Summary: I don’t write a lot about toxin loads but should. They affect all of us and this study by UC Davis [Vogt et al, 2008] found that for children, the cumulative toxin load in all 364 children evaluated for 11 food based toxins in 44 foods, exceeded cancer benchmark levels for arsenic, dieldrin, DDE (a DDT metabolite), and dioxins, AND 10% exceeded mercury levels! In addition, for preschool aged children 2-4 years, OVER 95% exceeded cancer benchmark levels for acrylamide and they fared worse than the 5—7 yr age group. Acrylamide is a cooking byproduct found in processed foods like potato, tortilla chip and processed grains). So… while I don’t write often about toxins, going into the holiday season when we likely are eating even more of the foods contributing to the toxin burden, I wanted to remind all of the reality of these loads particularly in our children. So here is a Roundup of Healthy Holiday Trays ALL kids will luv! Try them since ALL 364 kids exceeded cancer benchmark levels of toxins in this UC Davis study! Instead of the processed foods and chips, these gems (anytime of the year really) will draw your children to less toxin loaded foods. Be sure to use EWG Dirty Dozen lists! I also like the UC Davis researcher recommendations to reduce these toxin loads: Vary diet to help protect us from accumulating too much of any one toxin since different toxins are applied to different fruit and vegetables. Acrylamides are relatively easy to remove from the diet. They form in chips and processed grains. Also reduce consumption of animal meat and fats, which may contain high levels of pesticide DDE and other persistent organic pollutants, and switch to organic milk. Eat smaller fish, lower on the food chain, which generally have lower mercury levels. Good SMASH fish are: Salmon, mackerel, anchovy, sardine, and herring.
SUMMARY: Openers Thanksgiving Day are actually all day long in our home. Friends and family stop in knowing a culinary taste dream awaits them. Incredibly though, my openers are simple with many made way ahead of time and pulled from the freezer a day or two ahead. That is the only way to go because, well… it is too much fun celebrating with my guests then being creative in the kitchen! Here’s my roundup! You will find the recipe links below, or if the recipes have not yet posted, I printed the instructions below. The Holiday Board on my Pinterest has these plus even more greats if you want other variety! Hoping you enjoy My Healing Diet Holiday Appetizers Roundup! Happy holidays!
SUMMARY: Hey… listen up! You want to get SCD Cheese right because it is loaded with Nutrients & Beneficial Bacteria! ALL healing diets (SCD, GAPS, PALEO, AIP, FODMAP…) eliminate lactose because most inflamed guts can not digest lactose! Actually, the lactase enzyme in our gut (which breaks down lactose) is the last to return to normal after the gut has healed (see page 25, Breaking the Vicious Cycle (BTVC), Edition 13, 2010). Further, certain diseases (like 65% of autism have a lactase deficiency) are associated with lactose intolerance, and some diseases (like IBS which afffects ten to fifteen percent of the population) may have an intolerance to the quantity of lactose consumed in the diet. For IBS sufferers, 3 out of 4 are helped with the FODMAP diet which figures out if foods we all digest poorly (which includes lactose) are even tolerated and if so, in what amount! And the British Dietetic Association 2016 update for IBS recommends a trial period of a low lactose diet where sensitivity to milk is suspected and a lactose hydrogen breath test is not available or appropriate. So many people are benefited by reducing or eliminating lactose in their diet! This post explains how to do that deliciously using the SCD tenets, and it explains why eating lactose-free cheese is important (if you tolerate the casein protein) sharing 7 SCD cheese requirments to consider in selecting cheeses! Bottom Line: Everyone wants to get cheese right because it contains a whopping 10,000,000,000 or 10 billion MICROBES, and it seems they survive the gut transit ride and beneficially impact your microbiome diversity + richness… all good immune boosting stuff!
Summary: Seems everyone enjoys this staple gracing holiday tables going back generations! It was my Dad’s favorite and for good reason. Broccoli smothered in butter, cheese, and breadcrumbs. What’s not to LOVE about that? Wait tho — What to do if gluten-free? Toss the tenets of healing diets to the holiday wind? NO! Here’s my holiday gift to you — use SCD Seasoned Almond Flour ‘Bread’ Crumbs! Find the How-to in this post’s recipe: Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cheddar Cheese, with Seasoned Almond Flour ‘Bread’ Crumbs. Don’t know how it never made it on my Holiday Pinterest Board, but it’s there now! HAPPY THANKSGIVING and early MERRY CHRISTMAS! Last, read my special note for thyroid patients. It’s crazy how so many of you don’t know this but, the cruciferous vegetables are on the goitrogenic foods list. That doesn’t mean they are off limits. What that means is they need steamed or cooked and that is what this recipe requires. You should be free to enjoy this recipe without worry of kicking up thyroid antibodies, but always check with your doctor! This recipe meets PALEO/SCD/GAPS/UMASS IBD-AID/Mediterranean too!
SUMMARY: Cabbage Radish Slaw uses a pre-shredded cabbage — kale — carrot — radish — etc mix from your grocers (or DIY) and coats all with an EASY to prepare vinaigrette dressing. The beauty of this recipe is it makes readily available, for easy frequent consumption, many differing vegetables that are not ordinarily consumed often a total breeze. Consuming increased variety of vegetables (target 30 a week!) is the cornerstone of how diet can increase both the diversity and richness of the microbiome, both ecological parameters that promote optimal conditions for the microbiome. This translates to the host (that would be you) benefits with both increased immune status and health. In addition, the vinaigrette also uses the healthy fat, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to ensure absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids. Because there are so many newcomers, under the recipe find Microbiome → disease → Crib Notes For Dummies, and a summary of the interesting patterns emerging from the American Gut data.
Summary: This post nails the need for increased variety of vegetables for chronic disease prevention and management and addresses quantities. It includes a delicious, phytonutrient rich, and quick recipe for eating the beets, cabbage, red colors; this subcategory of vegetables can be a hard sale to your family but you’ll learn in this post why you want to include such. It is especially timely given the fall seasonal foods now available and your requests for more vegetable recipes.
This recipe is PALEO, SCD, GAPS, AIP, and NIGHTSHADE friendly fare, but not FODMAP friendly unless within your unique re-intro tolerance limits. Cabbage, beets and onions are fructans, one food compound eliminated on FODMAP unless you’ve reintroduced these vegetables and you know your tolerance quantities. Keep in mind that FODMAP loads are cumulative, and this recipe contains three fructan foods which bumps up it’s fructan total load. One family’s tip for integrating cabbage back into their low FODMAP lifestyle is detailed immediately below the recipe, and perhaps this preparation technique can work for you too.
Many need a spaghetti substitute especially when first decreasing gluten and grain consumption, and instead are increasing vegetable consumption. A Paderno Spiralizer (this Williams-Sonoma website has a nice How-To use video) is what I use to make vegetable spiralizer noodles. There are other spiralizer brands but I find the three blade Paderno to not be cost prohibitive (shop online), and it has lasted through many uses.
Vegetable noodles is a neat trick for spaghetti sides, be it scampi or marinara sauce based. Recipes abound on the internet using spiralizer vegetable noodles, but a few of my favorites are: