I had an entirely different subject I was writing on for this weeks’ post, until I heard the very sad news. I am sure by now, you’ve heard that we lost a great talent and some say, a genius. Robin Williams. I did not know Robin, but I know about the disease he suffered from: Depression.
This disease is, unfortunately, quite common and widespread in our society. It is still taboo in many circles to bring up and sadly, many just don’t talk about it and suffer in privacy. I am writing this very heartfelt message in case I can reach at least one person suffering from this illness.
Here’s what I do know about this illness. As one of my mentors, Dr. Mark Hyman states, “Depression is not a Prozac deficiency”. I know this sounds quite simplistic, but hear me out. As a clinical nutritionist I understand that most diseases in the body manifest from an imbalance in our bio-chemistry. It takes years of an imbalance to build up into an illness. Just like you don’t get diabetes overnight, you don’t get depression overnight. Sure, there are instances in life that are traumatic and downright unbearable. We use many tools to help us through these times in our lives; family and friends, faith, prayer and therapy to name a few. Why is it that some folks recover while others don’t? Could it be a difference in their biology? Could it be that a neurotransmitter imbalance in some can lead them down the path to depression?
Quinoa it not a whole grain. Yup, you read that right. Quinoa is actually a seed! It’s rich in many vitamins, minerals and one of the only plant world’s complete protein food. I you have not tried making it yet, now is your perfect opportunity. I’ve got one of my all-time favorite recipes here for you, that utilizes this versatile seed. I took a super healthy Mediterranean dish (which I basically grew up on) and tweaked it to make it gluten free and even more nutritious than the original version. It’s Quinoa Tabouli. I have to admit, when I first replaced the traditional bulgur wheat with quinoa, my Lebanese mother was not too pleased. Oh no, you don’t mess with traditional Lebanese food. Now I am happy to report that she not only likes my recipe, but now only makes it this way. I love this recipe so much, not only because I grew up on it, but because this little dish packs and antioxidant punch! It’s got all four super antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, E and Selenium) to keep our cell membranes healthy and fighting off free radicals. Let me know how you liked it.
Get the recipe here, along with directions on how to make the perfect fluffy quinoa – every time.
Yes, by now we should all know that eating Organic is just plain better. Better for our bodies, our soil, and our planet. Eating organically leaves behind the pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, GMO’s and irradiation that are all part of the conventional counterparts.
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This salad is an especially special one to serve for a romantic Valentines dinner. I developed it with aphrodisiacs in mind, like avocado, strawberries and pine nuts. The avocado’s texture is smooth and creamy, while tasting delicious. Strawberries are often described in erotic text as ‘fruit nipples’ and, like grapes, are perfect for hand feeding and full of vitamins. Pine nuts are rich in zinc, which is an essential mineral required to stimulate the male libido.