Welcome to Meatless Mondays Australia!
In a fast-paced world, it is easy to overwork yourself, take on too many commitments, and extend yourself to the point of exhaustion. This energy imbalance weakens the immune system. So this week we show you an easy to perform Marma Point Massage to strengthen your immune system, and give you a simple meat-free recipe using the nutritional powerhouse cauliflower and combine it with turmeric – a special spice that is one of nature’s most powerful healers. And for those of you wanting to travel to beat the winter blues, we have some great green holiday tips that are good for you and good for the planet. Just like going meatless one day a week is good for you and good for the planet!
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Food of the Week
Cauliflower is a nutritional powerhouse that deserves a gold medal. Full of vitamins and antioxidants, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage, also contain compounds that are believed to prevent a variety of cancers.
- High levels of Vitamin C and Vitamin K
- Manganese and potassium
- Vitamins B5 and B6
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Dietary fibre
- Sulforaphane, an anti-cancer compound
Cauliflower has been shown to:
- Reduce the risk of cancers such as breast, colon, bladder and lung cancers
- Assist to prevent and stop the spread of prostate cancer when combined with turmeric
- Protect against heart disease
- Promote liver detoxification
- Boost the immune system
Raw, lightly steamed, stir-fried, roasted or sautéed, cauliflower can be made into a variety of delicious meals that please the taste buds while promoting vibrant health. When purchasing, look for firm cauliflower with compact, white florets and crisp green leaves.
And don’t forget to look for the locally grown product so you don’t add to your carbon footprint. If your greengrocer or supermarket doesn’t stock locally grown produce, please encourage them to do so.
Recipe of the Week
Dr. VB’s ‘Aloo Mutter Gobi': Cauliflower, Peas and Potato Supreme Indian Style
1/2 cauliflower cut into florets
2 potatoes diced
1 bowl peas
1 small onion diced
1 teaspoon ginger cut fine
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
Heat the olive oil in the pan. Add the cumin seeds and roast for a few seconds.
Add the ginger and onions and cook until golden brown.
Place the cauliflower florets and potatoes in the pan and cook covered until tender.
Toss through the peas and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Place in a serving dish and serve with plain rice or roti (indian bread).
Marma Point Massage
We can only withstand a certain amount of stress and toxicity in our bodies before our immune system reacts and we fall ill. This winter try an easy to perform Marma Point Massage that will help to boost your immune system. Marma Massage stems from Ayurveda, the ancient healing system of India. Marmas literally mean hidden or secret, and are certain points in a person’s body that relate to energy centres. These points are the junction of five organic principles – ligaments, vessels, muscles, bones and joints – with four types of vessels – nerves, lymph, arteries and veins. By making gentle circular movements on these points with your forefinger or thumb, toxins can be released and eliminated by the body and many ailments can be healed.
Marma Point Massage for the Immune System
With your index finger and thumb, gently press the hand marma point 3 times.
This marma point is beneficial for relieving tension, removing any energy blockage and preventing coughs and runny noses.
With your index finger and thumb, press firmly into the forearm marma point 3 times. This is a muscle marma so firmer pressure is required. This marma point relieves immune system weaknesses, fevers, chills, and headaches.
Repeat the process on the other arm. For optimal results, perform this process three times a day – morning, midday and evening. End the routine with a large glass of water to flush out all the toxins being released by the massage.
We all love holidays. Escaping the traffic and crowds of our cities and heading for a new environment, taking in all nature has to offer. Relaxing on a pristine beach, feeling the sun energise us, or taking a walk in the bush and letting the green of nature fill our senses, releasing all our stresses and anxiety.
Sounds good doesn’t it? So are you ready for this? It’s a sad fact that environmentally, the best thing we can all do is stay home. Wherever we choose to go on our holiday, and regardless of how we get there, we will have an impact on the environment. But there are things you can do to make sure your next holiday does minimal damage. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Try to avoid air travel wherever possible. One of the greatest contributors to greenhouse pollution is air travel. So try to stay local, or consider an Australian holiday and support our local tourist industry
2. If you must fly:
(i) Offset your travel with carbon credits, i.e. investments in tree planting or another renewable energy initiative. You can calculate the carbon cost of your flight at https://climatefriendly.com/flight
(ii) Pee before you get on board. That will mean less water used during the flight and less waste at the end
3. Unplug and turn off the power on as many appliances in your empty home as possible
4. Pack light. Even when you travel by car extra weight reduces fuel economy
5. Look for eco accommodation
6. Once at your destination:
(i) Keep air conditioning and heating off wherever possible
(ii) Limit your car use
(iii) If you are staying at a hotel, hang your towels so you don’t get fresh towels daily
7. If you must rent a car, choose an economy or hybrid vehicle. This will also save you money on fuel costs
8. Don’t buy non-green souvenirs or items made of non-sustainable materials
9. Don’t cause any damage to the environment
10. Finally, and most importantly, don’t forget to go meatless on your holiday Mondays!
By being conscious and making some simple changes while on holiday you can minimise your impact on the environment you are there to enjoy. You can have a guilt-free and pleasant time while knowing that you’re leaving the place intact for others to also enjoy. Don’t risk destroying the very thing you love!