Wilted Spinach with Sunflower Seeds

from Simply Gluten Free Cookbook by Chef Varouj
(Modified by Dr. Susanne to follow the Gut Restore/Heal Your Gut Food Checklist)

Yield: 2 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes

This is a very quick and easy side that could be prepared in few minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound baby organic spinach, (washed with Vitamin C Crystals)
  • 1/8 cup of fresh chopped basil
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/8 cup avocado oil
  • Pinch chili, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Choose a large sauté pan or pot to fit all the spinach at once.
  2. Heat the avocado oil on medium-high
  3. Add sunflower seeds and chili (if using) cook for a minute.
  4. Add spinach, season with salt and pepper, and constantly mix, from the bottom to the top.
  5. Cook only until the spinach leaves discolor. Time will vary depending on quantity and size of pot/sauté pan.

NOTE:

You are not cooking the spinach; it will barely change color and begin to wilt.

 

Photo courtesy of Chef Varouj – http://culinarycreator.com

“Quick” Breakfast

from Simply Gluten Free Cookbook by Chef Varouj
(Modified by Dr. Susanne to follow the Gut Restore/Heal Your Gut Food Checklist)

Yield: 1 serving
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

This is my “convenience” breakfast, best of all, I always use leftovers meats, herbs and vegetables, and I add other ingredients to it as I wish.

If you don’t have leftovers, just follow the 1/8 of a cup of each ingredient for every 3 eggs as a guideline

Ingredients:

  • 3 whole eggs (or 1-2 yolks and 3 egg whites)
  • 1-2 teaspoons coconut oil or ghee (use more if you need it)
  • 1/4 cup fresh spinach or arugula
  • 1/8 cup red pepper or tomato, diced
  • ¼ of an avocado
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, sliced

Preparation:

1. In a sauté pan, on medium, heat the oil, add arugula/spinach and red pepper and cook for 2 minutes.

2. Season with salt and pepper, add basil, cook for a minute longer

3. Add eggs, and stir till a creamy texture is achieved…

4. Add slices of avocado

NOTE: Always remember, when it comes to cooking eggs, regardless of how it is being prepared, they contain a high amount of proteins. Overcooking will uncoil the protein bonds and force the moisture out and therefore drying it.

Tip 2: Other possible combinations: Add leftover beef or chicken to the above recipe. Olives, with zucchini, diced fresh ripe tomatoes, basil and/or oregano.

Ask a hundred random people about deadly things we encounter in modern life and they might respond with answers such as violent crime, accidents involving guns, automobile crashes and heart attacks (among many other possible answers.) Most people probably would never think about the deadly killer that is all around us in virtually every part of the United States and every other developed nation. Toxic metals are found in the food we consume, pesticides and herbicides, kitchenware and accessories, building materials and even paint. We have been filling our environment and our bodies with deadly toxins for centuries yet little attention has been paid to these dangerous substances.

The biggest threats come from a relatively small number of toxic metals. There are six, in fact. These metals are

  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Nickel
  • Aluminum

As you probably know, many of these metals have been used in common items such as batteries to cooking pots and household appliances. Now for the scary part- many people all over the world are exposed to these toxic metals from seemingly innocent places like the air we breathe and the food we eat.

Here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Numbness in the mouth, tongue and throat
  • Vomiting or severe nausea
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Difficulty breathing and/or irregular heart beat
  • Impaired motor, language or cognitive skills
  • Migraine type headaches

These symptoms indicate an acute exposure to toxic metals and should be addressed by your health care provider immediately.  Many of my patients find relief by using products such as Uber Greens, which you can find more information about here.

Chronic illness due to toxic metals is more difficult to diagnose because everyday millions of people deal with the exact same symptoms such as fatigue, foggy brain, joint pain, acid reflux, bloating, constipation insomnia, anxiety and depression. Ask your doctor to order blood, urine and/or hair analysis tests to further evaluate your body for possible exposure to toxic metals.

In my book The 7-Day Allergy Makeover, I go into detail about the dangers of toxic metals and how to avoid these poisons to prevent allergies and disease.

Here are some of the needle movers I recommend you to implement today:

  • Replace aluminum and stainless steel pots and pans with glass, enamel or ceramic cookware. Stainless steel pots and pans are made with nickel, which can cause a great deal of digestive and skin issues.
  • Use glass water bottles instead of steel canteens
  • Use porcelain, bamboo, or wooden utensils
  • Always use the recirculating air button while driving to prevent breathing in exhaust fumes and toxic metals such as mercury and lead.
  • Avoid aluminum based cosmetics and antiperspirants (increase risk of Alzheimer’s.)
  • Avoid flu shots and thimersol (mercury) based vaccines.
  • Check for lead based paint in your home and office.
  • Avoid and remove all silver dental fillings made of mercury
  • Use natural pesticides and insecticides such as rosemary and mint oil, instead of conventional chemical based pesticides, which are formulated with heavy metals such as arsenic and mercury.
  • Stop smoking and avoid second hand cigarette smoke- you are sucking down cadmium bombs!
  • Avoid eating “wide-mouthed” fish such as tuna, swordfish, bass, mahi mahi and shark and instead eat small wild caught fish such as sardines, anchovies, sable fish, sockeye salmon.
  • Organic is the best policy! Avoid conventionally grown produce, poultry and food. Chicken fed non-organic feed is contaminated with arsenic.
  • Drink purified water instead of tap water and avoid natural-spring water coming from granite rich land such as the Rocky and Sierra Mountains. Arsenic levels are high in granite rock.

We all need to be concerned about the toxic substances that are building up in our environment and potentially harming our children and our health. The toxic metals described above such as arsenic and mercury disrupt our energy output and nervous system, impair our senses, affect our children’s development and can even lead to cancer. We all need to work together to eliminate the use of these toxic materials but in the meantime we must make a strong effort to reduce our exposure to arsenic, lead, mercury and other toxic metals. We owe it to our children and ourselves!

 

This is a shake recipe that I have been having a lot of success with and wanted to share with you. I call it my “Morning Turbo Charge Shake” because it gets me going and sets my metabolism off right in the morning.

List of Ingredients:

  • 1 Scoop Uber Green Shake or Omega Greens
  • 1 Heaping tsp Acai Berry Powder
  • 1 Heaping tablespoon Sprouted Chai Seed Powder
  • 1 Heaping tablespoon Brown Rice Bran and Germ Powder
  • 10 – 12 ounces of water
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cinnamon

 

I mix mine up in my Magic Bullet and viola! I have an amazing energy boosting breakfast.

I take it twice a day. First thing in the morning and late afternoon between 2-3pm for a second energy boost.

Click here for the pdf!

 

Learn more at www.drsusanne.com

increases the detoxification of histamineVitamin C is my # 1 formula for natural allergy relief.

Vitamin C prevents histamine release and increases the detoxification of histamine. Studies show that taking 2 grams of Vitamin C per day reduces 38% of histamines in 1 week! http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1578094

Also excellent for collagen production, strengthening blood vessels, fight infections and is a super anti-oxidant!

Please comment below if you take your daily dose of Vitamin C!

Why I LOVE EGCg Green Tea Extract!

It helps me with my blood sugar balance, curbs my appetite and increases fat burning! It gives me a warm energizing feeling so I know it is kicking in with its thermogenic effect!

BTW- I don’t drink green tea regularly because of the natural high fluoride content, so I take the EGCg supplement instead!

EGCg

Studies show the following BENEFITS OF EGCg:

• Antioxidant activity

• Increased energy expenditure

• Improved fat metabolism

• Reduced appetite

• Blood glucose management

• Neuroprotection

• Cardiovascular support

• Reduced risk of development of various cancers and metastasis

• Supports chemotherapy

• Reduction of inflammation

• Supports detoxification

• Antiviral/antibacterial

• Testosterone metabolism

Please comment below if this post was helpful!

hemp heartsI am so obsessed with Organic HEMP HEARTS!

4 Good Reasons to Eat Hemp Hearts

1. Delicious taste! It’s nutty & chewy- great sprinkled over salads, into smoothies, on top of gluten-free oatmeal or just eat it with a spoon (my favorite!)

2. Loads of fiber- which can improve bowel regularity

3. Protein Power- great for vegans!

4. Healthy source of Omega 3’s to modulate inflammation and pain

How do you eat your Organic Hemp Hearts? Let us know in the comment field below.

Organic Green powderThis powerful green drink during allergy season can help your runny nose, nasal congestion and itchy eyes!

Shake Ingredients:

  • One Scoop of Organic Green powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Wellness For Life Nutraceuticals Vitamin C +
  • ½ teaspoon of Probiotics powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Organic Acai powder
  • 1 capsule of Wellness For Life Quercetin +
  • 12 oz of purified water

In a blender or magic bullet, pour in water, and all powder ingredients. Open up the capsule of Quercetin + into the mix. Blend well and drink on an empty stomach. Drink twice a day or as needed!

To order any of the ingredients, please stop by the office or call Frank, at 310-315-1514. All shake ingredients are 20% off through May 31st.

dll-collageSpring is here and it is time to start thinking about “Spring Cleaning” of our bodies and mind so that we can shed the toxins we accumulated in Winter and become our most brilliant and healthy self. That is why I am so excited to share with you my upcoming ALL-INCLUSIVE 3-day, 2 night weekend “Spring Cleaning” retreat happening at the Deer Lake Lodge on April 26th – 28th.  This very special 3-day retreat was designed with my clinic patients and online community in mind will be an exceptional opportunity to jump start your brilliance.

During this special “you” weekend, you will learn to tap into your inner strength and be brilliant so you can achieve your life goals and passions by improving your nutrition and lifestyle. My goal for the weekend is to provide specific, practical and easy-to-apply suggestions, which can improve your ability to reach your optimal potential in physical and mental health.

The Deer Lake Lodge is a unique wellness resort which specializes in cleanses and detoxification in a natural, sustainable setting. Their holistic approach addresses your mind, body and spirit. The Deer Lake Lodge is simply amazing in all that they offer their guests in complimentary classes, products, use of their equipment and so much more! Here is only a partial list of the many amenities that you will receive during your stay: daily cleanse program, organic robe and slippers, himalayan rock salt, organic juices, specialty teas for cleanses, supplements, yoga classes, nutrition and raw food classes.

dll-swimmingpoolDuring this 3 day, all about you weekend, you will learn:

  • About food allergies and how they contribute to inflammation; disease, and obesity;
  • Why sleep can be your best medicine and how to get more!;
  • How to recalibrate your “Bio-Rhythms of Life” to increase energy, vitality, lose weight and increase lifespan;
  • 7 foods to eat for energy, mental clarity and weight management;
  • How to prevent the three most common physical complaints of America- fatigue, indigestion, headache;
  • Why time management is key to your health and success.

And much more!

This amazing three day experience will help you revitalize your energy, stimulate your mind, bring out your brilliance and set you on a path for optimal health and personal success.

Click here to find out more now and to reserve your space. If you register before March 31st, you will save $500. Also, if you choose to come in early you can do so for just $200.

I would love to see you there!  Step into your brilliance and sign up today for a weekend all about you that will cleanse your mind, body and spirit so that you can be your most brilliant self.