Category Archives: Raw food

I Love Brain Food.

I have always had an interest in the brain and food.  Never realizing how  closely connected they are until I started my training back in 2007, as a herbalist and a holistic nutritionist.

I have read anecdotal accounts from ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) families and knew the results these families had with their ASD children when they removed gluten and dairy from their diets – but I had never experienced it myself until 2008.

I love learning and I love food (not that I look like it :0)). I have been ridiculed for  always taking courses and being a student for the rest of my life.  Life is an education.

Needless to say considering all the brain health issues we have in the world – whether it be with our kids, our grandparents or our military – there is a direct link with the food we eat or in some cases don’t eat and how our brains run. Our brains are approximately 66% fat and we need healthy full fat in our diets for our brains health.

I help many people of all ages with the ills of their lives but I have a lean towards brain health.  I have and do help with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Depression, Anxiety etc. There is not a one cure fits all and I am not saying they are cured, but the symptoms are alleviated and in some cases go away when changes are made in their lifestyle.

There is also a direct link to the health of your brain and the health of your gut.

The following recipe is kid approved, and skeptic approved (not sure how to best describe the taste tester).  These crepes are also enjoyed just rolled up as a snack. I have made the recipe as generic as possible because we do eat a more restrictive way than most – not that we personally think that way – it is just not mainstream. For lack of a better label or descriptive words, we are gluten-free, vegan (due to allergies), stage 1 Feingold and we eat a very high raw diet.

Berries are known for their anti-oxidant qualities, blueberries and strawberries have been researched more for their benefit to the brain.  Chia is a full protein seed that binds the crepe together and can help heal issues with the gut. It also delivers a superb dose of healthy fats for the brain.

blueberry crepes

Blueberry crepes, raw and stage 1 feingold

Fruit Crepes

1 c fruit (I use blueberries)

1/2 cup ground chia

1/2 cup flour – nut, brans, protein powders ( I use rice bran with tocotrienols and oat bran)

3 Tbsp liquid sweetener (I use coconut nectar)

3 drops lemon essential oil (optional)

Blend until smooth.

Spread 1/8-1/4 cup of batter on a teflex sheet. Use an offset spatula to make in a thin round pancake.

Dehydrate overnight.

Chop up fruit to go on top.  Add some jam or chocolate or cream into the centers and roll them up for a surprise.  Drizzle with maple syrup or a fruit coolis on top. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder over top.

This will make enough for approx 3-4 meals at 3-4 crepes per meal.

This recipe is:

low glycemic

Stage 1 Feingold

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23240604

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20047325

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19640963

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22569815

 

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Carrot Seaweed Salad – protects against Radiation

Antioxidant has become a buzz word these last couple years as scientists discover a greater variety and determine how they help the body. Antioxidants are compounds – not just vitamins and minerals – that help protect cells from free radical damage.

One of the biggest source of free radical damage is radiation – in any form. The thyroid gland needs iodine, which is seriously lacking in our diet – and no the table salt that is iodized is not the same. The thyroid gland needs iodine and cannot determine good iodine from bad iodine. Seaweeds provide the greatest abundance of iodine compared to any other land plant or animal.

According to Dr. Ryan Drum “Eating 3-5 grams of most dried, unrinsed seaweeds will provide the RDA of 100-150 micrograms.” To have optimum health and protection from radiation it is recommended to eat 5-15 grams of seaweed (1/2 – 1 oz) a week at a ratio of 2:1 of brown (Kelps, Kombu, Wakame, Hijiki, Arame) to red (Nori, Dulse) seaweeds.

Arame is part of the kelp family, which provides the highest amount of iodine, and is one of the easiest to incorporate into your diet as it does not have a strong taste or smell, which can turn some people off.

A great snacking seaweed is the Bull Kelp. It will satisfy and salty crispy snack craving without being over powering. Another easy one is Nori which are found in sheets used in sushi.

Most people have grown up with the classic carrot salad of shredded carrots with raisins that were soaked in orange juice. This is another simple recipe that helps incorporate seaweed that is addresses the mineral deficiencies our regular diet has.

Remember – radiation is cumulative.

Carrot Seaweed Salad

1 cup shredded organic carrots

1 cup arame seaweed, soaked 10 mins and drained

1/3 cup hemp hearts

1/4 cup olive oil

1 1/2 tsp crushed rosemary

Toss the shredded carrots, arame seaweed and hemp hearts together. Mix the olive oil and rosemary together and pour over mixture. Serves 2 as a side or 1 for a meal.

Sources:

http://www.ryandrum.com/seaweeds.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11361018

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11684387

Radiation, Thyroid and Seaweed

Given what is happening within the world today, I wanted to make sure as many people as possible knew this and would like you to pass it on.

Radiation is always around us now. Whether it is from cell phones, wireless phones,computers, light bulbs, anything that is plugged in. We are also exposed to radiation from the sun, more so when we fly during the day. And now, as the earth breaksdown, our nuclear plants, with their dirty energy, leaks into the atmosphere and our water systems. We are being bombarded. Quartz stones on your person and around your home, along with grounding to the earth, will help lessen the exposure.

The thyroid is the considered the shield of the body. In the US alone, approximately 27 million people of some sort of thyroid condition. These people are approximately 3/4 women to 1/4 men. It does affect children too. Why? We have a very stressful world, at all ages, and we do not eat food that nourishes and protects the body.

Seaweed is very high in minerals, which we dearly lack. Seaweed, especially kelp (also known as bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus)) is very beneficial for the thyroid, among other things. Kelp is the highest in iodine and phenolic compounds. It is important to eat a minimum of 2 oz of seaweed a week. Seaweed, especially kelp, helps protect against radiation and helps heal and protect the thyroid.

When the atomic bombs fell on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, it was devestating. The foods that helped with the Japanese peoples’ recovery was there consumption of seaweed and miso soup. It has been showned that the polysaccharides in various seaweeds actually hinder the growth of cancer cells.

The benefit of miso soup is the fermentation. Fermented foods along with seaweed is very beneficial and supportive and protective to the body as a whole.

If you would like more information, recipes on how to incorporate seaweed into your diet, or help with how to test for thyroid conditions, please email me rhoni@foodandyou.ca

Happy Easter

How do you deal with Easter when your child has major allergies?

It is possible, although it may not be easy in that you cannot buy it at the supermarket…..yet.  Chocolate bought in the stores today, have many top allergens in it, including dairy, sugar cane, food additives, to name a few.  I work on the basis that what can be bought in stores can be created at home, in a much healthier, allergen-free version.

I made, for the first time, raw chocolate easter bunnies.  I  used raw cacao powder, cacao butter, maple syrup and vanilla.  As you can see, simple ingredients with none of the top allergens. If someone is allergic to cacao they can definitely use carob.

Needless to say, if you have any recipes that you love or would like to try, but they have ingredients that you or family cannot eat, contact me at http://www.foodandyou.ca/contact.html.  I have not been stumped yet!

all the best

R