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How Toxic Are You?

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Is your body a toxic waste dump?

This is a simple question guide that will tell us early warning signs for the need of cleansing impurities or toxin build up in our body.

  1. Do you often feel tired or fatigued?
  2. Do you feel dizzy, foggy-headed or having trouble concentrating?
  3. Do you use coffee, cigarettes, candy or soda to get “up”?
  4. Do you eat fast, fatty, processed or fried foods?
  5. Do your bowels move less than twice a day?
  6. Do you experience intestinal gas and bloating or constipation?
  7. Do you experience headaches or yeast difficulties?
  8. Do you live with or near air and water pollution?
  9. Do you experience general aches and pains or arthritis?
  10. Do you have food allergies, or skin problems?
  11. Do you experience frequent back pains or sinus problems?
  12. Are you often exposed to chemicals, sedatives, or stimulants?
  13. Do you rarely exercise or feel sluggish or overweight?
  14. Have you done a cleansing program before?

If you answered “Yes” to three or more of these questions, or “no” to the last question, it would be desirable for you to purify your system of toxins.

Toxic-Body

Roasted Cabbage with Fennel Seeds

I love cabbage and fennel. They both have such wonderful tonifying properties. Cabbage helps to tonify the Stomach, Spleen, and Large Intestine. Fennel helps to move and clear the Liver (which we all need ūüôā ), tonifies the Kidneys, Spleen, and Stomach.

When I am talking to my patients about healthy meals to grab on the go, I often refer them to this one.  So if you find youself needing to give your tummy and Kidneys a little boost, try out this easy recipe!

Roasted Cabbage with Fennel Seeds

  • green cabbage
  • fennel seeds
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper

Cut the green cabbage into 1 inch strips. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and fennel seeds. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until cabbage is nice and tender and edges are starting to get crispy! Enjoy immediately  or at room temp the next day while on the go!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy life!

Ginger Buzzzzzz

It’s February already, that time of year when most people have had enough of winter, 3 months is plenty right, but there is still 4-6 more weeks of cold ahead. So what can we do to stay warm and carry on for 4-6 more weeks?! Well here it is, that spicy warm drink that helps to warm you up from the inside and strengthens you Wei Qi (otherwise known as defensive qi), not to mention it is delicious delicious delicious… Ginger Buzzzzzz!

For 1-2 people:

Juice one fresh lemon (remove peel), and about 1 inch of fresh raw ginger – set aside.

Heat 8-16oz of filtered water to about 200 degrees. Put 1 tbsp of raw honey (local honey is preferred for it’s ability to treat local allergies) in each mug. Pour hot water into each mug and stir honey until it is completely dissolved. Add the lemon ginger juice to the mugs.

If you like add a dropper full of echinacea tinture  for extra immune support to each mug!

Stir, sip, feel the warmth, and enjoy!

Warm your core this winter with a curry red lentil and kale soup

It is important in the winter months to keep your Stomach Qi warm. A good way to do this is to nourish your Stomach with warm soups. Here is a warm soup recipe to keep your Stomach Qi strong and moving.

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons salt

2 onions diced

2 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons ginger copped finely

1-2 jalape√Īos diced

2 tablespoons curry powder

2 tablespoons red curry paste

3 cups red lentils

4 large sweet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes

10 cups water

1 large bunch kale chopped

In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the salt, onions, and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent. ¬†Add ginger and jalape√Īos, cook for 5 more minutes. Add the curry powder and curry paste. Cook stirring constantly for about 2 minutes, color will start to darken. Add lentils, sweet potatoes, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until sweet potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Add kale and cook for about 10 minutes or until kale is softened. Salt and pepper to taste and let your Stomach Qi enjoy! Remember to be happy when you eat!

Thanks for reading!

Strengthen Your Stomach and Spleen with Kimchi

Kimchi is a tasty way to enjoy some fermented goodness. I have to admit, when it comes to “hype” foods, I always give it¬†a try. Few of these foods actually make the cut, but when it comes to Kimchi, my fridge will stay stocked and my stomach happy ūüôā

Kimchi starts with a paste that is massaged into softened vegetables (mainly napa cabbage) and then sits in a jar to ferment. The fermentation process is great for the digestive tract. Eating Kimchi at night is a great way to let your stomach and spleen absorb all the good bacteria and vitamins. You can either purchase Kimchi from the store or make it yourself. Here is how I made mine.

  • One napa cabbage
  • 4¬†tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 medium sized onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger

Dissolve the salt in 3 cups water. Add the roughly chopped napa cabbage, let sit for 3-6 hours or until soft. Once soft rinse the napa cabbage throughly, I rinsed for a good few minutes.

Make the paste: add the rice flour and 1 cup water to a small sauce pan. Over medium heat, stir until thickened (approx. 5 minutes). Bring the paste to a large bowl and add paprika, red pepper flakes, fish sauce, and sugar. Stir until well incorperated and let cool. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and stir well.

Add the rinsed soft napa cabbage to bowl and massage paste into cabbage. Store the cabbage in a clean jar. If you decide to eat it now, YUM!, you will be eating fresh kimchi. Otherwise let sit in the fridge for the fermentation process to take place. As you eat the kimchi, press down the remaing kimchi further into your jar. Enjoy!