To help prepare your digestion for the over eating that comes with Thanksgiving, we will offer this tea in the clinic this week:
- Shan Zha, aka Hawthorn Berry, 12g
- Mai Ya, aka Barley Sprout, 15 g
Boil both in water for 15 minutes, then pour into cups and drink warm as a tea after dinner. Serves four and can be reboiled for a second cup after the cheesecake. Unsweetened, this tea is quite tart, so feel free to add a little honey to taste, but it will balance very well after a sweet dessert without any sweetener.
You are welcomed to stop by the clinic at anytime Wednesday (11/21-11/22) to try a cup. We will also have the herbs available in little bags to take home and cook for your family and friends. If you are hosting a big party, please call ahead so we can make sure we have enough prepared for you. That said, these are culinary herbs and are available at most Asian groceries, if you do not have time to hop in.
To make sure that we have the most flavorful bird possible (or if you are trying to convert someone to they way of the Fire Chicken), we try to brine our turkey for Thanksgiving using this recipe.
- 2 1/2 gallons cold water
- 2 cups kosher salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 bay leaves, torn into pieces
- 1 bunch fresh thyme, or 4 tablespoons dried
- 1 whole head of garlic, cloves separated and peeled
- 5 whole allspice berries, crushed
- 4 juniper berries, smashed
If you fancy some fusion in your Thanksgiving meal, try this recipe. Adding the miso helps bring a level of digestibility to the potatoes.
Servings: 6 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes
- 2 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed (do not peel the skin!!)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon miso paste*
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives, parsley or green onion
In a large pot, add the potatoes and cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to medium and let cook for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Drain the water, leaving the potatoes in the pot. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well. Taste and season with additional miso or milk, if needed.
*Miso can be found near the tofu in most super markets, or in Asian markets.
BEHOLD, the Great Fire Chicken!
The mild mannered broccoli, cancer fighting kale, and flavorful cauliflower. All part of the healthy sounding group known as Cruciferous Veggies. They sit in many fridge crispers and are the staple of many holiday veggie trays. You may even be about to dip one in ranch as you read this newsletter. Yes, they are in almost every household waiting… FOR REVENGE!!! <Insert spooky lighting sound>
When we make diet and food recommendations in the clinic, one of the most surprising suggestions to people is to avoid raw plant based foods. Recently, I was talking to a patient about veggies and it they asked why “no raw” and my reply was “Because they are out to kill you!” Was I exaggerating? Well, maybe a bit. It was a Friday afternoon and I can get a bit melodramatic on Fridays.
In the spirit of the spooky Halloween season, we offer attack of the killer veggies…. And now, a bit of backstory. Come with me, back to the early days or our primordial past, where plant and animals were locked in vicious a struggle for survival, to the start of the journey that led to the tender and tasty versions of the animals and plants we have today. In those days, a plant’s best strategy was to be so scary or thorny (or both) that no sensible forager would bother dealing with them. The next best tactic was to make the veggie muncher regret the day they ate the food by making the veggie muncher sick (kinda like me eating at TMac, but that is an entirely different story). Through the practice of agriculture, we the human victors, conquered and subjugated our vegetable foes making them weaker and weaker. The thorns became smaller and the amounts of toxic substances reduced. Today these toxins are generically known as anti-nutrients.
We now live in kinder, gentler times, having had thousands upon thousands of years to tame these brutal killers, selectively breeding out the nasties that acted as the plant’s defense mechanisms. Or do we?
Under the surface still lurk many of these prehistoric anti-nutrients, the seamy shadows of our ancient struggle to survive. What are those remnants lurking at the heart of many tempting veggies? There are two that exist - oxalates, or oxalic acid, and goitrogens. Sound ominous? Well, only to the unprepared (vegetable and those who consume them). Oxalates are highly stable and naturally occurring in many veggies. Oxalates are a major cause of kidney stones as well as several chronic health issues. http://oxalate.org contains a searchable database on oxalic acid contents, in case you are curious about a particular food and want to know if you need to purge this particular nutrient from your diet. For information on the connection between high oxalic intake and disease, from the sages of the Weston Price Foundation, click here. It even has a picture of a scary Halloween mummy, in case you want a Halloween costume idea.
From Cookie + Kate
A vegetarian weeknight stir fry with sautéed kale, coconut flakes and rice. The dish is finished with Thai flavors like lime, cilantro and sriracha. For best results, cook your rice in advance and refrigerate until you’re ready to start cooking (see note). This dish comes together very quickly—be sure to have your ingredients prepped ahead of time and placed near the stove, along with a big empty bowl for the cooked components. Recipe yields 2 servings.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or quality vegetable oil
- 2 eggs, beaten with a dash of salt
- 2 big cloves garlic, pressed or minced
- ¾ cup chopped green onions (about ½ bunch)
- Optional: 1 cup thinly sliced vegetables, like bell pepper, carrot or Brussels sprouts
- 1 medium bunch kale (preferably Lacinato but curly green is good, too), ribs removed and leaves finely shredded
- ¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- ¾ cup large,unsweetened coconut flakes* (not shredded coconut)
- 2 cups cooked and chilled brown rice
- 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce or sriracha
- 1 lime, halved
- Handful fresh cilantro, for garnish
- Heat a large (12-inch or wider) wok, cast iron skillet or non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on contact, add 1 teaspoon oil. Pour in the eggs and cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggs are scrambled and lightly set. Transfer the eggs to your empty bowl. Wipe out the pan if necessary with a paper towel (be careful, it’s hot!).
- Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and add the garlic, green onions and optional additional vegetables. Cook until fragrant or until the vegetables are tender, stirring frequently, for 30 seconds or longer. Add the kale and salt. Continue to cook until the kale is wilted and tender, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Transfer the contents of the pan to your bowl of eggs.
- Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Pour in the coconut flakes and cook, stirring frequently, until the flakes are lightly golden. Add the rice to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is hot, about 3 minutes.
- Pour the contents of the bowl back into the pan. Add the tamari, chili garlic sauce and juice of ½ lime. Stir to combine and set aside.
- Slice the remaining ½ lime into wedges, then divide the stir-fry into individual bowls. Garnish with wedges of lime and a sprinkling of torn cilantro leaves, with jars of tamari, chili garlic sauce and/or red pepper flakes on the side, for those who might want more.
*WHERE TO BUY COCONUT FLAKES: Look for them in the baking section at Sprouts, health food stores or other well-stocked grocery stores.
Many of our patients ask about exercise classes to help assist healing. Our own Christine, who is an Exercise Science Major will be offering two daytime exercise classes on Tuesdays, free of charge, for a limited time. These classes will be hosted beginning October 10, 2017 at The Bridge Community Center in Peachtree City and are geared towards all levels, including beginners. Registration is not required, although it is helpful to give us a heads up if you plan to attend. The Bridge Community Center is located at 225 Willowbend Rd, Peachtree City, Georgia.
World Dance – Tuesdays 1 PM - 2 PM
In this beginner level class, Christine explores a variety of different dance styles from around the globe: Bollywood, Bellydance, Hip-hop, Latin and Modern. While focusing on safe posture and biomechanics, this class will promote cardiovascular health and increase flexibility. Students do not need to have dance experience, simply an open mind! Wear comfortable clothing and feel free to bring a mat for the stretching portion.
Total Body Fitness – Tuesdays 2 PM - 3 PM
The old saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it” can be true for much of our fitness health. In this class, participants from all ages and stages of recovery are invited to stretch and strengthen their bodies. Each patients specific conditions will be addressed with modifications in a circuit style of class that will allow for a variety of different exercise options. We will provide free weights and other exercise equipment, but patients are encouraged to bring their own personal weights and mat for stretching, if preferred.
For more information, please contact Christine at the clinic. 770-783-1663
Animal and vegetable sources of fat provide a concentrated source of energy in the diet and also provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances. Fats as part of a meal slow down absorption so that we can go longer without feeling hungry. They act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K as well. Dietary fats are necessary for converting carotene to vitamin A, for mineral absorption and for a host of other important bodily processes.
Fats—or lipids—are a class of organic substances that are not soluble in water. In simple terms, fatty acids are chains of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms filling the available bonds. They are classified as saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
Saturated: A fatty acid is saturated when all available carbon bonds are occupied by a hydrogen atom. They are highly stable, because all the carbon-atom linkages are filled—or saturated—with hydrogen. This means that they do not normally go rancid, even when heated for cooking purposes. They form a solid or semi-solid fat at room temperature. Your body makes saturated fatty acids from carbohydrates and they are found in animal fats and tropical oils.
Monounsaturated: Monounsaturated fatty acids have one double bond in the form of two carbon atoms double-bonded to each other and, therefore, lack two hydrogen atoms. Your body makes monounsaturated fatty acids from saturated fatty acids and uses them in a number of ways. They tend to be liquid at room temperature. Like saturated fats, they are relatively stable. They do not go rancid easily and hence can be used in cooking. The monounsaturated fatty acid most commonly found in our food is oleic acid, the main component of olive oil as well as the oils from almonds, pecans, cashews, peanuts and avocados.
Have all of the events of the past few weeks begun to take their toll? Have you noticed yourself or a loved one becoming obsessed with watching the same news reports over and over?
When we learn about disturbing events and news, such as we have heard in the last few weeks, it can be extremely hard for us to process it. We all know someone, or have an acquaintance that knows someone who has been affected by the flooding, is in the path of a hurricane or are fighting fires out west. Many of us are feeling helpless to do anything. The more we watch and hear, the more we feel despair, fear, anger, grief, and discouragement. When emotions overwhelm us, there can be a ripple effect to the physical body, which may manifest as back pain, headaches, digestive issues, insomnia, high blood pressure, or a number of other symptoms.
In the clinic over the years, we have noticed that when news of a natural disaster or other troubling event is on everyone’s mind, people tend to come into the clinic with their sympathetic nervous system activated. The sympathetic nervous system, which activates the “fight or flight” response, is there to help us defend ourselves and keep ourselves safe. Problem is that our nervous system does not know the difference between hearing of a threat on the other side of the world, or a natural disaster three states over from one that is happening directly to us. Our nervous systems tend to react the same.
Ways to cope:
- Exercise – Exercise, including yoga and stretching, is a great way to release stress.
- Meditation – Meditation allows the mind to relax. Visit our blog for some easy meditation and breathing exercises.
- Rational/discursive thought - Engage your rational thinking self to make sense and put things into perspective. Try this exercise next time North Korea launches a missile, or makes a threat. Ask and research: 1) How far is the United States from North Korea? 2) What is the size of the North Korean economy, relative to its the United States, and South Korea, Japan, China?
- Acupuncture - We have helped many people through stress, trauma, and negative thoughts from these types of events using acupuncture.
Acupuncture supports the body’s ability to heal naturally by regulating the nervous system which stimulates our “fight or flight” response when we are stressed, and also regulates the hormones that are produced by the body in response to the nervous system such as endorphins, cortisol, adrenaline, and thyroid hormones. The use of acupuncture has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety levels and stress in individuals. These studies found that acupuncture relieved symptoms such as migraines, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain resulting from post traumatic stress. The improvements due to acupuncture were also found to be very rapid, significant, and long lasting. As the mind and body are able to spend more time out of the “fight or flight” response, our minds start to retrain to remain calmer even when things get stressful.
Acupuncture for Stress Relief – A Special Offer
If you or a loved one are dealing with heightened anxiety, grief, or despair associated with current events, we would love to help. Red Earth Acupuncture is offering 30 minute stress relief treatments for $45 between now and September 15, 2017, with Red Earth donating $10 of each treatment to The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. If you know someone who is directly affected by the floods, fires or hurricanes and they have evacuated to our area, we will offer a FREE treatment for them during this time. Please call 770-783-1663 to schedule an appointment with Rawls. This offer is open to new and existing patients and is subject to schedule availability.
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