Coriander, also known as cilantro, you may be interested to know, acts as an aphrodisiac. It also protects against the Salmonella bacteria, works as a natural chelator (remover of metals) from the body, aides in digestion and helps settle the stomach and prevent flatulence, acts as an anti-inflammatory that may alleviate symptoms of arthritis, protects against urinary tract infections (which are more prevalent during the winter), prevents nausea, relieves intestinal gas, lowers blood sugar, lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and raises good cholesterol (HDL), good source of iron and magnesium and rich in phytonutrients and flavonoids.
Collards are a staple in JOOS. Why? Because they are one of the food powerhouses. Some botanists say that collards are actually a form of kale, although both are considered a loose leaf cabbage. Collards have been around for thousands of years, but, with the exception of the southern part of the US, unfortunately have not been wildly popular in the US. Julius Caesar ate a hearty serving of collards as a preventive to indigestion after attending royal banquets, a testimony to their detoxifying abilities. They are also known as a cancer preventative, according to several studies. They are great for detoxification and cleansing and boosting the immune system. Collards are loaded with nutrients, including Vitamins A, C, E, B6, B2, calcium, magnesium, manganese and folate, to name a few.
Well maybe George Bush didn’t like his broccoli, but perhaps if he had just a little more information about how good broccoli is for us, he’d give it a second chance. My kids can’t get enough of it and, from what I’ve seen in their friends, my kids are not alone.
Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables (so named because the petals have a cross shape). It is similar to cabbage and cauliflower and is highly nutritionally dense.
Studies are showing that the phytonutrients in broccoli can protect against many types of cancers, including breast, prostate, ovarian, bladder and skin cancer. Broccoli also can boost detoxification, support digestive health, promote cardio vascular health and prevent cataracts. Equally important, broccoli is so high in calcium (one cup of cooked broccoli contains 74 mg of calcium, plus 123 mg of vitamin C) that it is a great for bone protection and boosts our immune system. Broccoli is also high in folate and potassium.
During winter, we move to eating more roots. In this vein, here’s a suggestion: Think about using celery root instead of potatoes or at least mashed in with your potatoes. Why? Celery root has similar consistency to potatoes, but are far healthier. They are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium and manganese, and a very good source of vitamin C and phosphorus. They have a lower glycemic load than potatoes, which means they lower your blood-sugar response.
Our bodies are constantly undergoing chemical reactions in order to function. As you know, these chemical reactions require energy. The more the heat, the faster the reaction. So, if you drink cold water, you are actually slowing down these reactions and, hence, your metabolism. Conversely, if you’re drinking warm water, you’re speeding them up and, hence, speeding up your metabolism.
Remember, a rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of pure water…and preferably warm.
Weight is obviously a big topic for many of us. I invite you to think about what you perceive is your ideal weight, not the ideal weight you were when you were 20-something, but the ideal weight right now. At what weight do you feel your best? Why is it important for you to be at that weight? Maybe you’re already at that weight.
If your intent is to lose weight, I invite you to visualize yourself at that weight? What do you need to do to achieve your goal? How important is it to be at that weight? How can you modify your diet? Are you eating when you’re hungry or when you’re nervous or stressed or tired? Is eating that extra piece of chocolate cake more important to you than being at your ideal weight? Are we making our choices with haste, or are we making mindful decisions about how to nourish our bodies?
In many religions, it is customary to say a prayer before eating. There’s a good reason for doing this: saying a prayer makes us stop before we eat and appreciate what we have. Perhaps this doesn’t feel right to you, but I invite you to develop some sort of ritual around your food in order to bring more mindfulness, and patience into your life.
Trader Joes Baked Rice Snacks (rice in sesame seeds, which you bake in the oven), wrapped in nori (great alkalizing food)
Omelette made with organic eggs and goat cheese mozzerella
Steamed organic broccoli
Cooking Time: About 15 minutes (including baking the rice)
Easily served my 4 children
A great winter food, red roots help build our immune system by draining our lymph. Beets also are considered beneficial to the blood (as a cleanser), heart, liver and digestive system. They are known to treat skin problems, headaches, lethargy and constipation. They are used to cure bad breath, coughs and headaches. They are also believed to act as an aphrodisiac! Recently, beets have been found to prevent cancer and increase immune system function (this is part of the lymphatic drainage). Beet root is high in many important minerals and micronutrients.
So, last night, I steamed some frozen organic vegetables while I grilled Boca burgers and then organic, frozen sweet potato french fries on the George Foreman grill (a must have for busy moms). Voila – Dinner in under 5 minutes for 4 kids!
Do you know one of the parts of life I really love? That you constantly get another chance. Yesterday I felt horrifically disorganized from the moment I woke up. Today, just the opposite. The beauty of life….
That’s exactly what our JOOS Cleanse accomplishes. It’s a reboot on life. Over a 21 day period, incredible transformations can happen. I’ve watched hundreds of people cure stomach, intestinal and other ailments. This is what you can experience doing the JOOS Cleanse:
• Softer hair
• Less grey hairs
• Glowing skin
• Flow in your “waste” elimination
• Higher energy levels
• Better memory
• More grounded
• Less fluctuation in mood
• Diminished (and even elimination of) PMS symptoms
• Weight loss, if this is one of your goals
• Reduce bloating.
People become nervous at the thought of doing a cleanse, but our cleanse is very doable once you get into it. We coach you through each step of the way.
Please contact me with any questions.