Grounding Down with Root vegetables and Mother Earth: Gluten Free Anti-Inflammatory Roasted Root Veggies
Grounding, or earthing, is a practice that has a long history in Ayurvedic and traditional philosophies. The basic idea is that returning to the Earth and using natural elements can help us to restore balance in the body. Grounding is seen in the chakra system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chakras are energy centers of the body that correspond to seven points along with the nervous system. When the chakras are open (unblocked), Qi, or vital life force, flows freely between them, uniting the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies of the person.
The first chakra sits at the base of the spine and is called the root chakra. Its functions are survival, grounding, and stability. It relates to our basic bodily and spiritual needs being met. When it is out of balance or blocked, we may feel unsafe, rejected, mistrustful of others, and tend towards addictive behaviors. Physical symptoms can include poor immune function, weight loss or gain, and colon issues. It’s important to balance this chakra first because when the root is unstable, all other chakras are affected.
So how can you nourish your root chakra? Eat protein-rich foods and root vegetables; spend plenty of time in nature.
You can use root veggies of any kind of your choices- potatoes, beets, parsnips, carrots, celeriac, sweet potatoes, fennel, Jerusalem artichokes, jicama, yams, radishes, and turnips plus batata, arrowroot, boniato, burdock root, taro, daikon, water chestnuts and cassava, turnips and onions.
2-4 cups radish or turnip
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
Sea salt pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped onion (optional)
2 cloves of garlic (optional)
1 cup cabbage
Directions 1. Add all in your VitaClay pot. 2. Set on "stew" to cook for 15-20 minutes 3. Stir well. Serve hot or cold.