Give Me Five Minutes

Words of advice on the importance of self-care, and a turmeric recipe that will help improve your week.

Although it’s oh so hot right now — coming out of January to pay more attention to your bod, and being kind to it — our bodies are actually always in need of a little extra lovin’ and help.

Especially so in the winter, as sickness and flu season set in.

I’m a big believer in doing what you can to continually boost, heal, lift up, elevate, and keep that inner spark and energy lit and fully bright. It’s necessary this time of year — and daily. I say work on prevention instead of scrambling once your body is down.

So, while you’re here, I’ve got a question for you: What are some of your self-care rituals?

It often is something that requires some planning, boundaries, thought, and intention. It could be silly and lighthearted. I, for example, do a ridiculous face-mask routine on Mondays that makes me look like a scrunchy green monster. I can’t stop laughing when it starts drying. It’s the little things, you know?

Or, is it making healthy recipes each week, or going on weekend walks and coffee dates with friends, or planning a weekly date night?

It could be simply saying “no” to things, so that you actually have time to nestle up on the couch and read all those books that have been sitting on your Kindle.

Or maybe it is making time for a daily workout, drinking more water, or making a green smoothie or salad? How about having a practice of being thankful, prayer, or journaling?

And, do you make these things a priority in your life? If not daily, then at least weekly? If not, I have a challenge for you:

Do it!

And if you need just one tiny idea to start with, well, I’ve got just the thing. It is a special little anti-inflammatory paste that takes about 5 minutes to make and is an easy addition to almost anything throughout your week.

The end result (a turmeric golden milk paste) is just as full of wisdom and strength and healing, as it is about warming and spice. But so are the act and ritual of creating it.

So, enjoy both.

Five minutes is sometimes all it takes.

 

Healing Golden Milk Paste

Makes 8 teaspoon-sized servings

Golden milk is a traditional ayurvedic drink made with turmeric, ginger, and spices and is used for healing of all kinds: for your immune system and nervous system, especially. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory; ginger soothes and eases upset stomachs; and when combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil or butter and pepper, your body can most easily absorb all of the nutrients in this powerhouse drink. I love making this paste every fall and winter and keeping a jar in the fridge for easy access. Be sure to use a stainless-steel saucepan and be careful with the turmeric — it can stain easily. I like to leave my paste unsweetened so I can use it in both sweeter and savory things — it’s great for cooking too! If you’re making the Golden Milk Latte for example, you can just add in a little maple syrup or honey right then, as you’re making it.

  • ¼ cup ground turmeric
  • 2 ½ tablespoons ghee, grass-fed butter, or unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup water
  1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir gently until the mixture forms a paste, adding water if it thickens too quickly.
  2. Pour your golden milk paste in a glass jar container with a lid. When ready to use, add a teaspoon to warm veggies, curries, salad dressings, soups, or the Golden Milk Turmeric Latte.

 

Golden Milk Turmeric Latte

Makes 1 serving

Notes: Optional to add in any additions of your choice here: a teaspoon of butter, ghee, collagen, or adaptogens of your choice for extra superpowers. To have iced, make the warm version first, and let cool.

  • 1 teaspoon golden milk paste
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 cup water or milk of your choice

Heat milk and sweetener in a small saucepan. Add golden milk paste to a blender, pour hot liquid over the top, and blend for at least 20 seconds for a beautiful froth. Serve hot.

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