Some of you may know that I’ve made some pretty major changes along the way on my path back to wellness. I’ve eliminated what was once chronic inflammation, lost a pant size, and feel better now than I did in my 40’s. Now 60, I’m in some of the best shape of my life. I had to eliminate a lot of foods to get to this point: eggs, dairy and most grains. Dairy was the hardest, but had the most significant payoff. And now I don’t miss it at all. I would kill for an egg salad sandwich, but that’s another story. For me, complete and total elimination of dairy has enhanced my sense of well being in a major way. I no longer feel panicky and short tempered. I’m a much more energetic and resourceful person. My dogs like me more and my husband says I’m a completely different person.
I walk. Several times a week for 30-40 minutes…a nice brisk walk. Through my neighborhood, usually accompanied by my husband and dog.
I drink water – first thing in the morning, often with Vitamin C added for it’s anti-inflammatory, health promoting qualities. Did you know that Vitamin C and E work together to rid your body of antioxidants and other toxins? That’s why I take extra C and E along with a good multi.
Super important for health is an essential fatty acid supplement – I’m taking Hempseed Oil at present. I try to take some every day, and include it one of today’s recipes, Cilantro Pesto. My younger fellow students in herb school eliminated cramps and cravings during their menses by adding EFA’s to their diet. Essential fatty acids are highly anti inflammatory and healing to our internal organs. And, our cells are composed of oil and water – the oil we eat is the oil our cell structures are made of, so it’s important.
I eat a whole-food diet that includes a lot of greens – raw, steamed, sauted. In addition, I blend up a green smoothie – mostly as a dessert or mid-afternoon pick me up – almost every day using a powdered green formula. My motto is “Greens With Every Meal.” Chlorophyll, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes are all contained in greens and nutritive herbs. A “Berry Green” smoothie is a delicious and simple thing to add to your daily food intake. By adding 3/4 cup of berries, you give your body the gift of a big dose of flavonoids to go along with the amazing array of nutrients in the greens, and you are on the path! Your body will thank you!!
Cilantro is such a powerful green. I modified a traditional pesto recipe, make it every couple weeks, and eat 3-4 Tbs per day while it lasts (about 4 days). Cilantro helps carry heavy metals out of the body, while Nettle provides a vast array of minerals, Brazil Nuts = Selenium, Pumpkin seeds offer excellent fiber and nutrition, and Rosemary, Thyme and Oregano have antibiotic, antiviral, and many other healing properties. Tasty, too. Here’s the recipe:
Cilantro – one bunch
Other greens – one packed cup (dandelion, chard, sorrel, lettuce, violet leaf)
Herbs – fresh or dried rosemary, thyme, and oregano
Dried Nettle – 3 Tbs
Brazil nuts – 4 or 5 nuts
Pumpkin Seeds – 3/4 – 1 cup
Garlic – 3-4 cloves
Hempseed oil and/or Olive Oil – 3/4 cup
Sea Salt – to taste (about 1/2 tsp)
Process all together to form a green paste – or to whatever texture you like. This is delicious on flax crackers (Flackers), or on almond flour tortillas (modified from the Spunky Coconut cookbook) with a layer of hummus. Or just eat it off the spoon. Remineralizing, loaded with chlorophyll, vitamins and enzymes.
Here’s my simple, delicious “Berry Green” smoothie recipe:
1 c coconut milk
1 tsp mixed powdered greens (equal parts chlorella, nettle, wheat grass, barley grass)
3/4 c berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries or raspberries)
5 drops vanilla stevia
1/8 tsp sodium ascorbate (Vitamin C)
1 tsp – 1 Tbs Hempseed oil
Blend and enjoy!
One more thing that has been incredibly healing for me are weekly infrared saunas. My husband constructed a portable one for me that works really well in the bathroom. I pre-heat the sauna for 30 minutes, sit on a comfortable towel-covered chair and hang out for an hour. I always feel great afterwards.
Wishing you good health and a peaceful holiday season!