Category Archives: RecipEmail

when life gives you lemons…

Since 2 major factors in both cancer prevention and living a long and healthy life are managing blood sugar and quelling inflammation, I decided to focus today on 2 recipes that include ingredients that target both those goals simultaneously while celebrating the benefits of the lemon.

And, since I’m often asked for healthy breakfast ideas, I wanted to provide you with recipes that you can easily use to start your day.

A good breakfast, within one hour of waking, is your best bet for maintaining balanced blood sugar throughout the day!

Try one (or both) of these options and bring a little lemony sunshine back into your morning…

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autumn gingered stew

Ginger is one of our anti-inflammatory heroes—great for those of us with any inflammatory, autoimmune or chronic health conditions!

And prolonged inflammation and consequent tissue damage—whether it be to the digestive system as in IBD or other organ systems, like the nervous system in MS or the thyroid in Hashimoto’s—are signature characteristics of autoimmune conditions.

With autoimmunity quickly on the rise, I advocate incorporating our culinary anti-inflammatory medicinals, like ginger, wherever and whenever we can.

But it’s not just the immune system that can be helped by this hero. Try this weekend stew and be sure to read on to glean all of ginger’s goodness….

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an herb with benefits

One of the cookbook legends days that I return to again and again for some insightful lessons is The Good Herb by the food and health author Judith Benn Hurley. At this point it’s an oldie, but a goodie. A real goodie! The pages of my book are worn, smeared and dog-eared.

And one of the herbs that Hurley touts as being good for your mood, your breath, your skin and your hair is…. you guessed it, basil!

The herb that may be growing in your garden like a weed right about now….

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cool as a cucumber

Staying ‘cool as a cucumber’ has to do with staying hydrated through these hot summer months. (And boy is it hot here in PDX!). The flesh of the cuke is mostly comprised of water (over 90%!). It also has the ability to keep its flesh slightly cooler than the outside temperature staying cool itself. And yet the cucumber also packs an impressive store of minerals and vitamins.

When it comes to high water content, cucumbers are not surprisingly related to the watermelon. They’re also part of the same family as the zucchini, pumpkin and other squashes. Cucumbers and cucumber juices are truly traditional delicacies. They’ve been keeping people cool for thousands of years.

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say aloha to aloe

This week’s gut lovin’ ingredient provides soothing support:

and it helps you say aloha to easeful elimination

it’s aloe!

You’re likely familiar with the idea of putting aloe on your outer skin to soothe either a sunburn or an inopportune encounter with some fire—from the stovetop, the fireplace or your campground dinner. (I’ve always got a bottle in our house in both Portland and Hawaii.)

But can aloe actually provide some benefits for that internal skin as well?

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slip into summer with this gut lovin’ super herb

In our clinical practice we’re always looking to find the root cause of symptoms. That usually means starting with the gut. Since most digestion and absorption happens right in that organ, it needs to be in good repair. And repair we can!

This is why we’ve been focusing on our gut lovin’ foods all summer.

We’re getting right to the root of the matter, giving you the foods to clean and restore your ultimate gatekeeper.

This week’s summer lovin’ ingredient is all bark and no bite…

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root cause rescue remedy

I want to express my gratitude for the gut loving fun we’ve had together through the dog days of summer.

We’ve traversed the twists and turns of the small intestine with one ingredient after another for weeks now, exploring my favorite superfoods for root cause remedy.

Today’s no different as I have a new ingredient to reveal…

This week’s summer lovin’ ingredient gets to the root of it:

and might just cure your coffee cravings…

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get your digestive system into mint condition

If you’ve been with me through the past month or so, you know that I’ve made our summertime communications all about loving our guts with some digestive superfoods near and dear to my core.

I’ve been sharing ideas, ingredients and recipes that not only enliven your seasonal menu, but also support the organ system that so often begs for our attention.

Did you know that in Chinese medicine summer is the month of the small intestine? It’s the perfect time to bring in some special foods that do double-duty to nourish your insides while tickling your taste buds.

And, yeah, it’s also a good time for ice cream!

Can you guess where we’re going with this?

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go ahead. . . sow your wild oats!

There are ingredients we can include in our daily menus that have impact.

And this summer I’m on a mission to talk food as medicine…

As you may know, a few weeks ago I introduced the summer gut lovin’ challenge.

It’s an easy challenge. It basically involves trying out some surprising culinary ingredients that help your gut do it’s job a bit better.

Today’s summer lovin’ ingredient is a new twist on an old favorite…

it may surprise you coming from a mostly grain-free girl like me!

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love your gut with the tigernut

Two weeks ago, I introduced the summer SI (small intestine) challenge and we’ve got some great dog days of summer ahead of us to sink into this initiative.

Don’t sweat. This is a fun challenge. It merely involves trying (or re-trying) out some surprising culinary ingredients that help your gut do it’s job a bit better.

Food is medicine after all.

Today’s summer lovin’ ingredient is a bit nutty:

it may be new to you…

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