The Medicinal Cooking Collective Week 5: Millet Porrige To Balance Water Element

in medicinal-cooking •  3 months ago

Today's breakfast recipe is a Millet Porridge!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of millet finger flour
  • 1cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of raw coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
  • Salt and pepper
  • Handful of blueberries
  • Handful of dates
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Teaspoon of maple syrup

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In The Making

  1. In a saucepan place millet, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, salt and pepper and mix.
  2. Add water, bring it to boil then let it simmer and keep stirring until cooked.
  3. Add the two tablespoons of coconut oil.

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  • In iron cast pan, cook sliced banana in salt and maple.

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  • Add the blueberries and cook until soft.

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  • Top the porridge with the cooked fruit.

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A little more about Water element...

Kidneys are yin, the feminine energy.. This means they are constantly functioning on a subtle level, without us being aware of it. They are the organs responsible for processing the water in our body, where nutrients are absorbed and the waste is flushed out to the bladder.
The kidneys hold the vital essence of the whole body that we get from our parents, and the emotions associated with them is fear, if someone is anxious, worried or fearful it is a strong indication that the water element is out of balance.

Chinese medicine affirms that all disease is internally generated. What creates internal imbalances is toxic emotions or toxic thinking. It is believed that QI, life force, follows thoughts. Emotions propel our thoughts, so intense emotions make thoughts really powerful. Qi is the bridge between thought and emotion. Physically, if our thoughts or feelings prevents Qi from flowing where it has to go, the organs' functions become weak.

In our very busy modern lives, it can be hard to bring full awareness daily, so sometimes most of us have no idea what is happening within and a very good way to start developing the averseness is to connect to your pulse. Checking our pulse is a very effective and quick way to become aware of how balanced our elements are.

  • Superficial / floating pulse: Is where you can feel metal imbalances.
  • Middle pulse: Is where you can feel earth imbalances
  • Deep pulse: Is where you can feel water imbalances.

From my own experience, I totally agree with this holistic view point. It is very important to become one within yourself to prevent ailments and disease. Realising stress, tension and conflict is a must to bring water element to balance. Try these methods:

  • Self scanning your body daily by bringing awareness to each part of the body, is a great exercise to become aware of where in the body tension and emotion is held.
  • Acknowledging what thoughts and emotions are predominant, through journaling, meditation, yoga.
  • Self massage to realise tension, toxins, emotions from deep tissue. It is very grounding practice.
  • Appropriate physical movement to your body type and constitution. Such as yoga or tai chi, swimming, etc.
Revealing the root of the imbalance is the first step to a cure, and diet plays a huge role. A clear, calm, still mind is the ultimate step where Qi is able to flow without restraints through your whole body. Food is medicine, and the still mind keeps the body optimally functioning and in balance!

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(All photos taken by me)

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@eco-alex Initiated this beautiful challange , where food is cooked taking into account its medicinal properties to enhance metal meridian/organ. Please click the link bellow if you want to check the page and participate.

https://busy.org/@eco-alex/the-medicinal-cooking-collective-week-5-finale-guidelines-cooking-for-the-kidney-bladder-the-water-element

Thank you all for your time... Lots of blessings love and light!
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Great post, I find your short review of how the Chinese medicine sees the connection of our emotions and thoughts to health conditions very interesting. Well, I heard it before many times but sometimes it just resonates more with your understanding of the body. 😉

I definitely like your idea to use self massage to align more deeply with your bodily sensations. Thanks for the inspiration! 💚

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Wow those words coming from you... Means a lot to me... I admire so much your work and lifestyle... I am so happy that inspired you!
Self massage is amazing, I have been doing it on the daily basis to help me ground and connect to my body! I highly recommend is so nourishing with coconut, sesame, hemp, almond, etc. Thank you @rawdventures for visiting and support, I so much appreciate ♥♥♥ lots of love

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Thank you so much for your kind words 💚 I have always some coconut oil at hand, so perfectly prepared for a soothing self massage today ☺️

My pleasure, I am curious about all your inspiring posts to come. Your "Steemit Iron Chef" creations always look amazing, by the way!

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So kind words and support @rawadventuress! I so much appreciate.. Your post have been inspiring me since I first found you here.. Would love to be more active and give more support to all beautiful souls and posts that inspire me and also contributing for a better world, but with all the travelling at the time being makes it harder to be online... I will check your blog while online right now... Lots of love♥♥♥

I love the arrangement and colors in your photos babes. You’re on a roll =)

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You are so kind my love... what would be this post without your support and patience.. Thank you for be part of my journey.. Is a blessing♥♥♥

A dish that looks absolutely healthy and delicious, but just as satisfying is your gentle encouragement to connect with our own bodies. It is so true that a calm mind really is so key to wellness. In this day and age it has become even more important because we spend so much time outside of our own bodies in the hustle and bustle of daily life, or are completely distracted by technology. Thank you for the reminder of just how important it is to take that time out for self care!!

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Thank you so much @plantstoplanks for passing by and leaving your support... I have to remind myself constantly to come back to my body and be present with the moment in most of the basics daily.. Is so hard... so easy to get absorbed on the externals... lots of light and love♥♥♥

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Always happy to stop by and see the beauty you are sharing! 🤗

such a beautiful post and recipe! your photos are stunning! thanks for adding to this collective!

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Thank you so much @eco-alex for your time to check this post. I am really happy to find you and some of your fans who resonate with, ables me to support great bloggers, posts, contribute for a better future. Love light and blessings

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