The Coronavirus is in full swing right now and many of us are under stay at home or shelter in place orders. It’s easy to fall into the stress and panic of a global pandemic. So, taking active measures to stay positive and healthy is monumentally helpful for both you and your loved ones. Easier said than done, right?
Keep your immune-boosting smoothie kick going with this great recipe by Chef Abby! It includes ingredients with incredible health benefits:
Spinach - Provides B Vitamins and iron, which your body uses to make blood cells
Mango - Contains Vitamins A and C which help make your overall immune system stronger
Dark Fruits - Contains phytochemicals which strengthen your immune system and can help fight cancer
Carrots - High in Vitamin A
Ginger - Good for gut health and can sooth an upset stomach
These smoothies contain immune boosting benefits!
Cardamon - Has virus-fighting manganese plus minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins (like Vitamin C) that help detoxify blood, aid your digestive system and support your immune system.
Turmeric - Is wonderful because it has antioxidants, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-inflammatory properties that all help to prevent and fight diseases.
Cinnamon - Did you know cinnamon has the highest amount of antioxidants among the most popular herbs and spices? It contains manganese, iron, fiber, calcium, vitamin K and has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-diabetic benefits that all support a strong immune system.
Nutmeg - This ingredient also has antioxidants that benefit your immune system. Nutmeg is rich in potassium, calcium, iron, and manganese that help your digestive system and joint pain (in addition to there immune boosting powers!).
Looking for an immune-boosting recipe?
Chef Rebecca has a recipe that utilizes spirulina - a powerhouse ingredient that has inflammation-fighting properties, which as we learned in Chef Paige's "Support Your Immune System" blog, helps bolster our immune systems! It's also a great antioxidant and contains high levels of protein and vitamins.
You have more control over whether you get sick or not than you may think. Year round, it is important to be incorporating actions that support and build a healthy immune system while protecting you from the harmful bacteria we come into contact with on a daily basis. Now, especially, it is time to check in with yourself and ask if you are doing everything you can to prevent illness, and I am not talking about buying out the entire shelf of hand sanitizer and Lysol at the grocery store and hoarding toilet paper. I am talking about protecting yourself from the INSIDE out. Because your immune system is largely controlled by your gut health, and no matter the preventative measures you may lather on your body topically, if you don’t have that gut health/strong immune system as your foundation, you are more susceptible to becoming ill.
Luckily, it is very easy to change your own gut health by consuming certain foods and avoiding a few others.
Research shows that vegetarians have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lower instances of diabetes and cancer. They do not simply omit meat from their diets, but instead increase their intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. All of these plant-based foods have many other nutrients that benefit our health such as fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, etc.
You do not need to go completely vegetarian to reap these benefits. Try to incorporate a few meatless meals per week. You’d be surprised at how easy it actually is! In fact, you may already be eating some vegetarian meals without even realizing it.
Let’s start off by getting one thing straight, CBD (cannabidiol) is not Marijuana, although it does come from the marijuana plant (a male plant not female). It will not get you “high” as it doesn’t have THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) the main ingredient that gives the psychoactive effects many people associate with when thinking of Marijuana.
Most people have in mind when the new year begins it means starting fresh or lets start that diet and change our habits. The easiest way is to start small. Take baby steps. Your changing your way of eating long term not short term. Here are some easy steps to follow to get you on track:
1. Drink water instead of high sugar drinks – Stay away from carbonated drinks and stick with water
2. Try to eat healthy meals at home instead of going out to eat – eating clean at home is healthier than heading to a restaurant where not-so-healthy ingredients are used
3. When grocery shopping, read labels – make sure your not buying ingredients with additives
4. Use smaller plates – make sure you're controlling your portions and not eating more than what is recommended
How did you end up being a personal chef?
I have worked in the culinary industry for over 10 years in many different ways, and while most of the experiences were enjoyable, they didn't give me the opportunity to be one-on-one with customers. I really enjoy being able to individualize cooking for clients. There is much greater satisfaction in making a meal for someone I know personally and having them enjoy it. Also, working with people that have specific diets and nutritional needs is a really fun challenge and something that you don't get to do a lot of in the restaurant or catering world.
What if I told you there was something you could do to decrease your depression, level out your mood swings, get better sleep, lose weight, fight disease and improve your overall health? Most of us would spend loads of money on whatever pill we had to take to get these results, am I right? Now what if I told you that the change is totally free? Too good to be true! What’s the catch? The catch is there is nothing you can add to medicine cabinet that could help you to achieve all of these results. It isn’t anything you can add at all, but something you must give up. Sugar. I know, now you’re thinking, “Great another health nut here to preach about diet fads”, but bear with me. I am not here to preach at all, simply to let you know that if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, disease or weight issues (I think I just described the entire population of America..) Sugar could be the cause of some, or all, of these symptoms.
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