Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Slow Roasted Tomato Soup

July 20, 2017

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Ingredients

½ red onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp dried Italian herbs
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 Pinch chilli flakes
2 cups tomato juice (unsweetened)
½ cup gluten-free vegetable (or chicken) stock
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1.5kg tomatoes, halved
3 tsp balsamic vinegar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 150°C. Scatter the onion, garlic, herbs, fennel seeds and chilli flakes in a deep roasting pan.
  2. Combine the tomato juice, stock, oil and red wine vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the tomatoes, cut side down, on the onion and herb mixture and pour over the tomato juice mixture. Roast for 2 hours.
  4. Remove from the oven and use tongs to remove as much of the tomato skins as possible.
  5. Transfer to a saucepan and blend using a stick mixer. Heat through and add the balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Serve.

Kill your sugar cravings with these 7 foods

July 18, 2017

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So, you’ve ditched the sweet stuff. For the first few days you’re flying high on green veggies and avocado – feeling like a brand new you.

But then, your body starts to realise that you’ve taken away ALL the sugar! Your brain’s sugar craving hormones begin to have a sweet little meltdown and you find yourself longing for that morning muffin, muesli bar and after dinner treat (read: half a pack of biscuits!).

If this sounds all too familiar, don’t sweat it. You’re not alone! We’ve all felt overwhelmed by our sugar cravings at some point (yes, even us) so here are some of the best sugar craving busters we’ve discovered at IQS.

1. Coconut oil.

This is a tried-and-tested trick in the IQS repertoire. “After lunch I still get sweet, ‘I need something more’ cravings,” says Sarah. “So this is my fail-proof trick. I eat two tablespoons of coconut oil. It satisfies my need for something sweet and KILLS appetite for about four to five hours.”

2. Liquorice tea.

The IQS team must literally sweat liquorice tea – we’re all drinking it! With the most amazing sweet aftertaste, you’ll have a hard time believing that it’s naturally sugar-free (unlike the liquorice sweets you can buy).

3. Sweet potato.

Sweet potato (or kumara) is one of the most delicious foods on this planet – fact. The very small amount of sugar will satisfy your cravings, while the starch stops you from overdoing it. Oh, and did we mention that sweet potatoes are ridiculously good for you?

4. Carrot sticks.

Carrots are another sweet veggie with lots of fibre to fill you up. Keep an emergency box of carrot sticks in the fridge, ready to be dipped into guacamole or hummus when the cravings strike.

5. Kombucha.

One of the things people miss most when they quit sugar is soft drinks. We suggest you skip the crappy diet pop and go for 100ml of gut-lovin’ kombucha when you need a fizzy hit. Just make sure it’s a low-sugar brand (we prefer it to be around 1g of sugar per 100ml).

6. Nut butter.

Nuts are full of good fats and proteins, making them perfect for sugar cravings. Almonds and cashews are naturally sweet, too. (Hot tip: if you make your own nut butter, add a heaped teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix to make the most delicious thing you’ve ever tasted.)

7. 85 per cent dark chocolate.

While you’ll have to give up your Twix bars, there’s nothing wrong with a little good quality cacao. A 100g block of 85 per cent dark chocolate has just over a teaspoon of sugar (not that you could finish a whole block!). To take it even further, try a 90 per cent dark chocolate. So good.

We originally published this post in June 2016. We updated it in June 2017.
Source here: https://iquitsugar.com/food-kill-sugar-cravings

​How to take a break from drinking alcohol

July 16, 2017

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So you’ve taken on a challenge to take a break from drinking – well done! As well as saving you money and giving you back your Sunday mornings, drinking less comes with a bunch of health benefits.

Of course, it’s not realistic for most of us to quit drinking completely forever. As with most things, moderation is the key for long term healthy living. But for many people, cutting out alcohol completely for a set period such as a month (like FebFast or Dry July) can be a great way to pause, notice how much you’re drinking and how it’s impacting you, and reset your habits.

“If you feel you are drinking too much and it has become a habit, taking a break may just be the way to kick-start changes to that habit.”

Why drink less?

Alcohol is an accepted part of the social structure of Australia, but it is a substance that has the potential to cause a great deal of harm. The effects of alcohol on health are well described and unfortunately, most of it is on the negative side of the health ledger.

Alcohol is a major cause of road injury and a significant contributor to domestic violence while higher rates of heart disease, liver disease, cancer, mental health problems and excess weight are all consequences of long-term heavy drinking. And let’s not forget about the ‘next day’ ill effects from an evening of over-exuberance.

Fortunately, most Australians who drink alcohol do so at levels that have few adverse problems. Low levels of drinking may have some favourable benefits on cardiovascular disease risk (at least in middle-aged people), but other healthy activities like exercise and eating well can give even greater benefits for a whole range of health issues.

“In place of that after-work drink, use a juicer to come up with some speciality fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies.”

Tips for changing your habits

Instead of treating your break from alcohol as just an exercise in willpower, use it as a chance to give your attention to other healthy changes you can make in place of the alcohol you are giving up. If you feel you are drinking too much and it has become a habit, taking a break may just be the way to kick-start changes to that habit.

The key to changing a habit is not eliminating it, but replacing it with something else. And that something else should be a healthier habit. Using these swaps gives you a ‘go to’ when faced with triggers for the habit you’re trying to break.

Focus on what you are gaining, not what you are losing. Here are some tips to help you with this:

  • Remove temptations. Make your home as free from alcohol as possible and put away any alcohol you have stored such as wine and spirits out of sight – you don’t want the reminder of what you’re giving up when you get home after a hard day.
  • Replace with healthier beverages. In place of that after-work drink, use a juicer to come up with some speciality fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies. Don’t have a quality juicer? The money you’ll save from not drinking will easily finance this.
  • Get outside and get moving. Take advantage of waking up not feeling seedy on a weekend as a chance to get out for some early morning activity. Checking out the weekend farmers’ markets would be the perfect way to stock up on healthy food for the week.
  • Think outside the box. Social situations involving alcohol may be hard to avoid, but if you have any control over the plans, suggest other places to meet up with friends that don’t normally involve alcohol, such as weekend brunch.
  • Team up. Don’t do it alone. Friendly support and a small dose of competition is a great motivational tonic, so team up with someone else.

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Chunky Winter Vegetable Soup

July 13, 2017

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Winter Workout Advice

July 9, 2017

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Tips for Working Out in Winter

As the weather gets cooler we can be tempted to sleep through our alarm in the morning and stay under the doona, or head straight home after a long cold day at work but it is important for your health and well-being that you continue exercising right through the Winter months. In order to boost your immune system, maintain your fitness and keep your mind happy and active, regular exercise is essential.

1. It is warmer inside the gym than it is outside and your favourite class is going to get you hot and sweaty but make sure that you wear layers to and from the club so that your muscles stay warm. Remove the layers as you warm up during class and then add them back on as you cool off.
2. Hydration is very important and although you may not feel as thirsty when it is cold you need to ensure that you drink before, during and after class.
3. Allow a little extra time before class to warm up on a piece of cardio equipment or by doing some dynamic stretching. Warming the muscles up adequately will prevent injury.
4. Put your favourite classes in your diary at the start of the week and commit to those work outs like you would any other appointment.
5. If you are finding that you are hitting the snooze button too often why not try leaving your alarm on the other side of the bedroom. Once you are up to switch it off you are up for the day.
6. If you are attending an early morning class lay your workout gear out ready for you to slip in to straight away or even sleep in your gear. If you are heading to the gym after work make sure you have everything in your car ready to go so there is no temptation to head home for any reason before heading to your class.

The great thing about group exercise is that you get to sweat it out with other people who are motivated, inspired and pushed by your instructor. So don’t hibernate this winter – get in to the club and get warm while you get fitter, stronger and healthier!

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Pizza Casserole

July 6, 2017

 

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The Truth About Addiction

July 4, 2017

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What is Really Behind Addiction?

Ever notice how frequently the word “addict” is used? Just do a Google News search on the word and you’ll be shocked at just how often it’s used in a headline. Articles are plastered with mentions of drug addicts, sex addicts, gambling addicts, food addicts, shopping addicts, work addicts and internet addicts. “These people” are painted as out-of-control and often menaces to society who need to be stopped, jailed, medicated or otherwise cut off.

But what if those diseased people weren’t sick at all? What if you suddenly realized you were one of them? Well, that’s what happened to me. In preparation for this podcast, I realized I’m an addict. I’m an addict who comes from other addicts, who has passed it onto my kids, too. I’m constantly looking for a way to not be with myself, a way to avoid the pain that I have, of not having meaningful bonds.

A Different Way of Looking at Addiction

Physician and best-selling author, Gabor Maté, shares the shocking truth about what causes addiction and the things we can do to address the problem. What’s cool about Gabor is that he avoids quick-fix thinking when he tackles things like addiction, ADHD, sickness and the human spirit overall. Rather, he shines lights on the often uncomfortable truths that live at the root of these things.

Born in Hungary, Gabor survived the Holocaust, became a doctor and worked for over 20 years with patients with hard-core drug addictions, mental illness and HIV before writing In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, When the Body Says No, Scattered Minds, and Hold on to Your Kids (you can learn more on his website drgabormate.com).

Our brief but information-packed conversation even helped me understand why I love podcasting. These conversations  are sort of accelerated intimacy that create quick bonds with each person I talk to and anything that helps me bond, lessens the painful void I have from having that very thing growing up.

I remember hearing somewhere that the purpose of life is to create meaningful connections with others. After this conversation with Gabor, I know you’ll have a new point of view of exactly why that’s so important and how and why we as individuals, families and cultures have strayed so far from it.


Addiction Specialist Dr Gabor Mate.

The Opposite Of Addiction is Connection

Do Stronger Human Connections Immunise Us Against Emotional Distress?

Right now an exciting new perspective on addiction is emerging. Johann Harri, author of Chasing The Scream, recently captured widespread public interest with his Ted talk Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong, where he concluded with this powerful statement:

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection. – Johann Harri

These sentiments are augmented by a growing number of experts, including addiction specialist Dr Gabor Maté, who cites ’emotional loss and trauma’ as the core of addiction. Compare this ’emotional loss’ to Johan Harri’s idea about lack of connection and it is clear they’re talking about a similar emotional condition.

Limbic Resonance

If connection is the opposite of addiction, then an examination of the neuroscience of human connection is in order. Published in 2000, A General Theory Of Love is a collaboration between three professors of psychiatry at the University of California in San Francisco. A General Theory Of Love reveals that humans require social connection for optimal brain development, and that babies cared for in a loving environment are psychological and neurologically ‘immunised’ by love. When things get difficult in adult life, the neural wiring developed from a love-filled childhood leads to increased emotional resilience in adult life. Conversely, those who grow up in an environment where loving care is unstable or absent are less likely to be resilient in the face of emotional distress.

How does this relate to addiction? Gabor Maté observes an extremely high rate of childhood trauma in the addicts he works with and trauma is the extreme opposite of growing up in a consistently safe and loving environment. He asserts that it is extremely common for people with addictions to have a reduced capacity for dealing with emotional distress, hence an increased risk of drug-dependence.

How Our Ability To Connect Is Impaired By Trauma

Trauma is well-known to cause interruption to healthy neural wiring, in both the developing and mature brain. A deeper issue here is that people who have suffered trauma, particularly children, can be left with an underlying sense that the world is no longer safe, or that people can no longer be trusted. This erosion (or complete destruction) of a sense of trust, that our family, community and society will keep us safe, results in isolation – leading to the very lack of connection Johann Harri suggests is the opposite of addiction. People who use drugs compulsively do so to avoid the pain of past trauma and to replace the absence of connection in their life.

Social Solutions To Addiction

The solution to the problem of addiction on a societal level is both simple and fairly easy to implement. If a person is born into a life that is lacking in love and support on a family level, or if due to some other trauma they have become isolated and suffer from addiction, there must be a cultural response to make sure that person knows that they are valued by their society (even if they don’t feel valued by their family). Portugal has demonstrated this with a 50% drop in addiction thanks to programs that are specifically designed to re-create connection between the addict and their community.

Personal Solutions To Addiction

“Ask not why the addiction, but why the pain.”
– Gabor Maté

Recreating bonds is essential in the long term, but human connection is crucial in in the immediate task of clearing trauma. When a person decides to finally face and feel the pain that they may have been avoiding for years or decades, the first steps cannot be done alone.

“You have to be with that pain, but you have to have support.”
– Gabor Maté

This support is essentially the reintroduction of the care and support which is so important in creating the neural structure of emotional-resilience in early life. By doing so, we begin to replace what was missing, and thanks to the revelations of neuroplasticity we now know that you can in fact teach an old dog new tricks; neural rewiring is possible in adult life. Though it is essential for addicts to feel supported in order to finally face and feel the pain they have been trying to avoid, this is ultimately an inner journey that must be taken by the individual.

“Whatever you do, don’t try and escape from your pain, but be with it. Because the attempt to escape from pain creates more pain.”
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The Roots Of Healing

When we are young, our parents care for us until we are able to do it for ourselves, after all they won’t be there to do it for us forever. Perhaps, on an emotional level this is also true: our parents love us so that we may learn to do it for ourselves. The programs in Portugal have demonstrated that addicts do remarkably well when they feel valued by their community. Whether they realise it or not, the Portuguese are creating positive limbic modelling by valuing the addicts so they can learn to value themselves. When people are there to provide loving support for an addict wishing to face the emotional pain they carry, they are loving them and caring for them until they can learn do love themselves. With this in mind, perhaps the neural-wiring of emotional resilience developed through the loving reflection of another, once fully developed, could simply be called self-love.

Info sourced from: Sam Lawrence on Tuesday September 6th, 2016
http://upliftconnect.com/what-causes-addiction/
http://upliftconnect.com/opposite-addiction-connection/

Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – July 2017

July 2, 2017

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Members & Guests Christmas In July Party!

Come & join us for some FUN & FRIVOLITY, good food & fabulous company! We love catching up with all of our members & this year we are combining both Toormina & Moonee Club Communities to DOUBLE THE FUN! We have even arranged a courtesy bus for trips both north and south if you wish to indulge.

When: Saturday 22nd July
Where: Greenhouse Tavern
Time: 12.30pm until 2.30pm
Food: A yummy lunch of hot and cold finger and cocktail food, pizza, healthy wraps and cheese and fruit platters, followed by a famously delicious Wicked Berries cake!
Drinks: from the bar
Tickets: Available from reception at the clubs or call 1300 040 479. Only $15 per adult & $5 per child


 

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MOTIVATE YOUR MATES AND WIN!
Our MEMBERS ONLY special offer for both Moonee & Toormina clubs is back & is proudly sponsored this month by Opal Cove Resort. Opal Cove Resort have kindly donated A PRIZE A WEEK to reward you for encouraging your friends to get healthier & happier; & hopefully become your gym buddy. Each Monday this month, we will be drawing the lucky winner! We have 4 packages comprising of 1 Night’s Accommodation in a beautiful Oceanside Room for 2 Adults + Full Buffet Breakfast in Horizons Restaurant (valued at $250 each) to give away. 

All you need to do to WIN is refer your friends at your club’s reception desk to come in & try the club for FREE. You will then get entry in the draw. If they decide to join, they will avoid the $149 joining fee & you will also receive 2 WEEKS FREE for each friend that you referred who joins.

There are NO LIMITS on the amount of friends you can refer & tickets you can get into the draw each week. The more friends you refer, the better your chance of winning, so what are you waiting for?


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Local Understanding Reaps Outstanding Physio Results!
Born and bred local, Physiotherapist Zade Goodenough returned to the Coffs Coast 18mths ago to join Mid North Coast Physio and bring his knowledge and skills in healthcare to those in need. Zade was attracted to Physiotherapy by the knowledge that so many people are limited from physical activity by pain, weakness and inflexibility, and his desire to help change that. Zade utilises many techniques including GEMt Dry Needling, deep tissue massage, and joint mobilisation to get you back doing the things you love.

Who can Zade help?
•    Athletes (social or competitive) – whether you are a weekend warrior, competing at state level or just enjoy going for a stroll, I can help you get back out there.
•    Injured workers – feel like work is stirring up the pain? Finding it hard to get through the day? I’ll help you get to the root of the problem and how to improve it.
•    Arthritic, worn out joints – can’t do the things you love because they stir up your arthritis? Do you have bone-on-bone? I can help you better manage it and get back to doing the things you love.
•    Chronic pain – feel like you’ve been cut off from society because pain is controlling your life? Come in and have it looked at and find out how to overcome it.
•    Don’t know what your injury is? – how often have you heard people give you medical advice who have no medical experience but who have had a vaguely similar pain in a similar area to you? Come to the professionals and find out – don’t listen to Joe Blow at the golf club, or Dr Google – let me have a look at your issue personally.

If you need help with an injury or niggle no matter how large or small, Mid North Coast Physio is offering 10 FREE physiotherapy assessments with Zade to get you on the road to recovery. Call 1300 273 747 NOW to secure your spot and avoid missing out.


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Short Term Workout Options for Family and Friends!

Do you have friends or family that are in town during the school holidays? Would you like to save them some money & get them working out with you?
Well due to popular demand we are now offering some short term workout options for them… 

Single Visit – adult only $15, student or baby boomer only $10, incl access during all supervised hours
Week Pass – adult only $29, student or baby boomer only $19, incl access during all supervised hours

Simply see reception at either club or call 1300 040 479 to organise a pass for your visiting friends and family.


 

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Your Ultimate Wedding Preparation Guide – WedFit is here!
Are you or someone you know preparing to walk down the aisle? We know how important it is to look your best for your big day, but forget the restrictive fad diets and the dangerous exercise programs because we have your answer…

Coffs Coast Health Club is proud to present our ‘WedFit’ eBook. This guide has been designed and compiled by our qualified trainers to get you looking, and more importantly feeling, your best on your big day and beyond. With easy to follow, scientifically backed nutritional, exercise and lifestyle advice compiled in an easy to understand way, our WedFit eBook will have you training, eating and shopping in ways that will support your progress, not sabotage it. This isn’t a short term fix, but rather a manual to support you towards a healthier, happier lifestyle that will be with you long after your wedding day.

If you’re ready to work towards looking and feeling your best on your big day, WedFit is available as an eBook on our website for just $29.


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Boost Yourself Through Winter with 10% off NanoPro!
We all know that protein is an essential nutrient for the human body, but how do you know which protein is best? We’ve got you covered. We take wellness protein to a whole new level with NanoPro Immune. Nanopro is not just for muscles, it is a recovery supplement with a full body internal tissue repair system that helps heal your body from the inside, out. With NanoPro’s naturally enhanced absorption, you see and feel the benefits much faster.

Nanopro is an enhanced protein with colostrum to help support the immune system and promote regeneration for healthy tissue, organs, bones, brain function and lean muscle. It also has a powerful yet gentle detoxifier to help remove harmful toxins caused by stress and the environment from the body. Pre-biotic fiber is also added to help keep your intestinal tract happy. Nanopro is all about giving you more in one product so you have to take less all together. Nanopro makes lifelong wellness easy.

NanoPro comes in at less than $2.70 per serve & is avalable in 2 delicious flavours – vanilla bean and chocolate. NanoPro is available at both our Toormina and Moonee clubs as well as online for just $80 this month.


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Tips for Working Out in Winter!
As the weather gets cooler we can be tempted to sleep through our alarm in the morning and stay under the doona, or head straight home after a long cold day at work but it is important for your health and well-being that you continue exercising right through the Winter months. In order to boost your immune system, maintain your fitness and keep your mind happy and active, regular exercise is essential.

1. It is warmer inside the gym than it is outside and your favourite class is going to get you hot and sweaty but make sure that you wear layers to and from the club so that your muscles stay warm.  Remove the layers as you warm up during class and then add them back on as you cool off.
2. Hydration is very important and although you may not feel as thirsty when it is cold you need to ensure that you drink before, during and after class.
3. Allow a little extra time before class to warm up on a piece of cardio equipment or by doing some dynamic stretching.  Warming the muscles up adequately will prevent injury.
4. Put your favourite classes in your diary at the start of the week and commit to those work outs like you would any other appointment.
5. If you are finding that you are hitting the snooze button too often why not try leaving your alarm on the other side of the bedroom. Once you are up to switch it off you are up for the day.
6. If you are attending an early morning class lay your workout gear out ready for you to slip in to straight away or even sleep in your gear. If you are heading to the gym after work make sure you have everything in your car ready to go so there is no temptation to head home for any reason before heading to your class.

The great thing about group exercise is that you get to sweat it out with other people who are motivated, inspired and pushed by your instructor.  So don’t hibernate this winter – get in to the club and get warm while you get fitter, stronger and healthier!


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Maximise Your Workout Performance with Bionic! 
Make the most of your next workout with Bionic Fitness Gloves for Men & Women. Bionic’s patented glove technology delivers superior grip and protection to ensure you get the most out of your exercise routine. Bionic Training Gloves also have strategically-placed anatomical relief pads to help prevent those pesky calluses and blisters. Antimicrobial treatment and Cool Max Lycra help fight tough odours and keep your palms dry. These gloves are ideal for cross training, free weights, machines, kettle bells and cycling. Available in a wide range of sizes, as well as half and full coverage varieties, there is sure to be a pair perfect for your needs.

If you’re ready to take your training to the next level, or if your hands need a little extra protection during your workout then pick up a pair of these wonderful gloves from Reception at Toormina or Moonee, or from our website, today. For the month of July Bionic Men’s or Women’s Gloves are just $50 for Full Gloves and $40 for Half Gloves – that’s $10 off!


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Upcoming Events In July!
Sat 1st til Sun 16th July – School Holidays
Sat 1st July – Sawtell Chilli Festival
Wed 12th July – State of Origin
Sat 22nd July – Member’s Christmas Party
Wed 26th July – Chicks at the Flicks

Healthy Inspirations Recipe of the Week – Cauliflower Rice

June 8, 2017

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Cauliflower rice is an amazing addition to your culinary ideas: use it to replace rice with Asian curries and stir-fried, or in Italian risottos, or simply enjoy as a side dish with meat and steamed vegies. Serves 6

Ingredients

½ red onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp fresh basil, diced
1 cauliflower, cut into florets
1 egg
2 Tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp salt
1 Freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp coconut oil

Method

  1. Steam the cauliflower until soft but not mushy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cauliflower, onion, garlic and basil. Add the egg, coconut flour, salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Using a potato masher , mash the cauliflower until it resembles the consistency of rice.
  4. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower mixture and sauté for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the onion is tender.
  5. Variation: Add extra vegetables to the mixture.
  6. Variation: Add your choice of meat, poultry, seafood or tofu.

11 Beautiful Ways to Say Grace

June 6, 2017

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From simple sayings to ancient prayers, these expressions honour the life-giving sustenance of our meals.

Throughout history, people of all different cultures and religions have paused before a meal in order to express gratitude for the nourishment food provides. This practice not only leads to a more present and enjoyable eating experience, but also helps us appreciate the great communal effort that goes into growing, harvesting, and preparing each ingredient. Before your next meal, consider using one of these 11 ways to say “thank you”:

 

For the meal we are about to eat,
for those that made it possible,
and for those with whom we are about to share it,
we are thankful.
     – From the humanist benediction

 

In this plate of food, I see the entire universe supporting my existence.
     – Zen blessing from Thich Nhat Hanh

 

The food is brahma (creative energy). Its essence is vishnu (preservative energy). The eater is shiva (destructive energy). No sickness due to food can come to one who eats with this knowledge.
     – Sanskrit blessing


We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion.
     – Buddhist Meal Gatha

 

We give thanks for the plants and animals who have given themselves so that we can enjoy this meal together.
We also give thanks for our friends and family who have traveled here today.
May this meal bring us strength and health.
     – Variation on a Native American thanksgiving

 

Blessed be the Earth for providing us this food
Blessed be the Sun for helping it to grow
Blessed be the Wind and Birds for carrying its seed
Blessed be the Rain for the water’s loving flow.
Blessed be the hands that helped prepare this meal,
May those hands and our hands, bodies too, be well and quick to heal.
Blessed be our friends, our families, and all of our loved ones.
Blessed be our mother earth, our father sky and sun.
     – Christian mealtime prayer

 

Dear earth who gives to us this food,
Dear sun who makes it ripe and good,
Sun above and earth below,
Our loving thanks to you we show.
Blessings on our meal.
     – Secular mealtime prayer

 

This food is the gift of the whole universe – the earth, the sky, and much hard work. May we live in a way that makes us worthy to receive it. May we transform our unskillful states of mind, especially our greed. May we take only foods that nourish and prevent illness. We accept this food so that we may realize the path of our practice.
     – Thich Nhat Hanh’s meal chant

 

Om, beloved mother nature, you are here on our table as food. You are endlessly bountiful, benefactress of all. Grant us
health and strength, wisdom and dispassion, and help us share this with one and all.
      – Hindu mealtime prayer

 

Let us be together; let us eat together. Let us be vital together, let us be radiating truth, radiating the light of life. Never shall we denounce anyone, never entertain negativity.
      The Upanishads

 

As we come together at this special time, let us pause a moment to appreciate the opportunity for good company and to thank all those past and present whose efforts have made this event possible. We reap the fruits of our society, our country, and our civilization, and take joy in the bounties of nature on this happy occasion. Let us also wish that, some day, all people on Earth may enjoy the same good fortune that we share.
     – Red Bank Humanists

 

Article sourced here: https://wanderlust.com/journal/11-beautiful-ways-to-love-your-lunch/
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