Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Develop Your HealthStyle

Recently I changed my lifestyle in order to live a healthier life.  HealthStyle is a take on healthy lifestyle.  Here I want to explain what a healthstyle is and then give tips and information to guide you to your own healthstyle.  

Healthstyle is a personal set of healthy decisions that suits your personal lifestyle and preferences.  You must develop a new way of living which means that you have to make a permanent change.  in other words, you must develop a new habit.  Please understand that you are not going "on a diet," but rather changing your diet and other healthful habits forever.  These are lifestyle changes which are more than just with food.  Thus, you must consider every facet of your world including the amount of sleep you get, how much exposure to the sun you get and most importantly, how much you laugh each day.  Developing your healthstyle has to be consistent which leads to better health and permanent weight loss. 

Begin today.  Set some goals that you can reach.  Perhaps decide that you are going to get no less seven hours of sleep each night.  Wake up to laughter.  Keep a joke book on your nightstand.  Read a joke at night before retiring and again when you wake up.  Commit to drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning.  These are just some things you can do to improve your healthstyle.  I will post more suggestions each week.

But for now, I want to share a great healthy recipe to get you strated.  I found this recipe for Marinated Collard Greens from Green Spirit.

Marinated Collard Greens

¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
¼ cup chopped scallions
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

1 bunch collard greens, washed
2 tablespoons olive oil olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt

In a large bowl, combine marinade ingredients. Set aside.

Cut hard stem from collard leaves. Take several leaves and roll into a cylinder, the shape of a fat cigar.
Using a knife, cut through the collard cylinder, making strips.
Repeat using all collard green leaves.

Places the collard green strips in a large bowl. Pour olive oil on the strips and sprinkle with sea salt. Massage the oil and salt into the strips until all are well coated.

Transfer the collard strips to the bowl with the apple cider vinegar marinade. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Makes 4 Servings

Quick Note:
I replaced the red pepper flakes with cayenne pepper and added paprika and cumin.

Oh by the way, I am a vegetarian going towards vegan headed to raw foodie.  So all of the recipes provided will not include meat.
Vegan on the Cheap: Great Recipes and Simple Strategies that Save You Time and Money

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