Made from scratch

Made from scratch

Bone BrothWhen my children were young I was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom. I loved to cook! I felt that made from scratch meals brought the whole family together in a very contented and fulfilling way. It also gave me a creative outlet; planning, shopping, and preparing healthy, tasty dishes for the people I loved. Then I took my cooking to the next level. I started studying nutrition and researching about the health benefits of herbs; one of my discoveries was bone broth.

While making bone broth is time consuming, the health benefits are enormous. Sally Fallon shares in her cookbook Nourishing Traditions, ‘Properly prepared, meat stocks are extremely nutritious, containing the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables as electrolytes, a form that is easy to assimilate…also seems to be of use in the treatment of many chronic disorders, including anemia and other diseases of the blood, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and even cancer.’

The aroma of homemade broth is tantalizing and you can use your broth as a base to make other dishes. You can add it to grains and legumes instead of water; use it in gravies, sauces, casseroles and soup. And it is great as the first food to eat when recovering from a stomach virus or flu. For more information go to http://nourishedkitchen.com/bone-broth/

What are some of your favorite nutritious dishes?

Why wear silk?

Why wear silk?

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Our bodies need to stay warm and dry with the weather turning cold and damp. When we are cold we naturally contract our muscles and tend to move less. This in turn creates aches and pains in our bodies. Staying loose and flexible becomes more of a challenge during winter.

Layering in our clothing choices becomes one solution, but how? If our clothes become too cumbersome we feel heavy and sweaty. We can even get a chill from trapped moisture and feel lethargic in thick wool sweaters and leggings.

Silk is a wonderful alternative keeping our body warm while providing freedom in movement. Benefits of wearing silk are: it preserves the body’s heat in the cold, it has moisture wicking properties keeping you dry and comfortable, it repels mold and mildew, it is hypoallergenic, and it is light and smooth making silk easy to layer under clothes.

“Silk contains natural protein and 18 essential amino acids. Studies have shown that amino acids calm the nervous system and fight against the effects of aging, especially on the skin. Silk also contains cellular albumen which helps speed up metabolism of skin cells therefore will reduce sign of aging. Silk pillows and sheets therefore are good for your facial skin and body.”  For more information go to http://www.redkora.com/silk-fast-facts.html

And… when I am wearing silk I feel lighthearted!

 How do you stay warm?

Fall always makes me think of apples

Fall always makes me think of apples

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Fall always makes me think of apples. Growing up in the mid-west I have many wonderful memories of apple picking, cooking and eating apples around this time of year. It also reminds me of some other ways we can use apples in our daily living.

During my massage training I was exposed to many different ideas about health and healing of the body. Here is one idea that many of you may already use. After a long tiring day or a heavy physical workout, pour two or three cups of good old fashioned apple cider vinegar into a tub of hot water. Now sit and soak for a good twenty minutes and have some water to drink next to you to counteract the sweating that occurs. I usually just want to go right to bed afterwards because I am so relaxed and my muscles feel great! I recommend this to all my clients especially after receiving a deep massage.

What are your experiences with using apple cider vinegar as folk medicine? Check out this website for more information about how to use apple cider vinegar. http://www.theapplefarm.com/vinegar.htm