Nature’s Kitchen

Raw Wild Blackberries

Recently I developed an allergy and intolerance to common foods that I have eaten all my life, dairy, sugar, gluten, and caffeine, which ignited my journey into healthy foods and I started using food for mental and emotional health and viewing it as energy.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I often talk to people about the body/mind connection and explain that when we feed our body poorly, it makes a negative impact on our mental and emotional health. Food is nature’s medicine that we can control, which impacts our ability to fight off illness and disease. Not that we choose to get sick, but what we put into our bodies either strengthens us or weaken our immune system.

I am always seeking adventures and often go in search of them on my bicycle.  Today I traveled the Green Circle Trail finding miles of wild blackberry bushes along the way!  I munched on the trail as cyclists rode by shouting, “Breakfast!.”  I also picked a lot of berries to make smoothies, gluten-free scones and to add to my coconut yogurt.

Due to my allergies developed later in life, healthy food has become a passion of mine. I often try to buy organic if possible, but nothing tastes better than eating the berries right off the bush!

Here is a recipe from my friend John in England. I have adapted it a bit to reduce the sugar content.

In John’s words:

“I use a pot full of blackberries and give them a good wash.  I then add 1 cooking apple, cut into chunks, remove the skin, add a small spoonful of sugar and cook until simmering.  When it starts to smell really good, I remove the pot from heat and let the berries and apples cool so the berries have melted together a bit.  It’s delicious!”

Turmeric for Depression

salad with tumeric for depression
Turmeric has many reported health benefits such as being an anti-inflammatory, aids in digestion, helps alleviate asthma symptoms, and promotes sleep, but according to new research trials, Turmeric can also help with mild depression symptoms. A truly amazing food that aids in mental and physical health.

I had this delicious healthy salad at Finca Luna Nueva, an organic echo farm in the Costa Rican Rainforest. Each meal consisted of fresh fruits and vegetables organically grown on the farm. It was one of the healthiest weeks of my life including great people, healthy foods, yoga, and adventure.

The salad’s dressing was also made with Turmeric which was organically grown.

A hot yellow turmeric drink on a cold or gloomy day will lift your spirits!

My recipe for Turmeric Tea:

1 cup coconut or almond milk
1/2-1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
a sprinkle of cinnamon

Heat milk in microwave or on the stovetop for 1 minute, add 1/2-1 teaspoon organic turmeric, add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and then enjoy!