Monthly Archives: May 2010

About Walking …

Movement Tidbit

Our movement tidbit this month is something that is pretty simple for most people, almost everyone can do it, and it is free of charge. I bet you guessed it! I am talking about walking.

When we walk, especially on thin soled shoes, the vibration of the blow helps to lay down new bone. So, walking can be a means to combat osteoarthritis. Walking (or any form of continuous movement) can also help improve digestion. We digest our food better when we have a regular movement routine.

A brisk walk daily can help control blood pressure, weight, and risk of stroke in most individuals. Walking outdoors will help lift your mood and sense of well being, lower stress levels, and improve your sleep.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go for a walk!

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Milk and Calcium

Did you know?

You do not have to consume a lot of milk and dairy products to get the required amount of calcium. There are many other ways to get natural calcium that your body can assimilate easily. 1 cup of spinach provides almost the same amount of calcium as 1 cup of low fat milk but with one third of the calories. Collard greens, Swiss chard, and kale are also excellent low calorie calcium sources. Sesame seeds are very high in calcium but they have a higher caloric content. It’s good to know we do not have to rely on milk and milk products for our calcium supply.

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Spring Sprouting Steamer

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 summer squash
  • 1 package mixed crunchy sprouts (lentil, adzuki, mung, garbanzo)
  • 3 tablespoons of freshly chopped tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter) or butter
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Slice zucchini and summer squash in discs about 1/4 inch thick. Steam with sprouts for about 5 minutes or until desired tenderness.
  2. Toss with tarragon, ghee and salt in bowl.
  3. Serve with lemon wedge.

Note: Try fresh herbs like parsley, dill, cilantro or mint for a totally different taste.

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