Vaidya R.K. Mishra, who will conduct a course on Ayurved at our Cotacachi, Ecuador this January 8-9 &10, 2007, explains that a key to all, better health and wealth, comes from controlling the five horses. Merri and I believe so strongly in this that we keep five horses grazing in our front yard to remind us!
Here they are Flo, Blaze, Harriet, Lucy and Goliath.
The five horses of course are the five senses. When they pull together amazing positive things happen to your health and wealth. When they all run in opposite directions…well this is not good. At best we go nowhere.
Regretfully, especially in the Western World, there are plenty of rustlers who are extremely skilled at leading your horses astray.
There is no time when your horses are tempted more than those starting now…during the holidays! All the work, the labor, the effort to fatten the bank account and trim the waistline may gallop away via Christmas costs and holiday foods.
Advice on what not to do isn’t all that helpful either. Sure we know we should avoid rich creamy food and overeating. Sure we know we should not give in to the young one’s requests for expensive stuff that’s super hyped on TV.
But it’s the holidays and what can we do?
Here are three tips that can help us enjoy the holidays and stay healthier.
The first tip is especially for holiday travelers. Long distance travel by car or plane, or any long period of sitting can be dangerous because this encourages blood clots.
Our major health care giver Dr. Joe Spano MD shares a great way to reduce this risk for your holiday travels when he wrote: Gary I thought you might be interested in this article on chocolate; I am developing the product to prevent DVT blood clots but travelers can also eat some dark chocolate as well.
Do you have holiday medical questions, if so send me a note and we’ll ask Dr. Joe.
The article begins: People who couldn’t stomach a medical study requiring them to give up chocolate ended up helping science, anyway. These chocoholics’ blood platelets displayed a reduced tendency to clot together in dangerous clumps, researchers found. Billed as the “first biochemical analysis” on the subject, the finding may explain why chocolate can be good for the heart. “Chocolate that’s flavonoid-rich, that’s dark, that’s good quality, that’s not traveling with all of its bad friends like sugar and fat, probably has some fairly potent pro-health benefits, although not as strong as aspirin,” said lead researcher Diane Becker, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. You can read more on this at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=56788
Tasty Health Tip #1: Eat good, dark chocolate when you travel or as a snack during the holidays.
The next tasty health tip comes from our son-in-law who sent me a link to a BBC article that kefir is a fermented milk drink made from live bacteria cultures and is credited with having health benefits in parts of Eastern Europe. Research published by the Society of Chemical Industry reports kefir contains bacteria which could help reduce allergic responses. You can read this article at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6046862.stm
There are also suggestions that kefir helps the immune system, such as in this article that says: Creamy and cool, cultured dairy products, such as yogurt, kefir and buttermilk, contain probiotics. Also known as “friendly bacteria,” probiotics support the intestinal tract and the immune system. Maintain the overall health of your immune system and enjoy a cup of fruit yogurt, savor a tangy raspberry kefir or stir buttermilk into roasted garlic mashed potatoes. See http://www.wildoats.com/u/health100443/
Merri and I have used Kefir for years and regularly use Lifeway natural and blueberry kefir. It’s rich, it’s creamy and it’s good. Numerous messages at this site have looked at the opportunity of investing in Lifeway, one of the largest producers of kefir. See http://www.lifeway.net/
Tasty Health Tip #2: Replace milk and especially cream, in as many places as you can, with kefir. Put it on your cereal. Top your pumpkin pie. Whip kefir into your potatoes. Mix great salad dressing of kefir with curry or Italian spices. Mix up plain kefir and spinach as an excellent dip. Make the dip healthier with carrots and celery rather than chips!
The subject of cream brings me to egg nog, something the food manufacturers learned long ago how to make my horse run wild. Over the years I have learned that few things can make me as sick or throw me off balance as fast. It is a true curse for me and we do not allow it in the house but I still yearn during the season…so here’s how I solve this craving:
Tasty Health Tip #3: Hit the Nog on the Noggin
Avoid egg nog that’s sold in the stores! One great replacement comes in the form of Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice 100% natural herbal tea. According to the label on the box “Bengal Spice has a sweet creamy taste that adds a sumptuous quality to this melody of herbs and spices”. The ingredients include cinnamon, chicory, carob, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and nutmeg. I make tea from dipping the tea bag in boiled milk. Drink hot or cold. It’s an excellent replacement for egg nog, giving a holiday feel, satisfying the desire for rich and sweet but without all the bad side effects.
There ya go! Those horses want to run wild during the holidays and if you try to shut them down completely, they all too often escape the barn and bolt once they are free. Give them tasty healthy alternatives and it’s an awful lot easier to keep them under control and headed where they are supposed to go.
Until next message, may your horses take you on joyful rides that are healthy and free!
Learn more about how to regain control of your five sense and good health. Join us this January 2007 for Vaidya RK Mishra’s course on ayurvedic health. See garyascott.com/catalog/vedcl/