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Cherry-Chia Smoothie to the Muscle Rescue


Hi there healthy people! First I would like to take a moment and just spread some healing energy out there to everyone in the world who is suffering on all sides of borders and divides.


Muscle Soreness. I have got it. I can officially declare that at about 3 months since starting Cross Fit,  I officially am in it. I have added this intense – muscle – making body defying form of fitness to my routine. While I have not given up my beloved weekly barre class; I was definitely too sore from CrossFit to attend my regular Wednesday Centerpeace class!

What to eat when you are feeling very sore? Last year I created an online data base called FOODSCOOP for myself to use and share with clients, friends or whoever needed a resource to specifically check out which foods they may use for specific health needs they are having. This post is based on the food recommended from that site:).


Muscle Soreness:

Tart Cherries: Anthocyanins: the properties that give cherry their bright red color are credited with soothing sore muscles, alleviating pain and helping repair those inflamed muscles – they also provide melatonin and can aide soothing into bedtime.

Ginger: I always ask for extra ginger when eating sushi! Not only do the gingerols soothe an upset stomach and nausea, but daily consumption of ginger helps with chronic muscle pain and has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years for this purpose!

Eggs/Lean Protein: It goes without saying that you must eat protein to repair your muscles. The concept is quite simple. Protein has 1 function in our body. It builds and repairs things. It is the brick, mortar and the glue of our body!

Turmeric: the gold star of anti-inflammatory healers. See here for a detailed article on turmeric. It is an anti-inflammatory spice proven to reduce chronic inflammation when added regularly to the diet.


Cherry Chocolate Chia SmoothieCherry-Berry-Ginger-Smoothie-612x300

  1. ½ cup of frozen Cherries ( the season is short, buy frozen)
  2. ½ a banana
  3. 2 Tbsp of Chia seeds
  4. Ginger  (it gets rotten fast. so refrigerate and buy small quantities )
  5. Raw cacao
  6. ½ cup of Frozen Spinach
  7. Water and a splash of unsweetened Almond Milk

Enjoy and sending you health, healing and happiness during this holiday season and throughout..

Turmeric Scoop

A few weeks ago I posted about  Maya Kaimal Simmer sauce. This simmer sauce is curry based, and curry is derived from the Turmeric Root. Think about how foods affect the way you feel immediately after eating and the very next day. When you are eating the right foods it can energize your spirit and heal you, the wrong foods and your cranky, bloated and not feeling so great. Here’s a little encouraging turmeric story! This morning I called my mom on the phone to check in and see what she was up to. Our regular chit-chat of the morning took a very uplifting turn. Let me background this story by stating that my mom is pretty on top of her health and definitely errs on the side of “conscience food curious”.  In recent years she has definitely become a bit of a foodie curious health researcher. ( Hmm, wonder where I get my passionate interest from..) “Diana, it’s a miracle!”she tells me.  My mom developed some arthritis in the past few years and the inflammatory effects have been pretty painful for her in the mornings when she wakes up. About six weeks ago she started taking high quality turmeric pills that were suggested to her by her physician.( A particularly forward thinking doctor who adds functional medical therapies to her practice) One day last week she woke up with no pain at all which she shared with me today! Mom went from severe stiffness to a dramatically manageable level of pain. She believes it’s the turmeric that made the difference, with no medicine at all. Now, whether it’s the turmeric pills or not, doesn’t matter, because BELIEF is the power of success! So, YAY for recovering and feeling good! Take charge of your health and wellness and share the message to all your loved ones out there!

Science Scoop: Turmeric is scientifically proven to decrease inflammation in the body. Inflammation is proven to be the source of a litany of ailments. Mom has taken up Restorative Yoga and learned some card games the past few months as well. This is bringing health into her life on a deeply nutritional level by relieving stress and adding to her healing. Yoga (or any meditative practice ) is proven to lower cortisol levels. Cortisol levels control inflammation, and inflammation flares up your body and causes illness. So add some mindful meditative healing to your life and chill out those stress levels!

Give things a chance, give it time, it may take a few months to see results, but nothing easy comes fast.

Cultural Scoop: Curry is consumed in India in Herculean quantities, maybe there is something to their astoundingly low Alzheimer rates? What do you think?

Curcumin / Turmeric  Food Scoop:

1. Add it to your guacamole EVERYTIME! It tastes delicious!

2. Eggs

3. Salad Dressing

4. Chicken Salad: Greek Yogurt, Curcumin , Scallions, Apple Cider vinaigrette, Raisins or Figs: There you have the most delicious curry chicken salad!

Moms high quality Tumeric Pills:


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