Tuesday, February 26, 2013

You NEED to be cooking meals at home and NOT eating out!

This past week, I read the New York Times Magazine article about junk food and how addictive it is. Did you read it? If you haven't yet, click here and give it a look. Toward the beginning, the author Michael Moss states the following statistics: "One in three adults is considered clinically obese, along with one in five kids, and 24 million Americans are afflicted by type 2 diabetes, often caused by poor diet, with another 79 million people having pre-diabetes. Even gout, a painful form of arthritis once known as “the rich man’s disease” for its associations with gluttony, now afflicts eight million Americans." 

Reading those statistics really makes me stop and wonder: What is going on here??

The article got me thinking about how our diets have changed in the last century or so. Not so long ago, we used to trust our culture (mainly Mom) on what was healthy to eat, and in the last century we instead put our trust in marketing, scientists and the government. Why the shift? I don't really have an answer for that, but it's troubling to me. For centuries, cultures all over the world ate traditional diets that resulted in pretty healthy people, and as the above statistic shows, in America people have become extremely unhealthy! In 1900 only 2% of meals were eaten outside the home, today over 50% of meals aren't eaten at home!

I'm not saying we need to eat every meal at home. Sometimes it's nice to go out for a meal, whether it's for a social occasion, or to enjoy something that's too difficult to make at home. I love to go out for Thai food, for example. The point I want to make is that we should do our best to eat home-cooked meals made from real food as often as possible, and minimize the processed foods, especially snack foods like the ones mentioned in the article.

Why? Well, I'm glad you asked. Here are some reasons...

- Restaurant portions are enormous! Eat at home and you're much more likely to eat a healthy amount.

- Pre-made foods are frequently full of additives, including unhealthy fats, extra salt, and sugar. These additives (as well as other "natural" substances added by the food industry) can lead to addictions, leaving us craving more of the very foods that aren't good for us! Read the NY Times article to learn what some industry execs said on this subject, it's truly scary!

- Cooking at home ensures that you know all the ingredients that went in to your food, as well as what kind of surface it was prepared on, lessening your exposure to environmental toxins and pathogens.

- Cooking and eating together is a great social activity for families, couples and groups of friends - put away your electronic screens and get everyone involved!

- By eating home-cooked meals, you reduce your risk of getting diagnosed with diabetes, pre-diabetes, obesity, and other medical issues that plague so many people around the world.

Are you ready to use your kitchen how it was intended? Are you ready to learn new ways of preparing and cooking real food? I'm here to help you be the healthiest you've ever been. Contact me (LindsayTZwicker at gmail dot com) today if you have questions!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Win a FREE Kitchen Detox!!

Have you heard?? You could win a FREE Kitchen Detox!!

My fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors - Naturally Fit Sisters - are holding some awesome giveaways on their blog, and my newest health coaching offering is part of it. The giveaway will close to new entries at the end of the week, so head on over there and check it out ASAP. 

You could be one of the first to experience my Kitchen Makeover: Simple Solutions to Support Your Total Health!

I know, I know...My blog posts are usually recipes or tips on living a healthy lifestyle, so why am I telling you about a giveaway? Because I'm really excited about it, and I know this could be what you're looking for to attain your health goals. Here's why...

You've been doing everything you know to get healthy – you eat clean, drink fresh water, get enough sleep and exercise, and your relationships are pretty great. Maybe you've even done a juice cleanse or some form of detox program. You've seen some great results, and are looking for the next step in your wellness journey!

But your weight loss has plateaued and you don’t know why. Those pesky allergies just won’t go away. Or you want to do all that you can to help prevent future illnesses. Or perhaps you worry that you’re missing something, and all your fantastic efforts you've been making to clean up your body and your life could be thwarted. That’s exactly where my Kitchen Detox program fits into your busy schedule.

This Kitchen Detox program is unique, and it’s designed for hardworking, motivated people like you. It’s for people who want to take simple steps to rid their homes of toxic clutter once and for all! Because what you don’t know, and don’t see, CAN harm you and your loved ones.

Every Kitchen Detox includes:
  - Thorough assessment of what’s currently in your kitchen.
  - The “Clean Kitchen Resource Guide” containing suggestions on non-toxic alternatives for your fridge, pantry, cookware and more!
   - Recipes for super-simple DIY home cleaners. They’re easy, I promise.
   - Consultation Session with me, where we’ll discuss any questions you have, and your next steps to obtaining a non-toxic, healthy life.
    - Plus, free gifts to support your non-toxic lifestyle! Who doesn't like free gifts?!

What’s awesome about my Kitchen Detox program is that we don’t even need to live close to each other! If it’s geographically possible we’ll meet in person, but if you live across the country or across the world it’s no problem at all! All sessions can be held over the phone or Skype if meeting in person isn't an option.

Love all this fresh produce!
If you want to enter the Naturally Fit Sisters Giveaway to win your Kitchen Detox, click HERE. And if you don't win, and still want to detox your kitchen, contact me and we'll set it up!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Soup Socks - The Easy Way to Make Stock!

Making stock...Made easy!
Have you been curious about making your own stock but a little apprehensive about the whole process?  Maybe you read my post a few months ago about making chicken stock and were intrigued but you haven't attempted it yet? I know I was a little nervous in the beginning! I recently came across Soup Socks, and whether you're a novice or experienced stock-maker, this things are amazing! (And no, I'm not being paid to promote these at all, I honestly just really like them.)

I bought mine on Amazon, but I've also seen them for sale at some local grocery stores. Each pack comes with three socks, and you only need to use one per pot. This is as simple as it gets, folks!

Into the pot it goes!
- Put all ingredients (veggies, herbs, chicken, beef bones, whatever!) into the sock.
- Tie sock in a knot
- Put in pot, cover with water.
- Bring to a boil, then simmer, partially covered, for 4-6 hours.
- When broth has reached your desired taste, remove sock and squeeze out the liquid. (You can also add some sea salt or apple cider vinegar to pump up the flavor.)
- Discard sock and it's contents, and your stock is ready!

You can enjoy the broth as it is, or use it in any recipe that calls for stock. I think you'll find it to be much more delicious than the pre-made stuff!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Bean and Kale Soup

Who knew that February 4th was National Homemade Soup Day? I had this recipe ready to go, and it turned out to be perfect timing!
Looking for a hearty cold-weather soup to make, one that will last you a few days? Do you have beans? Kale? Stock (chicken or vegetable)? Then you can make this soup! You can easily make this soup vegetarian or even vegan by simply using vegetable stock and omitting the sausage, or satisfy the meat eaters by using those ingredients. As with most soups, it's easy to alter the recipe to suit your taste buds.

Bean and Kale Soup (serves 6-8)
2T Olive Oil or Butter
2 Celery Ribs, cut to 1/4"
2 Carrots, cut to 1/4"
1 Onion, Shallot, or Leek, finely minced
1 Bay Leaf
1-2t Fresh Thyme (use half this amount if using dried)
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
6C Stock
1/2lb Dried Beans, soaked overnight and rinsed OR 2 Cans of Beans (I suggest white beans, but you can use whatever suits your fancy)
3 Smoked Organic Sausage, or 1 Smoked Ham Hock
1 Bunch Kale, juilenned
Salt and Pepper

- Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium heat.
- Add onions, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf. Saute for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until carrots are soft.
- Add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds, til fragrant.
- Add stock, drained beans and meat, if using.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours.
- When beans are soft, remove bay leaf. If using ham hock, chop up the meat.
- Add the kale, and simmer until tender, about 2 minutes. Kale should remind bright green.
- Taste, and season with salt and pepper to taste.