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Inflammation Part 2

Inflammation Part 2

Aug 23, 2018

Last month, I shared what inflammation is. This month, I want to talk about what causes it and how to reduce it.

There are a few well-known foods that cause inflammation:

  • Sugar
  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Alcohol
  • Eggs

Keep in mind that not all of these foods affect everyone the same way. This is where inflammation gets tricky.

As I mentioned last month, feeling bloated is a sign of the beginning stages of inflammation. There are other symptoms as well, including:

  • Skin rash
  • Itchiness
  • Hot flashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling anxious
  • Mood swings
  • Sleepiness
  • Brain fog
  • Lack of energy

Paying close attention to how your body reacts after eating certain type of foods is crucial to identifying if you have sensitivity to them.  Keep track of what you eat and any symptoms you experience. If you experience any of the above symptoms, it means there is some level of sensitivity and a potential inflammation problem.

In addition to food reactions, one of the most common inflammatory products is one that our bodies produce. It is a hormone called “Cortisol”, which many of you are familiar with. .

Cortisol is a very powerful hormone that gets released by the adrenal glands when we are in survival mode which happens on a daily basis.  It’s what we call “Stress”.  This hormone gets released often throughout our body during the day, any time we go to survival mode. Cortisol causes all kind of problems, from a vulnerable immune system, auto-immune diseases, cancer, being overweight, heart attacks and stroke, you name it.

If you feel you are struggling with stress and need tools to go back to your center and regain your power, don’t hesitate to email or call me for more personal advice. Below are some tools you can start using today to fight stress wherever you are.  Practice the things that make you happy as often as you can:

  • Call your BFF to vent
  • Kiss or hug your loved ones
  • Paint
  • Write
  • Sew
  • Sing
  • Dance
  • Exercise
  • Meditate (that’s my go-to)
  • Walk in nature (that’s my favorite)
  • Take a 15 minute nap

Doing these simple things will activate your parasympathetic nervous system which will help deactivate the sympathetic nervous system which is the nervous system that gets active when we are in survival mode or stress.  Use these tools on a daily basis to turn off the switch to stress.

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Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beet Salad

Aug 13, 2018

ROASTED BEETS SALAD

For the Beets

1 bunch medium beets (about 3)

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad

10 ounces mixed greens (I like a blend of frisée, radicchio and mesclun)

3 ounces goat cheese

1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

For the Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons honey

1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1-1/2 tablespoons minced shallots

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

6 tablespoons vegetable oil

Drizzle the beets with olive oil and wrap them up in aluminum foil. Roast them directly on the oven rack for about an hour. You’ll know they’re done when you can easily pierce them with a knife.

Let them cool, then peel the skin and cut into chunks.You can wear gloves if you want to prevent your hands from turning temporarily pink but I never bother.

The rest of the salad is a breeze. For the vinaigrette, combine the honey, Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, oil, shallots, salt and pepper in a jar and shake to emulsify.

When you’re ready to serve, toss the greens with the dressing. Divide the salad onto plates, then sprinkle with goat cheese, walnuts and beets.

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CEO & Founder

Nourish the Brain

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Ginger Spice Veggies – Festival de Color

Ginger Spice Veggies – Festival de Color

Aug 13, 2018

Ingredients

1/2 Cabbage
200gr Asparagus
Ginger root, the size of the top of your thumb.
200gr Mushrooms
250gr sprouted broccoli
1 red onion
1 garlic clove
Raw sesame seeds
Salt
Pepper
Coconut oil

Directions

Chop the veggies in medium pieces. Set a big pan in the stove and warm up coconut, enough amount to cover the bottom of the pan.
Cut the ginger root in three pieces and put it in the pan, sauté for a little bit and add the onion until gets transparent, add the garlic crushed.
Add the other veggies and mix all together stir for a little bit but don’t let the asparagus get saggy. Very important in order to preserve the flavor and all the qualities keep the veggies firm.
Put salt and pepper of your choice and sesame seeds, is ready to eat!

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Potatoes Casserolette

Potatoes Casserolette

Aug 13, 2018

Ingredients

250gr. Organic pork belly
200gr mushrooms
2 potatoes or sweet potatoes
1 red onion
100gr parmegiano
100gr mozzarella
salt, pepper, olive oil
Containers, you can use a muffin pan or containers like the photos.

Directions

Sauté the pork belly in a pan without oil until the fat from the same belly almost disappears from the meat. At the mean time warm up the oven to 350 degrees.
In the same fat sauté the onion until golden, add the mushrooms and let it cook until the water from the mushrooms disappears.
When is all cooked, turn off the burner and let it cool down.
Cut the potatoes in thin slices. 
Spread olive oil in the containers of your choice and spread the potato slices as a film until re-cover the container shape.
Drain the fat from the pan and set the cooked ingredients in a bowl mix a half of each cheeses.
Fill up the containers with the mix and top with potatoes again.
Add the rest of the cheeses and set them in the oven for 45 minutes or until you see the potatoes cooked in a golden color.
Ready to eat!

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Nourish the Brain

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Quinoa Kale Avocado Meal

Quinoa Kale Avocado Meal

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Aug 13, 2018

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 cups water

Pinch of Himalayan salt

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Zest from 1 medium lemon

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Fresh cracked black pepper,

3 cups chopped kale

1 large avocado

 

How to Make It:

Combine the quinoa, water in a medium saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, and after the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.

Gently simmer, covered, for 15 minutes (there may still be some water not yet absorbed). Remove from heat.

Keeping the pan covered, let it stand for 5 minutes, or until the remaining water is absorbed.

Remove the lid and gently fluff the quinoa. Set aside to cool.

In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss together the cooked quinoa, kale and avocado. Toss with the dressing, and serve at room temperature or chilled.

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Gemi Bertran

CEO & Founder

Nourish the Brain

Clients who get the most from Gemi’s Health Coaching Programs are looking to create balance in their lives with a much needed reset.  They are tired of diets that fall short,  and are motivated to make real changes that will produce visible results. On a deeper level, they are equally motivated to find the hidden paths to clearer thinking.

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