The last two weeks of August we will be presenting our fabulous free class to you all live online and I wanted to give you all a bit of a teaser. Be sure to register today before you forget and check out our other classes that are scheduled for this fall already. All the classes will be recorded but be sure to register so the recording arrives right into your e-mail.
This class covers knowing the different colors of your food to determine their medicinal potential, how to use some of your herbs from your shelves for colds and flues, as well as for prevention of illness, all using things you already have! Before the class, how can you step up your grocery shopping skills to meet your home medicinal food needs?
- Aim to fill your kitchen with foods that have minimal to no processing. This will give you the best opportunity to create the meals that are ideal for your specific food, nutrition, and medicinal needs by mixing together only what you need.
- Be sure to have a balance of produce, grains, and proteins. To do this, it is best to shop around the perimeter of a grocery store. If you have not noticed, the outside of stores, not the isles, contain all of your produce, dairy, meats, fish, and generally your less processed foods. You may still need to go down 1-2 isles for your whole grains.
- Throw out your old herbs and spices and buy new fresh ones every 1-2 years. The more frequent the better. Because of their expense I replace 1-2 each month.
- Use old herbs and spices in making broths which can be frozen and used later.
- When you shop, be sure to have a variety of colors of produce in your cart. Each color molecule had a different medicinal benefit to the body when used appropriately. Aim to have at least 3 different colored foods but 5 per shopping trip is an excellent achievement.
- Ask yourself, how will I feel if I eat this food? Do I want to feel that way? Do I want my family to feel or act that way? For an example, think about sugar. Do you get energy and then crash in response to eating sugar? Do the children of your home get in a poor mood themselves when they eat sugar? If it is not something you want, consider purchasing less or not purchasing the item at all. (Or purchase more of it if you will feel great in response to eating it)
Take the next two weeks of shopping to see how many of these you are doing and check into which ones you can add to your skill set. When you have done this, be sure to sign up for our live class where we will delve into the benefits each of these foods can have in your own home and when to best use them for your nutritional and medicinal needs.
Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. Join her for live classes and The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online for more learning opportunities.