Summary: I always want you to make your own salad dressing because most grocery store and restaurant options are not doing your gut or your waistline any good! In fact, their ingredients include canola, soybean, vegetable oil and other needless gut damaging food-like ingredients like emulsifiers, that are obesogenic, cause low grade inflammation, metabolic syndrome, IBD if predisposed, inhibit your liver’s main detox P-450 gene, and precludes your absorption of essential life preserving fat soluble carotenoids which you can literally see in all the eat-the-rainbow colors I preach! To work around all that and to celebrate Valentine’s holiday, I’m sharing 2 EASY ♥ family fav recipes, Simply Amazing SCD Avocado Dressing along with it’s Ranch Dressing variations and the Delicious Homemade Dijon Mustard which is used in the dressing recipe. Both are staples in my healing kitchens! I am in total ♥ with the mayo product that I also use in this recipe — Mark Sisson’s Primal Kitchen Mayo with Avocado Oil — which also happens to be SCD legal according to Dr. Suskind NIMBAL SCD PRODUCE study materials! Many of you know I have been eating the healing diets for over a decade, settling into SCD’s modified versions now in microbiome test, to induce and maintain remission of an autoimmune disease medication–free all those years! And yet, despite all of the creative food work–arounds I learned, I never bothered to make a SCD legal mayo! Why? Because while recipes abound, the controversy over eating raw eggs and the immersion process non-perfection trumped! Those problems are no more thanks to Primal Kitchen Mayo with Avocado Oil which uses heart, body, and brain healthy monounsaturated fatty acid avocado oil! “Nothing processed or artificial, no added sugars, partially hydrogenated or trans fats, soybean or canola oils. No more artificial flavors, colors, dyes, waxes or chemical preservatives. Just. Real. Food” Hoping you enjoy my redic delic creamy truly healthy Simply Amazing SCD Avocado Dressing along with it’s Ranch Dressing variations! As a double added bonus, the Delicious Homemade Dijon Mustard (SCD legal of course) recipe is also included! XOXO to you and yours, Happy Valentine’s holiday ♥
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!
Summary: Most everyone wonders what are the ingredients that make up healing diet holiday recipes and that create nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory, low toxin great tasting traditional food that even folks not on any dietary restrictions will enjoy. Seems impossible, but it is absolutely possible. I do it all of the time; guests are amazed and hosts welcome such!
I’m sharing four of my family’s and guests favorite holiday recipes (and my Pinterest Holiday board shares more) for our Butternut Squash Soup opener and incredible Whole Beef Tenderloin recipe which literally melts in your mouth and is great topped with Alton Brown’s Horseradish Cream Sauce or our fav Mushroom Sauce. The Horseradish Cream Sauce uses SCD 24 hour dripped yogurt (or Greek yogurt), and it is also a great salad dressing! We’ve tested lots of recipes but these stand the test of time and remain our holiday tradition first course and main entree. It is interesting that long before I even knew what a healing diet truly was, the soup, tenderoin, and mushroom sauce recipes are coincidentally also autoimmune-protocol (AIP) compliant as well as PALEO, SCD, AND GAPS compliant. The Horseradish Cream Sauce is PALEO, SCD, AND GAPS compliant, but not AIP compliant due to the dairy. AIP is explained further below, but suffice it to say AIP is perhaps the most challenging of the healing diets due to the vast amount of foods eliminated, albeit this is temporary. I bet some of your own family favorites are AIP compliant!
Summary: Learn the association between Soybean oil, Corn oil, Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome & P-450 inhibition, the main liver detox enzyme, having significant affects on expression of genes that metabolize drugs & toxicants. 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:
- 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].
- 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.
SUMMARY: The focus of this post is to better your understanding of vegetable oils and unsaturated fats. Raw vegetable salads are chock-full of important vitamins and nutrients, but the latest science says you won’t get much benefit without eating them along with both the right type & amount of fat. In fact, essentially no or very low absorption of carotenoids was observed when salads with fat-free salad dressing were consumed (see this study or this study, Table 3.)
In this post learn: the preferred fat/oil for best carotenoid absorption (spoiler alert: that would be unadulterated, organic, and cold pressed EVOO brands which are listed in the UC Davis pdf report here — scroll down to the lightbulb for more details), that you can actually ditch dressing and instead add half an avocado, or you can add cooked eggs to an incredibly small amount of dressing to even further boost carotenoid absorption. Make certain you consider the sections entitled What inhibits Carotenoid Absorption for possible impact due to your particular health status, and the tips for Decoding Labels.