Have you or a loved one been sick recently?

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

“Being sick is just your body’s way of saying you’re way too awesome and you need to slow down so everyone else can catch up.”  ~ Unknown Getting sick happens, although hopefully very rarely. To be sure…it’s NO fun! More important than any sickness or physical imbalance we may have though is HOW we treat ourselves when we don’t feel well. Do we judge ourselves for being sick, blame the coughing woman who was in line behind us at the grocery store a few days ago, or push ourselves to keep on working or moving through being sick? Keep in mind that when sick, the body is detoxifying and purging itself of something that doesn’t support health.  Here are some … KEEP READING…

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…