Healthy for Life

August is a glorious time to celebrate family and friends


 

 

W elcome to the month of August and all its wonderment. It is a perfect time to capture yet another Northern Minnesota summer month. I say, yet another, because we are lucky enough to get a hot, rainy and sometimes cool summer to boast about. It is an excellent time of the season to reassess some future goals or take time to absorb our dog days of summer. T his month also marks numerous birthdays on my calendar with family and friends. ’Tis a glorious time to celebrate life whether it’s your birthday or not, so shine on people!

August brings beets and basil

T his month is a perfect time to eat beets and basil. They are both nutrient-rich foods and a powerful combination to put into a summertime salad. What you’ll need:

• 1 lb. of beets, peeled and chopped
• 2 c. chopped basil
• 2 cloves of minced garlic
• 3 Tbsp. extra virgin oil or avocado oil
• 2 tsp. of raw apple cider vinegar or coconut vinegar

 

 

M ix all together. Add a little sea salt or pepper to taste. Chill and marinate for deeper flavor. For extra ingredients, add goat or feta cheese, chives and a little honey or pure maple syrup for sweetness.

Flaxseed—brown vs. golden

Flaxseed is known to have one of the highest concentrations of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Flaxseed contains a high percentage of lignans, which contain both antioxidants and plant estrogen or phytoestrogen. Flaxseed comes in two different colors—gold and brown seeds. The seeds can be made into oil or grounded meal. The brown flaxseed has a slightly higher nutritional value and a nuttier flavor. The golden flaxseed is known to be easier to digest and used mostly in recipes to blend well for flavoring. It is a matter of what agrees with your body. When using flaxseed, you may want to consider some side effects as too much fiber or too much phytoestrogen for your body. Flaxseed is great used in smoothies, baked goods or cereals.

Relax with the “Sponge”

This meditative position assists in relieving anxiety, irritability and tension, all of which can build up fatigue levels. Follow these steps:

1. Find a peaceful or calming place to lie
down.
2. Begin by lying on your back with arms
at your sides, palms facing upward. If you
have back pain, place a rolled towel under
your knees. Allow your legs and feet to rest
with toes facing outward.
3. Close your eyes and begin to relax your
whole body.
4.I nhale slowly by breathing from the diaphragm. 5. Soak in positive healing energy (by
imagining your body being porous) to rejuvenate every cell in your body.
6.E xhale slowly by deeply and gently
releasing any tension or toxins out of your
body.
7. Perform these exercises whenever
necessary to help you feel balanced or
grounded.

Julie is a Healthy for Life advocate.

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