Eating to Live

I have received a lot of complicated eating advice over the years and I have posted some of them below. The only two that resonates with me are 

(1) Eliminate dairy. I do believe that the mucus that it creates clogs up the body and I instantly feel the difference after I indulge in a slice of pizza or a cup of ice-cream. 
(2). Drink a glass of lemon juice everyday. We wash everything that we want to cleanse in lemon/lime juice and it is just as effective for the body. A glass of water and 1 fresh lemon really refreshes the body and make you feel whole again.

Articles to Help You Eat and Live Well


Shake from Heaven - Only the Good Stuff
have created a "Shake from Heaven" shake that I make every day. So named because, it contains a little bit all all the good things that the experts say we should eat daily. Sometimes, it is just easier to drink them than eat them. Here is the recipe:

Shake from Heaven by Autherine@BoysRising
1 cup coconut milk (can also use soy, rice, almond, hemp)
1/2 container blueberries (can also add other berries, such as raspberries)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 peg of ginger
1/2 banana
1/2 clove garlic
Handful of spinach
2 cups of water
1/4 cup of Noni/Gogi/Mangosteen/Acai juice 
1 tablespoon Flaxseed
Protein powder (I use 1 scoop of Garden of Life Raw Protein)

I feel full and healthy when I have this for breakfast. 


The 95% Rule

When it comes to eating healthy, I follow the 95% rule. Eat healthy 95% of the time and once a week, indulge in something sinfully delicious. These vegan donuts and cupcakes from Babycakes are both sinfully good and dare I say, healthy. There is no getting away from the guilt and calories that comes with eating donuts and cupcakes but you can sleep better knowing that they were Vegan and delicious!



 The coconut sprinkled donuts are my favorites. The boys love the cinnamon donuts!





Vegan/Gluten-free at Disney

We have had wonderful luck finding healthy eats at Disney. Here are photos of a recent breakfast at the Polynesian hotel. Most restaurants have a "special diet" menu that you won't see unless you ask for it.
Gluten-free/Vegan Mickey Waffles
Vegan Breakfast

Don't be shy about asking, the staff is trained and it is Disney, so of course, they still smile when you ask for french fries that are baked or fried in a different fryer from the meat/fish dishes.


More Tips For the Die-Hard Healthy Eaters
As a busy mom, I live by a checklist, so here is one that I tape on my refrigerator to help me eat healthy. It is a compilation of suggestions from various nutritionists and from helpful articles that I have read over the years. Having it on the refrigerator helps me when I vear off course. Just say NO to:
No caffeine
No white/bleached Sugar
No White Flour
No Dairy from a cow
No processed foods
No canned foods
No junk foods
No Soda
No Hydrogenated products
No lifeless foods devoid of nutrients and enzymes. 
No Nicotine or chemicals
Say YES to:
Fresh, preferably organic vegetables
Noni, Gogi, Mangosteen

Berries (organic blueberries, raspberries)
Omega-3
Wheatgrass shots with ginger

Citrus: Pure lemon/lime juice everyday. 1 orange or grapefruit.
Wheat products, unless you are allergic to Gluten.

Teaspoon of cinnamon daily
Healthy oils (Olive and Coconut) in low amounts

Sample Menu. 
Breakfast: Oatmeal, Joe’s Oat Patties, Almond Milk Chai, Peppermint/Sorrel/Ginger tea, Bowl of Fruit (blueberries, strawberries, a banana)  
Lunch:   Grilled salmon, spinach salad    

Dinner: Quinoa, Brown Rice, Grilled fish, Grilled or Stir-fried vegetables (eggplant, cabbage)

The Bonus

(1) Laugh everyday, rest everyday and exercise everyday. 
Laugh everyday means to have some joy in your life everyday. My source of joy is watching the kids play. Music is my sure source of joy. I turn on my favorite playlist of “happy music” every time that I feel stressed.

(2) Sleep gives the body time to recover. If you are not sleeping, relax the mind and body by breathing deeply and meditating on something positive and joyful.
(3) Exercise. I have an expensive gym membership that I use sparodically. I work out frantically right before the big vacation or the big birthday and then peeter out to once a week until the next big event. I invested in 6 personal training session and 6 swim lessons - both trainers are still awaiting for me to return for more pain. What does work for me is the stretch band that I have under my desk. I do bicep curls a few times per day. Take the stairs, sit up and push ups are great exercises.

Living and eating healthy is challenging but rewarding. Best wishes on your journey and please share any additional tips.