Personal Notes: This has been a crazy summer weather wise
– it has been unusually damp on the east coast and unusually hot in the
west. Neither has made for an
especially enjoyable outdoor season. As
such, we need to find alternative activities.
For me, this has meant a fair amount of indoor yoga (in nicer weather
I would move my practice outside to connect with nature and deepen the
practice) and a few movies here and there.
One movie I want to mention in particular is Food Inc. (see www.foodincmovie.com ) It explains
many aspects of our current food supply.
I found it interesting and educational.
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Recipe – Stacked Veggie Lasagna read
Article – Quality vs. Quantity read
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-- Bring health, vibrancy and the taste of summer to any number of dishes by
adding fresh herbs. One of my favorite
places to add fresh herbs is a salad – think fresh cilantro, basil or
even Italian flat leaf parsley (and LOT’s of it – or any combination). This is an incredibly tasty way to bring a
new twist to a salad. Yum, yum, yum
Stacked Veggie and Tofu Lasagna (Serves 4)
or 2 medium zucchini
portabella mushrooms, stems removed and cleaned
extra firm tofu
2 cups tomato
sauce of your choice
pepper and Italian seasoning
tofu in ½ inch sliced. Put tofu on
paper or clean cloth towel. Place
plate on top, then weight with cans of beans or something else heavy. Let sit for at least a half hour. The towel may need to be changed if too wet,
so check it occasionally.
eggplant and zucchini lengthwise in ¼” slices. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt
and pepper and Italian seasoning, if using.
Broil until slightly browned, turn vegetables over and repeat.
peppers in four even pieces, lengthwise, discard seeds – then cut
little slits at the top and bottom to that they can lay flat. Broil, skin side up until skin browns and
bubbles. Immediately take out of oven
and cover with foil to create a “steam room.” Let sit for a few minutes until peppers can
be handled. This will allow you to
remove the skins (they should just peel off) and slightly cook the
underside of mushrooms with olive oil, sprinkle with pepper and chopped
garlic. Broil until slightly
browned. Turn mushroom over, brush
with a little oil and broil other side.
tofu with olive oil sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sear in a hot oiled pan, preferably cast
iron, until slightly browned. Turn
tofu over and sear other side.
oil 8” X 8” glass dish.
Layer veggies, tofu and sauce any way that you would like. I find it best to put the zucchini on the
bottom, the tofu in the middle and put the tomato sauce both on the top of
the tofu and very top, as the last layer. Then cover with a plate that fits
inside the glass dish and again weight the whole thing. Place the baking dish at a slight angle buy
resting one end on a cutting board or something else about 2” thick.
Let sit or 30 – 60 minutes.
Carefully pour off excess liquid or use a baster to remove it. Serve room temperate and slice into four
P.S. this one is a fair amount of
work – trust me it’s worth it!
Quality Vs Quantity By Brenda Jaeck
heard the expression – Less is more?
Well, let’s apply that to nutrition and healthy eating. People who consume less food live longer. If you live longer you can eat more
food. Therefore, less IS more.
better quality the food, the less food you need. Higher quality foods provide more nutrients
as well more flavor. Your body gets
what it needs with less food; your mind does the same. A few examples include organic foods,
whole foods, freshly prepared foods, water and everyone’s favorite food
Organic food tastes better – more vibrant and alive. To test this conduct a taste test. Compare a regular orange with an organic
orange. Organic food contains fewer
chemicals and as such your body does not have to work so hard to dispose of
these useless materials. Rather, your body can concentrate on using the
nutrients contained in the food.
Food – Food
that is closest to its natural form contains the most nutrients and
fiber. It fills us up faster and takes
longer to digest; therefore we are satisfied and our nutritional needs are
met with fewer calories. Compare how you
feel eating a serving of brown rice (a whole food) to a serving of pasta (a
Prepared Food -
Consuming food close to when it is prepared allows us to garner more energy
and nutrients from the food we eat.
Think about the energy in food that is lost during processing, storage
Water – We drink water to hydrate
our bodies and to allow the elimination of toxins. If you are drinking water that contains
toxins – it is defeating the purpose.
It is best to drink bottled, fresh spring or filtered water.
Chocolate – I bring this topic up as
I know it is near and dear to so many people’s hearts. When you are in desperate need of chocolate
(and who hasn’t been) – it is better to have one SMALL piece of good
quality chocolate than to continue
to obsess about it. One piece of nice
quality chocolate (one where the % of cocoa is greater than 57%) will satisfy
the craving better than a whole bar of much diluted commercial chocolate.
summary, always remember to stop and think about the quality of food that you
are eating. Eat the highest quality food possible. Your body, soul and mind (and waistline)
will thank you for it.
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forward this newsletter to anyone and everyone that would benefit from
Nutritional and Lifestyle Advice. Enjoy and thanks for reading.
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