By Jasmin Schellenberg —
HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY
This is a refreshing spring time beverage.
- 6 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 6 ounces fresh or frozen orange juice
- 6 ounces fresh or frozen lemon juice
- 3 cups water
- 2 liters of carbonated water, chilled
Place rhubarb in a large saucepan with water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook until tender. Drain and mash or puree in a blender.
Stir together the rhubarb puree, sugar, orange and lemon juice, and water. Freeze. Place scoops of the frozen mixture into serving glasses, and fill the rest of the glass with lemon-lime soda. Enjoy.
NUTRIENT DENSE MEAL
Pot au Feu
(Boiled beef with vegetables, serves 6)
- 2-3 lbs beef brisket, shoulder, or neck roast
- 2 marrow bones
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 500 gr leek, cut into 4-inch sticks
- 500 gr whole carrots
- 200 gr celery sticks
- 2 onions, quartered
- 5 pieces of garlic
- 2 cloves
- salt and pepper to taste
Fill a large cooking pot with cold water. Add salt, meat, and marrow bones. Simmer on the stove, skimming as the cooking progresses. After one hour, add the vegetables, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 3 more hours.
This dish is eaten in two stages: first, the meat with the vegetables and bread or with potatoes, and next, the soup the next day.
(Synopsis of an article from the Wise Tradition magazine, spring 2015)
How to rectify today’s toxic lifestyle? Is it possible to turn the wheel back?
Pollution is a problem. Foods contain pesticides, herbicides, and excess hormones. GMOs are everywhere. Formaldehyde is coating our clothing; flame retardants are infused into our mattresses. When travelling by air we are exposed to radiation. But the worst of all toxins are prescription and over the counter drugs, which we so willingly take.
If we educate ourselves about what we might be exposed to and how to avoid the worst of it through our choices as consumers, we can make a big difference. Understanding this will greatly affect the health of our children and their children.
Often when one thinks about detoxifying, images of a rigid, three-day juice fast or the like comes to mind. Detoxifying in this day and age should be an ongoing process. The organs that need the cleansing the most are the liver and gallbladder, the kidneys, the lungs, the colon, and the skin.
Gentle detoxification is the answer. There is no better way to ensure an optimal cleanse than to nourish the body properly. For the liver to function at optimum levels, a nutrient-dense diet of unadulterated, non-genetically modified, real food must be consumed. This diet should be high in fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K2 from pastured animals, highlighted by mineral-rich full fat, raw dairy products, homemade bone broths, and an abundance of organically grown vegetables, fruits, and properly prepared soaked and fermented grains. A diet like this is taught by Weston A. Price Foundation and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.
Avoidance of unnecessary pharmaceuticals, vaccines, toxic dental materials, chemicals, personal care products, household cleaners, clothing, and furnishings is another key aspect of supporting your body in daily cleansing. Go to biodynamicwellness.com and receive a “non-toxic product” list.
Movement is a gentle therapy which will stimulate the lymphatic system and improve immune support.
Castor oil packs are another traditional remedy to support the lymphatic system, providing a soothing, cleansing, and nutritive treatment.
Dry skin brushing is also a gentle therapy stimulating the skin and therefore the underlying lymphatic system. (Always brush towards the liver, ideally at bedtime.)
There are several liver tonics. My favourite is beet kvass. It protects against infection, is a great probiotic and digestive aid, and contains many liver-supporting properties and valuable enzymes, ideal for detoxification.
Here is the recipe from Sally Fallon’s book:
- 3 medium beets, coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup homemade whey juice from yogurt
- 1 tablespoon sea salt, double if no whey is available
Add ingredients to a 2 quart jar and fill with water. Stir and leave at room temperature for 3–4 days for fermentation, then refrigerate and enjoy one once a day.
Another gentle detoxification is the dry sauna, also dating back to ancient Rome. All internal organs detoxify during a sauna while the body is in a relaxed state. It is important to shower after a sauna to prevent the skin from reabsorbing the toxins (from the sweating). Also, always drink plenty of water with a pinch of sea salt after a sauna, as you lose lots of salt during sweating.
If you have any severe health conditions consult your doctor before beginning sauna therapy.
At new moon, the body’s capacity for detoxification is at its highest. This is a perfect time for a cleansing salt bath. The saltwater bath has a de-slagging effect, similar to a four-day chamfering cure. Use sea salt or Epsom salt.
Keep in mind that detoxification is an ongoing process, not a once a year event.
TIP: The day of the full moon, the body’s healing process is at its peak as is its absorption potential. At full moon, the body will absorb the most minerals from the salt bath. The mineral materials penetrate and are absorbed into the skin in the form of ions. Bioenergetic weak points are harmonized and the body’s own energy flow is activated.
Brought to you by Jasmin Schellenberg.
Inspired by and resourced from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and www.westonaprice.org.