What I now KNOW is that this is the toughest time of the year for our intestines, they go through a huge shift, since the base of our immune systems are found in the intestines (the villi that absorb nutrition are located here). This is why it’s super important to take care of ourselves in the fall, before cold and flu season sets in. The best way to do this is to slow down and cook seasonal whole foods, cut the sugar back and ease up on the dairy – all three of these tips will support the intestines which support the rest of our bodies. The intestines are our root – just like a tree, if the roots get sick the tree dies – illness sets in.This morning I woke up at 6am had my half a cup of coffee – you see coffee is the one thing that I do that isn’t “great” for me – it’s acidic and adds a level of intensity to the body. To stay healthy I KNOW I’ve got to keep my body calm, therefore I drink a 1/2 cup of organic coffee NO ADDED SUGAR; this is the best place to start cutting your daily sugar levels. Two teaspoons of sugar in your coffee in the am adds up- by the end of your week you’ve scooped 14 TEASPOONS of sugar into your coffee. I do add 1 teaspoon of Eden’s blend soy milk (this is the best soy milk on the market as it is made with Kombu seaweed – this seaweed brings a healthy dose of minerals to my cup of coffee without carrageenan (a thickener that causes digestive ulcerations). Now that it’s cooler I’ve brought Twig tea back into my bubble, this is low in caffenine and calms the body and digestive track – it is made from the “twigs” of the green tea plant.
So there I am sitting on my couch watching the sun come up, enjoying feeling a little chilly, sipping on my coffee and thinking “OK I gotta get to cooking”. I stare out the window and my mind runs through my refrigerator and pantry, my mind then passes by my taste buds finalizing todays menu.
Sauteed cabbage with onions, garlic, olive oil, salt and a 1/2 teaspoon of ghee. The cabbage is a cancer fighter, garlic & onions natural antibiotics and the ghee (clarified butter that has been cooked down to remove the lactose) heals digestive ulcerations.
Then I think about my blood and remembered the burdock and carrots I’d bought a few days ago – burdock cleans the blood it’s a serious root veggie (food for the roots is important) and the carrots are full of vitamin C, add some onions – antibiotic, tamari – fermented soy aids in digestion which means healthy “ABSORPTION” and sesame oil for healthy fat.
I’ll soak my millet for after work – I really like to eat it fresh and hot and I’ve got a left over kuzu gravy from the night before (a natural thickener made from a plant that strengthens the intestines use this instead of flour). Of course the last thing to make was miso to start my day -remember loaded with pro-biotic (good food for the healthy bacteria in the intestines).
The best part of eating the way I do is that it keeps me organized, I move through my house and tidy up before anyone else even begins to stir. I then head into the kitchen prepare breakfast & pack school lunches. Once I’ve taken Bella to school I’ve got an hour to cook and drop Lola, then head into my office. Knowing that we will all return home at the end of the day with yummy good food to eat, avoiding processed nastiness and my own overtired mind & bodies desire to appease my whining little people.
This morning I watched myself move effortlessly in the kitchen, KNOWING that taking care of myself is the best preventative medicine possible.