First Things First

People always ask me, “what’s the one thing I can do to get better?” I have several responses that I give depending on the person and my first impression of them. All of these are done daily. Indefinitely. Or until it becomes your normal and you add new things in. Do one, some or all.

  1. No White sugar.
  2. Exercise yourself.
  3. Drink way more water.
  4. Go to the bathroom. Move the bowels.
  5. Sleep.
  6. Other. Whatever makes you happy.

 

Top 10 Reasons To Not Eat Dairy & Some Interesting Facts

1).  It is the #1 food allergen.  This is agreed upon by Medical doctors, Naturopaths and Nutritionists.  It contains more than 25 different allergen causing proteins.

2).  Lactase, the enzyme needed to break down milk sugar stops being manufactured in the body between childhood and adolescence.  Over 70% of the world, yes the world is Lactase deficient.  This should indicate that adults should not consume dairy.

3).  Gas, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bedwetting, snoring, teeth grinding = Lactose intolerance/dairy allergy.

*Interesting fact: The nutrients in a food cannot be absorbed if the food cannot be properly digested.  Therefore, you will absorb very little if any Calcium from Milk products.  Lactose intolerance can actually cause calcium and other mineral deficiencies.  

4).  If you are consuming dairy because you believe you are getting calcium from it, think again.  The pasteurization of milk causes it to lose 50% of its available calcium.  And if you are into drinking low fat or skim you will not be getting any calcium as the fat is what allows the calcium to be absorbed.  This complete lack of absorption is even more true for cheese.

*Interesting fact:  The countries that consume the highest amounts of Dairy also have the most cases of Osteoporosis. 

5).  Highly Acidic = Disease can only happen in an Acidic body.

6).  Inflammatory = Root of most if not all disease.

7).  Unless it is from pasture raised/organic cows who have not been pumped full of hormones and antibiotics it is absolutely pointless to consume.

*Greens, grains, nuts & seeds contain more calcium than dairy.

8).  If you are constantly consuming a food that you are allergic to, it increases your toxic load.  This will result in a weakened immune system, faulty digestion (leaky guy, low stomach acid, taxed pancreas and liver) which will then lead to Candida, asthma, allergies, skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea.

9).  If it is a colour other than cream or white it most likely has had food colour added to it.  Unless you are getting “june butter” which is from cows who have eaten the first grass of the season and so it contains higher beta carotenes, omega 3 and more vitamins/minerals in general. If it is the orange colour it probably has Yellow #5 in it.  This food colouring is directly linked to asthma, hyperactivity, and attention disorders.

*Interesting fact: Organic butter is typically not an issue due to its high fat content.  Should still be consumed in moderation and watch for hidden ingredients.  

10).  It is a fat and will be stored as fat. Which is fine if your body composition is below 10% for a male and below 20% for a female.

*Interesting fact: Butter and coconut oil are rarely if ever stored as fat.  They are almost always used for energy production. 

Strawberries!

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Easily one of the most popular and most fragrant berries not to mention one of the tastiest!  These versatile berries are perfect to snack on, in smoothies, as jams and spreads, thrown in salads, on yogurt, in cereal or as a simple desert. 

Strawberries are a superfood, full of vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes & minerals. They are excellent for the Immune & Respiratory Systems, Skin,  are Anti-Inflammatory & protect the brain from oxidative damage.  Their little seeds even contain small amounts of Essential Fatty Acids! 

Strawberries contain a surprising amount of Vitamin C, some A and Vitamin K, a vitamin necessary for proper blood clotting and Vitamin D  & calcium absorption.  

Their bright colour lends itself to a flavonoid called Anthocyanins. Flavonoids are great for dealing with inflammatory issues inside and on the body. Issues like; asthma, allergies, acne & arthritis and also protect the body from free radical damage. 

Another great thing about Strawberries is that they are grown in Canada! You can buy them from local farmers and even pick your own.  Make sure they are organic, Non GMO & rinse them well.  Strawberries unfortunately do not last long, only a few days once picked so use them fresh or freeze them for later use. 

Gluten Free Banana Muffins with Strawberries and Coconut Whipped Cream

This is a really easy and of course delicious take on the classic strawberry shortcake.  Using a bit of honey to sweeten, flaxseed meal for a little extra fibre and whipped cream from coconut milk, makes for a fantastic, completely satisfying treat that one would be hard pressed to deny.

The Necessities

∗ Makes 9 muffins

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1-1/3 Cups Organic Brown Rice Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder (aluminum free)

2 tsp Ground Organic Cinnamon

¼ tsp Salt

3-4 Ripe Organic Bananas – mashed

2 Organic Eggs – whisked 

¼ Cup Organic Coconut Oil

2 tbsp Organic Honey

2 tbsp Organic Flaxseed Meal

2 cups Organic Strawberries – cleaned, de-stemmed and lightly mashed.

1 can Organic Coconut Milk

Extras

¾ cup Organic Walnuts or Dark Chocolate Chips

Method

First prepare the coconut whipped cream.  You need to put the can of coconut milk in the fridge upside down for the night.  This enables the cream to separate and come to the top.  Puncture or open the can on the bottom to let the milk run out, leaving the cream in the can.  Next scoop the cream out into a chilled bowl and start beating the same way you would regular cream.  You can add a tsp or two of coconut sugar however you may not need it.  Once the cream is whipped to your desired consistency, place bowl in fridge and get going on the muffins.  Keep the cream in the fridge as it will separate as it gets to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350° and lightly grease the muffin pan, I like to use butter for this.

In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, honey and coconut oil.  Mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine the brown rice flour, baking powder, salt, flaxseed meal & cinnamon.  This is also where you would add the walnuts or chocolate chips or both!  Mix well.

Add the dry mixture to the wet & mix thoroughly but do not over mix!

Fill the muffin cups about ¾ full.

Bake for 26-34 minutes or until they test clean.

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Serve with mashed strawberries and coconut cream & maybe a little butter!

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