Share Your Table
reinventing the Sunday dinner
Every time I visit my massage therapist, which is never often enough, I notice a lithograph she has on her wall. It says “Share Your Table”. While I have never asked exactly what it means, when she is kneading my sore muscles my mind wanders to what it means to me.
With the fast pace in which society moves we have allowed certain traditions to go by the wayside. One of these traditions is “Sunday Dinner”. I remember as an adolescent my mother preparing dinner with great care then our family sitting down to good home cooked meal and conversations. Regardless of faith, Sunday is always a great day for some kind of reflection and gathering. For some it is revered as the Sabbath for others it is the beginning of the week and a good time to mentally prepare for the week ahead.
When engaging in a Sunday dinner, consider making it a potluck. If you are not familiar with potluck, I assure you it has little to do with pot or luck for that matter and has more to do with having each guest bringing a dish. A Sunday potluck dinner has benefits twofold.
It gives us all an opportunity to learn new recipes and tastes. It also gives us an opportunity to perhaps pass healthy eating habits forward thus improving the quality of the lives of people that surround us.
In a world that sometimes appears to be divisive and menacing, Sunday dinner brings us all together in a common and collective cause. It gives us the strength of numbers and prepares us to brave the week ahead with new friends and supporters behind us.
In a blog post I was reading, one person wrote about a Sunday dinner he has hosted, rain or shine, for over 30 years straight. This is what one of the guests had to say. “People from all corners of the world come to break bread together, to meet, to talk, connect and often become friends. All ages, nationalities, races, professions gather here, and since there is no organized seating, the opportunity for mingling couldn't be better. I love the randomness.”
It only takes one person with vision, persistence and leadership to create a movement. Make Sunday dinner a movement and see how it transforms lives. If you need recipes I have been blogging a couple recipes a week. Use them and take creative freedom with them and then let me know how it worked out for you. Check it out at: http://recipes.steviva.com
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The Link Between Most Diseases
three ways to avoid inflammation
Most disease starts with a process called inflammation. Like many things it is a double edged sword. Inflammation is what can cause healing to occur, or bad things to happen. You know you have inflammation going on if you are in pain, have allergies, were injured, or have swelling. However, it can also be going on the down low, as in its subtle and not detectable by symptoms. There are indicators that can be seen on blood work to evaluate if one has inflammation, such as CRP (C-Reactive Protein) or Homocysteine. You want to do your best to keep inflammation low for best overall health. Here are 4 things you can do:
1. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet: you can find details online or work with a Naturopathic doctor, but the basis is avoiding eating the most common food allergens which are; dairy, corn, soy, gluten, along with peanuts, citrus fruit, and the nightshade family of vegetables. This is ideally done for 3 weeks to properly get your system cleared.
2. Find out your allergies: you can get tested for these, or if you don't want to pay the bucks, after the diet above, which also acts as an "elimination diet" you can re-introduce the foods systematically and watch for symptoms to see what your body reacts too, which then you should stay away from as if it is an allergen.
3. Take your fish oil: EPA and DHA are the main constituents found in this oil that are anti-inflammatory. There are many forms, from liquid to caps. Be sure to get a high quality one that is free from contaminants.
Just these 3 simple actions if done regularly, will ward off disease and help you have better health!
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Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.
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Putting Yourself First
Putting yourself first means that it may be necessary to say no to someone else in order to say yes to yourself.
We have all heard the instructions of an airline attendant reminding us to put on our own oxygen mask before we help anyone else with theirs. This advice is often cited as a metaphor for self-care because it so accurately expresses why it is important. It seems to say, ironically, that if you can’t take care of yourself for yourself, do it for others. Few situations in our daily lives mimic the wake-up call of an airplane emergency, so it’s easy to keep putting self-care off—easy, that is, until we get sick, overwhelmed, or exhausted, and suddenly don’t have the energy to care for the people who count on us. That’s when we realize we haven’t been getting the oxygen we need to sustain ourselves. We begin to understand that taking care of ourselves is neither selfish nor indulgent; it’s just plain practical.
Putting yourself first means that it may be necessary to say no to someone else in order to say yes to yourself. For many of us, there is always something we feel we could be doing for someone else, and it helps to remember the oxygen metaphor. You can even encourage yourself by saying “I am caring for myself so that I am better able to care for others” or some other mantra that will encourage you. It also helps to remember that self-care doesn’t have to be composed of massively time-consuming acts. In fact, the best prescription for taking care of yourself is probably small, daily rituals; for example, taking one half-hour for yourself at the beginning and end of the day to meditate, journal, or just be. You might also transform the occasional daily shower or bath into a half-hour self-pampering session.
Whatever you decide, making some small gesture where you put yourself first every day will pay off in spades for you and the ones you love. The oxygen you need is all around you; sometimes you just need to be reminded to breathe.
No Added Sugar Awesome Almond Belly Busting Smoothie
Serving Size: 1 cup
Carbs Per Serving: 18.8 g
Prep Time:<10 minutes
Skill Level: Super Easy
1 small frozen banana, sliced
3/4 cup kale, stems removed
1 tablespoon Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
3/4 cup almond milk
3/4 tablespoon almond butter
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
In a blender add first, lightly packing.
Add almond butter.
Add almond milk or equivalent.
Blend until smooth.
Serve and enjoy immediately to get them most nutrients.
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