So How Do You Wrap a Paleo Taco?

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Today my two year old son and I planted seeds in our garden, a task I always feel inclined to do after the spring solstice. We planted broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and three different varieties of cabbage. Yesterday we got pea and carrot seeds into the ground. Spring is here, and the garden can come alive again! I get so excited about fresh produce from the garden. I love the whole process of growing a plant, harvesting a crop, washing, slicing, cooking, and eating. I put that same love and care into all the meals that I make at Feed Your Vitality.

All of the staff at Feed Your Vitality want you to share in this excitement for nutritious food. Eating this way should not feel like an obligation, and if you find yourself feeling this way, please let us know how we can make improvements.  We want each entrée to look appealing, and it is our hope that you will eventually savor and crave the fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, and herbs that we have carefully and intentionally prepared. We ask that you provide us with feedback so that we can properly feed your vitality, because this isn’t just a diet plan; this is your health and life!

One of our customers, Nan, wrote our owner Ashley an email stating:

“These tacos are to die for!!!! OMG!  Just what I needed today!!!! What type of lettuce leaf am I eating it on!  So sweet tasting!!  Yum.  Thanks so much!”

Well Nan, It’s actually not lettuce at all. Many restaurants use iceberg lettuce for their wraps. Iceberg is known for it’s juicy crunch and low cost. While popular, many people have started straying from this variety due its low nutritional content and the desire for darker, more nutritious, leafy varieties.

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The wraps we serve (as taco shells and more) are actually made of nappa cabbage and frequently served with cilantro. Nappa is surprisingly high in absorbable calcium and researchers are currently doing research on the phytochemicals called “indoles” found in the Brassica genus of plants such as:

  • cabbage
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • arugula
  • bok choy
  • horse radish
  • radish
  • collard greens
  • kale
  • rutabaga
  • turnip
  • watercress
  • wasabi

According to research cited by The National Cancer Institute, during food preparation, chewing, and digestion, the glucosinolates in Brassicacae are broken down to form biologically active compounds such as indoles, nitriles, thiocyanates, and isothiocyanates. Indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane (an isothiocyanate) have been most frequently examined for their anticancer effects.

Indoles and isothiocyanates have been found to inhibit the development of organ cancer in rats and mice, including: bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, and stomach. Studies in animals and experiments with cells grown in the laboratory have identified several potential ways in which these compounds may help prevent cancer:

  • They help protect cells from DNA damage.
  • They help inactivate carcinogens.
  • They have antiviral and antibacterial effects.
  • They have anti-inflammatory effects.
  • They inhibit tumor blood vessel formation and tumor cell migration.

Studies in humans, however, have shown mixed results.  For more information you can read the whole article. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/diet/cruciferous-vegetables

Researchers from Cancer Care Ontario report that consuming more than one serving of cauliflower and broccoli a week reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 45 percent!

We continue to do our research both academically and personally, as we create meals using ingredients specifically intended to reduce and prevent inflammation, illness, and disease. We realize that there is a lot of contradictory nutritional information out there, which can be extremely overwhelming! However, as mothers and chefs,  we believe eating meals that are minimally processed is a great start to helping you and the people you love feel good.

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We care about the details.

Every sprig of cilantro, delicately placed,  is a representation of the attention, thought, and caring labor that Feed Your Vitality puts into each meal.

Let us know how we can better serve you.

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Our hidden secret…

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Many times customers ask, “Where do you chef from?”.  I must admit that every time someone asks, I smile inside.  I think that the answer is one of the “coolest” things about us, yet it is almost like our hidden secret.  The truth is, we are completely spoiled!  We chef from an absolutely beautiful 2,000 square foot culinary suite in the BEGIN New Venture Center at St. Patrick Center downtown.  Yes, THAT St. Patrick Center.  The one whose entire mission is to support people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in their journey towards creating amazing lives.

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God has a wonderful way of planting the right seeds

Being at the St. Patrick Center is a special part of our business.  I spent 14 years in non-profit organizations supporting individuals with acquired or congenital disabilities and individuals from impoverished or transitional backgrounds.  When I started Feed Your Vitality, I wanted to be sure that we were reaching people from every community.  That every person out there could be offered the ability (and access) to understand  how to support vitality through healthy foods.  So the opportunity to work at the St. Patrick Center was a natural fit for our mission:

It is our intention to make a positive difference in the vitality of our community.
We demonstrate this intention through the foods we serve,
the people we hire, and the partnerships we form

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By partnering with Jan DeYoung, the Director of the BEGIN New Venture Center at St. Patrick Center, magic happened.  Together we started building a community of doctors, community members, businesses, and  organizations that shared our vision for transforming the health of our communities.  We hired from St. Patrick Center’s culinary training program, began offering classes on anti-inflammatory lifestyles and served thousands of delicious meals.  Today we are blessed to have a staff of nine individuals committed to the health and well being of our communities.  As we continue to expand our vision, we invite you to join us in our mission of transformation.  Please invite someone you know to be a part of this movement.  Share our blog, like us on facebook, tweet about it post a paleo/ anti-inflammatory recipe, tell someone you care about their health, spend time in a community garden, learn more about reducing inflammation.  We sincerely hope you are inspired to join us.

In Health,

Ashley Nanney

Owner/ Chef

FeedYourVitality.com

A Company with a Sense of Community and Purpose

I am pleased and truly grateful to announce that I will now be managing the social media aspect of Feed Your Vitality. My name is Sarah and I am a health conscious, full-time mom who wants to make sure the people in my life are properly fed and taken care of. This is extremely important to me. I like to grow my own food, cook meals from scratch, and enjoy the unique characteristics of  individual whole foods. I think foods have a tremendous power to heal, and that in many instances, if you don’t feel good, you’re not eating the right kind of foods. It is my personal intention to heal with nutrition. As Hippocrates states, “Let food be thy medicine.”

Ashley Nanney, manager, chef, and creator of Feed Your Vitality

While, I have only been with Feed Your Vitality for one week, I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to share my time with. Everyone is friendly, helpful, generous and  shares a sense of responsibility, unity, and accountability for others. There is a feeling of community and togetherness in our thoughts and actions.  Ashley, the company’s manager, creator, and chef,  has personally come to the conclusion, along with many doctors, that inflammation is the root cause of most diseases. By switching from a diet of packaged, chemical- laden, overly- processed food, to an anti-inflammatory diet of whole foods; an individual can lose weight, increase energy, and experience the satisfaction one feels when the body is restored to vibrant health.  Ashley is compelled to transform lives with nutrition, and that passion is radiated outward in all that she does.

On my first day of work, I was handed an employee manual.  This is a common protocol followed by many companies. However, this was not a standard list of company dos and don’ts, but a philosophical piece of literature full of purpose, heart, and passion. We want to share our philosophy because by understanding how we view ourselves, each other, and the intentions behind our actions,  it is our hope that our customers can come to know and trust  Feed Your Vitality, and appreciate the personalized care and genuine concern we have for the health of this community.

Our Mission and Family

SarahNewest team member and content writer for Feed Your Vitality LLC

Sarah
Newest team member and content writer for Feed Your Vitality

It is our intention to make a positive difference in the vitality of our community.We demonstrate this intention through the foods we serve, the people we hire, and the partnerships we form.

ReneeTeam Memeber at Feed Your Vitality LLC

Renee
Team Leader at Feed Your Vitality

We believe that a commitment to uncompromising values and integrity should always guide our decisions and actions as we pursue our goals.

We are measured by the difference that we create in our community.

 

TaylorTeam Member at Feed Your Vitality LLC

Taylor
Team Member at Feed Your Vitality

We are measured as much by the way in which we achieve our goals, as we are by the actual achievements themselves.We understand that the most valuable gift we have to offer is ourselves and our service to others.

Tony
Team Member at Feed Your Vitality

 

 

We believe in providing remarkably genuine service.

We believe we can be better than our best.

We believe our continued success depends on teamwork

Mike

Mike
Team Member at Feed Your Vitality

We believe in honesty, trust, and abundance.

We believe in a clean and orderly process.

 

KevinChef at Feed Your Vitality

Kevin
Chef at Feed Your Vitality

We expect our customers to leave every experience knowing they are truly cared for.

Parker Team Member at Feed Your Vitality

Parker
Team Member at Feed Your Vitality

                                      

 

We believe in the importance of our work.


Beautiful Spaghetti Dish at Feed Your Vitality

Beautiful Spaghetti Dish at Feed Your Vitality

We welcome you to join our community, and follow us as we embark on this journey of personal growth, health, and revitalization. We want to get to know you, and share nutritional information, stories, recipes, and experience. Obesity rates, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, behavioral disorders, depression, and autoimmune disorders are continually on the rise. Inflammation seems to be a root cause of many of these conditions. We only have one body, and it’s most advantageous for it to run as effectively as it can. Let us help you feed your body the way nature intended. Let us lay the foundation for a health transformation in your life and community

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