Learn the numerous health benefits of turmeric root and how to include it in your diet. 1st video of hopefully many more, so please be forgiving and let me know in the comments what topic you would like me to talk about :)
Summer is a busy time of year with travelling, flying, parties, BBQs, or family gathering. It is easy to slip off the wagon and compromise our health goals. I have some life-saving tips for you!
It is the season when we enjoy light cooking, salads, grilling, and gathering around food with family and friends... or eating out while exploring new places.
How do you stay healthy when eating out?
• At the restaurant, opt for simple foods: side of vegetables, salads, soups, grains, grilled protein. Ask for low sodium, half dressing or on the side. Stay away from the bread, butter, dips, sauces, fried foods and drinks. To reduce portions, share a dish and bulk up with side dishes or salads. My kids often share a dish for two. Take leftover food home for your next meal.
• When going to a party, eat a light snack before heading out such as fruit or raw vegetables dipped in hummus, so you are less inclined to raid the buffet. Offer to bring a dish. At least there will be one healthy option you can have! Go for light and simply prepared dishes, such as raw vegetables, fruit, salads, side vegetable dishes, grilled protein, legumes and whole grains. Stay away from anything drenched in mayo, fried, sugar-ladden or processed. Choose red wine and sparkling water, over cocktails and sodas to reduce sugar consumption.
• When on the go, stock up on healthy snacks like cut-up vegetables, fresh and dried fruit, hummus, nuts, seeds, granola bars, and crackers. Pack your food in non-leaching containers like paper, glass, china, or stainless steel to avoid toxin exposure.
• When travelling by plane, bring all your snacks and meals. The meals they offer on the plane are dead food, full of unhealthy ingredients, refined carbs, fats, sodium and sugar that can only make you feel bloated and tired, while lengthening your jet lag recovery. I usually pack fresh fruit and chopped vegetables in ziploc bags, trail mix, oatmeal, lentil salad and hard-boiled eggs, as well as tea bags.
• Stay hydrated! We often confuse hunger with thirst.
Generally, locate the local health food stores or farmers markets before arrival and plan your trip accordingly, so you don’t have to give in to the fast food restaurants planted everywhere.
When you are dealing with food sensitivities, aside from wanting to eat clean foods (think organic, non GMO, no additives), do your homework and research ahead of time. Check the menu online, call the restaurant and verify that they know how to handle food sensitivities and cross-contamination. Nothing worse than spending money on a meal that will make you sick for days on.
My favorite search for restaurants and other businesses is Yelp. I type in my criteria: organic, gluten free, price, location, etc. and select a place based on the reviews, menus and photos. A picture often speaks louder than words! I am pretty active on Yelp, so feel free to check my 100+ reviews under my personal Yelp profile: Alexandra Le Ny
Hopefully these tips will help you stay healthy when traveling and leave you with a positive experience!
For more information, please consult with me.
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Looking for summer recipes that will help you cool down on hot summer days?
Aim for ingredients that have a cooling energy such as celery, coconut, citrus, cucumber, mint, strawberry, tomato, watermelon, etc. Prefer raw foods over cooked foods and definitely stay away from hot, fried and spicy foods.
Here is a list of my favorite summer recipes (from my website):
French Lentils Salad with Beets & Fennel
Mediterranean Zucchini stuffed with Beef
Mexican Quinoa Salad
Pasta with Pesto & Zucchini
Polenta with Basil & Sundried Tomatoes
Quinoa & Chickpea Salad
Sardines & Grilled Vegetables
Shrimps, Kale & Shiitake Asian-style
Banana Ice Cream
Berry Chia Jam
Raw Almond Balls
Stay cool :)
Alexandra Le Ny Certified Health Coach & Yoga Instructor 925 858 2133
“Empowering individuals to reclaim their health and happiness and regain balance in all areas of their life.”
Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa or none of these, how do you handle gift giving in your family? Do you limit the number of presents? How do you communicate with well-meaning relatives?
If you have a holistic mindset, chance is that you want your children to remember the holidays for its spirit and meaning, not for its consumerism. You can choose to focus on building the atmosphere with decorating, crafts, caroling, baking, ice skating, and holiday fairs, to give them cherished memories that will outlast the gifts they might receive.
Our family lives overseas and since it is costly to send anything via mail, I offer our family to send us money and I will buy each kid one gift from them.
On Christmas day, each kid gets one gift from Santa, clothes and books from us, and one gift from each major family members (grandparents, godfather & godmother). During the holidays, we focus on re-creating the spirit and traditions of Christmas: cooking, baking, crafts, decorating, church, caroling, special outing, touring neighborhoods for lights and decorations, having friends over.
When we see the family, I suggest them to spend time with the kids and take them on outings. Last summer, they took the kids horse back riding, tennis, beach, circus, restaurant, merry-go-round, rafting, sailing, camping, etc. Since we don't see our family often, I want to make sure our kids and family build memories together, not clutter ;)
If they were local, I would opt for an online wish list or charity donation, explaining that you don't want to collect toys or end up with duplicates, and would rather they spend their hard-earned money in something your child does not have, contribute towards buying a bigger item (bike, ipad, activity, trip, etc.), donate to a preferred charity or save for college. I have no guilt in exchanging and re-gifting items that don't fit our criteria. It is the intention that counts.
For grown-ups, I like to offer home-made or consumable items since most of us have everything already. These include baked items, chocolate and tea, candles, body lotion, hand cream, an inspiring book, a special outing, or a service like a spa treatment or a Health Coaching session :)
Whatever you choose, the gift of time and the memories you create are always priceless and timeless!