Greetings Dear Readers,
Cookies for Kidneys. If it sounds like a charity campaign for your organs, well, it is. Actually the Kidneys are the most depleted organ in modern people. It’s extremely rare to meet anyone with very strong kidney system even if they eat all the right foods and meditate daily. In grade school, our school had a campaign to raise money for the Kidney Foundation of Canada. We had to sell little snack size bags of roasted peanuts to our family and neighbors.
Now if only we were selling sesame seeds instead, then according to Eastern Food Therapy, we’d really be
doing the kidneys a huge favour. Sesame (hei zhi ma) is warm and sweet and a tonic for the Kidneys and Liver. It is said to strengthen Yin, Jing and Blood as well as “blacken” grey hair (use black sesame) and build the spirit (Shen). Yes, you can eat cookies for a good cause.
The Kidney system is in fact the most charitable organ of our bodies. Whenever one organ is deficient in Yin or Yang, eventually it asks the Kidney system for an energy loan. The Kidney is like the savings account of the body so it always needs to be replenished for those “rainy days”. The Kidney system includes the adrenal glands in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). The World Health Organization recently (2010) recognized adrenal fatigue as a disease, calling it “21st Century Disease” a condition whereby frequent, prolonged and intense stress caused the adrenal glands to release cortisol which over time leads to burn-out of the adrenals or “Kidney Yang Deficiency” in TCM speak.
The Kidney system is associated with the emotion of fear in TCM. In this “Age of Precariousness” as some are calling this time of economic and job insecurity, fear is rampant. The stress toll on the body is evident as people often wake up feeling tired in spite of a long sleep, using caffeine to stimulate their adrenal system which is not strong enough to provide the energy boost and motivation (Yang) for the day ahead, having frequent infections, environmental sensitivities, and doing aerobics (which further depletes the adrenals – do weights/sit-ups instead) to eliminate the excess fat around the waist or “spare tire” which is actually caused by the adrenal insufficiency in the first place. There are a whole host of symptoms and conditions that have adrenal insufficiency at their root. I highly recoomend Dr. Wilson’s adrenal fatigue quiz as well as his book .
Now, let’s get on to those yummy cookies!
Ingredients (Makes about 20 small cookies)
- Grind almonds until finely crumbled in a food processor.
- Mix in sea salt, dates, sesame seeds, olive oil and vanilla.
- Blend until fairly even.
- Place mixture in fridge for a couple of hours to harden.
- Form dough into small cookie shapes with a cookie cutter or small glass jar (just improvise!)
- You can also roll the formed cookies in whole sesame seeds for decoration.
Yours in Health,