July 30, 2014

Are You Surviiving or Thriving in Today's Toxic World?

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. ~ James 1:5 ~

Environmental toxins can be found in what you eat, drink, breathe, feel and think. You may or may not be aware of them, but chances are if you follow my blog you are aware, more than most, that toxins cause many chronic health conditions, like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer.

My experiences with environmental toxins has been life-changing and lead me on a path of research to gain understanding.  It is a passion of mine to share what I learn with those I love so of course  I could not wait to tell you about the upcoming Detox Summit!


Join me online for free from August 4-11, 2014.

This Detox Summit will provide you with the information you need to:
  •     Learn about environmental toxins in food, air and water
  •     Understand internally-generated toxins, like thoughts, emotions and behaviors
  •     Recognize toxins of all types and eliminate them
  •     Focus on breakthrough solutions to gain more energy and vitality
Navigate your way through today’s toxic terrain when you register for the free, online Detox Summit today:

"Detox" is a multi-faceted term that means many things to people, from drug and alcohol detoxification to nutritional detoxification, or cleanses using food, smoothies and juices. Deanna Minich, PhD, has selected 30 experts in various areas of medicine, nutrition and personal growth to offer a well-rounded, credible approach to the issues of environmental toxins and holistic health.

Here are a few of the presenters:
Jeffrey Bland, PhD, Father of Functional Medicine
      The Science of Nutritional Detoxification
Mark Hyman, MD, Functional Medicine Expert
      Toxins and Chronic Disease: Why Detox is a Necessity for Good Health
Jeffrey Smith, Leading Spokesperson on GMOs
      Genetically Modified Foods as Toxins in Everyday Eating
David Wolfe, Superfoods Guru
      Foods to Enhance Vitality and Detox
Rainbeau Mars, Fitness Model and Actress
      A Full Spectrum, Superstar Approach to Everyday DetoxWith 30 presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge, this invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for people everywhere!
Better yet, if you register today you’ll have access to the following FREE eBooksas soon as you register!
  
Food & Spirit Nourish Your Whole Self™ Report, by Deanna Minich, PhD
Detox Your Medicine Cabinet: 26 Herbs and Supplements that Treat Common Symptoms
     by Aviva Romm, MD
Top 7 Therapeutic Foods, by Kelly Brogan, MD
Ten Tips for Helping Your Loved One with Autism, by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Benefits of Vitamin D, by Soram Khalsa, MD

Come listen to The Detox Summit ONLINE for FREE from August 4-11, and learn to survive in our toxic world!
  To sign up click here - SIGN UP NOW!

I’ll see you at the Summit!

Debbie

November 29, 2013

Stop the Cravings Chia Biscuits-(free of gluten, grain, dairy, egg, nut, soy, and sugar)









I love biscuits!  Do you?  If you are like me, a girl who loves biscuits, but must adhere to a rather strict healing diet, I believe you will be pleased to have this recipe in your repertoire.  I created this recipe to accommodate my "free of" requirements  (free of: grains, gluten, nuts, eggs, soy, sugar, dairy)  and to stop my cravings for biscuits.

Before traveling, I am usually baking these biscuits to take along to keep my hunger at bay.  They have seen me through many road trips.  When not traveling, they are my favorite snack eaten hot from the oven or topped with pear butter spread for a delicious treat.  I even like to squeeze my juicy grass-fed burger in these for a moment where I feel complete bliss with nothing missing or lacking!  Until they fall apart as the hot burger melts the coconut oil, but that doesn't bother me at all. (Grain-free and egg-free baking does have its ups and downs!)

So you see, this recipe I created just for myself and I happily enjoy them!  

In my opinion, these biscuits are full of super nutrients.  The healthy, delicious and nourishing foods like coconut oil and chia seeds make this biscuit healthy like no other biscuit I know of.

In case you are wondering... What is the big deal about chia seeds? Chia seeds are a wonderful super food that I became acquainted with while looking for a great egg replacer. I think you will be delighted to learn that chia seeds contain eight times more essential omega 3's than salmon.  Omega 3's in chia seeds have been clinically shown to be effective in preventing and reversing high cholesterol and heart disease.  I think you get the idea that chia seeds are a healthy choice. There is much more to learn about them, but if I tried to tell you much more this post would get quite lengthy. 

It is enough for me that "Chia" is the  Mayan word that means "strength". I am all about adding food that gives me strength!

The coconut oil is a marvelous source of medium chain fatty acids which is the closest thing in nature to human breast milk.  Researchers have concluded that 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil a day is equal to the MCFA that a breastfeeding infant would consume in a day.

I will let you in on a little secret.  These biscuits make me feel really satisfied and calm.  Thus the name "Stop the Cravings Chia Biscuits":  I often wondered why when I ate my biscuits in the morning and was busy making breakfast for the boys, cleaning the kitchen  (many times dishes from the night before :() I felt as if I had eaten a big breakfast.  My energy was good and all I ate was my biscuit.  Really, I would have a brief moment trying to remember did I eat breakfast?

As usual, my curious nature had to find out "Why?" 

What is the magic inside these biscuits? 

The chia seeds? 

I had to do a little researching to figure this out.  That is when I found a video segment  from the Dr. Oz Show, which I believe reveals a little "secret" about chia seeds. Dr. Oz's video, Try Chia Seeds to Stop Snackingexplains the wonders of chia seeds. After watching this video, my theory is that the addition of the chia seeds to the recipe is making me feel full.  Dr. Oz illustrates this extremely well in the video.  Plus, I am adding the healthy fats from the coconut oil which is keeping me full and feeling satisfied for a while. Anyway, I believe it's a winnerI like his tip, especially if you need assistance in feeling satisfied and overcoming cravings.

What do you think? Would you drink your chia seeds?   Personally, I would rather eat my biscuits than drink chia seeds, but I will leave that decision to you.  I love my biscuits and I share them just in case you are like me.



Stop the Cravings Chia Biscuits



Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Nut-free*, Soy-free, Sugar-free

Ingredients:

  • 7 tablespoons (1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon) coconut oil (I use Tropical Traditions Organic Expeller-pressed. It does not have a strong coconut flavor - See blog sidebar for affiliate link.)
  • 3 Tablespoons ground chia seeds (I use Navitas Naturals chia seeds, ground in a dedicated coffee grinder) or Navitas Naturals Sprouted Chia Powder (easiest to digest)
  • 3/4 cup full fat, canned coconut milk, - (Natural Value is BPA-Free and guar gum-free) (or 2 heaping tablespoons of coconut creme concentrate and 3/4 cup water) or sparkling water (See my notes at the bottom of this post)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed or organic apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Kime's Pear Butter Spread
  • 9 drops stevia liquid (I use Body Ecology brand)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour (I like Tropical Traditions - see blog sidebar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
*Optional additions: 1/4 cup freshly shelled pecans, or finely chopped apple (my favorite)


Instructions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Melt coconut oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium low heat.
  4. Add to the saucepan the ground chia seeds, coconut milk, lemon juice/apple cider vinegar, pear butter spread, and stevia.  Stir with a spoon.
  5. Add the dry ingredients - coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt to the saucepan and stir until mixed well.
  6. Shape into biscuits with a spoon and your hands. Place biscuits on the parchment lined baking pan.  Makes 10-12 biscuits.
  7. Bake for about 25 minutes. 
  8. Store in the refrigerator unless on the road!
Notes:  .

Why is important to seek out BPA-Free products? 
In a nutshell, BPA blocks the methylation cycle which is crucial for the body to detoxify and make glutatathione, the master antioxidant.  For each toxic molecule, we need a molecule of glutathione to remove the toxin from our body.  That is vitally important for good health!

If you are healing your gastrointestinal system then you most likely want to avoid guar gum. Avoiding this additive makes a noticeable difference in my digestive system. 

If I was unable to find BPA-free and guar gum-free canned coconut milk I would experiment and figure out how to make my own with shredded coconut and water. That is on my "to learn someday" list.  

Over time, I have decided I love using the sprouted chia seed powder in this recipe.  The sprouted version is highly digestible and my body likes it best. It is higher priced, so I leave that choice up to you.

Blogger Disclosure:  I am an affiliate with Tropical Traditions, because I love and use their products in my recipes.  Just so you know, if you are a new customer and purchase Tropical Traditions products through my blog links I earn a gift certificate of $25.00 for the referral. .   
  



November 1, 2013

The World's First Gluten Summit Could Change Your Life

 
The World's First Gluten Summit hosted by Dr. Tom O'Bryan of theDr.com is coming up in just two weeks -- November 11-17, 2013. You may register now to have free online access to the world's experts and opinion leaders (scientists, researchers, and nutritionists)--those on the cutting edge of food sensitivities, celiac disease, autoimmunity who will be teaching us what to do about them.. 

 I am excited to be an affiliate of this event and to be able to give you a sneak peek of  the schedule of speakers..   

You may register for this FREE summit by clicking here.


Each day's interviews will be available for 24 hours between 10:00 A.M. EST - 9:59 A.M. EST the next day.
 
DAY 1: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
  • Michael Marsh, MD, DSC, FRCP, "Godfather" of Celiac Morphology
  • Mark Houston, MD, MS, ABAARM, FACP, FAHA, FASH, Assoc. Clinical Prof. of Medicine at Vanderbilt University
  • Cynthia Kupper, RD, Executive Director of the Gluten Intolerance Group
  • David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, President, Perlmutter Health Center
DAY 2: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
  • Alessio Fasano, MD, Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition at Mass General Hospital for Children
  • Rodney Ford, MD, MB, BS, FRACP, Pediatric Gastroenterologist & Food Allergy Expert
  • Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CHN, Owner of Innovative Healing, Inc.
DAY 3: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
  • Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc, MT, CEO, ImmunoScience Laboratories
  • Mark Hyman, MD, Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, MMedSci, Creator of the GAPS Diet
  • Erica Kasuli, MS, RD, CDN, Director of Nutrition at Amen Clinics
DAY 4: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
  • Marios Hadjivassiliou, MD, Educational Associate, Association for Historical Dialogue & Research
  • JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS, Best-selling author of "The Virgin Diet"
  • Tom Malterre, MS, CN, Co-owner of Whole Life Nutrition
DAY 5: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
  • Daniel Amen, MD, Author of "The Amen Solution"
  • Andrew Keech, PhD, DSc, Author of "Peptide Immunotherapy: Colostrum a Physician's Reference Guide"
  • Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT, Author of "Primal Body, Primal Mind"
  • Peter Osborne, DC, CNCB, Founder of GlutenFreeSociety.org
DAY 6: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
  • Loren Cordain, PhD, "Godfather" of the Paleo Diet
  • Jeffrey Smith, Founder, Institute of Responsible Technology
  • Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS, Nutrition & Health Expert
  • Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com
DAY 7, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
  • William Davis, MD, Best-selling author of "Wheat Belly"
  • Jaqui Karr, CSN, CVD, Nutritionist & Lifestyle Expert
  • Dave Asprey, Writer of The Bulletproof Exec Blog
  • Suzy Cohen, RPh, "America's Pharmacist"
DAY 8 -- BONUS DAY! -- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
  • Umberto Volta, MD, Director of Coeliac Disease Simple Unit, St.Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD, FRCP, Head of Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases, Sheba Medical Center
  • Tom O'Bryan, DC, CCN, DABCN, Founder of theDr.com & The Gluten Summit
As you may have noticed, each day has at least one scientist/researcher, one well-known clinician, and one renowned Nutritionist/Registered Dietitian, which makes every day of the summit a lab-to-real-life educational conversation.   This will be an awesome event that you will not want to miss! 

See you there!
 

July 18, 2013

Paleo Banana Pancakes



This recipe is a "first" for my blog.  The first recipe that I have not tasted  that I am sharing with you.  It feels weird and that is part of my hesitation to post lately.  But, I trusted my finicky taste testers to guide me as I created this recipe just for them.  Yep, the boys gave me feedback and this is the recipe that they love. I am told "Mom, you have to post this recipe, because people need this!"  So enough explanation...let's get cooking!

PALEO BANANA PANCAKES


4 pastured eggs (see note where to buy at the bottom of this post)*
1 organic banana - approximately 1/2 cup 
1 tablespoon real organic maple syrup - Grade B
1/2 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons organic coconut flour (Tropical Traditions)
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil, liquify (plus extra for oiling the pan) (Tropical Traditions)

I begin preheating my 12-inch skillet while I mix my pancake ingredients together.  It takes awhile for my heavy stainless steel skillet to heat up, but you be the judge of your own skillet.  

  1. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and whisk together very well.
  2. Peel and mash a banana into a small bowl and add to the egg mixture.
  3. Add the maple syrup, cinnamon, baking soda, coconut flour and coconut oil to the egg/banana mixture
  4. Stir well with a fork until mixed well.
  5. To determine if your skillet is hot and ready for the batter, add a drop of water to the skillet and if it skittles around the pan it should be just right.  Add the coconut oil to the pan.. My skillet works well with 3 tablespoons coconut oil at the start and then I use less as I cook more batches.
  6. Using a spoon drop the batter onto the hot skillet spreading it a little with the back of the spoon to make 3 " pancakes.
  7. Cook on the first side until browned on the bottom. You may see a few bubbles on the top side when ready, but not always, so keep checking for the bottom to brown. I use a flexible spatula for turning the pancakes gently to the other side.  Brown and remove from the pan and enjoy!
Debbie's Notes::
  • Do not use extra virgin olive oil for oiling the skillet, because the pancakes will cook to fast on the outside and burn.  Coconut oil and stainless steel work great. 
  • Where to buy pastured eggs -See Local Harvest*

February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day Love

I find  "love"  in the most unexpected places ...my Sweet Potato Chips!

Love is the most wonderful of all feelings in the world.


 It is almost Valentine's Day 2013 and recipes abound that are filled with sweetness, so I thought it was the perfect time to share with you my newly updated page of  "Blog Love"  with links to many of the blogs I love! 
 
A bell is no bell 'til you ring it,
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay -
Love isn’t love
'Til you give it away.

~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, "You Are Sixteen (Reprise)"

Wishing you much love and a Happy Valentine's Day!


XO


December 4, 2012

Toxic Slippers and the "Less Toxic Guide"



Once I heard that if you pay attention to the things that stir you up or upset you then you will find your passion.  I must say that I am passionate about spreading the word about environmental toxins.  Maybe you do not notice them as I do, but realize that the toxins in our environment are seriously dangerous to our lives.  There are 48 million people who have connected the dots with toxins and their health complaints and consider themselves to have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities or MCS.

I stand on my "soap box" today and tell you there is a high price to pay when we take the easy road when chemicals are involved.  Toxic chemicals bio-accumulate in our bodies and produce disease.  Our bodies were designed to detoxify, but with the pervasive abundance of unsafe chemicals we are exposed on a daily basis, it is evident we all must be vigilant to reduce our toxic burden in order to have the most abundant health.

It takes time and energy to seek out natural sources that are safe if you have chemical sensitivities or are trying to avoid them.

I understand the need, at times, for something to be done fast, but all too often it is not the case, but just taking the "easy" way out.  How many times have we taken the "easy" way and exposed ourselves to toxins?

Just last week we had the exterior of our house power washed and the chemicals overloaded me, so I have been working to detoxify my body with specialized nutrients, sweating in the far infrared sauna, reducing my total body load in my safe "haven" with my Austin air purifier, plus rehabilitating my nervous system with Quantum Neurology, the most awesome technique I have ever experienced.

On Sunday, however, a few minutes in my safe " haven" did not turn out as I expected.   It was baffling to me, so I left the room and thought straightening up the house would make it go away. Usually, moving my body helps me to feel better, but not this time.  I took my best detox nutrients and returned to my "haven" only to continue with the worst foggy brain.  As I sat on the bed struggling to focus and read I spied shoes....bedroom slippers to be exact, that I had gifted my husband last year at Christmas.

Those shoes had been very difficult for me to tolerate last year and they have spent 11 months in "exile "in our garage airing out. Only they never did! My sweet, unsuspecting husband had no idea when he left them near his closet that I would be made ill by them.  I immediately removed the shoes and my brain fog began to clear, although it took a while for me to recover.


I ask you...What toxic chemicals belong on house slippers?  Isn't my brain and cognitive function more important to protect than slippers?

Yes!
 
While it is not possible to escape all toxins in our world we can make the effort to seek out safer  products, but I am most excited to share the do-it-yourself recipes listed in the Less Toxic Guide that I am sharing with you today.


I step off my "soap-box" now and leave you with this comprehensive  Less Toxic Guide to help you to live less toxic in our toxic world. 

September 26, 2012

Brownie Chocolate Chip Cookies - Free of: Grains, Gluten, Eggs, Casein, Sugar*


Brownie Chocolate Chip Cookies


A grain-free and sugar free diet may not be the easiest diet to follow, but you know I am absolutely grateful that the diet I eat is a health and life giving diet.  I am looking back with eyes that see how I was being led in the right direction for the best health.  My thoughts lately have been a lot about sugar and how detrimental sugar is to health. Specifically, I am pondering the recommendations of drastically reducing sugar for cancer prevention.. (I find all nutrition studies very interesting.)  It makes sense to me because sugar weakens the immune system.  My studies have taught me that the body turns grains into sugar. It is after reading these studies that I am totally grateful I have eaten sugar-free for the past 11 years or longer and grain-free for 2 years.  Grain-free was my missing puzzle piece.

My readers may know that my boys have been riding along with me on my "sugar-free" diet for quite awhile.  My blog has a mixture of recipes...most that my boys like, but always low in sweeteners and most often use stevia.  Some of my blog posts share recipes that my boys are allowed to eat,  but I may not be able to eat due to the fact that I began slowly introducing small amounts of raw honey into their diet this past year.  I think they are doing well with it.  They are pretty happy with this diet change.

Most of the recipes I share are the recipes that I feel meet the needs of most readers or may be easily adapted.  I may be a bit shy sharing my candida-friendly recipes for fear that no one except me would eat them! Maybe that will change, but for certain I don't feel I can label my recipes as candida-friendly for everyone. After all, I am not a doctor, so I don't give medical advice! ;)  I just share what works for me and my family.

My boys are now 17 and 11 (for one more week). It is a balancing act to guide and teach our children, but yet at some point we need to let out the ropes, so to speak, and allow them to learn about food and their bodies.  We hope that our teachings will be past down to generations to come and that our firm stance against "bad" unfood will produce healthy eating habits and not rebellious eaters.

This week, I have had the pleasure of observing my teenage son while he has been studying the Real Food and Nutrition E-Course written by Kristen Michaelis. You may know Kristen as the writer of the popular blog Food Renegade.com.. The lessons in this E-Course reinforce the healthy lifestyle and  principles that I have adopted in our home. It excites me that my son is gaining knowledge about "real" food in this e-course.

I love that he wants to engage in conversation about the cool things he is learning about health and nutrition regarding whole unprocessed food.  Today he asked me, "What is buttermilk?" Then he decided to research for himself just how to make it with non-dairy milk and told me he wants to make pancakes next time with "buttermilk".  I am delighted to see this spark of interest in the food he eats and especially that he wants to cook for himself. 

Hopefully, my story will encourage you to keep on setting a healthy example for your family and one day you will see that they will understand.  It is all worth the effort to have a healthy family.

Okay, so here I share with you a healthy cookie to enjoy while I ponder more about sugar....
With our love to you!



 Brownie Chocolate Chip Cookies

Free of: Gluten, Grains, Casein, Eggs, & Sugar*


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Equipment:
First, mix the wet ingredients in the electric mixer bowl.

  Wet ingredients:
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seed meal
  • 10 Tablespoons applesauce (1/2 cup + 2 T)
  • 5 Tablespoons palm shortening
  • 15 drops stevia 
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Add in dry ingredients and mix well.
  Dry ingredients:
  • 3 Tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup pecan meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Shape into small cookies with your hands.  They do not spread out on their own so they need a little help from you.

Press Enjoy Life Chocolate chips into the top of each cookie before baking
*To be truly "sugar-free" you will need to leave this brand of chocolate chips off.* 
(Today I saw a recipe for DIY homemade chocolate chips made with honey and I would love to make them for my boys.  If you have made them I would love to hear from you.)

Bake 10 minutes on parchment lined baking sheet.


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