March 2009


Spring is here and the world is glorious – green and soft!!!

What do you love most about this time of year?

One, among many, many reasons I love this time of year, is that I find it far easier to eat vegetables in Spring and Summer. Mother Earth is thrusting greenery at us from every direction. It is fresh and luscious – draped across mountainsides, piling out of carts at the Farmer’s Market and filling our crispers at home.

This afternoon with not much available on my refrigerator shelves, I steamed up a head of broccoli. I mixed together a little flax oil and hummus and drizzled it around. I added a sprinkle of gomasio (sesame seeds, sea salt and sea weed).

How easy is that?! Fun! Fresh! And delicious!!!

Head of Broccoli

Flax Oil and Hummus to taste

Sprinkle of Gomasio (Can be found at Whole Foods or most health food stores)

Tell me again how you don’t have time or it’s too expensive to eat well?

Have you ever eaten the sweet little adzuki bean? This cute pinkish-red, high protein brain food helps regulate sugar, water, and other aspects of metabolism, as well as promotes balanced sexual activity and proper growth and development of the body. According to Paul Pitchford and his book Healing with Whole Foods, legumes have drying and diuretic qualities.

Adzuki beans in particular are thermal in nature and relate to the heart and small intestine. They tonify kidney-adrenal function, detoxify the body, remove heat conditions, remove swelling and support weight loss.

Mix adzuki beans into soups, salads or grain dishes. Drizzle with flax or olive oil. Serve with seaweed or salt to enhance moistening properties.

For recipes and ideas Heidi Swanson’s 101Cookbooks.com showcases a lovely butternut squash-adzuki bean soup among many other remarkable creations…

What is your relationship with beans? Do you eat them regularly? What is your favorite legume dish?

Ayurveda

The Science of Life

Are you familiar with the ancient Indian practice for wellness? Ayurveda translates as the science of life and offers an approach to wellness that is thousands of years old. Last weekend I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. John Douillard speak at Lincoln Center. Ayurvedic and chiropractic doctor, athlete and father of six, Dr. Douillard is a dynamic man who offered some interesting philosphies for diet and lifestyle. Are you a Vata? Pitta? or Kapha? Check out the Chopra Center’s free Dosha Quiz.

Are you living in rhythm with life? How can you experience more balance? What is one thing you know you can do to take better care of yourself?