do more).continue reading...
If you’re tapped into the Paleo craze, then plantains are not new to you. Blend ‘em. Chip ‘em. Bake ‘em. Stew ‘em.
The plantain may be a starchy item, but it comes in at the low-medium GL zone.
Pair it with some other fat and fiber, as we’re doing in our Macho Bread and you’ve eliminated the high-sugar carb-laden bread for a nutrient-dense delicacy.
First some facts, then some fun, then let’s peel back the nutritional facts on plantains. . .continue reading...
a note from Andrea . . .
I’m hoping that in addition to me inviting you to indulge in some healing spring soup and anti-inflammatory tea (using our spotlight ingredient ~ turmeric), that you can indulge me in a special dedication.
Today I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what inspired my road to nutrition; to what brings me here, writing to you today, with scientific knowledge, insights about functional medicine, and the compassion and dedication that it takes to support someone moving from a state of illness to their optimal health.continue reading...
It’s been a little quiet over here at Replenish ~ or at least for the Replenish audience who’s not part of the community of thousands of health practitioners that I teach and mentor through the Holistic Nutrition Lab curriculum.
Over at Holistic Nutrition Lab we’ve been deep in our studies of the digestive system and how the health of this system relates to every other sign, symptom and system in the body.
It’s amazing stuff we’ve got going on in our gut, as I know you may already know, whether you’re a practitioner, someone who has thought consciously about your own health or a lover of good food.
(Or maybe you’re like me and you’re all of the above!)continue reading...
With the promise of breakfast you may be thinking of muffins or pancakes.
And a name like “hash” could certainly conjure piles of potatoes.
Yet for most of us, after the clock struck midnight last night, we realized that the time had come to lay the end-of-year indulgences to rest and start the new year off fresh. After all, the first days or even month of the new year are just like breakfast ~ the opportunity to begin anew. (Can you feel the thrill of it? I can!)continue reading...
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
That does not mean that your awareness and action should stop by the end of the week. In fact, you should be honing your breast cancer awareness throughout the year (and that’s for women and men alike!).
Approximately 75% of breast cancers are estrogen receptor positive. What this means for you is that one of your best cancer prevention technique is addressing your internal hormonal equilibrium and understanding the estrogen dominance that plagues so many of us (again, women and men alike).
But estrogen dominance doesn’t just result in breast cancer.continue reading...
This month’s featured ingredient:
in this RecipEmail:
a note from Andrea about the summer BUZZ
a recipe for Peach Royal Smoothie
this month’s culinary medicinal Bee Pollen
There’s been lots of BUZZ this summer.
The busy bee kind of buzz ~ with lots of summer plans, summer visitors and summer activities. The buzz of Refresh, the signature TrulyFood Cleanse of the Season, starting this coming week! And, for me, the buzz of delving a bit more into the power of bees.continue reading...
While I’ve focused on the health benefits and inclusion of ginger on the Replenish pages before, first with this yummy Tahini Ginger Dressing and also the ever favorite DIY Chai, today I’d like to highlight the anti-inflammatory magic of ginger.
You see, ginger is one of our anti-inflammatory heroes. And prolonged inflammation and consequent tissue damage ~ whether it be to the digestive system as in IBD or other organ systems, like the nervous system in MS or the thyroid in Hashimoto’s ~ are signature characteristics of autoimmune conditions.
With autoimmunity quickly on the rise, I advocate incorporating our culinary anti-inflammatory medicinals, like ginger, wherever and whenever we can.
But it’s not just the immune system that can be helped by this hero. By reducing inflammation, we also turn back the hands of time and tap into our legacy for longevity.continue reading...
Oh no, you might say: not cilantro!
When springtime arrives, I like to spotlight the herb that’s prone to digestible dispute. People either love it or hate it. It’s met with either adoration or repulsion.
Which camp are you in?
On the hate side, can you believe there’s a Facebook Fan Page called “I Hate Ciliantro”? (There’s actually more than one Facebook Page devoted to cilantro loathing ~ and if you’re among this crowd, and tempted to head over there right now, please STOP! Read on and give cilantro a chance.)continue reading...