The greatest aspect of human beings is their ability to adapt to their environment and survive. This is proven as we have inhabited every corner of the world, and have learned to survive in many different environments, from jungles, to deserts, to high mountains, to freezing cold area’s above the artic circle. Humans have the ability to adapt to their environment and find shelter and food and overcome and conquer the many dangers of those different environments. We have even been able to adapt and create the ability to live underwater or go into space for months at a time and still survive those harsh conditions. No other animal can do what we do. Yes it does have to do with our brains, and the ability to problem solve and think ahead to anticipate the problems and perils that may lie ahead of us, but it is also because we have an amazing physiology that also works to keep up alive.
Phew – Are you as glad the holidays are over as I am? I love the holiday season, but with Thanksgiving and Christmas so close together, with all the hustle and bustle, parties, celebrations, late nights, early mornings, sugary treats, and alcohol who isn’t wiped out.
For many years there has been a misconception about the fat we eat and the fat in our body. Starting with elevated cholesterol on a blood test, to doctors telling their patients not to eat diets high in saturated fat because it will raise your cholesterol. We now understanding that it is not fat that increases cholesterol in your blood or contributes to fat in your body, but rather sugar is the biggest culprit. Unfortunately even though we now understand that sugars, and not fats, are the biggest problem with elevated cholesterol and obesity, we still get very little information on how we should be consuming appropriate fats and avoiding hydrogenated fats and oils in our diet.
GERD (gastroesophegeal reflux disease) afflicts many people in our country and is a hot topic of healthcare with many products on the market both pharmacological and over the counter to treat the disease. There are also many folk remedies and differences in philosophies on the best way to treat it depending on who you talk to: a naturopath, chiropractor, or medical doctor. However, there are certain symptoms that go along with GERD that go unnoticed by many allopathic doctors such as sore throat, tonsillitis, laryngitis, sinus infections, bronchitis, asthma, bad breath or tooth decay that can be traced back to the source of the problem, the stomach and improper digestion.
- 1 cup Safflower Mayonaise
- 1/4 cup Buttermilk: (1 cup Coconut Milk Unsweetened & 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar. Mix the two together and chill for 3 hrs. Unused Buttermilk can be stored in the fridge for up to a week)
- 1/2 tsp dried Parsley
- 1/2 tsp Chives (optional)
- 1/2 tsp dried Dill
- 1/4 tsp Garlic powder or Garlic/Herb spice
- 1/4 tsp Dried diced Onion or Onion powder
- 1/8 tsp Himalayan Salt or Celtic Salt
- 1/8 tsp ground Peppercorn
• 2 cups diced pie pumpkins (Small pumpkins are best.)
• 3⁄4 cup dates, pits removed
• 5 tablespoons coconut milk
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1⁄2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
Saute onio in olive oil until soft. Add tomato paste, pumpkin, ginger, garlic and broth. Combine until thoroughly heated and place in blender. Add chilies, coconut cream, coconut milk, and lemon juice. Blend for 30 seconds.