Listing all posts from January of 2013. Show all posts.
  1. Why I don’t recommend agave nectar anymore

    Agave nectar is a natural sweetener made from the juice of the agave plant. It is high in naturally occurring fructose. Because fructose does not create spikes in blood sugar levels it seemed to be the perfect sweetener for maintaining blood sugar balance and was recommended in moderation even to people with diabetes. However, more and more evidence is surfacing that high levels of isolated fructose are detrimental to our health, leading to high triglyceride levels in the blood (heart disease risk factor) and encouraging weight gain. Similarly to high fructose corn syrup, the fructose content in agave nectar messes with our hunger mechanism. Hunger normally signals us that we need to eat something. When we eat, our appetite gradually subsides and we come to a point where we feel satisfied with the amount of food we have eaten and we stop eating. When consuming foods high in isolated fructose we do not get that feeling of satisfaction with the food, we continue to feel hungry, continue to eat and easily eat more than we need. Fructose has a way of programming our brains with a constant desire for overly sweet foods which can lead to an overconsumption of sweets as well as overweight, diabetes and all health problems related to these conditions.
    As an alternative to white sugar, sweeten your foods with dried fruit, honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, barley malt or coconut sugar instead. Stevia (made from the honey leaf plant) is an excellent sweetener as well. The substance that gives stevia its sweet taste is not a sugar and therefor has no effect on our blood sugar level at all. It can be safely used by diabetics as well.
    My personal favorite sweetener is maple syrup and we will be using it in my upcoming baking class … just in time for Valentine’s Day:
    Baking with Chocolate
    In this hands-on baking class you will learn to make delicious chocolate treats with the magic ingredient that has been named food of gods & food of lovers. Not only is chocolate delicious, but it is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
    Sunday February 10, 2 – 4 pm
    @ Gourmetibles
    494 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508
    For details click here - to register click here
    The Whole Foods Spring Cleanse
    I am super excited to be offering you a guided whole foods cleanse in March. And you can join in from anywhere in the world. This whole foods cleanse is a very gentle way of detoxing the body, eliminating sluggishness and resetting your metabolism for the new season. And the best thing about it is: there is no need to fast or go hungry to reap the benefits. By eating delicious foods that are naturally mineral rich and alkalizing you provide your body with the perfect inner ecology for healing, repairing and rebuilding on a deep cellular level. At the same time your body is gently nudged into purging toxins and metabolic waste.
    If you would like to
    • boost your energy and mental clarity
    • jumpstart your weight loss efforts
    • end sugar cravings
    • have glowing, gorgeous skin
    • reduce congestion and inflammation
    • feel lighter and cleaner
    then I invite you join me for the whole foods spring cleanse. Keep your eyes peeled for my next newsletter with all the juicy details.
    And looking even further into the future…
    Polli Talu’s summer schedule is up here.
    To get a feeling for Polli Talu, its garden and foods check out my book trailer here.
    For a complete package surrounding my PPP Wellness Retreat in Estonia click here.
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    by visiting Donna Currie's Food Blog

  3. What’s kale got to do with it?
    I woke up on January 1 with a serious craving for kale. Luckily I had some sitting on my kitchen counter and my husband and I devoured a big bunch of it for breakfast. I made this very simple version of boiled kale:
    1. Rip kale into bite size pieces, discard stems.
    2. Fill your sink with fresh water and wash the kale by submerging and swooshing it around
    3. Fill medium size pot with about 1 “ of water and add kale
    4. Bring to a boil, constantly stirring the kale so that all parts come in contact with the boiling water – cook for about 5 minutes
    5. Taste the kale to make sure it is tender but not overcooked (one way to tell is by the color: the color of the kale should remain vibrantly green – once it turns olive green it’s surely overcooked and will not taste so great anymore)
    6. Pour off cooking water (save as a soothing mineral rich alkaline drink for yourself or use to water your house plants after it has cooled down)
    7. Add a sprinkle of soy sauce and a drizzle of olive oil to the kale, toss and serve immediately
    I paired the boiled kale with baked eggs and it was extremely delicious and satisfying – it totally hit the spot in other words.
    Now, the reason I was craving kale was probably a combinations of things:
    1. I love kale and I love weekend or holiday breakfasts that include leafy greens and eggs. It has become a tradition in our home.
    2. Kale, as all leafy greens are abundant with minerals and vitamins. They are the perfect detoxing, energizing and rebuilding food.
    3. After all the heavy holiday foods kale felt like the perfect balance food.
    4. After a generous dose of sweets over the holidays which most likely led to the loss of minerals and vitamins, kale was the perfect antidote and replenishment.
    5. Wanting to start the New Year in high spirits – kale provided uplifting and vibrantly fresh energy.
    Is it not amazing, what food can do for you? It can support, balance, provide pleasure and heal you. Using food with awareness and intention can make a huge difference in how you feel and how you perform. Learning to pay attention to your body’s messages and cravings provides powerful information for seekers of balance, sustenance, well-being and happiness.
    It is something everybody can learn. And I’d be thrilled to help you along in this process:
    For my local peeps, I am offering two FREE Introductory Talks and a 6-session Breakthrough Wellness Workshop, which addresses just that:
    • Supporting your daily activities by eating with awareness and intention
    • Getting to know the foods that provide sustained energy, vitality and rejuvenation
    • Preventing dips in concentration, mood swings and diabetes
    • Losing weight and keeping it off without dieting
    • Protecting your heart to live an active life for years to come
    • Nourishing yourself with easy to make delicious wholesome meals
    FREE Introductory Talks take place January 10 at 7:30 pm at The Living Room in Cold Spring, NY and on January 14 at 6:00 pm at the Beacon Natural Market.
    If you cannot make it to one of the Free Talks, here is a recording of a similar lecture:
    The Breakthrough Wellness Workshop starts January 24 at 7:30 pm at The Living Room in Cold Spring, NY. Remaining sessions take place January 31, February 7, March 7, 14 and 21.
    Investment in your health:
    Early Bird: $227 (pay by January 15)
    After 1/15: $267
    Single session: $50
    For more information click here
    To register call 646–241–8478 or email
    To book the Breakthrough Wellness Workshop click here
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