Stumped about an ingredient or recipe? Got a health query? Here’s your chance to ask Sheree your most compelling question!
Q: What are your own personal daily habits? What should I do each day?
A: My personal routine varies with the time of year and what is going on in my life, so the answer I give you now many not be the same one I’d give six months from now. Most of my daily habits I complete in the morning, to help ensure that I actually can get them done.
I start with my neti pot. It’s one of the first things I have done every morning since about 2006, when I had some sinus troubles. I find it helps me clear my head and breathe more easily. It’s also a great way to help avoid illness during the cold and flu season.
Next, I hydrate. I do a 3-4 oz shot of my homegrown wheatgrass, and then I sip warm lemon water. Soon after that, it’s off to yoga (I attend a practice that begins at 5:00 a.m., Monday through Friday). Believe it or not, right now one of my other “morning practices” is to try and drive a different way back home from yoga each day. I might take a side street or go the long way on the interstate. I think it helps me stay creative and out of a rut.
Several times a week I do rebounding (jump on a mini-trampoline), journaling and meditation, and/or dry skin brushing before I hit the shower. I usually have a green juice. I also try to remember to do oil pulling while I am in the shower (swishing coconut or sesame oil for several minutes to pull toxins from the gums and mouth).
I realize this sounds like a lot, but so much of it—like drinking warm lemon water—is a substitute for an earlier habit (I used to be a big coffee drinker). Other things such as oil pulling I can do while multi-tasking. As to what you should do each day, I’d say that depends on your personal goals and what you hope to accomplish, as well as how much time you want to commit. There is no question that adopting new habits takes time, attention and focus. The good news is that after just a few weeks, it almost becomes second nature!
Q: What is your favorite kitchen tool?
A: Hands down, my chef knife is my most valuable tool. I have a really nice 8” chef knife that is one of the smartest kitchen investments I ever made. A quality, comfortable knife makes hours in the kitchen seem like minutes. Take good care of your knife: Never put any metal blade in the dishwasher—it’ll be ruined and it’s a dangerous practice anyway. Use a guard or sheath to protect your knife when you’re not using it. Keep your knife sharp. Practice safe knife skills. And get a good cutting board (I prefer bamboo).
Finally, if the knife scares you, or if you feel clumsy when you use it, take a basic knife skills class. Not only will you learn safe and proper knife techniques, you’ll also learn how to quickly prepare foods at home with minimal waste!
Please remember that your health is your own responsibility. Nothing here is to be construed as medical advice. This information is not meant to replace the guidance offered by your health practitioner.