Health Benefits of Interval Training Exercise

runner at Creve Coeur LakeExercising is an important part of prevention and good health. In my guest blog today for Kelly the Kitchen Kop I share information about the tremendous health benefits of intensive interval type exercise to increase lung and heart capacity. Interval training also reduces insulin resistance and helps to lose weight. Continue reading

Spicy Pakistani Spinach Potatoes

Summer 2014 471Years ago my good friend Shane taught me how to make this dish at her home. She estimated her ingredients when she cooked, but tried to help me measure the portions. Shane is an excellent cook and I had the pleasure of enjoying many of her home cooked foods over the years. Shane’s spinach potato dish became a family favorite and many friends have enjoyed this side dish, as well. My children used to refer to the dish as Shane’s potatoes and would often request that I make it. You may adjust the ingredients and spices as desired. I tend to use more spinach and less potatoes. As many traditional recipes do, this recipe uses many healthy spices such as cumin seeds, tumeric, sea salt and crushed red pepper. Continue reading

Traditional, Gluten Free Pasta Con Broccoli

Summer 2014 437I once avoided pasta with rich cream sauces due to my misinformed fear of healthy fats. Now I embrace these foods made with traditional fats.  I use the best ingredients I can find and usually serve with a fresh garden salad and baked wild salmon. Pasta is high in carbohydrates, which can convert to sugar and fat, but the fat in the cream and butter helps to balance this out. By serving with a protein like salmon, the meal becomes balanced and healthy. Try and find tomato sauce or paste in a glass jar to avoid the leaching of chemicals in cans caused by the acid of tomatoes. Continue reading

Delicious, Simple Seasoned Salmon

seasoned salmonWild salmon offers many health benefits including omega 3 rich fats healthy for the heart and body. It provides protein rich with amino acids good for mental health.

One of my favorite fool proof recipes is baked salmon seasoned with organic butter, sea salt, black pepper, thyme and lots of basil. I make this weekly due to its simplicity, health benefits and delicious taste. It goes well with a variety of side dishes including soups, salads, vegetables and pasta. Continue reading

Why Grass-fed Meat is Better for Your Health and the Environment

images (32)For centuries, cows and chickens were raised outdoors on pasture, enjoying sunshine, clean air and their natural diet of grass and insects. These animals were healthy, enjoying the outdoors. Humans who ate their meat benefited from a nutrient-dense food high in healthy fats, proteins and vitamins. Continue reading

Easy, raw breakfast smoothie

th (100)This is one of my favorite smoothie recipes. I make it frequently when I am in a hurry and take it to go for breakfast, eating in the car. I know it is better to enjoy and eat food slowly, but when in a rush this smoothie provides nutritious fats, protein and vitamins to start my day. It can easily be eaten as a snack or for a healthy lunch, as well. Continue reading

The Great Cholesterol Debate and Heart Disease

th (92)The cholesterol debate is one of the most highly divisive issues separating the practices of holistic and conventional medicine. The vast majority of conventional physicians, now following the new American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines, continue to routinely recommend dangerous statin drugs based on total and LDL cholesterol numbers, along with other guidelines. In stark contrast, holistically trained physicians do not prescribe statins and instead look at individual cholesterol numbers and inflammatory markers, ignored by most allopathic physicians.

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Delicious, Easy, Gluten Free, Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe

Broccoli_Lasagna_161This recipe is gluten free and uses sheep cheese instead of cow’s cheese, for those sensitive to cow’s dairy. I found the cheese at Whole Foods and used Tinkyada lasagna noodles.  I have tried several vegetarian lasagna recipes over the years, but this is our family’s favorite and by far the easiest one to make. If cow’s dairy is not a problem, parmesan cheese can be used instead of the Manchego cheese and Mozzarella cheese for the topping. It is delicious and can be doubled to serve a larger group (using standard size lasagna pan). I have served it at Super Bowl parties in the past and it was well received.  Serves 4-6. Continue reading

Hidden Dental Cavitations Can Cause Serious Illness

Dental-work-being-done-001A young high school student experienced debilitating symptoms of stomach pain, weight loss, inflammation, fatigue and anemia. A young man experienced a persistent cough and repeated upper respiratory infections. A college freshman struggled with fatigue, bloating and dizziness. A practicing nurse suffered from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis. A college student struggled with symptoms mirroring an unusual autoimmune disorder. Their symptoms were all quite different, but these individuals shared one thing in common. Each had a hidden cavitation infection in the jaw bone area of the molar or wisdom teeth. Continue reading

Delicious Blueberry Muffins (gluten free, dairy free, egg free/or regular)

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My one daughter is temporarily on a gluten free, dairy free, egg free diet,  so we have been experimenting with recipes. We tried these recently and they were a huge success. Only thing we would change is to add more blueberries next time.  Bake and enjoy if you like blueberries. We tried to use the best possible ingredients. (With no dietary restrictions, use organic whole milk, pastured butter and one pastured egg instead of applesauce; also with a wheat flour, there is no need for xanthun gum). Yield: 12 muffins. Continue reading