Monthly Archives: November 2009
|11/25/2009||Posted by Jane under all posts, mind . body . spirit, nutrition, recovery|
Recently, many people have asked me what I’m doing differently, and telling me how well I look. I am flattered, and amused. I usually wind up telling them that I’ve been making better choices about my food. This is an understatement. Most of my life I have had a strong craving for carbs, especially chocolate, pasta, and breads. As is often true, the things we most crave are the very things we should avoid. I’ll skip the psychology…
I have suffered with headaches, inflammation, and chronic pain for many years. In August I went to Oriental Health Solutions in Durham, and met with a new doctor, an acupuncturist, whom my husband I affectionaly refer to as Dr. Ken. During my visit, Dr. Ken talked as much about my need for nutrition as he did about my pain. It was refreshing to focus on something other than which body part hurt. No x-rays, blood tests, or visits to physical therapy were ordered. Instead, we talked about rich, delicious broths loaded with fresh, organic vegetables, and topped with butter or cream. We talked about how to find local farmers markets, and about supplementing market veggies with produce from quality food stores in our area. We talked about real food. My acupuncture session was painless, and my weary body began to feel a bit better. Armed with Dr. Ken’s Bone Broth/Gelatin recipe, and a book entitled Nourishing Traditions, this amazing new leg of my journey began.
By the time I left his office, I couldn’t wait to make my first pot of bone broth. I stopped on the way home and bought a huge stainless steel soup pot and a whole chicken. Since that day I’ve been energized and transformed by the gift of good nutrition. I love going to the market to buy fresh vegetables, eggs, and pasture raised chicken and beef….the most tender, delicious meats we’ve ever eaten. I cook and make bone broth weekly, and add it to most meals I prepare. Local, organic, and pasture-raised foods are available in most areas. While these foods are not inexpensive, I have found that we eat out less, throw almost nothing away, and prepare almost all of our food at home. We have actually realized a savings in our food costs. (more…)