Spring Cleaning: Greens, Greens, Greens

Hello You!

I’m really excited about this month’s article which is all about cleaning up your house and your mind/body!!  Greens are an excellent way to get a healthy, clean body with skin that glows.  Did you know that greens are the numero uno food left out of most American’s diets???  It’s also the most beneficial food for our bodies, too, which makes sense since God created greens and us.  Everything He makes is good, and perhaps, we ought to eat what He makes for us to eat–like greens!!  What He makes is good, when we eat what He creates for us to eat that’s really good, and being healthy is really great.  Plus they are fun to look at!

druglessOn a more personal note, I am now a  member of the American Association of Drugless Practioners.  Yay!!  Plus I have just a few more weeks left at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  I find this ending to be so bittersweet as I have so loved the classes and getting to know so many other students all with unique and interesting stories.  On the upside, however, we can continue learning and stay in touch with one another.

cropped-pblogogweb1.pngPearlblossom’s Happenings:

Wed., May 1, 2013-Sugar Blues Class at Harvey Park Rec., Denver

Ever feel like you struggle to eat those greens?  Perhaps you want to shed a few pounds but feel like it will never happen? Join my Six Month Program.  Just click the link, and wha–la!  We will set a time for a free health history! free initial consultation

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present                      .-Jan Glidewell

 Spring Cleaning

People like “stuff”. We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save and stock up on things that we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part with these precious possessions seems out of the question. There is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.”  If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try spring-cleaning. Throw out some of that stuff, say goodbye to your past and welcome the happy, healthy future. Try these three ideas:

For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned: our physical homes and our physical bodies. Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, rusty bicycles, tools and random keepsakes, so do our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out.

  1. To spring clean your body, give it a break from rich and complicated foods by either cleansing or fasting for a short period of time. Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water and perhaps whole grains. Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups. Without much energy going toward digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing and fasting can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also bring improved immune function and better digestion
  2.  While you’re cleaning out your body and home, don’t forget to spring-clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean, open heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter.
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mustard greens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Food Focus: Greens

Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this royal green family include kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, napa cabbage, green cabbage, spinach and broccoli.

How do greens benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Their color is associated with spring, which is a time to renew and refresh vital energy. In traditional Asian medicine, the color green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.

Leafy greens are the vegetables most missing from the American diet, and many of us never learned how to prepare them. Start with the very simple recipe below. Then each time you go to the market, pick up a new green to try. Soon you’ll find your favorite greens and wonder how you ever lived without them.

 Recipe of the Month: Shiitake and Kale

Shiitake Mushrooms are an excellent immune system booster, but if you have an autoimmune disorder, use with care.  An overly active immune system could result in a flare.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms

1 tablespoon olive oil

1-2 cloves crushed garlic

1 bunch kale, chopped

pinch of salt

Directions:

1.   Warm oil in pan on medium heat with minced garlic until aromas of garlic are released, about 2-3 minutes.

2.   Add chopped shiitake mushrooms, stir-fry for 5 minutes.

3.   Add chopped kale, stir-fry for a couple of minutes.

4.   Add a splash of water and pinch of salt to pan, cover and let steam for 4 minutes.

Forward to a Friend

It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier. Please forward this newsletter to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired by it.  Thanks!

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