On the left is a photo from 2014 and the right from our anniversary in December. We both feel a little better, and have adjusted our goals to reflect the changes in our bodies. We have a long way to go still.
In addition to our diet and eating habits, we regularly go to the gym and get strength and cardiovascular exercise at least 4 times a week. Starting last week, I joined the Iowa Food and Family Project's blogger team for the annual Live Healthy Iowa Challenge. This is my second year on the IFFP team, but I have participated in the challenge with some teacher friends at a school where I used to teach. Our IFFP team consists of a bunch of my blogger friends -
John and I learned quickly that we couldn't out-exercise bad eating choices. Our pantry, fridge and deep freeze got a makeover and now include even more fresh produce, certified organic and non-GMO foods, whole foods, and lean meats like pork, poultry, and fish. We also grocery shop on a weekly basis; every Saturday evening after church. This is a HUGE change for me, since I don't usually enjoy any sort of shopping. (Exhibit A and Exhibit B)
One of the recipes that I make often as a fibrous, nutrient-dense dinner side dish is this healthy warm slaw, which comes from my Grain Brain Cookbook by Dr. David Perlmutter.
Hot, Healthy Slaw!
- 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small cabbage, cored and thinly slices
- 1 small bunch of kale, stems removed and thinly sliced
- 1 bunch of broccoli, just the florets
- 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
- salt and pepper, to taste
1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a really large skillet or a wok.
2. Add everything but the sunflower seeds toss/turn/stir-fry for about 5-7 minutes until the veggies are just barely cooked.
3. Turn off the heat, add in the sunflower seeds and give another toss and turn.
4. Chow down!
Here's the best part about this recipe: If you add a lean protein, like pork or chicken, you can have a one-skillet meal!
I truly believe that a diet similar to The Grain Brain or The Wahl's Protocol (an Iowan!) can have an amazing impact on a person's health. I also know for certain that a team of folks to hold you accountable for fitness and exercise, like my IFFP blogger team and the Live Healthy Iowa Challenge, is essential for long-term health. For these two reasons, I want to give away THREE CERTIFICATES FOR $10 TOWARDS YOUR CHOICE OF FRESH PORK OR BEEF! These certificates are courtesy of Iowa Food and Family Project.
All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling us about one of your favorite healthy vegetable side dishes.
Giveaway is closed! Please feel free to continue to leave comments, though :)
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