Over the next 48 hours American Detox will begin.
I learned how to make this super easy, yummy, healing ginger tea back in 2010 at a cooking class titled “Spring Detox-An Auyurdevic Perspective” led by Jaya Ramamurthy.
The recipe makes a concentrated tea which I store in a Mason jar in the refrigerator. We use it throughout the week by simply mixing ~1/4 – 1/3 cup tea with ~ 1/2 cup warm water.
It is very warm, soothing, yummy and detoxifying.
Ginger is famous for soothing the digestive track (ie. ginger ale). It also has anti-inflammatory/pain reducing properties, helps with blood sugar stabilization, strengthens the immune system and helps to prevent certain types of cancers.
The lemon (*citrus is a common migraine trigger so please omit if it causes problems for you) helps the liver get rid of toxins (good). It also reduces inflammation, while increasing potassium and vitamin c.
These days I continue to sleep quite a bit (as in, I cannot stay awake). I am definitely recovering from the crohn’s flare that sent us to the ER last weekend and gearing up for next week’s bone marrow biopsy. Needless to say, our New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day have been more on the quiet side. However I am not in pain today and I am not in the hospital. I am better than I was last week….moving forward….baby steps….
Last night my husband grilled 2 delicious filet mignon steaks for us as a special celebratory New Year’s Eve dinner and I did very well, no pain. Today I slept and right now I am sipping on my homemade ginger tea.
~ 2 inches ginger root
1 cup water
lemon juice (citrus is a migraine trigger for some people so omit if this causes you problems)
–grate the ginger to get ~ 2 Tbsp grated ginger and boil with 1 cup of water
–bring to a good boil for ~1 minute
–remove from heat and cover (steep) for 5 minutes
add lemon juice and honey to taste
Over the holidays I did not get to eat the yummy treats that we had at our parties (because crohn’s hurts that badly–trust me–it takes a lot to come between me and a piece of Christmas Red Velvet Cake).
Today I carefully wrapped up slices of cakes and put them in the freezer. I will have them in a couple of months. After the new chemo starts, after this flare is over…
That is one of my resolutions: To eat some of these Christmas goodies by February!!
Happy New Year 2015!