Recipe: Juliette’s Awesome Harvest Salad

This amazing salad was created by the equally amazing Thai Massage practitioner, Juliette Reynolds, of Creemore, ON.  Who knew kale and beets could taste so good!

Kale is remarkably good for you – it’s a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese, among others. You can learn more about it at World’s Healthiest Foods. According to the entry:

Like broccoli, cauliflower and collards, kale is a descendant of the wild cabbage, a plant thought to have originated in Asia Minor and to have been brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers.

Celtic wanderers? Who knew? You might not be wandering that much, but this salad is just as good sitting down. It’s also an excuse to use those great pan-roasted seeds we talked about last month. Enjoy! – Tara

Ingredients

  • A bowl full of mixed organic salad greens
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 bunch of beets
  • 1/2 cup goat milk feta
  • 1/2 cup seasoned, pan-roasted seeds

Directions

  • Cut the kale thin and sautee in sesame oil, crushed garlic, and salt to taste.  Let cool.
  • Cook beets in boiling water, cool and dice
  • Build salad in layers as above in a large, swallow bowl
  • Dizzle with any organic sesame and ginger dressing – Amy’s Goddess Dressing is very tasty.

Makes enough for a meal for one, or side salads for 2-4.

PS – Thai massage is very different from traditional massage. It’s often called “lazy person’s yoga”, and is done fully clothed, which some people prefer. You can reach Juliette in Creemore at (705) 466-5793. – T.

Before You Diet: What We’ve Learned About Weight Loss

It’s the time of year for change. With the new year comes a drive for renewal that seems to touch almost everyone in the form of resolutions, new commitments and a dedication to just get better.

That drive, of course, is often focused on our health, and in particular, our weight. Before you jump on the latest diet fad, though, here are a few tips and ideas we’ve discovered in our years of helping patients find their best bodies.

It’s About Gaining Health, Not Losing Weight

Despite all the focus on losing weight, the truth is that healthy weight loss is a side effect. It’s the result of gaining health – of pursuing a healthy mind and body, and making changes that are sustainable in the long run. To find your best body, you first have to find your best health. The right weight will follow.

The Scale Isn’t The Story

It’s easy to become obsessed with the number on the scale, but it’s only part of the picture. Your weight is just one measure of health, and it’s not an entirely reliable one. The number on your scale can fluctuate based on any number of different factors, and the scale never tells you the difference between fat and muscle, how much water you’re retaining, or whether your changing weight is helping you or hurting you.

You Can’t Do It Without Moving Your Body

Research on people who’ve successfully lost weight has shown that almost no one can successfully sustain weight loss without doing some exercise. Dieting without exercise is a sure ticket to a yo-yo roller coaster of loss and gain that will leave you less healthy and more heavy than ever. You may need to do other things to find your best body, but you can bet that exercise is a prerequisite.

Sometimes, There Are Hidden Roadblocks

Your body is a complicated piece of machinery. Really complicated. And there are times when a simple “eat less, exercise more” prescription just doesn’t do the job. Things like food intolerances and toxicity can affect your metabolism, your energy and your ability to burn fat. Sometimes, it pays to dig deeper into your own biochemistry to make sure you’re not missing a piece of the puzzle.

Too Much Change at Once is A Tough Job

No matter how you choose to find your best health and your best body, it’s going to require change, and change is often a dish best served slowly. Biting off more than you can chew – like trying to have a pristine diet and perfect lifestyle – can be an overwhelming and unsustainable prospect. Try to make small changes you can sustain, and gradually add more over time.

If you need help with your health goals, you can learn more about the StoneTree Sustainable Body Change program here, or call 705-444-5331 to book a complimentary appointment to discover our unique approach to weight loss.