Whether you celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, or Festivus (aka for the rest of us) … Kwanzaa, is still very much going on right now with all its beautiful and quite timely messages of Love, Light, and UNITY. If you’re not familiar with the history and 7 principles of Kwanzaa, here is a helpful primer.
I can’t possibly be the only one whose in-box was RELENTLESSLY BOMBARDED with high-pressured, holiday sales pitches that to me, screamed of desperation… I renew my promise to you to abstain from adding more commercialism into your world. That pledge is truly the essence of everything I stand for. I make it my business to bring empowerment to you. I guide and show you how & what to do for yourself and I bring you in touch with access to wholeness & health.
This is your birthright!
With a divorce behind me, a number of surgeries successfully past, and one more surgery looming, I can finally say that I’ve learned to be selective about what I do. Equally importantly, also what to let go of. I continue to redefine convenient, affordable health & healing with, and for you, no matter where your starting point is.
In 2021, I’ll spotlight the best lessons I’ve learned in my own 2020 powerful healing journey that focused on the ancient wisdoms of Japan & India. You can expect special projects about inviting culture & cultures into your kitchen, learning from the Japanese, and the South East Asian/Indian community and the many deep wisdoms of Ayurveda & Macrobiotics. These share in common that they are foundational beliefs, proving that lifestyles extend far beyond “just food”.
This past weekend, it was my kick-ass COMPLETE HONOR to support a tribe of wise, wonderful creative women journeying down their intuitive paths, applying guided expressive arts techniques to work through their hearts desires for this new decade, soaring into it with 20-20 vision, of course!
There are no real food shots in this post to speak of so instead I will speak of the food as i was far too busy in my own creative process, trying to keep up with my own expressive art, both in, and out of the kitchen, all at once.
I gave great thought to the menu and chose food to support us best as we age, and what we can do to take care of our precious brains, and beating hearts. After decades of eating purely for sensory satisfaction, I KNOW firsthand that we can turn to the sometimes hidden healing power of foods, and enjoy results!
Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids which are vital nutrients for brain function. Peanut for flavor and protein, to protect yourself from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Banana for natural sweetness (no added refined sugars) and what could be sweeter than knowing potassium in the bananas helps control blood pressure, reduces water retention, protects against stroke, prevents osteoporosis and kidney stones. WHEW!!!! Overall, Potassium helps your muscles to move, your nerves to work, and your kidneys to filter blood. The high fiber in Chia seeds helps you poop, and we all know that’s vital!
Greens, especially at the new year, represent abundance!
I added a full spectrum of rainbow vegetables to the sauteed collards to represent the beauty of diversity in our lives and specifically in this case all the colors which each bring their own array of vitamins and benefits.
Carrots, and red & orange bell peppers contain the antioxidant beta-carotene, and the collard greens contain essential B-vitamins which also help protect the brain.
We also enjoyed Raw, Sprouted Lentils eaten in some cases with spirulina and “nooch”, while in other cases, with pico de gallo and avocado, and for yet another breakfast dish, with chopped apples and walnuts and cinnamon.
Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, it eases digestive discomfort, helps keep blood sugars and bad cholesterol levels in check (diabetics, take note) while it has been noted to help MS, Alzheimers, and even HIV.
Apples… a powerhouse in their own right!
A critical food to support liver health as they are especially rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, shown to be beneficial for neuro-degenerative problems such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as for bronchial problems such as asthma.
Apples have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and provide significant results for those suffering with autoimmune disorders such as Addison’s disease, Cardiomyopathy, Celiac disease, Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Aa I myself have lived with MS for 25 years, I always eat the foods that support MS and similar Auto-immune conditions. Indian Food and all its’ spices, notably Curcumin, found in Turmeric is the most well known powerhouse, but there are many others…ginger, cardamom, star anise…
And finally, WHY Raw?
Some nutrients, for example, water-soluble vitamins B and C, are reduced or destroyed by cooking, so eating food raw ensures a better supply of these. This is because raw and living foods contain essential food enzymes, aka the the life force of food.
Welcome to Wellness with Nina Kauder. I declare I will cook at retreats around the world in 2020. All our plant-based food is made with love, care and concern for your optimal health!
What a blessing it has been, and continues to be, to positively impact the lives of countless others as I add certified health coach to my urban organic farming, certified plant-based chef, and herbalist to my existing CIA-Chef credentials. Happy New Year to you and yours and as always, let me know how I might support your wellness journey.
We’re all health-warriors here, and as Ram Dass said, “We’re all just walking each other home.”
It is his teachings which first helped me understand this meaning of healing, as distinction from curing, as to heal is to come to wholeness – as an individual, as a family, as a society, as a country, or even as the world.
We need each other. There are some things about ourselves that we can only learn in interaction with others. We need to experience life in relationship to others, and out in the world in order to know ourselves fully – to become “whole” persons. We are in this game of life together, and as a natural caregiver, I’m here to support your wellness journey. I offer you only Practical Wisdom & Wellness, and a whole lot of love and support, too.
I will show you that food is powerful medicine and retraining yourself to eating to live will allow you to focus on what you have to gain, instead of what you think you’re giving up.
I’m at your service.
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