Feeling rushed in the morning? No time for breakfast?




How many people are overwhelmed with making too many decisions every single day, and are looking for a way to make life a little bit easier? Hey, I'm Karen Taylor of The Breakfast Cure. Let's talk about decision burnout.  

The best thing we can do to reduce stress is to have some plans in place to make our day easier. One of the ways we can do that is by having a breakfast plan that we love, that's easy, and that reduces the number of decisions we have to make every single day.

Now, you already know if you've seen any of my other videos, how much I love congee and that's what I'm here to teach you about, but today I want to talk about why congee is so important for your mental/emotional state.

Decision making is the domain of the Gallbladder. In Chinese medicine every organ has an associated emotion as well as governing certain aspects of metal function. Too many decisions is hard on the Gallbladder and someone with a weak or toxic Gallbladder will have trouble making decisions. More on that in an up-coming article on organs and emotions, but managing stress is crucial for organ healing.

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Congee is a porridge that you cook overnight in a crock pot, so when you wake up you're already one step ahead of the game. No decisions to make, breakfast is ready whenever you're ready to eat it. You can ease into your day.

You already know you're not going to have to think about what to eat. You're not going to have to think about ​getting enough nutrition, did you get the right amount of calories, did you get your healthy fats and your spices and your herbs and your grains and all the other things that you need for a healthy day.

Think about trying congee for those reasons alone, and because it's delicious and you'll love it.

The best thing we can do to reduce stress is to have some plans in place to make our day easier. One of the ways we can do that is by having a breakfast plan we love that's easy and that reduces the number of decisions we have to make every single day.

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How I discovered the miracle of congee and improved it





Good Morning. I'm Karen Taylor. I'm the founder of the Breakfast Cure. Today I want to talk to you about congee. Congee is a traditional Asian rice porridge, that's been eaten all over Asia for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The Breakfast Cure is a modern adaptation of that. I've spent a lot of time modernizing it for the  Western pallet-making a congee that you can eat and find delicious and that doesn't seem foreign, but delivers all of the medicinal healing properties of this ancient recipe.

​I started eating congee about 20 years ago, when I was in Chinese medical school, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was introduced to the concept of slow cooking grains to make them more easily digestible. I thought that was an interesting concept. What really ignited the fire in me, was trying it, and feeling how different my digestion felt.

I suddenly noticed that my stomach didn't hurt at all. There was no pain, no cramping. In fact, I felt this warm, soothing, comforting, nourishing feeling that just grew, the more days in a row that I ate it. That really made me want to find out more about it. I've spent over 20 years trying all these different combinations to find the really tasty, healthy ones that work in our modern world.

​I've spent a lot of time ​modernizing congee for ​the Western pallet-making a congee that you can eat and find delicious and that doesn't seem foreign, but delivers all of the medicinal healing properties of this ancient recipe.

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How to Know a Good Bowel Movement-Constipation Demystified





​​​Good morning.  I want to talk to you about digestion. Not a very popular topic, least of all constipation.

But what could be more important than good digestion in your stomach and good elimination from your intestines. That's the best way to feel fabulous. Why don't people want to talk about it? It's kind of personal, but I'm going to get over it and talk to you about it today, because I think it's one of the most important topics that we can talk about.

​What is a good bowel movement? How do you know a good bowel movement when you have one?

Basically, the most important thing is to have a regular bowel movement every day. Good bowel movements are one of the things we take for granted. If you have good digestion, you never think about it. I think it's really important to talk about digestion, elimination, constipation, loose stools, and all those other taboo subjects, because they're critical for good health. You can't really feel great unless you have good elimination. 

Good bowel movements are one of the things we take for granted. If you have good digestion, you never think about it.

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One formed, normal bowel movement a day is what you want to look for. You also could have two if you have a very high plant based diet, if you still find that it's formed and normal. You also want it to pass comfortably. It should never be uncomfortable, difficult, or incomplete-it will be sticky as well. That's also not a healthy bowel movement. It should never be hard and dry. It should be of similar color and texture throughout and it should be not too thin like a pencil or not pebbles like rabbit turds.Also, there shouldn't be undigested food in your stool. Yes, everyone sees corn in their stool, but other than the really difficult to digest foods you shouldn't see any recognizable food particles in your stools.

​One of the things people don't know about constipation is the relationship between fiber and water. It's great to increase your fiber, but if you don't increase the water too you can actually compound the issues with constipation. No joke. If you take any kind of fiber, especially as a supplement you need to take those water recommendations seriously or you can really stop yourself up. So, take heed and balance your water with your grains, and with all of your other foods. Hydration is one of the most important things in battling constipation, so drink water but also eat foods that contain a lot of water, and congee is a great way to start out your day with a lot of hydrating foods right inside your meal.

Hydration is one of the most important things in battling constipation, so drink water but also eat foods that contain a lot of water, and congee is a great way to start out your day with a lot of hydrating foods right inside your meal.

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​Whole grains absorb water in your system and they also will regulate the fluids in your intestines. If you have water weight, bloating, or you tend to hold fluids in your tissue, like swelling in your ankles, legs, arms, hands, face. Eating a good balance of whole grains can really help that. And when I'm talking about whole grains, I'm talking about grains that haven't been processed at all, not made into flour, where you start with the most whole form of the grain and you slow cook it overnight into congee. It's an amazing solution for digestive distress.

That leads me of course to my favorite topic, which is congee. We're going to talk about how congee can help with constipation. Congee really does eliminate constipation. It helps with elimination unbelievably. It softens the fiber so that it's really actually very soothing and moves through your whole digestive system really easily.

​People who start eating congee regularly are reporting to me all the time how much more elimination they have, how they feel like their intestines are very much more highly functional. And that it seems like there's been a gentle cleanse. That's the best kind of cleanse. You really don't want to do anything so dramatic. You want to soothe any damage that's happened to your intestines from hard foods, things that get stuck, nuts and seeds and things like that can be challenging for the system, because they're eaten hard and raw. So, as long as we break things down and soften them it soothes our digestive system.

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Breakfast superfood explodes in your mouth-mind blown!

I'm so glad you're here, because today I want to talk about one of my favorite discoveries called the Goldenberry. It's a really special berry from South America. It's also known as a Peruvian cherry, Gooseberry, Aztec berry, but I like to call it a Goldenberry.

They are really amazing in congee because they soak up all the water; they plump all up and become this beautiful round golden ball, and when you pop it in your mouth it bursts with flavor! It's tart, a little bit sweet. It's kind of earthy, and it has a really special flavor, so check it out.

​It's also really good for you, because it's high in protein, high in fiber and high in beta-carotene-good for your eyes, good for your digestion. Including some Goldenberries in your breakfast is a great way to get extra nutrients.

Including some Goldenberries in your breakfast is a great way to get extra nutrients: high in protein, high in fiber and high in beta-carotene-good for your eyes, good for your digestion.

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​They're a superfood, so they have high levels of antioxidants, which are anti-aging, anti-cancer. They're also anti-microbial and an excellent way to get a natural anti-inflammatory into your diet. Goldenberries have been shown to reduce Uric acid, which is the cause of gout.

​Eat Goldenberries for all of their nutrient value, for their delicious flavor and because they're a little bit different, and it's great get a wide variety of ingredients, because then you increase your variety of nutrients as well. 

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Temperature vs Nature of Food

​Temperature

​Warm, cooked food is healing and soothing for digestion. Eating warm foods eases strain on the system and over time optimizes absorption of crucial nutrients.

Well understood in Asia, this most basic theory of digestion explains that everything you eat must be heated up in your stomach to a 100 degree soup.

Congee is a medicinal porridge based on this centuries-old wisdom. Well cooked and very hydrating, congee is an excellent base for including other healthy foods because it makes them easier to digest and absorb.

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​Nature

​Our understanding of food is often quite cultural. One of my favorite concepts from Asian nutritional wisdom is that all foods have a unique "nature."

The essence of each food is not altered by heating or chilling. The warming or cooling affect on the body occurs regardless of how hot or cold the food is when you eat it.

Cucumbers, for example, are cooling even when eaten in hot soup and can be refreshingly cool in summer.
Ginger is warming even if eaten as ice cream. Spices warm up each bite in your stomach.  Spices such as nutmeg magnify the warming, digestion-promoting congee effect.

​The nature of a food is it's essence. Cool as a cucumber. Ginger is warming even when eaten cold.

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Congee for Parkinson’s and difficulty swallowing

Karen Taylor, L.Ac. addresses members of a 

Parkinson's support group to discuss

the benefits of eating congee.

I love how easy it is to eat congee, but now I know just how important that can be for people who experience swallowing challenges.

The Breakfast Cure is still very young, with only a little over six months from inception. Every month has been incredible and I am learning so much. This month has been no exception.

Fig Cardamom Pistacio with a hint of Orange

A bundle of Fig Cardamom Pistachio with a hint of Orange

Last week I was honored to speak at an Alternative Parkinson's Support Group, and it was a blast! What a truly inspiring group of individuals.

The Breakfast Cure hosted the first ever congee tasting and it was a party right down to the last bite.

​Congee - perfect food for difficulty swallowing. The Breakfast Cure tasting party at a Parkinson's support group.

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I have long been aware of the many digestive benefits of congee such as eliminating constipation and improving nutrient absorption, but I was thrilled to discover that ease of swallowing is also high on the list.

​Difficulty swallowing is associated with Parkinson's Disease as well as with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, post stroke and brain and spinal cord injuries. ​

Choking and aspirating air into the lungs during meals can have serious consequences.  ​Difficulty swallowing can occur at any stage of Parkinson's disease.

According The Michael J. Fox ​Foundation For Parkinson's Research, "The leading cause of death in Parkinson's is aspiration pneumonia due to swallowing disorders."

One congee convert said it "was the perfect solution for ease of swallowing, pleasant taste, and adding food and nutrition at breakfast. Have used it just about every morning."

I'm celebrating the love of congee for a whole new reason that really matters; it is a solution helping people who mean so much to me. 

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Om Berry Breakfast Cure Congee is delicious plain or garnished with fresh berries.

If you know someone struggling with Parkinson's or swallowing difficulty for any reason, please share this article, or keep an eye out for a very special holiday offer coming from The Breakfast Cure. A congee box could be the perfect gift.

DIY Apple Spice Congee Demo

DIY Apple Spice Congee Recipe

DIY Breakfast Cure recipe for Apple Spice Congee. Easy, healthy, homemade.


Today I'm making Apple Spice Congee, a perfect Autumn breakfast. Just when you need more time in the morning, The Breakfast Cure delivers. Simply put all the ingredients in the crock pot the night before and your morning is suddenly more spacious, your day more balanced and your energy more even.

DIY Apple Spice Congee Demo. Easily make delish healthy breakfast overnight while you sleep. Learn how today.

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​Learn how to easily make delicious overnight breakfasts with healthy whole grains, organic fruits, healthy fats, herbs, spices and more. Follow my recipes or get creative and find your favorite way to let breakfast cook while you sleep.

Why not try some warm, comforting Breakfast Cure recipes to spice up your mornings?

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I wasn't too excited about eating a porridge for breakfast. I did not think it would sustain me for the morning. But it takes away all the hassle of figuring out what to make in the morning. It's also really easy to digest and feels really nourishing.

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I loved it--I loved the variety of flavor profiles and how full and satisfied I felt after eating. It was so nice to come downstairs in the morning and have a delicious breakfast waiting for me.

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Fall into Your Perfect Breakfast Rhythm

Fall is in the air.
Can you feel the energy of change all around you?

As we leave the warm, outward movement of summer & move to the cool, hibernation of winter, there is an opportunity.

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The theory of yin and yang wisely teaches how to harness the power available to us during times of transition. As we switch from one extreme to the other, there is an instability that allows new pathways to form. As we leave the warm, outward movement of summer and move into the cool, hibernation of winter, there is an opportunity.

This is the perfect time to set up new healthy strategies you will love and that will help you feel great and to flourish through the darkness, to resist the onslaught of nasty winter bugs.

Fall makes you want comfort food and breakfast is the best way to jump start your digestion, metabolism and stave off carb cravings for the rest of the day. When you are nourished and satisfied with real whole foods, it's easy to skip unhealthy snacks.

Yes, this is the time to FALL INTO YOUR PERFECT BREAKFAST RHYTHM. Nourish and warm yourself with congee. It's so easy.

Two ways to make it happen:

If you've been thinking about trying a Breakfast Cure Box, why not start today?
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OR...do you have your crock pot and have been waiting for the right moment to make your first batch? This is it! Why not today?

Here is a very simple Apple Cinnamon recipe to get you started or to enjoy your delicious fresh apples in a new way. You'll see how easy it is.

What you need:
     1. The right size crock pot. 1.5-2.5 quart for 1-2 people. 3 quart small family size, etc.

     2. Use this recipe as a guideline. Spice it up or down. Just get going!

Apple Oat Groat Congee
Place everything in the crock. 2 servings.
1/2 cup organic oat groats (be sure to use whole oat groats!)
1 apple peeled and cored (or put this in when you wake up and let warm before serving)
1 tsp. healthy fat (butter, coconut oil or butter, ghee, etc.)
2 1/2 cups water.
Add a dash of cinnamon or just keep it plain and simple. Delicious!
Stir, cover, set to low. Cook for 8-12 hours while you sleep.
Substitute any kind of rice or gluten free grain as needed when gluten free oat groats are not available.

*not using cups and quarts? Simply use 5:1 ratio as the key. 5 times as much water as whole grains.

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Interview with Karen Taylor, Founder of The Breakfast Cure

2 ways to enjoy morning. Learn to make it yourself OR get a Breakfast Cure Box delivered to your door. Rise & Shine!

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Karen Taylor has been practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine since 1995. Karen is also a breakfast pioneer. She has been prescribing warm, cooked, congee breakfasts to her patients for over 20 years with great results.



Karen founded The Breakfast Cure to share this healing, energizing comfort food with you. Perfect for busy people, Breakfast Cure meals cook overnight while you sleep.

Passionate about sharing the benefits of healthy, warm, cooked breakfast with the world, Karen founded The Breakfast Cure to share the deep wisdom of ancient Asian nutritional ​approach.

By eating soothing, slow-cooked, hydrating congee, you can heal your digestion, absorb more nutrients, get a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, boosting your metabolism all the while.

Plus the real bonus is that you create more precious morning time. It's super quick and easy and anyone can do it. Because it cooks overnight while you sleep, there is more time for what you love about morning...petting your dog or cat while sitting quietly, blasting some tunes and getting your groove on, meditating, riding your bicycle, reading a book, whatever makes your morning sweet, sacred, and special.

Make time for yourself with The Breakfast Cure. How will you enjoy extra morning time? Sleep more? Read? Meditate...

Make time for yourself with The Breakfast Cure. How will you enjoy extra morning time? Sleep more? Read? Meditate...

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Introducing The Mini Box

Introducing The Breakfast Cure Mini Box!

Now you can get all the same delicious, organic, gluten free, no GMO ingredients in a 6 Breakfast Bundle box.

Same FREE crock pot with your first box.


You choose the flavors or let me send my Chef's Choice Mini Box. No fuss no muss. Try new whole grains, and superfruits. Feel more and more nourished over time.

Introducing The Mini Box! The Breakfast Cure 6 pack. Give it a try today and feel more and more nourished over time.

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