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  1. Lemon Basil Vinaigrette {paleo, keto, vegan, AIP, Whole30}

    This Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is the key to take any dish from ‘meh’ to “HELL YEAH”!  This aromatic, bright, fresh dressing is super versatile, it’s keto, paleo, vegan, Whole30 and AIP compliant and a must to have on hand!

    Lemon Basil Vinaigrette {paleo, keto, vegan, AIP, Whole30}

    Lemon Basil Vinaigrette {paleo, keto, vegan, AIP, Whole30}

    The secret to tasty home cooking is little more than understanding how to properly and season even the most basic foods. Salt and pepper, garlic and acid, fresh herbs – it’s all so simple and so impactful. This simple vinaigrette combines all of that into one tasty dressing, sauce or finishing move!

    To know me is to know that I live for a daily Big F*ckin’ Salad and roasted veggies are my favorite thing ever. This Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is perfect on these, drizzled over cauliflower rice, on top of roasted chicken or steak, drizzled over a frittata or eggs, over your favorite fish and so much more.

    This recipe was originally shared as part of this delicious Mixed Green Salad with Steam Fried Veggies and has since turned into a staple around here. It’s like a chimichurri of sorts.

    This Lemon Basil Vinaigrette comes together in just about 5 minutes and you can store it for up to 7 days in the refrigerator, but I promise it won’t last that long.

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  2. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 19: Fatty Fatty Fat Fat

     

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    FATTY FATTY FAT FAT – Everything You Need to Know About Fat.

    Ooooh this latest episode of the Between Meals Podcast is on quite easily one of my favorite topics!! FAT!! Today as part of the five-part series I am calling Keto Conversations – we are chatting all about fat. From why we need it, how to tell if you aren’t burning fat and more. Whether or not you are keto, keto-adapted, low carb, fat-fueled or not – I urge you to listen to this episode. Fat is an essential part of a healthy diet and it’s often overlooked as a crucial missing piece when our health is struggling.

    Topics covered in episode 19:

    • The differences between a Fat Burner and a Sugar Burner
    • You Might be a Sugar Burner if….
    • Why We Need Fat
    • Are You Not Getting Enough Fat
    • How Can We Get More Fat
    • Signs You May Not Be Digesting the Fat you are Eating

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    Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

    Cooking Fats and Oils

    The Benefits of Eating Liver + My Favorite Liver Supplements

    The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat ,and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz

     

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    Want to Learn More:

    4 Reasons to Avoid Vegetable and Seed Oils

    Don’t Fear the Fats

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Understanding these Essential Fats

    Nutrition Tips for More Energy. Avoid the Afternoon Crash

     

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  3. The Benefits of Probiotics and How To Choose

    The Benefits of Probiotics and How To Choose – When it comes to gut health, probiotics will forever be a hot topic, and with good reason. The right probiotics can help to nourish and support your gut bacteria.* The word probiotic actually means “for life” because these live microbial organisms provide both physical and mental health benefits, and experts have well researched the direct and indirect effects on the physiology of the body.

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    The Benefits of Probiotics and How To Choose

     

    Why a Healthy Gut Matters.

    A healthy gut is paramount to a healthy body.* Our health begins in the gut! A large majority of the important cells, responsible for the regulation and efficacy of our immune system can be found in our gut 1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515351/ (some research estimates between possibly as much 60 and 80% of our immune cells can be found there)2https://www.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/ajpgi.1999.277.5.G922. Additionally, many of the chemicals responsible for regulating moods, neurotransmitters such as serotonin, are actually made in our gut 3https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5772764/. Some estimate that as much as 90% of the body’s serotonin, which influences both mood and GI activity, is produced by the gut bacteria in the digestive tract. From a properly functioning digestive system to maintaining a strong immune system and well functioning brain – our gut is the foundation of our vitality.*

    Not only is it important to ensure our digestion is functioning properly so we can feel our very best, but healthy digestive function is also crucial as it allows us to be able to absorb and utilize all the amazing nutrients we consume in our nutrient-dense, whole foods focused diet.

    Poor eating habits, stress, and antibiotic use can all throw off the balance of our gut microbiome. When you experience occasional digestive issues like gas, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation, you may need some extra digestive health support. To maintain optimal gut health, we want to strive for a symbiotic GI tract full of beneficial bacteria.

     

     

    The Benefits of Probiotics // How Probiotics Can Help

    When you take probiotics you are re-introducing good bacteria to your gut environment by populating your GI tract with as much of the beneficial stuff as possible. Studies have shown that probiotics may prevent adhesion and interaction of unwanted bacteria with our gut epithelial cells.* 4Gerritsen, J. et al., Intestinal microbiota in human health and disease: the impact of probiotics, Genes Nutr. 2011 August; 6(3): 209–240 Some research has also shown that administration of probiotics can have a direct effect on the tight junctions between enterocytes in the gut—resulting in decreased intestinal permeability 5Corridoni D, et al., Probiotic bacteria regulate intestinal epithelial permeability in experimental ileitis by a TNF-dependent mechanism, PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e42067. These are just some of the ways probiotics may help to restore gut health.*

    Probiotics are present in unpasteurized fermented foods but you can also ingest them through supplementation. So how can we be sure which is the right method, how much and how often we should take probiotics and why should we want to?

    One very important thing to note here is that for probiotics to do their job effectively, you must have optimal conditions for “good” bacteria to live and flourish. This starts with nourishing your microbiome with nutrient-dense real food and eliminating foods (temporarily or permanently) that can cause inflammation and microbiome imbalance.

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    References   [ + ]

    1.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515351/
    2.https://www.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/ajpgi.1999.277.5.G922
    3.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5772764/
    4.Gerritsen, J. et al., Intestinal microbiota in human health and disease: the impact of probiotics, Genes Nutr. 2011 August; 6(3): 209–240
    5.Corridoni D, et al., Probiotic bacteria regulate intestinal epithelial permeability in experimental ileitis by a TNF-dependent mechanism, PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e42067
  4. Restore Your Gut Health // The Four Rs of Gut Healing.

     

    Restore Your Gut Health with the Four Rs of Gut Healing

    Our health begins in the gut! It is estimated that as much as 80% of our immune system is located in our gut and that over 90% of the chemicals responsible for regulating moods, neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, are made in our gut. Not only is it important to be sure our digestion is functioning properly so we can feel our very best, but healthy digestive function is also crucial to being able to absorb, assimilate and use the nutrients we consume daily in our healthy, whole foods diet.

    If you are suffering from digestive discomfort like bloating and gas, stomach aches, indigestion or acid reflux, nausea, chronic diarrhea or constipation – I can assume you are well aware that those are symptoms of an imbalanced gut. But, did you know that seasonal allergies, sinus congestion, a compromised immune system (and yes, autoimmune disease), fatigue, mood imbalances, hormone imbalances, bad breath, weight gain, acne, metabolic dysfunction – these too can all be signs of gut dysbiosis.

    Gut impermeability, gut inflammation and other digestive dysfunction symptoms may be displayed in your gut but their effects are systemic and can affect the whole body. The gut is the core of our health and it is essential to have a healthy gut in order to have a healthy body. Gut dysbiosis can be caused by a myriad of things, from chronic antibiotic use, an unhealthy, imbalanced diet that lacks nutrients or contains harmful substances, alcohol abuse, illness, chronic high stress levels, medications and other lifestyle issues.

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  5. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 18: Why I Am Not Keto

     

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    WHY I AM NOT KETO:

    For the entire month of April, each week I am sharing a brand new shorter format podcast episode in a series I am calling Keto Conversations. We will be chatting all about ketosis, adapting a ketogenic lifestyle that works for you and all the important basics of what you need to know about keto. We will bust through common keto misconceptions plus I am sharing my own personal experiences and offering some insight to help guide you if you are interested in experimenting with a ketogenic approach to your eating.

    In the first episode of the series, we are chatting ALLLL about Why I Am Not Keto! And no, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke and I know this may sound confusing, but stick with me, trust me and tune in!

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  6. How to Make Hemp Milk +Video {Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Nut-free, Whole30}

    How to Make Hemp Milk. Today I am teaching you to make my super simple homemade hemp milk. No need for soaking or straining, no planning ahead, just two ingredients to super easy homemade non-dairy milk. Plus, a few of my favorite flavor variations, Creamy Strawberry Vanilla Bean and Rich Chocolate Hemp Milks.

    How to Make Hemp Milk {paleo, vegan, keto, whole30, nut-free}

    How to Make Hemp Milk {paleo, vegan, keto, whole30, nut-free}

    I am excited to show you how to make Easy Homemade Hemp Milk. It’s one of my favorite meal prep recipes and it’s great when you are in a pinch. Whether avoiding dairy milk is a priority, preference or necessity, I find homemade non-dairy milks to be the best for taste and cost as well as knowing exactly what is in there.

    There are so many reasons to make your own non-dairy milks at home, but if I am being honest, often the time and the planning ahead becomes a big reason why I just don’t do it. I forget to plan ahead to soak the nuts or seeds, then I don’t want to fuss with straining the milk. 

    This homemade hemp milk is a favorite of mine for those last minute moments when I realize I have nothing on hand and I just want a quick smoothie, post-workout shake or even a tasty latte. Unlike most homemade nut milks or non-dairy milks, there’s no soaking overnight and no straining after you blend, so it’s ready whenever you are. You just need a high speed blender, like a Vitamix and about 2 minutes of your time! That’s literally it. 

    By not straining your homemade hemp milk, you maximize the nutritional benefits of the hemp seeds (hemp hearts) along with the extra fiber.

    You can strain if you want it to be more like commercial non-dairy milks, it’s super easy, with a nut milk bag or cheesecloth, but the best part about not straining, you retain all the amazing benefits of the hemp hearts.

    NO SOAKING NECESSARY

    Hemp seeds contain no phytic acid, the mineral-binding antinutrient common to most nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes (which we talk about at length in my nut milk how to post and this sprouting tutorial for nuts, seeds, grains and beans).

    How to Make Hemp Milk {paleo, vegan, keto, whole30, nut-free}

    Nutritional Benefits of Hemp Seeds (Why I Don’t Strain my Hemp Milk)

    Hemp seeds (or hemp hearts) are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and they are rich in plant-based essential fatty acids, omega 3s, omega 6s, plus due to the optional ratio of these two EFAs in hemp seeds, it’s a great option for reducing inflammation. Hemp also contains including GLA, Gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA), a necessary building block for some prostaglandins that has been shown to support hormone balance, inflammation and more.

    Hemp seeds are also rich in vitamin E which is great for your immune function. As far as minerals, hemp is a great source of manganese and magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, among others. Most excitingly, hemp seeds are a quality complete plant based protein, with all 20 amino acids present, including the 9 essential amino acids our bodies cannot produce – this is CRAZY rare in the plant kingdom, this is part of why I never bother straining them out.  Per a 30 gram serving of hemp hearts, (approx. 2 heaping tablespoons) you get 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of Omega 3 + 6s. Hemp seeds are also rich in fiber, which is one of the other reasons why I prefer to leave the whole seeds in my homemade hemp milk.

     

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  7. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 17: Following Your Intuition

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    FOLLOWING YOUR INTUITION:

    Trusting your gut with your brand, health, parenting + beyond with guest Ali Maffucci of Inspiralized.com

    Ali is the founder of the culinary brand Inspiralized, the ultimate resource for cooking creatively, healthfully and deliciously with the spiralizer, the kitchen tool that turns vegetables and fruits into noodles. In June of 2013, Ali quit her corporate job to pursue Inspiralized, starting first with her blog, Inspiralized.com. Since then, Maffucci has been referred to as a “digitally savvy millennial entrepreneur”, as well as the creator of a “spiral empire” by Food & Wine. Maffucci has authored New York Times best-selling cookbooks (Inspiralized and Inspiralize Everything) and her latest cookbook, Inspiralized and Beyond is following suit. Maffucci launched her branded spiralizer called the Inspiralizer and continues to provide daily free recipes on her food blog and through her iOS mobile app.She currently lives in Jersey City, NJ with her husband, Lu, and her baby son, Luca, with a little baby girl on the way.
    While you may think today’s episode would be all about spiralizing ALLL the foods, it’s actually everything but that. Ali shares her journey to becoming an entrepreneur, how she followered her passion, left her career and took  a huge leap of faith, she shares the challenges of having a broad audience and balancing life as both a boss and as a mom. We chat about learning to love your body and to tune out the noise and trust your instincts to make the choices that are right for you when it comes to your health and eating, plus raising your children to have a healthy outlook and connection with their food (and I even get to learn ALL about baby led weaning) – at it’s core, this episode is all about following your intuition and going with your gut and I am so excited to share it with all of you.

    Grab recipes and more from Ali, head to Inspiralized.com

    You can also follow Ali on Instagram at:

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  8. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 16: Healing Hashimoto’s and Taking Responsibility for Your Health

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    Healing Hashimoto’s and Taking Responsibility for Your Health

    One of my favorite things about the work I have done all of these years with Tasty Yummies are all the amazing connections I have made, not just in the community we have all created together, but among my peers and other content creators, writers and bloggers. I have met an incredible amount of people who continuously inspire me, who challenge me to not only investigate and examine the work that I am doing, but also in my own life and health.
    One of my favorite things about this podcast is the opportunity to bring all of these incredible people to you, too! To share their personal stories and to hopefully inspire you in all the ways they continue to inspire me!

    Today’s guest Carly Johnson Brawner, has become a good friend of mine through the virtual space. I think we first connected on Instagram and we finally had the opportunity to meet in person a couple years back when I was in Austin for a conference
    In today’s episode, Carly shares her story of discovering she had Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune thyroid disease. She shares the symptoms that became most concerning to her, the major things she did to heal her body, how she demanded testing and when she knew it was time to break up with her doctor and look for additional support. We talk through some of the dietary shifts and lifestyle changes that were most impactful to her, plus how she’s recently gotten the courage to face her fears as she has incorporated weight lifting into her movement plan and so much more.
    I know you will walk away from today’s episode with some practical tips and inspiration for becoming your own health advocate, for knowing when to trust your intuition,  to take responsibility for your health and some of the first steps you can take to heal your body.
    About Carly 

    Carly Johnson Brawner is a Functional Nutrition Coach, Hashimoto’s advocate, and wellness enthusiast living in sunny Austin, TX. Frolic & Flow came to fruition through Carly’s experiences healing from autoimmunity with real food and targeted wellness practices. She currently blogs, speaks, and works with clients to help them optimize their overall health, improve their autoimmunity, and learn the foundations of living in a state of balanced wellness.

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    Follow Carly Johnson Brawner

    Website: frolicandflow.me

    Instagram: @frolicandflow

     

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    As always, if you enjoyed this episode, pretty please take the time to rate the show with 5 stars and leave a review, this helps immensely with ranking the show and allowing it to show up in searches, and all the fun algorithms of the iTunes. Plus, I LOVE when you share on your social media accounts, your stories etc, photos or videos of you enjoying the show, all the fun places you are listening, your favorite quotes or takeaways and please be sure to tag me because I love sharing those and I love hearing how much you are loving the show!!

     

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  9. What are Endocrine Disruptors and How to Avoid Them

     What are Endocrine Disruptors and How to Avoid Them?  In the spirit of always reminding you that the health of our body goes beyond the food we eat and the supplements we take, I want to take some time to share more about endocrine disrupting chemicals and why you should care. Hormone disruptors can affect the health of our body as much as the food we eat and they can be found not just in our food, but in our skincare and cosmetics, household cleaning products, furniture and more. It can be overwhelming and scary to think about, but I think knowing what they are and why it matters – is the first step to being informed and empowered!

    Before we get into the harmful chemicals the have been shown to interfere with development and reproduction, and may cause serious neurological and immune system effects, I think it’s first really important to go back to basics and chat about what the endocrine system is and the roles it plays in our overall health.

    What is the Endocrine System?

    The endocrine system is comprised of a network of hormones (chemical messengers produced and used by the body) and glands that coordinate and regulate many essential body functions such as:

    • Growth, development and maturation.
    • Metabolism.
    • Behavior.
    • Reproduction and embryo development.
    • Production, use and storage of energy.
    • Balance and maintenance of water and salt (electrolytes) in the body.
    • Reaction to stimuli (e.g., fright, excitement).

    The endocrine system includes the ovaries; the testes; the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands; the pineal body; the pancreas; as well as cells releasing hormones found in the gastrointestinal tract, kidney, heart and placenta.

    As you can assume, altering these precise and delicate systems in any way can certainly be “playing with fire”, but yet it can happen quite easily on a day-to-day basis when you use “normal” everyday products in your home. Part of what makes endocrine disruptors so threatening is their ubiquitous nature and the fact that for most of us we are exposed to many of these chemicals on the daily.


    (video from The Endocrine Society)

    What are Endocrine Disruptors and Why Should You Care?

    It may be a term you have heard in passing, maybe in regards to plastic bottles or chemicals in your household cleaning products, in our water or food supply. But it can all be confusing. What are the biggest offenders we should be avoiding immediately, where should we begin when trying to clean up our home and personal products, how worried should we be?

    Endocrine disruption is, simply, any disturbance in the proper functioning of hormones in the body due to chemical exposure. Endocrine Disruptors (EDs) or Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are defined as an exogenous chemical, or mixture of chemicals, that an interfere with any aspect of hormone action.

    The many ways that endocrine disruptors can wreak havoc on our bodies in unending,  interfering with the steps in hormone signaling from increasing the production of certain hormones to decreasing production of others. Some chemicals can mimic hormones by binding to receptors; they can turn one hormone into another; cause too much of a hormone to be produced or released and in some cases they can interfere with hormone signaling blocking the activation of a hormone causing too little of a natural hormone to be produced or circulated. Additionally some chemicals can tell cells to die prematurely; compete with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones preventing appropriate hormonal processes from taking place; accumulating in organs that produce hormones and so on.

    In fact, the data linking some EDCs or entire classes of EDCs to chronic disease is comparable in strength and breadth to the evidence that links tobacco smoking with lung cancer.

    Commonly we know these chemicals to be found in common household items like plastics and food packaging, fragrances, personal care products, pesticides or herbicides found in food and even our tap water.

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  10. Instant Pot Hamburger Soup aka Ground Beef Stew {Paleo, Keto, Whole30}

    This Instant Pot Hamburger Soup is a simple, weeknight meal is a breeze to throw together, it’s hearty and budget-friendly. This comforting classic version of a ground beef stew is paleo, Whole30 and keto-friendly. 

    Instant Pot Hamburger Soup - Paleo, Keto, Whole30

    Instant Pot Hamburger Soup - Paleo, Keto, Whole30

    This simple, humble Instant Pot Hamburger Soup was born accidentally. You see, I had fully meal planned for this week , which is exciting enough when I plan ahead and to that and on the menu I had my Instant Pot Beef Stew, it’s a favorite of mine, it’s pure, cozy comfort food that reminds me of my childhood. I had planned to leave out the white potatoes and mix up the veggies to suit my tastes and needs. I love that this stew recipe is generally affordable as chuck roast or stew meat is often an budget-conscious cut of meat, however I hit up my local grocery store and the grass-fed chuck roast was $12 / pound, EEEEK and no other quality stew meat option. That’s a hard NOPE!! I wasn’t making a stew that cost over $30 in meat. I looked to my left and there I found grass-fe, grass-finished ground beef, $4.99 / pound. Perfect, I thought, I would just make my beef stew with hamburger meat and it would be amazing.

    To create this ground beef stew I made a few light changes, I increased the broth, went with less meat, I left out the potatoes and opted to create for more of a soup, then a stew, though it still had those cozy stew vibes with the veggies and the flavors.

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  11. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 15: Uncovering Trauma and Its Role in Your Health Story

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    Uncovering Trauma and Its Role in Your Health Story

    I am so honored to have Dr. Keesha Ewers as my guest on the show today and we chatting about a topic that really hits home for me in a big way. TRAUMA and the importance of uncovering it’s affect on your health story and how to heal complex health struggles.
    We are diving deep into how unresolved trauma can manifest as autoimmune diseases and other imbalances in the mind, body and spirit, we’re discussing how these root causes can affect our health, the ways in which we show up in the world for others and how we speak to ourselves. We even discuss finding gratitude to those who caused the trauma, as challenging as that may seem – in this episode Dr. Keesha actually takes me through a powerful exercise in facing my own trauma and my perpetrator.
    Before we dive in, if you feel that this discussion may not pertain to you, as you feel you are not a victim of the traumas we hear about most commonly, sexual assault, physical or emotional abuse, addiction, neglect, I urge you to please still take the time to listen to this episode. Dr Keesha unpacks and defines trauma in all senses of the world, as she calls it capital T and lower case t traumas and the many events that still affect and damage areas of the brain and our health and how trauma actually comes in so many shapes and forms.  Dr. Keesha shares the many ways that events of our past can manifest not just in disease or physical imbalances, but in our relationships, our self talk and we get into all of the mighty lessons that past trauma can teach us!
    About Dr. Keesha Ewers

    Dr. Keesha Ewers is an integrative medicine expert, Doctor of Sexology, Family Practice ARNP, Psychotherapist, herbalist, she is board certified in functional medicine and Ayurvedic medicine and is the founder and medical director of the Academy for Integrative Medicine Health Coach Certification Program. 

    Dr. Keesha has been in the medical field for over 30 years. After conducting the HURT Study in 2013 (Healing Un-Resolved Trauma), she developed the HURT Model for understanding how past childhood trauma impacts adult health. This led to the creation of the You Unbroken online program for patients to heal their own trauma and the Mystic Medicine deep immersion healing retreats she leads at her home on San Juan Island, WA. 

     

    I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Keesha speak last year and as she shared her own powerful story of healing her autoimmune disease and discovering the role unresolved trauma had in her health story – I had goosebumps and tears I my eyes listening to her words and her experiences that resonated so deeply with me and unknowingly at the time, this talk became a catalyst for me, to a huge year of self discovery and unpacking old narratives and healing from my trauma.

    Over the course of 2018, I began doing some serious self assessment and I was facing head on my struggles with my self worth and my abilities to believe in myself, my perfectionism, my apprehension to trust people whose motives seem insincere, my disdain for people who abuse power or expect too much of me – all qualities in me that i most wanted to change, I began to realize were all rooted in the sexual trauma I experienced in my late teens and had told myself i had totally overcome and it was dealt with and a non-issue. it became an intense exploration into uncovering who I am and the work I needed to do yet to heal my body and my spirit so I could show up in the world in the ways I truly wanted to. And spoiler alert, like so many things – I’m still showing up for me and I am still doing the work!

    It is with great pleasure I share Dr Keesha and this amazing episode with all of you, to offer some incredible insight knowledge and actionable tools. 

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    Follow Dr. Keesha Ewers:

    Website: drkeesha.com

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  12. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 14: Celery Juice, How Detox Actually Works & Food as Medicine

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    Celery Juice, How Detox Actually Works & Food as Medicine.

    Are you curious about the celery juice trend? Is it a super food or a super fad? In episode 14, I am joined by Ali Miller, RD, LD, CDE who is hitting us with the facts with her food-as-medicine approach that is grounded in nature and supported by scientific evidence. We talk through the misinformation, the redeeming qualities of celery and why you may want to reconsider downing gallons of celery juice each and every week.

    From debunking some of the massive claims to talking through why some folks may be having great results drinking daily celery juice, Ali shares more about how the body’s natural detox pathways work. Learn how you are better off consuming foods rich in sulfur, glycine, glutathione, cysteine, and nutrients that drive phase 2 encapsulation with ample fiber in the diet (that’s right celery juice contains none of these things) to support the excretion of toxins from your body to actually detox vs. prevent detox process for short-term outcomes.

    Finally, Ali shares more about her food-as-medicine approach when it comes to anxiety, depression and cognitive dysfunction.

    I hope you enjoy this episode and if you have anecdotal evidence or personal experiences with celery juice that you would like to share, please feel free to use the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.

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  13. Tahini Chocolate Keto Mug Cake w/ Oven Option {Paleo, Gluten-free}

    This delicious Tahini Chocolate Keto Mug Cake is not only low carb, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and low FODMAP, but it’s legit ready and in your face in under 5 minutes. Delicious, keto-friendly cake that’s ready in 5 minutes? Let’s do this. PS, I have had readers adapt to be nut-free, along with egg-free, scroll down for options.

    Tahini Chocolate Keto Mug Cake {paleo, gluten-free}

    Tahini Chocolate Keto Mug Cake {paleo, gluten-free}

    Let me start by being very clear, this Tahini Chocolate Keto Mug Cake is dangerous. No, it’s not that it’s “bad” for you, on the contrary, but what is dangerous is just how simple it is to make this keto mug cake. Cake in about 5 minutes? Yeh, that’s information I am not sure I am ready to have.

    Seriously though, this simple keto mug cake is quick to toss together and into the microwave. YES, you heard me right, the microwave! The 1990s hottest kitchen gadget. No, I generally don’t cook with my microwave. No, I don’t think it’s the best option. Yes, I have heard about the potential dangers for exposure to microwaves, but ya’ll relax, we aren’t having mug cakes daily, in fact I am not even implying you should have them weekly. It’s a treat. It’s special and the once or twice a month you use your microwave, it’ll be fine. Promise. UPDATE: I have now included oven options for those of you that don’t have a microwave, don’t want to use one or don’t mind waiting more like 20 minutes for cake.

     

     

    Tahini Chocolate Keto Mug Cake {paleo, gluten-free}

    Sweeteners:

    I would like to be clear, I really don’t love all the non-caloric sweeteners prevalent in most keto recipes. Keto or not, I don’t really feel that non-nutritive sweeteners have a place in a real food diet, especially in abundance. They are highly processed, many can still impact on insulin and wreak havoc on the gut microbiome. Once in a while, a little bit of stevia in a coffee instead of sugar, a little monkfruit in a treat, probably OK, sure. But cups and cups of this stuff, day in and day out, I just don’t think this is a good idea.

    For me, sugar alcohols (polyols) like Xylitol and Erythritol, along inulin-based sweeteners are absolute murder on my gut (I am working on a post as we speak about the potential harms of non-caloric sweeteners to explain why this is). I will use a little stevia now and again, a little monkfruit here and there. But, considering I am not consuming sweet stuff on the daily, when I have a sweet, it’s an occasional treat, so I generally opt for a small amount of real food sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, dates, coconut sugar, in amounts that I know will work for me, that won’t spike my blood sugar or cause cravings.

    I would suggest if you are very new to keto or transitioning to a low carb or fat fueled lifestyle, especially if you are coming from a more standard American diet, eating lots of sugar and carbs, or possibly being diagnosed with a metabolic condition such as diabetes – some, natural non-caloric sweeteners may be a good option during the transitioning stages. If it’s a tool to reset your palate and taper you down and work to fight an addiction or strong cravings, then I think it can work for a temporary option or for use in small amounts. But even better yet, would be to avoid the sugar alternatives altogether and give your palate the opportunity to reset entirely and find a new way. But no one really wants to hear that kind of crazy talk on a post about cake that you can make in about 5 minutes.

    If you are deeper into keto or living that fat-fueled life for sometime now, I will share that little maple syrup or coconut sugar will for the most part, not make or break you, it won’t cause sugar cravings or a blood sugar explosion and it will likely not kick your body out of a fat burning or ketogenic state. These are the benefits of metabolic flexibility. More on that below.

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  14. Keto Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Paleo, Whole30} + Video

    These simple Keto Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a tasty, one pan meal that is a restaurant-classic reimagined. Ready in no-time, these paleo and Whole30 lettuce cups pack a flavor punch. 

    Keto Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Paleo, Whole30}

    Keto Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Paleo, Whole30}

    Earlier last year, I think it was in the late spring, I had the pleasure of attending another amazing event at 1440 Multiversity. During this short wellness event they actually had my lovely friend Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo as a guest teaching an amazing cooking demo for all of us. So fun to watch her cook and create in the kitchen. Michelle made her delicious, popular Potsticker Stir-Fry and that was all it took. One quick sample and I was obsessed, not just in how it tasted but also both in how simple it was and how versatile.

    Keto Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Paleo, Whole30}

    I started making it at home, once a week, most times without the original recipe and as these things do, it slowly morphed into a dish of it’s own in my kitchen. I often would replace the ground pork with ground dark meat chicken, sometimes turkey. I sometimes added the cabbage, but not always. I added bell pepper for the flavor and color and many times I will add water chestnuts at the end, cuz I really love that fresh crunch.

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  15. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 13: The Power of Starting Your Day with Positivity

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    The Power of Starting Your Day with Positivity.

    In today’s shorter format BITES episode I am sharing my personal experiences with starting my day with positivity. In this solo episode I explain how I recently came to introducing a new morning practice, where I implement positive mantras or affirmations as part of my morning rituals.

    The incredible power that we have to shape our reality and control our intentions and our actions is far more simple than we realize. It’s an incredible small step in your efforts toward self realization, self love and self care and guess what – IT’S FREE!

    Whether your positivity comes through reflection or affirmation, maybe you repeat power statements or find empowerment through acknowledging your struggles and your ability to overcome them – this practice can truly affect not just the trajectory of the day, but also our confidence, self esteem, our relationship with ourselves and others and most importantly our belief in our strengths to overcome whatever comes our way. It’s about owning our power NOW!

    We talk about the small details that can matter as you develop your own your positive self talk practice, how semantics can actually matter and how we aren’t trying to live in some glitter studded, rainbow flecked alternative reality, turning a blind eye to the struggles of life. Rather it’s about embracing the uncertainty of our days and owning a belief in our abilities to handle whatever comes our way. OWNING OUR POWER!

    We may not be able to control the pains and traumas of our past, present or future, but we can absolutely control how we react to them and the narrative we choose to implement in our days.

    I hope you enjoy this episode, my first ever solo episode! I would love to hear from all of you, if you implement a morning mantra or affirmation practice, please tag me on Instagram @tastyyummies and you can use the hashtag #TYMorningMantras and I would LOVE to share them in my feed.

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  16. Easy No-Strain Cashew Milk {+ Video} + bonus flavor ideas

    Are you curious how-to make delicious cashew milk? While nut milks and other non-dairy milks can seem intimidating and like far more work than they are worth, this definitely doesn’t apply to my Easy No-Strain Cashew Milk. Just two ingredients, a minute or two of blending and that’s it you’re done! Be sure to scroll down for my tasty chocolate cashew milk recipe along with a few other super tasty, fun flavor ideas.

    Easy No-Strain Cashew Milk

    Easy No-Strain Cashew Milk

    In typical “food blogger” fashion, by way of photos and personal anecdotes it make appear that this recipe is far more complicated than what it actually is. Don’t get it twisted, this is THE MOST simple recipe I may have ever posted. Spoiler alert: to make cashew milk, you need raw cashews and filtered water. THAT’S ABOUT IT! I generally prefer to add a pinch of quality sea salt, sometimes I will sweeten it or add vanilla and I really love my homemade Chocolate Cashew Milk – but in all it’s simple glory you just need water and raw cashews.

    I particularly love this cashew milk recipe, because it’s no-strain! No need to fuss with filtered or straining, no nut milk bags. Just blend and enjoy. It’s creamy, rich, silky and super versatile.

    You all have known for years that I generally prefer to avoid dairy, I don’t have an intolerance or allergy, I simply feel much better without it. I do OK with some cheeses in small amounts, along with sheep and goat’s milk from time to time, but there is nothing in me that ever feels a desire to sit down with a glass of cold dairy milk. We were never allowed to drink milk as children. My mom was ahead of her time. She knew that dairy can be inflammatory, that the lactose can be troublesome for most folk’s digestion and it can also exasperate respiratory issues.

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  17. Keto Chocolate Avocado Pudding {Paleo, Vegan}

    This rich, decadent, smooth Keto Chocolate Avocado Pudding has become a favorite treat around our house. It’s decadent, creamy and so so easy. Ready in just a few minutes, with just 5-ingredients!

    Keto Chocolate Avocado Pudding {Paleo, Vegan}

    Keto Chocolate Avocado Pudding {Paleo, Vegan}

    You all know from following me, I am not a big treats and sweets gal. I just don’t crave sweets these days and I generally prefer to avoid the keto-fied treats loaded with suspect sweeteners. I generally just stick to my daily dark chocolate. A square or two of 85-100% dark chocolate and I am a very happy girl. Chocolate truly is my love language.

    Hubby is a little bit different than me. The man grew up on sweets. The really sweet sweets! They are his comfort food, so I am always looking for ways to please both our palates.

    Keto Chocolate Avocado Pudding {Paleo, Vegan}

    This Keto Chocolate Avocado Pudding is a creamy, whipped mousse-like dessert that comes together quickly and it really hits the spot. The best part, as like most recipes you’ll find here on Tasty Yummies, SO many fun flavor options. Add in a little nut butter and some sea salt and it’s delightful. Bump up the coconut flavor with shredded coconut, toasted coconut flakes or maybe a little coconut extract. Mint Chocolate pudding is nice, add a little mint extract and/or fresh mint leaves. Try adding some cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne for a spicy Mexican Chocolate pudding. Lastly a little espresso powder is also really really nice. Read the rest of this entry »

  18. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 12: The Business of Blogging and Beyond

     

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    The Business of Blogging and Beyond

    While we tend to bounce around a bit on Between Meals, from nutrition and wellness, to mindset and business – it’s all truly just a reflection of my own journey and what I have learned along the way, obviously, but it’s also a curated reflection of the topics I am asked most about by all of you. I love that I have this platform to reach all of you, in a unique way so I can share my story and the stories of the many amazing people I am blessed to have in my life.

    In todays episode I am joined by my very very good friend Alison and we are sharing our perspectives on the business of blogging and beyond.

    First up, I wanna remind you, if you are looking to learn more about getting started in the world of blogging, online content creation or building a social media precsence, please check out the Business Mastermind Bites Podcast Series from early 2018 they are bites episodes 1, 2 and 3. These three episodes will cover a lot of your questions.

    While Alison and I check in nearly daily, we are using this episode to follow up with Alison after she was my guest on episode 02 of the Business Mastermind Series,  and we check in with some of the big changes she has made since we last spoke with her, including leaving her full-time career to focus on her nutrition business and wellness recipe focused website, Foodbymars.com.

    Alison and I also share a lot about our own experiences over the years with blogging and the businesses we have built through blogging and we are sharing more about our upcoming Mastermind workshop in Portland OR, at the NTA Conference.

     

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    • leaving your long-standing full time gig to pursue your nutrition and wellness-focused career and how to know when it’s time
    • the importance of owning your personal story and knowing how it shapes your brand story
    • being clear in who “your person” is so you can have clarity in how to create content
    • when you try to speak to everyone, you speak to no one
    • how you build an authentic virtual community
    • when and how to use analytics and when to let it go
    • honing in on your authentic power and the unique solutions you offer
    • the benefits of leaning on mentors and community
    • how to know when to ask for help
    • using your online platforms to your advantage

    Be sure to peruse the article archives and grab delicious real food recipes and more over at foodbymars.com

     

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  19. Easy Sheet Pan Keto Beef and Broccoli (w/ Stovetop option) {Paleo, Whole30}

    This Easy Sheet Pan Keto Beef and Broccoli takes a classic dish and makes it even easier. Cooked on one sheet pan it’s ready in about 15 minutes. Keto, paleo and whole30-friendly it’s a delicious, healthy weeknight meal that is worth adding to the meal plan every week!  

    Easy Sheet Pan Keto Beef and Broccoli (w/ Stovetop option) {Paleo, Whole30}

    Easy Sheet Pan Keto Beef and Broccoli (w/ Stovetop option) {Paleo, Whole30}

    With the start of the new year, comes the back-to-reality moments. Back to the easy weeknight meals, meal prepping, batch cooking and coming up with quick and simple ways to make sure you are prepared and ready.

    I am a big fan of one pot and one pan meals, recipes I can add to the Instant Pot or Crock Pot. I love meals that come together in 30 minutes. In the cooler months I am especially fond of sheet pan meals. If I can toss everything together on one pan and toss it into the oven, there’s minimal cleanup, little babysitting and I can get dinner on the table in a jiffy. Perfect for those busy weeknights.

    Easy Sheet Pan Keto Beef and Broccoli (w/ Stovetop option) {Paleo, Whole30}

    This particular recipe, my Easy Sheet Pan Keto Beef and Broccoli, actually evolved from a stove top meal I had been making the last several months, a product of what I had on hand and what we love the most, flavor wise. I don’t know if you are like me, but I tend to find a dish I love and continuously make it so many times until I basically don’t actually want to see it again for 6 months. Then we begin again.

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  20. Between Meals Podcast. Bites. Episode 11: Overcoming Your Self-Limiting Beliefs

     

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    Overcoming Your Self-Limiting Beliefs.

    2018 New Year Reflections

    At the start of the new year, for many it’s an opportunity to set new goals, intentions and resolutions, for others it’s a wonderful time to reflect on the year passed.

    Whatever approach that you personally take, in this episode I wanted to share my personal reflections on 2018. I have found that the start of a new year offers the peaceful space to ground in and take note of the lessons learned in the year prior and to acknowledge any apparent themes that emerged.

    For me, 2018 was all about overcoming my self-limiting beliefs. It was all about knowing that my thoughts have the power to create my reality and that ultimately I am far more in control of the life I am living than I had ever realized before.

     

    On Today’s Episode

    • My 2018 reflections.
    • Why I personally choose to reflect vs. resolve.
    • How my self-limiting beliefs were crippling me and how I learned to push them aside.
    • How to question the origin of your inner critic
    • Our thoughts change our physical structure of our brain.
    • How the beliefs you have about yourself can drive your long-term behavior – your thoughts create your reality.
    • Don’t expect wins or losses. Plan for the wins, learn from the losses.
    • If you aren’t ready to believe in yourself, surround yourself with people who are.
    • My crazy sound healing experience of talking to myself….

    Do you set resolutions or goals at the start of the new year? Have you reflected on 2018?

    Remember to reach out on social media or in the Tasty Yummies Facebook Group and share your thoughts on this episode, what your reflections have looked like. Share, comment, like, review!! This all helps so so much.

     

     

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  21. 5 Tips for Your Sugar Detox: How to Fight the Cravings, Stay Sane and Feel Free.

    Whether or not you have committed to a structured sugar detox or you are simply looking to cut your intake of sweets and manage the cravings – today, I am sharing my 5 simple tips for your sugar detox. It’s not about dieting or crazy rules or restrictive eating as punishment, it’s just about being smart, prioritizing your health and feeling in control of the cravings!

    5 Tips for Your Sugar Detox: How to Fight the Cravings, Stay Sane and Feel Free.

    Hey Sweet Thing! Are you addicted to sugar? Do you feel trapped by your constant cravings for something sweet? If you want to break the addictive cycle to sugar, it’s totally possible, it’s not actually as bad (or as hard) as it seems and feeling like you are in control of your cravings – is truly priceless!! Trust me. Removing the addiction to sugar isn’t about extreme restrictions forever or never ever having a sweet again, rather this is about loving your body and your health enough to want to feel your bet, to get yourself out of the constant blood sugar roller coaster and to break free of the sugar cravings that hold you hostage!

    I know pretty much all of us can relate and have been there, but I find it’s especially challenging for folks after the holidays. Whether or not you have committed to a structured sugar detox or you are simply looking to cut your intake of sweets and manage the cravings – today, I am sharing my 5 tips to drop the sugar – cuz friends, you are sweet enough already – haha!

    Why Cut Back on Sugar?

    Sugar at it’s best lights us up, it gives us pleasure in times of stress, depression and pain, but we all know those feelings are short-lived. At it’s worst, sugar in excess can make you feel sluggish, bloated, anxious and crabby – so why do you still crave it? Because it’s addicting. It triggers the same reward and pleasure centers in the brain, that some narcotics do. It’s addicting. Is sugar as bad for us as cocaine? NO – I am certainly not implying that, but I think it’s important to recognize that sugar definitely has the ability to have a very strong hold on us and it’s not our fault.

    Excessive Sugar Can:

    • raise our blood sugar (blood glucose), which requires our body to constantly be releasing insulin to manage, then we have the crash – it’s highly taxing to the body to be in this constant blood sugar roller coaster of up and down and it can affect other systems of the body, as a result.
    • lead to weight gain from overeating, along with elevated triglycerides, insulin resistance, and other indicators of metabolic syndrome. Refined sugar has also been shown to reduce immune system efficiency.1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4748178, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271531784800573.
    • cause elevated blood glucose levels which has been shown to promote cancer growth 2https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0006291X85919308.
    • feed bad gut bacteria. When we eat a high-sugar diet, the undesirable bacteria thrive and start to grow out of control, causing a waterfall of health issues, while our beneficial bacteria dwindle in number.
    • cause inflammation which can affects our entire body, but very specifically our immune system and our digestion.

    Does this mean we can’t have ANY sugar ever, nope! I am not insinuating that extreme, unattainable level of perfection with our eating, but of all the foods available to us, I would argue that sugar is the most pleasure-enducing and therefore the hardest to moderate. Limiting yourself around the sweets isn’t a problem with you or your willpower, it’s a problem with the sweets! They are hyper palatable and designed to make you want more. So, what can we do to break the addiction to sugar and begin to feel like we are the ones in control, rather than the sugar?!

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    References   [ + ]

    1.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4748178, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271531784800573
    2.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0006291X85919308

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