In the past several months there have been a number of scientific reports released regarding the benefits of a “plant-based” diet. The response from those in the vegetarian, pescatarian, flexitarian, reducetarian (my favourite is semi-vegan) and even some macrobiotic folks has been resounding. The phrases, “finally” and “about time” and “we were right” were quick to pump up the idea that something big was afoot. Really?
As most of you will know, ginger has many healing capabilities and is one of my favourite home remedies. The purpose of a hot Ginger Compress is to dissolve stagnation, mucus and tension, melt blockages and stimulate circulation and energy flow. This is a wonderful treatment for injuries to the body, especially the back. I use it on clients with scoliosis.
A vegetable broth made from organically grown vegetables can be an excellent source of essential electrolytes. Ionic minerals are the key to maintaining good health. My broth is incredibly nutritious and a health-boosting food that is very easy to make. There is no absolutley no need to use the bones of our animal kingdom for the so-called miracle cure all that humans hanker after. My three 'magic' ingredients in my mineral broth come from plants. Kombu seaweed, dried shiitake mushrooms and dried daikon.
Try and prepare your soup from fresh, organic, in season, and ideally local ingredients. Whether your ingredients are coming freshly grown from your own garden or you’ve bought them directly from the farmers’ market, making the connection between the food you eat and your local environment is important. The food we eat is part of our cultural identity. Eating local foods helps produce a more resilient and sustainable future, both for yourself and for future generations.
As a life long advocate of health and wellness; (working as a 12 year old after school) merchandising the grains, beans and pulses in our local food store, (I think counts!!!!) my work has spanned four decades. I came across a photograph of me the other day taken in the 80’s when I was teaching Aerobics and it made me laugh out loud. I was the Jane Fonda of Scotland. With matching headband, leg warmers and lycra to die for!!! I thought I was the cat’s pyjamas!! Was that the start of my ‘wellness revolution’ phase I wonder, getting people interested in health and not sickness?.
It seems that everyone is stressed out. Even children talk about being stressed. I am sure that the incidence of stress in America and Western Europe is more pervasive than the Swine Flu (or whatever euphemism we are using for it to take attention from where it came from). I am surprised that governments have not issued Stress Alerts.
Never in modern history has there been such an interest in food and at the same time, such a lack of confidence in the basic quality of food. In my four decades of teaching I see the mass confusion around diet and nutrition escalating each year. Change today for a better tomorrow. If you want to change your future health you need to change your present health to one than enlivens you daily. Join my living with the seasons cooking class this month here in Esher.