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Falling in love with real food

FALLING IN LOVE WITH REAL FOOD….

Posted on May 24, 2012 by lara

My husband has become a hunter gatherer –he climbed a 50m up the tree to pick me five gorgeous avocado pears! Yes, I hear you shouting “Avoes are fattening and banned!” Well, there is no way I am going to insult his efforts by eating a mere sliver of an avoe. No, I am going to eat at least half of this delicious, green fruit. Yes, I am going to smother it with lemon juice and herbal salt and I am going to delight in its rich, buttery texture!!!

I am sorry, but I have a big problem with any diet that puts avocado on the “bad list” – how can something as natural, delicious and healthy as an avocado be prohibited? Yes, it contains fat, but it’s the GOOD FAT which our body desperately needs to function correctly!!  I think we really need to carefully and critically examine any weight loss programme that condemns healthy, natural foods!

We really should be more concerned about the strange little packets of preservative filled substances on our grocery store shelves than good healthy things like nuts and avoes. I still can’t believe I used to eat those plastic “health bars” as a treat!!!!  That I even considered eating it now seems quite bizarre to me!!  It just shows you how distorted my relationship with food really was. I mean, I would actually choose this mass produced plastic thingie over an apple just because it has a little green stamp on it saying “it was allowed”. A “fat load” of money making is what that little stamp is really all about – just examine the muesli they endorse – an expensive load of “puffed” wheat is what it really is.

My journey to embrace life in abundance has really required me to rediscover food and it has been such a wonderful discovery.  Nicole, my nutritionist has eased me into it by giving me tips, delicious recipes and taking me on a shopping trip. Two heavenly cooking demonstrations with Daniel Jardim called “A Taste for Seasonal Living” have inspired me to cook with nutritious ingredients that were completely foreign to me. Here are just some of the changes I have made:

  • I bought a sprouter at the lovely Macrobiotic Health Shop at Cascades and love to watch it sprout and then almost explode like natural popcorn! This is awesome for energy and great in salads and cooked dishes.
  • I had a “light bulb moment” when Daniels said that one our biggest problems is that there is not enough variety in our diets – wheat tends to dominate the western diet:

It’s in our cereal for breakfast, our health biscuits for tea, sandwiches for lunch, pasta for supper! The discovery that wheat is one of my allergens and yet I exposed myself to it virtually every meal was a massive breakthrough for me!!!

  • I have learnt that spices and herbs don’t just make our food tasty but are important nutritional aids for our general health.
  • I have cut out meat for a period of time and am soaking beans and making yummy curried dishes with these and lentils. Continual exposure to hormone filled meats gives on that ugly “muffin top” as it messes with our hormones.
  • I still find myself cooking two meals at times but the plan is to slowly but surely seduce them with nutritious food, but that is another story…..

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Falling in Love with Real Food by Lara Edmonds

My husband has become a hunter gatherer –he climbed a 50m up the tree to pick me five gorgeous avocado pears! Yes, I hear you shouting “Avoes are fattening and banned!” Well, there is no way I am going to insult his efforts by eating a mere sliver of an avoe. No, I am going to eat at least half of this delicious, green fruit. Yes, I am going to smother it with lemon juice and herbal salt and I am going to delight in its rich, buttery texture!!!
I am sorry, but I have a big problem with any diet that puts avocado on the “bad list” – how can something as natural, delicious and healthy as an avocado be prohibited? Yes, it contains fat, but it’s the GOOD FAT which our body desperately needs to function correctly!! I think we really need to carefully and critically examine any weight loss programme that condemns healthy, natural foods!
We really should be more concerned about the strange little packets of preservative filled substances on our grocery store shelves than good healthy things like nuts and avoes. I still can’t believe I used to eat those plastic “health bars” as a treat!!!! That I even considered eating it now seems quite bizarre to me!! It just shows you how distorted my relationship with food really was. I mean, I would actually choose this mass produced plastic thingie over an apple just because it has a little green stamp on it saying “it was allowed”. A “fat load” of money making is what that little stamp is really all about – just examine the muesli they endorse – an expensive load of “puffed” wheat is what it really is.
My journey to embrace life in abundance has really required me to rediscover food and it has been such a wonderful discovery. Nicole, my nutritionist has eased me into it by giving me tips, delicious recipes and taking me on a shopping trip. Two heavenly cooking demonstrations with Daniel Jardim called “A Taste for Seasonal Living” have inspired me to cook with nutritious ingredients that were completely foreign to me. Here are just some of the changes I have made:

• I bought a sprouter at the lovely Macrobiotic Health Shop at Cascades and love to watch it sprout and then almost explode like natural popcorn! This is awesome for energy and great in salads and cooked dishes.
• I had a “light bulb moment” when Daniels said that one our biggest problems is that there is not enough variety in our diets – wheat tends to dominate the western diet:
It’s in our cereal for breakfast, our health biscuits for tea, sandwiches for lunch, pasta for supper! The discovery that wheat is one of my allergens and yet I exposed myself to it virtually every meal was a massive breakthrough for me!!!
• I have learnt that spices and herbs don’t just make our food tasty but are important nutritional aids for our general health.
• I have cut out meat for a period of time and am soaking beans and making yummy curried dishes with these and lentils. Continual exposure to hormone filled meats gives on that ugly “muffin top” as it messes with our hormones.
• I still find myself cooking two meals at times but the plan is to slowly but surely seduce them with nutritious food, but that is another story…..

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Be gentle with yourself by Lara Edmonds

Lara is a client that I see on a weekly basis. She is a “self-confessed workaholic” who came to me with massive burn out. She had made remarkable progress in two months. She shares some of her lessons below…….. You can also follow her journey to “Embrace Life in Abundance” on http://www.justboutique.net

SHARING OUR LESSONS AND WISDOMS…

Why are “We Women” so hard on ourselves? The classic example is when we look at ourselves in the mirror: Why can’t we see the truth, the whole? Why can’t we see the body that has carried and nurtured children, a face with lines that show that we have lost, laughed, loved and grown older but wiser.

No, our mirror is often distorted with self-criticism and judgement with wrinkles and lumps and bumps.

I loved it when the doctor called my first varicose veins “my trophy” for having children. I think mature men see us more in perspective then we do ourselves – we are the mothers of their beautiful children, their wives who create delicious meals and nurture their family. We are the ones who have lost it!!!! And unfortunately, our daughters witness this and it plays out in their lives as well! The question is how do we change this pattern? I am not a psychologist or guru on women’s issues; I am just another working mom grappling with life, trying to get the balance right. I had always heard that we need to put ourselves first, look after ourselves so that we can look after our families better. But this advice had always seemed SELFISH to me. Finally, when I hit BURN OUT by trying to be everything to everyone, I had no other choice but to sort myself out. I had to look at what I had become, how I had got there, and how I could change so that I could still have a successful business and family life.

I still want my cake and I want to eat it you see!!! I believe the trick is eating the cake bit by bit and not trying to devour the whole cake in one sitting – yes, the balance is the key, keeping it in perspective is the challenge.

The journey is physical, spiritual and emotional – and for me one of the most effective ways of doing this is through Kinesiology which works with the body on all these levels. It is working with your beautiful body’s incredible intelligence. We are so wrapped up in the present and in the conscious that we forget the power of the subconscious, the psychological and emotional and how, whether we like it or not, this is shaping how we look, feel and act. Kinesiology is an alternative therapy but neutral (no religion) – discovered when a chiropractor noticed how the body gives signals when asked questions. What I love about kinesiology, is how gently, with each session, the layer’s (physical, emotional etc.) are peeled away to get to the core of the matter. This process enables me to confront issues that perhaps I didn’t realise are significant and then “balance them”. How? By working with the magnetic energy that every organ in my body emits. I will give you an example: my heart was broken when my son died, my heart ached and my entire being grieved – the energy fields around my body reflected that grief. Kinesiology at this time would probably have empowered me to heal quicker – instead I went through a very complicated grief. I could go on and on, but I just wanted to share how in just over six weeks (with weekly appointments with Nicole – my kinesiologist – I have made more progress than I have in years and I feel my JOY – like a butterfly unfurling its wings in my heart – coming to life. NB Because it is gentle and non –invasive, Kinesiology is also suitable for babies, toddlers and children. When my son had leukaemia and we were struggling to find out what was wrong with him, the kinesiologist was more accurate than the doctors initially. She picked up lead in his blood stream and an enlarged spleen amongst other things. The doctors had essentially told me to take a “Chill pill” and so the information from the kinesiologist empowered me to take this information to the doctor and insist on blood tests. All of which confirmed what the kinesiologist had discovered. What I love is that the two do not need to be mutually exclusive – they both have a part to play in the healing of our bodies. From what I understand, Kinesiology in its most primitive form, works with little bottles of distilled water. A well-trained and experienced Kinesiologist does not use this method – I have included a definition of Kinesiology from Nicole below for those of you who are interested as well as her contact details:

Specialised Kinesiology uses muscle monitoring as a primary feedback mechanism. It is a process of finding out from the person using the technique of muscle monitoring where they are adapting appropriately and where not. Through the application of various protocols and techniques this uncovers and helps release and /or reframes unresolved issues, hurts, pain and resentments. These are often physically stored in the body and can lead to stress, tension, fatigue, lowered immune functioning & even weight issues. Specialised Kinesiology may help with Allergies, Digestive disorders, Learning difficulties, Insomnia, Low self-esteem, Skin problems, Stress & Anxiety, Sinusitis, and Weight Issues. Kinesiology is non-intrusive, completely natural and can be used in conjunction with other modalities. Through Specialised Kinesiology and Nutritional Therapy, Nicole’s passion is to educate and empower people, guiding them on how to balance their physical and nutritional needs as well as their emotional states in a practical way. Nicole Harvey Nutritional Therapist (Dip.DN.SACCT.ITEC) Active Kinesiologist of Specialised Kinesiology Touch for Health Practitioner & Neuro Trainer Bodywise Wellness Centre 9B Greenside Avenue Westville 031-266 0636 Bodyways Wellness Centre 7 Oakleigh Avenue Wembley Pietermaritzburg 033-396 5835 Cellphone: 082 326 3575 nicole@harveyshealth.co.za www.harveyshealth.co.za www.kinesiology.co.za www.kinesiologysa.co.za www.detox-international.co.za

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