Do you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own: you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Perhaps for you health has never been a struggle? Maybe it was, but you have reached out for the help you need and are on a clearer path to wellness? Or are you someone who knows the value of your body and those of your loved ones, but finds it challenging to nourish them fully?
Health is not typically a subject taught in schools, if it is, then it is often condensed and/or wildly out dated. Therefore education around health is often lacking and can severely impact our lives and those of our family members.
Personally, I had my own health awakening when each of my three sons displayed signs of illness from a very young age. They would later be diagnosed with a genetic immune deficiency but what I did in the interim, I believe, helped them (and continues to this day) lead normal lives, infact they are thriving.
Tamar’s Family Health Tips
Make every Morsel Matter
No matter how small the snack or meal, I make it my personal rule that every morsel should matter. That every ingredient, every item of food, every bite should go in some way towards achieving optimal nourishment. Start by adding an extra fresh veggie, something raw at every meal or snack time, topping salads and grains with nuts, seeds and/or home-made dressings, include herbs and spices, powerful produce like ginger and lemon to juices and teas. Your list and ambition to provide with soon become endless.
Buy Local and Seasonal (where possible
Locally and seasonally grown produce enhances health, and tastes oh so good too! Think fresh strawberries hand picked, in the Summer yum!. When foods are produced close to your home, without harmful pesticides and chemicals, in a region and climate where they naturally grow, you are not only supporting your health but supporting the environment and local farmers also.
Check the Labels
Additives, not only in your foods but also in household and toiletries we all use are substances used to help preserve shelf life, taste and or look better. Some additives, used for centuries are considered healthful like vinegar, natural salts and vitamin C, however recently, cheaper, longer lasting substances have been used. If you don’t recognise the list of ingredients on your products it probably means they are harmful and have no place in your diet or home. Look for whole foods to make up the majority of the foods you buy, avoid overly processed, packaged items, and consider making your own dressings, sauces etc and household and cleaning products. It’s actually a lot of fun.
In short, all areas of a life worth living need attention, devotion and care, and health is certainly a precious gift from Him worth working for. To attain and maintain health, I believe, means to pay close attention to and wholeheartedly seek out wellness in all areas of one’s life. One aspect does not, and cannot, work well on its own, we are indeed a sum of our parts.
Homemade Pasta Sauce
I have been making this sauce for a number of years, with slight variations depending on what I have in the pantry/fridge at the time. My boys LOVE this sauce and I feel confident that they are receiving lots of goodness from it. I make a huge batch of this once a week, not just for pasta, it can be used as a pizza sauce, as a spread for breads and crackers and for a dip for veggies too!
INGREDIENTS – Olive oil, 2 zucchini’s, 10 little tomatoes, 1 red pepper, 1 yellow pepper, 1 red onion, 1 yellow onion, 4-6 cloves garlic (we like lots!), 2 cans chopped tomatoes, 1 veggie stock cube (non msg), herbs of your choice and a little Himalayan or sea salt.
TO MAKE – Wash produce thoroughly and cut up roughly (you are going to blend so there is no need to be precise!). Put 2 tablespoons of oil into a medium sized pan and add all ingredients. Cover and leave to simmer until veggies are soft. Let cool, then blend until smooth. Keep refrigerated for 5-7 days (can also freeze).
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At the forefront of holistic nutrition education, Tamar, a devoted mother of three boys and author, works passionately to create change. Her approach shows how nutrition is the key to well-being and how simple but effective lifestyle changes can lead to a healthier and happier family.
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