Bread; a discussion.

This weekend I’ve been to The Edinburgh Food Festival​ and I was lucky enough to go to a couple of really great talks (as well as hanging out with great people, eating delicious food and drinking good coffee and beer).

Today, I went to a talk about bread. Now, you might think that bread is fairly insignificant as a foodstuff - but you’d be wrong. The speaker today told us that if 1 out of every 20 unemployed Scots were retrained as bakers, we could produce all of Scotland’s bread from small bakeries. If wheat was farmed properly, we could supply all of Scotland with bread made from wheat farmed within 20 miles of Edinburgh. If landrace and more nourishing wheat types were invested in, we wouldn’t have to “fortify” white flour with calcium, folate and B vitamins because they would already be in there.

Moreover, it really drove home that investing a little time and effort into making your own things or supporting small businesses who supply kitchen staples like bread is not just good for the economy - it’s good for your health. Using whole grains, well-farmed and milled flour and real ingredients may prove a little more expensive than getting your 48p loaf of plastic bread from Tesco (or the Tescopoly, as it was termed today), but it will pay back in droves when you’re healthier, have less bloating and tiredness, and truly appreciate a connection to the food you’re eating - not to mention the positive mental wellness associated with activities like baking.

Tl;dr. Make and eat decent bread. Your body, mind and country will thank you.

DAY 6: Tomatoes.

What?  Tomatoes.

Why?  The big Ts help maintain your heart, vision, and immune system.  They are full of beta carotene, niacin and folates.  For a firmer, but still ripe, tomato, try the yellow ones. For a slightly sweeter touch, go for the classic red. 

How?  Ooooo the list could go from here to Italy on this one.  But since it is Summer, slice them up and sprinkle with salt, maybe even some olive oil.  Snack on them alone, throw in a salad, use as a garnish, and enjoy. 

What is your favorite type of tomato?

Les micronutriments dans la lutte contre la sclérose en plaques.

Un Déficit en micronutriments dans la sclérose en plaques.

Les scientifiques se sont aperçus que les femmes touchées par la sclérose en plaques ont de plus faibles niveaux de micronutriments antioxydants et anti-inflammatoires que les femmes en bonne santé.

Ces micronutriments sont :

  • les folates (vitamine B9)
  • le magnésium
  • la lutéine
  • la zéaxanthine
  • la quercétine

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La vita è questa: attimi superbi di vicinanza e poi gelide folate di vento.
—  Margaret Mazzantini
5 Power Foods That Can Help You Drop a Size

1. Salmon
This rich protein has the power to fill you up, thanks to plenty of healthy fats that also pack metabolism-boosting omega-3’s.

2. Cucumbers
More than 90 percent water, cukes are great for beating bloat or when you want a crunchy snack for next-to-no calories.

3. Strawberries
A recent study found that munching on these berries instead of other sweets led people to eat an average of 134 fewer calories at their next meal.

4. Hazelnuts
The smoky nuts are loaded with monounsaturated fats that can help blast belly blub. They also contain ample fiber, folate, and potassium.

5. Eggs
Two have nearly a quarter of the satiating protein you need in a day—one reason research shows that eating eggs in the a.m. = eating less all day long.

Make sure you’re also stocked with the following ingredients:
Balsamic vinegar
Full-fat Greek yogurt
Fresh dill
Whole-grain Ezekiel bread
Dijon mustard
Apple cider vinegar
Mustard seed


Despite being very light in consistency, coconut water proportionately has better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of the fruit juices like oranges. Its also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, pyridoxine, and folates.
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New smoothie recipe in the I can’t eat what kitchen. Blue Raspberry Smoothie. Not only are smooties energizing and detoxifying, but they are also super alkali zing and anti-inflammatory! So good! ½ cup dairy free milk, ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup raspberries, dash of stevia powder, 4 oz. fresh spinach. #greensmoothie #folate #mthfr #paleo #energy #detox #blueberries #raspberries #dairyfree #vegan #raw #glutenfree #plantbased #eatclean #delicious

Ladies, If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or could become pregnant, I urge you to take a folate supplement to prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida and lack of brain development. Even if you’re thinking, “Sure, I could possibly get pregnant, but I probably won’t,” why not take some folate JIC?

Folate is one of the B vitamins and you can get it naturally in foods such as lentils (great source!), pinto beans, and asparagus. But it is especially important to get extra folate (about 400 micrograms/day) in the first trimester of a pregnancy. And, since most women do not find out they are pregnant right away, take my advice and take some folate!

It can be found in most prenatal vitamin supplements. And since you’re out shopping for prenatal vitamins anyway, be sure to choose one with DHA – another great supporter of fetal brain development. Food for thought – literally!

Do you know the difference between folic and folate? If you have any #metabolicdisorders, #PCOS, #lowferritin (low #iron), and have not done the #MTFHR genetic testing….YOU must know the difference and do the research. Know the right formula of supplements to use especially when #pregnant. This is as simple as talking to a holistic coach like myself, mapping out some options and talking to your doctor.

#holisticmom #wellness #cpt #ntp #ca #hlwc

Acute Ethanol Intoxication And The Banana Bag

It’s one of those time honored treatments that most hospital-based providers are familiar with. The banana bag, reserved for intoxicated patients presenting to the ED or admitted to the hospital. They’ve been around so long, we just take them for granted. But like most things that have become dogmatic, they are due to be questioned from time to time.

A banana bag is a proprietary mix of “good” stuff, including electrolytes and vitamins, especially thiamine and magnesium. The exact content varies from hospital to hospital. Thiamine and other B vitamins give the resulting solution the characteristic color, hence the term “banana.”

Does it actually do good things like ward off Wernicke’s encephalopathy and megaloblastic anemia? A paper from Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx prospectively evaluated a series of intoxicated people entering their ED. They drew vitamin B12, folate, and thiamine levels to see if they were deficient enough to even need vitamin supplementation.

Interesting findings:

  • These folks (only 77 patients) were very drunk! Average BAC was 280mg/dL.
  • Vitamin B12 and folate levels were not critically low in any patient
  • Thiamine was low in 15% of patients, but none had clinical evidence of a deficiency
  • Later review of prior visits revealed that some patients with low levels had received a previous banana bag within 1 month. Did it do any good?

Bottom line: Most of our intoxicated patients are not vitamin deficient, and don’t need supplementation. The real kicker is that  we almost never really try to find out if the patient might be a chronic abuser and potentially at risk. We just hang the bag. Remember, everything we do in medicine has a potential downside. And if the patient really doesn’t need a banana bag in the first place, there is no benefit to balance that risk. The next time you ask for that little yellow bag, think again!

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Reference: Vitamin deficiencies in acutely intoxicated patients in the ED. Am J Emerg Med 26(7):729-795, 2008.

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apparently you really could stick with endless potatoes, as long as you have some milk and oatmeal too:…

lololol bless that article, not only have I read it enough times to know the word “molybdenum” offhand, I’ve actually used it to do semi-in-depth research in order to find milk/oatmeal alternatives

I think at last check I was going with potatoes, peanuts, and carrots

These look sooo yummy, and so easy! These kiwis may be covered in chocolate, but kiwis are so healthy for you because they are full of vitamin C, E, folate, fiber and potassium. I will just assume that it cancels out the bad part. lol

Kiwi – peel and cut into 1 inch thick rounds, with a popsicle stick in each round. Freeze on a tray in the freezer.
Chop 1 cup dark chocolate and ½ cup Coconut oil – melt over a double boiler. Cool down to room temp.
Dip each Kiwi-pop into the chocolate mixture (it will immediately turn crispy) and place on a tray to refreeze.
Recipe and pic from Oh Desserts.

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smokeybissli said: WHAT omg

the FDA has forced almost all the flour here to be enriched with folic acid, and i found out today that my husband and I have a heterozygous genetic mutation that prevents us from fully metabolizing folates. it looks like this isn’t too bad on its own and only involves up to 20% loss in function, since it’s only one allele and it’s the least serious mutation in the group. I’m just worried that if the baby is homozygous (50-70% loss in function), he/she hasn’t been able to process the folic acid.

so i had to order special prenatals today that have the already-broken-down folates.