Detox Foods

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A vital component of achieving optimal health is detoxification.

Lemon

Lemon

There is a solid reason why lemons are a mainstay of many detox diets. First of all, lemons are a fantastic source of the disease-fighting antioxidant vitamin C, which is beneficial for the skin. The citrus fruit also has an alkaline impact on the body, which means it can aid in restoring the pH balance of the body and strengthen the immune system. To assist your body remove toxins and cleanse itself, try starting your day with a cup of hot water and a slice of lemon.

Ginger

Ginger

It could be beneficial to include ginger in your diet if consuming too much fatty food or alcohol upset your digestive system. Ginger can aid with digestion, bloating, and gas reduction in addition to being effective for lowering nausea. In addition, ginger is beneficial for strengthening the immune system…

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Spaghetti alla Nicolina (Spaghetti with Zucchini and Pecorino Romano)

You can feel Aunt Juju’s beautiful heart in this post.

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Nicolina Sergiacomo Peduzzi is the maker behind Rustichella D’abruzzo. the Italian pasta used in this post. She also created this recipe which I found in; Autentico Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way by Rolando Beramendi(2017). The pasta is made with carefully selected durum wheat semolina and pure spring water in Abruzzo where many consider the finest pasta comes from. The Peduzzi family has been making pasta since 1924 from this region of Italy. On the back of the pasta: “The combination of our fertile soil, salty Adriatic breezes and pure Apennine mountain spring water has long been said to work magic.”

This is a recipe Nicolina makes often for guests and the author of this cookbook had this pasta dish the first time he met her and continues to enjoy it everytime he comes “home.”

Simple and you won’t believe how good this is!

A very authentic Italian…

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Sumac-Spiced Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Tomato-Onion Salad

I love the flavor of sumac and am excited to try this recipe.

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All I can say is you have to make this sumac-pomegranate flavored recipe while the tomatoes are perfectly ripe (at least here in Michigan). The spiced onions are heavenly and the chicken is tender and goes perfectly in this Palestinian recipe. It is a take on a dish called musakhan, which is chicken seasoned with tangy, deep red sumac which has a hint of lemon. Serve with some flat bread of your choice – I had some Naan on hand.

This is Christopher Kimball’s version of a popular dish from his cookbook “Milk Street Tuesday Nights Mediterranean”. There are some different ingredients as well as the method of cooking. It is simple to make with ingredients that are easily obtainable. I made some changes creating my own version. This recipe is a great choice to start winding down the summer.

A spicy dish with fresh tomatoes and…

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Body Wisdom and Food Shopping

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Today’s trip to my favorite store, Trader Joe’s, was always going to include an array of fruits, vegetables, and nuts, because my mental, emotional, physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies thrive on them.

When I saw these on the shelf, I didn’t think or hesitate to put them in the cart. I knew they were meant for me.

Photo and graphic by Gina Briganti.

Now for a new approach and insight into how much my relationship with food and my bodies has changed – I wanted to find out why they were meant for me. What did my intuition know that my brain didn’t?

A quick search revealed that fresh green figs are:

High in vitamins A and C

Prebiotic

Rich in calcium, iron, and potassium

Even without knowing the science behind what I need right now, my tastebuds are excited. Fresh figs are a treat. If you haven’t tried them…

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Hormones and exercise

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Hello everybody! Welcome back to my blog. The purpose of this blog is to help people find their way to a healthier lifestyle. I mostly talk about exercise, nutrition and the science behind them, which are my areas of expertise, but I also talk about sleeping habits, minimalism and many other subjects related to wellbeing and healthy lifestyle.

Today’s subject is one of my favourites. When I was back at uni I didn’t like it very much, I found it very complicated. I guess back then there was too much to take in, so many subjects to study at the same time, and I didn’t realise how beautiful and interesting hormones are.

Cortisol hormone

As I kept learning more about physiology and specifically exercise physiology, that passion about hormones grew on me. Not only are they important, essential substances in our body, but they’re also key for many physical and…

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FAQ’s

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There’s plenty of emphasis on the weekly Reiki Food As Ally Group Support Zoom meetings and the Food As Ally in-person weekly group support meetings in Dallas, which raises the question of whether I still offer Reiki sessions and classes. I offer them as well as workshops on techniques in the Reiki III (ART) Manual.

Thank you to those who asked the questions. I’m glad you know I’m still here for you regarding Reiki, pet Reiki, and Reiki Food As Ally.

Peace and love,

Gina

Gratitude Journal Opportunity for Your Food As Ally Step 1

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To know where you are, where you’ve been, and where you intend to go in your relationship with food, a journal is recommended in step 1 of the program.

We have a history with food, personally and collectively. Today I’m asking you to appreciate the good times, the wins that brought you to where you are today.

Not knowing where our relationship with food is going and at the same time intending that it is going to be good is how we can love the mystery. At the same time, you recognize your fears surrounding your future, release them, and gain insight. Remember to be gentle with yourself, to observe, then let go. Don’t put yourself on trial and convict yourself.

Remember to put a date on what you write, collage, or record so you can look back. There’s lots of fun and insight later on.

Sincerely,

Gina Briganti

Certified Nutrition Consultant, founder of the Food As Ally program.

In-person group support meetings are every Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00 CDT in Dallas, Texas and Reiki Food As Ally group support meetings are every Friday evening on Zoom from 7:00-8:00 CDT.

Registration and information: http://www.foodasally.com