Why Cooking Has Become a Lost Art

Today’s on-the-go culture is fueling the popularity of prepared meals, round-the-clock snacking

What are people eating? Increasingly, food that doesn’t involve a lot of cooking.

One of the biggest changes that has rippled across the food industry is a loss of cooking skills, says food historian Andrew F. Smith. This is despite the popularity of cooking shows and Instagram food photos. “Grocery shopping now is buying prepared food,” he says.

The trend is true across age groups, but is strongest among millennials, the essence of the article is that grocery shopping involves buying prepared meals. What are your thoughts? Do you still cook or buy prepared meals?

I believe cooking is a DELICIOUS way to express ourselves ….Healthier too as know and control ingredients. 

An Ancient Drink

5,000 YEAR-OLD-BEER

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Beer is pretty damn old – a quick Google search “when was beer invented?” tells me the earliest evidence of beer is in a 3,900-year-old Sumerian poem honoring Ninkasi, the patron goddess of brewing, and the oldest surviving beer recipe. But a few months ago, a research team from Stanford University one-upped Wikipedia and discovered a 5,000-year-old recipe in Shaanxi province in northwest China.

They found the recipe on ancient brewing artifacts during a project that began in 2006 with the Shaanxi Institute of Archaeology, ultimately identifying a 5,000-year-old brewery at the Mijiaya site. A yellow residue inside jars prompted further analysis, which revealed to be traces of barley, millet, yam, root vegetables and grain. Prior to these findings, experts had believed barley wasn’t introduced to the region until 1,000 years later. Used to make man’s first beer, the drink was most likely imbibed during rituals celebrating birth, marriage or death.

This boozy new discovery inspired two Beijing brewers, Alex Acker and Kristian Li of Jing A, to collaborate with a Hong Kong brewery, Moonzen, and recreate the beer. The two took a trip to the rural Shaanxi province to find ingredients that would be as similar as possible to the originals, including wild yeast from a hunjiu brewer. They used their modern brewing equipment in Beijing, and kicked up the flavor with honey and hawthorn berry – not present in the original recipe, but ingredients that would have been available at the beer’s origin.

Acker compared it to a Berliner Weiss, a kettle-soured light style of German beer. “I almost consider this a Neolithic Berliner Weiss.” He also says it has a “sour barnyard” flavor, but in a good way. “It’s an un-hopped beer and a unique recipe that we wanted to stay true to. Without the hops in there and with these other unusual ingredients, you get a starchy, grainy flavor and aroma with a bit of sourness.”

Jamie Fullerton of Munchies got to have a taste, and declares the beer “exceptionally dry, but refreshing – decent for summer sipping.”

If you happen to be in Beijing, you can sip on this ancient-inspired beer with a burger and some classic rock.

You will never win the race of running away from yourself. It doesn’t matter how busy you make your LIFE, or where you go ……its always right behind YOU!

Blueberry-Lemon Chia Pudding

YUMMLY

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Ingredients

1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cups chia seeds
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 cups blueberries
1 lemon (2 tbsp lemon juice + 1 tsp lemon zest)

Directions

1-Zest and juice the lemon, as needed.
2-Add the coconut milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, and lemon juice to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk until well-combined.
3-Pick out 4 small ramekins or serving glasses. Drop half of the blueberries into the bottom of the ramekins.
4-Pour the chia-lemon mixture on top of the blueberries.
5-Top each pudding cup with the remaining blueberries and lemon zest. Refrigerate until serving.

 

Energy Healing

What Everyone Should Know About Energy Healing

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I attended talk therapy for most of my adult life, and though it helped me identify where I needed to heal, it didn’t necessarily show me how to do so. It wasn’t until I started going to an energy healer that my true internal transformation occurred. Working with this energy healer ignited a spark within me and ultimately inspired me to become a practitioner myself.

As an energy healer, I’m often met with curiosity, fascination, and a bit of skepticism when I tell people what I do for a living.

Energy healing is a holistic practice that activates the body’s subtle energy systems to remove blocks. By breaking through these energetic blocks, the body’s inherent ability to heal itself is stimulated.

That definition is a lot to process, so here are five facts that can clear up any confusion or misconceptions you may still have about energy healing.

1. Cultures have studied the body’s energy centers for thousands of years.

Reiki is the Japanese tradition of energy healing, and it dates back to the early 20th century. Chakras, the seven energy transmission centers of the body, are described in ancient Hindu texts. Meridians, the energy superhighways of the body, are the road maps on which traditional Chinese medicine practitioners based acupuncture.

Although various ancient cultures used different modalities to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal, they all saw internal energy as a powerful force of good.

2. Energy healing is based on scientific principles.

We all learned in high school physics class that matter is made up of molecules. Even something that is solid, such as a table, is vibrating all the time. As humans, we, too, are vibrating.

When you say someone has “good vibes,” you are really talking about that person’s vibrational energy — happy people vibrate on a higher frequency. You can feel their effervescence!

Places have vibes too. When you walk into a room in which a fight has just occurred, you may feel a dense energy that makes you want to leave right away. The beach has a light vibe due to the salt (a natural energy cleanser) and moving air. The air at the beach vibrates at a higher frequency as well.

As an energy healer, I’m often met with curiosity, fascination, and a bit of skepticism when I tell people what I do for a living

3. You don’t have to be spiritual to benefit from energy healing.

Just like you don’t need to understand the law of gravity before you can fall down, you don’t need to completely grasp the concept of energy healing before you dive into the practice. I would recommend going in with an open mind for maximum benefit.

Any time is a good time to visit an energy healer. If you are stressed, anxious, or physically drained, an energy healing session can help you relax and feel more balanced. And if you’re already feeling good, it’s always possible to feel a little better! It’s important to note that energy healing is a complementary modality that shouldn’t exclude any Western medicine you may be taking.

4. Energy healing is totally accessible.

There are many different types of energy healers, and you can find them practically everywhere.

There are Reiki practitioners all over the world, and the beauty of Reiki healing is that it can be given and received even if the client and practitioner aren’t in the same room. Why? Because the power of intention causes energy to flow to where it’s most needed.

Acupuncture practitioners are also very accessible, though the clientsdo need to be in the physical presence of the needles. This modality stimulates the flow of chi to rebalance the body.

Reflexology is another modality that frees up blocked energy and promotes healing by stimulating the meridians, organs, and systems through points on the feet, hands, and ears.

Even massage is an energy healing practice, for it releases tension in the muscles, encourages the flow of lymph, and allows for deep relaxation.

Get a referral for a reputable practitioner if you are new to these practices — inquire at a yoga studio or ask a friend who’s into alternative healing. Starting with a brief 30-minute Reiki session can give you a taste of how powerful energy healing can be.

Energy healing is a complimentary modality that shouldn’t exclude any Western medicine you may be taking.

5. You can maintain your energetic health at home.

Just as you shower and brush your teeth every day, energetic cleansing is also a daily commitment. Once you visit with an energy healer, keep the good vibes flowing by taking a bath in Epsom or pink Himalayan salts for 20 minutes whenever you start to feel the heaviness creeping back into your body. Smudging, or burning sage around you, also clears negativity from your aura. High-vibe crystals have their own healing properties and can help give your energy field a boost.

All you need to begin your energy healing journey is curiosity and a willingness to learn. Who knows? You might just get hooked!

Have you tried energy healing? What are your thoughts?