Weight loss is a goal for many people who seek out help from Nutritional Therapy. If you experience unwanted weight gain and the inability to lose it, it may be a sign of underlying imbalances that need to be addressed. As they are addressed, balance is restored and your body can let go of the weight as it sees fit. Trust your body. It always does the best for you with what it has in every moment. It’s trying to keep you alive and well.
One very common example of an underlying imbalance that may need to be addressed for weight loss to occur is blood sugar regulation imbalance. This kind of imbalance is often due to eating an excessive amount of refined carbohydrates and not enough healthy fats and protein. This blog post gives an in depth explanation.
Another example of why your body might not want to shed the excess pounds is because it is trying to protect you. One place our bodies store toxins is in our fat tissues....
1 large beet
1 green apple
2 medium size carrots
juice from 1/2 a lemon
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
The easiest way to make this slaw is with a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor you can use a cheese grater. You could also make it with a friend who has a food processor. That would probably be the most fun.
Grate the beet, carrot and apple. Put in a large bowl and mix with the juice from 1/2 a lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. It will keep covered in the fridge 5-7 days.
This slaw tastes delicious and it’s a great way to eat beets even if beets aren’t your favorite vegetable. I recently handed out samples of this slaw at a local community event. I didn't know how it would go over but was happy to discover people really enjoyed it, even a few kids! It makes me really happy to see kids eating beet slaw. Eat this slaw regularly as a condiment. It can aid your digestion and support your liver too.
I am happy to tell you that I will be teaching nutrition classes at The Workhouse here in Bend. The first one is Sunday, June 26 from 2-4pm.
This class will teach about specific foods that can be incorporated into your diet to improve your health. Samples of some of these foods will be provided. These foods will include things like saurkraut, kombucha, chicken soup, beet/carrot/apple slaw, apple cider vinegar in water, etc. There will even be a delicious healthy desert.
Prior to class students will complete an online Nutritional Assessment Health Questionnaire. The results of the questionnaire will be given to students at the beginning of class. It will give students insight into their personal areas of nutritional strength and weakness. Students will be able to use this knowledge to apply the information learned in class.
When you want to take responsibility for your health, cleaning up your diet is a great place to start. Cleaning up your diet can go a long way towards improving your energy levels, mood and overall health.
I used to think
that if I shopped in the natural section of the grocery store, the food co-op, Whole Foods or the other health food stores, the food I was buying was reasonably healthy. I believed that the ingredients used to make the foods must be at least healthier than the food in the regular grocery stores. I knew some basics like, don’t eat hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. If something had words I didn’t know what they were I figured it was best to not eat it or feed it to my children. I didn’t feel like there was an alternative so I bought them anyway. What I didn’t know was this was only the tip of the ice burg.
Now I know the health food stores are full of unhealthy foods too. You have to really know what to look for and what to avoid when shopping. This is on...