What Should I Eat?

What Should I Eat? Bone Broth Part 1

Ok, so I have finally written another “what should I eat?” blog. I know this one is overdue. If you have read the others, you know how much I love love love good food.

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Bone broth for breakfast!, Eggs, noodles, veggies, and yes bone broth.

This post is about one of my most favorite things… bone broth. And this is the time of year for it. So, as you are going through your list of spring detoxes consider adding some bone broth to the menu of your self-care. One of the biggest differences between Oriental medicine and Conventional “diet therapy” is a strong belief that your food should be cooked. Slow cooked foods are seen as more nourishing versus raw food, juices, smoothies, and nutrients in pills. Bone broth is at the top of the charts. Bone broth is not a perfect food and is not suitable for some; I will go into greater detail in part 2.

So what is Bone Broth? Well, it’s medicine. Tang in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) means soup. It’s also the word used for herbal prescription/decoction/ tea or broth. So bone broth is a decoction of bones, cartilage, marrow, minerals, and meat. Sounds gross till you realize what’s in the water is a bunch of stuff people pay a lot of money for. Also, it makes your food taste really amazing! What this process is doing, with herbs, veggies, and most importantly bones, is removing the active chemical ingredients into the water by means of heat, time, and acid, making the nutrients immediately available to absorb. Furthermore, if you’re looking to get rid of salt and MSG but not the flavor, bone broth is your friend! Continue reading “What Should I Eat? Bone Broth Part 1”

What Should I Eat?

What Should I Eat? Breakfast

Purple yams with coconut cream, eggs with; kale, chives, and fresh dill.

If you don’t know by now, I’m a foodie. I love, love, LOVE to eat good food. I’m also a firm believer in letting your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. People spend a lot of time on random things, but food isn’t on the list anymore. As a single mom, a business owner, and a homeschooling parent time is in short supply around my house: I still cook my son breakfast every single day.

Not a pouch of instant oatmeal either. The problem is Americans think there are some kind of rules for breakfast. Says who? The breakfast police? The only rule is eat some! It doesn’t have to be fruit, or a smoothie, or oatmeal. For every rule you can come up with, I can show you a cultural norm from around the world that disproves it. Continue reading “What Should I Eat? Breakfast”

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!”

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

Continue reading “What Should I Eat: Cold and Flu Season”