Eat to Thrive

Recipe of the Week

I’ve been getting lots of questions lately about our favorite recipes and what we like to eat.  One of the biggest questions has been related to kid-friendly food.  So, what I thought I would do is start a regular post where I highlight some of our family’s favorites meals.  I’ll start with last night’s dinner:

Curried Chicken with Cashews

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 C. unsalted butter

2C. diced onions

1 tbsp. minced garlic

1 tbsp. finely minced ginger

3 tbsp. curry powder

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (I only used 1/4 tsp. because we don’t like spicy foods)

2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes

1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes (or you can dice your own fresh tomatoes if you have some on hand)

1/4 C. cilantro, chopped

3/4 C. cashews

3/4 C. plain Greek yogurt

1 head cauliflower

DIRECTIONS:

1.  In a frying pan, combine butter, onions, garlic and ginger.  Cook until onions are soft.

2.  In slow cooker, combine all the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT yogurt and cashews.

3.  Add onion mixture to slow cooker.

4.  Cook on LOW 6-8 hours or HIGH for 4-5 hours.  During the last 30 minutes stir in the yogurt and let everything simmer.  Add in cashews.

5.  While the slow cooker is simmering with the yogurt and cashews, use a food processor to chop the cauliflower until it is in small, rice-shaped pieces.  Steam cauliflower until soft.

To serve, spoon curried chicken over top of the cauliflower rice and eat up!  YUM!  Enjoy!

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Eat to Thrive – Tuesday, May 7th, at 6:00 pm and Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 pm

Eat to Thrive, our most popular Designed to Thrive Seminar is coming in May!  This life-changing seminar only comes around once every three months, so don’t let it pass you by.  This one’s a game-changer, folks, and you’ll want to get on board!

Designed to Thrive works in harmony with our body’s genetic make-up and design.  It is not a diet, but instead an approach to fulfilling the nutritional requirements of the body for optimal function. Eat to Thrive teaches people how to eat to create health, instead of eating to alleviate a symptom or to treat a disease.  Eat to Thrive n is a sustainable, enjoyable and incredibly healthy approach to eating for life.

The Seminar will be held on Tuesday, May 7th at 6 pm in our Avondale office and Tuesday, May 14th at 6pm in our West Chester office.   Register here.  Registration is required.

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By Design Vacation Travel Tips

c086aadfb30a0e876cb855cdbe820d09It’s time for a break from work, from school, and from the daily grind … but that much-needed time off can never be a vacation from reality, at least not without pretending that “being on vacation” means our lifestyle choices no longer matter.

The good news – there are some simple strategies that can help you have fun and, with little time and energy investment, keep up with many of your Life By Design action steps. You can turn your holiday into a health boost instead of a colossal setback!

The most important principle to understand is that Reality Exists. If something is important for the health of your body today, it will be important for your health tomorrow. It doesn’t matter whether you are carrying out your normal routine at home or lounging in a tropical paradise with the ocean at your feet.

Life By Design is built on the fundamental law that the human body has Requirements for optimal function and health (food, movement, rest, oxygen, nerve supply). Those needs are required to be fulfilled consistently and, when they are not, our body moves away from health and towards sickness.

Your vacation may be relatively short but that does not mean poor choices will not be without consequence. Here are some simple tips to help you succeed:

  • Whether you are visiting an all-inclusive resort, dining out or cooking your own meals, it’s not as difficult as you may think to keep up with Eating By Design.  Focus on big salads, plenty of meat and veggies; guacamole, butter and olive oil are wonderful fat sources that are usually plentiful; water, with some coffee or tea, should make up the majority of your liquid intake. Want to indulge in some dessert?  Ice cream (if you do dairy) or some fruit will be your healthier choices. Want to indulge in some alcohol? Stick to mostly clear alcohols and red wine; avoid more than a small amount of the common sugar-filled tropical drinks.
  • Exercise doesn’t need to take a back seat; in fact, it’ll make your vacation much more energized and enjoyable! Walk every day, and, if a gym is on-site, why not keep up with your regular training? Try some gentle sprinting on the beach, swimming against the waves, or register for some of the activities offered in your area.
  • Get plenty of rest, but do not sleep in!  Avoid the temptation to break your regular sleep cycle – wake up early, exercise, and get your day started right. You can always enjoy a siesta later in the afternoon.
  • Take some personal time. Holidays may be fun for the whole family, but this is also your time.  Set aside an afternoon or daily time for reflection, journaling or simply dreaming big about your life. Have fun and live in the moment.
  • Power By Design is vital… however, unless you can bring your Wellness Chiropractor with you, be sure to have an appointment scheduled for when you return. Stay on track with the health of your nerve system and function of your body.