many wonderful things about working at Rochester Clinic. One of the best things is
that we are a group that has so many different skills and comes from so many different
backgrounds. Dr. Lai and Mei are both from Taiwan and an important part of
their culture is having tea time. Drinking tea is not only stress relieving,
but it is an important social event.
Before the holidays, we had tea time with the Community CHIP group. We had been talking about stress management and mindfulness, so having a tea time was the perfect accompaniment. Dr. Lai brought his tea set from home and shared how to prepare the tea and drink it.
The tea that we tasted was High Mountain Oolong Tea,is the most popular tea in Taiwan. Dr. Lai prepared it and then poured it into small cups. We didn’t drink from those cups, instead; we poured the tea into the actual teacups, which are also very small. Once the tea is poured into the teacups, we rolled the first cup in our hands, between our palms, smelling it . The tea was so fragrant and delicate. Then it came time to taste the tea. The flavor was so light and refreshing! We took small sips and continuously refilled our cups. According to Dr. Lai, during tea time, people will go through many rounds, spending time talking and socializing.
We continued to drink tea and eat small snacks such as goji berries, roasted chestnuts and kale chips. Throughout the time we chatted and laughed and just had a really good time. It was the perfect event to have right before the big holiday, a time to have good, light conversation and de-stress. We were very fortunate that Mei and Dr. Lai shared a small piece of their culture with all of us.
Tea has many benefits. The health benefits from tea mostly come from the flavonoids, which are plant-derived antioxidants. Some of the benefits from regularly drinking tea include reducing risk for heart disease, decreasing LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol, increasing HDL, which is the good cholesterol and reducing the risk for hypertension (high blood pressure). All these benefits come from drinking more than one cup of tea per day. Regular tea drinkers usually drink 2-3 cups per day.
Share with me your favorite tea in the comments below!
Healthcare costs in the U.S. are on the rise. It is estimated that 70-80% of healthcare costs are due to chronic disease, and the main reason for a trip to the doctor.
Exactly what is chronic disease and what can you do about it? Chronic diseases are conditions that cannot be prevented or cured by vaccinations or medications, nor do they go away on their own.
Common chronic diseases:
● Elevated cholesterol
● Type 2 diabetes
● Coronary heart disease
● High blood pressure
However, living significantly longer and increasing quality of life is a reality, even for those with these chronic diseases. Modifications in lifestyle will lessen and potentially eliminate chronic conditions, and therefore increase quality of life and reduce medical expenses. You have the power to take charge of your health. This is lifestyle medicine.
Lifestyle modifications include:
● Plant-based, whole food diet and nutrition
● Physical activity
● Stress reduction
● Family/social support network
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We are happy to answer your questions and get you on your way to a healthy life!
Whether you’ve fully adopted a plant-based diet or are simply dipping your toes in the water, there’s no doubt that wholesome food is at the center of one’s wellbeing.
Here we’ve rounded up five of our favorite cookbooks that are chock full of nourishing recipes and nutrition tips that are sure to assist in your healthy eating goals:
1. Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook
If you watched the Forks Over Knives documentary (read more about it here , along with the rest of our top documentary picks), you know what FOK is all about – the concept that degenerative diseases afflicting so much of the U.S. today can be controlled and even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. This cookbook features 300+ plant-based recipes which place fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes in the lime light.
2. The China Study Cookbook: Over 120 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes
This cookbook came to fruition thanks to The China Study; a book touting one of the most comprehensive nutrition studies ever conducted which reveals that a plant-based diet leads to optimal health and can halt or even reverse many diseases. The China Study Cookbook shares 120+ plant-based, nutrient-dense recipes that promote optimal health.
3. The PlantPure Nation Cookbook: The Official Companion Cookbook to the Breakthrough Film
PlantPure Nation, yet another noteworthy documentary created by the same producers as Forks Over Knives, provides this trusty companion cookbook boasting 150+ plant-centric recipes. It’s also filled with tips, tricks, and grocery lists for people interested in a whole food, plant-based diet.
4. Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
Inspire healthful, plant-based eating among the whole family with this must-have cookbook from Dreena Burton. From delicious school lunches to appetizing on-the-go snacks, this book supplies more than 100 kid-tested and approved recipes and serves as an excellent reference for parents raising young ones on a whole food, vegan diet.
5. Crazy Sexy Kitchen
Don’t let the risqué title of this one deter you. Author and cancer survivor Kris Carr attributes her triumph over cancer to her lifestyle changes, most especially her diet. After embracing a diet made up of whole, plant-based foods, she soon discovered the transformative power of nutrition and felt better than she ever had. This cookbook offers 150+ recipes that includes everything from fresh-pressed juices to delectable desserts.
Also recommended: Oh She Glows, Minimalist Baker, But I Could Never Go Vegan
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