Tag Archives: WHOLE FOOD

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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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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Food as Medicine? Free Monash U online course!

Summary:  Can we really use food as medicine?  This is the question Professor Helen Truby and her team at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Monash University seek to answer in a new 3 week, FREE online course offered by the department.

The course?   Food as Medicine, and I’m attending!
When?  3 week course begins Monday, May 2, 2016.
I hope you take advantage of this opportunity and register here for the FREE Monash U online Food as Medicine course as well!  
Equally important… share the opportunity please!
lightbulb2I am hoping we’ll learn:

I am also hoping that the material will be consistent with the  summary of the interesting patterns emerging from the American Gut data presented from Dr. Rob Knight’s talk, Saturday, October 18, 2014, as documented in this post, as well as The American Gut website, and the Preliminary Characterization of the American Gut Population PDF.  Food-wise, the repeat seems to be:

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Cabbage Radish Slaw, SCD/GAPS/UMassIBD-AID/PALEO

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 

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Microbiome, Emulsifiers, IBD & Metabolic Syndrome

SUMMARY: Don’t be duped into believing diet has nothing to do with your disease, or in preventing disease.  When the researchers themselves rethink and change up their own diet to eliminate the ubiquitous food additive emulsifiers because their research is finding serious adverse impact on the gut lining, I want everyone to rethink their emulsifier intake too, for your gut’s health.  Meet here, Dr. Andrew Gewirtz  and learn about his important work on Microbiome, Emulsifiers, and their association with IBD and Metabolic Syndrome (defined by NIH as having three or more of these factors or you take drugs to control them:  High triglyceride level, reduced high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, increased blood pressure, elevated fasting blood sugar, & large waist circumference.  How concerned should you be about chowing down emulsifiers?  Their connection to gut inflammation and microbiome skew at the mucosal level caused Dr. Gewirtz to eliminate such from his and his family’s diet.  One tenet of the healing diets — eliminate processed foods — results in the elimination of emulsifiers. Perhaps it is time to reconsider your emulsifier intake too.

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How & Why Properly prepare SOAK Quinoa

SUMMARY:   Quinoa is a whole grain substitute that is gluten-free though it actually is a seed, commonly termed pseudograin.  Most simply rinse, drain, then toss quinoa into a pot and simmer for 12 minutes calling that cooked.  Though cooked, it may not be very digestible, and this method may be downright harmful to your gut.  So how do you properly prepare soak quinoa?  Learn here that quinoa is super easy to properly prepare although it does require, as a minimum to reduce anti-nutrients, a 12 to 24 hour acid soak prior to cooking.  I’d do the quinoa soak purely for the culinary taste improvement truth be known as it removes bitterness from quinoa’s anti-nutrients in addition to making it easier on your gut!  For more science, see below the recipe for quinoa’s:  Impact to the microbiome, nutrient (including protein) punch, anti-nutrients and impact on those due to quinoa processing, and label de-coding for a Kind bar containing quinoa! 

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Ferment Consumer Profile Opportunity for American Gut Studies

Summary:  Just sharing a fun educational event, that literally could change your health, wellness, and vitality, occurring this Sunday, February 28, 2016, in Pittsburgh should you be nearby. The FREE event is Pittsburgh’s Fermentation Festival I’ll be attending and profiling ferment consumers and vendors for consideration in upcoming American Gut fermenting microbiome studies! Stop by and fill out the questionnaire!

Be a part of this unique FREE Ferment Consumer Profile Opportunity for American Gut fermenting microbiome studies and help further the understanding of the “How” and “Why” ferments modulate our immune system! For an added bonus… attend 5 workshops and learn how to ferment while you are at the festival. The workshops are led by an incredible battery of knowledge! I’ll be sharing how to make lactose-free grassfed yogurt that is part of the healing diet protocols (PALEO (some camps), SCD, GAPS, UMass IBD-AID).  Learn why fermented and traditional foods is part of WHAT EATING REAL WHOLE FOODS LOOKS LIKE.  For a start, read below for Cleveland Clinic’s 5 reasons why you should be consuming ferments.

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Mini Loaf Pancakes: SCD/GAPS/UMass IBD-AID

Summary:   Serve these Mini Loaf Pancakes to your Valentine on Valentine’s Day, or anytime actually!  These pancakes use almond flour, SCD lactose free yogurt or coconut milk, eggs and honey.  When in a pinch for yogurt, I’ve even used thawed frozen SCD banana yogurt, and it worked great!  What I most like about this recipe is that you can bake these in bulk, even doubling the recipe.  They freeze well and make scrambling for breakfast a no brainer.  These pancakes are also great travel and on the run food.

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Costco EVOO and Berries Organic Feb Sale

SUMMARY:  Here is a heads up on an upcoming Costco EVOO and Berries Organic Feb Sale! And of course.. there’s other things listed but those caught my eye as they are staples in my kitchen and should be in yours too.  The EVOO isn’t adulterated and the berries…. learn here why you want to eat some daily for your heart, brain, and anti-cancer!
Specifics:  My local Costco has a Save on Organic at your local Costco” deal going on Feb 1-21, 2016. Check if yours does… The kitchen staples I’ll be stocking up on are:
  1. Kirkland Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. One word: Unadulterated with other oils that are associated with diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Ok… lied; that was a dozen words. Sale is $1.50 off, limit 2.
  2. Mayorga whole bean coffee Seriously spoiled on this. —See product information here. Sale is $3 off, no limit, and
  3. Sunrise Growers Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries — See product information here. Sale is $2.20 off, no limit.
Costco EVOO and Berries

Kirkland Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  This Kirkland Organic EVOO isn’t adulterated by rancid industrial seed oils. See UC DAvis pdf. That is a big deal. Those oils that adulterate tons of other olive oils are usually those that are associated with diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Use unadulterated EVOO to make salad dressings so you can absorb the micronutrients in those salads.  NOTE:  Lowfat salad dressings won’t absorb those micronutrients. See the posts here, MEET THE FATS & BEST SALAD DRESSING OIL, PART1 and here, SOYBEAN OIL, CORN OIL, DIABETES, AND METABOLIC SYNDROME for specifics and great dressing recipes.

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Healing diet holiday recipes (AIP, PALEO, SCD, GAPS)

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!

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