I haven’t posted in what seems like awhile. Work has been busy, the change in season has been effecting my Crohn’s, and my will to eat healthy has been kinda low. You know that feeling when you just can’t look at another salad or anything green? Yeah, well thats been me the last few weeks. I’ve been living in Cheat-ville. Eating pizza, consuming more gluten then I should, drinking coffee every morning. I have always done these things in moderation – but the key is MODERATION & BALANCE. I was taking it to excessive levels and having more cheat days then I should have.
Don’t fear my dears, I’m back to eating healthy again. I got through the hurdle of the season change too. PHEW! No more sore joints & achy muscles. Now I just have to dodge the bullet of the cold thats hitting everyone. For that I am armored up with Camu-Camu powder. (a super-powerful natural form of Vitamin C. 50x’s more then a glass of OJ!)
FALL IS HERE
Let’s talk about the season change. Most people I know with Auto-immune diseases feel the turn of the seasons. For me, I get achy, stiff, and my muscles hurt. My immune system doesn’t feel as strong as it usually is and my energy is very low. In Chinese medicine this time of change is when the humid air turns brittle and dry and this when we need to focus on the lungs. Fall brings about vulnerability to the lungs. They are more prone to problems during this time because they hate dry air. To keep them from getting aggravated, keep them moist by staying warm. Drink warming teas with honey, keep your head, neck, hands and feet warm. Consider using a neti-pot or saline spray to keep nasal passages moist. Give yourself steam facials by draping a towel over your head above a bowl of steaming hot water with essential oils. Sip warming soups and don’t forget to deep breath!
I read in my searches, that to help the body adjust to season changes, you should do sun salutations. Lot’s of them! I try to start my day with these. They help me feel renewed and alive and really help to stretch out my stiff body.
Another thing I’m starting to drink, first thing in the morning:
Morning Healing Tonic
To a mug of warm water add:
1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
juice from half lemon
dash of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of
raw honey or Manuka honey
My friend has been drinking something similar to this to help
with her Crohn’s healing and believes it is helping so I’m
going to give it a go for awhile. I’ve read it also helps
build your immune system to prepare for season
change & flu/cold season. Perfect for this time of year.
About Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is a special type of healing honey that is derived
from the nectar of Manuka flowers. It’s not so much the bees in
New Zealand that are special, rather than the floral nectar component
of this particular plant species that contains unique phytochemical
compounds. The Maori folk medicine healers used this type of
honey made in New Zealand for centuries. Ulcers respond excellently
to the internal consumption of Manuka. Manuka honey stimulates
the immune system and helps the body deal with infections. It also
promotes the rehydration of the body, helping to treat and cure
diarrhea, vomiting and stomach upsets. Sore throats, colds,
indigestion, eye infections and even Irritable Bowel Syndrome
(IBS) have all been treated with manuka honey.
Another wonderful way to stay warm this fall
is eating warm soups. So comforting on a cool Fall
night. This is one of my favorite soups. I got the
recipe from my friend Lauren last year
and have been hooked ever since.
Healing Lemony Lentil Soup
1/2 cup minced onion
3 stalks of celery
4 cloves of garlic
1 piece of kombu
1 bay leaf
(2) 32 oz. boxes of vegetable broth1 tsp sea salt
ground pepper to taste
1 tsp dried mustard
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Italian or Greek seasoning
1 tsp dried thyme
pinch of cayenne pepper3 tbls miso
2 cups dried red lentils
2 yellow zucchini, cut into thin half moons
kale (1 leaf per bowl serving)
lemon juice for garnish
In a large soup pot on medium heat, heat a glug of oil & add onion, celery, garlic, a few cranks of pepper, dried mustard, cumin, paprika and Italian or Greek seasonings. Cook until tender about 10 minutes.
Add lentils, zucchini, Kombu stick, bay leaf, a drizzle of olive oil and cover with broth & bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low and let cook until lentils are soft, about 30 min.
The zucchini with break up into pieces and add to the texture. Turn heat down to low and add miso. Remove kombu stick and bay leaf.
Chop kale very finely and lay on bottom of bowl. Ladle hot soup over top. (this keeps the kale semi-raw. The hot soup will make it wilt without cooking it.) Squeeze lemon juice on top to taste.
Raw Apple Pie
makes 8″ pie
(I cut recipe below in half to make 2 small tarts)
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup raisins
4 tablespoons agave
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons agave
4 tablespoons water
Peel and slice the apples into pieces about 1/8 in thick.
In a bowl, toss the apples and 1/2 cup raisins with the agave,
lemon juice, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice until well coated.
Spread out on a lined dehydrator sheet and dry for about 2 hours,
stirring once or twice. This isn’t meant to dry the apples,
but to soften them and let the flavor intensify.
In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, process the walnuts
and 1 cup raisins until the mix starts to stick together. This takes
a couple minutes. Press the mix into the bottom and 2 inches up
the sides of an 8 inch spring form pan. Put in the freezer for
a half hour to firm.
In a bowl, mix the almond butter, agave,
and water until very smooth.
Spoon the apple mixture from the dehydrator into the
chilled pie crust and pour the caramel evenly on top.
Chill for another half hour, if desired. For extra creamy
goodness, serve with a scoop of vanilla banana ice cream.
Do you get ill-effects from
the season change?
What are you most excited
for this Fall?
Do you have any Fall foods you
can’t wait to make?
Hope you enjoy these delicious recipes!
Be back soon with good eats from the week.