Do I Have to Eat A Salad to Be Healthy?

Do I Have to Eat A Salad to Be Healthy?


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This is not the epitome of healthy.

It’s a tool that has taken an elite status.

It’s time to take it down.

Why you shouldn’t eat a salad

  • Raw veggies are potentially harmful for those with digestive issues or moments when digestion is not optimal. Cooked foods may be digested better than raw foods.
  • Certain foods cooked are digested better. Cooking cruciferious vegetables reduces the thyroid inhibitors and sulforaphane which can negatively impact your body.
  • Salads are cooling. This is wonderful when the weather is hot or you have a fiery personality. Cooking foods can be grounding and calming, especially when dealing with fiery emotions, situations, or have an inflamed gut.
  • Often in restaurants they are the most unhealthy thing you can eat. Dressings and additives crank up the chemicals, salt, sugar, fats, and more. You’re eating a chemical fire storm.

Salads are not entirely bad

  • In hot weather, eating salads can help maintain body temperature and certain foods can help hydrate.
  • They require minimal prep time.
  • Possibly lots of vegetables in one meal.

You do not have to eat salads to eat healthy. Cooked foods are just as nutritional as raw. What makes foods unhealthy and damaging is additives, added sugars and salts, and too much fats. Don’t let an elitist idea like salads or superfoods fool you into thinking healthy is only one way.


Reducing Back to School Anxiety

Reducing Back to School Anxiety

Back to school brings lots of emotions. Often at once. This past week we have swung from sheer terror (learning at home) to excitement to fear. That was just me. I haven’t been in the classroom in years and this would not be a time I would go running. Respect doesn’t even cover it for educators. Neither does the frustration. Either way we had to get our back to school anxiety down and bring our emotions into balance. Emotions are not bad but we cannot allow stress to stay in a constant state to create allostatic load. This is for parents, children, and educators alike.

Reduce Your Back to School Anxiety

Stay at home while working, schooling, and living is rough. For everyone.
  1. Simplify. Write down what absolutely has to be done and then nothing else matters.
  2. Build in creative and quiet time. This is on the absolutely has to be done list. 30 minutes a day at least. Unplugged.
  3. Prep for the next day. Food, clothes, supplies. This few minute investment will help your flow the next day. This works for at home learning and physically in school learning.
  4. Invest in your senses. Bouncy balls are a staple for adults and kids in this house- before, during, and afterschool. Seek warm fuzzies to feed your nerves and brain.
  5. Keep your immune system healthy. As you boost your immune system with food or either wise, you help your entire well-being.
  6. Supplement. Consider child friendly products to reduce anxiety like lemon balm or CBD. If you question whether or not it’s for children, read this article from 502 Hemp. Our littlest red had THC free CBD lollipops as part of his stress reduction. I also use them for my child with sensory processing disorder before a potential triggering situation.
  7. Breathing or EFT tapping. Another one of my favs that works at any age. Breathing apps like Calm make it easy. The Tapping Solution is my go to when anxiety triggers.
  8. Get perspective. Sugar coating is not my thing; however, what you say impacts your mental and physical health. Your body literally hears you. Be honest with your emotions and situations, but don’t let them continue to impact you. Mantra statements like “I am safe” and “I am enough” seam simple. Don’t underestimate them, words are powerful.

No company paid me to try a product or share in this post. This is genuinely in our anxiety tool box. Reducing back to school anxiety won’t be perfect. You can create it and mold it to what works and what you need it to be.


Boost Your Immune System with Food

Boost Your Immune System with Food

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Feeling sick? Don’t want to get sick? Grab your Vitamin… wait. Stop before you grab the OJ and get a reality dose. You can boost your immune system with your food life, but vitamin C isn’t everything.

5 Ways to Boost Your

Immune System with Food

  1. Do eat foods with vitamin C. Berries, greens, and citrus fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C. Blueberries and dark greens especially. Orange juice, put is back on the shelf. It’s incredibly acidic which can cause gut microbiome damage. Plus its concentrated sugar. Mind blown? When I dug into food science, mine was too.
  2. Prebiotics and probiotics you need. This daily food relationship tango can vary as long as both of these forms show up. Prebiotic is easy- fruits and vegetables. Probiotics means fermented- kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, kefir- just pick one. No need to be complicated.
  3. Absorb your vitamin D. This is a tricky one. You can eat it as broken down by foods on The sun and you are besties. UVB from sunlight uses your cholesterol to create vitamin D. No one is sure exactly how much sun exposure you need. Generally, thirty minutes a day. Do take caution with high UV exposure and use sunscreen. There is a debate on using sunscreen or not. Ultimately, it’s your decision. At least put sunscreen on after thirty minutes in the sun.
  4. Water for a gentle flush of toxins. You pick up so much daily and unintentionally toxins make their way in. Staying hydrated helps remove toxins through your liver and kidneys. Less toxins helps your immune system have less to fight.
  5. Eat your starches. Starches are tough SOBs that make it to your large intestine in all its fermented glory and feeds what your gut microbiome needs. Happy gut means regulated serotonin levels, less stress hormones, and a more balanced body. Your immune system isn’t going to be overwhelmed and able to fight what it needs to better.
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When dealing with food allergies and a compromise immune system, this can still help improve your fight against infections, germs, and viruses. Make your mantra “I’m not a robot and I have the power to boost my immune system.” On the flip side of your food relationship, there are non food practices you can adopt to improve your immune system.

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