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Summer Recipe: Cantaloupe Ginger Recipe

What defines Summer better then the plethora of fruit available, specifically melons are hard to walk past in the grocery store without grabbing one on your way out. I love to use melons for everything from salads to smoothies and I recently ran across a recipe for popsicles on Terra’s Kitchen that will bring your  melon experience to the next level.  I made some adjustments that better suit our families lifestyle.

Made at home Popsicles are a great summer snack for children where You have total control over the ingredients.  No matter how healthy and “organic” that store bought ice cream is, nothing beats home made. At home, easy recipes are a life saver that everyone will enjoy.  And don’t fret mama bear, you can indulge along with your little tots without sacrificing your figure!

What you need:

3 slices of fresh ginger
3 tablespoons of Agave (per preference)
1 ripe cantaloupe
Sliced strawberries (optional)
Popsicle forms and popsicle sticks

What to do:

In a small sauce pan, bring the agave and 1/2 cup water over medium heat to a boil. Remove from heat and drop in ginger. Set aside until cooled. (Remove ginger when ready to use!)
Slice cantaloupe in half and scoop out seeds. Spoon cantaloupe flesh into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Add just enough of the cooled ginger syrup to sweeten as desired. Save the remaining syrup for another use.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight. For a variation, push a few sliced strawberries down into the popsicle molds before freezing

 

 

Fasting, Detoxing, or Cleansing?

We went to the expert, Dr. Jeanne Wilson for some advice on some of the biggest Dieting crazes at the moment.  Fasting, juicing and detoxing have been used interchangeably at times but they are not the same. Have you ever really wondered what each one is all about? There are key distinctions between the three and Dr. Jeanne Wilson breaks down the differences, which are important to know and understand before you consider any of these programs.

To start, fasting and detoxifying are both ancient while juicing is the “new kid in town” so to speak! They all have their place but must be used intelligently and carefully.

FASTING

Fasting is abstaining from food for 12 hours or more.  It’s a very old practice often used for religious (still used today by Catholic, Jewish and Islamic religions) and spiritual (visions, walk-abouts and such) purposes for thousands of years.  Today there are fasting diets for weight loss (be very careful with these), resetting the digestive system, and fasting prior to surgeries or medical testing.

DETOXIFYING

This is to get rid of excessive levels of body toxins.  It usually is an elimination diet, alone with herbals or supplements perhaps or a juice cleanse, or a series of enemas.  This is also a very ancient practice used by Hindus, Egyptians, Greeks, for “purification” of the body.  They usually used select herbals to detox. Our East West Essentials Optimal Cleanse is an example of a whole-body detox program.

JUICING

Juicing is pretty self-explanatory, right? In this practice you consume the juice of fruits or vegetables only, generally for a period of several days.  This is probably okay for a few days only but beware of potential side effects! Juicing is very popular right now but it is not for everyone. Proceed with caution and consult a doctor or nutritionist before moving forward with a juicing regimen.

Potential problems with juicing may include gastric upset, spiked blood sugar (especially if it is a fruit-based juicing, which is  definitely not for diabetics) and an excess of vitamin A and or K.

MY FAVORITE!

I like to fast 1 day a week if I can to reset my digestion (especially if I’ve been traveling or hanging out in strange territory) and my favorite, favorite is DETOXIFYING – sans the enema!  I get “whole foods,” good quality protein and I feel strong, alert and ready to go when I am done.  Of course that is just me and my personal preferences, you may like to try any of the above. Just remember to go slow, pay attention to your body and mind’s reactions, and be sure you are drinking one half of your body weight in water ounces daily! Also, it is a  good to check in with your doctor if you have any serious health conditions before you jump in to anything serious – like a fasting, week-long vision quest in the desert!

Enjoy! -Dr. Jeanne Wilson