Glorious Golden Milk

Food is the Forgotten Medicine (c)

 

Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, and is also found in limited amounts in Ginger. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and cancer preventative molecule, and similar to Fish Oil it seems to be an effective metabolic syndrome band-aid. Black Pepper greatly enhances absorption. — examine.com

 

Huge bag of the wonder spice!
Huge bag of the wonder spice!

 

Turmeric has hit the headlines as a power spice recently for it’s reported immune boosting properties…it’s another example of us in the West cottoning onto something that actually finds it’s roots in ancient healing and medicine, specifically Siddha Medicine.

Turmeric has many health benefits including acting as a detoxer of the liver and helping maintain a healthy digestive system.

Here’s a warming winter recipe for you to try, it tastes pleasant, I think you’ll like it…

Glorious Golden Milk

Serves two

X 2 cups of raw (unpasteurised) cows milk ideally or use unsweetened almond milk

x 1 tsp coconut oil

X 1 tsp ground turmeric

X 1 tsp cinnamon

A pinch of nutmeg & black pepper (*don’t forget the black pepper at it greatly increases the biovailability of curcumin!)

X 1 tsp maple syrup (omit if cutting sugar)

A spoonful of spice helps the medicine go down!
A spoonful of spice helps the medicine go down!

 

Heat the milk gently in a saucepan and whisk in the dry ingredients, warm through for a few minutes…enjoy on it’s own on a rainy afternoon or as a pre bedtime treat with a piece of high quality dark chocolate!

Et Voila - winter warming perfection!
Et Voila – winter warming perfection!
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Dairy Free – Almond Milk Recipe

Food is the Forgotten Medicine (c) 

My 28 days later programme involves cutting out dairy completely.  I advocate Almond Milk (*) and homemade is best so here’s a method I’ve found works really well..

 

HOW TO; Make your own dairy free Almond Milk 

soak, drain, whiz, strain and your'e there!
soak, drain, whiz, strain and your’e there!

 You will need;

  • Organic almonds
  • Filtered or bottled water
  • A nut bag/ muslin cloth

How to do it;

  • Pre-soak organic skin on almonds (1 cup) for 12hrs
  • Repeatedly drain and rinse at least 3 times over the 12 hours
  • Blend almonds & 1 cup water (depending how watery/strong you like it) for around 2mins in a food processor
  • Strain through muslin cloth (*)
  • Beautiful homemade Almond Milk is yours!
  • Dry almond pulp in oven  – 10-15 mins at 180’c should do it
  • Almond pulp can be used as a cereal substitute or in baking as an almond flour

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Delicious in chai tea!

(*) if you don’t have time for homemade, always buy the ‘unsweetened’ variety and check the ingredients carefully!

(*) you can buy a special nutbag online if you like.  I use this one!

Chew Your Food II – The Eagerly Anticipated Sequel

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Chewie had terrible dandruff before we cleaned up his diet.

 

If you haven’t read, ‘Chew Your Food’ (find it below) , then please read that first.

If you have read it, and haven’t slept since Christmas waiting for the sequel, then fear not, here it is!!!

Here’s the inside scoop… my correspondence with Chewie’s distressed owner – she’s graciously let me share it here so we can heal doggies all over the World one tummy at a time!

Hi C

Hope you’re well! 🙂

SUPER DOGGY-FOOD

Dogs are essentially wolves – They prize organ meats, and they actually get a lot of their energy from undigested grass and plants in the tummy of their prey.  They are great survivors and not afraid of a bit of scavenging -berries, herbs, grasses, plants and the odd worm!

Whilst farmers have historically shot wolves to protect their sheep I’ve yet to find one who was worried about wolves decimating their wheat fields.

And yet wheat, along with oats and corn (cereals), are the main ingredients in commercial dog foods. It’s not hard to see why – cheap to produce, easy to store and transport &  bulky, they look good value for money!

To that end, lets remove the grains, and replace with organ meats and plant material (vegetables)  – which we’ll need to cook as Chewie’s never been exposed to raw food – and see how he’s doing in a months time.

Remember to consult with your vet, but here’s what I feed my two beauties!

THE PROTEIN & FATS

2lbs LIVER
2lbs HEART
2lbs KIDNEY
1lbs CATERING MINCE (the fattier the better!)

Find your largest pan. Fry the mince before adding the other ingredients. Add 1-2 cloves of garlic (helps with digestion, fleas & ticks – too much is toxic), and a tablespoon of dried parsley (anti-inflammatory) or mint (doggy breath!).

Mix everything together as it’s cooking. Cover and cook for a further 45mins. Stir periodically to stop sticking.

THE CARBOHYDRATES

3 LARGE POTATOES
4 CARROTS – top & tail
1 SWEDE – peeled
1 LARGE TURNIP
1 PACK OF CELERY
1 PACK OF LEEKS
2 APPLES – Cored
HANDFUL OF BERRIES – Optional

Keep things simple – peel if you need to, chop everything the same size, place in large pan and cover with water. Boil and simmer until soft.  Drain water and blend with hand blender (wand type) or similar food processor.

This little lot will pack your pup with fibre (soluble – the good kind!) and keep a spring in his step.

Look for a glossy coat and an extra bounce (I’m serious!) in a few weeks!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Yours in healing

Manos Venus

 

Chewie’s owner followed the guidelines above to the letter and guess what?

 

NO MORE EXPENSIVE VET VISITS

 

Chewie made a complete recovery…YAY!!!

 

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Chewie with an extra spring in his step shows his pall a clean set of paws as he races away!

 

This recovery didn’t surprise me if I’m’ honest.

 

However the speed of recovery was remarkable – within a week Chewie’s welts had all but dissipated and, he’d stopped scratching his ears.

 

Luckily Chewie had youth on his side, and so was able to demonstrate an astonishing ability to self-heal – A few more years on commercial dog food and it would’ve been a different story!

 

If you have, or know, a dog with similar ailments, at least consider the dogs diet before pumping the poor thing with drugs – consult a  holistic veterinarian for professional advice.

 

Yours in Hound Health

 

Manos

Chew Your Food

Meet Chewie…AKA Mr Choo, Choo-baroo, or to give him his full title …*Chewbacca.

Sad Chewie Chooster
Chewie – 3yr old Border Terrier

Chewbacca is an adorable 3yr old Border Terrier with a wonderfully calm, yet playful temperament.

His owner explained how that playful spirit had all but disappeared lately.

Welts and bald patches plagued his back, and his ears were red-raw from constant scratching.  Despite a cocktail – of expensive – drugs and numerous  trips to the vets, he was clearly still in a great deal of distress.  Frustrated, worried, and tired from middle of the night bathing and ointment sessions, the owner didn’t know who else to turn to.

Now I’m no vet, but – thanks to ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates – i knew one thing…

All disease begins in the gut.

– Hippocrates

I also new that, as a small dog, it wouldn’t take much to overwhelm the tiny surface area of Chewie’s gut.

The most rudimentary Google search reveals the main cause of psoriasis in dogs is T-cells that divide too rapidly -essentially they build up before they can be shed, causing the itchy rash. There are genetic factors to consider, but mostly it’s caused by an allergy that compromises the dog’s immune system – sounds like leaky gut to me!

With allergies, human or animal, you essentially have two choices.

  • Option 1: Expensive allergy tests …the vet/doctor will then advise you to avoid allergens.

Or…

  • Option 2: Remove allergens and see how you get on

Most vets know that dogs with psoriasis are allergic to ingredients in commercial dog food but recommending a change in diet doesn’t generate them any income.  So they treat the symptoms – with creams and tablets – and never address the underlying cause...hmmm now where have i heard this story before?

Chewie and Manos at ruin
Chewie I can see your future from up here…yeah it looks cool mate!

I had a clear plan of how to fix Chewie and knew his future was bright!

Watch this space to see which option we went down, what changes we made…and if Chewie’s ears ever stopped itching!

 

#Cliffhanger

 

 

 

 

 

*Bonus fact for the Star Wars Geeks out there-  George Lucas’s created Chewbacca after seeing his dog sit up in the passenger seat of his car – his name derives from the russian word for dog, ‘собака’ pronounced something like suh-BAH-ku. 

 

 

Detox from Detox

20131208-213851.jpgYou know the holiday drill by now…eat, eat, drink, eat, be merry, eat, drink, eat, eat, be merry some more, eat, get sick of eating, drink, get sick of drinking, eat some more, feel terrible… January D E T O X

Come the New Year you’ve eaten so much crap that paying someone £75 to wrap you in cling-film, and tell you to eat nothing but lemon & maple syrup for a month seems like good advice.

Detoxes have been described as pseudoscience and, whilst I agree that there’s a lot of quackery out there, a detox is simply screening what we eat and having faith that our bodies have an innate ability to heal themselves given half a chance.

If done correctly, a decent detox reminds us that it’s normal to have lots of energy, and that it’s not natural to feel bloated, sluggish, or suffer brain-fog on a day-to-day basis.

Why don’t you join me here in January to see how I fine-tune my system ready for the New Year ahead.

Yours in Mystical Magic and plain science,

Manos

WHEN IT PAYS TO SKIP THE GYM!

So we go to the gym and somewhere between the thrashing, the sweat, and the grunting lies fitness. If we push harder, go longer, and lift stronger, we WILL get fitter!

We think this is fitness – we call this fitness – but this is not fitness, this is stress.

Don’t get me wrong…without stress, there is no adaptation…and adaptation (to an ever increasing demand) is fitness.

Embrace stress as a beautiful opportunity to grow – but recognise the power. Too much stress will kill you – and you’re far too pretty to die just yet!

Also remember this – stress is stress…unpaid bills, rush-hour traffic, your boss on a bad day, your boss on a good day, your kids poor school report, YOUR poor work report, family disputes, family get-togethers, family disputes following family get-togethers, deadlines, dead-ends, split-ends, you name it, it’s probably raising your blood pressure just reading about it!

If this sounds like your week – or you’re just in a deep hole of sleep deprivation and overwork – how sensible would it be to go to the gym for an extra dose of stress this week?

I’ll give you a clue…

NOT VERY!!!

It doesn’t matter that its a very different form of stress – your primeval lizard system only has ‘on & off’ …it’s designed to get you out of the way of sabre-tooth tigers in a hurry, but it really doesn’t care what you’re up against, it just dumps a load of hormones and lets you figure the rest out.

Cortisol, is known as the stress hormone – anabolic (building) for fat tissue and catabolic (destroying) for muscle tissue. Exactly the opposite of what you want if your goal is fat-loss and lean muscle.

Do your hormones a favour and take the foot off the gas…go find a skilled yoga instructor in your area, and/or use your scheduled gym time to meditate instead (Forest Yoga is my practise of choice).

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And if your meditation simply means a walk through the woods or along the coast – GREAT! Any activity which is restorative in any way – where you have more energy at the end than you did at the beginning – will help you move forward in leaps and bounds. At the very least it’ll stop you digging yourself even deeper into that hole!

Yours in this scary, confusing, modern world.

Manos

Manos Modern Methods
Ancient Restorative System of Movement and Nutrition incorporated for today’s Modern World.

Invite Yourself to Move with Purpose

Doing stuff in the gym in order to look fit is putting the cart before the horse.

Nothing wrong with wanting a body that looks like it has a purpose but just start with the purpose.

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Purposeful Movement A body built for show will look different to a body built for ‘Go’!

If you didn’t understand any of the above just consider training ‘movements’ not muscle the next time you workout. 🙂