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Red Mushroom Medley Congee Nourishes Blood

If you know me at all or have been following the Breakfast Cure story, then you are aware of how I love Chinese medicine with my heart and soul. 

I'm continuously humbled by the wealth of ancient knowledge and how this wisdom can be applied to the most modern concerns and always sheds a brilliant light.

One of the things I love most about my beloved medicine is how many ways there are to incorporate the value of these insights into your daily routine. For some, Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice is the apex of embodying the power of ancient wisdom. For me, I continue to be transfixed by the nourishment I find from respecting my food as medicine. 

Remedies only work if you take them. Not everyone is so good about taking vitamins or herbs even when intending to make it a habit. I love my adaptogenic herbs and my superfoods too, but I know myself, and the best way to ensure I get these nutrients into by body is to eat them regularly in my everyday meals.

Red Mushroom Medley is a savory recipe formulated to be a powerful Blood tonic that also boosts Qi Energy and regulates fluids.

Adaptogenic herbs are the apex of superfoods. These culinary medicinals have been enjoyed at the dining table in a variety of recipes across Asia for hundreds of years. 

Red Mushroom Medley is the first Breakfast Cure congee flavor to inlclude a pile of extra nourishing ingredients found in the Chinese Medicine herbal apothocary. In this case, food is definitely medicine.  I carefully selected each ingredient for its ability to build blood and nourish body, mind, and spirit.

Blood deficiency is a common diagnosis in Chinese medicine. Often the lack of red blood cells isn't yet to the level of setting of alarms at the doctors office when looking at bloodwork results. Chinese medicine allows us to make this diagnosis based on a consellation of symptoms and complaints. We often catch it before serious symptoms arise.

Blood moistens and brings oxygen and nutrients to your cells. If you don't have enough blood, you are likely to experience difficulty falling asleep, anxiety, fatigue, dizziness or light-headedness, dry skin, hair, or lips, and dry type constipation.

Here are some of the powerful medicinal foods in Red Mushroom Medley.  Check out why they made the cut.

Wuyi mushrooms are brilliantly red and an extra special tonic mushroom that can't be cultivated. They grow wild and only on Wuyi Mountain in China.

Da Zao or Jujubes nourish blood and calm the spirit, benefit the Spleen and build Qi. They also harmonize the other ingredients in an herbal formula or recipe.

Long Yan Rou or Longan fruit benefits the Heart and Spleen, nourishes blood, and calms the spirit (mind). Longan fruit is good for insomnia and forgetfulness as well as issues that arise due to over-thinking or excessive over-working.

Adzuki beans nourish blood and are very easy to digest compared to other beans. Adzuki beans are strenghtening and the most warming or Yang bean. High in fiber, protein, iron, potassium, magnesium, and B vitamins, these little red beans deliver most of the nutrients needed to build red blood cells. Traditionally sweetend in Asian meals, adzuki beans are delicious in savory recipes too.

Try some today!

Still curious about these special little red beauties? The Michelin Guide has more to say on the subject if you want to learn more or see how and where they are harvested.

Top 5 Breakfast Pitfalls and How to Easily Avoid Them

If you’re new to Breakfast Cure then you need to know about the most common breakfast pitfalls and how to avoid them. A few moments can save you from any hassles.

The Top 5 Breakfast Pitfalls are:

  1. No plan for easy, healthy breakfasts.
  2. Not enough nourishing food available at home that’s ready to go in the morning.
  3. Stuck in a rut eating the same thing over and over.
  4. No warm, cooked breakfast on work/school days.
  5. Rush and run out of time ending up with no breakfast or worse.

Eating a good breakfast is one of the best ways to fuel your day so you are free to accomplish and enjoy what’s important to you.

So many people struggle to find a rhythm that ensures a delicious healthy breakfast every morning, especially on the busiest days.

How to avoid the top 5 breakfast pitfalls.

  1. Having a plan. Step one to having a reliably good breakfast before school or work depends entirely on having a simple plan. The key to success is one plan that works continuously. It’s crucial not to be reinventing this plan every day, week, or even every month.
  2. Once you have a plan in place, either the Breakfast Cure Method or a plan of your own creation, stocking up on everything you need to make your plan smooth and easy is crucial.
  3. Many people are stuck in a serious breakfast rut. One of the keys to a healthy breakfast is a wide variety of ingredients to ensure an array of nutrients.
  4. In Chinese medicine good nutrition and digestion depends on getting enough  warm, cooked, easily digestible foods.   
  5. Your plan must involve no time commitment in the morning other than eating your warm, soothing, healthy, delicious breakfast while you relax and enjoy a little slice of everyday mornings.

It really is that simple.

The easiest way is the Breakfast Cure Method because it allows you to sleep while your breakfast is cooking. 

Whether you make your breakfast from scratch the night before or use Breakfast Cure packets that are ready to pour into your slow cooker, mornings are always better with no rushing, days are always better with breakfast in your belly, and life is simply better without getting bogged down with planning, deciding, and forgetting.

Wake up knowing breakfast is handled without any time or hassle and embrace your day relaxed, satisfied, and nourished, ready for whatever may come your way.