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Edible Inspiration: Week 29

Some of the things that made my week in saturated color. Check it out!

1)On my last liquid-only day, I enjoyed this green pineapple smoothie.

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2)These spices helped make a delicious Baingan Bharta dish that turned out quite toothsome.

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3)  Cutting up carrots to steam and mash.  Tasty taste.

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4)Grateful for this ginger knob this week.  I’m in love with ginger (nothing new there. :p)

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5)A beautiful walking path to catch some D.

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The wind has picked up and the sun is shinning more regularly with less breaks in the clouds for rain.  Take a walk in the sunshine!  Share some of your #edibleinspiration pics with me and check out more Edible Inspiration.  Sending you all happy, healthy vibes for the weekend, and remember…bite responsibly!

Healthy Regards,

RAM

The Menstrual Cycle: How Behaviors & Consumption Habits Play an Important Role

Lydia Pinkham marketed a vegetable compound that was supposed to alleviate menstrual and menopausal pains. The company was successful because the remedy was sold by a woman to women at a a time when females were considered childish and emotional to have much medical knowledge. Pinkham’s company produced this booklet (with the same title as Bernarr Mcfadden’s well-known magazine), c. 1900. It featured a female athlete flexing her muscles, and was emblematic of the positive and respectful attitude toward their customers.

Happy Crisp and Chilly Morning to Everyone!

Being a woman comes with many perks and many punches, but I would like to think that there are ample ways to align our body and our mind to reach a state of internal tranquility or at least try.  What do I mean by this exactly?  As superstitions do or do not align with science, there are some who believe that a woman’s menstrual cycle is connected with the moon.  What action should we often have to keep in mind to flow more succinctly with the moon and its shifts?  Answer:  What we choose to eat.

Some things all women may or may not consider:  ( I sometimes check a biorhythm calculator online for kicks.)

  • menstrual cycle
  • ovulation or fertile times
  • emotions
  • behavior and view of the world
I’m a firm believer, as you could probably assume, that what you eat affects your mood and how you feel.  Although changing something in your consumptions habits may not deliver results over night, if you stick to a ‘flush out’ routine, eventually your body will find balance.  I would like to focus on some ways in which, as women, we can take matters into our own hands.  With so many things out of our control, menstruation and its toils is one area where I feel women can appreciate having a sturdier grasp on their bodies’.  Granted, what I’m about to discuss is not a cure-all for everyone, but embracing a cleaner diet and understanding its implications in how we feel is the first step to introducing change in the way products are marketing to women.  Women are not commodities.  Remember this.
BASICS:
  • REST.  Sometimes a couple of days or the day before your cycle begins, you may experience disruptions in your sleep, due to a drop in progesterone in your body.  This hormone is highly involved in the amount of restful sleep a woman gets on a regular basis.  If you’re of the age where you’re nearing or in the midst of menopause, you may notice even more troubles in the sleep department for the same reason, but exponentially multiplied.  Progesterone is a key  hormone for a healthy woman’s body, and some young women may struggle with this balance–if you think this is a concern for you, I suggest seeing a practitioner of your choice to talk about options.  I digress.  Essentially, rest for a woman’s body can do wonders for her blanket health, so the more restful sleep you attain in long stretches, the better off you’ll be.  Think of it like hibernation.  Our body needs plenty of time to heal itself both internally and externally, without us overworking it mentally or physically, or with digestion.  Make sure you’re attaining as close to eight hours of sleep as possible, or the most solid block of sleep you can get.  I’m of the opinion that regularity in our sleeping patterns draws an internal balance in our REM cycles that is much more inclined to ‘sound sleep’.  So, whether  you need your midday siesta or  you are strictly a nighttime sleeper, make sure it’s routine, and truly restful.
  • ACTIVITY.  Coupled with rest, physical and mental activity is key to decreasing internal inflammation and strenuous muscle activity (key lipid compound = prostaglandins [responsible for muscle contraction and fluctuation]).  Get those endorphins going by taking a brisk walk or a swift jog, or maybe even some sort of cardio workout, whatever your preference, fight the bad guys in your body naturally, with exercise.  Also, toning your muscles is essential in keeping your bones strong initiating straight passage of calcium andvitaminK2 into your blood stream, key components in a healthy female body.  Imbue yourself with knowledge to not leave any questions unanswered.  This will help with restful sleep, and keep your mind spry.

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  • FLUIDS.  The right kind of liquids in your body can make all the difference.  Where to begin?  I’d say, start off your day with some hot water (not too hot) and lemon, or a nice herbal tea.  The warm water will flush through your body and will act as an internal relaxation tool.  Understanding that common OTC  drugs like Midol have a form of caffeine in them (caffeine is thought to relax smooth muscle tissue from excessive contraction–the common internal process to expel the uterine wall lining) you may ask yourself, momentarily, ‘what’s up with Rachel telling us to stray away from caffeine?’ Well, think of it this way, caffeine may potentially have the aforementioned effect, but at what cost?  As previously mentioned, prostaglandins are a strong component in the muscle contraction during menstruation, but consider blood vessel constriction and that the intake of caffeine will hinder important blood vessel delivery to your uterus when it’s needed most due to caffeine consumption.  I think one outweighs the other, I’ll let you make up your own mind.  I know this may seem terribly upsetting to many people, but I say, for at least one to two days, caffeine is not your bodies’ friend.  Other important liquids to intake, try the green smoothie, Kimberly Snyder has a great recipe.  I also recommend the G.T. Kombucha, Hibiscus flavor.  It is a lovely blend of probiotics to ease digestive upset, which is often correlated with menstrual cramping, and the chamomile acts as a mild tranquilizing agent in the body with a vitamin C kick from the orange peel–will act as a mild anti-inflammatory.
  • FOOD.  Rather than tell you what to avoid, which is really no fun at all, I’d like to hone in on those foods that are most nourishing for your blood and body.  Also, see some of the liquids I mentioned above.  Focus on complex carbohydrates like whole grains and legumes to boost fiber intake in your body and strain out those pesky cravings.  Spices like coriander, turmeric, and fennel help to lower common PMS symptoms and help ease digestion. Digestion is often disrupted during menses.  Stick to light foods, steamed or roasted.  Again, the same practice in our body stands true.  Don’t make your body work hard digesting food while it’s also working to cleanse your female organs as well.  Do your body the favor of offering the gift of regularity, as well.
Some women see menstruation as a dastardly curse or some other terrible noun, but I see it as a harmonious reminder once a month that my body is or is not balanced internally.  I know this may sound strange, but I think amongst its negative side-effects, being reminded monthly of your internal state is moderately refreshing.  For those of you who never have or never will experience menstruation, there is still much for you to learn here.  Like most of life, we are given tests and so is our body.  If you’re able to cultivate a strong balance in your dietary habits in correlation to your behaviors, I’m sure you will find a self that is much more tranquil and at peace with the world around you.  With every bite and ever gesture, be mindful of its outcome and you’ll nary stray from your path.
Please, let me know your thoughts, I would very much like to hear from you, and remember…bite responsibly.
Healthy Regards,
~RAM~

Eat Your Way to Stronger Immune System

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Although it is still hot here in Austin and in general the weather seems to be tumultuous across the states and I gather that with the onset of September comes a cooler breeze and a change in the season.  In an office, work-place, classroom or otherwise, a change in weather is a red flag to me that a large majority of your cohorts and peers could end up sick or convince themselves that they are sick.  Although I’m not a doctor nor a natural practitioner, I have some hints and tips about how I keep myself ‘up and running’ during the worst of times and the best of times.  I am of the opinion that we are (individuals) totally capable of NOT living in fear every time someone comes up with a cold or some other common illness. Our bodies shut down sometimes, but this is a sign they need to.  However, for the most part, we’re capable of keeping ourselves strong and able with a whole foods diet and few pick-me-ups.
(In no particular order.)
  • Kick-butt tea!  I make this mixture in the evenings mostly, but I double up in the mornings when I am feeling a hint of ick or a significant weather change overnight.
           Peel about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of ginger and cut it into manageable chunks.
           Place these pieces at the bottom of your favorite mug or tea-cup.
           Put the kettle on and just before the water begins to boil.
           Pour it over your chunks of peeled ginger root.
           Add  the juice from 1/2 a lemon  and stir.
           Next, add some stevia and as many shakes of cayenne pepper that you can handle.
           Swirl it all together and drink.
  • GAAAALIC.  Garlic is easily one of my favorite things to eat.  Bonus for me and all of you of course, it’s loaded with bacterial fighting goodness and it doesn’t injure or disrupt our bodies’ natural flora like otc stuff .  Additionally it’s anti-inflammatory, which is helpful for times of stress, exposure to radiation (possibly cancer patients) and for women during their menstrual cycle.  I like to mince a clove or two (or three) up and put it on top of basically anything savory that I’m eating.  Raw, lovely and potent.  I also discovered this method recently.
  • Greens galore!  Our bodies’ function best in an alkaline state, and greens are about as alkaline as you can get.  Drinking greencentric smoothies and juices along with green bedded dishes and salads of verde splendor; you will be on your way to a strong and healthy body.  Just remember to chew it up, even if it’s in liquid form.  Producing saliva in your mouth will aid digestion where it starts, in your mouth.
  • Almond me up.  Fights inflammation and works to ward off mean bacteria, almonds should be on your radar.  I like them raw, soaked and eaten over foods, made into dips and sauces and best of all ground up into almond butter.
  • Orange foods.  I knew there was a reason that many orange and dark-yellow tinted veggies pop up during the fall and winter seasons.  The beta-carotene in sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and butternut squash (to name a few) helps protect our most aesthetic organ, our skin.  Without healthy skin and a properly functioning way to excrete toxins through our skin, we’d be in bad shape.  I love to roast carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkin with aromatic herbs and spices.  Pumpkin purée is also extra tasty over some breakfast grains like oats, quinoa, amaranth or millet.  Sweet potatoes also taste great mashed and served with a bit of cinnamon, walnuts and coconut oil.  Try eating these lovely orange veggies with a fat source for proper absorption.
No direct correlation with food, but these remedies are more connected to what you eat than you think:
  • LAUGH and laugh often and with full heart.  Comedic Moments and Films I recommend:
Buster Keaton  – Balloonatic (1923)

Woody Allen – Sleeper (1973)

Maria Bamford – Paula Dean skit (2012)

Lazy Sunday 1 – SNL

Lazy Sunday 2 – SNL

 

  • Liquify!  Drink plenty of water daily–I would recommend an amount, but I believe going off of one’s thirst is the best method, unless your thirst drives you to anything but water–because water helps to flush out excessive waste cells and gunk that builds up in your body.  Water also helps to carry oxygen throughout your body, which will in turn allow you to work at full capacity. H2O works to keep your mouth clean so extra harmful particles and bacteria don’t fester.  There are many more splendid benefits of drinking water for your immune system
  • Sleepy time.  Amongst sleep’s many wonderful attributes, among mammalian species, sleep helps to increase white blood cell count, which equates to a better functioning immune system.  I say, the more we rest, the less stressed we are apt to become.  Stress can lower our body’s ability to defend itself.  It’s all tied together.

I hope some of this will be helpful to some of you in the coming days, weeks, months and years to come.  Remember, all of our bodies are different  If you have any additions to what I’ve stated, please let me know, I would enjoy hearing from you.  Understand that keeping our body strong is something that should and easily can be an ongoing process.  Respecting those around you, the source of your food in connection to its proper season and the quality of its nutrients is an optimum way to keep your body and mind aligned with the earth and its effects on you and those you love.

And remember…bite responsibly…especially right now. ^____-

 

Healthy Regards,

~RAM~