Do I Have to Eat A Salad to Be Healthy?

Do I Have to Eat A Salad to Be Healthy?

HELL NO.

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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.

JRiley

How Do I Know If I’m Stress Eating?

How Do I Know If I’m Stress Eating?

If you are any part human, you’ve stress eaten. Maybe even full blown emotional meal or meals. Welcome to my corner, it’s the largest hurdle I have in my food relationship. Unfortunately, stress eating is not a relationship we need to have with our fridge or drive thru. At this moment we become abusers of our meal time and ourselves. We are covering up emotions all in the name of relief. Do you know if you’re stress eating?

3 Ways You Know You’re Stress Eating

  1. Mindless Eating
  2. Not truly hungry
  3. Emotionally driven
    • stress, anger, frustration, depression, sadness

As a recovering and sometimes not so recovering stress eater there are ways to handle stress. It isn’t as simple as Buddha purchase and sitting in silence. There isn’t a one size fits all. Trust me. You do have the power to choose and more than one. It’s okay to change on the day or moment or emotion. It is important to note that if there is chronic stress or emotions that you cannot work through, it may be time to consider meeting with a professional. Whether it be a spiritual teacher, therapist, counselor, doctor, Reiki master, etc. Listen when you just cannot release negative emotions over a period of time.

Alternatives to Stress Eating

  • Intentionally eating crunchy or chewy foods
    • This sensory eating experience can help relieve tension.
    • Do watch portions
    • Examples: almonds, raisins, seeds, walnuts, carrots, celery
  • Physical activity
    • Any activity. A simple thirty minute walk increases oxygen, blood flood, and allow time to process thoughts.
  • Creative Activity
    • Being creative is a hand on meditative activity that encourages happy chemical release and time to think. Paint, color books, whatever it takes.
  • Write it out
    • Write about what bothers you or write what inspires you. Possibly both.
  • Scream
    • Not a people. Just vocally release.

No twelve step program here. The important steps are to recognize that you are stress eating and work to be consistent in changing your habits. This does not discount comfort food. Comfort food has its place when the motivation is right. Have grace on those days you slip and remember baby steps are steps.

JRiley

Holistic Health Practitioner

Healthy Eating From Canned Foods: Easy Lower Acid Pasta Sauce

Healthy Eating From Canned Foods: Easy Lower Acid Pasta Sauce

Fresh produce is generally best when cooking but not always. Some frozen foods, jarred or BPA free canned foods retain the fresh nutrients better than a “fresh” produce item that has travel long way to your produce section. Having a stocked freezer or pantry of fruits, veggies, and whole grains is a smart practice. This makes those crazy nights, tight budget times, and just need it simple- MUCH Easier.

Eat to Heal. From a Can.

Every heard that medicine is food? It’s true. Your diet feeds health or disease. For the most part. Being a holistic practitioner, I cannot ethically say food is every thing to your healthy. Your food relationship does play a major role in your health.

What health benefits do you get from this pasta sauce recipe?

  • Anti inflammatories from tomatoes, carrots, garlic, and herbs
  • Antioxidants such as lycopene
  • Rosemary is known to aid in mental function
  • Basil is known to help with digestive issues
  • Oregano is known to have antibacterial benefits
  • Nutrients with all recipe ingredients:
    • Vitamin C
    • Potassium
    • Folate
    • Vitamin K
    • Iron
    • Maganese
    • Vitamin A
    • Tryptophan
    • Calcium

What does this mean for your health?

You are literally eating your medicine that combats cancer, aging, and other degenerative diseases. These nutrients and anti-inflammatories benefit heart, gut, nervous system, immune system, and more. Much of the benefits are from the smallest ingredients. Herbs and garlic are small potent punches of medicine to your food relationship.

So where’s the food?

Download the recipe with both fresh version and completely canned food addition.

Done and next meal prep on deck!!!

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JRiley

Holistic Health Practitioner