Adding Herbs Daily for the Culinary and Medicinal Benefits

The importance of food in our holiday gatherings can not be over emphasized. In a day in age when more than 80% of adults are taking medications for health issues and 50% of our children are diagnosed with chronic diseases we need to modify our thinking about our food. Nature provided us with all the nourishing foods to eat in order to keep us healthy. Medicinal and Culinary Herbs are plants, and all plants have vitamins and minerals. They were meant to be consumed as food, not only to be used for their medicinal benefits.

When most people think about food they romanticize it. We think about it in terms of  Grandma and Thanksgiving and First Dates, Family Gatherings going out for Pizza and Ice-cream! Picnics and campfire means s’mores and hot dogs; Christmas -cookies; Easter – chocolate eggs & candy; Halloween – more candy!  All that is fun and lovely, but it lets us forget that “we are what we eat” – and that is not a metaphor!  

The Sad Health Damages of the Average American Diet 

The average American consumes about 1 gallon of soda per week, which equates to more than 18 fluid ounces, or 1.5 sodas per day. These sodas are loaded with sugar, with a 12oz can containing 35-45 grams – an amount that exceeds the recommended daily intake of ~15 grams. What’s more, these sugars are typically in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, one of the cheapest, and most health-hazardous forms of sugar that can be used. 

Even More Alarming Statistics on the Average Yearly Consumption of Food Like Products for the typical American includes:

  • 29 pounds of french fries
  • 23 pounds of pizza
  • 24 pounds of ice cream
  • 24 pounds of chemical artificial sweeteners

But it’s crazy for us to think that if we keep do what we do and expect the outcome to be different somehow…

There are so many ways you can weave the medicinal and culinary herbs, into your everyday cooking! 

Such as drinking them in teas, adding them to your meals as spices, to your smoothies and sweet treats, bake with it! The point is this – nutrition comes from food and not lab made supplements, so for me and my family, we start there and we just keep on going that direction.
Our body has countless safety mechanisms, so when we put it through the wear and tear and one or more systems fail, the others are there to pick it up and keep working. 

Milla, mother of 3 children who have suffered with chronic disease and diagnosis such as Lyme and Autism explains how she incorporates herbs into everyday life. 

I use fresh herbs, dried & frozen, fermented, medicinal and culinary anywhere I can! in smoothies, soups, stews, salads, baking, tea/decoctions… I even stuff dates with ground milk thistle seeds. It has become a second nature now, when I prepare food,  I think: “what herb will fly here?”

Milla shares a plethora of Tasty, Easy and healthy, toxin-free recipes. Gluten-Dairy-MSG-Soy-Corn-Dye-Artificial anything- FREE. Organic only, unprocessed, mostly plant-based, low on fat-grain-seed-legume-nuts. Be sure to visit her website at https://www.siberiancedarland.com/

SOURCES: 

http://naturalsociety.com/average-american-diet-infographic/

RECOMMENDED Reading:

https://nourishedblessings.com/what-is-reid/


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