An Important Alternative Medicine Modality: FOOD

Another one about nutrition. More specifically, another one about food.

If you’ve met me, talked to me or been reading this blog for a while you probably know that food is a huge deal to me. Keeping myself healthy has been a journey through alternative medicine modalities and a big part of that occurred out of necessity. True nutrition is difficult to find in a restaurant and even a grocery store.

Most grocery stores are packed full of “non-food” food. What is that? Items that have preservatives, sugar, tons of grains or anything artificial. Even with brands or products that seem like they should be high quality you have to look out. When you read the label what do you find? Often, it’s garbage.

So, what to do?

The simplest thing to do is not buy any of that crap. Buy things with one ingredient and then MAKE YOUR OWN FOOD!

Treat your food like medicine (alternative medicine). You don’t want your medicine to have a bunch of nonsense in it and you don’t want that with your food either. If you don’t know how to cook – it’s time to learn. Take a class if you can, otherwise just get in the kitchen and try.

The key to cooking well (until you’re really experienced) is to follow a recipie. It’s helpful to have a collection of recipes that you love that you can rotate through. I’ve given you some of my favorites already, but here’s a few more:

Bison & Cauliflower Rice

Serves 6 and is completely Paleo and Grain-Free

INGREDIENTS
1 medium head cauliflower, broken up into florets, rinsed and patted dry
1 teaspoon extra-virgin, unfiltered olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground marjoram (or your choice of salt-free dried herbs)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 pounds grass-fed ground bison
2 cups spring peas (defrosted, if using frozen)
1 lb. organic baby spinach, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS
Add cauliflower florets to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse for about 30 seconds until florets are broken into a rice-like texture, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cauliflower “rice” and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the ground cumin, marjoram, and turmeric and transfer mixture to a bowl while you cook the meat.

Add the ground bison to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat until it is almost completely done. Use a large spoon or spatula to break up any chunks and ensure even cooking.

Turn the heat to low, add the peas and spinach, and place a lid on the skillet. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Stir in the cooked cauliflower rice mixture.

Serve hot, with a pat of grassfed butter or avocado, if desired.

I also suggest that you add some salt. The woman that wrote this recipie has Thyroid problems which keeps her from using salt. When I make this, I alway add salt.

Original recipie from: Clean Eating Kitchen.

Holiday Eating

Holidays can be hard for me. No, not because of the typical reason people say…not because of drama (well sometimes drama), but because of food. Everyone bakes all these yummy treats, especially my mom who is a fantastic baker, that I can’t or at least shouldn’t eat. Not some huge deal, but it’s a bummer for me. I feel left out of the holiday cheer.

I have a choice to make, eat the yummy baked good and suffer because I’m incredibly sensitive to sugar and have some sensitivity to gluten, or I can not participate in the food fest. Until now. I’ve long looked for yummy healthy recipies to replace traditional baked goods and they’re not always easy to find. Emphasis on yummy.

I’ve tried a few but this is the only one worthy of sharing because it actually tastes like the original version without any of the crap.

Gluten- Free Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS:
4 eggs
3 medium overly ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup honey
¼ cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking soda
2¼ cups almond flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 F.

Grease a standard loaf pan and set aside.

In a bowl, mix eggs, banana, honey, coconut milk, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine baking soda, almond flour, sea salt and cinnamon.

Combine both mixtures and stir until well incorporated.

Add in apple cider vinegar and stir until it is distributed throughout the mixture.

Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes.

Note: If you want to get rid of the honey add an extra really ripe small or medium banana.

Original recipie from Dr. Axe.

I’ve got many more recipes that I’d love to share with you too. I’ll probably be sending these out soon, as I want you to take this step. Even if you don’t have food sensitivities like I do, this is still really important.

Nutrition is key in ensuring that you body is regulating itself properly. Without good nutrition (meaning balanced nutrition profile and no or little garbage) your system become dis-regulated and this creates imbalances. Imbalances in nutrient tend to cause us humans to have cravings for poor food choices and unstable hormones. Unstable hormones leads to all sorts of other internal problems like mood regulation.

As you can see, this is a passion of mine. Food, good food, has changed my life. I had to take accountability for this though. No one else did it for me. I had to search and search and find the resources I needed to have a healthy body. It’s time for you to do the same. There’s a few resources for alternative medicine here, but go find some more!

 

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