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To show how grateful I am, for the month of November, you can get a double bonus.  if you book and pay for a phone, skype or facetime appointment with me, I will send you 4 oz of our yerba mate or yerba mate blend.  

Yerba Mate is a tea I drink every morning and afternoon.  Due to all the healing benefits it provides, I have benefited greatly.  I want to share this gift with all my clients.

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Holiday Satisfaction

This November marks 34 years of being on this journey of “wellness.” It is when I shifted from weight loss, dieting and restricting, to just finding the way to “feel better.” The MAIN way I did this was finding foods that satisfied me.  It was one of the main keys. Even if a food wasn’t “perfect” if it was at least a little bit better than what I had been eating, I would get some improvement.  

So, for this week, I thought I would share with you two recipes that I make that are for sure “crowd pleasers.” You will want to stay satisfied during the holidays and hopefully, here are two ways you can do that.  

Here are two non-dairy, gluten-free, plant-based yet yummy recipes to try for Thanksgiving.

SQUASH PIE

This pie is sweet and savory. It is really nice to serve and has a gorgeous color. I usually make two at a time and freeze one to serve later. The leftovers are great for lunch the next day.

Ingredients

Butternut Squash

Acorn Squash

2 carrots

2 onions

1 tbsp. Salt

2 tbsp cinnamon

4 tbsp. Oil

Turban Squash

2 cups or more of Corn off the cob (can use frozen corn)

2 Frozen pie crust (get this from the frozen section of your market – I get a gluten free kind)

Instructions

Quarter onions and lay on oiled cookie sheet.

Wash and cut ends off carrots and lay on top

Sprinkle them with oil and salt.

Cut the squashes in half.  Sprinkle salt on the interior meat, place face down on an oiled cookie sheet.

Bake both sheets at 375 until you can pierce the squash and onions with a fork.  (Usually an hour, maybe more for the harder squashes.)

Once squashes are done, take out of oven.  Turn them over and scoop meat out.  Place it all in a large bowl.

Season with salt and cinnamon.

Combine ingredients with a large fork or potato masher.

Add in corn and mix gently.

Brush one of the pie crusts with oil and slightly “toast” in oven at 250 for about 15 minutes or until lightly toasted.

Place vegetable mixture in toasted crust.

Gently take out “raw” crust and lay on top of the pie.

Pinch ends with fingers or fork.

Make sure you place foil under the pie because it does bubble over in the oven.

Bake whole pie at 375 for about 40 minutes or until top crust is browned.

Take out of oven and serve!

 

YELLOW LENTIL SOUP

This recipe freezes well. If I am making this for guests, I double the recipe and freeze it. Normally, I freeze in individual plastic containers or zip locks so that I can take different portions out for a family dinner.

Ingredients

2 cups lentils (soaked overnight – discard soaking water and rinse well)

3 tbsp coconut oil

3 carrots

1 Vidalia (or any other) onion

3 stalks of celery

Pinch of salt

3 cloves of garlic

Spring onion

Instructions

In a pot sauté onions, celery and carrots in oil until onions are slightly browned.

Add salt.

Add lentils and cover with water. (Make sure that water line is about an inch above the lentils and when it gets low, just keep adding water)

Bring to boil and simmer about an hour and a half or until lentils are soft.

Add soup to bowl and sprinkle a few slices of spring onion.

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Fermented Food

There has been quite the buzz lately about fermented foods.  I think that is a good thing. Fermented foods are a great way to replenish the gut. If the gut is in good shape, then things like gas, bloating and cravings can be reduced. There is also something called the gut-brain connection. That means anything that happens in the gut, affects the brain.  

One needs to be careful when choosing a fermented food. You can’t just get a “pickle.” You have to find products that are “naturally aged” and not flavored with chemicals. A commercial pickle will not give you the same effect as one that was properly aged. Commercial kim chi is quite different than one that has been handcrafted. If you can eat whole “real” fermented foods and not heat treated ones, you will get a huge hit of enzymes and probiotics. Going to a health food store, or buying from a company like “Hex Ferments” that handcrafts their foods is a great start.

While people with any kind of belly issues should seriously consider having fermented foods once or twice in their daily food intake, they are actually amazing and healing for everyone.

There is a reason all indigenous cultures have their version of a fermented food. If you want to try it, you don’t need to have a ton. Just a tablespoon or two a day can go far in rebalancing your gut. Fermented foods include things like kim chi, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, and kombucha.

Reasons to eat fermented foods.

  1.     Great for detoxing the body.
  2.     Helps reduce cravings for sweet or salty foods.
  3.     Helps skin stay in great PH balance.
  4.     Has tons of digestive enzymes.
  5.     Strengthens the immune system (by helping the gut).
  6.     Contains probiotics (good beasties that help the gut digest and work efficiently).
  7.     Helps reduce bloating and gas.
  8.     Helps gut with absorption.
  9.     Reduces inflammation.
  10.     Balances hormones.
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I Am So Thankful I Stopped Dieting and You Will Be Too!

I am so thankful I stopped dieting and you will be too!

For years and years, I dieted and restricted.  I twisted myself into a pretzel to eat under 1200 calories and be “good.”  The years went by, I got bigger and bigger and more and more depressed.  There was no one to talk to about this.  A part of me thought I could find the answers, but all that was offered were really kooky diets.

All of this came to a head when I was in college at my highest weight.  At a time when I should feel liberated and exploratory, I was depressed and had shame about my body.  Diet after diet just added fuel to this fire as failure and failure resulted in the confirmation that I wasn’t strong enough and didn’t have enough commitment to my goals.

This all changed one day, when I asked a friend, ok, he was a boy, to pick up some chocolate on the way over to my house.  He offered to take me to the health store instead.  Because he was cute, I humored him and met him at the local health store.  This was a total hippy-dippy store with raw wood for shelvings and shavings of god knows what on the floor.  This sweet boy grabbed my hand and took me to the cookie aisle.  He told me to pick out a few packages of whatever looked good.  I did.  There began my journey.

I picked out 3 packages of fruit juice sweetened cookies.  No, not the most healthy or balancing food, but this was an experiment.  When I got home and opened the bags, I ate a bunch from each one.  While they weren’t as amazing as the Oreos or Pecan Sandies I loved, they had a sweetness and taste that was satisfying.  I had my fill and ate no more.  I ATE NO MORE.  That was a revelation.  You see, in the past, I couldn’t stop.  So, I learned that while that wasn’t the best of food, if I can get satisfied, I might experience something different.

Rule #1 – Stay Satisfied.

The other thing is that because these cookies were made out of something different, maybe better ingredients then I was used to, my physical state was different in the morning.  Normally, when I ate a bucketful of cookies, the next morning I would wake up hungry, depressed, oily faced and hung over.  This time, I didn’t feel any of that.  Crazy miraculous.

I would love to say that after that, I was like Snow White and the little animals followed me everywhere and sang to me as I made lentil soup!  That was not the case at all.  My journey is peppered with ups and downs and going off the rails a lot.  

Rule #2 – Your journey does not have to be perfect to get results.

I sought out a ton of help.  I have hired coaches, nutritionists and read hundreds of books to figure out what my body needed.  The pendulum has swung between so many food plans, I can not keep track of them.  I started with macrobiotics, went to a sort of Paleo, explored Bulletproof and some others and have now landed on a Nutritarian, or Forks over Knives kind of eating.  I have literally found ease.  I have found a combination of what works for my body and what will keep me satisfied.  And, like I said before, I am never perfect.  When I sit at a table, at times, there is some “baggage” with me.  Now I see that it is my baggage and I love and respect these lessons and no longer feel shame over them.

If I can help you in any way, please reach out to me.  The email to use is ana@lovefromargentina.com.  Or, just go to my website at http://www.mindfulnutrition.net/  

Yerba Mate is a tea I drink every morning and afternoon.  Due to all the healing benefits it provides, I have benefited greatly.  I want to share this gift with all my clients.  For the month of November, if you book and pay for a phone, skype or facetime appointment with me, I will send you 4 oz of our yerba mate or yerba mate blend.

Thank you for all of the love and support.

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Frozen Blueberry Treat

It’s the start of the holiday season, right?  Most mark this from the beginning of Halloween until the day after new years!  A lot of people I know just eat right through the holiday season, and I was one of them.  Each year, as this time came around, I just ate my way through the two months.  By the time I got to January I wasn’t ready for any goal setting, I was ready for a detox!!!

So, one year, I tried to go through it altogether differently. This time, rather than “restrict” my way through it, I decided to have treats and things at the ready.  When I wanted something sweet, I wanted to be able to have it.   When everyone is going for the candy and ice cream on Halloween, what could I do?  You see, I realized that it was just impossible for me to “avoid” having something sweet during the holidays.  So, rather then white knuckle, I figured out what was, for me, something more delicious than the chocolate wrapped in pretty foil and always had that on hand.

When others had the cakes, cookies or candies, I had this!  I figured out a huge piece of the puzzle!

Frozen Blueberry Treat

1-cup raw cashews (soaking overnight will make mixture creamier)

1 cup frozen blueberries

¼ cup grade B maple syrup

Blend in Vitamix until creamy.  Serve immediately.

Can be served with granola, over berries, cookies or under a cake.  Cool and Delicious.

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Apple Time

apple baskets

It’s Apple Time! The air is getting crisper and the smell of cinnamon is in every store! There are different apples available now that aren’t at other times of the year. The best part about apples is that they are the perfect “fast food.” You don’t have to do a thing to them. Just wash and eat! They even travel well! I always have a few apples in my lunch bag. Eating a couple at snack time is just perfectly satisfying.

Apples cook up beautifully. You can just cut up a couple, throw in a saucepan with a bit of water and cinnamon and you have a great treat! It’s hard to mess up! I have put a fun recipe below that shines a light on the apple! Enjoy!

Apple Crisp
Ingredients
4 large firm apples, washed and sliced
juice of half a lemon
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup organic raisins
1.5 cups organic rolled oats
1/2 cup organic maple syrup (look at the ingredients and be sure it is JUST maple syrup)
2/3 cup apple juice

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the apples in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice, salt, and cinnamon.
Place in a non-stick baking dish and sprinkle with the raisins.
In a bowl, mix oats, maple syrup, juice, and cinnamon.
Pour on the apples.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until apples are tender.
Serve over fresh berries, or in a bowl with coconut “ice cream”

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