In this Newsletter:
Naturopathic Philosophy Highlight Fun Facts:
Eat Fat to Balance Blood Sugar, Inflammation, and Your Waist
Recipes for a Yummy & Gluten Free For Thanksgiving – Pumpkin Bread & Tarts!
Upcoming Essential Oils Workshops with Terry Quigley and Lori Mershon at the Healing Garden. Contact Terry at 518-831-9469
Appreciation and Thanksgiving with Dr. Northrup
We all hear about the power of gratitude, but what does that really mean? In this episode of Flourish, talks with you about the profound link between appreciation, gratitude, and physical health, and also prepares you for a Flourishing Thanksgiving.
Hitting Reset with Marcelle Pick, NP
So many women today set their schedules on FAST. Is there a way to slow down? Are you, or is someone you know, doing too much all the time? Listen in today as Marcelle talks about why some of us want to keep going all the time. Learn about the emotions that drive it and the health factors which may be affected.
The Tapping Solution: Introducing EFT with Nick Ortner
With Special Guest(s): Nick Ortner
Discover the benefits of EFT or tapping with Nick Ortner, the producer of The Tapping Solution, a documentary film that explores Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping). Learn about this fascinating new discovery that combines ancient chinese accupressure and modern psychology with amazing results.
DVD of the week: The Tapping Solution: You’ve listened to it, now do it! Learn more about this mind-body technique that I utilize in my practice to breakthrough and process stuck emotions.
My Latest Blog on Food, Cravings, & the Holidays is posted:
Food is information; it can be used to nourish and heal our bodies. If we give our body access to the right information, we can aid positive communication with our genes to turn on and off various metabolic processes aligned with health, the science of nutrigenomics. In celebrations, food is used in as a means to connect, entertain, and enjoy. However, sometimes food can act as a drug to numb feelings. If you are someone who finds holiday eating to be a source of struggle between excessive biological cravings and igniting willpower, the problem may be what you are eating that is triggering you, rather than controlling how much you are eating.
News & Reviews:
My interview on 360menopause Radio Show-Panic Attacks and Menopause
Check out my latest answer on healthy Thanksgiving desserts and more on Dr. Oz’s Sharecare:
View the Updated Link Resources on my homepage
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Naturopathic Fun Facts:
Nuts, Diabetes, & Inflammation
It’s true, you have to eat fat, to loss it, and remain healthy. I’m speaking about healthy fat, not the processed trans fats that stick to arteries and cause many diseases. Healthy fats include monounsaturated sources such as olive oil, omega 3 fatty acids found in wild caught fish and fish oil supplements, and omega 6 fats found in nuts and seeds.
The following article demonstrated on how snacking on nuts could curb your risk for diabetes, inflammation, while carving your waist line. The study compared groups that snacked on nuts alone, muffins with nuts, or just muffins. (Little bit of a confounder using sugary muffins vs. whole grains, but we’ll go with the bottom line summary)
The nuts-only group showed the greatest improvement in blood glucose control as indicated by the HbA1c) test. The subjects in the muffin-only and muffin/nut groups showed no significant improvements in blood sugar control.
The nuts-only group also enjoyed a drop in “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, while the muffin-nuts group lowered their LDL cholesterol levels somewhat less. As Dr. Jenkins said, “Those receiving the full dose of nuts reduced their HbA1c by two-thirds of what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognizes as being clinically meaningful for therapeutic agents.” (SMH 2011) “Furthermore”, he added, “neither in the current study nor in previous reports has nut consumption been associated with weight gain. If anything, nuts appear to be well suited as part of weight-reducing diets. The study indicates that nuts can provide a specific food option for people with Type 2 diabetes wishing to reduce their carbohydrate intake.” (SMH 2011)
Study #2 – Spanish trial shows that nuts raise serotonin levels, cut inflammation
Nuts may be a feel-good food that helps ease people’s hunger for carbohydrates, according to novel findings from Spain’s University of Barcelona. The researchers conducted a clinical trial among people with the pre-diabetes conditions known as metabolic syndrome, or MetS.
Source: Wetherby, C. Nuts Aided Diabetes Control and More. VitalChoice Newsletter. November 15, 2011. http://newsletter.vitalchoice.com/e_article002269390.cfm?x=bkgtFs5,b1h0JlRD
Gluten Free for Turkey Day
Just because your Naturopathic Doctor is suggesting gluten free, doesn’t mean you have to forgo the goodies for thanksgiving. Why not make your holiday contribution a healthy dessert that you can share with everyone, and not feel guilty in eating yourself? I found some great recipes from Elana’s Pantry.
Here are a few:
Paleo Pumpkin Bread
1 cup blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cloves
½ cup roasted pumpkin
2 tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon stevia
In a food processor combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and spices
Add pumpkin, honey, stevia and eggs and pulse for 2 minutes
Scoop batter into a petite loaf pan
Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes
Cool for 1 hour
Please note: If you use a loaf pan that’s bigger than the size recommended above, your loaf of bread will not “rise,” it will be wider and shorter than the loaf in the photo above.
Gluten Free Tart Crust
2 cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Place flour and salt in food processor and pulse briefly
Add coconut oil and egg and pulse until mixture forms a ball
Press dough into a 9-inch metal tart pan
Place pie filling of your choice in crust
Bake pie as directed per pie recipe
Source: Elana’s Pantry. Paleo Thanksgiving. Accessed November 21, 2011. http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-thanksgiving-recipes/