Here in Central Oregon it has been reeeaallllyy cold, snowy and icy lately. That makes me want to eat soup. Lots and lots of soup. Warm, delicious, nourishing nutrient dense and packed with flavor soup.
I was feeling creative, so I wanted to make up my own soup recipe. I thought it would taste pretty good, but was happily surprised at how amazingly good it turned out. Both of my sons loved it (which is saying a whole lot for the one who immediately said he wasn’t hungry when I told him what was for dinner) and my husband said it was the best soup I have ever made.
Besides being delicious, this recipe is great for staying healthy in the winter.
Broth or stock: Depending on how it's made and what it’s made from, is full of minerals, amino acids, collagen and gelatin. People have been using it to aid and heal digestion for centuries. Since most of our immune system is along our digestive tract, it makes sense why it has long been a folk remedy for colds and flu.
When you want to take responsibility for your health, cleaning up your diet is a great place to start. Cleaning up your diet can go a long way towards improving your energy levels, mood and overall health.
I used to think
that if I shopped in the natural section of the grocery store, the food co-op, Whole Foods or the other health food stores, the food I was buying was reasonably healthy. I believed that the ingredients used to make the foods must be at least healthier than the food in the regular grocery stores. I knew some basics like, don’t eat hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. If something had words I didn’t know what they were I figured it was best to not eat it or feed it to my children. I didn’t feel like there was an alternative so I bought them anyway. What I didn’t know was this was only the tip of the ice burg.
Now I know the health food stores are full of unhealthy foods too. You have to really know what to look for and what to avoid when shopping. This is on...
So often we have little symptoms that we ignore or we justify them as a normal part of aging. Over time these symptoms can get worse and can lead to other symptoms and even disease.
Many times, pain and symptoms are our body's way of telling us something is out of balance and needs attention. By identifying and addressing the root cause of these symptoms, they can actually go away. By listening to our body we can become healthier and even prevent disease.
I will use my own experience as an example. Over the last few years I began to develop seasonal allergies. I’ve always considered myself a healthy person and had never been allergic to anything in my life, so this was strange for me. I thought it must just be what happens as you age. Looking around me at the health issues other people were experiencing confirmed this idea. Just turn on the tv or open a magazine and you will see an ad for medications for your health problem. Having a little seasonal allergy seemed like a pretty mino...