Hello my friends! I wanted to take the opportunity this week to share the story of a morning concoction that I’ve recently started that has completely CHANGED the game.

A few months ago, I stayed out of town at my aunt and uncle’s house. We were at dinner with one of my uncle’s best friends, who got into a good conversation with me about turmeric. For those of you who didn’t know, turmeric is the #1 anti-inflammatory source for our muscles and joints. Like, it’s the best thing since sliced bread and deserves WAY more credit than we give this commonly-used-in-Indian-food, very strong in flavor herb.

There are a few ways you can use this herb, whether as a powdered spice on food or off the root in a raw form in boiling water for tea, which are the two most common. My uncle’s friend, who is a very physically active person, was absolutely raving about how much better he’s felt since taking it.

So a light bulb went off in my head- if I am commonly recommending this herb to my physical therapy patients, why am not practicing it myself? You see, I have this internal rule for myself that I can’t have my PT patients do an exercise, I cannot recommend, or speak on my Maria Fitnezz platform about something that I can’t or don’t do for myself.

So I drove myself over to Heinens that next day and studied the “potions aisle” to find the perfect raw, organic turmeric powder. You guys- it’s literally vibrant burnt orange straight from the plant. I unscrewed the cap and was hit by the super, insanely strong odor…. critical yiiiiikes.

So I filled an 8 inch glass of water, mixed my burnt orange powered potion, plugged my nose, and chugged… thankfully, over the sink. This is NOT something I recommend for a first time user if you have a sensitive stomach like me. It immediately, and I mean immediately, my stomach was like “hell nah girl” and it came back up.

So maybe day 1 was not a success. But the next day I mixed the turmeric with water, plugged my nose, and it went down rough but stayed down this time… success! Each day has gotten easier, and on month 3 at this point, I am able to chug in 1 quick sip without tasting it while I wait for my morning coffee to brew.

Moral to the story- my energy levels have *drastically* changed since making this morning drink a routine. It helps me fully wake up at 5 a.m. and to stay clear headed from when I leave the house at 7 a.m. and return at 7-8 p.m. It helps me to recover from running without sore hips or knees (not that I have that yet, but as a preventative measure). And overall, it helps me not to crave sugar quite as much. These are just aspects I’ve taken notice to since before! Also, the taste is really not bad… just takes some getting used to. 🙂

 

*Click HERE* for more recipes that use turmeric as a spice for those of you who don’t wish to drink it!