When Shira M. signed up for a HealthPrint+ blood test she wasn’t really thinking about her future health. After all, she was a healthy young woman—she didn’t have to worry about cholesterol or cancer yet, right?
What did worry her was the cystic acne that had plagued her for years. “It was all over my face, red and bumpy” said Shira. “I’d had it since puberty. I’d tried everything, and it never went away.”
Shira is smart and outgoing—but the acne took its toll on her confidence.
“I was always nervous that people were just focusing on my skin and how awful it was. And I hated having my picture taken,” says Shira. “I always thought everyone was staring at me.” Continue reading →
‘Tis the season for warming soups, stews, and…pumpkin pie!
So, instead of giving up on this festive treat, I decided to give it a gluten- and dairy-free superfoods makeover—complete with super seasonings and super sweeteners that are a healthier choice than regular sugar OR agave OR artificial sweeteners like Splenda and even xylitol.
That wasn’t hard to do because as you know from my pumpkin blog, pumpkins happen to be extremely rich in nutritional value to begin with.
While surprisingly low in calories, pumpkins deliver a powerful potassium punch in just one cup of mashed.
With nearly 600 mg of this heart and cortisol-balancing mineral—1/3 more potassium than a banana—they are also an unexpected source of fiber and carotenoids.
Pumpkins offer up more than 2,000 mcg of the vision-protecting carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin—with a decent supply of B complex vitamins and manganese—a trace mineral so important in reducing the swelling, pain, and stiffness in joints.
Here is a quick run-down of some of the other flavorful, highly healthy ingredients that my pumpkin pie contains and that you may already have on hand:
Cinnamon – The spice that can spice up your health, too. A mere ½ teaspoon per day helps to level out blood sugar and can also alleviate arthritic pain. Ceylonese cinnamon is the variety of choice.
Nutmeg – An antibacterial spice that is known for improving circulation and concentration while calming down the stomach. A sleep promoter.
Mace – A warming spice that supports smooth digestion.
Ginger – An anti-inflammatory spice, ginger is liver supportive and normalizes blood pressure while acting as a fat-burning agent and flu buster.
Cloves – Strongly aromatic, cloves tonify the stomach, kidneys, and spleen providing immune-enhancing benefits.
Allspice – The name says it all—a combination of the aromatic flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.
Maple Syrup – My sweetener of choice because it may actually be good for your liver! The liver, as you may recall from my Fat Flush books, is your number one weight loss stumbling block. A liver overloaded with toxins cannot efficiently burn body fat and will sabotage your weight loss efforts. The latest research on this natural sweetener suggests that it not only protects liver function but can decrease elevated liver enzymes. It contains nearly 25 antioxidants, minerals and vitamins—so does have more redeeming nutritional perks than the white stuff.
Date Sugar – An underappreciated high-fiber sugar filled with minerals including magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
Here’s my Holiday Pumpkin Pie Recipe:
1/2 cup almond meal
1 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup date sugar
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 cups unsweetened canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon mace
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the meal and flour. Beat egg with the melted butter and pour into almond mixture. Stir well. Press into a 9 or 10-inch pie plate. As mixture may be sticky, place a layer of plastic wrap over the mixture and press it into the pie plate. When the mixture is evenly pressed into the plate, discard plastic. Bake the crust about 12 minutes or until starts to brown. Let cool. Combine the coconut milk, pumpkin and eggs. Add the maple syrup and date sugar. Stir in the spices and vanilla and mix until smooth. Pour the filling into the nut crust and bake for one hour or until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean. Let cool for one hour. Pie can be served chilled. Refrigerate leftover pie.
Bonus Tip: Take Y-C Cleanse before bed and upon arising the next day. All sugars can potentially still feed yeast.
Do leave your comments and let me know what you do to make your pumpkin pie recipe a family favorite!
Viruses are everywhere in the news these days—and not just Ebola.
Ten states have reported an outbreak of a mysterious flu-like virus causing severe respiratory illness in kids. Enterovirus is now being investigated.
In Kansas City, Missouri alone, more than 300 cases of respiratory illnesses were reported last month, according to the state Department of Health. In about 15% of the cases, children were placed in an intensive care unit.
When my best friend was recently diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, the breast cancer epidemic really hit home for me and I went into overdrive.
Like so many others who have breast cancer today (approximately 1 in 8 of us) there was no prior history of breast cancer in my best friend’s family.
So I naturally embarked on a frantic research mission to update myself and her regarding the best lifestyle choices, supplements and healing foods to help strengthen her system and prevent re-occurrence in the future. Continue reading →
The influence of the seasons on the delicate balance of your body is one of the most vital but overlooked aspects of total health.
There is an amazing organic synchronicity between the foods that grow naturally in your locale in each season and the physiological challenges presented by the changes in weather, daylight hours, and plummeting temperatures.
Just by “word of mouth,” this product has been a continual best seller for almost 15 years.
What a remarkable record when you consider how many “new” cutting edge compounds are introduced into the marketplace every day with millions of dollars fueling aggressive marketing campaigns.
Health Sciences Institute, one of the foremost newsletters in the country, was the first to uncover the “miracle” formula with a front page cover story (over ten years ago) that sung its praises:
My original Fat Flush® Soup Diet has helped thousands to detoxify and beat their bloat while emulsifying fat. While there are a multitude of copycat “Fat Flush Soup” recipes on the internet, here’s the program that really works (and has been clinically tested).
Initially developed as a stand-alone Fat Flush diet introductory program to The Fat Flush Plan and Fat Flush for Life, the Soup Diet has taken on a life of its own ever since it was introduced in Woman’s World and First For Women.
According to research from a study at Penn State, eating soup can trigger you to consume up to 448 fewer calories per meal. Continue reading →
Word has it that the late Apple guru, Steve Jobs, did not allow his kids to spend too much time with their digital gadgets.
Several recent articles including a piece in the New York Times entitled Steve Jobs Was A Low-Tech Parent have shed light on this little known fact about Jobs and what went on in his home.
“We limit how much technology our kids use at home,” Jobs was quoted as saying in the New York Times article. Continue reading →
One of the most common questions I’m asked these days is about my take on the Paleo diet.
Here are some reflections I received recently from a devoted five-year dieting fan who is following a program that she regards as “Beyond Paleo.”
“In search of the perfect dietary plan, I have scoured blogs and text books, consulted friends and family, and even watched full length TV commercials.
Many are so far off base that it is downright comical. Some come close, but lack key principles. Continue reading →
The fall always reminds me of my experience over twenty years ago when I was writing my first book, Beyond Pritikin (Bantam, 1988).
Back then (in the mid 1980s), I worked with an extraordinarily fast computer whiz, Chris, who transcribed my handwritten manuscript. Because of Chris’ schedule we often had to work through the night.
Chris was so capable and helpful, that I agreed to stay up and work alongside her. I marveled at Chris’ consistent mental focus—even after a full day of “regular” work with her 9 to 5 job. Continue reading →