Archive for July 2013

Insulin: MVP of hormones

Here’s another great article from Dr Peter Attia describing the various actions and functions of insulin. It describes so much of what we teach in our nutritional counseling visits. Our version doesn’t require a biochemistry or physics degree to understand though.

He uses the same example of insulin deficiency, Type I diabetes, and insulin excess, a insulinoma that I have used: without insulin one cannot store nutrients in cells and with an unregulated excess of insulin one only stores nutrients in cells.

Definitely worth the read and retread to try and understand it all.

Making Fat Cells Less Not Thin

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Stuffed Poblano Chilis
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 3-6
Ingredients
  • 3 roasted poblano chiles
  • 1 lb of ground turkey (or ground beef or pork if you prefer)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 Roma tomato (diced)
  • 1 Tbsp Chili powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 8 oz. Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
Instructions
  1. After roasting, cool, then peel the chiles. Very carefully cut around the stem end of each chile. Pull out the stem & carefully pull the seeds out with your fingers (you could also just cut a lengthwise slit in them, open them flat & scrape out seeds/membranes)
  2. Brown the turkey, onion, and garlic; drain off excess grease.
  3. Stir in the salsa, tomato, chili powder and ½ of the cheese.
  4. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Fill the chiles with the meat mixture & roll up, you have split them open.
  6. Place the cut side DOWN in baking dish & top with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake at 350 for 15-20 mins until cheese is melted, bubbly, and AMAZING.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ recipe Calories: 347 Fat: 24g Carbohydrates: 8g Fiber: 2g Protein: 24g

I love mexican food! And i LOVE this recipe that a patient recently brought me that she found on Linda’s Low Carb website. It is to die for…cheesy goodness with a spicy kick! As always from me, it is a simple recipe, simple ingredients, but BIG flavor. I have a lot of patients who say eating out at mexican is hard. While it can be tricky with all the tortillas & chips tempting us to indulge in their “carby”- selves, this is a great alternative to hit the spot. Not to mention, it can totally be frozen & re-heated throughout the week for a quick dinner.  Try it & I promise you will not be disappointed. (And at only 6 NET carbs, you can enjoy guilt-free!) So, go ahead…spice up your life! Have a great weekend everybody!

And just as a side note, we LOVE it when patients bring us recipes! I might have never known about this one without Teena! So please, share the love!

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Be ready: Choking

I unfortunately had an opportunity today to need to know what to do for a choking victim. Formally called the Heimlich maneuver, abdominal thrusts are forceful inward and upward thrusts attempting to help dislodge the object stuck in the victim’s airway.

Everyone should have some basic training in helping someone in trouble. Parents especially should take it upon themselves to be prepared to save their own children.

Here’s a link for the American Red Cross website on rescuing a choking victim. Red Cross Choking Help

There are lots of places to learn basic first aid. Consider this class from the Red Cross to learn all the skills you should know in one session.

Don’t regret doing nothing.

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