Today’s Sunday Sutra is a culmination of the seven chakra-themed recipes I’ve posted – a beautiful, rainbow-hued salad that encompasses all of the chakras. I thought I’d also take this opportunity to talk about health in general, and what it means to incorporate alternative practices into your wellness regime.
These thoughts were prompted by a reader who commented on my Facebook page about my last recipe, the Cranberry Orange Detox Water. He wrote that he was strongly against the word “detox”, writing that he had seen people “refuse live [sic] saving medicine or deny their children medicine because they have been tricked into thinking that juice and herbs will cure disease.” At first, when I read this, I was a little upset. And now I wish to take the opportunity to defend myself. I’ve never claimed to be a medical authority, nor made any sort of claim that my recipes can cure any sort of illness. Indeed, in recipes that contained any sort of health-related word, like “tonic” or “cleansing“, I went out of my way to disclaim any sort of curative properties. So when the reader made that comment about people refusing medical treatment because of juices and herbs, I felt that his words didn’t represent me or my ethos. But now that I have you all here, let me say this definitively –
I am NOT a doctor, dietitian, or medical professional. While the recipes found here are designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, they are not intended to cure or treat any disease or ailment. Please consult a doctor with any health questions or issues. For more information, please consult my Disclosure page.
Even though I was a little upset by this comment, it presented a great opportunity to me to talk about my stance on health / health information available online today. But I have to keep my privilege in mind – that I was incredibly blessed to have had access to a first-rate education; and despite my health issues, I have received the best possible medical care and have never had to worry about whether or not I could afford to see a doctor. That is privilege, and I’m humbled in the face of it. Thousands of Americans still don’t have access to affordable healthcare; which is downright shameful in the 21st century, when so many other countries around the world have healthcare available to all citizens. But that’s where the internet comes in – it’s free, and it’s available all the time. More and more people are turning to resources like WebMD or Merck to get information about their health. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that, but as a health blogger, I have to accept that I may be on the outskirts of this online territory and may be evaluated as such. That’s why, from now on, I’ll be including a link to my disclosure policy in any health-related recipe.
Again, the only thing I can speak to with absolutely authority is my own health journey. I’ve found that incorporating holistic health practices – such as yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, and a plant-based diet – into my life has significantly improved my health. And it may be that these practices may help others, if incorporated into their lives. If it turns out that even one person has been helped by something they’ve read here, that would mean the world to me. (But again, I caution my readers not to start any health regimen without consultation with their doctor!)
- 2 Medium Carrots, spiralized
- 1 Medium Golden Beet, spiralized
- 1 Medium Red Beet, spiralized
- Handful Kale (I used Dino Kale)
- ½ Red Onion, sliced
- 1 Avocado, cubed
- Hemp Seeds for Garnish
- Start by prepping the veggies. Peel the carrots and beets, then spiralize them. If you don't have a spiralizer, chopping the carrots and beets will work just fine.
- Prep the rest of the veggies - slice the onion, cube the avocado, and wash and dry the kale.
- Assemble the salad on plates using the kale as the base. Garnish with hemp seeds and serve with your favorite salad dressing.
Question of the Day:
What do YOU think about alternative health practices / the role of health bloggers online? I’d love to hear your thoughts!