How to Make Red Cabbage & Vinegar
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 60 MINUTES
Halve one head of cabbage, then slice in thin shreds. Place in large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.
How Can Red Cabbage & Vinegar Make You Feel Great?
Your Body's Change from Thanksgiving to ChristmasAs the late fall Thanksgiving turkey wanes into a quieter Christmas gander, your cravings for red cabbage come to the forefront. Across the world, cabbages are known as a poor man's food. By late December, the harvest bounty seems like a distant memory. Taking a moment to reflect inward, you realize that you are happy for the change in pace. Not only because the pantry is bare, but because your body really needs relief from the overstuffing of autumn. You realize that Christmas really IS a lighter meal than Thanksgiving, in more ways than one.
While the thanksgiving table is full of fatty desserts like cheesecakes and pudding pies, Christmas treats are noticeable less rich. Sugar plums and candy canes steal the spotlight instead. However, all the fat of fall may still be lingering in your bloodstream, and congesting your liver. Vinegar's sour flavor is a cholagogue, meaning it purges toxic bile from the liver, and helps with fat digestion and metabolism. Cabbage has been featured in many weight loss diets as a negative calorie food. It inhibits the conversion of sugar and carbs into fat and speeds up metabolism. Take caution with eating raw cabbage however, as compounds in raw cabbage and other cruciferous veggies suppress the thyroid.
Cabbage's Purple ColorTowards the end of the holiday season, the oranges of Thanksgiving give way to the deeper reds of mulled wine, dark brown gravies, and the purples found in red cabbage. Cravings for these darker colors represent your body's natural desire to build rakta, the red part of your blood. Every phlebotomist (a nurse who draws blood) knows that blood can be separated into two parts, the clear plasma part, and the red blood cells. Rakta is Ayurveda's term for the red part of the blood. Ever notice that everyone looks pale in the winter? Red cabbage is your body's attempt to put some color back in your cheeks.
Cabbage's red color indicates its abundance of anticancer and antioxidant flavonoids. These phytonutrients increase the activity of the liver's detox enzymes, prevent tumor growth, and scavenge free radicals. Cabbage is known in Ayurveda for its calm, coolness much like the cucumber. You'll notice these cooling, detoxifying effects as a freshness in your mind and skin. Your eyes will also feel more relaxed.
Cabbage and CleansingHumble fare, like cabbage, is nearly always healthier than the decadent fare of the wealthy. Cabbage is a light vegetable, full of roughage, and full of nutrients as well. In our home, cabbage is a fallback food - a staple we return whenever our diet is out of hand from kid's birthday parties to holiday celebrations. There is nothing like a cabbage soup to bring our life and health back into perspective. The fiber in every bowl of cabbage soup is like a mini cleanse.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Red Cabbage & Vinegar Good for Me?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Heart & Circulation:
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
FLUSHES-MEMBRANESHerbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Relaxes solar plexus
RELAXES-SOLAR-PLEXUSSoothes and comforts the muscles of the upper abdomen, reducing any tension or pressure in the solar plexus area.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
RELIEVES-BURNINGHerbs that soothe a burn or reduce an internal burning sensation, such as aloe vera.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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