Just as food is nourishment to the body, your thoughts are nourishment to your mind and exercise is the fluid that links the two. We all eat, we all think. And when we exercise it cleans up our thoughts and our diets. The more you move your body, the more your body craves nourishing foods and the clearer your thoughts get. They are all linked. What do you feed yourself? What do you tell yourself? What are you thinking about? How do you move your body? Do you notice when you start to feel crappy, you have crappy thoughts, you crave crappy food and you stop moving your body? You can start by changing any one of those things; the food you eat, the thoughts you think or getting up and moving your body. These three things can have a huge impact on your state. Give it a go next time you're feeling out of it.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.” ~Buddha
When I am feeling 'blah' I am less likely to put time into meals, that's why finding quick, healthy meals is super important to me. Meals I can make in a moment with things I have in the house already. It helps pick me up, and keep my mind clear and my body nourished. Especially in winter when there's germs flying around.
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~Thomas Edison
Food is a huge part of all our lives. And I love eating. A few years ago I loved cooking (and I had time to play in the kitchen), I would bake without recipes and whip up crazy dishes for friends. Since having my son in 2015, my time management has shifted and now I have a need for fast meals packed with flavour that can keep my hands free to entertain my little one. Or better yet get him helping me out in the kitchen. Teaching him about food now seems so natural to me, and I can already sense the developmental steps he takes in knowing what food is, how we make it and where it comes from. One day in the future, I cannot wait to have a huge veggie garden to get out hands dirty in. For now though our little backyard is littered with herbs, and some small fruit trees. Mr G (the little one) is so intrigued by the garden he often takes his little pots and pans outside and fills them up with basil leaves and chillies. We are both vegetarians. I made the life changing shift 10 years ago. It was a huge deal for me back then, and took me 6 months before I even told my Dad. Being vego back in 2007 was not so easy, most people didn't even know what a 'vegetarian' was. I remember once going out with friends for dinner, and the restaurant didn't have meat-free meals on the menu, when I told them I was a vegetarian, they delivered me a plate of one steamed carrot and half a head of broccoli. I wish I was kidding. I am so grateful that a shift has moved and more people know about what they are feeding themselves.
My grandparents would often tell me stories about the produce they could grow and buy in the supermarket when they were younger. They would say how much bigger and fuller it all was, and the richness of flavour. I notice this difference just in the small amount of food we grow ourselves, or from having real farm eggs. Once I started becoming aware of what I was eating, it was hard to un-know. Now I read the labels of my food. I want to know what is going into my body. Do I really need Sulphur Dioxide, Sodium Sulphite, Potassium Bromate, Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)? Do you even know what these ingredients are? My rule is, if I don't know what it is, I probably don't need it. I am all for eating food closest to it's source. Don't get me wrong, I still love sweats and treats, I am just conscious of what they are when I am eating them.
“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food.. stay away from these” ~Michael Pollan
So with busy hands and a kitchen with little hands to help me, I was on the hunt for delicious, nutritious, fun meals to make. I found this one; it is super easy, and super quick, and even more delicious. And I love spiralized carrots.
ROASTED SPIRALIZED CARROT, FETA AND TOASTED WALNUT SALAD
- 5 to 6 large carrots, spiralized
- 1 zucchini, spiralized
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled
- 10 to 12 walnuts
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Add spiralized carrots, spiralized zucchini, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar into a bowl. Toss to coat. Sprinkle in salt and pepper and toss again.
- Spread out carrots on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Roast for 7 to 8 minutes.
- While the carrots are roasting, toast the walnuts in a frying pan.
- Remove the carrots from the even- they should still have a slight crunch to them.
- Transfer carrots to a serving bowl, top with crumbled feta and walnuts.
Enjoy the delicious salad, and the inspiration.
Love, kindness and happiness,
Founder of The Change In You & NLP Coach
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