You probably already know that fiber is necessary for healthy and regular elimination, but did you know that water plays an equally important role in that process? It's important to consume enough water along with that fiber in order to plump it up and soften it. That way the food moves easily through the intestines, providing a gentle yet very effective daily cleanse which is vital to optimal health.
The concept of cleansing our systems has intrigued humans for thousands of years. We moderns are no different. It's no wonder it appeals to so many people because we all want to feel great. It makes sense to us that some kind of challenging, extreme deprivation is the best antidote for all our overindulgences and mis-steps on the path of pure, healthy eating.
But cleansing can be a comfort and does not have to be a challenge to you system or your schedule.
What I’ve noticed in my practice over the years is that those who could benefit most from a cleanse are never the people who are the slightest bit interested in cleansing! These are generally the folks who are content with their diet filled with rich, hard to digest foods, meat, alcohol, and sweets.
I am often asked for my opinion about the most recent fad cleanse that is popular on social media or endorsed by a celebrity. Those asking are often weak, tired, worn out, and simply looking for relief. It's a common interpretation that a cleanse must eliminate toxins from the body to improve overall health, whereas in Chinese medicine, these symptoms are viewed as a deficiency which needs to be built up and nourished.
In Chinese medicine, food and nutrition are understood as integral components to building longevity, vitality, and optimal health. This way of thinking is inconsistent with the Western mindset which tends to focus on eliminating fat storage and toxins. By contrast, among the primary approaches of Asian medicine is optimizing all the organs and systems so they can best perform their important tasks. Vitality and longevity are generally of concern, not only disease.
Short fasting or vegetable juice cleanses can be extremely beneficial for maintaining balance. Integrating these into your routine once a month or even for a few days in Springtime can be beneficial without feeling overly draining or extreme. By gravitating towards a diet that emphasizes daily harsh cleansing, your whole system will become more depleted over time.
Instead, adjust your focus to the optimal health concept which treats the organs and major body systems in order to restore balance so there is neither excess or deficiency.
The more gentle the treatment the better. Unless there is an extremely acute situation, the body responds to gentle, simple suggestions much better and in a more lasting way compared to blasting it.
Constipation and digestive discomfort are my primary areas of study. Twenty years of working with people to heal digestive disorders has constantly reinforced my belief that soothing medicine is the best medicine. Better yet is when the medicine isn’t really medicine at all, but instead simple diet changes and easy, enjoyable lifestyle tweaks.
Breakfast Cure is the solution for the most common complaints I hear from my patients. It evolved from my personal daily practice of slow-cooking congee overnight. This method allows you to experience the remarkable benefits of Chinese Medicine from the comfort of your own home.
And frankly, I'm darn excited about it! As Breakfast Cure spreads, I've learned that there are acupuncturists across the states who have also struggled to get their patients started on this valuable congee path. Like me, they are excited to introduce their patients to this easy, adaptable morning routine. The tribe of Breakfast Cure converts is growing daily!
The brilliant thing about congee is that it's beneficial for so many people, regardless of body types or health conditions. And it's So. Easy.
Try it and feel the difference for yourself!
Good Morning. I'm Karen Taylor. I'm the founder of the Breakfast Cure. Today I want to talk to you about congee. Congee is a traditional Asian rice porridge, that's been eaten all over Asia for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The Breakfast Cure is a modern adaptation of that. I've spent a lot of time modernizing it for the Western pallet-making a congee that you can eat and find delicious and that doesn't seem foreign, but delivers all of the medicinal healing properties of this ancient recipe.
I started eating congee about 20 years ago, when I was in Chinese medical school, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was introduced to the concept of slow cooking grains to make them more easily digestible. I thought that was an interesting concept. What really ignited the fire in me, was trying it, and feeling how different my digestion felt.
I suddenly noticed that my stomach didn't hurt at all. There was no pain, no cramping. In fact, I felt this warm, soothing, comforting, nourishing feeling that just grew, the more days in a row that I ate it. That really made me want to find out more about it. I've spent over 20 years trying all these different combinations to find the really tasty, healthy ones that work in our modern world.
I've spent a lot of time modernizing congee for the Western pallet-making a congee that you can eat and find delicious and that doesn't seem foreign, but delivers all of the medicinal healing properties of this ancient recipe.
As we leave the warm, outward movement of summer & move to the cool, hibernation of winter, there is an opportunity.
The theory of yin and yang wisely teaches how to harness the power available to us during times of transition. As we switch from one extreme to the other, there is an instability that allows new pathways to form. As we leave the warm, outward movement of summer and move into the cool, hibernation of winter, there is an opportunity.
This is the perfect time to set up new healthy strategies you will love and that will help you feel great and to flourish through the darkness, to resist the onslaught of nasty winter bugs.
Fall makes you want comfort food and breakfast is the best way to jump start your digestion, metabolism and stave off carb cravings for the rest of the day. When you are nourished and satisfied with real whole foods, it's easy to skip unhealthy snacks.
Yes, this is the time to FALL INTO YOUR PERFECT BREAKFAST RHYTHM. Nourish and warm yourself with congee. It's so easy.
Two ways to make it happen:
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OR...do you have your crock pot and have been waiting for the right moment to make your first batch? This is it! Why not today?
Here is a very simple Apple Cinnamon recipe to get you started or to enjoy your delicious fresh apples in a new way. You'll see how easy it is.
What you need:
1. The right size crock pot. 1.5-2.5 quart for 1-2 people. 3 quart small family size, etc.
2. Use this recipe as a guideline. Spice it up or down. Just get going!
Apple Oat Groat Congee
Place everything in the crock. 2 servings.
1/2 cup organic oat groats (be sure to use whole oat groats!)
1 apple peeled and cored (or put this in when you wake up and let warm before serving)
1 tsp. healthy fat (butter, coconut oil or butter, ghee, etc.)
2 1/2 cups water.
Add a dash of cinnamon or just keep it plain and simple. Delicious!
Stir, cover, set to low. Cook for 8-12 hours while you sleep.
Substitute any kind of rice or gluten free grain as needed when gluten free oat groats are not available.
*not using cups and quarts? Simply use 5:1 ratio as the key. 5 times as much water as whole grains.
Let me know how it goes! Leave a comment below.
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Karen Taylor has been practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine since 1995. Karen is also a breakfast pioneer. She has been prescribing warm, cooked, congee breakfasts to her patients for over 20 years with great results.
Karen founded The Breakfast Cure to share this healing, energizing comfort food with you. Perfect for busy people, Breakfast Cure meals cook overnight while you sleep.
Passionate about sharing the benefits of healthy, warm, cooked breakfast with the world, Karen founded The Breakfast Cure to share the deep wisdom of ancient Asian nutritional approach.
By eating soothing, slow-cooked, hydrating congee, you can heal your digestion, absorb more nutrients, get a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, boosting your metabolism all the while.
Plus the real bonus is that you create more precious morning time. It's super quick and easy and anyone can do it. Because it cooks overnight while you sleep, there is more time for what you love about morning...petting your dog or cat while sitting quietly, blasting some tunes and getting your groove on, meditating, riding your bicycle, reading a book, whatever makes your morning sweet, sacred, and special.
Make time for yourself with The Breakfast Cure. How will you enjoy extra morning time? Sleep more? Read? Meditate...
Make time for yourself with The Breakfast Cure. How will you enjoy extra morning time? Sleep more? Read? Meditate...
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Now you can get all the same delicious, organic, gluten free, no GMO ingredients in a 6 Breakfast Bundle box.
Same FREE crock pot with your first box.
You choose the flavors or let me send my Chef's Choice Mini Box. No fuss no muss. Try new whole grains, and superfruits. Feel more and more nourished over time.
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I've been hearing from a lot of folks who love using the 1.5-2 quart crock pot to cook breakfast overnight! Yay! Just two quick tips. First, be sure to soak the crock as soon as you serve to make clean-up a snap. It really helps! Secondly, save your leftovers for another yummy breakfast.
I love leftovers!
I never want my good homemade whole grains to go to waste. Plus, they make great leftovers! The best method is a personal preference but here are some suggestions:
1. Reheat on the stove in a small sauce pan with a little milk, nut milk, coconut milk. Add a dash of vanilla to brighten it up a bit.
2. Pan fry! So yummy.
A personal favorite because I love the crisper texture to contrast with the smoother breakfast the first day. Put a little butter or coconut oil, olive oil or any favorite oil into the pan. Add a serving of leftover congee to the pan. Flatten and shape it into a pancake.
3. Pop it in the microwave. Yep, I do it! Ready in seconds.
4. Melt a slice of cheese on top. Place in the oven on baking sheet with a slice of cheese on top until it's warm and melted.
5. Put the extra serving directly out of the crock into a soup thermos and have it for a snack later the same day. Try stirring in a spoonful of nut butter to give it a little extra staying power.
6. Put serving in a sauce pan with a little extra water and bring to a simmer. Whisk in a beaten egg, let cook a minute or two and serve. If it's savory add some fresh scallions and toasted sesame oil, etc. For sweet add a few fresh berries and toasted nuts.
I'd love to hear what you have been doing with your leftovers...if you have any! Post a comment below and let me know what congee you've been making and how you enjoy it most. What do you do to liven up what's left?
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Cook until golden, flip and cook until warm and cooked to perfection. Top with appropriate fresh herbs, fruits, nuts, yogurt, etc, or just eat as is. Top savory congee cakes with an egg or two. Experiment with beating an egg and mixing in before you pan fry.
PAN TOASTED PORRIDGE CAKES! LEFTOVERS AT THE BREAKFAST CURE - THE WAY WE ROLL.
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Today we made Breakfast Cure Bundles filled with healthy organic and gluten free breakfast ingredients. And we did the whole thing in our new dedicated gluten free kitchen.
At The Breakfast Cure, we plan, shop, prep, portion, perfect, and deliver so you don't have to. Keep it simple and get healthy gluten free breakfasts without the hassle. Put the packet in the FREE crock pot, add water, stir, set to low, and sleep while your breakfast cooks overnight.
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