Freedom from Pain in the Holiday Season
-a version of this article was originally published in Green Fire Times Nov. 2018.
As we move into the holiday season and go more deeply into the coolness of winter, it’s a great time for internal reflection and gentle cleansing. The holiday season is culturally used as a time to purchase gifts, fuel the economy and….. gain weight. But in New Mexico, because of our connection to the First Nations with 23 tribes and 19 pueblos strong; we can orient ourselves towards truthful living that values the earth, our bodies and the collective. Allowing ourselves simple pleasures of life through cleansing, preparation of healing foods and careful attention to self-care makes the holiday time a valuable time to nourish and tend to internal reserves. Instead of participating in the madness of the holiday rush, take time to eat super healing foods that pamper you and keep you connected to our good Earth.
And…. who wouldn’t want to go to the next holiday gathering with glowing skin, loads of energy and a delicious dish with all green vegetables on a festive red platter?
Maybe you’re one of those lucky folks that has a greenhouse and can grow kale in the wintertime. Either way, there is a shopping list below and some recipes to try.
Here is a simple cleanse for you to experiment with for 3 to 10 days. It’s very easy to understand because you focus solely on all green foods! Yes, all green veggies, green beans, green fruits in delicious combinations. This is a simple and easy to do diet that reduces inflammation systemically so that you hopefully have less pain, less fatigue and more energy.
The All Greens Wintertime Anti Inflammatory Diet
If you can try it just for 3 to 5 days you will see a difference, but if you really want to see a change, try it with supervision of your health care provider for six weeks. The more greens you eat, the more you will enjoy doing it because you will start feeling so alive. If you like coffee, try switching to all green tea or cardamom tea for a few days to reduce acids in the body. If you like pasta, try switching to mung beans pasta from the health food store.
The greens diet is a simple way to rebuild the body and it will quickly alkalinize the body, help your digestion, clear your skin and support the health of the liver. For however long you decide to try this plan, eat only green foods. That means salads, steamed greens, avocados, sprouts, green olives and mung beans. Stir fry thinly sliced cruciferous veggies like cabbage and broccoli, add a little cumin and tamari for flavor. Try a green taco; roll up guacamole in romaine lettuce and sprinkle chopped up green olives on top. If you want something sweet, try green fruits like apples, limes and green grapes, unless you are doing this diet to correct acne or blood sugar issues. Hot tea (preferably green tea) or warm veggie broths should be taken throughout the days on the plan. if you feel that you need more protein, you can eat a handful of nuts and a portion of cooked grains, but don't overdo it! By eating too many nuts and grains you may give yourself a stomach ache and disrupt the digestion. When you shift off of the greens diet, add fruits, then grains, and last incorporate an animal product like dairy.
Here is a website with many extra ideas and recipes for this feel great food plan: http://www.yogamurrieta.com/node/319
Shopping List and Recipe Ideas:
Avocados, guacamole, Pesto, basil garlic dipping sauce (roast a garlic bulb, blend with basil, salt, olive oil)
Asparagus, celery, broccoli, bok choy, Brussel sprouts, Parsnip, collard soup with a little apple cider vinegar
Artichokes, Sprouts and sprouted mung beans
Vegetable Pie with hemp seed and sprouted mung bean crust baked with layers of green veggies
Green Tacos: Romaine lettuce filled with delicious guacamole
Broth with different greens; green onions, leeks, Mung beans, Edamame, Sautéed greens
Green soup with lime tahini sauce seeds (see below for recipe)
Snacks:Fresh green peas, kale chips, guacamole, figs, pears, cucumbers, green juices
Hemp, flax, sunflower, sesame seeds, watermelon seeds
Fruit snacks: Green apples, green grapes, kiwis, limes, honeydew melon
From Foods for Health & Healing book, Pg. 76 & 77 - Based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan
For more information; http://www.yogamurrieta.com/node/319
Serve any of these dishes on red plates, and your food is looking festive for the holidays!
Green Veggie Creamy Soup
Chop coarsely: 3 Zucchinis, 8 Celery stalks, 1 Head of Parsley, Steam for 10 minutes. Blend until smooth with veggie stock or water. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with lime tahini sauce
Lime Tahini Sauce
Blend all ingredients together to make a tangy sauce:
Juice of 1 lime
4 TBS Tahini
2 TBS water
2 TBS Olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp Tamari