Happy New Year and welcome to my new blog and website. Please take your time to look around and maybe send it to a friend. Thank you to Kate Koeppel and Guthrie Lonergan for creating such a perfect representation of me and my work. Now let’s embrace our health together to make 2013 your best year yet. Here are a few of the health and wellness elements I have added to my life over the past few months.
#1: My new website. embracehn.com. I will be blogging twice a month, providing you with all kinds of useful suggestions, topics of interest and helpful takeaways surrounding health and wellness topics of interest. If you sign up for my blog, you will also receive a freebie “Morning Mantra’s” handout that can get you eating more whole foods in 2013. Embrace your health with me today!
#2: The Standing Desk. I had back pain, my legs were getting numb and I had heard about all those Googlers and their standing desks. I had to get one. However, I was finding standing desks online for upwards of $5,000. YIKES! Googling around I found an amazing website, Ikea Hackers. I found this to be the best bet for my buck. We went, we bought, we built…$150 later. And now I don’t get cramps in my legs or a numb-booty from sitting too long in my home office thanks to my new desk…and, of course, my physical therapist. Thanks Bob.
#3: Soup. A great way to stay warm, maybe lose a few pounds and really nourish the body, mind and soul. It’s so much better for your body to drink warm liquids. Warm beverages are absorbed more effectively and efficiently. The body is really warm, and even warmer inside; around 98 degrees. When we drink ice water, for example, it’s a bit shocking to the system. Broths, bone and mineral are wonderful additions to the diet, especially when you are sick or are healing: drink a large, warming cup of broth. This is my favorite recipe for Magic Mineral Broth by Rebecca Katz. Or make soup! Make a lot and you can store it in the freezer for those nights you are exhausted or your family member(s) are without a cook for the night. Here is my simple but easy Vegetable Soup recipe (you can make it and have it simmering and ready to eat in 20 minutes, adding some rice or sprouted grain bread, with a heaping, fresh green salad, on the side, for more substance):
Super Easy Veggie Soup: Serves 7-10
- 1 yellow onion, chopped fine
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cups chicken, lamb, beef or vegetable stock (homemade is best – but canned or boxed ok, can add water if only have 3 cups)
- 2 tomatoes, chopped, or 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, or 1 can roasted, diced
- 3-5 carrots, not grated, chopped up, or 1/2 sweet potato (bright orange) chopped up, skin left on
- 1 bunch rainbow chard, swiss chard or kale, roughly chopped up, with stems
- Wakame seaweed, dried, cut into ½ inch bits (optional – can always leave out if you don’t have)
- 1 can garbanzo beans, cooked and drained
- Sea salt & ground black Pepper, to taste
- Generous pinches of oregano, thyme, cumin, etc., – any other herbs or spices that you like in vegetable soup
- Nutritional yeast to sprinkle on top, to serve (fortified with vitamin B12 – great for vegans or vegetarians)
- Add mushrooms in with the onion and garlic towards the beginning – shiitake have powerful anti-cancer, antioxidant and immune supporting properties
- Add sliced avocado to top it off
Heat onion in olive oil until translucent. Add carrots and tomatoes, herbs and spices and a pinch or two of sea salt and ground pepper. Add more olive oil if needed. Heat about 5-10 minutes. Add stock, bring to boil. Bring down to simmer. Add greens, garbanzo beans, seaweed.
NOTE: you can add anything you want to this recipe! It is meant to be super simple, adding items you might have in the pantry, the fresher the better. I added sesame seeds, and had cooked sweet potatoes with nutritional yeast that I threw in. Add brown rice. sprouted grain tortilla, a piece of bread or quinoa for more bulk. Eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.