I came up with a new saying for use in my daily life. It is “Food First”.
And this is what I mean by it.
Do you ever have those moments when you are thinking of cooking something or thinking I should eat something but you are busy doing other things and it seems like a chore or not a priority? I know that feeling exactly. And I even love to cook and I still feel this way!
However, recently I have embraced how important it is to have quality food and nutritious food in my daily life. So to remind me of this, I just say in my head or out loud “Food First!”. This snaps me back into remembering that nothing else is as important! Food First.
And then after I say it, I go and take the time to make some food, or take my supplements, or do my yoga, or whatever I need to do that is on my healthy priority list. It all falls under my umbrella of ‘food first’…. food for my body, my mind, or my soul. Feeding is more than just food.
I used my little strategy yesterday. I made this amazing pot of soup in the morning as well as my 5 minute cookies that I make for my hubby. And while I stirred the soup and was really thinking about the blog posts that I wanted to be writing, I said “Food First”. 🙂 to snap me back to the importance of making healthy and nutritious food.
What about you? Do you struggle with putting things first in your day? I know that time is always an issue for many of us but I am talking more about how we ‘feel’ about our priorities and how we see them or if we see them as priorities or not.
I hope you too put Food First and give yourself the gift and pleasure of prioritizing food and goodness into your life. 🙂
Today I had my honey go in our backyard and grab me some Cedar to make Cedar Tea. This stuff is medicine folks. I was thinking this morning about how it is crazy that I am not making this on a regular basis, especially because it is so easy to do so.
I am using the method of making the tea from Joe of the Creator’s Garden but you can Google other ways to make this tea but any way you do it, it is simple. And you really can’t screw it up. Just make tea! 🙂 That was probably the biggest lesson I learned from spending a day with Joe in the bush and in class a few years ago. When it comes to the medicine in nature, just make tea 🙂 and you can’t screw it up as long as you know the plant is safe and not poisonous or toxic.
Take a pot of water and heat it to just about boiling but not boiling. Then add your cedar. Make sure there are no brown tips and if so remove those and give your cedar a rinse or wash before using. Joe says a handful the size of a toddler’s hand but I added a bit more. I always go big.
And that is it, let it sit for like 12 hours and take out the cedar, reheat and enJOY. I will add honey or maple syrup to mine.
You can if you like boil your water, toss in the cedar and simmer it for a short time and then remove. That works too but for me I like the idea of a long process where the goodness gets drawn out.
Cedar is chock full of Vitamin C and other nutrients and is super good for our lymphatic system. I found a great post on this from Joe at Creator’s Garden.
Here is the link to learn more about Cedar and its benefits:
Today I will share with you one of my favorite hacks to boost nutrient content in your cooking and to have a source of stock for things like soups, gravies, stews, and more.
I like to steam my veggies in a steamer pot.
So yesterday I steamed up some green beans for dinner and then after dinner I boiled some sweet potatoes for one of my favorite brownie recipes that has avocado and sweet potatoes in it.
What is left after steaming and boiling your veggies is nutrient dense water! I save that water and use it in my cooking and I will give you an example from today.
I saved my water from steaming my beans last night and from boiling my sweet potatoes and mixed them together to store in jars in the refrigerator for future use. This stock can be used in anything…. even smoothies!
Today is Sunday and at our house on Sundays we do a breakfasty brunch and I like to put potatoes on a sheet pan with some spices and roast them in the oven. So today I soaked them in some of this stock with some spices and it added a whole new dimension to them! And of course after soaking I am adding that stock to the batch too! Potatoes are full of so many nutrients and I don’t want to toss that water either!
So there you have it. Always keep your veggie water from steaming or boiling and then get creative as to what you can use it for. It is especially perfect for soup stocks!
I hope you enJOYed today’s hack and I encourage you to get creative in your kitchen too!
Today I filled out my online application for this help that is offered by the Government of Ontario. It was an easy process and I thought I would share with everyone in case they were not aware. I will share the link at the bottom of this post to register.
About Support for Learners
You can get financial support to help with additional costs during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19covid 19. Eligible applicants will receive a one-time payment of:
$200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
$250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs
The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.
You are eligible to apply if you live in Ontario and are a:
parent or guardian to a child or youth up to Grade 12
secondary school student over the age of 18
parent or guardian to a child or youth that is 21 or younger and has special needs
A child or youth with special needs is:
any student reported to be receiving special education programs or services by their school board
any child enrolled in licensed child care reported to be receiving special needs funding or support
any child identified as having a special need
We do not consider students who are identified as being solely gifted to have special needs under this program.
It doesn’t matter if a child or youth is enrolled in school or child care.
Children, youth or students are eligible if they:
attend a publicly funded school
attend a private school
attend a First Nation operated or federally operated school
Zinc is very important for our overall health and there are many people deficient in this important mineral.
Zinc is a nutrient that people need to stay healthy. Zinc is found in cells throughout the body. It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells.
In my practice I use hair mineral analysis for testing for the presence of heavy metals in the body and also for mineral deficiencies and Zinc deficiency is one that comes up often.
If you have chapped lips you may want to try adding some Zinc to your wellness protocol and also make sure that you are eating lots of fruits and vegetables to help hydrate the body and to provide your body the micro-nutrients it needs to function properly.
And of course, if you need a recommendation for a good source of high quality Zinc, please reach out and I can help you with that.
I have been studying Vitamin B12 Deficiency for years and one of my favorite books on the topic was the first book by these authors called “Could It Be B12 Deficiency” An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses. So when I saw the pediatric update version of the book I was quite excited.
Here is an excerpt from the book that you might find helpful.
WHAT DO THESE WOMEN AND CHILDREN HAVE IN COMMON?
• A 3-year-old boy exhibits severe developmental delay and receives a diagnosis of autism . . .
• A 28-year-old woman is unable to conceive . . .
• A 6-month-old baby develops therapy-resistant seizures . . .
• An 8-year-old boy is prescribed Prozac because of odd, uncontrollable behaviour . . .
• A 12-year-old boy slowly loses his ability to walk and write, becoming bedridden . . .
• A 9-month-old baby stops responding to his parents and can no longer sit up by himself . . .
• A 38-year-old mother is condemned to life in a wheelchair after gastric bypass surgery . . .
• A 7-year-old boy has obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and a wide-based gait . . .
. An 18-year-old can’t concentrate or understand her instructors and drops out of her first semester of college . . .
• A 9-year-old girl needs to attend a special school for handicapped children because she has an IQ of 60 . . .
• A 15-year-old teen becomes severely depressed and tries to kill herself . . .
• A 31-year-old with severe postpartum depression has thoughts of harming her infant . . .
Here’s what these patients don’t have in common: a correct diagnosis. Instead these women and children have been given a plethora of incorrect, often hopeless diagnoses: developmental delay, autism, depression, multiple sclerosis, Asperger’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorder, and mental illness. But in reality, they all suffer from the same medical condition . . . VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENCY
I am forever grateful that I ran across this information many years ago and I have helped many people to uncover their Vitamin B 12 Deficiencies because of it!
I highly recommend having your Vitamin B-12 levels checked when you visit your Doctor or Health Professional at your check-up or if you are having mystery symptoms that correlate with any of the above. And as a general practice with all of my clients, I always recommend everyone know what their B12 levels are.
I hope that you found this helpful and please DO SHARE this. You might just save a life or at least drastically improve the quality of someone’s life.
I love this soup and made it just the other day after a request from my 14 year old daughter. She loves this soup and that makes me HAPPY. I won’t lie because I know how absolutely healthy this soup is and also delicious I might add, and we all know how hard it is to get kids and teens into healthy eating… just sayin. 🙂
And the best part is that I am going to show you exactly how to make it!
Let’s start with our ingredient list:
1 Head of Cauliflower or a Bag of Frozen Cauliflower
3 Medium Sized Potatoes peeled
3 Sticks of Celery washed
Celery Juice Pulp (as much as you want) and if you don’t have pulp because you don’t use juice celery like a lot of us do, just leave this out 🙂
3 Garlic Cloves chopped
Fresh Ginger or Powdered Ginger
Fresh Turmeric or Powdered Turmeric
Some type of hot spice or hot sauce to put a little bit on the cauliflower before roasting
Potato Water or Stock
Salt & Pepper
Let’s Make It!
Assemble your ingredients!
Roast The Cauliflower
The first thing to do in this recipe is to roast the cauliflower in the oven. I put it in a bowl and drizzle a little olive oil or coconut oil on it and sprinkle with a buffalo spice or you can toss in a little bit of buffalo sauce or hot sauce of some sort. The ginger and turmeric offer some heat to the recipe too so there has to be a balance that works for you and your family’s heat level but we like a little heat.
Next is to put the tossed cauliflower on a sheet pan and cook or roast in the oven. I usually cook it at about 350 degrees until soft and the way I like it but you could raise the heat and really roast it to a nice brown color which adds a totally different flavor. You can play with this recipe to get it to how you like it.
Once the cauliflower is cooked the way you like it, you can add it to the soup when the time is right. I am also going to add here a reminder… in cooking feel free to experiment! That is the whole fun of it. And please note that you can be roasting the cauliflower while you get the rest of the soup going and here is how we do that….
First we saute the garlic in a little olive oil just until fragrant. In the picture above I didn’t use enough so I have adapted the recipe to 3 cloves! Again use your own judgement after making it the first time.
As for your pot. Use a pot that you love to make this soup. I used my brand new cast iron Staub pan that I just got the other day. Everything about making soup should involve love right down to the pot! -)
Next add the onion and the spices and stir a bit and let it cook for a minute or two. I use a grater for the fresh ginger and turmeric and do about 6 full grates. If you are using powered you will need to play with it but I am guessing 1/2 tsp of each would be good.
Now add the celery and cook for a few minutes until a little soft. Next add in the celery juice pulp, potatoes and the potato water and or stock and salt and pepper.
What is Potato Water?
Potato water is just the water left from boiling a pot of potatoes. 🙂 I save that amazing water and use it in soups, gravies and stocks. It is loaded with nutrients and helps to add a creaminess to the soup because of the starch content. I am an ADVOCATE of the role of potatoes for nutrition and recommend eating them often. So add as much potato water or stock of some sort as you want. I added just enough to cover the ingredients a little as you can see in the picture above.
If you don’t know what kind of stock to use I suggest using an organic low sodium bouillion cube or two added to water. You can also use leftover water from boiling or steaming veggies. Always keep that nutrient dense and flavorful water too!
Add salt and pepper to your liking and any other seasonings that resonate with you. I added a bit of a vegetable seasoning that I get from a local grocery store that I like. Now boil the soup until the potatoes are tender.
Next transfer into a blender or Vitamin and blend until smooth. You can also opt to leave some of the soup out and add back in later so you have some chunks if you want. Either way is good.
Now Bowl and enJOY!
And keep your leftovers in the refrigerator for an easy go-to source for a bowl of nutritious and delicious creamy soup that is dairy-free, soothing, and loaded with nutrition.
I like to keep my leftover soup in jars like this:
I hope that you enjoyed this recipe and that you try this soup. I would love to hear any additions you make to it and what your favorite heat ratio is. This batch did not have enough heat for our liking and we missed it but no worries I just added in a bit of hot sauce after the fact and it worked! That is a great soup hack also! 🙂
The topic of infertility comes up often in my Coaching and Nutrition practice. It seems that more and more infertility is an issue in our modern times.
There are many factors that play a role in the body and fertility.
I found this resource that impressed me and felt compelled to share. The information is very good and worth reviewing. If you do purchase it there is a fee and I do make a small commission.
Here is the link to the resource and I wish you the best success with your desired pregnancy. I myself was a late life Mom to my daughter Sivanna, just before my 40th birthday and she was an amazing gift to me. She is now 14 🙂