Cubed Beef Salad Meal

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Though there is a natural limit to the amount of red meat we should eat to optimize our personal health, this amount is not zero. This is especially true when it comes to lean and sustainable grass-fed meats, and when our meals are made the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. In the HumanaNatura approach, regular meals with red meats can be served, ones that will be healthy and satisfy your urge for a hearty meal.

This satisfying, red meat-using salad meal starts with a big bed of arugula and adds julienne cucumber, diced kiwi, and mixed cherry tomatoes. It adds a sauté of cubed beef and red onion, cooked while preparing the salad base and mix. And it then is garnished with parsley, marjoram, coriander, and red and black pepper. A fast, delicious, and healthy way to satisfy a big appetite…as always, when you prepare your meals the HumanaNatura way!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple optimal eating guide and meal rating tool. And experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong and lifewide health and fitness. Check out an overview of our health programs at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

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Making Cross-Quarter Progress

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the cross-quarter! In the natural year, we are now halfway between the extremes of light and darkness of the past solstice and the more naturally balanced time of the coming equinox.

In the HumanaNatura approach, and as explained in our Mastering The Natural Year post and graphic, we encourage extra progress on our Natural Life Plans around the cross-quarter, so that we have adequate completed actions and learning at the equinox – in another six weeks or eighth of a year – when HumanaNatura encourages plan review and renewal.

A Moment in the Everchanging Light & Feeling of the Natural Year

If you have not yet created a Natural Life Plan to guide your use and expression of the third HumanaNatura technique, Natural Living, our links will take you to our planning worksheets and seven-step planning process. Together, these resources will help you begin more intentionally health-centered and naturally progressive life in the days and weeks ahead.

Our newest member newsletter was released today as well, which is published eight times yearly in harmony with the natural year, providing updates on HumanaNatura’s resources, programs, and worldwide health campaigns. To receive future HumanaNatura newsletters or learn more about our global practitioner-advocate network, go to Join HumanaNatura.

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Natural Truth: Is Dairy Healthy?

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We’d like to take on the often controversial natural health question of whether dairy use is healthy. You no doubt know that a variety of animal-based dairy products are consumed by people around the world today, and many are recommended by national and international health agencies.

As we will discuss, however, the objective health benefits of dairy products are mixed – depending on the product, method of production, and person. Overall, this comparatively new and special class of foods requires care and attentiveness, but we conclude dairy use can be part of a healthy approach to modern eating and living.

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Turkish Cacik, Made With Yogurt & Cucumber

As a prelude to considering the health-relevant science of dairy production and consumption, we would like to start by highlighting two key sources of controversy within the natural health community regarding dairy use. In both cases, these sources of controversy are immediately instructive, can help us to be better informed about the wisdom of dairy products in particular, and offer lessons in the ways people can and might approach the task of health optimization more broadly.

The first source of dairy controversy comes from advocates of historically re-naturalized or forager-based eating models. Here, proponents reason that since dairy products are a new, less than 10,000 year-old food for humans and therefore not natural in a strict historical sense, they should be avoided. In earlier versions of the HumanaNatura diet, we in fact took this view.

At the other end of the natural health spectrum, most vegan and some vegetarian diet programs also discourage the use of dairy products. In these cases, advocates almost always point to the ethical benefits of avoiding animal-based foods. Proponents of these diets also typically note – but often overstate or misrepresent – the ecological and personal health benefits of plant-based diets.

Importantly, although these two different schools of dietary thought within the natural health community agree on little beyond the importance of fruits and vegetables, both sets of dairy prohibitions are generally or primarily based on philosophical considerations, rather than the practical health impacts we will discuss.

For these reasons, the modern use of dairy products – by both children and adults – can be a controversial topic among natural health advocates, as well as a confusing one for people more generally. Overall, this controversy and confusion is unfortunate, since the scientific case for our selected use of dairy products, especially biologically active yogurts, is quite clear and strong. And this conclusion is especially true when we consider modern health outcomes in broader or more encompassing terms than is typical today.

Definitions & Background

When we talk about dairy products, we of course mean various foods derived from the milk of cows and other mammals, typically domesticated ungulates. As suggested already and outlined here, human consumption of these foods began with the Agricultural Revolution – or within the last 10,000 years – and the practice therefore has its origins entirely in our pre-modern, but post-agricultural, shift to farming and shepherding.

A reasonably full list of modern-day dairy products is quite extensive, and even unexpectedly so. For HumanaNatura, this pervasiveness and the persistence of dairy products in both traditional and modern diets is suggestive – that their adoption may have been highly adaptive, at least in our immediate pre-modern history. That said, other explanations for the pervasiveness of pre-modern dairy consumption are possible, including habituationaculturalization, and even supernormal influences.

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Summer Seaside Salad Meal

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Whether it is summer and you are by the sea, or not, this salad meal – made the HumanaNatura way and using HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines – will make you feel like you are on a seaside holiday. And not only does the salad provide a burst of summer flavors, it is especially healthy too, because of the specific fish used for the salad’s protein.  While most fish is lean and healthy, this time we have selected shellfish from low in the marine food chain – shrimp, scallops, and baby squid – to avoid the high levels of mercury and other toxins often  found in large game fish. Using these seafoods also reduces costs, since these varieties of fish are often fairly inexpensive to harvest, and freeze and travel well.

Maybe best of all, especially if you are on summer holiday, this extra delicious and healthy salad meal was made in minutes and is about as tasty as food can get. It begins with a spicy saute of the shellfish we mentioned with a good dash of turmeric, onion and garlic bits, and black pepper. While the saute is cooking, we put together a salad base and mix that included a half-plate of arugula, diced cucumber, sliced mango and avocado, and quartered grape tomatoes. These warm and cool foods were then garnished with pistachios, parsley, paprika, coriander, and black pepper. A terrific meeting of sea and shore, and a model for optimal daily eating!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals through OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple healthy eating and meal rating tool, and experience how this science-based and completely natural approach to daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, we hope you will begin to explore your other opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – through HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong and lifewide health and fitness. Check out our overview at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

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Mastering The Natural Year

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If you receive HumanaNatura’s member newsletter or follow our NaturaLife blog, you know we make regular recommendations about planning, action, and celebration during the year, or rather during the natural year. This post provides background on these recurring recommendations, for your information and to share with others.

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Progressive Health Promotion Throughout the Natural Year     full-size

First, when HumanaNatura talks about the natural year, we mean the solar year that begins and ends with the winter solstice, or the day with the least amount of sunlight each year. As you may know, the word solstice literally means “sun-stopping” and this day – along with its complement, the summer solstice or the day with the most sunlight in the natural year – has been marked and celebrated by people at least since the beginning of recorded history.

You may also know that the amount of sunlight grows and recedes during the solar year because our planet is tilted in its orbit around the sun. Because of this tilt, the earth’s two poles periodically lean into and then away from the sun as we travel around it, changing the amount of light each day, in an opposite or reciprocal way in the northern and southern hemispheres. Halfway in this recurring process are the equinoxes, a word meaning days of equal light and night. And at the endpoint of each increasing and decreasing half-year of light is a solstice.

In this ancient, sun-oriented heliocentric or approach to time-keeping, the natural year technically begins at opposite times of the year in the northern and southern hemispheres. Depending on the year, the natural new year occurs on roughly December 21st in the north and June 21st in the south of our planet. Since most of us live in the north, and owing to frequent origins of annual time-keeping from the winter solstice, many of the world’s modern and pre-modern calendar systems begin (or once began) at the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Notable exceptions to this pattern are lunar calendar systems.

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Progressive Life At The Solstice

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the solstice! All around our world, we are now at the extreme points in the ever-changing light of the natural year. Today is the shortest day of the year and winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, and the summer solstice and longest day in the north.

A Moment in the Everchanging Light & Feeling of the Natural Year

In the HumanaNatura approach, and as explained in our Mastering The Natural Year graphic, we encourage spending this and every solstice with family, friends, and community. With the special light and often intense feeling that comes with the solstices, it’s a natural opportunity to mark the passage of time, celebrate progress in our lives and Natural Life Plans, and encourage new health and progressivity in others.

If you have not yet created a Natural Life Plan to guide your use and expression of the third HumanaNatura technique, Natural Living, our links will take you to HumanaNatura’s planning worksheets and seven-step planning process. Together, these resources will help you to begin using this crucial HumanaNatura technique to achieve more intentionally health-centered and naturally progressive life before the next solstice arrives.

Our newest member newsletter was released today as well, which is published eight times yearly in harmony with the natural year, providing updates on HumanaNatura’s resources, programs, and worldwide natural health campaigns. To receive future HumanaNatura newsletters or learn more about our global practitioner-advocate network, go to Join HumanaNatura.

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Salmon & Citrus Salad Meal

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It’s easy to create healthy and satisfying meals the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. In the HumanaNatura approach, you can plan elaborate multi-course meals or simply create delicious and nutritious one-plate salad meals from our easy-to-remember OurPlate natural food groups. In just a few minutes, you can have terrific and optimally healthy meals ready that you and your family or guests will love.

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This delicious OurPlate-based salad meal took just ten minutes to make. It begins with a salmon filet that is pan seared and then cooked covered with thin sliced red onion, garlic bits, turmeric, paprika  sesame seeds, and red and black pepper. As the salmon cooks, we prepare a salad base and veggie mix of arugula, sliced Persian cucumbers, cut grape tomatoes, and halved mandarin orange pieces. When done, the cooked fillet is added still warm to the plate, and everything is garnished with  parsley, lemon, marjoram, and black pepper. Fast, delicious, and healthy…as always, when you prepare your meals the HumanaNatura way!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple optimal eating guide and meal rating tool. And experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong and lifewide health and fitness. Check out an overview of our health programs at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

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