Instead of going to the mall yesterday, I spent an hour or so reading in Borders. I read Natalia Rose’s newer book called Detox For Women – it’s another raw food book, but it’s focused on detoxing and going raw specifically regarding women and women’s health. I will probably buy it; just a few pages in I was nodding in agreement as she began to elaborate on symptoms and conditions that some women experience.
One of the things I took away from reading yesterday was a new exercise – rebounding. Rebounding is jumping on one of those mini-trampolines. It has a slew of benefits, including (but not limited to):
- It’s good for your lymphatic system. The lymph system carries nutrients to cells and carts waste away… and, unlike the heart pumping blood throughout the body, the lymph system is completely dependent on movement and exercise.
- Great for detox and the immune system. Rebounding massages your internal organs and helps the intestines work better. Peristalsis (the way your intestines squeeze continually to move food through them) is even improved.
- It’s an anti-depressant!
- It lowers cholesterol and stimulates metabolism.
- Rebounding helps you relax and sleep better.
- It slows down aging.
- Helps with girly cramps 🙂
This morning I went over to the rec room and did 30 minutes of rebounding while I watched The View and an infomercial on Wen haircare products. The time flew by and I felt energized when I finished. I did about 15 minutes of yoga (on my own) afterwards, just to stretch and chill.
I have a bunch of raw salads to share, so here’s the first. It’s from a few days ago.
- base: weird lettuce from han kook (labeled as “kale”, but NOT kale! i was curious)
- toppings: raw corn, cluster tomatoes, bean sprouts, cilantro, enoki mushrooms
- dressings: raw peanut dressing, salsa!
It was pretty awesome. I’m actually going to try to stay away from peanuts and peanut butter for a while, because…
This almond butter rocks!
Words of the day:
- rebound: first recorded around 1300AD, it meant “to spring, leap,” OR “return to afflict” (1412). Break it down: re- = “back”; bound = “leap, bound” (from French).
- stomach: this actually comes from a Greek word meaning “mouth” (stoma) – like the opening of an organ. It’s rather a misnomer, and some kooky 16th century anatomists actually tried to change the name to ventricle instead (to be more accurate; they wanted to call the esophagus the stomach instead), but it didn’t stick. So we call these pouches that hold our digesting food mouths.
P.S. Don’t go away… I’m back to my kabocha-loving ways and I have a lovely recipe to post tomorrow.