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Monday Makeover: French Toast Casserole

Adopting a healthy lifestyle does not mean saying good-bye to the things you love forever. It’s a continuous shift; a shift away from the things that are not serving you, and towards that which allows you to shine.

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Today’s Monday Makeover is actually a health, time and wallet makeover.  My family is one that still eats grains, albeit healthy grains, and in moderation at that. I realize that many people are completely off grains now, but in the great wisdom of different bodies require different fuels, we have realized that we thrive with some good quality grains in our diet.

Going off grains/ gluten or dairy completely is considered an elimination diet, which is a technique that you use to isolate the source of an allergy or food intolerance. Generally once you have identified the problem, you can avoid it while healing your health issue. Once you have improved your health issue and strengthened your immunity again, many times you can begin reintroducing that food in a carefully, regulated plan.

The Ayurvedic Perspective

Gluten is a hard-to-digest protein that comes from a grain that was traditionally only harvested in the fall for winter eating, when the digestive strength is much stronger and more capable of digesting denser foods. It is believed that the real culprits regarding the epidemic of gluten intolerance are:

  1. Overeating it – every day, 3 times per day.
  2. Eating it out of season.
  3. The global weakening of digestive strength due to stress and a diet of processed and impossible-to-digest foods.
  4. The processed nature of most wheat or gluten products.

*Source John Douillard’s LifeSpa – http://lifespa.com/be-free-of-gluten-free/#

Another point to mention is that you may be hearing a lot about your mindset affecting your life and your success, well that goes for meal time too. If your thoughts while eating something are about how poorly that food will affect you, then that is what will become. Eat with gratitude for your Health & Harmony!

So, getting back to the makeover… Since I am fussy about the quality of grains we eat, we splurge on good quality breads such as Ezekial and Dave’s Killer Bread, which can cost anywhere from $3.50 a loaf up to $7 depending on where you find it. With that said, it’s painful for me to throw away the crusts at the demand of a 3 (now 4) year old. To make us both happy, I started putting the crusts (and heels) in a bag in the freezer, once the bag fills up we make a French toast casserole.

Here’s how it goes:

  • Oil a large casserole dish and fill with broken up pieces of crust and loaf heels (enough to fill a gallon bag)
  • In another bowl beat about a dozen eggs, and double the mixture with your milk of choice (ours is almond milk – it turns dairy isn’t a great choice for us – different bodies, different fuels). Then add your favorite spices to dress it up such as:
    • Cinnamon
    • Vanilla or almond extract
    • Nutmeg
    • Cardamom
    • Cloves
    • Ginger
    • Maca
  • Pour the egg mixture over the bread in the casserole dish making sure it gets nearly to the top of the bread and bake it at 375 until it is cooked through
    • It will probably take about a half an hour although I’m not totally sure, as I usually set it all up, throw it in the oven, and am freed up to do something else until it’s ready instead of being stuck there soaking bread and flipping it in the pan – win, win!

Some extra notes – different family members enjoy this in different ways

  • Some like it right out of the oven with butter, honey, or syrup
  • Some like it moister, and warm some milk in a pan which they pour over it
  • Sometimes we warm frozen berries as a delicious topping
  • It’s basically French toast, you know what to do, go enjoy!

 

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Permission to indulge this Thanksgiving with Health & Harmony

Thanksgiving is coming, and so many start to worry about holiday weight gain with very different reactions. Some diet before so they can balance things out when they gain over the holiday season, some get militant with their New Year’s resolutions in January that tend to last until March, and some throw their hands in the air and give up altogether.

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For so many years, it has been reported that the average person gains 7-10 lbs over the holiday season. Yikes! That’s a lot. However, what you may not know is this may have been debunked. More recent reports state that people gain about 1 pound over the holiday season.

Hooray! So does this mean to go nuts at Thanksgiving dinner? Not exactly. Everything is a balancing act.

One thing that can make you feel like you’ve had some massive immediate weight gain is bloating. What causes bloating? Dairy, sugar, alcohol, and wheat all cause bloating. Overindulgence of these foods also cause a variety of other uncomfortable side effects, such as brain fog, energy crashes, lack of focus, irritability, cravings, and hyperactivity.

Good information, let’s avoid dairy, sugar, alcohol, and wheat during the holidays. HA! Good luck, right. Not to mention, you should be able to enjoy the holiday season too. That’s where the balancing act comes in.

When you are loading up your plate, fill up with veggies, salads, and turkey, of course. Then treat the other stuff like samplers. Take enough for a couple of bites to enjoy it, but not overdo it. Use the sampler method at dessert time too. Pick a couple of favorites to sample, and take a small amount.

Take care of your mind and body this holiday season with your food (fuel) choices, and you will be clear, focused, and ready to conquer your goals in 2017.

Having Health & Harmony is not about deprivation, but about balance. We’re in Kalusion for your Health & Harmony.

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Feeling Authentic In Your Gratitude Practice

Happy Gratitude Month

I love November when we seem to give all of our blessings some extra attention no matter where we are in our journey. However, some days everything is breaking down including your family members, and it’s more of a struggle to feel authentic being grateful. That’s when I like to use “even if” statements or intention statements. These statements directly address that little negative voice in the back of your head, and neutralize it. So on a particular day your intention statement may be “I am grateful for the ability to provide safe transportation for my family, even if it just took a major bite out of my budget” or “I am grateful for my beautiful children, even if they drive me crazy sometimes”. Experiment with your own intention statements to see if they feel more genuine to you. Remember that with any practice the more you do, the better it becomes.Hope