What is "holistic"???
"Comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and referenced only by the whole" treatment of the whole person, mental and social factors as well as physical symptoms. How the human body functions is built on its interconnections, internally and externally, circulatory system, nervous system, digestive system, endocrine system, muscular system, skeletal system, reproductive system, immune system, lymphatic system, urinary system, our skin, hair, senses, I am sure I left some parts of the whole out but you get the idea. We need all these parts to perform their best in order to live a long and healthy life. With the energy and strength to do and perform all that we ask of ourselves, feeling alive and fulfilled.
As a Holistic Nutritionist this is my goal for my clients is to help them achieve and maintain a healthy, whole and happy lifestyle that is structured around who they are and how they live. We all need to pay attention to ourselves "what you include in your diet is as important as what you exclude" Health isn't just about cutting out the bad stuff, it's also about loading up on the good stuff, delicious and nutritious. I will share with you the essential eight health promoting food groups to eat every day, your choice to add in 10% animal protein as well.
1. Whole grains and starchy vegetables
2. Beans and other legumes
4. Other fruits
5. Cruciferous vegetables
6. Leafy greens
7. Nonstarchy vegetables
8. Nuts and Seeds
While it might not be possible to eat every single one every day, get in the habit of seeing how many you can check off daily, just to keep them in your awareness. I am sharing a recipe for Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps, yes animal protein, the picture following has it served up as a meal with some brown rice (grains) and roasted broccoli (cruciferous vegetable), cashews (nuts and seeds). This meal can help you feed that "Whole"!!
Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
4 tbsp oyster sauce
4 tbsp coconut aminos
2 tbsp sesame oil
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 tsp chili paste
⅓ cup raw cashews
8 lettuce leaves
In a ziplock bag place chicken oyster sauce, coconut aminos and chili paste, let the chicken marinate for at least 10 minutes.
Add 1 tbsp sesame oil to a preheated skillet cook the garlic and ginger until fragrant.
Increase the heat and add the chicken and additional tablespoon of sesame oil and stir fry until cooked through.
Once the chicken is cooked add the cashews and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
Spoon the mixture into individual lettuce leaves and serve.