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07

Nov 2014

3 WAYS TO CLEAR MENTAL FOG

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We’ve all felt it! The brain fog that comes from being stressed and overworked. You’re mentally drained, overwhelmed and exhausted.

The reality is stress will always be apart of your life. It’s important to learn how to deal with it without it letting it negatively affect your health.

Here are 3 simple things you can do today that can lift the fog (and they don’t cost a thing!):

1. UNPLUG

Turn it all off – social media, email, TV, internet and your phone. Focus on what’s real in your life, not what’s happening in others’. Engage with the people around you, introduce yourself to one new person each day, and interact with people you love. Make it a priority to unplug a few days this month, schedule it in your calendar (this works!). You will immediately notice the fog starting to lift.

2. MOVE

Fresh air and movement will almost instantly clear brain fog… and it doesn’t have to cost anything! You don’t need to hire a personal trainer or sign up for expensive classes. Chase your kids in the park or find a neighbor to join you for a walk. Even moving for 15 minutes can release chemicals in the body that make you feel good. You never hear anyone say, ‘Oh that walk outside in the fresh air was just terrible’.  Get outside and start moving! Your body will be thankful.

3. REFLECT

The thoughts you feed your brain are SO powerful. Reflect on how you think and who you surround yourself with. What sort of conversations do I have with myself? Are my thoughts positive and uplifting? Or are they pulling me down? Who do I hang out with? Do they help me move forward in my life? Or is it about their drama all the time? We’ve all encountered these type of people–its time to ditch the drama or at least limit your exposure to it.

When you take these simple steps to clear the fog, you will notice a huge weight being lift off your shoulders. These have some amazing physical benefits (bonus health points, yep, we all need them):

LONGEVITY

Without a doubt, happiness contributes to a longer life. Imagine those National Geographic photos of the old ladies with deep wrinkles and amazing laugh lines. You know they had to deal with some crap along the way, but those permanent laugh lines mean something.

STRONGER BODY

Integrating these healthy habits into your life can improve your overall physical health too. You’ll develop a stronger immune system and be sick less often. These habits also lead to stronger brains and better pumpers (your heart).

Everyone experiences stress and exhaustion. It’s how you deal + prevent them that will set you up for success. When you start applying these simple steps into your life, you’ll gain clarity and peace that will keep you healthy + happy.

Start today!

jodiesignature

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28

Oct 2014

WHOLE BAKED CAULIFLOWER

Posted by / in BLOG, Tastes /

This warming side dish of whole baked cauliflower will get your family enjoying fresh cauliflower that is in season right now. Cauliflower is quite versatile and this whole baked version makes it free of hassle to prepare.  And its loaded with healthy nutrients like vitamin C, a variety of B vitamins and loaded with antioxidants! This recipe was a hit with my family and my kids even took leftovers for their school lunches.  Try it and let me know what you think!

 Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower

3 tbsp butter

1/2 half cup grated Parmesan cheese

salt + pepper

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350º.  Remove the leaves and make sure to leave stem intact. Steam it for 5-7 mins or until al dente (this step shortens the baking time). While its steaming you can mix up the butter and grated cheese.  Place partially cooked cauliflower on baking pan then slather with your butter and cheese mix.  Bake for about 20 mins or until its nicely browned.

Enjoy!

jodiesignature

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23

Oct 2014

STEEL CUT OATS

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It’s that time of year again…when the leaves are starting to fall and the air is getting cooler.  When it’s cold outside, we tend to like eating hearty and filling foods. Nothing is better than cozying up in a warm sweater on a cold morning with a bowl of rich creamy oats.

When you think of oatmeal, your mind might picture rolled oats or those instant oatmeal packets (yuck by the way). But steer clear of those! Instead, get your hands on some steel cut oats (also called Irish Oatmeal).  Your body and taste buds will be much happier.

So, what the difference?

Rolled oats are often over-processed, and oatmeal packets are loaded with sugars and chemicals.  Steel cut oats are minimally processed, so the nutrients are kept intact and it won’t cause your blood sugar to spike (feeling fuller longer too!). They’re an excellent source of protein, soluble fiber and iron. Plus, they just taste better! Steel cut oats are firmer and have a soft nutty flavor; they’re not mushy and bland like rolled or instant oats.

Here’s a visual for you.

oats

Steel cut oats do take more time to prepare, so here’s a time saving tip for dads and moms preparing family breakfast (who am I kidding I even make oats for dinner). In the evening, bring to boil 1 cup oats in 4 cups of water with a little sea salt. Then turn off the heat and cover.  Go to bed, and in the morning simmer to warm the oats back up. Simple!

You could go the traditional route of topping your warm steel cut oats with just milk and real maple syrup, or you try out one on these delicious combinations:

Warm Gingerbread

cinnamon

nutmeg

maple syrup

milk ( I prefer homemade cashew nut milk)

 

Coconut Dream

coconut oil or butter

shredded coconut

milk

Enjoy!

jodiesignature

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+ Clean Eating Expert

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