TURMERIC, oh yeah!

GOLDEN PASTE: Turmeric mixture ready-to-use

Turmeric might be the best natural anti-inflammatory, but the drug companies may not want you to know that!

I speak from experience. When I felt the first hint of arthritis in my hand, I started with the turmeric. Cured, no kidding! When I go without it for a week, a hint of pain returns. So y’ have to be compliant. Each person and ailment is different. It’s not a one-fix pill.

The list of maladies it can treat is endless, because all dis-eases involve inflammation. What is not commonly known is that merely sprinkling a bit of turmeric – like the jar you’ve had in your spice cabinet for 10 years – on your food is not giving you much benefit. Turmeric should be combined with water and heated 7-10 minutes to be activated.  Because it is oil soluble, it needs to be consumed with oil (coconut or extra virgin olive oil). Adding black pepper increases its bio-availability 2000%.

Having turmeric in your frig in the form of Golden Paste makes it ready-to-use in juices, smoothies, eggs, veggies, stews, as a tea or in a milk of your choice. It can also be eaten straight out of the jar or frozen.

The organic turmeric powder we use contains 5% curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric that has the health benefits. There are many others, which is why consuming the whole food/dried powder is better than in a capsule

.  Go to http://turmericlife.com.au/ for complete information on Golden Paste.

Get cookin’! What you’ll almost always find in my fridge.

Cooking is the path to healthy eating, so it’s good to have some basics on hand to put together in a pinch… or not!

This is the veggie part of my solution:

Zucchini, lemon/lime, kale, red cabbag, carrots - my go-to's.

Zucchini, lemon/lime, kale, red cabbage, carrots – my go-to’s

These veggies can make up a salad, a stir fry, a snack, can be added to pasta or a can of soup or broth, or put into a green drink, sauce or dressing. All of these will last in the fridge at least a week or two… or three???  There’s usually an apple in there, too, and a frozen banana in the freezer. It’s easy to add some form of protein to round things out.

Of course, when you add trips to the store or when the garden starts producing, everything changes and the number of options increases exponentially! But this seems to be what I usually have, especially during the cooler months.

What are your fridge staples? Can always use more ideas!

Tea is my morning ritual

TFHThat’s our tea cabinet – my first stop in the morning. James usually has some, too, and then caps it off with his cup of coffee. Anyway, we drink mostly unflavored loose teas (white, green, oolong, black). My latest find is Darjeeling. It’s a black tea – which isn’t usually my choice – but the “first flush” (first picked) is out now and it’s a very mild black tea, not as fermented.  I got it online from Upton Tea. You can order a sampler set there.

As healthy as tea is for you, there’s actually one green tea brand that has been specially formulated for maximum health benefits, rather than just flavor: Dr. Lee’s.

Dr. Lee and his wife, both M.D. doctors, live in Trumbull, Connecticut. This business is an off-shoot of their medical practices. His oncology research led him to the serious pursuit of using green tea to heal cancer.

You can find the scientific evidence that shows the health benefits of drinking green tea by going to his reference library at www.greenteahaus.com.  For you dog lovers, the last publication listed on that site documents how he treated his dog’s cancer with his special green tea and extended the dog’s life for 5 years!

Dr. Lee offers two green teas: standard and deluxe. The “deluxe” one (younger leaves)  tastes better, but the “standard” (cheaper) actually has more health benefits (older leaves = more goodies in the leaves). I’ve tried them both and bought the mug set-up, too. Part of the recommended 20 minute steeping process requires a close fitting lid to restrict air flow. By the way, steeping time for most green teas is usually 1 to 2 minutes!

Dr. Lee’s teas are organic and imported from careful sources in China, with added testing for impurities/pesticides done here  before it’s sold. Importing from China can be questionable without close monitoring.

I might add… an added benefit is the buzz. It’s smooth and almost subtle, but still the most energetic buzz I’ve ever felt from a caffeinated drink without any downside (I can’t drink caffeinated coffee or I’ll be up all night).

a MUST TRY Coconut Water

This is a quickie post, because you GOTTA try this stuff…. soon…. if you’re into coconut water. It’s made by Harmless Harvest.

harmlessharvestBest Coconut Water, NO KIDDING!

So far I’ve only seen it at Whole Foods in the refrigerated section (in the back part of the store). Let me know if you agree that it’s so different than the other coconut waters on the market.  Wow…