Recipe: Springtime Vegetable Bowl

Ah, spring! Time to spring clean our homes and our bodies too.  Things move faster in the spring, and our bodies want to move faster too.  To enable this, lightening up the diet and including more veggies is the perfect way. Since this is considered seasonal cooking, you can find any of these food (in the northern hemisphere) at the farmer’s market or organic section of your grocery store this time of year. For those of you with food allergies, no worries.  Just eliminate what you’re allergic to (for example, eggs, nuts, grains, etc.)  The recipe will still work!  Ingredients: 1 cup brown / wild rice of quinoa 2-3 cups bone broth 4 medium-sized carrots 2 cups crimini mushrooms 1 large bunch of arugula olive oil red wine vinegar 2 free-range eggs 1/4 cup pecans butter sea salt and pepper Preheat oven to 425. Prepare rice / quinoa according to its directions:  making it with 1 tsp of sea salt and using bone broth instead of water. Cut carrots into 1/2″ thick rounds.  Slice mushrooms in half.  Toss in 1 T oil, and pinches of salt and pepper.  Arrange on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through the cooking time. Wash arugula and dry thoroughly.  Chop or tear into bite-sized pieces. Roughly chop pecans. Toss arugula, pecans, 2 T olive oil, 1 T vinegar, and pinches of salt and pepper to taste together in a bowl. Bring a sautee pan to medium high heat.  Add 1 T butter to the pan when it gets hot.  Crack eggs into the pan, reduce heat to medium, and...

What Your Sweet Cravings Are Telling You

When you’re craving sugary snacks, it’s possibly a signal from your body that it’s deficient in some nutrient, and oftentimes, our brains turn towards sugary things to satisfy that physical need.  NOTE:  The physical needs often feel emotional in nature.  That’s just how our brains interpret things. CHROMIUM If you’re diabetic (type II), you’re probably deficient at some level in chromium.  Signs of chromium deficiency include glucose intolerance, high blood sugars, peripheral neuropathy (tingling or numbness in the fingers or toes), and mental confusion. Good sources of chromium include sea vegetables (try seaweed chips if you haven’t already!), mushrooms, beets, nutritional yeast (you can sprinkle this on popcorn – delicious!), broccoli, grapes, dried beans, liver, and chicken. PHOSPHORUS Signs of phosphorus deficiency may include anxiety, irregular breathing, fatigue, joint stiffness, numbness, osteoporosis (calcium deficiency) and changes in weight.  Excess phosphorus in the form of phosphoric acid from drinking soda can lead to craving sugar and alcohol as well.  Both excess and deficiency of phosphorus inhibits absorption and use of calcium in your body. Good sources of phosphorus include chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. SULFUR Signs of sulfur deficiency include obesity, muscle pain and inflammation, fungal and bacterial infections, and heart disease and other forms of muscle wasting like Chron’s disease. Good sources of sulfur include dark leafy greens like broccoli and kale, garlic, eggs, onions, meats, nuts, and seafood.  In theory, most reasonably healthy diets should contain enough sulfur, as we only need very small amounts, but sulfur is lost when foods are broken down and then reassembled, as they are with...

Easy Winter Dish

  My 3 philosophies for cooking are (in order of priority): EASY – If it’s hard to make, I ain’t makin’ it. DELICIOUS – If you don’t like veggies, maybe… it’s because you’re not cooking them right.  Even healthy food should taste good.  Which brings me to the last point – HEALTHY – Seasonal and organic veggies.  Organic, free-range and local meats.  Healthy fats.  Low carb.  No sugars or refined grains.  You’ll probably never see a vegan recipe on my site, not because I’m opposed to eating vegan meals, but because … butter… Here’s a perfect winter recipe to try.  It’s a one-sheet pan dish and will warm up your house nicely too. INGREDIENTS: 1 lb organic, grass-fed ground beef or lamb 1 T seasoning (or just sea salt and pepper is fine) 1 bunch of organic broccoli – use the real stuff, not frozen (it tastes SOOO much better) 1 large sweet potato 1/2 head of cabbage olive oil and red wine vinegar INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 400.  Cut broccoli into small (approximately 1″) florets.  Peel sweet potato (optional) and cut into 1/2″ chunks.  Mix the vegetables with 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil and a large pinch each of salt and pepper.  Arrange the vegetables flat onto the sheet pan and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  While those are roasting – Put the ground meat into a bowl and mix (use your hands!) with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, or 1 teaspoon seasoning spices.  Form into golf ball-sized balls, approximately 12 of them. After the vegetables have cooked for 10 minutes, flip them around...

Q: Do I Need CBD Oil?

In the field of natural healthcare, I could mark time by the latest trending superfood, super-nutrient, magic-bullet herb or diet.  Like, remember back in the Master-cleanse Era of 2003? The late 2010s marks the beginning of CBD oil fascination.  We all want to know – is this something that would help me? For all of these herbs, foods, and nutrients, sorry, but there’s never a clear answer.  Because it depends on your own unique chemistry and your body’s needs – which may vary from day to day. What I can do is tell you a little more about your body’s cannabinoid system and how CBD (and THC) react with it.    Your body contains – naturally – cannabinoid receptor sites.  Your body regulates these receptor sites naturally – with or without taking hemp or marijuana.  The chemicals in your body that react with these receptor sites are called endogenous ligands. The main receptors in your body for cannabinoids and endogenous ligands are called “CB1” and “CB2.”  CB1 activation mostly happens in your brain and can include increased appetite, pain reduction, and reduced psychological stress.  CB2 activation happens in a broader part of your body:  brain, immune cells, GI tract, and peripheral nerves. Depending on your diet, stress levels, and some genetic tendencies, CB1 and CB2 receptors can stay in balance all by themselves or not.  Some people may have more of one receptor than the other.  Or your body can favor activation of one system over the other. Hemp and marijuana plants both contain cannabinoids, which are the some of the components that attach to the receptor sites and...

The Insurance Game

  Several years ago I conscientiously opted out of health insurance.   For most people that’s just not an option because of chronic or genetic dis-ease and the cost of medications and doctor’s visits, so I know I’m lucky that I can make this decision.  It’s not for everyone.  And I’m not necessarily recommending it either.  I just want to make a point that Our healthcare system is deeply flawed. I don’t want to participate in it.  I choose not to.   MY HEALTHCARE EXPENSES FOR 2018 I pay out of pocket for the expense of staying healthy.  That being said, I spend most of my money (just a little less than my mortgage LOL) on healthy food.  I pay cash for massages (luckily I can trade for most of my massages), Chiropractic care (around $500 total for 2018), Around $400 total for out of pocket dentist expenses (for myself and 2 kids – just cleanings this year.).  One eye exam for $125.  Glasses cost $12.50 (Zenni.com is fabulous for prescription glasses; you should check it out) and contacts $120.  We had 4 therapy sessions @$65 = $260.  Other out-of-pocket expenses, that insurance wouldn’t even cover anyway:  herbal medicines and nutritional supplements $400 (wholesale :).  I would probably also throw a consultation I had with my psychic in there too.  Talking to her does more good than therapy for me.  Cost:  $80.  Acupuncture I can do for free; but, if I had insurance there’s a 50/50 chance they’d actually cover it, and I would end up paying the $800 or so out of pocket or towards deductible anyway. Total for...