Month: April 2015
Hmmm. Sounds cool, huh?
IT IS and I’ll tell you why:
Eating intuitively CHANGED MY LIFE.
It helped me rebuild my broken relationship with food and my body.
What is it, exactly?
Intuitive Eating is a nutrition philosophy based on the premise that becoming more attuned to the body’s natural hunger signals as a more effective way to attain a healthy weight, rather than keeping track of the amounts of energy and fats in foods.
Duh, right? Like, it seems so obvious.
It actually took me a little while to “hear” my body talk to me, though.
It started with the decision to cut out processed foods, grains, dairy and sugar. I was simultaneously treating leaky gut syndrome, trying to lose weight, and feel more energized.
I accomplished all of of those goals in 8 months and was feeling better than ever! When the seasons changed, however, I noticed my body craving some foods I had “cut out” of my new healthy eating approach.
I remember my brain signal a sting of worry about eating my favorite foods in the world, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and squash.
“But SAM, the CARBS! You will surely gain all the weight back when you eat CARBS again!”
Thats when stuff REALLY clicked.
Why on EARTH would I deprive myself my favorite foods? I mean…
A. They were vegetables.
B. They were in season a.k.a. SUPER FRESH
C. I never felt full when I deprived myself of what my body craved.
It wasn’t long before I was checking in with my body ALL THE TIME to answer the age old question,
“What am I hungry for?”
I started noticing the way my body responded to foods. I took my time with meals, I slowed down and enjoyed myself. I stopped labeling foods by “low carb”, good or bad foods and started recognizing foods by the good vibes they gave me. I call these guys “high vibrational foods.” They are living foods that raise your energy levels and make you feel AMAZING.
And you know what? I’ve maintained my weight and energy levels the whole time. I’ve transformed my relationship with food and am free from the stress and worry over “eating healthy.” I’m filling up on good food vibes and having a good chat with my body every time I do.
I have also made it a part of my Wellness Coaching practice to teach others to explore Intuitive Eating techniques and learn how they can build a better relationship with food.
If you are interested in taking a new approach to a healthy lifestyle, contact me at Sam@NourishingNomswithSam.com and lets chat!
Sunflower Seed Cheese
Recipe by Samantha Rispoli
1 cup soaked raw sunflower seeds (soak in water 2 hours)
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp truffle sea salt
1. Drain water from soaked sunflower seeds and place seeds in a food processor.
2. Puree seeds with remaining ingredients until creamy.
3. Adjust seasonings to your taste.
This cheese is a flavorful dairy free vegetable dip, salad topping or substituted for cheese on your favorite pizza! Get creative and add some fresh herbs and spices to make it your own! I love stuffing this cheese in avocados and eating it with my greens!
Enjoy your food, my friends!
A few days ago, I posted this video.
Food wasn’t always my friend.
I used to beat myself up if I strayed from my diet.
One pretzel could bring down all of my progress in a single crunch.
My mood: DEPRESSED
My diet: SHOT
Why was I so weak?
Where was my willpower?
How can I ever come back from this mistake?
WHOA. If you are resonating with this topic right now I want you to take a deep breath.
Shaming yourself for your food choices doesn’t make you feel good and it certainly doesn’t help you lose weight.
It’s mentally taxing to and physically exhausting to obsess over food. Your body becomes stressed when you feel guilt or shame.
Stress leads to a plethora of physical problems, such as:
Aches and pains
Loss of sexual desire (!!!!!)
Lowered immune system
This is because when the body feels stress in any form, it shuts down and activates fight or flight mode. This can raise cortisol levels, the stress hormone released by the adrenals, which floods the body with glucose (energy)that allows the body to be ready for ACTION (face the beast or run for your life)
If the body is constantly feeling stress in the form of guilt, shame, worry, or every day stressors and these perceived “threats” never goes away, the body can become physically and mentally exhausted while bodily functions become disrupted.
Take a breath and remember these truths:
✩ Another day will come, and with that day comes another chance to enhance your well being with a better food choice.
✩ That one bowl of gluten or slice of sugar pie won’t make you less of a person.
✩ The act of eating should be a pleasurable one. Savor the flavor, inhale the magnificent aromas and be reminded of the divine miracle it took for this food to be in front of you.
✩ Food is fuel. It is a necessity to live a vibrant, energetic life. Your tank might require premium while your friends’ function on regular. Learn what fuel makes YOU feel good inside and out and repeat QD prn. (every day as needed)
✩You are enough. You are worthy. You are beautiful now in this moment.
Now I want to hear from you!
Have you felt guilt or shame over a food choice you made?
How do you view food now?
Tell me more in the comment section or email me at Sam@NourishingNomswithSam.com to chat.
WTF do we eat to be healthy NOW?
Will it change tomorrow?
Will there ever be a straight answer?
WHAT IS THE SECRET?!
You know the secret.
YEAH man. Only YOU know the key to YOUR body’s happiness. The trick is trying to listen to your body’s signals and messages.
For me, cutting out all grains (even gluten free ones) and eating on the lower starch side helped me lose the weight I needed to relieve my back pain and feel more vibrant. I have also successfully maintained my healthy weight and kept pain at bay by re-introducing some starches in moderation.
This took a little trial and error. It wasn’t always easy, but what I learned about my body and digestion was immeasurable.
I can now say “no thanks” to foods that will make my belly feel all bubbly and uncomfortable. This isn’t because I think it might be a “BAD” food, but because I have physically felt the discomfort or seen my bodes’ reaction to consuming it. That message hits home a little harder than simply knowing calories, fats, protein, carb counts. Yes, your healthy froyo might only have 3 grams of fat and 50 calories, but how are you going to FEEL after you eat it?
Let me say this: I do not judge anyone for eating differently than I do.
Really. I know healthy means different things for different people. I am a firm believer in FOOD as FUEL and the highest quality fuel for your body is the BEST. For me, grains make me tired, sluggish, bloated and hungry. For others, it’s their best form of protein and energy.
I pride myself in being fluent in nutritional know how so I can help others navigate these waters with support and accountability. I love sharing my passion for food and cooking and inspiring others to find their personal vitality.
I share with you a bread recipe I adapted from a recipe I saw here a few years ago. It’s grain and gluten free, but even the most die-hard gluten-ites have raved about this bread.
I make a batch of this bread for dipping in soups, having as toast with breakfast, and using as breadcrumbs for other recipes. This particular recipe is so versatile, I use it as my GO-TO pizza crust. That recipe will be for another time.
For now, please enjoy this Flaxseed Focaccia and feel free to make it your own. Share your experience below and let me know how you liked it!
Rosemary Shallot Focaccia Bread
2 cups ground flax seeds
6 egg whites
5 tbsp olive oil +1 tbsp reserved
1/2 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp truffle salt (garlic salt works great)
1 tbsp onion powder
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 cup water
1 shallot, sliced
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet.
1. In a large bowl, sift dry ingredients together and create a well in the center.
2. Crack whole eggs into the center of the well, add oil, water and rosemary. Whisk with a fork, scraping down the sides of the bowl and incorporating all the dry ingredients.
3. In a separate large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. This can take 5-8 minutes beginning on a lower setting and slowly increasing the speed.
4. Take a large scoop of egg whites and gently fold them into the flax batter to lighten it up. You should no longer see any white in the batter beforeadding the remaining egg whites. The goal is to continue folding the whites in without letting them “fall” to a soupy consistency.
5. Gather flax dough onto a greased baking sheet and pat into a circle. Top with sliced shallots and drizzle remaining tablespoon of oil on top. Sprinkle with sea salt.
6. Bake bread 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before slicing.
Feeling a little conflicted about what to eat to feel good? Drop me a line here in the comments or over at Sam@NourishingNomswithSam.com and lets talk about it!