From CHEFS Mix Editors:
Back when we launched CHEFS Mix, we asked what kind of recipes and information you would like to see. Many folks responded telling us they wanted to see more healthy recipes and blogs for experts. We took your request to heart and have begun searching out those subject matter experts.Today's blog post is by one of those experts we are partnering with; allow us to introduce you to our guest blogger, Chef Heather Mitchell.
Heather is a Personal Natural Chef, here in Colorado. She teaches in our cooking classes that hosted at the Colorado Springs Outlet Store. She sees a range of personal clients, enjoys entertainment cooking, teaches many classes in the area and works closely with the Colorado Farm and Art Market as a board member and chef. Her cooking style is finding the best tasting ingredients and simply enhance the flavors.
We hope you find Chef Heather's article on clean eating as useful as we do! And, please let us know what you think.
Spring time, after an unfortunate diagnosis, moving back to the dating scene, New Years...these are common events that provoke thoughts of making an improvement. Our eating habits are often on the top of the “improvement list”. To jump start some action towards this goal, a detoxifying cleanse can be helpful. “Cleansing” means so many things, sometimes healthy, sometimes harmful. Rather than looking towards a cleansing pill, or juicing for a full week, a more healthful approach would be to choose a “clean” diet for a week or two.
When we eat in the cleanest way, our body thanks us by performing optimally. We sleep well, our digestive tracts are active and consistent, our skin is radiant, we have energy and we feel happy. In the clean eating world, conditions that plague many of us are lessened, or even eliminated. When we eat a less clean diet our body still works but it has to make choices. Our organs have to work extra hard and in the meantime toxins get stuffed away to be dealt with later. Our digestive tract slows and we stop eliminating waste in a timely manner. Our skin begins to show blemishes as it tries to take on some of the toxic burden. Sleeping patterns change, energy exhausts quicker and we feel sluggish and depressed as our brain struggles in this toxic environment. We gain weight, get sick, deal with headaches, and our pains and ailments worsen. Yes, ALL can be linked to the food we eat! Now is as good a time as any to clean things up a little!
It is difficult to eat this way all the time, so after the cleanse you can cheat a little here and there. But listen to your body! If you eat something that makes you feel bad, you may want to avoid that food. Try your best to continue to eat as clean as possible and find the diet that makes you feel whole, happy and healthy.
Clean recipes are available all over the Internet, and the book Clean, by Alejandro Junger goes into extensive details about the detoxifying process. If you would like help working on your clean diet, please contact me!
Heather Mitchell is a Certified Natural Chef who enjoys working with personal clients and teaching classes focused on healthy eating. Find more about Chef Heather at her website NaturalChefHeather.com
Apple, Fennel and Sour Cherry Salad
Serves: 4 side dishes
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
pinch of salt
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 large bulb fennel
1 crisp, apple (Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Fuji)
1/4 cup sour cherries, chopped
Detoxifying Breakfast Smoothie
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 medium cucumber, chopped
1 large stalk celery, chopped
1 apple, seeded and chopped
1 cup chopped kale or spinach
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1/2 avocado, chopped
1-2 servings plant based protein powder
1 cup water
In a blender, add whole flax seeds and grind to a powder. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.