feasting at home: A New Year - Fresh Turmeric Tonic

January 1, 2014

A New Year - Fresh Turmeric Tonic

Good Morning New Year.
Thank you for 
 you will bring. 
May I open myself 
up to you fully - 
that will come.
Help me recognize the gifts that arrive daily-
the obvious ones
subtler ones 
wrapped up in the ordinary, 
and the most elusive of all,
 gifts buried in suffering,
diamonds in the rubble.

At the beginning of the new year, many of us take time to pause and reflect. Giving thought to the past year, reviewing our lives, and taking inventory of what we have accomplished or not accomplished. Often, from a place of self-judgement, we create "resolutions", or goals for the year to come, which involve even more accomplishing, doing, and producing.

This year, I decided to try something new. Instead of asking myself, "What do I want to do this year?", I asked myself "How do I want to feel?". As I contemplate this question, a few words bubble to the surface. I want to feel vibrant, energized. I want to feel grounded to the earth and its cycles. I want to feel connected. For me, when I feel these ways, I feel good. We are all different, and we each resonate with feelings so individually. How do you want to feel this year? Remember the times this past year, when you felt the most content. How did you feel? After you come up with a few core feelings, think about ways to cultivate these feelings on a daily basis.


For me, this means cooking and eating foods that are alive and full of nutrients- rather than ones that leave me feeling heavy and tired. Instead of saying, I'm not going to eating dairy or sugar, I gently nudge myself away from the mindset of rules, into the realm of feelings, remembering how wonderful it feels to feel vibrant, alive and energized.

Because cooking is a big part of my work and everyday life, I feel more grounded to the earth and its cycles when I prepare food that actually comes from the ground, when its grown in its true season.

This very seasonal juice recipe, contains winter root vegetables and citrus, and one very special healing ingredient. Fresh Turmeric Root. 

The research out there on the health benefits of turmeric is widespread and plentiful. Its healing properties include the ability to: destroy cancer cells, regulate insulin, relieve arthritis, prevent Alzheimer's by aiding in the removal of plaque build up in the brain, detox the liver, help the body break down fat, reduce cholesterol, and clarify the skin. For more info, read this and this.  Clearly there is something to it. 

But honestly, it wasn't the facts that sold me on fresh turmeric juice, it was how my body felt after I drank this. I felt amazing.  

Turmeric has a strong flavor, that can overwhelm, so make sure to use it in moderation. Start off conservatively, adding more as your palate becomes accustomed to it. It's deliciously addictive. I find myself adding more and more each time I make the juice, but trust me, start off with a tablespoon or less.  You can always add more. The addition of fresh turmeric gives the juice an exotic quality, taking me to faraway places in my imagination.

Accept whatever comes to you
woven in the pattern of your destiny,
for what could more aptly fit your needs?
 Marcus Aurelius

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Fresh Turmeric Juice
Fresh Juice with turmeric root, apple, orange, beet and carrots
Fresh Turmeric Tonic
4 medium organic carrots
1 small golden beet ( 2- 3 inches in diameter) scrubbed and cut in half (optional)
1 apple - cored
1 orange (peeled)
1 Tablespoon sliced fresh turmeric root ( peels are OK) more to taste.

Juice all ingredients in a juicer. Remember start conservatively with the turmeric, taste and add more if you like.
Makes one 10 oz glass of juice
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 12 oz glass