I’m going back to school. What will I be studying you ask? Well, I bet you already have a pretty good idea. It has to do with food and health, both topics I am extremely passionate about! I am officially a student at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I am becoming a holistic nutritionist. When I think about it, I feel this energy bubbling up inside me, and I just want to jump up and down screaming ‘EEEEE!’ I am beyond excited!!!
I feel like this has been a long time coming. I’ve always had a passion for natural health, even waaaay before my diagnosis. Actually, I was all set to enroll in the natural nutrition program 3 years ago, when we were still living in Ottawa. But things came up, like an unintended third pregnancy, although very much wanted. Then Danny and I made the decision to move our family up north. We moved, bought a house, and I became super busy with three little ones. Needless to say, my plans to study nutrition were put on the back burner. Although my passion for nutrition never faded, I didn’t know if studying and making a career from it was going to be possible. I was focused on my children and eventually returning to the workforce. But like I said, that burning passion for nutrition never faded and I needed an outlet for it, and so this blog was born! Hubby could tell how much I enjoyed working on the blog and researching nutrition on my own. So when we sat down to discuss potential jobs for myself, Danny told me he didn’t want me to end up in a career that I hated, and felt like I needed to do this. I honestly had to hold back the tears in that moment. I think it’s common for stay at home Mom’s to put their interests and desires aside, which is exactly what I was doing. I felt like I couldn’t or shouldn’t pursue the things that I felt in my heart that I was called to do, because of time and money. So for Danny to give me all his support and encouragement, it was HUGE! Now I’m taking the leap and following my dreams!
OF COURSE, the very beginning of my nutritionist journey calls for a new recipe, am I right? Since I’m feeling like there’s many sunny days ahead, I’m sharing this recipe for my Sunny Healing Latte!
What makes this recipe healing?
Dandelion root tea: increases bile which detoxes the liver and ultimately aids digestion.
Ginger: contains the bioactive compound, gingerol. Gingerol is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Great for indigestion, reduces overall pain/inflammation, relieves menstrual cramps, and may even help balance blood sugar levels. Plus it is a nightshade-free spice, Yahoo!
Turmeric: botanically related to ginger, turmeric is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. The active ingredient, curcumin, is what gives this nightshade free spice it’s bright orange colour as well as most of its medicinal properties!
Coconut oil: Super healthy fat: Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)! For this reason coconut oil is easy to digest. Our liver is able to process it and immediately convert it to energy, rather than storing it as fat. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, making it anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral – pretty much everything someone with a compromised immune system should be looking for in a food.
Collagen Hydrolysate: contains the amino acids glycine and proline, which both help to repair damaged intestinal lining (leaky gut). In addition, collagen is very beneficial for our skin, hair, and nails!
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 roasted dandelion root tea bag
- 1 inch piece fresh turmeric
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp grass-fed collagen
- 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 a medjool date, pit removed or 3/4 tsp maple syrup
- Pinch pink salt
- Place tea bag in boiled water and steep for 10 minutes.
- Once tea is ready, add it to a high powered blender along with the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Pour into your fave mug.
This recipe is shared on Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable.
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