Pharmacy to Farmacy

Many of you may know Erin-- the fabulous Pharm D that worked in our office a few years back.  Erin is a phenomenal gal and we embarked on the journey  into natural medicine around the same time.  As we both 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

Natural Tips for Avoiding Colds

This cold and flu season is still upon us and unfortunately, many patients are still being plagued by these nasty viral symptoms.  Here are a few tips to try if you feel like you are coming down with something. Of Read more

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

Diet

Do I have to buy organic? The Dirty Dozen

Sure, we would all love to buy everything we eat organic and process free, but who can afford that in today’s economic times.  I struggle with the issue of spending so much on food especially if it isn’t all eaten before it goes bad.   If you are buying veggies on a budget, try to go organic for the Dirty Dozen foods.  These top 12 are known to be grown with the most pesticides.  The rest you can probably get by not buying organic.  Regardless, any fruit or vegetable (organic or not) is still better than that McDonald’s cheeseburger so don’t spend too much time worrying!

Peach

Apple

Bell Pepper

Celery

Nectarine

Strawberries

Cherries

Kale

Lettuce

Grapes

Carrot

Pear

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Free Macbook—Whaaaaaaat?

So you all know about my man crush, Sean Croxton, from http://www.undergroundwellness.com.  This guy is the nutrition guru!  He interviews top experts in the field of wellness and then podcasts his interviews for free.  He is genuine and has massive integrity!  He introduced a free Macbook giveaway over the last few weeks to the person with the best photo of #JERFING-(AKA – Just Eat Real Food) .  Well, the  AngelaMD wellness warriors are all about eating real food so we decided to enter the contest.    We were under the gun last night to submit a photo after finding out that my oldest daughter’s computer died.  She is in desperate need of a new one for this semester’s classes at a local college (she is studying to be a social worker).  The Henriksen family rallied and produced these hilarious and somewhat ridiculous photos.

Sidney’s idea of JERF

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Emma’s idea of JERF

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The actual photo we submitted —

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Just Eat Real Food!!!!

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Another book about what I can’t eat

All I need is one more book telling me how everything that I eat is so bad for me.  It’s incredibly frustrating.  One day I’m convinced I need to be vegan, the next I’m gung-ho paleo and then I get thrown another loophole.  So we have said along that we aren’t endorsing any particular diet.  I am 100% confident that processed and GMO foods are off-limits.  But, let’s be realistic–it’s almost impossible in today’s world to eat like this all the time.  Somedays I feel like –what the heck–why don’t I just go on a fast food binge and throw in the towel.  I have felt defeated and discouraged.  But then–just when I thought I wouldn’t be able to sustain this real food life style—I read “Rich Food-Poor Food” by the Calton’s.  They have created an invaluable guide to shopping and substituting the right brands for all your food desires.  It really is amazing the amount of research and work they have put into this book.  What you may not know is that Mira had a debilitating case of advanced osteoporosis that she was able to reverse by changing her diet to include more micronutrients.  I am certainly a sucker for that kind of testimonial.  This is a must have guide on how to get the most nutrient rich food for the buck!Dr-Terry-Wahls-rich-food-poor-food

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Food can cure multiple sclerosis????

 

I recently stumbled upon this amazing story and can’t help but want to share it with you.  Ten years ago when I was first starting out in medicine, I would have laughed at this quackery.  However, when you get some experience under your belt and start getting dissatisfied with the constant game of treating symptom after symptom without getting to the root causes of disease, you open your mind a little.  I encourage anyone who has a family member or friend affected my multiple sclerosis to watch this video.  It is a little long and rather scientific but its worth some attention. Dr Terry Wahls is a physician that actually used diet to improve her disease. This Ted talk gives her story in a nutshell and you can learn more at the Wahls Foundation.

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Good Beginnings

Thanks Dee—

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Dee writes:

As we enterred into a new year, many of us lookeded forward to the opportunity to begin things with a fresh, clean slate. Starting over allows us to be energized with the hope of finally tackling our hardest challenges. In the way that a new year sets the tone for the weeks and months to follow, a morning routine also stages the foundation of a person’s day.

When we were children, we lived on sugary cereals, breads, pastries and jams before a school day. As adults, our tastes and cravings for these things don’t change, but our metabolism and nutritional needs do. It becomes much more difficult for adults to consume high levels of sugar and baked goods made with processed enriched flour.
Whole grain options have become popular in recent years because health experts tout that true whole grain products are more time-consuming to digest. Because the grain hasn’t been broken down in manufacturing, it is not as readily absorbed into your bloodstream. Instead of machines processing the parts of the grain to make it smoother and more refined, your body has to put in a bit more effort with a whole grain product. That extra time and effort results in decreased sugar spikes, fewer cravings throughout the day, and diminished hunger until the next meal. Avoiding sugar will benefit the body in the same way.
And remember to eat a real breakfast! Breakfast means breaking a fast. When you start your day with breakfast, your body’s natural metabolism kicks into gear and starts to burn fuel. If sitting down to eat is a challenge, a fruit/veggie smoothie can be a good option.
All smoothies are not created equally. Making them yourself will ensure that you’re not getting a lot of extra sugar and processed foods. A basic recipe can include berries, bananas, yogurt, water, ice. It is best to skip the fruit juice. The sugar content in juices is often very high and — just like the processing of grains — you’re consuming something that is already broken down. If you like orange juice, try substituting eating an orange instead.
Coffee and teas can be added to your breakfast list, but don’t substitute them for water. Just because they are a liquid, doesn’t mean they count in your daily goal of drinking eight full glasses.
Being prepared is the key to making good choices, so be sure to have whole grains, oatmeal, fruit, yogurt on hand the night before. A few other good tips to start your day on the right foot:
  • Prepare clothes for work/school the night before
  • Make a short list of things to do the night before
  • Prepare a lunch or healthy snacks to bring (cut up veggies, nuts, fruit)
  • Give yourself enough time to avoid rushing
And the most important part – if you start your day with sugar and starch, you will have an extremely difficult time avoiding it the rest of the day. Trust me, I took my daughter to a Chinese buffet today. I didn’t overeat and mostly ate the veggies and noodles with a small bit of dessert. Nevertheless, I’ve been eating carbs and sugar all day long.

Follow along Dee’s journey at http://www.gettingthebestoffood

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US Wellness Meats

Here is another great resource for some grass-fed meats.  I love Simpson Family Farms and US Wellness Meats.  I think you will find the prices are very reasonable.  I absolutely love the inspiration and passion these farmers represent.  There are some great podcasts on  the Underground Wellness site that explain the importance of eating grass-fed meats and the health benefits of CLA.

 

US Wellness Meats

Founded by lifelong farmer John Wood, U.S. Wellness Meats grew out of John’s realization that there was a unique way of raising cattle for a growing niche of U.S. consumers who were beginning to understand the health benefits of CLA and omega-3s from free-range meat.

A fifth-generation farmer, John was used to thinking like his ancestors and his neighbors when it came to raising animals. In a nutshell, this old method meant growing the animal on pasture, feeding them grain in confinement for the final four months, and then selling them off to a big animal processor when it was time for them to be harvested. But with a little experimentation, he discovered the old method might not be the only method. In 1997, 1998 and 1999, John raised animals on a 100% forage diet and had the proof he needed: there was another way to get tender and exquisite-tasting beef, lamb, bison, goat and dairy products.

One of the key secrets of the new model? Keeping the best quality forage in front of animals on a daily basis with a rotation grazing sequence. This traditional method mimics how buffalo grazed in North America for centuries, and it is the critical difference between 21st-century grass-fed and the old 1950’s model.head_about

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Go Dee –You’re a Rock Star!

Thanks for the update Dee—we love you!
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Continuing on from yesterday’s post, I’m finding it very helpful to keep things in perspective. I weigh 180.5 pounds today which is far from really being thin. But I feel kind of thin. 200 pounds is a not-so-distant past and I still remember very well what my clothes felt like a few weeks ago. So even though I have a lot of work ahead of me, I actually feel (relatively!) thin. The back zipper on my skirt keeps shifting around to the side because the skirt is loose. Alright, it’s still a size 16 skirt, but did you hear the part about it being LOOSE? Hallelujah!This photo is not me, but it shows you what I mean by allowing yourself to celebrate the victories on the way to the goal. I love watching The Biggest Loser because so many people can relate to the struggles and emotions these people feel. And when you see an overweight person who is brave enough to stand up on television and dance in a sports bra at 199 pounds — because they used to weigh 260 — what a perspective!

 

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Why I’m a Rock Star!

I do essentially feel like a rock star today.  I’m almost sure it’s because I sound  fabulous singing at the top of my lungs to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack with Emma as I take her to school (NOT — even the dog cringes and covers his ears!)  Actually, I feel great today because I have such amazing patients!!!  I have to thank Bonnie for letting me share her story.  She has struggled with her weight for most of her adult life and now in her 60’s, she has developed multiple complications from her obesity including reflux, hypertension, insulin resistance, knee arthritis and most recently, discoid lupus (a bad autoimmune skin disease).  We have treated her symptoms with moderate success.  When her husband was diagnosed with diabetes, we had a serious discussion on the need to treat the root cause of her diseases.    I am happy to say that since “the talk”, Bonnie has gone on the Whole 30 eating program.  She has learned more about nutrition in the last few months than I have in the last year.  She came in yesterday having lost a significant amount of weight and surprisingly enough –her skin disease is much, much, better–to the point that she has scheduled an appointment with her dermatologist to start weaning her immune suppressant drugs!!!

The Whole 30 eating program is excellent.  It delineates what you can eat!!!  I am so sick of hearing what I can’t eat because it makes me feel like everything is off-limits.

For example, here is a brief list of healthy items for your pantry:

Almond flour

Coconut butter

Coconut oil

Nut butters

Unsweetened applesauce

Butter or ghee

Vinegar (balsamic, apple cider, red wine)

You can learn more at their website http://whole9life.com  or pick up the book “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwigitstartswithfood

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Some People Do Get Better!

Leslee and I were at wit’s end!  She has been miserable with chronic diarrhea that has completely debilitated her life.  After multiple tests and trials of treatments–she said “just put me on an antidepressant and I’ll eat myself  into an oblivion of fatness.”  Luckily, we had a brainstorm idea after reading some my recent blog posts and articles.  We decided that she had nothing to lose by going wheat/gluten-free for a week just to see how she felt.  That weekend she and her friend made homemade bread as her last hoorah!  That evening she spent quality toilet time piling through gluten-free recipes.  She went gung-ho the next week—fruit smoothies for breakfast, a green juice for lunch, and a gluten/wheat-free dinner.  After 3 days exactly she was shocked at having 1 normal bowel movement a day.  After 1 week,  the “chicken skin” bumps on her arms had disappeared.  It seemed too good to be true.  She found a gluten-free pizza from Dominos and actually ate it without symptoms.  After around 2 weeks of improving symptoms, she decided to test her theory by trying some bread—Bah Bahm–dropping bombs within 30 minutes!  I saw her today and her weight was down, acne was cleared, bloating was gone and blood pressure (for which she takes meds) was remarkably low.  Even her cardiologist was surprised by the results.  She is staying with the diet because she feels so remarkable.  She will be sharing some of her stories with us in the near future so stay tuned.  She is a remarkably intelligent, charming, witty working mother.  You will absolutely fall in love with her!!!!  Thanks Leslee for letting me share your story.  You are inspiring others!

*** Tip of the day:  IHOP puts pancake batter in their scrambled eggs to make them look fluffy!

 

 

Leslee’s Super Green Smoothie Recipe

spinach

kale

celery

apples

ginger

lemon to taste

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10 Signs You May Be Gluten Intolerant—

It has been estimated that 15% of the US population.  Could you be one of them?

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may actually be gluten intolerant.  Please remember that these symptoms are vague so they only warrant investigating an intolerance.  And as usual, consult your personal physician if you have concerns.

 

1.  Migraine headaches

2.  Keratosis pilaris (bumps that look like chicken skin on the back of your arms)

3.  Fatigue or brain fog after eating gluten

4.  Autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis)

5.  Dizziness or feeling off-balance

6.  PMS or PCOS

7.  Fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue

8.  Inflammation in joints

9.  Anxiety, depression, ADD or mood swings

10.  Digestion issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation

 

Personally, my ALCAT did show a mild sensitivity to gluten so I am considering eliminating it.  You can either get an ALCAT test done (approx $250 if not covered by insurance) by contacting me or you could simply do an elimination diet.  This requires you eliminate gluten 100% from your diet for at least 30 days and preferably 90 days.  Then you track your symptoms and when you re-introduce the gluten–see exactly how you feel.

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