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5 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Turmeric Recipes

5 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Turmeric Recipes

Turmeric is a deep gold, pungent spice which lends its flavor and distinctive aroma to curries and other Southeast Asian dishes.  But it is so much more than just a way to add some zest to any dish. Turmeric was used as a medicine in Ayurveda, the Indian tradition of healing that goes back thousands of years in India and is thought to be the world’s oldest healthcare system. Today, it is one of the most-studied spices in modern medicine.  It’s active ingredient is curcumin. Curcumin is an incredibly strong anti-inflammatory and is good for treating osteoarthritis as well as a range of other diseases include cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis and other chronic inflammatory conditions. It also has antioxidant properties which have proven to be beneficial for conditions such as heart disease.What’s even better than that is that this spice is incredibly versatile — and not just in curries.  These amazing turmeric recipes below will give you an idea of just how many delicious ways you can get more of this healthy spice into your diet.

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Fresh Organic Apple Cider with Apples and Cinnamon

    Fire Cider

    Burn, baby, burn with this sweet, tangy red-hot cider that gets its fire from habanero peppers — and its amazing flavor and health benefits from the turmeric and other herbs and spices that go into its making. The great thing about this recipe is that you can drink it straight up, warm it up and add honey to make a tea or use it as a marinade, to sprinkle on vegetables or even in lemonade or a Bloody Mary! And at the first sign of a cold, if you take one to two tablespoons of this cider every 3-4 hours, the antiviral affects of the rosemary and other herbs can make you feel better sooner.

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      Curried Corn and Coconut Rice

      If you are looking for a great alternative to traditional side dishes for a BBQ or cookout, consider this summer dish made from fresh corn and served over coconut-infused brown rice for a fiber-rich, yummy treat. This recipe is a great example of Asian-Caribbean fusion cooking which takes the best of both worlds and blends them together in this dish. And the best thing? This recipe requires you to make a large batch of the seasoning and you can save the leftovers to experiment with on meats and other vegetables.

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        Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

        If you are on a low-carb or Paleo diet but miss comfort foods like homemade potato soup, you might want to check this recipe out.  It has the same texture as a pureed potato soup with none of the nasty carbs and a ton of spicy flavor to warm you up even on a really cold fall day. Busy parents will also like this recipe since it is so healthy and so fast to put together.

        Grilled cauliflower steaks with herbs and spices
          Grilled cauliflower steaks with herbs and spices

          Cauliflower “Steaks” with Ginger, Turmeric and Cumin

          If you are looking for a great vegan meal or just a meatless alternative to a traditional cookout, this recipe is for you. Cauliflower “steaks” give a great, meaty texture while providing a load of fiber and important nutrients like sulphur and the blend of spices used perfectly complements like taste of the cauliflower itself.  Best of all, if served with quinoa, this meal is both vegetarian and high in protein.

          Persimmon with orange smoothie by fresh ingredients
            Persimmon with orange smoothie by fresh ingredients

            Sunshine Smoothie with Coconut, Clementine and Turmeric

            Want to zest up your morning or post-workout routine? Try this amazing fruity-spicy smoothie and see how good turmeric can be even in sweet foods like this one. This smoothie is incredibly healthy, with loads of vitamins A and C and lots of potassium to keep your energy levels high. And because it contains coconut water, it is also great to help your rehydrate even after strenuous exercise. As you can see from these recipes above, there are many delicious ways to get more turmeric in your diet — and start reaping the amazing health benefits this deep golden spice has to offer.

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            Last Updated on November 9, 2020

            10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

            10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

            Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

            Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

            Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

            If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

            Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

            1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

            Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

            Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

            Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

            2. No Motivation

            Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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            This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

            If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

            3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

            Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

            A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

            A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

            The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

            4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

            One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

            We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

            Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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            You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

            5. Upward Comparisons

            Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

            The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

            These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

            Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

            6. No Alternative

            This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

            Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

            Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

            Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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            7. Stress

            As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

            When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

            We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

            If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

            8. Sense of Failure

            People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

            Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

            Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

            If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

            9. The Need to Be All-New

            People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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            These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

            10. Force of Habit

            Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

            Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

            These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

            Final Thoughts

            These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

            There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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            Featured photo credit: NORTHFOLK via unsplash.com

            Reference

            [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
            [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
            [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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