No one saw the event so I just proceeded to collect my thoughts as I sat down by the pool to eat lunch only then realizing my body was shaking as it processed the trauma that had just occurred. I took it as a good sign that I was still hungry for my lunch which I finished in good speed. I told the waiter what happened and he called for the hotel security guard who took pictures of my injuries and then had me sign refusal for treatment papers. After lunch, I just headed back to my afternoon conference session without missing a beat. I had traveled over 2,000 miles to attend this session and I was not about to let a tumble distract me if I could help it.
I was attending Ed Bauman and Lizette Marx’s Cooking For Recovery pre-conference session at the National Association of Nutrition Professionals Annual Conference. Good thing I was at a place where we were discussing how food can support the body’s own healing process. And there just happened to be a slab of raw turmeric available for me to rub on my bruises because we had a food demo on making green beans with ginger and turmeric gremolata during the afternoon session. We also had a handout in front of us explaining how the curcumin, the potent pigment in turmeric, has been shown to reduce inflammation! That evening I rubbed the raw turmeric into the palm of my hand and the bruise that I had the next day seemed not nearly as bad as what I was expecting. Maybe the bone broth I drink on a regular basis also helped save me from breaking my wrist. Maybe I was just lucky– but I am glad to know how to eat food that can be supportive to the body’s own healing process.
My hand and arm looked like this 3 days after the fall and then had recovered to this by 10 days later. While I could have focused on being a klutz for falling down the stairs, I decided it was better to focus on the fact that I must have some good resilience for my body to be able to take that blow and not get badly injured. I recently read a book called Mindsight by Dan Siegel and he talks about this concept of resilience as something we all need to work to cultivate. To focus on what we have learned from our struggles rather than just languishing there.
I was inspired by so many stories of resilience when I met people at the National Association of Nutrition Professionals Conference. So many people seem to have found this path of caring about nutrition because of some personal health obstacle that they faced and now want to help others. Patricia Dean-Escoto shared some of her story in being a breast cancer survivor and I learned she founded Pathways2Healing to help others in the cancer recovery process. Jill Troderman is a nutrition consultant who founded Food Tree Guide, a company that makes a fun hands-on tool for helping kids to make good food choices.
My roommate at the conference was Kyrena Robinson and she also inspired me with her passion for helping people to eat healthy whether at home or around the world. I did not meet her personally at the conference but in a large group session Phyllis Johnson shared her story of helping her son get treatment for his Crohn’s disease and they ended up founding the Crohn’s & Colitis Nutrition Foundation. People who have overcome obstacles and gone on to help others are a great inspiration to all of us.
I am thankful for Turmeric today and wanted to share with you a Turmeric drink that can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Tasty Turmeric Tea
(makes one drink)
1/2 cup coconut milk (use full fat)
1 small knob of turmeric root (use the back side of a spoon to scrape off the outer layer), roughly chopped
dash of pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey (or one medjul date with pit removed)
1/4 tsp raw ginger grated
1/2 cup water
Place all items in vitamix or sturdy blender. Mix until frothy and smooth. To enjoy cold you can put an ice cube or two in the blender when mixing. For a warm drink just place the blended drink on stove top and warm for a few minutes before serving.