SCD Chicken Tortilla Soup

Summary:   SCD Chicken Tortilla Soup is an EASY and nutritious family favorite that my kidos ask me to make!  We have this soup year round, not just on cold Fall and winter nights.  It’s a great way to increase your children’s vegetable and bone broth consumption, And if you must have ‘tortilla chips’, try the below substitute!  Tip:  Grill twice as many chicken breasts as you need for the week and make this soup in bulk.  Often I quadruple this recipe and freeze portions.  My kidos always take it back to college, and often, I use frozen soups as my “ice” for travel!  If you happen to have a lot of leftover chicken or turkey (think Thanksgiving), this recipe makes great use of it!  The “hot” seasonings — simply adjust to your family’s preference.  Last, I’m sharing for the first time, my real thoughts on our pre-SCD meals (in hindsight) along with where the healing recipes that I post are really rooted.  Clue: “There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.”  Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

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Defy Autoimmune Psoriasis: Green Tea, Black Tea, Lemon Juice Antioxidant

SUMMARY:  Plenty of studies find anti-inflammatory effects of dietary antioxidants such as green tea for chronic disease.  Even in IBD patients, who have a very messed up microbiome (a finding of the American Gut data), the  benefits of antioxidant therapy is well documented (see below studies).  Read here about a simple EASY N=1 hack for one IBD patient that shut down a mild psoriasis skin flare that began two years ago.  They flared psoriasis, but not the autoimmune IBD, eating strict healing diet Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) probably due to a gluten/sugar airborne exposure.  The hack that worked for stopping psoriasis: Green Tea, Black Tea with Lemon Juice antioxidant blend!  I share their recipe here!   It is simple enough that you may want to add it to your immune calming anti-inflammatory arsenal too!  Make sure to see below for why it is important to NOT drink Green Tea for antioxidant benefit along with Iron.  

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Embriette Hyde, Knight Lab, Workshops, Portland

Summary:   Just sharing a fun educational event, that literally could change your health, wellness, and vitality, occurring Friday October 14 thru Sunday, October 16, 2016,  in Portland should you be nearby.  I especially highly recommend catching the keynote speaker, Friday October 14, 2016, Dr. Embriette Hyde present “Redefining Human: Living and Eating in a Microbiome World”.  Embriette is Program Manager for THE AMERICAN GUT PROJECT and works for KNIGHT LAB at the University of California San Diego.  Earlier this year I worked with Embriette and Knight lab on profiling Pittsburgh ferment gut consumers for upcoming Knight Lab probiotic studies.  Without a doubt, Embriette’s Keynote presentation will be awesome!  If you can make it, register for Embriette’s talk, Knight Lab, Workshops, Portland, here.  Please let us know in the comments your thoughts if you are fortunate enough to attend!

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Watch Bacteria Become Antibiotic Resistant

SUMMARY:  This genius 2 week time-lapse video by Harvard Medical School lab lets you watch bacteria become antibiotic resistant.  This experiment is thought to be the first large-scale glimpse of the maneuvers of bacteria as they become superbugs as they encounter increasingly higher doses of antibiotic and adapt to survive — and thrive — in them!  Also read what to do if prescribed an antibiotic. Why? Antibiotics severely affect microbial diversity in the gut for months after exposure (4 months for clindamycin, 12 months for ciprofoxacin)…  An added bonus of this experiment is the rewriting of lab research tools:  The use of a large scale petri plate now opens up new ways for researchers to think about and conduct novel experiments!

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Salad and Dressings WorkShop, microbiome focused

SUMMARY:  Following the May 26 Treesdale seminar, you wanted to know practically how to improve microbiome health.  You now understand it exists, it is changeable, and it is behind 70% of immunity.  So here it is:  attend the Salad and Dressings WorkShop in Wexford, PA! You know you have got to nourish your trillions of microbiome beasties and that certain fats are best till the dust settles on the other oils and their associations to disease.  For those unable to attend, read the prebiotic and probiotic discussion in this post for tips for those two true microbiome supporting salad components. If you are local, come learn how to put it all together!  

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Microbiome Awareness Conversation from Seminar

SUMMARY:  Sharing more Microbiome Awareness conversation from the May 26 seminar, so that all can benefit, even those unable to attend!  Learn great microbiome support tips!  Amaze yourself with how much you actually learned and know!  Comment if I don’t touch on your thoughts; lets continue the conversation! 

Background and more on our bio

Dana Grau and I spoke at the Microbiome Awareness Seminar.  We explained what the microbiome is and included discussion of diet and lifestyle impact to the microbiome which affects its health.  70+ percent our immunity resides in the health of the microbiome and that microbial community then plays a key role in determining your health:

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Microbiome Awareness TMAO Conversation

SUMMARY:  Microbiome Awareness TMAO was summarized in the May 26th seminar, and I suggested condiment size portions for red meat regardless of meat quality (pastured or confined feed lot operations).  Carnitine in red meat acts as an antioxidant and plays a crucial role in the mitochondria—the energy-producing structures in cells—notably in muscles, including heart muscle. But carnitine has a dark side — TMAO.  This post shares TMAO follow-up so that all can benefit, even those unable to attend!  A subsequent post will share more conversation from that evening, but TMAO is a lot of good information, and it deserves a post of its own.  

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Type 2 Diabetes, diet, microbiome

Summary:  Say you use to have Type 2 Diabetes.  How?  READ this study from ITALY.  Ma-Pi 2 diet for Type 2 Diabetes WORKED.  Type 2 Diabetes, diet, microbiome; the Ma-Pi 2 diet for Type 2 Diabetes is dietary modulation of microbiome.  Though this diet BEAT the current recommended diet by Italian professional societies (CTR) consider using it short term and supplementing the diet with healthy fat, wild caught fish, berries, and fermented dairy since the restriction of certain groups could lead to nutritional deficiencies especially vitamin B12 and calcium.   This study describes in pain staking detail, microbiome wise, microbiome impact.   Talk with your doctor for Ma-Pi 2 integration with therapy.  Managing the microbiome through diet is grassroots, and it works.   SAVE a friend and SHARE this post. That huge victory for Specific Carbohydrate Diet for the kids in Pittsburgh with IBD was grassroots.

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Revised Date, Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar

Summary:  There has been such a great response to the Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar posted earlier today, that we have changed the date and time for the presentation to accommodate a larger than originally anticipated audience.  I guess this is a good thing!?!  

The Revised Date, Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar is:

Thursday, May 26, 7:00 -8:30 PM,
the address remains the same:  Treesdale Community Center, One Treesdale Commons Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044. 

The original post, PITTSBURGH MICROBIOME AWARENESS SEMINAR, has been updated to reflect the new date and time, but I am posting this separately to make certain all of you, especially those that have RSVP’d and are attending, are aware of this change.

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Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar

SUMMARY:  Don’t miss this FREE Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar on cutting edge research!  Finally… Pittsburgh is beginning to plan integration of the healing diet tenets of Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) into clinic for an autoimmune!  UPDATE:  There has been such a great response to this seminar that we have revised the date to Thursday, May 26, 7:00 -8:30 PM, in order to accommodate a larger than originally anticipated audience.  The address remains the same:  Treesdale Community Center, One Treesdale Commons Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044.  RSVP Today!!  #biomeonboardawareness #microbiome #guthealth #tadafit

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