More Homemade Salad Dressings

Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp local honey 1/3 cup blackberries   Process all the ingredients together in a blender and then season with ground pepper and sea salt The beauty of this recipe Read more

Healthy Mayo and Ranch Dressing

This stuff is a must -- If you read labels these days you will be hard pressed to find a mayonnaise or salad dressing that doesn't contain some type of vegetable oil.  Even the commercial mayos that advertise to Read more

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

So I got a little wicked crazy this weekend and decided to splurge on some pizza.  We do gluten-free carry out around here sometimes, but my future son-in-law inspired me to make my own cauliflower pizza crust. He made Read more

Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

Here's a throwback post that is certainly appropriate for this October weekend.  This smoothie matches the season and will be a great way to start the lovely fall day. Thanks to Smoothie Queen Amy for this great recipe I can't wait Read more

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread So I have been struggling with gluten-free baking because honestly -- I've never been good at baking!!  Then when I try to modify recipes using flours I'm not familiar with, it just makes  a perfect storm of Read more

When Should I Take My Supplements?

If you are like me -- you are just starting to realize why it is important to add supplements to your diet.  Even if we are eating a clean, healthy and unprocessed diet;  the mineral content of the soil Read more

Magnesium-the unloved mineral

Do you remember watching Wild Kingdom as a kid?  Did you happen to notice that the animals attacking their prey would immediately eat the organ meats.  I never really thought about why until I listened to Morley Robbins explain the Read more

Sherry's Story

Sherry has a great story.  She has been diabetic for years and she has made some massive changes!   "I have been on a lifestyle change. It has been a year following a ketogenic food plan.  When I started this journey Read more

Nutrition

Gluten is Killing You!

This video has some of the pearls from Grain Brain!  Take a minute to check it out!

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Paleo Thanksgiving

29592_10151253904349138_640052447_nWith the holiday week upon us —I wanted to get this out to you before you hit the stores with shopping lists this weekend.  I just downloaded Sean Croxtons and Chef Lance Roll’s Paleo Thanksgiving recipes that are awesome —here are the links-

 

Paleo Stuffing
Bacon Braised Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Yams and Sweet Potatoes

And for those of us a little culinary challenged—Sean and Chef Lance have a nice informative video here to walk us through the process.

 

Have a great holiday week!!!  Let us all be thankful for good health!

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The Gluten Summit

05a903eecbbabcb6bd2e3d855edd80c7Ok guys–I know you are annoyed with all the Gluten-Free posts and don’t really understand this crazy fad any more than I do!  Here is our chance to check out the science behind the madness!  This is a great opportunity to learn anything and everything you need to know about Gluten.

www.freeglutensummit.com <– Register Here

This is my Gluten-Free God’s (Dr. Tom O’Bryan) free educational summit that will give you everything you need to know and more.

This could change your life –I’m not joking when I say that I’ve had more than a handful of patients tell me they turned their life around by eliminating grains from their diet.

Have a great week all!

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Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

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How to Beat that Sugar Addiction!

Here is a simple way to tell if you are addicted to sugar.  If you are still hungry and craving dessert, bread or soda after eating a low carb meal including a lean meat, veggies and fruit——Bah Bahm!– you are addicted to sugar.  Your brain is craving the glucose even though you completely nourished your body and cells with nutrient dense foods.  Our buddy Sean Croxton from Underground Wellness has a great explanation of sugar addiction along with a few tricks on how to curb it!!!   Happy Hump Day everyone!!!

 

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Real Food Con Preview

Here is a quick video preview of Real Food Con which is something I am so excited about!  As you all know, I have a minor crush on my Superhero Sean Croxton from Underground Wellness.  The man has literally opened my world up to a dimension of health I had no idea that I would cross into when I started my practice over 12 years ago.  There are a plethora of  free podcasts with all of the top gurus in the areas of holistic wellness.   His level of scientific detail is amazing but, it is also incredibly understandable.   Real Food Con starts this week so I encourage you to go to his site and sign up!!  I’ll give you the Cliff Notes version this week.

First:  This video gives you some of the essentials with which to stock your kitchen—- from Amy Densmore.

 

Register here!   Real Food Con  

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Chronic Pain Treatment Options

 

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Ok–I’m getting on my soap box for this one.  Recent research shows that prescription narcotic abuse has now superseded the use of street drugs.  In 2007, 2.5 million Americans used prescription pain killers for the first time compared to 2.2 million whom used marijuana for the first time.  In 2007, the drug Fentanyl (a narcotic 30-50x more powerful than heroin) killed more than 1000 people.

I admit that pain meds do serve a purpose in post surgical issues and in cancer therapy.  They may even be helpful short-term in some chronic pain conditions.  However, the root cause of the problem always needs to be addressed.

Recently, a fabulous patient with peripheral neuropathy turned me on to the use of compounded pain creams.  Unfortunately, Cathy has tried almost all treatments possible including diet changes, acupuncture, physical therapy and traditional meds including Lyrica and Neurontin.  She is morally opposed to taking narcotics and so she sought out a compounded pain cream.  On her most recent visit, she proclaimed to me that this was the first treatment that had actually given her some relief.  Much to my dismay, I had not come up with the idea first and so I have researched the best creams and begun prescribing them with fabulous results.

Please ask on your next visit if you might be a candidate for one of these topical compounds as I now have them in my arsenal of alternative therapies.

There are huge advantages to these products!

1.  They are delivered directly to pain receptors

2.  They are great for patients that have trouble swallowing pills

3.  There are fewer adverse side effects

4.  There is minimal systemic absorption

5.  They target multiple pain receptors at one site

6.  There are reduced drug/drug interactions

7.  These are  NONaddictive formulations

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Stomach Myths

Please take the time to watch this —Sean does a great job explaining digestion and the concepts behind reflux disease and stomach acid production.  I could write a long lengthy post describing the science behind this but honestly –I think just watching Sean explain it gives you everything you need to know in a nutshell!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

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Plantain Tortillas

So I have been doing the Paleo diet successfully,  but have struggled with eliminating corn and wheat tortillas for wraps!  I have been searching for an alternative other than just using lettuce.  I stumbled upon this recipe and am planning to try it out this week —-I’ll keep you posted on the outcome.  You may remember what plantains are from the infamous episode of “Little Bill”–Season 4, episode 2—Little Bill learns about trying new foods!!!  Maybe we could all use a lesson in that!!!  YES—it is gluten-free!

 

Plantain Tortillas

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3 large or 4 small yellow plantains, about 2-2.5 pounds

2 egg whites

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Peel and chop your plantains and place in a food processor.
  3. Puree until somewhat pureed, and then add the melted coconut oil or lard, egg whites, salt and lime juice.
  4. Puree until smooth.
  5. Drop about 2 tablespoons at a time onto a baking sheet lined with a lightly greased sheet of parchment paper
  6. Smooth into a circle with the bottom of a ladle, getting as thin as possible
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, until dry to the touch, and just starting to brown on the edges.

 

For more great recipes using plantains—like a great one for grilled plantains:

Plátanos Maduros a la Parrilla

visit http://www.epicurious.com

 

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Gluten Issues –with the Gluten God!

What about all that GLUTEN????

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I absolutely love the Underground Wellness Site and always refer legitimately interested patients there to learn about nutrition and it’s healing effects on the body.  The body never ceases to amaze mean and the way that we are all so intricately woven together from system to system makes me marvel at the body’s resilience to its mistreatment.  I wasn’t ever aware of how perfectly in tune my mind, body, and spirit all were until these last few years and I am thankful to my awakening.  I’ve played this video in follow-up to the Wheat Belly video that many of you have watched during your office visits.  I am amazed at how little it takes to cause such an uproar in the body–This one is short and worth a one time viewing.  Tom O’Bryan is like the “Gluten God” to me and Sean Croxton has many resources on his site and podcasts that are filled with incredible science, tips, and transformation stories.  Please dig deeper if you are interested at all!

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