Should You Go “Gluten Free” If You Feel Fine

Should you go Gluten Free or Is It a Fad?

I have read many articles stating why we need to eat whole grains and then these articles go on to say we need to be eating wheat unless you are celiac or have a gluten sensitivity. They state that we miss out on vital nutrients if we don’t eat wheat and other gluten containing grains such as rye, barley and spelt.  

These articles are misleading and don’t do you any favors.

Should you go gluten free if you do not have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity?  Read on and I will let you decide the answer to that question. 

Gluten, Wheat, Your Body

Nutrient Deficient and Processed

When articles supporting gluten and wheat talk about why you should consume it, they always say “Whole grains”. This is important.  Yes, whole grains contain important nutrients such as iron, B-6, folate, and magnesium. 

Who reading this eats wheat as a whole grain, that you can actually see?  Didn’t think so? 

No, you eat wheat and other gluten containing products in a highly refined and processed form. When you consume it in this form, such as in your bread, bagels, pizza and pasta, you are consuming the starchy part of the grain. The nutrient dense portion along with the protein and the fiber have been removed. 

What you are left with is a nutrient deficient starchy product that raises your blood sugar rapidly since now it does not have the fiber, nutrients and protein to slow down the process when it enters the blood stream. 

But wait, the package mentions all these vitamins!  Read the label closely. It will say “enriched with” or “fortified with”. To be clear, enrichment means that nutrients that have been lost in processing have been added back in.  Fortified means added nutrients that the food never contained in the first place. 

Why would they need to add these nutrients into the product if it is such a healthy product to begin with?  They add it back in(enrichment) because the product is so refined that is has been stripped of all its original nutrients.  And do you think they are adding nutrients back in, in a high quality and absorbable form?  No, they add back synthetic forms of these nutrients. For instance, they may add back in folic acid. This is the synthetic form of folate and not as absorbable. 

The argument that you need whole grains to reap the benefit of vital nutrients is false.  Instead, eliminate these processed, packaged foods from the diet (even GF options) and instead add in more whole foods. 

Whole grains are not the only source of B-6, magnesium, iron and folate to name a few.  You can get these mineral and vitamins from other, much healthier sources, such as fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, beans, legumes, quinoa, teff, steel cut oats, nuts and seeds and grass fed, organic or wild caught meats, poultry and fish. 

Nutrients found in its whole food form is the way mother nature intended us to absorb and utilize our nutrients.  For instance, in an apple you have vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, fiber and phytonutrients in this perfect form. You don’t get that from a processed and packaged product. 

 Trust me, your diet is not going to be deficient if you skip the bagels, donuts, crackers, pasta and bread! In fact, your body is going to thank you once that blood sugar stabilizes, and you replace the nutrient deficient, highly empty caloric foods with healthier options. 

Chemicals/Heavily Sprayed Crop

Wheat is not a GMO crop. Many people will state that wheat is a GMO crop, and this is not true. However, wheat, along with barley, oats and edible beans, is a heavily sprayed crop right before harvest.  Many of you avoid GMO foods because they are heavily sprayed, wheat does fall into this category. 

What you don’t see can still hurt you.  The glyphosate that is spayed on the wheat crop is now classified as a probable carcinogen according to the World Health Organization.  California also classifies glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. 

If that is not reason enough to avoid wheat, then also know that research is showing that glyphosate can act as an endocrine disruptor and it can kill gut bacteria and lead to leaky gut syndrome. 

While the glyphosate residue in your bread may be small, think of the toxic load on your body over time when you consume wheat daily for years and years.  Add on top of that all the other ways that you are exposed to toxins daily. Your body and your liver may have a difficult time keeping up to remove these toxins from your body.  You are going to read elsewhere that the amount of glyphosate residue in your food is safe, but they never look at this in addition to the other toxins you are exposed to such as from water, soil, air and other foods.  Studies only look at the burden of one product, one chemical.

Chlorpyrifos is a organophosphate insecticide that can disrupt brain development and cause brain damage, reduced IQ, neurological issues and aggressiveness in children. This chemical is used in crops such as wheat and corn and non-organic fruits and vegetables.  

For this reason, I think everyone should at the very least, reduce the amount of gluten containing foods they consume to reduce this toxin overload.   Not every farm sprays wheat and barley right before harvest. If you order flour from a direct source, ask them.

 

Blood Sugar Disruptor

Gluten containing products can cause your blood sugar to soar and then crash.  Gluten Free foods can be just as bad for your blood sugar as they are also made from refined carbohydrates.  To support a balanced blood sugar, minimize or greatly reduce the amount of processed and refined products that you eat.  When you eat foods or meals that are high in simple and refined carbs with little to none protein or healthy fats in the mix, then your blood sugar can surge from these carbs that convert to sugar once they enter the bloodstream.  Eat carbs in the form of whole beans and legumes, vegetables and fruit. 

Wheat contains amylopectin A, a complex carb.  Having two slices of bread can increase your blood sugar higher than it would if you ingested 6 tablespoons of sugar.  At the very least, take off the top of bottom to your sandwich or have one half a bagel rather than a whole one. 

 

Addictive and Increases Your Appetite

Yes, gluten containing products (mostly from wheat) are highly addictive!  It is right up there with processed sugar. Every time you consume gluten containing foods such as a bagel it lights up your dopamine receptor just like sugar and cocaine does. When you come down from your processed grain rush, guess what, yup, just like cocaine or sugar, you want more to get that dopamine rush again.

Obviously, you don’t get the same high as you see in a heroin or cocaine addict. The addiction is instead that it makes you hungry and hungry for more wheat, starchy refined gluten containing foods. This is due to a protein in wheat called gliadin (an opioid). It was altered back in the 1970’s to increase yield.  This shift in amino acids produced not only high yield but also a food that can increase your appetite!

If you” have to have” white flour products on a regular daily basis, consider the fact that you may be addicted to these foods. 

Are There Health Reasons Other for Avoiding Gluten?

Just because you do not have stomach issues, does not mean you do not have a reaction to gluten. Look at the list below to see some more common conditions that can be caused or exacerbated by gluten. 

Testing is available for gluten sensitivity. But doing a trial elimination of gluten for 30 days can help to see if any of your health issues improve. 

Going Gluten Free may help with the following conditions

  • Autism
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Skin Issues
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • IBS
  • Migraines/headaches
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Joint Pain/arthritis
  • Fatigue

 

What To Do If You Don’t Want To Give Up Gluten.  The 80/20 Rule

It is not easy to give up entirely for most people as gluten is in everything now.  If you are traveling, out to eat or at someone else’s house, it can be difficult to avoid it.  Therefore the 80/20 rule works best.

For instance, Monday through Friday you avoid gluten and on Saturday night you have pizza and on Sunday night you have pasta, or you only have one piece of toast at breakfast and no gluten the rest of the day. 

Once you stick with the 80/20 rule long enough, you will start to notice that when you avoid the refined processed foods you don’t feel as bloated or you notice you have more energy.  For many, you just “feel better” but can’t really pinpoint why.  Being prepared always helps. Keep gluten free snacks,such as nuts and seeds and whole foods protein bars in the car, in your purse, in your desk at work.  Travel with your own snacks such as protein bar options and bags of nuts and seeds.  When ordering your sandwich or burger, ask for a lettuce wrap. 

Don’t Replace with Gluten Free Products

When you take out the gluten containing processed foods, replace them with whole foods that will fill you up, give you energy and balance your blood sugar. These foods include more protein and fats and whole food carbs. 

Do not replace your gluten containing bread, pasta, bagels and cookies with gluten free options.  Yes, there are many gluten free options out there and they can be useful for on occasion but don’t make these a daily habit. These products contain a high amount of sugar and non- gluten starches, so they will raise your blood sugar just as much and leave you to crave more.  Reserve these for treats as part of your 80/20 rule. 

Bottom Line

If you consume wheat based refined products or even gluten free processed products such as cookies, donuts, bread, pasta and pastries, you are not eating them for their health benefits but for pure pleasure or because you are addicted. 

There is nothing wrong with that, but minimize this to 20% of your diet.  If you are not able to reduce the amount because it is so addictive for you, then you may need to remove processed gluten products long term until you break the vicious cycle. 

If you want to consume whole grains, then do so. This means the grain you can see such as in rice, quinoa, millet and teff.

Going off the gluten is not easy since it can be so addictive.  Seek the help of a holistic nutrition professional who can guide you and who knows some tricks in how to reduce cravings and the “flu like” symptoms when you remove it. 

 

Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257612/

https://www.ecowatch.com/why-is-glyphosate-sprayed-on-crops-right-before-harvest-1882187755.html

http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/nature.2015.17181

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/11/21/chlorpyrifos-found-in-newborns.aspx

 

 

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick, tired, fatigued, depressed, anxious and more and have given up hope then Karen’s simple, effective, individualized and sustainable approach may be what you need. 

Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and Herbalist is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and If Life is So Good, Then Why AM I Still Depressed? Discover the root cause for your depression and learn what to do to feel better and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

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Three Homemade Salad Dressing That Are Quick, Easy and Healthy

Quick, Easy, Healthy and Tasty Salad Dressings

Below are three different salad dressing to bring life back into your salads.  Home-made dressings are easy and quick and much healthier. Even the healthy store- bought versions contain processed sugar and soy or canola oil which are inflammatory processed oils. 

For any homemade salad dressing, a high quality EVOO makes all the difference. I splurge on my EVOO because I use it only on raw dishes and use it almost every day.  I have tried store bought EVOO and they just don’t compare in taste.  Beware of many fake EVOO’s on the market.  In this case it is very true, you get what you pay for. 

A serving of dressing is 2 tablespoons.

 

Asian Style Salad Dressing

Ingredients (for one cup)

  • 1/3 c. EVOO
  • 2 T. sesame seed oil
  • ¼ c. rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 T. coconut aminos
  • 1 T. raw local honey
  • 2 T. grated and peeled fresh ginger

Directions

Combine all in a mason jar. Seal with lid and shake to blend.  Store in fridge and wait at least 30 minutes until use so that flavors can combine. 

Asian Style Salad Dressing
Serves 8
A nice change of pace from Italian dressing all the time
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91 calories
1 g
0 g
9 g
0 g
1 g
19 g
2 g
1 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
19g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91
Calories from Fat 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
15%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 1g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1/3 c. EVOO
  2. • 2 T. sesame seed oil
  3. • ¼ c. rice vinegar
  4. • 1 clove garlic minced
  5. • 2 T. coconut aminos
  6. • 1 T. raw local honey
  7. • 2 T. grated and peeled fresh ginger
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake well to blend. Store in fridge. Let sit in fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to use.
Notes
  1. use a high quality EVOO for superior taste
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Italian Salad Dressing

Store bought ones have extra sugar, and refined oils. This one is so easy and still taste good with dried herbs if you do not have fresh ones on hand. 

Ingredients (for one cup)

  • 2/3 c. EVOO
  • ¼ c. red wine vinegar
  • 3 T. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 T. dried parsley
  • ¼ a medium red onion diced
  • 2 T. pure lemon juice
  • 2 T. dried basil
  • 2 T. dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 t. raw local honey (optional)
  • s/p to taste

Directions

Blend all in a mason jar and shake until well combined. Store in fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to use.

Note: if using fresh herbs, reduce amount to 1 T.

Italian Salad Dressing
Serves 8
Store bought Italian dressing is filled with refined, processed oils and sugar and lots of extra stuff that you do not need
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171 calories
2 g
1 g
18 g
1 g
3 g
33 g
14 g
1 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
33g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171
Calories from Fat 161
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 14mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
3%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 c. EVOO
  2. ¼ c. red wine vinegar
  3. 3 T. grated parmesan cheese
  4. 1 T. dried parsley
  5. ¼ a medium red onion diced
  6. 2 T. pure lemon juice
  7. 2 T. dried basil
  8. 2 T. dried oregano
  9. 1 clove garlic minced
  10. 1 t. raw local honey (optional)
  11. s/p to taste
Instructions
  1. Blend all in a mason jar and shake until well combined. Store in fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to use.
Notes
  1. if using fresh herbs, reduce amount to 1 T.
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Garlicky Mustard Salad Dressing

Ingredients (for one serving)

  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 1 t. Dijon mustard
  • 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ t. cumin
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • s/p to taste
  • 1 T. EVOO

Directions: mix everything in a mason jar and shake to blend.  Store in fridge. 

Garlicky Mustard Salad Dressing
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51 calories
2 g
0 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
29 g
62 g
0 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
29g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 51
Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 62mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. small clove garlic minced
  2. 1 t. Dijon mustard
  3. 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  4. ¼ t. cumin
  5. 2 t. lemon juice
  6. s/p to taste
  7. 1 T. EVOO
Instructions
  1. mix everything in a mason jar and shake to blend. Store in fridge.
Notes
  1. Choose a high quality EVOO for your raw dishes and dressings
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Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and Herbalist is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and If Life is So Good, Then Why AM I Still Depressed? Discover the root cause for your depression and learn what to do to feel better and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

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Creamy Garlic Cauliflower (low carb, paleo, gluten and soy free)

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower

This is adapted from Cleanplates.com

Gluten, soy free and Paleo friendly, Keto friendly

I do not like mashed potatoes so this is a great substitute at the holiday table for me

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cloves garlic not peeled
  • 1 T. avocado oil
  • 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
  • ¼ c. organic chicken broth
  • 2 ½ T. grass fed butter melted (I like Kerry Gold brand)
  • Dash sea salt and pepper
  • Chopped fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Place the garlic in a heat proof pan, drizzle with the oil and cover and roast for 15 minutes. Then set aside to cool.
  3. While the garlic is roasting, put the cauliflower into a steamer pot with ½ inch water on bottom. Cover and steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and then place in the food processor.
  4. Process the cauliflower until smooth. Add in the broth, melted butter, s/p and garlic with skins removed.  Process again until garlic is incorporated and not in chunks. 
  5. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with fresh herbs.

Note: I liked this with 4 cloves, but my husband thought it was too garlicy so adjust according to your taste.  You can also use less butter.

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower
Serves 4
A great keto/low carb and paleo substitute for mashed potatoes
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65 calories
9 g
6 g
3 g
3 g
2 g
169 g
118 g
3 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
169g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65
Calories from Fat 26
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 2g
8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 118mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 9g
3%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
120%
Calcium
4%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 3-4 cloves garlic not peeled
  2. • 1 T. avocado oil
  3. • 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
  4. • ¼ c. organic chicken broth
  5. • 2 ½ T. grass fed butter melted (I like Kerry Gold brand)
  6. • Dash sea salt and pepper
  7. • Chopped fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. 2. Place the garlic in a heat proof pan, drizzle with the oil and cover and roast for 15 minutes. Then set aside to cool.
  3. 3. While the garlic is roasting, put the cauliflower into a steamer pot with ½ inch water on bottom. Cover and steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and then place in the food processor.
  4. 4. Process the cauliflower until smooth. Add in the broth, melted butter, s/p and garlic with skins removed. Process again until garlic is incorporated and not in chunks.
  5. 5. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with fresh herbs.
Notes
  1. I liked this with 4 cloves, but my husband thought it was too garlicy so adjust according to your taste. You can also use less butter.
Adapted from cleanplates.com
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Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and Herbalist is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and If Life is So Good, Then Why AM I Still Depressed? Discover the root cause for your depression and learn what to do to feel better and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

For more information visit  www.trufoodsnutrition.com

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Almond Butter Brownies (gluten, soy and dairy free, Paleo Friendly)

Chunky Almond Butter Brownies

Gluten, dairy and soy Free, Paleo Friendly

You can use creamy almond butter, but I like that added crunch

 

Ingredients

  • 1 c. almond butter (creamy or chunky)
  • ¼ c. plus 2 T. cacao (you can sub in cocoa powder)
  • 1 pasture raised egg
  • ½ c. honey or maple syrup
  • 2 T. coconut oil melted
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ t. Baking soda
  • ¼ t. sea salt
  • ¼ c. chopped nuts (optional)
  • ½ c. dark chocolate baking chips

Directions

  1. Line a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the pan.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes

 

Almond Butter Brownies
Serves 12
A healthier version of a brownie with added protein
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263 calories
23 g
16 g
18 g
6 g
4 g
55 g
111 g
16 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
55g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263
Calories from Fat 155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 16mg
5%
Sodium 111mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 16g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
9%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1 c. almond butter (creamy or chunky)
  2. • ¼ c. plus 2 T. cacao (you can sub in cocoa powder)
  3. • 1 pasture raised egg
  4. • ½ c. honey or maple syrup
  5. • 2 T. coconut oil melted
  6. • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  7. • ½ t. Baking soda
  8. • ¼ t. sea salt
  9. • ¼ c. chopped nuts (optional)
  10. • ½ c. dark chocolate baking chips
Instructions
  1. Line a 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. 2. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the pan.
  3. 3. Bake for 30 minutes
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Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and Herbalist is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and If Life is So Good, Then Why AM I Still Depressed? Discover the root cause for your depression and learn what to do to feel better and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

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Cheesy Garbanzo Bean Stir Fry

Cheesy Garbanzo Stir Fry

Gluten, soy, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan

This is a good recipe to make a large batch of and use for lunches for the next few days. It is also good cold!  Whether you are a vegetarian or not, it is good to have some meatless meals on occasion.  

Ingredients

  • 2 T. avocado oil
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large zucchini chopped
  • ½ c. mushrooms sliced
  • 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 T. nutritional yeast

Directions.

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet and add in the garlic and oregano and sauté for a minute. Add in the zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms and the beans.  Cook on medium heat for around 10 minutes until vegetables are cooked through. 
  2. Add in the tomato and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. At the end, add in the yeast and blend in.
  4. Serve and enjoy! This dish would be good with cauliflower rice. 
Cheesy Garbanzo Bean Stir Fry
Serves 2
A vegan/vegetarian dish that is gluten, soy and dairy free. A good source of protein, complex carbs, fiber, and healthy fats along with several vegetables
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262 calories
44 g
0 g
5 g
14 g
1 g
438 g
333 g
9 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
438g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262
Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 333mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 6g
22%
Sugars 9g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
55%
Vitamin C
192%
Calcium
11%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 2 T. avocado oil
  2. • 1 t. dried oregano
  3. • 2 cloves garlic minced
  4. • 1 large zucchini chopped
  5. • ½ c. mushrooms sliced
  6. • 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  7. • 1 tomato chopped
  8. • 1 bell pepper chopped
  9. • 2 T. nutritional yeast
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat the oil in a skillet and add in the garlic and oregano and sauté for a minute. Add in the zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms and the beans. Cook on medium heat for around 10 minutes until vegetables are cooked through.
  2. 2. Add in the tomato and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. 3. At the end, add in the yeast and blend in.
  4. 4. Serve and enjoy! This dish would be good with cauliflower rice.
Notes
  1. If you are a vegan/vegetarian, nutritional yeast can be a good source of B12.
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Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and Herbalist is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and If Life is So Good, Then Why AM I Still Depressed? Discover the root cause for your depression and learn what to do to feel better and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

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Shrimp and Scallops in A Lemon, Garlic and Honey Sauce

Shrimp and Scallops in Honey, Garlic and Lemon Marinade

This is a very simple and fast dinner to make.  Serve with rice and a vegetable on the side such as green beans.  This was good but a tad too sweet for my liking. You may want to reduce the amount of honey to ¼ of a cup if you are like me.  The rest of those who ate this really enjoyed it. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound raw shrimp wild caught (not farm raised)
  • 1/2 pound scallops wild caught
  • ½ c. honey
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
    Shirmp and Scallops in honey, garlic and lemon sauce
    Serves 4
    This is an easy week night meal. Serve with rice.
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    261 calories
    43 g
    90 g
    4 g
    15 g
    3 g
    192 g
    565 g
    37 g
    0 g
    1 g
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    192g
    Servings
    4
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 261
    Calories from Fat 37
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 4g
    7%
    Saturated Fat 3g
    14%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 90mg
    30%
    Sodium 565mg
    24%
    Total Carbohydrates 43g
    14%
    Dietary Fiber 1g
    5%
    Sugars 37g
    Protein 15g
    Vitamin A
    8%
    Vitamin C
    10%
    Calcium
    6%
    Iron
    6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Ingredients
    1. • 1/2-pound raw shrimp wild caught (not farm raised)
    2. • 1/2-pound scallops wild caught
    3. • ½ c. honey (try only ¼ cup first)
    4. • 3 cloves garlic minced
    5. • ¼ c. coconut aminos
    6. • 1 ½ T. pure lemon juice
    7. • 2 T. grass fed butter (for the pan)
    8. • Green onion for garnish (optional)
    Instructions
    1. 1. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Set half the amount aside and to the rest, add the scallops and shrimp and toss to coat with the marinade. Set it fridge for at least 30 minutes
    2. 2. Butter the pan and add the shrimp and the scallops. Discard the marinade that the seafood was in. Season with s/p.
    3. 3. Cook for roughly 2 minutes per side. Add in the reserved marinade and cook another minute.
    4. 4. Remove the shrimp and scallops with a slotted spoon and transfer to a dish. Let the marinade cook longer so that it thickens.
    5. 5. Once it has thickened, spoon the marinade over the scallops and shrimp and top with the green onion and serve. (goes well over wild rice or white basmati rice)
    Notes
    1. The original recipe calls for 1/2 c. honey. I used this amount but felt it was too sweet. Next time I will use only 1/4th a cup.
    Adapted from I modified the original recipe but cannot recall where I got this!
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  • ¼ c. coconut aminos
  • 1 ½ T. pure lemon juice
  • 2 T. grass fed butter (for the pan)
  • Green onion for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Set half the amount aside and to the rest, add the scallops and shrimp and toss to coat with the marinade. Set it fridge for at least 30 minutes
  2. Butter the pan and add the shrimp and the scallops. Discard the marinade that the seafood was in. Season with s/p.
  3. Cook for roughly 2 minutes per side. Add in the reserved marinade and cook another minute. 
  4. Remove the shrimp and scallops with a slotted spoon and transfer to a dish. Let the marinade cook longer so that it thickens.
  5. Once it has thickened, spoon the marinade over the scallops and shrimp and top with the green onion and serve. (goes well over wild rice or white basmati rice)
  6. Note: if you double the amount of seafood, do not double the marinade amount-it comes out too sweet.  I think next time I would cut back on the honey-and use only 1/4 cup.  

 

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick, tired, fatigued, depressed, anxious and more and have given up hope then Karen’s simple, effective, individualized and sustainable approach may be what you need. 

Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and Herbalist is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and If Life is So Good, Then Why AM I Still Depressed? Discover the root cause for your depression and learn what to do to feel better and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bars

Chocolate Pumpkin Bars

This is a soft and gooey fall treat that can be great to serve at the dessert table at Thanksgiving.  This recipe originally came from PaleoOMG.com and is slightly modified

Ingredients

Chocolate Pumpkin Bars
Serves 16
This is a moist and dense pumpkin treat with added chocolate chips. It is gluten, soy and dairy free
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
10 min
207 calories
24 g
12 g
12 g
2 g
8 g
52 g
6 g
16 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
52g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207
Calories from Fat 107
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
19%
Saturated Fat 8g
40%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 12mg
4%
Sodium 6mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
36%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
1%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • ¾ c. pumpkin
  2. • ½ c. coconut oil melted
  3. • 1 pasture raised egg
  4. • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  5. • 1 c. almond flour
  6. • ¼ c. tapioca flour
  7. • 1 c. org. coconut sugar
  8. • 1 T. pumpkin pie spice
  9. • ½ c. dark chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life or Lily’s)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 2. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper
  3. 3. Blend all ingredients together until well combined
  4. 4. Pour into dish and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before lifting the parchment out of the pan
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  • ¾ c. pumpkin
  • ½ c. coconut oil melted
  • 1 pasture raised egg
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c. almond flour
  • ¼ c. tapioca flour
  • 1 c. org. coconut sugar
  • 1 T. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ c. dark chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life or Lily’s)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper
  3. Blend all ingredients together until well combined
  4. Pour into dish and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before lifting the parchment out of the pan

 

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick, tired, fatigued, depressed, anxious and more and have given up hope then Karen’s simple, effective, individualized and sustainable approach may be what you need. 

Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and Herbalist is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and If Life is So Good, Then Why AM I Still Depressed? Discover the root cause for your depression and learn what to do to feel better and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

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5 Ways to Achieve Weight Loss

5 Reasons Why You Are Not Losing the Weight

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While I do not specialize in weight loss, I find that weight loss is still one of my client’s top goals.  I’m all about root causes. There is no one right diet for everyone and no one right diet for your entire life time.  I see people that are eating healthy, or eating very little yet they are still struggling to drop weight. Here are some things that could be hindering your weight loss from a root cause perspective

Undiagnosed Subclinical Hypothyroidism or Using Synthetic Thyroid Medication

You can be struggling with thyroid issues for years before your doctor finally diagnosis it.  And that is if she will do the correct thyroid testing.  The thyroid controls metabolism and hence when the thyroid function slows down so does the number of calories you burn up. 

Once you know that your thyroid is not functioning properly, and this includes the autoimmune condition, Hashimotos, work with someone to address your root causes so that you can support proper thyroid functioning and autoimmunity too if need be. While medications may help you, they do not help everyone and some need extra nutritional support.  In addition to that, while medication may be needed, it still does not address the root cause for your hypothyroidism.

Many also don’t get the results they hope for by using synthetic medication since it is made up of T4 which needs to convert into the active form, T3, for your thyroid to function optimally.  Seek out a health professional who supports using natural desiccated thyroid which has some T3, the active hormone in it.  (you may need to call around until you find an MD who has a more holistic view or opt for seeing a naturopath for your thyroid medication). One way to find the right doctor is to call the compounding pharmacy in your area and ask if they will give you the names of local doctors that prescribe natural desiccated thyroid hormone replacement.

Systemic Inflammation

Obesity has inflammation as a root cause.  What can trigger inflammation in the body includes your diet, toxins and food sensitivities to name several.  But let’s focus on how your diet can cause inflammation. 

A diet high in refined and processed foods such as sugar, flour, oxidized oils, and heavy on the starches such as from a diet of pasta and bread can all cause inflammation and lead to weight gain.  Ever see someone with a “puffy” face?  That is usually a sign of inflammation. 

Many people think that because they are “paleo” or “vegan” or “vegetarian” that they must be eating a healthy diet.  This is not always the case.  A paleo diet too high in meats (and not grass fed or organic), a vegan diet high in grains and a vegetarian diet high in dairy can all cause inflammation. 

Any diet, whether you are vegetarian, vegan or a meat eater, should be plant based.  Think 70-80% of your meals should be leafy greens, herbs, spices and crunchy vegetables.  Then you can add in your beans or your grass- fed meat along with healthy fats from avocado, EVOO or coconut.  If you want to reduce inflammation and lose weight, these changes need to be made. 

Avoid oils such as canola, soy bean and vegetable oil.  These are high in omega 6’s. While we need some omega 6’s in our diet, we are getting too much, and this leads to inflammation.  On top of that, by the time you use these oils, they are rancid, which contributes to free radical damage in the body (and again leads to inflammation).  Choose healthier options such as coconut, avocado or “real” extra virgin olive oil (avoid the fakes which are blends of olive oil mixed with cheaper oils such as canola). 

Hormone Imbalances

Having too much estrogen is more common today than people realize and if there is an imbalance of estrogen with your other sex hormones, this can cause weight issues.  This is not only an issue in women but is occurring in men with more frequency (i.e.: “man boobs”).

 

 Too much estrogen can be caused by our diet and lifestyle.  Too much sugar and excess alcohol

can lead to estrogen dominance.  Xenoestrogens, which come from plastics, are also hormone disruptors, and can create unbalance.  Foods sprayed with chemicals (GMO crops) are also a contributing factor.  If your weight gain is caused by excess estrogen, you will typically have the weight gain in the hips, thighs and upper arms.

 

A low- fat diet, which I think more people are now realizing, is not the healthiest diet, can reduce your cholesterol levels into the “too low range”. While western medicine may tell you that the lower your cholesterol, the better for you, studies indicate this is not true and in fact, cholesterol at 160 and below is linked to mental health issues and an increase in suicidal ideation.  We need cholesterol. In addition to this, having cholesterol that is too low can contribute to low testosterone.  Men and women both need testosterone (just in different amounts).  For women, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), which is associated with insulin resistance and elevated testosterone, can also lead to weight gain.  This weight is typically around your middle as belly fat. 

 

Constipation can also lead to hormone imbalances. My mantra is “you are what you do not eliminate”.  This is so important, because excess estrogen gets eliminated via the bowels. If you do not eliminate, it recirculates and makes its way to fatty areas of the body. 

 

Balance your hormones if you want to lose weight. Get rid of the plastics (and do not microwave plastic containers), eat plenty of fiber rich foods such as fruit and vegetables and reduce the alcohol and refined foods in your diet.  Avoid foods that contain added hormones such as beef and dairy that is injected with growth hormones (chose grass fed). Avoid GMO’s and sprayed foods as much as possible and include healthy fats in the diet. 

Poor Gut Health

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Studies have shown that those with specific strains of good bacteria in their gut are able to maintain a healthy weight. They also found that those who are missing these healthy strains and have more “bad” bacteria in the gut, tend to be overweight.  Thus, having good bacteria can aid in weight loss and having more bad bacteria and less diversity in the gut can lead to weight gain.  Some bacteria can cause inflammation while others can reduce inflammation. 

Think of your microbiome as a garden. Does your garden have a lot of plants, or just one type or is it filled with weeds?  You want diversity and more plants and fewer weeds!  Add in probiotic rich foods such as kefir, kimchee, kombucha and fermented vegetable. Add in prebiotic rich foods too. Think of this as the rich soil to help your plants grown.  Prebiotics are the food for your probiotics. These foods include asparagus (raw), onion, garlic (raw) and not too ripe bananas. 

In addition to this, food sensitivities that are undiagnosed, can lead to intestinal permeability and this can lead to weight gain.  You can do a trial elimination diet or you can get tested. 

Too Much Stress!

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Yes, just by being stressed, you can hinder weight loss.  When you are stressed, the adrenals increase cortisol production to help you manage the extra stress. This is a good thing, in the short term. The problem is that you may have chronic stress.  This leads to constant cortisol production. 

Think about it.  Synthetic cortisol such as prednisone is known for causing weight gain and diabetes.  This is an example of what high cortisol production caused by chronic stress can do to our bodies. 

While we all have stress in our lives, knowing how to control it can help reduce belly fat and elevated cortisol levels and other health conditions associated with stress such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. 

To help manage stress you can add in meditation, yoga, deep breathing, emotional freedom technique (also called tapping), or just setting aside some time for yourself daily. 

Support your body when under stress with nutritionally dense foods (stress uses up nutrients such as your vitamin B’s, magnesium and vitamin C) and Adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogenic herbs help us to adapt to the stress in our lives.  My favorites are Ashwagandha and Rhodiola. 

 

Bottom Line: If you feel like you have tried every diet out there and still cannot keep the weight off and don’t want to spend more money on another diet book, diet plan and another exercise program, then work with someone who can address your root causes to weight loss and help you with an individualized plan to help you succeed.

Sources

Hoffman, R. 10 Reasons Why It’s Not Your Fault You’re Fat. Health E Times, Issue 2, 2017.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3313629/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22364157

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25538312

 

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Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and Herbalist is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and If Life is So Good, Then Why AM I Still Depressed? Discover the root cause for your depression and learn what to do to feel better and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

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Garden Herbed Crust-less Quiche

Garden Herbed Crust-less Quiche

I used what vegetables and herbs that I had on hand. Feel free to use the ones you prefer in this recipe as it is very versatile.

This makes a great make-ahead recipe to use for weekday morning breakfast or take to work for lunch.

Gluten, soy and dairy free

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Ingredients

  • 1 t. avocado oil and 1 T. avocado oil separated
  • 1 onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 cups greens of your choice. (kale in spinach work well but I have made this with mixed dark greens and came out great)
  • Other veggies: here is what I used but play around with this: 1 c. sliced mushrooms, 4 mini bell peppers chopped, 4 broccolini stalks chopped.
  • 2 T. nutritional yeast (optional but gives it a protein and nutrient boost and has a cheesy taste)
  • Mixed Herbs: I used what I had in my garden and did not measure. Here is what I used.  Rosemary, basil, green onion, chives.  Feel free to use fresh or dried and add according to your taste.
  • s/p to taste.
  • ¾ c. milk alternative (I like pure coconut milk as most of the boxed milk alternatives on the store shelves are filled with so much added “stuff”. I don’t use cow dairy as large organic farms have been getting through loop holes and these big dairy organizations have found to not be following true organic practices.) 
  • 5 pasture raised eggs
  • Organic cheese (optional) I did not add any

Directions

  1. Grease a 9- inch pie dish with the 1 t. avocado oil. Set this aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat the 1 T. avocado oil in a large skillet. Add in the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add in the peppers, mushrooms, broccolini and the garlic and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.  Add in the leafy greens and sauté until they have wilted. 
  3. Add in the s/p and the fresh or dried herbs of choice
  4. Whisk the milk and the eggs together and cheese if using. Add in the nutritional yeast and stir. 
  5. Blend the veggie mixture with the milk and pour into the pie dish (to save one step, I measured out the milk in a large measuring cup and added in the eggs and yeast. Then I poured this and the veggie blend right into the pie dish and give it a good stir in the dish.)
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes (mine in a convection oven took 45) until top is lightly browned.
  7. Serve hot or cold.

 

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Herb Seasoned Chicken Legs

 

 

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Herb Seasoned Chicken Legs

Ingredients

  • Roughly 6-8 chicken legs with skin on
  • ¼ cup cilantro (or one small bunch)
  • ¼ c. parsley (or one small bunch)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 T. fish sauce
  • ¼ c. lemon juice
  • ½ inch piece of ginger root sliced
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 2 T. avocado or coconut oil
  • 2 T. coconut aminos
  • 1 T. honey
  • 2 T. coconut milk

Directions

  1. Line a baking dish with parchment and layer in the chicken legs. Preheat oven to 370 degrees F.
  2. Place all other ingredients into a food processor and pulse until everything is chopped and incorporated.
  3. Pour sauce evenly over the chicken. It is not a thick liquid so you may need to pick up some of the herbed liquid and place it on top of the chicken. 
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Flip over and spoon some sauce on the chicken and cook for another 30 minutes.  The chicken should have a nice brown color to it.  There should be some sauce left at bottom of pan-if so, rub the chicken legs in this before removing for extra flavor. 
  5. Enjoy hold or cold!

Note: I didn’t have non dairy milk one time so  I used goat milk kefir-still tasted great!  Try adding in or swapping out for other herbs you have on hand.

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick, tired, fatigued, depressed, anxious and more and have given up hope then Karen’s simple, effective, individualized and sustainable approach may be what you need. 

Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and Herbalist is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and If Life is So Good, Then Why AM I Still Depressed? Discover the root cause for your depression and learn what to do to feel better and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

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