Self-Care Sunday

008A healthy diet is probably the most important form of self-care you can practice. What you put in your body directly affects every system and function of you body. The old saying Junk In = Junk Out is true!

Respect your body, give it fresh, live, un-processed food and it will reward you with health and vibrancy.

Whether you follow a Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Nutritarian or other diet it is important to use the highest quality food available to you.

The mobile App “The Dirty Dozen” is a quick reminder of the twelve most important foods to purchase organic. It also tells you the fifteen cleanest foods, so that if budget is a concern you can be secure in what you buy that isn’t organic. In an ideal world fresh healthy food would be the least costly, but until that day purchase the best you can afford! A book that I found helpful is called “Rich Food Poor Food” by Jayson and Mira Calton. It is quite eye-opening and will help you make more informed choices.

Remember it is not difficult to prepare quick, healthy meals. Many can be prepared in the time it takes for delivery. One of my favorite quick meals uses a cast iron grill pan. I will put a chicken breast on a hot grill pan that has a bit of olive oil on it, sprinkle some salt and pepper on the chicken and grill until juices run clear, turning once. While that cooks I toss some asparagus with olive oil and Hawaiian black salt and add it to the grill pan, turning occasionally until crisp-tender. At the same time I toss a salad with spinach and romaine, sliced peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and any other raw veggies on hand with a vinaigrette made with balsamic vinegar, honey, extra virgin olive oil and Dijon mustard. Easy Peasy and on the table in under 30 minutes!

 

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