First-of-the-season herbs, tender greens, berries and wild flowers. Outdoor picnics, family time, freshly cut grass, and clean eating. A walk through the farmer’s market, a pantry organization, or commitment to a nourishing cleanse. It’s time to clear out the clutter, refresh and renew. What does spring taste like to you?
Since a child fueled with food curiosities, into my collegiate and professional years in the performing arts and the fitness and health industry, food and movement have always been a big part of my life. Whether fueling for long hours of rehearsing or recovering after a final curtain call, I became particularly in-tune with my body at a young age. I learned early that preparing your body for a performance, whether mentally or physically meant nourishing from the inside out.
Food not only strengthened my body, but my relationships. Gathering around the table throughout my life with loved ones reinforced bonds and brought a sense of joy and balance. I started the DEFINE foods program so that you, our clients and community, could experience this fueling and fulfilling lifestyle.
The DEFINE foods program was founded on the importance of whole foods health in order to feel better, eat better and live better. Our vision to provide wholesome nourishment to promote sustainable health and happiness is based around educating clients about seasonal eating practices aimed towards healing. Having the tools and knowledge is the first step to living a life of optimal health and wellness. What you put into your body is of paramount importance, and with the combination of our DEFINE movement classes you are well on your way to living a balanced life.
Spring is the perfect time to savor the season and make lasting changes in your eating habits. To get the maximum flavor out of spring, try adding these simple activities into your routine:
1. Take on A New Attitude…and A New Vegetable
The correlation between what you eat and how you feel or act is strong. A cloudy or unfocused mind can be a direct result from the absence of sufficient nutrients, proteins, or carbohydrates. In these warmer months, it’s tempting to reach for an ‘instant joy’ food like ice cream. With refined sugar, these sweet treats make us momentarily uplifted by temporarily boosting blood sugar, altering brain chemistry, and like any drug or addiction, depression after it wears off is far worse than the brief happiness. This downward cycle of sugar dependence leads us to long-term obesity, diabetes and depression.
Spring welcomes a plethora of blooming fruits and veggies. Bright in color, crisp in taste, and the opportunity to engage in outdoor activities like gardening or farmer’s markets, these whole foods offer nothing but goodness. Ditch the popsicle and reach for a natural and in-season treat like strawberry, honeydew, pineapple, or apricots. In their peak, vegetables asparagus, peas, spinach, artichokes, and broccoli offer minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and inflammation-fighting nutrients.
2. Share A Meal
Feeding is the most basic animal form of caring, and sharing meals is one of the most central family bonds. For hundreds of thousands of years our distant relatives’ entire way of social life was based around the acquisition and sharing of food. Food allows a view into someone’s culture, and it provides a thread for connecting people from very different places. No matter where you may be in the world, put a pot of tea in the center of table and language barriers immediately begin to disappear. Dalai Lama has been quoted to say, “I sometimes think that the act of bringing food is one of the basic roots of all relationships.”
So what is it about sharing food that puts us in such a relaxed and communicable state? Meals are memorable. They can reshape your views of a culture and allow a specific feeling, taste, or smell to remain with you for a long time. A shared meal is more than individual ingredients, it’s an all senses experience, tying together culture and friendship, breaking down barriers. This spring, try hosting a group al fresco on your patio or open your home to a new friend for a lasting (and tasty) memory.
3. Transfer Your Energy
Cooking and preparing food together is just as important as mealtime itself. You may have heard someone say before that they could “taste a chef’s love in their food”. You may have also experienced a different outcome of your own meals depending on the mood you are in, the amount of effort or awareness you give to the cooking process. I am a believer that actual emotions the cook or chef feel when making a meal is transmitted into their food. Feelings and food are both forms of energy.
DEFINE foods offers a number of whole foods recipes incorporating freshest ingredients to make bringing food and friends together effortless. As the winter fades, and spring sprouts, channel your renewed spirit into your meal preparation. I guarantee your audience will taste the difference!
Want More? If you’re in Houston, save the date for our 2nd Annual DEFINE foods Supper Club, Saturday, May 2, 6:30pm.
DEFINE body & mind Founder Henry Richardson and co-owner Erin Stewart will be your hosts for the evening as you experience a social, entertaining, deliciously healthy, and fun evening that you won’t forget. Chef Erin will be whipping up her all-natural and innovative delicious recipes for a full DEFINE foods dinner and experience. Meanwhile, Henry will lead an inspiring conversation about the main DEFINE principles of looking, feeling, and being your best.
Erin Stewart, creator of the DEFINE foods program, uses her culinary degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts to educate on the importance of using natural seasonal ingredients aimed towards healing to build a balanced and grounded lifestyle. Erin recently launched an intelligently created product line for DEFINE foods consisting of superfood granola and cold pressed juices. Purchase DEFINE foods products here.