It happens with every diet, even a clean diet with little to no processed foods. You get busy, don't plan your meals and next thing you know you're dragging your ass, getting headaches and cravings for pizza... This happened a number of times before I clued in my body was trying to get my attention. So what to do? Here are a few things that work for me. Reflecting back on my eating habits over the past 48 hours. If I didn't get to my regular smoothie, that's where I start. More often than not it's the answer, especially if my head is aching. The aliments seem to dissipate the moment I pull those greens out of the fridge (it's kind of magic). If I have been eating well, but still feeling crappy I have a really green juice, I find sugary fruits don't help me in these times so green it is. By removing the fiber you're giving your system a shot of dense, concentrated nutrients to do with as it wills. In the case of lethargy, especailly the type that seems to stick around for a few days I resort to a protein source like Sunwarrior's Raw Vegan rice protein. And while the jury is still out on protein, how much we need and where to get it, a few days of upping my intake by a scoop or two really does get me running. If you can't seem to kick that crappy feeling go see a naturopath, they'll do blood work, review your diet and lifestyle and help you figure out what's needed. Eating is so personal, so you need to take the time to learn what makes you feel good and what doesn't. And you know, like Hippocrates said, way back before Jesus was around "Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food".

20120725-085430 I've been playing around with the corn and blueberry side salad from a few weeks ago, and I've nailed it down as a hardy lunch or dinner main. Kale, Corn & Blueberry Salad 6-7 kale leaves, chiffonade 3 cobs of sweet corn, husked & shaved 1 pint blueberries 1-2 med tomates, seeded & chopped 1 cucumber, sliced 1/4+ cup fresh cilantro, chopped In a serving bowl combine ingredients, set aside. Chili Lime Dressing 3 tbs fresh lime juice OR lemon 1 tbs unpasteurized honey 1/2 tsp crushed chilies 1/4 tsp ground cumin 1 clove garlic, minced 1/8 cup cold-pressed olive oil 1/8 cup flax oil Mix ingredients well either by hand or in a blender. Add to salad, toss and enjoy all that summertime goodness! This will make at least 4 servings, it's great option for lunches Monday to Friday!

I really like Lamb's Quarter, maybe cause it's a bit of an underdog on this side of the world. It is considered a weed in Canada and the US, which is crazy as it's highly nutritious, grows everywhere and tastes like spinach. Plus apparently you can eat the seeds like quinoa... which I haven't tried yet. Check this out, in just one cup 46% DV calcium, 5.8g protein!!! Plus lots of other minerals and vitamins. I just planted some on my patio. Now these percentages are based on steaming the greens, and I suspect that's where you're getting the high percentage of calcium. Similar to spinach the calcium content increases after lightly cooking (thanks for the tip Mom). Don't weed and trash, weed and eat!

Photo Cred Lisa Ontario summer produce is in full swing and are salads amazing right now. My go-to dressing is usually olive oil, ACV and unpasteurized honey, simple and delicious. Last night one of my favs was coming for dinner so I decided to spice it up a touch and was very please with this combo: Chili Lime Dressing 3 tbs fresh lime juice OR lemon 1 tbs unpasteurized honey 1/2 tsp crushed chilies 1/4 tsp ground cumin 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tbs+ finely chopped cilantro 1/3 cup organic, cold-pressed olive oil Enjoy over any salad combo, especially good with fresh, cut from the cob, corn, tomatoes and greens!

Photo Cred Lisa Some cooked recipes scream at you to be brought to life. My GF sent over this Nutty Strawberry Banana Quinoa, which was super yum cooked but could be easily raw by sprouting the quinoa rather than cooking it. Plus raw kicks up the nutritional content and while quinoa is naturally a complete protein and gluten free, when sprouted it's chalk full of enzymes too. 1/4 cup dry quinoa, sprouted 1/4 tsp vanilla pods, ground OR vanilla extract to taste 1/4 tsp cinnamon, powder 1/2 cup, raw nut milk or coconut milk 1/2 banana, sliced OR fruit of your choice 1/4 pint strawberries, sliced OR fruit of your choice 1 tbsp  coconut flakes 1/2 tsp honey OR maple syrup (optional) Mix dry ingredients by hand, add vegan milk and top with fruit. Make single serving. Dry ingredients will last in the fridge for a few days, great recipe to make on a Sunday as your morning breakfast for the week and add whatever fruit suits your taste each day.