Mango Avocado Salad with Fresh Ginger Dressing

Mango and avocado are like peanut butter and jelly, meant to be together. Their flavors compliment each other so well. I also view mango as the goddess of all fruit. Every other fruit is in awe of it’s seductive power.

Little food carts around the city offer mango slices and mango on a stick. You’d think they were selling donuts by the way crowds line up for it. It is irresistibly, refreshingly satisfying. Give me mango over ice cream any day. Keep in mind though, mango is high in sugar content so I like to categorize it as actual dessert.

This salad is inspired by a fabulous Japanese restaurant in my neighborhood. The mango and avocado are perfectly sliced and presented so beautifully. And the dressing is out of the world good. If you love ginger, this dressing will be a new favorite.

Mango Avocado Salad

Mango Avocado Salad

Mango Avocado Salad with Fresh Ginger Dressing
Serves 2
Mango, avocado and Bibb lettuce with a fresh ginger dressing.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
12 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups Bibb lettuce - washed and dried
  2. 1 mango - peeled and sliced
  3. 1 avocado - sliced
  4. FRESH GINGER DRESSING
  5. 3 tbsp fresh ginger - finely chopped
  6. 1 tbsp water
  7. 1 tsp lime juice
  8. 1 tsp coconut aminos
  9. 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  10. 1 tbsp avocado oil
  11. dash garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry lettuce. Tear into pieces or leave as whole leaves.
  2. Slice mango and avocado. Arrange over lettuce.
  3. For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a large wide-mouth coffee mug. Make sure the mug is large enough for an immersion blender to fit into. Then puree with an immersion blender until smooth and frothy.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and serve.
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Mango Avocado Salad

Making Healthy Habits Stick: Part 1

Healthy habits come from regular practice and discipline, right? Many other co-factors make this a complicated question. Your unique personality traits actually play a big role.  How do your habits impact your health? Do you know what it takes to make a new routine stick?

What if there was a way to figure this out? Gretchen Rubin’s book, Better Than Before may help. She’s identified four personality types, or tendencies, based on the way people develop habits and make decisions. I have become a bit obsessed with this categorization and now look for signs in my friends to see which category they fall in. I’ll first define the four and then provide some examples.

Upholder – “Respond readily to both outer expectations and inner expectations”

Questioner – “Question all expectations, and will meet an expectation only if they believe it’s justified.”

Obliger – “Respond readily to outer expectations but struggle to meet inner expectations.”

Rebel – “Resist all expectations, outer and inner alike.”

I’ll use myself as an example. I’m a classic Questioner. I will not commit to anything until I have done the proper research and am satisfied with my findings (one of the reasons why I like demystifying the diet/food world). So if a friend recommends a new restaurant I won’t try it until I look over the menu and read several reviews. The same goes for books, movies, clothes, anything. It’s not that I don’t trust and value my friend’s opinion, I just want to find out for myself as well. This can be a terrible time suck and I’m working on ways to short-cut the process.

To find out your personality tendency, take this quiz.

Once you know your tendency, it can be easier to make desired changes and create new habits.

I’ll throw out some examples. Every night you tell yourself you’re going to work out in the morning before work. Morning comes, your alarm goes off and you hit snooze. But what if you had a friend waiting for you at the gym? Accountability systems work very well with Obliger personalities. They refuse to disappoint their friend.

Upholders commit to themselves and to others easily, making habits easier to put in place. If they make a plan to exercise each morning then they will, without the need for external accountability.


What habits would you like to form?

Regular exercise? Healthy eating? Getting more rest and relaxation time? Better organization methods? Having closer connections with friends/family?

If we want to be healthy, we have to set-up our lives for health. We have to know ourselves better.


Goals are not sustainable.
Now I want to focus on the difference between habits and goals. Goals have an end marker. Goals begin and end. Say your goal is to lose 20 pounds. Setting a goal weight can be counter-productive if getting there involves restrictive dieting and a grueling exercise schedule. What happens when you achieve your weight goal? Maintaining the minimal diet and intense exercise is not sustainable and the weight will come back.

Now transition your thinking to longterm. Consider what lifestyle changes are necessary for lifelong health. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and taking care of your whole health is a sustainable model. These become lifelong health habits rather than a goal you achieve and forget about a month later.

 

So how do you make new habits?

1. Take a look at your days, weeks and months. What patterns are currently in place?

2. Take note of the patterns you’d like to change.

3. Make a list of the habits you want to implement.

4. Use your habits personality to recognize what it will take to put a new habit in place.

5. Work towards habits, not goals.

 

What habit are you working towards? What is your habit personality?

Let me know in the comments below!

Wellness Beets Episode #13: Feminine Products, Cramps, Bras, and Lotion

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Periods, Feminine Products, and Cramps
We talk about the natural, sustainable feminine products made from 100% unbleached cotton, reusable feminine cups, and menstrual-friendly underwear. We also discuss the etiology of severe cramping and long, heavy periods and natural ways to deal with these unpleasant symptoms.


This article about the lack of research on tampon safety: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/20/tampon-safety-research-legislation

Feminine Products
Organic Cotton Pads and Tampons:
Natracare Organic Cotton TamponsNatracare Organic Cotton PadsOrganyc Organic Cotton Pads

Dear Kate Underwear – wicking, stain-resistant underwear

►Menstrual Cups: Diva CupMoon CupSoftcup (1 use menstrual cups)

►Washable Pads: LunapadsBamboo Reusable Sanitary Pads

13 Tips for Naturally Alleviating Menstrual Cramps

 

Bras
We discuss how bras can constrict our natural movement, why it’s important for breast health, and how to transition to a more healthful bra. We also discuss how chest wall, rib cage, and shoulder girdle strength and range of motion is equally important to this transitioning process.

Katy Bowman The Boob Show

►Only Hearts Bras

►LuvaHuva Bras

 

Lotions:
We talk about how easy it is to replace your everyday lotion–often one of the most toxic parts of a beauty routine (along with deodorant)–with a DIY version.  

►New Direction Aromatics

►Super Simple Homemade Lotion Bars

►DIY Coconut Aloe Lotion

►DIY Sunless Tanner

 

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