Tis the Season of Cocktails!

Lisa StoryConscious Eating, Holidays

The holidays are the time of year when it’s tempting to overindulge in alcohol. It’s festive and tasty to celebrate with a cocktail or glass of wine…not to mention the relaxation that kicks in as we sip away when stress levels are traditionally higher. However, too much alcohol weakens the immune system leaving you susceptible to colds, flus and lower in vitality. It dehydrates the body resulting in headaches and what I like to call the “foggy and groggies”. While alcohol helps you fall asleep, it prevents you from slipping into a normal sleep cycle and causes night-waking. It also disrupts the endocrine system and creates hormonal imbalances that contribute to PMS, menopausal symptoms and adrenal fatigue. Keep in mind that … KEEP READING…

Autumn: A Nourishing Season

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

With autumn’s arrival there’s a discernable shift in the foods available for us to enjoy. Much is being harvested and the lighter, cooling foods of summer are disappearing and making space for warming and grounding foods. Say good-bye to the peaches! When we eat aligned with the seasons (which is FAR easier to do if we shop at the local Farmer’s Market) we support the body in staying healthy.  The body won’t respond the same to cool, raw summer foods if consumed during the colder months of winter. Just the same, it will react differently to a steamy bowl of soup eaten on a hot summer day then it will on a cold winter day. Eating out of season creates … KEEP READING…

Storing & Preparing Beans to Support Digestion

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

Beans are an excellent way to add high-quality, plant-based protein to your diet. They are high in iron, B vitamins and fiber, and quite versatile. Some folks have difficulty digesting beans. They may develop gas, bloating, or even experience irritability or unclear thinking.  Most often these issues arise when the beans have not been stored and prepared properly. Dry beans stay fresh longer when kept in a cool, dark place (rather than on the countertop).  It’s important to avoid using beans that are more than a year old, as their nutrient content and digestibility tend to be much lower. Old beans won’t soften, even with thorough cooking. Dried beans purchased in the bulk section are a budget-friendly addition to your … KEEP READING…

Good for You Grains

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

Whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oats, millet, amaranth, barley, wild rice, wheat berries and buckwheat have been a central element to the human diet since early civilization and are an excellent source of nutrition. When grains are unrefined they contain essential enzymes, protein, complex carbohydrates, iron, dietary fiber, and vitamins. They provide sustained, high-quality energy and strengthen the body. Grains contain phytic acid which can interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients. To remove, soak grains for 1-12 hours. The longer they’re soaked the more nutritious and digestible they become. They’ll also cook more quickly.  After soaking grains, drain and rinse. The phytic acid will be washed away. Be sure to cook them in fresh water. To infuse … KEEP READING…