Egg & Potato Salad Meal

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As discussed in the Natural Eating section of our Personal Health Program, it’s possible to follow a vegetarian diet in the HumanaNatura approach, and notably without relying on unsustainable monoculture grains and beans. This form of eating can be more efficient, and not just more compassionate, than meat-rich diets overall, since vegetable foods are eaten directly, and eggs and dairy can be produced sustainably from foods that people cannot or often will not eat on their own. To help you explore the practice, we’ve provided an example of a delicious vegetarian meal made the HumanaNatura way and 100% following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines.

For this HumanaNatura sample meal, we start by steaming a root base of diced white sweet potato and onion or shallot, along with a bit of crushed and finely chopped garlic and a dash of cayenne pepper, for about two minutes (see our Cooking With Steam Overview for guidance if you are new to food steaming). Then, a handful of well-chopped broccoli is added and two raw eggs, yolks broken, are layered onto the broccoli and potato mixture. Everything is steamed for another three or four minutes, some finely sliced red pepper is added with about a minute to go, and then this warm part of the meal allowed to cool slightly for a few minutes.

As the cooked egg, potato, and vegetables cool from hot to warm, a salad base of mixed garden greens is arranged on a dinner plate, and a veggie mix of halved grape tomatoes, diced cucumber, and diced orange is prepared. The cooked foods are then plated on one side of the base of greens, and the veggie mix on the other. The raw portion of the meal is dressed with olive oil and white balsamic vinegar, and the cooked side with a bit of soy sauce, a splash of sesame oil, and small zig-zags of oyster and chilli sauces. Lastly, the entire meal garnished with parsley and black pepper, and it’s then served promptly. Simple, easy, efficient, compassionate, sustainable…and delicious!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s 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 comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our health techniques and programs at Welcome.

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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 midway between the naturally more balanced time of the recent equinox and the more evocative period of the coming solstice. Everywhere on earth, there is clear but unmistakable change – away from the relative balance of spring or fall and toward the height of summer and depth of winter in each hemisphere – an ongoing rhythm of life on earth that touches and can aid us all.

A Moment in the Everchanging Light and Rhythm of the Natural Year

In the HumanaNatura natural health system, and as explained in our Mastering The Natural Year graphic and post, we recommend extra progress on our Natural Life Plans around each cross-quarter. At the solstice-nearing cross-quarter, this is so we have adequate completed actions and learning at the solstice – in another six weeks or eighth of a year – when HumanaNatura encourages celebration of our lives, communities, and successes.

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 to begin more intentionally health-centered and naturally progressive life in the days and weeks ahead.

Our newest member newsletter was sent 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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Shrimp & Spring Veggies Salad Meal

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In much of the world, spring and early spring vegetables are solidly with us. To mark and encourage awareness of this yearly change in regional foods, we prepared a meal made mostly of them – and also one that is about as healthy as a meal can be. While healthy and inviting meals are a natural part of eating the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines, our use of low-in-the-marine-food-chain shrimp, along with generous leafy greens and fresh veggies, makes this Salad Meal both spring-timey and extra-healthy.

 

We start by steaming a root base of diced white sweet potato and onion or shallot, along with a bit of crushed and finely chopped garlic and a dash of cayenne pepper, for about three minutes (see our Cooking With Steam Overview for guidance if you are new to food steaming). Then, a handful of medium-sized raw, shelled (but tails-on), and deveined shrimp, along with some julienne-cut carrot and red pepper, and chopped baby broccoli, are placed on top of the root vegetables. Everything is steamed for another three or four minutes, and then this warm part of the meal allowed to cool slightly for a few minutes.

As the cooked shrimp and vegetables cool from hot to warm, a salad base of mixed greens is placed on one side of a dinner plate, and some halved grape tomatoes and diced cucumber are added. The cooked foods are then plated to the side of the greens. The raw portion of the meal is then dressed with olive oil and white balsamic vinegar, and the cooked side with a bit of soy sauce, a splash of sesame oil, and small zig-zags of oyster and chilli sauces. Lastly, the entire meal garnished with some dried berries, parsley, and black pepper, and served promptly. Simple, fresh, easy to make, amazingly healthy, and a celebration of spring!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s 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 comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our health techniques and programs at Welcome.

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HN’s April Health Challenge!

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It’s April, and whether this means spring or fall where you are, it’s a great time of the year to begin new things and challenge yourself to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are ready for a challenge that will help you to achieve all these things, and maybe more, HumanaNatura’s annual April Health Challenge and HN-100 Natural Fitness Program may be just right for you. HN-100 is a free, step-by-step health program that gets results and introduces you to all four of our lifelong natural health techniques.

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Our challenge? It’s for you (and maybe a friend) to begin HN-100 this month and see the program through to the end. As the name suggests, HumanaNatura’s HN-100 Program is a 100-day fitness plan that familiarizes you with our transformative natural health system in a structured and incremental way. You may find that HN-100 strikes a perfect balance of essential fitness guidance and gradual exploration of your unique long-term health potential.

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Progressive Life At The Equinox

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the equinox! In the natural year, we are now halfway between the extremes of light and darkness of the winter and summer solstices. Everywhere on earth, there is equal day and night, and a natural balance or centering that touches many aspects of life – and can aid and inform us all.

A Moment in the Everchanging Light and Rhythm of the Natural Year

In the HumanaNatura natural health system, and as explained in our Mastering The Natural Year graphic and post, we encourage review and renewal of our Natural Life Plans during the twice-yearly times of natural balance that are the equinoxes. This includes making changes to our existing plans as needed, and considering anew what progressive natural life and health mean for us, as we look back and ahead in our lives.

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 to 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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Endless Summer Salad Meal

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For fun or other reasons, sometimes we want or need to dine out. But restaurant meals are often among the least healthy foods we eat – frequently low in fiber and high in saturated fats, sugars, and salt – especially if we are health conscious in our at-home meals. Given this, it’s worth identifying at least one and ideally several restaurants and menu items in our area that allow us to eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines when we dine out. To underscore this idea, today’s example meal comes from a local bistro. As you will see, it scores high on the OurPlate rating scale, and is nutritious, delicious, and easy to prepare.

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This sample HumanaNatura Salad Meal is remarkably simple and has many potential variations. It begins with a grilled chicken breast, which is allowed to cool for a few minutes if freshly cooked or warmed if previously cooked and refrigerated. The chicken is cut into bite-sized pieces and placed atop a salad base of spring greens, along with a few small cubes of feta cheese, diced apple, dried cranberry, and sliced avocado. It’s then dressed with a champagne vinaigrette, or just olive oil and white balsamic vinegar, and garnished with parsley and black pepper. Easy variations include using salmon instead of chicken, pear or another fruit instead of apple, and chopped dates or figs in lieu of cranberries. Were we making this at home, we might also garnish the salad and any of these variations with a small nut – shelled pistachios or pine nuts would be an awesome addition. In any case, a delicious, healthy, and satisfying meal, whether at or away from home.

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals like this via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple natural eating guide for designing optimally healthy modern meals. Experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Sharpen your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy Salad Meals via our Salad Meal Overview. And explore the science and key principles of optimal Natural Eating through HumanaNatura’s 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 comprehensive four-part system for modern natural life and health. Check out the overview of our health techniques and programs at Welcome.

Photo: Summerland Salad

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HumanaNatura’s Seventh Edition

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By Mark Lundegren

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I’m pleased to announce that the new seventh edition of HumanaNatura’s programs and primary website are now all live and ready for you to review. Go to HumanaNatura to see the updated materials.

Long planned and almost a year in development, I am delighted to have the new materials up, and to see how far HumanaNatura has come since the first generation of our programs went online, way back in 2002.

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HumanaNatura’s Seventh Generation – Better, Broader & More Interactive

I’ve written about the program and website changes in several of our community newsletters, when the seventh edition was in its planning and development stages. In case you missed these, and now that everything is live, let me recap what has changed, beginning with substantive changes and then highlighting secondary refinements:

> Personal Health Program (link) – HumanaNatura’s core natural health program has been extensively re-written, with numerous substantive changes, many editorial alterations for improved readability, and the addition of hundreds of inline research cites for further reading. Key substantive changes to the program include:

– Overall – new emphasis of the ecological health benefits of the HumanaNatura approach

– Our Past – discussion of the ecological harmony of earlier hunter-gatherer life; exploration of the history of human population levels, natural population dynamics and sustainability, and natural birth control; discussion of natural alpha-cycle and beta-cycle functioning (an idea from my recent first book, The Seven Keys Of Natural Life)

– Natural Eating – discussion of the environmental benefits of the HumanaNatura diet; inclusion of yogurt (but not milk and cheese) based on its potentially favorable ecological health impacts and at least neutral personal health effects for many people; greater emphasis on green eating and the goal of a low BMI score; discussion of bacterial flora health; discussion of the naturalness of cooked starches and the moderated role they can plan in a modern natural diet; inclusion of intermittent, partial, and water fasting as options within a natural diet Read the rest of this entry »

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