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Red Lentil Coconut-Curry Soup

Part of staying healthy is fueling our body with good nutrition.  After all, if our body doesn’t get the fuel it needs, it not only doesn’t function at it’s best, it actually starts to break down.  Frequently, people ask me about what I eat and my thoughts on nutrition.  (Disclaimer: I do not have any formal training in nutrition or nutrition counseling.  My knowledge comes from experience and research motivated by personal interest.)  As with most things, different ideas work for different people.  But, the bottom line is that we should try to maximize whole foods in our diets (by this I mean, organic veggies, fruits, meats, things that generally don’t come with a bar code or a long list of ingredients) while minimizing processed foods.

A good friend of mine gave me this recipe and I love it.  Even my friend that doesn’t like the taste of coconut loves it.  You can serve as soup or over brown rice for a hearty meal.  Mine tends to be on the thicker side, but you could thin it more by adding more water or broth.  Freeze extra portions for a later date!

Red Lentil Coconut-Curry Soup

1 tablespoon coconut oil (or another type)
1 onion, peeled and chopped
few cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 large or 2 small carrots, chopped
1-3 teaspoons curry powder (depends on my whim)
Cayenne powder to taste
1 sweet potato (peeled and chopped)
2 cups dried red lentils
6 cups vegetable stock (or water)
1 can coconut milk
1 bunch kale, chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced
Lemon juice from 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large soup pot. Add onion, garlic, ginger, and carrots and sauté for a few minutes.  Add curry powder and cayenne and cook for one minute. Add sweet potato, lentils, stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until lentils are tender.  Stir in coconut milk, lemon juice, kale and cilantro and heat until kale is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you like more heat, top with Siracha.

 

January 24, 2015 1 Comment

Ice vs. Heat

As you step off the curb to cross the street, your ankle rolls under.  You wake up in the middle of the night with shooting back pain…for the third week in a row.  Yesterday, your neck was a little sore upon rising.  Now, you can’t even look over your right shoulder.  Should you ice?  Use heat?  Does it really matter?  It does.  Using ice and heat can be an effective and inexpensive way to manage pain but it is critical that you use them properly.

Inflammation
The body’s response to soft tissue damage is inflammation.  Immediately after the injury occurs, the body begins to send cells and nutrients to the area to help clean it up and being the recovery process.  There are three stages of inflammation:

Acute

  • Time Frame:  0-72 hours after injury occurred
  • Cardinal Signs: pain, swelling, heat, redness, loss of function
  • ICE

SubAcute

  • Time Frame:  72 hours to days or even weeks
  • Cardinal Signs: decreased pain, swelling, heat, redness and some increase in function
  • CONTRAST THERAPY: combination of ICE and HEAT

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November 26, 2014 0 Comments

Welcome to McMahon Massage

Our health is not a luxury. In this age when healthcare is getting increasingly complicated, it is imperative that we take better care of ourselves. Our whole body (body, mind, spirit) is a fine tuned machine. While there are many factors that go into our health, including diet, sleep and exercise, Massage Therapy also plays a critical role. In a 2010 study, scientists at Cedars-Sinai found 2/3 of subjects receiving Swedish massage had an immune boosting response. Massage isn’t just about feeling good; it is about staying healthy so we can perform our best.  I welcome the opportunity to work with you.

In good health,
Keira McMahon, LMT, BCTMB

November 24, 2014 0 Comments