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Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw, Paleo… I give up!

by Megan Fleming on October 28, 2014, no comments

Raw Vegan Vegetarian Paleo

Are you overwhelmed by the array, of often contradictory, information out there about what to eat? I’m not going to convince you to adhere to a particular diet, claiming one is better than all the rest. Because guess what? You can acknowledge all the information out there without feeling like you have to prescribe to any one set of dietary rules. Only you can figure out how to best nourish your unique constitution, but it takes practice and awareness.

With a variety of food philosophies available to us, it almost feels like food is the new religion. We announce things about ourselves like, “I’m Paleo or I’m Vegan,” and it represents a huge part of who we are and how we live in the world. To many, these food philosophies can be intimidating. You don’t have to be a macrobiotic raw vegan or a die hard paleo to learn a few things about these systems of eating and explore them. Here are some tips to make the the commitment towards a healthful mindful diet.

Create a mission statement.

Decide what is the most important aspect of healthy eating and how can you honor that.  For example, my mission statement goes something like this: I eat to nourish the health of my body. The foods I eat are real foods, with real ingredients. I listen to my body and I feed it accordingly.

Practice body awareness.

Close your eyes and follow your breath for a few moments. Then ask your body what it needs. Don’t try to grasp at the answer; just let it come naturally. When you fully tune in to yourself, you will find the truth of what your body needs. It may be rest, or warmth, or hydration… Practice this throughout your day and before eating. Don’t eat because the clock indicates its meal time, eat because you are hungry. Don’t just feed the hunger; eat to truly nourish your body. Does your body want something light and refreshing like an apple or a green juice? Does your body crave something more dense with healthy fats and protein like an avocado, hummus or a meal replacement shake?

Commit to your way of eating, then really go for it!

You are in charge of your health because you have the unique ability to tap in and pay attention to what’s going on within. The best advice I can give is be a student to life. Learn about food and learn about yourself. Having both nutrition-knowledge and self-knowledge will make you wise when choosing what is best to eat.

Cleanse your body and then slowly introduce certain foods back into your diet.

If you are used to eating meat daily or regularly, take a break. One of the best ways to explore how your body digests and tolerates foods is through cleansing From there, try eating a raw or plant based diet for a few weeks. Notice changes in your digestion, energy levels, mental clarity, weight, and skin etc. If you choose to go back to eating animal based foods, limit your intake. You may be surprised to find that you function better eating a variety of plant based foods with no or limited animal based foods. If you feel you need to eat meat, then do. You can also choose to eat an abundance of vegetables too.

Raw juice and plant foods help the body heal because they are alkalizing, they optimize digestion and create a healthy flow of life energy from within. We are not here to tell you what to eat. We are here to offer you the ability to eat clean whenever you need. If you can’t be a raw, gluten free vegan, be someone who eats a raw, gluten free diet 1-3-or-5 days a week. We are here to serve and support anyone who wants to learn about food and explore their diet. Figure out what that means to you. If you have any questions about your diet please drop me a comment!

Good Health Begins with Good Habits

by Megan Fleming on October 3, 2014, no comments

Good Health Good Habits with Urban Remdy

There is the popular saying that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Lets just say there is no one prescription or time frame for all. When it comes to our health, it’s important to recognize that creating good habits is a process.

When forming a new habit, the brain actually creates new neural pathways. These neural pathways become stronger the longer you hold a habit, eventually turning a habit into a natural practice.

Lets say you have been wanting to create healthier eating habits. Look at the individual actions around your eating and create one simple plan at a time.

If eating more raw living foods is something that interests you, commit to making raw foods one of your daily meals. Over several weeks that raw meal will begin to feel normal. Preparing it, eating it and digesting it will no longer feel new. Something very cool happens when we commit to doing the same thing over and over again, it becomes just a part of how we live.

Sometimes having the knowledge to do what we want isn’t always enough. We need tools to take an idea and turn it into a practice. You can apply this to all areas of your life.

Forming a better relationship with the foods you eat requires three things: Knowledge, Good Habits and Commitment.

We’re here to support you!

A healthy outside that starts from the inside

Why is Juicing So Popular?

by Megan Fleming on September 30, 2014, no comments

Why is Juicing So Popular by Urban Remedy
Perhaps, you’ve noticed that suddenly cold pressed, raw, organic juice is EVERYWHERE. The raw juice trend speaks of our growing consciousness towards food and our desire to feed ourselves more wisely. It’s exciting to have so many juice options! But not all juice is created equal. Know what you are drinking and why. Here are some things to know if you are new to the practice!

Pasteurized Juice

Pasteurized Juice uses high temperatures to kill any bacteria in the juice. The process of pasteurization comes in handy for big food company that distributes their foods across the country. In this way, juice can be preserved and last for a long time. The majority of juices sold in grocery stores have all been pasteurized. The problem with pasteurized juice is that it maintains its sugar content, but lacks its original nutrient content. Pasteurized juice is the lowest quality of juice in terms of nutritional benefits. It is focused on preservation not health.

HPP (High Pressure Processed)

HPP juice does not use heat but instead high pressure which inactivates certain enzymes by slowing down their chemical processes. This causes the food to deteriorate. The nutrients of the juice are not completely diminished by this process, so it allows the juice to maintain a partial natural state but keeps the juice safe for short shelf life. HPP is a great option for those on the go without daily access to cold-pressed juices.

Cold Pressed Juice

Cold Press Juice extracts juice by first crushing fruits and vegetables and then pressing. This process does not interfere with the natural state of the juice and keeps all nutrients in tact. This juice has a very limited shelf life and should be enjoyed within a few days of being pressed. You are getting raw, unprocessed juice that is full of nutrients. If you don’t have a juicer or don’t have time to juice at home, cold pressed is your best friend.

When it comes to juicing, Fresh is best!

When juice is first pressed the quality of nutrients within the juice are at their highest. Consuming juice as fresh as possible will offer the greatest benefits. If you think you are getting away with a great deal on a pasteurized green juice from the grocery store, think again. The amount of healing nutrients that go into a fresh juice are unmatched. You can spend half the money, and your wallet will benefit, but your body won’t. Choose organic cold pressed whenever you can.

Here’s a tip for How to Start Juicing!

Before you go out and buy the right juicer, put yourself on a one month juice plan. Get your body used to drinking raw juice regularly. If you decide you really want to commit to juicing, then go buy the juicer. Begin gradually… Juicing is a time consuming, messy process, so don’t overwhelm yourself.  Try juicing at home 2 days a week and then treat yourself to a cold-pressed juice the other days. Do your best and let Urban Remedy support you with the rest.

Never too late to start juicing with Urban Remedy

 

RECIPE: Easy, Homemade Protein Bar

by Megan Fleming on July 29, 2014, no comments

Recipe Raw Crispy Treat Protein Snack We use food to satisfy.We use food to nourish. We use food to celebrate. We use food to honor.

When a life is brought into this world and when a life leaves this world we bring food to others’ tables.

Creating a beneficial relationship with food changes us. Food is one of the biggest parts of life, because it sustains life. Food is medicine. Lovingly preparing food to soothe and nourish others is a wonderful gift. This simple snack recipe happens to be well loved by children and adults alike.

The Raw Crispy Treat was created as a balancing snack. It has been used to tame hungry children, to soothe anxiety attacks and to mend broken hearts. It has been used for athletes who need quick yet sustainable energy. It has been enjoyed time and again for the simple fact that it tastes so good. Fortified with loads of protein and nutritional benefits, it just might be the yummiest protein bar ever created!

Raw Crispy Treat Proten Bar
 
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An Easy, Homemade Protein Bar
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of Almond Butter
  • ½ cup of Raw Honey
  • 1 cup Puffed Quinoa
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Lemon Zest or Shredded Coconut
Instructions
  1. Combine 2 cups of Almond Butter (or preferred nut/seed butter) with ½ cup of raw honey.
  2. Mix in 1 cup of puffed quinoa (gently heat raw quinoa in a skillet until quinoa becomes crispy).
  3. Spread evenly into a small square pan.
  4. Drizzle honey over the top and generously sprinkle with hemp seeds or chia seeds.
  5. Finish with a dusting of Himalayan pink salt.
  6. *Optional* add freshly lemon zest or shredded coconut
  7. Let set in the freezer until firm, then cut into squares and serve.

Natural Gluten-Free Alternatives

by Holly Nall on May 2, 2013, 33 comments

People avoid gluten for a variety of reasons: celiac disease, intolerance, or for general good health. Eliminating such an ubiquitous ingredient from your diet can be challenging, so a number of food producers have begun manufacturing alternatives to traditionally wheat-based foods.

These products don’t appeal to everyone, however, due to their higher cost and processed content. Fortunately, there are a number of simple, affordable substitutes you can create using only vegetables.

Instead of noodles: Zucchini or Spaghetti Squash

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  • Using a julienne slicer, create long shreds of zucchini. These can be stir-fried, or briefly boiled (one minute) and topped with sauce.
  • Instead of lasagna noodles, use a mandoline slicer to create thin slices of zucchini. Layer as you would noodles in lasagna or casseroles.
  • Tip: To reduce the moisture in the zucchini “noodles” before you cook, lightly salt them and place between paper towels or cheesecloth for 15 minutes.
  • Instead of spaghetti noodles, simply bake a spaghetti squash and top with the sauce of your choice.

Instead of bread: Leafy Greens

  • Use lettuce, kale, or other greens to wrap burgers instead of using buns.
How to create a perfect lettuce (or kale) burger wrap

How to create a perfect lettuce (or kale) burger wrap

  • Use large-leaf greens to create wraps in lieu of sandwiches and tacos.

Instead of crackers or chips: Vegetable slices

Vegetable Chips

  • Skip the rice crackers or corn chips and dunk slices of cucumber, carrot, or other vegetables into the dip of your choice.
  • If you have a dehydrator, you can create crispy chips from sliced sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, parsnips. Simply slice, lightly salt, and dehydrate.

Instead of croutons: Nuts

  • To add some crunch to your salad, opt for high-protein nuts instead.

With a few simple swaps you will be well on your way to eating a lighter, healthier, less processed gluten-free diet. Have any clever substitutions of your own? Share them in the comments!

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