I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with this pear porridge. It’s getting a little colder and that might mean getting out of bed is a little harder, but if you’re looking for some motivation to begin your day, a warm bowl of this porridge is the perfect recipe to get your day off to the best start ever.
• 1 tablespoon honey • 1 teaspoon white miso paste (or to taste) • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter • 2 ripe pears, halved and cored • 1 cup rolled oats • 2 teaspoons chia seeds • 2 cups milk of your choice • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • Pinch of salt
1 In a warm pan, combine honey, miso, and butter to make caramel. 2 Place pears in caramel and cook for 10 minutes on medium-low until pears soften. 3 Add porridge ingredients to a separate pan and simmer gently, stirring frequently, until desired consistency. 4 Serve together and garnish with yogurt, pumpkin seeds, or toppings of your choice.
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The way we eat has changed the planet. In this simple idea, which few of us consider when we go to the grocery store, lies immense hope for the future—if we pay attention. On the medical front a large number of people accept the notion, once thought of as a fringe belief, that “you are what you eat.” The decisions you make today about what you eat will have a huge impact in your future health. Food plays a decisive factor in modern lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and all the damaging side effects related to the epidemic of obesity in this country.
The next step in our growing awareness expands on the same idea. The next bite you take adds to the health of planet Earth or pushes it a tiny step toward deterioration. Unconscious eating is bad for the environment. Conscious eating puts the planet on the road to renewal and wellness.
We can heal the environment by thinking from the ground up, quite literally. The health of soils around the world is essential to keeping the entire planet in balance. This truth has dawned with the rise of the word “microbiome,” which is gaining wide circulation. The microbiome is comprised of the genetic material of all microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses) in a specific place, such as the human gut, in the soil, in water, or on the skin. Each local microbiome is intricately connected to other microbiomes, thereby linking all living organisms together.
You are grounded. We all heard that before. What does it mean to us as of right now? Almost all of us are grounded: children, adults and elderly. How to use this incredible situation to our advantage? How to benefit from being grounded? How to improve our communities, families, work environments by being grounded? One way to do this is by promoting self-discovery, self-recognition and self-love. Accept this incredible living situation by feeling blessed and supported by Mother Nature and God.
Every person has time to meditate, to contemplate, and to conduct self-discovery. I know those are big words. Let’s find something small to think about in the mist of it. Let’s think about how we eat, especially when we are single. I’m sure a lot of single people are watching news or something and eat at the same time to stimulate their senses. There is nobody to talk to; it is hard to focus on food. This is how bad it is right now in the world. People have hard time focusing on themselves. They need somebody to distract them or they will become depressed and overeat every time. They do not like what’s happening outside. They cannot except it.
For example, there are some news coming out of post-quarantined China displaying the high divorce rates. We do not want to see these patterns in US or in any other country. Divorces are very expensive and overrated. In most cases when people get married they believe in forever together. We have to believe in that and work hard on our marriages. Only time will tell if a marriage is successful. There are ups and downs in life and in marriages.
Let’s go back to the improving our eating routine. Turn off all your devices that are making noises and voices. Before you start eating take a close look at your plate; admire your plate. Smell the beautiful food. Chew slowly. Use your senses to smell and enjoy the food. Eat normal portions to let the food digest properly. Leave the table a little bit hungry. Look at your children this is what they do subconsciously. Children usually do not overeat, they leave the table early. Learn from them how to eat normal portions. Breath, seep your favorite hot tea after an amazing meal.