What Should I Eat!? —Beyond Nutritionism & Food Extremism

What Should I Eat!? —Beyond Nutritionism & Food Extremism

“This is not about being thin. It’s about reaching a state where food is something that nourishes and makes us happy rather than sickening or tormenting us. It’s about feeding ourselves as a good parent would: with love, with variety, but also with limits.” —Bee Wilson

Because February is American Heart Month, and because heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States (every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease), this month I want to focus on eating our way to a healthier heart. Heart healthy eating also helps prevent, improve, or even reverse other chronic conditions like diabetes, dementia, cancer, etc.

In future months we’ll explore other forms of Lifestyle Medicine (sleep, enjoyable movement, stress relief, nature connection, etc.) that play an important role in preventing and healing chronic conditions and that also just make us feel better in general, but for now I want to focus on food since that is where so many of you have expressed interest, frustration, and confusion.

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The Power of Small Steps

The Power of Small Steps

I was loading up my bins with good stuff from the bulk isle at the grocery store yesterday when a woman approached me saying, “Excuse me, but do you know how to use any of these grains and things? I’m trying to eat healthier but I don’t know what to do with any of these.”  So I proceeded to geek out sharing ideas for quick and yummy things to do with bulgar, red lentils, oats, and more.  “Oh, that sounds delicious and so easy!” She said at one point.  Ah, be still my geeky little nurse heart!  I love these moments.  

I love food, and eating, and not feeling crummy or getting sick—like most of us do.

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Potato Hash Two Ways

Potato Hash Two Ways

One of the easiest and most satisfying ways to eat well and save time and money is the magical "one pot wonder."  This week we move on from soups and stews to other one pot wonders, starting with hash.

Hash is made traditionally of diced or chopped meat, potatoes, and spices that are mixed together and then cooked either alone or with other ingredients such as onions. 

Many cultures the world round have some traditional dish that is a variation on this theme, which is not surprising as it is a quintessential "stick-to-your-ribs" comfort food. 

Today, we'll make a healthful turkey hash, and a vegetarian version, as part of our celebration of healthful one pot meals.

This is an easy meal to make with leftover bits and bobs you may have that need to be used up— so feel free to experiment and try adding other grains (barley?), vegetables (sweet peppers?), beans, leftover chicken, etc. to this adaptable dish.

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Chicken and Noodles

Chicken and Noodles

Chicken noodle soup is one of the iconic traditional foods as medicine.  

Chicken and Noodles's nutrient dense, fiber-rich nourishment is a powerful food-as-medicine for preventing, managing, and even reversing chronic disease many of us modern people struggle with:  heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, etc.  

AND, it's another easy, quick one-pot meal that saves us time and money while supporting good health.

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Slow Down and Savor

Slow Down and Savor

This week swirling Autumn leaves and dwindling daylength has me contemplating the gifts of a slower season of life, the fleeting nature of things, and the need to savor the moments and things that really matter to us most.

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