Winter Warm-up Soup

It is cold up here in the Pacific Northwest! At the beginning of the month, we had some  days where the world was softened with white, sounds muted by the quiet snow. Now it finally feels as if  the heart of winter has passed, and that Spring is just around the corner. But it isn’t here yet, and I look out my window at another grey, wet day.

I haven’t written here for a couple of months. January was full of activity, with both my daughter and my birthday’s, along with all the regular busyness of raising kids.

Then, during  the snow days, both my husband and son got the flu. It hit my little six-year old and held him down for days. It was hard to take care of him at the same time that I felt his suffering, almost as my own. Thankfully that is behind us, and health has been restored!

How do we warm ourselves up and keep our internal fire burning strong through this cold season? As usual, my remedy is born in the kitchen. I had this soup in the crock pot during our snowy days and it truly fortified me for all that I had to take care of. My family LOVES it when I make this, and I know it fortifies them, too.

Rosemary smells amazing. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps keep our memory healthy. Living with Hashimoto’s, a memory boost is much appreciated 🙂  Garlic is a wonder plant. It has anti-bacterial properties that give our GI tract a tune-up. Garlic backs up the ‘good guys’ within our micrbiome – the little world going on within our bodies. Pepper is a powerhouse this time of year. Black pepper helps dry out any excess phlegm in the system. It also gives our internal fire extra pep – something we all need this time of year in the Northern hemisphere.

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ON CUTTING VEGETABLES

I invite you to make this soup. Cutting vegetables is a truly soothing activity, so even if you feel too tired, or too busy to try making this, consider taking a Sunday afternoon, or any time you have free, and doing it anyway. Put on your favorite music, use it as a time to BREATHE deeply and evenly. It always amazes me how centered I feel while I’m cutting vegetables. Maybe having our hands on earth’s bounty somehow makes us feel more connected to the natural environment. Whatever the reason, making this soup feels like a healing activity for me. And it is YUMMY.

RECIPE for WINTER WARM-UP SOUP

First we create the broth. I have talked about the numerous benefits of bone broth in other posts. It will strengthen you from the inside out!

Broth

1. Buy quality grass-fed beef bones. Neck bones are fabulous, and it’s good if they have some meat still on.

2. Roast a few bones in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes, to bring out a yummy flavor.

3. Place bones in large stock pot and cover with 4 quarts of filtered water. You can easily double the amount by adding more bones and more water.

4. Add a couple tablespoons apple cider vinegar.

5. Let it sit without heat for twenty minutes. The vinegar will begin to pull minerals from the bones.

6. Add sea salt and ground black pepper. Bring to a boil for a couple of minutes.

7. Turn the heat to low, cover and let it simmer for 24 to 30 hours.

Soup Recipe

Slice three organic sweet onions and add them to a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil over a medium-low heat. Add five cloves of garlic, and lots of fresh rosemary leaves. Sprinkle pepper over the mix. Stir often and let the onions lightly glaze.

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Cut up your veggies. I use lots of zucchini, some red potatoes, sweet potatoes or yams, purple potatoes and carrots. Put these veggies into your crock pot. Scoop the top layer of fat off your broth with a ladle and pour it onto your veggies, careful to keep the bones out of the crock pot. Add the onion mixture, a generous amount of additional pepper, a few more garlic cloves, and sea salt to the pot. Browned beef chunks are also an option; I personally like it without beef chunks better, but both ways are good. Simmer on high for five hours, and enjoy. You can turn the heat to low and keep it in the pot for 24 hours, eating as desired. Keeping this in your system for a couple of days will fortify you, warm you up, and make you strong! The picture below shows my soup right as it’s starting to simmer in the crock pot. After it’s cooked, it will look more like stew. Oh so good!

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Root Vegetable Delight

I am always looking for ways to make beets taste delightful – they are so  packed with health benefiting properties!

Beets support the liver. We all know how much the modern-day liver must deal with in terms of environmental toxins, medications and food additives. Giving this important organ support offers a big boost in how we feel, and beets are one of the very best foods for this purpose.

If we are living with any type of autoimmune disorder it is important to remember that all of the organs and systems in the body are interconnected. When we eat foods to heal the liver, we are helping our entire body heal, since the liver is such a key player in the overall function of the body.

This dish makes an excellent mid-winter lunch or dinner, and also works as a tasty side dish.

 

Recipe:

Ingredients

3 or 4 organic beets

3 large, organic yams

1 organic sweet onion

Ghee

1 Tablespoon Curry powder (can be straight ground curry, or if you have a mixture you like, that works)

3 Tablespoons Turmeric (the SUPER spice)

1 Tablespoon sea salt

1 cup organic basmati rice, soaked (soak rice for 24 hours, rinsing and changing water halfway through)

1 can organic Coconut Milk

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Peel beets and yams and cut them into cubes. Cut onion into strips.

Place beets, yams and onions on large glass baking dish and drizzle generously with melted ghee. Sprinkle with sea salt. Place in oven and roast, stirring occasionally, for an hour.

Forty minutes later, place drained rice and coconut milk, along with two cups of water, into a sauce pan or rice cooker to cook. If using sauce pan, bring mixture to a boil, then cover and turn to low heart.

When veggies are done roasting, melt 2 tablespoons ghee slowly in large cast iron pan on low heat, stirring in turmeric and curry powder. Stir constantly until a nice paste is formed.

Place roasted veggies into the pan, and turn heat to medium. Stir veggies to coat with paste.

Place almost all the way cooked coconut rice into cast iron mixture. It is good if it still has a moistness, even a little wet still.

Stir in well and fry together with veggies for seven to ten minutes, continuing to stir.

YUM!

Your liver will thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Metabolize Experience

I’ve always loved the snow. The way the light reflects off of the crystalline surfaces, creating small sparks of color; the way each snowflake is uniquely shaped; how when it lays on the ground, its individual flakes merge into a soft blanket of white.

It seems like each of us is as equally unique as a snowflake. I’ve always noticed this among my friends – I am blessed with amazing friends – some I’ve been close to for as long as twenty-five years, others I met in Hawaii more than a decade ago, some I’ve know less than a year. I love friendship and it is healthy for women to have strong friendships.

One thing I have noticed, is that five women can go into one experience together, and come away with five versions of memories of the experience. The rough details and outline is the same, of course, such as where and when the event took place, the sequence of events, the weather.

But most of the fine details differ in the varying recounts of the same event or experience.

Why is this?

Ayurveda provides an interesting explanation: Each person is unique. We all are born with individual constitutions, we react to experiences differently, we have our own perceptions as to what goes on around us.

We ‘metabolize’ experiences in our own way. There are several levels on which  a person must metabolize the events and relationships of their lives. And we all do this with our own set of background experiences, viewpoints etc.

True health occurs on many levels. An important one is how we relate to the people around us. If we keep in mind that everyone is seeing things from their own vantage point, maybe we can open up great conversations and ask what someone has experienced, and then learn and grow from their answers. We can do this with love.

If they do the same for us, solid relationships built on trust and  understanding can be built.

Our health will benefit!

Reset Your Digestion and Assimilate Your Life

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December is here! There is something unique about this month. Another year, wrapping up. Tis the season to take stock of all that has occurred, to allow it to sink in. Wait – most of us barely have time to breathe this time of year, let alone reflect!

But, every experience must be digested. The obvious association with the word ‘digest’ is food and the digestive tract. However, everything we go through – all that we read, the conversations we engage in, the experiences we have –  must be processed. The physical system of digestion is but one mechanism used for this type of purpose; there are also the spiritual and mental levels. These levels are equally important, if not more so, to our health and well-being.

We are overwhelmed with news right now. Information is coming at us so fast, there is no time to assimilate it on top of our already busy lives. And so,our systems are becoming backed-up at alarming rates. This is impacting the state of our collective unconscious. We are collectively clogged up.

How can we remedy this? The benefits of meditation are gaining solid, scientific backing. Slowing down, even for a few minutes a day, and simply breathing deeply can help immensely.

Another way we can give our overloaded body/mind/spirits a chance to properly assimilate everything, is to give our physical digestive systems a rest. Between parties and festivities this month, consider eating only an easily digested food for a couple of days. As the digestive system rests, the other areas have a chance catch up – to deal with all that we are being forced to deal with.

Here is a recipe for Kitcharee – the perfect food for this type of reset. I make up a big pot and save some in a glass container in the fridge to be warmed up throughout the day. The idea is to eat nothing but this food. Water and tea can be consumed, but this reset only works if we truly give our bodies a break from sorting out myriad foods and additives.

Give yourself a rest, on the level that you can affect, while still engaging in your busy life.

 

Simple Kitcharee

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked organic basmati rice – soaked (Soak your rice in water for around 8 hours to make it easier to digest. Drain the water you soaked it in, leaving only the rice)

1 cup  green mung dahl – soaked (Same process as with the rice, but dahl can soak for 24 hours) This legume can be found in the bulk section of a good health food store.

5 tablespoons organic ghee

2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds

1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds

3 tablespoons organic turmeric

1 teaspoon sea salt

7 cups pure water

To prepare:

In a big stockpot, melt the ghee over low heat. Add the coriander seeds and cumin seeds, stirring continually. When you hear the coriander seeds begin to pop, add the turmeric and salt, as you stir. When the paste is mixed together, add the mung beans and stir them in well. Now add the rice, stirring well. Add the water and turn the heat up to high. Allow the mixture to boil for about three minutes, then cover and turn the heat down. Simmer for around forty-five minutes, until the water is gone and you have a soft porridge. You may add steamed veggies of any kind, except for white potatoes, to add variety.

 

 

To Live Joyfully

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When we feel joyous, we feel connected. Being engulfed in joy is like swimming in a crystal clear ocean on a sunny day – we are supported, uplifted, weightless. Remember a moment when you were truly joyful; it may be a simple memory, like dancing to good music, or having a meaningful conversation with a friend; or it may be a big life moment, like kissing your husband for the first time, holding your little baby, or attaining a hard to reach goal.

Sometimes joy seems elusive, slippery and hard to grasp. Day to day life can lose its luster, and joy feels distant, attached to a memory or a future plan.  Joy and health are interrelated; the more joyous we feel, the less stressed, inflamed, depressed and heavy. Daily joy leads to better health. How can we bring more joy into our lives, attaining it regularly?

I have found many nuggets that have helped me move into a state of joy more often, in the ancient science of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a body of knowledge that can be applied in our lives in conjunction with our current medical plan, religion, or system of belief. If one chooses to apply aspects of Ayurveda, one does not need to forsake modern medicine. It is not an invitation to throw all your medicines or doctor’s advice out the window. Rather, it is an extremely useful treasure trove of wisdom that can complement your current beliefs, while deepening your health.

Ayurveda was born in India thousands of years ago. It is the ‘Science of Life’ derived by sages who devoted their lives to discovering this way of viewing the natural world and our relationship to it. It is timeless wisdom, as the basic human needs, such as nutrition and rest, are the same as they were five thousand years ago.

Maya Tiwari, a contemporary author and practitioner of Ayurveda, was able to heal herself from cancer utilizing a combination of western medicine and Ayurveda. She writes, “Our vital tissues are created from the same five elements that created the seasons and their rhythms; we share a symbiotic nature with the earth, created as we are from the same cosmic blueprint of memory, energy and rhythm.”

And so, we as human beings have been created from the same elements that we see all around us in the natural world. 75% of our body is water. Our enzymes are like fire, metabolizing matter into usable ash. Our lungs draw in air, and the motion of air circulates throughout us. Much of our body is simply empty space; in each atom is a bit of matter, and a lot of space. Our flesh and bones are like the rocky earth of the body. The five elements in nature are earth, water, fire, air and space; according to Ayurveda, we are made of these same elements, and they comprise our bodies in unique combinations.

How does all of this relate to joy? In future posts, I will refer back to this concept as I offer practices and foods that contribute to well-being and the capacity to live joyfully.

For now, if we allow the concept  of the five elements to sink in, we realize that we are totally connected to the environment around us. When we live life from this connected place, the world begins to open up in a new and exciting way. The change of the seasons is a wonder to witness, especially when we understand that our bodies also morph and change seasonally. As we harness the natural rhythms, we access greater health and joy.

Like the energetic pull of the moon affecting the ocean tides,  the rhythms of nature affect the elements within our own bodies. As we learn to live in balance, we attain a state of wholeness. When we are whole, we see the world clearly and joy is right at our fingertips.

Although there is much suffering in this world, there is also much beauty. When our vantage point shifts into one of true health, we not only see this beauty, we add to it.

“Let thy Food be thy Medicine”

In Ayurvedic thought, the root of all disease lies in the digestive tract; faulty digestion leads to the buildup of a toxic sludge in the intestines, that eventually leaks into the blood and other bodily systems. Interestingly, this was the same line of thought taken by the father of modern western medicine, Hippocrates. Hippocrates was born in 460 BC on the Greek isle of Cos. Being among the first physicians to contend that disease was not in fact inflicted directly by God, but rather was the result of natural causes, beginning with poor digestion, Hippocrates was a thought pioneer. Thus, his famous quote “Let thy food be thy medicine.”

Ayurveda offers the same advice.

In order to practice this form of medicine, a person must bring awareness to the process of cooking. The recipe I created for this article includes steps beyond the usual chopping and cooking. At first glance this may seem a lengthy process – but the process is part of the medicine. As we use cooking as a time to relax and unwind, the time taken for oneself becomes a healing practice.

The first step in this recipe is obtaining the food. I went to my local Farmer’s Market last Saturday. Ambling through the white tents, letting my eyes feast on the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, inhaling the scents, was a healing experience in and of itself. My kids also enjoyed it!

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We bought fat nectarines and sat on chairs, listening to live music – a quartet playing traditional Scottish, folk music – as juice from the fruits ran down our chins and the sun shined on our faces. I took home a basket of vegetables that was comforting just to look at.

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This experience was medicine. If you have access to a Farmer’s Market – use it. Otherwise, finding a place to buy organic vegetables and spices is crucial. At first you may feel as if you’re spending a bit more money on food, but you will save that cash in co-pays for doctor’s visits down the road.

When you are home and ready to begin cooking, take a moment to prepare your space. Turn on some of your favorite music that is both soothing and energizing to you. Perhaps light a scented candle. Lay out all the ingredients on the list, so that everything is at your fingertips. Work with a nice, sharp knife. If you don’t have a decent chef’s knife, buying one is a good investment. It is important that the preparation of your food is pleasurable.

As you chop vegetables, take this opportunity to find the rhythm of your breath. In our hectic modern lives, this practice is easily forgotten. Cooking is the perfect time to cultivate a breath of ease: deep and smooth. Chop and slice with awareness. Rein in your wondering mind; the bills can wait, as can the to-do lists. This is YOUR time. Hold your attention steady. Notice the amazing purple of the beets as you slice into them. Inhale the scent of the simmering spices as you stir. Allow time to slow down as you notice ONLY this moment.

The recipe calls for making your own spice paste, something I will continue to offer in articles on this site. While it is easier to purchase already mixed spices pastes, it is well worth making your own, whenever you feel in the mood to do so. Thus, you are ensure that no added yucky-ness or fillers are in you paste. In addition, it is a healing experience to stir your spices, inhaling the aroma as you go. The herbs and spices we use in the recipes on A Year To Heal, are truly medicinal.

For example, coriander seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. The oils within these little seeds are FULL of minerals including iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. Minerals are sorely lacking in the standard, modern diet. This may seem insignificant, but allow me to assure you, it IS NOT. Hashimoto’s is associated with mineral deficiency. The body needs minerals such as selenium and zinc to produce thyroid hormone, which affects every cell in the body. Minerals are essential to good health. Coriander seeds also provide oil that aids in smooth functioning of the liver and the bowels. They also contain anti-histamine properties, staving off the dreaded anaphylaxis, as well as hives. Yes, these little seeds are medicine. As are the leaves of their plant, which is cilantro. Cilantro is a true super food, with the ability to bind to heavy metals in our bodies (in today’s world, we have no shortage of those) and usher them out. Thank you, cilantro!

I will discuss other spices and their healing properties in future articles.

For now, let’s get cooking. And once you are sitting to eat, remember to enjoy your food, chewing thoroughly. As you dine, save discussions about worrisome subjects for another time. Ingesting this meal is a time to relax and enjoy. Sink into the moment, relish the food, and the sensation of nourishing yourself. You are alive, and life is good!

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INGREDIENTS

4 Tablespoons ghee (clarified butter – can be found at a health food store or ordered online)

1 Tablespoon coriander seeds

1/2 Tablespoon cumin powder

1/2 Tablespoon turmeric powder

1/2 Tablespoon sea salt

1 Tablespoon finely chopped, fresh, ginger root

1 clove garlic chopped

1 can of pure coconut milk

2 or 3 beets, chopped into cubes

2 or 3 carrots, chopped into wheels

2 large yams, chopped into cubes

1 sweet onion, sliced along the natural lines of the onion, so that they are long and slightly curved

Half a cup of fresh cilantro leaf

1 cup cooked Basmati rice (soaking the rice for 4 to 6 hours prior to cooking it makes it easier to digest. Drain the water                    you soaked it in before cooking. If you are on autoimmune paleo diet, skip the rice of course)

To Prepare:

Chop all your vegetables. Place the potatoes and beets in a steamer, and begin steaming. After about five minutes of active steaming, add the carrots. Prepare your rice, and put it on to cook. In a cast iron frying pan (or whatever you use – Teflon not recommended), heat the ghee on low heat. Add the coriander seeds and stir. When the seeds begin to pop, add the cumin and turmeric and continue stirring. When the paste has blended (you will still see the seeds, but the spices will look blended), add the onions, ginger and garlic. Continue to stir. When the onions look translucent, add the coconut milk and salt, and stir well. Now, add the steamed veggie mix. Stir everything together. Let this simmer on a medium-low heat for around fifteen minutes. You will know it is done when the beets are easily pierced with a fork, and the coconut milk and potatoes have taken on a vibrant color. Place the rice in the center of your plate, and pour your creation over the top, adding the fresh cilantro at the last moment.

Enjoy, and allow your food to be your medicine!

Conventional medicine and Ayurveda work together

As I study to earn my certificate in Ayurveda lifestyle consulting, I am continually amazed at the vastness of this ancient science. There is so much to learn and share from Ayurveda. This wisdom comes to us from at least five thousand years ago in India – one of the cradles of humanity. When earning my bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, I studied ancient India and have been fascinated with this culture ever since. Modern India is much different than the time when Ayurveda was born. Thousand of years ago in India a mystical and fascinating culture existed – it seems as if the people had a direct line to divine wisdom. We are lucky that we still have access to some of this wisdom, as it has been handed down through the centuries, despite various periods of suppression.

The principles of the system of healing that is Ayurveda are gentle and non-invasive. A lot of the practices are lifestyle oriented, and can be used preventively, before any disease takes root in the body. However, Ayurveda also offers support if you are currently dealing with a disease.

This doesn’t mean that Conventional, American medicine has no place. I take a small dose of a thyroid hormone replacement, because my thyroid gland is sluggish due to Hashimoto’s. This pharmaceutical has greatly improved my quality of life as it offers support to my body. I have reduced my dosage, though, as I’ve embraced Ayurveda in my daily life. I also believe that the healing practices I am learning will save me from having to take more and more medicines down the line. As I care for each system in my body, I am preventing further breakdowns. This is possible for everyone to accomplish.

This doesn’t mean we need to throw all our meds out the window. Rather we can be grateful for them, and for the advances in medicine our culture has produced.

Ayurveda works beautifully in conjunction with conventional medicine, offering us an opportunity to feel truly well. It is all about balance. The most important thing is to empower ourselves with knowledge about how the body works, so that we can take our healing – or preventative – journey into our own hands. From there, we can tailor our lifestyle so that we feel as good, and clear as possible.

Healing is a journey. As we progress along the path, we may find we can reduce the dosages of our meds, as I have done with my thyroid hormone. I also have been able to eliminate Benadryl and anxiety reducing medicine through following a healing protocol, so that I now only take the one medication. Everyone can achieve similar results, over time. This does take work. And just like any good work, the rewards are satisfying and real.

Ayurveda recommends lifestyle modifications in every area. As I learn more and more, I will continue to share here. Healing, learning and sharing are my passion. Every person deserves wellness. As we heal individually, we elevate the state of humanity as a whole.

A Brand New You

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In this post I will introduce the concept that is the cornerstone of my healing work. The system of healing that I have developed and implemented in my own life relies heavily on the framework of this concept. Although seemingly esoteric, the work I have done on this level has proven most effective in actually healing Hashimoto’s. I believe that this theory will be a valuable addition to any healing program – including preventative ones.

The following is an introduction to the theory of the subtle body, the term I use to refer to what Deepak Chopra calls the quantum mechanical body. Chopra explains that in Ayurveda – the ancient system of healing from India – all of the organs and processes in the body have a quantum equivalent. Essentially, he is referring to the fact that each of us has a body that exists on the quantum level – a layer of ourselves so subtle that many of us have no idea that it exists.

I have always had a fascination with physics – how the material world works and the laws that govern it. When I began reading about quantum physics a few years ago, I was instantly captivated.

At the beginning of the last century, the great Albert Einstein began the shift in the scientific worldview away from the belief that the primary building blocks of reality are comprised of solid matter, to the new viewpoint that the smallest unit of matter is in fact, energy. Thus, quantum physics was born. The word quantum is defined as ‘the most basic unit of energy – from 10,000,000 to 100,000,000 million times smaller than the atom’. Einstein proved that rather than being solid matter – as was previously thought – the atom is actually made up of tiny bits of matter whirling at incredibly fast speeds around a relatively gigantic empty space. These bits of subatomic matter are vibrations of energy that have appeared like matter. And so, we now know that at its smallest level, matter is actually energy, and that at the most basic level of the human body exists a field of energy. This is not ‘woo-woo’ thinking – it is scientific fact.

How does all of this relate to our physical healing? In the words of Chopra, “when you strip off its physical mask, a cell is really a junction point between matter and consciousness, a station where the quantum mechanical body and the outside world intersect.” When we are healthy and whole in our cells, we experience true health and well being. Therefore, for any deep and lasting healing to occur, we must heal at a cellular level. We must connect with the quantum field, the very building block of matter, where the blueprint to our physical body exists.

In my next blog post – coming soon – I will discuss the next level of this concept, and how we can begin to influence our quantum mechanical, or subtle body, and bring about a brand new day in our lives, in which we are healthy, strong and empowered from the deepest inner level, out.

For now, consider the reality that you are made up of energy, and that science has identified this energy, and called it ‘quantum’. As you go through your day, check in periodically with this new knowledge and begin to embrace the empowering truth that there is more to you than you may have thought. Let it sink in: you have the ability to affect your cells and physical body by identifying with a newly discovered level of YOU.

The Sweet Taste

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Next week I celebrate one year of being gluten free. As a half-Italian woman who was known among her friends as the bread-eater, this is no small celebration.

I remember a time when I would go to the grocery store and buy a loaf of fresh French bread, soft and warm, and eat it all by myself – in one sitting. It is interesting how food can provide a feeling of comfort. I believe this to be a gift – the way food can ground us, make us feel safe, or define a holiday such as turkey at Thanksgiving.

But, when this gift is abused, lack of health ensues. I was a person who was totally attached to bread, at the expense of saving an appetite for protein and vegetables.

Ayurveda, the ancient Science of Life from India, is a system of health and healing with much to offer. When I began studying Ayurveda last year, I was fascinated right away. This new way of thinking exercised my brain, pushing me to consider all aspects of life in a fresh light.

Balanced living is the key component in Ayurveda. What we choose to eat is paramount to good health; food is an integral part of living, and as such, Ayurveda discusses it extensively. All food is divided into six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, astringent, pungent and bitter. The perfect diet includes a little of each, providing balance in the foods we ingest.

Bread, and gluten products in general, fall under the sweet-taste category. Ayurveda informs us that sweet is the taste that comforts the body. Most of us can attest to that – who hasn’t reached for a cupcake or a doughy chunk of bread when in need of comfort?

When I  discovered that I was suffering from an intense sensitivity to gluten (think daily hives), I knew I had to make a big change. It certainly wasn’t easy. Now, one full year later, free from hives and feeling better at forty than I did at thirty, I am seeing clearer than ever.

One thing I had to figure out over the course of this year, was how to provide myself with that super-important taste: The sweet taste. There are lots of good recipes out there for gluten-free breads and muffins that I enjoy baking; many include mashed-up vegetables of kind, such as pumpkin or yams, and herbs, such as sage.

I designed this simple recipe to satisfy the sweet craving. The biscuits go well on a plate that includes other tastes, or all on their own.

Sweet Biscuits

2 Cups almond flour

1 Cup coconut flour

1/4 teaspoon aluminum free baking soda

a pinch of sea salt

2 heaping Tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

3 organic eggs

2/3 Cup coconut oil (don’t be afraid of this fat – it is your friend)

To prepare:

Preheat your oven to 350. Begin melting your coconut oil by placing the jar in a pan of water over medium heat on the stovetop. When you add the oil, it is best if it is in liquid form. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk the eggs together in a separate bowl. Add the other wet ingredients to the eggs, and whisk. Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ones. After washing your hands, take a rounded Tablespoon of the dough in your hand, and form it into a ball shape. Place onto a glass baking dish, about 2 inches apart. They don’t need to be perfectly shaped. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out dry. Store in the refrigerator.

Get your sweet taste on!