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"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."-Virginia Woolf

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunday Breakfast minus the Yucky Bloat

I am one that likes to experiment with new diets out there just to see if I can get additional health benefits from it. Then after a while I will incorporate the elements I find beneficial into my life. I almost never follow one given thing 100% (other than the obvious no artificial anything).

So in the next month I will be experimenting with the Wheat Belly Diet.

The Wheat Belly Diet suggests that, like many things, wheat is not what used to be due to human tampering. And that by the elimination of wheat products, unhealthy oils, sugars and high glycemic flours, one can have a healthier being. Perhaps even clearing up brain fog, skin flaws, digestion ailments, the list goes on and on.

So here I go. Downloaded the book and the supplemental 30 minute recipe guide Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook  and now I just have to follow the rules. I more or less did with this fantastic wheat free Sunday brunchfest.

Open- faced Ham and Egg Sandwich with Arugula and Mandarin Orange Salad

1 slice gluten free bread 
(I used Udi's because I haven't made the Wheat Belly mix yet. Udi's while gluten free, would not be on the Wheat Belly Diet due to the flours they use.)
2 slices organic ham
2 slices organic roma tomato
1 slice organic cheese
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup arugula 
1 mandarin orange

Set your oven to broil temp.
Lightly toast the bread.
Layer the bread with ham, tomato and cheese. Broil until the cheese is melty.
While broiling prepare an over easy egg in a skillet.
Plate arugula with the mandarin orange. It really needs no dressing as both flavors are so strong.
Top the sandwich with the egg and enjoy!
This couldn't be easier or yummier. I great replacement if eggs benedict was your favorite thing.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Cooking spray ..What was I thinking not checking the Yuck factor?

So often in life we just amble along doing what we have always done. Well, I have questioned a lot of my regular life habits and found I was blindly following the mainstream and risking my family's health in the process.
Little things to question continue pop up on a daily basis. Just when you think you have it covered!

The other day the light bulb went on when I grabbed a bottle of cooking spray to grease a casserole dish. Why have I not checked this item's ingredients and what makes it come out of the can like that? It can't be a natural occurrence. And I was correct.
Even despite the fact that cooking sprays come in many varieties, some with more artificial ingredients than others and some with limited ingredients including organic olive oil, all commercial sprays are equal in that they use a propellant to get the oil out.
Propellants used in foods and beauty products contain CFC's that endanger our lungs and the environment. For instance the cooking spray I was looking at uses either isobutane or propane as its propellant. That just sucks. I don't want to eat that.

So needless to say that went in the trash. Manually spreading olive oil around a dish works just as well and no propellant. But sometimes I liked getting that fine mist coverage. So after a bit of research I found this Prepara Oil Mister . You add your own yuck free oil to the glass container and just manually pump it and out comes the spray. No propellants! Works like a charm and has been on my shelf working great for months. It seems to me that it doesn't use as much oil as the regular spray can either so your oil lasts longer.

Moral of the story is don't amble along. Question everything. You deserve to know and you deserve better.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Drop that yucky processed protein bar...make Power Protein Bites instead!

These Power Protein Bites couldn't be any easier to make! They take so little time and are so much better than most of those processed protein bars on the market. The best part is that everyone loves them! So you can hide all kinds of good vitamins and minerals in these babies!

1/2 cup peanut butter (or sunbutter if allergic)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup rolled oats
3 tbs flax seeds
1-2 scoops PediaSmart Organic DAIRY Chocolate Complete Nutrition Powder
(The PediaSmart is packed with nutrients and is a Feingold approved product. It's gluten & GMO free!)
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1 tbs pure cocoa powder

Add peanut or sun butter and honey to a mixing bowl. Stir until smooth and combined.
Add all the rest of the ingredients.
Stir until combined.
Roll into balls (a little smaller than a golf ball.)
Store in the refrigerator.

You can eat immediately and you better as soon as possible. Once word gets out in the house that you've made these; forget about it!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean 15" .....ummm Someone Can't Count Right

I realize this topic is not original or new. Many people have written on the topic of the Environmental Working Group's findings on the top foods you should buy organic and the foods that are okay to purchase as conventionally grown. However, the list varies from opinion to opinion and I needed a resource to put it all together in one spot so that I could find it quick. I was very close to getting it tattooed on my arm so it would always be handy when I was shopping. Putting it here makes it just as accessible and way less painful. So I thought I would share.

Dirty Dozen? - Foods that you should buy organic due to high pesticide residues.
  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry Tomatoes (Tomatoes in general if you want to avoid GMOs)
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Hot Peppers
  7. Nectarines (imported)
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes (also due to GMO)
  10. Strawberries
  11. Spinach
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers
  13. Kale
  14. Collard Greens
  15. Zucchini (GMO)
  16. Summer Squash (GMO)
  17. Lettuce
  18. Blueberries
  19. Cherries 
  20. Pears
  21. Green Beans
Clean 15? - Foods that are typically low in pesticide residue
  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn* (Buy organic anyway due to GMO)
  3. Pineapple
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Frozen Sweet Peas
  7. Mango
  8. Papayas* (could be GMO)
  9. Eggplant
  10. Cantaloupe (domestic)
  11. Kiwi
  12. Cabbage
  13. Watermelon
  14. Sweet Potatoes
  15. Grapefruit
  16. Mushrooms
  17. Bananas
  18. Broccoli
My personal yuck factor 5 - just buy organic anyway
  1. Soybeans or soy products (GMO)
  2. Meat & Eggs (Animals are typically fed GMO grains.)
  3. Dairy Products (for the same reason above and due to growth hormones)
  4. Corn or corn products including Canola Oil (GMO)
  5. Cottonseed Oil (GMO)
Just a little extra tidbit: A lot of foods can be found locally through farm stands and farmers' markets. Don't be afraid to ask the farmer, they are usually very open about their practices. Don't let the fact that you don't see an organic sign drive you away either. Many farmers practice sustainable responsible farming but do not apply to go through the process of being labeled organic.