“If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.”
- Nadine Stair
It has been wonderful to have so much rain this year, but after many months of gray skies, I am so ready for spring! And I know that it’s just about here - even though it’s still somewhat dark, I hear birds chirping early in the morning, blossoms are bursting forth, and the hills and valleys are so lush and green!
In Chinese culture, Spring belongs to the Wood element and is a time of birth and new growth. The associated color is green and the flavor is sour. (Continue reading here...)
March 3-9 is
Endometriosis Awareness Week
Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years, approximately 176 million women worldwide.
“Killer cramps”, heavy periods, pain with sex or ovulation, pelvic pain, bloating, fatigue, inflammation, infertility. If these sound familiar to you, you may have endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside your uterus (the endometrium) is found outside, usually within the pelvic cavity. This tissue grows and sloughs in response to your monthly cycle. Because the blood is trapped inside the pelvic cavity, it often forms adhesions (scar tissue), lesions and blood-filled cysts.
Endometriosis can start as early as your first period, and usually improves at menopause. Menopause may not resolve the symptoms, especially if you have scar tissue or adhesions from the disease and/or surgery.
An estimated 1 in 10 women are affected by endometriosis during their reproductive years, approximately 176 million women worldwide. Endometriosis is the biggest cause of infertility in women.
Endometriosis can start as early as a girl’s first period, and usually improves at menopause. Menopause may not resolve the symptoms, especially if the woman has scar tissue or adhesions from the disease and/or surgery. Endometriosis is the biggest cause of infertility in women. (Continue reading here...)
The Good News - Chinese Medicine and Endometriosis
With its long recorded history of treating gynecological conditions safely and effectively. Chinese medicine can be extremely useful in treating the pain and other uncomfortable symptoms of endometriosis and may reduce adhesions.
Acupuncture improves blood flow, decreases pain, reduces inflammation, and restores healthy body functioning.
Chinese herbs reduce pain, break up Blood stagnation, and resolve underlying patterns of disharmony.
Treatment is individualized, patient-centered, empowering
Personalized diet and lifestyle counseling
Depending on the severity, treatment may take 3-6 menstrual cycles. Symptoms are expected to improve as treatment progresses.
Chinese medicine is gentle, safe, effective, and empowering. You are treated holistically as a person, not as a disease. As you grow in awareness of what makes your body feel stronger, you become a partner in your own health care.
What to Expect from Treatment with Chinese Medicine?
less period pain
improved menstrual cycles
more energy, strength, vitality
support and education
New Feature! Interviews with Local Farmers
Chinese medicine teaches us that the foundation of health begins with what we eat. Great value is placed on living in harmony with the seasons and eating the foods that grow or ripen within each season is one of the best ways to do that.
We in Yolo County are fortunate to live in an area with so many small family farms. Being a small business owner myself, I like to support other small business owners. By buying food from local farmers, whether at a Farmer's Market or local grocery store, such as the Davis Food Co-op or Nugget Market, the money we spend on food stays within our local community, not just supporting the shareholders of a large faceless corporation. Even better, we are buying and eating foods that are in season.
I want to use this column to build connections - to highlight healthy, local, and (mostly) organic food sources for you, to promote a greater awareness of where our food comes from, and to provide you with some interesting stories!
Our first featured farm is Skyelark Ranch, located in Brooks, CA. I've been buying pastured eggs from them at the Davis Farmers Market for the past several months and have been impressed by the high quality - they have such beautiful, firm, brightly colored yolks!
by Nigella Lawson. Featured in NIGELLA BITES This month's recipe comes from Gillies and Alexis Robertson. They write, "Any variation or simplified version works really well. We mix it up a lot, but the principle is usually the same. Enjoy!"
8 lamb shanks
4 cloves garlic
1 sprinkling of salt
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 dried red chili pepper (crumbled (or 1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes))
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 tablespoons marsala
6 tablespoons red lentils
6 tablespoons vegetable oil (or groundnut oil)
Put 3 tablespoons of the oil into a very large, wide, heavy-bottomed pan and warm over medium heat. Brown the lamb shanks, in batches, in the pan and then remove to a roasting tin or whatever else you've got to hand to sit them in.
Peel the onions and garlic and process in a food processor or chop them finely by hand. Add the remaining oil to the pan, and fry the onion-garlic mush until soft, sprinkling salt over to stop it catching. Stir in the turmeric, ground ginger, chilli, cinnamon and nutmeg, and season with some freshly ground pepper.
Stir again, adding the honey, soy sauce and Marsala.
Put the shanks back in the pan, add cold water almost to cover, bring to the boil then put a lid on the pan, lower the heat and simmer very gently for 1-1½ hours or until the meat is tender.
Add the red lentils and cook for about 20 minutes longer without the lid, until the lentils have softened into the sauce, and the juices have reduced and thickened slightly.
Check for seasoning.
Toast the nuts by heating them for a few minutes in a dry frying pan, and sprinkle onto the lamb as you serve it.
Thriving Pink is a non-profit in Davis that helps local breast cancer survivors thrive. Back in the fall I joined their flash mob, "Flashing Pink," a group that dances to raise awareness of breast cancer and the support available. Flashing Pink recently performed at the UC Davis vs Cal Poly Women's basketball
'Play Pink' half time performance.