Why food allergies, autoimmune diseases, and cancer are on a steep upward climb in America

I hear these questions asked all the time: “How come all of a sudden everyone has a gluten allergy or other food allergies? How on earth can food cause cancer?” If this is a question you have ever heard or even asked yourself, I encourage you to watch the link below to a TED Talk with Robyn O’Brien.

“Robyn shares her personal story and how it inspired her current path as a “Real Food” evangelist. Grounded in a successful Wall Street career that was more interested in food as good business than good-for-you, this mother of four was shaken awake by the dangerous allergic reaction of one of her children to a “typical” breakfast. Her mission to unearth the cause revealed more about the food industry than she could stomach, and impelled her to share her findings with others. Informative and inspiring.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rixyrCNVVGA&feature=youtu.be

Provence Roasted Pork Loin, Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Crusted Kale

A Comfort Food Creation by Mindi Jentes. 
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Provence Roasted Pork Loin

3lbs. boneless pork loin (fresh, not frozen)
2 Tbsp. dried provencial herbs
1 tsp. culinary lavender
2 tsp. sea salt

Place loin in a large stone roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and herbs. Cover with foil and roast at 300F for 2 ½ hours. Remove foil, set oven to broil at 450 for 15 minutes or until nicely browned. Roasted loin should be very tender and easily come apart. Removed from oven, trim fat and separate into 4-6” pieces.

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes

4 large white potatoes, washed and chunked (skin on for added nutrients and color)
1 tsp salt
½ cup milk or cream
1/3 cup melted butter
2 minced garlic toes
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp fresh rosemary finely chopped

Place potatoes in a large soup pot with enough water to just cover the potatoes. Add salt and bring water to boil. Boil until potatoes are tender (about 10 minutes). Drain water off potatoes. In large mixer bowl, combine potatoes, milk, butter, garlic, ½ tsp. salt, and rosemary. Mix until desired texture.

Crusted Kale

4 cups fresh kale leaves
¼ tsp salt
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Feta Cheese Crumbles

Combine kale, salt and oil. Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Roast in oven at 350F until tender and crispy (about 15 minutes). About ½ way done, gently toss the kale to ensure even roasting. Reserve feta cheese for garnish.

To serve:
Place 1 cup of mashed potatoes in center of plate. Place a nice piece (about ½ cup) of roasted pork loin on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle crusted kale and a few feta cheese crumbles. Pairs nicely with a chilled California Chardonnay or a German Riesling.

Quality Control rules the day with Vitamins and Supplements

 

Quality Control is Critical

Ever wondered what all the hype is about regarding vitamins and supplements? Come on, is this a marketing ploy by nutriceuticals to just make money? While this can often be said of really every company known to mankind, do understand that is why they are in business– to make money. Isn’t that why you work or own a business? The bottom line is you need to make money. So you’ll market yourself or your business by whatever means possible to that end.

That said, understanding what your body needs to achieve and maintain the health and vitality you desire and deserve is the first step in determining what products to consume. The second step is deciphering the QUALITY of the products available before you purchase. Be a smart consumer, research the products you consume for their safety, manufacturing quality, 3rd party investigations regarding their claims of quality, safety and efficacy. Stop and think 3 times before you buy over the counter products. These products tend to be made with the least quality, most fillers, and unnatural materials possible — that’s why they are so affordable, or should we dare say “cheap!”  Talk to your primary care provider or nutrition specialist about what products and companies they recommend. Should they recommend something you can get off the shelf at a drug store, find another medical professional who recommends reputable products. Remember quality does not = expensive, and affordable does not always = quality.

Let’s get real here. The reality is you are a human being not a consumer. Your body is a temple. You were created in the Image of Almighty God. Your temple, the image of God, desires to be well, healthy, vibrant and can really only be fully that when you make wise choices. These choices include what you put into your temple. We all agree grabbing whatever from where ever and doing whatever whoever says is not wise, right? Well then, it’s your responsibility to ask for wisdom when it comes to your health and nutritional needs. Proverbs 2:1-3 says, “My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and undertanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure.”

Eight years ago when I was very sick and desperate for healing in my own personal life, wisdom instructed a friend to refer me to a chiropractor to see if they could help. I went to the chiropractor then and trusted their wisdom. I am well today because I listened to Wisdom– wisdom from God and wisdom from my chiropractor’s knowledge and experience.

Chiropractors are well studied and tend to carry high quality whole-food or natural vitamins and supplements. They have gained wisdom and knowledge during their academic studies as well as in their years of experience as healthcare providers that you probably don’t have. I encourage you to utilize their wisdom and knowledge. They are a very good source for most all your nutrition needs and typically are well connected in the community with other outstanding nutrition practitioners and healthcare providers, making them a great starting point.

So while there is a massive amount of products out there and so many options to choose from that are quite overwhelming, find a healthcare provider you trust, earnestly seek wisdom and tune your ear towards understanding.

Sexy Mac N Cheese

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Here’s a homemade recipe by Mindi Jentes for Sexy Mac N Cheese:

24oz Gluten Free Spiral Noodles cooked till tender; Rinse well with hot water, cover and set aside
2 Tbsp melted butter
4 Tbsp gluten free flour
1 Tbsp garlic salt
4 cups fat free organic milk
2 cups shredded colby cheddar cheese
1 cup cream cheese
1 tsp paprika
1 cup chopped cilantro
3 cups halved grape tomatoes
1/2 cup real bacon pieces
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles

Preheat oven to 350
Prepare a large casserole stone
In a large sauce pan melt butter and stir salt and flour until combined over medium heat; add milk and cream cheese; stir until smooth; add cheddar cheese and paprika stirring constantly until smooth; add additional milk until cheese sauce is the consistancy of gravy.
Remove from heat.
Stir in tomatoes; pour into casserole stone
Evenly sprinkle bacon pieces, cheddar and feta cheeses over the mac n cheese.
Bake uncovered for 20 minutes until cheeses are melted and slightly golden.
Garnish with cilantro leaves

Pairs well with an everyday California Chardonnay. Bon Appetit!

Gluten Free Broccoli Cheddar Baked Potato Soup

Homemade creation by Mindi Jentes.

broccolicheddarpotatosoupIn a large soup pot combine:
6 cups chicken stock or soup base
3 large chopped potatoes skin on

1 whole stalk of celery chopped (leaves included)
3 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Tumeric
1 Tbsp Garlic Salt
Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium low; cook until potatoes are tender (about 10 mins)
Add 3 cups chopped fresh broccoli and reduce heat to low

Thickening:
In a glass combine until smooth 1/2 cup of gluten free flour to about 3/4 cups cold water, pour into soup and stir until mixed

Stir in 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese and 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream; 1/4 cup Grapeseed Oil
Stir on low heat until thickened

Garnish:
With cheddar cheese and bacon crumbles (optional)

Serve 10-12 large bowls

“…freedom to say NO to the GOOD things in life, so you can say YES to the BEST things!”

I read this quote this week in the fall issue of CAKE&WHISKEY Magazine.

Sometimes in life we get to a cross roads and have to choose between two paths. Both paths appear well trodden. Both will get us from point A to point B accomplishing the tasks we have been well trained to do. Neither one is a bad choice. Neither is more dangerous than the other. Both will require a lot of energy and will-power to navigate the terrain. Neither path is longer path than the other. So what do you do? How do you choose which path to take? Ever been faced with this kind of a decision?

I am officially two weeks from graduating from chiropractic school and a few months from becoming a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. What an unbelievable journey the last 4.5+ years have been! I have never worked so hard and so tirelessly for something I know I was called by GOD to do! I knew it then and I know it now. There has never been a doubt in mind. I can honestly say, I never wanted to give up.

Now here I stand at a cross roads of sorts with two good choices in front of me. Do I turn to the left and take that path or do I turn to the right and take that path. Let’s just say I did what my mentor told me to do, “Ask God!” Yup! It was just that simple. Well, after I asked Him. Up to that point I wrestled for days, losing sleep, feeling sick, etc… over what the right choice for me was. It wasn’t until I asked God, that He revealed to me the BEST choice.

You see, neither choice was bad, but I needed to choose. I needed to say no to the GOOD choice before me, so that I could say yes to the BEST choice. And by BEST I mean, the one that fits me like my favorite pair of jeans. You know, the ones you can wear all day long and never wish they had an elastic waist band. The BEST choice!

We all have choices to make every single day. Choose energy enhancers over energy drainers. Choose quality over quantity. Choose to live the QUALITY of LIFE you DESIRE and DESERVE! And if you’re not sure what the BEST choice is, just “Ask God!” I promise, you’ll never be disappointed in His choice for you!

Credits: Fall 2013 Issue 3 CAKE&WHISKEY Magazine “My Manifesto” pg. 94 www.cakenwhiskey.com

BTW: If you’re a female business woman, you need CAKE&WHISKEY. It’s a BEST choice!

Cinco de Mayo Siesta Soup

Need a delicious and healthy recipe that is sure to please and fill the cincodemayosiestasoup-MJentestummies of your growing teenagers and picky youngstes? Try this one on for size. Serves 8-12 easily (well unless they’re really hungy!) 

Cinco de Mayo Siesta Soup
By Mindi Jentes

1 box organic chicken stalk or vegetable soup stalk
1 box organic tomato soup
Juice of 1 lime
2-4 cups water
1/8 cup taco seasoning
3 tsp garlic salt (or to taste)

2 cans organic basil stewed tomatoes
4 cups organic frozen corn
4 cups organic frozen green beans
1 can rinsed organic black beans
2 cups cooked brown rice
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 cups chopped cooked white chicken (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium until vegetable are tender. Serve with warm homemade tortillas (see recipe to follow). Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, dollop of sour cream, and freshly chopped cilantro.