Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living

Friday, June 07, 2013

Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living

Healthy Living

Summer brings joy, happiness and energy, so make sure you are eating the right combinations of foods in order to support these wonderful sunshine filled days!

Health Tips:
Food combining adds a whole new layer to eating healthy. I know we all have enough to think about in a day, but this can be really important when looking at cleaning out or creating toxins in the body.
The other day I made an apple crisp and a strawberry mint crisp. I have to say, they were both delicious, but my favorite dessert of all time is whipping cream (real, organic, fresh/raw -when possible-, whipped cream)! And I love the combination of crisp and whipping cream… More please!

But I began to notice that after each night of eating this combination, I had really bad bloating and my stomach was off the next day. I was in complete denial that it could have been the combination of foods I ate because I didn’t want to give it up… However, according to Ayurveda, dairy and fruit is a toxic combination that can lead to fermentation in the stomach. Yep, I will confirm it. I ate the crisp, for a third day, by itself and had no problems. Looking back, this combination had always upset my stomach, but I loved the flavors so much I never wanted to consider the thought of it being something that didn’t work for me.

When looking at food combining, here are a few more possibly bad combinations to be aware of:

• Eggs and Dairy
• Seafood and dairy
• Nuts/seeds and Vegetables
• Honey and Boiling Water
• Honey and Ghee in equal parts
• Citrus and Dairy
• Fruit and Dairy
• Fruit with any other foods

The combinations of these foods will leave toxins in the body, creating sluggishness, and digestive issues. This happens because the foods digest at different rates, creating sludge because the body can’t move everything along at the same time. Essentially some food sits and ferments, waiting for the other food to finish digesting. Hint: if you have to add nuts or seeds to a vegetable dish, make sure you soak the nuts over night first, which will make them easier to digest.

Honey, for example, becomes a toxin when it is boiled so make sure the water is warm/hot but not boiling, when mixing.

Some of these may be a disappointment to you, (I am a sucker for a cheesy omelet) so just be aware. Notice if you combine these foods, how you feel. If you feel alright, then allow yourself the pleasure every once in awhile. Good digestion or not, if you do combine some of these foods, try to make sure the food you eat for the following meal is light and easily digestible so that you allow your body to properly digest and clean the toxins out so they don’t accumulate.

Yoga in the community:
Tuesday evenings at the Legacy Center downtown (by Arsenal Tech High School) offers a $5 yoga class from 5:30-6:30pm.

Food as medicine:
Need a cold beverage for the summer? Steep coriander seeds in hot water. Allow the seeds to soak over night and then drink the room temperature water throughout the summer day. Coriander has cooling properties and also provides help with headaches, improves digestion, acts as an anti-parasitic plus it is a liver stimulant.

Additional tip:
Rememeber: Ayurveda says “70% & 30%” meaning 70% of the time try to eat clean, healthy, with good spices and good combinations of flavors and types of food. The other 30%, enjoy without any guilt and many thanks. And after you enjoy, eat light and clean to reset.

Staraya McKinstry

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Staraya McKinstry

About Staraya McKinstry:
Born and raised in Homer, Alaska, the western most tip of the United States, was not appreciated by my siblings or myself until we all went out into the world, and found that we grew up in a pretty amazing place. Alaska is a rugged frontier but it has its perks. Eating fresh vegetables from the garden, fish and seafood out of the bay, and a freshly hunted down moose/elk/deer was and still is the way of feeding family there. Fitness is a way of life; hiking, mountain biking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and sledding (yes, it can be a great work out when you walk up the mountain) to name a few. The connection with nature seems to be a common understanding when you live in such a beautiful, ever changing environment as Alaska. With that background, I have come to love yoga and the connection it has seamlessly brought me in regards to myself, my family and friends, nature, and healthy living. I have a Masters in Public Health, but the everyday healthy lifestyle I have learned from my mom and dad and those like them back home. I am also currently going to school to train in Ayurveda Medicine (one of the oldest forms of medicine known to mankind), which focuses on healing the body, mind and spirit and maintaining health through food, herbs and exercise. My studies in yoga and Ayurveda are allowing me to bring practical, resourceful and sustainable practices to anyone who wants to learn how to get/stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this blog are based upon the opinion of Staraya McKinstry. They are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and they are not intended as medical advice.

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