The Key to Balance LLC is committed to empowering others to transform their health through education, consultation, support and networking while promoting the physical, emotional and environmental benefits of following a seasonal, whole food plant-based diet.
Jeanne Tennis is a plant-based cooking consultant and five season, vegan chef.
Certified in sustainable nutrition, plant-based nutrition, herbalism and macrobiotics, Jeanne is a bold advocate with a fierce desire to help others. She strongly believes in the healing power of food, herbs and wild edibles having seen remarkable results both personally and in others.
Jeanne provides her clients with the most up-to-date recommendations for following a whole foods plant-based diet while interlacing ancient herbal, Ayurveda and macrobiotic wisdom and traditions.
Her clients are empowered to intuitively transform their own health beginning in their kitchens.
Jeanne's customized recommendations compliment her client's preferences and any MD or nutritional guidelines they may be following.
Clients benefit from personalized, confidential attention in an atmosphere of loving kindness with continued support and encouragement.
"Authentic self-care begins in the kitchen."
Spring has arrived and we celebrate this new season following our restorative and reflective winter period. Now is the time to literally plant those seeds of all your plans that you contemplated over the past few months. Spring offers us all a new beginning, a rebirth and a time to align our daily practices with nature as we enjoy the upward energy associated with this season.
Spring is known as the Wood Element. Our liver and gallbladder are in focus and are nourished by foods which cleanse our bodies. Just as we "spring clean" our home and closets, we need to change our food choices and cooking styles. By making changes that nourish our bodies, liver and gallbladder we are less susceptible to seasonal health issues.
Sour, sweet and pungent flavors are believed to encourage our bodies to literally spring and expand. These flavors should come from whole foods and herbs, such as, arugula, spinach, yams, mustard greens, radishes, mung beans, turmeric, apples, vinegar, sprouted grains, leaks, mushrooms, dates, sprouts and shoots, seaweeds, mint, basil, parsley, fennel, sage, ginger, rosemary, carrots, onions, chives and garlic. Teas made from dandelion root, stinging nettle, burdock root and mint are especially beneficial this time of year.
(Red Clover Sprouts are the featured photo.)
Spring is often associated with feelings of anger, irritability, anxiety and impatience. I recommend establishing, and continuing, a daily meditation practice. Several minutes a day spent in quiet reflection will keep you centered and allow you to focus on your plans and visions for this upcoming year. Let go of old resentments, practice forgiveness and look forward. Eating a whole food, plant-based diet will nourish your body and mind during this season of growth.
Spring is the time we adjust our cooking methods by cooking for shorter time periods and at higher cooking temperatures. Quick cooking water saute stir fries and short 10 minute roasted dishes using seasonal, fresh vegetables, spices and simple sauces served over sprouted grains or a quick-cooked pasta are ideal. Our liver and gallbladder work together to keep things moving and flowing properly. Stagnation can occur within our bodies if we continue to eat a heavy, rich and oily diet during this season.
(See "Recipes!" Tab for Spring Recipes including the asparagus dish featured here.)
Eating lighter plant-based foods, staying hydrated and literally moving our physical bodies will prevent congestion and help us to harmonize with nature's seasonal energy. Enjoy early morning and post dinner walks now that our daylight hours are lengthening. Sign up for a yoga or Qi gong class or establish an in-home practice that is just right for you. Being physically active will support your liver, improve your mood and will "sprout" you into this new season.
Cherish each and every moment
and enjoy your journey!
Numerous studies show that getting more vegetables into our diets and avoiding processed foods can reduce our risks for heart disease, cancers and a host of other chronic illnesses. "Plant-based Diets" are everywhere. Consult with your healthcare professionals, doctors and dieticians to find the one that is right for you and your family members. There is a lot of information out there; however, you want to make smart choices based on your current medical condition, your medication regime, your constitution, your activity level and your personal goals.
Plant-based diets have been shown to lower blood sugar and ward off diabetes, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart disease and stoke, reduce excess weight, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk for certain cancers due to the anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants and increased fiber content, reduce the risk for cataracts and macular degeneration due to the Vitamin A-rich foods and even lower your grocery bill.
Studies are showing that plant-based diets are not only improving people's physical health and reducing weight in those who are obese, they are also boosting emotional states, creating a sense of well-being and reducing episodes of depression.
Simply shop in the Produce Department at grocery stores and avoid the middle aisles except when purchasing whole grains, such as, quinoa, rice, barley, amaranth, oat groats, buckwheat and beans, nuts, seeds and canned or jarred tomatoes and salsa.
Explore making bulk purchases of your family's favorite foods when they are on sale.
When available, shop at local farmers markets and consider investing in your favorite local farmer by buying a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share. Most farmers who offer CSAs are currently advertising early sign-up specials now for the summer season.
Plant-based, whole food diets are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants protect against damage at a cellular level where cancers and degenerative diseases begin. Phytochemicals in the foods work alongside the antioxidants, boost protective enzymes and help your body remain healthy.
By following a whole food, plant-based diet including avoiding processed foods, animal foods and eating as seasonally and locally as possible, you can enjoy tremendous health benefits, reduce your carbon footprint and put an end to the needless suffering and killing of animals who live short, cruel lives when raised in animal agricultural settings.
Free consultations are scheduled in my office at the Bridge Healing Arts Center or at a mutually agreed upon alternate site.
The Bridge Healing Arts Center, D411, 304 Main St, Farmington, Connecticut 06032, United States
Consultations and classes are booked to fit into your schedule.