Toxic Free Kitchen
Real food for real health —
how to choose, prepare, and enjoy foods that nourish and heal
Last Friday I went to see my MD. He had wanted me to do some blood tests after a month on the 30-Day Reset program.
Well the results were amazing!
My total weight loss from the program is now 15 pounds and continuing. I have no cravings and am staying on my diet even when I go to potlucks. Every day my body feels smaller. I’m so happy I have the confidence that I am eating the right foods. This is after years of struggling with losing weight and being unsuccessful.
My blood pressure was normal 146/74. Prior to the 30-Day Reset it was high enough that I was taking magnesium to bring it down.
My pulse 62. Totally normal.
HA1C (a measure of blood sugar) was 8.7 when I started and is now 8.0. But it was 8.7 on 50 units of insulin and 8.0 on 20 units. Big change. (I had to start taking insulin on an emergency basis last summer and am working with my MD to get off of it. He said this diet will do it).
My thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) was normal, but the big surprise was that my T3 and T4 were both normal—I can’t remember the last time they were normal, even with a thyroid supplement.
My doctor was very pleased and doesn’t want to see me for 3 months.
This is a HUGE improvement for me!
For the past couple of weeks I have been enjoying kumquats—one of my most favorite fruits. I love kumquats so much, one year I even went to our local Kumquat Festival in nearby Dade City, which is known as “The Kumquat Capital of the World.” Lucky me!
You may have never even heard of a kumquat if you don’t live in Florida or California. I’m not sure how far and wide they are shipped.
They are a wonderful little bite-sized citrus fruit that you just pop into your mouth whole—skin and seeds and pulp and all. It’s a juicy bittersweet citrus bite. It’s citrus without all the sugar of an orange.
The point I want to make here is not for you to eat kumquats, but to look around and see if there are fruits you can savor their sweetness and flavor, and enjoy them as much as any dessert. Find out what’s local where you live and revel in these seasonal treasures.
There are some foods that are just so satisfying in their simplicity, and this happens to be one for me. It’s a comfort food.
I redesigned standard hash with my Paleo food list and came up with a new favorite. I had to make it several nights in a row, it was so good!
I make this with a yellow sweet potato called “Jersey Sweet Potato” at my local natural food store, not an orange yam.
makes 4 servings
- several tablespoons ghee
- 2 large organic onions
- 8 large cloves of garlic (I know that sounds like a lot, but it mellows in cooking)
- 1 pound ground organic chicken (if your natural food store has a meat counter, they can grind it for you)
- 1 large sweet potato, baked and cooled, then peeled and chopped
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Peel the onions and garlic. Chop the onions, and cut the garlic cloves in half (large pieces cooked are not as strong)
- Melt the ghee in a skillet and add the onions and garlic.
- Saute onions and garlic for a few minutes until soft, then pull them to one side of the skillet and add the ground chicken to the other side. Break up the chicken with a wooden spoon into bite-sized pieces and move it around as it browns. When chicken is brown, mix it with onions and garlic.
- Add the chopped sweet potato and stir gently until sweet potatoes are hot.
- I add the salt and pepper on top at the end so I get the full flavor of them as a garnish.
- Serve and enjoy.
Variation with Kale or Other Greens
If you want to get some greens into your diet, a good way to eat kale is by adding it to this hash. Cut the kale into thin strips across the leaf and toss it in at the end. It will wilt quickly. If kale is too adventurous, try spinach, or any favorite greens.
Yes you can!
He says he eats 100% organic by planning ahead. He keeps organic staples on hand and buys fresh organic produce daily. He carries organic snacks with him when he goes out, and even plans ahead so he knows where to find organic food when he travels.
It also helps that he lives a short walk from a natural food store where he can buy organic food and there are organic restaurants and delivery where he lives in New York City.
Hear more about how Max eats organic:
An industrial chemical called azodicarbonamide (ADA) has been found to be listed as an ingredient on the labels of many well-known brands of bread, croutons, pre-made sandwiches and snacks. It’s called the “yoga mat” chemical because it is the preferred chemical foaming agent that turns plastics into materials that are strong, light, spongy, and malleable. Like yoga mats, or flip-flops.
While azodicarbonamide is not known to be toxic to humans, it’s yet another synthetic chemical in our food supply.
Another reason to prepare our own organic foods ourselves at home.
A great article from Rodale News lists ten ways pesticides are affecting your body, and what you can do to prevent each one.
- Food allergies
- Memory loss
- Autism and other developmental diseases
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Birth Defects
- Alzheimer’s Disease
This is why we need to eat organic. Your body can be pesticide-free in days when you stop eating them.
It worked! I lost 9 pounds on the scale, but more importantly, it was a good loss and my body is much leaner and stronger. My blood sugar also improved and was able to reduce my insulin by one-third over the 30 days.
My energy and stamina have improved to where I can be active from 6 am to 11 pm, I’m sleeping well, and can think very clearly, it’s like all my nerve connections are connecting. The best part is I have confidence that I can get these results consistently over time by continuing to eat these foods. I know what to eat now, without a doubt. I’m excited about taking this list of nourishing foods and turning them into tasty dishes! Listen to the show for all the details…
Lost another two pounds this week, so that’s 11 pounds total so far, and am down to half of my insulin dose. Still happy eating!
One of the benefits I’ve gained from doing Dr Kellyann’s 30 Day Reset program is to become aware of how dairy was affecting my body. It was the one thing I hadn’t given up before starting this program, and I eliminated cream, cheese, and yoghurt, but could give up my butter. I held on to Dr Kellyann’s statement that some people did fine on the program with grassfed butter, and so I kept eating my organic butter through the program until it ran out, and then I made grassfed butter and ghee.
It’s simple to make grassfed butter. And much more delicious than any butter you’ve ever tasted.
You just take some grassfed cream and put it in a blender, food processor or mixer. In days gone by, women churned butter by hand in a wooden butter churn and I’ve seen glass jars in antique stores with paddles inside attached to a handle on the outside for turning. My ex-husband even made butter one day as a “science experiment” by whipping some cream with a fork while we were watching a movie on TV. And it worked! Took some time, but he did it.
All you really need to do is separate the fat from the liquid in cream. Here are some pictures of cream turning into butter. The first picture it starts to thicken after a few minutes. At a certain point it breaks and looks like the next picture. That’s when you stop beating it. Making a quart of grassfed cream in my food processor took 8 minutes for it to break into butter.
At this point, put it into a colander in the sink and run cold water over it. Squish the bits of butter together with your hands to bring all the bits together in one lump and continue to squeeze and rinse until the rinse water runs clean. This step is to remove the liquid milk so the butter doesn’t go rancid. And that’s it! Put it in a covered container and keep it in the refrigerator.
Why grassfed butter? You can actually use any cream to make butter, but grassfed butter is very special. Fat from grassfed dairy contains three special nutrients that are not found in many foods, and particularly not in plant foods.
Vitamin K2 actually lowers risk of heart attacks by 51%, reduces risk of death from all causes by 26% and even helps prevent arthritis. And, it helps your body utilize vitamin D.
CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a type of healthy fat that lowers the risk for cancer and hardening of the arteries as well as improving fat loss.
And it contains those super Omega-3 fats instead of the Omerga-6 fats found in grain-fed dairy.
I first met ghee—also called clarified butter—many many years ago when I, as a teenager, made baklava from scratch. The traditional recipe calls for clarified butter, so I made some. At the time I didn’t know anything about ghee or it’s wonderful benefits.
Dr Kellyann told me that ghee is “dairy-free butter” because it is the fat of the butter only, and none of the “dairy” part that causes problems
To make grassfed ghee, you simply simmer the grassfed butter over the lowest possible heat, until it stops producing foam. As you cook it, you skim the foam off the top, and when there is no more to skim, you’re done. You can see in the picture below the foam on the left and the ghee on the right. Very clear. If there is any sediment in the cream, it falls to the bottom of the pan, so pour your clarified butter out into another container while it is still liquid and you can leave the sediment in the pot.
Ghee has long been used in India as a staple of that cuisine. It is known to fight inflammation, heal the gut, and fight free radicals. It has a high smoking point so it can be cooked at high temperatures without burning.
I honestly can’t say I’m going to give up butter entirely, but I now have another option to use where it works for me. I may still want butter on my sweet potato! But I’ve now given myself an alternative, so I have a choice.
Since I am still on Dr Kellyann’s 30 Day Reset diet, I’m not making any chocolates for Valentine’s Day.
But she said I could give you her recipe for Chocolate Nut Truffles, which sound divine and are just the kind of thing I would make.
I was intending when I started to write every day and tell you all the creative delicious foods I was eating on this plan, but life intervened and I have been sitting at my computer with all my attention on my new website, and eating basically same foods every day. I just stocked my refrigerator and snacked my way through the past week.
It served me well. I’ve had incredible strength and stamina and clarity of mind. I’ve been working from 6:00 in the morning until 11:00 at night, then sleeping well and getting up and doing it all over again.
I haven’t weighed my body because Dr Kellyann told me not to weigh until Day 30, but my clothes are getting looser and looser.
The last couple of days I actually feel like exercising, not because I am making myself exercise, but because my body wants to move for the joy of it.
I went to a potluck on Saturday night and all I ate was plain raw fruits and vegetables. I didn’t touch the grilled cheese sandwiches—one of my former favorite foods! And no willpower required. I just didn’t want it.
But the most interesting thing is, I’m not even counting the days anymore. I’m not thinking, “Oh, only nine more days and I can eat anything I want!”
No, this is just the way I eat now. What I’m looking forward to is having more time to explore all the delightful and delicious ways I can prepare this list of foods that are making my body feel and look so good!