We're now in between the most festive holidays of the year! We hope you're enjoying them!
With holidays come good food, vibes and gifts. But of course, your favorite herbalist wants to make sure that you're always leaving room for good health too!
During the Fall season gearing up to the holidays, we've been sharing some great tidbits on herbs that help to reduce seasonal depression symptoms and others that help to detox your insides a bit from all the indulging you've been tempted to do (click here to check those out). Now don't get me wrong, using the herbs properly will definitely help clear toxins and bring more nutrients to your body, but sometimes we have to reduce the amount of "interference" that we constantly consume..especially around the holiday seasons.
Yes, the interference I'm referring to is meat and dairy. And yes, I know cutting down on meat and dairy is an instant trigger for all of us. But as we know, too much of anything is never good.
Meat and dairy can be quite heavy on the body. When consumed in the way that we do in this society, you can only imagine the havoc that it can wreak when our digestive systems are not strong enough to filter out the inflammation and other toxins that can build up. And sometimes, the build up is the main factor that breaks down the digestive system in the first place..a vicious cycle..
No Cold Turkey!
Although meat and dairy can be quite addictive, reducing the amount you eat can help you reap the benefits without feeling like your diet has suddenly become restrictive and boring. A good way to start the weaning process is to challenge yourself to cut meat and dairy out 3 times a week. Establish 3 days during the week and one meal from those 3 days that you will choose to create a meal that is meatless and dairy-free.
If you are looking to transition into a more permanent plant-based diet, you can start one week doing 3 days a week, the second week during 4 days a week, the third week during 5 days a week and so on.
How do you feel when you clean up a cluttered room, get a massage for a tense area of your body, or receive some help with taking your heavy groceries to the car or house? You instantly feel light and relieved with more energy to spare, right? This is how it feels to reduce meat and dairy from your diet. Practicing this on a regular basis gives your digestive system a much-needed rest, while also giving your cells time to rejuvenate and regenerate themselves. When you get the swing of it, you'll notice that your energy levels will increase, you're less mentally foggy, your skin will start to clear and those aches and pains you feel in your muscles and joints will start to ease up. That is just the tip of the iceberg!
"Baby, I can be your motivation"
So now I know you're probably wondering: "Well, if I start reducing my meat and dairy intake, then what am I going to eat??" Although it may seem like eating less of the things that make you feel full and satisfied is torture, there are plenty of creative ways to introduce new meals that are more plant-based but still pretty delicious too! Remember, you want to make sure that your body is able to absorb and retain as many nutrients as it can, is clear enough to continue fighting off toxins and potential pathogens and is able to regenerate itself to keep you in the best optimal health that's possible for your unique body chemistry. This is not a prison sentence, but will definitely help prevent it from becoming an early (and expensive) death sentence later on down the line.
While you are starting this journey, its also good to know where your local farmers markets are so that you can purchase foods that are as organic and pesticide-free as possible. You can check out it out by clicking here.
Since this is "Meatless Monday", I wanted to share one of my recipes that you can add to one of your newly substituted meals!
Vegan Tuna Recipe
1 can of Garbanzo beans/Chick Peas
Diced Red Onions
Mustard & Vegan Mayo
With dashes of:
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
Dules flakes and/or kelp powder ( to give the "fishy" taste)
Cut or dice the carrots, celery and onions. Set aside. Open and rinse garbanzo/chick peas, then add to a food processor and pulse in 10 second intervals until you get a chunky consistency (you don't want it to be smooth like hummus). If you don't have a food processor, you can simply mash them.
Combine the beans and veggies, then start adding in the condiments and seasonings to your liking. *Note* Add several tablespoons of dulse flakes, then slowly add in the kelp powder in little by little until you reached the desired taste.
To make a bigger quantity of this recipe, just add an extra can of beans into the mix!
*Challenge* Instead of using bread, try collard green wraps for an additional nutrition boost. If you would still prefer bread, I recommend spelt bread which can be found at organic health food stores such as Whole Foods and Sprouts.
Done and done!
Looking to try the above recipe tonight? Be sure to let us know in the comments how it turned out!