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Beauty on the inside: Holistic help & Coastal Kale Salad

Beauty on the inside: Holistic help & Coastal Kale Salad

The year of 2015 is about working just as hard on the inside as the outside. There’s no reason why I would spend 20 minutes doing my makeup every morning and not spending 20 minutes to do something healthy for myself on the inside. I absolutely love health food, but with my schedule, I find no time to really make it myself, so I find myself grabbing ready-made sushi and chicken tamales from the deli quite often. Not exactly the cheapest way to eat on a daily basis. After my visit to a naturopathic clinic and speaking with a doctor that specializes in Chinese medicine, I pretty much had my bad food habit ass handed to me on a platter. And when I say “bad food”, I mean not organic, not low-glycemic… this is going to get Portlandia, so try not to drift off.

When you have Hashimoto’s or pretty much any type of autoimmune disease, it’s been told that the Autoimmune Paleo Diet is the way to go. I talked to the doctor about it and she couldn’t agree more. Some of the things I thought were good for ME were not. For instance, I used to load up on tofu at the salad bar instead of chicken. Finding out that soy has too much estrogen for someone with PCOS (like me) and that it needs to  be avoided was a big eye opening thing. I was bummed, but I don’t want to be sick anymore. When I left the doctor’s office, I had left with a new state of mind. A Paleo State of Mind. (Eye roll?). I was starving to death because my appointment was 2 hours long. First thought was Cantina Burrito at Taco Bell. Second thought was … NO, I can’t have tortillas and the chicken is probably not organic, etc. My fiance was calling on the other end asking what we were having for dinner. Panic attack, engage! I had no idea what was for dinner. After going over my meal plan for 20 minutes with the doctor, I had no idea what was for dinner. Headed to New Leaf and whizzed right by that Taco Bell. (Oh, God, but Gorditas!)

Headed into the produce and got all of my juicing needs. The doctor said to steer clear of the fruit juicing because it raises my blood sugar too high. She said berries are low-glycemic and won’t raise my sugars too bad. Got the best fruit there is – avocados. I love, love putting avos into my smoothies. It makes them really creamy and takes away that weird pulpy texture. The store was closing, so I ran to the pre-made salads and found a nice garden salad with a wheat-free Tahini dressing. Tahini is okay since it is fermented. I also grabbed one of my most favorite salads- Coastal Kale. I’m not sure what makes this taste so good, but I think it is the Bragg’s Amino Acids. Finding out that these amino acids contain all soybean product really upset me, and it also has a ton of sodium content. I had no idea that this is what the dressing was on the salad, and furthermore, didn’t know it was made of soybeans. I have SO much to learn. BUT, for those who don’t have issues with soy, you gotta make this kale salad. I’ve made it at home before, and I’m not even sure what I used to season it with (probably gluten-free soy sauce),  but it is darn good. Once I find an amino acid replacement, I’ll update this post to let you know. (Or let me know if you can find a replacement!)

Coastal Kale Salad from New Leaf

This recipe was swiped from “Meatless Monday: Ted’s Coastal Kale Salad Recipe” blog

This recipe makes 3-4 servings:

1 bunch curly leaf kale-stripped and cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 red onion-julienne cut
1 oz. sunflower sprouts (optional, if you can find them)
1/4 C. sunflower seeds-already shelled
1/4 C. pumpkin seeds
1/8 C. sesame seeds
1 1/2 oz. Bragg Liquid Aminos
2 oz. lemon juice
2 1/2 oz. olive oil

1. Toast all seeds and let them cool.
2. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately (wet ingredients will separate naturally, just whisk right before adding to salad mix).
3. Mix salad with dressing and toss well. Can be served immediately or will last for up to 48 hours refrigerated.

When I made the salad, I preferred to let the kale marinate in the juice for a few hours and allow it to chill a bit.  I think it would be good with some chicken in it for protein, but that’s up to you.

This salad might make a few Super Bowl snacking friends pissed if you present it on Sunday, but do it anyway.

I brought home some interesting supplements from the doctor’s office – Mushroom tea, which is in fact DELICIOUS. It tastes a bit like a mushroom soup my mom used to make that was out of a packet. The tea is supposed to pull me out of this pneumonia I’ve been suffering with. Honestly, it made me feel  better instantly. I am not sure what types of ‘shrooms were in it, but I believe they were of the Chinese variety because I didn’t recognize the names. The tea bottle doesn’t have a label on it, so I have no idea what I drank, but it was really good. I need to drink this two times per day, which is fine with me because it is like a snack.

Hibiscus tea – Another tea I need to drink a few times per day. This is supposed to boost my metabolism and help cut cravings for sugars. Sounds freaking good, but I haven’t tried it yet. They basically gave me a bag of petals to steep in hot water. Can’t wait to try this tomorrow.

I have two more supplements – one for controlling blood sugar and something that was good for PCOS. I will also FINALLY start WP Naturethroid supplements and kick Synthroid to the curb!! Next visit, I opted for acupuncture and maybe a B-12 shot. We’ll see how it goes! So far, the mushroom tea is a hit!