DIARY OF A CHEF AT HOME
a collection of holistic nutrition tips & tricks, plus many of Food on the Table's favourite recipes
The holidays are over, January is here and it's time for my household to get back on track. Not that we slipped too far off the track or anything but there definitely were a few more glasses of mulled wine, one or two extra cookies, a few more late nights and maybe a couple extra pieces of cheesecake!
That just seems to be the nature of December. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa or nothing at all....there just seems to be a hell of a lot going on. Even if you're good at saying No, there's likely going to be an extra event or two planned during this month.
It can be challenging for many people to navigate their way through all the shortbread, cocktails, cheese & meat platters, chocolate, cookies, mulled wine, dips, breads, more shortbread...you get the picture! And for someone like myself who generally doesn't eat grains, sugar and high starch foods, it can be even more challenging.
So what's my philosophy? Well....this may not be the best suited approach for everyone but it works for me. If I want a shortbread cookie...well, I'm going to eat it! Don't get me wrong...I may try and create a healthier version and it'll probably be damn good but let's be real, shortbread cookies are the BOMB and nothing beats sugar, flour and butter baked into a shortbread cookie...NOTHING. So yes, I'm going to eat that cookie, even though most of the ingredients are not foods that I'm used to eating anymore. On occasion I allow myself to indulge in certain foods and since I don't have any actual allergies to them, I feel GREAT about doing it...once in awhile.......I repeat, once-in-a-while.
And when I do indulge, I know that it's necessary for me to implement a few tools so I'm not craving those foods the next day...especially sugar. For those of you familiar with how strong the pull of sugar can be then you know that it only takes a little bit to get caught up in the viscious cycle.
So there's a few things that I do the next day and to be honest, It's actually very easy to get back on track if you know a few helpful tips. (I'll explain them all in my next blog post) but for now, one of them is to EAT YOUR GREENS. Yes, you've probably heard this before but only because there's some truth behind it.
Highly processed foods and alcohol creates more acidity in the body which can cause a number of problems including inflammation, hormonal imbalance and weight gain. Greens have this fabulous way of bringing balance back into the acid-alkaline state. They're full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals which are needed for this process and since sugar (especially) is a bit of a "mineral thief", greens will up that game for you by replenishing what has been taken to maintain the delicate acid-alkaline state.
Leafy greens, vegetables, fruit and sprouts are all high alkaline foods. So eat up...especially if you're going to indulge the day before. A nice bowl of greens will set you straight my friends!
I have a few more tricks up my sleeve to Get Back on Track so stay tuned for my next blog post!
Eating this green soup is like sipping on a bowl of vitamins...and since your body is far more efficient in absorbing and utilizing nutrients from FOOD rather than a pill (time and a place) you know your body will thank you...especially the day after ;)
Creamy Greens Soup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 white onion, thinly sliced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
2 cups broccoli, cut into florets
1 teaspoon sea salt
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock or water
1 cup cashews
4 cups tightly packed greens (chard, kale, spinach, beet greens)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons lemon juice
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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