Welcome 2013 with a Brussel Sprout Salad

Welcoming in a new year means different things to different people. Do you like to make New Year’s Resolutions? Some like to call them “Intentions” for 2013… Whatever words you choose, ask for support, keep a journal, and have a partner or coach for accountability. We all have our traditions both new and old.  I’m re-committing to taking daily walks as soon as the weather gets above 35 degrees. And I ordered a rebounder, an excellent way to get my body and lymph moving! A rebounder provides full aerobic and strength workouts, improves muscle tone and firms your skin,  improves balance, circulation, and immune function, and stimulates our Lymphatic system! ♥ ♥ Winter Alkaline Salad ♥ Foods with high alkalinity help to keep our bodies healthy and young. Romaine lettuce or kale mixed with brussel sprouts, cucumber and green apple… are a great combination for a winter salad, especially when eating salad during the winter isn’t the norm… you can always find these selections at your favorite grocery store in January. Cruciferous vegetables like brussel sprouts may help play a role in protecting against heart disease, perhaps by reducing inflammation. They contain important nutrients like vitamin A, B vitamins (thiamine, niacin, and folate), and vitamin E. In addition, the antioxidant and antiestrogen properties of the brussel sprouts make them useful in preventing cancer. Ume Plum Vinegar is a new favorite in my kitchen. The organic acids in Ume Plum vinegar help the body to maintain an optimal pH balance, as well as stimulating the production of saliva and stomach acids, which help the body to break down and assimilate...

What diminishes our exuberance for living?

Happy New Year! What diminishes our exuberance for living? Our little ones continually remind us of our own childhood, with flexible bodies and a joy for living! Do you incorporate joy in your life now? If not, what could be holding you back? I’ve personally noticed a strong relationship with what I consume, and my overall outlook and energy level. When we don’t FEEL like exercising, it’s often our body not working at an optimal level. Don’t beat yourself up!  My experience leads me to help others by using a different approach. I think we can all use a little help in this department.  What came first? Motivation or a clear mind and body… Clear? What do I mean?  Clear out the gunk! I know… easier said than done. If your body is speaking to you in no uncertain terms, to make changes…OR else… Here are some starters… 1. Try giving up glue, oh I mean gluten! It does the same thing in your body as the word implies… Gunk it up! Check out my blog post on this subject. 2. Hydrate… give those millions of little cells inside your body something to work with.  If they are sucked dry, they can’t get around inside of your body and keep you young and vibrant.  And caffeine and alcohol? They have the reverse effect on us and lead to dehydration in the body. 3. Consume good fats every day! Again, those millions of little cells can’t keep you fluid and flexible if the nuts and bolts of your being are all locked up. Avocado’s, fresh caught fish and flax seed...