Archive for December, 2012

Special Holiday Salad Meal!

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With many end-of-the-year holidays upon us all, we thought we’d show how a special and naturally healthy holiday meal can be made the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines. Other than the extra step of marinating a protein food before oven roasting , this meal is as quick and easy to make as it is festive and inviting to enjoy.

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Our naturally healthier version of a traditional holiday meal begins with chicken breasts, which are marinated refrigerated for a few hours in olive oil and wine vinegar with garlic, turmeric, coriander, orange peel, finely chopped onion and figs, a scattering of anise and sesame seeds, and black pepper. The breasts are then oven roasted and basted periodically until done, and allowed to sit briefly before slicing and serving  Once sliced and while still warm, the breast meat is pared with a generous half-plate of greens, julienne-cut cucumber and celery, and halved grape tomatoes. The meal is then garnished simply with roasted pistachios, parsley, garlic bits, paprika, and black pepper. Extra special but not a lot of extra work…so you have more time to spend with family and friends!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals – at holidays and throughout the year – via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple optimal eating guide and meal rating tool. And experience how this science-based and 100% 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, 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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Happy Solstice Greetings!

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the solstice! Across our planet, we are now at the extremes of light and darkness in the natural year. In the northern hemisphere, this is the shortest and naturally most constrained day of the year, but the beginning of longer days and lengthening light. For the south, it is the height of the year and a jubilant time of sweeping light, especially in the south’s higher latitudes, marking the change from spring to summer.

In either case, we are halfway between the relative balance and calm of the fall and spring equinoxes, when HumanaNatura encourages review and renewal of our Natural Life Plan. At the solstice, HumanaNatura instead recommends life and health-affirming celebration and time with others – as a complement to reflection and planning, and in an ancient human rhythm that has its roots before recorded history.

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

HumanaNatura’s newest community newsletter was released today as well, which is published eight times yearly in harmony with the natural year. To receive future HumanaNatura newsletters and learn about the benefits of membership in our global practitioner-advocate network, go to Join HumanaNatura.

Health & best wishes at the solstice,

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Natural Truth: Raw Diets Better?

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Raw food diets are a visible and ardently promoted alternative to mainstream eating today. But are mostly or fully raw diets better than other strategies for optimal modern nutrition? A recent study of natural human eating patterns by researchers at the Federal University in Brazil, published by the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that our switch to cooked foods may have played a much larger role in our evolutionary development and been far more health-increasing than many of us realize.

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Widely highlighted in the scientific press – see ScienceMag and LiveScience as examples – the new study does more than simply remind us that meat-eating was an integral part of our natural heritage. Using a novel analysis of fossil records, it suggests that the rise of cooked meats and starchy plants was fairly momentous, and even crucial to our brain development and the precipitous advance of our ancestral line in the last million years or more.

In essence, the research team proposes that cooked foods allowed us to consume much more animal proteins and fats, and calories overall, than otherwise would have been possible on the grasslands of Africa. The change is thought to have created an essential precondition for the rapid selection of much larger human brains and more complex behavioral patterns.

Given these new and quite important findings, as well as related prior research on natural human nutrition and key principles from modern dietary science, let’s consider the health-based case for fully and mostly raw diets today.

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India Themed Salad Meal!

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With a little imagination and ongoing exploration, it’s easy to create healthy and remarkably satisfying meals the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines. With HumanaNatura meals, it takes just a new ingredient or two to bring novelty and heightened interest to your meals. Here’s a simple but extra delicious case in point.

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Our India-themed salad meal starts with squares of ground turkey and shredded coconut, pan-sautéed lightly on each side and cooked until done with a bit of garlic and red onion, curry powder, red pepper, and parsley  The cooked squares are then arranged on a bed of arugula with orange wedges, sliced cucumbers, and halved grape tomatoes. It’s all topped with a generous dollop of ginger-mango chutney and then garnished with  parsley, lemon, anise, and black pepper. One of countless ways to simply mix up your salad meals and enliven your health-centered day!

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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