My friend Maggie has been making and raving about this recipe for years, but I had not made it, assuming it was labor-intensive. Well, I was completely wrong. You will love this easy and decadent recipe if you enjoy dark chocolate. However, if you are not used to coffee or dark chocolate, this recipe might be slightly bitter. We like to top ours with homemade whipped cream (use coconut for dairy-free), fresh fruit, and mint. In full disclosure, we have no clue where this recipe originated from, but would love to give credit to the magician who [...]
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For years, I didn't really enjoy salads, probably because I was using nasty store-bought processed dressings. I am letting you in on our favorite dressings that will get almost anyone eating salads. I promise you, you will love them! I tend to make ours beforehand so that weeknights are less stressful. Defined Dish Whole 30 Herby Ranch Dressing Linked here: https://thedefineddish.com/bbq-chicken-skewer-salad/ The Defined Dish is hands-down my absolute favorite for recipes. If you need a cookbook to buy, you will want to get hers! Here is our favorite Ranch Dressing recipe of hers, and we keep it [...]
CLEAN EATING BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE I'm sure I'm not the only one that suffers from the lunchbox dread, which is further complicated when trying to adhere to a special diet. I have compiled the list of linked items we've used to fill those lunchboxes below. Here is a friendly guide to navigate this: This is a Better, Not Perfect, Guide. Some items may not be organic, may have inflammatory oils, etc. I understand that many visiting this page come from different diet stages of diet changes, so I [...]
Whether for last-minute "fast food," breakfast, a snack, or lunch, smoothie bowls have long been a favorite meal option in our house. They are an easy way to sneak in vegetables, serve a variety of foods, and pack in nutrients. We've found that pre-made smoothie bowls also work great in a lunchbox and make for a hassle-free morning. The most important steps are to freeze it overnight, remove it from the freezer in the morning, and store it in a freezer and leakproof container. For us, by the time it is lunchtime, our smoothie bowl is perfect. [...]
While not low-glutamate because of the goat milk cheese, this has been my recent favorite repeat lunch. However, this simple favorite has been introduced previously. It was a favorite treat when we started diet changes years ago but without the cheese. Ingredients Avocado (chopped) Tomato (chopped) Cucumber (chopped) Sharp Cheddar (chopped) (optional) Salt Pepper Garlic Granules Basil (chopped) (optional) Instructions No oil is necessary. Chop all ingredients and toss to combine.
Is there a homeopathic remedy for excess glutamate? Well, yes and no. There is a homeopathic remedy for MSG (more on that here). However, when dealing with chronic issues, homeopathy does not work like Western medicine (i.e., Depressed? Take an antidepressant. Diarrhea? Take an anti-diarrheal. In comparison, some homeopaths may use this approach. This has NOT been the approach we've used for chronic issues. I go over chronic vs. acute issues here). Homeopathy is not about suppressing individual symptoms. To help get to the root of the chronic issues (like glutamate), we've used homeopathic remedies to peel [...]
One of the questions I often get is how to find the right homeopath. Many homeopathic practitioners worldwide offer consultations via secured video conferencing, so don’t limit yourself to your geographical area. Before setting up your first call with your potential homeopathic practitioner, I would strongly consider asking the following. Many health practitioners may also incorporate homeopathic remedies but are not trained homeopaths. Find a true homeopath to fit your health goals best. 1. What type of homeopathy do you practice? Certification? Why? There are different homeopathy types (classical homeopathy, CEASE, sequential, homeopathic drainage, homeoprophylaxis, homeotoxiciology, etc.) [...]
While we have not been a huge essential oil family, we have found them beneficial in a supportive role. Here are a few that have made a big enough impression on us that I thought it would be helpful enough to share. I have not researched nor adhered to any specific brand or manufacturer but have relied heavily on the more common MLM companies. It is important to note that strong scents found in essential oils (especially tea tree and peppermint), can antidote/cancel/decrease the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies. We are cautious of what we diffuse in our [...]
Vitamin D Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that depends on a healthy gut to absorb dietary fat or fatty acid oxidation disorders (this is more common in autism, and floating stools are a sign of trouble absorbing fats). While low levels of vitamin D can induce an imbalance towards excess glutamate (excitatory neurotransmitter) and low GABA (calming neurotransmitter), vitamin D can reduce excitotoxicity (excess glutamate and excitatory neurotransmitters) through modulation of the NMDA glutamate receptor. However, in my opinion, vitamin D's most important benefit is its ability to calm microglial activation. Microglial activation occurs as the [...]
Vitamin B2 aka Riboflavin Vitamin B2 (aka Riboflavin) is mainly provided by diet and bacterial synthesis in the gut. It helps to offer neuroprotection from excess glutamate, inhibits glutamate signaling (release), and helps to reduce inflammatory cytokines. Inflammatory cytokines are often the primary source of increased/excess glutamate in response to underlying immune dysfunction/activation and in response to underlying infections. All B-Vitamins help to convert food into fuel and are essential in energy production. It is important to note that vitamin-B2 (Riboflavin) is needed to break down and utilize vitamin-B6, which is important in converting excitatory glutamate [...]