A few things you may not have known about garlic.

by Stacey Jayne

It's week two of my "Let's boost the crap out of our immune system" blog series! I'm happy to announce that my daughter WAS sick last week. Ok well I wasn't happy when she woke up boogery and sneezy, but I felt that it was a real opportunity to do what I really know how to do: use my special healing powers (real foods, sleep, apple cider vinegar) to blast that cold right out the door. One of the things I went really heavy on was GARLIC. Thought I'd pass some things along so you and yours can benefit too!

My little medicinal friend.  

My little medicinal friend.  


This word makes me think of one person: my mother, Patti. This is how she uses the word raw.  

BUUUUUT we are talking garlic here. And raw is a REALLY good thing! I made a big batch of chicken soup and added a few cloves to it. I cut them up and let them sit out on the counter before I threw them into the recipe. Adding the garlic at the end helps to retain the maximum amount of flavor (or flava as Patti would say) and nutrition. The best thing you can do actually is to chop it up really really well and throw it in the dish AFTER it is cooked. The less you cook it, the better. Why is garlic so amazing?

1. Garlic has antibacterial and antiviral benefits

2. Garlic has anti-cancer properties

3. Garlic has major anti-inflammatory benefits 

4. Garlic is able to lower blood triglycerides and total cholesterol  

5. Garlic just may jump off the counter and do your taxes... I'm not sure about this one, but man let's put a sparkly cape on these little guys and see what they can REALLY do.  

So friends, this week why don't you take a jaunt over to your local farmers market and pick up some of the freshest garlic you can get your healthy little hands on. Chop it up super small and add it in as many dishes as you can! Let me know what works for you too. Please share your recipes and success in the comments below. We are all in this together, and your stories will surely benefit another reader.  

A little about me, if you're new to the party:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients (not only in food, but also in our cleaning products and self care items) is super important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. Over time using quality organic foods has draaaaaastically changed our lives for the better. I'm no expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission...

Is to inspire you to live a courageously healthy life that you loooove. I'm hearing from my clients/friends/family that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel more in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be a friggin' party. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

(I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.) 

Pretty please comment below and tell me what you are excited about as the seasons change. I'm excited for pumpkins, and bangs, and shivery walks around my neighborhood with my pooches and my family... Oh man do I love the fall. 

You. Freakin. Rock.