I LOVE cooking and feeding people. I believe food is medicine and we are what we eat.
Ever notice how you feel sluggish after eating certain things? Think Thanksgiving dinner. Or how GOOD you feel after eating clean, unprocessed, nutritious food?
For me, I find it’s more difficult to flip upside down if I’m eating a less than healthy diet. For my body, that means excess cheese, meat and carbs. But if I’m eating what is considered a “healthy” diet these days…no meat, raw & cooked vegan…I am more apt to feel unstable and disconnected in my practice, prone to not sleep well and not as strong. The BEST diet for me and my body is basically some “happy” meat and vegan (mostly cooked, limited raw).
It’s taken me years to figure this out!
I’ve been vegetarian, vegan, meat eating, pescatarian, raw…you name it, I’ve tried it. But I love to try new things and I love the chemistry with the mixing of ingredients and how it impacts our bodies.
What I know, without question, is that everyone is different in what they need. Each of our bodies has a unique chemical makeup with specific nutritional needs – this is especially so if a person is on any type of medication.
There is no one-size-fits-all diet/healthy eating solution. Period.
So…because I love chemistry (geeky, I know!) and what know from experience what happens in the body with a regular yoga practice and know how what you eat can and does impact your state of health, I’m studying holistic nutrition and am adding it to my list of credentials. 🙂
If you are coming on retreat this year to Costa Rica, you’ll be enjoying a few delicious and nutritious treats that I’ll be cooking up in addition to jungle yoga and meditation!
I wanted to share with you one of my go to tea recipes. I call it Yogi Tea as it was created and handed down from the old school type yogis in India.
The recipe was passed down to me from a yoga teacher and I refined it just a little for taste. It’s made using Turmeric which, if you don’t know, is the rock star of anti-inflammatory spices and can be added to soups, chicken, fish, veggies…anything, really that you are cooking up in the kitchen.
But this tea is my go-to remedy for anything that ails. Seriously. It’s safe to take daily as much as you like and easy to make. It knocks out any type of inflammation in the body (from creaky joints and stuffy noses to arthritis and the full on flu…it even helps with hangovers).
The only warning is this…it’s a serious drink, not for the faint of heart. In the west, we don’t really have a palate for turmeric so it might take a little getting used to but it’s no exaggeration to say it will take care of all those little and not so little aches and pains.
Here’s the tea recipe:
- Hot water (boil it then turn it off)
- 1 Teaspoon ground Turmeric per cup of tea (sold in the spice aisle at your local grocery)
- Raw Honey to taste (raw, local honey is best)
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste
- Ground black pepper
Here’s how you make it:
- Put a Teaspoon of Turmeric in the bottom of a mug
- Slowly add the honey and mix it with the Turmeric until it forms a paste. You can opt to leave the honey out if you want to forgo any type of sweet but if you are new to Turmeric you might start with the honey then ditch it when you get used to the taste.
- Add the hot water but keep stirring the mixture while pouring in the water
- Keep stirring once the mug is full
- Add lemon juice to taste
- Add pepper to taste
- Stir more and continue to stir as needed while you drink as the Turmeric loves to settle at the bottom of the mug and you want to slurp as much of that goodness in your body as possible.
About Turmeric and why this tea is so amazingly good for you…
- Current research identified Turmeric as a powerful anti-inflammatory, comparable in effectiveness to any anti-inflammatory drug currently on the market.
- Studies show it’s especially effective in the management of arthritis pain
- It’s an anti-oxidant and liver detoxifyer/protector
- Natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties (helping to keep infection at bay)
- Soothes upset stomach
- Facilitates protein digestion
- Helps manage weight and aids in fat metabolism
- Used in Chinese medicine & Auyerveda to lift mood in cases of depression
- Natural pain killer
- Preventative against flu viruses
- And studies have shown that it helps reduce the side effects of the chemo drug paclitaxel
Enjoy your tea!