Now that Passover has been over for more than a week…what is our take away? Now that we have hopefully done the post holiday clean up and put the Passover dishes away…let’s focus more on that question.
Physically, many of us still feel a post holiday “heaviness” around the middle. Now is a great time to start or continue listening to your body’s signals. If you are feeling “heavy”, and just need some quick release energy, go for fruit in the morning…as well as lots of hydration…2 to 3 cups every 3 hours or so.
Later in the morning when your energy level starts to fall below your “comfort level” (don’t wait until you are starving!), replenish with two cups of salad seasoned with olive oil and spices of your choice. Add half a cup of cooked grain to the salad or one slice of whole grain bread on the side.
Where’s the protein you ask? How about adding some pesto to the salad (instead of the oil) or spreading some on the bread!!
Carry on with your day, and adjust portion size according to hunger level. Starting to feel
a little full? Hold that fork!
This is what “conscious eating” is all about. Listening to your body’s signals…and eating accordingly. It’s like feeding a baby according to an “feeding on demand” schedule…instead of a time dependent schedule.
Don’t have time to chew vegetables during the day? You’re not alone.
Solution: Prepare gazpacho…for two or three days. Drink at home or put some in a thermos and take to work.
Gazpacho: Cold Mexican soup
3 large cucumbers, cut in large chunks
3-4 tomatoes, cut in large chunks
one medium onion, cut into 6 to 8 pieces
one green pepper, chopped
200 ml tomato puree
6-8 Tbsp. Cold pressed olive oil
3 Tbsp. Lemon juice/vinegar
2 cloves garlic, halved
salt and black/chile pepper to taste
Method: Put all ingredients into food processor and blend until mixture is homogenous.