RECIPE: DANDELION SALAD WITH FRESH GOAT CHEESE & APPLES
Dandelion greens pack a nutritional punch. Serve them raw in this salad recipe with fresh goat cheese and apples for added flavor. If you don’t have apples in season, or stored, substitute any firm fruit that’s in season. You can embellish this salad with the colors of the season by sprinkling in any of our ‘Super Salad Substitutions’ listed below. Use organic ingredients when possible.
- 3/4 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp vegetable or nut oil
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp honey
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 bunch dandelion greens, washed and dried, stems removed
- 1/4 lb fresh white goat cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 apple, cored and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- Baby spinach
- Endive radicchio
- Shredded carrots
- Yellow pepper (diced)
- Pear pomegranate perils (seeds)
Instead of Goat Cheese, try Farmer’s Cheese. Recipe Adapted from Mother Earth News. Roger Doiron (April/May 2008)
TEA TO NOURISH & SUPPORT DETOXING
Sipping detox tea may help nourish your liver and support the body’s natural process for eliminating toxins from the body. Herbs that strengthen, tone, and stimulate the secretive functions of the liver are known in the Western herbal medicine tradition as hepatics. Although research is limited, many hepatics (aka ‘detox teas’) have been found to boost the activity of liver cells and support the functions of the liver and digestive system.
- Vasey, Christopher. “Eliminating Toxins.” The Naturopathic Way: How to Detox, Find Quality Nutrition, and Restore Your Acid-Alkaline Balance. (2009), 81-95. Rochester, Vt: Healing Arts Press.
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- PinnacleHealth Patient Portal. “Schisandra chinensis; Schisandra spenanthera.” Accessed on January 12, 2016.
- Abenavoli L, Capasso R, Milic N, Capasso F. “Milk Thistle in Liver Diseases: Past, Present, Future.”Phytother Res. (Oct 2010) 24,10: 1423-32.
MILK THISTLE (Silybum marianum)
Naturally sweet cinnamon revives our senses with its wonderful aroma and can enhance health with its medicinal properties. Cinnamon was first used in China (2700 B.C.) to treat fever, digestive, and menstrual problems. Indian healers used cinnamon to treat gastrointestinal complaints, as well as sore throat and cough. Today, modern herbalists continue to use the herb for digestive issues, chest congestion and colds/flu, but they’ve also discovered it helps ease arthritis pain, as well as manage blood sugar levels.
The increase in circulation during massage positively affects other systems and organs in your body. Massage helps move oxygen-rich blood and nutrients into your organs, especially the kidneys and the liver. Massage also facilitates relaxed, deep breathing- another important way in which the body naturally detoxes.
Working in tandem with the circulatory system is the lymphatic system, which carriers immune cells throughout the body to help defend against infection. The lymph system doesn’t have a big central pump like the heart to keep things moving. Instead, it relies on gravity, exercise, breathing and massage to work efficiently.
If you are not feeling your best or haven’t been as good about your diet and exercise routine lately, a massage can help you detox, and get back in balance naturally.
- University of Maryland, Complementary & Alternative Medicine Database Online. Massage.Updated on 9/24/13. Accessed on January 5, 2016.
- Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.com Massage for Detoxification. Accessed on January 5, 2016.
- Natural Health Advisory Institute.com Lymphatic Massage Benefits. Accessed on January 5, 2015
MASSAGE SUPPORTS YOUR BODY’S NATURAL DETOX
Your body’s innate detox system can get sluggish for a variety of reasons such as lack of regular exercise, too little fluids or fiber in your diet, frequent colds, or high stress. A massage can rev-up your body’s natural detox process.
During massage therapy, the rhythmic strokes and pressure applied to muscles, tissues, and organs stimulates the circulatory system. When pressure is applied to body tissues, toxins are released from in between the muscle fibers and cells. Toxins are carried into circulation throughout the body and eliminated in a variety of ways.
THE EUSTACHIAN TUBE’S JOB IS TO:
WHY WE CRAVE
Food craving, particularly for sweets, is more involved than not being able to resist a second slice of chocolate cake. Researchers have discovered that ‘intense sweetness’ (from sugar or artificial sweetener) creates a biochemical change in the brain that is a lot like the response to addictive substances. Sugar actually alters the dopamine network – part of the brain’s ‘pleasure response.’ Other factors that play a role in the food we crave include stress, family habits, where we eat and whom we eat with, and time of day.
CURING THE CRAVINGS
Our thoughts affect how we feel, and how we feel affects our actions and the choices we make. If you’re struggling with food choices and having a hard time managing sugar intake, consider cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Working with a psychotherapist trained in CBT, you’ll learn to identify and change thoughts that influence emotions. You’ll develop insight into how even the smallest choices allow a behavior to persist and what is getting in the way of changing your patterns.
In a CBT session, clients use educational exercises, talk therapy, and simulations to change behavior. Sessions usually involve intense work over several weeks to arrive at effective solutions. If you’re struggling with cravings, depression, anxiety or addiction, give CBT a chance. It could make all the difference in your way of life.
- National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. ‘What is CBT?’ Accessed 5 Dec 2016.
- Ahmed, S.H., Guillem, K., Vandaele, Y., ‘Sugar Addiction: Pushing the Drug-Sugar Analogy to the Limit.’ (2013, July) 16:4, 434-9. Accessed 5 Dec 2016.
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- DiabetesSelfManagement.com ‘CBT’ Accessed 5 Dec 2016.
- MacGregor, G. & Pombo, S., ‘The Amount of Hidden Sugar In Your Diet Might Shock You.’ (posted at TheConversation.com, January 2014). Accessed 5 Dec 2016.
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