Turmeric

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Tamie Cleaver | September 28, 2015

Turmeric, turmeric, turmeric, I’m pretty sure my friends are sick of hearing about turmeric. All they have to do is mention they feel a little under the weather and I’ll prescribe them a teaspoon of turmeric.  Stomach ache, stiff joints, lost a limb, turmeric will sort that. They’re going to be so pleased for this opportunity to now read about my obsession. They’ll have to read it too, in full, as there will be a test!

I first came across turmeric when I started looking into how food is linked to health.

‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’ Hippocrates said, and the more I read about the food to health link, the more this made sense.

If you put anything into your body that it doesn’t recognise as food, it sees it as a toxin and reacts aggressively against it. This reaction becomes a battle within your body, and it will take drastic action to win this battle and keep you alive. If it has to create its own toxins to kill of the ones harming you it will, if it has to damage cells to keep the rest of the body moving it will. Your body isn’t thinking about your comfort, how you look or how you feel, it’s trying to keep you alive at all costs. The by product of your body fighting harmful toxins leads to fatigue, inflammations, infections, gut problems and ultimately deceases, including cancer.

These are things I reasonably decided needed to be avoided, so I started eating fresh and clean, meaning lots of veg, plenty of fruit and if something had a number in the ingredients, or a word I didn’t recognise, then I didn’t eat it.

The next step up from this is food your body thrives on, herbs spices, nuts and seeds for instance. These innocuous little foods which we use as decoration, to add colour to our plates, these are really an under used source of vitamins and minerals.

This is where turmeric comes in.

Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, gut healthy, disease fighting, cholesterol reducing, anti-carcinogenic, beautiful turmeric. This is just part of the list of the benefits turmeric brings to the body. Notice how this is the anti list to the symptoms above caused by fighting toxins in the body.

I get turmeric into my diet in everything from soup to roast chicken. But my two favourite and almost daily uses are in a juice and in my scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs

¼ cup of pine nuts

1 dessert spoon of cold pressed organic coconut oil

2 free range organic eggs

Small handful of organic baby spinach, chopped.

1 piece of smoked salmon cut into strips

½ tea spoon of turmeric powder

Salt & pepper

Put a small frying pan on a low heat and add the pine nuts. Dry fry the pine nuts until they start to turn brown, remove from the heat and leave aside. Add the coconut oil to the pan to heat up. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk in the turmeric, salt and pepper. The turmeric tries to clump up so whisk it well. When the coconut oil is hot, pour in the eggs and start stirring with a wooden spoon immediately. As the eggs start to form, add back in the pine nuts, the salmon and the spinach.  Pour the eggs on to a plate, sprinkle with a little dukkah and eat.

Juice

1 juicer

2 celery sticks

½ piece of cucumber

¼ piece of fennel

½ thumb sized piece of ginger

½ thumb sized piece of turmeric root

Hand full of coriander

Hand full of parsley

Cayenne pepper

Juice all together then pour into a glass; sprinkle some cayenne pepper on the top of the juice for that extra kick. Drink straight away.

[ Credits: Words by Tamie Cleaver, Illustration by me. ]    

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