Category Archives: Whole Food

school lunch bag chocolate chip cookies

SUMMARY:  I hear you… school lunch bags and dessert.  Well… here is what I pack; it is the very same chocolate chip cookie recipe that you sampled.  Actually, I always double this recipe making it in bulk using a very large stainless steel mixing bowl that I happened upon at Marshall’s.  I freeze all these cookies, and we just eat them straight out of the freezer!  They make great packable school lunch bag chocolate chip cookies! Substitutions for healing diets SCD, GAPS, and UMass IBD-AID are noted.

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Two week Sugar Elimination: Mind and Body physiological changes

Summary:  Two week Sugar Elimination: Mind and Body physiological changes, are so true, vast, deep, and amazing… Why anyone would not try such, I’m clueless on.  This post provides some insights and How-To’s for doing a two week sugar  elimination.

This article, HOW GIVING UP REFINED SUGAR CHANGED MY BRAIN, is truly such a pleasure and great read that I’m posting direct excerpts.  I wish every one would do a two week sugar elimination diet. You’d experience a revelation in Mind and Body physiological changes that are impossible to ignore, in how you feel including energy and mental clarity.  The linked article notes such for elimination of only refined sugar which everyone can try.  

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Soybean oil, corn oil, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome

Summary:  Now is the time to be wary of and consider eliminating polyunsaturated fatty acids soybean oil and corn oil (as well as vegetable oil —since this typically contains soybean oil) as they were found to:

  1. Link to diabetes and metabolic syndrome. In the US, metabolic syndrome is estimated to be present in 20–30% of adults and 3–10% of children [100,101]. 
  2. Significantly affect the expression of many genes that metabolize drugs and other foreign compounds that enter the body, suggesting that a soybean oil-enriched diet could affect one’s response to drugs and environmental toxicants. The single most highly represented family of dysregulated genes was that of the [key liver detox] cytochrome P450 (Cyp) genes (30 genes total).

Also worth noting: the soybean plus fructose diet had less severe metabolic effects compared to the soybean oil diet, but it did cause more negative effects in the kidney and a marked increase in prolapsed rectums, a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which like obesity is on the rise.

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4th of July Fruit Roundup & Burger Thoughts

Sharing an EASY 4th of July Fruit Roundup, and a Grassfed Burger recipe, for party & picnic ideas, although honestly, these are fun & fabulous anytime!

And the best part… absolutely NO artificial colorings, artificial flavorings, or additives!  Nature is providing all!

Tip:   Just dip banana slices in lemon juice to prevent discoloration.

Berries… please buy organic as they are on EWG’s Dirty List:

EWG 2015 Dirty and Clean List
Source: http://ecowatch.com/2015/02/26/shopper-guide-pesticides-produce/

For the pie recipe…  please don’t use canola oil… just use coconut oil!!!  You will soon see the post detailing transfat (and other) problems with canola oil — all industrial seed oils for that matter!

Burger thoughts

For mouthwatering burgers:

Mouthwatering Grassfed Burgers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 21 minutes

Yield: 12 four and one half inch burgers

Serving Size: One burger.

Mouthwatering Grassfed Burgers

Grassfed meat has fatty acids that differ from grainfed meats. Unique taste results and non-conventional cooking is required to bring out the tastefulness. The reference links in the Notes section are great for understanding fatty acid differences. Source: biomeonboardawareness.com

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs of grassfed ground meat (we use 1 lb —95% lean to 2 lbs — 85% )
  • 2 large cloves of finely diced garlic
  • about 1/2 cup of diced red onions
  • sea salt and pepper to suit your taste preferences.

Instructions

  1. Briefly blend all ingredients using your fingers so as to not toughen burgers.
  2. Shape into 4 - 1/2 diameter sized burgers.
  3. Grill over medium heat flipping every 3 minutes, until reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. NOTE: Once you reach 160 degrees F, the burgers quickly reach 165 degrees F so watch closely. Once burgers reach 165F, they should no longer be pink inside; do not char outside of meat.
  4. Remove burgers from the heat, and allow to rest a few minutes so that juices can meld.

Notes

http://biomeonboardawareness.com/4th-of-july-fruit-roundup-burger-thoughts/

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4th of July Cashew Cheesecake with Nut Crust, SCD/GAPS/PALEO

Summary:  This is a great 4th of July dessert, and it is just in time for the holiday!  But honestly, we always have this Cashew Cheesecake with Nut Crust in our freezer for snacking! Some add peanut butter into the filling, or blueberries swirled atop the cheesecakes, and others top with coconut milk whip cream. I suppose that is what makes this recipe so fun… you can dress it up but you certainly don’t need to! It is equally delicious as is!  Credit for this recipe goes to Minimalist Baker, although  I’ve modified it to include proper nut preparation as well as to proportionately increase the filling ingredients to reflect 15 full sized muffing tins instead of one dozen, since I always get 15 nut crusts!

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SCD Protein Bar (similar to Cliff Bars) or Bite Sized Candy

SUMMARY: This is a favorite SCD protein bar that we actually cut into bite sized nugget pieces which are then frozen. It is perfect for snacking.  The recipe uses a food processor and no baking is required!  The ingredients are pressed into a parchment lined dish, frozen, and then cut into the desired nugget sizes.  I always double this recipe since it is a freezer stored food. 

Ingredients I Prefer to Use

The ingredients in this recipe make these bars an advanced food for those on healing diets such as SCD, GAPS, or PALEO.  For this very reason, I recommend properly preparing nut and seed ingredients  whenever possible to make such more easily digestible.  I use the following ingredients for this very reason although I am not aware of “SCD legal” letters for them.  Be cautious if you are SCD or GAPS and use these brands, but many use them without problem. You can be creative and use your favorite nuts, seeds, and nut butters, but I prefer:

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Preserve & Restore Loss of Microbiome Diversity is Aggressive Preventative Medicine

SUMMARY:  Aggressive Preventative Medicine means preserving the microbiome you have and restoring any loss incurred.  See how far that thought goes with your doctor!  Diet really does work to alter the microbiome and can help to restore loss of microbiome; for example, fermented kimchi actually positively impacted metabolic syndrome factors including systolic and diastolic blood pressures, percent body fat, fasting glucose, and total cholesterol.  

⇒⇒  This post teaches how to reduce the loss of microbiome diversity and restore such – crowding out concept.

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Date Nut Bread, PALEO SCD GAPS

SUMMARY:  The recipe, Date Nut Bread, PALEO SCD GAPS, UMass IBD-AID is a favorite of family and friends.  This is NOT a sweet bread per se although the dates do provide a tinge of sweetness.  Some enjoy this bread with a swirl of butter on top.  Double, if not triple, the recipe; it is that good.  No matter what diet you are targeting, this is a healing nutrient dense recipe if you tolerate nuts, and for AIP — nuts have been successfully reintroduced, and for low FODMAPs — substitute maple syrup for the dates and consume small portions due to almond restrictions. Tip:  Freeze extra mini loaves to always have this on hand.

The recipe is interesting since it uses several ingredients you may never have baked with — both almond and coconut flours, dates, and apple cider vinegar.  Just the combination sounds peculiar; but it is a winner!  The recipe also uses a food processor; I have had mine for 30 plus years — a bridal shower gift from my sister — though I honestly never really used it until beginning to eat SCD.

embellishment7Some thoughts on serving size:  One slice is actually enough even though it isn’t near the size you are use to, bread-wise.   Remember, with nutrient dense foods, you honestly eat less due to satiety.

embellishment7We have habits of eating a lot of something mainly because our body seeks nutrition, which the Standard American Diet is sorely lacking.  This recipe is nutrient dense thus you eat less to nourish your body.

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What’s in a Practical Whole Foods PALEO, SCD, Gaps Healing Fridge?

SUMMARY:  What is in a practical whole foods PALEO, SCD, GAPS healing, anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense fridge, that also happens to be sustainable and family and friends friendly?  Practical tips for transitioning & quality food sourcing links are provided also.

As requested, here is the breakdown of the food shown in the featured photo on the Testimonial page.  

At the bottom of this post you’ll find Practical tips for transitioning to a more healing nutrient dense refrigerator, and quality food  sourcing links.  

A whole foods eating plan isn’t a diet per se, but a lifetime lifestyle change.  

One of the most difficult parts of switching up your eating is ⇒

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Slide source http://biomeonboardawareness.com

No worries though as this happens naturally as you learn whole food preparation and the organization involved. 

Quitting things cold turkey can be hard; I do not recommend such.  

Try eliminating the bad by crowding it out with better alternatives.  Use the lessons learned in this healing refrigerator for what you can change up in yours.  You can not stop everything you’re doing if you are not prepared to replace it with healthier alternatives.  And most important, you can not make the transition over night.  Be kind to yourself learning what is anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense food and how to practically prepare such.

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16S rRNA challenges healthy vaginal microbiome; ferments & coconut oil rock!

SUMMARY:   Incredulously, the latest 16S rRNA research now challenges what was thought for years to be a ‘protective,’ ‘normal,’ and healthy vaginal microbiome. Our many microbiomes ideally are “inherited” and originate from our passage through the vagina, and yet it seems a ‘healthy’ and ‘normal’ vaginal microbiome has been elusive; in fact, many women have a compromised vaginal microbiome and many are asymptomatic, or perhaps not… 

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