- Mel’s weekly food pick: Fresh Basil
- Mel’s weekly recipe pick: Avocado Alfredo Pasta
Last night Wayne and I enjoyed a beautiful patio dinner in front of a perfect wood-burning fire. We refer to it as our “fun platter dinner”, because it’s full of mostly finger foods– you know, the type you’d find on a charcuterie board at a nice restaurant (to go with your glass of wine).
Right before bed, I experienced an almost insatiable thirst. Well of course I did; I probably consumed 1000 milligrams of sodium in one sitting…duh! After guzzling a big bottle of water, I began contemplating the very real phenomenon of inner-homeostasis– or our body’s drive towards balance and equilibrium. I came to this conclusion:
Damn is my body brilliant!
And yours is too.
Trust your body– it’s smarter than you think!
Have you ever stopped to appreciate the wonder of the human body? It knows exactly what to do to heal itself. Its only role is to keep us protected and alive, at any cost. I mean think about it– imagine if we had to personally instruct our body to heal that cut on our finger. I think we’d all be up the creek without a paddle, and some of us (ahem…ME) would miss a crucial step because we’d be too busy checking Facebook!
Last night, this brilliant body of mine– of which I claim no credit–knew exactly what to do about the excess salt I fed it. Because I disturbed my inner-homeostasis, it responded with a very appropriate: Let’s make her barren desert-thirsty so she’ll drink enough water to restore us back to balance.
I’m not sure how it knows what to do; it just does! I believe the 13th century Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi said it best with this advice: Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Your body is an amazing, wondrous, bewildering treasure of light, strength and resiliency. It wants to be well and will do everything in its power to get your attention.
Pay attention! Otherwise you’ll miss the warning
- Stress-induced neck pain.
- High blood sugar following a sleep-deprived night.
- That subtle layer of extra fat that just “magically” appeared on your abdomen.
- Elevated triglyceride levels revealed on your recent bloodwork report.
- The inevitable stroke caused by your pack-a-day habit.
These are all warning signs that something is disrupting your inner-homeostasis.
So stop with the “whoa is me”, trust your body, and start paying attention! You can fix this. If I may be so bold, you’d better fix it, otherwise your body will cry louder and force you to pay attention.
Can you say D-I-S-E-A-S-E?
First trust your body, then put your $$ where your mouth is
I’m sorry if it seems like I’m being a little harsh, but I hope you understand it’s coming from a place of love and absolute knowing. Knowing that– even if YOU don’t– your body will absolutely support you if you support it.
By all means, read my posts and take it all in.
Then DO something.
Claim ownership of your health and take action.
Listen my sweet friend, I’m not asking you to move mountains here…just little piles of dirt: Make one of my recipes for dinner tonight (try this week’s recipe pick for Avocado Alfredo Pasta); get your ass into bed a half-hour earlier; trade that (may as well be cotton candy-water) sweetened beverage for a glass of lemon water or fruit-infused water; calm your stress with five minutes of quiet meditation.
You get the point!
Trust ME…I speak from experience
Back in 2015, I was told I had pre-diabetes—a diagnosis that literally knocked the wind out of me.
It was my body’s way of getting my attention.
You see, I thought I was doing everything right– I ate healthy food, exercised most days of the week, and my body weight was within a normal range. Well it just so happened that I was eating more carbohydrates than my body could handle. Walking into the kitchen on any given day and mindlessly grabbing a bag of sprouted tortilla chips, was a common ritual for me. I reasoned that “Hey, they are sprouted, whole grain, non-GMO, low sodium, and organic, so I get a free pass to eat as many as I want!” This ended up being half of the bag.
I also came to discover that although I didn’t physically feel it, I was experiencing more stress than I realized, which manifested into elevated blood sugar.
By taking the proper measures to clean up my body and mind, through good nutrition, exercise, rest, supplementation and meditation, I am happy to report that in just six months, I created a healthy environment of normal blood sugar. If you want to read more about my story, click HERE.
Could I have thrown up my hands and jumped on the “it’s genetic” train? Sure. But I didn’t. I trusted, shifted, and my body brought itself back into harmonious balance.
The bottom line is this
Trust your body, it knows exactly what it needs. Ignore it, and don’t be surprised with what “magically” occurs.
Mel’s weekly food pick:
Native to India, Asia and Africa, fresh basil just happens to be my all-time favorite herb. I enjoy this highly fragrant plant most in prepared pesto sauce or Avocado Alfredo Pasta.
- Basil has an impressive amount of vitamin K and is packed with flavonoids–natural plant substances known for their beneficial effects on health. In fact, it’s the flavonoids in basil that protect cell structures and chromosomes from radiation and oxygen-based damage.
- Basil also acts as an antibacterial! Its volatile oils protect against unwanted bacterial growth like Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli (E. coli).
- As an natural anti-inflammatory, basil offers symptomatic relief for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Fresh basil can be used in so many ways. Here are some of my favorites:
- Homemade pesto sauce (see my recipe for Pesto Zucchini & Bean Pasta)
- Avocado Alfredo Sauce
- Layered on top of sliced tomato and fresh mozzarella and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Try this recipe!
- On top of pizza when hot out of the oven
- On top of salads
- In Fruit-Infused Water
In hot dishes, be sure to add basil near the end of the cooking process to preserve its heavenly flavor.
Treat fresh basil like you would fresh flowers. Simply trim the leaves off the bottom of the stems, place in a jar or vase with fresh water and store on your counter. Change the water every two days and wash the leaves right before use. You could also store the leaves by washing gently, patting dry and wrapping in a paper towel. Place in a plastic bag, seal, and store in refrigerator drawer.
Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
Avocado Alfredo Pasta