Happy 2019! With a new year comes new years resolutions, new diets, new restrictions blah blah blah. As a nutritionists and intuitive eating coach I am always cautious when it comes to new years resolutions especially when it comes to food and dieting. One thing I find helpful when determining whether or not changing your diet will be for better or for worse is defining your WHY. Why is it you want to change your diet? And be 100% honest with yourself. This needs to be something that hits home, not something like “I want to lose 10 pounds before my high school reunion” kind of why. Think of why you are changing your diet and the deeper reasonings behind that thought process. If it’s something that really pulls at your heart and soul then maybe there is a good reason to change things up. Or maybe you know your body so well that you know it’s time for a little tune up and focusing on bringing in more fruits and vegetables is important for you right now. But before doing anything define your why!
As an intuitive eater myself I do this all the time to check in with my body and make sure I am staying in tune with what its needs. While I don’t deprive myself of anything, I do understand the fundamentals of what my body does and does not thrive on. Over the holidays I definitely indulged in some seriously yummy food that was just a bit rich and sweeter than normal, but hey that’s ok in my book. But knowing my body is what is key and how to rebalance after the holidays is how true balance is achieved.
Queue Model Meals! Finding ways to help you rebalance with foods that are whole and nutrient rich are what will help set yourself up for success. In this post, we are going to take a deeper dive into the Pesto Mushroom Burger and the Chicken Strips with Charred Brussel Sprouts.
Pesto Mushroom Burger
The Pesto Mushroom Burger is an excellent way to help bring your body and taste buds back into balance after indulging in some holiday sweetness. Before that, I want to make it perfectly clear though that indulging is perfectly ok and not something to be seen as something bad. Indulging is part of the sweetness of life we get to enjoy. But I think we can all agree that our bodies are not going to thrive on mom’s zucchini bread, your aunts thumb print cookies, or your uncles deep fried turkey all year round, which is why balance and bringing in wholesome foods is key.
Ok back to the Pesto Burger! Basil is the base for pesto and not only smells fresh and light but is also a top nutrient for Vitamin K, which has antioxidant properties and helps to fight inflammation in the body as well as play a role in cell growth. Inflammation is at the root cause of many health problems we face including brain fog, fatigue, achey joints and stiff muscles. Ever wonder why you wake up in the mornings feeling stiff and creaky? Chances are something in your diet is causing inflammation in your joints. Vitamin K can help keep that inflammation at bay. The Slaw and sweet potato bun also provide a source of anti-inflammatory properties as well due to their pigmented colors. Did you know the colors of fruits and vegetables help indicate their nutritional properties? So always eat the rainbow! Next is the mushrooms, found in the mushroom burger. Mushrooms contain some of the highest amounts of Vitamin B2, B3, and B5 plus selenium which is an important mineral that helps stimulate the immune system, regulate thyroid hormones, and has even been shown to help people with skin disorders like acne, eczema or dandruff. Vitamins B2, B3 and B5 all support healthy energy production along with healthy hair, skin and nails, also found in the ever popular collagen we put into our coffee and smoothies now!
Chicken Strips with Charred Brussels Sprouts
Next we have the chicken strips with charred brussels sprouts and sweet and sour sauce! More specifically let’s take a look at the brussels sprouts and the sweet and sour sauce. Most of the time the nutrients are packed into the side dishes and not always the main course, so don’t ever leave any of those sides behind! Brussel sprouts are a potent sulfur containing vegetable to help the liver detoxify and clean up. They also contain high amounts of vitamin C, K, potassium and folate. We already touched on vitamin K from the basil and we all know how important vitamin C is for our immune system. Potassium is an essential mineral because it is one of our primary electrolytes which help to keep us hydrated and our cells functioning. Dehydration is a common complaint, especially after the holidays and can be a major contributor to brain fog, fatigue, and even hunger. Taking a peek at the sweet and sour sauce, the combination of pineapple, onion, and garlic all help the liver to cleanse and detoxify naturally. Did you also know pineapple has a naturally occurring digestive enzyme called bromeline that helps to break down your food which can help with any bloating or gassiness you might experience. Over all each ingredient provides its own unique combination of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fiber all of which will help to rebalance your system and help your body thrive, even during those times of indulgence!
So I hope you can see why bringing in whole foods is key and why providing the body with vitamins and minerals to help rebalance the body is important when finding balance in your diet and lifestyle.
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About Dani Ferguson, CN
Dani is a Holistic Nutritionist & podcast host of Detoxing with Dani. Her motto is Gut Health, Glowing Skin and a Gorgeous You. After years of struggling with digestive issues and chronic acne, Dani discovered her passion for nutrition and the ability of food to heal from the inside out. After graduating college Dani went on to get her education in nutrition and now works with clients to address their health issues head on, focusing on the root cause of their symptoms and developing a personalized program that suits their health and wellness needs.