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Vegan BBQ & Slaw

I like quick and easy vegan food. Got 10 minutes?

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans Trader Joe’s jackfruit
  • 1 jar of your favorite vegan BBQ sauce (mine’s from Central Market)
  • 1 bag of your favorite vegan slaw mix (mine’s from Trader Joe’s)

Recipe:

Open and drain jackfruit. Shred jack fruit (I used my hands) and discard hard pieces. Place into a medium sauce pan and pour BBQ sauce over the top and mix. Place on medium-low stove top and heat through.

Mix slaw together in mixing bowl. Plate and serve.

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Ginger Limeaide

A juicer is a kitchen and health must have in my opinion. Here’s a super healthy AND sweet version of the sugary limeade you may be craving.

Ingredients

  • 5small apples
  • 2 limes
  • 1 thumb of ginger

Recipe

Put all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy. The apples make it taste so sweet and refreshing. I also like to use this in skinny margaritas!

Turmeric Chai

Turmeric is a natural anti inflammatory that can alleviate muscle and joint pain as well as headaches and allergy symptoms. My friend gifted me a box of Numi Organic Golden Chai. I simply followed the directions on the box and of course added cinnamon and honey! (I’m the vegan that uses honey). Honey also alleviates seasonal allergies and cinnamon is a natural antiviral/antibacterial agent.

  • Numi Organic Golden Chai, 1 heaping teaspoon
  • 8oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 1-2tbs honey
  • Dash of cinnamon

Combine all ingredients into sauce pan and heat on low until warm. Enjoy!

Vegan Pizza

I make vegan pizza all the time using a variety of ideas for crusts. I like to maintain gluten free as much as possible and found an amazing crust mix while shopping last weekend, check it out!

I simply followed the instructions on the Simple Meals box…simple enough!

For the toppings:

Balsamic garlic glazed onions–

  • Slice a small onion cutting and separating into strips.
  • Mince 2 cloves of garlic
  • Cover the bottom of a pan with balsamic vinegar and cook on med-low for 10min until soft and fragrant, set aside to cool.

Chop about 1/2 cup fresh basil

I cooked one Hilary’s quinoa burger and crumbled it for the “meat,” which is totally optional

Dairy Free Parmesan cheese

Assembly:

  • After the crust is cooked, use a spoon to put a layer of organic tomato paste on the crust.
  • Next layer the onion mixture and top with quinoa crumbles and basil
  • End with a light layer of Parmesan cheese

Bake 350 degrees an additional 15 minutes and serve!

Headaches

Headaches have many causes which may stem from the neck, shoulder, TMJ, mid back, ear, sinuses, cervical (neck) ligament laxity, vestibular (inner ear) disturbances, dizziness, muscle tension, lack of sleep, anxiety, postural pain syndrome, high blood pressure, head trauma, seizures, strokes, and poor nutrition…to name a few thousand.  From the preceding list it’s very obvious why Tylenol and Ibuprofen have a thriving market!  What is the simplest cure to decreased headache pain and frequency?  Once traditional routes to a cure are exhausted, consider the role of the following:

Poor nutrition and/or allergic responses

Nutritional deficits and maladies are the root of all illness.  Nutritional imbalance fires up the systemic inflammatory response, which often spirals to chronic illness when uncorrected.  Chronic inflammation, or as I like to think of it an over worked immune system, sets the stage for almost every disease process.  SO to be short and sweet, nutritional deficiency or imbalance could be the fix to MANY of the previously stated culprits leading to headaches and migraines.  How do you fix nutrition?  Start in the produce aisle. For more details see also my nutrition blogs below.

Examine your household and body care products as well.  Many people have an allergic response to their most favorite scents and products.  Examine fabric softener, detergent, hairspray, perfume, body wash, shampoo, soap, toothpaste…OH MY!  Go for products that are “free and clear” or safe to use on infants and children as these contain fewer preservatives and allergens.  Don’t forget that you absorb everything that touches your skin.

Ligament laxity

If the ligaments of the upper neck are over stretched or loose for any reason, this could cause chronic migraines or headaches.  Diseases such as lupus, RA, fibromyalgia, any connective tissue disorder, MS, and multiple other neurological processes as well as trauma can cause this laxity or looseness to occur.  A surgical procedure may be an option but many times the only cure is gentle cervical strengthening.

Vestibular disturbances/dizziness

Dizziness has many causes as well which may or may not be related to the vestibular system (inner ear), and is often related to neck pain or dysfunction.  There are specific vestibular exercises a skilled physical therapist can address to reduce headaches.  See also nutrition as nutrition serves the viability of the vestibular system.

History of head trauma

Headaches are also related to traumatic events such as a car wrecks, falls, gunshot wounds, stab wounds, scarring from burns, or concussions (this is not an exhausted list).  Many times addressing neck, shoulder, mid-back, and TMJ issues act to resolve tension-type headaches.  Those headaches more neural in nature such as migraines may be better addressed with diet or specialized surgical procedures (orthopedic or neurological).

TMJ

Tension in the jaw is created often by stress, anxiety, and worry.  Meditation, breath practice, and emotional release help to alleviate anxiety and worry that create stress and tension.  Also simply cueing yourself to “relax my jaw” throughout the day and right before drifting to sleep may help.  Mouth guards are also useful but not the cure.  The aforementioned spiritual practices have been shown to be very effective in releasing the jaw to reduce headaches.  There are situations that warrant specialized dental or oral surgery to correct TMJ issues, which may also alleviate or eliminate headache pain and frequency.

Neck and shoulder

Neck and shoulder pain create muscle tension.  Many of the neck and shoulder muscles attach directly to the skull so it should be no surprise that tension here can create headache pain.  Limited shoulder mobility and pain often creates neck disturbances as well see my neck and shoulder blogs below for more information.

Role of breath practice, postural change, sleep, and meditation

Breath practice works to replenish the brain and body with life sustaining, and repairing oxygen.  Oxygen’s life force is healing and promotes optimal muscular and neurological firing, which will ease the pain associated with headaches.

When we sit or work in a prolonged posture or position blood is shunted in a specific direction often crippling adequate flow to the head and neck.  Practicing postural change for even a few seconds every 15 minutes will produce a more oxygen rich environment within the head and body.  Postural pain and prolonged positions have also recently been associated with depression.

Meditation is directly correlated with improved sleep patterns.  It aides in more restful sleep allowing our bodies to enter healing, repair, and regeneration mode (see also my meditation and sleep blogs below).   Without sleep our bodies are never allotted the time to heal.  Without sleep chronic pain, disease, and illness is almost inevitable.

Links:

Meditation Blogs:  https://alternativeptfortworth.com/2016/05/05/the-secret/, https://alternativeptfortworth.com/2016/03/10/what-is-destressifying/

Sleep Blog:  https://alternativeptfortworth.com/2016/04/01/stop-fighting-your-sleep/

Neck and Shoulder Blog:  https://alternativeptfortworth.com/2015/06/04/neck-and-shoulder-pain/

Postural Pain Blog:  https://alternativeptfortworth.com/2015/05/12/postural-pain/

Nutrition Blogs:  https://alternativeptfortworth.com/2016/04/21/a-dose-of-medical-medium/, https://alternativeptfortworth.com/2016/02/18/offensive-health/, https://alternativeptfortworth.com/2016/02/06/on-the-radio-the-earth-diet/

I will be discussing the roles of meditation relating to spirituality and how to start a meditation program in an upcoming mentoring program called Spirit and spirits.  Please visit https://alternativeptfortworth.com/spirits-and-spirit/ for more information!