The Village Way™: Increase Longevity and Vitality Through Food http://stellametsovas.com Stella Metsovas shares her diet for a lifetime Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:57:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Some of the Refrigerator Items I Live By!http://stellametsovas.com/refrigerator-items-live/ http://stellametsovas.com/refrigerator-items-live/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:50:38 +0000 http://stellametsovas.com/?p=5432 Whether it’s the refrigerator or freezer, keeping a few core items on hand is a necessity to my wellbeing.  One of the secrets in reaching your best is a well-stocked fridge! I’ve seen all different types of lifestyles in my private practice–from the man who’d travel back and forth from California to Germany every ten days, […]

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Whether it’s the refrigerator or freezer, keeping a few core items on hand is a necessity to my wellbeing.  One of the secrets in reaching your best is a well-stocked fridge!

I’ve seen all different types of lifestyles in my private practice–from the man who’d travel back and forth from California to Germany every ten days, to the homemaker who’s caring for three children–both ways of life are limited on time, and yours is probably no exception.

Set aside 90-minutes max per week (and that includes driving time) for a foolproof way of becoming the healthiest you can be.

My 6 Personal Favorite Ingredients

  1. I always have some sort of liquid elixir ready to grab like a large carafe of ginseng tea mixed with fresh lemon, or a green juice with no fruit added (I advise on eating the fruit instead of juicing it).  Photographed here, I have a juice made with celery, lemon (even the skin), ginger, and cucumber.
  2. If I were to pick the one food related “thing” that brings me true comfort, it’s a nice glass of untainted wine a couple times a week (although I do go a month here and there without any).   One of my favorite’s is a Pouilly-Fumé (a good one will cost you approx. $18.00 a bottle).  I also have a reason for drinking that glass–or two–of wine: it’s always a social thing for me.  Want to know why?  Read this. 
  3. Adaptogens--where would I be without you?!   Ginseng and Ashwagandha are my two favorites.
  4. Bean sprouts for that extra edge of nutrient’s I’m always looking for.  *Make sure to always purchase from a reputable company who uses organic methods.
  5. Fish–the smaller the better from tested waters.  We have stringent rules here in the USA, so when you can, buy locally.  My catch of the week here is black seabass.  I’ll probably make a butternut squash puree, topped with the seabass, and a side of steamed greens, olive oil, and a pinch of Celtic sea salt.  Or maybe I’ll bake in parchment…check this recipe out.
  6. Pre-chopped vegetables from the market.  Now I really have no excuse to make that beautiful and digestively-pleasing salad.
  7. Chopped garlic for all my cooking needs.  My grandmother lived until she was 96 and consumed garlic, daily.

 

 

Stella Metsovas Refrigerator

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New Year, New You; Same Old Microbiomehttp://stellametsovas.com/new-year-new-old-microbiome/ http://stellametsovas.com/new-year-new-old-microbiome/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:42:05 +0000 http://stellametsovas.com/?p=5415 It is the dawn of the era of the microbial ally, an age I’ve been trying to usher to the forefront since 2006. No longer are people reacting to the thought of their own personal bacteria with aversion, rather, researchers and laymen alike are realizing those critters can be our friends—and the key to good […]

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It is the dawn of the era of the microbial ally, an age I’ve been trying to usher to the forefront since 2006.

No longer are people reacting to the thought of their own personal bacteria with aversion, rather, researchers and laymen alike are realizing those critters can be our friends—and the key to good health.

In the nearly ten years that I’ve been researching and relating the power of our internal bacteria, other researchers have worked together to build a formidable body of literature on the subject. The results are in (and keep coming): our intestinal microbes have been linked to our physical health, mental health, mood, and human development. They’re a force to be reckoned with—and a formidable ally in the battle against disease.

Imagine ahead: the year is 2030 and your routine health screening includes a stool specimen alongside the standard blood chemistry.  The RN calls with the results and all your dietary modifications for preventative health are based on the predominant strains in your gut.

Microbiome Digestive Health

The Latest and Greatest:

Of course, there are many factors that work together to determine our health and wellbeing, but it isn’t a stretch to say our intestinal bacteria do play a part. New knowledge regarding our intestinal flora is published every day; highlights include:

Genes: A different kind of inheritance—scientists examining the fecal samples of 416 pairs of twins found that the strains that you host can be partially determined by your genes. Identical twins had microbiomes that were more similar than those of fraternal sets. The “most inheritable” strain: Christensenellaceae—a strain that can be found in the guts of lean individuals. This suggests that influencing your microbiome is just one way genes can play a hand in obesity.

Diversity: Cheese rinds are a picture of diversity—just a crumb contains 10 billion microbial cells (a mixture of bacteria and fungi that makes cheese, well, deliciously cheesy). It turns out these microbial communities vary based on cheese type rather than by region. Where you’re made is less of a factor than how; at least if you’re a good brie.

Personalization: Microbiomes don’t just create cheese; they’re a potential source for medication as well. Scientists used a computer program to sort out potentially useful strains on the human body, and found thousands of candidate compounds. Your next antibiotic prescription could be provided by strains found in your gut!

Armageddon: If you want to get philosophical, you can wonder what the world would be like without our personal “flora”. While human digestion would be impaired, it could still function. The same couldn’t be said for cows, or crops in need of nitrogen-rich soil and waste would abound as nothing would decompose. Researchers concluded: “we predict complete societal collapse only within a year or so, linked to catastrophic failure of the food supply chain”. Microbes may be small, but they are fierce—and important.

Then and Now: Knowledge is Power

Long ago, Hippocrates noted that “all disease begins in the gut”; it’s a tenant my research and nutritional advice has agreed with and supported. How did a philosopher that lived so long ago know what he was talking about? Perhaps it was a “gut feeling”.

Regardless, modern research has not only vindicated his position, but taken it a step further. It’s not just drugs that can be created with the aid of microbial strains, but cures for diseases like arthritis and diabetes (for more on your GI tract’s link to DM2 check this out). The ecosystem that lives in our gut is “pervasive and profound in its connection to human health”, states Peter DiLaura the CEO for a company called Second Genome that seeks sequence gut genes and determine their potential applications.

Rather than peddling the strains themselves (something the FDA tends to frown upon) they’d isolate the bug’s “bioactives”—the bacteria’s secreted proteins and metabolites that hold sway over us. Bioactives could be replicated with precision and consistency like any other pharmaceutical, and could be held in the gut rather than transported into the bloodstream.

Dreamers like DiLaura hope to prove that the gut isn’t just a source of disease, but of tangible, fact-based, medically derived solutions to some of the world’s biggest killers.

Looking Ahead:

Our microbiomes hold a great deal of potential power over our health and the world at large. A casual search of a medical search engine and you’ll find thousands of articles; close to a hundred have been published within Pubmed’s database in the last two weeks of the new year!

Many of them focus on our gut’s link to immunity and infections.

In light of the new year, you may want to get healthier—the best way to do this is by making your digestive health as your top priority.

This is where I can help: the easiest way to foster the bacteria you want is by fueling them (via fueling yourself!). I highlight the most egregious foods (that can wreak havoc on your gut) in my articles regarding the “foul four” foods that are best avoided, and in my well researched treatise against artificial sugar.

Digestive Detox

For a good way to detox and fuel “good bugs” I suggest you incorporate a digestive detox to begin feeding your microbiome with top foods for gut health, combined with herbal compounds known to suppress unfavorable bacteria.

I’ve spent a good chunk of my career helping people optimize their gut health, and thus their overall wellbeing. When looking ahead to the new year, just remember: you are what you eat! And who doesn’t want to become a “new” version of themselves through food? That’s one resolution that will be delicious to keep.

 

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Savory Belgian Waffles with Gluten-less Flourhttp://stellametsovas.com/savory-belgian-waffles-gluten-less-flour/ http://stellametsovas.com/savory-belgian-waffles-gluten-less-flour/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:15:37 +0000 http://stellametsovas.com/?p=5407 Back during my swimming years, I recall being able to eat about 5 waffles in one sitting–especially after Saturday’s 3 1/2 hour morning practice. I thought of making the typical waffle with syrup more interesting and healthier by using gluten-less (< I’ll begin using that name from now on…I’m sick of gluten free!) flour, with […]

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Back during my swimming years, I recall being able to eat about 5 waffles in one sitting–especially after Saturday’s 3 1/2 hour morning practice.

I thought of making the typical waffle with syrup more interesting and healthier by using gluten-less (< I’ll begin using that name from now on…I’m sick of gluten free!) flour, with almond meal.  Having a beautifully cooked, pasture-raised egg on top was like the perfect shoe for the dress.  Enjoy!

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Healthy Greek Potato Almond Dip (VIDEO)http://stellametsovas.com/greek-potato-almond-dip-video/ http://stellametsovas.com/greek-potato-almond-dip-video/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 08:40:58 +0000 http://stellametsovas.com/?p=3270 Hi, my name is Stella Metsovas, I make a living out of studying, cooking and eating food. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a true, authentic Mediterranean diet recipe called Skordalia in Greek. It’s actually an almond and garlic paste that’s often served with vegetables, paired with fish. It’s super yummy, rich […]

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Hi, my name is Stella Metsovas, I make a living out of studying, cooking and eating food. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a true, authentic Mediterranean diet recipe called Skordalia in Greek. It’s actually an almond and garlic paste that’s often served with vegetables, paired with fish. It’s super yummy, rich in garlic, so be careful when you have the garlic. Because you’re definitely, you’re going smell like garlic when you have this dish. I began by boiling two Russet potatoes, so these already cooked, they’ll be tender to the touch once they’re completed cooking. You’re going to want to peel the skin off, so these are a little warm. Grab a mash potato press, or you can just use a strainer, kind of put your hand and strain it manually. Put it into a food processor. O.k., so now that we have put the potato in the food processor, we’re going to take some sea salt and place it on top of about eight garlic cloves. Now, here is where you can kind of, change the recipe a little bit, if you’d like. You can add more garlic or less, you might want to start with less. So, eight or less, you probably don’t want to go above that. And you’re going to take a knife and just push down and crush the garlic. You’re going to do this and you can use your manual garlic crusher. But we prefer to add the salt in the garlic because the taste is just so much better that way. Go ahead and add it to the food processor. We’re going to add three-quarters of a cup of blanched almonds, we’re going to add a half a cup of water. Actually add a little tiny bit to begin, don’t add it all at once. We’re going to add three tablespoons of white wine vinegar. Then, we’re going to add a couple tablespoons of olive oil. O.k., so after you put the potato and the garlic into the food processor. You’re going to want to juice about two lemons. The lemons are really going to help bring out the garlic and the potato, the flavors. Super good to pair with fish, one of my favorite ways to have fish, Greek style is with Skordalia. O.k., so now we’re going to pour the lemon juice into the food processor and blend. Now that all the flavors have blended together, it’s ready to be served, it’s a nice, white creamy consistency. Can you imagine, we haven’t really added any oil in here, about three tablespoons tops. Now, in Greece, what they do is, they add a little bit of oregano on top. I’m going to keep it nice and plain, that’s how I prefer mine. My name is Stella Metsovas, enjoy.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/video_12299836_greek-potato-almond-dip.html#ixzz2l7ASrwNv

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Forecasting Nutrition Trends in 2020http://stellametsovas.com/forecasting-nutrition-trends-2020/ http://stellametsovas.com/forecasting-nutrition-trends-2020/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:57:18 +0000 http://stellametsovas.com/?p=5327 My field has become overly saturated with really bad advice.   The side business of becoming the next health guru is quickly becoming the next ‘it’ thing to do, with social media serving as the perfect backdrop.   Being passionate about something is really exciting; I get it.   I’m totally passionate about horseback riding—especially dressage. […]

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My field has become overly saturated with really bad advice.

 

The side business of becoming the next health guru is quickly becoming the next ‘it’ thing to do, with social media serving as the perfect backdrop.

 

Being passionate about something is really exciting; I get it.

 

I’m totally passionate about horseback riding—especially dressage. If I had the time or enthusiasm, would I go and start a blog called Stella’s Dressage? Heck no.   You see, without ranting, I simply don’t know enough to consider myself an expert or give advice on dressage. I do have field experience, combined with marginal book reading, and bi-monthly lessons with a bona fide expert, yes; by no means do I consider myself an expert though—nor will I be for quite some time.

 

Stella Metsovas Horse
Here I am riding dressage!

How does my proposed dressage blog differ from anyone posting that Instagram photo with their nutrition recommendations as a  ‘because I said so’? Or how about the interpretation of a study from biased opinions by getting a Facebook tribe to bash each other (or anyone else who rebuts) in the comments section?  Both blogs are harmful in many ways, and, it’s like high school all over again, but now, we’re playing roulette with our health.

 

Good News Ahead

There will be a weeding out of inaccurate health information (probably not soon enough), and one thing I can assure of (thankfully!), you’ll grow more perceptive according to the recent report entitled Forecasting Nutrition Research by the Journal of American College of Nutrition.  It is you who will help the real experts clear the debris caused by all the rubbish out there and question everything like the great Greek philosophers of our past!

 

This is good news folks.

 

According to the forecast, you’ll begin to question why that $80.00 juice detox is good for you rather than just simply doing it.  You’re going to crave real foods—like those one ingredient foods found in Longevity Villages worldwide.  Our foods system will include ingredients found in our ancestral past (have you seen the new Cheerios + Ancient Grains ad?).

 

Why do you ask? Because you want real information that is time-tested, not some crazy concoction crafted in a lab, or a fad diet.  You are learning from the past, trying to undo all the harm caused by these  crazy trends (remember the fat-free years?).

 

Here is the breakdown of what to expect by 2020 according to real data—not the hearsay mumbo jumbo found around the World Wide Web.

 

  1. You are concerned about genetically modified (GMO’s) food crops and will continue to crave information about the good and bad that comes with them well into 2020.
  2. Ah, my favorite subject matter: the Microbiome and Microflora. You are very interested about our second brain—the gut—far more than your morning Greek yogurt or the probiotic supplement. Over 100 trillion microorganisms live within us and we will want to get to the root cause of dysbiosis (a microbial imbalance) in the gut. The forecast found that, “By 2020, a better understanding should exist about how changes in the gut microbiome may affect microbial populations in other parts of the body [4].” Also noteworthy (I could seriously go on and on….), “It is a reasonable prediction that by 2020 the role of the gut microbiota will be appreciated for its influence in obesity [6], immune regulation, and the risk of several diseases, including cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and, possibly, the aging process.” A-m-a-z-i-n-g!
  3. Nutrigenomics/Metabolomics/Epigenetics will come into full effect by studying particular phytochemicals and how they influence gene expression. Can you say Got Olive Oil?
  4. Energy Metabolism—It was like stepping into a warm bath after a long swim in the pool when I read this in the report: “Energy balance is more than just ‘calories in and calories out’ because factors such as energy utilization and energy storage must also be considered.” Yes, we are truly headed in the right direction with statements like this. Now, if we can wipe out all the hideously deceptive information endorsed by people who a) don’t know what the heck they’re saying or b) endorsed for marketing reasons; we’re on our way to victory.
  5. Inflammation will always be big news because it governs the way our bodies work systematically. To live harmoniously, the body will encounter specific antigens that contribute to inflammation as the actual reaction to the antigen, but what happens when the inflammation is ongoing? Or how about connecting the dots back to the digestive tract? This is good—really good.

The future is so bright when reading this type of data. It’s almost limitless what can be achieved in the quest for lifelong, optimal health—even with all the delusional misinformation out there.

 

We are getting back to our roots–back to nature, simplicity, and real food!

 

Bring it on!

 

Yours in Health,

Stella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MEDITERRANEAN ROASTED CHICKENhttp://stellametsovas.com/mediterranean-roasted-chicken-with-root-vegetables/ http://stellametsovas.com/mediterranean-roasted-chicken-with-root-vegetables/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 01:56:10 +0000 http://stellametsovas.com/?p=2561 Start to finish: 75 minutes Skill-Moderate Things You’ll Need 1 whole chicken 1 cup dry white wine 2 whole lemons 1  tablespoon butter 3 tablespoons Herbes de Provence 5 beets 5 purple, white and red potatoes Butcher’s twine Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the chicken and remove any giblets or other parts […]

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Roasted Chicken Herbs de Provence

Start to finish: 75 minutes

Skill-Moderate

Things You’ll Need

1 whole chicken

1 cup dry white wine

2 whole lemons 1

 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoons Herbes de Provence

5 beets

5 purple, white and red potatoes

Butcher’s twine

Paleo Roasted Chicken

Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the chicken and remove any giblets or other parts stored within the cavity (butchers or grocers often place these in a plastic bag inside the chicken). Pat dry and season with sea salt and pepper; set aside on a dish. Stuff the cavity with two whole lemons and twine the legs together to close.

Step 2 Lightly coat a medium stockpot with butter over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken on all sides, paying careful attention not to burn. Remove the chicken and place on dish.

Step 3 Place the beets and potatoes in the stockpot, paying careful attention not to stack. Fill the stockpot with white wine and 1 cup of water. Place the chicken on top of the root vegetables and season with Herbes de Provence.

Step 4 Cover and cook in the oven at same temperature for approximately 35 minutes. If the liquid dissipates during cooking, add 1/2 cup water and re-cover. Remove the top and cook for additional five to 10 minutes to brown the chicken lightly. Use a poultry thermometer; when the chicken is done cooking, the internal temperature should read a minimum of 165 degrees.

Nutritional Data (1 Serving) Calories 392 Total Fat 20.0g Saturated Fat 1.8g Cholesterol 7.5mg Sodium 484mg Total Carbohydrate 26.2g Dietary Fiber 3.8g Sugars 8.2g Protein 23.4g

Posted By Complete Nutrition and Stella Metsovas on May 14, 2013 RECIPE BY STELLA METSOVAS FOR COMPLETE NUTRITON  See more at: http://www.completenutrition.com/foodie-fix

 

 

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Low Carbohydrate Greek Lamb Burgers Recipehttp://stellametsovas.com/paleo-mediterranean-lamb-burgers/ http://stellametsovas.com/paleo-mediterranean-lamb-burgers/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 10:45:10 +0000 http://stellametsovas.com/blog/?p=1456 Low Carbohydrate, Healthy Mediterranean Diet Serve this at your next barbecue and wow your guests (you’ll also be sending them home healthier!).  Although I generally make my own ground lamb patties, this time I used Atkins Ranch California Style Lamb Patties.  The sweet potatoes, goat cheese and chives give the dish a crossover between Greek & […]

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Paleo Lamb Burgers

Low Carbohydrate, Healthy Mediterranean Diet

Serve this at your next barbecue and wow your guests (you’ll also be sending them home healthier!).  Although I generally make my own ground lamb patties, this time I used Atkins Ranch California Style Lamb Patties.  The sweet potatoes, goat cheese and chives give the dish a crossover between Greek & French cuisines.  Enjoy!

FYI: Lamb is considered a “game” meat and what that means is you’re probably safer consuming an animal that grazes in the open rather than factory farmed animals confined to a pin.

>> Here’s more on the health benefits of lamb and if you want to learn more about what it means if you crave protein  (and my take on Factory Farming)

 

 Ingredients

  1. Atkins Ranch Lamb Patties (2 in package)
  2. 1 Medium Sweet Potato
  3. Romaine Lettuce
  4. Chevre (Goat Cheese)
  5. Chives
  6. 2 Portobello Mushrooms

 Directions

  1. Boil sweet potato until cooked-approximately 25 minutes
  2. Cook the lamb patties over medium heat until cooked through.
  3. Saute portobello mushrooms whole, until soft seasoning with sea salt & pepper.
  4. Chop romaine lettuce for base salad.
  5. Assemble the dish by stacking the mushroom, sweet potato, lamb patty and top with goat cheese and chives.

Preparation time: 35 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Diet tags: Reduced carbohydrate, High protein, Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 2

Culinary tradition: French

5 :  ★★★★★

 

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 How to Make Greek Stewed Chicken 

Today, I’m going to show you how to make one of my favorite recipes of all time, it’s a Greek stewed chicken. And the beauty of this dish is really you’re just chopping up a few things, simmering them for about 45 minutes and you’re done.

It’s super easy, really healthy and uses all of the quality ingredients found in a Greek diet.

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HEALTHY PALEO BREADhttp://stellametsovas.com/healthy-paleo-bread/ http://stellametsovas.com/healthy-paleo-bread/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 01:20:08 +0000 http://stellametsovas.com/?p=2543 HEALTHY GRAIN-FREE, PALEO BREAD RECIPE You’d think this recipe is more of a treat than a power snack!  I love buttering a slice of “bread” with almond butter and ground cinnamon.  Enjoy! Start to finish: 60 mins Servings: 14 Skill level: Moderately Easy Things Needed 1 cup coconut flour 4 eggs 4 tablespoons coconut oil, […]

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Paleo Bread

HEALTHY GRAIN-FREE, PALEO BREAD RECIPE

You’d think this recipe is more of a treat than a power snack!  I love buttering a slice of “bread” with almond butter and ground cinnamon.  Enjoy!

Start to finish: 60 mins
Servings: 14
Skill level: Moderately Easy

Things Needed

1 cup coconut flour
4 eggs
4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 cups ripe banana
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped, unsalted macadamia nuts

Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Step 2

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

Step 3

Mix the melted coconut butter, vanilla, eggs and banana in a bowl, until smooth and blended.

Step 4

Mix the dry ingredients — coconut flour, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon — in a separate bowl.

Step 5

Add the dry ingredients and macadamia nuts to the wet mixture. Stir until combined.

Step 6

Spoon the batter into the loaf pan. Smooth the top with a nonstick spatula.

Step 7

Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until top and edges are golden.

Nutritional Data
Servings per loaf: 14 (1/4-inch slices)
Calories: 164
Total fat: 12.5g
Saturated fat: 6.0g
Cholesterol: 52.9mg
Sodium: 66.0mg
Total carbohydrate: 9.5g
Dietary fiber: 4.0g
Sugars: 3.0g
Protein: 4.0g

Posted By Complete Nutrition and Stella Metsovas on July 2, 2013

RECIPE BY STELLA METSOVAS B.S. FOR COMPLETE NUTRITION http://www.completenutrition.com/foodie-fix

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Broth-Shots for Optimal Digestive Healthhttp://stellametsovas.com/optimal-digestive-health-broth-shots/ http://stellametsovas.com/optimal-digestive-health-broth-shots/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:48:30 +0000 http://stellametsovas.com/?p=5265 Did you know that just one meal could change your gut microbes for the good or the bad?  Seriously. I’m not kidding.   What if your attempts at trying to eat healthy are sabotaged by deceptive ingredients (like processed gluten-free products), or lifestyle recommendations who promise you cardiovascular protection—like the advice of consuming any type of wine […]

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Did you know that just one meal could change your gut microbes for the good or the bad?  Seriously. I’m not kidding.

 

What if your attempts at trying to eat healthy are sabotaged by deceptive ingredients (like processed gluten-free products), or lifestyle recommendations who promise you cardiovascular protection—like the advice of consuming any type of wine in moderation? Your wine could have been doused with fungicides and herbicides, and now you’re consuming chemically-laced wine—definitely not the type of wine Mediterranean’s were drinking in longevity villages long before the advent of modern day farming.

 

Without knowing this, “healthy” people consume these foods daily, not understanding the destruction this causes to our microbiome (microbiome is defined as the microorganisms that literally share space within our body).

 

What research is starting to tell us, is that most dietary recommendations of the past 50-years went totally wrong—like your worst nightmare.  Also, agricultural practices have strayed far away from what farming should be, constantly bombarding our bodies with really bad stuff, and ultimately hurting the immune system found in our gut.

 

So, can you undo the past or change the future?  I say yes to both, because research is now combining ancient wisdom with modern science—like studying our gut for clues.  And this, my friends, is great news.

 

Fact: Optimal health depends on your digestive tract.

 

If you want to change the health of your gut, are you detoxing all wrong?

 

Look, I’m not a huge fan of juicing.  There, I said it…now you know where I stand.

 

Let me tell you why: It’s totally unnatural to bombard the digestive tract with juices as a primary source of fuel. < BTW: I have a totally different opinion on intermittent fasting >

 

Sure, you’ll lose weight because you’re skimming on calories, but what about all those studies comparing “fat” versus “thin” microbes?

 

Do you really think cultures that are notably leaner and who live longer consume $8.00 veggie juices?

 

I can tell you right now they don’t.  In fact, you’d be shocked at what they do eat and how little of calories–compared to us–they consume for the amount of walking they do out in nature. And trust me, I’ve seen it firsthand.

 

I just gave you three hints on why they’re lean and healthy: 1) source of calories matters most and that includes fats, pastured animals, and high fiber vegetables grown in quality soil, 2) walking in nature throughout the day, and 3) the calorie burden of sedentary, modernized lifestyles do not exist.

 

Most people who take up juice cleanses are actually skimming on over 80% of their caloric intake and go back to the original diet that is typically processed, or might include a healthful strategy Monday through Thursday’s, followed by the common weekend binges.  How is a veggie juice going to repair the damage you just caused to your intestinal lining?  It won’t and you could actually make it worse with this destructive cycle.

 

The Right Way

For almost 10-years now, I’ve been practicing the importance of building digestive health as “Rule One” for all casework in my private practice. In 2013, I developed the Digestive Health Detox with Botanic Choice™ to make my plan accessible to the public.

 

In January 2015, GUT-PACS™, in conjunction with the Digestive Detox will come to market.  I’ll keep you posted! 

 

When I advise on the best form of digestive detoxes, my number one rule is to intake powerful ingredients in combination with plant fibers to repair, restore, reinoculate, and rejuvenate (also known as the 4 R’s in functional medicine).

 

I have (6) levels of detoxes I recommend, and all of them will be featured in my book that’s publishing very soon (project number 2 that I’m really excited about!).

 

My introductory, basic level cleanse introduces you to ingredients that are known for boosting intestinal health.  You’re consuming steamed seasonal greens, organic protein from my approved list of farmers, fresh garlic dressing made with cold pressed olive oil, nori sheets, Broth-Shots, and unsmoked Yerba Matte or ginseng tea (serious coffee drinkers have the OK to dilute organic coffee into equal parts warm water).  *And yes, you guessed right–these foods are consumed for breakfast as well.  

 

Depending on what level you’re on, supplements are always incorporated as “in addition to” your cleanse.  The supplements in level (1) are intended to stabilize blood sugar, help to assist you in the elimination process, and try to remove pathogens known to cause leaky gut.

 

The recipe I include here for Broth-Shots is included in all my levels of digestive detoxes.  Broths help to lubricate the intestinal lining and have a massive dose of collagen and trace minerals known for their nourishing properties.

Digestive Health Recipes

Start to Finish

6 hours

Things Needed

Large stockpot

1 teaspoon, olive oil

2 large onions, chopped

5 cloves garlic, chopped

1 leek, chopped

3 stocks celery, chopped

8 oz., organic mushrooms of choice, chopped

Filtered water

Your choice of organic chicken, beef or fish bones weighing approximately 6-8 oz.

Handful, fresh rosemary and thyme

2″ piece of fresh ginger, grated.

Broth Soup Stock

 

Directions

1. Heat the large stockpot over medium-high heat and gently coat the pan with olive oil.

2. Add the onion, garlic, leek, celery, and mushrooms; cook for 1 minute.

3. Take the filtered water and fill the large stock pot 2 inches from the top and add the chicken or beef bones; bring ingredients to a boil.

4. Reduce the pot to simmer.

5. Place the grated ginger and fresh herbs in the pot, cover and allow to simmer on low for 6 hours, checking every hour or so.

6. Once the broth is cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool and drain into a large bowl.

7. Freeze the remaining broth.

For the Broth-Shots

Take a shot glass and fill with the broth.  Add 1-teaspoon fresh ginger or turmeric and stir.

Best to consume 1 “shot” in the morning, 1 in the afternoon, and 2-hours before bedtime.

 

 

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