A small serving of pickles after meals can aid digestion. And, pickles can be made from carrots, daikon or other radish, broccoli, cucumbers, cabbage, cauliflower, greens, turnips, etc.
Even a brief introduction to meditation can ease pain
New research has found that a 30-minute introduction to mindfulness can significantly reduce negative emotions and ease physical pain — even for those who have never practiced the technique before. Article from Medical News Today (February 2020) referencing published results from Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience journal.
Train Your Brain to Boost Your Immune System
New research suggests mindfulness can strengthen our natural defenses. Article from Mindful.org (March 2020)
“…90.7% of practitioners also reported that meditation and yoga helped them cope with stress.” Article from Psypost.org referencing a study published by Brain Imaging and Behavior (December 2018)
Long-term meditation practitioners have a faster psychophysiological recovery from stress, study finds
“Stress is responsible for a variety of negative health outcomes, and takes a toll on quality of life and well-being. Thus, research on behavioral approaches that can help to attenuate the stress response is of utmost importance,” Article from PsyPost referencing research published in Psychoneuroendocrinology (April 2019)
Bad Sleep Can Change How Your Brain Processes Pain
“If you don’t sleep well, you become more sensitive to pain…” Article from Bustle referencing a recent study published by Journal of Neuroscience (January 2019)
“Yoga — for health, longevity and peace” Article from The Hindu by Geetha Venkataramanan (June 21, 2018)
This has been my go-to breakfast from late fall through the winter. It’s full of vitamins and antioxidants and contains ingredients that help digestion. The ginger and cinnamon invigorate circulation and promote warming. I adjust the amount of ginger depending on my body’s needs and consume it at room temperature. I’m not claiming this will keep the sniffles away, but the big nutritional boost doesn’t hurt. For me, it’s helped break up congestion I’ve experienced, particularly during this damp time of the year.
This makes about 16 oz.
- 1 apple
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 carrot
- Handful of spinach
- Juice of ½-1 lemon plus piece of fresh rind
- 1-inch (or more) slice fresh ginger
- 1-inch piece dried orange peel
- 1 Tbs almond butter
- ½ scoop protein power
- Scoop Greens powder
- Lots of cinnamon
- Splash orange juice
Blend and enjoy!
Save Your Carrot Peels (and any anything else you’d use) for your smoothies, stocks and soups. It’s a great way to reduce waste or the size of your compost. You can store the clean scraps in the refrigerator for a couple days or even store them in in the freezer. Should I peel carrots for a recipe, I tend to use the peels the next day in my smoothie. And occasionally, I’ve been told my smoothie smells like compost…
Dried Orange Peel: Before you peel or cut your organic oranges, remove the thin strips with a peeler. Place the strips separately on a towel/paper towel in an open dish. Leave them out to dry for 3-4 days. Once they are completely dry, put them airtight jar. Dried orange peels have a deep flavor which are a great ingredient for savory or sweet recipes. You can zest or grind the peels or add them whole into sauces or stews.
For my autumn-winter smoothies, which during the cooler temperatures I consume close to room temperature, I toss in half an orange strip, a generous amount of cinnamon and at least a 1/2-inch slice of ginger. Orange peel helps improve digestion and sluggishness in the gut, and ginger and cinnamon are both warming spices that make the smoothie more digestible during the season.