Eating raw foods and meals in the winter months can be challenging, however, it doesn't have to be!
By following these simple tips you will be able to stay warm and avoid an excess of Yin energy this winter.
Of course, I always encourage you to listen to your body to find the ratio of raw:cooked foods that work for you, and if you are looking for more support in this area please feel free to book a complimentary 15 Min Discovery Call.
Some of my favourite recipes this time of year include Hearty Vegetable Chili, Lasagna, Spicy Thai Burgers, Falafel with Garlic Tahini Dressing and so much more - all served warm straight from the dehydrator! I also include lots of ginger and fennel in my morning green smoothie, and I eat lots of warming soups, including my favourite Butternut Squash Soup.
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I am wondering if there are any foods I can eat to support my kidneys, and if there are any foods I should avoid?
The kidneys are one of our main detoxification organs, along with the liver and intestines, and to a lesser extent the lungs, and skin. Its main functions include filtering the blood, eliminating water-soluble waste, and maintaining the acid-alkaline and electrolyte balance of the blood. When the liver is not able to keep up with detoxification, the kidneys then have to work harder to help eliminate toxins from the body.
Signs and symptoms of imbalanced kidneys include: kidney stones, incontinence, urinary tract infections, increased urinary frequency, *hematuria (blood in urine), *proteinuria (protein in urine), *edema, *hypertension, *uremia (accumulation of urea), and inflammation of the kidneys.
The kidneys can be strengthened and supported in a number of ways; however, some of the conditions mentioned above do require *immediate medical attention.
Butternut Squash Spice Soup is perfect this time of year, with the warming and traditional flavours of cinnamon, ginger, and Garam Masala.
Yield: 2 servings
2C butternut squash
2T parsley, packed
2T green onion
2t ginger, fresh
1t graham masala
1T lemon juice
1/4t sea salt
1 1/2C water
pinch of cayenne
Combine ingredients in Vitamix and blend until smooth and warm (approx. 2Mins). Enjoy topped with cashew sour cream and chives.
MAY I BE FRANK documents Frank’s transformation as he stumbles into the aptly-named Café Gratitude, and, over 42 days, begins a life-changing journey during which he is coached physically, emotionally and spiritually by three twenty-something staff members on the path to enlightenment.
Challenged by years of addiction, fatigue, and family dysfunction, Frank’s quest for a healthier lifestyle is both tense and touching. Through Frank’s metamorphosis, we witness the powerful effects of change upon one person’s life, and the potential we all have to find the most important love of all–love of ourselves.
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Join us on January 16th, 2014 for a screening of May I be Frank? at the new Gorilla Food location. Enjoy a slice of raw, vegan, gluten-free pizza included with the ticket.
Shawna Barker BSc., RHN is a nutritionist, college instructor, and raw food educator.