Sense of Taste for Natural Health
Taste! It’s what makes food appeal to our senses, it’s what makes food satisfying. There used to be only four categories of taste – sweetness, saltiness, sourness, and bitterness. Recently a new taste has been added – umami – which we refer to as “savory.” I believe there is another one and that is “spicy.” It also used to be thought that your tongue was broken up into areas that identified the different tastes, as shown in the picture above. That is not so accepted these days, especially with these new taste definitions of savory and spicy.
In order for meals to be satisfying, I recommend that you include each one of these taste sensations. Examples of the different tastes are
Bitter: green olives, hops, coffee, cocoa, bitters (alkaloids on taste buds)
Sweet: sugar cube, honey (glucose on taste buds)
Sour: lemon, vinegar (protons on taste buds)
Salty: potato chips (sodium ions on taste buds)
Savory: steak, cheese, butter, soy sauce (glutamate on taste buds)
Once again, I recommend a little of each to satisfy at meals. Just like we should balance our meals to include vitamins, minerals, and fiber in order to create a naturally healthy diet, so should we vary the tastes of our meals to satisfying all of our cravings.
Salmon for Natural Health
There are certain things that should become habits in your diet. First of all, if you have been listening to me at all, is plenty of water. Once you’re on the right track with enough water in your diet, then it’s on to food.
Salmon has amazing health benefits. The Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon can help reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering your bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Salmon can lower your blood pressure, repair damaged heart tissue, strengthen your heart muscles, and prevent hardening of the arteries.
Salmon has good amounts of Vitamins A & D, and amino acids and selenium, all of which nourish your brain and help lessen the effects of aging, such as reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration. The Omega-3 fatty acids and selenium also help nourish your hair and keep it bright and shiny.
Salmon, especially wild Alaskan salmon, is low in calories and fat. It tastes good and is easy to prepare. In order to help you add this delicious and nutritious protein to your diet, we’ll follow with a few recipes next!
Rumi for the Mind, Body & Spirit
Jalal Al-Din Rumi, born in 1207, was the founder of the Sufism, an openhearted exploration of unity. Rumi’s words offer an all-encompassing spirituality relevant to our times: being present in the moment, finding the holiness in laughter. We have seen that the pathway to serenity and peacefulness can lie in chanting Kirtan, or being able to sit in the silence and meditate, or to wildly laugh as in Laughter Yoga,
Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry, and dance as a path for reaching God. For Rumi, music helped devotees to focus their whole being on the divine, and to do this so intensely that the soul was both destroyed and resurrected. It was from these ideas that the practice of “whirling” dervishes developed into a ritual form – the constant turning of the dancers is a movement of turning towards God with one hand up to receive the blessing, revolving from right to left around the heart, the dancer embraces all humanity with love.
My head is bursting
with the joy of the unknown.
My heart is expanding a thousand fold.
flies about the world.
All seek separately
the many faces of my love.
Rue - Magical Natural Health
During the Middle Ages, rue was hung in doorways and windows to keep evil spirits out. It was thought to protect against plague and fleas, which carried the plague. Early Christians called it the “Herb of Grace” and used it as a tool during exorcisms and before performing Mass, and this herb is the only one that the Prophet Mohammed blessed. Rue was sometimes called “witchbane” because people carried bunches to keep off witches and the expression “rue the day” is said to come from the practice of throwing rue at an enemy while cursing him. Ruta Graveolons is a very effective homeopathic remedy used for inflammation
Gypsies, those wonderful wandering women with whom I can relate so overwhelmingly, used rue in many magical concoctions:
- Place leaves on the forehead to help relieve headaches or wear around the neck to speed recovery from an illness and/or to ward off future health problems.
- Add to your bath to break any curses or hexes that may have been cast against you. (Don’t you find this very, very helpful???)
- Hang rue above a door or rub the fresh leaves on the floor to send any negativity spells back to the sender.
- Mix salt with spring water and rue. Spray around your house to remove negativity.
- Burn salt with frankincense and rue to remove negative entities from a person, place or thing. (YES!)
Rosie was Resilient
A lot times, people ask you to describe yourself in a few words. For me, those words would have to be “smiling,” “cheerful,” “romantic,” and most of all, “resilient.”
Resilience is the ability to cope with change, to recover after failure, to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and get on with life in a good way. I’ve had to do all of that in my life. We’d all like to have it easy, right? But life isn’t always easy, and developing resiliency skills can have a huge impact.
I know a lot of people who have never suffered adversity in their lives and just go hummingly along without a care in the world. And then – WHAM! Smacked in the face with one of life’s inevitable problems – like illness or bankruptcy or divorce or, in today’s world, unemployment or foreclosure. And these people who have hummed along have no resources to call upon, no frame of reference to realize they can and will get through to the other side. They are devastated by some of the tiniest problems and angry and unable to deal, so they dwell on problems, feel victimized, become overwhelmed and turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms.
I, on the other hand, have struggled many times and recovered many times and have faith that I can roll with the punches and be resilient enough to meet almost any challenge.
See: R is for Resilience – you Really can Recover!