Think You Don’t Have Time to Cook Dinner?

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

“I don’t have time to cook” is one of the most common challenges I hear from my clients and readers that keep them from eating healthier. And I bet you struggle with this as well!

I get it: You’re tired. You had a long day. The last thing you want to do after work is slave away in the kitchen.

So you go out and eat a big, calorie bomb of a meal, or you order takeout Thai food, binge-eat frozen pizza or chips and salsa, or worse yet, sup on some packaged, processed crap you found in the back of your pantry.  Or if you do cook, you’re so starving and stressed that you resort to fatty comfort foods to help yourself feel better.

Yes, my friends, this is definitely getting in your way of being in your ideal body, waking up with tons of energy, and looking and feeling your absolute best.

But guess what? I’m here to help. I, too, am no big fan of weeknight cooking, and I’m going to share with you my 3 magical steps to making your dinners work for you. I myself spend no more than an hour, mayyyyybe an hour and a half, TOTAL, on cooking Monday through Friday using the strategies below. So if I can do it, so can you!

1: Lighten it up

Hopefully by now you’re no stranger to the NU Way of Eating that I talk about in pretty much every other email. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read this). So you know that the key to reaching your healthiest body, highest energy, and balanced hormones and blood sugar is by making the lunch-dinner switch.

Eating your biggest meal of the day at lunch is not only amazing for your metabolism, digestion, cravings, and weight, but it also frees you from all that cooking in the evening! If you’ve had your nice big lunch, all you need for dinner is a soup, salad, or some cooked veggies. Done and doner. {Check out some fave dinner recipes here and here}

2: Stock up

Even if all you’re rocking for dinner is soup and a salad, you still need to make sure you have the components already in your fridge, so that there’s no “oops, nothing to eat! Gotta order in” happening. This means stocking up, over the weekend, with all the yummy fresh, seasonal produce you need for throwing together a big delicious salad or a warming soup, as well as some raw nuts and seeds to make them more filling.

Always have a clam shell of organic spinach or a bunch of organic kale on hand as your base. And make sure to have all kinds of great seasonal goodies (like root veggies and beans in the winter; berries and sprouts in the spring; tomatoes and avocados in the summer; apples and squash in the fall) on hand to keep your meals interesting.

Stock up on soup basics like organic veggie broth, organic crushed tomatoes, beans and garlic. And of course, a great extra virgin olive oil, an assortment of vinegars (try raw apple cider vinegar or coconut vinegar), organic mustard, herbs, and raw agave or honey are must-haves for delicious dressings. {Check out a spring seasonal shopping list here}

3: Cook ahead

Here it is, guys, the biggest secret to making weeknight dinners a snap. Cooking ahead a big pot of soup, or roasting some veggies over the weekend will ensure that dinner is done in the 5 minutes it takes you to reheat something (on the stove, not the microwave!) or toss it over a salad. And this doesn’t mean spending hours of your Sunday cooking! A soup is the world’s most low maintenance thing to cook, and it’ll happily simmer away while you’re doing laundry, or catching up on Game of Thrones.  Same with some veggies happily roasting away in your oven!

That’s it! Just follow these three steps, and dinner will become the easiest meal of your day in no time at all. By committing to these steps, you’ll sleep better at night (without that big heavy meal digesting in your belly), feel more energized in the morning, naturally lose weight, and rest assured that you are doing something amazing for your health. And of course, you’ll save your time and energy for relaxing, unwinding, and some sweet self-care in evenings!

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Dinner Tonight: Detoxifying Spring Salad

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

This delicious salad incorporates a whole bunch of spring’s detoxifying bounty — from mucous eradicating root veggies, to gut flora restoring probiotic greens, to lymph destagnating berries.  Quite literally, the perfect springtime supper for detoxifying, slimming, and energizing the body.

Detoxifying Spring Salad

Serves 2

1 bunch dandelion greens
1 fennel bulb, sliced
1 bunch sprouts of any kind (sunflower sprouts are my fave!)
1 cup organic blueberries
1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped
Juice of 1 organic lemon
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
Himalayan sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Combine first 4 ingredients in a salad bowl. Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, raw honey, and grated ginger. Toss dressing with veggies and top with almonds. Salt and pepper to taste.

Want more amazing spring detox recipes?
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April Giveaway!

 

Flax Relax Body Wrap on The Organic Beauty

To help soothe your aching muscles, headaches, and menstrual cramps, we’re giving away one of our favorite products: a Body Wrap from Flax Relax!  The beautiful Flax Relax products come in super fun colors and prints, are are filled with hearty flaxseeds, weighty wheat berries, and soothing lavender, and can be endlessly heated and chilled to suit your needs!  Perfect for relaxation, heat or cold therapy, or even for use as a relaxing pillow.  Read our full review of Flax Relax here.

To enter the giveaway:

1: Like our Facebook Page

2: Leave a comment on our Facebook Page (not here on the blog) with your favorite natural way to relieve pain!

We’ll announce the winner only on Facebook on Friday, April 11th, so make sure to enter before then!

Relieve Pain and Soothe Muscles with Flax!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Flax Relax on The Organic Beauty

Flaxseeds have definitely been having their time in the sun over the last few years, and with good reason.  Not only are they phenomenal for your health, with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and benefits to the cardiovascular and digestive systems.  But, did you know that flaxseeds hearty nature makes them an awesome therapeutic tool for relieving aches and pains externally as well?

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Amazing Natural Anxiety and Stress Relief

By: Natasha Uspensky

Yes, some stress and anxiety are a natural part of every day life. But how much is too much? How much is “normal”? If your stress and anxiety causes you to:

  • Lose sleep, or experience poor quality sleep
  • Emotionally eat or over eat
  • Turn to drugs, alcohol, or other substances for relief
  • Avoid social gatherings, giving presentations, or other situations that may out you on the spot
  • Experience stress-related health issues like ulcers, IBS, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, weight gain (particularly around your midsection), or chronic inflammation

…then your stress and anxiety are out of hand. This is not something to “just deal with,” ignore, or drown in medication.

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Say Buh-Bye to Belly Bloat!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Say-Goodbye-to-Belly-BloatBelly bloat is one of the most common issues that my clients come to me with, and if you’re anything like them (and I know you are!), that “food baby” nasty bloat is something you are ready to say goodbye to, forever.

Unless you’re suffering from an unmanaged food intolerance or IBS (and if you are, please schedule a consult with me so we can get you feeling all better, fast!), belly bloat is a matter of compromised digestion or simply sub-par food choices.  And guess what? It’s a pretty easy fix.  Follow the tips below to make that belly bloat a thing of the past!

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Magical, Energizing, Superpower Smoothie

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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As this interminable winter starts to draw to a close, I’ve found myself gravitating back toward my daily green smoothie routine. I have to say, the difference in my health and vitality is night and day! Since getting back on my smoothie kick, with daily variations on the powerful recipe below, I have a ridiculous amount of energy (like two cups of coffee kind of energy), am in an amazing mood, feel slim and totally bloat-free, have zero cravings, and even my skin is looking more glowing and clear! That’s one powerful smoothie.

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The #1 Secret to Effortless Natural Beauty, Perfect Skin and Hair!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

What if I told you that you’re slathering toxic, cancer-causing chemicals on your skin every day?

Not to fall prey to sensationalism, but for many of us, it’s true!  Most of the products you are using every day on your skin, hair, and body are loaded with more toxic chemicals than beneficial ingredients.  These chemicals:

  • Dramatically increase your risk of many different types of cancer
  • Cause all kinds of skin issues, exacerbating sensitive skin, rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, eczema and other irritations
  • Dry out your hair and scalp, cause split ends, and reduce hair vitality and moisture
  • Disrupt your hormonal balance, leading to a whole slew of issues including, but not limited to, fertility issues, PMS, elevated estrogen (for both genders), and weight gain
  • Increase your risk of passing along birth defects to your unborn babies
  • And more general unpleasantries

Plus, these toxic chemicals are horrible for the environment!

But guess what?  Going the natural route is less expensive, more effective, and actually good for your body!  But you need to use the right stuff…

In my next free webinar in my magical, secret-revealing 3 webinar series, I’m going to share:

My #1 Secret for Effortless, Natural Beauty, Glowing Skin, and Lustrous Hair

We’re going to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time, and  you’re going to save yourself and your families a whole lot of health problems down the road by listening in and making a few simple changes to your daily beauty and grooming routines.

This free webinar will take place on Friday, February 21st at 12pm EST.

Click here to register!

This webinar is especially important for you if you’re pregnant (or planning to be), have kids, have a family history of cancer (or have had any precancerous cells in the past), or if you just want to extend your life and be your most beautiful, glowing self without all the nasty disease-causing side effects!

Hope to see you there!

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Pep Talk: 4 Points in Praise of Peppers

Are you a hot pepper obsessive or avoider? Peppers high in spice factor are something of a superfood, so you might want to consider keeping it hot, hot, hot!

The other day, my friends and I were discussing something called the Scoville Scale (pretty much a ranking of various peppers according to their ‘temperature’). Granted, the big hitters are not recommended for raw consumption, but those who can stand other contenders are often well aware of their health benefits. A boost from this type of natural expectorant can become almost ritualistic, actually. Various post-pepper coping methods went on to include pacing, milk guzzling, and changed breathing patterns (your body actually ups its oxygen flow after eating peppers!) It sounds extreme, but it’s probably not all that misguided! Here’s the real scoop on why your body stands to benefit:

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Hugs Are The Cure for Lonely Hearts On Valentine’s

Hugs Are The Cure for Lonely Hearts On Valentine’s

By: Nkechi Njaka, Msc Valentine’s Day can be such an upsetting holiday for single people. Especially, those of us who scour online dating sites, swiping left and then right hoping we may find true love, eventually. Some days (maybe even … Continue reading