How to avoid hidden sources of gluten

Congratulations, you’ve gone gluten free to improve your health! Perhaps you have celiac disease, or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, both of which require avoidance of gluten for optimal health. You know to avoid wheat, barley, rye, triticale, einkorn, farro, kamut, spelt, farina, emmer, durum, and semolina, plus most oats because they are commonly cross-contaminated with gluten grains in…

Manage diabetes with functional medicine

Anyone with diabetes knows it’s important to manage insulin levels. Functional medicine offers unique tools to manage insulin and blood sugar — including diet, exercise, stress management, detoxification, and maximizing essential nutrients. To understand how all these tools apply, it’s helpful to know how insulin works. Insulin and Blood Sugar: A Balancing Act Insulin helps…

Spaghetti squash with skirt steak

Ingredients 1 large spaghetti squash (about 4 pounds). halved lengthwise, seeds scooped out 1 small red onion, halved and very thinly sliced 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon thinly sliced lime zest 1/4 cup lime juice (from 3 limes) 1 1/4 pounds skirt steak, cut into 4 equal pieces Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees.…

Sautéd Brussels Sprouts

This is a fantastic lunch or side dish. 1 – 1/2 lbs of  brussels sprouts or 1 bag of shredded brussels sprouts 3 Tbls coconut oil 2 strips Turkey bacon 1 Tbls spoon poppy seeds 1 large shallot (optional) Sea salt and pepper to taste If using whole brussels sprouts, use food processor with a…

Antipasto

This is great alone or on a salad.  It is also fantastic with left over chicken.  Just cut up the chicken and stir it in! 1 cup finely chopped celery 2 cups diced asparagus 2 cups artichoke hearts, diced 1 cup black or Kalamata olives 1 Tbsp chopped pickles (I use homemade  fermented pickles or…

Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock In our office we see many patients that have intestinal issues, food allergies, autism, depression, nutrient deficiencies and toxicity.  Many of our patients are on the GAPS diet or a similar nutrition plan. High quality broth is a main ingredient for these folks! Stocks are an amazing addition to any diet.  Our ancestors…

Meatballs

Everyone loves Italian Food, myself included.  I can still remember years ago, when my husband and I began eating “clean”. We  cut out all processed food, bad fats, grains, preservatives, additives, etc.    My first thought was that I would starve.  My second thought was, “this food is going to taste AWEFUL!!!! ”   What…

Patient Appreciation Day

This past Monday we had our most successful Patient Appreciation Day ever!  A big thank you to all of our wonderful patients that joined us.  You are the reason we keep doing what we do! I would like to offer up 2 very special thank you’s: First, LaVida Massage in Ballantyne for providing free chair…

Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism can lead to more autoimmune disease

Failing to manage your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism condition could lead to future autoimmune diseases. A recent study revealed that roughly one in six patients with Hashimoto’s has another autoimmune disease, most commonly: atrophic gastritis, a condition in which the lining of the stomach is constantly inflamed vitiligo celiac disease antiphospholipids syndrome, which may cause blood clots,…

Black Bean Salad

I love summer salads, especially this one.  This salad is very refreshing, very filling and  incredibly easy to make. The best part?  Everyone loves it! It’s great as a side dish for barbeques or as a lunch salad. Any way you serve it, I hope you enjoy it. Basic Diet Approved,  Advanced Diet Approved, Vegetarian,…