Tasty Tomato Tidbits-Coconut Vegan-Veggie Wrap

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Aloha everyone!  Yes, many of us love tomatoes… but do we all know exactly why they can be good for us?  Tomatoes are oh so tasty, but better yet, they contain very powerful healing agents that are Scientifically proven!  Today I am sharing why Organic Tomatoes are such a big party of our family’s diet.

Organic Tomato Health Facts:

FOR MEN: 

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Medical research revealed that Lycopene is the only nutrient that turned out to have SIGNIFICANT preventative value against Prostate Cancer. Due to the high lycopene content in tomatoes, eating Organic Tomatoes in any of it’s various forms more than 2 times a week, can help reduce the risk of Prostate Cancer by 21-43%.

Cooking Organic Tomatoes in oil encourages intestinal absorption and results in a two-to-threefold rise in plasma lycopene concentrations. We cook our tomatoes in Coconut Oil because of it’s other healing properties.

FOR WOMEN:

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Lycopene helps women guard against cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia, (CIN), tumorous tissue growth in the cervix.
Lycopene is a powerful inhibitor of the growth of breast, endometrium (inner lining of the uterus) and lung cancer cells.

FOR MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN:

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Organic Tomatoes are good for the eyes.

Lycopene, the most abundant carotenoid in the blood serum, was found to be the key antioxidant that guards against ARMD ( Age-Related Macular Degeneration), a condition that may cause blindness.

Tomatoes are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium.

Lycopene is an inhibitor to heart disease.

Organic Tomatoes are perfectly safe and healthy to eat, Tomato leaves are actually toxic.

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NaturalNews.Com reported that foods rich in cooked tomatoes may boost your body’s ability to ward off skin damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and stave off the effects of aging, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Newcastle, England, and presented to the British Society for Investigative Dermatology.

After three months of eating Organic Tomato Paste, researchers analyzed skin samples from 20 participants and found that volunteers who had eaten the tomatoes exhibited 33 percent more protection against sunburn than those who had taken olive oil alone. They also had higher levels of procollagen, a protein that plays a crucial role in preserving skin structure.

The scientists believe that lycopene neutralizes free radicals that are formed when UV radiation strikes the skin. These free radicals have been linked to cancer and the effects of aging.

The best part of all these studies were the results that demonstrated it did not matter in what form we ate the Tomato, it only mattered that we ate Organic Tomato.  The health benefits included, Organic Tomatoes, Organic Tomato Sauce, Organic Tamato Paste and Organic Ketchup.  So here I’m including a quick recipe that includes tomatoes.  This is one of the recipes that proves Fast Food doesn’t have to be junk food to be Yummy Yummy Baby!

COCONUT VEGGIE WRAP

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Recipe:

Coconut Paleo Sheet, Fresh Tomato Chunks, Fresh Zucchini Shavings, Fresh Coconut Slices, Fresh Carrot Shavings, Fresh Cilantro, Fresh Mixed Greens.

Sauce:  Vegenaise, Apple Cider Vinegar, Mustard, Honey, Salt, Pepper (all measurements to your taste)

Fun Fact:

Tomato is a fruit. The confusion arose after the 1890s when the US supreme court named Tomato a Vegetable for taxation purposes. A fruit is the edible part of the plant containing seeds, a vegetable is stem, leaf or root.

Sending you Love & Light, Dr. Dee  😉

References:

Giovannucci, Edward et al., “Intake of Carotenoids and Retinol in Relation to Risk of prostate Cancer,” Journal of the National Cancer Miracle Nutrient That Can Prevent Aging, Heart Diseaseand Cancer,” Advanced Research Press, Inc. 1999. Hauppauge, N.Y.

Tomato Research Council, Article, “Lycopene in the American Diet,” Undated

Hanley, Daniel Q., “Tomatoes, Oranges, Pasta and Soybeans Studied as Cancer fighters,” AP, April 14, 1997

Kumpulainen, Jorma T. et al, “Natural Antioxidants and Food Quality in Atherosclerosis and Cancer Prevention,” Royal Society of Chemistry Information Services and Scheer, James F., “Tomato Power! Lycopene: The Miracle Nutrient That Can Prevent Aging, Heart Disease and Cancer,” Advanced Research Press, Inc. 1999. Hauppauge, N.Y.

Meres-Perlman, Julie A., Ph.D., “Serum Antioxidants and Age-Related Macular Degeneration in a Population-Based Case-Control Study,” Archives Ophthalmology, December, 1995, Vol. 113:1518-1523.

Aviram, Michael, Ph.D., “Lycopene and Antherosclerosis,” A publication of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Scheer, James F., “Tomato Power! Lycopene: The Miracle Nutrient That Can Prevent Aging, Heart Disease and Cancer,” Advanced Research Press, Inc. 1999. Hauppauge, N.Y.

Journal reference: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (DOI: 10.1021/jf0401540)


Coconut Milk Vegan Baby Formula…

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I love Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Coconut Meat, Coconut Oil, Coconut Candy, Coconut Cookies, Coconut Cake, Coconut everything! I am definitely cuckoo for Coconuts!

As a child, my mother would repeatedly tell me how great Coconut is for my stomach and my skin.  I always heeded her advice about the topical uses, especially for wrinkles and stretch mark prevention, but I never really ate Coconut for medicinal reasons unless she gave it to me.  Coming from a Native American mom who would use food, plants and herbs as healing remedies, I came to learn that many of the remedies are now backed by Science.

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Upon the birth of my second son, I mysteriously developed a severe stomach bacteria.  I was advised to temporarily stop breast feeding if I didn’t want to pass the bacteria back and forth. What was I going to do? I didn’t have a plan B for Breast Milk.

I vigorously started studying every formula out in the market. I couldn’t believe what I found… I consistently found toxic ingredients that are known carcinogens in the majority of the world except the U.S. The majority of countries have banned the use of these ingredients, but we are giving it to our newborns and babies in our hospitals and homes?!?

I felt as if I was in the twilight zone! This isn’t happening… this isn’t happening! After studying further, I learned that there are many alternative home made milks that we can make for our babies who have allergies, bacterial infections, intolerances and sensitivities.  Coconut Milk and Hemp Milk are similar to Mother’s Milk, they take some work to make, it requires adding various ingredients, but it is Healthy, Healing, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free and Low on the allergy index.

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Please understand that I am not saying that Coconut Milk or other milk alternatives replace a Mother’s milk, I am saying you can create a safe alternative if Mother’s Milk is not a viable choice. Most of all, I am saying that Mother’s milk is a life force that can not be replicated by cows, goats or factories.  Breast Milk is the sweetest milk I have ever tasted, yes… I tasted it, 🙂 and it is so understandable why babies prefer it, thrive the best on it and receive so many healing properties.

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Coconut milk has been found to treat and relieve sore throats and even stomach ulcers, and like Breast Milk, it is very calming to the body and digestive system. The nutrients in Coconut also aid the body in over all immune system health. It’s B vitamins also aid in many immune and nervous system functions.

Unlike other unhealthy fats, the unique properties of Coconut also contain a large amount of MCTs and Lauric Acid, which is the primary fatty acid found in Mother’s Milk. Lauric acid is what makes breast milk so digestible and is believed to protect the body from infection and boost the immune system.

The great thing is that Coconut Milk is great for all of us, regardless of our age!

Home-made Coconut Milk is also a safe alternative for Diabetics who are concerned with the properties in Dairy Milk. Coconut Milk has a Low Glycemic Index and High Dietary Fiber. The human body cannot digest the dietary fiber in coconut, therefore it has no hazardous effects on Blood Sugar. Best of all, Coconut Milk is lower in sugar than Dairy Milk.

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It turned out my baby did get the stomach bacteria and became very very ill and lost a severe amount of weight in less than a week. It was a very rough and scary time for us. After endless hours and days of research and consulting with various Naturopathic and Functional Medicine Doctors, we implemented the undeniable research on Coconut Milk, Oil and meat and it worked… It truly worked!

Our baby started to gain healthy weight, improve the quality of his poop and best of all… he began to thrive and heal!  I was able to continue breast feeding and we couldn’t be happier! This was done in conjunction with other nutritional support, like probiotics and digestive enzymes, but that is another blog. 🙂

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Here is a Yummy Yummy Baby recipe for Vegan Coconut Milk Baby Formula:

3 Cups of home-made Coconut Milk (Its easy after you do it once)
1 Tbsp Unsweetened, Rice protein or Pea protein (we prefer Rice protein)
1 1/2 Tbsp of Grade B Maple Syrup
1 tsp Calcium Lactate Powder
2 tsp of Infant Probiotic powder (we use Klaire Infant Probiotics)
2 tsp Vegan Omega 3 DHA
2 tsp of Extra Virgin, Unrefined, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
4 Cups of very good quality water

*Optional 1/4 Ripe banana

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Combine all of the ingredients in a Large Cup Nutribullet and blend (you may have to split it in two depending on the size of your Nutribullet, Vitamix, Ninja, etc…  Refrigerate immediately and use within 48 hours.
The formula will separate from the oils, so please shake before pouring into a bottle or cup and gently warm for baby.

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***We later discovered a formula we felt was not perfect, but pretty wonderful. It is a great supplement once your baby is a Toddler.  The Name is Toddler Supreme by Peaceful Planet.

***Important Legal Disclaimer:  This recipe is intended to be a supplement for a nursing or formula-fed child’s diet. It is not intended to be a complete replacement, and should only be used when the Mother’s Milk is not available, Allergies to Store Formulas, Sensitivities/Intolerances to other formulas or because you don’t want to give your baby the carcinogens in some formulas…

Again, this blog does not replace the advice of your healthcare practitioner, this is me sharing what worked for my family.

* Next up… How to make Coconut Milk!  Mmm! Yummy Yummy Baby!

Dr. Dee

Resources:

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/


Pregnancy & PMS Relief! Lavender Loves the Ladies!

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Hey there amigos, welcome back to Yummy Yummy Baby! Today I want to focus on the most beautiful women in the world, Mommies to Be!

Although pregnancy can be an exciting and beautiful time, it can also be a time of anxiety, confusion and insomnia. So many women ask me about how they can cope with PMS and Pregnancy in a natural way.

Many women have tried traditional medicine, drugs and therapy to help cope with their horrible PMS and Pregnancy Blues.  The truth is that there are so many reasons for these challenges, but in short, it is a result of hormones, genetics, toxins and bad food.

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By using food as your medicine, you can help minimize or totally eliminate the drastic impact of PMS and post pregnancy blues. Healthy Food, Herbs and Plants can heal your hormones, they can battle your genetic predispositions and they can eliminate your toxins.

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If you truly are ready to take a leap forward in minimizing Pregnancy Blues & PMS, then eliminate every pesticide, GMO food and minimize sugary foods from your life. Read every single label of the food you put in your mouth and the ingredients you put on your skin and hair. Read the chemicals you use on your floor, furniture, dishes, baby toys, etc.

Go natural, go organic, go Lavender! Consider visiting a Functional Medicine Doctor to analyze your DNA (MTHFR), your Hormones, B-Vitamin levels (Homocysteine) & Blood.

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I know it takes a while to make the transition to a totally natural and organic life… but YOU & YOUR BABY ARE WORTH IT!

In the mean time, Lavender can help soothe the debilitating effects of Pregnancy Blues & PMS. By adding Lavender to your bath water or mixing it with coconut oil then massaging it into your skin, Lavender can also really minimize PMS and menstrual cramps.

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Lavender is also effective in aiding the treatment of Chlamydia, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Thrush, vaginal infections, inflamed vaginal tissue, vaginitis, Cystitis, Raynaud’s Disease, breast abscesses, and Cervical Cancer. If being treated with radiation for any form of cervical or uterine cancer, Lavender oil can prevent and diminish irradiation burns.

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Lavender’s Love and Healing properties are Endless. Lavender is a must-have for all homes because of its calming, antibiotic, antiseptic, disinfectant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

By mixing Lavender with water and Tea Tree Oil, it is a Pregnancy safe, non-toxic remedy that can be sprayed on your home surfaces and used as a household disinfectant. Infusing Lavender is also a great insect repellent.

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Again, pregnancy can be such a beautiful time of life, it can also be the most humbling time, especially when you are delivering your baby in a room full of people.

During pregnancy, Lavender can help sooth and relieve flatulence and indigestion. It can diminish the look of stretch marks and scars. It can relieve cramps, edema, exhaustion, infection, breast abscesses, and post-natal depression.

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There are many studies that have revealed that using Lavender oil during pregnancy and childbirth can help ease delivery pain and promote a speedy recovery.

Most traditional hospitals are open to you using Lavender Aromatherapy in the delivery room. It will help relax mom, dad and the hospital staff! Everyone will be feeling the calming effects of Lovely Lavender!

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I used Lavender on my hospital pillow, on my baby’s hospital clothes and on our baby’s car seat, nursery furniture, pillows and blanket… My baby came home to a nice calming environment! 💖

You and your lil one are gonna feel so relaxed and smell like the sweetest Yummy Yummy Baby!  👶

~Dr. Dee


Vegan Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese Casserole: Gluten Free

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Oh how my family loves this one!

After some diagnostic testing I learn that not only I am low in my B Vitamins… but so are my children.  What am I going to do?  My youngest son is so little that he wasn’t ready to eat vitamins.  My older son doesn’t like taking vitamins, but we all need to increase Vitamin B intake…

Butternut Squash is rich in B-complex group of vitamins like Folate, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine), Thiamin and Pantothenic Acid.  Butternut has a similar mineral profile as pumpkin, containing adequate levels of minerals like iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

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How do you know if you or your child is low in B Vitamins?  The best way to know is to have your Homocysteine Levels tested!  It’s especially critical if Heart Disease and/or Auto-immune disease are in your family.

People & Children who may be low in vitamin B:

– Anyone who does not eat regular well-balanced meals from fresh whole vegetables and fruits.

– Anyone with chronic medical conditions and digestive problems.

– Anyone who plays physically demanding sports.

– Anyone who eats a lot of fast foods/processed foods and sodas.

– Anyone who may have a gene polymorphism like MTHFR.

I have one son who underwent heavy chemotherapy and one son who had digestive issues, low B vitamins for them made perfect sense. Why was I low in B-vitamins?

It turns out I have a gene that does not properly metabolize Folate and other B vitamins.  It is extremely critical that we all know our B-Vitamin status in order to help prevent Alzheimer Disease, for Healthy Heart, Pregnancies and to ensure that our kid’s brains are growing adequately.

Butternut Squash became a big staple in our diet. Butternut this and butternut that! Here is one of our favorites! 🙂

BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC N CHEESE CASSEROLE

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INGREDIENTS:

1 Medium Butternut
2 Carrots chopped

6 Cloves of Garlic
2 Cups Gluten Free Vegetable Stock
1 Pound of Pasta (Rigatoni, Macaroni, Penne)
2 Cups of Vegan Cheese (I use Daiya Cheese)
2 Cups of Seasoned Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
1 Tablespoon of Finely Chopped Cilantro

1 Celery stalk finely chopped

1/4 Small White Onion finely chopped

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Cooking Spray (I use Coconut Spray)

Baking Instructions:

  1. Cut squash in half and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 mins – 1 hour.
  2. While Butternut is Baking, Cook Gluten Free Pasta of Choice, drain, rinse.
  3. Cook Celery, Carrots, Onion, Salt, 1 3/4 Cup Vegetable Stock in a Sauce Pan, for 10- 15 mins on medium heat.
  4. After baking Butternut, scoop butternut out of shell, then add 3 cloves of garlic,  1/4 cup of Stock to a food processor/blender and puree.
  5. Lightly coat large casserole dish with cooking spray.
  6. After cooking Celery, Carrots, Onion for 15 minutes, mix in 1 Cup of Seasoned Croutons, turn off heat.
  7. When Pasta is done cooking, drain, rinse.
  8. Fold in 1 Cup of cheese to the Noodles.  (more if you like it really cheesy 😉
  9. THEN create layers of squash puree & noodles in the Casserole dish.
  10. While the pasta is cooking, put 1- 2 garlic cloves, 1 Cup of  and cheese, 2 cups of Croutons, Cilantro in a food processor & pulse.
  11. Top the Casserole with Vegan Cheese/Crouton mixture and broil for 12 minutes until browned.

Yummy Yummy Baby! 🙂

B Vitamins work synergistically, so its important to take them together. If you are low in B vitamins, food is usually not enough. Consult your health practioner about B-Complex vitamins, especially Folate & B-12.

*Note, Folate is not synthetic Folic Acid.

Thanks and see you soon, Dr. Dee  🙂