A Simple Chickweed Salad for One

Have I mentioned how much I love the farmers market in Athens, OH? Well, I’m saying it now! This place is amazing for fresh, organic, family-farmed produce! The farmers are all so friendly and willing to talk about their goods. Have you thought about where your food comes from? Anyway, my good friend Greg Howard from Gibson Ridge Farms gave me some chickweed last weekend and I decided to experiment! I came up with this simple, easy to make, delicious salad! Don’t eat too much though. Chickweed is a diuretic, and too much can make your stomach upset. It is jam-packed with nutrition and has many natural health benefits! Anyway, I could talk all day, here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:IMG_4738

3 ounces of chickweed (1 cup-ish)

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp honey

1/4 tsp minced garlic

pinch of salt and pepper

2 tbsp. of feta cheese

Directions:

1. Wash the chickweed thoroughly.

2. To make the dressing, mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper until well blended.

3. Pour the feta and the dressing over the chickweed. Voila!

 

BONUS RECIPE: Chickweed tea, great for seasonal allergies and asmtha (my roommate says it really did the trick).

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 ounce chickweed

2 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tsp LOCAL honey for sweetener

Directions:

Bring water, chickweed, and lemon juice to a boil then turn the heat down to medium and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Drain the chickweed from the water into a cup and add honey for sweetener.

 

Let me know if you have any chickweed recipes or have any suggestions for other out-of-the-ordinary foods I can make recipes with! 🙂

 

Holistic Health: Dr. Singha’s Detox Bath

For Stress Relief

DSG-44442-3I am only stressed out when I have nothing to do. I love being busy. In fact, the busier I am, the happier I am. But during slow periods like the holidays, I find that because I cannot put my energy towards work, I have to put it towards the small things… and I am one to sweat the small stuff! So, I’ve used this “me” time to try relaxing and Dr. Singha’s Mustard detox bath has helped quite a bit.

You just dissolve a tablespoon of the powder in a warm cup of water and add it to your bath. The instant I stepped in, I was transported to a better place. When my soak was up, I felt refreshed, relaxed, but also rejuvenated! I found the bath at our local Earth Fare and they had a neat little sample packet that is about four baths worth of powder, just in case your hesitant.

If you’re stressed out during the holidays and need a holistic remedy, try any detox bath. They relieve your body of pent-up toxins from things like processed foods, pollution, and medications. Detoxing not only clears your mind, but strengthens your immune system to prevent diseases.

If you have tried other detox bath products, share them below!

Starting Something New: Holistic Healing Section

I’m giving myself a pat on the back! It has been over a year now since I started Soy-Free Soul and I am blessed to say that I feel that I have no more challenges with my soy-free diet! When I first found out I was intolerant to soy, and many other foods that I ate regularly, I felt so lost. When I tried to search soy-free recipes online there wasn’t a single source to help me. Sure, the gluten-free, vegan, and even paleo diets are difficult, but there are communities of people and about a million sources to turn to when you’re in need. I was on my own. As I began to realize how difficult this change would be for me, the challenges kept piling on. Grocery shopping was a challenge. Cooking was a challenge. Restaurants were a challenge. It seemed that there were so many roadblocks that I was just meant to eat peanut butter and apples for the rest of my life. But, as you can see by my 45 or so recipes, I have found my way around again. I have found that the best restaurants are small business owners. They usually cook with locally grown and organic foods and will have a great big allergy guide for all of their dishes. And the best part about finding these places and trying these new foods is that I’ve learned more than just how to eat healthy. And that’s where this new chapter of Soy-Free Soul begins…

My Journey Toward Holistic Healing

Cutting soy and several other unhealthy intolerances that I had out of my diet essentially “cured” me. Before I cut it all out of my diet I was very sick. I had an incessant rash that would appear for a few days at time and then go away for weeks. I had horrible stomach/intestinal pain on a daily basis. I was fatigued and tired most days and would sometimes wake up feeling like my body was covered in bruises and I couldn’t be touched. And the worst symptom of all was my anxiety. I would have about three attacks a week, sometimes more, and my emotions were on a constant roller coaster. I felt like an elderly woman at 20 years old. But, when I cut soy out of my diet all of the pain and anxiety went away. I have only had a couple attacks in 18 months and I haven’t woken up a single day where I felt like I couldn’t move. But, I don’t believe this is all a miracle, I believe it is science. My nutritionist explained that soy is a genetically modified plant that is used as a “filler” for essential nutrients in pretty much all processed, or “junk”, foods. And soy can have very interesting effects on estrogen levels in both men and women. Too much estrogen in a woman’s body can make her emotionally unstable, which she believes caused my anxiety to be far worse than it otherwise should have been. Moreover, eating foods that you’re intolerant to can cause your body to respond in all types of ways. Your antibodies, which I like to think of as the army men in your body, fight off disease and illness and when you eat intolerant foods they have to fight what you’re eating instead of everything else. So, when you cut out those intolerances in your diet, the antibodies can fight everything else. Hence why the rash, the stomach/intestinal pain and the fatigue all went away when I cut soy out.

But I was on a journey of more than just feeling normal, I wanted to be healthy. Truly healthy. I read a study that antibiotics were causing food allergies in people of all ages. And so, for the past year, every time I have felt sick, I have holistically healed it. And after healing many sore throats, many headaches, many stomach aches, and even mild insomnia, I believe that it is possible to heal anything. So, I’m starting this new category of my blog to share more than just recipes. Of course, I’m not a doctor, but if you have the same philosophy about holistic healing and choose not to flee to the doctor every time you have a cough, these home remedies are worth a shot.

Thank you everyone for following me along my healthy journey, I hope my recipes have helped you. And don’t worry, as long as you’re following, I will continue cooking.

XO,
Cassie