If there is one thing I have learned over these last few years of education and working with different clients is that, one size does not fit all! Lifestyle changes can be challenging, and effects not just you but all those around you, family, friends, people you work with... even your environment and back ground. Changes and decisions you make on your journey to a healthier happier lifestyle will be unique to you, from the foods you eat, to the activities you do, the work you take on, it all comes down to who you are as an individual.
Our bodies have different requirements when is comes to nutrition, studies have shown that a majority of people respond best with a Whole Foods, plant based diet, but where you fit into to that takes time to figure out. Your body beats to its own drummer, yes we are all made up of the same internal organs, muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, our past decisions, our present choices, and our future goals are all different. Therefore all this needs to be taken into consideration when making the correct changes in order to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
When you start making changes to the foods you eat it is important to pay attention to how you feel, some choices or recommendations just may not fit with you and your body. I have made many suggestions for may clients, but not everyone likes the same foods, some clients might try something they usually don't like in order to be healthier, but it doesn't always work out. Some people have certain sensitivities to foods, even if they are better for them, so changes will need to be made. Some clients might decide to try and cut out all animal protein completely, only to find out that this choice didn't work for them. This should not lead to discouragement, quite the opposite, this should be a challenge to figure out what you need most and what your body requires to work at its optimal. These changes are a learning opportunity for you, ask questions, research, I love teaching my clients all I know, but there is so much more out there.
Like this recipe I am sharing, It can be made a few different ways. I have made it with pasta, I have made it without chicken, I have made it without the pasta and the chicken, I have made with chicken and pasta. The flavor stays the same, what you choose to take out or put in is your personal preference. I love sharing with you and always look forward to working with you designing a lifestyle that you can live with.
Sundried Tomato Chicken with Asparagus-
2 tbsp olive oil,
4 cloves of garlic pressed,
1lb asparagus trimmed and cut into ½ inch pieces,
1 cup sundried tomatoes julienned in oil,
1 ½ cup roasted chicken, shredded
1 can artichoke hearts quartered,
salt and pepper to taste
8 oz bow tie pasta (optional)
Heat oil and add garlic, cook about 1 minute, add the asparagus and cook 3-5 minutes, add sundried tomatoes in oil and artichokes and cook a few more minutes, then add the chicken and/or pasta if using. Cook until the chicken is heated through.