Monthly Archives: September 2016

RECIPE: Bread Pudding

This bread pudding is to. die. for.  You might be able to score some on the Whole Foods hot bar.  But, I’m using the recipe this week to use up the croissants that my daughter doesn’t want to eat with ham and cheese any more (another binge-and-halt trend of the summer).  So, bread pudding with the redeeming qualities of eggs.

Here is a printable version of the Whole Foods Warm Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce recipe

Sleep Hours Affect Immunity

Sleep and Susceptibility to the Common Cold in the journal, Sleep.
In a landmark memo, my husband announced last night that we need to get to bed at 9:00 pm every night.

Time to re-up our routines! King Winter is creeping out on the horizon.

Non-dairy protein powder 70:30 pea:rice

70:30 pea:rice blend… is seen as the vegan alternative to whey due to their similar amino acid profiles.”1

If you need a  protein powder that’s vegan and dairy-free and low cost, look for a pea-rice blend. Orgain protein powder awaits you at the nexus of Costco (low cost and convenience if you are a Costco shopper) and a Primal-ish yet busy lifestyle.

There are of course things I don’t like about Orgain.
1)  Real food is always a better option, IF that food is paleo style.
2)  Whey protein (non-denatured) is better, if you can.  My #1 reason is brain neurotransmitters.
3)  The fat that it does contain not ideal an ideal form. High Oleic Sunflower Oil.
4)  It can have a bit of a chalky taste.  I fear this is rancidity.  The large Costco size is not a great idea if you’re not going to consume it regularly. Don’t let it sit around a long time. Perhaps keeping it in the fridge is a good idea. I keep mine in pantry because my fridge is too full of real food. Maybe keeping a smaller portion out, while the bulk of it sits in a deep freezer is a compromise.

Good points:
1) Good blend of Pea and Rice
3) Chia seed and hemp protein added
2) Sweeteened with erythritol, stevia, and monk fruit extract. Not overly sweet
3) chocolatey

My 12 year old is making a lot of food choices that I’m not going to create a battle about. One of them currently is he prefers Orgain over whey powder.  He says he likes the way it tastes.

Quick SHAKE:

1 scoop hydrolyzed collagen (this is not vegan, but it is dairy free and it is high in glycine for a brain-calming effect)
1 scoop (half serving) of Organi
Milk of your choice. (My son prefers our whole, non-homogenized, low-temp pasteurized milk, which happens to be a convenience purchase in Minneapolis.)
Shake in a jar  (I use smaller mayonnaise jars)

When I need really fast protein, I grab this.  For my son, I will work at finding a whey protein recipe that he likes. I suspect it could be plain whey (not vanilla) with Mt. Hagen coffee granules.  Stay tuned.

History Lesson: The birth of modern medical practice vs. Eclectic Medicine

Eclectic Medicine – Eclectic medicine was a branch of medicine developed in the United States for about a century from the mid-1800s to 1939, when the last Eclectic school of medicine closed. It incorporated the use of herbs and other remedies in alignment with nature and opposed the use of bloodletting, mercury and strong chemicals, which were prevalent at the time. The demise of this branch of medicine occurred when a reform of medical schools, undertaken in the early 1900’s, resulted in the adopting of uniform standards and a curriculum advocated by the AMA (America Medical Association), a strictly science-based model that supported the use of chemical constituents over whole herbs. The reforms gradually took hold and the AMA obtained control of medical education in each state, thus ensuring their system of medicine would be the only legally practiced system allowed. The center of Eclectic education was in Cincinnati, Ohio and the school there was the last to close. Today, the Lloyd Library and Museum in Cincinnati houses many of the papers and books of the Eclectics including the libraries from many of the Eclectic schools.”

Taken from Glossary on Frontier Wholesale Co-Op website

New iPhone Bedtime

Will this app brush my teeth for me before it shuffles me off to bed? I’ve been staying up way too late lately. Oddly enough, in the service of researching health topics. I’m a driven hypocrite. There are particular neurotransmitters I am not deficient in… I’m going to go take more GABA now.

Fish Oil Guidelines

This post is practical info about buying and taking fish oil, as part of any proper mood repair project. My doctor had me switch off cod liver oil (CLO) to fish oil.  This is because my plan includes taking a high quality multi-vitamin which helps to simplify (somewhat) my supplement plan.  I hope that if you follow along with me on this blog, eventually you will end up at a supplement plan that has you feeling awesome.  I’m feeling much better already, but I continue to plug away at figuring out each component of my supplement plan. Continue reading

Is Thrive Market membership for you?

To shop on, you’ll need to purchase an annual membership.  I think it will be worth it under certain conditions:   Continue reading

Where to shop for groceries

In this post, I will boil down my years of honing my shopping strategies for groceries, including food, pantry and cleaning products, and health and body products.

Where to purchase groceries is an individual decision based on budget, quality & types, breadth of selection/stock, timing, and convenience/location. But, among my friends and family, most people are making similar kinds of choices. So, there are some assumptions to be made that might apply to most of us. Continue reading

Sucralose? Erythritol? Stevia?

Take a look at this article explaining the latest research on sucralose, a non-nutritive sweetener (NNS).

It has me wondering about erythritol, and even stevia. I’ve actually wondered this exact question many times before: What is the “tricking” effect of tasting sweet but not ingesting actual calories doing to my metabolism or hunger mechanisms?

The easier answer may be in my latest version of paleo diet in which I eat plenty of food, 4 servings of protein per day, lots of vegetable and fruits and no added sweeteners. My appetite seems to regulate wonderfully and I get plenty of sweet with the fruits.

I also get help with appetite regulation by improving my neurotransmitter status.

Note that there’s a reciprocal effect going on with NNS’s.  I think I read that aspartame interferes with serotonin, while having enough serotonin actually makes it much easier to regulate appetite.  So the very diet drinks people are consuming to get a sweet fix is the very thing leading to a more active appetite!

Sugar free treat

Worth a try, if you have the means.

Sparkling water: Poland Spring Black Cherry flavor.  I purchase this by the case of 12 bottles from my grocery co-op, The Wedge.

I often sweeten it with KAL 100% Stevia Extract Powder, but these SweetLeaf chocolate drops are good too!