Have a Keto Halloween

Keto HalloweenWhile we at Functional Endocrinology of Ohio are not typically into diet fads, members of our office have recently adopted a very effective eating plan – The Ketogenic Diet.

A ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat eating plan designed to encourage the body to burn fat for energy and not carbohydrates. This is a powerful weight management strategy and provides several other known health benefits. This diet has demonstrated effectiveness as an adjunct treatment approach in managing a number of health-care conditions, including:

When the body uses fat for fuel, the liver produces ketone bodies. Ketone bodies burn fat more efficiently than carbohydrates. By eating this way, you create an environment where most of the body’s energy comes from ketone bodies in the blood, rather than glucose.   It becomes easy to use your fat stores to burn them off. This is obviously great if you’re trying to lose weight, but there are also other less obvious benefits like, such as less hunger and a steady supply of energy throughout the day and into the evening.

So, the question then is what should I put into my body to allow it to enter Ketosis? Generally speaking, one should adhere to the following macro-nutrient ratios:

  • High Fat – 60%-80% of total calories from fat.
  • Moderate Protein – 15%-35% of total calories from protein.
  • Low Carbohydrate – 5% or less of total calories from carbohydrates.

Eating according to this macro-nutrient breakdown will allow you to deplete your body of glucose and force it to start breaking down ketone bodies. While the guidelines outlined in this diet plan might seem challenging or intimidating to readers, it’s actually quite simple once you get the hang of it.

Another important part of ketogenic dieting is the concept of net carbs. This calculation is as follows: (Net carbs = Total carbohydrates – Fiber). For example, a medium-sized zucchini has about 6g of total carbs and 2g of fiber. That means that a medium zucchini has 4g of net carbs. Ideally, you should shoot for somewhere around 20g of net carbs/day when starting out.

If you’re looking to clean up your diet, or for an effective way to manage your weight long-term, this strategy might be for you. As always, you should consult a health-care practitioner before beginning any diet program. For many, this diet may not be appropriate and you should make sure you meet the right health criteria before starting.  Also worth noting is that weight loss is not the end-all-be-all marker of overall health. It’s still very important to make sure your body is getting the right nutrients that it needs to work, which it might not be getting just through diet alone.

In the spirit of October, here’s a link to a great holiday keto-friendly Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake worth giving a try this season.   Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Dr. Joseph Little, D.C.
October 18, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

6 Healthy Recipes to Start Your Morning out Beautifully!

The Most Important Meal of The Day Does Not Have To Be The Most Complicated Part of Your Day


Start the day off with a healthy and delicious meal!  Eating a nutritious breakfast will set the tone of your day.  Food is fuel and energy for our bodies.  Eating a healthy, balanced breakfast promotes more energy to face your day.

Below are 6 Nutritious Breakfast recipes all Gluten, Dairy, Soy, and Egg free.  Great for those adhering to an anti-inflammatory regimen.  The beauty of these 6 recipes is that they can either be ready ahead of time for when you’re on the go or need just enough energy in the morning to make it worth it!

Enjoy!

Breakfast Quinoa Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • 5 cups almond or coconut milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

Instructions:

  1. Add the mashed banana, coconut cream, almond milk, salt, and maple syrup to a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add in the cooked rice and quinoa.  Continue to simmer, frequently stirring until the rice pudding has thickened and become very creamy – about 10-12 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and add in the cinnamon, vanilla, and almond extract. Spoon into bowls and serve with your favorite toppings!  Try fresh berries, toasted coconut, a banana or chopped nuts.

Gluten, Dairy, and Egg-Free Fluffy Classic Pancakes

Ingredients:

      • 2 and ¼ cup vanilla almond milk
      • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
      • 3 cups gluten-free flour blend
      • 1 tablespoon baking powder
      • ½ teaspoon xanthan
      • Liquid from one 15 oz can of chickpeas
      • ¼ teaspoon Stevia
      • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
      • ½ cup canola oil

     

    Instructions:

            1. First, whisk vanilla almond milk and 1 Tablespoon vinegar together and set aside. This will be your faux buttermilk.
            2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthan together in a medium bowl. Give it a few whisks to mix it all up and set it aside.
            3. Drain all the liquid from the can of chickpeas into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the ½ tsp vinegar, and turn it on. Let it mix on medium at first, until it stops splattering and white foam forms, then on high-speed until nice and firm and glossy. You should be able to hold the bowl above your head, upside-down.
            4. One your foam is strong, pour in the ¼ teaspoon of Stevia, and mix a few minutes longer. At this point, the foam is secure enough to take on flavorings and lipids. Slowly pour in the oil over the course of about a minute while the mixer is still on high-speed. It should merge fully, with absolutely no deflation of the foam. Once it’s in, let it go another 30 seconds.
            5. You should be able to form super stiff peaks once it is fully incorporated.
            6. First, pour the almond milk and vinegar that you set aside in step 1 into the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. It will be very thick. Do not worry, the foam will still fold in nicely.
            7. Once the wet and dry are combined, fold in the foam/emulsion mixture. It will be nice and bubbly. Ladle onto a warm griddle and flip once the bubbles start popping, just like regular pancakes. Remove from griddle once both sides are golden.
            8. Top with Grade B Maple syrup and/or fresh fruit of your choice.
            9. This pairs great with Turkey bacon or Turkey Sausage.

    No-Bake Carrot Cake Energy Bites

    Ingredients:

            • 3 large Medjool dates, pitted
            • 4 dried apricots
            • 2 Tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
            • 2 Tablespoon grade B maple syrup
            • 1 tsp vanilla extract
            • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
            • 1/4 cup coconut flour
            • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
            • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
            • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
            • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
            • 1 cup shredded carrots
            • unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish

    Instructions:

            1. Into the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender, add dates, apricots, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, processing until dates and apricots have broken down into smaller pieces and ingredients are well combined
            2. Add oats, coconut flour, spices, and shredded carrot, continuing to process until ingredients are well combined and the mixture sticks together easily.
            3. Add a generous amount of shredded coconut to a shallow bowl. Using a heaping tablespoon, roll dough between your hands before rolling it in the coconut to coat. Set aside on a plate and repeat with remaining dough. Store balls in an airtight container in the fridge for best results, or freeze for longer periods of time.

    Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

    Ingredients:

            • 1 cup gluten-free oatmeal
            • ⅓ cup almonds, chopped
            • ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
            • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed (optional)
            • ½ cup almond butter
            • ¼ cup honey
            • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
            • ⅓ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped

    Instructions:

            1. Bake oatmeal, almonds and coconut for 8-10 minutes at 350°, stirring after 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool.
            2. In a medium bowl microwave the almond butter for 20-30 seconds until runny, add the baked mix along with flaxseed, honey, chia seeds and cranberries to the bowl. Form into 1.5″ balls and refrigerate. Store in an airtight container refrigerated for up to one week or freezer for 3 month

    Acai Mint Berry Ice Cream

     

    Ingredients:

            • Ice Cream
            • 5-6 frozen bananas
            • 1 cup mixed berries
            • 5-6 fresh mint leaves
            • 4-6 acai berry capsules
            • Toppings
            • fresh fruit

    Instructions:

            1. Add half of your frozen bananas to a high-speed blender or food processor. If using a blender, continue to push down the bananas with your tamper.
            2. Add in mint leaves, acai berry capsules and blend until evenly distributed throughout the ice cream.
            3. Slowly add in the remaining bananas until you have a thick uniform consistency like ice cream.
            4. Scoop out mixture into a bowl and add toppings of choice.

    Frankenstein Smoothie Bowl (My Favorite!)

     

      

    Ingredients:

            • 160 g Spinach
            • 3 Frozen banana
            • 1/2 Mango
            • Handful of Blueberries

    Instructions:

            1. Draw a scary Frankenstein face onto a jar
            2. Blend the banana, spinach, and mango until smooth and combined.
            3. Pour the mixture into a jar and top with the blueberries

    I urge you to invest in yourself and your health.  Eating healthy is one of the very best things you can do for your body.  Start your day with a  well-balanced breakfast for a sharper mind and a boost of brain power.   Take the time to prepare a healthy meal for yourself and the ones you love.  Again, it will set the tone of your day and energize you to face the day!

    How do you start your day? Do you have a healthy breakfast recipe that you would like to share?

    Have a beautiful morning!

    Joy Vale
    Patient Care Coordinator
    October 11, 2017

    Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
    Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
    Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
    Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

    To schedule an appointment, click here.

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Your Gut is Like a Smelly Drain? What Ordinary Things Can Tell You About Your Gut Health.

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The gut is the most ignored system in health-care! It is a source for all sorts of health ailments. For example depression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disease, fatigue, and migraine, just to name a few. Your gut houses about 90 percent of your immune system so, of course, it’s the area that needs the most protection. Think about all those microorganisms that we consume with food. When things go bad with the gut, it doesn’t always translate into pain. Bloated StomachBecause our health care system focuses on symptoms, gut health is often ignored.  Even when the gut is a focus, your doctor is most likely going to give you something to mask the symptoms instead of fixing the cause of the gut dysfunction.

Let’s use the analogy of the plumbing in your body being like the plumbing in your house. Just like the plumbing in your house, sometimes things do not flow right, rot or backing up. The same is true with your human plumbing.  Here are a few examples of  the traditional health care approach to gut dysfunction.

Continue reading Your Gut is Like a Smelly Drain? What Ordinary Things Can Tell You About Your Gut Health.

Feed Your Football Fans The Healthy Way – 6 Great Recipes!

I can hardly wait!  “The Ohio State Buckeyes“ kick off their season on August 31st.  It’s bad I know, but I’ve been doing a count down since it was 100 days out.   I’ve made the decision to eat healthily and offer healthy snack options during football season. I’ve been collecting recipes, and here are some of my favorites.

Avocado Hummus

Nutritional profileDairy Free, Egg Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Diabetic Appropriate, Gluten-Free,  Heart Healthy, High Fiber

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounces) Can no-salt-added chickpeas
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

Drain chickpeas, reserving 2 tablespoons of the liquid. Transfer the chickpeas and the reserved liquid to a food processor. Add avocado, cilantro, tahini, oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and salt. Puree until very smooth. Serve with veggie chips, veggie, gluten-free crackers

Slow-Cooker Braised Pork with Salsa

Nutritional profile:  Gluten-Free,  Healthy Aging, Healthy Immunity, Low Added Sugars, Low-Calorie, Low Carbohydrate,  Low Sodium,

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, or butt
  • 1 ½ cups prepared tomatillo salsa
  • 1 ¾ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, or ground cumin
  • 3 plum tomatoes, (1/2 pound), thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream

Directions

  1. Trim and discard pork surface fat. Cut meat apart following layers of fat around muscles; trim and discard fat. Cut into 2-inch chunks and rinse with cold water. Place in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Turn heat to high.
  2. Combine salsa, broth, onion and cumin seeds in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Pour over the meat. Add tomatoes and mix gently. Put the lid on and cook until the meat is pull-apart tender, 6 to 7 hours.
  3. With a slotted spoon, transfer the pork to a large bowl; cover and keep warm. Pour the sauce and vegetables into a large skillet; skim fat. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, skimming froth from time to time, for about 20 minutes, to intensify flavors and thicken slightly. Add the pork and ¼ cup cilantro; heat through.
  4. To serve, ladle into bowls and garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of the remaining ¼ cup cilantro.

 Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Nutritional profileGluten-Free, Egg-Free,  Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Low Added Sugars, Low-Calorie, Low Added Sugar, High Fiber, Low Carbohydrate

Ingredients

  • 8 cups 1 ½-inch cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot
  • 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Toss cauliflower, oil, and salt in a large bowl. Spread on the prepared baking sheet; reserve the bowl. Roast the cauliflower until it’s starting to soften and brown on the bottom, about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine hot sauce, sriracha to taste, butter and lemon juice in the large bowl. Add the roasted cauliflower and toss to coat. Return the cauliflower to the baking sheet and continue roasting until hot, about 5 minutes more.

Slow Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken Drumsticks

Nutritional profile: Gluten-Free, Healthy Aging, Healthy Immunity, Low-Calorie, Low Added Sugar, High Fiber, Low Carbohydrate

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons Orange Juice (Pulp Free)
  • 3 tablespoons Tamari
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 12 medium chicken drumsticks (3-31/2 lbs) skinned * see tip
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Combine honey, orange zest, orange juice, tamari, garlic, ginger, vinegar and crushed red pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Coat a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add drumsticks, pour in the sauce and mix to coat. Cover and cook until an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F when inserted into the thickest part of the meat without touching bone, 2 to 3 hours on High or 4 hours on Low.
  3. Transfer the drumsticks to a bowl. Very carefully pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a medium skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until reduced and syrupy, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour the sauce over the drumsticks and stir to coat. Serve sprinkled with cilantro and sesame seeds.
  • Tip: To remove the skin from chicken drumsticks, grip the skin from the meaty end of the drumstick with a paper towel and pull down toward the exposed bone until it comes off completely. 

Cran-Razzy

Nutritional profileGluten-Free, Low-Fat, Low-Calorie

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries, for garnish
  • 2 cups cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 2 cups seltzer
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus 4 wedges for garnish
  • 6 ounces ( ¾ cup) vodka

Directions

  1. If using fresh raspberries, freeze them in a single layer for about 1 hour (or overnight) before proceeding with Step 2.
  2. Combine cranberry-raspberry juice, seltzer, lime juice and vodka in a pitcher. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with frozen raspberries and lime wedges.

Spiced Chickpeas

 

Nutritional profileGluten-Free,  Low added sugars, Low-Calorie, High Fiber, Vegan, Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450°F.
  2. Blot chickpeas dry and toss in a bowl with oil, cumin, marjoram, allspice, and salt. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once or twice until browned and crunchy, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes.

Here are some websites that you can find plenty of healthy snacks for the games.

Nancy Boardman
August 23, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

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Shake It Up and Starting “Blending” Your Diets for Amazing Results!

Blending Diets: Another way to keep you eating healthy!

Just when you think you were being original, you find out somebody has already coined the idea and find gobs of information about a certain topic.  This is the case often when I am working on an idea that just pops into my head.  I may run to google and do a quick search to see if there is anything on the topic and often, there is.  This happened at the beginning of 2017 when completing my annual New Year’s Detox.  On my detox, there is a week where you eat a strict vegan diet.  I took the opportunity to blend the vegan diet with ketogenic diet concepts and found profound results in doing so. In the past, I have struggled with vegan diets and just felt drained and deprived.  What was most magical about my vegan adventure was that I didn’t feel drained and deprived. I felt just the opposite.  I felt a sense of clarity and wholeness.  Maybe it was just the dopaminergic surges going through my brain from completing a new challenging diet and having great results.  Maybe it was the combination of two dietary philosophies and having a greater understanding of utilizing my diet as a tool to function at a greater state of health.  Either way, I use this story to help spark further excitement of how to use your eating plan to your benefit.

 

Recently, a fellow colleague said, “treat the patient and not the symptom.”  It was refreshing to hear because it reminded me again of the amazing opportunity I have each day to influence patients about their diet and lifestyle.  When people say don’t discuss politics and religion, I often fire back, “don’t forget diet”.  What I mean by this is that through my experience of discussing and making dietary recommendations, people can get very emotional about the topic.  Everyone thinks they have already done that diet or wants to “one up” me in the discussion about some detail of a diet.  The fact of the matter is that I don’t know it all and I enjoy learning new things about diet, but when I recommend blending two dietary philosophies, it is often an effort to make my patients further understand how powerful diet is in their lives.  Let’s take again, for example, a ketogenic diet.  This is a high-fat diet that can give the brain an abundance of ketone bodies, which are very efficient in producing energy for the brain.  I like to combine this diet with the Atkins diet concepts.  I always laugh to myself when making this recommendation because people always say, “Oh yeah, I’ve done that diet before”.  People may have indeed done this diet, but when I investigate further and discuss the biochemistry of this diet and how and why it may work, it often starts to go over people’s heads.  I do not do this as an egotistical rant about diet to prove how smart I am when it comes to dietary considerations.  I do this to help educate and hopefully spark some excitement into the minds of my patients.  I have seen it in myself and see it often in my patients, “the thrill is gone.”  It is hard to keep pushing forward with a healthy diet when so many bad influences surround us when it comes time to fueling our bodies with food.  When you eat healthily and feel better because of it, it’s like a freight train moving faster and faster.  It is very hard to slow that momentum down.

Next time you set out on a dietary adventure and try a new eating plan, I urge you to talk to your functional medicine doctor to learn as much about it as possible.  Read about the philosophy of the diet, try to understand the biochemistry of the diet, and certainly look up recipes on the diet so eating is fun and fulfilling.  In doing so, you will be building steam like the freight train.  Soon enough you will be blending dietary concepts and coming up with successful strategies that best fit your body type and propel you down the road to health.  So, get out there and try a new diet!

Dr. Andrew Kender, III
July 5, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

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The Best Summer Fruits and Vegetables!

Favorite Summer Vegetables and Fruits

With summer right around the corner, I’m ready for barbecue season to get started. I thought I would share some of my most favorite summer vegetables and fruits. I love them all! If you can buy local and fresh they taste so much better! Look up local farmers markets in your area.

Cherries

Cherry season starts in June. Cherries dark red color is a clue that they are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. They are high in both fiber and Vitamin C.

Peas

Fresh peas simply cannot be compared to the frozen kind. They are sweet and delicious, and you can eat them either raw or cooked. Peas are absolutely packed with Vitamin C, and they are also a good source of Vitamins A, K, and B6. They offer plenty of fiber, and can be used as a good source of vegetarian iron.
When using fresh peas instead of frozen in recipes, add them at the very last minute – they should really just be warmed, not cooked, to preserve their sweetness.

Spinach

Local spinach is available fresh all summer long. Spinach is a nutrition powerhouse (just ask Popeye). It’s got fiber, protein, calcium, iron, and other minerals, and is a great source of Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6.
Fresh spinach is great raw in salads, of course, but it can also be used to great effect in hot dishes. Just be sure not to overcook!

Strawberries

Local strawberries knock the socks off berries that have been trucked across the country. They are a great source of Vitamin C and fiber. In fact, just eight strawberries give more Vitamin C than an orange! They are also rich in antioxidants.
Fresh strawberries are super sweet and incredibly delicious in desserts or on top of ice cream.
Some great strawberry recipes: http://www.southernliving.com/food/entertaining/strawberry-dessert-recipes

Asparagus

Asparagus is an excellent source of folate, a nutrient important in maintaining proper cardiovascular function. It’s a great source of Vitamins A, C, and K, as well as the B vitamins and potassium, plus it provides fiber.
Asparagus is a great vegetable to cook on the grill, so it’s a perfect choice for summer cook-outs.
Here’s the perfect grilled asparagus recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/05/simple-grilled-asparagus-recipe.html

Beets

Beets are available starting in July, and you’ll find them right through October. They pack in plenty of fiber, Vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium.
A big green salad with beets and walnuts offers a full, nutritious meal, and roasted beets ismake an excellent side dish.

Blueberries

Blueberries are about as healthy food as you can get, and they’ll start to hit stores in July. In addition to fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and manganese, they’re loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients. When they’re in season, it’s a great time to visit a u-pick farm and buy several boxes full of fresh berries.
Eat blueberries as a snack, toss them in salads, and use them for beautiful desserts. Blueberries also freeze really well, so you can save some of that summer sweetness for the dark days of winter, too.
Easy delicious blueberry smoothie recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/336635/banana-blueberry-smoothie

Corn

Fresh corn on the cob is a late-summer treat that’s perfect for camping or barbecues. It’s a good source of fiber, Vitamin C, and manganese, and it provides some antioxidant phytonutrients. Close to 90% of the corn grown in the United States is genetically modified, so keep an eye out for certified organic or heirloom varieties. And remember, since the sugar in corn starts to turn to starch as soon as it’s picked, you should cook and eat your corn as soon as possible after you get it home.
Grilled corn recipes: http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/07/the-food-lab-three-ways-to-grill-corn.html

Green Beans

Green bean season lasts into early fall, so they’re a great option as some of the other summer produce starts to disappear. They’re a good source of Vitamins C, A, and K, as well as manganese and fiber.
Serve fresh green beans raw in salads or on a veggie plate, or steam them lightly for a deliciously sweet and crunchy side dish.

Zucchini

Is there anything better than a fresh, local Zucchini?
Zucchini is one of the very low-calorie vegetables and is only 17 calories per 100 g.  It has no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its peel is an excellent source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers.
It is an excellent source of potassium, an important intra-cellular electrolyte. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte and helps bring the reduction in blood pressure and heart rates by countering pressure effects of sodium.
Here are some great Zucchini recipes. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20509747,00.html

Nancy Boardman
May 17, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

 

Healthy Easter Recipes

Easter is almost here! YEAH!  In my family that always meant putting on a new dress and white shoes and going to church.  After that, we had a huge Easter dinner consisting of ham, mashed potatoes, corn and dinner rolls, all followed by a bunch of desserts like chocolate pie or coconut rabbit cake.  That was all on top of the huge Easter baskets loaded with chocolate and candy.  Oooh, those were the days.

That was our family tradition, one which I, unfortunately, carried on with my own children.  But now that I am older and my children are older, we are trying on some new healthier traditions.   I thought I would share a few with you.

Instead of the traditional cured ham that is full of sodium and nitrates, we are going to try a honey-baked pork roast, mashed cauliflower and roasted asparagus with almonds.  I’ll give you the recipes I am going to use.

HONEY-BAKED PORK ROAST

1 5 lb. bone-in pork picnic half roast
6 ½ tablespoon organic honey
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup veganaise
¼ cup dijon mustard
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
3/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Trim tough outer skin layer from pork, leaving as much fat as possible intact. Discard skin.  Rub 2 ½ Tablespoons of honey over pork.  Combine sugar, salt, pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a bowl.  Rub evenly over pork.  Place pork fat side up on a foil-lined broiler pan.  Bake at 300 degrees until internal temperature registers between 170 and 180 degrees, about 3 – 31/2hours.  Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes Combine remaining 1/4 cup honey, veganaise and remaining ingredients in a bowl and serve sauce with the pork.

ROASTED ASPARAGUS WITH ALMONDS

1 pound asparagus, trimmed
2 teaspoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
3 Tablespoons toasted sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Drizzle asparagus with olive oil.  Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once after 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and almonds.

CAULIFLOWER AND GREEN ONION MASH

1 teaspoon olive oil
3 pounds fresh cauliflower cut into florets
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
I cup chopped green onions
1 cup low-fat milk, or coconut milk or almond milk
2 tablespoons butter
¾ teaspoon ground pepper
½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.  Toss oil, cauliflower, and garlic on a jelly-roll pan.  Bake at 500 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly brown, stirring occasionally.  Place cauliflower mixture in a large bowl.  Add onions, milk, butter, salt and pepper to the mixture.  Mash with a potato masher.

And to make the Easter basket healthier, try replacing candy with pieces of fruit and plastic eggs filled with nuts rolled in cocoa.  And never forget the hard-boiled eggs – decorated of course.

HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY EASTER!

Barbara Schrader
April 5, 2017

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Are you Coo Coo for Coconuts? How to Jump on the Coconut Oil Bandwagon!

It took me a while to jump on the Coconut Oil bandwagon. I’ve used it off and on over the last few years, I still was more of an Olive Oil kind of woman. But over the last 6 months I’ve made the change and now am almost only Coconut Oil and occasionally Olive Oil.

Why did I change?  I kept reading about all the benefits for my health.

Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterol. By Increasing the HDL’s in the body, it helps promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease.

Some of the Scientific Benefits:

Increases Weight Loss

Builds Muscle

Can Help Fight Infection

Helps Lose Abdominal Fat

Curbs Appetite

Increases Metabolism

Moisturizes Skin

Prevents Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

Protects your Kidney and Liver

Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis

Improves Digestion

Supports Thyroid Functioning

And there are more……

 

Many people misinterpret the term “virgin” coconut oil as not being  oil that is not refined at all; however, all coconut oil is refined considering oil does not actually grow on trees. Therefore, virgin coconut oil actually refers to oil that is the least refined.  That being said, most nutritionists will, understandably, only recommend virgin coconut oil to avoid the adverse affects that refining may have on the last oil product.

It’s recommended to consume two tablespoons of coconut oil per day.

Here are some great recipes:  http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/how-to-cook-with-coconut-oil

Some of my personal favorites are: Any vegetable that you would roast with Olive Oil make the switch to Coconut Oil.

I love taking a Butternut Squash, microwaving it for 1 minute or so and then peeling it (microwaving it makes it easier to peel).  I then remove the seeds and cut up in bite size pieces. I will then cut up a sweet onion. Put in a gallon size bag; add Coconut Oil and some sea salt. Put in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

I also love putting Coconut Oil in the pan heating it up and adding any vegetables that I have, cooking until tender adding some spinach and then adding eggs depending on how many people you are serving… Delish!

Roasted Chicken: Preheat your oven to 300 – 350 degrees. Take a roasting chicken and rub coconut oil on the outside and under the breast of the chicken and skin add lemon pepper on the outside cut up a lemon and put it  the chicken cavity with some onion. Add whatever vegetable you want to surround your chicken.  Add a little chicken broth in the bottom of the pan and let cook uncovered until done. It’s done when you insert a thermometer into a meaty part of the leg (avoiding the bone.) When the temperature reaches 165 degrees, pull the bird from the oven. Let rest 10 minutes. Kitchen Tip: thigh meat is forgiving, even if overcooked. Cook 1 ½ – 2 hours.  https://cooking.nytimes.com/guides/11-how-to-roast-chicken

Here is my favorite brand of Coconut Oil Nature Way: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_2_11?url=search-alias%3Dgrocery&field-keywords=nature+way+coconut+oil&sprefix=Nature+Way+%2Caps%2C177&crid=3NR9NDLR5PSJK

Here’s some information on how to use Coconut oil with your skin. http://blog.paleohacks.com/coconut-oil-for-skin/#

I know you can get your 2 tablespoons in daily and you will start to see all the benefits!

Nancy Boardman
March 29, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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What’s the Scoop on Your Coffee Habit? Is it Really that Bad?

Coffee is the vital spark to the American working class. There have been studies that show that 90 percent of Americans are drinking more than 300 milligrams of caffeine a day, which makes it the most popular psychoactive drug by far.  Some say they must have it to act in the morning or how they cannot live without it and that it has been a morning ritual since age 10 or 15. Since we are all different depending on our age, size and health conditions, drinking the same amount will build a tolerance for caffeine, meaning it is not doing for you what it first did.

There have been many things written about the benefits of coffee.  For example, it contains antioxidants or it helps with different diseases. But there are some drawbacks to coffee/caffeine of which most of us have no idea. We often say we need to drink coffee to give us energy. But for many of us, has it gone further than just energy and turned into a kind of jittery tension that is always on and makes it difficult to relax? Maybe it pushes you to get through the paperwork, but longer-term the health implications of this kind of ongoing stress are significant. Your mood and your digestive system are surprisingly interrelated. Unfortunately, when you drink things that have the high levels of caffeine, in it can negatively affect both your mood and your digestive system.

Caffeine serves as a stimulant in the body and is used in the health care world to treat drowsiness, in the non-drowsy medications. Caffeine is used in over-the-counter items for headaches and migraines to prevent them because you get a headache when you do not have caffeine if you have consumed it over the years.  Between the sodas, the prescription and over-the-counter drugs, one ingests a lot of caffeine. A small bottle of 5-hour energy shot has 200 milligrams of caffeine. An 8-ounce cup of coffee has 80-175 milligrams of caffeine depending on how strong. Even decaf coffee has about 3 milligrams of caffeine.

“Drinking coffee on an empty stomach, such as first thing in the morning, stimulates hydrochloric acid production.” [1] This can be a problem because HCl should only be produced to digest meals. If your body has to make HCl more often in response to regular cups of coffee, it may have difficulty producing enough to deal with a large meal.

Protein digestion, in particular, is affected by a lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and protein-based foods can pass into the small intestine before being properly broken down. Many of the compounds in coffee like caffeine and the various acids found in coffee beans can irritate your stomach and the lining of your small intestine.

Some experts go so far as to say almost all disease begins in the gut. Given this, you can see why it’s important to limit anything that interferes with its proper functioning.” [1]

There are also some perks of drinking coffee or having caffeine, I enjoy a cup in the afternoons after lunch to give me a push through the afternoon, some want that cup of Joe to start the day out right.  The benefits of coffee are:

  • “Increase your fiber intake
  • Protection against cirrhosis of the liver
  • Reduces suicide risk and depression
  • Reduced heart attack mortality risk” [2]

Do you consume caffeine?  How does it make you feel?  Are you “addicted?”

Barbara Schrader
March 22, 2017
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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  1. https://www.healthambition.com/negative-effects-of-coffee/
  2. http://www.caffeineinformer.com/7-good-reasons-to-drink-coffee

How Tough Are You? You Must Be Mentally Tough – About Your Health!

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Do You Have the Mental Toughness to Be Healthy?  

As I was preparing for my APEX Clearvite Detox and reading everything it entailed I started to get overwhelmed. It was 21 days of mostly vegetables, along with supplements, shakes and then I read, I couldn’t eat sugar, dairy, red meat and for one week no animal protein. WHAT? I’m not sure I can go a day without cheese.  Then I took a moment and thought about why I chose to do this. I needed to detoxify my liver; this organ is responsible for removing toxins from my body. The liver changes toxic agents into harmless agents and waste products in a two-phase detoxification process. It is, therefore, normal that some toxins are present in the liver because this where the body sends them for processing. A problem develops, however, when a buildup of inorganic and organic toxins begins to inhibit Phase I and Phase II detoxification. Removing these foreign substances from the body will help the liver get back to operating at optimal levels. But mostly I was looking forward to how I would feel:

  • Weight loss
  • Feel and look younger
  • Increase my energy

As I thought about it, I realized that, physically, my body would be fine. It was a matter of preparing myself mentally. I needed to get mentally tough if I wanted to succeed. What is Mental Toughness?   It is “a measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in health, sport, education and the workplace.” [1] “Mental toughness” is often used colloquially to refer to any set of positive attributes that helps a person to cope with difficult situations. I always say I can do anything for 30 days. And this was only 21 days! But I knew I need to prepare my mind for success. So, I read a few books on Mental Toughness.  These two were my favorites: (1) The Art of Mental Training by DC Gonzales with Alice McVeigh and Training Camp What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else by Jon Gordon.  I also did some research on the internet.  Here are a few of my favorite blogs on this topic.

  1. http://womenshealthconversations.com/hot-for-your-health/strong-body-strong-mind/

Dr. Kellie Middleton said, “If you want to be the best possible version of yourself, it’s essential that you give your body and mind the tools that they need in order to thrive. Use this as your guide to unlock your true potential by understanding and implementing the mind-body connection in your everyday life.”

  1. http://examinedexistence.com/14-ways-to-develop-and-improve-mental-toughness/

This blog was great to help me think outside of my daily routine, and most of the things they suggested would be a lot harder than what I chose to put in my mouth for 21 days. The idea of kickboxing would be fun but actually doing it – –  I just don’t know.

  1. http://lifehacker.com/how-and-why-to-develop-your-mental-toughness-1619305771

This helped me set up my game plan and be prepared for other things that may happen during the 21 days of the detox.

Now that I’ve done my research, I know I can do this! I am motivated and I put a game plan together. I knew the key was preparation, preparation, preparation. How many times have we all heard this and it’s always true so why don’t we always prepare ahead of time? I wrote down a list of vegetables I loved. I looked up recipes that fit within the guidelines. I went shopping and prepped meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I know me and I know I couldn’t have choices.  It needed to be set ahead of time and ready to go.  I prepped my supplements so that they were easily accessible so I wouldn’t forget. I set my alarm on my phone so I didn’t miss taking them. I also had plenty of support; both my Mom and my sister were doing the detox with me.  And, of course, everyone at work was supportive. Most did the detox in January. I’m ready.  I’ve got this!

I’m a little over half way there and it’s been easier than I thought. I have lost some weight and my energy level is high.  I’m not sure I look 5 years younger but I’m feeling younger. I do miss my cheese. I’ve been out to dinner and I was fine. I must admit I did eat one french fry when I took my nephews to McDonald’s as treat.  It tasted greasy and very salty so one was enough.  I’m on no meat week now so I’m ready to add chicken back into my life. Only 2 days… I know if I hadn’t mentally prepared for this detox I would have cheated in the first week. But I kept telling myself I can do anything for 21 days and I’m only helping myself which will enable me to help others.

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Nancy Boardman
February 22, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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[1]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_toughness