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.

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.

MOCKTINI 2020

Mocktail 2020

Wishing you all a new year filled with vibrant health and all that makes you smile. Here’s something that should put a smile on your face – it’s festive and fizzy and won’t make you dizzy!! 😉
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

1 t pomegranate seeds

GARNISH:

1 rosemary sprig

METHOD:

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

OPTIMAL FOODS LIST

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

Protein Choices: (1 ounce = 7 grams)

  • Wild cold water fish (salmon, haddock, halibut, cod, mackerel, sardines, wild shrimp)
  • Lean poultry (organic, pasture-raised)
  • Lean red meat (grass-fed beef, bison, venison)
  • Grass-fed lamb
  • Eggs (organic, omega-3, cage free, pasture-raised)
  • WheyCool, PurePea, PurePaleo protein powder 
  • Kefir – (goat’s milk, organic, plain)
  • Tempeh – organic (if vegan)
  • Collagen peptides (Whole Body Collagen)

Fat Choices: (1 tsp.)  

  • Olives/olive oil
  • Chia seeds/Flax seeds (ground) and oil
  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • Grape seed 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 – limit
  • Black/brown rice – limit
  • Yams/sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti)
  • Turnips/Parsnips/Carrots/Beets
  • Artichokes

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  

Fool’s Cobbler

Fool's Cobbler
This “no-added sugar” version of a fruit cobbler will soon be your new holiday favorite!

INGREDIENTS:
FILLING:
5 Lbs. Bosc pears (peeled and chopped)
2 cups mixed berries (can be fresh or frozen – defrosted and drained)
1 cup dried, unsweetened bing cherries, chopped 
Grated zest of 1 lemon 
Grated zest of 1 orange
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg


TOPPING:
1 cup raw oatmeal flakes
½ tsp. sea salt
½ cup slivered almonds
½ tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. grass-fed butter, optional


METHOD:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly butter a 9” x 14” x 2” baking dish.

To make filling:  Peel, core and cut pears into large chunks.  Combine pears with cherries, zests, juices, cinnamon and nutmeg and pour into baking dish.

To make topping: Combine oatmeal, sea salt, almonds and cinnamon and scatter on top of filling.  If desired, dot with butter.

Place baking dish on a cookie sheet and bake about 1 hour, until top is brown and pear filling is bubbly.  Serve warm.  Makes about 10 servings.

MOJO MADNESS

Mojo Madness Cocktail
A Spicy watermelon-infused concoction

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Fresh-pressed watermelon juice
  • 1/2 freshly-squeezed lime
  • 1 shot good-quality tequila blanco
  • 1 tsp St. Germain (elderflower liquor)
  • 1 tsp chopped jalapeño pepper
  • Tajin spice for rimming
  • Lime slices for garnish
  • Jalapeño slices for garnish

METHOD:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle jalapeño pepper and lime juice. Add ice, watermelon juice, tequila and St. Germain and shake. Rim cocktail glass with Tajin spice and fill with ice. Strain watermelon mixture into glass and garnish with lime slice and jalapeño if desired. For a mocktail just eliminate the tequila and St. Germain and add club soda.

Enjoy!!!! 🙂

I’m A Beauty Smoothie

INGREDIENTS:

I'm A Beauty Smoothie

True beauty is an inside job and this antioxidant-rich, collagen-boosting smoothie is an anti-aging rockstar that answers all your beauty and wellness needs and more!

8 ounces unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop Whole Body Collagen Peptides

1 scoop PaleoReds

1/2 cup frozen organic raspberries

1/2 banana

1 t MCT oil (health food store)

2 fistfulls of raw organic baby spinach

METHOD:

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.  That’s it!  Enjoy 🙂

KETO SQUARES

These sweet and savory post-meal snacks will satisfy your sweet tooth without any sugary side effects. Now that’s a win-win!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup nut butter (peanut, almond, etc.)
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • Stevia to taste (start with just a few drops, adding 1 at a time and tasting for desired sweetness)
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1/2-1 cup whole almonds/hazelnuts/pecans/walnuts
  • 1/2-1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp. coarse sea salt

METHOD:

Melt the nut butter and coconut oil in a saucepan.  Add in the cocoa/cacoa powder, coconut flour and stevia and mix well until combined and smooth.  

Pour mixture into a 8” x 8” square pan.  Add nuts, coconut flakes and sea salt – dispersing evenly in pan and refrigerate until solid.  Cut into squares, put in airtight container and store in refrigerator.

Serving size = 1 square after a meal.  Maximum 3 squares/day.