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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs (Grain-Free)
My family found a new favorite weeknight recipe! Chicken Parmesan meatballs have all the flavors of a classic Chicken Parmesan rolled into one bite.

I had my eye on this recipe for quite a while and then took some time to adapt it to be grain-free. I’m thrilled with the result!

There are a couple of different ways you can make this:
1. You can follow the recipe exactly.
2. If you have a dairy allergy, simply omit the parmesan and mozzarella balls.
3. If you have a nut allergy, then omit rolling the meatballs in the flour mixture.
4. And if you’d like to make things really simple skip the last step of dredging the meatballs in the flour, place them in the skillet with the marinara and increase the baking time to 20 minutes.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs (Grain-Free)I don’t recommend cooking with olive oil because it has a low smoking point and will begin to break down when used for cooking. So, I recommend using palm shortening or duck fat. They both have very little flavor so they won’t compete with the rest of the dish.

Even with just one pound of chicken, this dish will serve six people. You can serve it over spiralized zucchini or alongside a fresh salad.

Makes about 18-20 meatballs

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and adjust the rack to the middle position. Combine the ground chicken, parmesan cheese, plantain chips, eggs, sea salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning, and 1 tablespoon coconut flour in a bowl until incorporated.
  2. Combine almond flour and 1 teaspoon coconut flour in a small bowl.
  3. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of meat mixture (I used an ice cream scoop so each meatball was the same size) and place in your hand. Flatten the meat mixture in your palm. Place 1/2 a bocconcini ball on the meat and carefully mold the meat around the cheese making sure you close any gaps. Roll the meatball in the flour mixture and set on a baking sheet or large plate. Repeat with remaining meat mixture and mozzarella balls.
  4. Heat the palm shortening or duck fat in a large skillet over medium heat for 1 minute. Add half of the meatballs to the pan and cook on each side until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the meat balls to a plate. Cook remaining meat balls.
  5. Pour the marinara into the now-empty skillet and place meatballs on top of sauce. Bake for 10 minutes until meatballs are cooked through. Serve.
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20 Steps to Heal From Adrenal Fatigue http://deliciouslyorganic.net/20-steps-heal-adrenal-fatigue/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/20-steps-heal-adrenal-fatigue/#comments Wed, 24 May 2017 16:54:31 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=119418 Did you know that about 90% of those struggling with thyroid disease also have some form of adrenal fatigue? When the adrenals become taxed, they tell the pituitary to slow down the thyroid. If you struggle with thyroid disease, it’s important you take steps to heal the adrenals so the rest of your endocrine system can […]

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Did you know that about 90% of those struggling with thyroid disease also have some form of adrenal fatigue? When the adrenals become taxed, they tell the pituitary to slow down the thyroid. If you struggle with thyroid disease, its important you take steps to heal the adrenals so the rest of your endocrine system can return to homeostasis. 

Here are some common symptoms of adrenal fatigue:

A tendency to be a night person
Having difficulty falling asleep
Waking up in the middle of the night with difficulty falling back asleep
You’re a slow starter in the morning
Feeling keyed up and having trouble calming down
Low blood pressure
Headaches after exercising
Clenching or grinding your teeth
Chronic low- or middle-back pain
Difficulty maintaining chiropractic adjustments
Craving salty foods
Perspiring easily
Chronic fatigue or getting drowsy often
Afternoon yawning
Afternoon headache
Anxiety
Seasonal or chronic allergies
Pain on the medial (inner) side of the knee or knees
Needing to wear sunglasses
Dizziness when you stand up
Difficulty losing weight
Gaining weight around the waistline
Getting upset or angry easily

Doesn’t that sound like “modern life?”  No wonder people are having so many endocrine issues!

20 Steps to Heal from Adrenal Fatigue

What do the adrenals do?

The adrenal glands are the body’s emergency system. When the body is under chronic stress, the adrenals will send out cortisol into the bloodstream. Over time, chronic cortisol output will weaken the endocrine system, liver, digestive system, and brain; it will also “slow down” your thyroid. So, if you are wanting to reduce your thyroid symptoms, start with healthy adrenal glands.

What do you eat?

While a lower carb diet is fabulous to reduce inflammation and many symptoms of thyroid disease, eating this way for too long can put stress on the adrenals and cause hormonal imbalance. So it’s important to get good, healthy carbs into your diet each day such as: potatoes (make sure to eat with plenty of butter), root vegetables, peas, properly prepared legumes or gluten-free grains (if you can tolerate them), apples, pears, berries, and beets.

I like Dr. Christianson’s idea of eating one golfball-size portion of carbs at breakfast, two golfball-size portions of carbs at lunch, and three golfball-size portions of carbs at dinner. Using this method, dinner should be the largest meal of the day. And most importantly, don’t stress about your food. Do the best you can, and let the rest go.

As you read the list below, remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. Fully healing the adrenals may take up to 12 months. The good news is that even making just a few changes can help you feel better within weeks or even days.

Here are 20 Steps to Heal Adrenal Fatigue:

1. As soon as you wake up, drink a glass of water along with 1/4 teaspoon of Celtic sea salt. Then, throughout the day, have a pinch of sea salt with each glass of water and also use it to season your food. Daily total consumption of about 2 teaspoons of Celtic sea salt is a good place to start. The 80+ minerals in the salt will help nourish the adrenals and endocrine system.

2. Eat breakfast within one hour of waking. If you wait any longer than this, it can cause your blood sugar levels to decrease too much and your adrenals will start kicking out the cortisol.

3. Eat a small snack between breakfast and lunch: a boiled egg, 1 ounce raw cheese, a spoonful of nut butter, etc.

4. Have lunch about 4 hours after eating breakfast and include some protein, carbs and fat in your meal. I know this is a simple step, but skipping meals will put strain on your adrenals.

5. Only do low-impact exercise like walking, pilates, gentle yoga or stretching. High impact exercise puts strain on the adrenals, especially when the adrenals are already fatigued. If you’re having trouble losing weight, I know this can seem counter-productive, but I’ve seen clients lose weight by resting and following the steps I’m listing here.

6. Sit down to eat each meal and eat slowly. Don’t eat on-the-go, when you’re stressed, driving, etc. Here’s an entire article to help you understand the importance of eating in a slow and relaxed state.

7. Diffuse essential oils throughout the day to help you feel more relaxed. If you can’t diffuse the oils, put a drop or two on the bottoms of your feet twice a day to help lower stress levels. In fact, this study found that inhaling lavender essential oil can decrease cortisol levels. That’s good news for the adrenals! Do make sure you only use a completely pure essential oil so you aren’t adding any synthetic chemicals to your body — that could stress your system further. I personally use doTERRA essential oils for me and my family and have found them incredibly helpful. Some of my personal favorites are Lavender, Balance, Serenity, Ylang Ylang and Lemon.

8. Eat a snack in-between lunch and dinner: again, a boiled egg, 1 ounce raw cheese, a spoonful of nut butter, etc.
and make sure to sit down while you eat.

9. Eat dinner no later than 6 or 7pm and make sure to sit down while you eat. Dinner should be your largest meal of the day. This will help keep cortisol levels down at the end of the day.

10. Don’t eat any food after dinner except if you have trouble sleeping. If you’re having trouble going to sleep, eat a small snack (an ounce of raw cheese, a spoonful of nut butter, etc.) right before you go to bed. This will help bring cortisol levels down. If you wake up in the middle of the night, eat a small snack again and then get right back into bed.

11. Take an epsom salt bath a few times a week (or each evening, if you can). When you’re stressed, the first mineral your body burns through is magnesium (this is why so many people are magnesium deficient!). Soaking in a bath with 1 cup of epsom salts and a few drops of your favorite essential oil will help you relax and replenish your magnesium stores.

12. Go to bed by 9pm each night. Honestly, the best way to heal your adrenals is with sleep.

13. Take the right kind of B Vitamins – I recommend Cataplex B from Standard Process.

14. Try an Adrenal Tonic that contains adaptogenic herbsOur office carries an adrenal tonic we mix in-house.  It contains ashwaganda, licorice root and rhodiola. It’s immensely helpful for calming the body.

15. Drink plenty of filtered water each day. Drink 1/2 your weight in ounces is a good goal — a 160-pound person should drink about 80 ounces of water per day. Hydration is really important for the endocrine system. Without the right amount of water, the body can’t transport the necessary nutrients and hormones to the cells properly. So, please make sure you’re getting enough water.

16. Eat as many fresh organic vegetables as possible at all three meals with some healthy fats. There is no limit on vegetable intake.

17. Include protein at each meal – get these proteins from meat, poultry, wild seafood, eggs, etc.

18. If you have trouble with sweet cravings, then eat a butter mint every 30-60 minutes for the first two weeks to normalize your blood sugar. Here’s an easy recipe for butter mints.

19. Eliminate all caffeine. I know this is a hard one, but your adrenals will thank you! Here’s a post about how I kicked the coffee habit — with step-by-step instructions for you.

20. Take one day of rest each week. While it’s popular to “hustle”, that kind of daily mentality can lead to all sorts of health issues and will strain the adrenals. Take a day each week to rest. Turn off your phone, get outside, or just sleep all day if that’s what your body needs. It’s ok. God set the example by taking a day to rest, so I order my week that way, too!

If you’re curious to know exactly what your adrenals are up to, you can call our office at Biodynamic Wellness and order an adrenal test kit. It’s $120 and will give you insight into which stage of adrenal burnout you’re in. You can also schedule a consult with me and I’ll write up a personalized protocol to help you bounce back from adrenal fatigue. I’ve used many of these steps with my clients and have seen fantastic results!

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How to Curb Sugar Cravings with Buttermints http://deliciouslyorganic.net/buttermints-curb-sugar-cravings/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/buttermints-curb-sugar-cravings/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 16:03:48 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=119405 Do you struggle with sugar cravings? Do you get “hangry” if you don’t eat? Do you struggle with hormone imbalance? Adrenal fatigue? Thyroid disease? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, taking steps to balance your blood sugar levels can help you a lot! 
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How to Curb Sugar Cravings with ButtermintsDo you struggle with sugar cravings? Do you get “hangry” if you don’t eat? Do you struggle with hormone imbalance? Adrenal fatigue? Thyroid disease?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, taking steps to balance your blood sugar levels can help you a lot! 
I know it sounds like a gimmick, but these buttermints can truly help reduce your cravings very quickly! The original recipe, minus the peppermint, was created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride who’s a brilliant MD and an expert on gut health.

The combination of nutrient-dense grass-fed butter and raw honey satiates the body, helps balance blood sugar levels, reduces sugar cravings and actually supports weight loss because we feel “full” from a very small amount of calories.

I don’t recommend making these with stevia or another “sugar-free” sweetener, because the very small amount of honey satisfies your current sugar cravings. The amount of fat in these little mints slows the absorption of the sugar from the honey, so you don’t need to worry about blood sugar spikes.

How often do you eat them?

After you make the mints, store them in the freezer. Then eat 1-2 mints every 30-60 minutes during waking hours for two weeks, as needed to normalize blood sugar levels. After about 2 weeks, you’ll find that you don’t need the mints anymore and your sugar cravings will have decreased.

What about a Dairy-Free Option?

Unless you have a documented dairy allergy, eating some butter is healthy and can help reduce cravings and inflammation and also balance hormones. I know many people are saying that all dairy automatically causes inflammation, but this simply isn’t true. Grass-fed butter is a very heathy food and a great addition to our diets when we’re struggling with health issues.

If you do have an allergy to dairy, you can substitute with either 2 cups of dairy-free ghee, or 1 cup of coconut butter and 1 cup of Nutivia Palm/Coconut Shortening in place of the butter. If you use the coconut butter option, then make sure you’re getting some good animal fats elsewhere in your diet every day.

I used this recipe for many of my Nutritional Therapy clients – they’ve all told me the mints work like a charm to reduce sugar cravings! Give them a try and let me know how it goes.

Makes about 80 quarter-size mints

Buttermints

Please make sure you use a pure peppermint essential oil so you’re not accidentally adding synthetic chemicals or other vegetable oils into this recipe. doTERRA publishes 3rd-party purity reports for this exact reason.

If you work and need to take these with you, then instead of piping them into small portions, put the mixture in a mason jar and have a small spoonful when needed (see directions above in post).

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Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until completely combined and smooth. Add an additional drop or two of peppermint oil if desired.
  2. Using a piping bag, pipe small portions, about the size of a quarter, onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can also drop small portions of the butter mixture onto the pan using a spoon. Freeze.
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Avocado, Mango and Pickled Onion Salad with Jalapeño Vinaigrette http://deliciouslyorganic.net/avocado-mango-pickled-onion-salad-jalapeno-vinaigrette/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/avocado-mango-pickled-onion-salad-jalapeno-vinaigrette/#comments Thu, 04 May 2017 15:06:59 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=119118 If you’re looking for a healthy compliment for your meals, you need to try quick pickled onions! You can put them together in just a few minutes; after an hour, you can use them over salads, meats, vegetables and fruits. I enjoy adding them to my lunch bowls and love the little zing of flavor! […]

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Cut the mango and avocado into bite-sized pieces, layer them with baby romaine, drizzle with jalapeño vinaigrette and top it all off with the pickled onionsIf you’re looking for a healthy compliment for your meals, you need to try quick pickled onions! You can put them together in just a few minutes; after an hour, you can use them over salads, meats, vegetables and fruits. I enjoy adding them to my lunch bowls and love the little zing of flavor!

The pickled onions pair beautifully with this avocado and mango salad. You cut the mango and avocado into bite-sized pieces, layer them with baby romaine, drizzle with jalapeño vinaigrette and top it all off with the pickled onions. The vinaigrette isn’t spicy, so it’s safe enough for kids.

Cut the mango and avocado into bite-sized pieces, layer them with baby romaine, drizzle with jalapeño vinaigrette and top it all off with the pickled onions

Cinco de Mayo come this Friday, so why not serve this delicious salad with some flautas and my no-sugar added margaritas and finish it off with Tres Leches Cake for a fun and healthy celebratory meal!

Serves 6-8

Avocado, Mango and Pickled Onion Salad with Jalapeño Vinaigrette

Adapted from Cuisine at Home

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Ingredients

    For the quick pickled onions:
  • 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • For the Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • For the Salad:
  • 8 cups baby romaine lettuce
  • 4 mangoes, cut into bite-size pieces (I prefer Champagne mangos)
  • 4 avocados, cut into slices
  • 1 recipe picked onions (see recipe above)

Instructions

  1. Whisk the apple cider vinegar, water, honey and sea salt together in a measuring cup. Place the onions in a medium bowl and pour the vinegar mixture over the top. Let it sit for 1 hour.
  2. Place the lime juice, olive oil, jalapeño, red onion and sea salt in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add more salt if you prefer.
  3. To Serve: Place the lettuce, mangos, avocados and pickled onions in a large salad bowl (or layer it on a large platter as pictured above). Pour the dressing over the top and toss until coated. Serve immediately.
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Should Moms Be Able to Eat During Labor + Top Labor Snacks http://deliciouslyorganic.net/should-moms-be-able-to-eat-during-labor-top-labor-snacks/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/should-moms-be-able-to-eat-during-labor-top-labor-snacks/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:24:07 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=119014 Ever since I met Genevieve Howland, aka Mama Natural, at a Weston A. Price conference, I knew we were kindred spirits. As fate would have it, she ended up moving close to where I live in Florida and we actually meet for lunch every week or so. 👯 She’s got an amazing free pregnancy week-by-week series from […]

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Should Moms Be Able to Eat During Labor + Top Labor SnacksEver since I met Genevieve Howland, aka Mama Natural, at a Weston A. Price conference, I knew we were kindred spirits. As fate would have it, she ended up moving close to where I live in Florida and we actually meet for lunch every week or so. 👯

She’s got an amazing free pregnancy week-by-week series from a natural perspective. She also has an online natural childbirth course.

Now Genevieve is taking her mission to the next level with a beautiful new book that is out this week, The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth. Today, she’s sharing some thoughts on eating during childbirth and good snacks laboring moms can munch on.


There’s a long-held consensus in the medical world that women shouldn’t be allowed to eat or drink caloric liquids—at all—during labor.

Why’s that?

Because back in the 1940s, when C-sections were typically performed under general anesthesia, concerns emerged about the dangers of aspiration. That is, inhaling food or fluid into the lungs while unconscious.

Clearly, it’s not the 1940s anymore, but there are still hospitals that have policies that don’t allow women in labor to eat or drink

Crazy, right?

These days, the threat of aspiration during delivery is almost nonexistent, thanks to advancements in anesthesia, and several organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), have since argued that restricting food is both unnecessary and unwarranted. According to the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Closed Claims Project database, there was only one case of aspiration during labor and delivery between 2005 and 2013, and zero cases between 2000 and 2005.

In fact, the ASA came out with a statement saying most healthy women would benefit from light meal during labor.

Obstetrics & Gynecology further analyzed food intake during labor, looking at the pros and cons involved. They conducted a variety of trials among 3,982 women in labor and concluded…

“Women with low-risk singleton pregnancies who were allowed to eat more freely during labor had a shorter duration of labor. A policy of less-restrictive food intake during labor did not influence other obstetric or neonatal outcomes nor did it increase the incidence of vomiting. Operative delivery rates were similar.”

You’d think this would be great news for laboring mamas since giving birth is hard work! However, in many hospitals across the U.S., policy hasn’t caught up with the times and moms are still not allowed to eat or drink during labor, especially if they’ve had an epidural (which is up to 80% of women!).

Why should women in labor eat, anyway?

Researchers suggest that the energy and caloric demands of laboring women are similar to those of marathon runners.

Without adequate nutrition, women’s bodies will begin to use fat as an energy source, increasing acidity of the blood in the mother and infant, potentially reducing uterine contractions and leading to longer labor and lower health scores in newborns. Additionally, studies suggest that fasting can cause emotional stress, potentially moving blood away from the uterus and placenta, lengthening labor and contributing to distress of the baby.

I went nearly nine hours without food and drink the first time around, and I’ll never forget the surge of energy I got when my doula finally gave me some apple juice.

Just to reiterate, based on research from 385 studies published in 1990 that focused on hospital births, without proper nutrition, laboring women could face:

  • Reduced uterine contractions and longer labor
  • Lower health scores in newborns
  • Emotional stress
  • Fetal distress

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Which mamas shouldn’t eat during labor?

There are some instances when it’s best not to eat or drink during labor. If you have high-risk conditions like eclampsia, preeclampsia or obesity, your risk of aspiration outweighs the risks of withholding nutrition according to studies.

What’s a mama to do?

The best course of action is to discuss eating during labor with your midwife or doctor well in advance of the big day. (Put it on your birth plan too!)

Here’s the good news: most midwives actually support eating a bit of (light, easily digestible) food during labor. So if you can give birth with a midwife at a birth center or home birth, you should be able to eat and drink as you wish.

If you’re giving birth with an ob-gyn, here’s what American Society of Anesthesiologists suggests:

the physician, anesthesiologists and obstetricians should work together to assess each patient individually. Those they determine are at low risk for aspiration can likely eat a light meal during labor. This gives expectant mothers more choices in their birthing experience and prevents them from being calorie deficient, helping to provide energy during labor.

Additionally, if you’re giving birth in a hospital and are a low-risk pregnancy, you should most likely be able to eat light foods and drink fluids during labor. If you bump into resistance, you could print out this statement or this study and bring it to your next prenatal visit to discuss.

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What if my hospital positively forbids eating during labor?

Planning on giving birth at a conservative hospital, where you know you won’t be allowed to eat and drink? Bring food anyway.

You’ll certainly be allowed to eat after you deliver, and if that happens to be at two in the morning, you don’t want to be stuck scrounging something from the vending machines.

The what, when, and how of food during labor

OK, now for the fun part! Let’s talk about what are some good foods to eat during labor.

Right before due date and/or very early labor

Many moms instinctively crave filling comfort foods like meatloaf, lasagna and hamburgers when labor is imminent. Some moms feel good enough to eat like this in the very early stages of labor, too, allowing herself to store up energy she’ll need for the main event.

If your very early labor is already intense, you might want to try simpler foods like sweet potatoes or brown rice, mix with a little fat or protein.

Early active labor

As birth picks up in intensity, your appetite will naturally decline. In early active labor, some good foods to nibble on may include:

Active labor

At this stage of labor, most moms forget about foods and drinks altogether. The key is to stay hydrated and provide your body with some natural glucose to replenish your energy and muscles.

Some snacks may include:

  • banana
  • coconut water with a dash of sea salt
  • homemade lemonade
  • diluted fruit juices
  • honey sticks

Transition

Some moms throw up during the peak of labor, known as transition, so food is not appealing. Stick with fluids, which require minimal digestion, such as:

Pushing

The pushing part of labor is probably the most physically intense. You’re really engaging your core, breath and body like never before. This is a critical time to ingest quick, natural sugars (mostly in liquid form) to keep you hydrated and energized like:

  • honey sticks
  • diluted fruit juices
  • lemonade
  • coconut water
  • iced red raspberry leaf tea sweetened with raw honey

Postpartum nourishment

After you push out your placenta, the hard work of childbirth is finally done! Woo hoo! Now, it’s time to relax and restore your body. With both of my births, I was starving afterwards and chowed down on healthy takeout that was delivered to the birthing center. Some moms aren’t very hungry until several hours after birth. Listen to your body.

Once your appetite kicks in, focus on deeply nourishing foods like:

If you have to stay at hospital for several days, see if you can have a friend or family member drop off some warm meals. You can also pack a little cooler with an emergency stash of health snacks.

The point is: hospital cafeterias aren’t exactly known for serving top-notch, real-food cuisine, nor are they always great at catering to patients with dietary restrictions or who are health nuts. 😜 Keep in mind that plenty of takeout places will deliver to hospitals, too.

Don’t forget to pack snacks for your husband, partner, or support person so they can keep their energy up, too!

You also want to be sure you are drinking plenty of fluids to flush your body as well as support breastfeeding!

Want to help change the birth culture in our country?

Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide To Pregnancy & Childbirth book cover left facingI’ve just published the first week-by-week pregnancy guide from a natural perspective. It features insights from a certified nurse midwife (who happened to deliver both of my children), as well as a registered nurse and doula.

This 500+ page illustrated book is comprehensive, evidence-based, and empowering. It’s available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

But with your help, we can get the book into stores like Babies R Us and even Walmart, where it will reach people who may have never heard about:

  • Delayed cord clamping, which boosts baby’s iron stores by 30% and improves fine motor skills and social development later in life.
  • Skin-to-skin contact, which regulates baby’s body temperature and blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and helps initiate early breastfeeding.
  • Gentle cesarean, which can “seed” baby’s microbiome, eliminate fluids from baby’s lungs, while empowering the mama.
  • Or the importance of eating during labor!!!

But in order to get into mainstream retailers, we need to show those stores that there is a groundswell of people wanting a more natural approach—and a demand for this game changing book.

Would you consider ordering a copy? Even if you aren’t pregnant, you could:

  • Donate your copy to a local library
  • Give it to a pregnant or TTC friend
  • Share it with your midwife, OB/GYN or chiropractor as these people are huge influencers
  • Pass it along in your local mom’s group
  • Give it to a church or community center

Thank you so much for your support!

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A slice of Tres Leches cake defines pure indulgence. Top it with berries and whipped cream, and you’ve got a delicious showstopper!

A slice of Tres Leches cake defines pure indulgence. Before going gluten-free, my favorite place to enjoy a piece of Tres Leches was a restaurant in Dallas called La Duni. I still visit La Duni for their incredible latin food, but I’m always a little disappointed I can’t have a bite of cake. So I decided to recreate the recipe at home using grain-free ingredients and different milks.

Tres Leches cake uses 3 different milks: whole milk, evaporated milk and condensed milk. You can choose to use dairy-free or raw milk, making your own condensed and evaporated milks, or you could choose to use these dairy-free organic condensed and evaporated milks that are done for you.

For the cake, you can use this coconut flour cake recipe or, if you want to cut some corners, use the Simple Mills Vanilla grain-free cake mix. I’ve been using Simple Mills mixes occasionally when I’m in a hurry as they each contain only real food ingredients.

The beauty of this cake is that you can make it ahead and store it in the fridge for 3 days before serving.

Keep in mind that this cake contains quite a bit of sugar, so it’s best to enjoy in strict moderation. I made it for Easter, enjoyed a slice with the family, and look forward to making it again next year!

Serves 9

Tres Leches Cake (Grain-Free)

Inspired by Food Network.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and adjust the rack to the middle position. Pour the prepared cake batter into a buttered 8x8-inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cake tester comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Place the heavy cream, milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla extract and vanilla seeds into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Using a bamboo skewer, poke holes all over the cooled cake and slowly pour the cream mixture over the cake, allowing it to be absorbed completely before continuing to pour more of the mixture over the cake. Continue this process until you have about 3/4 a cup of the milk mixture left. Cover the cake and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Store the remaining milk mixture in the fridge.
  4. To serve, pour 2 tablespoons of the milk mixture on 9 dessert plates and then top with a piece of cake. Surround the cake with strawberries and place a dollop of whipped cream on top.
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The Benefits of Soaking Nuts, Seeds, Grains and Legumes http://deliciouslyorganic.net/soaking-nuts-seeds-grains-legumes/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/soaking-nuts-seeds-grains-legumes/#comments Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:36:44 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=118730 Humans have eaten grains, legumes, nuts and seeds for thousands of years. Traditionally, people soaked these foods before cooking them to promote easier to digestion. Somewhere along the way, we forgot about this important step and now consume these foods without the proper preparation. All grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain anti-nutrients that require neutralization. […]

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The Benefits of Soaking Nuts, Seeds, Grains and Legumes

Humans have eaten grains, legumes, nuts and seeds for thousands of years. Traditionally, people soaked these foods before cooking them to promote easier to digestion. Somewhere along the way, we forgot about this important step and now consume these foods without the proper preparation.

All grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain anti-nutrients that require neutralization. Nuts and seeds contain enzyme inhibitors that block digestion – potentially causing negative effects on the health of the body. Grains and legumes contain phytic acid that robs the body of important minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper and iron.

Over time, when we consume these foods without properly preparing them, serious health issues like leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and autoimmune problems can arise.

Here at Deliciously Organic, we often talk about avoiding grains; but after you’ve taken measures to heal your digestive system, you can usually add healthy, soaked grains back into your diet. This can be especially helpful for people dealing with adrenal issues.

Soaking these foods may sound intimidating, but it’s actually very easy! It basically involves putting the food in a bowl, covering it with water, adding a neutralizer, letting it sit at room temperature, and then draining.

It takes a little forethought, but your body will certainly thank you!

Soaking Grains:

If you need to avoid grains right now because you’re on a healing diet, just save this info for later.

Rice and Millet: Place 2 cups of grain into a large mixing bowl and cover with 2 cups of warm water. Stir in 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Leave the bowl at room temperature for 7 hours. Drain, rinse, and then cook as usual.

Quinoa: Place 2 cups of quinoa into a large mixing bowl and cover with 6 cups of water. Stir in 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Leave at room temperature for 24 hours. Drain, rinse, and then cook as usual.

All other grains: Place 2 cups of grain into a large mixing bowl and cover with 2 cups of warm water. Stir in 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Leave the bowl at room temperature for 12-24 hours. Drain, rinse, and then cook as usual, or dry in a dehydrator.

Soaking Legumes:

For Kidney, Pinto, Navy, White, and Black Beans: Place 2 cups of beans into a large mixing bowl and cover with warm water. Stir in 2 pinches of baking soda. Leave at room temperature and soak for at least 18-24 hours total. Every 7 hours, drain the beans, cover with warm water again and stir in another 2 pinches of baking soda.

Drain, rinse, and cook in a large pot or slow cooker. Avoid using a pressure cooker as the extremely high temperature and pressure will denature the protein and can destroy other nutrients in the legumes.

Lentils: Place 2 cups of lentils into a large mixing bowl and cover with warm water. Stir in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Leave at room temperature and soak for at least 7 hours.

Drain, rinse, and cook in a large pot or slow cooker. Avoid using a pressure cooker as the extremely high temperature and pressure will denature the protein and can destroy other nutrients in the legumes.

Garbanzo Beans: Place 2 cups of beans into a large mixing bowl and cover with warm water. Stir in 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Leave at room temperature and soak for at least 24 hours.

Drain, rinse, and cook in a large pot or slow cooker. Avoid using a pressure cooker as the extremely high temperature and pressure will denature the protein and can destroy other nutrients in the legumes.

Soaking Nuts and Seeds:

All nuts: Place 4 cups of raw, shelled nuts into a large mixing bowl. Cover with water and stir in 1 tablespoon of Celtic sea salt. Soak (see chart below for specific soaking times). Drain and then place in a dehydrator, or spread the nuts on a large baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper and dehydrate them in a warm oven (under 150ºF) for 12 to 24 hours. I usually let the nuts dehydrate in my oven overnight.

Almonds: 7-8 hours
Brazil Nuts: 4-6 hours
Cashews: 3-6 hours
Flaxseeds: 7-8 hours
Hazelnuts: 7-8 hours
Macadamia Nuts: 6-7 hours
Pecans: 7 hours
Pine Nuts: 7 hours
Pistachios: 4 hours
Pumpkin Seeds: 7-8 hours
Sesame Seeds: 7-8 hours
Sunflower Seeds: 4 hours
Walnuts: 6 hours

Source: Biodynamic Wellness

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Paleo Chicken Flautas http://deliciouslyorganic.net/paleo-chicken-flautas-recipe/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/paleo-chicken-flautas-recipe/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:14:05 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=118585 I’ve made some homemade grain-free tortillas over the years, but they haven’t really hit the mark. So a few weeks ago, when I was grabbing a few things at Whole Foods, I was elated to see grain-free tortillas on the shelf! I purchased a bag with some skepticism, because I honestly didn’t think they’d taste […]

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You can serve these Paleo chicken flautas with guacamole, avocado crema, or fermented salsa.

I’ve made some homemade grain-free tortillas over the years, but they haven’t really hit the mark. So a few weeks ago, when I was grabbing a few things at Whole Foods, I was elated to see grain-free tortillas on the shelf! I purchased a bag with some skepticism, because I honestly didn’t think they’d taste anywhere near what I was hoping for. But I was pleasantly surprised; they not only tasted fabulous, they also handled just like a regular tortilla!

We all enjoyed making our old favorite – Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas – for dinner one night. Next, I tried using these tortillas to make flautas. Man, were we one happy bunch!

You can serve these Paleo chicken flautas with guacamole, avocado crema, or fermented salsa.

I looked into the company that makes these tortillas, and they offer a few different options based on your dietary restrictions. I tried all three and they all cooked well on the skillet and tasted great. Keep in mind, the almond flour and coconut flour options contain a bit of xanthan gum, so if you’re currently trying to heal from digestive issues, I’d choose the cassava and chia tortillas.

You can serve these Paleo Chicken Flautas with sour cream, guacamole, avocado crema, or fermented salsa. Enjoy!

Makes 8 Flautas

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and adjust the rack to the middle position. Place the sausage and turkey in a large skillet and cook over medium heat until browned. Make a well in the center of the pan and add the chili powder and salt, and heat until fragrant. Then stir the spices into the rest of the meat. Place the meat mixture and cilantro in the bowl of a food processor and process, using 1-second pulses until the meat is finely ground.
  2. Place a tortilla on a clean surface and place 2-3 tablespoons of the meat mixture on the tortilla. Roll the tortilla and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a pastry brush, brush the rolled tortilla with a little melted lard and sprinkle with sea salt. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges of the tortillas are turning golden brown. Serve.
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9 Ways Stress is Destroying Your Health and How to Break Free http://deliciouslyorganic.net/9-ways-stress-is-destroying-your-health/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/9-ways-stress-is-destroying-your-health/#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:37:49 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=116984 The CDC has stated that by 2020, stress will be one of the most critical health issues for Americans. While stress is a part of life, if it’s excessive and we don’t take proper steps to handle it in a healthy way, we can experience devastating effects on our health. First, I think it’s very […]

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While stress is a part of life, if it’s excessive and we don’t take proper steps to handle it in a healthy way, we can experience devastating effects on our health.

The CDC has stated that by 2020, stress will be one of the most critical health issues for Americans. While stress is a part of life, if it’s excessive and we don’t take proper steps to handle it in a healthy way, we can experience devastating effects on our health.

First, I think it’s very important to understand what happens in the body when it encounters too much stress. The adrenal glands are the body’s “emergency” system. When the body is under chronic stress, the adrenals will send out cortisol into the bloodstream. Over time, this chronic cortisol output will weaken the endocrine system, liver, digestive system, the brain, slow down your thyroid, etc.

9 Ways Stress Can Destroy your Health:
1. Stress increases cortisol production in the adrenals which wreaks havoc on the entire endocrine system.
2. Stress elevates cortisol production which depresses the immune system. The adrenals are your “emergency” organs. When they fire, your body goes into “fight or flight mode”. The body has to make a decision – do I want to save my life right now or fight infection. The body will choose to “save your life.” This is often a root cause of autoimmune disease.
3. Chronic stress overworks the adrenal glands which can lead to low DHEA, low progesterone, abnormal estrogen/progesterone ratios, pituitary and thyroid imbalances.
4. Elevated cortisol decreases your liver’s ability to detox excess hormones out of the body which can lead to estrogen dominance, PMS and menopausal symptoms.
5. Stress elevates cortisol and decreases T3 production. This has a negative effect on thyroid health.
6. Elevated cortisol tells the body to stop using fat as energy which can lead to hypothyroidism and weight gain around the waist.
7. Elevated cortisol decrease the amount of stomach acid produced in the stomach. When this happens the body can’t use the nutrients in your food.
8. Elevated cortisol lowers white blood cell production making it harder for your immune system to fight.
9. Chronic stress increases insulin output and can cause insulin resistance or even type II diabetes.

We all encounter stress of some kind each and every day, but we each have the ability to deal with it in a healthy way.

While stress is a part of life, if it’s excessive and we don’t take proper steps to handle it in a healthy way, we can experience devastating effects on our health.

Here are some of my favorite ways to deal with stress:
1. I love to use essential oils on a daily basis to help deal with stress. It’s by-far the easiest and quickest way to help me feel better! Why? Because your sense of smell is the only sense that’s directly connected to your emotional brain. So, when you smell an essential oil, it immediately makes you feel different. If you’d like to dive into exactly how to use oils for stress, check out my free online training that I teach with a fellow NTP.
2. Exercise, but not too much. Long walks, Pilates, yoga, swimming, or light weight lifting are all great ways to exercise without putting too much stress on the adrenals.
3. Spend time in a near-infrared sauna.
4. Disconnect from electronics. I turn off my phone each evening at 6pm. This allows me to be completely present with my family and also helps me to unwind.
5. Spend time with family and friends who encourage and build you up.

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Fermented Radish Salsa http://deliciouslyorganic.net/fermented-radish-salsa/ http://deliciouslyorganic.net/fermented-radish-salsa/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:00:32 +0000 http://deliciouslyorganic.net/?p=117895 Want an absolutely fabulous way to get some healthy probiotics into your diet? Try fermented radish salsa! This delicious, probiotic condiment helps build a healthy gut which in turn helps keep the immune system strong. Most salsas feature tomatoes, but a few weeks ago I was in Mexico and had some salsa made with radishes. […]

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Want an absolutely fabulous way to get some healthy probiotics into your diet? Try fermented radish salsa!

Want an absolutely fabulous way to get some healthy probiotics into your diet? Try fermented radish salsa! This delicious, probiotic condiment helps build a healthy gut which in turn helps keep the immune system strong.

Most salsas feature tomatoes, but a few weeks ago I was in Mexico and had some salsa made with radishes. Much to my surprise, we all really enjoyed it!

I decided to experiment a bit, and shared on Instagram that I was trying out a new radish salsa. There was a lot of excitement about the recipe, so I tested it a bit more and now happily share with you my fermented radish salsa!

It’s very easy to make, and only takes two days to ferment. It turns a lovely shade of pink, which will be fun to serve in the upcoming spring months.

You can serve it with grilled meats or fish, or if you’re looking for some crunch, plantain chips will do the trick!

Makes about 4 cups

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Ingredients

  • 2 bunches radishes, chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 2 cups packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes, about 3 tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss until incorporated. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Spoon the salsa into a large wide-mouth mason jar . Using a muddler, press the radish mixture so the juices cover the salsa. You might need to press several times to help the juices release from the radishes. Loosely screw the lid on top of the jar.
  2. Place the salsa in a dark, cool spot in the pantry. Let sit for 48 hours. You’ll notice if you stir the salsa there will be bubbles. That’s a good thing! It means the salsa has fermented. Store in the fridge.
  3. Note: I only test the recipes on my site with the listed ingredients and measurements. If you would like to try a substitution, you’re welcome to share what you used and how it turned out in the comments below. Thanks!
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