Gluten Free Mini Coconut Pumpkin Muffins

For the last couple of weeks I have seen many of these cards on my Facebook news feed. While they are supposed to invoke humor, they are posing a serious question. What are we feeding little kids on Halloween? It would be nice if we were able to avoid the high-fructose corn syrup, hidden vegetable oil, and acetone in Halloween candy. I am not trying to say you should give your child a tablespoon of fermented cod liver oil as a treat for Halloween. But I would like to encourage vigilance about what we offer little ones when they come knocking at our door. Recent studies have linked high-fructose corn syrup to Autism, vegetable oil to heart disease, and white flour to Type 2 Diabetes. We can all try to be creative and avoid some of the worst offenders on the market. As a sign of solidarity to everyone making an [...]

October 30th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Vitamin D Love

Today is a hard day. While beautifully colored leaves are waltzing around in the air, I am watching my husband painfully trying to chew on a piece of buttered toast. Maybe not the best breakfast for someone with a severe outer ear infection. I move out of the room like a zombie and grab the raw milk from the refrigerator. I pour most of the cream in a glass and offer it to him. This is our initiation into the cold, grey season. The Northwest settles into a monotonous, constant drizzle from now till April. There are sheets and sheets of dark grey clouds covering the sun. While the mysterious fog, the colorful leaves, and the chilling rain have their own charm (Stephanie Meyer located her famous Twilight series here) there are quite a few people who struggle with seasonal affective disorder, severe colds, and fatigue. Some experts link this [...]

October 25th, 2012|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , |13 Comments

Three Teaspoons of Sugar: Kicking a Sugar Addiction

When I told someone the other day that I used to eat cookies for breakfast, they thought I was joking. It took them a couple minutes to realize I wasn't. It dawned on me that most people don't know how I became interested in nutrition. So today I decided to share part of my story with all of my readers. Growing up, sugar was a very important household item. While we got most of our produce from our farm, we would always top a lovely, wholesome dinner off with a delicious homemade desert. From a young age, I learned to appreciate sweets. In fact, I liked them so much that one day when I was five I sneaked a candy bar to bed only to wake up with half of it stuck in my hair! My cravings for sugar did not get better during my teenage or early college years. In high [...]

October 18th, 2012|Categories: Diana|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Roasted Chicken Liver For Breakfast

This morning I woke up with quite an appetite. I think subconsciously I have communicated to my body that I will be switching to a sugar free diet for the week. What could be more nutritious than: farm fresh eggs, raw butter, sour dough spelt bread, and roasted chicken liver for breakfast! Don't let me scare you away with my appetite for chicken liver. If you ask my husband whether I am a picky eater he will wholeheartedly say "YES!". We have had many dinners with me picking at my food, simply because of weird flavors, spiciness, or dry meat. In fact when it comes to livers I am also very particular. I don't like cow's liver. It is too potent and smells to grassy even after being cooked in delicious flavors, it retains the internal organ smell. The only way I eat it cow's liver is dehydrated and packed  into capsules. [...]

October 15th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

No Sugar For A Week

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, addiction is "a compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly: persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful." We are taught from an early age about the destructive effects such substances have on our bodies both physically and emotionally. Recently, however, there has been much talk about certain foods having similar qualities to heroine or nicotine. As most of you might have guessed, sugar is the number one suspect. I recently finished a class on carbohydrates and sugars. The reaction I seem to get after eating a sweet desert has made me wonder whether I am a sugar addict or not. I always considered sweets to be one of my "guilty pleasures" but what is the difference between "guilty pleasure" and [...]

October 14th, 2012|Categories: Diana|Tags: |2 Comments

To Juice Or Not To Juice?

For the last year or so I have been reading quite a bit of confusing information about juicing. Some experts claim that it is extremely beneficial while others argue it is detrimental  for the human body. I must admit both parties have some very compelling arguments. Sally Fallon explains that "excessive consumption of fruit juice can also upset the acid-alkaline balance of the body, causing the urine to become alkaline rather than acid."Nourishing Traditions, Page 52   Very true. For this reason we we should juice mostly vegetables. I like to do a ratio of 85% vegetables and 15% fruit. We prefer sweetening our juice with granny smith apples. They have a lower glycemic index and they contain malic acid which supports kidney health. Sally Fallon also states that "fruit juice consumption should be limited to an ounce or two at a time, diluted with water, so you don't take in more fructose [...]

October 9th, 2012|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: |4 Comments

Fruit Roll-Ups and Plum Butter

These last couple of weeks have been rich with harvest. Happy Fall everyone! The other day I was making plum butter, tomato sauce, and pumpkin soup, when one of William Blake's poems came to mind. O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain'd With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit Beneath my shady roof; there thou may'st rest, And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe, And all the daughters of the year shall dance! Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers. (Excerpt from the poem "To Autumn") And autumn has truly been singing "the lusty song of fruits" to us in the form of huge quantities of plums! At first I tried to eat as many fresh plums as I could. I like to abide by the rule of eating foods that are in season. But after a while I realized that I wasn't making too [...]

October 6th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Quick Daily Liver Cleanse

For the last couple of months I have been fascinated by the human liver. Did you know that the liver has more than five hundred functions in the body? "Your four-and-a-half pound liver manufactures 13,000 chemicals and has 2,000 enzyme systems, plus thousands of synergists that help the body function." says Liz Lipski, PhD in her book Digestive Wellness. Among the liver's five hundred functions are: Detoxing, cleansing, and purifying blood Producing and excreting bile Activating enzymes Excreting bilirubin, cholesterol, hormones and drugs Storing glycogen, vitamins and minerals Synthesizing plasma proteins Producing aminoacids. It is also one of the few organs that can regenerate itself. However, repetitive damage and severe toxins like pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, alcohol, and dyes can lead to liver failure, dysfunction, cancer, and ultimately even death. Once I realized how many bodily functions my poor liver has to orchestrate on a daily basis, I began looking into ways that I could relieve some [...]

October 1st, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , |45 Comments
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