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Are you nourishing yourself?

My client is a diabetic.  When I asked him about his relationship with food, he was surprised by my question.   He said he takes no interest in food.  He has no liking for it.  He confessed that the last time he relished a meal was 10 years ago, when he went on a holiday with friends.  For ten years, he has had absolutely no interest, curiosity or appreciation for the healthy food his wife cooks for him.  He says that expensive, fresh fruit lie before him, but he will not eat it, despite knowing it is good for him.  Meals are treated like inconvenient necessities. During the meal itself, his attention is continually on his business, or on the television news.  “Further,” he added, “I often repeat to my children stories of our difficult times, when having food on the table was a challenge. I have to say I tend to emphasize the poverty rather than any gratitude for today.”

He went on, “For that matter, I have lost touch with all friends.  I have no hobbies and I don’t take interest in grooming myself either.   I just don’t seem to care for myself at all.”  He was stunned by all that had been triggered by my one question.

Our attitude towards food is a great metaphor for the extent of nourishment and nurturing that we allow our self.  Just like the air we breathe, these inputs are what allow us to enjoy a healthy life.  If we treat it with casual disdain, or even worse, an inconvenience that we somehow have to get over and done with, what degree of self care and benefits are we affording ourselves?

Because he had recently purchased Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life, I asked him if he had read the affirmation suggested for diabetes.  With a sheepish look, he confessed he hadn’t.  I shared it:  “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.”  

In the last session, he had successfully learnt how to use EFT to get himself to exercise on a daily basis.  We now discussed how he can shift his relationship with food using EFT and awareness.

I would be happy if this article were to provoke a similar self appraisal for other readers.  Any issues that arise out of such introspection can be addressed through a conscious shift in habits.  If required, you may like to try EFT for yourself.   You can download a free one-pager here, or get my book Emotional Freedom Techniques.

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The Magic Ingredient:You + Recipe Spinach Pancakes

Invest a small part of your self in the ingredients and experience the difference…

The growing interest in kitchen gardens and terrace farming is fueled by many factors.   I won’t discuss the more voiced concerns over pesticides,  genetically modified produce, hidden costs of packaging and transport, impact on the local environment, culture, etc… Instead, I invite you to notice some rather simple, less obvious benefits in growing at least some of your own ingredients.  Experiment with growing a few herbs, fruits or vegetables.  Other than their beauty and freshness, you may also benefit in other ways.

I am reminded of an instance at my sister’s house.  They had planted a few strawberry shrubs for the first time. When one small strawberry showed up, there was great excitement among adults and children alike.  Every day the kids would marvel at the small signs of growth and change.  When it was finally decided that the strawberry was to be ‘harvested’, they all gathered together in happy anticipation.  The single strawberry was cut into 6 pieces so that it could be tasted by all those present at that time!

This degree of awe and appreciation can only come by investing of yourself. Those small acts of watering the plant, noticing it change and simply gazing at the marvels of nature for a few minutes everyday – makes you a part of that plant.  Your energies are interlinked with it and when its used – its with a great deal of love, reverence and gratitude.  Even a few leaves of Kadipatta (curry leaves) will be broken off with thought and care. Because you would know firsthand, the amount of time and nurturing that it took for those few leaves to come into existence for your benefit.

Just try it for your self!

Spinach Pancakes

Ingredients

15-20 Spinach leaves, finely chopped after discarding stalks
10-12  Chives (fresh from the terrace garden!), finely chopped
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Salt
Pepper
Paprika
2 Eggs
3/4th cup Milk
6 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons grated Cheese
Oil

(Makes 4 pancakes)

Method:

  1. Heat a little oil, add onions, chives, spinach, nutmeg, salt, pepper and cook till dry.
  2. Beat up the eggs, add milk and flour and whip the mixture again.
  3. Then add cheese and the cooked spinach mixture, whip together.
  4. Heat a little oil, pour in about 2 ladles of the mixture, sprinkle paprika.
  5. Cover for about 30 seconds.
  6. Flip around and cook the other side.

The mixture tends to set, cook and brown very quickly.
For those who don’t mind a little indulgence, serve with a pat of butter and a spoonful of Sundried Tomato Pesto on the side.

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Healing Kitchen + Red Radish Apple Salad

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food
~ Hippocrates (often referred to as the father of Western Medicine)

My grandmother was extremely knowledgeable about food and herb remedies for a wide variety of diseases. At an early age, I was taught that almost  every herb, spice, fruit and vegetable could be a powerful, natural and effective remedy.  She was naturally attuned with plants and animals and told me that many of our rituals that required women to gather flowers and particular plants for ceremonies actually had hidden benefits of exposing them to oxygen rich, healing environments.  In hindsight, I feel faith held more power over the people than science and hence useful practices were garbed in religious rituals.  Today, with science being elevated to the status of an unquestioned God, these practices have been reduced to meaningless dictum, rarely understood or practiced with useful intent.

I am slowly building up a ‘kitchen’ and ‘healing’ garden and every time I pluck a leaf, I am reminded of my grandmother’s words…”Apologize to the plant for breaking off any piece of it and give it your sincere thanks.  They too have feelings and we must respect and honor their energies.  Because of them, we are able to partake of this nourishment.”  Her simple wisdom has been proven true by any number of scientific observations that have measured how plants respond to external stimuli, communicate with each other and the inter-connectedness of it all.   This simple conscious act of gratitude is in itself greatly healing, because it reminds us of our place in the world.  The world does not revolve around us; we are a part of a larger whole.

Rich in anti-oxidants, vitamin C and other micro-nutrients, this low calorie salad happens to contain ingredients that can help build immunity and combat cough, cold or flu symptoms.  It also has an interesting, delicious taste! Give it a try and let me know how you liked it…

By the way, honey and ginger are great for the throat, and Oranges (Vitamin C) or raw garlic (natural antibiotic) are very effective for colds.

Red Radish Apple Salad

Ingredients

8 small red radishes, thinly sliced
2 small red apples, cored, thinly sliced
2 cups chopped greens
Dressing:
1 tablespoon Mustard Oil Dressing
2 finely chopped chive stalks
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
2 tablespoons Honey
Paprika
Salt

Method:

  1. Prepare dressing
  2. Coat radish and apple slices well in dressing
  3. Toss in the assorted greens

Enjoy!

This article is for informative purposes only is and is not intended as a substitute for medical advise.

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