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:
We have all been there. There are still a couple of hours until bedtime, dinner is most definitely over, and yet… you are hungry. Not starving or anything, but just peckish enough that you would not be able to sleep, and if you tried you know you’d be heading downstairs in the wee small hours to help yourself to whatever sinful treats can be found… A lot of the most common go-to snacks such as chocolate, ice cream, and cereal contain high levels of caffeine which will keep you awake. So instead head off that path immediately by deliberately choosing to have a small but satisfying snack that will pinch off any cravings without breaking your diet. Pop your pajamas on and see which of these guilt-free snacks is the one for you:
Why does food always taste better when it’s cooked over an open fire? There is something primal to me about cooking over fire that makes me feel like I am a great explorer in the wilderness, even if I only am 45 minutes from the city at a public campsite! LOL. Now, if you work all week long and want to slip away for the long-weekend you don’t always have a ton of time to prep and cook things before hand. This is where I want to provide you some simple healthy recipes for all your camping meals, plus easy portable snacks. I have 5 breakfasts, 5 Mains, 5 Sides, 5 Snacks, and 5 Drink recipes for you below. I have given you a range of recipes that take less than 5-minutes to throw together, foods you can make or buy based on your time, and then recipes that take a little more prep but are well worth it. You can mix and match based on how much time you want to dedicate to camping food so its flexible.
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:
Kombucha was and still is a big trend, however Water Kefir may be taking over as the new popular gut-loving fermented drink due to how simple it is to make. I get a ton of questions about Water Kefir? Water Kefir is a probiotic beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. Water Kefir grains are a complex polysaccharide blend of good bacteria cultures and yeasts that live in a symbiotic relationship. Cultures of Health does a great job of outlining the composition of water kefir grains if you are interested in the science behind them through their Water Kefir Grain Composition article.
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.
Hey, I’m Jo! As a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Practitioner and Raw Food Chef, I am passionate about creating simple, whole-food recipes that easily fit into your everyday life. I am committed to empowering you to find fulfillment in fueling your body to regain balance, reclaim health and rejoice in the most vibrant body possible.
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