This healing, soothing, warm and tasty dish was introduced to me by my friend Sarah from Toronto. It was a wet, rainy, slushy and damp day in Montreal. While on the phone with Sarah, l was watching a heavy rain and a blanket snow falling down and covering the city. Sarah shared her chicken congee recipe with me which immediately caught my attention. That was our supper on that cold, damp and snowy day. It was a big hit!
Can this even possible to never have a cold? If you are like me and have young children, trying to never have a cold in the house could be a challenge:)
Let Me Tell You a Story
I met Dr. Bali, about 10 years ego. He was tall, tanned and strong like a bull. Dr. Bali was my husband’s yoga teacher and he was admired by many of his students. At that time Dr. Bali was about 80 years old, full of life and stronger than most of his students who were decades younger than him. What fascinated me about Dr. Bali was his claim that in the last 25 years he has never had a cold.
My recent trip to New York city sent me on a chase for the perfect arugula salad.
Finally we found this small cosy, classy Italian restaurant with a wood burning oven that radiated soft glowing heat, while the subtle smell of wood smoke lingered in the background. I can’t even recall the name of this restaurant, but the experience was amazing. We were served Panini sandwiches with an incredibly aromatic and tasty arugula salad. This was a perfect gift on that rainy and chilly day.
After hours of search and experimenting, here is a reproduction of that very healthy and incredibly tasty arugula salad, perfectly balanced with warm pecans, roasted sweet potatoes chips and creamy avocado:
When it is cold, damp or chilly outside like it is in Montreal right now, you just feel like eating a huge bowl of savory heart warming soup.
You probably know about the health benefits of beef broth, chicken broth, potassium broth, etc.1 But broth, as healing as it is, can be extremely boring. Why not spice it up with the fabulous flavors of the orient?:)
I started making Pho soup fairly recently and it has become a favorite soup with my friends and family. It is really easy to make. Needless to say, I make it on a regular basis now and I use organic ingredients as much as possible.
The shocking truth about your Organic / Eco Friendly dry cleaners.
First The Facts
90% of dry cleaners use highly toxic chemicals.
These chemicals remain in your clothes.
These chemicals contaminate the air and water.
Some of these chemicals are known carcinogens and can cause many other health problems (see below)
Green, Organic, Natural, Eco-friendly labels can be and often are exploited by clever marketers. On many occasions, these labels mean absolutely nothing. For example, Hydrocarbons are chemicals are found in petroleum-based solvents, they are “organic” solvents, but are nonetheless human carcinogens. 3
They are a wonderful substitute for commonly used white potatoes.
Why Sweet Potatoes?
Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins and minerals. They have vitamin A (beta carotene), vitamin B, vitamin E, Vitamin C, potassium, manganese and others. Which means, they are a great antioxidant and are great for you heart and cardiovascular system. They are also good for the brain, nervous system and eyes. Sweet potatoes are excellent for your skin and hair, they are considered as one of the ‘Beauty Foods’.
Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, thus they are good for weight management.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food.“1
It seems that the FDA is getting set to classify PHO’s as a food additive and therefore they would become a regulated ingredient. This could mean that food producers would have to reduce or eliminate them from processed foods.
Fall vegetables and fruits are packed with needed vitamins to boost your immune system for the upcoming winter season. Buying seasonal foods are also the least expensive way to eat. In addition, most of the fall-harvested foods are long lasting and are great for long-term storage.
Many people believe that the best diet is a seasonal diet i.e., eat what is in season.
What would be a second best option, when organic food is not accessible?
When we don’t have access to organic food – food labelled as ‘Natural’ quickly comes to mind. But as you may know, ‘Natural’ is a vague term that has been exploited by clever marketing. Additionally, by reading the ingredients, you will often discover that there is nothing natural about products that are labelled ‘Natural’.
That is why, the second best alternative to ‘organic’ are ‘GMO free’ products.
Sun, surf and fun, this is what we associate with summer vacations.
However, only a few of us know enough about the greatest danger of the beach – rip currents.
Just about every beach has rip currents.
I remember being a little child when I saw a rip current near by, while playing in the beautiful water of the Black Sea. I didn’t know what it was called, but I got a very creepy feeling about it. I didn’t know how to swim, back then, nor did I know what I now know about rip currents.