In addition to recipes & healthy food choices posts… I’m adding a “Lately” section to Kitchen of Eatin’, which will cover health, wellness + lifestyle improvement tactics I’m taking on lately.
I believe that the quest for health/ zen/ peace/ tranquility/ confidence/ looking good/ feeling good etc. etc. involves adopting a lifestyle, making small changes over time… and forever LEARNING!
So.. here’s all the awesome health + wellness information I’ve been finding lately.
<—- Is there a code? has it been cracked? Alisa Viti is an OBGYN who incorporates functional medicine with modern western medicine. I listened to this podcast interviewing her the other day, and I became extra intrigued to learn more… so I bought her book.
Supposedly… we’ve been culturally conditioned to eat in a way that aligns with a 24 hour male hormonal cycle… and as women we should be eating in a way that aligns with our 28 day hormonal cycle. This makes since right? I’m much more cranky one week of the month. Food can fix this right?? Makes sense to me. I’m excited to dig in and learn more about this way of eating. I’m all about the food is medicine argument … and this is supposed to help with a variety of female hormonal issues such as infertility, weight issues, skin issues, PMS, aging, Anxiety (<— Hi, me) etc.
<—- We started a garden… the benefits of growing your own food are huuuge.
- You know how your food was grown (aka no pesticides & guaranteed organic).
- Growing your food effectively can save you some serious Money$$ over the long run.
- Gardening get’s you outside and into nature, where you can literally see the fruits of your labors (pun intended) <— Talk about meditation and achieving Zen.
Learning to garden has been a big learning curve, and my husband and I have picked up some really good tips. <— look out for that a post dedicated to this topic soon!
Dairy & Gluten Free
<—- In this department I am still learning, and I am so very interested. I don’t have celiac disease, and I’m not lactose intolerant (I don’t think ;). I’ve also been reasonably healthy my entire life, so do I really have to cut out these items if its not “necessary”??
But… I do hate processed foods, and it’s weird to me that we are the only animal species who consumes milk products from other animals. Don’t get me wrong: I love me some cheese and bread… but the more I read about the effects of these foods on our bodies… the more I’m like… wait a second… so for now I am going dairy and gluten free. I’m feeling awesome, I have more energy, and so far I’m loving it.
<—- Buckwheat is called a pseudo grain… but it’s a fruit seed more closely related to rhubarb than it is to grains. It has a ton of health benefits and a pretty decent protein content. Awesome for going gluten free – and you can read more about the health benefits of buckwheat from the whole grains council.
<—- Now that I’m loving on buckwheat, I’m wanting to encounter a bomb dot com gluten free buckwheat bread recipe. I made this paleo buckwheat bread last night. It’s good, and I would make it again… but I’m on the hunt for something amazing. You guys have any good recipes? Comment below PLZ… and when I find the best one – I’ll share it with all of you!
<-— I was worried I would get bulky… but I’m leaner and more fit than I’ve ever been. I’m loving it.
I’m only attending 3 days a week for now, but someday I’d like to make it to 5 days per week.
Also… I read this little bitty from buzzfeed about the benefits of women lifting heavy weights. Kind of a fun buzzfeed-type article… but it supports all of the other information I have read out there.
Morning walks and rituals
<—- Have you guys read The Miracle Morning? I highly recommend it. I have a dream that one day I will become a morning person. The struggle is real. Most successful people will attest to the fact that having some sort of morning ritual sets their day (and lives) up for success. Morning rituals tend to include: meditation, exercise, affirmations, journaling, hydrating, etc. The miracle morning provides a structured guideline for doing this. It’s highly motivating and a great read.
I am trying to make a morning walk a part of my regular routine. If I don’t make it one day, I will shoot for the next… but it’s a special time where I can listen to something spiritual, or something to teach me more about food and it’s impact on my body.
<—- If my husband (Steven) were here typing this, he’d say that it’s life changing. He has been diligently researching water, and he has uncovered uh lot of information about distilled water and it’s benefits. Again, more details to come in a future post.. but the take home for now is this:
- Steven has come across some individuals who have lived long and thriving lives (well beyond their 100th birthday) who swear by the benefits of distilled water.
- Distilled helps to remove inorganic minerals that your body cannot use and are wastefully stored in your joints and organs. The result is more energy and feeling healthier.
- Steven has literally been waking up like a pop tart every morning before 6AM since he has been guzzling down 6-8 glasses of distilled water every day. I personally have not seen this effect from drinking distilled water, but truthfully – I haven’t been as diligent about it as he has.
Currently… we don’t have a true distiller.. but for now we have been using a reverse osmosis system (See Image Below). Our water is down to 3 parts per million.
Click the image below to view/ read more about this water purifying system on Amazon. It’s awesome and we are obsessed!
Forks over Knives
<— I watched this documentary for the second time. It still hasn’t convinced me to become a full blown vegan; however, I continue to be convinced of the importance of whole food vegetables. I also continue to be convinced that the biggest culprits of diabetes, heart disease and obesity are processed and pre-packaged foods. So.. we have been minimizing (drastically) our meat consumption around here. We eat as many vegetables as possible, and fill in the gaps with other foods like fruits, nuts, seeds, lean meats, & fish. We shoot for 2 salads (big salads)/ day – but sometimes if I just get 1… I feel accomplished!
<— My sister-in-law– discovered energy work several years ago when she became very physically ill for no medically explained purpose. She turned to energy work seeking a non prescription solution to her problem, and it transformed her life. She has now become an energy healer herself, and she offers a wealth of free information via her podcast. Others are loving it, and I know you will too! Check it out!