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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!

Eat Well: Food Integrity Simplified

by Megan Fleming on September 26, 2014, no comments

Food Integrity Simplified by Urban Remedy

How do you sift through all the food labels and know that you are eating clean?

Trying to eat well is challenging enough, but add in a list of food labels and mysterious ingredients and it becomes overwhelming. Non-GMO, Organic, Gluten Free, Vegan, All Natural, Fat Free … Food labels really don’t mean much. We get attached to certain words that describe food and the food industry uses those words to market their foods. Just because a label says Organic, Gluten Free etc. does NOT make it a health food. Take a moment to read ingredients. Understanding ingredients is your key to understanding what you are actually eating. Look for simple ingredients that you can pronounce and understand.

When to let it go and when to say no.

Its almost impossible to eat clean 100% of the time. Give yourself a break sometimes and don’t let your commitment to food run your life. It’s okay to occasionally let it go and enjoy that cookie your co-worker has offered (even if its not the raw vegan version that you’re used to). But also, feel good about saying no to foods that really go against your food integrity. There’s a difference between letting it go because its not a perfect food and saying no to something that doesn’t even qualify as food.

Know the most common GMO ingredients

Aspartame baking powder, canola oil (rapeseed oil), caramel color, cellulose, citric acid, cobalamin (Vitamin B12), colorose, condensed milk, confectioners sugar, anything corn based: corn flour, corn meal, corn oil, corn sugar, corn syrup, cornstarch, cottonseed oil, cyclodextrin, cystein, dextrin, dextrose, diacetyl, diglyceride, erythritol, food starch, fructose (any form), glucose, glutamate, glutamic acid, glycerides, glycerin, glycerol, glycerol monooleate, glycine, hemicellulose, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), hydrogenated starch, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, inositol, inverse syrup, inversol, invert sugar, isoflavones, lactic acid, lecithin, leucine lysinemalitol, malt, malt syrup, malt extract, maltodextrin, maltose, mannitol, methylcellulose, milk powder, milo starch, modified food starch, modified starch, mono and diglycerides, monosodium glutamate (MSG), Nutrasweet, oleic acid, Phenylalanine, phytic acid, protein isolate, shoyu, sorbitol, anything soy based, stearic acid, sugar (unless specified as cane sugar), tocopherols (vitamin E), trehalose, triglyceride. vegetable oil, xanthan gum

Ask your favorite restaurant how they can better commit to organic and non GMO ingredients.

The joy of eating out can feel stressful if you are left wondering what really goes into the foods at your favorite restaurant. It’s important to speak up.  Ask your favorite restaurants how they are doing their best to provide the best quality foods on their menu. Urban Remedy is dedicated to the highest quality; we believe that food should not only taste good. Food should always benefit your body.

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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