BATTLE OF THE BUTTERS: GHEE VS BUTTER

BATTLE OF THE BUTTERS: GHEE VS BUTTER

Gee, I wonder if ghee is better for me? 😉

With recent health trends, there has been a large focus on fats. High-fat diets that have yielded positive results for many, such as the keto diet, have brought a huge spotlight to the debate of ghee versus butter. Whereas 10 years ago, mentioning the word “saturated fat” had people running for the hills. With all the dieting trends and constantly changing information and recommendations, it is hard to really know what is “good” and what is “bad.” Some sources will tell you to stay away from all saturated fats and others believe that it is not so simple, such as the case of coconut oil, that some saturated fats may be beneficial to our health.

What is Ghee?

 

Ghee is butter that has been heated to separate the milk solids from the liquid fat, which is then removed and the remaining product is ghee.

History of Ghee

 

Although ghee has more recently taken the spotlight, it has been used for thousands of years. Ghee comes from ancient Indian medicinal practices, such as Ayurveda, an Indian science dating back roughly 5,000 years. Ayurveda believes ghee promotes purification, both mental and physical, through its ability to cleanse.

Benefits of Ghee


 

1. High Smoke Point for Cooking

 

Ghee has a noticeably higher smoke point compared to butter. Butter will start to smoke at around 350 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas ghee will not start to smoke until it reaches about 485 degrees Fahrenheit. Since ghee does not burn as easily as butter, it is perfect for frying and sautéing foods. Rice bran oil, refined safflower oil and avocado oil are the only oils with a higher smoke point than ghee.
 

2. Safety in Cooking

 

Since ghee has such a high smoke point, it releases less acrylamide, a chemical that forms when starchy foods are prepared with oils at extremely high temperatures. Though unclear about its effects on humans, acrylamide has been found to increase risk of cancer in lab animals.
 

3. More Tolerable for Those with Lactose Intolerance

 
Ghee is prepared by heating butter to extremely high temperatures, which then separates the milk products from the liquid oil, which are then filtered out. Since most of the lactose and casein are filtered out of ghee, it is generally more tolerable for those who have sensitivities to dairy. If one has a severe allergy to dairy it is advised that they stay away from ghee, as ghee is not guaranteed 100% dairy-free.
 

4. Increases Nutrient Absorption

 
Ghee will help increase your uptake of important fat-soluble vitamins such as A, E, and K, which need to be accompanied by a fat molecule to be absorbed into the body.
 

5. Improves digestion

 
Ghee can be beneficial for those with digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, and Crohn’s disease. When the digestive system is in distress, it does not absorb the nutrients needed. Ghee can help make that process a little easier and smoother for the body. Ghee is also a great source of butyrate, a short chain fatty acid that plays a key role in the gut health. Butyrate helps to maintain gut-barrier function, essentially lining the guy and reducing inflammation. Butyrate is also produced by the gut when fiber is consumed and the cells of the colon use butyrate as their main fuel source. Reducing pain and improving peristalsis, the contraction of muscles propelling food through the digestive tract, may lead to relief from constipation and/or pain during bowel movements. A healthy digestive system is vital to healthy functioning of many of the other systems in the body.

Who is the Winner? Ghee vs Butter?

 
The debate between ghee and butter is a hard one because ghee technically is butter. Butter has a lower smoke point and when cooking at high temperatures, ghee would be the best option to prevent any oxidation and formation of free radicals. Those with sensitivities or intolerances to dairy generally tolerate ghee more than butter, since much of the milk products are filtered out. Ghee contains almost twice the amount of short and medium chain fatty acids as butter. These shorter chain fatty acids are metabolized easier by the body and are not associated with the risk of heart disease. Lastly, the taste is a little different and this is purely personal preference. The flavor of ghee is a lot more intense than butter. Where butter is creamy and sweet, ghee is deep and rich in flavor. So, with all of this information, ghee has a bit of an advantage over butter.

Where to Find Ghee?

 
Ghee is becoming more and more common in traditional grocery stores, tending to be located near the other oils. Ghee is not often refrigerated in the grocery store, so head over to the section with coconut oil and olive oil, and ghee will be close by. Due to the recent increase in popularity of ghee, the price point tends to be a little on the high side. Heading to a more traditional Indian or Fijian foods store will result in the best bang for your buck when it comes to buying ghee. If neither of those options suit you, you can always buy it online. I definitely recommend you make sure that the ghee is made from grass-fed cows only, such as Bulletproof Grass-Fed Ghee, which is made from pasture-raised cows.

How to Cook with Ghee

 
Ghee is versatile and since it tastes similarly to butter, it can be a wonderful butter substitute. The higher smoke point actually makes ghee a little more favorable to cook with, rendering it a popular choice when it comes to sautéing or frying foods. Ghee can be used in a variety of ways: Melted over popcorn to provide flavor, scrambled into eggs to prevent sticking, mixed into mashed potatoes…. Ghee adds a richer and nuttier butter flavor, making it wonderful for dishes with high flavor profiles.

Conclusion

 

Since the nutritional profiles of both ghee and butter are virtually the same in the calorie and fat categories, I don’t think one has a very large advantage over the other. However, for those with lactose intolerance, ghee has an advantage as it is generally tolerated more in those individuals. So, those with dairy intolerances or allergies should choose ghee over butter. Lastly, the high smoke point of ghee compared to butter makes it a better choice for cooking at high temperatures.

 
 
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PROCESSED & ULTRA-PROCESSED FOODS: WHAT TO BUY, WHAT TO AVOID, & 5 EASY SWAPS

PROCESSED & ULTRA-PROCESSED FOODS: WHAT TO BUY, WHAT TO AVOID, & 5 EASY SWAPS

We’ve all been there…Driving home from a long day of work, didn’t have time to take your lunch break? Or saw your favorite fast food joint on the way home? Well, with busy schedules and no down time to cook a proper home-made meal, the most obvious thing to do is to grab something on the go.

Processed food is everywhere…and I mean EVERYWHERE! Bread is an example as well as pasta, cereal, and sandwich meats. Anything that does not come directly from the ground and eaten right there and then is processed. Even foods that many of us may think are considered healthy are processed. Granola? Processed. That Slim Fast or Atkins bar you’ve been noshing on while trying to lose weight? Processed.

Processed food has become such a big part of our lives, now more than ever. Believe it or not, processed food has been around since the prehistoric times. Methods such as fermentation, smoking, curing and drying have all been used to extend shelf life and enhance flavor. In the 1800s, techniques like tinning and pasteurization were developed to fight off bacteria and make food last longer. During the 19th and 20th century, food processing was brought to the next level in order to help feed military troops. Demand for ready-to-eat foods grew in the 20th century to keep up with busy, modern times.

What we don’t know is recent studies have shown that the ingredients in what we are eating are doing more harm than good.

In a study published in BMJ Open, the researchers found that for Americans, 58% of their diets consist of ultra-processed foods, defined as ready-to-eat meals or snacks that usually contain additives.

Hidden sugars are found in these foods, often disguised as artificial sweeteners, which are believed to be responsible for many medical issues including migraines, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Ultra-processed foods are also often high in sodium, unhealthy fats, preservatives, and additives, and do not provide us with what we need the most including vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.

What’s important to know is that not all processed foods are made the same. Ultra-processed foods have undergone significant processing and often the ingredient list tends to look like it should be something in a science lab rather than sold on grocery shelves.

The 3 Stages of Food Processing

 

1. The first stage of “processing” involves making sure the food is edible. Harvesting grain, shelling nuts, and slaughtering chickens are all considered primary processing. Foods that have only gone through this stage of processing are often still considered “whole” foods.

2. A second stage makes a more complex, finished, “processed” product. This includes cooking, freezing, and canning.

3. A third stage, in which manufacturers inject flavors, added sugars, fats, and chemical preservatives, produces ultra-processed foods.

To make it easier to understand what to buy and what not to buy, a classification system called NOVA, developed by an international panel of food scientists and researchers splits foods into four categories:

  • Unprocessed or minimally processed foods: Think vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits, nuts, meats, seafood, eggs and milk. Make these real, whole foods the basis of your diet.
  • Processed culinary ingredients: These items make plain vegetables and a grilled chicken breast taste a whole lot better. Examples are herbs, spices, balsamic vinegar, garlic and oil. Use these ingredients in small amounts to create fresh, home-cooked meals.
  • Processed foods: When ingredients such as oil, sugar or herbs are added to foods and they are packaged, the result is processed foods. Examples are simple bread, cheese, tofu, and canned tuna or beans.
  • Ultra-processed foods: Here’s the category where 58% of our calories come from. These foods go through multiple processes (extrusion, molding, milling, etc.), contain many added ingredients and are highly manipulated. Examples are soft drinks, chips, chocolate, candy, ice-cream, sweetened breakfast cereals, packaged soups, chicken nuggets, hotdogs, fries and more.
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    With all this being said, just because something has gone through a process doesn’t mean it’s unhealthy to eat. In general, the ultra-processed foods are what you should cut back on or avoid.

    5 Easy Swaps:

     

    Potato Chips

     
    Swap these out for some vegetable chips such as Terra. These are made from real vegetables and contain minimal ingredients with no artificial flavors or preservatives.

    Sweetened Breakfast Cereals

     
    Swap these out with oatmeal made with rolled or steel-cut oats and sweeten with raw honey and fresh berries.

    Sodas

     
    Detox from those high-sugar sodas with naturally flavored sparkling water .

    Flavored Yogurt

     
    Enjoy the health benefits of fermented foods by switching from flavored yogurts that are high in sugar to plain Greek yogurt that is low in sugar and high in protein.

    Artificially Flavored Crackers

     
    Ditch the fake flavor and blood sugar spikes for crackers high in fiber and only made with natural flavors, such as Mary’s Gone Crackers .

    Tips on how to cut back on ultra-processed foods:

     

  • Make gradual changes instead of trying to cut everything out all at once, otherwise you’re usually doomed for failure.
  • Shop with a grocery list and stick to it.
  • Shop around the outer sides of the grocery store, as most processed foods are in the middle aisles.
  • Reading the labels. If you do not know how to pronounce an ingredient or have never heard of it, put the item back on the shelf and chose something with five or less ingredients.
  • Cook more often and plan your meals for the week. You’ll be less likely to find yourself in a position where you are very hungry and grab a highly processed food as a quick fix.
  • Dine out with the intention of making better choices. Avoid foods that are deep-fried and choose a vegetable for your side rather than a starch. Decline the bread basket.
  • Be less trustful in packaged foods marketed as “organic” or “healthy.” If the ingredient list is very long and you can’t pronounce the words, skip it.
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    DOES STRESS CAUSE HORMONE IMBALANCE? HOW YOU CAN TELL (AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT)

    DOES STRESS CAUSE HORMONE IMBALANCE? HOW YOU CAN TELL (AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT)

    You fall into bed exhausted but wired, praying for sleep.

    Please?

    Just this once.

    You brain leaps about like a crazed monkey taunting you with your endless to-do list.

    Even though you’re going flat out every waking hour, you’re never caught up.

    During the few hours you manage to grab some sleep, you flip around restlessly and grind your teeth to dust.

    You know your stress level is off the charts; some days you think it could be detected from outer space, like one of those volcanic eruptions.

    As you scroll through your Facebook feed at 2am, a headline catches your eye: “Does stress cause hormone imbalance?” What the what, now? Great, something else to worry about.

    You slide on by because sometimes ignorance really IS bliss.

    But as you lay awake watching the numbers on your clock march on, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, you’re haunted by the seemingly simple question, does stress cause hormone imbalance?

    You heave a sigh, scroll back, and start reading.

     

    Hormone Imbalance Is A Big, Hairy Deal

     

    Holy crap.

    You vaguely knew endless stress, with its elevated cortisol levels, could be bad, but not that bad.

    Like potentially life-threatening kind of bad.

    High blood pressure, weight gain, heart disease. Decreased immune function. Mental illness. The list goes on. Thank you, WebMD for scaring the bejeebers out of me.

    Not to mention, too much or too little of cortisol hormone can mess up all of your other hormones, too, making you lose your sex drive, miss your periods, giving you problems with your thyroid…. The list goes on and on.

    Depression smothers you in a thick gray cloud. Depression? Yeah, that’s one of the symptoms of chronic stress too.

    “I’m screwed,” you say aloud to the darkness.

    Not so fast.

     

    How To Relieve Stress To Balance Hormones

     

    Though high levels of the stress hormone cortisol have already thrown many of your other crucial hormones out of whack, it’s not too late to slow down or even reverse the effects.

    But how?

    How can you relieve stress to balance hormones?

    One of the simplest ways to start is by making healthier food choices.

    I know what happens when you’re stressed out, barely sleeping, and the least little thing throws you into a tizzy. It’s what a lot of us do: you reach for an ooey gooey good snack.

    This isn’t a judgement! It’s called comfort food for a reason.

    So relax. You don’t have to change your entire diet all at once. You’d be setting yourself up for failure instead of success. Which would spike your stress higher.

    Instead, start with something simple.

    Next time you have a crazy long day and you’re dying to nosh on those chocolate chip cookies, take a deep breath. Recognize the urge. Even say out loud, “I want comfort.”

    Sounds crazy, right? Like maybe you’re going to make it worse if you dare speak its name. But when you acknowledge your urge, it will lose its grip on you. You’ll be able to put the cookies back uneaten.

    When you do this even once, give yourself a high five! This is a huge first step toward taking charge of your health. Soon you’ll be buying healthier food at the grocery store too.

     

    Give Yourself A Natural High

     

    When you put a snack away, replace eating with exercise. You don’t have to be Ms. Super Athlete. Go for a short walk. Pick up your youngster and carry them around. Put on music and dance in your living room.

    When you exercise, your body produces feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in your body, especially in your brain. In fact, scientists have compared the feeling to that produced by morphine.

     

     

    (Bonus, these endorphins will replace the manufactured ones that processed food has been engineered to provide to get you hooked.)

    Endorphins also reduce your perception of pain, ward off anxiety, and help you sleep better.

    What’s not to love?

    Get your body moving and give yourself a natural high.

     

    Quiet Your Mind

     

    You can also add meditation to the mix.

    All you need is a timer, a quiet place to sit, and yourself.

    To begin, set the timer for 10 minutes. Sit with your hands in your lap or on your thighs. Take several long, slow, deep breaths.

    Close your eyes and focus your attention on the rise and fall of your belly as you breathe.

     

     

    When you notice your attention has strayed, gently bring it back like you would a beloved child who wandered off. Do this as often as you need to during those ten minutes.

    When the timer goes off, sit for a moment more and take several more long slow deep breaths. Then smile.

    That’s it!

    Though simple, the combination of deep breathing, quieting your mind with meditation, and smiling disrupts the stress cycle in your body and produces endorphins – just like exercise does.

    You see how all these practices reinforce each other. When you do them all, you increase their overall benefit.

     

    Get Back Into Balance

     

    Ongoing stress can ruin your health.

    You may already be sitting among the ruins wondering what on earth happened.

    It’s not fair.

    You don’t have to live whacked out on stress, wondering when the next health disaster will strike.

    You deserve to be in charge of your health.

     

     

    Now that you’ve discovered these powerful exercises, you’ll put yourself in control.

    You’ll lower your stress.

    Calm your cortisol.

    Energize your endorphins.

    Today, make a promise to yourself to get yourself back into hormonal balance.

    All you have to do is take the first step on the path to relieve stress to balance your hormones.

    Once you do, you won’t look back.

     
     
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    WHAT TO EAT ON THE ANTI-INFLAMMATION DIET

    WHAT TO EAT ON THE ANTI-INFLAMMATION DIET

    You see “The Anti-Inflammatory Diet” everywhere you swipe, on every feed you scroll up on, whether it’s on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook or your favorite blog.

    But…
     

  • Do you have a good grasp on what the diet is?
  • How it can help you lose weight and feel more energized?
  • How you can start it?
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    After all, you can read every article known to Google, but if you don’t apply what you read, you won’t make real dietary changes, feel better about your body and your diet will always start “tomorrow.”

    The good news is, that unlike trending diets, anti-inflammatory diets help fight a scientifically proven precursor to several diseases, which is chronic inflammation.

    Let me preface the post by saying that the diet is absolutely freakin’ delicious, and you’ll be happy to know that it includes the byproducts of your two favorite beans, the cocoa and coffee bean!

    Nibbling on your favorite brand of dark chocolate and sipping on a medium roast blend is totally “A-Okay” on the anti-inflammatory diet.

    All in favor? Say yes!

     

    What is Inflammation?

     

    It is your body’s attempt to protect and heal itself.

    Inflammation is an immune response triggered when your body detects a “threat,” such as:
     

  • Damaged [pre-cancerous] cells
  • Physical injury
  • Threatening pathogens [bacteria, viruses, etc.]
  • Allergens
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    Acute inflammation is a biological response to remove something from harming your body and health, and is an integral part of healing and staying healthy.

    But sometimes inflammation continues after the original threat has been resolved, or is activated even when a threat is not present, which can last several months or years!

     

    Chronic Inflammation is a Silent Killer

     

    Research has shown that chronic inflammation is an underlying factor in most diseases, and has even recently been identified as playing a leading role in the development of depression.

    Chronic inflammation affects your cells, tissues and plays a major role in obesity and is often suspected when you’re not losing weight, despite an exercise regimen.

    Autoimmune diseases are inflammation-induced and occur when the patient’s body identifies its own tissue as a threat and mounts a continual attack on itself.

    An Anti-inflammatory diet is recommended complementary to treatment for patients who suffer from autoimmune disease and high levels of chronic inflammation:
     

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Type I Diabetes
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Lupus
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    An anti-inflammatory diet isn’t just for people who suffer from autoimmune diseases, it can help anyone reduce chances of cancer, specifically colorectal cancer and breast cancer.

     

    Signs You Have Chronic Inflammation

     

    If you want to be healthy today, if you want to be healthy for decades to come, you need to be aware of the signs of chronic inflammation.

    So that you are aware, the 5 common symptoms of chronic inflammation are:
     

  • Your Body Hurts — especially in the joints.
  • You Feel Exhausted — almost all the time, despite getting enough sleep.
  • You Get Skin Rashes — such as eczema.
  • Your Digestive Health is Poor — and suffer from frequent abdominal pain, constipation, etc.
  • You are Fat – inflammation is closely related to obesity.
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    Overall, the main symptom of chronic inflammation is feeling “sick and tired.”

     

    Being Fat = Being Inflamed

     

    Chronic inflammation and stubborn fat go together like, peanut butter and jelly.

    There is direct link between being overweight and being inflamed. Inflammation guru, Dr. Mark Hyman, even goes so far to say:

    Interestingly enough, fat cells – or adipocytes – send chemical signals to your immune system as they would if they were under attack by a foreign threat, even when they are not.

    This leads to a constant stream of “false signals” activating the inflammation, leading to chronic inflammation.

    The more fat cells you have, and the more you “feed” your current fat cells excess energy [by overeating and eating an unbalanced diet] and the worse the inflammation becomes.

     

    You Have a Choice: To Be Inflamed? or To Not Be Inflamed?

     

    You don’t go out shopping one day and “get diabetes” or “become obese.”

    Disease doesn’t happen overnight, for example heart disease takes ten years to surface. Most chronic diseases happen over extended periods of time due to habitual choices.

    That said, the most current scientific research shows that your gut health is the number one indicator of your levels of inflammation. Poor gut health is a leading indication of chronic inflammation levels.

    Not coincidentally, your gut health is directly tied to the foods that you eat.

    When you eat an array of anti-inflammatory foods, you promote gut health, eliminate fluid retention and excess swelling, and reduce dangerous levels of inflammation.

     

    You Have a Choice: To Be Inflamed? or To Not Be Inflamed?

     

    Chronic inflammation levels can be reduced in as little as a week!

    All you have to do is pick and choose which of the foods you most enjoy from the following list and start to increase them into your diet.

    All of the foods below have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich properties that will help reduce inflammation reduce your chances of cancer, heart disease, and several other diseases.

    Mixing these foods and creating your own unique anti-inflammatory diet will:

  • Reduce your levels of chronic inflammation
  • Improve your gut health
  • Reduce fluid retention/swelling
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    In as little as a week, you can be on your way to having more energy, and nearly eliminating your swollenness and bloat.

     

    25 Foods that Fight Inflammation:

     

    01. Dark chocolate
    02. Cabbage family vegetables
           a. Kale
           b. Spinach
           c. Brussel Sprouts
           d. Broccoli
    03. Blackberries
    04. Blueberries
    05. Raspberries
    06. Avocado
    07. Coconut
    08. Olives
    09. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
    10. Coconut Oil
    11. Red Grapes
    12. Salmon
    13. Trout
    14. Shrimp
    15. Almonds
    16. Pistachios
    17. Lentils
    18. Beans
    19. Quinoa
    20. Brown Rice
    21. Steel Cut Oats
    22. Greek Yogurt
    23. Honey
    24. Cinnamon
    25. Spices

    But… If you suffer from a food or gluten sensitivity, you must avoid it at all costs.
     

    What can you drink to reduce inflammation?

     
    01. Water
    02. Green Tea
    03. Red Wine (in moderation, which means 1 serving per day for women, and 2 for men)

    You can complement your anti-inflammation mission with the following vitamins, that will boost your antioxidant intake:
     

  • Vitamin C → my favorite brand for this is HERE
  • Vitamin E → my favorite brand for this is HERE
  • Selenium → my favorite brand for this is HERE
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    Anti-Inflammatory Jumpstart:

     

    You can start an anti-inflammatory diet anytime, but if you wish to start over the weekend, here’s an example of a two-day weekend anti-inflammatory diet jumpstart:

    Saturday:

    • Breakfast — A cup of blackberries over steel cut oats with a teaspoon of honey and dash of cinnamon.
    • Lunch — Berry Smoothie with a citrus salad and blue cheese crumbles.
    • Dinner — Salmon with lentils and steamed bokchoy.

    Sunday:

    • Breakfast — A cup of mixed berries over your favorite Greek yogurt.
    • Lunch — Trout over a bed of leafy greens and sliced avocado with a drizzle of olive oil and spices.
    • Dinner — Brown rice risotto with squash and grilled shrimp on top.

     

    The Takeaway: Food Is Medicine

     

    Disease doesn’t happen overnight.

    You have control over the foods that you put in your body. Limit refined sugars, processed meats and don’t overdose on carbs.

    Use food as a powerful means to prevent chronic inflammation by eating foods rich in antioxidants, and also to decrease current levels of chronic inflammation.

    And never forget, that food is nature’s medicine

    Do you agree?

     
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    HOW TO DETOX TO LOSE WEIGHT AND IMPROVE HEALTH

    HOW TO DETOX TO LOSE WEIGHT AND IMPROVE HEALTH

    HOW TO DETOX TO LOSE WEIGHT AND IMPROVE HEALTH

     

    Have you experienced one or more of these symptoms in the past few months?

     

    • Feeling tired all the time?
    • Poor memory or lack of focus?
    • Mood swings, depression, or anxiety?
    • Gas, bloating, heartburn, or nausea?
    • Achy joints?
    • Frequent illness such as colds?
    • Feeling irritable when you haven’t had caffeine or sugar for a while?
    • Ringing in the ears?
    • Weight loss that is stuck at a plateau?
    • Hives or rashes?

     

    If you have, you may have been bombarded by toxins in your food and environment and need a detox to start feeling more like yourself again. Toxins stored in the body can take a hard hit on your health and can:

     

    • Increase inflammation
    • Lower immunity and increase vulnerability to autoimmune disorders (the body attacks itself)
    • Contribute to blood sugar problems
    • Contribute to weight gain
    • Create hormone imbalances
    • Increase menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, etc)
    • And more…

     

    The world we live in is becoming less natural and our bodies are becoming disappointed! We are burdened by constant attacks by everything from the water we drink, to the polluted air we breathe, to the “fake food” we eat. Every time we get in the car to drive to the grocery store, our lungs are polluted by the vehicle exhaust around us. When we buy food, it has often been treated with pesticides, herbicides, hormones, preservatives, and genetically modified ingredients. When we wash the dishes after a meal, our hands are covered in chemicals from dish soap. When we reheat leftovers in a microwave covered with saran wrap, the chemicals from the plastic leach into our food. When we sleep on a bed at night, we are exposed to the chemicals within the mattress. These products, also called endocrine or hormone disruptors, affect our hormones and our health.

     

    4 Major Hormone Disruptors

     

    How To Detox: The 4 Major Hormone Disruptors Are:

     

    1. Androgen Hormone Disruptors. These affect androgens or “male hormones” such as testosterone. They tend to lower testosterone in men, leading to problems like fatigue, sexual dysfunction, increased body fat, depression, and a higher risk of heart disease. In women, they tend to increase testosterone, leading to problems like acne, excess body and facial hair, balding, and problems with menstruation.

     

    2. Estrogen Hormone Disruptors. These mimic estrogen, a mostly “female hormone,” and have been linked to early puberty, miscarriage, endometriosis, some cancers, diabetes, obesity, and both male and female infertility.

     

    3. Thyroid Hormone Disruptors. These interfere with thyroid function. They increase the risk of thyroid cancer and autoimmune thyroid disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

     

    4. Combination Hormone Disruptors. Some interfere with a combination of hormones. For example, bisphenol-A (BPA) is a type of plastic that not only disrupts androgen, estrogen, and thyroid hormones, but also “fat hormones” such as leptin, ghrelin, and adiponectin, which promote weight gain. Research has found that BPA also affected the nervous system and may be associated with anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, and aggression in children.

     

    To make matters worse, toxins are stored in fat cells. So, the more overweight you become, the more toxins your body holds on to.

     

    With all the toxins we are exposed to, is it possible to be toxin-free? The answer is: not really. Unless you live in a bubble with no contact with the outside world. BUT, you can greatly decrease the amount of toxins you are exposed to and help detox your body.

     

    Step 1: How To Detox? Start With Your Diet

     

     

    Your mother was unfortunately right when she said, “You are what you eat.” The #1 source of toxins in your body comes from the foods that you eat. My motto has always been: “If it doesn’t look like food, it isn’t food.” If your protein source is a breaded dinosaur-shaped chicken nugget, there’s a high chance it contains things that aren’t good for your body. If your source of vegetables is a salad covered in white, creamy dressing, then it mostly likely contains some seriously heart UN-healthy sugars, coloring agents, flavor enhancers, thickeners, and additives. To know how to detox, fix your diet, and lose weight, you should:

     

    Eat More:

     

    • Fresh veggies and fruits
    • Healthy fats (extra virgin olive oil, fish, avocado, eggs, nuts & seeds, etc.)
    • Healthy proteins (grass-fed beef, pork, organic chicken & turkey, fish, eggs, etc.)

     

    Eat Less or Avoid:

     

    • Soy products
    • Refined grains (white bread, cookies & pastries, sugary breakfast cereals, etc.)
    • Added sugars (sugar, sugary yogurts, sodas, candies, etc.)
    • Artificial sweeteners (diet soda & drinks, low-fat yogurts, sugar-free candies, etc.)

     

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    Step 2: Flush with Fiber

     

     

    It may not sound very glamourous, but the best detox involves consuming plenty of fiber to help, you know, make you “go.” A healthy colon, which is the last 5 feet of your intestinal tract, is the basis for total health. A clogged colon allows toxins to back up into the liver and bloodstream, which ultimately pollutes the entire body. You can help clean it out by eating plenty of plant-based foods that are high in fiber, such as fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts, seeds, and whole grains. You can also supplement with Psyllium Husk powder, which is a natural and soluble fiber. You should be getting at least 25 grams (women) to 35 grams (men) of fiber into your diet each day.

     

    Step 3: How To Detox Using Fermented Foods

     

     

    Have you ever heard the name “Gut Flora?” Your intestinal tract is full of bacteria or “gut flora” that help you synthesize vitamins from food remnants, degrade toxins, stimulate the immune system, and protect cells lining the colon. Fermented foods contain “good” bacteria that help prevent “bad” bacteria from taking over. Foods such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut are fermented foods that can help keep a healthy balance of bacteria, which can prevent toxic buildup in the gut and colon. Check out this recipe for a delicious fermented drink that is filled with beneficial probiotics: Click here for a Lemon Ginger Water Kefir recipe. Taking a probiotic can also help, but make sure it is a high-quality one that is shelved properly, since dead bacteria from improper packaging and storage won’t help at all.

     

    Step 4: Wash Your Water

     

     

    To flush toxins out of your body, you’re going to need a lot of water. A rule of thumb is to drink at least half your current body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water each day. Now, I am definitely not an advocate for bottled water, since it not only creates tons of extra waste and is bad for the environment, but also most bottled waters are made of plastics, which are hormone disruptors. I also know that tap water is not really “clean” water. The practice of making water safe to drink actually involves adding a lot of poisonus chemicals to it, such as chlorine, aluminum sulphate, calcium hydroxide, sodium silicoflouride, and fluorosilicic acid.

     

    Do yourself and Mother Earth a favor: Bottle your own drinking water. Buy several re-useable glass bottles AND a high-quality water purification system such as AquaTru and fill them yourself. If you do buy bottled water, make sure it’s bottled in glass, such as Voss, Mountain Valley, or Eden Springs.

     

    Step 5: Protect Your PH

     

     

    Research suggests that chronic stress and a diet high in sugar can cause the pH in your body to become more acidic (in the urine). Ideally, our blood pH should be between 7.35-7.45, which is considered slightly alkaline. It’s important to keep a blood pH of 7.35-7.45 because if the blood is too acidic, oxygen is not able to reach all the cells and dysfunction starts to occur. When your organs aren’t oxygenated properly, they can’t perform important functions such as eliminating toxins from the body. To help reset your pH, avoid added sugars and eat more alkaline foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably raw). You can also add lemon juice, lime juice, or baking soda to your water to make it more alkaline.

     

    Step 6: Boost Your Micronutrients

     

     

    Most people get plenty of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, fats), but many don’t get enough micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants). Having an abundance of macronutrients without enough micronutrients to work together with, leads to undernourishment, toxic effects on the body, and also overeating because your body is searching for more nutrients that it isn’t getting, which ultimately leads to weight gain and a higher toxicity. To boost your micronutrient intake, make sure you are eating at least 5-9 servings of fresh vegetables and fruits. You can also include nuts and seeds and whole grains (optional). Make sure you are eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. Try to “eat the rainbow” by including a variety of colors in your diet.

     

    Step 7: Clean Up Your House

     

     

    The average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals that are mostly unable to detect by seeing, smelling, or tasting them. In fact, the air inside your house is, on average, 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside. Our homes become toxic because of the cleaning products we use, the paint we use on our walls, the fertilizer, insecticides, and herbicides we drag in when we are coming from outside, the plastics our food and toiletries are stored in, the pesticides we use to keep bugs out… Even our carpet and mattresses are produced with toxic chemicals. Some things you can do to help detox your home by making it a no-shoe zone, keeping green plants inside to help clean the air, buying an air purifier, switching from standard cleaning products to greener ones, using glass food storage containers instead of plastic ones that may contain BPA and other toxins, avoiding non-stick pans and utensils that contain Teflon, and replacing carpeting with wood or tile.

     

    Step 8: Clean Up Your Cleaning Supplies

     

     

    There are plenty of safe and natural cleaning products that you can use, such as white vinegar with distilled water for cleaning glass and windows, baking soda to scrub pots and pans, hydrogen peroxide to whiten laundry, and olive oil to polish wood. However, sometimes these aren’t strong enough to get the job done and you might want to consider buying something more commercial-strength. You can still do this without potentially harming your health. Before going to the store and buying a cleaning product, you can check its safety by looking it up through the Environmental Working Group (EFG) by clicking on this link which offers free information on over 2,000 household cleaning products.

     

    Step 9: Clean Up Your Cosmetics

     

     

    Although many toxic chemicals are being phased out in cosmetic products since the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Act was passed in 2013, there are still many cosmetics companies who are adding them in. Some of the most common toxic ingredients that are often found in beauty products include parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, imidazolidiniyl urea, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colors, and polyethylene glycols (PEGS). Check the labels on cosmetics for these toxic chemicals before buying them. You can also check many of them by looking up their safety ratings through the Environmental Working Group (EFG) by clicking on this link which rates more than 70,000 cosmetic products.

     

    Finally…

     

    When you’re ready to detox, get ready to feel crummy for a while. It’s common to become irritable and moody during a detox. You may also have headaches, nightmares, and even acne flare-ups.

     

    After your detox, do you want to learn more about how to balance your hormones to lose weight? Check out this article by clicking HERE.

     

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    PALEO THANKSGIVING: 10 TIPS & 14 RECIPES TO SURVIVE THANKSGIVING 2018

    PALEO THANKSGIVING: 10 TIPS & 14 RECIPES TO SURVIVE THANKSGIVING 2018

    Chef Gui here for Origin Weight Loss. I am glad you’re joining Carissa and I for this Paleo Thanksgiving 2018 Survival Holiday Guide.

    I know you’re going to love our Holiday paleo recipes. They are convenient, easy, delicious, and more importantly, they will help you lose weight or maintain your ideal weight.

    Eating is in our DNA. You see, I grew up in the South of France, where long, opulent holiday dinners are much valued. There is no Thanksgiving there for obvious reasons (Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday), but holiday dinners are always meaningful family celebrations with plenty of food to go around.

    You see, my wife Carissa, our 5 children and I all love Thanksgiving.

    But it’s only at age 28 that I discovered and fell in love with Thanksgiving.

    Now, at age 46, Thanksgiving is still my favorite Holiday. I just love the meaningful celebration, showing gratitude and thankfulness, and celebrating with my family.

    I want you to enjoy amazing holiday food without the feeling of heaviness, the added weight we put on, and without the guilt of feeling like an utter sloth.

    Make no mistake about it, though. My Holiday recipes are no boring diet food. We’re talking real flavor and real enjoyment of food, here.

    Because that’s what holiday food should be about.

    10 Tips To Survive Thanksgiving 2018

    If you’re cooking this year, this is the key to a successful Thanksgiving:

    1. Thawing turkey

    If you must use a frozen turkey, remember that it takes forever to thaw. Always thaw it in your refrigerator. It takes about 2 days.

    Also, if you have never tried a Heritage turkey, go for it. Just like the pilgrims tasted years ago. Organic turkeys and wild turkeys are also paleo and really great.

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    2. Dry the skin before roasting

    Any moisture on the skin will prevent a nice, golden browning. Dry the bird with paper towels.

    3. Rub it

    Rub the turkey all over with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil. This helps the turkey brown evenly. Sprinkle the turkey with kosher salt (unless you’ve already brined it) to help crisp the skin.

    4. Oven temperature

    I prefer to blast first on high heat (425°F) for 30 minutes and then reduce to a low, steady temperature of 325°F from start to finish.

    5. Roast on convection

    Most ovens have a convection setting. The only differences are convection eliminates “cold” spots and cut down time by 20%.

    6. Basting

    Don’t baste if you like crispy skin. Baste if you prefer a moist skin.

    7. Keep the door shut

    If you want your turkey to ever cook, that is.

    8. Use a thermometer

     

    Use an instant-read thermometer to determine temperature; it should read 165 degrees F at the thigh when it’s done. If you stuff your turkey, check the internal temperature of the stuffing as well.

    9. Rest the bird

    This is the key to a moist turkey. Providing you took the turkey out of the oven as soon as it has reached 165 F, then let it rest for at least 30 minutes, covered with 2 aluminum foil sheets. The internal moisture will rehydrate the bird from the inside out.

    10. Planning is key

    Don’t hesitate to let Carissa and I know how your Thanksgiving preparations are going. Ask us questions, and we’ll answer. Tell me if you’re in a last minute pinch. I love helping and hearing from you all.

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    Our 2018 Paleo Thanksgiving Menu

     

    Appetizers

    • Spinach Artichoke Dip
    • Shrimp Cocktail
    • Sautéed Jumbo Shrimp with Garlic, Parsley and Lemon

    Soup and Salad

    • Fall Squash Soup with Cinnamon and Nutmeg (Presented in a huge carved pumpkin! J)
    • Watermelon, Cucumber, and Marcona Almond Salad with a Light Sherry Dressing

    Turkey & Gravy

    • Three Roasted Heritage Turkeys with Healthy Gravy
    • Paleo Stuffing with Sausage, Apricots and Pistachios

    Sides

    • Green Bean Casserole and Caramelized Pecans
    • Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Golden Raisins
    • Rainbow Roasted Vegetables with Basil, and Fig Glaze
    • Traditional Sweet Potato casserole with Pecans

    Others

    • Cranberry Relish

    Desserts

    • Berry Salad
    • Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

     

    THANKSGIVING 2017 PALEO RECIPES

     

    The following paleo recipes revolve around traditional fare, but I kept a few surprises for you, like my awesome flourless paleo chocolate cake.

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    Zucchini and Sundried Tomatoes Rustic Salad Yum
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    25 mins
     
    Servings: 6
    Ingredients
    • 2 medium zucchini
    • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 tablespoon chopped sun dried tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, roughly chopped
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    2. Wash the zucchini, dry, trim and discard the ends, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Arrange the rounds in one layer on a large, sprayed cookie sheet. Place in oven for 10 minutes, until they soften slightly.

    3. Transfer zucchini to a bowl and toss them lightly with the salt, pepper, vinegar and oil. Sprinkle with sundried tomatoes and basil. Serve immediately.

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    Watermelon, Cucumber, and Marcona Almond Salad Yum
    Prep Time
    15 mins
     
    Servings: 6
    Ingredients
    • 1 cucumber, unpeeled and cut into 1 1/4-inch cubes
    • 1 small seedless watermelon, cut into 1 1/4-inch cubes
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
    • 1 cup feta cheese, torn into large crumbles
    • 2 tablespoons Marcona almonds, toasted
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Combine the cubed cucumber and watermelon in a large bowl and toss gently to combine.

    2. Whisk together the oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste.

    3. Add the cheese, the almonds, and then the dressing, and toss gently to combine.

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    Healthy Green Soup Yum
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     
    Servings: 6
    Ingredients
    • 4 quarts water
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • ½ teaspoon chile flakes
    • ¼ cup dried shiitake mushrooms
    • 5 tablespoons miso paste
    • 4 cups chopped kale
    • ½ cup chopped scallions
    • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
    • 2 chicken sausages, casing removed and broken into pieces
    • 4 cups cilantro, chopped
    • 1 lemon
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. In a Dutch oven over medium high heat, cook the sausage for about 2 minutes. Add garlic, chile flakes, greens, scallions, mushrooms, and the water. Bring to a simmer.

    2. Add miso paste, fish sauce, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off. Add herbs and lemon juice.

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    Turkey with Cumin, Honey, and Orange Yum
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Cook Time
    3 hrs
    Total Time
    3 hrs 30 mins
     
    Servings: 8
    Ingredients
    • 1 medium turkey
    • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    • ½ cup honey
    • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees on convection.

    2. Combine orange juice, honey, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl, and whisk until smooth.

    3. Place turkey in a roasting pan, and spoon the honey mixture over the breast and thighs.

    4. Place turkey in oven and roast for 45 minutes. Spoon accumulated juices back over the turkey, and return to oven.

    5. Turn down the heat to 325F and keep baking the turkey, basting every 30 minutes. If juices dry up, use a couple of tablespoons of water.

    6. To see if the turkey is done, insert an instant-read thermometer into a thigh; when it reads 155 to 165 degrees, remove chicken from oven, and baste one final time. Cover with aluminum foil and rest 30 minutes before serving.

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    Holiday Sausage, Cranberry and Pistachio Stuffing Yum
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     

    Makes 10 cups (1 medium turkey).

    Ingredients
    • 12 hot or mild organic turkey sausages, casings removed
    • 3 ribs celery, roughly chopped
    • 3 carrots, unpeeled and roughly chopped
    • 1 onion, roughly chopped
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
    • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1 cup cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1 cup pistachios
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350F.

    2. In a food processor, process celery, onion and carrots (in batches if necessary) until they are the size of uncooked rice. Transfer to a large bowl. Add sausage and all other ingredients. Mix well.

    3. Stuff into turkey cavity; Bake turkey according to recipe. Place remaining stuffing in a baking dish and bake until golden on top, about 30 minutes.

    4. IMPORTANT NOTE: Whether you decide to stuff a turkey or just bake the stuffing by itself, make sure you use a thermometer: the internal temperature of the stuffing must reach 165F.

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    Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Golden Raisins Yum
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    40 mins
     
    Servings: 6
    Ingredients
    • 10 medium carrots, unpeeled
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
    • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly toasted
    • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
    • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Remove the ends and cut the carrots in half lengthwise and crosswise. Place in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil, cumin seeds, Cayenne, salt and pepper, and thyme leaves.

    2. Place the carrots on a baking sheet in one layer. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring the carrots once, until slightly caramelized and tender.

    3. Remove the carrots from the oven when done. Sprinkle with tarragon, and raisins and serve immediately, or serve at room temperature.

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    Cranberry-Orange Relish Yum
    Prep Time
    15 mins
     
    Servings: 6
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups fresh cranberries
    • 1 medium orange (unpeeled but ends removed)
    • ½ cup honey
    Instructions
    1. Slice unpeeled orange into eighths and remove any seeds. Place half of the cranberries and half of the orange in food processor. Pulse until evenly chopped. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the other half of orange and cranberries. Stir in honey to taste and store in the refrigerator.

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    Edamame and Leek Soup Yum
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr
     
    Servings: 6
    Ingredients
    • 3 medium leeks
    • 2 cups shelled edamame
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • pinch of cayenne
    • 8 cups chicken stock
    • 10 ounces baby spinach
    • grated nutmeg, to taste
    • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives, for garnish
    • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced tarragon, for garnish
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Trim leeks of outer layer and stems. Chop white and tender green parts into 1/2-inch chunks. Soak leeks in a large bowl of lukewarm water, swishing to dislodge sand. Drain and soak again, then lift leeks from water, leaving any sediment behind.

    2. Heat up olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks and season well with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until leeks are wilted, about 8 minutes.

    3. Add garlic, Cayenne and cook for 1 minute. Add stock and edamame, and bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer. Simmer for about 25 minutes.

    4. Using a hand blender, process the raw spinach with the soup. Adjust seasoning and add nutmeg. Thin soup with stock if necessary.

    5. Garnish each serving with a sprinkling of chives and tarragon.

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    Chateaubriand with Garlic, Orange and Horseradish Sauce Yum
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    25 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     
    Servings: 8
    Ingredients
    • 1 (4-pound) beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied
    • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • ¼ cup white horseradish
    • grated zest of half an orange
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Season tenderloin with salt, pepper, rosemary and garlic.

    2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large roasting pan, place the meat on the oven’s middle rack and roast until an instant-read thermometer shows 130 degrees (for medium rare), about 20-25 minutes. Let the meat rest for 10 minutes before carving.

    3. In a small bowl, whisk the horseradish and orange zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve alongside the tenderloin.

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    Crown Roast of Pork Yum
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Cook Time
    1 hr
    Total Time
    1 hr 30 mins
     
    Servings: 10
    Ingredients
    • 1 8 to 9-pound crown roast of pork (10 to 12 ribs)
    • 6 garlic cloves
    • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
    • 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon fresh sage leaves, chopped
    • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. In small skillet under medium high heat, toast fennel seeds until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Place toasted fennel seeds, rosemary, garlic, sage, lemon zest, salt and pepper in a blender. Pulse blender to chop everything up, then add olive oil, and blend until mixture becomes a paste, scraping down sides occasionally with a rubber spatula.

    2. Season pork evenly with the herb paste.

    3. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place roast in a roasting pan and roast for 20 minutes, then turn heat down to 350 and continue roasting until meat registers 145 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 1 hour longer. Let rest 15 minutes before carving.

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    Dark Chocolate Bacon Yum
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    50 mins
     
    Servings: 6
    Ingredients
    • 1 pound thick-cut bacon slices (about 12 slices)
    • 12 ounces unsweetened ultra-dark chocolate containing $85-95% cocoa
    Instructions
    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil; it should be large enough to hold the bacon in a single layer. Place bacon in pan and bake until lightly browned and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes.

    2. Drain bacon fat from pan and tap dry with a paper towel.

    3. Meanwhile set up a double boiler by heating a large saucepan filled with water over medium heat to a simmer. Set a stainless steel bowl over the simmering water. Add chocolate and stir with a rubber spatula occasionally until smooth and completely melted. Remove bowl and set aside.

    4. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using tongs, carefully dip half the bacon into the melted chocolate turning to coat all sides in chocolate. Transfer to the clean sheet of waiting parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining slices of bacon, dipping them in the melted dark chocolate. Let chocolate set at room temperature and refrigerate until chocolate is hard.

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    Aigo Boulido – French Hangover Soup Yum
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr
     
    Servings: 6
    Ingredients
    • 20 garlic cloves, peeled
    • 6 cups chicken stock
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 12 fresh sage leaves
    • 6 eggs
    • ½ cup unsweetened, whole-grain cereals (Such as Ezekiel’s or Bob’s Red Mill’s), processed into crumbs
    • ½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Heat up the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the garlic and sage and let them sizzle a bit without browning, about a minute.

    2. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil over high heat, then lower to a simmer. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

    3. With a hand blender, process the soup until it is no longer lumpy.

    4. Over medium heat, bring to a brisk simmer and, for each serving, poach an egg one by one for about 3 minutes, removing them delicately as you go, and making sure they don’t break.

    5. Once all eggs are poached, lift them with a slotted spoon and place each one into one soup bowl. Ladle soup over it, sprinkle with a large amount of chopped parsley, and drizzle with a good estate extra-virgin olive oil.

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    Grilled Vegetables and Garlic-Lime Aioli Yum
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr
     
    Servings: 10
    Ingredients
    For the vegetables:
    • 3 carrots, unpeeled and cut into ¾ inch wedges
    • 1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
    • 3 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch wedges
    • 3 medium beets, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch wedges
    • 2 bunches scallions, trimmed and halved lengthwise
    • extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
    • salt and pepper to taste
    For the aioli:
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
    • 1 large egg yolk
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place broccoli and cauliflower together on one large rimmed baking sheet, and carrots, beets and turnips on another. Place scallions on individual pans. Toss all vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper until well coated.

    2. Roast scallions 12 to 15 minutes; broccoli and cauliflower 20 to 30 minutes; and carrots, beets and turnips 40 to 50 minutes.

    3. Make the aioli:

      In a food processor, combine all ingredients except olive oil. With the blender running, slowly add the olive oil in a thin, steady stream.

    4. Arrange roasted vegetables on platter. Serve with the aioli on the side.

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    Citrus Salad with Champagne Yum
    Prep Time
    15 mins
     
    Servings: 6
    Ingredients
    • 2 pink grapefruit
    • 1 white grapefruit
    • 5 navel oranges
    • 2 Meyer lemons
    • Truvia for sprinkling
    • Blanched almonds, for garnish
    • Champagne to taste
    Instructions
    1. With a sharp knife, cut the end of all citrus. Place one fruit on a cutting board on one end, so it stays on the board safely. Carefully slicing around the fruit from one end to the other, remove both skin and pith. Repeat for all the fruits.

    2. Slice all the fruit crosswise about 1/4 inch thick. Arrange slices in a bowl, making sure each serving has all colors. Pour enough Champagne to cover the fruits halfway. Add a few blanched almonds to garnish. Sprinkle lightly with Truvia.

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