Fitness and Exercise, Health, Immune System

Boost Your Immune System NOW!

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Once exposed to a virus, our body’s ability to fight it off is determined by the strength of our immune system.

A healthy body is more resistant to a viral attack. By supporting our immune system with what it needs, we can boost our body’s defenses for longer, stronger and healthier lives.

Here are the most important ways to fortify our immune system.

1. Eat nutrient dense foods.

At least 80% of our immune system resides in the gut. There is an undeniable connection between good nutrition and good immunity.

Avoid foods that are heavily processed and nutritionally bankrupt, or foods that are inflammatory (alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners, dairy, animal products, most foods that come in a box, crinkly package, bag, etc.). Foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce or define should be avoided. If you can’t easily make it in your own kitchen, don’t eat it. If it doesn’t grow on a tree or in the soil, it probably isn’t healthy. If it has a mother or a face, it does not have phytonutrients.

Instead, choose foods that are rich in phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients are compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and are found exclusively in plant foods. They support the body’s ability to heal and protect itself and there are thousands of them found in plants.

In his book Super Immunity, Dr. Joel Fuhrman identified the most powerful, immune supporting foods we should be eating every day to help fight disease and promote longevity.  He created the acronym G-BOMBS to help us to remember them.

Greens:  in particular, green leafy vegetables (such as kale, collards, bok choy, Swiss chard and more) are the most nutrient dense food on the planet.

Beans:  nutritional powerhouses, rich in fibre, slowly digested, with a stabilizing effect on blood sugar. Favorable for diabetics. They are also very filling and provide  you with protein.

Onions: anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-cancer properties.

Mushrooms: anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer properties, stimulate the immune system & prevent DNA damage. (eat these cooked)

Berries: the highest antioxidant rich food on the planet with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.

Seeds and Nuts: rich in minerals, phytosterols and a source of healthy fats that aid in the absorption of nutrients (eat these raw and unsalted, about 1 once per day).

These foods naturally strengthen the immune system. There are a variety of ways to make them last. you can buy them fresh and freeze them, buy them already frozen, or make soup, casseroles or chili and freeze. I have many free recipes for you to enjoy. Search this site for recipes like this easy to make 2 Bean Mexican Delight.

I also have free recipes demonstrated by myself, my husband Rick and many of our talented, plant based friends.

Check out the free Be Green With Amy YouTube Channel

2) Support your gut:

Your body needs a healthy balance of good bacteria in your gut.  Eating nutrient dense foods and avoiding animal products and processed foods are the best way to build a healthy gut bacteria and immune system. 

3) Reduce your stress.

Stress can wreak havoc on the body mentally, emotionally and physically, including weakening our immune system. When we are stressed, the immune system’s ability to do its job is compromised and can make us more vulnerable to infection and disease. Meditation, yoga, dancing, listening to your favorite music, are just some of the ways to reduce stress. Find activities you most enjoy.

Check out my videos on these beginner, easy to do forms of meditation:

Alsketchi Drawing

Introduction to Tai Chi 

Chair Yoga 

Laughter Yoga

4) Adequate sleep:

Your body heals and restores while you sleep.   Not getting enough sleep suppresses your immune system.  It is recommended that you get 8 hours a day for adults (and even more for kids) for strong immune health.

A healthy body is more resistant to a viral attack:  by supporting our immune system with what it needs, we can boost our body’s defenses for longer, stronger, healthier lives.

5.  Exercise- find an activity that you enjoy, not something you try to talk yourself out of doing.  Learn more from my blogs:

Is Exercise Necessary?  

Exer…sighs

The Right Way to Wash Your Hands!

Important message to those on prescription drug medications (especially blood pressure, blood thinner and diabetes medications: If you adopt this lifestyle you may see a SIGNIFICANT change in your need for medications in a very short period of time (sometimes a few days)!!!

Please monitor your blood pressure, glucose levels, etc. Work with your physician as your body can heal so quickly that you could become dangerously overmedicated!!

Many people who have adopted this lifestyle have (with their doctor’s supervision) significantly reduced or eliminated prescription (and over the counter) medications. 

The body is a miraculous, self healing machine.

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I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

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Cauliflower, comfort food, Soups, Vegan Twists on Old Favorites

Clamless Chowder

Clamless Chowder
Warm, delicious and satisfying.

Prep time: 25 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 55 mins
Serves: 4-6 (makes about 8.5 cups)

INGREDIENTS
Blender ingredients:
1 ounce raw, unsalted cashews (about ¼ cup)
¼ cup water

Soup pot ingredients:
½ medium yellow or white onion, chopped into small pieces (about 1 cup)
1 rib celery, chopped into small pieces (about ½ cup)
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾-inch chunks (about 6 cups)
4 cups water
½ small head of cauliflower, chopped into small pieces (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon dried dill
2 bay leaves

Frying pan ingredients:
¼ pound king oyster or trumpet mushrooms, chopped into small pieces (about 1½ cups)
½ medium yellow or white onion, chopped into small pieces (about 1 cup)
1 rib celery, chopped into small pieces (about ½ cup)
1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
Optional garnishes: chopped parsley and black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
Place the ¼ cup cashews and ¼ cup water into a blender (small blenders work best for this small amount) and set aside while you prepare the rest of the soup.
For the soup pot ingredients, heat 1 tablespoon of water in a soup pot over medium-high heat. When the water starts to sputter, add the 1 cup onion and ½ cup celery, and cook while stirring for 3 to 5 minutes to soften, adding a little water, as needed.
Add the potatoes, water, cauliflower, granulated garlic, paprika, dill, and bay leaves, and bring to a boil, uncovered. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook covered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are very tender, stirring occasionally.
While the soup pot ingredients are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of water in a frying pan over medium-high heat. When the water starts to sputter, add the mushrooms, 1 cup onion, and ½ cup celery, and cook while stirring for 3 to 5 minutes until soft, adding a little water, as needed. Add the thyme toward the end. Set the pan aside off heat.
Remove the bay leaves from the soup pot at the end of cooking, and blend the soup to your desired consistency with an immersion blender (or see Notes), leaving some small chunks.
Blend the cashews and water until very smooth, and stir into the soup pot along with the cooked vegetables from the frying pan, and simmer on low for 5 to 10 minutes covered before serving. Garnish with black pepper and/or chopped parsley.
NOTES
For added seafood flavor, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of kelp granules in step 6, or add “to taste” to individual bowls. (Kelp granules are usually found in the Asian cooking aisle of the grocery store.)

If you don’t have an immersion blender, carefully ladle most the soup into a blender or food processor, and blend briefly to your desired consistency before returning to the pot. Or you can use a handheld potato or bean masher right in the pot.

If you don’t eat nuts or are trying to avoid extra calories, simply omit the blended water and cashews or substitute with cannineli beans. The chowder will still be thick and creamy, just not as rich.

If you don’t have thyme, which is traditional for this dish, you may use finely chopped fresh rosemary.

Optional additions: 1 cup green peas and/or small-chopped carrots.

Please remember to follow me by clicking on the FOLLOW link.

Also, Subscribe to my Be Green With Amy YouTube Channel for recipe demos, lifestyle hacks and more! 

Need someone to get you through this? Contact Amy. 

I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

If you would like to donate to help me with the costs of maintaining this website, recipe development, social media publicity and more, please donate here

Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!