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Acupuncture and Nutritional Support
If you are one of the millions of people who made a New Year’s resolution last month to eat better and make healthier choices in 2023, then it might be time to take stock of how that process is going. Are you already off the wagon and back to your unhealthy habits? Or are you keeping your eye on your goals and making progress? No matter which side of the coin you fall on, you might want to talk to your acupuncturist about your nutritional goals. They can be a wealth of information and help as you look to build a better and stronger you. continue reading
Food as Medicine
Mama Always Said: You Are What You Eat
Maybe mom really did know best when it came to nutrition. As research has shown, what we eat can actually impact our health profoundly. Over the years, we have learned that our dietary choices can influence our risk of disease. And some have made it a profitable business to teach us new ways to look at food (anti-inflammatory diet, Keto, heart healthy, etc.). continue reading
Balance Your Body – Stave off COVID-19
If you feel like you’re battling frequent colds, a cough that won’t quit, or just seem to be tired all the time, it may benefit you to find time for a daily walk or simple exercise routine. Doing this a few times per week can have many health benefits and help build your immune system.
Viruses such as COVID-19 take hold in our bodies when our immune systems are at their weakest points. Below are a few ways to help increase your immune function so your body can function as it’s meant to and stay balanced! continue reading
Foods to Eat to Help Depression
Many have heard the question posed what came first, the chicken or the egg? But how does that concept apply to depression? It’s well-known that when we’re depressed, our motivation and interest in maintaining a healthy and balanced diet subsides in the same way our energy does. Harvard Medical Students positioned that same question in relation to depression; what came first, depression or a poor diet? continue reading
Food Color and Nutrition
In Chinese medical theory, food is considered medicine. Food has qualities and functions biochemically and energetically that target specific organs. Not only that, but the action a particular food takes to benefit that organ in terms of taste, color and temperature is what is included in Five Element theory. Food has a relationship to both the natural elements as well as the organs in the body and balances the elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood to healthy, generating cycles. continue reading
The Easy Way to Grill or Roast Vegetables
The Easy Way to Grill or Roast Vegetables
Wash, slice or cube your vegetables. As they have similar cooking times, group watery vegetables together: summer squashes, eggplant, peppers, tomato, asparagus. String beans, broccoli and cauliflower take a little longer to cook, but if you roast all together, you can alter the size of the slices, so that the longer-cooking veg are thinner, or smaller. The more thoroughly cooked will have a more caramelized flavor, the others will be crispier: you may find certain preferences for each vegetable. Add onion, scallion, leek, and/or garlic. I roast root vegetables together all winter long: carrots, beets, turnips, sweet potato. Add winter squashes, broccoli, or cauliflower.
Place your vegetables and marinade in a plastic bag or glass dish to marinade for the time you have available, an hour to a couple of days, or toss them all together in the pan, then spread them out for roasting. Moderate heat works well. Hotter works well toward crispy.
To start, just open your cupboards and use what you have.
If you’re ready for a change, check recipes or your supermarket condiment shelves.
Here are some ideas, try one from each line:
- Any oil and vinegar based salad dressing, or your favorite bottled marinade
- Extra virgin olive oil, avocado, sesame, coconut works great on root vegetables
- Balsamic, red wine, apple cider vinegar, or your favorite flavored vinegar
- Coconut amino acids (incredibly delicious!), soy sauce or tamari, Worcestershire, white Worcestershire
- Your favorite fresh or dried herbs, bottled mixed herbs, seasoned salts (avoid MSG)
- Salt and pepper, of course
Large slices work directly on the grill, smaller slices or cubes in a grilling basket, atop or folded into aluminum foil (here you can steam them in the extra marinade).
Oven (all year round!)
Long slices, short slices, cubes, or even diced (more for saucing). Use roasting pans if you are using any marinade other than oil alone, as sweeter ingredients like balsamic vinegar can make a mess of your pans. The thicker metal will also hold up nicely to high heat, but any baking pan will work, Pyrex, glass, or metal.
Sweet potatoes or potatoes can be tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper. Thinly sliced, they can be baked till soft, which takes less than 20 minutes at about 400 degrees, crispy takes a little longer (as do cubes), but pleases the crowd.
Kale chips are my favorite version of kale: wash, thoroughly dry, devein and tear the leaves into potato-chip size pieces. Toss in a little olive oil and salt. Bake on a cookie sheet or roasting pan at 350 for no more than 11 minutes, turning once. They come out dark green and crispy. Overcooked get brown, then black, very quickly.
Corn on the cob can be grilled in or out of the husk. I love this flavor. I pull the dry outer leaves and trim the ends, cutting off any trailing silks, then rinse or soak the corn so that the husks don’t end up a black mess on your grill (and floors). This method allows a lot of leeway in terms of attendance: turn once or twice. If you are grilling husked corn, you’ll need to be more attentive, turning them evenly. There’s no need to cook corn longer than ten minutes. Very fresh needs less.
As an important note: Nightshade vegetables can give some folks achy joints.
They are potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. For people with recurring aches and pains, or those that come and go, seemingly without pattern,sometimes moving from joint to joint, I often suggest avoiding these vegetables for a couple of weeks, but I NEVER ask them to do that this time of year. Who can avoid a sun-warmed tomato fresh off the vine? If you are feeling achier now, this might be the cause, so pay attention to your eating habits, and consider this later in the autumn.
These aches may also be caused by some apparently innocuous food, which you would have difficulty sleuthing out. We do a Food Inflammation finger-prick test here. Most results reveal only a couple of items that really need to be avoided to improve body-wide symptoms. There is often a suspected food, such as dairy or gluten, but the unexpected shows up in most tests: lettuce, basil, salmon, and artichoke among them. The test empowers you with information to make your own choices, taking the guess-work out of food planning.
Walnuts and Your Brain
Many people like to add walnuts to food to add some zest and a little crunchy kick, but walnuts are much more than a flavor additive, as they are chock full of healthy properties and have been used in Asia as an overall health tonic and brain booster for years. Let’s take a nutty look at walnuts. continue reading
Handing Food to Disaster Victims Brings More Than Hope
What an inspiring story of someone DOING something to actually aid those in need, right when they need it. Celebrity chef Jose Andres has been in the Carolinas this week, helping victims of Hurricane Florence by spearheading, organizing, preparing and serving the hungry people in the flood zones, as he has done in other disaster sites.
Take a look at what he does at this video or #chefsforPuertoRico:
Eating According to TCM: Five Foods for Spring
Spring is a time of renewal, regeneration, growth and energy. The plants and animals awaken from the slumber of the cold winter months. The vital nutrients that have been stored in the roots of the plants and the bodies of the animals, comes to the surface and life becomes more vibrant and fluid. Human beings are no different. Humans tend to stay indoors more during the winter months and sometimes pack on a little extra weight in the process. As the weather warms, humans become more gregarious and spend more time outside enjoying nature. This is just a natural process. continue reading
Awakening from Alzheimer’s video series
I have just watched a couple of episodes for the online video series, Awakening from Alzheimer’s.
I highly recommend viewing it to anyone who knows anyone who has suffered Dementia, or for all of us who wish to maintain or brain health into our later years. Trust that I will also be implementing what I learn from this series in my practice.
The series began on 21 September, and currently offers one free episode per day. It appears you may view episode 1 throughout the series. This episode a good taste of some of the interviews with respected clinicians who have seen measurable improvements in their patients’ conditions. You may review all episodes October 6-9, and purchase the series at any time. Episodes appear to be 30-40 minutes in duration, and are posted from 9 AM EST to 9 AM the following day.