Savoy Cabbage, Carrots and Chick Peas..


  Ingredients:

– 1 Large head of Savoy Cabbage
– 2 Large Carrots
– 5 cloves of garlic
– 1 can of Chick peas
– 1/2 can of tomato puree
– 1 glass of water
– 1/2 Teaspoon of Hot red pepper flakes
–  1 teaspoon Oregano
–  5 sprig


Directions:

-Step 1-in a medium size pot  saute chopped garlic in olive oil until light tan
-Step 2-add chopped, washed savoy cabbage into 2″ squares and carrots carrots in small pieces
-Step 3-Add water, tomatoes, oregano, parsley and red pepper-medium flame about 40 minutes
-Step 4-when all is done add chick peas and heat for 5 min.
-Step 5– Let sit for at least 15 minutes before serving

(serves 6)

A Wonderful Experience…..

    I was recently invited, along with several other members of the Fort Hamilton Fitness Center, to take part in a lecture focusing on resilience. 

We were invited to speak by Lieutenant Colonel Davis who is head of the New York City recruiting battalion. The main purpose of this lecture was to give 300 enlisted men and women the incentive to take advantage of all the diverse services being offered to them at the Fitness Center which include nutritional counseling, yoga, reiki, chiropractic care and fitness training in a state of the art facility located on the base.

   The speakers included:  -Bilqis Benu (Yoga and Chief Coordinator of the Fitness Center)                 -Joe Baudille (Chiropractor)                    -Ellen Savarese (Reiki Practitioner)                        -Lenny Variano (Holistic Nutritionist)                                                                       

Garlic, potent in many ways…

  So many of us include garlic into our daily cooking. We all love how garlic and olive oil compliment each other. But how many of us really know how beneficial this root vegetable is. Garlic has been used for centuries in treatment of parasites, respiratory problems and for poor digestion. Modern research has shown that use of garlic may in turn reduce blood pressure. It can also encourage delivery of nutrients to muscles via the circulatory system. An important advantage for those of us who are extremely active or interested in preserving muscle mass as we age. However it also has a very potent after effect so make sure you always have a good supply of mints.

Why am I so tired? Could it be Adrenal Fatigue

The Adrenal glands are small glands that sit on top of our kidneys. They are responsible for regulating stress. Two of the most important stress hormones that are released by the adrenals are adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline is the hormone that is released as a defense mechanism, in turn producing what is known as the the fight or flight response. It can be compared to that which makes the hair on the back of your neck rise when we feel threatened. Cortisol on the other hand is constantly at work from the moment we arise gradually releasing small amounts to accommodate the everyday stressful situations we have to deal with. Cortisol is also responsible for keeping us alert, converting fats and proteins into energy as well as counteracting inflammation. When these glands become tired they can exhibit themselves in many ways. Everything from excessive sweating from little activity, dizziness, a craving for salt, chronic infections, tired but wired feeling, lack of libido, tendency to startle easily plus a host of other unhealthy symptoms. Today our daily pace is running at such a high level we may not be aware of the stress we are constantly placing on our adrenals. By overloading our systems with caffeine we are constantly calling on adrenaline as a means of stimulation. Since it is not mandatory that the food industry list the amount of caffeine in what we are consuming, we may be unaware of the amount of caffeine we are ingesting from soda, coffee, chocolate, energy drinks etc. This in turn will call on the adrenals to overproduce cortisol to accommodate for the amount of adrenaline being produced  creating a truly unhealthy cycle. This overproduction of cortisol can in turn be detrimental to anyone who may be eating healthy, exercising and wondering why they are unable to lose unnecessary weight. Cortisol will make the body hang onto extra weight. So what do we do? Recognize when we are tired, get extra sleep if possible before seeking outside artificial stimulation. Cut down on sugar consumption by cutting back on processed foods including cereals. Try to limit coffee consumption and try to lean on water more as a source of natural energy, since hydration is of utmost importance. Becoming more aware of when you are truly tired, seeking the proper means of relaxation will aid in keeping your system in balance.