Despite what feels like an endless Winter in Vancouver this year (which I, admittedly, enjoy to the core) Spring is on its way. Edible Magazine‘s Almost Spring issue is now out on news stands, and I am honoured to have another feature on the cover – especially as it’s a photo of my mother’s hands.
My mom is the source of my wellness inspiration, and has taught me the value of good food and health since I was little (advice that I regrettably didn’t put into practice until later years!). My article is all about how she expresses her love for her family through food, the traditional Persian meals she prepares (that are bursting with essential nutrients at this time of the year), and why Persian New Year – celebrated on the first day of Spring – is my preferred time to start a new chapter.
You can find the hard copy all over town, and the digital version here.
I often hear my mom comment to my sister during a particularly stressful episode with her (much-adored) grandchildren that, “It wasn’t like this raising you two.”
Overwhelm seems to be the plague of the 21st century in North America. For most of us, life has never been more convenient than it is today, and yet many of us struggle with keeping our head above water. Sometimes we’re even paralyzed by our daily to-do lists. Why is that?
I think there are many reasons for this:
too much choice can cause paralysis (as outlined in The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz)
endless access to information and entertainment, and comparing ourselves to others
working and raising children simultaneously
constant communication in the form of phone calls, emails, texts and social media alerts
Rarely does anyone feel bored anymore.
But there’s another thread to overwhelm that I hadn’t recognized until I became a Nutritionist.
Hey everyone! I’m so excited (once again) to be unveiling a project that I’ve been super eager to launch. I’ve created another product to encourage living in harmony with the seasons. It is the 2017 West Coast Cleanse and it is designed for those of us living in and around Metro Vancouver.
January is coming up soon and is a very popular time to cleanse, given that we often overindulge over the holiday season, which leaves us feeling heavy, groggy and in the need of an extreme fix! But doing it incorrectly during the dead of winter can be harsh on our systems.
I have designed the 2017 West Coast Cleanse for people to gain the benefits of cleansing while also staying in harmony with the seasons!
Cleansing is an important practice for overall wellness. Our eliminatory organs (the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin and bowels) must get rid of environmental toxins as well as harmful chemicals produced internally as a byproduct of some metabolic processes.
I’d say that it’s now, more than ever before, important to take the time to cleanse the body. Here’s why:
One of the best things I learned in my year of nutrition school was how to make congee. Seriously. I’m kind of obsessed with it. This incredibly easy and warming food has brought me such comfort that I had to share it with you here…
Congee is a rice porridge that originated in China thousands of years ago. It is cooked over long hours and often enjoyed at breakfast. I eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
It is made up of rice, one onion and lots of water, and you can throw in whatever else you want to flavour it! I add fresh ginger, unrefined salt and a generous pinch of saffron. I’ll also throw in some jumbo prawns on the odd occasion, and sometimes drizzle it with sesame oil and green onions, once in a while I also add tamari. My favourite time to make congee is super early on a rainy stay-at-home weekend morning, where I can enjoy its aroma as it cooks for hours.
There’s this notion that at some point between moving from one extreme to another, you will land in the middle. For me – in the case of eating healthy and taking care of myself – that certainly hasn’t been the case.
I’ve lived most of my life in opposite extremes. Half the time, I ate super healthy, exercised daily and practiced mega discipline towards achieving my goals. But the other half of the time, I had the live a little attitude a little too often and sat idle all day, getting nothing purposeful done and eating whatever junk I wanted.
Never, did I land in the middle.
Despite the desire to find a happy, healthy medium – to make healthful choices and be at my best, while also enjoying treats from time to time – I never managed to do it.
But one day, my body stopped bouncing back as easily as it used to, and I ended up with food-related health issues. I realized that I couldn’t continue taking my body for granted. Luckily, I had an aha moment and decided to take a different approach. I took baby steps.
This past Spring/Summer I had the great pleasure of writing for Edible Magazine and getting to know Rocky Point Ice Cream. Edible Magazine is by far my favourite magazine, and I fell in love with Rocky Point Ice Cream years ago after I stumbled upon their parlour and tasted the most delicious ice cream that I’d ever had (seriously). Every visit there, with their ice cream truck Scooper parked outside, felt like a return to childhood. And that nostalgia inspired me to write the article.
Super ironic, I know, that my first credit as a Nutritionist is writing about of all things ice cream! But I couldn’t help it :[
If you missed the article and would like to take a read (and look! the images are also mine) you can find an online copy here.