THE REASONING FOR SEASONING, more by Preeti Sharan, clinical dietition

Spices have been around for centuries and yet the Western diet is still adjusting to Tabasco, Chipotle and Curry. There is indisputable scientific evidence that almost all spices contain chemicals that have profound health benefits, thus protecting the body from numerous grave illnesses and in many cases acting as an efficient treatment for established diseases.

 

 

Cayenne Pepper helps you lose weight by boosting metabolism

 

Saffron helps you get in a better mood (treats depression)

 

Cinnamon and dried fenugreek are both known to help regulate blood sugar

 

Turmeric helps prevent Alzheimer’s, Inflammation and Cancer

 

Garlic helps reduce blood pressure

 

 But it’s not just for their medicinal values that spices are appreciated. Spices can turn the most un-appetizing food into a satisfying gastronomic experience. They often make excellent preservatives and also add esthetic value to the food.

 

So all you salt and pepper addicts out there wake up and smell the coffee!! There is more out there than just the quintessential salt and pepper shaker. Get to the spice market and purchase a spice rack or hit the closest Trader Joe’s get a colorful mix of 21 different culinary delights and make your life HOT and SPICY again!!!

Mission Statement

Where the personal story can be safely explored and expressed.

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit organization designed to serve the Personal Story. In our workshops people create their narratives in various media. Additionally, we have a selection of easily adapted self-care practices that are necessary to foster resilience. 

We have learned over the years that  the most powerful and underused resource in our communities are its "ordinary"  people. So, our goal is  empowering  people to create the means to tell and share their stories in a culturally relevant way -- a collaborative model one in which we are all students and learners. Learning about and respecting cultural practices is very important and is our  growing edge.  We are very interested in how different communities and  cultures meet the challenges of being human. We, community members and Ashlar associates  come together to create supportive and sustainable life affirming models based in telling and honoring the personal story. 

 Our goal is to nurture relationship, encourage learning and teaching through community involvement. We are committed to creating a climate of  well-being and providing  lay people the means to become Narrative Arts Facilitators where it would best serve them and their communities.  

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