Reset for Wellness—Holiday support!
Post provided by Ilyse Streim, Massage Therapist
Center for Integrative Medicine, Good Samaritan Medical Center
After the long Thanksgiving weekend/family reunion last month, I found myself feeling off center—exhausted, stiff and achy, and sugared out. Luckily I was able to schedule a massage and attend my weekly yoga class right after my guests left and I was amazed at how balanced emotionally and physically I felt after one massage and an hour of yoga. It was a wonderful reset button for me, that helped me resume exercise and healthier eating. We all fall off the wellness wagon from time to time especially around the holidays. Be gentle with yourself and add one or two of the following to your week for a pleasurable and restorative reset for rebalance:
Time in Nature
To counter balance the seasonal change as we move towards the cold season, food should be warming, nourishing, and moist. Cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, garlic, cumin, cayenne (in moderation), and black pepper are great spices to calm and detoxify the system. Purified butter, or ghee, vegetable soups, and sautéed or steam cooked seasonal greens and root vegetables are best to consume. Herbal teas are also a great choice to keep the body warm and hydrated.
Here are two recipes which can be used to nourish naturally and reset the digestive system:
Fall Cleanse Tea
Makes 1 serving
• ¼ teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
• ¼ teaspoon cardamom seeds
• 1 inch cinnamon bark
• ¼ teaspoon rice syrup
• 1 cup water
Directions: Bring water to boil, add the spices, lower the heat, and let brew for five minutes.
Strain, add the syrup, and drink. You can enjoy this tea in the morning or afternoon.
Butternut Squash Soup
Makes 4 servings
• 4 cups butternut squash, seeded and diced into small pieces
• 2 teaspoons ghee
• ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
• 1 teaspoon mineral salt
• 1 big onion, chopped
• 2 bay leaves
• ½ teaspoon curry powder
• ½ inch fresh ginger, chopped
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
• 3 cups of water
• 1 small spring of fresh rosemary
• ½ lemon
Directions: In a pot, warm the ghee and add ginger and bay leaves. Add onions, stir, and cook on medium heat for about 3–4 minutes. Add the turmeric, salt, and butternut squash. Stirring occasionally, cook on low heat for 15 minutes or until the squash starts to soften. Add water and bring to boil, then turn the heat to low. Add cinnamon and curry powder and let cook for 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and blend the mixture until it looks like a paste. You are ready to serve!
Top each bowl of soup with a squeeze of lemon and garnish with rosemary leaves. Now
it is time to eat, nourish, and savor the flavors of fall.
Here at the Center for Integrative Medicine at Good Samaritan Medical Center, we are dedicated to assisting our clients in taking greater responsibility for their own health. We integrate rich, healing traditions with the latest in preventive care to help people find balance in mind, body and spirit. Let us help you “reset for wellness”! We are available to community members, patients, employees, nurses, physicians, and volunteers. Our comprehensive services include:
Therapeutic and oncology massage
Pre and post-natal massage
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction