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Eating Intuitively (With Recipes!)

December 8, 2014

 

Since MSYI Teacher Training ...

          

I look at many things in life with a different perspective, even food. I’ve become more self-aware, I am listening more to my body, what it needs and wants. When we are dehydrated, we are thirsty, so we crave water. When we have hunger pangs, feel light-headed, or nauseous, we crave sugar, or carbohydrates. With an electrolyte imbalance, so we crave salt. Our cells want nourishment, our bodies are speaking to us, but we often go for non-foods to satisfy our bodily cravings. Diet soda, a bowl of cereal, a bag of chips, and a candy bar, something that mimics what our body is asking for. Our body is simply asking for carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, foods that will nourish us: fruit, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, legumes, avocado ... you get the point! 

 

 

This year has been my year to reconnect with my body, I’m listening more; eat when I feel hungry, stop before I feel full, and not worry or think about the calorie content of what I am eating. I don’t often eat the traditional idea of 3 meals at the same time daily, my days vary, and my activity varies. During the fall and winter I eat more root vegetables, homemade juices, and soups. Carrots, beets, yams, sweet potatoes, squash, ginger, turmeric, onion, garlic, lean meats, seeds, nuts, whole grains, beans, apples, cranberries, all foods in season. I feel more connected to my environment, more connected with our beautiful earth.

 

It’s my third winter in Alberta, and I finally figured out what wasn’t working those first 2 years, eating like I still lived in California and not providing my body the nourishment it needed to flourish in a very different climate. Not eating enough warming foods, immune boosting foods, anti-inflammatory foods, antioxidant-rich foods, and denser foods, many of the foods I have mentioned.

 

One easy way you can have a compact immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant rich winter cold & flu preventer is fresh pressed juice and homemade soups. My favorite juice right now is carrot beets or apples (or both!), turmeric, ginger and oranges. Oranges are citrus not necessarily in season but I love the tang is adds! Carrots, beets and oranges are high in beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A in the liver, an antioxidant and cardiovascular punch of goodness! Apples and oranges are high in Vitamin C, and support blood sugar regulation. Turmeric and ginger is highly anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, immune boosting, and aid the digestive system. Beets are a biggie for your liver, known to support detoxification. I recommend everyone drink fresh juice, but eat all these foods raw or lightly steamed, because of their high fiber content to support digestion and reduce inflammation in the body. When you cook fruits and veggies, you lose most the water-soluble vitamins including Vitamin C, so it’s important to eat both raw and lightly cooked.

 

I have 2 favorite soups during the winter, tomato and roast red pepper, and butternut squash and sweet potato. I put onion and garlic in all my soups & when cooking meats, not only to they add amazing taster, but they are highly anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral. Whether you have a Vitamix or blender homemade soup is easy, nutritious and high nourishing during the winter months!

 

If buying a new juicer or blender isn't in your budget, look into buying used or refurbished ones, Kijiji, Craigslist, eBay, even friends or family, might have an affordable, gently used model. Or put it out to the universe as a holiday present! In the meantime, you can still juice and make soup with any blender and strainer, cheesecloth or nut milk bags work great.

 

So yogis and yoginis, as you deepen your yoga practice, becoming more mindful and self-aware, as you continue your study of the yamas and niyamas, let it spread to other parts of your life and explore the benefits of eating intuitively.  

 

Anti-Inflammatory Juice

 

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds carrots (approximately 16-20 large carrots)

  • 1 piece turmeric

  • 1-1.5 inch knob ginger

  • 2 gala apples or 2 golden beets

  • 2-3 pounds oranges (approximately 8-10 oranges)

  • 4 tomatoes halved

  • 2 red peppers, quartered & deseeded

  • 1/2 onion, chopped

  • 4 large pieces raw garlic, peeled and halved

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree

  • 2 cups vegetable broth (homemade or organic low sodium bouillon cubes)

  • 6 basil leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

 

To Make

  • Juice all ingredients to enjoy 1 – 1.5 liters of juice.

 

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

 

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes halved

  • 2 red peppers, quartered & deseeded

  • 1/2 onion, chopped

  • 4 large pieces raw garlic, peeled and halved

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree

  • 2 cups vegetable broth (homemade or organic low sodium bouillon cubes)

  • 6 basil leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

 

To Make

  • Oven roast tomatoes, peppers, onion, and garlic at 400 degrees until tender, about 20 minutes

  • Transfer to Vitamix (or high-powered blender), add tomato puree, vegetable stock, basil leaves, paprika, sea salt & pepper

  • Blend with increasing speed gradually for 4-5 minutes until soup is smooth

  • Enjoy 4 servings of soup!

 

Laura is a Southern California girl living in Calgary, Canada as a Yoga Instructor and Holistic Nutritionist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with 300 Hours of Teacher Training. Her company, BendBalance, is focused on educating and empowering the community to make conscious choices to live an overall healthier, happier, and more balanced life. Nourish. Sweat. Soul.

 

Check out her Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/bendbalance/ ... Website coming soon!

 

 

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