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The Wonders of Golden Milk

20150202_204612 (1)Howdy!  Today I want to share a recipe I’ve been using to relieve pain (and more) with great success.  It’s called golden milk, and its main wonder ingredient is Turmeric, which has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine.

The “active ingredient” in Turmeric is called curcumin.  Studies are showing that there are at least 600 potential health benefits of turmeric but, it is most widely known for being an analgesic (pain-killer),anti inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and it also boosts immunity and fights cancer.   Pretty awesome huh?

I make up a batch a couple of nights ago after having some pretty bad back pain and I found it to be very helpful in relieving it.  The next day I felt great.  I made it before bed, golden milk also makes for a pretty good comfort drink.

I first found out about Golden Milk a while back from the video below.  Does anyone else notice the lady in the video has AWESOME skin?  Maybe golden milk is her secret ;) The recipe featured in the video is handy because you can make a base which can be refrigerated and easily used for golden milk later.  (That way you don’t have to start from scratch each time you make it.)

Another recipe I like, (which I used earlier this week) tastes great and also adds the health benefits of ginger, cinnamon, honey and cardamom and coconut oil.  Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients:
20150202_2040331/2 tsp turmeric
Pinch of Cinnamon
Pinch of Ginger
Pinch of Cardamom
Pinch of finely ground pepper.
1 Cup almond milk
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp raw honey.

 

20150202_204457Add all ingredients except the oil and honey into the saucepan and whisk or blend until well combined.  Do this while bringing the mixture to a low simmer or until the milk is around 110 degrees.

Next add the oil and honey, whisk until both are melted.  (You want to wait to add the oil and honey so the heat doesn’t destroy the good stuff they bring to the table.)  All that’s left is to remove from heat, pour into a cup and drink up!

Sources:
http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/15-health-benefits-of-cardamom/

http://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/

http://news.health.com/2014/11/21/health-benefits-of-cinnamon/

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72

http://wellnessmama.com/223/turmeric-tea-recipe/

http://themindunleashed.org/2014/05/golden-milk-simple-drink-change-life.html

Storing and Preserving Food without Electricity.

Recently, our freezer stopped working.  (Turns out we needed to defrost it).  We were lucky that it wasn’t a huge problem however, it did get me thinking about alternatives.

Is there a way we can ditch the freezer for something more sustainable (Or even better, regenerative?  Why sustain the crappy status quo when we could perhaps make it better than we found it?)

The first thing that sticks out at me is the fact that we live in Wisconsin.  If we really want some refrigeration, we just have to go outside.  :P  Unfortunately, that option only works for part of the year, what can we do when it’s not 30 below zero?

Well, lucky for us we have plenty of other food preservaton methods at our disposal, some of them which we already use.

#1) Chickens (and other poultry) For those meat eaters out there who have a little bit of land, raise chickens!  Unlike cows, pigs and other large animals, if you decide to make a chicken into a meal, you don’t have to worry about preserving the excess, its small size makes it easy to work with.

While the chicken is waiting to become dinner it can also serve many other valuable functions like providing eggs, feathers, manure for your garden, heat for your greenhouse, it can reduce pests, and the habitual scratching in the dirt chickens do works great to prepare the soil for planting your garden.

(Better yet, let the little cluckers live, they’ll do lots of great stuff for you in return and they’re kind of hilarious.)  :)
http://www.small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com/chicken-powered-permaculture-design.html

#2)Fish…they’re like water chickens.  :P  They can perform many similar functions while they wait to make it to your dinner plate.   Consider starting an aquaponics garden and the fish will help provide food for your plants and vice versa.  You’ll have a sweet little ecosystem in no time, and none of it will need to be refrigerated.
However, you will probably have to use some electricity to aerate the water, fish need oxygen too; or you could always raise bettas…but that’s not much of a meal.  :/
http://www.permaculture.co.uk/videos/greenhouse-aquaponics-diy-system-farm-fish-vegetables

#3)Sand Storage. Sand has been used for hundreds if not thousands of years to help preserve fruits and vegetables.  I found an awesome modern twist on traditional methods of sand preservation here.
http://www.notechmagazine.com/2012/01/saving-food-from-the-fridge.html

#4) Root Cellar.  Another oldie but a goodie is the root cellar.  Root cellars have also been combined with sand (above) for use in preserving food.  We have an insulated room in our basement which we use as a root cellar.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_cellar

#5) Nestled Pot Fridge.  By nestling a terra-cotta pot inside of a slightly larger pot, and filling the space between them with wet sand, you can effectively create a DIY, no electricity refrigerator.  The wet sand has a cooling effect on the inner pot, studies have shown the space inside the smaller pot to maintain around 40 degrees farenheit.
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Pot-in-a-Pot-Refrigerator

#6)Canning Food.  Everybody’s grandma has done it.  There are two methods for canning food, pressure or a hot water bath, just remember that if you are using a hot water bath, you will want to stick with foods with a high acidity, such as tomatoes or pickles.  Other foods might run the risk of spoiling and should utilize a pressure canner instead.
http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/canning.aspx

#7)Drying food  Using a  food dehydrator will extend the life of many different forms of food, including meats.  (Jerky anyone?)  You can also use them to dry fruits, and even make your own versions of fruit roll-ups. (Minus all the gross unpronounceable chemicals)  You could buy a food dehydrator at the store or make your own:
http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/build-a-food-dehydrator-zmaz93fmztak.aspx

#8)Going with the flow.  Eat sensibly, seasonably. Eat local food that is in season in its natural time.   In this way, when you’re hungry, just pick it and eat it.  (Being from the cold north, I know that’s sometimes easier said than done, but it’s not entirely impossible, especially if you’re equipped with some of the awesome methods of food preservation listed above.)
http://www.sustainabletable.org/seasonalguide/seasonalfoodguide.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Are What You Eat

Howdy Do!

Lets talk about food.  You eat it, I eat it.  We need it and we love it.  ronald

Unfortunately we aren’t often eating what we really need and what we “love” doesn’t really love us…  Usually it’s some processed stuff in a box or fast food with creepy clown mascots.

Anyway, I mentioned in the previous post that I’m a little obsessed when it comes to reading/saving  articles and information on the subject of food and health.  Not that I always follow what they say mind you, but I have learned some great things over the years and I’ve found that my health has improved a lot because of it.

I tend to pick and choose, experiment and go with what works for me.  Alot of what worked for me (I’ve lost about 50 lbs)  was drastically reducing or eliminating processed food, fast food, and meat from my diet.

I’ll admit I slip up from time to time, but in the last two years the norm for me has become fairly healthy food.  That means I had to make some changes though, and convienence isn’t always an option anymore, the fastest food is the fakest food.  (Is fakest a word?  Ha! It is now.  >.>)

I think it’s safe to say the majority of the food we eat is not the same as it was 100 years ago.  Conventional eating means that our bodies are flooded with ridiculous amounts of sugar, salt and fats.  Our diet is way out of proportion to what people used to eat before obesity, disease and sickness swept through this country like wildfire.

In addition to the excess we’re eating, we’re often consuming a host of toxic chemicals from processed foods which are used to increase shelf life and enhance the appearance of our overly processed “food-stuff”

…aaaaaannnd of course our we can’t forget the fact that the majority of our produce now days is full of pesticides and herbicides.

Speaking of herbicides, there’s some interesting research going on with regard to Monsanto’s herbicide roundup, and that research is showing that the active ingredient in roundup, glyphosate might be the common denominator with regard to many problems like autism, celiac disease, weight gain, heart disease Alzheimer’s and more.  Check out the video below for an interview on the subject.

If that’s not bad enough we can take a look at our meat industry, which is about as disgusting as it gets.  Animals are raised in awful conditions, their health is compromised because of those conditions and their bodies are flooded with anti-biotics, growth hormones, and stress hormones. They’re brutally slaughtered, dis-respected and then covered with bleach and more chemicals to make the murder a little more appealing.

Unfortunately, when you get that steak or chicken from the grocery store, you’re getting more than you bargained for.

When you add to this long list of health hazards the fact that our “modern” lifestyle has become increasingly stagnant, it’s really no wonder we have a country full of sick, fat and depressed people.

It’s also why pharmaceuticals are a billion dollar industry when you consider the “american lifestyle” is set up to promote sickness.

You need a drug to make your heart work after you stuff it full of gunk and tax it to it’s limits.  You need another drug to moderate your insulin levels because the high amounts of sugar in your diet have screwed your pancreas.  You need another drug to drain the fluid from your body because the amount of salt we eat is un-natural.

Semosphotoshoplessons-1024x724To add insult to injury, not only is our society set up for failure when it comes to health, we also have horribly unrealistic standards of beauty that even the healthiest of people can’t attain because they aren’t based in reality.

Of course, there’s a whole market out there to take advantage of mis-guided consumers who are trying to take control of their health and look like the cover of a magazine.  Turn on any TV right after New Years and it’s painfully obvious with the torrent of diet products, weight loss pills and fitness center advertisements.  Unfortunately, most of those products and routines lead to failure, it’s profitable.

So you go get the gym membership, allow yourself 4 pieces of celery a day, and drink some nasty juice concoction in a juicer that cost you 400 dollars.  Inevitably, it just becomes too tedious, un-enjoyable and downright impossible to maintain and you fall off the “health” bandwagon and into an order of french fries.

Then, because you feel like absolute shit and you look like shit (especially when you compare yourself to the magazines), you’ll need some more drugs to put a band-aid on your shattered sense of self worth so you can float around in a prozac cloud ignoring your problems and worsening health.

But I digress…  The point I’m trying to make is that it seems most of our health issues seem to revolve around profit.

I get that everyone wants to make a buck, and I get that there is definitely a market for health related stuff in our society.  What I can’t abide is when people are knowingly creating that market by making people sicker and purposely creating these problems all in the name of profit and greed.  I also find it obnoxious that there are people taking advantage of all this mess and over-complicating a solution that should be fairly simple.

Why don’t we pass on the 400 dollar juicer and why don’t we pass on the McMurder.  How about we eat an apple instead of getting a colon cleanse?   Let’s skip the extra salt and avoid the lasix.

Instead of buying into this goofy argument of “health food” vs “normal food” let’s just go down to the local farmer’s market and buy some real food,  that is treated with reverence and respect, instead of roundup…

You are what you eat.

https://www.minds.com/blog/view/401784984240656384/more-doctors-confessing-to-intentionally-diagnosing-healthy-people-with-cancer-to-make-money

http://www.naturalblaze.com/2014/02/12-lessons-about-eating-we-can-learn.html?m=1

http://www.realfarmacy.com/scientists-officially-link-processed-foods-to-autoimmune-disease/

http://www.realfarmacy.com/10-banned-foods-americans-stop-eating/

http://earthweareone.com/her-family-stopped-eating-sugar-for-a-year-and-this-is-what-happened/

New Year, No Fear

I realize I’m posting this New Years article a little late, considering it’s already the 12th but hey…time is an illusion right?  :P   Speaking of time…I turn 30 this year.   For me it’s a special year with lots of special things ahead.

So here we go, I want 2015 to be about manifesting success and joy and really getting in touch with the things I am passionate about.  I want to make being and feeling truly alive my life’s work and I want to share my journey and make new friends along the way.

It’s going to be a busy year, I’m passionate about many things.

What are those things?  I thought you would never ask…

1)  ART!!!  I want to get back in touch with tattooing and my art in a big way, simply because I love it and I feel like it’s a large part of who I am.  Also, maybe this is silly and vain of me but I’m not gonna lie, tattooing makes me feel cool as fuck.  It gives me something I can be proud of and there’s a sense of freedom in it that you don’t find much now-days.

2)Energy, Metaphysics, Human Potential…I’m fascinated with this side of life, always have been.  When I cultivate that in myself, amazing things happen, this year I really want to focus on that side of my life.  I’m a certified Usui Reiki Practitioner, and a Kundalini Reiki master.  I would love, love love to incorporate that more into my life and daily practice and network with others who do the same.

3)Healthy Food and Ethical Eating.  I’m an obsessive article reader when it comes to this subject, it’s improved my eating habits immensely (and my health).  I’ll admit I’m not perfect and I screw up with it from time to time (cheese is hard to avoid in Wisconsin) but I’m learning and it’s becoming more of a lifestyle and less of a headache.  I want to make 2015 even better in that regard and share what works for me.

4)DANCING AND MOVING!  I love to dance…I’m not as fond of dancing in front of people.  This feels like a good year to do something about that.  This year I want to really and truly get in touch with my body and heal myself.

Side note: I just got a job at a tattoo shop right next to a yoga studio. The tattoo shop has a shower.  Synchronous.

One final thing for now…

Last year I enrolled in a permaculture design course, I’m pleased to report that I finished the course and got my certification today.  (WOO!!!)  This spring, I’ll be physically implementing the project I designed for the class and putting some permaculture practices into action.  Permaculture is another huge passion of mine, it’s something that sings to the idealistic side of me that believes maybe we can turn this ship around and leave the planet in a better way.

Look out for a new section on this website devoted to that project, I have big plans for it and I can’t wait to share them!

Also, this site is going to be getting a little makeover in the near future, I’ve been thinking long and hard about what sort of purpose it should serve and where I want to go with it and I’m already working on the new design and content…stay tuned.   :)

 

 

 

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