“If you don’t take care of this the most magnificent machine that you will ever be given…where are you going to live?” Karyn Calabrese
During the festive periods people often eat too much food and drink too much alcohol. These intakes act as diuretic substances, that make one’s biological needs and urges more regular, the process resulting in dehydration of the body the next day. Dehydration causes headache, dizziness and craving of salt foods because the body desperately tries to keep the water in. Salty foods are usually wrapped up in fatty foods. As the over-consumed food and alcohol can cause gastritis, the inflammation of the stomach lining with strong pain under the ribs, it can make one feel pretty unwell. Fatty foods line the stomach, which lessens that acidic feeling.
The key to the healing process is eating simple foods containing ingredients that are easy for the body to digest. Alcohol flushes vitamins from the body, so one needs to indulge in fruits and vegetables, helping the body rebound and restore the flora in the stomach. It is important to balance the levels of probiotics, it will aid in the digestion and metabolism of previously consumed foods and alcohol. Simple biscuits eaten with youghurt, fresh fruit or vegetables taste great and each spoonful will aid the body along the road to recovery.
“Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.” Sebastian Pole
Caraway/poppy/sesame seed to decorate
500 g flour
250 g butter
2 tsp salt
20 ml soured cream/youghurt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250 g reduced fat content cheese, grated (optional)
Mix flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt in a large bowl, and rub in butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Mix all other ingredients in a separate bowl, and when well combined add to flour mix to achieve a smooth, even dough. Rest for 30 minutes in the fridge, overnight if possible. Roll to about 1 cm thickness and cut with small cutters. Place on lined baking tray, apply eggwash and scatter cheese and/or seeds on the top. Bake in 180 degrees C preheated oven until golden brown. These salty cracker-like bites keep for a long period.
“Food can be a poison or a cure. Why would you choose to ingest toxins when you could be taking the world’s best detox medicine.” Woodson Merrell