Transform your health from the inside out

Fall Harvest SlawA version of this article appeared in print in the Reading Eagle on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

Our society has unfortunately experienced a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from chronic diseases (such as heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders). In the past few years, it’s become increasingly evident that there is a huge gap emerging between life science research and the way conventional or Western medicine is practiced. What is the answer? You may have heard the term Integrative or Functional Medicine, which is an approach where physicians focus more on the complex interactions that make up your entire physiology instead of treating a symptom based on one independent specialty. The practice of functional medicine takes into consideration both internal (mind and spirit) and external (physical and environmental) factors that affect your overall health. By understanding the whole ecology of health and wellness, those doctors who practice functional medicine are able to integrate traditional Western medical practices with alternative medicine, creating a focus on prevention of disease through nutrition, diet, exercise and stress management.

I invite you to join me this Saturday, October 4, 2014 at First Energy Stadium, as our community comes together to educate and inspire one another at the inaugural Guts & Glory Digestive and Wellness Expo. The event is free and open to all ages. With more than 40 exhibitors, you will find live, healthy cooking demonstrations, free group exercise presentations, a farmer’s market, massage tent, yoga hut, live music, kid’s obstacle course, and much, much more! Bring the entire family for a day filled with education and inspiration to get healthy!

Stop by my table: A Silent Cure in my Back Yard for a free sample of this recipe for Fall Harvest Salad as well as a chance to win a box of locally grown, USDA Organic Vegetables. There will be plenty of other healthy food available for sale too. This event promises to help you get started or stay motivated on your journey of transforming your health and wellness from the inside out!

Fall Harvest Slaw
1/2 Head of Red Cabbage, Shredded
1/2 Head of Green Cabbage, Shredded
4-5 Fresh Apples (I like Fuji because they are sweet, but you can use any variety) leave skin on and julienne
2-3 lbs of Fresh Carrots, Cleaned and Julienned
Juice of 1 Lemon (Squeeze fresh lemon juice over apples when you cut them to prevent oxidation)
1-2 Cups Dried Cranberries (dried cherries, dates, or golden raisins work too)
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts, Lightly Toasted

Dressing:
1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar
1/4 Cup Champagne Vinegar
3-4 Tbsp. Honey
1 tsp Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Preparation:
Clean and julienne or shred the cabbage and carrots. Core and julienne the apples and toss with lemon juice, then toss cabbage, apples, and carrots together in a large bowl. Use a whisk to combine the dressing in a different bowl. Pour the dressing over the ingredients and toss well. Sprinkle with cranberries and walnuts on top. The salad is better after a few hours after the dressing marinates with the cabbage. If preparing the day before, wait until the day of serving to add the walnuts and cranberries.

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