Monday, October 11, 2010

Everything from bed

(Canadian) Thanksgiving with a local harvest feast was a complete bust for not one, but two reasons this year. (Yes, I'm calling on you for sympathy, and I'm letting you know from the get-go.)

First, I ask you - who schedules a very dense Pharmacology Midterm two-days after a national holiday? Someone who doesn't get celebrations, or someone who believes in the value of hard work. To be fair, I think in the case of my prof it's the latter. But to make matters worse, Sunday morning I awoke to find that the tickle in my throat that I'd be carrying around for a few days (and only displayed a mild interest in eliminating) had literally swollen up into something new. A two-hour walk-in clinic experience revealed what I'd suspected (yes, as a midwifery student I now have a different eye for this sort of thing, and use words like "lesion" instead of "spot"). Tonsillitis! (I thought I'd spare you the image of a mouth with infected tonsils.) An illness not-so-popular with the older-than-primary-school set, but there you have it (or rather there I have it).

Now with all that complaining and sympathy-searching, I'll take this opportunity to remind you of the value of immune system care. This might include any or all of the follow when you feel something coming on, or you're around any sickies:
* Wash those hands! First thing to do when you come in the door.
* Avoid touching your face (mucous membranes especially) if you haven't just done the aforementioned thing.
* Put sugar in the occassional treat, not daily consumption category.
* Get to know probiotics. They are your friends (all 8-15 billion of them in each capsule).
* Vitamin C is super, and can be taken more often than you think. Check with your holistic health provider about this.
* Echinacea is not old news. It's especially effective with the addition of goldenseal and even cayenne.
* Embrace the gingery fire. Sliced fresh in tea (with whole cloves and a splash of apple juice is my fave), or even a tablespoon or two of the powder in your warm bath.
* Add some turmeric to your tea. It's great for your liver and does other good things. Drink it, gargle it.
* Remember that bacteria multiply quickly, so it's best to hit them with supplements often (regularly) instead of hitting them really hard once or twice a day.
* Don't be afraid to go light on the food when you need to heal. Stick to the fruit and veg, and a little bit of whole grains.
* Gargling with sea salt water never hurt for gum and throat health. 1 tsp per cup of boiling water. Gargle warm and spit.
* If someone makes you soup, appreciate the way the love they put into it nourishes you.
* Rest as much as you can. Politely asking for help (like with doing the dishes) is okay! If you have to know all about various drugs and how they work in the body and what to prescribe (and not) when... or someother work-type commitment that may not be a Pharm Midterm, use your bed as your desk. Spread out your papers and cue cards, and you're already in your resting place (no, I didn't mean for it to come out like final resting place) when the nap fairies start calling to you.

Be well!

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Friday, October 08, 2010

Three recipes, quick n' dirty

Okay, I have some simple recipe ideas to share, but without much time everything's pretty approximate, and I have no photos to offer. Will you forgive me?

Findhorn Salad

This could also be called "Carrot Cake" Salad! When you need something sweet but still quite nourishing.

5 (or so) medium carrots, grated (I do it fast in a food processor with the grater attachment)
3/4 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened, of course)
2/3 cup raisins
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
a grate or a pinch of nutmeg (if desired)

Toss everything together in a medium-large bowl. If you allow it to sit overnight, the raisins will get pleasantly plumper.

Makes 2 or more servings. GF, SF, NF, R

Maple Miso Adzuki Beans

I rarely know what to do with adzuki beans. They're not the prettiest blended into a hummus. This, however, is a quick and tasty way to add some protein to a plate of colourful veggies (prepared however you fancy).

a splash of olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 1/2 cups cooked adzuki beans (or one can from Eden Foods, drained and rinsed)
a splash of maple syrup
a splash of tamari soy sauce
1 rounded tsp unpasteurized miso paste (I use a mellow one) mixed into a splash of water

Heat the oil in a small-medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Mix in the beans, syrup and tamari, and cook until the beans are heated through. Turn off the heat and stir in the miso mixture. Serve hot.

Makes 2 servings. GF, NF

Afterschool Tea

At the end of a full day of classes, I bike or take the streetcar home - a 30-60 minute endevour. When I get in the door I want to relax. I may even have a headache, but I'm not yet ready to pass out for the evening. This tea is delighful.

1 tsp. crushed peppermint leaves
1/2 tsp. lavender flowers
1 1/2 cups just boiled water

Place the herbs in a tea strainer (whatever kind of device you have) in your favourite mug, and pour in the hot hot water. Allow to steep for at least 7 minutes (I just wait till it's cool enough to drink, and I never take the herbs out). Take a moment to sit and breathe and enjoy.

Makes one serving.

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"Domestic affair... do you think it's a funny title?" I asked a friend.
"Funny ha-ha?" she responded, "well, no not really."
"But 'domestic affair', it's like what's going on in the nation, but it's also me, being drawn to all these domestic tasks - knitting, cooking, caring for small children..." I tried to explain.
"I like that it has the word affair in it," she concluded.

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