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Sick Season

Oh, it’s that time of year again. Sick season! 

It starts to get cold outside. Everyone in the office or at school is suddenly coughing. Some losing their voices. The person sitting next to you has a stock pile of dirty tissues. You think to yourself, “Yup, it’s that time of year. I’m gonna get sick.”

Well frankly rather than call this sick season, I would prefer to call it, “It’s getting cold, unhealthy, forget-to-take-care-of-yourself season.”

I know, we all think that it’s just inevitable. All we can do is wash our hands as much as possible and stay away from the sick people.

Or is it?

Hardly. Colds and flus can be prevented by simply amping up your immune system.  When it gets cold, your body’s immune system is automatically working harder simply to keep your body temperature up. Then to add to that, we have holiday season. This is why I call it the unhealthy, forget-to-take-care-of-yourself season.  You’re eating rich meaty, cheesy foods, followed up by holiday cookies and other desserts. You’re just over-eating in general. Everyone has candy on their desk. You’re drinking more coffee and hot chocolate but less water. Your partying with friends, family, and coworkers. Staying up late, waking up early. The holiday season is everything that will suppress your immune system.

Before you reach for the Meds

Remember your body is a freakin’ genius! You are the dumb one wrecking it. (Sorry but it’s true.) Think about it. If you’re sneezing and have a runny nose, you’re body is obviously trying to get rid of something in your body. Same thing goes for coughing, or any other types of  “get rid of process.”  When you take medicine to stop the runny nose or suppress the cough, you are actually prolonging your sickness, because now the part of your body trying to get rid of this crap is paralyzed by the medicine and has to find some other way to “fix” you.

Now I understand, taking medicine to stop your runny nose is certainly convenient, but it isn’t fixing the problem.  So rather, we should be asking ourselves, “How can I help my body fight this crap off?” One of the first things that comes to most peoples mind is Vitamin C.  I agree one hundred percent! BUT, don’t go running for the orange juice. I said DO NOT. Orange juice has wayyy too much sugar in it. Sugar will hurt your immune system more than the little bit of Vitamin C will help. What you need is REAL FOOD packed with Vitamin C… and A… and E… and anti oxidants… and well I could go on and on with other phytochemicals, but I think you get the picture. Basically eat tons of fruits and vegetables people! (IE eat the orange not the fake sugar juice in the store.)

So I actually fell into the Holiday Season, terrible habits, forget to be healthy and take care of yourself trap, and I started getting sick.  While I hate admitting this, lucky for you I can share with you what I did to beat that crap in 24 hours.

1. Plain hot water. No honey, no lemon, no tea, jut plain hot water. This sounds so weird, I know. I learned this from John Douillard. It’s an ayurvedic practice.  I could try to explain it, but its difficult. Just trust me and John Douillard here. Sip plain hot water as often as possible throughout the day.

2. Fresh Juice.  I found everything in my kitchen that was orange, yellow or just really good for me and loaded it into my juicer.  I used, 3 handfuls of kale pieces, 2 oranges, 3 carrots, 1 apple, 1/3 of a sweet potato. Then squeeze a lemon wedge into the juice.  I drank 2 large glasses of this. One for breakfast. One for dinner. And oh yea, it’s delish!

3. Sweet Potato Pablano Soup.  This is Dr.Andrew Weil’s recipe and oh my was it good. I scarfed like 4 bowls down for dinner. It was like my body couldn’t get enough! Get the recipe here.

Be Healthy, be sick-free, be happy, and be hot this holiday season!

Merry Christmas from me and these guys!

Don’t forget to share with me!

What do you do when you get sick?

Do you have any home remedies you swear by?

A Beautiful Morning + Recipe

What is the most beautiful morning to you?

Do you know what I mean?  For me, it’s waking up without any alarms blasting in my ears, yet not in the middle of the day either.  Those mornings when you went to bed at a decent hour and just naturally woke up as the sun started shining into your bedroom window.  Yeaaa that starts it for me.

Having enough time to do what you’d like to before leaving.  Not rushing.  Cooking a warm and healthy breakfast matched with fresh made juice. Making yourself a homemade avocado facial.  Doing some yoga in the morning sun.  Taking a warm relaxing shower.  Then taking the time to curl your hair and pick out a cute outfit.

A beautiful morning. How often do you give yourself a beautiful morning? Can’t remember? Well, maybe it’s time. I realize not everyone can do this daily or regularly, but can you do it one morning a week? A Saturday or Sunday? Go in to work an hour later than usual.

Let me tell you, I haven’t done this in a while.  I sort of lost it.  I DID do it today! My oh my, what a difference I feel with my life right now.  Taking care of yourself is so important!  Not just eating right, but treating your self right, with care.

I’ll share all the wonderful things from my beautiful morning.

Sweet Potato Home Fries and Greens with Mashed Avocado

Cut a sweet potato into cubes, like home fries. Then dice up half of a medium onion of your choice. I used a white onion. Put a tablespoon or so of olive oil into a heated saute pan. Throw in your sweet potatoes and onion. Add some salt and pepper to taste.  Cover it with a lid.

Meanwhile, mash up half an avocado with a fork.  (Save like a tablespoon of it though. You’ll see why ;))

Add some salt to your avocado.  I added a little bit of lime and cilantro too 🙂

When it’s almost cooked, about 20 minutes, sprinkle on some dried rosemary and add a handful of spinach or other green.  Stir. Cook until greens are wilted.

Looks Yummy!  And Healthy!

Cucumber, Apple, Orange Juice

Pretty simple. Just juice a cucumber, a green apple and an orange. YUM YUM!

Eat your breakfast in peace.   I like to dip my home fries in the avocado. It’s much healthier than my other favorite, BBQ sauce.

I had these beautiful flowers to admire while I ate.  I bought them for myself, but that doesn’t make a difference 😉  They’re still beautiful.

Avocado Facial 

I’ve shared this with you before, but take that left over avocado I had you save and mash it up really well.  Then smear it on your face! Leave it there for about 20 minutes and wash with warm water 🙂

It doesn’t look pretty but your skin will feel oh so good!

What do you like to do in the mornings to take care of yourself?

What gets your day started off right?

As always, be healthy, be happy, and wear it like a hot babe!

Lazy Cooking

I love cooking… most days.  Some days, the last thing I want to do is prepare a freakin’ meal.  I’m sure you’ve been there, or maybe you’re there most days. Hey, totally get it.  But let’s be honest, whatever you’re thinking about throwing in the microwave is just not good for you. Microwavable foods may be the worst thing we’ve ever created to eat, so just hold that thought…

Be prepared, this is easy!

All you need is a knife and some tin foil… and your oven… or grill.

My mom used to do this with potatoes. Well you can do it with any veggie out there.  Don’t want to do any chopping? Hey, grab a bag of the mixed frozen veggies, or pre-cut ones from the store. I won’t tell.

Take your cut up veggies and lay them on decent sized piece of tin foil.

Add Extra Virgin Olive Oil, some sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Seriously that’s all you need.

If you’re feeling fiesty, add garlic or lemon, or whatever is looking good in your spice cabinet. Cumin! Curry! Cayenne! Whatever, it’s  your dinner!

Now to finish this.  Lift the two sides of foil together and wrap it. Then wrap the ends in and you’ve got a foil packet.

Put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Depending on what kind of veggies you’re cooking this may take a  little less or a little more time in the oven.

I did this with potatoes a couple times last week! Got great reviews from my friends!

Sweet potatoes and potatoes is my favorite mix!

Asparagus works great!

Or a whole mix of your favorites! Broccoli, cauliflour, carrots, onions, peppers, take your pick!

No dirty dishes! Just dump it on your plate and enjoy!

Now go be lazy, healthy, happy and hot!

Coconut Rice Pilaf And a Mango Salsa To Die For

I often get stuck in what I call a flavor rut.  I can make so many things but everything seems to blend together after a while and start to have similar taste.  I love cilantro. I started putting cilantro in everything.  I fall in love with the acidity in pickles. I add pickles to every sandwich I eat. And so on and so on.

I was very very delightfully surprised by the wonderful new flavors in this recipe. New for me that is. And thus, very excited to share with you 🙂

I got the basis for this recipe from Emeril Lagasse. Not ever did I think I would find something even close to vegetarian from dear Emeril and to be honest the entire recipe was for a grouper dinner, but the rice and salsa were sooooo good. I can’t get over it. I think I dreamed about this rice and have been craving it ever since I made it last Wednesday!

Coconut Rice Pilaf

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion

1/2 cup chopped orange bell pepper (you could use red or yellow)

3 cloves garlic, minced in a garlic press

1 cup brown rice

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock

1/2 cup coconut milk

salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic.  Cook while stirring for about 2 minutes. Add the rice and stir so it’s coated in the oil and cook for just 1 minute.  Then add the vegetable stock, coconut milk and salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook covered for 50 to 60 minutes.

Note: You want to soak the brown rice in some water before you cook it so that way it isn’t super chewy. Just a couple minutes makes a big difference. 

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.  ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

Mango Salsa

1/2 a ripe mango, peeled, seeded and diced

1/4 cup poblano pepper, finely chopped

1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped

1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced in a garlic press

1 Tbsp rice vinegar

1 Tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, minced

salt to taste

In a bowl, combine the mango, poblano, bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Stir it up. Then add the vinegar, cilantro, and some salt. Stir again.  Add more salt to your taste if needed. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

To make this a meal, take an avocado and smash it up and add a little salt and lime juice to it.  Then plate the rice and top it with the avocado and mango salsa.  Oh man is it delightful!

Well ta ta for now!

Go enjoy this yummy healthy meal! You’ll be one happy and hot chick!

Are You Toxic?

Do you have trouble losing weight?

Do you have heartburn, frequent stomach aches, or digestive issues?

Is there a ringing in your ears? Watery, itchy eyes?

Have you suffered from depression, anxiety or irritability?

Do you have achy joints  muscles?

Headaches? Insomnia? Asthma?

Do you get sore throats or canker sores?

Do you have poor memory or concentration?

Sinus problems? Acne? Compulsive eating? Or frequent sickness?

Well doesn’t everybody deal with this stuff? No! These are signs that your body is toxic.

Warning: This is not sugar-coated. This is blunt.

I’m not just talking about the environment here. I’m talking about that crappy diet you keep eating.  Not just the fast food either.  We all know toxins are bad, since the whole cancer scare really hasn’t changed your habits maybe this will help.

Ever heard of DDT? It was banned in the 70’s for its severe toxicity.  It’s linked to diabetes and cancer. It also caused neurological abnormalities  in babies. Yea well, 100% of beef was found contaminated with DDT. 100 frickin’ percent! More than 90% of processed cheese, hot dogs, bologna, turkey and ice cream too. YUCK! DDT was also found in 70% of 4 year olds! Not their fault!

That’s only one toxin, not to mention that it has been banned in the US for more than 40 years, but we have also released 79,999 other new chemicals since the turn of the 20th century. Toxic shit storm!

Can you avoid all 80,000 of these completely? Probably not unless you put yourself in a bubble, which would probably be made from one of these chemicals anyway.

Not only does having all these toxins in our body cause cancer, which is not news to you I’m sure, but when we eat sugar and high-fructose corn syrup AND chemical toxins, we screw up our kidneys, our thyroid, our mitochondria, our immune system and our brain (neurotransmitters specifically). That causes weight gain and obesity and a whole host of other health problems.

Got a headache? Feeling depressed? Heartburn? Stop reaching for the medicine you’re only adding to the chemical shit storm already festering inside you. FIX THE PROBLEM. DETOXIFY!

What you can do is stop eating all the highly processed, chemical-laden foods. Start cooking! Let’s get this straight. If it comes from a factory, in a box, can or package it is processed.  Now you can still buy some of these foods.  Organic black beans in a can are ok.  Processed-meat (especially the ones I listed above) is a no-no. Read the ingredients. As a rule of thumb, if you can’t read it, don’t eat it! Eat as many whole foods, especially plant sources, as you possibly can!

Stop your toxic diet! Get healthy, be happy and you’ll be the hottest chick on your block!

Now for what I’ve been eating for my 30 day challenge.

Dinner last night: Taco Night.

Smoothie this morning: Berry Banana Smoothie.

Sloppy Joe’s Like My Mom Did… Kinda

I recently ran into a recipe in a magazine for vegetarian sloppy joes.  Instantly I go back to being a kid and eating this messy sandwich. Across the table my little brother has sloppy joe covering half his face and dang near his whole arm.

It’s time to get messy!

The recipe I ran into had cheese and black beans, which Brett isn’t much a fan of beans.  I instead think quinoa! Because I seem to think quinoa is the answer to everything lately. And so, I act on this idea in a few days time and now with great success I wish to share it with you!

Sloppy Joe’s Like My Mom Did… Kinda

When I cook traditional foods like this, I like to keep it as close to the flavor as what I grew up eating, which is why I gave it the name that I did. Only this bad boy is vegan!

1/2 c. red quinoa

1 c water

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 red onion, diced

1/2 green bell pepper, diced

Extra virgin olive oil (about 1 tbsp)

salt and pepper

6 oz tomato sauce

1 tbsp tomato paste

1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Dill pickle, garnish

Cilantro, minced, garnish

1. Cook the quinoa in water with cayenne and paprika for 20 minutes or until quinoa is sprouted.

2. Meanwhile saute the onion and bell pepper in some olive oil.

3. Add the cooked quinoa, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and apple cider vinegar. Stir until it is heated through.

Take some dill pickle slices and chop them up.  Mince some cilantro as well. These 2 things will really give this sloppy joe that wow factor. YUM YUM.

Put it all together on a bun and enjoy! Beware, it’s as messy as I remember it being 🙂

Eating these made the little kid inside me happy. It was messy. It was delicious.  I haven’t touched meat in more than 4 years so this to me- I could have sworn was the same thing my momma served me.

What are your favorite childhood foods?

Have you recreated them to be vegetarian/vegan friendly?

Please share! In the meantime live healthy, be happy, and go about your hot self!

Old-Fashion Taco Night Goes Vegan

I can remember one of my favorite dinners when I was young being taco night. My mom would just put out an array of stuff; meat, chicken, refried beans, salsa, sour cream, cheese, tortillas, hard tortillas, lettuce, rice, and whatever else fit. Then we would make our own tacos and be merry.

Well taco night is still one of my favorite dinners.  It’s still just as easy as when my mom did it and don’t tell her this, but it tastes even better. That’s one thing about going vegetarian or vegan is you get really good at adding REAL flavors and spices to your food. (Not that chicken and cheese aren’t flavorful, but come on…)

How to make the switch

Quinoa instead of meat.

I use red quinoa, because it kind of looks like ground beef. Then just add taco seasoning while its cooking out the water. I also add some diced onions, but I don’t think its a must.  Just read your ingredient labels carefully when buying taco seasoning.  It should just list different spices like paprika, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, etc. No artificial junk.  You can also make your own if you know how, but if not, this works easy-peazy, lemon-squeezy.

Veggies instead of chicken.

My mom used to always make fajita style chicken.  Instead I do fajita style veggies. Generally you can just use onions and bell peppers, but usually I add zucchini and mushrooms. Cut the zucchini in strips like you would the onions and peppers. Let them cook down in some EVOO. Then add sliced mushrooms. Add a little cayenne pepper, and sea salt. Done.

Guacamole  instead of sour cream and cheese.

Guacamole has that creamy texture that I sometimes miss about sour cream, but it’s loaded with good vitamins and minerals and fats unlike the sour cream. When guacamole is done right (I say this because I’ve had a lot of bad guacs) it has just as much flavor if not more.  All you need is fresh cilantro, fresh lime, sea salt and fresh pressed garlic. And avocado of course.

Ramp up your fixings

Instead of the old fashion iceberg lettuce use  a spring mix or baby spinach or whatever your favorite is.  Heat up some vegetarian refried beans (no lard people). Put out your favorite salsa. Cut up some fresh tomatoes.  Grab your corn or whole grain tortillas.  Sometimes I just do tostadas or hard shell tacos. And let’s have a Mexican Fiesta!

(I made a delicious corn salsa! I’d tell you about it but I just made it up and I wasn’t paying attention to what I did or how much I used… oops. The magic of cooking!)

For those of you doing the salad challenge. I’m using the leftover toppings for my salad this afternoon 🙂

Well it’s awfully nice out today. I think it’s time to put on the bikini, get some rays, and hula hoop!

I bid you a healthy, happy, and hot farewell!