The 25 Day Self-Care Advent Calendar Challenge is Back! This year marks the 3rd annual Self-Care Advent Calendar Challenge! December 1st- December 25th, 2020 when you sign-up you will receive a daily self-care challenge.
Over the past few days, I have spent a great deal of time on the phone coaching my nutrition clients through their concerns and fears as it relates to the coronavirus. What do I buy? How can I stock up on the foods that will keep me and my family well? How do I get the nutrition I need to support my immune system from non-perishable goods?. After about a dozen weekly coaching calls I thought it would be beneficial for others to have some tangible information that can help guide them while they shop. The is a difference between overpreparing and panicking though, the best thing we can do for our health, our families, and our communities health is to implant best immune-boosting practices for resilience and vitality. Some of the basic include:
After discovering the severity of food security needs in our city, I wanted to do more than just raise awareness and provide a donation guide. I wanted to pack as much nutritious food as I could into the Food Bank this season. Learn how to get involved.
One thing I have learned is that the majority of my clients love shopping at Costco! They can get lots of food for a discounted price. Costco has also done a much better job in the past few years in getting better quality foods, they have a more whole foods diverse section, and have a huge organic selection. Whether you are a Costco veteran or are thinking about joining, here is a grocery list that can help you as you navigate the large warehouse:
I hear from a lot of clients that they are interested in adding in more plant-based proteins into their diet and reducing their animal intake. Their hesitation is always, “will I get enough protein?” After you take away water protein accounts for 75% of your body weight, so the importance of protein is something we learn early on. But how much protein does the average adult really need? A simple formula is for every kilogram of body weight of body weight you should consume 0.8 grams of protein. Now our activity level and needs will adjust this requirement, but generally speaking our needs are much lower than most of us are consuming in a traditional North American Diet.
Herbs are one of the easiest things to grow in your garden. What is lovely about growing herbs is that you don’t need a large garden, herbs can be grown in small pots on your patio or even in small cans on your kitchen counter. Enjoying the bounty of what you have grown throughout the cold winter months is easy with a few simple techniques to preserve them. Here are some of my favorite ways to store my garden herbs to keep both nutrition and flavor intact: