Mark Lundegren

Writer, naturalist, teacher, and strategist, Mark Lundegren is creator of the Natural Strategy method, helping people and groups achieve their full natural potential.

Homepage: http://marklundegren.com/

Low-Carb, Pro-Keto Salad Meal

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With this HumanaNatura salad meal, we are beginning a new series on natural but very-low carbohydrate or ketogenic (ketone-producing) eating. As you may know, ketogenic diets are increasingly popular today, but also controversial, since their long-term effects are not well-studied. However, ketosis is a natural process and, uncontroversially, ketogenic eating has at least one reliable and quite useful benefit. This is its crucial dampening of hunger and food cravings – via lowered sugar and insulin, elevated energy-rich ketones, and the increased dietary oils and fats that are a normal part of ketogenic nutrition. In practice, this natural reduction in hunger can greatly aid, though of course does not guarantee, healthier food choices and more optimal meal frequency and size.

But returning to current controversies surrounding ketogenic nutrition, we want to emphasize that many approaches to ketogenic eating today do, in fact, appear broadly unhealthy – especially by being inadequately green and deemphasizing whole natural foods. In our new series, we will help you to naturalize and thereby optimize ketogenic eating – demonstrating how it can be done the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines, each in a very-low carbohydrate format. Check out our first meal, and be sure to subscribe to follow the new series and our other informative natural health posts!

This extra low-carb HumanaNatura meal begins with a piece of salmon, seasoned with Cajun spices and black pepper, which is pan-steamed on a small bed of diced shallot and garlic, with enough shredded cabbage to hold the fish above the water (see our Cooking With Steam Overview if you are new to food steaming). As the salmon fillet cooks, a raw salad is prepared with mixed greens, a handful of chopped cilantro, slices of avocado, a small amount of sliced tomato and cucumber, a few pieces of brie cheese, and a dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. When the fish is done, it is allowed to cool for a moment or two, and then added to the salad, along with the cooked veggies, as shown. Finally, the entire meal is garnished with black pepper, parsley flakes, and a bit of nutritional yeast, and then served promptly. Overall, a meal that is fast and easy to make, delicious, low in sugars but not fiber, and rich in essential minerals and vitamins, with enough healthy fats and proteins to keep our hunger at bay for several hours, or even longer (if you want a higher carbohydrate and non-ketogenic variation of this meal, options include adding a bit of diced sweet potato to the steaming base and/or including a scattering of berries on top of the salad).

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 free health programs and resources 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 in each hemisphere and toward the height of summer or depth of winter . It’s an ongoing rhythm of life on earth that touches 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 released today as well, which is published eight times yearly in harmony with the milestones of 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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Mussels For Muscles Salad Meal

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There’s an idea that we need to load-up on red meats, and the muscle-building proteins – notably carnitine – they naturally contain, if we are to be at peak physical fitness. But years of research do not support this conclusion, and even suggest that both excess carnitine and diets high in the saturated fats red meats contain may be harmful. Overall, there are more clearly healthful ways to get the proteins we need to be healthy and fit. These include vegetable proteins and leaner non-red meats. But low-fat and omega-3-rich fish, especially from low in the marine food chain, may be our healthiest single protein source (unless we have a fish allergy). If you don’t consume much fish today, and worry that fish is difficult or expensive to prepare, we want to assure you this needn’t be the case, especially when we eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. Today’s salad meal is a delicious case in point.

Our sample HumanaNatura meal begins with a serving of previously shelled and blanched mussels, which are then pan-sautéed with crushed garlic, diced onion, cut white zucchini, and sliced baby carrots until all are cooked through. While these foods cook, a simple raw salad base is prepared with fresh arugula, diced cucumber and tomato, and a light vinaigrette dressing. When the cooked foods are done, they are plated alongside the raw vegetables, everything is garnished with black pepper and parsley flakes, and the meal is served promptly. Overall, a quick, inexpensive, and extra-healthy way to get the proteins we need to be fit and at our best – and a model for how we might eat optimally each day, whether we are athletes or not.

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 free health programs and resources 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 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 overall 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 darkness and light 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 key milestones of 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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Steamed Veggies Salad Meal

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In the transition from winter to spring, or summer to fall, sometimes we want a meal that is warm but not too warm, and perhaps filling but not too filling as well. In any case, making extra-healthy meals that are warm or cool, and filling or less so, is always easy when we eat the HumanaNatura way and follow HumanaNatura’s OurPlate healthy eating guidelines. Today’s steamed veggies salad meal is a delicious example, and study in making meals that are just right, and neither too big, small, hot, and cool.

Our sample HumanaNatura meal begins with a some sliced golden potato, cut yellow onion, crushed and chopped garlic, and cayenne pepper, all of which are steamed at medium-high heat for about three minutes (see our Cooking With Steam Overview if you are new to food steaming). As these foods cook, half of a zucchini and carrot are each cut into noodles, either with a knife or using a veggetti noodle slicer. The noodles are then placed atop the steaming root veggies and everything is steamed for an additional three minutes.

As the steamed portion of the meal finishes cooking, a handful of fresh arugula or another raw green is placed on the side of a plate, along with bit-sized pieces of cucumber and tomato, and this part of the meal is dressed with a bit of white balsamic vinegar and olive oil. When the steamed veggies are done, they are plated alongside the raw foods, and dressed with a bit of red chilli sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. The entire meal is then garnished with black pepper and parsley, and a bit of ground ginger and sesame seeds if you would like, and served promptly. Not too hot or cool, or too filling or light – just quick, easy, delicious, and super-healthy!

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 free health programs and resources at Welcome.

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

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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 evocative period of the recent solstice and the naturally more balanced time of the coming equinox. Everywhere on earth, there is clear but unmistakable change – away from the depth of winter and height of summer and toward the relative balance of spring or fall in each hemisphere – an ongoing rhythm of life on earth that touches 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 equinox-nearing cross-quarter, this is so we have adequate completed actions and learning at the equinox – in another six weeks or eighth of a year – when HumanaNatura encourages reflection and updating of our plans.

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 distributed 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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