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"Eat Your Broccoli!"

Posted May 20 2009 12:00am
This past weekend, I had the privilege to attend a class at Institute of Integrative Nutrition where Dr. Andrew Weil was speaking to all of us students. He is a founder and guru of alternative medicine, as well as an established Natural Doctor and author of many books on healing and holistic health. He has been speaking into holistic health medicine for decades and his wisdom is much needed in a divided and crumbling health care system. More importantly he speaks into how people are suffering with health ailments that drugs and technology are not presently healing; he has seen success in true health and healing with food, holistic health and alternative medicine that can really bring hope into this broken system. What can I say, listening to his was inspiring and motivating. So, I wanted to share a few thoughts and a recipe in regards to healing. Dr. Weil wrote a book called, "Spontaneous Healing" which speaks on how the body will heal itself if given the right components to help restart the healing process. There is hope for healing when we can get to the basics of what is causing the sickness and give our body's the space and nourishment it needs to heal itself.

In his book, "8-Weeks to Optimum Health", he introduces many techniques to start the healing process. One of them being in the first week of the program to add broccoli to your diet at least one time a week at this point in the program. I have talked before on the huge anti-cancer benefits to the cruciferous family of vegetables and Dr. Weil says that broccoli is most effective in this family. He recommends eating it lightly steamed or boiled and then lightly tossed in a few flavors. So many time people hate broccoli because they had bad experiences with eating over-cooked, smelling and mushy broccoli , but in reality it can be a very pleasurable taste and experience adding it in your diet. One of the most important components in the vegetable is its level of sulphoraphane which is a protective agent that nourishes the cells in such a way to protect against harmful cells and disease development. After reading that part of his book I had to go out and buy some fresh organic broccoli to cook for dinner. So I followed the simplest and tasty way to cook broccoli that Dr. Weil recommends on page 53 in "8-Weeks to Optimum Health" and pictured above
1 large bunch broccoli
1 TB. of extra virgin olive oil
sea salt to taste
several cloves of chopped garlic
red-pepper flakes to taste

1. Trim the bottoms of the broccoli stalks and discard. Cut the main stem of eat stalk, peal it to the fibrous layer and cut into edible chunks. Separate the head of the broccoli into bite-sized pieces and peel a bit of the skin from the small stems to make them more tender.

2. Wash the broccoli in cold water, drain it and place in a pot with 1/4 cold water, the olive oil, salt to taste and the garlic. Add a pinch or more of the hot red-pepper flakes if you want some spice.

3. Bring to boil, cover tightly and let steam until the broccoli is bright green and very crunchy-tender, no more than 5 minutes. Remover with a slotted spoon and serve at once. You could also add the broccoli (with remaining liquid) to cooked pasta.

If Dr. Weil recommends eating more broccoli in your diet, then I am going to try it as much as possible. So, I thought I would share that easy recipe and info with you to help you on your road to feeling better everyday with spontaneous healing. I recommend reading any or all of Dr. Weil's book because you will learn alot more than just what to eat to help healing and feeling better.
Much love to you today!
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