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Selina is finished recording her debut album. It’s coming soon!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I’m getting into it with some red rice from Bhutan! Not only is the color of the grains perfect for a Valentine’s Day meal, they carry a lot of nutrition and taste even better than white rice.
I first learned about Bhutanese red rice when dining at Junoon here in Manhattan – an excellent Indian Restaurant. I liked the rice so much I did some research on it when I came home. What I found made me order this healthy food so I could cook with it at home! Bhutanese red rice is a super great source of magnesium, manganese, molybdenum and phosphorus. It is so mineral rich because it is only grown by native farmers in Bhutan at 8000 feet, cultivated in rice paddies cascading down the mountain sides of the Paro Valley. This rice is also gluten free! Man I love ‘win/win’ situations when it comes to food – delicious and nutritious. I ordered my Bhutanese red rice from Lotus Foods – the first company to export from Bhutan. They do it in a sustainable and fair way, as well; So it is really a win/win/win situation. Healthy food/ healthy farmers/ healthy planet. Happy Valentine’s! xoxo, Sese.
Did you know that the lower back pain you are experiencing might be caused by a too tight or damaged fascia? Fascia is a continuous layer of connective tissues surrounding ‘everything’ in our bodies – think of it as a kind of sausage casing covering the entire human body from the eyelids to the tips of our toes. Medicine is only in the early stages of fully understanding the fascia’s purpose, and it is often forgotten about when looking for causes of pain or stiffness as it is very hard to detect and single out in X-rays and MRIs.
I recently read a book, Healing is Voltage, that awards the fascia a very important role in distributing energy in the body. It is a controversial statement as the book’s main philosophy is that everything in the body needs a certain level of millivolt to stay healthy. If you find it hard to connect electricity to health/body/life maybe you could picture a scene out of your favorite medical-series where they try to resuscitate a person with heart failure. The book claims that if you have blockages in the fascia due to an injury, stiffness or inflammation the energy is not distributed correctly to that area. This philosophy ties into the alkaline/acid diet line of thought — Both are based on the fact that the body needs a pH of 7.4 to be healthy; The level of pH dictates the electrical/metabolic functions of the body.
In addition to eating a balanced alkaline diet, the best thing you could do for your fascia is to stretch it! If you stretch regularly you will keep your fascia flexible instead of it stiffening up, causing you pain and/or limiting your range of motion. After I started stretching more, my lower back pain drastically reduced. In addition to stretching you could also try Rolfing. Just don’t forget about the fascia!
Got very excited when I found organic Maitake mushrooms in the Amish Market store on 45th street here in NYC. My boyfriend (amazing cook) suggested I’d roast them in the oven with some olive oil and herbes de provence. Paired with my fool proof extremely-easy-but-jawdroppingly-good gravy they came out so delicious I have to share the recipe with you.
2 organic Maitake mushrooms
Splash of Olive oil
Sprinkle of Herbes de Provence
1 generous tea spoon Better Than Bouillon Organic Chicken Base
2 table spoons organic butter
2/3 cup organic chicken broth
Salt to taste
Step 1: Turn oven on 400 degrees fahrenheit and put your favorite cast iron pan inside to heat it up. For me it takes about 20 minutes to get it properly hot.
Did you know that there’s such a thing as too much Calcium? I recently glanced at my container of Almond Milk which has ’2 times as much Calcium as dairy milk!’. That isn’t necessarily a good thing. I was so used to the normal tune of the media and society of how important it is to get Calcium that it surprised me when a friend alerted me to the fact that it’s actually quite easy to get sufficient amounts of Calcium if you have a normal diet, and that more people may be overdosing on it rather than being deficient. Don’t get me wrong; it’s very important to get enough of it. But the point my friend was making is that Calcium can be found in so many things these days – not only in dairy products. Because of its great reputation it’s added to everything, even to Orange Juice! Getting too much Calcium can increase your risk of heart disease (see for example this NYTimes article and this Dr.Oz article). What happens is that the excess Calcium can deposit itself on the inside of your arteries and build ‘mini mountains’ which require your heart to work that much harder to get the blood through. Too much Calcium can also harden arteries which are supposed to be flexible. To see if you get (more than) enough Calcium you can try this Calcium Calculator before considering visiting your physician – the only one who can tell you for sure via a blood test.
The New City York Marathon is this Sunday. It got my thinking about how the best runners manage to reach the finish line at a good time, and how this relates to life. I think I found some similar laws that apply to both running and life. It seems like the most important law if you want to do your best and reach the finish line, is to not get distracted, but keep your focus. So many things can distract, for example what other people think about you. Law 1: What other people think about you is none of your business. You cannot waste energy on trying to convince them of who you are if they’ve already made up their mind – a very tough lesson. And it’s just the same the other way around – what you think about others and their success has very little do to with your own success. Law 2: Don’t use anyone else as your yardstick – that’s taking power away from yourself in a big way. Your story is your story, and as tough as it can be, sometimes we have to be prepared to do 10 times the work the guy who just made it did to reach the same goal. Not getting distracted also means running without relying on anyone else to tie your shoelaces, and to not blindly surround yourself with people that are intentionally and selfishly going to act like a huge backpack you have to carry while running…They will keep you from reaching your best time!
In 2013 not getting distracted can be quite challenging. But it’s just as running: if you practice regularly (on keeping your focus,) it will get easier!
I use my very easy honey mustard recipe if I want a quick, inexpensive, delicious dip or dressing for my crudités or salad! Easy Honey Mustard Recipe: You only need three ingredients- light mayo, yellow mustard and honey. You can feel your way to the perfect ratio of everything as you mix it, but I usually do around 2 tablespoons of light mayo+2 tablespoons of mustard+1 tablespoon of honey…It’s sooo good! Mustard is actually pretty extreme with health benefits due to the high selenium, magnesium, phytonutrient, flavanoid, niacin and vitamin B3 content of mustard seeds. Selenium and magnesium, for example, aid with anti-inflammatory processes in the body, and niacin lowers cholesterol. For more on the health benefits of mustard, I found this article. As you probably saw coming, honey is also beneficial for you health, for example due to it’s antibacterial properties. The bees actually produce an enzyme that make hydrogen peroxide! For more on the upside to eating honey, read this article. Light mayo is better than regular mayo, but if you want a complete substitute you could try adding greek yoghurt with a dash of vinegar and a pinch of sugar. I want a dressing that makes me look forward to eating a healthy meal, and honey mustard is that dressing for me! The last time I made it I ended up eating a whole bunch of carrots. If not as a dip, I enjoy it as a dressing over my spinach leaves, or even over my veggie burger. Goodbye to fatty and boring ranch dressings! Hello to actually craving more healthy food. Your body will love you for it.