Welcome to our Leadership Blog Series! Every month, we will be highlighting a blog post created by your NMSA Leaders! The month of November goes to your Chief Administrative Officer, Blake Langley!
As we all gear up for the Thanksgiving meals and holiday feasts, I thought it would be fun to bring up most naturopaths’ favorite meal of the day: breakfast! It has always been purported to be the most important meal of the day, and I stand behind it! In Chinese Medicine, the hours of 7-9 am are attributed with the Foot Yangming Channel, the Stomach. The Yangming Conformation is associated with eating – both with food and life in general; it is also associated with this time of year, the cooling, descending, and condensing portion. This Conformation wants to take a bite out of and experience all of the delicious flavors of life. The Stomach channel begins at the eye, which just happens to be where we first experience our food! Thinking along these lines, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite Autumn breakfast recipes from Whole30:
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced small
- 1 granny smith apple, peeled and diced small
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Toss a peeled and diced sweet potato in 1 tsp of cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
- Heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the sweet potato to the skillet, and simmer and stir for about a minute or two.
- Add 2 tbsp of water to skillet, and cover for about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, toss the diced apple in 1/2 tsp of ground ginger.
- Remove skillet lid and add the apple.
- Simmer and stir for about a minute, then toss in the blueberries.
- Give it all another big stir, then cover again for another 4 minutes. You may need a little more water to continue steaming.
- WHEN the potatoes are soft, and the apples still slightly crisp, it is done! The blueberries are going to bleed their sweet flavor, and turn this dish purple. It’s like painting with food! Serve warm with your favorite choice of protein.
I hope you like this recipe as much as I did!
I’ve been really on a Chinese Medicine kick as I delve further into my education. I hear from my naturopathic classmates that aren’t on a concurrent degree track that they’d love to learn some needling techniques. NUNM doesn’t offer actual acupuncture classes, but they do offer a course on auriculotherapy that involves the use of Vaccaria spp. (and other material) ear seeds. I’ve found this to be an extremely helpful, non-invasive modality to give the Vis Medicatrix Naturae just enough of a kick start to get things moving or to keep things steady during management from week to week between patient visits. There have been multiple studies on the efficacy of the use of ear seeds in pain management, smoking cessation and addiction therapy, and more! Here are a few links to some articles I’ve found:
- Andrew J. Vickers, et al. Acupuncture for Chronic Pain Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis, Archives of Internal Medicine, October 22, 2012; 172(19):1444-1453. Available from MEDLINE Complete, Ipswich, MA.
- Lukas de Lorent, et al. Auricular Acupuncture Versus Progressive Muscle Relaxation in Patients with Anxiety Disorders or Major Depressive Disorder: A Prospective Parallel Group Clinical Trial, Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, August 2016; 9(4):191-199. ISSN 2005-2901. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jams.2016.03.008.
- Walker PH, et al. Battlefield acupuncture: Opening the door for acupuncture in Department of Defense/Veteran’s Administration health care. Nursing Outlook. 2016;64(5):491-498. Available at doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2016.07.008.
I love how our medicine allows for practitioner variation! We all have such a great choice of therapeutic modalities in our toolbox that it’s sometimes hard to choose which you’ll use. During school, I’ve made it my goal to hone in on the options that resonate with me most. Maybe you’ll connect with ear seeds too!
As I look forward into our next few months, I want to make sure that I am embodying the power of our medicine. It is a tumultuous time in history, especially in medicine, but I am so glad to be where I am right now. I have faith in our medicine and our community. I also have faith that love with prevail. I hope that each and every one of you has at least one extra-special moment this holiday season with your loved ones.
In light, in love, in Vis,
Blake Langley, LMT
NMSA Chief Administrative Officer