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Eden Foods

Teff Waffle

Apr 13

Almost chocolate in color, this gluten-free waffle tastes unlike any wheat waffle ever made.  It has a nutty, satisfying flavor and is substantial in character while remaining light in texture.  One taste and you may never again settle for a wheat waffle.

Makes 6 waffles

2 cups teff flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 large eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
2 cups water, milk or  milk substitute

Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt into a mixing bowl. With a few quick strokes, stir in liquid ingredients. Pour into a heated waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve with your choice of toppings.

Eyes Reveal Marijuana Abuse

Apr 01

It’s a given that marijuana has medical value. While the drug’s efficacy for muscle spasms and other concerns is not questioned, let’s consider its recreational use. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), abuse of stimulants like cannabis have a negative impact on the kidney and nervous systems. Facial analysis of the eyes illustrates this point as we’ll see in the four photos below.

Since the eyes reveal our overall vitality, they are often referred to as the windows to the soul. They are the most magnetizing part of a face as well as a nervous system status readout. While falling in love puts a twinkle in your eyes, lose a night’s sleep and those same eyes become dull and look leaden.

Abuse marijuana or other substances like alcohol and your eyes can gloss over and get watery and bloodshot. Furthermore substance misuse compromises both the kidney and nervous systems and, according to TCM, results in excessive paranoia, fear, feelings of insecurity and/or increased nervousness. On the other hand, people with strong kidney and nervous systems are known for their courage, chutzpah and determination.

Yes, reading an expression in the eyes is subjective. Nevertheless, while I see paranoia in the pot users photo below, I don’t see it in photos 2, 3 and 4. And in photos 3 and 4, I read courage and clarity. Now it’s your turn; with a soft gaze, compare these photos to develop a sense of the energy their eyes display.


Karena.Eyes1. Above is an Oregonian in her mid-40s who has used marijuana recreationally since adolescence.  Her eyes lack luster and appear glazed, listless, unfocused and perhaps a little paranoid. It’s because the chemicals in marijuana expand the capillaries in the eyes. Indeed, unfocused is an apt description of a stoner: Marijuana abusers are easily distracted by new sensations, have a hard time staying on task and easily “space out.”


A.eyes2. Like a rising sun, this year-old boy’s eyes are bright and clear and show potential energy for a long life. Of the four photos, his eyes convey the most core or raw energy.
K.eyes3. In contrast with photo #1, note the focus of this 55 year-old Californian above who uses no substances and meditates daily. Although she’d just been diagnosed with cancer, her eyes show focus, clarity and courage to face her condition.


Quintrell.Eyes4. The 81 year-old man from Devon in the UK is also substance-free and he remains fully engaged in philosophical inquiry. His eyes reveal wisdom, dignity and awareness as he approaches his sunset days.

Prescription Cannabis
If you use marijuana for medical purposes, take it as prescribed and adjust your diet and lifestyle to give extra support to your kidneys and nervous system to mitigate any side effects. TCM regards the following foods as strengthening to the kidney and nervous system: root vegetables, seaweed, meat, poultry, fish, bone stock, beans, seeds and nuts. Lifestyle support includes exercise (especially swimming and walking),  protecting yourself from the cold, getting adequate sleep and taking time out to relax and recoup.

Conversely, to strengthen your kidneys and nervous system, it’s important to minimize frozen or chilled foods, refined foods and stimulants; to not overwork or be sedentary.

My how-to book Read Your Face teaches basic facial analysis so you can adjust your diet and lifestyle to realize optimum health. Or in a Face Reading and Diet Consultation, I’ll help you reach your health goals and put a twinkle back in your eyes.

May you be well nourished,