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Foods that Help Lower Insulin Resistance

I’ve struggled with insulin resistance in the past and have used some of these foods to help. As a matter of fact I was full blown Type II Diabetic, but not anymore. Although I believe most of my success from reversing my Type II Diabetes was from the fact that I lost 70 pounds by eating right and exercising a little bit, I did eat some of these foods during the process. I don’t think you can just add these foods to your diet and you’re going to reverse insulin resistance. You’re going to first have to start eating totally right (for me that is low carb high fat) and then ad these foods to a correct diet.

Some of the foods I added are mostly spices like turmeric and cinnamon, but I also started eating berries as a low sugar “dessert” to my meals. Here’s a link to an article that highlights 8 different foods with more info.

Here’s some more links to foods for health related articles:

 

What’s Better for You? Honey or Refined White Sugar? Duh!

Of course the correct answer is honey! And the main reason is because there is so much going on in honey than just the sweet part of it. Its a whole food. If you process honey to end up with just the sweet part, fructose, you end up with something that’s just as bad as sugar or high fructose corn syrup.

Here’s a link to an article on GreenMedInfo that talks about the benefits of honey, a whole food, over sugar, a one dimensional toxic substance. Here’s an excerpt “…Even the “sugar” in honey, which we might mistakenly equate (due to caloric and nutrient classification equivalencies) to the “sugar” from sugarcane, is a complex mixture of the monosacharrides (one-sugars) glucose and fructose, and at least 25 different oligosaccharides (which are sugars composed of between two to ten monosaccharides linked together), including small amounts of the disacchardide sucrose, as well as trisaccharides (three-sugars) like melezitose and erlose.

Local, raw honey can help you beat airborne allergies that you might have. Also, honey in your coffee makes a good cough syrup! Check out the article for all the benefits and I’m sure the next time you go to a local farmer’s market, you’ll be picking up some honey!

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

The sun will be happy to give you plenty of Vitamin D, but lots of people are deficient in Vitamin D. They stay inside most of the time and when they go out, they put sunscreen all over themselves! Drinking Vitamin D fortified milk is not the answer. You’d have to drink 300 eight ounce glasses of milk to get the same amount of Vitamin D as when you spend just 10 minutes outside in a bathing suit (no sunscreen). I’m not suggesting going outside and getting a sunburn. You definitely do not want to get a sunburn, but a 10 minute dose should give you enough Vitamin D without going overboard on the sun. If you’re afraid of the sun, take a Vitamin D supplement. I do in the winter time when the sun is not around as much as it is in the summer.

Vitamin D helps with a lot of systems in your body including assimilating cholesterol and helping with thyroid function especially for those suffering with Hashimoto’s Disease. Here a link to an article in NaturalHealth365 that has more info.

Celery is good for your Health!

Celery is good for your Health!

I bet when you think about “health foods” celery don’t come to mind, but it has many health benefits including fighting cancer. Read this article on Natural Health 365 for more info. Here’s an excerpt…

“Generally speaking, most people don’t think of celery as a “nutritional powerhouse.” Of course, on the other extreme – this past year, celery juice has been trending as the “cure-all” for a wide variety of health conditions. Today, we’ll focus on some undebatable facts about this vegetable.

Celery contains many essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, phosphorus, iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. It’s also full of flavonoids and antioxidants.”

Garlic is good for your Health!

Garlic is good for your Health!

I love garlic! Tons of flavor and it turns out that there’s tons of health benefits too! Check out this article on Natural Health 365. Here’s an excerpt…

“Allium sativum, or garlic, is a popular herb that has a history dating back centuries. Related to both shallots and onions, garlic is grown across the world, and it’s a popular addition to many recipes due to its savory flavor. But it doesn’t just taste good. It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, manganese, selenium, and potassium.”

If you ever eat sauteed shrimp, add tons of garlic like I do for a great Cuban style garlic shrimp dish.

Phosphatidylcholine Health Benefits

Phosphatidylcholine Health Benefits

Check out the top 10 health benefits of Phosphatidylcholine and which food contain it in this article on Natural Health 365. Here’s an excerpt…

“A recent study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found dietary intake of phosphatidylcholine is associated with a reduced dementia risk and improved cognitive performance.  In their study, men who consumed the highest amounts of phosphatidylcholine had a 28% lower risk of dementia compared to men who consumed the least.”

Lions Mane Mushroom Benefits

Lions Mane Mushroom Benefits

Check out this link to the Green Med Info website for info on Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits. Here’s an excerpt “Lion’s Mane is nature’s gift to your nervous system! It’s the only mushroom possessing not one but TWO potent nerve growth factors, showing potential benefits for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, multiple sclerosis, leg cramps, anxiety and more.”  l love mushrooms!

 

Caprese Omelet with Smoked Tomatoes

Caprese Omelet with Smoked Tomatoes and Basil Pesto

Well, everybody’s heard of a Caprese Salad, right? Fresh tomato and mozzarella with fresh basil in some form (I like to use my fresh made Basil Pesto). But how about in a Caprese Omelet? Let’s do it!

Here’s my typical Caprese Salad.

So we’re going to pretty much make that the filling in our omelet. However instead of fresh tomatoes, I’m going to use some smoked tomatoes. And instead of fresh mozzarella, I’m going to use, regular grated mozzarella. I am going to use my regular everyday fantastic basil pesto!

OK, here’s how I make an omelet. I put the eggs, a little bit of cream and a pinch of salt in a bowl and whisk the mixture in order to get some air bubbles. This time around I put the eggs, cream and salt in my Bullet and processed that for 20 seconds. This made an unbelievably fluffy omelet! Get as much air in those eggs as you can. I used to go on business trips to a small town in central Illinois. I’d have breakfast at this small diner sitting at the counter watching the short order cooks, well, cook! When I ordered an omelet the cook would put the eggs and some cream in one of those old time milk shakes mixer cups and put it on the mixer like he was making a shake. Lots of air bubbles in those!

Heat a nice non-stick pan with some olive oil and butter in it. Once melted, swirl it around. Add your nice and bubbly egg mixture to the pan. Once the edges start to set, take a rubber spatula and push the edges in towards the middle of the mixture, letting the liquid eggs fill the hole. I don’t like my eggs to be too runny, so I flip over whole omelet over to set the eggs on top. Then I flip it back and add my omelet fillings. You can use a spatula to do this, or you can turn down the heat so the bottom of the omelet doesn’t burn and cover with a lid so the contained heat will set the eggs on top.

In any case, once the eggs are set, add your toppings. I put a couple tablespoons of pesto on the omelet. Spread it around with the back of the spoon. Add your heated smoked tomatoes (I just heated them up in a small glass cup in the micro). And then top with a lite handful of grated mozzarella cheese. Turn the heat off and put a lid on it so the cheese melts. Once melted slide that delicious omelet onto a plate and enjoy that delicious Caprese Omelet!

Zoodles with Mushrooms and Chicken

Zoodles with Mushrooms and Chicken, a LCHF Pasta Alternative

I love mushrooms! When I get a real hankering for them I go to the local Farmer’s Market and buy some good local grown and sometimes wild picked mushrooms. I did buy some fresh maitake and shitake and a pack of dried lions mane mushrooms, but I used the fresh ones in another dish! For this dish I used Crimini Mushrooms that I got at the local store and the dried Lion’s Mane Mushrooms. And because I use Zoodles (zucchini cut into noodles) this is a LCHF pasta alternative. Check out how to make zoodles here.

I ground up the above dried mushrooms into a powder in my Bullet.

I started out by sauteing some chopped shallots in a pan with olive oil and butter.

I added the sliced Crimini mushrooms and sauteed for about 3 minutes.

I sprinkled about 3 tablespoons of my ground up Lion’s Mane mushrooms on top of the sauteed mushrooms. I used Porcini powder in my restaurant which has tons of mushrooms flavor. The Lion’s Mane was a little lite.

Next I added some white wine, heavy whipping cream and chopped chicken I had leftover from smoking a whole chicken.

Next add the zoodles, end pieces and all, to the mixture.

Add some salt and pepper to taste and cook the zoodles until warmed through. I like them al dente!

Looks good, but a little monotone in color. Next time I might add some chopped roasted red peppers to give it a pop of color.

Some grated Asiago cheese and we’re good to go! Enjoy this LCHF pasta alternative!