This healthy, bioenergetic take on the hearty Sweet Potato Casserole is an excellent dish for the winter season. Naturally sweet and creamy with a crunchy toasted topping, this pleasing recipe is a healthy twist on the traditional sweet potato casserole and does wonders for the spleen. Making this meal excellent for Energetic Integrator (EI) 12: Shock/Spleen Meridian.
The primary focus for Energetic Integrator (EI) 12 is digestion, sugar regulation and nourishment (nutritional - emotional - intellectual nourishment). As the last Energetic Integrator in sequence, this is the compartment that often holds the burden of the body’s accumulated stress and shock. It includes the spleen meridian and its associations.
Energetic Integrator (EI) 12 Infoceutical helps to optimize energy flow along this pathway and to all the components that are contained within it, helping to clear and correct any energy blocks and incoherent messages along the way.
Spleen. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) the spleen organ energy system includes the pancreas and its role in digestion and sugar regulation. The spleen meridian in this context is responsible for the transformation of food into energy and the transportation of that energy from the center of the body upwards and out to all the cells. A central theme here is nourishment and movement. When this process is working well, food is broken down into simple forms that are ready for absorption, the body maintains a steady blood sugar and the cells receive the fuel and nutrition to build tissues and make hormones and enzymes. When it is not, there may be digestive symptoms, especially indigestion and/or loose stools, a lack of energy and reduced function and tissue repair throughout the body. Muscle tissue in particular is associated with this Integrator. As with other Integrators that are involved in metabolism and movement, there may be circulatory issues too, such as pale skin, congestion or cold extremities. Deficient movement causes “stagnation” and fluid accumulation in the tissues. There may be excess phlegm or catarrh and if this process continues and goes deeper it can cause the formation of hard lumps, fibroids and tumors.
EI-12 includes both the pancreas and the spleen; lymphatic fluid and tissues; muscle fascia; the corpus callosum, which links the cerebral hemispheres, coordinating left and right brain activity; the uterus and, in pregnant women, the fetus.
Shock. Shock can badly distort this Integrator and its functions. It is not uncommon for people who have experienced a physical or emotional trauma like the loss of a loved one, or a frightening experience, to go on to develop diabetes shortly after. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a major event, sometimes it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back scenario, and the “I’ve never been right since” – the result of an accumulation of little errors and blocks in the flow of energy and information, that eventually becomes too much for the body to correct. Here we get burn-out, exhaustion and the development of chronic health conditions. EI-12 is particularly vulnerable to the effects of radiation and geopathic stress. It can also accumulate environmental toxins, as well as physical and emotional traumas.
Emotions. The emotion that is most damaging to the spleen is worry. Just as overeating, or toxic accumulation can stress the spleen, so can obsessive worrying and over-thinking, giving it too much to handle. Thinking and memory recall can become less sharp, and we may feel bogged down and unable to see a way to move forward, at least not with an agile mind and an agile body. The Chinese term for bad temper is 'bad spleen energy', an association also reflected in the English term 'splenetic' which means bad-tempered. Sugar regulation issues typically cause mood issues, such as irritability, temper tantrums or bouts of melancholy. With exhaustion there can sometimes be the exhaustion of hope. On the other hand, EI-12 brings acceptance (which is a powerful way to relieve stress and restore hope) and the ability to experience pleasure, a basic indication of well-being. The themes around nourishment relate to sympathy and compassion and the ability to take care of ourselves and others. It is possible to have too much sympathy as well as a lack. With too much sympathy we may have a “poor me” attitude or become overwhelmed and too involved in the struggles of others. Balanced energy brings stability, security and trust in our self-ability to heal and move forwards in life.
Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Crumble
Prep Time: 60-75 minutes
- 4 Large Organic Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cut into medium chunks
- 3-4 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (Malk Brand is very clean)
- 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Sea Salt (or Cinnamon Sea Salt)
- 1 Cup Pecans
- 1/3 Cup Fine Almond Flour
- 1/4 Cup Organic Coconut Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- 1/2 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place sweet potatoes in large stock pot with water and bring to a boil. Once water boils, reduce heat to simmer and cook until pieces are fork-tender (15-20 minutes).
- Prepare the crumble by placing all ingredients into food processor and pulse until mixed, but chunky.
- Place cooked sweet potatoes in large bowl. With hand blender, mash down and mix a bit to break up. Add maple syrup, almond milk, vanilla, and sea salt. Mix well until creamy and light.
- Place the sweet potato mixture into casserole dish. Smooth out the top and cover with the crumble mixture.
- Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes. The top should be golden brown.
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