Join us for a Free Presentation – Foods that Build, Foods that Calm – Nutritious, balanced menus that support a child’s brain function

Marcia Marie Scully is a nutritionist, educator, intuitive healer and author.  She teaches nutrition based on the Seasonal Nutrition approach of Chinese Classical Medicine which focuses on the essence or character of each food, not on the quantity or volume of food.  She encourages re-establishing the natural rhythm in the body rather than relying solely on willpower.

“Foods that Build, Foods that Calm”

Our true body, balanced and rhythmic, knows how to remake itself. It is synchronized with the biorhythms and natural cycles of the day, tapping into nature’s timing for remaking and strengthening each organ throughout the 24 hours of a day.

If we see each day as one complete life cycle containing the phases of birth, maturation and fulfillment, it helps us understand our body more objectively. Each day offers the opportunity for life knowing what to do for itself and how to replenish itself.  I call it the ritual of the eternal day.

Every living organism is born knowing the purpose of its existence and how to achieve that purpose.  And it has a deep desire to fulfill that purpose.  The natural thrust of life force is to develop, improve and evolve, as true balance becomes true strength.  Since a balanced body’s natural trend is to adapt, strengthen itself and do well, your choice of nourishment is the only other major factor that either supports or limits an organ’s ability to do its work thoroughly.

As I was adjusting to the surprise of my second child being born with multiple handicaps, which hindered her eating, I researched food science texts to understand how to give her body maximum nourishment.  This is when I first realized that essence of food matters more than volume. Also, I would often wake up with a sense of a food that was being overlooked.  As I combined my own consensus in with my research, her digestion rapidly improved, spasticity and seizures relaxed. Although I was not outwardly aware of Seasonal Nutrition at that time, in looking back at my food journals the five tastes and five seasons were often being fed equally.

A few years later, as I shifted from teaching high school into studying nutrition, I again picked up the trail of the essence of food in my course work.  Then it became even more evident to me that our bodies do not need a certain volume or quantity of food each day in order to be satisfied.  Rather, they need a broad variety of nutrients that feed all the five organ systems equally, in order to be satisfied.   Since no one organ system is more necessary than another, it makes natural sense that they all need to be fed equally.  When all five organ systems are fed and strengthened equally, there is no jealousy among the organ systems.  From harmony comes agreement, cooperation and calm, leading to a natural rhythm that prompts the regenerative flow of health.  This is life confidently remaking itself–the magic of being alive.

In order to tap into this regenerative flow of health, I recommend practicing the ritual of the eternal day to give your body greater adaptability and ease in each 24-hour cycle.  Rather than just getting through the day with a sense of drudgery and a feeling of revolving old stuff, you have a choice.  Since the cumulative effect of the way you choose to live your day ultimately determines the way you live your life, it is worth pondering.  Even when faced with millions of stimuli, your sense organs and central nervous system work in such a way as to select and process only those stimuli that match what you already believe about yourself, day by day.

To implement the ritual of the eternal day, you can envision that each day is one complete spin of all the five seasons—Spring, Summer, Late Summer, Fall and Winter.  In your balanced body, each season corresponds to one of your five organ systems: immune, endocrine, digestive, respiratory and circulatory.

Each season also corresponds to one of the five tastes:  sour, bitter, sweet, pungent and salty.  In a balanced body, each of the tastes are needed to support the specific actions of one organ system, such as sour taste helping the liver breakdown fat.

To learn more about Seasonal Nutrition for you and your family, please join us for a Free presentation at 1 pm on October 24, 2012.  (See Events Calendar for location.)  This presentation will include samples of meals that are child-friendly and balanced.  You will also gain a better understanding of how to improve your child’s metabolism and your own.  In addition, we will look at foods that build and foods that calm in order to meet the extra nutritional requirements of a special needs child.   We will enjoy a yummy Fall soup together before closing the presentation.

For further information, please contact our office at 406-522-0722 or email us at marciascully55@gmail.com.

Watch for our blog at www.fivejewelsnutrition.wordpress.com

A Wonderful Fall Recipe – Sweet Potato Veggie Burger

Marcia Marie Scully

Marcia Marie Scully in her garden

      Early in my nutrition work, I chose to approach nourishment from the Seasonal Nutrition avenue of Chinese Classical Medicine. This background focuses attention on the essence or character of each food, not on the quantity or volume approach to food.

I like to share the concept that good health must be “grown” in our bodies, in the same sequence and style nature uses to balance itself daily.

Our five major organ systems have to manage the same categories needed to raise a good garden:

      • a good plan for defending the garden (Immune system);
      • adequate sunlight (Endocrine system);
      • rich soil (Digestive system)
      • clean air (Respiratory system)
      • good water (Circulatory system.)

The success of our garden depends largely on supporting and nourishing all these five organ systems equally, leading us to balance and homeostasis through nature’s regenerative cycles of birth, maturation and fulfillment.

This approach to health brings us to a better understanding of our true body, our true self and all others with whom we interact each day. It also helps us stay in touch with the concept that health relies more on re-establishing rhythm in the body, rather than steel willpower – a very empowering thought on its own!

Sweet Potato Burger recipe

Sweet Potato Burger recipe by Marcia

Recipe for a Sweet Potato Burger

(yield: 4-5 patties)

Ingredients    

1 1/4  C–  light-colored sweet potatoes
1/2 C – cooked millet
1/2 C – broccoli flowers cut into small bits
1/2 C – chopped water chestnuts
1/4 C – chopped yellow onion
1/3 C – cooked black beans (no bean juice)
1 tsp. – good quality butter (or ghee)
1/4  C –  dried cranberries, fruit-sweetened
2  tsp. – Simply Herbs NuPlus
1 tsp. –  Celtic salt
1 sprig –  fresh rosemary
2 tsp. – Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 tsp. – dulse flakes
1/2 tsp. – miso paste
4 slices – Ezekiel bread
1/3 C –  olive oil

Directions:

Cut the sweet potatoes into 1/2″ wide slices.   Steam them until tender.  Mash them well.  Add the 1/2 C cooked millet (cold) and mash in the butter and 1/2 tsp. miso paste. Stir in the chopped water chestnuts, chopped onion pieces and black beans. Then stir in the Bragg’s, the broccoli bits and dried cranberries.

Next, add all the dry ingredients.  The goal is to keep the mixture sticky and thick enough to be able to form a ball.  Trim the crust off  the edges of the Ezekiel bread and break the slices into small, irregular-sized pieces.  If your mixture isn’t sticky enough, stir in some Ezekiel bread pieces.  Now, form the mixture into several balls, a little bigger than a golf ball.  Roll each ball in the bread pieces until it is well-covered. Push a few needles of fresh rosemary deep into each patty.

Place the bread-coated balls into the skillet with olive oil and use your fingers or a spatula to flatten each ball into a patty.  Fry on a low heat, until each side of the patty is golden brown. As an option, this mixture bakes well in a loaf pan – 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Monitor carefully and avoid overbaking.

Serve with a nice soup or salad.  Enjoy!