Lifestyle inspiration. Liz Moody

Inspiration can not come from nowhere, right? Especially when it relates to healthy lifestyle. For me, other people who live their mindful, wholesome lives are a true source of inspirational vibes.What do they do to stay happy and balanced, glowing and energized? I believe that quotes from interviews with such people will inspire others (me included) to live most productive, healthy lives. 

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Today I want to introduce incredible Liz Moody. She is the senior food editor at mindbodygreen, contributed to Glamour, Women’s Health, Food & Wine, Goop, and many other publications and is the woman behind the healthy food blog Sprouted Routes and Instagram account @sproutedroutes.

 Do’s from Liz Moody

Meditation every morning. “I tried to meditate for years without getting it to stick, using mostly apps.  Recently, I took a Vedic meditation course with Ben Turshen, and since then (about three months), I’ve managed to do 20 minutes almost every single morning.  After I meditate, I feel calmer and more focused all day long. Less anxiety = less stomach issues and a happier me.”

 Prebiotics.”Prebiotics are just as important as probiotics, as they provide the food the probiotics need to survive.  Good sources include Jerusalem artichokes (or sunchokes), garlic, onions, asparagus, celery (if it’s a stalky, fibrous vegetable, you’re probably on the right track). One of my favorite tips is to add garlic to my meals just at the end, so the flavor mellows but the prebiotic nutrients stay mostly intact.”

Magnesium supplements.  “Most people are deficient in magnesium, which is a crucial mineral to keep us calm. I take two capsules at night, or I have an Epsom salt bath with lavender oil, an evening ritual that I absolutely love. Both leave me calm and ready for a great night’s sleep, which is vital for gut health and anxiety.”

Eating a LOT of turmeric.  “Many modern diseases start with inflammation, and an inflamed gut can lead to anxiety, stomach problems and worse.  Turmeric is my absolutely favorite anti-inflammatory food, which is why you’ll notice me cooking with it constantly. Whenever you eat turmeric, make sure you’re consuming it with black pepper and a healthy fat (like coconut milk or oil), so you make it maximally bio-available.”

Minimization sugar consumption as much as possible.  “You know that hyped up, jittery feeling you get when you eat something with a ton of refined sugar?  That’s your gut and your mind telling you they’re not happy!  Sugar actually kills the good bacteria that are found in the gut.”

Time out in the real world with friends and family. “My anxiety absolutely spikes when I spend the day inside by myself, so even when I’m low energy, I force myself to at least go for a walk around the block.  Even better, I’ll walk with a friend.  Anxiety is inherently narcissistic (you’re thinking, what’s going to happen to me?) and future-focused, so the more you can focus on other people and the present moment, the better off you are.”

Turmeric Latte from Liz Moody
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk of choice (almond, cashew, …)
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch of Cinnamon and/or Cardamom (optional)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon coconut oil
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon liquid sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, coconut syrup)
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat milk, turmeric, vanilla, pepper, salt and sweetener, if using, until very warm but not yet boiling. Transfer to blender and blend with coconut oil until frothy. Pour into a mug and drink immediately. Serves 1.

Notes

Want to make this a caffeinated latte? Swap the 1 cup of milk for 3/4 cup of brewed coffee and 1/4 cup of milk of choice, then proceed with recipe as directed!

Photo of Liz and quotes from Sprouted Routes