What Should I Eat?

What Should I Eat? Iron Deficiency 

 

Huang Qi, Da Zao, Shu Di Huang that I add to my chili.

I’m a really big foodie! So I actually enjoy cooking and trying new foods. Sadly, that is not true for everyone. I’m often asked “what should I eat? However, most people want to know how to lose weight or “detox.” No one ever asks me about nutritional therapy or using food as medicine. Since it’s about to get cold, and allllllll my anemic peeps are already feeling the drop in temperatures, this bit of kitchen magic is about eating more iron. Continue reading “What Should I Eat? Iron Deficiency “

What Should I Eat?

What Should I Eat? Real Food!

This is kinda the first in a series of blogs I’ve enjoyed writing called “What should I Eat?” I find it disturbing how many people can’t answer that question. In these pages, you will find some of my kitchen magic. So check back periodically to see what’s in the “What should I eat?” files.

Now to answer the question: What should I eat?

Food. Real food. Lots of it. There’s an old saying let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. This is what a typical full market run looks like in my house.  No that’s not all of it.  There is eggs, almond milk, meat, and other odds and ends that are already in the fridge. (I ran out of counter space. 😆) If you look carefully you don’t see a bunch of packages.

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What I can fit on the counter after grocery shopping.

If you can’t identify most of the veggies or have no idea how to eat any of it, it might be time to get a helping hand with your diet. A good portion of what goes wrong with the body is due to poor food choices. As it turns out, alot of what goes wrong with the body can be fixed or atleast helped by improving nutrition. In this picture there are; 5 seasoning herbs, 3 types of greens, 2 gourds, 3 grains, 2 root veggies, 1 legume, and 8 different fruit (a few ment to be cooked as starches.) How many things can you identify? Continue reading “What Should I Eat? Real Food!”

Acupuncture

Unusual Tale of Acupuncture, Racism, and African American History in the USA 

This one is a little long but you can do it!

As a person of color (POC) living in the current climate of racial tension in the United States, I’m proud of the many people who have finally been motivated to take a stand. I am bitter that it has taken so long to rouse the people of this country, again. I took a stand years ago when I decided to become an acupuncturist. Yup, I fight one tiny pin at a time (we will come back to that statement at the end). I took a stand because I was tired of fighting the medical system. A broken medical system that didn’t care about me or people who looked like me. (if this is news to you check out medical apartheid) Confused? That’s because you probably didn’t know that Acupuncture was brought in part to the USA by Mutulu Shakur, the Black Panthers, and the Young Lords in the 1970s. That’s right Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are a part of African American history that has nearly been lost.

Let me explain. Continue reading “Unusual Tale of Acupuncture, Racism, and African American History in the USA “

What Should I Eat?

What Should I Eat: Cold and Flu Season

I’m often asked “what should I eat?” Usually people are asking about how to lose weight or how to “detox.”  No one ever asks me how to use food as medicine. So since it’s cold and flu season i thought I’d share ways to use your kitchen as a pharmacy.

Bone broth is a staple food in my house. Bone broth is well know for its many health benefits. Quart size bags are always stored in my freezer ready to be used for added flavor in any dish in place of water or bullion. During cold and flu season bone broth is the main ingredient in  kill the ick soup. Other ingredients can include things like atragulus, ginger, Chinese dates, ganggala, kefir leaves, basil, mint, peppers, lime, nettles, dandelion, and or a pinch of salt. (Yes that’s what is in the pot. And it was delicious!)

When food is your medicine

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