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Best chocolate chip cookie recipe. Who needs gluten, grains or dairy!

You won’t believe these have no bad things in them! When you went paleo or gluten free, you never would have believed this was possible. I know that I’m building them up…but they really are that good!

I got the recipe from Danielle Walker(because she rocks!!)and she says something similar. I made a dozen and the family(mostly my wife) has eaten them all. Gotta make more I guess.
Note: I replaced the egg with a chia seed egg substitute, because my eldest daughter refuses to eat anything with eggs.

Real-Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies
AUTHOR: Danielle Walker – AgainstAllGrain.com
SERVES: 1 dozen
Ingredients:

¼ cup palm shortening or grassfed butter
¼ cup coconut palm sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 large egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1½ cups blanched almond flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup dark chocolate pieces (just chop up a dark chocolate bar)
¼ cup enjoy life chocolate chips
Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor, cream the palm shortening, coconut sugar, honey, egg, and vanilla for about 15 seconds until smooth and fluffy.
Add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and sea salt and mix again until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed in order to incorporate all of the flour. Pulse once or twice more.
Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
Place golf-ball sized balls of dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a SilPat. Using another sheet of parchment on top of the dough, flatten them slightly with the palm or your hand or a spatula. The cookies don’t spread much so create the size and thickness you want prior to baking them.
Bake for 9-12 minutes, until slightly golden around the edges.

 

They burn quickly, so don’t let them stay in too long.

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Neurological Effects of Gluten

Whether you have true Celiac Disease, or whether you “only” have lesser gluten antibodies and intolerances, gluten can cause multiple neurological issues. Depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and a wide variety of Neuromuscular Disorders can have their roots in gluten antibody side effects.I have seen improvements in ALS, MS, CIPD, Tourette’s, seizures, and other complicated illnesses when the client goes strictly grain-free. Testing from Cyrex Labs is helpful in any Neurological or health disorder, as their tests for gluten cross-reactivity will pick up antibodies to dairy, quinoa, rice, oats and many others. (They have several other tests I run on myself and clients too).

In celiac disease, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks a variety of proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. In its attack on gluten, gliadin, gluteo-morphins and others, the immune system damages the small intestine and produces gut symptoms from mild to severe. Once damaged, the small intestine will not absorb vitamins, minerals, and proteins properly, and the immune system and neurotransmitters will be negatively affected. As a result of this malabsorption, we may find anemia, anorexia, arthritis, behavioral problems, autism spectrum disorders, infertility, pain, depression, migraines, numbness and tingling, bone loss, seizures, and more.

As for depression, a 1998 study confirmed that about one-third of those with celiac disease suffer from depression. Adolescents with celiac disease have a 31% risk of depression, while only 7% of healthy adolescents face this risk. These huge numbers are what propel me to insist on a grain-free diet with my clients. The risks of gluten antibodies attacking any cell of the body are just too great. In particular, low zinc levels have been linked to depression. In addition to keeping the immune system and prostate strong and the memory sharp, zinc plays an important role in the production and use of neurotransmitters.  A 2009 study found that zinc supplementation significantly reduced depression scores in people who had not been helped by antidepressants in the past.

Getting off grains is a “Wild Card” in that you never know exactly which benefits you will see first. Sometimes depression lifts; sometimes reflux and gas just stop; sometimes, it’s that a healthy appetite replaces the constant need to refuel on starchy carbohydrates. Ultimately, it’s all managed by the brain and the intestines. Make improvements there, and the nervous system, immune system, and all the organs and cells will benefit

 

http://celiachandbook.com/neurological-effects-of-gluten/

Dr Osborne and his mission.

Dr. Osborne, Gluten, Grain & Lectin free diet interview
The origin of our dedication to the gluten free community…
Little Michael was only seven years old when his mother took him to see Dr. Osborne. You see, he was diagnosed with a debilitating disease called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Michael’s case was so bad that doctors didn’t know if he would make it. Because of this, the Make-A-Wish Foundation actually stepped in and granted Michael and his family a wish (A trip to the Galapagos Islands).
Michael’s condition racked his body with headaches, muscle pain, joint pain, indigestion, and stomach pain. He had been suffering since his introduction to normal foods at 20 months of age. He was in and out of the hospital so frequently that he had to have a permanent stent placed in his arm so that when he was hospitalized, it would be easier to give him an IV.
Imagine going through years of hospital trips, doctors visits, and horrible pain all before you reach the age of 10. This was Michael’s story until his mother brought him into Dr. Osborne’s office. After an extensive exam and laboratory testing, Micheal was diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity. That was in 2005.
Today, Michael is gluten free and very much alive. He no longer has a plastic stent in his arm. He is growing normally. He doesn’t need to take as many medications to treat his symptoms. He is active in band, and he has a new lease on life.
Michael is alive today because he is gluten free. Does this sound like a diet trend?

Food for Thought: Can the Paleo Diet Heal Mental Disorders?

The Paleo Diet is one of the latest trends in eating plans, promising to deliver leaner bodies and heightened energy. But David Perlmutter, author of “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar,” supports the diet primarily because of the benefits he says it can have on your brain.

In his book, Perlmutter, a neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition, writes that grains cause degenerative brain disorders, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and play a role in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, epilepsy, anxiety, migraines and depression. Gluten, which is a “glue” that holds flour together, is the main culprit of obesity and why people suffer from brain diseases, Perlmutter says. Most people have gluten sensitivity, he writes, because humans were never wired to eat foods such as cookies, pizza and bread. The bread products of our ancestors also had lower levels of gluten than today’s processed foods. When your body encounters gluten your blood sugar spikes, causing inflammation and severe harm to your brain, he says.

As a result, Perlmutter preaches: Ditch the carbs, take up aerobic exercise and you can control your genetic destiny. He also devised his own diet plan, which he lays out in “Grain Brain.” The diet is similar to the Paleo Diet, though it allows for small amounts of dairy, legumes and gluten-free grains such as rice and quinoa, a few times each week.

In an interview with U.S. News, Perlmutter addressed critics’ concerns about Paleo and shared lifestyle tips he says will optimize brain health.

[Search: U.S. News Top-Ranked Hospitals for Neurology & Neurosurgery.]

What You’ll Eat on Grain Brain

Grain Brain closely resembles the Paleo Diet, also known as the Stone Age or Caveman Diet, which mimics our ancestors’ eating habits and is comprised of foods people have eaten for 2 million years – mainly plants, fruits and meat.

Grain Brain Book

In U.S. News Best Diets 2014, the Paleo Diet ranks last at No. 31 for Best Diets Overall. The experts who ranked Best Diets warned that a lack of dairy and grains in their diet could lead to nutrient deficiencies. They also noted that Paleo followers need to be careful about making lean meat choices; otherwise, they may increase their risk for heart problems.

Yet Perlmutter disagrees. “The idea that people are nutritionally deprived because they don’t eat grain has no scientific basis,” he says, adding that the nutritional value of grain products is nothing more than a marketing ploy.

Though the staunchest Paleo followers rid dairy products from their diets, Grain Brain allows them in moderation. Cottage cheese, yogurt and kefir, for example, can be used sparingly in recipes or as toppings. The Grain Brain diet is essentially a vegetarian diet with animal products as a side dish, or “a vegetarian diet with qualifiers,” Perlmutter says. You can ditch the meat entirely, or have meat portions no larger than the size of a deck of cards.

When it comes to red meat, Perlmutter says, people need to be selective and eat only the meat of animals that have been grass fed. Most cattle are fed genetically modified grain, not their natural diet of grass, which he says is high in fatty acid and provides what the brain needs for optimum health. The brain contains 60 to 70 percent fat, Perlmutter says. Therefore, the more fat and cholesterol you eat, he explains, the healthier your brain will be.

The typical American diet is high in sugar and carbs, which are harmful for the brain, he says. Many people begin their day with orange juice, which he says is pure sugar, followed by whole-grain cereal. “By 10 a.m. you’re breaking open the vending machine at work because your blood sugar has plummeted,” he says. You will not feel this fluctuation on a fat-based diet, he says.

Instead, consider this example of a day on the Grain Brain diet: For breakfast, have half an avocado drizzled with olive oil and two poached eggs topped with salsa. For lunch, eat lemon chicken with herb garden salad and balsamic vinaigrette. At dinner, enjoy salmon with mushrooms and unlimited roasted vegetables. For dessert: Two chocolate truffles.

While some people on the Paleo Diet customize it to what they think is reasonable, the Grain Brain is less flexible. For example, Paleo followers may allow themselves to eat gluten once a week, or an occasional slice of birthday cake. But Pelmutter does not encourage even occasional “cheating,” since he argues one slice of cake still affects the brain. “Halfway measures work halfway,” he says. “Even small amounts of cheating can have large inflammation results.”

Fitness

Our ancestors moved a lot, and so should we, according to the Paleo exercise plan. The Paleo Diet suggests 2.5 hours of moderate to intense activity a week, while the Grain Brain exercise regimen focuses on getting your heart rate up through aerobic exercise, Perlmutter says. Spend 20 minutes a day walking, jogging, using the elliptical or biking.

Exercise stimulates the growth of new brain cells, Perlmutter says. “There’s no prescription that can do this,” he says. “All you have to do is exercise.”

Certain exercises that involve stretching, like yoga, are good for mobility, flexibility and balance, he says, but tend to be less optimal for reaching memory goals. Continue yoga classes, he says, but couple them with aerobic exercise like Pilates or take your program to the next level by doing hot yoga.

 

Supplements and Sleep

Perlmutter lists seven “Super Supplements” he says nourish the brain. They include: DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid; resveratrol, a supplement that slows aging; turmeric, a supplement that improves glucose metabolism; probiotics, which fight bacteria; alpha-lipoic acid, an antioxidant; and coconut oil and vitamin D. People who decide to follow the Grain Brain regimen can expect to pay about $50 a month for supplements.

And don’t forget to sleep, which allows the brain to heal itself on a daily basis, Perlmutter says. People should try to maintain a regular sleep schedule by waking up and going to bed at the same time each day. He adds that you should sleep at least seven hours a night and allow at least three hours between mealtime and bedtime.

It’s never too late to change your diet, fitness and eating habits, he says, because you have the ability to grow new brain cells your entire life.

 

Paleo Chocolate Birthday cake

I really needed to get a cake recipe for H birthday coming up, so I went hunting the last few weeks. I decided to try it today. With great anticipation, I scoured 3 different grocery stores and called a specialty store to search for the ingredients. I spent the better part of the day making sure I had all the ingredients.

Grain free Birthday cake
Grain free Birthday cake

The cake turned out awesome! It was so moist and tasty. The frosting was another story. I am not sure what I did wrong, but it was just watery blobs of fat. My wife to the rescue…(she doesn’t cook so this was quite a surprise) she suggested that I take raspberries and mash them into a puree! Brilliant! I pureed blueberries, raspberries, honey and a bit of coconut milk and topped the cake with that. Wow! The kids even loved it! You will love this cake. Vive le caveman!
http://paleospirit.com/2012/paleo-chocolate-birthday-cake-coconut-honey-frosting/

Mini Grain Free, Sugar Free Banana Muffin

A few months ago a friend brought this recipe to me as she knew my daughter was celiac and knew I was always on the lookout for great new ideas.
Soon after I tried it for the first time we found out that H was having reactions to eggs. So after trying the recipe with a chia seed egg replacement, I forgot it altogether one time and it was very good!
I have made a few adjustments over the many batches that I have made and now think I am at the ultimate muffin!
Ingredients:
3 very ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups roasted unsalted cashews
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 coconut flour
2 tablespoons macadamia nut oil(or almond oil or walnut oil)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 small shredded carrots or (3 oz of zucchini or beet)(optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Coconut oil( to grease muffin tins)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375
Grind cashews in food processor until you get a fine meal
Add macadamia nut oil and blend until well combined(making cashew butter)
Add the ripe bananas and blend until it forms a paste. You will have to scrape the edges to make sure it is well mixed.
In a medium bowl mix almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, shredded carrot, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Mix all ingredients into a batter.
Spoon batter into well greased mini muffin tins.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until they start to brown.
Let muffins cool completely before storing. (I store in the fridge after day 2 to keep fresh)

These muffins freeze well also. You should be able to store for up to 2 months in a deep freeze.

Makes about 36 mini muffins.
Enjoy!

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