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. 

Om Berry Breakfast Cure Congee

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.

Erin Brandenburg Occupational Therapist
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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.

Amanda Filley

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? Click here to see the flavor menu and get started!

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.

​Let me know how it goes! Leave a comment below.

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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Leftovers – Delicious the Next Day

I've been hearing from a lot of folks who love using the 1.5-2 quart crock pot to cook breakfast overnight! Yay! Just two quick tips. First, be sure to soak the crock as soon as you serve to make clean-up  a snap. It really helps! Secondly, save your leftovers for another yummy breakfast.

I love leftovers!

I never want my good homemade whole grains to go to waste. Plus, they make great leftovers! The best method is a personal preference but here are some suggestions:

1. Reheat on the stove in a small sauce pan with a little milk, nut milk, coconut milk. Add a dash of vanilla to brighten it up a bit.

2. Pan fry! So yummy.

A personal favorite because I love the crisper texture to contrast with the smoother breakfast the first day. Put a little butter or coconut oil, olive oil or any favorite oil into the pan. Add a serving of leftover congee to the pan. Flatten and shape it into a pancake.

Use leftover congee in creative ways. Try pan frying for crisper texture

Pan Frying Congee Leftovers

3. Pop it in the microwave. Yep, I do it! Ready in seconds.

4. Melt a slice of cheese on top. Place in the oven on baking sheet with a slice of cheese on top until it's warm and melted.

5. Put the extra serving directly out of the crock into a soup thermos and have it for a snack later the same day. Try stirring in a spoonful of nut butter to give it a little extra staying power.

6. Put serving in a sauce pan with a little extra water and bring to a simmer. Whisk in a beaten egg, let cook a minute or two and serve. If it's savory add some fresh scallions and toasted sesame  oil, etc. For sweet add a few fresh berries and toasted nuts.

I'd love to hear what you have been doing with your leftovers...if you have any! Post a comment below and let me know what congee you've been making and how you enjoy it most. What do you do to liven up what's left?

Get recipes and tips for amazing and easy breakfasts.

Love mornings with The Breakfast Cure insider secrets.

Cook until golden, flip and cook until warm and cooked to perfection. Top with appropriate fresh herbs, fruits, nuts, yogurt, etc, or just eat as is. Top savory congee cakes with an egg or two. Experiment with beating an egg and mixing in before you pan fry.

PAN TOASTED PORRIDGE CAKES! LEFTOVERS AT THE BREAKFAST CURE - THE WAY WE ROLL.

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Slow Cook Breakfast Overnight

Slow cook your breakfast overnight to unlock time & energy

Tired of the usual breakfast?

Healthy breakfast bundles delivered to your door.

Pour into the breakfast mini slow cooker - Free with your first order. Slow cook delicious healthy breakfast overnight while you sleep.

Slow cooking grains overnight brings out nutrients and flavor.

Long slow cooking also softens and moistens the fiber.

Take in 5 times as much water as compared to the average breakfast.

Eat a wide variety of nutrients contained in the organic and gluten free ingredients in each bundle of breakfast cure love.




Explore making your own recipes from scratch.

Let me take care of everything so you can check healthy breakfast off the to do. Done!

Slow cook your breakfast overnight. Unlock time and energy the breakfast cure way. #breakfastcure

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Ginger Pear Congee Recipe – Hydrate your cells & improve digestion

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I love how Breakfast Cure recipes are both deeply hydrating and at the same time soothe and regulate digestion. Bonus - this prevents and even eliminates bloating.

Here in Oregon we have amazing pears and hazelnuts. Fresh pears make a wonderful breakfast. Soft and lightly sweet, pears mix naturally with soft, soothing slow cooked grains.

Pears are so juicy and add to the hydrating quality of any congee breakfast. The whole grains cook slowly overnight absorbing 6 times the water!

Because it's warm and well cooked, it's super comforting for the body and soul PLUS, as an acupuncturist, I always recommend a warm cooked breakfast for increasing metabolism, digestion and therefor energy.​

​That's why I say "The Breakfast Cure unlocks time and energy"

New to making congee for breakfast? Be sure to download my quickstart guide for the best results the first time you make a Breakfast Cure recipe.

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Breakfast Cure quick start congee guide recipes

Download your free recipe & make Ginger Pear Breakfast Cure Congee at home! Hydrate-improve digestion-feel great!

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Gluten Free Breakfast

Today we made Breakfast Cure Bundles filled with healthy  organic and gluten free breakfast ingredients.  And we did the whole thing in our new dedicated gluten free kitchen.

At The Breakfast Cure, we plan, shop, prep, portion, perfect, and deliver so you don't have to. Keep it simple and get healthy gluten free breakfasts without the hassle. Put the packet in the FREE crock pot, add water, stir, set to low, and sleep while your breakfast cooks overnight.

More interested in do it yourself recipes and know how for creating healthy gluten free breakfasts at home? Click below to...

Healthy gluten free breakfast can be quick, easy and homemade. The Breakfast Cure way.

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What is the Breakfast Cure? Healthy breakfast just got really easy.

Easy Healthy Breakfast Delivered!

HEALTHY BREAKFAST = BEAUTIFUL DAY

THE BREAKFAST CURE. UNLOCK TIME & ENERGY. 

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Introducing healthy breakfast made easy. The Breakfast Cure is for people who want to wake up to a homemade, healthy breakfast. No muss no fuss. Throw delicious Breakfast Cure bundles in the FREE crock pot, add water, stir, set to low and sleep while your breakfast cooks overnight. Easy healthy breakfast really delivers.

Want to make up your own recipes? Learn to make congee at home with my DIY recipes. Get your own 2 quart crock pot, get free recipes and congee guides and get started today.