Enjoying Breakfast Again: A Guest Post

Enjoying Breakfast Again: A Guest Post

Hi, this is Ashley from @apronsandarmor and I am excited to share some of my thoughts with you all! When Danielle received her results from an allergy test showing she should avoid foods like eggs, avocado and certain nuts I took it as a challenge to come up with some delicious meals that she could enjoy. They turned out so great I decided to share them with you all as well. I hope you enjoy!

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Breakfast… it is glorious and full of hope and happiness. Except when you find out you are allergic to all the breakfast foods you love or your mornings are rushed or you wake up feeling nauseous. Mornings can be hard sometimes but don’t let that discourage you from enjoying the most important meal of the day!

The Research Is In

You have heard it time and time again- you need to eat a nutritious breakfast to have optimal health. Research has shown us that a well-balanced and nutrient dense breakfast can:

  • improve concentration
  • prevent over eating
  • improve your mood
  • boost your energy and metabolism
  • and so much more!

With all of those benefits, it is obvious that breakfast is a non-negotiable. But what about those hurdles we talked about earlier? You know- no time or inspiration. Our morning challenges can make the most important meal of the day seem like the least appealing meal of the day. Here is some inspiration to help you overcome your morning challenges and begin to enjoy breakfast again!

Feeling Nauseous?

Do you wake up in the morning and the last thing you want to do is eat a large meal? Do you start your day queasy? There can be a number of reasons for this:

  • digestive issues
  • cortisol rush
  • low blood sugar
  • hormone issues
  • too much for dinner

If this is you I am sure you are wondering what you can do. Here are some ideas to help:

  • have a smaller dinner
  • make sure your dinner has a good proportion of fats and carbohydrates and minimal sugar to help maintain your blood sugar through the night
  • wake up at the same time every day
  • start your morning with a cup of lemon water
  • wait about 20 minutes after waking up to eat
  • still don’t feel like eating? You should probably eat anyway

I also highly recommend working with Danielle to narrow down why you might be having a hard time in the morning. Getting the help, support, and inspiration you need from a qualified professional is one of the best ways to have success on your journey to wellness.

Busy Mornings?

Mornings can be a mad dash to get out the door on time! Add in the challenge of finding breakfast items that are low in sugar and high in nutrient dense foods full of good fat and protein and breakfast can seem rather daunting. If you are like me and hit the snooze button for as long as possible here is one of my favorite recipes to grab as I run out the door.

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Ginger Apple Breakfast Cookie (GAPS/Paleo)

Ginger Apple Breakfast Cookie GAPS / Paleo

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 1 hour total
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 Apples (we use green apples for less sugar and great flavor)
  • 1 inch of fresh Ginger
  • 1 inch of fresh Turmeric
  • a pinch of crushed black pepper
  • 1 c Water
  • 2 c Almond Flour
  • 1/3 c Ghee, Butter, or Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 c Honey
  • 2 Tbs Gelatin
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Directions

  1. Dice the apples and place them in a medium-sized skillet
  2. Grate the fresh ginger and turmeric into the skillet
  3. Add in black pepper and water
  4. Place on medium-low heat and allow the apples to simmer
  5. While your apples are cooking mix the almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl
  6. Once the apples are done cooking (soft like apple sauce) turn off the heat
  7. Add the honey and ghee or other fat of choice to the pan allowing them to melt
  8. As soon as they have melted quickly stir in the gelatin
  9. Pour your apple mixture into your mixing bowl with your almond flour mixture.
  10. Add in the vanilla and stir until well combined
  11. Place around 1/3 of a cup of mixture per cookie on a greased baking sheet.
  12. This should make 8 cookies.
  13. Bake for 10-25 minutes at 350 degrees until golden brown.
  14. Allow to cool and enjoy now or put in the fridge for a quick grab and go breakfast later!

This pairs well with a turmeric late or a cup of stock. Quick, easy, delicious, and full of anti-inflammatory and healing ingredients!

Lacking Inspiration?

There are a number of real food diets that limit what you can enjoy at least for a time. Whether it is due to an autoimmune disease, allergies, or a myriad of other health challenges we oftentimes have to cut out certain foods to give our bodies an opportunity to heal or feel well. Due to the fact that eggs, dairy, and grains are some of the most common foods to be cut out breakfast can become extra challenging. Whether you are like Danielle and have just received a list of foods you are currently allergic to or are limited for another reason here is an incredible breakfast that you can make a large batch of ahead of time to make your mornings easier and more satisfying. This meal is full of vegetables, good fat, protein, and delicious flavor!

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Sage & Rosemary Butternut Squash Hash (GAPS/AIP)

Sage & Rosemary Butternut Squash Breakfast Hash GAPS / Paleo

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 1 hour total
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 c Fat (Tallow, Lard, or Coconut Oil)
  • 1/2 large Yellow Onion – diced
  • 1 large Garlic Clove – minced
  • 1 Butternut Squash peeled and cubed
  • 15 Cremini Mushrooms – sliced
  • 5 oz of Spinach (one small clamshell)
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Sage
  • 2/3 tsp Salt

Directions

  1. Put your fat in a large skillet and allow to melt
  2. Add in diced onion and minced garlic and allow to cook for a minute
  3. Add in the cubed butternut squash and allow to cook until soft (usually around 15 minutes)
  4. Don’t forget to stir occasionally
  5. Once the squash is soft, stir in the mushrooms and spinach
  6. Allow the spinach to cook down some
  7. Crumble in the ground turkey breaking it up with your spatula
  8. Sprinkle in the thyme, rosemary, and sage
  9. Saute until the ground turkey is all cooked
  10. Add in salt
  11. Enjoy!

Our favorite way to enjoy this hash is in a bacon cup topped with sour cream or coconut sour cream! It is also super delicious enjoyed as is or with a side of citrus!

Make Breakfast Great Again

I hope these ideas help to spur you on to breakfast greatness! Thank you for letting me share some of my thoughts, ideas, and recipes today! Now go and enjoy yourself some delicious breakfast and set yourself up for a great day! Looking for more inspiration? Don’t forget to visit me at apronsandarmor.com.

 

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse, or any other form of medical professional. The content of this blog is simply my opinion and has not been evaluated by the FTC, FDA or any other government agency and this information is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.

Daniele’s 12 days of Christmas!

Daniele’s 12 days of Christmas!

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I don’t know about you but I am so tried of having a drink with a bunch of sugar in it that totally kills all my fitness goals and screws up my blood sugar. I found these bad boys on our anniversary trip this year and it is my new BAE!!!! Not only are they refreshing, but they only have 1 gram of sugar in them and 2 net carbs, WHAT?!?!?!? AMAZING!!! Also, they are gluten free and not made with any crap! YAHOOOO!!! Get your winter stash here!

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#11 Kettle and Fire Bone Broth

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Not only is this Bone Broth delicious, but I had the pleasure of meeting the founders at Paleo FX this year and they were sooo nice! This is a really tasty broth, sure to get you through the winter without getting sick!! Get some here!

#12 Dr. Axe Bone Broth Protein

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It might sounds weird and gross to put bone broth in your smoothie, but this stuff is LEGIT!!! Not only are there 4 different flavors including one with black pepper and turmeric but the plain is tasteless, I put it in my buttered coffee and I don’t even notice it! If you want an all around nutrient dense protein that helps with gut health as well, this is your new favorite powder!!! Get it here!

 

 

HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY EVERYONE!!! BE SAFE AND BE WELL!!! XOXO

 

LOVE,

DANIELE DELLA VALLE, NTP

Transition Naturally

Transition Naturally

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Recently I have been working with one of my transgender clients. I am a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community and have worked with many LGB & Q but rarely any T. It occurred to me lately, that maybe the transgender community doesn’t think to seek out nutrition therapy. Now, I’m not lumping an entire group of people together, this is just my personal experience and thought. As someone who does quite well with helping others to balance hormones, I think about who I can help and how. My question here is, why don’t I get more clients looking to transition naturally?

That answer to that is, I don’t know. I think maybe since we are a culture dependent on and blinded by Big Pharma we are stuck inside a box of prescribed synthetic hormone replacement therapy. The unfortunate result of synthetic HRT can often lead to cancer and furthering hormone imbalances, as well as amplify other inflammatory conditions and gene expression (not good).

When transitioning from male to female and female to male there are medical procedures and psychological protocols that are rightfully put in place, but no emphasis on holistic nutrition or organic bio-identical hormones. As a holistic nutritionist my mind wanders and thinks of the possible inflammatory conditions that are being created by not allowing the natural suitable hormonal pathways to communicate properly.

My biggest fear is that if we are transitioning genders, that transition takes place in the core of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is not only comprised of sex hormones, it is also the house of our pituitary, hypothalamus, and adrenal glands. These glands are the epicenter of stress, adaptation, hunger, thirst, and growth.

My analogous way of describing this relationship is like thinking your endocrine system is a house and every gland and organ has its own room. Well, let’s say one of the organs decided to throw a fit and start some drama, you better believe that everyone in that house is going to feel the resistance. This is what it’s like for the endocrine system. If one organ or gland is out of sorts, they will all chime in. So my primary concern here is that the focus is entirely on the sex hormones and organs, and the adrenals, most of all, get left behind. They become an afterthought.

This is an extremely unfortunate circumstance given the adrenals have a very important job, stress and adaptation. When you put the body through a stressful event like gender transition my mind goes directly to supporting the stress response in the body. Why do I do that? Because the negative effect of stress on the body actually creates the exact hormones you are trying to transition away from. For women, when we are stressed and cortisol is on the rise we tend to lose our natural production of testosterone and increase our production of estrogen so for people looking to transition from female to male, this is not exactly the direction you are looking to go in. As for men, when cortisol is increased, natural progesterone levels decrease, therefore making it a more stressful long term transition from male to female.

The success of transition is not a question, the question is, if a holistic approach is not addressed, will there be long term issues that will take longer to heal because there was no attention paid to other equally important glands and organs…

 

 

Cited articles: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19179815

https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/r?dbs+hsdb:@term+@rn+58-22-0