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Mushroom Stroganoff

Ingredients:

1 spaghetti squash

2 cups arugula

1 bag of sliced cremini mushrooms

2 shallots or 1 onion

3 cloves garlic

1 tbs avocado oil

2 cups veggie broth

Garbanzo bean flour

Salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste

2 tbs vegan butter

Instructions:

Preheat oven 350 degrees

Cut spaghetti squash in half, deseed, and place face up on baking sheet. Bake 350 degrees for 45min

Put 1tbs avocado oil in skillet on medium-low. Add garlic, shallot, and mushroom. Sauté 2-3 min then add arugula sauté until soft and arugula wilted.

In sauté pan, sprinkle top of veggies with garbanzo bean flour and mix in.

Add 2 cups veggie broth and bring to a simmer. Use a whisk to break up chunks of flour. Add more garbanzo bean flour to thicken as desired, remove from heat.

Salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste

Pull squash out of oven and use a fork to separate and place in a bowl. Mix with 2tbs vegan butter, salt and pepper to taste.

Place spaghetti squash on plates and top with veggies.

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Vegan Hash

Fun vegan breakfast devoid of soy is a rare find. Enjoy my Vegan Hash soy free, gluten free, and delicious!

Ingredients

  • Trader Joe’s Shredded Hash Browns
  • Hilary’s black rice burger
  • Avocado
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe

If you don’t have a griddle…I highly recommend getting one! We have a cheap one that’s lasted a decade. Spray griddle with coconut oil, heat to 400 degrees. Place hash browns on griddle, flip at 7 minutes then cook another 7-10 minutes (until they are as crispy as you’d like). Add the rice burger to the griddle and heat through after the first hash flip. Smash an avocado and mix with salt and pepper. Avocado is nature’s runny egg, butter, and cheese…it gives juuusst the right breakfast texture and adds some a.m green!

Cobb Makes Salad Fancy

If I’m going to feed my husband salad for dinner it better be hearty AND you know it’s gonna be VEGAN! Gigantic Monster Salad doesn’t sound as fancy, so here’s my Cobb Salad.

Ingredients:

  • Artichoke hearts–ours were frozen from Trader Joe’s obviously thawed
  • Olives
  • Tomato
  • Shredded carrots
  • Eggplant bacon
  • Avocado
  • Onion
  • Bagged lettuce of your choice
  • Any vegan dressing of your choice–we used olive oil and vinegar
  • Salt and cracked pepper to taste

Recipe (so simple):

Chop everything up and put on bed of lettuce, dress, and eat up! Make a batch of the eggplant bacon and freeze what you don’t use for recipes like this or Sunday breaky! We simply thaw it or quickly crisp it in a pan with coconut oil.

Vegan BBQ & Slaw

I like quick and easy vegan food. Got 10 minutes?

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans Trader Joe’s jackfruit
  • 1 jar of your favorite vegan BBQ sauce (mine’s from Central Market)
  • 1 bag of your favorite vegan slaw mix (mine’s from Trader Joe’s)

Recipe:

Open and drain jackfruit. Shred jack fruit (I used my hands) and discard hard pieces. Place into a medium sauce pan and pour BBQ sauce over the top and mix. Place on medium-low stove top and heat through.

Mix slaw together in mixing bowl. Plate and serve.

Savory Breakfast Plantains

I love plantains and in my opinion, they are best done savory instead of sweet.

Ingredients

  • 1 plantain sliced or chopped
  • 1tbs garbanzo flour (or other GF flour)
  • 1tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 flax egg (1tbs ground flax mixed with 3tbs hot water)
  • 1/4th cup chopped kale
  • 2tbs grape seed oil
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe

In skillet over low/medium add grape seed oil and plantain, mash. Next add all ingredients except kale and mash again. Add kale on top and cook 3-5 minutes, gently break apart with spatula and flip. Cook another 3-5 minutes. Break apart with spatula again and serve!

Breakfast Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster entered my life as a college student and ignited my tastebuds for warm bananas and cinnamon! Here’s a healthy breakfast version.

Ingredients

  • One banana diced
  • 2 small apples or one large apple diced
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey or pure maple syrup

Recipe

  1. Cover bottom of small sauce pan with water.
  2. Add apples and a dash of cinnamon and set to boil. AS SOON as the water starts to bubble remove from heat (we want to quickly heat without losing too many nutrients)..apples should still be fairly crunchy.
  3. Place in bowl and toss in bananas.
  4. Top with honey or maple syrup and cinnamon to taste (you can totally skip the honey or syrup if you want).

Brain Food

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Here’s a list of food to help the brain.  What inspired this?  A post-it note asking for natural remedies for Parkinson’s Disease.  I love being a reference for a holistic and alternative approach to healthcare.

This list was composed while listening to the re-play of Anthony William and Restoring Brain Health. 

The Grocery List:

Chaga Powder

Turmeric and ginger

Gotu Kola (herb)

Restore glycogen with

Wild blueberries (most powerful medicinal)

Apples

Oranges

Cilantro (medicinal)

Parsley

Rosemary

Potatoes

NO ASPARTAME!!!

Heavy metal detox with:

Barley juice grass powder

Cilantro

Spirulina (Hawaiian)

Dulse (blue green algae), Kelp

Artichokes

Celery Juice (fresh pressed extremely powerful medicinal)

Cucumber juice (fresh pressed)

Leafy greens (lettuce, spinach)

Walnuts

Hemp Seeds

Coconut and coconut water, coconut butter, coconut meat

Aloe Vera

Bananas—only thing that kills HIV/AIDS in a petri dish!!!—HUGE antiviral, helps with sleep too.

Salmon, Halibut, Haddock

Minimize animal proteins each day (don’t have to quit just lower it)

Vitamins:

Melatonin (you WILL NOT get addicted to it)

Vitamin C

Curcumin (from Turmeric)

Burdock Root tea or Fresh burdock root

Magnesium glycinate

L-threonate

L-glutamine

Pharmagaba

Examples to live by:

Eat a banana everyday

Breakfast:  Fruit Salad, or smoothie and celery juice

For dinner sprinkle turmeric powder and ginger on as seasoning

Cut up ginger and boil it:  Drink the water.  You can also juice fresh ginger

Lunch:  EVERYDAY:  Have a raw salad with a mixture of greens, vegetables, nuts, and berries.  Top it with a dressing made from blended orange juice and avocado.

Dinner:  Baked potatoes with Himalayan salt, pepper, topped with braised cabbage and avocado.  Also utilize the squash family (butternut, spaghetti, acorn, and crooked neck) to replace pasta and meat.

References:

Life Changing Foods by Anthony William

Medical Medium:  Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.  Anthony William

Catastrophizing: Why is it ALWAYS so bad?

Last week on @LoveinActionTV on the Periscope app my sister and I talked about PTSD.  Closely linked to PTSD is catastrophizing.  These two are similar to the chicken and egg theory.  Many catastrophizers experience PTSD and many people with PTSD are catastrophizers.  So what is catastrophizing anyway?

Catastrophizing is thinking something is much worse than it actually is.  Guilty as charged.  We all do it but some people get stuck in a catastrophic wheel unable to pull the breaks, stop, and get off, which tailspins catching a multitude of other problems along the way such as:

  • Poor interpersonal relationships
  • Missed opportunities and underachievement
  • Hopelessness
  • Irrational thought patterns
  • Constant pity parties and disappointment
  • Chronic or uncontrollable pain
  • Anxiety, depression, negative mood
  • Illness
  • Suicidal ideation

I see this situation all the time in my practice as a physical therapist.  When treating acute or chronic pain, the person’s outlook on their ability to improve, heal, and move on speaks more to their prognosis than the actual diagnosis.  Those who constantly think about the situation, depend on others to give them answers, and allow one injury to segue to multiple tend to have poor outcomes no matter how simple the medical and PT diagnosis may be.

These problems can be classified into three major categories, which identifies those exhibiting catastrophizing behaviors about a situation or the future:

  • Magnification: Having fear that a situation will worsen
  • Rumination: Unable to stop thinking about the situation
  • Helplessness: The feeling that you have no power to change or improve the situation

Simple techniques get out of catastrophizing:

  • You become aware that you’re doing it!
  • Fake it. Visualize the best possible outcome and begin to act, talk, and be the reflection of greatness.
  • Take charge. Be an advocate for yourself, empower yourself as your ultimate healer.
  • Draw a line between catastrophe and something very unfortunate that you can deal with.
  • Meditate, breathe, and pray. This will increase your ability to cope with negative situations.

References

Boyls A.  What is Catastrophizing?-Cognitive Distortions  www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-practice/201301/what-is-catastrophizing-cognitive-distortions

Grohol JM.  What is Catastrophizing?  https://psychcentral.com/lib/what-is-catastrophizing/

Quartana PJ, Claudia MC, Edwards, RR.  Pain catastrophizing:  a critical review.  Expert Rev Neurother.  2009 May; 9(5): 745-758. Doi:10.1586/ERN.09.34

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Lets Make Mouthwash!

So easy and simple! Get rid of bad morning breath and buttery teeth. The BEST mothwash recipe is below. So easy, so cheap.

Everyday swish:

Fill a glass container with filtered water (about 500mL or 32oz).

Add 1-2tsp baking soda

Add 10 drops peppermint oil

Shake and set it on the bathroom sink, it won’t spoil.

Whitening Swish:

Fill a glass container half with filtered water and half with hydrogen peroxide (totaling 500mL or 32oz)

Add 10 drops peppermint oil

Shake and set it on the bathroom sink, it won’t spoil.

Check out my periscope showing you how to make it!

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Pesky: How A Dog Proved God Listens

Our dogs are old.  My husband and I joke that they just want to sit in their rocking chairs, eat, and sleep.  Both of our beauties have blessed our lives for about 14 years.  A once feisty Boston terrier/chow mix and an energetic black lab have settled in their ways.  Games of tug-n-war and long runs in the park have been replaced with short, necessary walks in the yard and long naps in the sunshine.

My husband and I continue to enjoy their presence and love.  We call them our “old ladies.”  Our children love them but have been begging for a “new puppy.”  They yearn for one that will tirelessly fetch and give bountiful kisses and tail wags.  We had a handsome chocolate lab named Bruce Lee who was their “puppy.”  He tragically died at the age of 6 after a seizure leaving all of us heartbroken.  His rearing was difficult on our female dogs due to their possessive ways.  Because our “old ladies” are well…old, we simply do not want to introduce a new animal that will likely result in last-ditch dog fights and sleepless nights for all involved.

But still…what child doesn’t want a puppy?! I empathize with this and remember having several puppies growing up, which contributed to my love and appreciation for animals.  I feel as if I am robbing my children of a vital childhood experience.  What is the solution?  There’s no convincing my husband and no rational argument.

In prayer, I thanked God and the angels for providing us with the perfect dog.  I asked our deceased chocolate lab Bruce Lee to lead the perfect dog to our house allowing him to just “show up out of nowhere.”  I could not come up with a solution that would suit both my husband and the kids so I simply gave it up to God and the universe to sort out the details.

The answer to my prayer came the next day.  A bouncing, well groomed, well fed, energetic little male dog landed on our door step.  The kids were thrilled.  He wore a rabies tag with no phone number.  The kids played all afternoon with him, and I made him a bed and gave him food and water.  I vowed to take him to the vet on Monday to see if he was microchipped but spent the rest of the weekend watching my children enjoy what they now considered “their” dog.  They lovingly named him Pesky after one of my son’s stuffed animals.

Monday came and Pesky disappeared.  The children were crushed.  I called out for him but he was nowhere to be found.  I thanked God for sending him back to his loving family.  Both of the children broke down in tears and reassurance that he was with his family had no impact.  They were worried sick for him…I was too to be honest.

The following morning, he was back with a new tag that read, “Sonny–if I am lost please call my mommy,” with a phone number listed at the bottom.  I thanked God for validation that he was okay and back with his family.  We were all relieved.  We called Sonny’s mommy who lived just one street over.  When she arrived she apologized immensely stating “I just can’t figure out where he is getting out of the fence!”  I told her he is a blessing and assured it is no burden on us.

Sonny has come to visit a few more times and has proven to be the perfect dog for us!  Thank you God, thank you angles, thank you Bruce Lee!