By Cat, Sept 2017

I first learned about dry-brushing when I did my first juice fast at the Wellness Education Center in Kalispell MT. We were instructed to dry-brush daily, just before showering, to stimulate our lymphatic system, an important part of the detox process. Those instructions start with the face and work their way down the body, ending with the toes. On legs and arms, you mainly brush upwards, toward the heart, but on the torso, some of the strokes are downward.

Dr. Mercola featured dry brushing in his newsletter today (1). His method is a bit simpler, and you brush toward the heart: upward on your torso and limbs;  downward on your face. He also recommends doing this before you shower, and gives instructions on taking care of your brush. Continue reading

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Anti-Inflammatory Herbs & Spices, and How to Use Them

By Cat, Sept 2017

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection. It is most often characterized by localized redness, swelling, pain, and/or heat. It’s purpose is to heal the body and restore normal tissue function. Acute inflammation is typically a protective and localized response to infection or injury. (1b) But when the damage is repeated and overwhelming, chronic inflammation can cause trouble, and this is where anti-inflammatory foods come into play.

Hippocrates hypothesized that “all disease begins in the gut,” and that is where the inflammation starts. Heal the gut, you heal the disease.

I use a lot of spices in my cooking and baking, and am learning about which ones are anti-inflammatory, because I have many such issues. The Food Revolution Network states (1a):

Chronic inflammation is strongly associated with Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, autoimmune diseases, allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and many other ailments.

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Chocolate-Beet Quick Bread

Beets at market

By Cat, Sept 7, 2017 (photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

My birthday is just a few days away and I’ve been thinking about what kind of treat to make for myself. and then I saw this recipe in our daily newspaper, The  Daily Inter Lake, and know it is the answer. Beets are my favorite vegetable! and chocolate is high on my favorites list, too. But because it includes sugar and brown sugar, I will need to make some adjustments.

I suspect the texture of this bread will be cake like – perfect for a birthday!

See also: 1. Quick Breads MenuContinue reading

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Supplements for gut health: L-glutamine

By Cat, Aug 25, 2017

I’m researching how to improve gut health, since I have leaky gut issues. This posting discusses the controversial L-glutamine supplement, and will likely be updated frequently as I learn more.

See also: 1. Healing Herbs, Oils, Remedies Menu Continue reading

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Apple, Fennel (Bulb) and Walnut Salad, with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Fennel bulbs

By Cat, Aug 2017 (Photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

We’re getting into apple season (late August-September here in NW Montana), and one of my fav ways to use fresh apples is in a salad. I grew up on Waldorf Salad, and have since added Endive and Apple Salad with Warm Goat Cheese for a winter apple salad treat. Sometimes I add apples to my Beet, Fennel & Orange Salad recipe. And now I find this recipe on Mercola’s recipe blog (1).

I became acquainted with the fennel bulb in the ’80s, from a Greek-style recipe in the Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas. I’ve since become enamored with this veggie, especially raw in salads such as this one.

See also: 1. Salads Menu; 2. Fennel (About), 3. Nuts (About), 4. Apple Cider Vinegar’s (About) Continue reading

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Alternatives to my Morning Smoothie recipe

By Cat, Aug 3, 2017

For the last 15 years or so, I have made a fruity milk and yogurt smoothie for my breakfast meal. It started out as just a few ingredients (fresh fruit, raw milk, homemade yogurt and cinnamon), but I’ve added a lot more ingredients over the years It now takes me 45 minutes or so to make it.

Sometimes, you don’t have that much time, so it’s nice to have other alternatives on hand, so you don’t succumb to processed food. I’ll add alternatives as I find them. Continue reading

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Blueberry-Pecan Bread

Blueberries at market

By Cat, Aug 2, 2017  (Photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons, and below from  Wikimedia Commons)

We have a local blueberry orchard (Yellow Bay Gardens) in our small community that produces wonderfully flavored berries, so I’m always looking for ways to use them. Another option is to use wild huckleberries that also grow in abundance in our nearby mountains.

This recipe struck me because of the combination with pecans, and the ease with which the original recipe can be adapted for an overnight presoak of whole grain flour, which improves its nutritional value. I can hardly wait to try it (when our local blueberries are ripe).

See also: 1. Quick Breads menu; 2. Grains (About) menuContinue reading

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Freezing meats

By Cat, July 2017

I have been wrapping meats with parchment paper, then placing in a plastic freezer bag to put in the freezer. But I’m trying to become plastic-free. I bought some freezer paper but found out it was plastic coated, so I’m back to square one.

My Mom had worked as a meat-cutter in the 1940s-50s, and I remember she used brown butcher paper. Butcher paper generally differs from freezer paper in that butcher paper is wax (paraffin) coated while freezer paper is plastic coated. I’m hoping wax is safer than plastic, even though the paraffin is made from petroleum.

Now I have a few practical questions about using the butcher paper. Continue reading

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Moringa Latte

Moringa tree and leaves

By Cat, July 9, 2017 (Image, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

Never heard of Moringa? You’re not alone. Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing tree native to South Asia, but now grows throughout the tropics. Its leaves (or the powder made from them) have many health and nutritional benefits (see below for more detail). Mixing the powder with hot, frothy coconut milk, makes a great latte beverage.

See also: 1. Beverages menu; 2. Coconut (About); 3. Coconut Milk Continue reading

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Minimizing dental cavities and the pathogens that cause them

By Cat, June 25, 2017

The following is from an Izabella Wentz newsletter (The Thyroid Pharmacist):

One of the keys to dental health is balancing the PH in your mouth. You could try making an alkaline mouthwash [see her recipe below].

She also recommends using a PerioBiotic toothpaste (comes in fennel or spearmint flavors, available on Amazon) and EvoraPlus Probiotic for Oral Care (also available on Amazon)  to balance the bacteria in your mouth, much like you would use probiotics to balance the bacteria in your gut.

I currently use Squigle Tooth-Builder toothpaste after reading Chris Masterjohn’s recommendation (sorry, I lost that link), and it has helped my oral health tremendously – my dentist was impressed.

See also: 1. Personal Care Menu Continue reading

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