Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cleaner body, lighter mind – happier you

It is time to detox and cleanse your body from the heavy winter indulgences. You change with season and start preparing for the spring season now will result in clean, toned insides and a lighter frame on the outside.

There are easy ways to cleanse the body daily without going on any extreme “juice only” kind of detox. We are talking about ways and products that you can, and will, bring in to your daily routine without any huge effort. Reason people often don’t care about cleansing the body is because they only hear about the extreme part of it. Well, I am here to let you in on a few good tricks that will cleanse your body and enlighten your mind.

The ones I picked out below are a good start and they all take part in my daily goal to cleanse and replenish. Try to incorporate as many of these as possible in your daily routine:

WATER – the obvious, natural and most important one. You need at least 2 litre of filtered water every day of the year. Water eliminates toxins from your organs and intestines and is vital for a clear skin.

FIBRE – aids digestions, improves bowel movement and helps to prevent disease by the removal of waste products and toxins. Focus on eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts.

CELERY – a diuretic that regulate fluid balance, stimulate urine production and rid the body of excess fluid. In other words, it enhances the flushing of toxins from your body. Raw celery chopped up in a salad is the easy way to go. Aim for at least two stalks a day.

NETTLE – drinking a cup of warm water followed by a cup of nettle tea in the morning will cleanse your stomach from residue and get the bowels moving. Nettle also cleanse the liver and keep you of infections. Make it a part of your daily 2 litre water intake.

DANDELION – one of my absolute favourites and perfect as a body tonic. Its diuretic, tonic and laxative effect makes it one of the best natural cleansers around. Make it easy and ingest as a tincture. Follow instructions on the bottle. I buy my tinctures from Organic Herbal Remedies. Try and find a local producer from your end of the world. You can consume as tea as well or if you are lucky enough to find dandelion leaves in your local food store, toss lots of them in your daily salads.

EXERCISE – last but not least, get moving. Stretch out, go for brisk walks or run with the enthusiasm of a child. The important thing is that you get that body moving daily. This will not only tone your body but release endorphins that contribute to a happier you.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Leek & Mushroom Soup

Yes, another soup is on the menu. Today is not about writing, today is about doing. The whole month of January is for many people the month where New Years resolutions are implemented, forgotten or changed. Either way it is a month that we focus on changes in our lifes, improvements that we think we are in need of. We make lists, long lists. Some lists we never look back on and some lists we tick off easily (the first week at least). For me it is not about implementing more in my life. It is all about down sizing and simplifying to make room big enough for deep breathing. Give yourself the chance of an easier life. Let it be the month where you make life less complicated and start with giving this delicious slightly sweet soup a chance.

Leek & Mushroom Soup
500ml strong vegetable stock
3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
2 tbsp filtered water
400g leeks, trimmed and washed
125g/1/2 pack white or chestnut mushrooms

Start with making the vegetable stock in a jug/can and set aside. Chop the garlic and simmer in the oil and water for 1 minute. Add the finely chopped leeks and mushrooms and stir occasionally for a couple of minutes then add the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Mix the soup with a hand mixer or in a blender. Serve with bread topped with avocado. Serves 2  

HEALTH BENEFITS of Leeks: Leeks are a very good source of the mineral Manganese. This mineral protect your cells from free radical damage, promote optimal function of your thyroid gland, keep bones strong and healthy and maintain normal blood sugar levels and healthy nerves. On top of this Manganese also plays a key role in the metabolism of protein, fats and carbohydrates. Leeks are also a good source of Vitamin C that is an important antioxidant, necessary for healthy gums, teeth and bones. A general health promoter that protects against stress and that one should not be without.

FREE FROM: gluten, dairy, soy, egg, wheat, yeast, and lactose

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Green Kale Soup

Every year when the cold surround our bodies I turn in to a soup junky. The warmth it brings is not like anything else. I love love love soup and I have the childish habit of burning my tongue since I have no patient to wait for it to cool down. I eat and eat and eat and every mouthful is like a blanket gradually warming my insides. Green kale soup was a one time a week meal in my family home. Oddly enough it took me years and years to prepare my own version of it. This bright green vegetable won me over when I spotted it at the local food store the other day. The grand leafs with its bright colour mesmerized my brain and called me.

Start with preparing 1 litre of strong vegetable bouillon in an easy to pour jug or can. Follow the instructions on the packet and add a bit extra to get a stronger flavour. Use a good quality stock that is preferably without as many of the following as possible: gluten, sugar, wheat, yeast and lactose, preservatives, colouring, artificial flavours and genetically modified material. I use marigold Swiss vegetable bouillons that are easy to find in the supermarket as well as the local health food store. Now make the rest of the soup. 

Green Kale Soup
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp filtered water
500g green kale
hard boiled eggs to serve

Finely chop the garlic cloves and simmer with the oil and water for a minute in a big pot. Cut the greens in slices and add to the pot. Stir around for a minute and add 700ml of the vegetable stock. Simmer for 10 minutes and mix using a hand mixer or a blender. The soup should now be quite thick. Use the extra bouillon to thin it down to a consistency of your liking. Halve the eggs and place them in the bowl just before serving. Serves 2 as main or 4 as starter

Soup is a very easy, quick and cheap way of preparing a healthy meal and an easy way to make extras for lunch the day after. Start the meal of with a raw salad and serve some bread with the soup. Eating something raw with a meal aids the digestions and absorptions of nutrients.

HEALTH BENEFITS of Kale: Kale is a good source of vitamin A, K, C and the mineral Manganese. You need Manganese to metabolise carbohydrate, proteins and fats. Kale has a good ratio of fibre and calcium and is one of the vegetables that contain the largest concentrations of health promoting sulphur compounds that increases the livers ability to produce enzymes that neutralize potentially toxic substances. Kale also include nutrients that protects the lens of the eye.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Finally settling at home after travelling back and forth for Christmas and New Years I am back putting my focus in to sharing with you parts of my life that brings healthy thoughts and a stress less mind. A new year is about new chances but don’t let your high set goals stress you. Take one step at the time and keep your eyes focused on the goal line, regardless of how far away it might be. You will get there in the end. My first contribution to you for a stress less mind this year is a few pictures I took during a walk in a snowy Sweden in December just around Christmas time. These pictures shows an area in the south of Sweden that with it's great amount of forest, lakes and pure nature makes it perfect for exercise outdoors.