Holiday Recipes...

Posted on November 14 by
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Common Reasons for Having Diarrhea

Posted on November 13 by
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(It is more common than you think and should always be properly diagnosed)
 
1. Gastrointestinal (GI) tract infections — This can be caused by bacteria, viruses and parasitic organisms. Acute diarrhea is frequently due to E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella and Campylobacter infection.
 
These microbes usually spread through contaminated food and water, typically affecting areas where there is inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
 
2. Digestive disorders — The most common causes of chronic diarrhea are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease and diverticular disease.
 
It can also develop because of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
 
3. Medications — Antibiotics can cause diarrhea by disturbing the natural balance of bacteria in your gut.
 
In some cases, excessive antibiotic intake may lead to a Clostridium difficile bacterial infection and trigger diarrhea.
 
4. Certain foods — Some people have difficulty digesting particular foods. For example, a person with lactose intolerance may get diarrhea after consuming dairy products.
 
Other foods that can cause diarrhea are gluten, wheat, and spicy or fatty foods.
 
5. Stress — Just like your brain, the gut is home to nerves. The brain can impact what’s going on in the gastrointestinal tract, and vice versa.
 
Gut spasms may occur as well because of stress. Widespread spasms lead to frequent colon contraction, and ultimately cause the body to expel loose and watery stool.
 
6. Coffee — Caffeinated drinks like coffee can cause diarrhea because of their laxative potential.
 
Caffeine stimulates muscle contraction in the large intestines. Plus, coffee’s acidic nature also causes an increase in the production of bile acids in the liver.
 
Although bile is stored in the gall bladder, coffee can prompt the organ to release bile in the intestines and cause diarrhea.
 
Decaffeinated drinks are not a good option either. As the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders reiterates, some chemicals in decaffeinated drinks may cause your stools to loosen too.

Cajun Cauliflower Dirty Rice Recipe

Posted on November 12 by
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Ingredients

For the Cajun seasoning:
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the dirty rice:
1/2 pound organic grass fed ground beef
1 tablespoon ghee or organic butter
1/2 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/3 cup sweet white onion, chopped
1/2 cup beef stock
3 cups cauliflower rice
1/2 cup celery

Procedure

1. Stir together the ingredients for the Cajun seasoning in a small bowl.

2. In a skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef for five minutes. Use a spatula to break up the beef into crumbles.

3. Stir in ghee/butter, chopped bell peppers, onion and celery and continue to cook for seven minutes longer.

4. Add beef stock to the skillet and stir in cauliflower rice and Cajun seasoning. Cook five minutes, stirring occasionally until cauliflower is softened. Serve hot.

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Holiday Traveling...

Posted on November 07 by
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As the holidays approach, one area of concern may be how to eat healthy while traveling. Be prepared by bringing your own snacks while traveling by car or plane. Try some of the following suggestions this holiday season.....

1. Nuts

2. Bars (Kind, RX, Health Warrior or Paleo)

3. Fruit with a to-go packet of natural peanut butter

4. An RTD (Ready To Drink protein shake) that you can pour over ice

5. A packet of protein powder that you can shake into a bottle of water

6. Raw veggies like carrots and snap peas

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