Relax and eat more veggies!
At a recent Functional Medicine nutritional conference that focused on hormones, I was struck by how often diet and stress were mentioned as causes for imbalances in male and female hormones. The body in its wisdom responds to the “too much of stress” and the “too little of nutrition” in fairly understandable ways. Our endocrine or hormone system is designed to work as a team. The effect of stress on our adrenal glands affects the whole system. The body needs a daily supply of vitamins and minerals to keep our systems running; when supply is low it can’t run optimally including reduced hormone function. In addition, the fiber from plant foods helps us recycle our hormones and their colorful pigments are anti-inflammatory. As we move into August, also known as the lazy days of summer, it’s a great time to kick back more and get outside to move, enjoy the sunshine and breathe in the fresh air. With gardens overflowing, it’s the easiest time to increase our daily servings of vegetables. These are SIMPLE ways to generate health in our body.
Simply Easy Tip:
Leftover cold steamed veggies work well next day as a salad with dressing or olive oil/apple cider vinegar/salt/pepper.
Before you run into work or jump out of your car, sit and take 3 full breaths to unwind and get centered.
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Simply Delicious: Steamed Veggie Salad
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon fish sauce, GF soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce, GF soy sauce or coconut aminos
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cut fresh green beans (2-inch pieces)
4 cups fresh broccoli florets
2 large carrots, julienned
1 package (9 ounces) fresh spinach
1/2 cup finely chopped unsalted nuts or seeds (almonds, sunflower, etc.)-optional
Coarsely chopped fresh cilantro and julienned fresh ginger root
1. In small bowl, mix first six ingredients.
2. In stockpot, place steamer insert or basket over 2 in. of water. Place green beans, broccoli and carrots in insert. Bring water to boil. Reduce heat to maintain simmer; steam vegetables, covered, 5-7 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Add spinach; cook, covered, 1-2 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.
3. Transfer vegetables to large bowl. Add ginger mixture; toss to combine. Just before serving, sprinkle with nuts/seeds, cilantro and julienned ginger.