Monthly Archives: November 2016

LINK RECIPES: Paleo holiday cookies

The next book I’m reading

I just picked this book up at the library. Thanks for tuning in. I hope everyone is nourishing their adrenal glands this week. And, preparing for a nourishing, relaxing, grateful, connecting-with-someone Thanksgiving.
Love,
Rachel

P.S. More books on the subject of the healthy intersection of brain and body— and getting to happy from wherever you are:  Mood Repair Books List

RECIPE: German Red Cabbage

I don’t know why this dish is so addictive for me, but I can make up a batch and eat a serving every day. It’s full of B6 and folate, and perhaps that is why.  Perhaps it’s because I love sour so much.  Traditionally served alongside sausages like Brautwurst.

Fat: 2-4 Tbsp. butter or better yet , drippings from roasted chicken

Shallots and/or onions, chopped (TIME SAVER: frozen chopped)

Head of red cabbage, sliced fine so that it comes out in shreds

1-2 (tart) apples, chopped or grated (TIME SAVER: I leave the skin on, use an apple slicer/corer and then chop with a knife)

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar* (or lemon juice, or could try ascorbic acid crystals–not ascorbate)

1 Tbsp salt

1/4 to 1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup water or chicken stock, add more if not using full amount of vinegar

Optional: whole grain flour for thickening

*Acid is key to keeping the deep color of the red cabbage. If you do not use any vinegar (or lemon juice) you will end up with a lavender color.

  1. Brown onions and shallots to caramelize in the fat.
  2. Put all other ingredients except flour into the pot. Cover and simmer until desired tenderness, about 20 minutes. Cook longer til you get it as soft as you want.
    FOR PRESSURE COOK: In an iPot pressure cooker, the setting for “Soup” (30 minutes of medium pressure) will yield a very soft cabbage that will begin to fall apart when stirred. Almost too soft for my liking, but still okay. Try 20 minutes of pressure.
  3. Adjust salt. Pepper to taste.
  4. It is not necessary to thicken, but you can. Try 1 Tsp. whole grain flour such as spelt, kamut or wheat. Sprinkle it on before last 5 minutes of cooking, then stir.

Pistachios are great for your gut biome

Faithful reader and champion of Rachels.FYI, Jane W. has brought to my attention a great health tip for those of us who are “gardeners of our biomes,” (cultivators of our gut flora).

Pistachios.

Here is an article from a trusted resource, Mark Sisson in his article 16 Things that Affect Your Gut Bacteria.

Friends, the way my blog is supposed to work, is when friends share with me, I somehow synthesize it in my Brain of Rachel, and often would (at least TRY) to share it back out, either immediately or in some way, at some point. My thinking is to try to be a hub for a circle of friends who are all interested in actually being healthier. I TRY, because this is not my job. It’s just my passion. And, even though I don’t have time for this passion, I make time. Helping friends be healthier is worth it. I saw Jane’s comment tonight after I have been contemplating, yet again, whether I have time to do this blog. I don’t have time to make it look beautiful or like the slick blogs that are out there. But, I can keep it up on the server, alive, if not thriving. And, it can serve a purpose.

And, hey, if I can keep Jane on her probiotics, then it’s all worth it.

Female hormone cycles

When I was younger I heard the question of whether PMS was even "real" and women were just B*tchy. I realize that stems from a total ignorance of the chemicals our bodies produce (hormone, neurotransmitters), as well as a complete misunderstanding of how differently the male vs. female hardware (brain and body) gets set up during gestation. These chemicals are very powerful!

If you or your valued female friend has any kind of health issue, it’s good to get started with looking at the basic hormones. You can always work outward from there.

You can get started with the FREE quiz: http://nicolejardim.com/quiz/ You will then be emailed free videos to get educated and started. Then feel free to email me and let’s chat! I am estrogen dominant, but the changes I’ve made in the past few months have really had an impact! It takes real work to make lifestyle changes. Real. Work. But, worth it!

My daughter will have her own period coach in her own home. We will red tent, try to live toxin free, keep our blood sugar levels even keel, feed our bodies the nutrients through food and supplements, sleep well and try to stay out of the rat race.

B6 capsules on Amazon

Pricing out B6 capsules:

B6 stand alone capsules in P-5-P form

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Probiotics, a Primer

I wrote this for a friend, so thought I would share it with you all.

A whirlwind tour of PBX (probiotics)  and tips for your gut biome health. Continue reading

Eat more turkey! And… Need turkey recipes!

Please send in turkey recipes – especially the tastiest or easiest!

This article extols the virtues of turkey for its amino acid profile. It’s a great place to start to get an overview of proteins in food.

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