Spices

A New Year Resolution You Can Keep

We make resolutions every year on January 1. But often, we fail to keep them, and follow up with them. It is because in many cases, the resolutions are not pragmatic. They are often too ambitious, or too unrealistic.

Health resolutions are harder, because of the many provocations with food. Food that we should eat, and food that we should not. Drinks and beverages: the same story. Especially during festive seasons, we get attracted to food and drinks that we know are not good for us; yet, they are too big of a temptation to avoid. We end up consuming too much fat, too much cholesterol, and too much alcohol and caffeine.

Is there a balance we can strike, and still not eat cardboard cereal, and drink tap water only?

How can we have fun, without having to compromise the pleasures of eating and drinking? And still be healthy?

I have some simple tips for you.

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3 Spices To Help You Through Allergy Season
There's nothing like the beginning of Spring. After this past Winter the warmer air and sunshine is as welcomed as a childhood friend visiting after many years apart. While most of us enjoy the nicer weather there are some who dread what else it brings, seasonal allergies. Stuffy/runny noses, sneezing, itchy, water eyes...its enough to make you go insane! There are lots of over-the-counter medicines to help relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies, but I like to rely on the healing power of food to develop the bodies defenses against allergens. There are many spices that I use in my cooking that have allergy-fighting properties and I want to share 3 common and readily available spices with you.  
Sliced Turmeric

Curcuma longa - Turmeric

Turmeric

Found in curry powder this wonderful spice has anti-inflammatory properties, and since allergies are really just inflammation of the mucus membranes this miracle spice can really bring some relief.        
Garlic - Allium Sativum

Allium sativum - Garlic

Garlic

Garlic is not only good for allergies, but is a natural antibiotic. Add it to your morning smoothie every day and it will naturally boost your immune system. Don't like the smell of garlic? You can opt for supplements, but these just don't work as well.

 

 

 
Capsicum annum - Cayenne Pepper

Capsicum annum - Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper contains a compound called capsaisin, its what gives spicy foods that hot, peppery taste. When you eat foods with lots of pepper your nose begins to run. This helps to clear your nasal passages of allergens like dust and pollen.                   I hope these simple tips bring you some relief. If you have tried any of these or have some tips of your own please include them in the comments below.
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