Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘money’ Category

“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

I am trying to catch-up, as lots of things have been happening in my life and I want you well-equipped with information and healthy foods as we transition seasons and head for Holiday Times.

As Food is Your Medicine, it’s important to get the Best! The Environmental Working Group lists the Best and Worst Farmed foods. Here they are for 2011, with my comments.

The new “Dirty Dozen”: Avoid these if conventionally-farmed, at all costs, and for the nutritious foods which you don’t want to miss, then use only the ORGANIC farmed versions.

1. Apples – these fruits are highly nutritious, but they should only be used as a whole, raw, organic fruit. Making them into juice concentrates too much of the large fructose content, and cooking changes the fruit completely (apart from the fact, then when cooked, most people remove the skins). It is only just beneath the skin that the most-healthy nutrient in apples hides. It’s the mineral chromium, which is needed for blood sugar control. If one was eating a totally-natural hunter-gatherer diet, then probably “one apple a day would keep the medicine-wo/man away”. Apple sauce is prolematical being cooked and in the huge portion (meaning equivalence of several apples) which people are likely to give themselves or their children (even worse). Make sure to wait for this year’s Fall Harvest of apples. Those stored in the supermarkets’ coolers are long-since useless.

2. Celery: It’s a sneaky addition to the Bad List. I have a huge celery plant in my back-yard and I see NO reason for it to be pesticided like conventional commercial agriculture does. Celery is the second-ranked dirty food. It’s critical to use organic celery (and only CRISP stalks), as celery helps our bodies relax from tensions and stresses (it’s called a nervine). If the celery goes limp, do NOT use it. Celery should be used raw in salads and the “strings” provide good fiber to slow down other carbs.

3. Strawberries Every kid loves strawberries, so it’s shameful that conventional ones are the 3rd. most dangerous fruit thanks to farming in America. Your country may be different, so check it out!  This berry has lots of anti-oxidants and vitamins, so do buy it, just buy Organic! Figure that unless you buy Organic products, that strawberry ice-cream and strawberry jam will have filthy conventional berries in them. Stupid manufacturers.

4. Peaches: These fruits belong to the same botanical family as apples and plums. They are nutritious but also have a lot of fructose, so should be used sparingly. Fructose is not good for diabetics and everyone is affected by fructose turning-off your satiety signals and piling on belly-fat. Generally, vegetables are MUCH healthier than fruits and fruits should be used in extreme moderation.

5. Spinach: It’s not just the event a few years ago where birds or roaming animals pooping on spinach was not washed-off well enough, causing an E. coli outbreak. That can happen to any raw food. It is your responsibilty as the consumer to make sure that “Triple-washed” spinach (or any thing else) is washed again in your own kitchen. Some leafy greens are harder than others to “wash” commercially. You are the final inspector. Spinach is nutritious enough to bother with this, but as it also has a hefty-dose of oxalic acid, it is not a main-line green. Just add a few extra leaves to your salad made from other greens (like romaine, cilantro, parsley and kale — all of them Organic).

6. Nectarines: Nectarines are a hybrid – a cross between peaches and plums, They have the best-of-both. But, unfortunately, in America, they are pesticided and chemically-fertilized too much. So, buy Organic nectarines, only in season, and get the benefits of a lower fructose fruit (as plums are lower in fructose) with a hint of the higher Peach.

7. Grapes:Don’t get dragged-in to the out-of-season grapes! Most are being farmed in countries which do not have strong laws regarding pesticides! Apart from that, it’s always wiser to eat-in-season. Your body needs different foods in different seasons and expects them to have their nutrients, in the right proportion and form, to carry you through. This is especially true of winter foods, which are denser, with their own array of nutrients. Whereas warm-season foods have much higher water-content to help slake your thirst (and a nutrient profile rich in electrolytes to help compensate for mineral loss when sweating). Just make sure you eat in season. Research the proper season when foods will normally be harvested in your country and region. Organic grapes (especially red ones) are a highly-nutritious food which should be used once every few days, in season, in moderate quantities, as there’s lots of fructose in them, too.

8. Sweet bell peppers: Peppers (hot or sweet), potatoes, tomatoes, tomatillos and cape gooseberry are all part of the nightshade botanical family.  Sweet potatoes are from a different family. Nightshades can cause inflammation and a biochemical cascade resulting in arthritis for some people. They are foods to get off of for up to 6 months and see if you are doing better. If you still want to re-introduce them, do it one by one, at least a week in between each and pay attention to your body’s signals. Make sure any of these foods is always Organic! Peppers have lots of Vitamin C and the red ones have Vitamin A, too. But, you must make sure that any of these foods are not secretly undermining your precious Health.

9. Potatoes: Same as for Peppers, above, along with the fact that potatoes must always be Organic, scrubbed, unpeeled, in small portions (like 1 small to medium potato) and eaten always with a healthy fat in the meal (avocado, organic coconut oil, organic hemp oil, organic olive oil, organic butter, organic ghee).  On their own, potatoes have a very high glycemic index and trigger too much insulin; healthy fats slow them down. Conventional potatoes are also doused in fungicides after harvest, and I am not sure that even peeling them helps you avoid the chemical. And, the most important nutrition is just under the skin, so you would be just getting a big carb load without much nutrition to be peeling them.

10. Blueberries: They are a divine gift — easy to grow, delicious, and most importantly they are highly nutritious, but NOT if conventionally farmed! Only get Organic berries or grow your own, Organically. The plants require very little attention. Eat them raw. You want to get every iota of goodness and cooking always destroys nutrients. Use them in fruit salad, smoothies etc. They are a medium-range fructose fruit.

11. Lettuce:  I suspect that this Warning applies to all commercially-grown conventional lettuce. However, when you buy Organic lettuce, you not only have a safer product, but you will have access to a much-wider choice of green leafies — lettuces and all sorts of other plants — like those in “Spring Mix” etc.  Organic Romaine lettuce is MUCH more nutritionally-sound than any iceberg lettuce (which is a total waste of your hard-earned dollar, as iceberg has almost NO nutrients, at all). Enjoy trying oak-leaf lettuce, frisee, endives, orach, radicchio, and all the other wonderful “greens”.  but only in Organic or non-sprayed form. Leafies are the best source of B vitamins, used to allay stress and also they contain wonderful alkaline minerals you need for bio-electricty and to quell inflammatory chemistry.

12. Kale/collard greens: Kale is SO effective in bringing up the nutrients in the soil that, when it is used in fields which have had toxic and too many pesticides thrown on them, kale is used to “detoxify” the fields (but then those companies still sell the very-toxic, conventional kale!). So, you can only use Organic Kale, for sure! Kale is a nutritonal powerhouse, and if I could only choose one vegetable, this would be it! Those on Coumadin / Warfarin therapy can use it, but it just has to be at a consistent serving and use, so it can be accounted for.

The EWG also publishes a list of the 15 fruits and vegetables that are fine to eat when they are conventionally-grown. I’ll share that with you next time.

Best to all — Em

Please also read the 4 years of still current articles in my archive. See the tab on the upper navigation bar.

You can also sign-up for email alerts for when I post to this blog. I try for once a week. The form is on the upper right of the side-bar. Thanks.

(c)2011 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com

Please do not use my articles on junk blogs. I will prosecute you. The only use of my copyrighted article is 2 small paragraphs (with my website shown) without further permission, from me, in writing. Contact me at the About Me page on the upper navigation bar if you want to share more than 2 paragraphs. Thanks.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information” (TM)

As “Indian Summer” brings its reprise, here are some herbal recipes for beating-the-heat, and they are helpful alternatives for diabetics. Many herbs are effective in ameliorating symptoms and causes for diabetic reactions. This series has been highlighting some of the best. The first recipe helps to make ice-cream just a bit more useful — as the Lavender is a stress-reducer. ===========================================================================================

MURPHY’S LAVENDER AND WHITE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

2T lavender flowers 500ml spring or filtered water
1T liquid organic honey
65 g sugar [[Em: use organic brown sugar and I’ve halved it already, to start]]
5 organic egg yolks
200 ml organic milk [NOT ultra-pasteurized]
80 g white chocolate [dark chocolate is far healthier, so consider it]
240 ml organic cream
1/4 teaspoon pure organic vanilla extract
(stevia, as needed)

___   Cook the lavender flowers in the water over a low heat until the water reduces to 1/10th of the original volume. This makes an infusion. Remove from the heat and strain. Stir in the honey and set aside, covered.
___   Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, over water.
___   Beat the sugar and egg yolks together just until pale yellow. Meanwhile …
___   Bring the milk to a low simmer, and watch it the whole time. If you have one, using a cast-iron plate for the burner distributes the heat better and protects from hot-spots which can burn the milk.
___   Remove the milk from the heat and beat the milk into the egg and sugar mixture in a slow stream. Pour the mixture back into the pot and place over low heat. Stir continuously until the custard thickens slightly (around 65-70C) and just coats the back of a spoon. But, at this temperature, you have not got a pasteurized egg mix.

To pasteurize the eggs: heat the custard to 73C and maintain that temperature for at least 5 minutes. Use a cooking thermometer, and definitely keep stirring! Don’t over-heat, though, because at around 76C you will scramble the eggs! Immediately remove from the heat, and then cover and place in the freezer to cool slightly, as the custard must still be warm to mix with the chocolate — so aim for about 70C.

___   The chocolate and the custard must both be warm when you mix them so they emulsify well. If not, the chocolate will clump at first when you add the liquid, but if you keep adding liquid and stirring, it will come smooth. Add only small amounts each time.  It is now safe to taste the product and add stevia, if needed.

___   Allow to cool, then mix in the vanilla and strained lavender water.
___   Whip the cream until it has doubled in volume; it should have soft peaks. Don’t over-whip! Next, fold the cream into the custard using a gentle motion to stir (with a vertical, slicing, circular motion).
___   Taste the cream-base now, again,  and adjust with stevia and vanilla.
___   Freeze using a home ice cream machine, or cover and place in a shallow tray or cake pan  in the freezer, stirring every few hours to break up the ice crystals (my father used to make ice-cream this way 60 years ago!).

If you’re using a home ice cream machine, then transfer the mixture to a freezer-proof covered container when the ice cream has just achieved a semi-solid consistency (around 15 minutes). Place it back in the freezer, and let it continue to freeze until it is solid. Clean your machine — it did its job.

Notes: The pot in which you melt the chocolate must be completely dry or the chocolate can clump. Vanilla essences vary, so make sure you taste the custard and are happy with the flavor before you freeze it! =====================================================================================================
Next, an effective diabetic-friendly beverage to slake your thirst effectively, especially in the hot dog-days of Summer. It’s a traditional American drink, now making its way around the world. When the farmers were bringing in the harvest under the hot American sun in the early 1800s, they couldn’t drink the copious amounts of water they needed not to become dehydrated as that amount would have bloated their stomachs and made it uncomfortable to work … and springs were sometimes far away, too.

So, building on a much older tradition (from approx. the 1600s), a new version of the Oxymel drink from Medieval times. The new drink was called “Haymaker’s Punch” and also, later, “Switchel“.

As the hay is about to be brought in during the next few weeks, this is the perfect time for this refreshing, satisfying Summer drink!

Not only will the apple cider vinegar help with blood-sugar control (as shown in many studies), but it will help with weight-loss and purportedly also help with better sleep and more comfortable GI tract.

The maple is actually a good sweetener for diabetics, if in small portions. Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory and that’s important for diabetics, too.

Haymaker’s Punch is a healthy beverage, especially in comparison to modern commercial beverages.

Here are a couple of recipes and I may share more next week. The essential ingredients are:
___   Bragg’s or Spectrum’s organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother of vinegar). Only use these brands, not Heinz etc.,
___   filtered or spring water, never tap water
___   organic honey or organic Grade B maple syrup
___   organic blackstrap molasses (in some recipes)
___   fresh, grated ginger

======================================================================= DAVE’S PORTLAND SWITCHEL WITH STEVIA

2 C filtered or spring water, chilled
1 T Bragg’ apple cider vinegar
1/4 t stevia extract ( PureVia or TrueVia) **
1/8 t ground ginger*

For a 5-cup thermos bottle, use about 3 T ACV, 3/4 t stevia, and 3/8 t dry ginger. Then add chilled, filtered water to the top.

Coconut vinegar has got an amazing flavor, and this is a healthy experiment:
3 T coconut vinegar (I think Whole Foods carries it)
3/4 t stevia powder
3/8 t ground ginger *
1/8 t ground cinnamon
all in a 5-cup thermos bottle, then fill to the top with chilled, filtered water

Dave says “The hint of cinnamon really perked up this drink. It’s now sort of like drinking a spiced vanilla cookie with a slightly tangy spark”.

* Food.com says 1/8 teaspoon of powdered ginger is equal to about 1 Tablespoon of fresh, grated ginger, but it notes that “the flavor of ground ginger can be significantly different from fresh”. If using fresh ginger, slice it thinly or grate it. Put into about 4 cups of water and bring to simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool and squeeze out the solids (you can still use them in cookies).

** If you are trying liquid stevia, then use 1 dropperful per 10 – 12 fl.oz of water and per 1T apple cider vinegar or coconut vinegar. ============================================================== Best to all — Em

REFERENCE: to access more of the series: Diabetic Herbs The extra page links to the whole series are on that page.

Please also read the 4 years of still current articles in my archive. See the tab on the upper navigation bar.

You can also sign-up for email alerts for when I post to this blog. I try for once a week. The form is on the upper right of the side-bar. Thanks.

(c)2011 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com

Please do not use my articles on junk blogs. I will prosecute you. The only use of my copyrighted article is 2 small paragraphs (with my website shown) without further permission, from me, in writing. Contact me at the About Me page on the upper navigation bar if you want to share more than 2 paragraphs. Thanks.

Read Full Post »

“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

Continuing with the Culinary Herbs Useful to Diabetics series, here are some more recipes! Food IS Medicine, just as Hippocrates, the father of western medicine said. Indian Ayurveda – humanity’s oldest medical system, which birthed all the rest – uses food as medicine, too. Join a long lineage of healing with foods for diabetic treatment.

Here are 3 sweet potato recipes today. This food is a nutritional powerhouse and can fulfill important fiber requirements, as well as boosting Vitamin A nourishment critical for diabetes — by helping to support your eyes’ and skin’s Health with the vitamin’s building block: beta-carotene.

============================================================================
MASHED SWEET POTATOES WITH LAVENDER AND LIME
from the Lavender Cookbook by Sharon Shipley

2 lbs organic sweet potatoes
1 stick organic, unsalted butter, melted (or equivalent of organic coconut oil)
1/4 C fresh lime juice
1/2 t crushed Certified Organic Jardin du Soleil Culinary Lavender*
Celtic or other sea salt and freshly ground pepper
minced fresh cilantro leaves (do not cut ahead of time)
grated zest of one lime
cayenne pepper, to taste — start with 1/8t and work upwards

This food may be made up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated. Then, rewarm it to serve. Sweet potatoes are an excellent alkaline pH food!

___   Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
___   Prick the sweet potatoes several times with a fork, and then place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, or until very soft. Set them aside until cool enough to handle. Be careful, as they retain their heat.
___   Scoop the flesh right up to the skin’s border. Discard the skins.
___   Using a blender or food processor, pulse until a smooth mixture forms.
___   Stir in the butter, lime juice and lavender.
___   Next, season with salt, fresh pepper and cayenne pepper to taste.
___   Just at serving time, top with cilantro and lime zest, and serve. Do not cut the cilantro ahead of time, as it can impair the flavor.

*Lavender can be finely ground in a spice grinder, a mortar and pestle or in a thoroughly-cleaned coffee grinder (least recommended).

============================================================================

EM’S SWEET POTATO HUMMUS SPREAD

Because sweet potatoes and coconut are excellent pH alkaline foods, I added, the following to offset the acidic pH of the beans:

___   steamed sweet potatoes (about 2 cups, cubed small) to 1 tub of Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (10 oz. size)

___    add a dash of Coconut Secret’s Coconut Aminos (from Whole Foods or coconutsecret.com)

___   Spread it on NO Thiamin Mononitrate crackers or breads! Check the labels, as this synthetic B vitamin flour additive is harmful. Natural, whole-grain breads from health stores are less likely to have it at all.

For those who do not have a Trader Joe’s nearby, the ingredients listed are: 

___   ground chickpeas (you can use healthier cooked black-eye peas or dal)

___   tahini (sesame seed paste) – from health stores or Mid-East markets

___   fresh puree of organic red bell pepper or bottled pimento

___   (canola) oil – use extra-virgin olive oil instead

___   sea salt, lemon juice, garlic powder

If you make this at home, using a standard recipe like the one below, then you will not have the stabilizers in commercial hummus, either (which I did not show here), and you will be making a better pH alkaline food.

This would be great in children’s school lunches! And, it’s a perfect after school snack, too, as well as hors d’ouvre.

Home-made can always be healthier with the right recipe. Next time, I’ll make mine, but in a pinch, combining better ingredients into the Trader Joe’s product made it healthier.

Original recipe

SWEET POTATO HUMMUS
From Jaclyn Enchin ~ http://www.sketch-freeveganeating.blogspot.com

Makes 6 servings

1 medium sweet potato, cooked
1 C  cooked chickpeas
2 T tahini (unsweetened sesame seed paste)
1 T  olive oil
1 T   lemon juice
2-3 t  coconut aminos (a protein source, salty-perky taste)
1 sm  garlic clove, fresh
1 t   cumin
1/2 t  cinnamon
1 t  coriander, fresh
Pinch of sea salt
black pepper, to taste
diced or sliced organic almonds, for topping

Combine all above ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.

============================================================================

MAKING THE PERFECT OMELET

Eggs are nutritious for diabetics, but there are some guidelines to have them be the healthiest.

Firstly, they should be organic, vegetarian fed, free-range animals producing the eggs. Next, the eggs should never be whisked together as breaking the yolks exposes them to oxygen which is when the oxidized yolks become unhealthy, engendering heart disease.

Unbroken yolks have natural balancers (lecithin +) and are heart-healthy.

So, only cook intact eggs – either boiling, coddling, poaching (my favorite) or making the unique omelet technique I explain below but separating the eggs first.

In my method, the egg whites are beaten as directed. The unbroken egg yolks are added later as filling. Add the diabetic herbs at the same time as the yolks — desired savory combinations of turmeric (which will help color the eggs to the usual more yellow look; garlic, fresh onion (minced small), rosemary (ground fine),  cayenne pepper, fresh basil, parsley, ginger. For a sweet-oriented omelet, use diabetic-friendly lavender (grind finely), ginger or cinnamon. Disperse the herbs well over the entire surface.

America’s Test Kitchen explains why this recipe works:

“In contrast to half-moon diner-style omelets, the French omelet is a pristine rolled affair.”  Critically, the temperature of the pan must be just right, the eggs beaten just so (NO, as explained above — I adapt this part!), and hand movements must be swift. This usually intimidates home cooks, but it need not.

In their experiments, America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) (a PBS TV show) ditched the stuffy attitude and came up with a foolproof method for making the ideal French omelet — unblemished outer surface with an ultra-creamy texture, rolled around minimal filling (the diabetic herbs are perfect, along with some cheese, or not).

The classic French method requires a black carbon steel omelet pan and a fork. A nonstick skillet worked fine here (but I am NOT a fan of these pans which always must be used a medium or lower heat ranges).

Instead of a fork, which will scrape nonstick pans (also hazardous to ingest the coating), ATK used bamboo skewers and wooden chopsticks which made small curds with a silky texture. They tested various pans and the Kitchenaaid non-stick at about $20 was fine, if pre-warmed as directed. The Julia Child and Calaphon pans were expensive and excellent.

Adding a little oil, and then preheating the pan for 10 minutes over low heat eliminated any hot spots. For creaminess, very cold butter was added just after the egg (whites) were in the pan. The cold butter dispersed evenly and fused with the eggs for a moist, rich omelet.

To keep the omelet light, ATK found the perfect number of strokes — and, as it’s the egg whites which hold the “loftiness”, my changes should not affect this much, if at all. They used precisely 80 strokes with a classic metal hand-whisk, not one stroke less or more. Be exact here! Copper bowls also help to add lightness to egg whites, so I suggest a copper bowl for my version technique, if you have one. Make sure to keep a copper utensil well-cleaned, as the copper-oxide coating is not healthy.

Excessive beating physically unravels egg proteins, leading to denseness!

For cooking temperature, they tried different heat levels, but even at medium heat, the omelet cooked so quickly it was hard to judge when it was done.  Therefore, turn off the heat when it is still runny (add the egg yolks and herbs) and cover it to finish cooking!

Finally, for an easy rolling method, which mirrors a classic French presentation, slide the newly-cooked omelet onto paper towel. Then, use the towel to start to roll the omelet into the sought-after cigar-shape cylinder.

Because making omelets is such a quick process, make sure to have all your ingredients and equipment at the ready — this is called “mise en place”.

If you don’t have skewers or chopsticks to stir the egg whites, then use the handle of a wooden spoon.

Warm the plates in a 200-degree oven. Serve on the warmed plates.

===========================================================================

Best to all — Em

REFERENCE:
Diabetes Recipes – Lavender
Diabetes – Herbs that Help — Lavender
Diabetes Recipes – Herb List
Diabetes Medicine Alert
Diabetic Concerns – marjoram and nutmeg
Diabetes – Low Thyroid Connection
Thyroid Connections to Diabetes
Herbal Help Diabetic GI Problems

Diabetics and Essential Fatty Acid Omega-3

Please also read the 4 years of still current articles in my archive. See the tab on the upper navigation bar. The extra page links are at the bottom of the first page.

You can also sign-up for email alerts for when I post to this blog. I try for once a week. The form is on the upper right of the side-bar. Thanks.

(c)2011 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com

Please do not use my articles on junk blogs. I will prosecute you. The only use of my copyrighted article is 2 small paragraphs (with my website address shown) without further permission, from me, in writing. Contact me at the About Me page on the upper navigation bar if you want to share more than 2 paragraphs. Thanks.

Read Full Post »

“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

Here’s some of the advice that Hippocrates would give for at least a partial prescription for treating diabetes, as he always said “Let food be thy Medicine!”, and these foods are particularly useful for diabetics.

Lavender helps alleviate stress for diabetics.   Lavender

 

 

 

Registered dieticians Patricia Partain, RD and Jamie McDermott, RD list 10 herbs and spices below as some of the healthiest to incorporate into your diet, and many of these are especially helpful for diabetics.

Turmeric

Health benefits: The active ingredient is curcumin. It’s found in most curry mixes (it’s what makes them look so yellow). Turmeric is a calming spice and aids digestion. A 2006 study at Johns Hopkins University suggested that curcumin may also be helpful in reducing colon cancer.

How to use it: Add to curry mixes when making your own, otherwise, use a pre-made mix (check it’s in there on the label). You can also buy it as a single spice (when it is not a hot spice).

Mix it into any curry recipe, soup, or use with scrambled tofu or eggs.  You can also stir it into the water being used for quinoa, rice or couscous – and it will color them yellow as well as be more healthy.

————————————————————————————————–

Garlic

Many people have learned about the amazing “stinking rose’s” health benefits: possibly lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, being a natural anti-viral and more. Holistic physicians use it to prevent onset of heart disease.

How to use it: It is most beneficial when it is raw. You must use it immediately after chopping or mashing withing 10 minutes or coat it in olive oil to give yourself a bit more time. Use in savory smoothies, dips, salad dressings, compound butters and spreads.

People suggest cooking it, but that does compromise it.

————————————————————————————————–

Peppermint

Many diabetics have digestive issues as your overworked pancreas may not be supplying enough alkaline buffers needed for complete digestion.

Mint’s health benefits include:  relieving indigestion and nausea, as well as symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  But Partain and McDermott say peppermint is not recomm-ended for people with acid-reflux disease.

Peppermint also has some energy stimulation components.

How to use it:  Most people use Peppermint as herbal tea by steeping it in hot water for a few minutes.

For a summer drink: crush the mint along with some lemon juice as a base for lemonade. Then to sweeten, add diabetic-friendly Truvia or other stevia powder to taste. If you crush or shave the ice, it becomes a cooling granita.

Mint can be used as an edible garnish, mixed in with lamb, added to feta cheese, salt and pepper to use as a dip or spread and more!

————————————————————————————————–

Parsley

This herb is a cleanser. It helps to clean the GI tract and thereby “sweeten” breath. But, it is much more!

Health benefits: Parsley is high in potassium – a critical mineral which can help control high blood pressure and fluid retention. It is also high in vitamins K, C and A (which helps to keep skin healthy — which is also vital for diabetics).

How to use it: Add to basil pesto or tabouli.  You can even make a completely parsley pesto! Sprinkle it over potatoes, quinoa or brown rice. Add to fresh tomato sauces and finely chop into dressings. Use in savory smoothies. Juice it! Make a Mediterranean-style salad with lemon juice, tomatoes, chopped fresh onions and feta cheese. Add it to soup just as you take it off the burner, as long as it is minced (be sure to use the stems, too). Mix into meatloaf or hamburgers (this is a good place to use finely-minced stems as these dishes cook longer).

————————————————————————————————–

Rosemary

This is an herb used in classic European cuisines, as the Simon & Garfunkle song implies “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme”.

Health benefits:  rosemary may reduce potentially carcinogenic HCA levels when mixed with meat before cooking — HCAs are produced during barbequing, especially.

This herb has also been used to cure indigestion.

But, be aware that it can act as a natural diuretic (as can lemons), so keep your fluid levels up by drinking at least 64 ozs. of pure water a day (unless you have kidney disease — in which case, follow your urologist’s recommendation). If you are taking diuretics, you need to make sure that all your liquid intake is water. Other “liquids” will dehydrate you, in varying amounts..

How to use it:  rub rosemary extract or ground rosemary over meat before grilling (it goes particularly well with lamb). Sprinkle this herb over potatoes before roasting. Add it the water when poaching salmon. Bake it into breads (along with some garlic and black, Greek olives). Add rosemary to tomato sauce as you heat it, but be sure you have ground the leaves in a mortar and pestle, as the leaves don’t soften in cooking, easily, whether fresh or dried versions.

————————————————————————————————–

Chili Pepper

Chilis, especially the smallest Asian ones, along with jalapenos, are very good sources of anti-oxidants, and are  nerve pain relievers (usually as a pharmaceutical cream — not as food).

Health benefits:  the component called capsaicin is an anti-inflammatory. This can also temporarily increase heat production in the body, so it helps cool you in hot weather and helps burn more calories for revved-up metabolism and weight-loss. Capsaicin has also been used to help with circulatory problems, which is an issue that many sedentary diabetics have.

However, if you have a sensitive stomach and colon already, use this with great care. Maybe start with small amounts of dried chili powder or a Japanese 7-spice powder, instead of any of the hot, fresh chili peppers.

I would not give this to most children. For diabetic kids, use alternatives.

How to use it: Mix tiny amounts of chilis into mashed potatoes or eggs. Stir it into softened butter, along with a tiny bit of lime, then spread on corn on the cob. Stir a tiny bit in to make Mexican hot chocolate.

————————————————————————————————–

Cinnamon

The word has been out for quite a while about cinnamon’s ability to help diabetics, but actually quite a bit is needed, more than people think. Plus, some things labeled as “cinnamon” are actually “cassia” which is not helpful for this purpose.

Health benefits: real cinnamon has an anti-inflammatory effect and it can lower blood sugar. Cinnamon can also have an anti-cancer effect.

There has been some indication that cinnamon can increase metabolism, but exercise and diet are what’s really needed to make the difference.

How to use it: as a sweeter spice, people are more willing to use it. So, sprinkle cinnamon on oatmeal, sweet potatoes and into applesauce. Even though you can, I don’t recommend eating cookies and pies, but if you do, then be sure to add cinnamon!. Use it to spice meatballs and in drinks when they will be well-mixed.

————————————————————————————————–

Ginger

Ginger is in the same botanical family as Turmeric, so it has many of the same properties. The main one, apart from fabulous flavor (fresh or dried) is that it is a well regarded anti-inflammatory, so it helps to lessen pain, especially for those with osetoarthritis.

Health benefits: Ginger helps to alleviate nausea and vomiting, and is very useful for children on car trips or for sea-sickness!

It also helps nausea when related to pregnancy.

For the rest of us, ginger is good for digestion.

How to use it: Grate it and add to broths or to stir-fry dishes. If you steep ginger in hot water and add lemon and honey this will make a soothing digestive tea. Bake gingersnaps or gingerbread as a way for diabetic kids to enjoy this spice as long as you use a diabetic-friendly natural sweetener like a tiny bit of organic maple syrup or stevia. Personally, I like undyed sushi ginger to chop-up into dressings, smoothies, popsicles and more.

————————————————————————————————–

Basil

Basil is a cousin of mint. Most people only think of it in terms of pesto — an Italian sauce for pasta, but Basil is quite versatile. Thai food uses it to good advantage and the Holy Basil of India is used in Tulsi — an important herbal tea.

Health benefits: Like mint, basil also freshens breath. It is also an anti-inflammatory, and it has an alkaline pH. Basil is a  good source of magnesium and vitamin A — both of which are needed in potent doses for diabetics.

How to use it: of course, we’ll mention pesto sauce, and you can pair fresh leaves with tomatoes and mozzarella in a Caprese salad (which I personally find hard-to-eat and suggest you dice everything up and eat it on a plate instead of how it’s usually presented). Finely mince and immediately sprinkle over fish just after cooking. Add it to lemonade. Make holy basil into Tulsi tea or buy the tea directly (at Whole Foods).

————————————————————————————————–

Lavender

Ah, this is another French secret! They will have the best lavender recipes, and lavender honey is incredible (use just tiny amounts, but you don’t need much as it has wonderful flavor!).

Diabetes is very stressful on your body and psyche, so lavender can be very beneficial to help bring calmness, allowing your body to rest and also have a better chance to rejuvenate.

Health benefits: Lavender is very calming and can aid with sleep.

How to use it: The flowers can be used in a tea (for sleeping, add a few lavender buds into chamomille tea — unless you are sensitive to daisies or other aster flowers. Otherwise, just brew a purely lavender tea.).  Lavender can be baked into cookies – with stevia as sweetener.

In the famed herb mix, Herbes de Provence, is a mix of fennel, basil, thyme and lavender which is used with meat, fish, quinoa or brown rice.

————————————————————————————————–

Fresh herbs may seem expensive, but they are not when you think of the benefits they bring — and with less liklihood of side-effects. They are also easy to grown in your garden, or on a patio or balcony or on a windowsill in winter. You can always benefit from many of these listed above, all year, for reasonable cost. See the Titles Archive tab above for my excellent posts on container and indoor gardening!

Enjoy these useful herbs and see if your Health also improves as you incorporate them daily.

Best to all — Em

REFERENCE:

Sources: Patricia Partain, RD; Jamie McDermott, RD; University of Maryland Medical Center; American Cancer Society; whfoods.com; Prevention Magazine; Memorial Sloan Kettering; Food Network.
(c)2011 Chatanooga Times http://www.timesfreepress.com

Please also read the 4 years of still current articles in my archive. See the tab on the upper navigation bar. The extra page links are at the bottom of the first page.

You can also sign-up for email alerts for when I post to this blog. I try for once a week. The form is on the upper right of the side-bar. Thanks.

(c)2011 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com

Please do not use my articles on junk blogs. I will prosecute you. The only use of my copyrighted article is 2 small paragraphs (with my website shown) without further permission, from me, in writing. Contact me at the About Me page on the upper navigation bar if you want to share more than 2 paragraphs. Thanks.

Read Full Post »

“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!”(TM)

This information is SO important for everyone, especially diabetics, that I have made it a 4-part series and have included more recipes for this “new” food, than I have ever incorporated in my articles before. Yes, you need to pay attention. This is about a Foundational Food, basic for Health. Period.

In fact, hemp, like coconuts,  is one of the earliest foods to be used by humans, and hemp seeds, which have a rich nutty flavor,  have long been recognized as an excellent source of energy, as well as nutrition.

Hemp is found all over. It may even be growing wild in your yard, especially if you have a rural property. In America, in colonial times, the government forced farmers to grow hemp. It was that important!

Now, let’s not get confused. Industrial hemp (food-grade hemp) is NOT the plant which produces marijuana (and using hemp as food will not affect drug-testing). The two plants are in the same botanical family, but that’s it. You can’t get “high” on food-grade hempseed and its products. But, how does this plant help you?

Hemp is one of the best sources of essential Omega-3 fats which you must eat everyday. You cannot make these important nutrients inside your body, and they are woefully lacking in most people’s diets today, with big-time consequences!

In the other parts of this series, I’ve talked about other food sources, but in these last articles, most of the space is reserved for recipes which I hope you will use as standards in your everyday cooking — replacing the less nutritious ones you use now.

Getting more Omega-3s in your diet is critical for everyone, especially as the ordinary diet produces a severe imbalance with Omega-6 essential fatty acids.

We are trying to reBalance this and correct the ills that too many Omega-6s cause. (Of course you NEED essential Omega-6s, just not SO much as most people get.)

Famed lipids expert, Udo Erasmus, has an oil blend with the correct balance sold as Udo’s Oil (TM) 3-6-9 Blend. It is vegetarian, organic, sustainable, made in the strictest conditions to protect the delicate natures of these precious oils. Learn to use it as the main basis for your needs, OR, as I do, make sure you get at least the best Omega-3 hemp oils (I like that Nutiva’s comes in a dark, GLASS bottle). The rest come in opaque plastic (no BPA).

As best-practice, all of these oils must be used cold, no cooking, and kept in the refrigerator.

The ideal balance is twice as many Omega-3s as Omega-6s. Both of these precious oils are the main structural component of EVERY cell membrane. They are vitally necessary to regulate cell activity, as well as for cell growth and proper cell division.

In addition to building your brain (they are the most important building-block; 70+% of your brain needs to be Omega-3s), having the proper balance of Omega-3s and -6s will also help you:

___   sleep

___   fight inflammation

___   retain  memory skills

___   regain or sustain joint movement and flexibility

___   succeed in increasing muscle and cardio-vascular endurance

___   maintain better healing and enhanced feelings of well-being

___   increase your calorie burning ability.

Udo Erasmus says we need 1 Tablespoon of balanced oil sources per 50 pounds of lean body weight (i.e. “normal” weight). Adults need between 65 grams and 100 grams of good fats a day (that’s 15% – 60% of calories from good fats) in a 2,000 calorie a day diet.

Finding ways for kids to accept new foods means that you have to give them versions of what they are already used to eating, and make it fun. Adults, sometimes act the same way, but hemp foods really are tasty, so just give it a go!

With hemp, you’ll be ingesting no pesticides;  this plant is so strong, farmers don’t need to use poisons, so it’s an ecologically-sound, organic crop right away! It’s probably the best ecological, organic protein source.

Buying hemp seed in bulk online from Manitoba Harvest, Nutiva, Navitas Naturals and others will be most economical, as they do sell larger and bulk options.

There are approximately 8 grams of protein in 2 Tablespoons of raw, unhulled hemp seeds (sometimes called hemp hearts). And, hemp contains ALL 10 Essential Amino Acids, too. What a super-food!

Hempseeds are non-gluten food, too, and a great vegetarian and vegan protein source. The same 2 Tablespoons in 1 Cup of spring water or alkaline water, placed in a high-speed blender, will produce nutritious, non-dairy, hemp milk.

Here are some other basic hemp recipes to become basic standards in your repertoire for use every week.

============================================================

Dr. BEN KIM’s HUMMUS

1 can organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1-3 T raw organic tahini
juice of 1 small organic lemon
sea salt, to taste
organic extra-virgin olive oil OR hemp oil  (start with 1T)
Hemp protein, too, if desired OR  4T hemp seeds

Optional: a little lemon juice and / or Celtic sea salt

Rinse and bring canned chickpeas to a boil for one minute to help remove preservatives, then drain. If you use dry chickpeas, soak them in water overnight and cook until tender over low to medium heat.

After warming up chickpeas in a pot of boiling water and draining them, combine chickpeas and all other ingredients except oil in a food processor. As the ingredients blend together, add oil until desired consistency is reached.

Use with toasted whole grain bread, sliced tomatoes and lettuce. You can serve hummus at room temperature, cold, or warm – just after mixing.  The hummus keeps well in an airtight container for several days in the refrigerator.

==========================================================

JULIE MORRIS’ DEHYDRATOR KALE CRISPS

Makes Makes: about 4 servings

Kale chips are very expensive in stores, so here’s how to make your own. Kale is a powerhouse vegetable. It is SO nutritious that it pulls massive nutrients from the soil. In fact you MUST use ORGANIC kale, as this soil-pulling action gathers everything from the soil. In polluted fields, kale is actually used to detoxify the soil and this regular kale is sold as food! The only “safe” kale is organic, which has been grown in non-polluted soil to begin with!

Whether you use an oven or a dehydrator, these chips are exceptionally flavorful.

You can also enjoy this recipe as a delicious fresh kale salad — just put together the ingredients and do not dehydrate.

Note: depending on the size of the kale bunches, you will need more or less salt. Start with just 1/4 tsp and only add more if needed.

2 large bunches organic latigo (also called “dinosaur”) kale
3 T hemp oil
2 T fresh lemon juice

2 t onion powder
½ t Celtic sea salt
1 t garlic powder

¼ t black pepper
2T  heaping, fresh dill, chopped

Remove the thick parts of the stem from the kale leaves, (keep them to use in soups) and tear the leaves into 3″ x 3″ pieces inside a big bowl.

Then, in a small bowl, mix together the oil, lemon juice, onion powder, Celtic sea salt, garlic powder and pepper. Pour this mix into the kale bowl.

Using your hands, gently massage the oil mixture into the kale leaves, squeezing and tossing the vegetables as you go to help soften the leaves. Mix it all for about 2 minutes, then add the dill and toss until combined.

Regular Oven Method:

Heat the oven to 250F degrees.

Spread the kale out as flatly as possibly onto a couple of baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 50-80 minutes, or until kale has dried out and is crispy.

Keep a close eye on the kale at the end of its cooking process to make sure it does not burn.

Store in an airtight container to prevent kale from softening.

Dehydrator Method (preferred):

Warm the dehydrator to 115F degrees. Spread out the kale onto 4 perforated dehydrator sheets, and dehydrate for 10-12 hours, or until crispy (time may vary depending on the relative humidity on the day you process it).

============================================================
HEMP HALAVAH

1 1/2 C shelled hempseeds
1/2 C organic honey (raw), (use another sweetner if to be eaten by children under 3 years old)

Finely grind 1C hempseeds in a coffee grinder (keep 1/2C whole for outer crust).

Empty the 1C ground seeds into a mid-size bowl.

Add honey gradually and knead until smooth. Make sure mixture is solid enough and not too sticky.

Roll out dough on a board or plate, 1/2″ thick. Then, cut into 1″ x 2″ strips.

Spread remaining whole seeds onto plate. Pat the strips in seeds until completely covered.

Store covered  in refrigerator. Use within 3 days.

============================================================
JULIE MORRIS’ HEMP FUDGESICLES

1 packet Nutiva Chocolate HempShake
6 oz organic milk (almond, hemp, rice, soy, goat or cow)
1 ripe organic banana
1 T Nutiva organic coconut oil
Optional: a little Grade B organic maple syrup

Mix very well in a blender, and then pour into popsicle moulds. Freeze. ===============================================================

More hemp recipes next time!

Start transferring these to become some of your “basic” recipes. Get the ingredients and just make the recipes your own once you make them once as originals. Make sure not to heat hemp past 325F and it’s better to NEVER HEAT IT.

Best to all — Em

REFERENCE:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Please also read the 4 years of still current articles in my archive. See the tab on the upper navigation bar. The extra page links are at the bottom of the first page.

You can also sign-up for email alerts for when I post to this blog. I try for once a week. The form is on the upper right of the side-bar. Thanks.

(c)2011 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com

Please do not use my articles on junk blogs. I will prosecute you. The only use of my copyrighted article is 2 small paragraphs (with my website shown) without further permission, from me, in writing. Contact me at the About Me page on the upper navigation bar if you want to share more than 2 paragraphs. Thanks.

Read Full Post »

“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs That Information” (TM)

Trying new foods which are healthy is imperative for diabetics, as many people are stuck in a rut, continuing to eat foods and sustain habits which are not helping, and which may harm. The new foods are generally vegetarian, and in this case, they are essential. If you haven’t been eating them, you are putting yourself in jeopardy.  Some options are more expensive than others, but in the BIG food-picture, saving money on one part of your food budget (the most expensive is processed foods and more protein than you need), then enables you to buy healthier fresh or lightly-processed real foods.

We do not have to buy processed foods for the smart 2-snacks-a-day in a diabetic diet. In fact, snacks are a chance to try out other new items and recipes. When this season’s Biggest Loser Finale show this week revealed 59 year old Deni and 35 year old Olivia winning, as the at-home and grand-prize winners, respectively, there were lessons to learn there. We’ll discuss that over coming weeks, but small, healthy meals and snacks, paced through the day, is integral for beating both obesity and diabetes.

Famed holistic physician, Dr. Andrew Weil, MD says “As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again.

What’s going on here?

Well, Hemp History Week occurred May 2-8, 2011 and you can learn more at: Grow American Hemp! – it’s Nature’s Wonder Food and the safest ecologically for food, clothes (excellent and no pesticides — cotton accounts for 25% of all pesticide use!), building materials, cosmetics, industrial products (Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Lotus, GM and BMW already use it in cars)  and on and on.

Currently, one needs a permit to grow even industrial hemp (which cannot produce marijuana) and the American government has not been granting permits and has been waging war on those who want to grow this amazing, healthy, useful plant.

It’s even burned fields on the permit-holding, sovereign lands of several Native American tribes, for their own home-building use (they did the American government the  “courtesy” to get a permit, although they should not need it). The ATF agents burned 2 seasons of crops and left individuals and tribes without their crop after investing all their money.

No-one is getting permits in America, and meanwhile, we are importing hemp food and hemp products from Canada and other European and Asian countries which are more enlightened. So, we pay more and our farmers are locked out from one of the few lucrative crops which could help them save their family farms and provide a decent living-wage.

Hemp is one of the most nutritious foods on earth and if I had to choose 3 foods to have plenty of on a desert island, it would be one. Hemp seeds are a nearly-perfect food source. And, they are one of the few foods which have the needed human ratio of 1:3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) of Omega-3s to Omega-6s.

We must get these essential fatty acids everyday: either from cold water fish, molecularly-distilled fish oil capsules, organic hemp seed, organic chia seed or organic flax seed. Omega-3s are severely lacking in the modern diet, and this is possibly why neurological problems are increasing, as the brain is 70% these essential fats. Episodes of Parkinson’s, ADD, Autism, Alzheimers and more, along with IQ’s falling can all be attributed to lack of these EFAs. And, their lack also lets body-wide inflammation wreke havoc; this impacts diabetics directly.

So, like last week, when I wrote about chia seed recipes, I’ll add some interesting hemp seed ones this week.

I prefer NOT to cook hemp seeds, flax seeds or chia seeds. If you do, please do not use any heat higher than 325F. That’s critical. Flaxseeds must be ground to be accessible and then used immediately.

You will not be failing drug tests if you eat hemp! Only those who use drugs will register on those tests.
======================================================================================

HEMP PANCAKES

Makes: About 16 pancakes Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 15 min

1 C  shelled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
3 T nut oil or organic butter (changed)

1 C organic whole wheat flour or organic substitute of choice
2 t no-aluminum baking powder (Rumford’s)

1 t baking soda
1 t Celtic sea salt

4 egg whites – divided, free-range, vegetarian fed —– save the egg yolks (or cook, whole, to medium, separately and serve on side).
1 C plain organic yogurt
2 T organic raw honey (not for those under 3 years old) OR organic maple syrup

1 C spring water
2 T vanilla
Berries (optional)

Combine flour, shelled hemp seed, baking powder, salt and soda in bowl.
Combine egg whites, yogurt, sweetener and water. Whisk in butter or oil.

Pour into dry ingredients. Use blender to mix to smooth consistency. Optional: add in Berries while cooking!

Cook on (buttered) griddle (medium heat, max 325F), until tops are bubbly – turn and cook until browned.

Serve with more maple syrup OR use the Savory Hemp Hummus or Hemp Butter, below. Can be frozen and heated up in toaster.

=======================================================================================
SAVORY HEMP HUMMUS – Manitoba Harvest

Makes 4 cups Prep Time: 10 mins

3 C sprouted organic chick peas OR canned organic chickpeas OR beans
1/2 C hemp hearts (shelled hemp seed)

1/4 C hemp seed oil OR mix of hemp and olive OR all organic, extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves organic garlic
1/4 C organic lemon juice

1/4 C organic parsley
2 T cumin powder
2 T organic red miso

1 t cayenne powder
1 T fresh cracked black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend on low, stopping to turn the mixture until smooth.

Can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 4 days.
=======================================================================================
HEMP BUTTER

Makes 2 1/4 cups. Prep Time: 5 minutes

1 1/4 C organic hemp seed oil
1 lb organic unsalted butter

Soften butter in a container (over night usually does it)

Add 1 1/4 C hemp seed oil and blend in by hand until hemp oil and butter are partially mixed.

Now use a hand blender on low until it’s completely smooth (and green } texture. Refrigerate and remove a small pat when needed.

Usually softens enough to spread at room temp in about 10 minutes. Remember not to cook with it. Keep the temp low and simmer if you must. Compliments of Tom Kowalsky Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
======================================================================================
COCONUT MANNA™ OATMEAL

1 bowl of hot oatmeal
2 T Coconut Manna™ (organic, extra-virgin coconut oil)
2 T Nutiva shelled hempseed
1 T organic honey or organic maple syrup

Gently mix together. Serve hot or warm.
========================================================================================
VEGGIE HEMP CHILI – Manitoba Harvest

Makes: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 45 min.

2 t organic, extra-virgin coconut oil
3/4 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced

3 C canned peeled organic tomatoes, chopped, with juice
1 C hemp hearts (shelled hemp seed)
1/3 C spring water

3 T chili powder, more if desired
2 t organic blackstrap molasses
3/4 t cumin

1/8 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t black pepper
1-1/2 C canned organic pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1-1/2 C canned organic black beans
1 jalapeno pepper (optional), diced

Heat oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until softened.

Stir in next 8 ingredients and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to medium low and simmer 15 minutes.

Add beans and simmer another 20-30 minutes, adding water if chili becomes too thick. Stir jalapeno pepper into chili just before serving.
=====================================================================================
VEGGIE HEMP BURGERS – Manitoba Harvest

Makes: 6 patties
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes

10 ounces soft tofu
1 C hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
1/4 C sunflower seeds

1/4C scallions, chopped
2 T soy sauce
2 T nutritional yeast

1/2 t dried basil
2 C herb seasoned stuffing — substitute (2C cooked quinoa OR 2C cooked brown rice OR combo)

In a blender, puree tofu then add the rest of the ingredients except stuffing / quinoa and brown rice. Put the mix into a bowl and pour tofu mixture over top. Combine well. Form into burger patties and bake on a greased cookie sheet in a 300 F oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
=======================================================================================
More hemp recipes next time!

Best to all — Em

Please also read the 4 years of still current articles in my archive. See the tab on the upper navigation bar. The extra page links are at the bottom of the first page.

You can also sign-up for email alerts for when I post to this blog. I try for once a week. The form is on the upper right of the side-bar. Thanks.

(c)2011 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com

Please do not use my articles on junk blogs. I will prosecute you. The only use of my copyrighted article is 2 small paragraphs (with my website shown) without further permission, from me, in writing. Contact me at the About Me page on the upper navigation bar if you want to share more than 2 paragraphs. Thanks.

Read Full Post »

“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs Thus Information!”(TM)

Diabetics have sensitive biochemistry, some of which needs to be re-calibrated. However, most Westerners now are in short supply of natural Omega-3 essential fatty acids — for brain and heart and reducing inflammation, all of which impact diabetic health. Where can you get Omega-3 essential fats?

Most references will say “cold water fish”, but some fisheries are depleted (see the endangered or at-risk fish species at Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s site), others are not in clean waters. So, more clearly, I will say:

___   Only WILD fish. NO farmed fish. Always ask!

___   Only fish which are small and lower on the food-chain,  (so less chance to get mercury-toxicity from our ruined environment) and from very-cold waters — avoid tuna, for sure, except albacore “tuna” which is really a mackerel species and is a smaller fish.

You can use wild mackerels, cods, salmon and halibut (it’s too expensive for most of us). Pollack would also work, but most of it is bought up by industrial processors and then it is made into fake-food as Fake Krab etc., (it’s too processed to consider).

___   For vegetarians, and budget-minded people, there are also plant-sources of Omega 3. All the seeds should be Organic. The usually-touted Flaxseed is actually the least-usable. It’s OK to use it if it’s ground (and it must be used immediately after grinding!).  Better, is using Hemp Seed, which is almost Nature’s perfect food, and it has the perfect lipid profile, one of the few foods which properly balances polyunsaturated fats, monosaturated fats and Omega-3 fats. You can also use Hemp Milk. And, lastly, new-kid-on-the-block is Chia Seed — sometimes marketed by patented names like Salba(R) and BenVia Gold (R).

NOTE: If you are sensitive to sesame seed, you may also have an intolerance for Chia.

All seeds should be kept in the refrigerator, as should nuts, each in airtight containers, with the least air. I put it in a ziploc bag, squeezed to expel air, and then the bag put into a tight-lid plastic carton in the refrigerator, to prevent moisture gaining access, even to the outer bag.

___ Some nuts have a little Omega-3 in them, too.

___  We might find flesh from Arctic and Antarctic birds, mammals and penguins also have high Omega-3 content, but most people do not hunt these, or have access to them. In fact, the Inuit and the Inuu — whom we call “Eskimos” — used to have NO heart disease when they ate these animals. Now that they hunt less and mainly eat processed foods, their illness rank is sky-rocketing!

Most of us are willing to eat fish, but if not, use the vegetarian sources. You MUST get Omega-3 sources in your daily diet, everyday, to have a real chance at Health.  If you decide to use supplements, fish oil must be “molecularly distilled“, otherwise, the processor is concentrating environmental toxins.

I am sure that most of us have favorite salmon and cod recipes — poached, lightly-broiled are best. There are some in my Titles Archive, on the upper navigation bar.

Many of us know little about using the seeds, however, so I’ll concentrate on that.

Make sure that your children are eating these foods! You want to try to head-off pre-diabetes and if they are already Type 1 diabetics, these foods should help them be healthier.

==========================================================================

2 Minute Basic Chia Fresca (Iskiate)

1/2 T organic chia seeds
1/2 t organic lemon juice
1 g stevia – low-glycemic, natural sweetener (like Truvia)( 1 gram = 1 packet)
12 oz natural spring water or alkaline water (like Essentia) – chilled

Combine ingredients and chill 1/2 hour before consuming, in order to thicken the chia into a gel (the traditional way to drink the beverage). You can also whisk the mix beforehand, for a few minutes, to make it “gel” faster.

Serves 1.

===========================================================================

Orange Chia Fresca

1 T organic chia seeds
8 oz. spring water or organic coconut water
1  organic orange (Valencias are most used for juicing)
1 t organic blue agave nectar, (or equivalent stevia is better)(Truvia)

1. Add the chia seeds to the water, let sit for 10 minutes or more.
2. Juice the orange, add the fresh squeezed juice to the chia gel.
3. Add the agave or stevia (Truvia).
4. Serve with a spoon or straw for stirring while you drink.

Serves 1

============================================================================

Banana Hemp-Chia Pudding

1/2 -1 c. chia gel )(soak organic seeds in hemp milk or coconut water)(start: 6T organic chia seeds + 1/2C organic liquid)
3 – 4 whole frozen organic banana (peel before freezing)
1-2 C organic hemp milk
1t per person, organic extra-virgin coconut oil

Soak chia seeds in some hemp milk overnight to make chia gel. (For a thicker gel, hang in cheesecloth over a bowl in the refrigerator, (like yoghurt prep). You can also whisk the mix beforehand, for a few minutes, to make it “gel” faster.

Blend with a frozen banana and more hemp milk.
Freeze.
Blend again.

Optional: add cinnamon and / or organic walnuts.

Serves approx. 3 people.

============================================================================
Leah Celeste’s Bulk Chia Smoothie Base

1C organic chia seed
6 C natural spring water
3 C organic nut milk OR organic hemp milk OR organic coconut water OR combo

Mix the chia with the water and allow to gel for about 30 mins to an hour. Use a wire whisk to mix the seeds with the water, the more and better you whisk it up the better it will gel up.

Then add your vegetarian milks or coconut water  and whisk again.

You can eat the thinner version in about 30 minutes or put it in the refrigerator for a few hours to thicken up.

This recipe will keep in the refrigerator for a few days and you can just scoop out what you want to eat. Flavor with banana, berries, dried fruit, cinnamon, cardamom, sweeteners, cocoa powder, coconut oil, coconut milk and anything else you like!
==================================================================================

Kristen’s Dehydrator Chocolate Chia Crackers and Spreads

Yield 1 dehydrator tray (quantity depends on size you cut)

1 C organic chia seeds
2 C natural spring water
Juice of 1 orange (organic)
1 apple, organic – cored, chopped
1/4 C raw chocolate powder (Navitas is a favorite brand)
2 T  raw agave nectar or equivalent Truvia stevia
6 dates, pitted
dash Himalayan crystal salt OR Celtic Sea Salt

Soak your chia seeds for 30 minutes in a large bowl with 1 1/2 C of the water.

Blend the remaining ingredients (including the remaining 1/2 cup of water) together. Add the blended mixture to the bowl with soaked chia seeds and stir to mix.

Break up any chia seed clumps with your rubber spatula or spoon. Let the mixture sit (as is) for 15-30 minutes.

Spread the mixture on a dehydrator tray lined with a non-stick paraflex sheet and score the batter to desired size (be careful not to cut the paraflex sheet.).

(For a thinner cracker, divide between two trays.) Dehydrate at 135 degrees for 60 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 105 degrees and dehydrate another 6-8 hours.

Flip crackers onto another tray without a paraflex sheet and peel off the paraflex sheet being used previously. Dehydrate another 6-10 hours, or until you reach your desired dryness.

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Spread
Yield 1 1/4 cups

1 1/2 C  organic hazelnuts
3 T  raw chocolate powder
1 1/2 T organic agave nectar
1/2 C organic cashews
2 T organic extra-virgin coconut oil
pinch Himalayan crystal salt OR Celtic Sea Salt

Process all of the ingredients above in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, until creamy.

Sweet Southern Peach Jam
Yield 1 cup

1 C frozen peaches, thaw (get organic peaches; others are heavily sprayed!)
3 dates, pitted, soaked 20 minutes, drained
1 T raw, organic  blue agave nectar OR equivalent stevia / Truvia

Blend all of the ingredients together.

===============================================================================

More recipes, especially for Hemp, next time.

Best to all — Em

Please also read the 4 years of still current articles in my archive. See the tab on the upper navigation bar. The extra page links are at the bottom of the first page.

You can also sign-up for email alerts for when I post to this blog. I try for once a week. The form is on the upper right of the side-bar. Thanks.

(c)2011 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com

Please do not use my articles on junk blogs. I will prosecute you. The only use of my copyrighted article is 2 small paragraphs (with my website shown) without further permission, from me, in writing. Contact me at the About Me page on the upper navigation bar if you want to share more than 2 paragraphs. Thanks.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »