Monthly Archives: October 2015

10 low carb hypothyroid friendly soups to warm the soul. Plus 2 recipes from my book! A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidisms booty.

Mexican Chicken Lime Soup 

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This spicy, crock pot friendly soup from Rachel Ray looks simply fantastic. I’m such a Mexican food fan.

Brazilian Shrimp Stew

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Such an easy soup to warm the soul on a chilly fall day. It’s creamy, spicy, and loaded with shrimp.What more could you ask for?

Pumpkin Chipotle Soup

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You won’t believe your taste buds with this warm, creamy and velvety soup. This soup will rock your world in the most taste-tastic way! Omit the sugar suggestion. I would substitute the heavy cream for coconut milk.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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If you like tomato soup, you’ll love this roasted red pepper soup. This soup a creamy texture, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese makes it feel extra indulgent. For a vegetarian option, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Andy’s South-West Chicken Soup

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Andy makes this soup look and taste out of this world. Fill your gut YUM! You can sauteed the veggies in coconut oil instead of butter and used red onion’s along with green and red pepper.  I would also add a 14 oz can of tomatoes with diced chilies instead of adding the chilies separately, seems to make it easier and you will need a 32 oz carton of chicken broth. Low sodium!

Egg Drop Soup

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While searching for the perfect egg drop soup recipe. I came across this very simple and delicious recipe. This classic Egg Drop Soup Recipe only takes 15 minutes to make, and tastes even better than the restaurant version!

Cream of Mushroom Soup

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This recipe will have your taste buds screaming in delight.  It’s the ultimate comfort food! You can taste the depth of  pure mushroom essence with every bite. I would substitute the cream for coconut milk.

Old-Fashioned Turkey Noodle Soup

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Are  you looking for something fast , easy and grain free? This old fashion turkey noodle soup will surprise you with this ‘drip off your chin” satisfaction.

Here are two recipes from my book. Hope you enjoy it.

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
Ingredients
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed into 3/4’ inch pieces (approx. 4 cups)
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1/2 sweet onion, peeled and halved
1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
2 1/2 low sodium vegetable broth
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Toss you’re prepared vegetables with olive oil on place them on a large cast iron skillet for roasting. Stir a few time to make sure squash is fork tender and roast for 40 minutes. Remove any onion or garlic that seem to be over roasting and set aside. After you’ve roasted them for 40 minutes, allow them to cool for 10 to 15 min. Remove any garlic or onions that have over ‘roasted”.
Place your roasted mixture in a blender or a food processor and blend until creamy. In large pot place blended mix and broth and salt. Cook on medium low until heated through adding more liquid as needed and taste for seasoning.
I like topping my soup with raw pumpkin seeds and a dash of cayenne pepper for some heat.
Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup
10 medium sized vine-ripened tomatoes, quartered
1 small onion, quartered
4 cloves of garlic
2 red bell peppers, seeds removed and quartered
¼ teaspoon thyme
A few sprigs of rosemary
Celtic Sea salt & ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
3 tablespoons tomato paste
A handful of fresh basil leaves

Preheat oven to 350° F.
Toss your prepared vegetables including your garlic and rosemary with olive oil and place them in a cast iron skillet. Sprinkle with thyme, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper and mix well to combine.
Roast veggies for 45-50 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned. Blend your roasted mix in a blender or a food processor and blend until the soup is thick & creamy. In large pot place blended mix. If it’s too thick you might want to add a little bit more veggie broth. Cook on medium low until heated through adding more liquid as needed and taste for seasoning.

The Magic in Mushrooms. 8 health benefits of mushrooms plus a easy slow cooker recipe.

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Mushrooms are loaded with essential nutrients.
1)

Bullet proof your sleep with Mushrooms

Vitamin D deficiencies lead to sleep disorders. Most of us are vitamin D deficient. Low levels of of vitamin D can result in not only sleeping problems but depression, muscle pain, weight gain, lack of energy and digestive difficulties. Place your mushrooms in the sun for  60 minutes, allow them to soak up the vitamin d from the sun. One portion of sun-exposed mushrooms provides around 400 units. Other natural ways to help get your daily dose of vitamin d is sit in the sun for 20 minutes, fatty fish and egg yolks.

(Web MD suggests adults under 50 get at least 600 IU daily)

2)

Could a mushroom a day help keep the doctor away?

A study done on mice and published by the American Society for Nutrition found that white button mushrooms boost your immunity function by increasing the production of antiviral and other proteins that are released by cells while they are trying to protect and repair the body’s tissues.

“If you eat a shiitake mushroom every day, you could see changes in their immune system that are beneficial,” said Percival, an Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member. “We’re enhancing the immune system, but we’re also reducing the inflammation that the immune system produces.”

3)

The “Antioxidant Superstar”

Mushrooms are excellent sources of antioxidants in general as they contain polyphenols and selenium.

Per Penn State :The ORAC values found in the latest study indicate that mushrooms are potent anti-oxidant sources. The research revealed that, of the mushrooms tested, portabella mushrooms and crimini mushrooms have the highest ORAC values. Criminis, which are brown, are otherwise similar to the popular white button mushroom, the one mostly commonly consumed in the U.S. The white button mushroom has an ORAC value of 6.9, above tomato, green pepper, pumpkin, zucchini, carrot, and green beans.

4)

Kick up your metabolism

B vitamins are important for turning food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which the body burns to produce energy. They also help the body metabolize fats and protein. Mushrooms contain loads of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B3 (niacin): 100 grams (31/2 ounces) of crimini have 44 percent and 30 percent of your daily recommended amount, respectively, white button have 36 and 30 percent, and oyster mushrooms have 32 and 39 percent.
5)

Cancer Prevention

White button mushrooms, such as crimini, commonly found in grocery stores and salad bars, help remove excess estrogen from circulation, making them helpful for preventing breast cancer. A tissue culture study published in the November 2010 issue of the journal “Experimental Biology and Medicine” found that white button mushrooms, along with four other varieties of common and specialty mushrooms, significantly suppressed breast cancer cell growth and reproduction states  Tracey Roizman, D.C., Demand Media

6)

Fiber

Mushrooms are a good source of chitin and beta-glucan, fibers that lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health. A laboratory animal study published in the 2012 issue of the “International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms” found that pink oyster mushrooms reduced total cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol and prevented arterial plaque formation. Further studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results. A compound in shiitake mushrooms, called critadenine, helps the liver process cholesterol. states Tracey Roizman, D.C., Demand Media

7)  Helps fight Anemia 8) Helps to lower Blood Pressure

Anemic patients are characterized by having low levels of iron in their blood, resulting in fatigue, headaches, reduced neural function, and digestive issues. Mushrooms are a good source of iron, and over 90% of the nutritive iron value can be absorbed by the body, which promotes the formation of red blood cells and keeps people healthy and functioning at their full potential. per an article written by organic Facts

8)

 Helps to lower Blood Pressure

Studies of various types of mushrooms, including shitake and maitake mushrooms, have shown them to be high in potassium content. Potassium acts as a vasodilator, relaxing tension in blood vessels and therefore reducing blood pressure. High blood pressure is connected to a number of deadly conditions, particularly heart attacks and strokes. Potassium also increases cognitive function, because increased blood and oxygen flow to the brain stimulates neural activity. Studies have shown that increased levels of potassium improve memory and knowledge retention. per an article written by Organic Facts

 A Few Words of Caution:
Seriously, mushrooms can be very dangerous! Most species of mushrooms are not edible and are highly poisonous. Don’t ever try picking mushrooms for consumption from the woods, your yard or anywhere you see them growing. Mushrooms also have the ability to soak up the material that they grow on, either good or bad. This ability what gives mushrooms so much of their beneficial power, but also their dangerous aspects. Many mushrooms, when picked in the wild, contain heavy metals, which can be very toxic, as well as air and water pollutants. Buy your mushrooms from a trusted source or a local grocery store chain.

Medical disclaimer

Thehypothyroidismchick.com is committed to providing information on natural and alternative health, but I am not a health care professional. All material provided by my website is for informational purposes only, and is not to be taken as medical advice or recommendation. Any health concern or condition should be addressed by a doctor or other appropriate health care professional. The information and opinions found on this website are written based on the best data available at the time of writing, and are believed to be accurate according to the best of my discernment . There is also hallucinogenic mushrooms but this blog isn’t about those trippy things.

There are roughly 200 species of mushroom that can be classified as ‘magic’. Their common ingredient, psilocybin, induces mind-altering effects by forming new neural pathways in the brain. This can result in euphoria, hallucinations, and changed perception of the passage of time. It can also induce nausea and panic attacks.

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Here is a Slow Cooker recipe that includes mushrooms but not the “trippy” kind  from my upcoming book. A survivors cookbook guide to kicking Hypothyroidism’s booty!
Slow-Cooker Wild Rice with Cranberries and Mushrooms
Wild rice has a wonderfully gluten free nutty flavor and is actually considered an edible grass. Has twice as much protein as brown rice, very rich in antioxidants, high fiber content, essential minerals such as phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and folate, Vitamins A, C and E. Wild rice could even turn out to be one of nature’s superfoods. In Chinese medicine wild rice is used as a treatment for diabetes for it might help to reduce insulin resistance. White button mushrooms can help enhance weight loss and it’s a good source of vitamin D, it has anti-inflammatory benefits, excellent for diabetic’s, helps to protect your liver and kidneys, increases blood flow, helps normalize your cholesterol levels. Mushrooms contain loads of vitamin B2 and vitamin B3 (niacin), just enough to jump start that metabolism. Dried cranberries has antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation. Sounds like this dish is one of those must-eat for your health! Who knew being healthy can taste so good?
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups uncooked wild rice
1 tablespoon Ghee or coconut oil, melted
¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt or Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup red onion, diced
2 cans (14 ounces each) vegetable broth
½ cup of white button mushrooms, diced
½ cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Directions
Rinse the wild rice in cold water in a mesh strainer. Sauté the onions in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or ghee. Mix all ingredients except almonds and cranberries. Cover with lid and allow to cook on low heat setting 5 hours until wild rice is tender. In ungreased cast iron skillet, heat almonds over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until they start to brown, once it begins to brown , keep stirring until golden brown and smelling wonderfully fragrant; Stir in almonds and cranberries into rice mixture. Cover and cook on low heat additional 15 minutes.

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resources:
Xiaoshuang Dai, Joy M. Stanilka, Cheryl A. Rowe, Elizabethe A. Esteves, Carmelo Nieves, Samuel J. Spaiser, Mary C. Christman, Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, Susan S. Percival. ConsumingLentinula edodes(Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2015; 1 DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2014.950391
The above post is reprinted from materials provided by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The original item was written by Brad Buck. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

18 things about black Crows that you might not of known!

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Crows are very vocal birds. They are sly and often deceptive in their actions. Crows have been known to build false nests high in treetops to confuse predators. The height of their nests give them the opportunity to watch everything that is going on around them. Many cultures think of crow as the keeper of knowledge for nothing escapes their keen sight.

Each caw has its own meaning.The striking black color of crow represents the color of creation.Crow is associated with magic, unseen forces and spiritual strength. If crow flies into your life, get out of your familiar nest, look beyond your present range of vision, listen to its caw and act accordingly. Take heed.

CROW SYMBOLS

ONE CROW
Regrets
Suffering
Thoughts and Remembrances

TWO CROWS
Happiness

THREE CROWS
Pure love or marriage
Devotion and happy love

FOUR CROWS
A baby

FIVE CROWS
Money

SIX CROWS
Trouble
Turmoil
DIFFICULTIES

SEVEN CROWS
A Journey

EIGHT CROWS
Grief
Evil

NINE CROWS
Sorrow

TEN CROWS

Payment Due

ELEVEN CROWS
Love

TWELVE CROWS
New Beginnings

  • If you hear cawing in the distance, that means that death is very near.
  • If a crow is in your house, that means that you’re going to get bad news.
  • Finding a dead crow on the road means good luck (how grotesque!)
  • Crows in a churchyard is a sign of bad luck.
  • Medieval superstition claimed that witches used crow’s feet to cast death spells.
  • The Greeks said “Go to the Crows” the same way we would say “Go to Hell.

Books that you might find interesting.

Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans

In the Company of Crows and Ravens

Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World

Death by pumpkin spice everything. 3 pumpkin recipes that will knock your socks off. Can a person live on pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING?

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Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas by My whole food life

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Place the chickpeas in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin, maple syrup, spices and salt. Stir well.
  • Pour the pumpkin mixture over the chickpeas and mix until everything is well coated.
  • Spread the chickpeas onto a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 60 minutes, stopping every 15 minutes to shake the chickpeas around.

Pumpkin Ice Cream by Williams-Sonoma

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree or canned
    unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups coconut milk cream
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 Tbs. bourbon
  • Directions:

    In a bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to 8 hours.

    In a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 1/2 cups of the cream and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar. Cook until bubbles form around the edges of the pan, about 5 minutes.

    Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the egg yolks, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, the remaining 1/2 cup cream and the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar. Whisk until smooth and the sugar begins to dissolve.

    Remove the cream mixture from the heat. Gradually whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture until smooth. Pour the egg mixture back into the pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon and keeping the custard at a low simmer, until it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and leaves a clear trail when a finger is drawn through it, 4 to 6 minutes. Do not allow the custard to boil. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.

    Place the bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice water, stirring occasionally until cool. Whisk the pumpkin mixture into the custard. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.

    Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add the bourbon during the last minute of churning. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days, before serving. Makes about 1 quart.

    Pumpkin Martini by Real Simple

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    Ingredients

    1. 1 tablespoon sugar
    2. 1/4teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    3. 3tablespoons vodka
    4. 2tablespoons half and half
    5. 1tablespoon canned pure pumpkin puree
    6. 1tablespoon maple syrup
    7. 1/4teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Directions

    1. Combine the sugar and ⅛ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice on a small plate. Dip the rim of a chilled martini glass in water, then dip in the sugar to coat.
    2. In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, half and half, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and the remaining ⅛ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice. Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass.

10 tips to lose weight without even exercising!

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Everyone wants to lose weight without exercising? A quick fix right?  You can start to see a difference if you make simple lifestyle and diet changes. Who needs an expensive gym membership or spending hours on end working out. Let me list a few simple solutions tips to begin you on your weight loss journey without breaking a sweat. Losing weight is about eating less calories, it is very o important that the calories you take in come from a well-balanced diet. Please make sure to eat the  appropriate amount of carbohydrates, proteins and fats to ensure your body is getting the fuel it needs.

1. Drink 2 glasses of water before every meal. Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger. .This will also help you eat less. if you don’t like plan water ? Drink 2 cups of green tea. Green tea is excellent in increasing the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel and it hydrates the body despite the little amounts of caffeine it has in it. Stay well hydrated. Take  your weight, divide it by 2 and that is how many ounces you need to drink per day. Try  your best to aim for  64 oz ‘s or about 8 glasses  each day.

2. Eat foods that are whole and takes longer to digest. Stay away from “junk” foods. Try to fill up on  foods like beans, lentils, chickpeas, eggs, avocados, broth based soups,pickles, almonds, apples,  broccoli and oatmeal which take longer to break down and in return make your stomach feel full  longer.

3. Slow down and chew your food. January 2014 issue of Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.1 Researchers found that you may consume fewer calories over the course of a meal when you eat slowly. Chewing sends vital signals to your body to start preparing for digestion; chewing starts the secretion of hormones, activates taste receptors, prepares your stomach lining for secretion of hydrochloric acid, and prepares your pancreas for secretion of enzymes and bicarbonate.(1) 

4. Don’t eat while watching TV or sitting in front of computer. We make this mistake all the time. We are trying to multi task without being mentally engaged in what we are stuffing in our mouths. You should be fully focused on what your stuffing into your mouth. Before you know it, you’ve down ate a entire bag of chips!

5. Never eat 3-4 hours before bedtime. Your  body does not burn calories when we your sleeping. Your body repairs itself @ night. You do a full body detox cleanse. Your mind relaxes, your heart rate drops, your blood pressure drops.

6. Make your calories count. Stop consuming empty calories,  highly processed foods that contain added fat and sugar like soda , chips, JUNK foods. Eat more nutrient-dense foods like whole fruits and whole veggies. Go online and search a calorie calculator, then input your weight, height, age and activity level in order to calculate your recommended caloric intake. Each person is different, so it’s best to get your own, personalized number. Never eat under 1200 calories per day. Your body needs fuel!

7. Keep a journal with a meal plan. This way you can be accountable for what you stick in your mouth and you are more aware of what your eating.

8. Get your beauty rest. Sleeping 7-9 hours each night is recommended for your general health well-being. Studies have shown that people who sleep less than 6 hours per night ,  weigh more than those who get adequate rest.

9. Never skip breakfast! This starts your  body’s engine  and gets  your  metabolism going.

10. Make the right food choices!

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resources.

  1. http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=337
  2. http://sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need
  3. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sleep-and-weight-gain/faq-20058198

Medical disclaimer

Thehypothyroidismchick.com is committed to providing information on natural and alternative health, but I am not a health care professional. All material provided by my website is for informational purposes only, and is not to be taken as medical advice or recommendation. Any health concern or condition should be addressed by a doctor or other appropriate health care professional. The information and opinions found on this website are written based on the best data available at the time of writing, and are believed to be accurate according to the best of my discernment .

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Links on this website may lead you to a product or service that provides an affiliate commission to the owners of this site should you make a purchase. In no way does any affiliate relationship ever factor into a recommendation, or alter the integrity of the information we provide.