I want to start with a fabulous quote i ready today:
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony." Gandi
I love this quote and it is so true. We are what we think, what we say and what we do. but are these things always the same? not for many people. Many people act a certain way or do certain things just to "fit in" or because it is what the mainstream is doing. I challenge everyone to become mindful in regards to this and then attempt to be true to oneself and say and do what you truly think.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. its just about being with family and eating fabulous food. But this does not mean you have to stuff yourself silly as if you are never going to eat again. i don't get why people eat such a huge amount of food in one sitting. There are always leftovers you can have the next day. Eating too much at one meal is one of the worst things you can do for your body and digestive system. Overeating leaves you with no energy because all the energy is going towards digesting the food. So here are a few tips to improve your chances of having some energy leftover after the thanksgiving feast:
-Don't eat too much at one time
-If there are many things you want to try take a little of each and truly enjoy what you are eating
-take breaks between fork-fulls
-instead of eating everything at one time break it up into two meals a few hours apart
-Don't drink water or liquids with your meal (it dilutes the hydrochloric acid that is trying to digest your food)
-Eat some raw foods with your cooked meal (the enzymes from the raw food will help digest the cooked foods that are void of enzymes because they have been cooked)
-Slow down and chew your food till it is totally liquid
This year we are celebrating Thanksgiving with my sister-in-law and her family. I'm constantly asked the question, "what are YOU going to eat for thanksgiving???" Well my sister-in-law and her husband are in charge of the turkey, mash potatoes, dessert and the more typical Thanksgiving foods (which i obviously will not eat). I'm going to bring my Kale Coleslaw (see below for recipe) which i love but honestly don't make often so its a treat for me. I'm going to make some Collard Wraps with Kale Coleslaw inside and some Spinach Flax wraps with Kale Coleslaw inside. I love both of these and could not decide which to do so i'm going to do both. I'm also going to do a basic green salad loaded with veggies and sprouts with a fabulous garlic lemon dressing. When i travel i always take some dehydrated crackers like Lydia's Organics so i'm sure i'll have some of those too.
Here is the Kale Coleslaw recipe (from Raw Revolution)
1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp light miso
2 tsp flaxseed oil
1 ½ tsp agave syrup
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground flaxseeds
1 clove garlic, crushed
Pinch of powdered mustard
2 cups kale leaves cut into thin ribbons
1 ¼ cups shredded cabbage
1 large ripe tomato, seeded and drained, diced
2 tbsp red onion, diced
Pinch of cayenne
Pinch of sea salt
For the dressing, combine all of the dressing ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until well blended.
Add the kale to the dressing and toss. Massage the kale well for a few minutes to soften. The kale should take on a cooked appearance and reduce dramatically in volume.
Add the cabbage, tomato, onion, cayenne and salt and toss again.
Kale coleslaw is best served immediately, but it can also be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
So what will my Thanksgiving Day plate probably look like:
1 or 2 collard and or spinach flax kale coleslaw wraps
large salad with yummy dressing
some dehydrated crackers with avocado, sea salt and nutritional yeast or more kale coleslaw on them
One key to eating well and feeling well after you eat is not mixing too many different foods. this can be a challenge on a day like thanksgiving.
I will also eat my meal over time and slowly. i'm the slowest eater in the world and always the last one done. i don't like eating lots of food at one time because i feel awful afterwards. So if i want to enjoy more food i will wait till some of it digests and then eat more later.
i'm sure everyone will enjoy the raw living foods that i bring and little will they know but i will be helping them digest all the typical Thanksgiving Day foods. i can't stop everyone from chowing down but i can at least contribute some nutrients and enzymes to their meal.
More to come in a future blog about Gratitude and Giving Thanks all year and on Thanksgiving!!!