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Learn something new every day

There’s always room for improvement, right? I know I am certainly not perfect, and there are always things I can do to improve my life. I think one of the most important components of improving one’s life is through education. We are never too old (or young!) to learn new ways to take care of the precious vessel we live in. But, we are all too busy, right? Wrong! Small changes can make a big impact!

Recently, I have been catching up on some health/food documentaries that I have been meaning to watch for a while now. I highly recommend BOTH of these films: Fat Sick and Nearly Dead and Hungry for Change. Both movies provide great insight into what happens to our bodies when we eat. I won’t spoil the films for you if you haven’t had the pleasure of watching them.

My takeaways from these films:

  • We are an over-fed, undernutritioned society. We eat TONS of foods that have little to no nutritional value, and we consume little of the foods that have the most nutritional value. Example: TONS of cheeseburgers, and a tiny bit of salad.
  • JUICE MORE!!! In our house, we usually juice once a day, usually before dinner. We each drink a giant glass of leafy greens, cucumbers, and celery juice. Watching these films has prompted me to juice in the morning, too! So, before I go to sleep, I cut up apples, oranges, grapefruits, carrots, beets and other goodies, so that when I wake up – instead of morning coffee, I have morning juice!
  • Stop eating sugar!!! Not just refined sugar … but also: organic sugar, bread (yes, bread is metabolized as sugar!), pasta, rice, waffles, coffee (the way I drink it – it is SO sweet), potatoes (yes, potatoes are metabolized as sugar!), pizza, muffins, pancakes, rolls, biscuits, english muffins, and anything wheat. This one is going to be hard for me …
  • Replace my coffee with tea. This one is not going to happen over night. So far, I’ve gone four days with no morning coffee … I’ve had tea … and there have been no meltdowns. I did have an afternoon coffee yesterday … but at least I put it off until then. (PROGRESS not PERFECTION!)
  • Move your body and get it outside! We are humans. We were born to live in the wild – our bodies need to be outside in the fresh air walking or doing something. Even a 30 minute walk – walk your dog, take the kids to the park, anything! Get outside and get moving. If you do this 3 times a week (really, 1.5 hours is not too much to ask for the sake of your health) you will feel better and have more energy.
  • Never, under any circumstance, drink soda. The stuff is POISON in a can! The sugar is bad, the fake sugar is bad, the caffeine is bad, and the phosphoric acid deteriorates and weakens your bones.

How do you make progress toward your health goals? Have you ever seen either of the films I mentioned?

Until next time, I send you peace, love and good energy!



Chipotle Burger Topped with Creamy Lentils on a bed of Baby Greens

I’ve been on a no-wheat kick recently. I’ve been trying to cut out bread, crackers, pasta, etc. I think the refined wheat might be destroying my digestive system… 

Trying to cut out pasta for a Sicilian chick is like asking me to rip my heart out and stay alive. Just not going to happen. But! … because I love my body and it was the only vessel I was given to live in … I might as well listen to it and take care of it. Right? (pause) Right. /sigh

Well, I already failed miserably this morning when I opted for fluffy blueberry pancakes for breakfast. (But, see … I don’t like eggs right now, and it was either the eggs or the pancakes … and I can rationalize behavior until I’m blue in the face…) Okay, I admit my failure, and the only way to make up for it is to make a delicious gluten-free dinner, no wheat allowed to this party. And since I just like to fly by the seat of my pants in the kitchen, this is what I made:

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Morning Star Black Bean Chipotle Burgers – or any veggie burger of your choice. These just have incredible flavor.
  • 15 to 18 ounces of lentils. (cooked/drained/rinsed)
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1/3 c. chopped roasted red pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • 2 c. vegetable stock (I used mushroom stock base)
  • spices: I used thyme, rosemary, and a bay leaf
  • 2 ounces of goat cheese
  • mixed salad green of your choice
  • dressing of your choice

Note: All veggies are organic. Serves two.

  1. Chop up the onion, celery, carrot and garlic. Put in the bottom of a heavy stock pot with a turn or two of olive oil. Cook on medium until onions are translucent. Then season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook for a few more minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the stock. Since mine came from a base, I needed to reconstitute it with water. I added about 1.5 tsp. of base to 2 cups of water. I then added 1 bay leaf, and 1/2 tsp. each of rosemary and thyme.
  3. Add the roasted red peppers, stock,
    spices, and lentils. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook until lentils are tender but not mushy.
  4. Then grill or pan fry your burgers.
  5. Put the goat cheese in a small bowl and warm at 20 second intervals in the microwave to get it all creamy.
  6. Take your plate and make a bed of the greens on it.
    Drizzle with dressing. I drizzled mine  with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and then seasoned it with salt and pepper.
  7. When your burgers are done, place them on the bed of greens, then spread a layer of the creamy goat cheese over the top.
  8. Finally, top the burger with a scoop of lentils and serve.

I threw this together on a whim and had no idea whether it was going to be tasty. Luckily, my Sweetie approved it! And once again, there were no leftovers except for a bit of lentils.

Do you like to just whip up meals without a recipe? Or do you have to follow a recipe? Please comment.

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.