The Whole Truth: Health and Wellness

By Fay Grant Guide contributor | Jun 25, 2014

Five Feel-Good Things To Do This Week

1) Be your own best friend. This week, because you deserve it, treat yourself with love, kindness and compassion, just as you would your best of friends. We tend to be so hard on ourselves about most things — our weight, financial situation, past mistakes and the chances we should or should not have taken. Start practicing self-love by speaking to yourself with kindness, repeating positive affirmations and loving yourself no matter how imperfect you think you are. Look at yourself as you would your closest friend. Would you judge them as strongly for their imperfections as you do yourself? Try putting your self-love into action by eating properly, exercising, surrounding yourself with people who truly love you for who you are and expressing yourself honestly and fearlessly.

2) Experience some natural history. The North Carolina Arboretum has been cultivating connections between people and plants for 25 years amid a 434-acre public garden. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains and nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America,

The North Carolina Arboretum is the perfect place to experience the natural history of the great outdoors. Take a self-guided walk on the Natural Garden Trail or join a guided walk each Saturday and Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m., April through November. Interpretive guides lead small groups of participants along woodland trails and through a variety of forest types. Depending on the season, topics of discussion include wildflowers, plant and tree identification, natural history and the cultural and land use history of the Arboretum. Walks are free but donations to The North Carolina Arboretum Society are always appreciated. (via

3) Find balance. We all seek to find balance in life and within ourselves - but there are many myths and truths behind what “being in balance” actually means. Being in balance doesn’t just mean being in control, even-tempered, good at multi-tasking or successful in life. It’s about encompassing the full range of emotions you feel, taking things in stride and understanding the root of your feelings or moods. True balance is achieved by knowing your limits and respecting them. You are not always in control, and feeling stable in your normal routine does not mean you are in balance. Embrace change and move forward with focus and compassion for yourself and others. Balance is not achieved by being good at everything, but instead by prioritizing your needs and what energy should be exerted to reach your most important goals. This week, don’t over exert yourself and take note of the things in your life that are causing imbalances physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Don’t be afraid to face the truth about yourself and seize any opportunity for growth and inner peace.

4) Help fight climate change. This week, you can reduce emissions through simple actions like changing a light bulb, powering down electronics, using less water and recycling. Try replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures or the light bulbs in them with ENERGY STAR® qualified products and help the environment while saving around $70 a year on energy bills. Reduce, reuse, recycle and don’t let the water run while shaving or brushing your teeth. A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day so make sure to repair all toilet and faucet leaks immediately. Another great way to reduce greenhouse gases is by composting your food and yard waste, as it reduces the amount of garbage that you send to landfills. (via

5) Listen to your heart. When faced with a decision or conflict, give your mind a rest and try listening to your heart. Your mind is capable of clinging to the past, holding onto your deepest of insecurities and causing unnecessary drama rather than allowing you to listen to the true calling of your heart. Your heart is the core of infinite compassion and true inner guidance and isn’t subject to the destruction caused by fear and pain. This week, try and let your heart shine with true brilliance and don’t let your mind destroy any opportunity to acquire what you want most in the world.


IN SEASON: Broccoli

Baked Trout with Broccoli, Apple and Fennel Slaw

(Serves 4)


Along with the fact that broccoli is actually the flowering top of a cabbage picked right before it blooms, a lot of people don’t know the impressive and extensive nutritional benefits this cruciferous vegetable has to offer. Packed with fiber and loaded with vitamins A and C, this “superfood” has long been championed for its cancer-preventative compounds and ability to help detoxify the body. This week, get rid of toxins by eating your fill of this delicious cancer fighting, bone and heart health improving, cholesterol reducing and antioxidant-packed vegetable.



  • 4 fillets trout
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple sauce
  • 3 broccoli stalks, peeled and julienned (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 bulb fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 1/2 tart apple, peeled, cored, and julienned
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut 4 pieces of parchment paper to 12 by 16 inches and arrange one fish fillet in the center of each. Season with salt and pepper and top with lemon slices and shallot. Drizzle with olive oil. To fold parchment, join long sides together and make a few 1/4-inch folds to seal. Fold ends like you're wrapping a gift and tuck underneath.
  3. Transfer packets to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until packet is puffed and fish is cooked through, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes.
  4. In medium bowl, whisk together tahini, lemon zest and juice, applesauce, and 1 tablespoon water. Season with salt.
  5. Stir in broccoli, fennel, carrot, apple, and parsley until combined. Serve slaw with fish.


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