This is a family favorite in my house. We make this yummy soup at the first sign of a sneeze or cough and it always hits the spot.
* Use organic ingredients whenever possible*
2 chicken breasts with bone-in
32oz chicken bone broth
4 cups of water
1.5 cups of brown rice cooked
8 large carrots chopped
3-4 leeks chopped
3 large garlic cloves minced
2-3 chunks of fresh ginger peeled and minced
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
chopped fresh scallions
Bake chicken at 375 for 45 minutes, salt and pepper if desired. Cook the brown rice on the stovetop while the chicken is baking. Chop carrots and leeks, mince garlic and ginger and add to a large soup pot along with the chicken bone broth and water. Bring the vegetables to a boil for about 5 minutes; reduce to a simmer on low. When the chicken is done, remove the skin, de-bone, and shred, add to the pot along with the brown rice. Continue to simmer on low until carrots are tender. Add fresh scallions just before eating.
If you are sick with a cold, put on a pair of wool socks, and a hat and wrap yourself with one or two thick blankets while eating your soup. Drink the soup as warm as you possibly can without burning your mouth (test the temperature first!). This will bring on a slight sweat, which will help to release the cold from the body, ease your symptoms and reduce the duration of your cold.
Cheers to your health!
I’m thrilled in introduce my new Q&A column. It’s called “Ask Mother Moon.” If you or anyone you know has a question about fertility, menopause, periods, pregnancy or general women’s health, simply hit “reply” and ask me a question. You can look forward to my answers in your inbox every month.
And now for our first question...
Q: “What is a healthy menstrual cycle?”
A: When women describe the symptoms they experience during and around their period they often ask, “Is that normal?” Here are a few quotes from my patients that highlight some of the different things women experience during their periods:
“When I have my period I have to change a super tampon at least every hour. During the first two days of my period I always end up with blood soaked sheets in the morning. Is that normal?”
“I’m in so much pain with my period I have to take 6 Ibuprofen just to get through my day. It’s so hard to deal with. But I guess that’s just normal, right?”
“I get so crabby and irritable before my period starts, I don’t even want to be around myself.”
These accounts are in fact not normal or healthy. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, if a woman is healthy and her cycle is normal this is what we expect to see:
The good news is irregular cycles, hormonal imbalance, and PMS can be corrected with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Unlike birth control which forces the period to be regular and can mask underlying problems in the menstrual cycle, TCM helps to correct, balance and genuinely heal the body.
Tips of the Month: HOW TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY MENSTRUAL CYCLE
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Meghan E. Berg