As a doctor, I am a firm believer in supporting the body to heal itself rather than a reliance on antibiotics and medicines. It has taken me a long while to arrive to this way of thinking: at the beginning, I was besotted with the miracle drugs that can ‘cure’ illnesses like magic, not being wise enough then to realise that an absence of symptoms does not equate to cure. But after half a lifetime’s journey, both as a doctor and a mother, I am now a strong believer in the philosophy that healing foods, a supportive lifestyle and love can cure most of the ills we encounter in today’s topsy-turvy world. Here are some of the core recipes:
MY GREEN SMOOTHIES
There are three parts to my green smoothies:
Made from fruits such as bananas, avocados, dragon fruits, papaya, honey dew melons, mangoes.
2. The green layer
Organic greens. Anything will do, the dark leafy ones are more nutritious, but mix with lighter ones for a milder taste. But whatever, make sure this layer is purely organic.
3. The topping
Chia seeds, flax seeds, goji berries.
Add some water and blitz. Remember to keep blitzing until you get an almost homogenous drink.
MY GLUTEN-FREE BREAKFAST CEREAL
Oh, it is so difficult (and expensive) to find gluten-free cereals! Here’s my creation:
(1) Boil some quinoa according to packet instructions. You can do this the night before (quinoa keeps in the fridge for a couple of days).
(2) Break a slice of corn-thins and add to the quinoa.
(3) Top with fruits, nuts, goji berries and chia seeds as shown.
(4) Serve with cold milk.
(NOTE TO THOMAS: Corn thins on the breakfast bar)
Boil the following over low heat for several hours:
1. Organic, hormone-free and antibiotic-free chicken or beef bones
2. 2 tablespoons of vinegar
6. Bay leaves
For a more filling meal, boil some small pasta (e.g. macaroni) separately and add to the broth just before serving.
Do not discard the leftovers (bones and veggies) – reboil it to make a weak soup and use it for the following:
1. Add washed rice and millet into the soup and cook until tender.
2. Just before serving, break an egg into the pot and cook until the egg white is solidified and the yolk still soft (use safe eggs)
3. To serve, add garnishes: coriander leaves, spring onions, salt and pepper (the leftover bits of carrots and veggies make it all the yummier).
(NOTE TO THOMAS: No brown rice or millet at home, just use ordinary rice this week)
1. Cook the quinoa according to packet instructions.
2. Prepare the base with mixed green salad leaves.
3. Add the heavier elements, such as avocados or roasted beetroot.
4. Spoon the quinoa onto the nest.
5. Top with nuts and seeds.
6. For dressing, drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
1. Marinate the fish with salt and pepper. Make incisions in the flesh and put ginger slices in the incisions. Leave for a while.
2. Drizzle with olive oil.
3. Grill on a low setting until the fish is cooked (NOTE: Thomas, the grill is the fire on top)
4. In the meantime, heat up some olive oil in the pan. Add in garlic slices, stir until brown, and then add in greens. Season lightly with salt.
5. Serve with rice.
More on the medical basis of the diet I propose by the University of Massachusetts Medical School: http://www.umassmed.edu/news/news-archives/2014/04/UMMS-first-to-develop-evidence-based-diet-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease/
7 thoughts on “Healing Foods”
Some fundamental principles common to TCM and Ayurveda:
The body knows how to heal itself. It requires balanced nutrition to obtain the building blocks it needs to make whatever it needs to make (science has a big word for this: anabolism).
Sometimes, it cannot make what it needs not because of the lack of the building blocks but because of the presence of toxins in the body that interfere with certain metabolic (both anabolic and catabolic) processes. Simply put, toxins are generally of two kinds, water-soluble and fat-soluble. The water-soluble ones can generally be got rid off by making sure we’re adequately hydrated. Routinely checking the colour of our urine every time we micturate is advised as the colour is a good indicator of hydration levels.
Fat-soluble toxins are a little harder to get rid off. These are foods we can eat that act as emulsifying agents to make the fat-soluble toxins more water soluble. There are herbs used in TCM that make us break out in acne, thus removing the fat-soluble toxins together with the zits. There are also also coffee enemas, which I don’t want to go into detail right now (too soon after breakfast).
Which brings me to another fundamental axiom: Food as medicine and medicine as food.
This is a beautifully written piece, to highlight the fact that all the old wisdom coalesce into one ancient message: Food as medicine and medicine as food.
I am heartened when I read about the growing use of dietary manipulation as a valid component of medical treatment. Especially so, when it is becoming more mainstream. See this for example : http://www.umassmed.edu/news/news-archives/2014/04/UMMS-first-to-develop-evidence-based-diet-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease/. Let food be thy medicine!
Thank you for the link, Viv.
As promised, this is the link:
He has written very closely on the matter.
Btw, the UMMS has a
Nutrition IBD IBD AID
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Anti-Inflammatory Diet (IBD-AID) recipe page *yay!* including thin crust pizza! *double yay!*
I truly enjoy reading your blog. I’ve deactivated my Facebook account for a few months now. I have to say that the one thing that I truly miss is reading your lengthy Facebook posts. I am delighted that I can read some of your posts in your blog. Keep writing and sharing Jacq. Your stories inspire and touch countless lives.
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Hi Geeta, hope you are well, and am glad to find you here. hugs xx