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October 2017 Healthy Favorites {Cashews, Building a Positive Mindset, Escarole Recipes}

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While it has still been pretty warm here, October has brought the first real sense of fall. 

As we move toward a time where nature begins to slow down and literally, turn over a new leaf, fall can also be a great time for reevaluating our own habits.

To help you do so this month, I have looked at ways to reduce stress through simplifying your life and building resiliency with plant-based foods. I also shared 5 gluten-free vegan ways to enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds.

Here is some of my favorite healthy inspiration from the past month inspired by these posts! 

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Here are some of my Simple | Pure | WholeTM Healthy Favorites for October!

Favorite Ingredient: Cashews

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Cashews are a top stress-busting plant-based food. Cashew nuts are actually the seeds which adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree. This tree thrives in a hot and humid environment. 

Cashew nuts must be carefully extracted from the outer shells to avoid the caustic resin, known as cashew balm, which is actually used to make varnishes and insecticides. 

In addition to providing stress-balancing healthy fats and satiating protein, cashews are rich in minerals. In fact, cashews contain 31% of the daily recommended value for copper, along with 23% for manganese, 20% for magnesium and 17% for phosphorus, as well as 12% of the daily recommended value for vitamin K.

Having adequate minerals helps you to maintain balanced stress hormones, perform enzymatic reactions for a healthy metabolism and keep your bones strong. For example, studies show that magnesium helps diminish the frequency of migraines, improve cognitive ability, and also lowers blood pressure. Copper acts as an antioxidant to help diminish the negative impacts of free radicals. Magnesium also works along with copper and other minerals to support bone strength. Cashews also provide the body with zinc which is essential for neuropsychologic performance and modulating the body’s response to stress. Many enzymes in the body require zinc to function properly, including those involved in protecting the body from oxidative stress.

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  • Make a batch of my Back to School Gluten-Free Spiced Ginger Coconut Cashew Protein Granola Bars (GF, EF, variations for NF, DF, Vegan) featuring these nutritious nuts.
  • I first learned about the cashew tree and how cashews grow while visiting Thailand. To make a Thai-inspired dish highlighting these nutritious nuts, add cashews to sauteed vegetables and right before taking off the heat. Top with fresh basil.
  • Add cashew butter to your smoothie to increase mineral and protein content (a quarter-cup of cashews provides over 5 grams of protein) and give them a creamy nutty taste.

Favorite Inspirational Article: Bite-size moments of positivity can add up to a happier life.

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I frequently discuss the power of a positive mindset here on the blog, in The Whole Cure and in my The Whole Cure Lifestyle Transformation Program. We know that emotions like anger, fear, guilt, anxiety, sadness, resentment, jealousy, depression and stress can manifest within the body and contribute to imbalance and disease and conversely that positive emotions and resiliency can support health and healing.  

This month I shared some of my favorite strategies for simplifying your life so that you can reconnect with what truly matters. One way to add more meaning and less clutter into your life is to appreciate and focus on “micro-moments of positivity.” 

My favorite article from this month highlights the power of these small moments in fostering a more positive life. The research by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson and others shows that repeated brief moments of positive feelings can provide a buffer against stress and depression and boost both physical and mental health.

This research on neuroplasticity has demonstrated that”it is possible to train…the brain to promote more positive responses. That is, a person can learn to be more positive by practicing.” 

Simple Pure Whole Solutions:

  • Enjoy this powerful technique to find calm and boost positive emotions anywhere. Start Enacting a More Mindful Approach in Your Life Now with this FREE Meditation GIFT!BONUS Breathing Exercise to Find Calm Anywhere!
  • Learn to slow down and identify your thought patterns. When a negative thought pops into your head, stop and write it down. Look at it on paper and examine if it is actually true. Write down an opposing truth. Reprogramming your internal dialogue is one of the most important positive thinking strategies. 
  • Use the strategies in Chapter 9 of The Whole Cure to practice nurturing, positive self-talk and craft a positive narrative.

Favorite Farmer’s Market Find: Escarole

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I love this leafy green which shows up at my local farmer’s market in the fall! Escarole is a member of the chicory family, along with frisée, endive and Belgian endive. Like many dark leafy greens, escarole is low in calories and high in vitamin A, fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamin C. 

The broad, curly leaves are slightly bitter and can be eaten raw, grilled, sautéed, or cooked in dishes. It is frequently included in pasta and soup recipes, especially in Mediterranean cuisine. 

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This Month’s Favorite Quotes:

This Whole Cure Wellness Wednesday will inspire you with 8 Steps to Simplify Your Life Today! www.jenniferweinbergmd.com/blog #stress #stressmanagement #mindfulness #mindful #yoga #meditation #meditate #yogi   Today's Whole Cure Wellness Wednesday will inspire you with 8 Steps to Simplify Your Life Today! www.jenniferweinbergmd.com/blog #stress #stressmanagement #mindfulness #mindful #yoga #meditation #meditate #yogi

October’s Features from The Simple | Pure | WholeTM Blog:

This Whole Cure Wellness Wednesday will inspire you with 8 Steps to Simplify Your Life Today! www.jenniferweinbergmd.com/blog #stress #stressmanagement #mindfulness #mindful #yoga #meditation #meditate #yogi

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#Eat to Beat #Stress Enjoy These Plant-Based #Superfoods for Stress Relief #plantbased #food #nutrition #health #wellness #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree #recipes #healthyfood #stressrelief #relax #stressmangement

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