1/8/19

Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon + Himalayan Salt | SCD, Paleo, Keto

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Throughout all the testing we have had done through Functional Medicine, one element has always remained consistent; my son's omega-3 levels have always been good. In fact, the doctor is always so surprised that they are high because they see several patients who test low in omega-3's. We rely on fish weekly as a source for protein, and one of my goals for my family this year is to reduce our red meat intake and increase our vegetable intake. In addition to eating a well-balanced diet that is high in fish, we also take omega-3 supplements. THIS product was recommended to us by the Cleveland Clinic's Functional Medicine Department, and while it is not technically 100% SCD compliant, we have had no problems and do use this product.

Benefits of Salmon
1. Salmon is one of the best sources of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
2. It is an excellent source of protein.
3. Salmon is high in the B vitamins and Potassium.
4. Astaxanthin, an antioxidant found in salmon, may benefit heart, brain, nervous system and skin health.
5. Helps fight inflammation.
6. Both fatty fish and fish oil have been found to reduce depressive symptoms, protect fetal brain health during pregnancy, decrease anxiety, slow age-related memory loss and lower the risk of dementia.

So how do I buy a healthy smoked salmon that is compliant with the SCD diet?

The first thing you want to do is check for any added ingredients, such as extra salt, sugar, starches or flavors. The smoking process naturally adds plenty of flavor, so the healthier option is to buy smoked salmon with no added extras. Look carefully because almost all brands of smoked salmon have added sugars! You'll also want to consider a product that has the oceans eco-system in mind. We often buy our fish or meat and don't ever think about where they come from or what they are fed. Unfortunately, the regulations for farmed fish are very loose. I like to follow the Seafood Watch website, which is supported by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and they also have a great app for easy convenience.

Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon
Yield: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
2 avocados, mashed
2 small tomatoes, sliced
1/2 lemon
6 pieces toast, I use Liberated Specialty Foods Cashew Crème Bread
4 ounces smoked salmon*, I use Blue Circle brand
1 tsp Himalayan Pink salt
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS
1. Toast your bread and spread the mashed avocado on each slice.
2. Add two tomatoes slices to each piece, drizzle with olive oil, and add the salmon.
3. Add a squeeze of lemon and touch of salt and enjoy!

1/4/19

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP | IBD NEWS, CLEAN EATING, SIMPLE LIVING

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"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
Thomas Edison

The Weekly Roundup is a well-curated selection of insightful articles related to health, clean-eating, the gut microbiome, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, a Paleo lifestyle, simple living, positive parenting and delicious recipes.

Cheers to a new year! We had a wonderful holiday season, but secretly, I am ready to get back into the routine of life. We have stayed up far too late on several occasions, we've splurged on food and, in my case, wine and dark chocolate and I haven't been the best about hitting the gym and working out. I am slowly getting my home back in order and taking down the seasonal decor. I am making it a point to exercise daily, in fact, I just dowloaded the new Daily Om app OMFIT. I'm trying the free trial now and I'll let you know how it goes for anyone who is interested! It's back to clean eating for me and focusing on a heavily plant-based diet with some clean meats.

In 2019 I plan to clear my mind, detox my life and minimize my home and belongings.
I look forward to our journey and sharing our adventures here with you!
Cheers to health, fitness and clarity.

1. Are you spending time with the right people for your health and happiness? Developing strong relationships can be far better for our health than we think. This article reminded me of this important factor in our wellbeing and serves as a gentle reminder that we should strive to rid our lives of any toxins; whether they are toxins found environmentally in our foods and products or whether they are toxic relationships that weigh us down. Both are equally bad for our health.

2. This is actually a study that I am saving for my personal reference. Chronic granulomatous disease mimicking early-onset Crohn’s disease with cutaneous manifestations. While this study is from a few years ago, 2014, I feel it is a valid and important read to keep on file. In fact, I have a copy printed out for my GI. Jonas' diagnoses of Crohn's disease is based on inflammation markers, scopes verifying the inflammation and the key factor in his diagnosis is granuloma cell formation present in the ileum. I was told that granuloma cells are automatically indicative of Crohn's disease, but according to this study, that is not the case.

3. We have actually used the idea of a "Technology Basket" in our home for the past few years. We have a large basket that stores iPads and phones and when we have family night or when I've just had enough with the screen time all technology goes in the basket. I love this idea!

4. Do you have kids in sports? This is a must read. Very interesting points and perspective.

5. A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley.

6. These Flourless Pumpkin Bars are definitely on our list to bake this weekend!