It’s only about 3 months until Memorial Day, the first unofficial day of summer. Have you let your New Year’s Resolutions slip away? There’s no time like the present to get back on board! Every few months I like to take stock of my life and look for ways to improve or grow. We are constantly evolving.
Take advantage of these spring-like temperatures, and get outside and go for a walk, take a hike, or do anything else outdoors that brings you joy! And if you'd like to join our walking group on Thursdays at 4:00, please email me and I will add you to our list.
Dr. Cigno and I wanted to share this wonderful series from Dr. Mark Hyman: “The Broken Brain”. Dr. Hyman explains about recovering from a “broken brain”, and how “It all starts with recognizing that our body is an elegantly designed and connected system, not just a bunch of individual parts that have nothing to do with each other.”
He also adds that “The key insight is that your brain is an organ that’s connected to everything else happening in your body. Fixing your brain starts with fixing your body”.
He states that: “Many of us get too little good food, nutrients, light, air, water, rest, sleep, rhythm, exercise, community, love, meaning, and purpose. We’re exposed to far too much poor-quality food, stress, toxins and allergens. All of this creates the perfect storm for health havoc.” He explains that “we can apply specific strategies to heal from brain disorders. You don’t have to settle with these symptoms forever. Recovery is possible.”
Listed below are the YouTube links to the Broken Brain video series by Dr. Mark Hyman. Please watch them when you have a moment:
I know I’ve mentioned this app before, but it is definitely worth repeating: My Fitness Pal. It is a GREAT resource for tracking your food intake and your exercise. Not only is it useful for keeping track of calories in and calories out, but it also gives a great breakdown of the nutrients in your food, so you can more accurately assess your diet. And it’s a free app. Win, win.
At the cooking presentation last month, I presented on quick, healthy, and easy recipes, which were plant-based and full of protein and fiber. I explained about the benefits of a high fiber diet:
And I chose to use frozen, organic fruits and vegetables to emphasize the ease and health benefits of them. Not only are frozen vegetables already cleaned, cut and ready to cook, they are just as healthy as fresh fruits and vegetables. They are flash frozen just after harvest, which locks in all the nutrients. They are also easy because you can keep them on hand for nights when you are short on time to get to the grocery store.
I choose organic for most of my fruits and vegetables, but especially for EWG’s Dirty Dozen list. They update the list every year:
And now for some recipes to help you get stronger, eat better, live healthier, and be the best version of you!
Healthy muffins that come together quickly, and can be eaten on the run. These freeze wonderfully too, so they are a great addition to add to your meal prep for the week.
This is a weekly staple in our house, I just change up the grain and vegetables to what I have on hand. Use whatever vegetables your family enjoys the most. Play around with colors and textures too! If you don’t like quinoa, whole grain pasta, brown rice, or a wild rice blend can be used.
These are so delicious, and so easy to make! These are great for dinner topped with avocado, or great to bring for lunch over a salad. YUM!
This is an absolute family favorite! It makes a great big portion, which makes for healthy leftovers for the week. If you’re not into leftovers, freeze in single portions to use later.
This salad looks AMAZING. I will be trying this very soon.