February 2018

Healthy pantry swaps

nut milk

Most of us grew up having basic food options but these days theres a plethora of alkalinizing whole foods that are perfect alternatives to the conventional ones we grew up eating. This is extremely fortunate for those wanting avoiding food sensitivities, wanting variety, and switching over to real food. 

Stay posted as the list below is ever-growing as we explore more foods to swap away the conventional ones...

 

trade this: conventional Milk

for this: rice milk, coconut milk, and nut & seed milks like cashew, almond, pumpkin and sunflower seed

 

trade this: white bread and wheat

for this: sprouted seed breads, rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, amaranth

 

trade this: boxed cereal

for this: steel-cut oats, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, or amaranth

 

trade this: conventional mayonnaise and ketchup

for this: hummus or avocado, olive tapenade, or homemade mayo and aioli 

 

trade this: bleached pasta

for this: rice noodles, buckwheat soba noodles, raw spiralized zucchini

 

trade this: chips and dip

for this: seed crackers and hummus, guacamole, fresh salsa

 

trade this: table salt

for this: Himalayan sea salt, Celtic salt, dried seaweed flakes

 

trade this: white sugar

for this: stevia, coconut sugar, date sugar, raw honey, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses

 

trade this: ice cream, cake, and cookies

for this: non-dairy coconut ice cream, cashew ice cream, quick banana ice cream, rice pudding

 

trade this: coffee and black tea

for this: green tea, matcha, roasted dandelion, chicory root, chamomile, nettle or mint tea

 

trade this: soda and energy drinks

for this: fresh juices, sparkling mineral water, kombucha

 

trade this: sweet cocktails

for this: sparkling water mint mojito, rosemary-infused cucumber lemonade, ginger mint mocktail, vodka or gin with club soda and a lime (yes!)

Raise your vitality

citrus

My approach for a healthy and balanced life is to eat clean, real food, stay hydrated, sleep, think positively, and allow for pleasure. We are a ‘whole’ being, meaning that what we eat, how we think, and how we live directly affects our mind, body, and our spirit.

Food is the first step in achieving vitality and reconnecting to your true unique beauty. Food is our nourishment, when we eat high vibrational foods, their energy radiates through our body to heal the body, prevent disease, and change your mood.

Medical experts and research studies have long recognized the effects of diet and lifestyle on the risk of chronic diseases (1). Therefore using food as your medicine helps you to clear out any toxicity and thereby creating ample space for energy, clarity and making life-affirming decisions.

You see, just like we are made up of energy, so is food. That’s why certain food may deplete your energy or cause harm to your body and why other foods increase your energy and uplift you. Eating foods that are natural and in their pure form will have higher vibrations than most conventional food because they contain living enzymes that are essentials for optimal digestion, assimilation, absorption, overall health and beauty benefits.  

Unfortunately, processed, packaged and conventional food, (tortilla chips, you guys, is my frenemy) which can typically hang out in your pantry for months cause inflammation and make your body more vulnerable to illness and disease. Because your body is so intelligent, it doesn’t recognize these chemical-laden foods as real food, and therefore is unable to metabolize and cleanse from the body effectively. Yep, that’s why you, your BFF, and your sister struggle with bouts of weight gain, brain fog, harsh PMS, acne, stress, and autoimmune disorders, amongst other issues!

Bottom-line? Eating real, whole, nutrient-rich foods is essential for increasing your vitality. Eating a colorful array of vegetables, fruits, plant-based protein, pasture-raised meat & eggs, whole grains (if you’re tolerant to them), and pure clean beverages is going to take you to the moon and back.

Here’s a pro-tip: To eat the rainbow on the daily, choose a vegetable that represents a color from the rainbow and do the same for fruits. With these vegetables you can make a sauté or salad and with the fruit you can whip up a fruit salad or blend them into a smoothie. Activate your well-being! 

 

 

References: Prevention of Chronic Disease by Means of Diet and Lifestyle Changes from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11795/