In one of my personal favorite posts, the first tenet of healthful living is to get adequate rest. Seemingly simple, I find that going to bed at the same time every night is actually plain tough. It takes discipline, doesnt it? When I was younger, my father would often remind me how important it is to go to bed early and get enough sleep. He told me that certain organ systems were repaired at specific times during the night, and that it was imperative to go to bed by 10 pm at the latest. I just thought my old Chinese dad was spouting off unsupported claims. I didn’t realize for myself the importance of rest until relatively recently; I guess you could call it getting old. 😉 I’m simply not functional unless I am rested. And it makes sense that sleep affects your hormones, which in turn affect your appetite, your mood, and your entire well-being–including your fertility health.
In my recent-years quest for getting pregnant, I’ve stressed myself out about lowering my stress levels. Seriously, though, I’ve learned to place a high value on resting and being rested. Still, if you’re naturally a night owl like me, you may find yourself sometimes needing help to get in the mood for bed. I discovered this lovely version of warm milk, called ojas rasayana, before bedtime to induce a deep, restful slumber. It comes from the Ayurvedic tradition and is supposed to promote ojas, or vitality and increased immunity.
10-20 blanched almonds (soaked for 8 hours if you don’t have a Blendtec)
16 oz organic whole milk (I use milk from Scout, our Nigerian Dwarf goat–so rich!)
3-4 dates, preferably Medjool
20 turns fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp each of cinnamon and cardamom
a pinch each of turmeric, cumin, and nutmeg (I love using my microplane to grate whole nutmeg)
2 tsp ghee
Liquefy all ingredients in a Blendtec blender on the soup (heating) mode. (Before I got my Blendtec, this drink would come out with some date and almond chunks. The Blendtec really gets it smooth.)
If you don’t have a Blendtec, liquefy and heat up in a small pot or microwave. Makes 2-3 servings.
Plain milk on the left, ojas rasayana on the right.
Drink a warm mug of it about an hour before going to sleep. So delicious!
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