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Detox Your Liver and Spring into Spring

Detox Your Liver and Spring into Spring

Apr 12, 2012

Do you suddenly have the urge to organize the closets, start a new project, or begin a cleanse?  If yes, you are in alignment with the energy of Spring. It’s time to clean out your closets and detox your liver, too! Oftentimes, at this time of year, the body naturally begins cleansing itself from excess oils, fats, salt, carbohydrates, and animal proteins by releasing a flu or cold. Some folks may also suffer mysterious bodily aches and pains, and don’t understand why. Don’t worry… you are not falling apart, this is the liver’s way of releasing toxins and cleaning house. We can aid our liver through this natural cleansing process by eating lightly prepared meals, less food overall, eliminating animal products for a specific period of time, and/or fasting from food entirely. The springtime, I believe, is the best time of year to go “vegan” or “vegetarian” for a short period of time. Traditionally, many cultures and religions around the world have used some type of cleansing or fasting ritual, especially in the Spring and Fall months. In the springtime, fasting can help relieve the pent-up stagnation of winter (physically, emotionally and spiritually). Some examples include Orthodox Greeks that fast for up to seven weeks during the spring. They abstain from eating foods from animals with red blood (meats, poultry, game) and products from animals with red blood (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.), and fish and seafood. Wine and olive oil are also restricted.  Fasting is serious business. Imagine…. seven weeks without olive oil? Oh my! The Catholics fast for 40 days prior to Easter. This fast includes eating lighter meals and abstaining from meat on Fridays. Many other religions and cultures around the world have some type of fasting regimen during the spring months, too. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the spring correlates with the Liver and Gallbladder meridians. Reducing animal fats and proteins, as well as fasting, supports the healing and renewal of this complementary organ system.  It seems religions around the world and traditional healing therapies have this commonality; spring cleaning the body is essential for physical and spiritual healing. Every Spring, I too, begin a fasting ritual. I eat lighter foods (salads,...

Andrea Beaman’s Arugula Salad with Shaved Manchego Cheese

Andrea Beaman’s Arugula Salad with Shaved Manchego Cheese

Jun 4, 2011

Spicy arugula, briny olives and buttery Manchego come together in this simple salad with complex flavor. Ingredients 1 bag baby arugula 1 large tomato, diced 3-4 black olives 1-2 ounces Manchego cheese, shaved 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Preparation Wash arugula and dry completely. On a serving plate, top arugula leaves with diced tomato, olives and shaved cheese. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing on top of salad. Andrea Beaman By the time she was 28, Andrea Beaman was diagnosed with thyroid disease, which she credits as her motivation to embark on a healthier lifestyle through natural and sustainable food choices. Her health improved after two years of natural food choices and therapies; those adjustments became the catalysts that changed her life and profession. She attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she currently teaches her mission to encourage a healthier world through nutritious meal solutions. Andrea is a Natural Nutritionist and Holistic Health Counselor accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is also the author of her self-published book, “The Whole Truth,” and her follow-up cookbook, “The Whole Truth Eating and Recipe Guide.” Facebook Andrea Beaman .com  ...

Fat-2-Fit #23, Food Myths

Fat-2-Fit #23, Food Myths

Apr 20, 2011

Name one food that is believed to be healthy or good for you, but is the worst thing you could ever ingest. Why? Sugar substitutes like equal, sucralose, saccharin, nutrasweet and others are the WORST possible things (I can’t even call them food) to put into your body. Many people they are better for you than sugar. This is a bold-faced, flat out, bull-crap lie. Yes, sugar is bad in large quantities, but sugar substitutes are by far worse! Sugar substitutes can be 10 to 200 times sweeter than sugar. This eventually destroys our sweet palate. No longer will an apple or any other piece of fruit taste sweet. Their sweet tooth can never be satisfied with artificial sweeteners. Not only that, but they have been linked with neurological disorders, cancer, digestive problems and a host of other ailments. If you’re craving something sweet try a baked pear. www.andreabeaman.com/health/baked-pears Example: Lo-Fat Little Debbie Snack Cakes. Name the food that is wrongfully accused as harmful but is actually an OK food. Why? The food that I believe has been wrongfully accused of being bad for us is saturated fat and cholesterol. Humans have survived and thrived for centuries, healthfully, while eating saturated animal fat and cholesterol rich foods. A great example is the French – duck and goose fat are liberally supplied in their diet – and they have had notoriously low rates of heart disease. Fat helps retain the integrity of our cells and communication between our cells. For example ALL of the cells in our body, including our brain, are coated in cholesterol. When cholesterol levels fall too low, depression, muscle wasting, bone loss and memory loss ensue. Just ask anyone on cholesterol lowering meds how they’re feeling. When eating saturated fat and cholesterol rich foods we need to make sure it’s the best quality, naturally raised and grass fed. BTW – when we took sat fat out of the diet (example: butter) and replaced it with hydrogenated fat (example: margarine), disease rates skyrocketed! Moral of the story – eat food that is traditional and natural, and delicious (of course!) and forget about the nutritional dogma. Oh, and I forgot to mention that vitamins...

Black Eyed Peas with Chorizo-Andrea Beaman

Black Eyed Peas with Chorizo-Andrea Beaman

Feb 3, 2011

1 1/2 cups Black Eyed Peas, soaked overnight (or two 15oz cans, rinsed) 3 cups water 2 bay leaves 1 tbsp. olive oil 2 onions, peeled and diced 5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced 1 tbsp. fresh oregano (1 tsp. dried oregano) 1 1/2 cups chicken stock (or water) 3-4 oz chorizo, diced 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt Fresh black pepper 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced Discard soaking water from black eyed peas.  Add 3 cups fresh water and bring peas to a boil.  Skim and discard foam that rises to the top.  Add bay leaves, cover and simmer on low flame one hour. Add 1 tsp. sea salt and continue cooking 15-20 minutes or until beans soften. In a deep frying pan saute onion and garlic 2-3 minutes.  Add cooked beans and bay leaves, chicken stock, oregano and chorizo.  Season the dish with remaining sea salt (1/2 tsp.) and black pepper.  Adjust to taste.  Cover and cook on medium/low heat 15 minutes.  Garnish with fresh parsley. YouTube Successfully healing her incurable thyroid disease with health-promoting foods, exercise and other natural therapies was the catalyst that transformed Andrea Beaman’s life, health and profession. Andrea is the author of The Whole Truth – How I Naturally Reclaimed My Health, and You Can Too! The inspirational story that follows her eye-opening journey from sickness to wellness.  Poignant, funny and informative, this book reveals that freedom from disease is possible when you discover how to get to the root cause and make the necessary diet and lifestyle improvements that can transform your health. She is also the author of The Eating and Recipe Guide that contains over 120 delicious and nutritious recipes.  Her third book Health is Wealthis coming soon. Andrea was a featured contestant on BRAVO’s TOP CHEF.   And, as seen on Barbara Walter’s THE VIEW and CBS News, Andrea is a food expert with the wisdom to help you clean out your body and get healthy. As the host of WISE UP! Andrea travels across the country seeking life-enhancing activities, alternative therapies, holistic health and organic foods. Andrea also hosts the award nominated FED UP! A cooking show that teaches viewers how to cook for specific health conditions. Andrea’s shows can be found on Veria; DISH network channel 218 as well as channel 162 on Verizon...

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing

Jan 14, 2011

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing 2 beets Water 3 cups baby spinach, washed 1/4 cup pecans, roasted 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese 1 cup strawberries 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 1 tsp. honey Sea salt, to taste Cook beets in boiling water for 30 minutes or until tender. Drain beets and set aside to cool. Put spinach into a large salad bowl and mix with crumbled feta and roasted pecans. Slice beets into thin half moons and add to salad. Puree strawberries in a blender or food processor with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and sea salt. Drizzle strawberry dressing onto salad. YouTube Successfully healing her incurable thyroid disease with health-promoting foods, exercise and other natural therapies was the catalyst that transformed Andrea Beaman’s life, health and profession. Andrea is the author of The Whole Truth – How I Naturally Reclaimed My Health, and You Can Too! The inspirational story that follows her eye-opening journey from sickness to wellness.  Poignant, funny and informative, this book reveals that freedom from disease is possible when you discover how to get to the root cause and make the necessary diet and lifestyle improvements that can transform your health. She is also the author of The Eating and Recipe Guide that contains over 120 delicious and nutritious recipes.  Her third book Health is Wealthis coming soon. Andrea was a featured contestant on BRAVO’s TOP CHEF.   And, as seen on Barbara Walter’s THE VIEW and CBS News, Andrea is a food expert with the wisdom to help you clean out your body and get healthy. As the host of WISE UP! Andrea travels across the country seeking life-enhancing activities, alternative therapies, holistic health and organic foods. Andrea also hosts the award nominated FED UP! A cooking show that teaches viewers how to cook for specific health conditions. Andrea’s shows can be found on Veria; DISH network channel 218 as well as channel 162 on Verizon FiOS Andrea is dedicated to sharing knowledge about how we can reclaim our health. Educating people about better foods and lifestyle is her specialty and she does it in and easy to digest and fun way. She teaches natural foods cooking classes and health supportive seminars at The Natural Gourmet, The Institute For Integrative Nutrition, The Open Center, Whole Foods , and...

Andrea Beaman-Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich

Andrea Beaman-Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich

Dec 15, 2010

We are so very lucky to have Super Star and Featured Top Chef Contestant Andrea Beaman share her recipes with us on the Bold Spicy News. Here is a fast, delicious, and holistic lunch option for those looking to eat better throughout the holidays and into the new year. 10-12 ounces cooked chicken, diced 2 celery sticks, diced 1/4 cup cilantro, minced 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1 apple, deseeded and diced 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp. mayonnaise 1 1/2 tsp. curry powder 1/2 tsp. sea salt Black pepper to taste Whole grain bread Combine cooked chicken, celery, cilantro, cranberries, and apple in a mixing bowl.  Whisk olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, curry powder and sea salt. Pour dressing onto chicken salad and mix. Season with fresh black pepper and more sea salt if needed. Andrea Beaman, HHC, AADP, CHEF www.AndreaBeaman.com Facbook Twitter YouTube Successfully healing her incurable thyroid disease with health-promoting foods, exercise and other natural therapies was the catalyst that transformed Andrea Beaman’s life, health and profession. Andrea is the author of The Whole Truth – How I Naturally Reclaimed My Health, and You Can Too! The inspirational story that follows her eye-opening journey from sickness to wellness.  Poignant, funny and informative, this book reveals that freedom from disease is possible when you discover how to get to the root cause and make the necessary diet and lifestyle improvements that can transform your health. She is also the author of The Eating and Recipe Guide that contains over 120 delicious and nutritious recipes.  Her third book Health is Wealthis coming soon. Andrea was a featured contestant on BRAVO’s TOP CHEF.   And, as seen on Barbara Walter’s THE VIEW and CBS News, Andrea is a food expert with the wisdom to help you clean out your body and get healthy. As the host of WISE UP! Andrea travels across the country seeking life-enhancing activities, alternative therapies, holistic health and organic foods. Andrea also hosts the award nominated FED UP! A cooking show that teaches viewers how to cook for specific health conditions. Andrea’s shows can be found on Veria; DISH network channel 218 as well as channel 162 on Verizon FiOS Andrea is dedicated to sharing knowledge about how we can reclaim our health. Educating people about better foods and...