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Celery, the Boring Yet Underestimated Vegetable

By Chris Burchell, MediLodge of Monroe Executive Chef

Well, this is a winter for the annals! We are near breaking the record for most snow recorded in one winter and we still have a month and a half to go. Oh Spring, where are you??? I suppose there is no good in lamenting over things beyond our control. March is National Celery Month. Celery is a vegetable often perceived as, well, boring! I mean it has to be boring, if it is the favorite staple for those wishing to shed a few pounds doesn’t it? Well my friends, while it may be a somewhat boring vegetable, celery has been important to us humans for quite some time.celery

Celery is believed to be originally from the Mediterranean basin. Ancient literature documents that celery, or a similar plant form, was cultivated for medicinal purposes before 850 B.C. During ancient times physicians used celery seed to treat the following conditions: colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, various types of arthritis, and liver and spleen ailments. The Italians domesticated celery as a vegetable in the 17th century resulting in selections with solid stems.

There are two types of stalk celery varieties, self-blanching or yellow, and green or Pascal celery. In North America green stalk celery is preferred and mainly eaten raw although it is also eaten cooked. Celeriac, grown for its large bulb (commonly but incorrectly called celery root), is very popular in Europe where it is eaten cooked or raw. Currently California harvests about 23,500 acres per year, Florida 3,500 acres per year, and Michigan 3,000 acres per year. I absolutely love celeriac! Its flavor is made to be partnered with roasted meats, so I’m including a recipe I hope you’ll use with your next pot roast or leg of lamb.

Mashed Celeriac


• 1 celeriac, peeled

• 1/4 cup olive oil

• 1 handful fresh thyme, leaves picked

• 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

• sea salt

• freshly ground black pepper

• 1/4 cup vegetable or beef stock


1. Slice about ½ inch off the bottom of your celeriac and roll it on to that flat edge.

2. Slice and dice it all up into 1/2 inch cubes. Don’t get your ruler out – they don’t have to be perfect.

3. Put a casserole-type pot on a high heat, add olive oil, then add the celeriac, thyme and garlic, with a little seasoning.

4. Stir around to coat and fry quite fast, browning a little, for 5 minutes.

5. Turn the heat down to a simmer, add the water or stock, place a lid on top and cook for around 25 minutes, until tender.

6. Season carefully to taste and stir around with a spoon to smash up the celeriac.


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MediLodge of Monroe

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Therapy and Rheumatoid Arthritis at MediLodge of Sterling Heights

About 1.3 million American’s suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), a serious autoimmune disease that wreaks havoc on the joints. Rheumatoid Arthritis has many symptoms, the most common complaint being pain and stiffness in the joints. Rheumatoid Arthritis is generally managed by medication with a combination of therapy. In the acute phases of RA, therapy may focus on relieving the pain and decreasing the inflammation. This may be done through use of modalities such as diathermy or ultrasound.

Moist heat has also been proven to be successful with relieving pain. If you wake up stiff in the morning consider taking a hot shower and stretching after. If your hands become stiff during the day, fill the sink with warm water and move your hands in the water. After the inflammation and pain have started to subside, therapy sessions will turn their focus to movement.

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

Patient and Therapist at MediLodge of Sterling Heights

The two most important points to remember for arthritis suffers are to keep your joints moving to prevent contractures and increased stiffness as well as joint protection. Patients need to be mindful of breaking down tasks and decreasing the stress on their joints as much as possible, as they complete their daily routines. Here are some main points to consider if you suffer from arthritis:

  • When in the kitchen, instead of lifting a heavy pot, reduce your stress by sliding it across the counter.
  • Consider keeping liquids in smaller containers; think a half gallon size or smaller. This will reduce the stress to your finger joints by reducing the need for a tighter stronger grasp when pouring liquids.
  • Keep a soft, padded mat in front of your sink or laundry tub to prevent the stress on your legs when standing for a long period.
  • Use built-up handled items, when able, to help ease the grasp needed to complete tasks (i.e. hairbrushes, pens, utensils, etc). This will help preserve your hands.
  • Use a reacher to obtain items off the floor and reduce bending as much as possible.
  • When performing prolonged tasks, such as laundry, cooking or gardening, be sure to change your position often.
  • Using a cane or walker can help to alleviate some of the stress on the joints in your legs, if you are affected in the lower body.

The key to relief is to not allow your joints the opportunity to become stiff. We treat many patients with complications from arthritis every day. Recently we had a patient here at MediLodge of Sterling Heights that suffered a severe exacerbation of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Two weeks prior he was working and hunting with his friends. He presented to us, unable to walk or dress himself. His hands were so stiff and inflamed that even feeding himself was a chore. Through the skills of our therapy staff, he regained complete function with adaptations, and was able to return home. Our therapists performed a home evaluation with him and his wife and provided recommendations for in home modifications so that he could preserve his joints and his independence for a safe, successful return home. The discharge planner assisted in obtaining the items needed and provided support for the transition home, helping to coordinate continued therapy services. It was an emotional discharge as he came in completely dependent on staff, and left dependent on only himself. He was trained in joint protection and task breakdown, using techniques such as the ones lifted above. As he came to the therapy department to bid fair well, he thanked us all for giving him his life back. We all wish him the best of luck and reminded him to keep moving and be mindful of protecting his joints.

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MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights


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