Archive for December, 2015

Progressive Life At The Solstice

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the solstice! Around the world, we are now at one of two important milestones in the natural year. Today is the shortest day, and the start of winter and a new natural year, in the northern hemisphere. And it is the longest day and start of summer in the south.

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 spending this and every solstice with family, friends, and community. With the extreme light and intense feelings that can come with the solstices, it is a natural time to seek and provide friendship, 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 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.

Tell others about HumanaNatura…give the gift of modern natural life!

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Healthy Steam Meals

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There are many ways to make nutritious, delicious, and attractive meals the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines, but we encourage two main approaches. One is to create mostly raw Salad Meals. The other is to prepare mostly cooked Steam Meals. Both approaches best optimize our eating patterns within the HumanaNatura natural health system, and easily and reliably produce tempting and inviting meals. This post provides step-by-step guidance on making steamed meals the HumanaNatura way.

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Steaming Basics

Steaming meals is perhaps the healthiest form of cooking, since no cooking oils are used and foods are only heated to the temperature of steam. Steaming is also a very efficient form of cooking, normally with meals fully cooked in under ten minutes using only a small heat source. And steaming can produce beautiful meals – as you can see in the photo above and as you can quickly discover for yourself – especially when whole and naturally healthy foods are used.

Importantly, while you can buy a high or low-tech steam cooker, this really isn’t necessary. All you need is a saucepan, wok, or pot to cook with – and a lid to hold in the steam. Ideally, your lid will be made of tempered glass, so you can watch your food cook, and also ensure you have not run out of water, without lifting the lid.

Overall, the process of steaming a meal is quite simple. We start with our densest foods – those normally requiring the most cooking time – and progressively add in less dense foods that require less cooking. At the end, we then plate and organize our meal, and garnish and dress it, much as we would a Salad Meal or any other meal.
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Healthy Salad Meals

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Of the many ways to make nutritious, delicious, and attractive meals the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines, we encourage two main approaches. One is to create mostly raw Salad Meals. The other is to prepare mostly cooked Steam Meals. Both approaches best optimize our eating patterns within the HumanaNatura natural health system, and easily and reliably produce tempting and satisfying meals. This post provides step-by-step guidance on making salad-based meals the HumanaNatura way.

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Salad Basics

Depending on how our proteins are selected and prepared, Salad Meals are among the healthiest forms of eating, since generous raw natural vegetables are used, providing essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Salad-based meals are also a very efficient form of eating, with little waste and meals normally ready to serve in under ten minutes. And Salad Meals can be beautiful meals – as you can see in the photo above and as you can quickly discover for yourself – especially when whole and naturally healthy foods are used.

Though elaborate Salad Meals can be made using a variety of culinary techniques, almost all of the meals we present can be prepared quite simply. If you have a small kitchen and the following tools, you can begin making delicious and healthy Salad Meals the HumanaNatura way today:

  • Non-stick sauté pan, wok, or roasting pan
  • Heat resistant mitt or cloth
  • Wooden spatula
  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife
  • Salad vinegar or dressing
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings

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HumanaNatura Gear Lists

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When first beginning to use HumanaNatura’s Natural Exercise technique, we often have many questions, especially when regular exercise is a new practice in our lives. One common and recurring area is needed gear and equipment, especially as we turn to all-day and multi-day walking and backpacking.

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The sample gear lists we have provided below summarize typically needed equipment – first for our calisthenics exercises and then for walking at the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels. Please use the lists for guidance, but do make changes based on your personal needs and circumstances .

Please also note that we normally recommend fitness clothing made from synthetic fabrics, due to their superior performance and often modest cost, and especially as your Natural Exercise practice progresses to the intermediate and advanced levels. Read the rest of this entry »

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