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Author: Christine

Kale and Chia and Black Beans oh MY: Three Great Foods to Add to Your Diet this Week

You probably already know that Black Beans are good for you. Aside from being one of the healthiest foods for your colon and digestive tract, black beans are a great way to fulfill the weekly dietary recommendation of 3 cups of legumes per week.  But did you know that black beans are also great for blood sugar regulation due to its natural ability to curtail simple sugar extremes during digestion? They also contain 8 different flavonoids that have antioxidant potential and are high in phtyochemicals. In layman’s terms, they are a big help in the prevention of cancer.

 

But guess what – black beans aren’t just good for YOU, they are good for the soil too!  Beans are one of the only cultivated plants that enrich, rather than deplete, the soil they are grown in.

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Chia is actually nothing new, even though it’s new to a lot of Americans. It was a highly prized plant to the Mayans. In fact, chia is the Mayan word for strength. Modern science is proving that the Mayans knew what they were talking about.

Chia seeds contain massive amounts of nutrients on very little calories. In fact, the nutrient to calorie ratio is one of the best known to food.  Two Tablespoons of chia seed contains 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. They are also very high in magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and calcium and contain a significant amount of Vitamins B1, B3, and B12, Zinc, and Potassium.

 

If that isn’t enough for you, chia seeds are rich in antioxidants. Foods rich in antioxidants are necessary for helping your body prevent infectious and debilitating diseases. They are also high in omega-3 fatty acids and have been known to reduce dangerous health markers in diabetics.

 

Chia is also classed as a “whole grain” and is naturally gluten free. As a bonus perk, they are also usually grown organically and GMO-free and are easy to incorporate into your diet. Most nutritionists consider chia to be a “superfood” with no question.

 

Kale was at one time relegated to the unfair position of “food dressing,” where it’s lovely leaves were simply there to make other foods look prettier. However, those days are long gone.

 

Kale has special cholesterol lowering benefits and is excellent for aiding in digestive tract issues. It contains properties that allow bile acids to be excreted more efficiently. The plant is now well-known for helping assist in body detoxification, as well. Kale has been specifically linked to the prevention of at least five different types of cancer – bladder, breast, prostate, ovary, and colon – and new findings are coming in regularly.

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Science has also found at least 45 different identifiable flavonoids in kale that combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

If you aren’t sold on kale yet, 1 cup of kale has only 36 calories, but packs a huge vitamin punch. Its loaded with vitamins A,  K, and C, and also contains significant amounts of calcium, fiber, iron, B6, copper, manganese, and vitamin E.

 

So as you can see, we aren’t kidding! These are three great foods that you should start adding to your diet this week! Your body will thank you.

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So what else is new about being Gluten-Free?

You may have heard that eating only gluten-free foods makes you feel better, feel less sleepy, and even eat healthier? Gluten-Free is becoming increasingly popular–even we were curious as to what the real benefits are. Here are the real details about truly being gluten-free.

 

What is Gluten?

 

Gluten is a protein found in mature seeds of cereal grasses such as wheat (including spelt triticale, kamut, farro, einkorn), barley and rye. It is an ingredient that gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and keep its shape. It can also be an ingredient in salad dressings, seasoning mixes, imitation meats, beer, vitamins, and cosmetics.

 

Who should go Gluten-Free?

 

Celiac disease. Individuals with Celiac Disease must follow a strict gluten-free diet. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system responds by damaging the small intestine with the consumption of gluten. The body cannot absorb minerals from food and instead excretes them in stool. Prevention Magazine’s symptoms of Celiac Disease include stomach pain, bloating, gas, decreased appetite, weight loss, constant diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, floating stools bloody or fatty in appearance, easy bruising, hair loss, missed menstrual periods, fatigue, joint pain, and dermatitis.

 

Gluten Intolerance and Gluten Sensitivity. Gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity ( a less severe version) is not an immune related response, but can have similar symptoms from the consumption of gluten including abdominal cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and gassiness. Over a long period of time individuals that consume gluten with gluten intolerance may cause permanent damage to their intestines, where gluten sensitivity will not damage the intestinal lining. Those who experience gas and bloating in particular after eating wheat may also be reacting to a form of carbohydrate in the wheat called fructans, rather than the gluten protein itself.

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How to replace gluten in your diet.

 

Not all grains contain gluten! Several Grains that are naturally gluten-free include rice (white, brown or wild rice) , corn, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, sorghum, teff, and oats. Sometimes these items may be referred to as “glutinous” because of their texture; however, their composition and protein differs from true gluten.

 

Time to test your knowledge, are you a Gluten-Free Guru?

 

Fact or Myth? Rice cannot be eaten on a gluten-free diet.

 

Myth: Rice may be referred to as glutinous due to its texture, however it is gluten-free and okay to eat on a Gluten-Free diet!

 

Fact or Myth? Regular oats at the grocery store are gluten-free; therefore, they are safe for one with Celiac disease to consume.


Myth: Although oats don’t technically contain gluten, they are often cross-contaminated with wheat gluten during processing, so a person with celiac-disease could become very sick consuming these regular oats. When purchasing oats on a gluten-free diet, look for oats that certify on the package that they are indeed gluten-free.

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Author: Julia

Celiac Disease – What Is It?

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder where one’s immune system will damage the small intestines if one ingests gluten.

People who have Celiac disease must completely eliminate gluten, because consuming even small amounts triggers symptoms, including belly pain and bloating. This happens because in people with Celiac, gluten causes the immune system to damage or destroy villi, the tiny, finger-like outgrowths that line the small intestine like a microscopic plush carpet. Healthy villi absorb nutrients through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, so when they become damaged, chronic malnutrition occurs, which is typically accompanied by weight loss and exhaustion. In people with this diagnosis, avoiding gluten is the only way to reverse the damage.

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What Is Celiac Disease?

When people with Celiac Disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. The tiny, fingerlike protrusions lining the small intestine are damaged or destroyed. Called villi, they normally allow nutrients from food to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, regardless of the quantity or quality of food eaten.

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Symptoms Of Celiac

Early signs and symptoms of Celiac include: Stomach pain, bloating, gas, decreased appetite, weight loss, intermittent or constant diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting, and floating stools that are bloody or fatty in appearance. Long-term symptoms include easy bruising, hair loss, missed menstrual periods, fatigue and joint pain, and dermatitis, or itchy skin.
Diagnosing The Disease

The results of a blood test can help detect Celiac Disease. If a blood test comes back positive for the appropriate antibodies, an upper endoscopy may be performed to assess possible damage to the small intestine, more specifically the duodenum. If there is a flattening of the villi, those finger-like projections that absorb nutrients, the doctor or a registered dietitian will work with the patient to create a gluten-free diet. After a few months, the doctor may order another round of blood tests and an endoscopy to evaluate the body’s response. Genetic testing is also helpful for relatives of those with Celiac Disease, as the disease is hereditary and common among first-degree relatives.
The Longterm Damage Of Celiac

According to the American Celiac Disease Alliance, eating gluten can cause those with Celiac Disease to be malnourished. This is because the body cannot absorb vitamins and minerals from food, and instead excretes them in the stool. This can cause weight loss and vitamin deficiencies, which if severe enough can lead to stunted growth, neurological problems, and low bone density. Calcium and vitamin D are lost in the stool as well, which can lead to rickets in children (a type of kidney stone), as well as osteomalacia (softening of bones), osteopenia, and osteoporosis. Cancer, especially gastrointestinal cancer, has also been reported to occur in cases of longstanding untreated celiac disease.
Celiac’s Dietary Restrictions

Sufferers of Celiac Disease cannot eat foods made with all-purpose flour, bleached flour, bran, couscous, wheat bran, or wheat starch, among others. Under new labeling laws, any foods containing wheat must be identified in the ingredients section on the food label. Celiac suffers must also avoid rye and barley, the latter of which is often used as malt flavoring. Oats can be tricky: Pure, uncontaminated oats consumed in moderation (up to 1/2 cup of dry oats daily) may be tolerated by some, but not all, celiacs. Gluten-free alternatives include rice, corn (maize), soy, potato, tapioca, beans, quinoa, and nut flours. The Celiac Disease Foundation is a good resource for information about gluten-free foods.

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Sweetie Pie Snacks: Organic | NonGMO
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Saffron Road Chicken Nuggets: Halal

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Gnarly Whey Protein: NonGMO
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EBOOST Energy Shot Bottle *FREE: NonGMO
EBOOST Energy Packet *FREE: NonGMO
Coco Libre Coconut Water: Organic
2 Degrees Food Bar: Vegan
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Califia Iced Coffee + Almond Milk: NonGMO | Vegan
Cup4Cup Baking Mix: NonGMO | Kosher
Califia Almond Milk: NonGMO | Vegan
Thoughtful Food Granola: Organic | NonGMO | Dairy-Free | Vegan
Fruit Bliss: Organic | NonGMO | Vegan
Kay’s Natural Cereal: Kosher
Don’t Go Nuts Soy Butter: Vegan | Nut-Free | Organic | NonGMO
SunButter Sunflower Seed Butter
Pamela’s Baking Mix
Trulicious Sweetener
Pyure Organic Stevia: Organic | NonGMO
Frosteen Queens All Natural Frosting
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What are Ancient Grains?

If you’ve never heard of Ancient Grains, boy you’re missing out! Not only are they some of the healthiest foods on the planet, but they’re also some of the most delicious. Adding more of these grains to your diet is guaranteed to improve your health in more ways than you can imagine.

Got your attention? Read on to find out more about these amazing ancient grains…

 

What are Ancient Grains?

The name “ancient grains” refers to grains that have been cultivated and consumed by people for thousands of years. Some grains (wheat among them) have only been consumed for a few hundred years, but grains like teff, quinoa, farro, farik, and amaranth were eaten before modern cultivation methods were discovered. They are by far the healthiest grains around, and they are the ones you want to eat more of!

There are world-wide ancient grains used to this very day!

There are world-wide ancient grains used to this very day!

Benefits of Ancient Grains

Not sure why you should be giving up your pizza, pasta, rice, or whole wheat cereal in favor of ancient grains? Here are some of the amazing properties of these amazing ancient grains:

Amaranth — Dating back to the time of the Incas and Aztecs, this grain is gluten-free, provides complete proteins, is rich in fiber, and provides a lot of the minerals your body needs for healthy function. It can help you build muscle and burn fat WITHOUT adding lots of calories to your diet. It’s also gluten-free so you can use copious amounts for baking and general health.

Kamut –– This grain originates in Egypt, dating back to the era of King Tutankhamen. It’s loaded with healthy proteins and fibers, along with selenium–an immune-boosting mineral that protects against disease. It’s a wonderful grain to use for baking thanks to its natural sweetness.

Buckwheat –– Not technically a type of wheat, buckwheat is more of an edible grass that is loaded with the 8 essential amino acids, B vitamins, and minerals. Eating just 30 grams of the stuff per day can help to lower your blood pressure drastically, and it’s so rich in fiber that it will fill you up far faster than any other type of grain! Despite the name including ‘wheat’, buckwheat is also gluten-free and safe for Celiac Disease.

Quinoa –– Originating in the Andes Mountains, this ancient grain is one of the most nutritionally balanced foods on the planet, with minerals, B vitamins, protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. It’s one of the best vegan sources of protein and it’s also gluten-free (just be wary of other ingredients if there is a Ingredients Label included).

These are just a few of the best ancient grains, but there is many more, including:

Spelt (rich in dietary fiber, has a nutty taste)

Millet (gluten-free, heart-smart grain)

Farro (more fiber than any other grain)

Sorghum (rich in antioxidants)

Freekah (loaded with protein and fiber, low in carbs)

It’s definitely a good idea to eat more of these ancient grains! (None of these from Spelt to Freekah are gluten-free though.)

Take a look at what ancient grains look like!

Take a look at what ancient grains look like!

How to Eat Ancient Grains

One downside to these grains is that they are VERY hard to prepare. They require a lot more cooking time, and they have a stronger flavor than grains like wheat, rice, and oats.

However, if you can learn to prepare them properly, you’ll find that they are supremely delicious as well as nutritious. You can enjoy them in many different ways, such as:

– Buckwheat noodles in place of wheat noodles (for pasta)
– Quinoa in place of couscous or white rice (for curry)
– Amaranth in place of oats (in yoghurt)
– Adding chia seeds into juice or shakes
– Boil farro with water (like rice) and eat in a salad filled with kale, cherry tomatoes, radish, and whatever else you like!

You’ll need to get a bit creative, but you’ll find that it’s fairly easy to turn these ancient grains into delicious meals!

Looks the same as other pastas, right?

Looks the same as other pastas, right?

Where to Buy Ancient Grains

It’s pretty hard to find ancient grains in your local supermarket, though Wal-mart and Target both carry at least a few of the more popular grains.

You can check out places like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and other health food stores if you want to find these ancient grains. The prices, however, will usually be very high. However, at Whole Foods, they carry these grains with bulk dispensers, so you are more than free to choose the weight/amount you’d like to purchase.

Most larger-sized health food markets will have bulk dispensers or bulk buckets filled with ancient grains.

Most larger-sized health food markets will have bulk dispensers or bulk buckets filled with ancient grains.

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What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder where one’s immune system will damage the small intestines if one ingests gluten.

http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/benefits-and-downsides-gluten-free-eating

People who have Celiac disease must completely eliminate gluten, because consuming even small amounts triggers symptoms, including belly pain and bloating. This happens because in people with Celiac, gluten causes the immune system to damage or destroy villi, the tiny, finger-like outgrowths that line the small intestine like a microscopic plush carpet. Healthy villi absorb nutrients through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, so when they become damaged, chronic malnutrition occurs, which is typically accompanied by weight loss and exhaustion. In people with this diagnosis, avoiding gluten is the only way to reverse the damage.

Prevention mag:

What Is Celiac Disease? When people with Celiac Disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. The tiny, fingerlike protrusions lining the small intestine are damaged or destroyed. Called villi, they normally allow nutrients from food to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, regardless of the quantity or quality of food eaten.

Symptoms Of Celiac Early signs and symptoms of Celiac include: Stomach pain, bloating, gas, decreased appetite, weight loss, intermittent or constant diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting, and floating stools that are bloody or fatty in appearance. Long-term symptoms include easy bruising, hair loss, missed menstrual periods, fatigue and joint pain, and dermatitis, or itchy skin.

Diagnosing The Disease The results of a blood test can help detect Celiac Disease. If a blood test comes back positive for the appropriate antibodies, an upper endoscopy may be performed to assess possible damage to the small intestine, more specifically the duodenum. If there is a flattening of the villi, those finger-like projections that absorb nutrients, the doctor or a registered dietitian will work with the patient to create a gluten-free diet. After a few months, the doctor may order another round of blood tests and an endoscopy to evaluate the body’s response. Genetic testing is also helpful for relatives of those with Celiac Disease, as the disease is hereditary and common among first-degree relatives.

The Long-term Damage Of Celiac According to the American Celiac Disease Alliance, eating gluten can cause those with Celiac Disease to be malnourished. This is because the body cannot absorb vitamins and minerals from food, and instead excretes them in the stool. This can cause weight loss and vitamin deficiencies, which if severe enough can lead to stunted growth, neurological problems, and low bone density. Calcium and vitamin D are lost in the stool as well, which can lead to rickets in children (a type of kidney stone), as well as osteomalacia (softening of bones), osteopenia, and osteoporosis. Cancer, especially gastrointestinal cancer, has also been reported to occur in cases of longstanding untreated celiac disease.

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Celiac’s Dietary Restrictions Sufferers of Celiac Disease cannot eat foods made with all-purpose flour, bleached flour, bran, couscous, wheat bran, or wheat starch, among others. Under new labeling laws, any foods containing wheat must be identified in the ingredients section on the food label. Celiac sufferers must also avoid rye and barley, the latter of which is often used as malt flavoring. Oats can be tricky: Pure, uncontaminated oats consumed in moderation (up to 1/2 cup of dry oats daily) may be tolerated by some, but not all, celiacs. Gluten-free alternatives include rice, corn (maize), soy, potato, tapioca, beans, quinoa, and nut flours. The Celiac Disease Foundation is a good resource for information about gluten-free foods.

What is Gluten?

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Have you heard that eating only gluten-free foods makes you feel better, feel less sleepy, and even eat healthier? Gluten-Free is becoming increasingly popular–even we were curious as to what the real benefits are. Here are the real details about truly being gluten-free.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in mature seeds of cereal grasses such as wheat (including spelt triticale, kamut, farro, einkorn), barley and rye. It is an ingredient that gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and keep its shape. It can also be an ingredient in salad dressings, seasoning mixes, imitation meats, beer, vitamins, and cosmetics.

Who should go Gluten-Free?

Celiac Disease. Individuals with Celiac Disease must follow a strict gluten-free diet. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system responds by damaging the small intestine with the consumption of gluten. The body cannot absorb minerals from food and instead excretes them in stool. Prevention Magazine’s symptoms of Celiac Disease include stomach pain, bloating, gas, decreased appetite, weight loss, constant diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, floating stools bloody or fatty in appearance, easy bruising, hair loss, missed menstrual periods, fatigue, joint pain, and dermatitis.

Gluten Intolerance and Gluten Sensitivity. Gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity ( a less severe version) arenot immune related responses, but they can have similar symptoms from the consumption of gluten including abdominal cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and gassiness. Over a long period of time individuals that consume gluten with gluten intolerance may cause permanent damage to their intestines, whereas gluten sensitivity will not damage the intestinal lining. Those who experience gas and bloating in particular after eating wheat may also be reacting to a form of carbohydrate in the wheat called fructans, rather than the gluten protein itself.

How to replace gluten in your diet. Not all grains contain gluten! Several Grains that are naturally gluten-free include rice (white, brown or wild),corn, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, sorghum, teff, and oats. Sometimes these items may be referred to as “glutinous” because of their texture; however, their composition and protein differs from true gluten.

 

Time to test your knowledge, are you a Gluten-Free Guru?

Fact or Myth? Rice cannot be eaten on a gluten-free diet.

Myth: Rice may be referred to as glutinous due to its texture, however it is gluten-free and okay to eat on a Gluten-Free diet!

Fact or Myth? Regular oats at the grocery store are gluten-free; therefore, they are safe for one with celiac disease to consume.

Myth: Although oats don’t technically contain gluten, they are often cross-contaminated with wheat gluten during processing, so a person with celiac-disease could become very sick consuming these regular oats. When purchasing oats on a gluten-free diet, look for oats that certify on the package that they are indeed gluten-free.