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Nutrition Talk / Re: Article Review
« Last post by debradixonglusker on April 09, 2018, 05:43:45 PM »
Hi Lavanya, This article on Idli is priceless and I enjoyed reading it very much. I especially liked how you related this food to your upbringing in India, and the significance of this food to your culture and your social and family relations. Your descriptions of Idli, and it's variations were very good and informative. Including the nutritional benefits were particularly useful.
I have a few questions and comments:
On page 3 you stated, "...I have been marketed the silicone moulds recently." Does this mean you sell them? Or did you mean you have "seen" marketed...?
You spoke of the stone grinder being a prized possession. It would be nice to insert a picture of this tool, so those, like me, who have never seen one, will have a better understanding of this piece of "prized" equipment.
How long do you ferment the ground rice/lentil mix?
As for the two shots of the idli plate, I prefer the photo without the cutlery so there is less distraction of focus on the subject.
And lastly, and least important, are a few corrections in word structure. On page 1, second sentence; I would replace the double negative, "Not that it was not...", with "Although it was a good afternoon tiffin...dinner, it took away playing...". And page 2, first sentence under Idli Angst, put a space between the words "and parboiled".
Thanks again for this most delightful and informative article.
Recipe Exchange / Paleo Coleslaw Recipe
« Last post by simonepilarantillon on April 09, 2018, 01:33:03 PM »
Hi! I came up with this recipe on the fly with stuff I had in my kitchen + from my CSA share! Here it is:

1 head purple cabbage, cut into pieces for coleslaw
1 organic apple, diced
1 cup organic raw tahini
2 cups paleo-friendly mayonnaise
1/2 cup organic whole-grain dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
1/2 cup organic maple syrup

Mix the last five ingredients together until smooth, adjusting amounts until it tastes good to you, and the right consistency to mix well with the cabbage & apple. Then, do so! Enjoy in a paleo wrap with shredded beef, pork, or chicken. Or have as a side with literally any animal protein source. :)
Recipe Exchange / Instant Pot Chicken Ginger Noodle Soup (gluten-free)
« Last post by ginabiancaniello on April 09, 2018, 12:14:53 PM »
Hi there, community! This is a recipe I wrote for my website, and I can't stop making it! I thought you guys might like it as much as I do. It's really reminiscent of the Hawaiian dish Chicken Long Rice, which I grew up with--so, it's total comfort food for me. It's prefect for any time you have a icky tummy, or just want something nutrient dense and comforting. :)

(here's the link to the post of the recipe, but I will also copy and paste below:

Instant Pot Chicken Ginger Noodle Soup:

1 Tbsp.ghee (or, other cooking fat/oil of your choice)
2 Lbs. Boneless skinless chicken thighs
Salt + pepper, to taste
3 large cloves of garlic, pressed
2 inch piece of ginger root, peeled and grated
6-8 cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp. gluten-free fish sauce
3 Tbsp. Tamari (can sub in coconut aminos for strict Paleo)
1/3 cup chopped scallions
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 piece of kombu
1 lb. package of kelp noodles
Extra scallions
Fresh lime juice
Turn on the saute function of your instant pot, and heat up the ghee at the bottom of the pot. Once the ghee melts and heats up, add in the chicken thighs, and season them generously with salt and pepper. Add in the garlic and the ginger. Brown the chicken thighs on all sides. This will help to seal in the juices.
Once the chicken thighs are nicely browned, add the chicken broth, fish sauce, tamari, scallions, red pepper flakes and kombu to the pot. Put the lid on your Instant Pot and set the valve to the closed position. Set the pot to cook for 15 minutes on high pressure.
After the 15 minutes are up, either release the pressure on the pot, or allow it to drop naturally on its own as it cools. After the pressure has been released, open the pot and return it to the saute function. Remove the piece of kombu from the soup and set it aside. You can use it again in another dish, so make sure to save it.
Using a couple of forks,or a pair of cooking tongs, break up the chicken thighs. This will be easy. They should pretty much fall apart when you touch them. Finally, rinse your kelp noodles and cut them to a desired length. They are usually really long, so I will cut them in half. Add them to the pot while it's still on the saute function. Stir together. Allow the noodles to cook in the broth until they soften and are no longer crunchy. This will take a few minutes.
Once the noodles are soft, the soup is ready to serve. Garnish it with extra scallions, cilantro and juice from a fresh lime wedge! Enjoy!
Nutrition Talk / Re: Nutrition and Mitochondrial Disease
« Last post by paulaalexander on April 09, 2018, 10:20:50 AM »
Andrew,   I found this article about Mitochondria and gum disease.  I  found the information interesting.    Dr. Alvin Danenberg is a periodontist and uses nutrition in helping his patients manage their periodontal disease.  I have just purchased his book called Crazy-Good Living Healthy Gums, Healthy Gut, Healthy Life  freeing your body from cradle to Grave.   I am looking forward to learning more about his take on nutrition.   He seems to place a great deal of importance on the microbiome.


Nutrition Talk / ADHD and nutrition for children
« Last post by miritgrembek on April 08, 2018, 01:50:46 PM »
Hello fellow students,
My wonderful 9yr daughter has ADHD, and I am looking for a nutrition solutions to keep her calm and more focused, without drugs. I'm reading an interesting book called ADHD WIthout Drugs, by Dr. Sanford Newmark, but I'm wondering if any of you have real life experience or ideas.
Hi Kara,

Welcome to  California! I think it is so important to establish balance between your core values/beliefs. Finding balance in each and being able to bring my spiritual, mental, emotional knowledge together created the foundation for balance in my life. They service as "cornerstones". I think it's so amazing how they all tie into one another and how strong it makes a person when they begin to really invest in their overall wellness.

I am a reiki practitioner and I completed a 12 week rights of passage that focused on healing thy self.  So I use the methods from these teachings. Meditating, doing things with intention. making time for myself. I make sure to check any negative self talk and surround myself with affirmations. I also use grounding methods. Grounding is reconnecting to the Earth or the Source. you can do this by going into nature, my favorite is sticking my feet in the grass and feeling it between my toes. Also sitting near trees and feeling their energy as well. I try to exercise regularly and be kind and forgiving of myself.  learning how to reprogram the mind so that life is always seen as full.

It's a beautiful journey of self love and understanding. Continued blessings on your journey.
Nutrition Talk / Is bacon cured with celery salt/powder safe?
« Last post by emmabishopp on April 06, 2018, 06:26:15 PM »
Anyone else love bacon and wondering about the safety of celery powder used instead of synthetic nitrates?

I have to admit I love bacon.  I can give up ham, salami and other ďcuredĒ meats no problem and Iíve never really been one for hot dogs but bacon Ė well thatís a different matter. Of course, with all the negative news about nitrates and nitrites and their potential to cause cancer by turning into nitrosamines  Iíve been buying the organic ďno nitrates or nitrites added except those naturally occurring in celery juice or powderĒ and persuaded myself this was a much safer option and I was doing the right thing for myself and my family. 

Since starting the NC course at Bauman college Iíve been wondering more about this issue and decided to do a little research.  As usual, there are conflicting opinions: any form of nitrates or nitrites is potentially carcinogenic; nitrites are actually beneficial for those suffering heart disease by helping to widen the arteries; we should cut out all ďcuredĒ meats; eating bacon and including a glass of orange juice or other source of vitamin c is ok because it counteracts the nitrates ability to turn into nitrosamine; the amount of nitrates/nitrites put into regularly cured products is regulated by the FDA and doesnít contain enough to really do us harm and also has ascorbic acid (vitamin C) added to counter act it; the use of celery juice can mean that more nitrates are in the bacon I buy than ďregularĒ bacon because itís difficult to measure the amount of nitrites added.  We get more nitrates from drinking water in some areas of the country or from our own saliva!!!! 

Confused?  I still am, but I think Iím going to go with moderation, continue to buy the best bacon I can find that has been minimally processed and sustainably raised, be careful how I handle it Ė after all, the nitrates/nitrites are supposedly there to prevent the growth of clostridium botulinum as well as maintaining a more pleasing red/pink color. Cook it at a lower temperature and not until itís completely crispy, eat it with a plate of vegetables to counteract the potential for nitrosmines as much as possible Ė particularly including vitamin c (bizarrely, despite all the negativity around using microwaves, some research has said microwaving bacon helps prevent the production of nitrosamines!). And finally, try to continue eating my bacon without guilt and worry which will more than likely to cause me to get a stomach upset.

If youíre interested in reading some of the articles I found here they are, along with one that provides a map of farms in your locality where you can purchase sustainably farmed pork and bacon along with other meats. 

Happy reading, and if anyone else has anything to add to the conversation Iíd love to hear from you Ė any further research youíve found would be great!  Thanks all.  - of course Chris Kresser is a paleo advocate so that needs taking into consideration Ė the case for bacon. - Time article regarding WHO announcing cured meats as definitively carcinogenic - link to a site that helps you locate sustainably raised meats in your locality - the website mentioned above Ė where to source organic, sustainably raised meats - amount of nitrosamines detected in fried versus microwaved bacon
Hi Kara,

I think itís amazing you have a strong base already with yoga, journaling, and meditation.

When Iím feeling out of balance, I like to get out in nature. There are so many great hikes in the Bay Area that donít take that long to get to, but make me feel like I am far, far away from the city and all the people and the stressors there! It helps me tune back in with myself.

I hope this helps :)

Nutrition Talk / Re: Nutrition Podcasts
« Last post by rachelespana on April 06, 2018, 12:04:37 PM »
Hi Katie,

Thank you for posting this question - Iím always on the lookout for new podcasts to listen to, as well! A recent one that Iíve been enjoying is Real Talk with Dana.

Itís a newer podcast so there arenít many episodes yet but some nutrition & health topics she has covered are: diet culture, adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, food intolerances, and macros.

I think she does an amazing job breaking down the science and explaining things in a way that is relatable and easy to understand. Sheís honest and direct which really holds my interest when I listen, although she does drop some F-bombs so just a heads up!
Nutrition Talk / Re: Nutrition and Mitochondrial Disease
« Last post by paulaalexander on April 05, 2018, 05:58:43 PM »
Andrew,  I found Chapter 2 in The Disease Delusion by: Jeffery S. Bland  provides more information about the mitochondria.  I found this chapter helpful and when I was reading Chapter 9 in the same book it recommended reading chapter 2 for better understanding of the mitochondria.  Your class mate Paula
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