Anything Goes With My 3 Favourite Veggies Of The Sea

It was just last month I said in passing; “I miss performing in musicals, I just want to go back and do it all over again.” And just like that, I found myself back in highschool!

Anything goes

Photo by Nick Mirka of Mitchell Reilly Pictures

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I was nostalgically cast away on stage for an alumni number with fellow leads from previous years in the musical theatre performance of “Anything Goes.” And what a surreal experience it was!

Did you SEA it?

Whether you had front row seats or are just catching word of this now, a cheeky post had to follow and in the spirit of World Water Day, what better way than to hit on the high notes of sea veggies?

Rich in iodine for thyroid health, containing nearly all of the minerals present in the ocean (many of the same minerals found in human blood), and potent in antioxidants, if these aren’t yet a part of your daily diet, they should be!

Here is everything you need to know to incorporate my 3 favourite veggies of the sea:

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DULSE

  • We first stumbled upon this on our road trip to the Grand Manan Islands in New Brunswick. Fresh dulse was spread over tarps in long rows across the ground to dry out. There was a local gift shop where I purchased this dulse in dried strips, flakes, and even made into hard candy.
  • What it is: Dulce is technically a red seaweed though it can appear purple and resembles red, leafy lettuce.
  • How To Use It: With a salty taste, and a sea-like flavour, it creates a wonderful seasoning to dishes, particularly those with elements of seafood. Due to its natural salty qualities, it is often used as a replacement to sea salt. I sprinkle it liberally on salads, stirfrys, omelets and the Arctic Char fish dish we enjoy every Sunday. Though an acquired taste, perhaps, I can’t get enough!

Grand Manan

NORI

  • What it is: If you’re a sushi lover, you’re already well acquainted with the thin, paper like sheets of nori that wrap around your favourite sushi roll. These sheets come raw (for the maximum health benefits) or the traditional toasted. Raw wraps will be most commonly located at your local health food store.
  • How to use it: Fill them up with any number of combinations such as tahini with avocado and veggies or make sushi rolls with quinoa/millet and your favourite additions. It works best if what you are putting in the wraps is warm as this allows the sheets to soften and adhere.

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~ Above: Home-rolled avocado & mango quinoa sushi ~

KELP

  • What it is: Kelp is a brown sea algae which standard “green” chlorophyl colour is masked by a reddish, brownish hue. Brown sea veggies contain higher levels of iodine and therefore, a little goes a long way when boosting thyroid health.
  • How to use it: Soak it and slice it into strips to use on salads, stirfrys or lightly saute it in a frying pan for wraps.

 

As they are derived from the sea, toxicity is a concern but these veggies are highly beneficial when sourced organically and sustainably. It is also important to note that for the biggest boost of benefits, they should not be cooked as much of the iodine will leach into the water.

 From sushi to salads, give seaveggies a shot and get creative. Afterall, in the world of seaweeds: Anything Goes!

Suzanne Eden

 

 

 

3 Food Favourites You MUST Try When Traveling To The Tropics

March break is upon us, and though tropical trips are usually associated with excessive drinking and dining that will have you dozing in your lounge chair by the end of the week….

When a holistic wellness enthusiasts goes, it’s a whole other basket of coconuts!

Coconuts
From the sandy beaches of sunny Cuba, these are my top 3 must have foods to try on your tropical vacay away;

1) Coco For Coconuts

  • Fresh coconuts!  I spotted these being sold by the beach bar, but as it was my first day on the resort, I reasoned I would wait to grab one. Can’t have too much excitement all in one day, right?! Big mistake as they were never sold there again the rest of the trip. To my luck, however, I ran into a friendly resort worker chopping them down on our last day and he was more than happy to cut one up for me to enjoy! 🙂

Why coconut water is your holistic must have:

  • MEDICINAL : Coconut water is your secret weapon for anything from exhaustion to dehydration to food poisoning. All of these require proper hydration and fresh coconut water is a pure source with added potassium, magnesium (to prevent muscle cramps) and anti-oxidants.
  • REFRESH – When dehydrated, pure water is often insufficient as an imbalance of our electrolytes will make it difficult for water to properly penetrate our cells. It is easy to become dehydrated in the hot and humid climates where you are prone to sweat, and the consumption of alcohol/caffeine or becoming ill will further exasperate this issue. The electrolytes from coconuts, however, allow water to fully hydrate at a cellular level and reduces bloating due to water retention.
  • DIGESTION: Rich in enzymes, coconut water enhances the digestion of our food and contributes to a healthy gut flora to boost our immunity.

2) Road Side Bananas!

  •  I love resorts for convenience and a stress-free trip, but exploration is always my favourite part of any vacation. This particular venture into the city was accompanied by a pit-stop at a roadside fruit stand to pick up these local mini bananas. Not only adorable, they were sweet, flavourful and tasted unlike any conventional store-bought banana (there are, in fact, hundreds of different varieties). With prime seats on the bus behind our tour guide, we ate our weight and snatched a few for our families too.

Why they are your holistic must have:

  • Fresh bananas are high in vitamin C to boost your immunity while traveling, are packed with fibre for good digestion, vitamin B6 for energy, magnesium for increased relaxation and make for the perfect, filling snack food!

mini bananas

3) Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

  • I think this has got to be my favourite thing in the world. The first time I ever indulged in freshly squeezed orange juice was in Cuba (several years before this last trip) and I have never been able to drink organic OJ without the thought. Even though I juice oranges from home, they never taste the same as those picked fresh and ripe right off the tree and squeezed by a hand-crank.  If you get the chance, this is a must!

Why fresh squeezed OJ is your holistic must have:

  • Fresh oranges are packed with vitamin C to boost your immunity along with polyphenols to protect against viral infections, beta-carotene to help protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, and are alkalinizing to the body to reduce internal inflammation.
  • NOTE: Drink juice away from other foods and be active after doing so, as fruit will spike blood sugar when stripped of its fibre. Don’t let this deter you however, it is a much better option than alcohol (pure, liver taxing sugar) and offers you health benefits when savoured in moderation. Though moderation with fresh squeezed, tropical orange juice is not a thing for me!
Fresh, local food is always the most flavourful food, and when savoured on a sunny vacay, so much the better! But no matter where you find yourself this week, “shake” things up this St. Patrick’s day with last years Rock Your Shamrocks Shake!
Soaking up the Canadian sun,
Suzanne Eden

Resolutionize Yourself : The Psychology To Achieve Every Wellness Dream Of 2016

Dear friends, welcome to 2016!

This year, we’re taking the concept of New Year, New You to a whole new level! A revolutionized and resolutionized level of personal power in every facet of our being. That’s our theme. It is the intention to live to our highest potential, to thrive, to seek optimal wellness in every aspect of our lives. It is the power to take our lifestyle into our own hands and make conscious choices for the life we truly desire.

new years 2016

I want “snooze” to be banished from your vocabulary, sleep to be rejuvenating and refreshing, exercise to be a means of channeling your abundance of energy and bliss to be your default. I want you to fully experience what optimal health feels like, how you will radiate, broaden and redefine your beliefs around wellness and I’m taking this journey with you!

In preparation for the year ahead, this is our guide to conquer all of our wellness dreams in 2016 :

 First: Write Down How You Feel Now

  • Be precise. Write down all the aches and pains, the low energy, the cracked nails, the dry elbows,  everything you can think of because as you take this journey with me, things will have disappeared that you never even considered. All of a sudden you may find yourself thinking: “whatever happened to that?” Writing it down now will help you to reflect later to notice and celebrate all of the small and large changes unfolding along the way.

Second: Visualize

  • Visualize where you see yourself being one year from now. What healthy and vibrant looks like on you. But also visualize yourself during the challenges. The times when cravings surface or when you are with friends and family and surrounded by the foods that may trigger you. Visualize how you will stay motivated at the times when it is difficult to keep on track. Design your mindset now so that you will be better equipped for those times when they show up for you.

Third: Become Conscious

  • Of what you are putting into your body, of the thoughts you are thinking, of the choices you are making everyday. Notice them, become conscious of them and with each one decide if it is serving this new you. If it doesn’t serve you, it doesn’t deserve you.
  • Remember that in some ways, we are creatures of habit. But we are also creatures of novelty! We live for the excitement, the thrill of new challenges that progress us, strengthen us and catalyze us into being better human beings. The desire to achieve our highest potential is an inherent trait in each and every one of us.
  • In 2016, step into your personal power, to command only the best for yourself, to seek only the best in others, to power your plate with only that which is truly serving and deserving of you.

Fourth : Develop The Mindset of Growth

  • Neuroscience has made the distinction between the “fixed mindset” and the “growth mindset” which welcomes and facilitates change, creativity and development. This growth mindset is where we see that we are not “fixed” in our current lifestyle but can alter it, progress it and shift it to become better. It is one which celebrates advancement, challenges old patterns and creates new habits through the development and strengthening of neural connections in our brains.

Fifth : Write Yourself a Letter

  • This is for the times when things get rough, when the challenges get challenging and when you are just on the verge of your breakthrough but have to push your hardest. I want you to sit down now and write a letter, or perhaps a few, with encouragement, cheering yourself on, becoming your own best support group when you need it. Seal this letter in an envelope and tuck it away somewhere to come back to when you’re in search of a little added boost.

journal

Sixth : Get Hungry!

  • Ask yourself: WHY do you want health in 2016? What are the factors that are motivating you towards wellness? Write these down and place them somewhere you can see them each day to remind and motivate yourself towards your goals.
  • Keep these reasons positive. If your goal is “weight loss” I want you to shift your focus. Loss doesn’t hold the fuel of personal power and the motivation behind losing something doesn’t carry enough drive to keep you going in the challenging times. What will? Gain and achievement! Likewise, holding the intention of “I’m going to lose weight” is entirely counterintuitive to the process as we are consistently reaffirming weight.
  • Instead, ask yourself; “what will I gain?” Think energy, physical endurance, inner peace, etc. Get hungry for a positive outcome and let this be the drive behind your year.

Seventh : Get Thirsty For Knowledge!

  • To truly harness the full potential of your personal power, you need to become your own healer. As a nutritionist, I work with everything from auto-immune disease, Crohn’s disease and colitis to weight loss, hormone imbalances and skin issues but it I know from practise and experience that true healing comes from being an active participant.
  • You know your body better than anyone else, so research like crazy, experiment on your body and do so with the guidance of a skilled practitioner and this is where you will find true health. Use me as a facilitator and yourself as the driving force with a passion and thirst for knowledge.

Eighth : Create Your Motivational Arsenal

  • This is crucial to your success. With our grocery stores home to more aisles of processed food than fresh produce, our drives to work littered with fast food joints and chips, pizza and buttery popcorn as staples of our current culture, along with our initial hunger, we need the fuel to satisfy it. Prescription for resolutionary wellness: Every day, feast on motivation!
  • This may come in the form of nutrition books or soul reads, podcasts, YouTube videos, documentaries and/or blogs. I want you to build your days on the mindset of wellness and create the feeling of a close-knit community with people you don’t even know!

Here are a few to get you started:

Books: Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules ; An Eaters Manual”, Paul Robert’s “The End Of Food”, Michael Moss’ “Salt Sugar Fat”

Podcasts: Underground Wellness

YouTube: Brendon Burchard, Drew Canole

Documentaries: Food Matters, Food Inc., Fat Sick and Nearly Dead

Blogs: This one, you’ve already found! 🙂

***Note: Subscribing to my blog (through the email address on the side bar) or to these YouTubers means that you will get your weekly inspiration delivered straight to your mail box as another friendly reminder to keep you on track!

  • Feuling my day with motivation is a staple for me and the way I fit this in as a habit is to infuse it into my daily routine. I wake up and get ready while Brendon Burchard videos play in the background, I read nutrition books on breaks at work, I listen to podcasts while driving in the car and good luck at getting me to watch a movie that isn’t a documentary (unless it’s a Christmas movie, british comedy or Harry Potter).
  • When our goals become habits, this is where we find lasting, powerful results.

resolutions

2016 On The Horizon

Last night was spent chasing every last magical moment heading into the new year with one huge intention: to make 2016 our healthiest year YET!

This year’s posts will be dedicated to the fearless pursuit of optimal wellness through our bodies, minds and spirits, our whole beings. In January, we will be focussing on detoxification and cleansing our systems to reboot our healing process. We’ll examine the necessary components of cleansing, how to use it to properly to assist you on your journey to radiant health and how to transition your spring cleansing challenge for the winter.

Until then, drinks lots, move more, go green, step beyond your comfort zone, create empowered resolutions, and remember that the more profound your changes are, the more profound your transformation will be.

Welcome to your year of power,

Suzanne Eden