Category Archives: Consumer’s Report

Crazy for kraut!

As part of the Replenish community, you know that we’re dedicated to the health of your good gut bacteria.

You also already know that your bacteria sets the stage for every single health situation you may encounter ~ whether it’s your focus and drive, your digestive wellness or your immune function.

But why are we so crazy for kraut?

Sauerkraut, along with other fermented foods such as kimchi, pickles, kefir, miso and more, have been staples of the human diet throughout time. Without knowing it, our ancestors were eating to shift their microbiome, and therefore their health, for the better.

They ate for survival and protection. These fermented foods helped to bolster the population of their internal bacteria to best serve their ability to ward off infection and disease. And many of us (again, Hashi’s or otherwise), would benefit from the same.

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Noodles for everyone!

For the past month you’ve likely found me writing and talking about my love of foods the hues of the rainbow. But I wasn’t always so colorful.

When I was a kid, white was my favorite food color. (One day soon I’ll share an ode to toastthat I wrote in my early thirties. At this point my tastes had diversified, but I still loved the bland, the sticky, the gooey, the crunchy and the colorless.)

You may hold a tight grip on your childhood comfort foods and, I promise, I’m no different. Even though I currently follow a primarily grain-free diet, I still get a hankering for my bread, crackers and especially noodles.

Who among us doesn’t love noodles? Oodles and oodles of them!

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Start with the Gut

It’s been several months since I’ve written a Consumer’s Report.

Please don’t let that fool you into believing that I’m not a consumer. Like you, I get caught out-and-about and also just appreciate being able to buy a pre-packaged thing or two that meets my exacting standards and serves my gut intentions.

I especially love to get my hands on a product that simultaneously passes the grade, is gratifying to the taste buds and fuels my health. That’s what these pages are all about!

Today I raise a glass to KeVita, my favorite drink on-the-go.

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Coconut milk (read it, even if you can’t eat it!)

At the start of the month I wrote about my body’s reaction to eating eggs in this article.

I also mentioned that I’d share what I do ~ my tips and tricks ~ to address an autoimmune flare, as that’s what the eggs had initiated. I’ve been sitting with this concept. What is the toolbox for mitigating a flare (whether autoimmune or not. . . it could be gas, bloating, breakouts, PMS or any number of symptoms that go away and then return, seemingly out of the blue)?

Interestingly, I’m not alone. Not only did my eggy confession of inflammation get many responses and head nods, I also seem to be working with a number of clients right now who are trying to see the forest through the puffy, painful, tender trees.

And while I am working on drawing these tips and tricks out for you, with more details (in a newsletter coming your way soon), I thought I’d list my TOP 3 techniques for you here. . .

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Open SESAME!

It’s been quiet around here at Replenish, while we all take the time to, well, replenish!

I’m lucky to be doing so with my son amidst the busy markets and ancient ruins of Israel.

I hope you’re also taking the time to replenish in the thick of the bustling where you are. I certainly don’t want to take too much of your time as I know you likely have a lot to do in the next day or so, but I did want to remind you of two important things. . .

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Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free

Did you know I love baking?

It’s a passion. It’s a project that can easily be brought to a conclusion. It’s my favorite form of meditation.

Sometimes I’ll even bake when I won’t consume the final product. If I used a flour or a sweetener that’s within my son or my mother’s dietary parameters (gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free), but not within mine (also grain-free and egg-free), then I’ll hand over the confection with the pride of my endeavor and the pure joy of giving.

But when the yumminess in the oven is destined for my lips too, I’m as happy as a, well, a biscuit in gravy!

That’s why I follow my favorite chefs, food bloggers and cookbook authors like an eager puppy, ready for her next treat.

And at the top of my list of favorites is my dear friend Ricki Heller, allergy-free and Candida-friendly recipe goddess and author of the blog Ricki Heller (formerly Diet, Dessert & Dogs).

You can likely imagine my anticipation in awaiting Ricki’s new cookbook, Naturally Sweet & Gluten Free, which has just released this week!

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Sun-dried cherries and Snowcones

As soon as the sun starts shining, my son sets in motion his campaign for snow cones.

Truth be told, he’s never had an actual snow cone ~ the kind with sugared, flavored syrup poured over a conical block of shaved ice. Yet he has been to a Portlandia party or two where the shave ice device was used with the option of a homemade honey lemon syrup.

And from there a thirst for the refreshing and icy sweet treat was born.

This past week, with my niece visiting for a week of what we call ‘Camp Auntie’, I’ve been trying my hand (and my blending devices) at a variety of snow cone options.

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Olive You!

This month: olive oil

For thousands of years and across myriad cultures and mythologies, the olive tree has been synonymous with “peace” and “prosperity”. And thus, so are the fruits and oils from this tree.

I think of olive oil as our #1 dietary pain reliever and anti-inflammatory agent.

In fact, freshly pressed extra-virgin olive oil contains a compound that has the same pharmacological impact as ibuprofen. That’s right! One tablespoon of olive oil may be a better curative for those spasms and tenderness that typically leave you reaching for the plastic white bottle of NSAIDs.

This same molecule, called oleocanthal, is what’s said to be at the heart of the superior health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet; a diet like we explore in Tick Tock Detox, the Replenish anti-inflammatory detox to promote anti-aging and pro-longevity.

You see, the inclusion of both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant-rich agents, such as olive oil, really do allow us to turn back the hands of time!

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Yogurt (for everyone, really)

Do you remember the Dannon yogurt commercials from the 1970’s where they highlighted people who ate yogurt and lived long, healthy lives?

My favorite was the one with the 89 year old man who liked Dannon so much that he ate two. The best line: “This pleased his mother very much.”

Why might they be suggesting that yogurt has anything to do with longevity?

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An eggless omelette?

I can’t eat eggs.

Neither can my son.

Pity since they’re the near perfect food.

But the thing is, we’re not alone. So many people just can’t tolerate eggs, or for other reasons, choose not to eat them.

For us, the incredible has become completely inedible.

One way to know if a food you often consume doesn’t work for your body ~ for your unique ecosystem ~ is to remove that food from your diet for a short time. You can then reintroduce it and see how it feels. A great way to put this elimination process into practice and to stick with it is to engage in a guided cleanse ~ just like the one we have ready and waiting for you with the upcoming Refresh: A TrulyFood Summer Cleanse (see details below).

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