Are your food sensitivities making you sick?

Food Sensitivities Make You Sick and FatIn my opinion, this test is essential if you truly want a customized plan and achieve optimal results. I have used this test in my practice for over 10 years and the results have been nothing short of miraculous.

The ALCAT Test identifies cellular reactions to over 350 foods, chemicals and herbs. These inflammatory reactions are linked to chronic health problems like obesity and diabetes, as well as skin, heart, joint, mood and digestive disorders.

The ALCAT test is not a food allergy test, but rather, a food intolerance test. Food intolerances are delayed reactions as opposed to food allergies, which are more immediate reactions. Food intolerances are much more common and characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, or inability to lose weight, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders, and behavioral issues. It has been estimated that an upwards of 70-80% of the US population has some type of food intolerance. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus treating the symptoms and not the cause. The ALCAT is the most effective food intolerance test available.

The Alcat test requires a blood sample.  Please contact my office if you are interested in being tested.

Stress-Reducing Snack Hacks

Working remotely and making the “commute” to your fridge just a little to often? The following snack ideas and recipes from some of my top selling programs are deliciously-satisfying natural alternatives to sugar and other unhealthy snacks.  They also contain nutrients that help combat stress and boost your immune system: 

HEALTHY STRESS-REDUCING SNACK HACKS:
• Organic Non-GMO popcorn
• Celery or apple with nut butter and ground
  flax seeds sprinkled on top.
• Pomegranate Pear Guacamole
• Berrylicious Chia Pudding   
• Avo-Choco Pudding
• 
Fool’s Cobbler
• Keto Squares

Blood Sugar-Balancing Plan

This plan will help to balance your blood sugar, give you more energy throughout the day and keep you from excess snacking.  Please plug in foods from the Optimal Foods List below.

BREAKFAST: (always begin with a shower on the inside – 8-10 ounces of pure (not tap) water upon waking.

Formula:  2-3 ounces protein  + 1 complex carb + 1 healthy fat + fiber.

Example:  Avocado “Toast”: 3 Susie’s Brown Rice Thin Cakes + 2-3 eggs scrambled + 1/4 avocado, 1 tsp flax meal/chia seeds, .

SNACK: (If needed)

Formula: 1 oz protein + 1 serving low-glycemic carb.

Example: 1/4 cup almonds + 1 small green apple or 1 high-quality protein bar. 

LUNCH: (always begin with 8-10 ounces of pure water w/lemon)

Formula: 4-6 ounces lean protein + 2 cups salad greens and/or non-starchy veggies + 1-2 healthy fats + fiber + optional complex carb.

Example:  4-6 ounces grilled chicken on chopped salad greens +1/4 avocado + 1 tsp. flax meal/chia seeds + 1/2 T olive oil and 1/2 T vinegar or lemon juice, 1/2 cup chic peas in salad.

SNACK:(If needed)

Formula: high fiber, non-starchy carb. snack 

Example: raw veggies with 1/3 cup guacamole or 1 high-quality protein bar.

DINNER: (always begin with 8-10 ounces pure water with lemon)

Formula: 4-6 ounces lean protein + 2 cups salad greens and/or non-starchy veggies + 1-2 healthy fats + fiber + optional starchy carb.

Example: 4-6 ounces grilled salmon + arugula salad + 1 tsp. flax meal/chia seeds + 1/2 T olive oil and 1/2 T vinegar or lemon juice + steamed broccoli w/garlic and lemon + 1 small sweet potato w/1 t grass-fed butter.

OPTIMAL FOODS LIST

Choose organic, free-range, cage-free, grass-fed, non-GMOs and no hormones/antibiotics/nitrates added products.  Avoid farm-raised fish.

Protein Choices:  

• Lean poultry (organic, pasture-raised)

  • Wild cold water fish (salmon, haddock, halibut, cod, mackerel, sardines, wild shrimp)
  • Lean red meat (grass-fed beef, bison, venison)
  • Grass-fed lamb
  • Eggs (organic, omega-3, pasture-raised)
  • Legumes (lentils, beans, peas)
  • WheyCool, PurePea or PurePaleo protein powder (Organic, no sugar)
  • Kefir – organic, plain
  • Tempeh – organic
  • Collagen Peptides

Fat Choices: (1 tsp.)  

  • Olives/Olive oil
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds/Flax oil
  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Cod liver oil
  • Avocado/Avocado Oil
  • Organic grass-fed ghee
  • Raw unsalted nuts and seeds and nut butters (no peanuts)

Complex Carb Choices: (1/2 cup)

  • Quinoa – limit
  • Buckwheat – limi
  • Black/brown rice – limit
  • Yams/sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti, pumpkin)
  • Turnips
  • Artichokes
  • Legumes (lentils, beans, peas)

Fruits: (1 cup)

  • All low-glycemic fresh and frozen fruits (no sugar added).

Veggies: (unlimited)

  • All fresh and frozen veggies (no butter or salt).

Herbs/Spices:

•  All  

Young At Heart Smoothie

Chockfull of heart-healthy, youth-promoting nutrients

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup pomegranate juice

1/2 cup pure water

1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 T flax oil

1 T chia seeds

1 scoop high-quality, unsweetened protein powder (I like PurePaleo or WheyCool Protein Powder)

1/3 cup oatmeal

1/2 c ice

METHOD:

Put all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. For extra heart health benefits, throw in a handful of leafy greens.

POST-GAMING MORNING MOCKTAIL MEAL

A detoxifying and replenishing “hair of the dog” remedy for your bloody-awful hangover

This antioxidant-rich, liver-loving concoction provides a delicious antidote to alcohol’s toxic effects.  Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which, among it’s many benefits, helps the liver eliminate toxins.  Lemon juice and zest are both high in the liver-cleansing antioxidant Vitamin C.  Lemon juice also aids in soothing the digestive upset that usually accompanies a hangover by alkalizing alcohol’s acidic effects.  Turmeric and ginger are both potent anti-inflammatories and ginger has anti-nausea properties as well – both needed after a night of over-indulging.  Bitters of any kind have detoxifying effects and add a nice flavor layer to any beverage.  Horseradish has detoxing benefits and adds a nice and much needed eye-opening zing!

The garnish is chock-full of nutrients as well and provides protein which is key to re-balancing your tipsy blood sugar.

INGREDIENTS:
4-6 ounces organic tomato juice, best packaged in a bottle
A dash of your favorite hot sauce or to taste
A grind of freshly-ground black pepper
1 t fresh lemon zest 
1 t fresh lemon juice or to taste
1/2 t fresh ginger, grated
1/2 t fresh or powdered turmeric
3 dashes of organic celery bitters (optional)
1 t horseradish or to taste

GARNISH:
1 stalk organic celery, peeled
lemon wedge
On a skewer, alternate the following:
3 green olives
3 organic grape tomatoes
3 grilled shrimp

METHOD:
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice.  Garnish with celery and lemon wedge and lay skewer on top of glass.  Bottoms up!!  Your liver will thank you…

Shake Your Mocktail Feather

This alcohol-free version of it’s big sister The Hummingbird will satisfy your taste buds on every level
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:
1 small lime, juiced (reserve rind for riming glass)
organic sugar for rimming glass
2 thyme sprigs 
1 T simple syrup infused with thyme
1/2 cup freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice
grapefruit bitters (optional)
mineral water
ice


GARNISH:
1 fresh thyme sprig


METHOD:
Rub glass with juiced lime rind and rim with sugar.  Muddle thyme sprig and lime juice in bottom of glass.  Add ice, simple syrup, grapefruit juice, bitters and mineral water to fill glass and stir.  Garnish with thyme sprig.

MOCKTAIL MAMA

Mocktail Mama
Instead of reaching for the nearest wine bottle the next time you feel stressed, chill out with this delightfully aromatic and delicious stress-busting and hormone-balancing mocktail instead.

INGREDIENTS:

1 rosemary sprig

1/2 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, chilled

1/4 cup pure pomegranate juice, chilled

ice

Mineral water, chilled

Bitters of choice (I like grapefruit) – optional

GARNISH:

1 rosemary sprig

1 tsp pomegranate seeds

METHOD:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 rosemary sprig.  Add grapefruit and pomegranate juices and shake.  Fill 1 large goblet with ice and strain liquid into glass.  Top with mineral water and bitters (optional) to taste.  Garnish with rosemary sprig and pomegranate seeds.

Cheers!!

Minty Mocktail Mojito

Minty Mocktail Mojito
So refreshing and delicious you won’t miss the booze!  This zippy little “faux cocktail” 
will not only refresh and revive you but sneak in a little fat burning as well.  Now that’s 
what I call a Happy Hour!! 🙂

INGREDIENTS:
monk fruit granules for rimming glass (optional)
4 raspberries 
4 fresh mint leaves
ice
1 fresh grapefruit, juiced and chilled, reserve rind for rimming glass
grapefruit bitters, to taste (organic, unsweetened – available online) – optional
1 ounce simple syrup
2-4 ounces sparkling mineral water, chilled


GARNISH:
2 raspberries
1 fresh mint sprig


METHOD:
Rub glass with grapefruit rind and rim with monk fruit granules .  Combine berries, mint
and simple syrup in bottom of glass and muddle for 1minute to infuse
flavors.  Fill with ice and add grapefruit juice, bitters and top with mineral
water and stir.  Garnish with a sprig of mint leaves and 2 floating
raspberries.

Jacqui’s Kickass Mocktail Mule

 

Serves:  1 (trust me – make a pitcher!)

Ingredients:

3 blackberries (fresh or frozen)

1 thin slice (1 inch) of fresh ginger

4 fresh mint leaves plus mint sprig for garnish

Fresh lime juice (1/2 large lime)

4 ounces ginger beer (yes – it’s not considered an alcoholic bev)

4 ounces club soda/mineral water

Ice

Garnish:

Wooden cocktail skewer

Fresh mint leaves

Candied ginger

2 lime wedges

Instructions:

1 Combine berries, ginger and mint in copper mug and muddle for 1minute to infuse flavors then fill with ice.

2 Combine lime juice, ginger beer in a shaker full of ice.

3 Shake vigorously.

4 Strain into copper mug.

5 Top off with club soda.

6 Garnish with skewer of mint leaves and candied ginger, 2 floating lime wedges.

GOLDEN GLOW SMOOTHIE

 True beauty is an inside job! This delicious organic elixir is designed to help you achieve that “glow” from the inside out as it answers all your beauty needs – healthy hair, skin, nails and of course vibrant energy!!!

For gorgeous, glowing energy that just won’t quit, start your day with a blast of greens. Great for a quick afternoon pick-me-up as well!


INGREDIENTS:
2 cups raw, organic baby spinach
2 organic carrots, chopped
1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
1 tsp flax seeds
1/4 avocado
Juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
1 cup unsweetened coconut water
1 cup pure filtered water
Ice (optional)


METHOD:
Either juice or blend all ingredients until they are liquified (a juicer that does
not extract but retains the pulp/fiber is your best method). Add ice if you
prefer it chilled. Enjoy!


Makes approximately 4-6, 6 oz. servings. Store remaining juice in glass
container – top with lime juice and refrigerate for up to 2-3 days

The New Old Fashion

A “mock twist” on an old favorite

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 small lemon, juiced

1 t honey

2 dashes orange bitters

ice

2 ounces ginger beer or ginger kombucha

GARNISH:

1 orange peel

METHOD:

Muddle lemon juice, honey and bitters in the bottom of a glass.  Add ice and ginger beverage and stir.  Garnish with orange peel.