Glutamine

Going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments can take a toll on your body in many ways. Most doctors will verse you in the common side effects of these treatments but simply cannot give an exhaustive list of all possible symptoms. One such example of a side effect of treatment with many symptoms is Mucositis. Mucositis defined is inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes that line the digestive tract and is a common side effect of chemotherapy and radiation. Within this broad scope however are many symptoms such as dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, halitosis, loss of sense of taste, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and bloating to name a few. Finding relief from symptoms of Mucositis may come in the form of adding nutrients such as Glutamine to your daily diet. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in our body. Among its many functions, Glutamine is important for detoxification, supporting our immune system and for nourishing the cells of our intestinal lining. In good health, our bodies can synthesize enough Glutamine. However, under duress, it may need to be added to our daily intake. Foods such as kefir, bone broth, beets, spinach, parsley, organ meat, beans, legumes, nuts, cabbage, eggs and seafood are among the highest for Glutamine content. Supplementing, with your doctor’s consent, may also be beneficial. It is imperative to keep in close contact with your Health Team during treatment informing them of any new symptoms that you are experiencing. But do keep in mind that in many cases symptoms are the result of your prescribed treatment not the underlying disease.

almond milk

Almond Milk

almond-milkI must admit that I am not a fan of store bought Almond Milk. But I do love my homemade stuff! I love the texture. I love the taste. And I love the fact that I am in control of the ingredients. Added to this is the fact that making it at home is not only cost effective, it’s simple. Almond milk is loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and is a great alternative to cow’s milk. I use it in smoothies, lattes and every once and awhile just enjoy a cool glass of it on its own.

As a heads up, preparation starts the night before and once made should last in your refrigerator for about 3 days.

Ingredients:

•1 Cup Organic Almonds soaked in water overnight
•3 Cups of water
•1-2 dates
•½ tsp vanilla
•Pinch of Sea Salt

After soaking nuts overnight, drain and rinse.
Put in blender and add water, dates, vanilla and salt.
Blend until liquified.
Pour mixture through a nut bag or cheesecloth into container.
Squeeze nut bag until liquid is all in container.
Refrigerate and enjoy!

 

Homemade Sauerkraut

Homemade Sauerkraut

The humble cabbage, a member of the cruciferous family, offers many health benefits. It is high in vitamins A and C and provides a rich source of phytonutrient antioxidants. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties, and in some studies has been shown to exhibit anti-cancer properties. But when you ferment this already nutritious food, you turn it in to a Super food. The fermenting process turns cabbage into what we call Sauerkraut and in this process breaks down the cabbage in to a more digestible form making its nutrients much more bioavailable to us.   Sauerkraut is also loaded with a host of beneficial bacteria aiding in our gut health. Store bought Sauerkraut is often pasteurized and therefore does not provide the beneficial bacteria so important to us. For best results use a fresh cabbage. This should provide you with plenty of fluid and ensure great success to the fermenting process. A little arm work is needed too!

Ingredients:

Homemade Sauerkraut jar•1 large head cabbage (save 2 leaves)
•2 peeled carrots
•1 TBSP Sea Salt

1.Chop cabbage
2.Add carrot
3.Sprinkle with salt

With hands tamp down until fluid is released and covers vegetables.
Put in Mason jar.
Place saved cabbage leaves on top.
Cover tightly.
Leave in jar for about 2 weeks

My New Toy!

I have a new toy!  Some of you messaged me about making the zucchini noodles. In that post I used a hand held device which broke apart into 3 pieces. After doing a bit of research this is my new spiralizer. It’s a great tool to have for many things including zucchini noodles. In this picture I spiralized jicama for jicama fries.

Mushroom Burgers

Mushroom burgers are a great alternative to a traditional meat burger and are a vegetarian delight!  Often one of my recommendations to meat eaters is to try and have one meatless dinner a week. Mushroom burgers are a really great option for such a night. Add to it your choice of side vegetables and voila a delicious meal to satisfy everyone! Among their many health benefits, mushrooms are a source of B vitamins as well as being a rare food source of Vitamin D. Of note, it is important that you eat organic mushrooms. As mushrooms gain their nutrition from metabolizing non-living organic matter, it is important to eat organically grown mushrooms to avoid the possibility of consuming harmful contaminants that may be absorbed.

Ingredients:

2 TBSP Olive Oil
8 Cups chopped organic mushrooms
1 small onion chopped finely
2 cloves of garlic crushed
1 cup organic bread crumbs
2 organic eggs
Salt & Pepper

Saute onion and garlic until soft
Add mushrooms and cook until juice has evaporated
Let cool then combine with rest of ingredient
Form in to patties and grill until heated through. I served these on Sourdough bread.