No Kid Has a Ritalin Deficiency!

No Kid Has a Ritalin Deficiency!
I always thought kids got hyper from the cake they just ate. But what if some of them are hyper because of the green frosting and sprinkles?

Americans eat five times the food dye that we did in the 1950’s, and studies have linked artificial food dyes to  hyperactivity, irritability and depression, hives and asthma, tumor growth...

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Dinner Recipes for Next Week -->> 5/23/21

Dinner Recipes for Next Week -->> 5/23/21
If you’re struggling with what to cook for dinner next week, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s what I’m having this week. If I can't find the recipe online, I'll link to the cookbook I found it in.

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free 
This is such a good, fresh, summery meal and I try to get it on my menu at least once a month.

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free 
I love this one because it's easy, and the pork is sooo tender! The recipe is on page 252 of the Whole30 cookbook.

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free
We just can't get enough of this deliciousness. Instead of pork, I've been using ground turkey. Yummm... Make sure to use gluten free soy sauce in this to keep it gluten free. Here's my fave.

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free 
I found this recipe when researching food combining, and it looks amazing. Fried ginger? YESSS thank you. I'll let you know how it is, because it's a test recipe this week. If you use gluten free soy sauce, you'll be GF on this recipe as well.

Roast Chicken
As per usual, I'm having a roast chicken this week. I spatchcock the chicken, and it cooks amazingly well. (Here's a video on how to spatchcock a chicken, or butterfly it.)

My recipe for Roast Chicken changes weekly, but here's the gist:

Preheat your oven to 375. Clean and spatchcock your chicken. Pat dry and place in pan. Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning. Pick your favorite seasoning blend, and I'll bet you love this. Stick a thermometer in it and cook until it hits 165. (We do 180-185 because we want the skin crispy and we've been tricked when it measured 165. The legs aren't always up to temp that way.) I recently started using a thermometer you put in the meat and it has a cord to outside the oven. You set the thermostat to the temp you want and it beeps like crazy when it's done. Easy peasy! 

I like to use a cast iron skillet, one of the BIG ones, and chop up veggies to put in the pan with it. Try Brussels sprouts, onions, garlic, carrots, fennel, red potatoes, sweet potatoes, red onions, pretty much any veggie will be amazing! Add olive oil, salt and pepper to your veggies and you're in for a treat!



Ever Feel Bad After Eating Kung Pao Chicken? Here's Why...

Ever Feel Bad After Eating Kung Pao Chicken? Here's Why...
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Have you ever woke up in the middle of the night with your heart racing and a massive headache? Did you ever connect eating Chinese food that night for dinner? Or any of a bunch of other fast foods. If so, listen up!
 
MSG is monosodium glutamate. It's use, and the after-effects of using it, are very controversial. But I've seen it in action. My mom wakes up with her heart beating so fast it's scary. And the headache! Oy!
 
The main ingredient in MSG is glutamate, which is aneurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that carry impulses from the brain to the body and from one part of the brain to another. MSG is an excitatory neurotransmitter, which stimulates nerve activity. That's why it tastes so good!
 
You also should make sure to read labels. Look for the above terms, but also: glutamic acid, yeast extract, hydrolyzed corn or soy protein. I know it sounds crazy, but any food that has an ingredient that's hydrolyzed, fermented, enzyme modified, or protein fortified will have free glutamic acid in it. Pay attention to natural flavors as well. Just track your symptoms if you have them when you eat foods that have these ingredients. I'm looking at you Doritos and Ramen!

So, what do you do if you have an MSG sensitivity? Easy peasy. Stop eating it! The way I deal with sensitivities is do an elimination diet. Then you’ll be able to notice the symptoms. If they are worth the meal, go for it! If not, just quit!

No worries, though. You can order your food without MSG at many Chinese restaurants.
 
Here's how you can figure out if you are sensitive to MSG:

  • Stop eating it for a month
  • Try it again and see what happens
  • Use a food journal to notice a difference in symptoms. 
For more information about how to do an elimination diet, check out my free mini-course.

If you're looking for a list of symptoms and which one of the many chemical constituents it might be, click this box.

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Dinner Recipes for Next Week -- 5/16/21

Dinner Recipes for Next Week -- 5/16/21
If you’re struggling with what to cook for dinner next week, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s what I’m having this week. If I can't find the recipe online, I'll link to the cookbook I found it in.

Piri Piri Chicken
Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free
This one is so easy, you just dump a bunch of stuff in the blender and rub it on the chicken.
There will be enough for leftovers.

Stuffed Peppers from The Whole30, page 222
Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free
Since Chuck is allergic to beef and sensitive to tomatoes, I edited this recipe for us by using ground turkey and roasted red peppers to sub for tomatoes. It’s still amazing! Oh, and this time, I popped some Almond Mozzarella on top!

Salmon and Fennel With Roasted Lemon Vinaigrette
Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free
This is a new recipe I’m trying out for the first time this week. If you want to hear about what I think of it, please hop in my Thriving with Food Sensitivities group.

Ribs oh Ribs from The Paleo Kitchen, Page 154
Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free
These ribs have never failed me, and I started cooking them in the Instant Pot for 25 minutes. Then I put it in the air fryer (I’m seriously addicted to this one, and so is Chuck--he's cooking all the time now!) for a bit to crisp up. Ah-mazing.

Coleslaw with ribs is so good. All I do is put a package of shredded cabbage, sliced almonds, and raisins in a big bowl, add some apple cider vinegar, and call it a day! One of our favorite meals.

There will be enough for leftovers.

Healing Instant Pot Chicken Soup
Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free
I love how easy it is to put this meal together. And Chuck and I both love it so much!

If you want to learn how to plan your own menu, click here.

Beans Bothering Your Belly? Here’s a Lectin Lingo Lesson

Beans Bothering Your Belly? Here’s a Lectin Lingo Lesson
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I’ve always felt a little overstuffed after eating chili or split pea soup. What about you? Some people have terrible bloating, gas, and even worse, vomiting and diarrhea! Have you ever made the lectin connection?

Animals have claws and teeth to protect themselves from predators. Plants… not so much. Instead, they have lectins to repel pests. Seeds are able to remain whole in animal and human bodies because of lectins. Humans can not digest lectins, so the seeds typically pass right through our systems. 

However, if you already have some issue in your gut (do you know anyone who doesn’t?), lectins can move through your system, causing a host of inflammatory issues. Our bodies will produce antibodies to lectins that pass into our bloodstream, and then we produce an inflammatory response.

Lectins are proteins that keep two carbohydrate molecules together. Soooo…. Lectins are in many carbs, like beans, grains, and some veggies. Sometimes, they affect people poorly! Who? People with auto immune issues. People who have celiac or Chron’s, or other digestive issues. People who are sensitive to gluten.

What are lectins in:

    Beans
    Most grains
    Peanuts
    Soy
    Corn
    Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers
    Seeds

The good news is that most foods can be (and are) prepared in a way to reduce the lectin content to a level that is manageable by many people. And if your foods have seeds, your best bet is to take the seeds out and peel them before use. Have you ever noticed that if the beans you eat aren’t cooked enough, your belly bloats? That’s improper handling of the lectins, or a lectin sensitivity. So, cook at least 30 minutes to banish the bloat!

If this doesn’t fix the issues, try an elimination diet and reduce the lectin rich foods in your diet. See how you feel!

If you're looking for a list of symptoms and which one of the many chemical constituents it might be, click this box.
 



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