- In breakfast: add spinach to your eggs... tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, basil...
- In sandwiches: add fresh herbs, romaine lettuce, leafy greens, fresh or sundried tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, roasted veggies like zucchini and eggplant...
- In pasta & noodles: add herbs to the sauce (like oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil, peppermint…), or veggies like colored pepper, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, grated carrots, grated zucchini...
- In rice: cook with vegetable stock, add nuts & seeds on the top during serving (not exactly vegetables but still very healthy addition), add peas, carrots, colored pepper or mushrooms during cooking
- Add veggies to stir fried meat and chicken. Try broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, green beans, non-GMO sweet corn, colored pepper, grated cabbage, herbs
- Grill or roast root vegetables and non-GMO sweet corn with roasted meat and chicken
- Offer oven roasted veggies as side dish. Try eggplant, pumpkin, zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, fennel, bok choy…
- Make a big bowel of salad with every meal
- Add lots of veggies to your soups. Try minestrone, mushroom, beans, asparagus, broccoli, peas, mixed vegetables soups.
- Prepare dips using veggies. I love adding chopped spinach and peppermint to my yogurt dip; avocados, roasted beet or pepper to beans and hummus dip. You can also try Mexican salsa dip or baba ganoush eggplant dip. Eat them with vegetable crudité like celery, carrots, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower...
- Start your day with green smoothies. Use almond or coconut milk as your base, add wheat grass or barley grass, fresh baby spinach, kale, mixed green and lots of berries. you can also add peach, mangoes or pine apples.
- Juicing. If you are new to vegetable juice start light with 2:1 fruit to vegetable ratio, then increase your veggies till you have 2:1 vegetable to fruit ratio. Good fruit choice: berries, apple, mangoes, banana, pineapple. Good vegetable choices: any green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, collard, lettuce… Other vegetables you can try are fennel, celery, bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, beet…
What is missing in your life? Why are you unhappy, stressed or tired? Which areas of your life need your attention?
I saw women staying years on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication trying to cope with their stressful reality, life demands, and loneliness…
I saw women going ballistic every ‘time’ of the month and others suffering form hot flashes and menopausal symptoms just trying to survive because they had no idea what their body was trying to tell them… they did not know what those Body Whispers® meant and how to heal them...
This is why I developed the Body Whispers® system after years of studying, teaching and working with my clients. The purpose of The Body Whispers® System is to help you quickly identify which areas in your life need your attention so that you can experience getting your life back on track.
Now, it is your turn to take some time and reflect on each area… Listen to you Body Whispers® before they turn into screams!
1. Remain curious
One of my main ‘secrets’ of generating joy and happiness in life is remaining curious… When you look at life as an open field of surprises and adopt an attitude of excitement about whatever life throws at you, this opens a whole range of possibilities. Curiosity is proven to calm down the fight and flight response in the amygdala and helping in coping with daily life stresses. It also helps you look outside the box and increase dopamine and serotonin release in your brain which lifts your mood and makes you more passionately engaged and motivated.
2. Engage in life whole-heartedly
It is the never-ending story of who came first the chicken or the egg… Do we need motivation to start engaging in life or does our engagement generate motivation? I believe it is a never ending circle… but it starts with our actual engagement… it starts with you taking action and stepping forward claiming your life and your happiness.
When you proactively engage in everyday life, when you keep moving forward and taking steps towards you dreams and your passions, the world around you start to shift in a magical way.
Ellen Langer and Judith Rodin tested this assumption in a nursing home. They divided the elderly residents in two groups. Group 1 was totally taken care of by the staff, while group 2 was involved in taking decision and assigned some responsibilities around the residency.
At the end of the experiment, it was clear that group 2 who was engaged in their life decision and initiatives felt much happier, healthier and passionate than the passive group.
About the Author
Hi, I'm Amira... I'm all for simple, natural, uncomplicated life... My core values are derived from my Islamic faith... My definition of wellness includes lots of smiles, human interactions, delicious food, music, joy, colorful paint, Mediterranean sunshine, blue sky and turquoise sea, care, love, compassion and deep heart-felt peace.