I got a craving for something sweet and warm on a recent cold, rainy evening. Thus, the stewed apples and pears were born. Imagine, its drizzling rain and just beginning to move from dusk to darkness in the forty degree weather. It is chilling to the bone and I am attempting to warm myself up with some tea in a coffee shop by union square. As I go through piles of short narrative stories as a homework assignment, I stumble upon one particular story that contains a mouth-watering description of a childhood comfort food: stewed pears. The account described the sweet aromas of fruit sugars mixed with cinnamon wafting through rooms and then goes on to describe the warm, soft texture of the fruits, stewed in their own thick syrup. I had to get my hands on some of those pears! I stopped at a market on my way home from the coffee shop to gather the necessary ingredients. By the end of the night I was cozy in bed, savoring this warm winter dessert.
- Sliced Apples
- Sliced Pears
Part of my eat healthy get healthy quest is juicing!! This summer I bought a juicer and for about three weeks (Before the “faulty” machine broke, I am currently being sent a new one.) I was having all sorts of juices in place of breakfast and snacks. I swear it is a miracle worker. During that time I not only didn’t need coffee or caffeine to get me through the day but I didnt even want it! I always felt satisfied, never hungry or with cravings, and I could literally feel my body getting healthier. I read a whole book on juicing and its health benefits, I am just so hooked! It is tasty and I can experiment with all sorts of combinations. So far my favorites are a combo of apples-carrots-celery-kale-pears and then celery cucumber-parsely-orange. They’re great because the juices pack so many nutrients into one glass. I can’t wait until my new breville juicer arrives!!
The other component of this is that I have had an idiopathic (doctors dont know how I got it or how to make it go away) kidney condition for the last few years. I take daily medications and always have to go to doctors for various testing to monitor my progress. that is, non existent progress. My condition has been pretty stable these last few years, only declining slightly. HOWEVER, I happened to get my kidney tests done before I came back to school and they were significantly better than those done at the beginning of the summer! I’m convinced that this is due to my new eating habits and I’m now on a mission to rid myself of my troubles sans doctors! When you think about it…what do they really know anyways? That is a stupid statement, but think about this: patients walk into hospitals everyday with ailments and doctors prescribe them drugs and chemicals and surgeries to make them go away. But think about the human composition…how did we become the solid masses that we are? From eating. Food is our nourishment, we literally are what we eat. So wouldn’t it make sense that we would get sick from putting junk, chemicals and hormones into our bodies? Is it not strange that doctors rarely ask patients about their diet and instead give more drugs and chemicals to an already antibiotic laden body? Is it not even weirder that less than 6% of doctors are even trained in nutrition in the first place? I think it is.