Chicken & Quinoa Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup

Prep time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 30-40 min

Ingredients
2 cups organic quinoa & rice noodles (available at The Source)
1 large carrot, thinly sliced
2 organic chicken breasts, chopped into small pieces
1 small stalk celery, thinly sliced
10 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 medium brown onion, thinly sliced
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 small head of broccoli, chopped (with florets in tact).
2 heads of pak choi, chopped
5 handfuls baby spinach
1-2 litres boiling water
Extra virgin olive oil
Paprika
Coriander seeds
Salt
Pepper
Tamari
1 vegetable stock cube
Sesame oil and a piece of lemon to taste

Method
Heat two tablespoons of olive oil and add onion to brown for for 3-5 minutes.
After onion is browned, add garlic and spices and stir for 30 seconds.
Add 500ml boiling water, and add in spices and stock cube and stir.
Stir in mushrooms, carrot, celery and pak choi and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add another 500ml of boiling water and add pasta and chicken and leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes (until pasta and chicken are cooked).
Once pasta and chicken are cooked, add broccoli and a dash of tamari sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes (or until broccoli is tender).
Stir in baby spinach and turn off the stove.
Add sesame oil and lemon to your bowl to taste.

N.B. Use organic vegetables where possible. Recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free. Chicken can be substituted for tempeh.

What is Community Acupuncture?

Community Acupuncture

Community acupuncture is way to experience acupuncture in a safe, group setting at a lower cost than a private session. As with private sessions, patients at Community Acupuncture will be receive an individual consultation and a specific treatment for their condition. Treatments will be for around 40 minutes.

Community acupuncture sessions will be held on alternating Saturdays from 12-3pm at The Yoga Factory in Annandale. There is no need to book, all appointments will be on a walk-in basis.

In China as well as other Asian countries it is quite common for patients to be treated in the same room. Group healing can be quite powerful!

Which conditions does Acupuncture with?

Acupuncture may help with a variety of conditions, some of which include:

• Musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain
• Migraines and headaches
• Stress, anxiety and insomnia
• Digestion and gut health
• Women’s health issues (period pain, endometriosis, PCOS)
• Men’s health issues
• Generalised pain syndromes

What do I wear?

The points selected will mostly be on the hands and feet, so there is no need to disrobe but please wear loose, comfortable clothing (e.g. tracksuit pants).

How much does community acupuncture cost?
• $50 for a standard treatment
• $40 for all concession card holders and/or members of The Yoga Factory.
Currently there are no EFTPOS facilities, unfortunately. The nearest ATM is at IGA on Booth St.

When and where will Community Acupuncture be held?

Community Acupuncture will be held at The Yoga Factory, 1 Booth St (cnr Wigram Rd), Annandale on alternating Saturdays from 1-3pm.

Dates:

• Saturday 25th May: 12-3pm
• Saturday 8th June: 12-3pm
• Saturday 22nd June: 12-3pm

Future sessions will be posted on this website and on Instagram: luminescence_acupuncture

Any questions?

Contact Lucy: lucy@luminescenceacupuncture.com.au

Is being ‘busy’ making you unwell? The subtle art of slowing down.

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“How are you?”
“I’m good, just really busy at the moment.”

How often have you had this conversation? I have definitely been guilty of this.

These days, being busy is almost worn as a badge of honour. It is almost assumed that if you are not ‘busy’, then you aren’t doing much with your life. And yet, being busy doesn’t necessarily correlate with increased efficiency or happiness. Trying to juggle too many social engagements with work, and exercise, family and daily life can create anxiety, because it all becomes overwhelming.

Part of the problem is that we have notifications streaming in on all of our devices constantly and it becomes hard for us to hold a thought for more than a few seconds without interruptions. And because we have our devices on hand, it is an expectation that we reply to a text message or email as soon as we receive it. But this is only an expectation we put on ourselves, we do not have to adhere to this.

Recently I have had some new patients remark after their first session that this is the first time they have laid down to do ‘nothing’, in a very long time. It can be confronting, lying in stillness with nothing to distract us from our thoughts.

That is why meditation is so important. The purpose of meditation is not to clear our mind from thoughts; the purpose is to create an awareness each time a thought enters our mind. Each time a thought enters our consciousness and we notice it, we can let go of it and return to our breath, instead of letting our thoughts spiral out of control.

There are many ways to become more aware and mindful in daily life, in addition to meditation.

Some of my favourite ways to focus in the present moment are:

1) Take a walk around your local neighbourhood, taking the time to stop and smell flowers along the way.
2) Eat your food slowly, tasting each mouthful, and chewing properly. Eat without looking at a device, screen or book, fully submerging yourself in the experience.
3) Slow down your breathing, to ensure you’re breathing deeply from the abdomen. You can do this any time of day, especially if you are at work, it’s great to spend a minute focussing on your breath throughout different points in the day.
4) Walking barefoot on the grass, soil or the sand. This deepens our connection to the earth, and we have a lot of sensory nerve endings at the soles of our feet.
5) Become mindful in the most mundane of tasks. In Eckhardt Tolle’s The Power of Now he discusses being mindful whilst doing the dishes. Be present in feeling the temperature of the water, the feel of the sponge on the dishes.
6) Writing a gratitude journal. Each night open up your journal and write down three great things that happened, and one thing you would like to improve on.
7) Spend time with animals or children. They are always in the present moment!
8) Get outside and surround yourself in nature– the ocean, the forest, the mountains or even just a local park. There is beauty everywhere.
9) Listen to Dr Joe Dispenza’s talks. He speaks a lot about how our thoughts create can either heal us or make us sick.
10) Watch the Ted Talk- 10 mindful minutes.
11) Download the free app Insight Timer to listen to guided meditations.
12) Take a yin yoga class. Yin yoga is very gentle and doesn’t require any previous yoga experience. Periodically I run ‘Yin & Pins’ workshops, which incorporate yoga and acupuncture- stay tuned for more details.

Summer Detox: Green smoothies may not be the answer

Are you feeling a bit sluggish after the Christmas/New Year festivities?

Summer is a wonderful time to connect with friends and family, and enjoy one of the best things in life- eating! But, over-eating rich and sugary foods can leave you feeling a bit heavier, and tired.

Digestion according to Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine, the digestive function is controlled by the spleen* and the stomach. When food enters the gastrointestinal tract, it is processed by the stomach which ‘ripens’ the food and separates the nutrients from the waste. The pure nutrients are sent to the spleen, which continue to process the food into energy or ‘qi’. It is important for the spleen to receive good quality, easily digested foods so that it can convert the nutrients into energy for us to use.

However, over Christmas and into the New Year we tend to indulge in a lot of rich, heavy, greasy and sugary foods that can impair the spleen’s function of digestion, resulting in:
• Bloating
• Gas
• Irregular bowel movements
• Nausea
• Burping
• Hiccuping
• Abdominal pain

Detox time?

After indulging in unhealthy foods, a lot of people feel that the new year is a time to detox. But is raw eating the best way for you to detox?

Raw foods such as salads and smoothies contain a high amount of nutrients and vitamins, but if your digestion is compromised then you may feel bloated after eating raw food.

According to Chinese medicine, the spleen prefers foods that are cooked: cold and raw foods can put out the digestive fire. Beneficial foods for the spleen include root vegetables and grains such as:
• sweet potato
• pumpkin
• carrots
• turnips
• cooked oats
• brown rice
• quinoa

Cooked foods are easier on the digestive system because they are pre-digested, so the spleen and stomach do not need to need to work as hard to convert them to energy.

If our digestion isn’t working well, we cannot absorb the nutrients that raw foods provide. Overloading on cold, raw foods such as smoothies and salads can cause a condition known in Chinese medicine as ‘cold-damp in the middle burner’ which can lead to sluggishness. So, what should we eat for maintaining healthy digestion?

Suggestions for eating throughout summer

• Lightly steam or stir-fry vegetables instead of eating them raw, and combine them with good quality protein.
• Ensure you are eating a good amount of leafy green vegetables such as: bok choi, silverbeet, English spinach, chicory, kale, rainbow chard.
• If you are preparing a salad, thaw out the raw vegetables and add in some cooked vegetables such as roasted pumpkin or sweet potato.
• Add cooked quinoa to your meals. Quinoa supports the spleen function, and it is a good source of plant-based protein.
• Add warming ingredients to your meals: black pepper, garlic, parsley, paprika, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg.
• Include ingredients that help promote digestive function such as: apple cider vinegar and sauerkraut/kimchi.
• Stay hydrated by ensuring you take a bottle of water with you.

 

 

If you can’t live without smoothies in summer:

• Drink them at room temperature
• Add in warming spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and turmeric
• Be mindful that bananas are ‘cold’ and ‘damp’ according to Chinese medicine, so eat them in moderation
• Drink the smoothie in small sips rather than guzzling it down in one go
• Do not add ice or frozen fruits.

Contact Lucy

If you would like further help to work on your digestive issues, contact me to book a consultation: lucy@luminescenceacupuncture.com.au

*The spleen has a digestive function in Chinese medicine.