- Get ample rest – 8 hours or more each night. Take naps if you can too.
- Get your heart going with light exercise such as rebounding or walking.
- Make your body more flexible with yoga or stretching. This will also allow your organs to work more properly.
- Calm the mind with deep breathing, meditation, and/or yoga.
- Get out in nature and take in what the earth has provided for you. Breath fresh air, appreciate all the colors, feel the breezes running through your hair, say hi to your neighbor.
- Avoid or eliminate all together dairy, sugar and gluten.
- Eat a diet rich in plant foods, fruits and antioxidants. Increase the intake of anti-inflammatory foods.
- Turmeric (I take in high-concentrated pill form)
- Boswelia (an ayurvedic Indian herbal supplement)
- Cinnamon (sprinkled on cereal, in smoothies and tea/coffee)
- Curry (sprinkled on sandwiches/salads and to make curry stews)
- Chili pepper
- Kale (salads, smoothies and pesto’s)
- Ginger (in fresh juices, added to soups, and pickled ginger in salads and sandwiches)
- Parsley (added to soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes)
- Almonds (almond milk, raw almond butter, morning snack = handful of almonds)
- Omega-3 supplements (this can be in fish oil pill form or flax oil added to smoothies)
- Raw chocolate
- Green Tea
- Homemade Chicken Soup (freezer is always stocked)
I can’t stress enough how bad sugar is on the inflammatory response. It is known that sugar suppresses the immune system. It is one of the most toxic foods for your digestive lining, stripping it from healthy bacteria, causing a PH balance and making it harder for your body to heal. Some of you may not feel immediate results from sugar intake like I do but it could be silently effecting your levels of inflammation and you may not even know it. I see it as one of the worst things you could ingest if you are suffering from an auto-immune disease. I know for me, it’s my worst enemy. Avoid it for awhile and add it back in and see if you notice a difference.
It’s kind of dangerous working in NYC. I’m in such close proximity to so many green markets and raw stores. If I walk outside on my lunch break I’m always walking by somewhere I’d like to go into. In all cases I do just that and I buy. I buy a lot. I’m always on the hunt for the latest and greatest raw and healthy food to satisfy my needy taste-buds. Sometimes I stay put at my desk and order delivery just so I don’t wander over to my favorite health-food store or juice bar. I don’t necessarily need anything when I go in, but I always seem to walk out with a justifiably big bag of new purchases.
This was my first attempt to make my own veggie burgers at home. I was convinced by the recipe on Oh She Glows…and low and behold – a pretty darn good burger if I don’t say so myself. Even my meat-eating boyfriend approved! Wow. That says something.
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
Flax eggs: 2.5 tbsp ground flax + 1/2 cup warm water, mixed in bowl
1 cup oats, processed into flour* (other flours might work)
1.5 cups bread crumbs (I processed 3 pieces of GF bread)*
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup cooked lentils, rinsed and roughly pureed or mashed
Heaping 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1/3 cup slivered almonds, chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds,
1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp Tamari (soy sauce)
1.5 tsp chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp kosher salt)
1. Preheat oven to 350F (if baking). In a large skillet, sauté onions and garlic in 1/2 tbsp oil. Mix your flax egg together in a small bowl and set aside for at least 10 mins while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
2. Place all ingredients (except spices and salt) into a large mixing bowl and stir very well. Now, add seasonings and salt to taste.
3. With slightly wet hands, shape dough into patties. Pack dough tightly as this will help it stick together. I made 8 medium patties.
4. Cooking methods: You can fry the burgers in a bit of oil on a skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side. If baking in the oven, bake for 25-30 mins (15-17 minutes on each side) at 350F, until golden and crisp. For the BBQ, pre-bake the burgers for about 15 minutes in oven before placing on a pre-heated grill until golden and crisp on each side. Our preferred method of cooking was frying in the skillet!!
GF Note: To make these burgers gluten-free, use certified GF oats, GF Tamari, and gluten-free breadcrumbs.
Make a Raw version!
The New Year is getting off to a good start. I’m really trying to accomplish my new resolutions, although I would like to revise my list if thats ok:
1: become more active with my yoga practice
2: make more recipes from my collection of raw cookbooks
3: be more creative
4: run after my dreams a little faster
5: add an extra green juice into my day
6: be more conservative with money
start taking public transportation again to work —-> tried and it was more expensive, took more time and it was more stressful for me. So I will continue to drive to work. Hey, at least I tried!
8: walk more
9: turn off the lights when not using!
10: breath a little deeper each and every day
11: lessen my sugar intake
12: use my chair massager more!
The other day I am not sure what caused it, but I had a little “flare” of some sorts. It was a little alarming to me because there were new symptoms involved that I never dealt with. Luckily it passed after 48 hours and I am feeling great now. I am not sure if it was even a flare or something I ate but whatever is was, it got my attention to get back on the healthy train. Too much cheating going on these past few weeks due to the holidays!! I think it was a good sign to wake myself up and get back into eating high raw/vegan foods. I’ve increased my green juices and probiotics and have been eating light but well the last 3 days which has made me feel like a million bucks!