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A Functional Nutrition Approach to Supplements

Today I want to share my stance on supplements.  Some people believe we should be able to get everything we need from food, and others rush to supplements before ever considering food.  My perspective is somewhere in the middle and I share my thoughts on supplement use in today’s video:

 

Here are some key takeaways:

  1. Supplements can help to correct deficiencies and provide extra support that the body needs.
  2. Therapeutic doses of many nutrients aren’t found in normal portions of food and supplements can be considered in these cases.
  3. Supplements aren’t a cure-all for your symptoms – they can’t outweigh the negative effects of an inflammatory diet.  So before considering supplements, make sure there aren’t other obstacles to healing in your way (like eating inflammatory foods or getting poor sleep, etc).
  4. The quality and form of nutrients in your supplements matter!  The website I mentioned in the video for finding high quality supplements is www.pureformulas.com.

My Christmas Dinner Menu and Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

christmas dinnerWith just over a week until Christmas, I thought I would share my menu plan for Christmas Dinner, plus a few of my favorite kitchen gadgets in case you still need some last minute gift ideas for the cooks and healthy eaters in your life.

 

Last year I made Short Ribs for Christmas dinner and it turned out to be so delicious that I’m doing the same thing this year!  The best part is, you make them in the crockpot ahead of time so the prep is really easy on Christmas day.  There is a bit of effort involved when it comes to separating the meat from the bone and fat but it’s well worth it!

 

Here are the recipes I’ll be using this year.  I hope they inspire you!

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Crowd it out!

I recently shared my sister’s experience cutting sugar from her diet.  One of the best strategies for making dietary changes, especially when you’re eliminating something from your diet, is called “crowding out”.

 

The idea is that you don’t simply eliminate something without adding something in it’s place.  And since feeling deprived will definitely not help you have long-term success, I wanted to share some of my favorite healthy store-bought sweet treats that can really help when you’re initially letting go of sugar.

 

As I mention in the short video below, I do have a caveat that may apply to you!  Depending on where you are in your healing journey, the sweeteners that I initially recommend for someone who is transitioning away from refined white sugar may already be off the table for you.

 

Everyone’s healing journey is different and if you’re just getting started, these are some good options for you!  If you’re more complex (like me!) don’t hesitate to contact me and we can talk through your options!
 

 

Here is the link to the Simple Mills brand of crackers and cookies mentioned in the video.

And here are some of my other favorite store-bought sweet foods: Read more »

Try these low carb, no-cook noodles!

Are you avoiding wheat or refined flours in general? Are you looking for a healthy substitute for noodles? Try Kelp Noodles! They are made from seaweed and are thin, clear, flavorless noodles. They can be eaten raw and don’t require any cooking! They are crunchy at first so I find that acidic sauces work best to soften them up.

 

You can also try soaking them for about 30 minutes in some hot water with lemon juice and salt. Then just rinse before adding them to your dish.

 

The brand I use is called Sea Tangle and you can find it in healthfood stores in the refrigerated section next to the tofu.

 

Watch the video below to see what they look like, and read on below for 2 kelp noodle recipes!

 

 

Kelp Noodle “Spaghetti”

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Are you new to using canned coconut milk? Here’s a demo!

There has been some controversy recently around whether or not the fat from coconuts is healthy.  Given that this fat can help with metabolism and weight loss, improve cholesterol markers, and has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, I’m really not worried!

 

I use coconut oil and full-fat canned coconut milk on a daily basis.  If you are looking for a way to substitute dairy milk or cream in some of your recipes, give coconut milk a try!

 

Last month when we were on vacation with my family, my dad saw me open a can of coconut milk and was very perplexed that it seemed to be solidified.  So thanks, Dad for inspiring this video!

 

Watch as I show you what to do with a can of coconut milk, especially when it’s separated when you open it.  I also mention several ways to start incorporating coconut milk into your recipes.  If you’ve looking for a creamy alternative to dairy milk then give coconut milk a try!

 

The brand of coconut milk that I use is Read more »

Have you tried this dairy-free yogurt?

I recently came across a dairy-free yogurt option at my local health food store that is quickly becoming a household favorite, so I wanted to share it with you too!  It’s called COYO and it’s a dairy-free yogurt made from coconut cream (the cream from coconut milk).

 

The reason I was so excited about it is because it’s UNSWEETENED!  It’s not too difficult to find foods these days that are free from all sorts of allergens and additives.  The trouble comes when you’re trying to avoid multiple things (like I am), and you realize that finding a yogurt that is dairy-free AND sugar-free and still tastes good is pretty hard to come by.

 

In the video below, Gabriella taste-tests the berry flavor for the first time:

There are 4 flavors to choose from: Read more »

Demo: Matcha Green Tea Latte

Green tea is known for boosting brain power and mental clarity, and being a rich source of antioxidants.  Matcha is a powdered form of green tea and when you drink tea made with matcha, you are consuming the entire tea leaf, increasing its health benefits.

 

Watch the video the learn how Gabriella and I make our favorite matcha green tea latte!

 

 

Recipe: Matcha Green Tea Latte Read more »

My Favorite Sweeteners

I first ditched refined sugar at the end of 2009 and switched to natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey.  After I made the switch, it was easy to stay away from refined sugar since it would give me migraines.

One year ago as part of a detox program, I gave up even these natural sweeteners in favor of the two I discuss in the video below.  I saw some improvements in my health and even lost 10lbs so now these are the only two sweeteners I use on a regular basis.

 

Watch the video below to learn which two sweeteners I prefer and how I use them in recipes.

 

Here are some links to the sweetener brands I like:

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