Ann Cooper, Renegade Lunch Lady, Speaks Out.

Here’s a great TED talk - from back in 2007 - given by Ann Cooper. She’s a renegade lunch lady, striving to make a change in school lunches.
This is a woman who has made it her mission to change children’s relationship to food.


Something Oily and Delicious for Chanukah

It is traditional to eat something oily for Chanukah, such as a potato pancake, a.k.a. latke. I made something similar - I think this is more like hash browns. Whatever it is, I love it.



All you do is grate potatoes. Squeeze out all the moisture – really give it a strong squeeze. Melt plenty of butter in a pan. Add a thin layer of grated potato (even thinner than in the picture above). Sprinkle with salt. Flip. Eat. Flip out.


This picture doesn't do it justice, but I can't take a better one because I ate it as I was writing this post.

How Dr. Terry Wahls Cured her Multiple Sclerosis with Diet

Dr. Terry Wahls was in bad shape, suffering from a degenerative disease. When she singled in on which nutrients she was missing, she designed a food plan that turned around her health. What to know what worked for her? Hint: it wasn’t by eating boxed cereals, pop tarts, and eggbeaters. 


Note that she started out by taking vitamins and then switched to real food. Way to go, Dr. Terry Wahls!

Homemade Yogurt: High-Tech and Low Tech methods



Read an updated version of this post on Paleo Diet Basics.

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Interview with Dr. Mary Vernon

I wish this woman were my doctor, but the living in a different continent issue makes it impractical. In this video, she is interviewed by the wonderful Andreas Eenfeldt, MD (who I also wish were my doctor).

Dr. Vernon explains how she started out treating her patients the way she was taught to treat them. And then she found a way that actually helped them get better. Have a look.

Shocking Video: You Have to See it to Believe It

And I've seen this video about 20 times. Take a look.

If it were one child who didn't know the answer to Jamie Oliver's questions, I'd be stunned... but a whole classroom? And did you notice the teacher? She seems like a very nice lady, but she finds the whole thing amusing. If it were my class, I'd hang up my chalk and retire from teaching then and there.

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A Vegan Exception

Vegans say that you shouldn't eat anything with a face. I think, however, that they might just make an exception for this coconut.

Oh, coconut, what are you trying to say?

Why I Will Never Eat an Egg White Omelette

 

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Maple Syrup

This is part of a series on sugars and sweeteners of all kinds – the good, the bad, and the toxic.
When I was in elementary school in Canada, we took a field trip to see how maple syrup was produced. I find there is something fascinating about the process of inserting a tap into a tree trunk, hanging a bucket to collect the dripping fluid, and boiling it down to make delicious maple syrup. Since it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of the final product, you have to wonder how maple syrup was originally discovered by native North Americans, many centuries ago. After all, the sap itself can’t be very sweet if it needs to be reduced that much to produce maple syrup.

Tapping Maple Trees in the Spring
We shouldn’t be eating enormous quantities of sweets, but when we do have a sweet treat now and again, it’s always best to choose something sweetened with a natural sweetener, such as maple syrup, over artificial sweeteners, which can be hazardous to your health, or white sugar which gives you only sweetness and zero nutrients.

Gaps Intro: Stage 6

This is the last intro stage, before starting the regular Gaps protocol. As you can see below, it isn’t too different from stage 5.
The GAPS intro: stage 6 consists of all the things you could eat in GAPS intro: Stage 5, with the addition of the bolded items.
Introduction Stage 6
1.    Start day with a glass of water.
2.    Add fruit to freshly pressed vegetable juices.  Apple, pineapple, mango. Avoid citrus. Drink on an empty stomach.
3.    Drink stock. 
4.    Scrambled eggs with ghee or animal fat. Serve with avocado and cooked vegetables, especially onion.
5.    Add cooked applesauce.
6.    Add peeled, raw apple (must be ripe). Gradually introduce other raw fruit and honey.
7.    Add raw vegetables. Start with lettuce and peeled cucumber, increasing gradually. Gradually add carrot, tomato, onion, cabbage. Chew well.
8.    Roasted or grilled meats. Serve with cooked vegetables and sauerkraut.
9.    Olive oil - 1-2 tbsp. per meal.
10. Stews and casseroles made with meats and vegetables (no spices), lots of fat.
11. Whey/sour cream/yogurt/kefir.
12. Fermented fish or smoked salmon.
13. Homemade ghee.
14. Ripe avocado.
15. Bake bread from ground almonds or other nuts and seeds.
16. Add sauerkraut and fermented vegetables to 1-4 teaspoons with every meals.
17. Soup made from stock: onions, carrots, broccoli, leeks, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, (Cabbage, carrots, greens, peppers) - not parsnips, potato, yams
18. Ginger tea



Want to read more about GAPS?
What is the GAPS Diet?
What Can You Eat on GAPS?
GAPS Intro: Stage 1
GAPS Intro: Stage 2
GAPS Intro: Stage 3
GAPS Intro: Stage 4

GAPS Intro: Stage 5

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30-Second Halva Dessert

Halva is a sweet made from sesame seeds and eaten in the Middle East, India, the Balkans, and elsewhere. The recipe varies a little, from place to place. The kind I know has a very particular crumbly, slightly chewy-sticky texture that is created during the process of cooking then cooling the ingredients.
I’m always on the lookout for ways to simplify recipes, so it was very cool to learn that a friend found a way to get the homemade halva taste without the work.
Why is this halva a great choice for dessert?
The recipe has only two ingredients – honey and tahini sauce (or tehina, as it’s called here, in Israel). We don’t need a lot of sugar in our diets, but when you do want something sweet, raw honey is an excellent option. (Find out why). Tehina is an excellent addition to your diet. It’s a treatment for joint pain and is full of minerals, including calcium. Check out my guest post in Green Prophet to learn more. 
Ok. So what is the recipe, you ask.
Preparation time: 1 minute  (I was totally exaggerating about the 30 seconds)
Start to finish: 1 minute
Ingredients
3 tbsp. tehina paste (from hulled sesame seeds, not whole)
1 tbsp. raw honey, or to taste.
Method
1. Mix.

 2. Eat.

GAPS Intro: Stage 5

The GAPS intro: stage 5 consists of all the things you could eat in GAPS intro: Stage 4, with the addition of the bolded items. 
GAPS Introduction Stage 5
1.    Start day with a glass of water.
2.    Add fruit to freshly pressed vegetable juices. Apple, pineapple, mango. Avoid citrus. Drink on an empty stomach.
3.    Drink stock. 
4.    Scrambled eggs with ghee or animal fat. Serve with avocado and cooked vegetables, especially onion.
5.    Add cooked applesauce.
6.    Add raw vegetables. Start with lettuce and peeled cucumber, increasing gradually. Gradually add carrot, tomato, onion, cabbage. Chew well.
7.    Roasted or grilled meats. Serve with cooked vegetables and sauerkraut.
8.    Olive oil - 1-2 tbsp. per meal.
9.    Stews and casseroles made with meats and vegetables (no spices), lots of fat.
10. Whey/sour cream/yogurt/kefir.
11. Fermented fish or smoked salmon.
12. Homemade ghee.
13. Ripe avocado.
14. Bake bread from ground almonds or other nuts and seeds.
15. Add sauerkraut and fermented vegetables to 1-4 teaspoons with every meals.
16. Soup made from stock: onions, carrots, broccoli, leeks, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, (Cabbage, carrots, greens, peppers) - not parsnips, potato, yams
17. Ginger tea

 Ah… the joy of raw vegetables. I didn’t realise how much I’d miss them. I think what I missed most was having something fresh and crunchy alongside my cooked food. I like that combination of flavors and textures.
I haven’t tried cooked applesauce yet, mainly because of the price of organic apples. I was in the health food store and saw them at a great price – much less than regular apples. Well, this was great! Too good to be true. I started filling a bag. Turns out I was looking at the wrong price. The actual cost was four times as much. Oops.

Apple
Why you should avoid non-organic apples

I don’t buy absolutely everything organic, so why won’t I compromise on apples? They are #1 on the EWG’s 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. This means that they have a high likelihood of “being consistently contaminated with the greatest number of pesticides at the highest levels.”

Additionally, non-organic apples often don’t taste good to me. With certain vegetables, you really can’t taste the difference between organic and non-organic, but I find that many of the regular apples grown locally are either tasteless, have a mealy texture, or both.

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Want to read more about GAPS?
What is the GAPS Diet?
What Can You Eat on GAPS?
GAPS Intro: Stage 1
GAPS Intro: Stage 2
GAPS Intro: Stage 3
GAPS Intro: Stage 4


Apple image courtesy of Doug88888
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Robyn O'Brien Speaks Out


Robyn O'Brien speaks out about how she learned to feed her kids right.



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Gaps Intro: Stage 4

The GAPS intro: stage 4 consists of all the things you could eat in GAPS intro: Stage 3, with the addition of the bolded items.

Introduction Stage 4
1.    Start day with a glass of water.
2.    Freshly pressed vegetable juices. Start with a few tablespoons of filtered carrot juice. Drink diluted with warm water or mixed with yogurt or whey. Drink slowly. Increase to 1 cup a day. When tolerated, add celery, cabbage, mint leaves. Drink on an empty stomach.
3.    Drink stock. 
4.    Scrambled eggs with ghee or animal fat. Serve with avocado and cooked vegetables, especially onion.
5.    Roasted or grilled meats. Serve with cooked vegetables and sauerkraut.
6.    Olive oil – start with a few drops, increase to 1-2 tbsp. per meal.
7.    Stews and casseroles made with meats and vegetables (no spices), lots of fat.
8.    Whey/sour cream/yogurt/kefir.
9.    Fermented fish or smoked salmon.
10. Homemade ghee.
11. Ripe avocado – start with 1-3 teaspoons and gradually increase.
12. Bake bread from ground almonds or other nuts and seeds. Gradually increase amount.
13. Add sauerkraut and fermented vegetables up to 1-4 teaspoons with every meals.
14. Soup made from stock: onions, carrots, broccoli, leeks, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, (Cabbage, carrots, greens, peppers) - not parsnips, potato, yams
15. Ginger tea

The pressed vegetable juices were a totally experience new for me. I don’t have a juicer, so for now I’ve just bought juice on a few occasions at one of the many juice stands around Tel Aviv. The combination I tried - carrot, beet, apple and ginger - was surprisingly tasty.
If you read the list above carefully, you’ll know that fresh apple isn’t allowed until intro stage 6. However, I was showing some signs of being too low carb (dry eyes, dry mouth) and was losing weight that I didn’t want to lose, so I’ve skipped ahead to the full GAPS diet and I feel better.

GAPS Intro: Stage 3
GAPS Intro: Stage 2
GAPS Intro: Stage 1
What is the GAPS Diet?
What Can You Eat on GAPS?


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Lewis Black on Milk and Water

Lewis Black's take on nutritional science. If you don't like profanity, this clip probably isn't for you.

How Reid Kimball Cured his Crohn’s Disease


It’s worth taking a look at Seth Roberts’ article on BoingBoing, Grandmother Knows Best about Crohn’s Disease.
After years of taking medication with little respite from his suffering, Reid Kimball found relief by making dietary changes. He followed a protocol similar to GAPS called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. What did this involve?

“He threw out almost all his food. He had been eating Hungry Man TV dinners, Cookie Crisp cereal, Papa John's pizza, Mountain Dew soda, potato chips, gummy bears, and so on. He stopped drinking milk. He started cooking from scratch. He made omelets and vegetable chicken stir fry, for example. He made muffins with almond flour, sweetening them with honey rather than sugar. He tried to avoid restaurants. When he couldn't avoid them, he'd order a hamburger and eat everything except the bun.”
Reid Kimball’s symptoms disappeared and a new colonoscopy corroborated that he had indeed healed.

What drives me insane about his story is that after managing to cure himself of a supposedly incurable disease, he reported his success to two gastroenterologists and… his doctors showed no interest. These doctors no doubt see other Crohn’s patients every week. Those patients suffer terribly. No doubt, like in Reid’s case, for some their daily medication doesn’t really help. And when they ask, as some will, whether diet can help, they’ll hear the conventional wisdom, “There's no firm evidence that what you eat actually causes inflammatory bowel disease”.[1] And there will never be “firm evidence” because little to no research is done on search for dietary solutions.

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GAPS Intro: Stage 3

The GAPS intro: stage 3 consists of all the things you could eat in GAPS intro: Stage 2, with the addition of the bolded items.

GAPS Introduction Stage 3
1.  Start day with a glass of water.
2.  Meat or fish stock (and meat, marrow and soft tissue from bones) with all the fat: with every meal
3.  Scrambled eggs with ghee or animal fat. Serve with avocado and cooked vegetables, especially onion.
4.  Stews and casseroles made with meats and vegetables (no spices), lots of fat.
5.  Whey/sour cream/yogurt/kefir.
6.  Fermented fish or smoked salmon.
7.  Homemade ghee.
8.  Ripe avocado – start with 1-3 teaspoons and gradually increase.
9.  Pancakes – made of organic nut butter, such as almond, eggs, and winter squash, marrow, or zucchini (courgette).
10. Add sauerkraut and fermented vegetables to 1-4 teaspoons with every meal.
11. Soup made from stock: onions, carrots, broccoli, leeks, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, (Cabbage, carrots, greens, peppers) - not parsnips, potato, yams
12. Ginger tea
My son and I are keeping up with the soups and stews, eating lots of eggs and homemade fermented foods, and have added a little avocado into our diets. We’ve also started taking a daily probiotic capsule. My son and I are getting generous amounts of tallow and butter (we tolerate butter well so I didn’t make more ghee) in our cooking. I’ve had no new fermented fish adventures, but I’ll get back to that.
I tried a version (actually 2 versions) of the GAPS pancakes yesterday and they were quite nice. The texture isn’t like a regular pancake. It had an acorn squash texture, which isn’t unpleasant, just different. To prepare it, I mixed 1 small baked acorn squash with 5 tablespoons almond butter and one egg. Then it got scientific. I split this mixture into two. I added a little organic honey to one, salted the other, and prepared them both in lots of butter. The verdict: the savory pancake won (it went well with the avocado), but they were both good. Unfortunately, I think I’ll be holding off with the pancakes for a while; I have a slight reaction to them. Maybe I’ll try another combination – another type of squash or another type of nut butter and see if I fare better.

Want to know more about GAPS?
What Is the GAPS Diet?
What Can You Eat on GAPS
GAPS Intro: Stage 1
GAPS Intro: Stage 2
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Gaps Intro: Stage 2

I’m finding the second stage of the GAPS diet much easier than the first, simply because of the additional variety. On Gaps Intro stage 2, you continue to eat everything you ate on stage 1, with a few additions. I’ve listed below what you can eat. The new foods are bolded.
Introduction Stage 2
1.    Start day with a glass of water.
2.    Meat or fish stock (and meat, marrow and soft tissue from bones) with all the fat: with every meal
3.    Organic egg yolks: Start with one a day and increase to one with each bowl of soup. When well tolerated, add whites.
4.    Stews and casseroles made with meats and vegetables (no spices), lots of fat.
5.    Increase amounts of whey/sour cream/yogurt/kefir.
6.    Fermented fish or smoked salmon.
7.    Homemade ghee – 1 tsp. per day.
8.    Soup made from stock: onions, carrots, broccoli, leeks, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, (Cabbage, carrots, greens, peppers) - not parsnips, potato, yams
9.    Serve juice from fermented foods with each meal.
10. Ginger tea

A sample Gaps Intro stage 2 day:
Breakfast was two eggs cooked in ghee. Fried eggs aren’t strictly stage 2, but I jumped ahead to stage 3 with the eggs because I’m quite sure they agree with me.
Lunch: Leftover One-Pot Chicken
Dinner: I made chicken soup from fresh organic chicken. I then cooked a package of parsley, one of coriander, green onions – all chopped plus a grated carrot in the broth and added some small slices of chicken. It made for a very tasty soup!
Additions:
With each meal I eat homemade dill pickles and fermented sauerkraut.
I’ve been having a few teaspoons of whey whenever I can find a way to slip it in. It isn’t particularly tasty, but the taste seems to disappear well when mixed with other foods.
I also had about a teaspoon of goat yogurt.
For hot drinks, I’ve been having either ginger tea or a cup of hot bone broth.
Did you notice fermented fish on the stage 2 list? I actually made that – and it was easy. The taste wasn’t too bad either, but not great. The bigger problem is that it keeps for a very, very short time. I plan to vary the dish a little until I get it right. When I’m satisfied with the result, I’ll post a recipe.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the GAPS diet, check out Dr. Campbell McBride’s book:



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Easy One-Pot Chicken Dinner

 

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GAPS Intro: Stage 1

I previously gave a description of what the GAPS diet is all about here and an explanation of what you can eat on the diet here. So let’s talk about the introduction to the GAPS diet.
I have a sneaky suspicioun that the real purpose of the intro is to be extremely restrictive, so that once you get to the full GAPS you’re not going to feel that it’s a regular smorgasbord!
But seriously, the real idea of the introduction is to pare down your diet to a very few, very easily digested and gut-healing foods. This way, people suffering from constipation or diarrhea can first of all alleviate that problem. You then slowly introduce new things to the diet and watch for reactions. If the new food is well tolerated, you can add another one. It’s an opportunity to really find out what is upsetting your system.
Why do we need to do this? Sometimes you eat something and it gives you a reaction five hours later, or the next day. You might never make the connection that it was Tuesday’s tuna that gave you Wednesday’s headache. But with a diet as simple as GAPS intro: Stage 1, it’s easy to make the connection.
The introduction had 6 stages. How long you stay at each stage depends on your individual situation. So what can you eat on stage 1 of GAPS?
GAPS Introduction Stage 1
  1. Start day with a glass of water.
  2. Eat meat or fish stock (and meat, marrow and soft tissue from bones) with all the fat: with every meal.
  3. A few teaspoons of juice from fermented foods with each meal.
  4. Soup made from stock: onions, carrots, broccoli, leeks, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, cabbage, carrots, greens, peppers, and other vegetables allowed on the diet - not but not parsnips, potato, yams which are forbidden.
  5. Homemade whey/sour cream/yogurt/kefir: Add gradually.
  6. Ginger tea – can be sweetened with a little honey.
What’s it like living at GAPS intro stage 1?
I don’t drink a lot of coffee, but in the past, I have missed my morning coffee when I couldn’t have it. For some odd reason, I’m not missing it at all now on GAPS. What I am missing is variety. Soup, stock, boiled vegetables, and boiled meat get tired very fast, even though I’ve tried to mix it up as much as I can. Honestly, nothing that I ate tasted bad, but a crunchy salad without a boiled texture is looking good right now. No spices are allowed at this stage, but generous use of fresh herbs is saving the day. What encourages me is that by the 4th or 5th stage of the introduction, it becomes more varied.
Advice for anyone considering GAPS
GAPS is a complete change from your regular diet. If you don’t know how to make bone broths or prepare soups from fresh meat (sorry, soup powder isn’t going to heal your gut) you’ll need to learn. You’ll also have to figure out how to get or make homemade dairy products and fermented vegetables – and that’s only for stage one. I suggest spending the few weeks leading up to a start of GAPS preparing and freezing and stocking up on some of these items. When it’s soup morning, noon and night, it goes pretty quickly! It’s good to have some on hand.

                                                           

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