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.

BERGAMOT SPRITZER

I was introduced to this unique and delightful liqueur on Kitchen Cocktails, a weekly Zoom happy hour and fell in love!!  OTTO is a premium liqueur made purely with Bergamotto (En. Bergamot Orange) from Calabria, Italy and adds such an uplifting, light citrus and floral fragrance/flavor to almost any cocktail.  The many healing properties of bergamot include helping to alleviate anxiety and stress. I say bring it on!!!

INGREDIENTS:

1 ounce Otto, Premium Bergamotto Liqueur

1 ounce sweet vermouth or red wine

2 ounces mineral water

1 ounce prosecco

Ice

GARNISH:

Organic lemon peel

Rosemary sprig 

METHOD:

In a large wine glass, fill with ice, add lemon peel and a rosemary sprig.  Add Otto, vermouth or red wine, mineral water and prosecco.  Stir well and enjoy!

Substitutions: The first time I made this I didn’t have any prosecco or vermouth. I used red wine and more mineral water to make up for the prosecco. It was delish!!

Limoncello Spritzer

The perfect Mother’s Day Brunch Cocktail – refreshing, delish and just the right amount of fancy… Cheers!

INGREDIENTS:

1 part Jovis Limoncello (best limoncello ever!!!)

2 parts mineral water

1/2 organic lemon, freshly squeezed

Ice

GARNISH:

1 long curly lemon zest

METHOD:

It a well-iced cocktail shaker, stir all ingredients until combined. Strain into iced martini glass and garnish with lemon zest. Enjoy!

Here is where you can purchase Jovis Limoncello – amazing!!

Virus-Busting Vixen

An upscale immune-boosting version of an old-school favorite  
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

1 ounce of organic artisanal gin (Farmer’s Organic Gin) – ALCOHOL

3 ounces high-quality artisanal tonic water (Fever-Tree) – QUININE

1-2 lime wedges – VITAMIN C

Ice

GARNISH:

1 lime slice – VITAMIN C

1 rosemary sprig – OLEANOLIC ACID*

METHOD:

Fill a wide mouth balloon-type glass with lots of ice (it melts slower that way).  Add the gin and the tonic water.  Squeeze the lime and drop wedge into glass.  Stir well and add garnish.

MOCKTAIL VERSION:

2 ounces of non-alcoholic gin (try Caleno)

4 ounces high-quality artisanal tonic water (Fever-Tree)

1-2 lime wedges (juice and wedge)

Ice

*Oleanolic acid in rosemary has antiviral properties

WHAT’S UP DOC?

An immune-boosting concoction to keep you healthy and hoppy
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 lime, freshly squeezed

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 ounce alcohol of choice (vodka, gin, rum, tequila work best)

2 ounces organic carrot juice (fresh pressed or bottled)

1 T Rosemary-Infused Simple Syrup (see recipe)

Ice

Sparkling mineral water

GARNISH:

Lime wheel

METHOD:

Muddle grated ginger and lime juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.  Add ice and all ingredients except mineral water and shake well.  Strain into an iced cocktail glass of your choice and top off glass with mineral water.  Garnish with lime wheel.

ROSEMARY-INFUSED SIMPLE SYRUP:

Bring to a boil 1 cup water and 1 cup raw, organic honey stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat to low and stir until honey is dissolved, reduced and thickened – about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and add 4 rosemary sprigs and let herbs steep for at least 30 minutes while syrup cools.  Remove herbs from syrup and pour through a fine mesh strainer into a glass mason jar.  Infusion can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

MOCKTAIL:  Replace alcohol with 1 ounce freshly-squeezed orange juice and reduce simple syrup to 1 teaspoon.

I’M HAPPY NOW :)

Here is the first in my Immune-Boosting Cocktails/Mocktails Series designed to increase your wellness while putting a smile on your face

Cheers!!

This sassy little anti-viral, vitamin-C-rich cocktail is my favorite way to shake off the cabin-fever blahs and boost my immune system at the same time – now that’s what I call a win-win!

INGREDIENTS:

3-4 ounces freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice

1 ounce high-quality vodka or gin (I like Prairie Organic Crafted Spirits) 

1 T honey-rosemary infused simple syrup

Splash of St. Germain (Elderflower)

Mineral water

Ice

GARNISH:

Rosemary sprig

Grapefruit wedge

METHOD: 

In an iced cocktail shaker, shake all ingredients except mineral water.  Strain into iced glass and top off with mineral water.  Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Herb-Infused Simple Syrup:

Bring to a boil 1 cup water and 1 cup raw, organic honey stirring occassionally.  Reduce heat to low and stir until honey is dissolved, reduced and thickened – about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and add 4 rosemary sprigs and let herbs steep for at least 30 minutes while syrup cools.  Remove herbs from syrup and pour through a fine mesh strainer into a glass mason jar.  Infusion can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

FOR A MOCKTAIL: Replace alcohol with more mineral water and replace St. Germain (Elderflower liqueur) with Elderflower syrup or cordial which are alcohol-free. 

JACQUI’S IMMUNE BOOSTING CHICKEN SOUP

Jacqui's Immune Boosting Chicken Soup

We are only as strong as our immune systems are and prevention is an inside job! 

Part 1:

INGREDIENTS:

2 lbs. organic chicken parts (legs, breasts, etc.)

2 stalks organic celery, cut in half

4 cloves of garlic, peeled

1 med. Yellow onion, cut in half

1 sprig fresh oregano (I also throw in 1 oregano oil gel cap from DFH)

2 cups chopped organic carrots

METHOD:

Put above ingredients in large pot and cover with cold pure water – 2 inches above ingredients. Cook over high heat. When water boils, cover and reduce heat to medium.  Simmer for 1 hour.

Part 2:

INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. chopped fresh oregano leaves

3 cloves minced garlic

2 tbsp. chopped fresh ginger

1 chopped yellow onion

Sprinkle of cayenne pepper

1 1/2 lbs. organic red or purple potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes

2 organic sweet potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes

2 cups chopped organic carrots

1 can diced organic tomatoes

4 cups torn organic greens (spinach, swiss chard, kale, etc.)

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

METHOD:

Put oil, oregano leaves, garlic and onion into a large pot. Cook at medium. Heat until veggies are just soft, about 5 mins. Turn heat to high, add broth, potatoes and carrots.  When broth boils, reduce heat to medium. Cook until potatoes and carrots and tender, about 15 mins. Remove skin and bones from chicken. Shred meat into bite-sized pieces. Add chicken, tomatoes, sea salt and pepper to soup. Cook until warm.

*You can also add jalapeño peppers (4 tsps. Seeded and minced) if you like.

**All ingredients should be organic if possible.

Jacqui’s Immune-boosting Smoothie

Immune-boosting Smoothie

70% of our immune system resides in our gut.  This yummy nutrient-dense smoothie is chockfull of gut-healing, immune-boosting nutrients.  Use it as a meal-replacement or have it for a snack.

Ingredients:

• 4 oz. pure water

• 4 oz. plain kefir (contains probiotics)

• 1/2 cup ice

• 1 scoop organic, grass-fed whey protein (Whey Cool Protein Powder – plain or vanilla)

• 1 tsp. flax oil

• 1 tsp. chia seeds

• 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

• 1/2 banana (contains pre-biotics)

• 1/2 hass avocado (contains pre-biotics)

• 1 handful leafy greens (spinach, kale work best)

Method:

Add all ingredients to blender and blend for approximately 1 minute.

* for a chocolatey immune boost add 1 T raw cacao powder.

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.