Living in Southern California, it is easy to wake up every morning and think, it is really wintertime? With high’s of mid-70’s, we are pretty fortunate to not have to deal with the gloomy skies or to bundle up to brave the cold each day just to venture outside. Actually, we can actually be outside comfortably without a sweater! With winter “hidden”, deep down we have to remind ourselves that it is in deed January, and we are still entitled to enjoy a cup of tea in the afternoon, sit by the fireplace when the sun goes down, and eat warm, cozy things like the homemade chili Bee’s mom often makes.
It’s that one meal that can be stored in the fridge and heated up again and again, only getting better over time! Perfect easy fix to make over the weekend, if you know you’ll be in a time crunch for the week! Or in our case, it’s one of those things that is easy to save individualized frozen tupperware containers to bring back to school to stick in the freezer, for an instant, home-cooked meal back at school. Yum!
Bee’s favorite way to eat this is: topped with diced avocado, cilantro, and a little bit of cheese (if you are not dairy-free!)
As always, sending you PEACE & LOVE without the GREASE!
Winter time to most brings mittens, fireplaces, and snow shoveling. I (Bee) however have spent many more Christmas’s in flip-flops and sunshine than anywhere else. Currently in Southern California, during the holidays, I love waking up to the warm sun glaring through my window each morning, being able to comfortably walk through the house to make my morning coffee, and sitting outside on the deck to enjoy my favorite meal of the day, on the patio. Sure I love a snow-ski vacation, but, to me, being able to leave it behind after a few days, is worth the journey traveling to it.
My mom recently made this wonderfully hearty, healthy granola filled with good-for you things, but has the perfect crunch. Let’s just say it’s been consumed faster with me here.. so I decided to make some more, with my own twist. (See note below for gluten allergies!)
My favorite way to enjoy it… with fresh berries and almond/coconut milk, on top of vanilla or plain greek yogurt or oatmeal.
As always, sending you PEACE and LOVE without the GREASE!
When I (Sam) was thirteen, my twin sister (Jaclyn) and I were diagnosed with Celiac disease. We were put on a gluten-free diet and felt better instantly. However, what a lot of people are unaware of is that Celiac disease is linked to Hashimoto’s hypothyroid and type I diabetes. So, even after cutting out gluten a lot of the same issues you battle such as: bloating, fatigue, acne, inflammation, achy joints, blood-sugar imbalance and weight gain can still persist. Below is a list of foods that are identified as safe to consume for people with these conditions. I have included modifications for people who also battle Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, IBS and Candida since these are common problems, which I watch out for too.
CANDIDA: If you have too much yeast in your system you will need to limit your consumption of all sugar, including those naturally found in fruit. (Some people may be able to consume berries and some citrus in moderation without bloating)
HASHIMOTO’S: avoid chili powder and paprika due to their inflammatory properties
Tea: white, green, oolong, herbal (2-4 cups a day)
Fish oil, Thyroid support, and probiotics (choose probiotics that are alive-must be refrigerated.) If you are consuming a strictly Paleo diet, you may want to add Calcium and Vitamin D supplements to your daily regimen but I recommend getting your blood serum levels tested before beginning supplementation.
CANDIDA: Taking 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract diluted with a minimum of 10 oz. of water and oregano extract can be extremely beneficial
Red Wine: (optional-no more than 1-2 glasses a day)
Varieties without sulfites are best
CANDIDA: avoid all alcohol while on the candida diet; however, if you must good quality vodka (made from grapes or potatoes) diluted with sparkling water and fresh squeezed lime may be okay on occasion
Healthy Sweets: (in small amounts)
Dark chocolate (65%+), chocolate almond milk, almond milk (unsweetened), unsweetened coconut milk (make your own fresh from young thai coconuts…delicious!!)
*This is not meant to treat, diagnose, or prevent illness. Talk to your doctor before starting any nutritional plan.