Archive for May, 2016

Natural Truth: Optimizing Oils & Fats

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The importance of optimizing dietary oils and fats is a common theme in health news and with health practitioners. In this Natural Truth post, we will consider our need to control oils and fats in our diet, and cover what we believe are the most important guidelines for this practice.

At one point or another, and especially of you live in an affluent country, you likely have been advised to reduce or change the mix of oils and fats in your diet – whether at school, at work, by a physician, or by a health-focused and well-intentioned friend.

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Olives – Rich In One Of Nature’s Most Healthy Oils

Unfortunately, and as with other nutritional health areas today (such as the companion topic of carbohydrate optimization), the advice we get is often ambiguous or contradictory. And this is not simply a matter of differing opinions. In fact, the scientific consensus regarding ideal oil and fat consumption is now more fractured than it once was and clearly changing, based on both newer research and fresh investigations of older studies.

Adding to this ambiguity is the fact that our personal ability to healthfully process oils and fats depends on a number of factors. One important factor is our genes, with both familial and regional genetic differences affecting our ability to manage dietary fats and oils of all kinds – including saturated animal fats and unsaturated vegetable oils (see Genes & Saturated Fats and Genes & Fatty Acid Metabolism).

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Sesame Shrimp Salad Meal

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We weren’t planning on posting a meal this week, but this one looked so good, we decided to share. Made the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines, our Sesame Shrimp Salad Meal took minutes to prepare, is as healthy as a meal can be, and tastes as good as it looks.

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This uncomplicated and inviting HumanaNatura Salad Meal begins by steaming a mix of diced carrots, white sweet potato, and onion, along with crushed and finely chopped garlic and a shake of red pepper, for about five minutes, with several pre-cooked shrimp added in the last minute (see our Cooking With Steam Overview for guidance if you are new to food steaming). The shrimp and root vegetables are then allowed to cool for five minutes or so. While the steamed foods cool, a salad base of mixed greens is prepared, along with a simple mix of diced tomato and avocado. The cooked foods are then arranged on top, and the salad is dressed with olive oil, a splash of sesame oil, and white wine vinegar. Lastly, the meal is seasoned with herbs, sesame seeds, and black pepper to taste, and served promptly. Fast, easy, and delicious!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious, inviting, and 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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Beef & Orange Steam Meal

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Sometimes, only beef will do. Though we recommend limiting red meats – and always eating sustainable grass-fed varieties – beef can be an occasional or even regular indulgence and still be healthy, especially when we eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. Our Beef and Orange Steam Meal shows how beef or any red meat, simple veggies, and a piece of fruit can be combined to create an extraordinary, satisfying, and healthy meal in just minutes.

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Today’s example HumanaNatura Steam Meal begins with a base of diced carrots, white sweet potato, and onion, along with crushed and finely chopped garlic, upon which several bite-sized cubes of beef are placed. These foods are seasoned with red pepper and coriander, and initially steamed for about three minutes. Then, a mix of shredded cabbage and carrots, and a bit of cut orange bell pepper, are added and the meal is steamed for another two or three minutes. A handful of chopped baby spinach is added, the heat is turned off, and the meal is allowed to sit covered for a minute or two. The meal is then plated and served promptly, after being garnished with splashes of soy sauce and sesame oil, a bit of black pepper, a scattering of sesame seeds, a drizzle of sriracha mayonnaise, and peeled and chopped orange. Simple, and simply delicious!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious, inviting, and 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 Steam Meals via our Steam 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 more balanced time of the recent equinox and the naturally 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 plan actions and accomplishments 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 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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