Here’s a little reminder to all of you from my last post, in case you missed it!
I was contacted by Kroeger Herbs to give you all the opportunity to win a bottle of their Serenity and Healthy Gut herbal combinations. They were kind enough to ask me which of their products I thought you all would benefit from the most. I remembered in one of my past posts that many of you mentioned that unnecessary stress makes its way into your lives, and I also know that many of you also have some tummy issues; so I thought these two products would be great! Now here’s what you have to do to have a chance at winning (yoohoo!):
1. Go to their site and comment on this post telling me something you learned.
Additional entries (don’t forget to comment on this post telling me you did these things):
2. Sign up for their newsletter.
3. Follow them on Facebook.
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Make sure to get your entries in by Friday, August 27. Best of luck everyone!
As a sculpture student and living in an urban area, I think the Energy Food and EnvironmentalX supplements will be very beneficial to me. And who doesn’t have moments of stress? That’s where Serenity comes in. I’ll let you all know what I think of these after I’ve had them for awhile.
I cooked some onions and garlic with turmeric, then threw in some beans, tomatoes, and kale. Then when the heat was lowered was when the olive oil, shredded mango chutney, and tamarind chutney decided to join in on the party! Cilantro for garnish, but then I decided to eat it separately since it didn’t go well with this. The real stars of this though are those adorable tomatoes! I got a bowl of them at the market for $1.00.
Lately, I’ve been trying to make a more conscious decision about who my money is going to. This leads me to that realization that I may be spending a little more than usual. When I’m away at school, I feel like I’m on a financial… leash? But you know what? It’s one thing to be mindful of my purchases, but another to incessantly feel like I have to justify everything I get. While I was down in Florida, I didn’t feel this sort of pressure because my parents were there “okaying” everything. For instance, I bought organic things (dirty dozen, anyone?) and there was no second-guessing. This pressure I put on myself comes from me not having a job and being 100% financially dependent on my parents. A friend pointed out though that she’s in the same situation, but it’s not like she doesn’t work hard. She’s right, and I do work hard! Okay, so I’m going to stop rambling and leave it at that. Whatever. I am worth it. Not to mention, when I’m buying something straight from the farmer… well, it’s no longer just about me. It’s about community and helping one another in some shape or form.
But back to tomatoes; they are also good for liver health. Tomatoes have a detoxification effect in the body. Probably it is due to the presence of chlorine and sulfur in tomatoes. ”Actually, in the United States, more tomatoes are consumed than any other single fruit or vegetable. Tomatoes far outdistance oranges, potatoes, lettuce, peas, carrots, and bananas!“Although in ayurveda they are generally avoided because they are a nightshade food, meaning they have aggravating qualities. Afterall, tomatoes used to be known as “wolf peaches”. Maybe that’s why the Italian men howl at all of the pretty ladies who walk by! Anyway, I had tried to reduce my tomato consumption, but you know what? I’m not the kind of person who strictly follows one philosophy. These are ideas, some of them make sense, and some of them will just never float my boat. But I also read that not all people in ayurveda are sensitive to the nightshade foods. However, people suffering from these conditions are advised to avoid them: arthritis, eczema, acid reflux disease, cystitis, lupus, and psoriasis. I also wanted to share an interesting article I found written by Junji Takano, a Japanese health researcher: “Tomatoes and Its Medicinal Properties“.
It’s funny how much more you appreciate something you haven’t had in awhile. A serious revival and a delicious reunion! I fried some plantains with beans, sea salt, thyme, shredded mango chutney, and coconut oil. Then I served over some romaine, and other veggies. Really simple. I realized that I use onions in practically all of my cooking, and I found out that they reduce kidney and liver damage associated with uncontrolled blood sugar level. I just don’t advise taking a bite out a raw onion bulb.
I’ve already made a couple batches so I can just grab-n-go-go-go. My classes finally start up tomorrow and I am so excited! I have a Human Spirituality class in the early morning and a Contact Improv dance class right after. Wish me luck!